In funding startups, it’s important to look at not just the current product, but the roadmap overall.
Some technology markets have a long, rich future ahead while other markets do not.
Look for the technologies that have a broad future with a clear trajectory.
Startups propose products to take to market.
While that first product may be a winner, the succession of products will most likely be the bigger story.
Ask for the startup’s roadmap. Be careful not to take away their focus from the current product.
For example, many startups propose a service.
Some capture the data from their service and start building large datasets.
With a sufficient number of datasets, they can then sell the data.
By moving from a service company to a data company, their value goes up by 10X.
With sufficient experience with the data, the company can build artificial intelligence algorithms.
By moving from a data company to an AI company, their value goes up by another 10X.
Consider the roadmap of the market and the company in your investment decisions.
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