Truth be told. And heard.

If we want to inspire the world with our leadership, we must stop selling lies to unsuspecting greater-fools, and lead – by example – with new rigors of excellence we first and successfully apply to ourselves.

Georges van Hoegaerden


Public accolades

Absolutely the most rational piece that has been written on the reasons why the VC industry will need to incorporate some changes going forward.


Your blogs are a delight! Funny, informative to a subjective degree and most important to me, evoke an urge to response.

CEO, startup

Great article and responses.

Harvard Alumni Moderator

Fascinating post on VC changes and challenges.

Business and Technology editor

I’ve been following your blog recently and I find it to be insightful and entertaining.

CEO, Startup

It is refreshing to see this sort of candor.

Entrepreneur and CEO

Good info about VC.

Merger and Acquisitions Advisor

Very interesting. Another great article from Georges.

Editor, Venture Capital Publication

I enjoyed the article you posted with this group today and took the liberty of re-posting it elsewhere

President and Chairman

I really liked your blog.

Director of Sales

Excellent article.

Editor Financial Times

I couldn’t agree more


Your blogs fully echo my experience so far.


Loved your post on fund raising – it is spot on!

Founder and serial CEO

I thoroughly enjoyed your post. Thanks and keep up the great writing!

Founder and CEO

Would be most honored to add you to my network.

Investment Partner, China

Your articles are darn good.


Loved your blogs. I am going to send the link to companies’ CEOs so they can realize that the issue might not be a lack of money!

Board Trustee

I share many of your thoughts with regard CEOs raising Venture Capital.

CTO and President

Which investors to avoid… very practical and useful info.

Founder and CEO

I agree with most of what you say.

Venture Capitalist

I love your post “Idiot CEOs.” Having bootstrapped to success three ventures with exit from sale and one IPO I agree with you.

Founder and CEO

Somebody pointed me to you blog on Idiot CEOs. Great stuff.

Editor Top Technology Blog

I read your article about “Idiot CEOs” After doing 3 turnarounds without VCs, I took on one startup with VC backing and will never do that again.

Serial CEO and Board Director

You are an advocate to the CEO, and I have much respect for you.

President and CEO

I enjoy your blog very much.

Private Equity Investor

I just read your post titled “Idiot CEOs” and enjoyed it. I am CEO of my first venture and trying to avoid VC like the plague by creating intelligent partnerships.


We just went through a lot of what you wrote about — and in the end decided on a different path for funding because it didn’t make any sense.


Painful to read for me, but a Great article — I only wish you’d had sent this to me in 1997.

Vice President

Read George’s article, it’s a good one.


Great post! A must read.


I have been reading your insights posted on your blogs with great interest.

CEO, Israel startup

Fascinating column and equally so some of the earlier ones. I will look for future ones.

Investor, CEO and Board Director

I looove the “Idiot CEO” article, very well done.

Management Consultant

I was foolish enough to raise VC money as a new CEO and everything that you described took place – everything!

CEO, Startup

I like your blog and here in continental Europe the behaviour of VCs is even worse.

Investor, Chairman and CEO

Very interesting and also very enlightening.

Founder and CEO

Another insightful article from Georges, as usual.

Managing Director

A lot of truth and valid observations.

Harvard Alumnus

You nail the current VC dysfunction.

General Manager

Your comments about the VC industry are so totally right, this is something that I have been fighting against for many years.

Asset Manager

A MUST read for any Entrepreneur out there.

Serial Entrepreneur

Great Article. Really Outstanding Vision of The Industry. You should be running things in Washington, DC.


I’ve just finished reading about 6 of your articles. Your thoughts mirror my experiences.

President, Technology Services Firm

I have read over 90% of your blogs. I’m in complete alignment with your principals.

Serial CEO

In my experience, this is unfortunately true…

Founder and Wharton Chairman

Fascinating column and equally so some of the earlier ones.

Investor and Serial CEO

I very much enjoyed your comment on the ridiculous piece about Tim Draper’s new business idea this morning. Thank goodness there are some rational folks out there.


Fascinating blog. I recognize many things you are talking about.

CEO, Funded Startup

I just wanted to say thank you. I discovered your blog today and after the first skim, I feel energized and not “alone” anymore. Very encouraging to read what you have written.


I learned more from 10 minutes in talking with you than from a 2 days at a conference.


I was both excited to read your thoughts, and relieved to find that I am not alone.

CEO, former Investment Banker and Private Equity Consultant

You probably have no idea how right you are on green & energy tech.

Investor, Alternative Energy

Tremendous insight and right on target as usual.


