Leading the Risk Conversation
In This Chapter
Thinking about risk as the number one investor concern
Linking risk and value
Dealing with risk through transparency
Accompanying risk with mitigating strategies
Risk is an inherent element in early-stage companies. The word risk itself suggests danger, possible failure, and a whole package of bad feelings. In the world of venture capital, risk means something a little bit different: risks are the milestones that your business must accomplish before your company can reach its goals. These potentially beneficial steps along the way are referred to as risks because they’ve not yet been accomplished. If the company doesn’t achieve them or doesn’t achieve them in a reasonable time frame, it stands to fail at accomplishing its final goals.