Awesome post! Some good advice for LPs.

Former Venture Partner, Management Consultant

I like what you have to say about how VCs treat CEOs. That’s consistent with my 15 years of working with VCs.

President and CEO

Kudos for terrific profile and the energy and achievement represented.

Management Consultant

I will not accept outside investment because of the people that come with it.

President and CEO

Your blog made me laugh and cry. I admire your pragmatic logic.

Startup veteran and entrepreneur

So glad I came across your blog.


An eye-opener.

Management Consultant

I have never before read anybody who called it.

CEO, Public Relations Firm

We just went through a lot of what you wrote about — and in the end decided on a different path for funding because it didn’t make any sense.

CEO, Startup

Awesome stuff.

Managing Director, Private Equity Firm

Very well done!!

Inventor and CEO

Your website is truly outstanding and informative.

Founder, PhD

I am finally reading your blog — I shouldn’t have waited so long.


I’ve been reading your blogs on the VC sector. AMEN!!


I cannot tell you how refreshing your piece about the naked emperor is!

Venture Catalyst, Asia

I love your blog.

Management Consultant

I read through your entire blog. Outstanding points.

Serial Entrepreneur

Dead on point.

Venture Capital General Partner

I should have talked with you 5 years ago.


I applaud your blogs

Managing Partner, Investment Bank

Your blog was refreshing — I consider it one of the few that really add something profound.

Serial Entrepreneur

Great piece.

Adjunct Professor

I was up until 3:00 am last night reading your past blog postings. Very compelling and insightful stuff.


Good stuff.

Venture Capital General Partner

The no holds barred clarity of your writing, based on a foundation of direct experience, continues to shine a rare ray of light in the darkness of a long tunnel that still lies ahead of us.


One of the best articles I ever read…


I like the way you think and I’m learning from you!


I haven’t read something that inspiring and well written in quite a while.


Thank God people like you still exist!

Serial Entrepreneur

Your article was like a fresh breeze ….Thanks for such clarity …

Serial Entrepreneur

Another great blog.


This article should be a must read for any entrepreneur looking for VC funding.

Strategic Advisor

You are giving away some good reading. Thanks again!


Your viewpoint is refreshing with a lot of interesting insight.

Public Speaker and CEO

Thank you for telling it like it is, for inspiring people like me, and for trying to change the investment LP world.

Software Engineer

You are often prescient.

Market Maker

I appreciate all the tremendous information that you have provided to all of us early stage start up entrepreneurs.


Thanks for your brilliant commentary about the broken VC model and how to fix it through transparency.

Managing Director, Mergers and Acquisition

I stumbled on your blog a couple of weeks ago and it grabbed me by the brain stem and has resonated through my neural matter ever since.

Chairman, Life Sciences

I really enjoy your blog immensely.

Director, Venture Lab

You have a very rare blend of talents. Hands on experience with making several startups successful is rare in itself, but your ability to add a high quality intellectual perspective to it definitively sets you apart.

Editor, Venture Capital Journal

Your article “How to fix VC” is VERY nicely stated!

Director, Private Investor Forum

As always a good and thought-provoking read.

Technology Lawyer

This is one of the best articles I read in a long time. Everything is right on!

Serial Entrepreneur

Your refreshing take on the required consciousness for funding and funders is a breath of fresh air in a world of darkness.

Venture Catalyst

I will keep following your amazing blog.

Harvard MBA student

Thank you for being this new, fresh voice of Venture Capital.

Private Equity Analyst

As usual great article Georges! I wish I would have been able to read your stuff before I did my first startup, as I had to learn everything you’ve been saying the hard way.

Research Associate Professor

As always, insightful and pointed. I love the candor of it.

Private Equity and Venture Capital Recruiter

Thoughtful and insightful comments on the vc industry.

Limited Partner Conference Organizer

Keep up the important work you are doing!


Excellent article (and supplements). I agree entirely with your premise the system needs to be fixed.

Serial CEO

Great post!

Chairman, Medical Device Company

This was a very nice post, it was extremely interesting and well written.

PhD Purdue University

Brilliant as always, I hope the LP’s are listening and acting.


May I say that in my experience of reading many blogs yours is by far the most interesting. Brilliantly written and candid with a very balanced and informative view.

Investor, Chairman and CEO

Can’t agree more with your opinion about the VC industry. It definitely has a serious case of self-induced indigestion.

Director, Sand Hill Road Venture Capital Firm

Enjoy your blog, and thanks for the great thoughts!

Limited Partner

What is different about your blog is that it is speaking to me, instead of about me.


I love your blog.

CEO, International Business Journal

I couldn’t agree with you more.

Vice President of Sales

Congrats on an excellent presentation.


This is a very thoughtful approach and many of the top plan sponsors and LPs are aggressively looking at ways to address the gap you’ve outlined. This is very well done.

Funds-of-funds Manager

This is very impressive!


I have been a VC for 9 years at a few different firms and have raised money successfully from LPs. You have developed an excellent presentation that hits the nail on the head.

Former Venture Capitalist

This is impressive.


I think you are on to something.

Limited Partner

Spoken like a man after my own heart. Bravo, Georges!


Great Article!

Wharton Alumnus

You have isolated a looming bottleneck that affects the heart of future innovation, e.g. flow of finances to start-ups.

President and Founder, Entrepreneurial Foundation

I wonder if you could spearhead Washington…

Chief Scientific Officer, Pharmaceutical Company

You are the subject-matter expert of Venture.

Editor, Venture Capital Journal

What you detailed in the slide deck precisely maps to my experience. Good job.

Startup Veteran

You’ve nailed it! Thanks for what you are doing. You are really on to something big.


The future of my company looks bright again. I am grateful for the very sound advice you gave me a year ago. So … Thank you!


Your feedback has been invaluable!


While a tough pill to swallow due to the blunt nature of your writing, I found it insightful and accurate.

General Partner, Venture Capital

Thanks for your notes, Georges. We have had serious issues with our VC’s – similar to those you have identified in your various posts.


I am really enjoying your great efforts to making people understand how VC works and how flawed it can be.

Managing Director

Wow! You have amazing insight into what changes must take place.


A very well thought article and vision.

Managing Director, Venture Capital

You rock.

CEO, The Funded

I am grown man, but when I saw “The State of Venture Capital” slide on your blog site, I nearly cried.

Serial Entrepreneur

Your views are insightful…

Founding Partner

Spot on!

Chairman and CEO

Excellent article explaining the risk-return ratio in LPs.

President Investment Firm

Very revealing and spot on as usual.

Managing Director

Another high quality post. Thank you Georges!

Editor, Venture Capital Journal

I absolutely LOVE your work.

Vice President of Marketing, $3B Venture Capital Firm

I have been having so much fun reading your blogs for the past couple of hours that I haven’t got much work done this afternoon (and for a change I love every bit of it).

I hope you continue to carry on the torch for the many terrific entrepreneurs out there.

Founder and Chief Technical Officer

If you are raising money, you have to talk to Georges!

Investor, Chairman and Serial CEO

You are a breath of fresh air … God bless you my friend and your quest to change a system that has been broken for a long time.

President and CEO

Your story is very impressive.

Limited Partner

I think you are the only sane person left in Venture…

Information Technology Manager

Prolific, Prophetic and Politically incorrect as usual! When can we do coffee?

Venture Capitalist

Thank you for writing and sharing your truth from courage, and inspiring me to continue to lead the charge…


Thank You. What you are doing… it will not only save the industry. It’s a complete redesign, rendering the old model both unrecognizable and obsolete.

Serial Entrepreneur

Your writing is brilliant and spot on!

Interim CEO and CFO

“This guy really gets it!” about the music business and the role of technology.

Grammy Winning Music Producer

Your comments are completely in line with my recent experience.

Chief Operating Officer

I love your blogs.

CEO, Gaming Company

Keep up the good work.

University of Singapore

Everyone in Silicon Valley should read Georges’ blog, if they want to stay in business.

Serial CEO

The best Venture Capital thinker in the world.

Editor, Venture Capital Journal

I have been an LP in Venture and needless to say I lost money. Next time I will put it with you.

Limited Partner

“Money very well spent” on startup advisory.


I am keen to understand from you, your outlook for PE/Venture/ Capital investment opportunities in India.

Senior Vice President, Major Bank

Always an interesting read.

Director, Foreign Investment Agency

Amazingly sharp on reality in VC life.

Managing Director, Venture Capital Fund

I have been diving into your website and blog. They are excellent.

CEO, Startup

I think you have a very interesting and well thought out perspective on what is wrong…

Teaching Assistant, Private Equity at Harvard

You nailed it again. Looking at venture capital through a sub-prime lens is really brilliant.

General Partner

Georges is ALWAYS a good read.

Chairman and CEO

George, you are THE single most influential (re: Radical) voice in VC.


You are 100% right.

Venture Management Consultant

I have spent my last 4 hrs browsing through your blog. The do’s, dont’s, insights and directions as intellectually discussed/suggested are very inspiring … I am really amazed with your vast experience…


I have already quoted you in some of the research we did in establishing our fund model.

Venture Capitalist

Sharp insight Georges!! Thanks for bringing it up your way.

General Partner

I love your articles!

Head of Equity Fund Investments

Brilliant piece…

General Partner, Venture Capital Fund

Georges is a first-rate truth teller, and unlike anyone else I’ve met in the VC community so far.

Researcher, Harvard Business School

Your insight and analyses are the best. Every LP should read Georges’ articles!

Chairman of the Board, Investment Firm

… yours is the only Steve Jobs posting (there were dozens) that really stood out and said something different.


Great post!

Fortune Magazine

Provocative stuff. A hearty #ff.

Managing Director, Venture Capital Fund

Fred Wilson and Tim Draper used to be guiding lights within the industry. Georges, you’ve cut the legs out from under it, and replaced the gas lamp with neodymium-focused xenon torch.


Your state of VC along with many of your posts have been great guides for wisdom in this industry.

Principal, Venture Fund China

Great fan of your blogs!

Investment Manager

I am totally blown away by what is on your site, and your insight!


Very impressed with your efforts…

President and Founder

I am amazed at your ability to intuit and express what so many can’t (and should).


Few people have your gift for communicating complex information clearly and concisely.

Communications Consultant

We need committed game-changers like you!

Entrepreneur and President

You have challenged the system and placed criticism where it is well deserved.


You made many constructive recommendations which were actually quite wise and beneficial to our company!

Entrepreneur and PhD

I am very impressed with your background and body of work to date.

Director of University Transition Programs

I have gained tremendous respect for you and my partner and I truly did appreciate your candid response to our business efforts.


Good presentation! Would it be possible to share with my MBA class…?

Finance Professor

I have raised 7 rounds of angel, vc, and most recently private equity financing. I really enjoy your perspective.

Vice Chairman

Great summary of the state of venture capital and many of the ills that plague the industry.

Venture Partner

Outright eloquent. You deserve an applause.


Great video. I sent this to my followers on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Really enjoyed your state of venture capital presentation.

Masters Student

I find your point of view on the state of the VC biz vastly entertaining. The emperor has no clothes. Few have the gumption to tell it as is. Bravo!

Silicon Valley Attorney

Dead on comments.

Head of Marketing Agency

Simple and Superb – as always!


I’ve been reading the Kauffman report – looks like they took the whole thing from your playbook!


Would you give me the honor of being my mentor?

Innovator, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO

Thank you for always providing me with your honest insight.


You are a great guy Georges!


You’re a brilliant writer. I look forward to learning more through your upcoming book!

Sales Executive

Very interesting and thought-provoking!


You are my hero and I have read every word you have ever published.

Startup Founder and CEO

I really like your views and insight!

Founding Partner Growth Fund

You’ve been posting some great content.

SuperInvestor Marketing

Great article.

Financial Advisor, UBS

Thanks for your blog, it is great.

Founder and CEO

Interesting article again.

General Manager

You’ve spoken like only Georges can!


Thank you for all that you do.


Thank you for giving us entrepreneurs a lift this morning.


Another welcome ray of light.

Principal Investment Firm

Impressive thinking.

Producer and Director

Definitely not a lemming here.

Investor Relations

I was very intrigued by your classification of innovations.

Technology Expert

Georges, thanks for taking time to line out innovation pathways…so very well expressed.


Your blogs are razor sharp and spot on.

Managing Director, Venture Capital Fund

Keep the emails/posts coming, I read them avidly, I think you are right on the money.

Former Journalist

Good column, we posted it!

Technology Editor

Cutting perspective.

Vice President, Cloud Services

Ok Georges, maybe you were right about VC.

Reuters PEHub

This is a fascinating take, or some might say reality check.

Managing Director

Provocative and enlightening.

Rick Ackerman, Barron’s Intrepid Trader

Great piece!

Founder Incubator

This is the first (and probably only) time I see an american citizen finally understanding and speaking about his own country.


Well stated.

Executive Recruiter

Thank you fellow pioneer.


Excellent article. I completely endorse this.

Managing Director, Venture Capital Fund

I agree.

Managing Director, Middle Market Fund

What you write is of a lot of interest from both angles.

Chief Economics and Finance Advisor

I admire your work.

Editor, Analyst & Contributor to the Huffington Post

Georges represents sanity in a sea of madness !

Professional Engineer

Great content on your blog.

CEO, Financial Technology Company

Well reasoned.

Wall Street Executive

I agree with you and we should all see that. However, we don’t!


Excellent newsletter.


I hope we can continue to talk and push your message.

Congress Staff

I look forward to working together in the new year.

Congress Staff

I congratulate you on your intellectual honesty, a quality that has virtually disappeared in modern-day discussion around venture capital.

Founder, CEO and Board Director

The video on the State of Venture Capital is an amazing exegesis of how broken things are, and is easily the best I have seen on the topic.

Founder, CEO and Board Director

Georges provides cutting perspective on the interminable “open vs. closed” debate.

Vice President, Cloud Services VMWare

Fabulous & clear outline of the current problems w/ VC funding.

Software Developer

Every LP, VC and entrepreneur should watch The State of Venture Capital video.

Venture funded Entrepreneur

I am beyond impress by what you have achieved.

Adjunct Professor

What a great column. I could not agree more with you.

Economic Development Principal

If anyone did justice to the term Constructive Criticism, you are definitely it.


Wow, what a great well thought out piece….


Gotta love Georges’ way with words & challenging the status quo!! Always an interesting read from him.

Founding Partner

Good points!

Financial Analyst and Economist

Great article!

Vice President Marketing, Venture Fund

Love your stuff.


Brilliant insights.


Keep up the good work! — signed Thomas Jefferson


I very much enjoyed your article.

Founder, CEO and Author

Would you like to join our session as a presenter, referee, or panelist?

PhD Economics

Thanks again for your good work and innovative thinking.


Quite a read.

Venture Capitalist

Great article.

CEO, Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds

Bravo Georges! Let’s hear it for the truth!

Marketing and Sales Manager

Brilliant Assessment of facts and very objective Georges. I hope John Doerr has the decency to respond.


Very interesting perspective, articulately outlined.

CEO, Former Venture Capitalist

Admire your work and just pre-ordered your book.

Board Member and Venture Capitalist

Admire your work and just pre-ordered your book.

Serial Entrepreneur

Deeply insightful.

Executive Group President

Excellent and path-breaking thinking.


Georges van Hoegaerden is THE thought leader in the remaking of one of my favorite industries: Venture Capital.

CEO and Neurochemist

Your blogs are the downright best in the Valley!

Vice President of Products

I want to run this idea by you. You’ve got this unique perspective and a damn good one!


Another great piece Georges. Very astute differentiation between sustainable and renewable.

Vice President of Products

Great article. Bravo!

Inventor and Systems and Products Engineer

Thanks for the great article. Perhaps you would like to get involved…


Excellent piece and pierces the “free market” rhetoric…

Business Growth Expert

I love your blogs… Very insightful.

President and CEO, Family Office

Great Insight.


As usual, a great read!

Starving Entrepreneur

You are the first one, I thought will be good industry leader to get some feedback…

Entrepreneur, PhD

I felt moved by your thoughts.

Former Google Manager

Georges does not read books; he is the book.

Medical Doctor

Love your work Georges. Your illuminating view of the VC world – and hard hitting prose are among the very best. Fred Wilson and Marc Andreessen could take a page from your book.


This is too coincidental … your post highlights all that my investors were interested in.


I am always delighted to read what you write. Delighted..

Researcher Investment Management and Global Roundtable

Hope we will have a chance to bring you here.

CEO, Asia

I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to provide such detailed answers. This has been very helpful to me.

Associate Professor, Business School

The highest admiration goes to your wisdom, dear Georges.

Global Economics, Politics & Strategy Network Organizer

Terrific post Georges. Bravo!!

Investor and Entrepreneur

This is brilliant.

Investor and Philanthropist

Thank you and may GOD bless you always.

Managing Director

Thank you for another spot-on piece.


Awesome George!

Managing Director

Excellent piece.

Wall Street Executive

Good article.

Chairman and Managing Director

Quite a read.

Biotech Venture Capitalist, Recovering Scientist

A hearty #ff

Healthcare Venture Capitalist

…your undoubted quest for renewal and evolution without limits is praiseworthy.

Managing Partner

I admire you, your perspective, your commitment to the truth and the evolution/revolution that you have been creating and inspiring.


You are one of the smartest people I have met.

Serial CEO

I found the article to be extraordinarily enlightening.

Managing Director

Thank you for this bright view you post.

Business Man

I’m a big fan of your analysis.


I am truly grateful.


Your no BS approach is like a glass of water in a hell of wannabes, has-beens and never-gonna-bees.


Nice analysis!


This post is of fundamental importance.

PhD, Political Science

Exceptionell !!

Business Angel

I need your advice…

Physics and Math Professor

Men like you, who have a mission, need to stay on tack: it’s your commitment and work that’ll help get us through these hard days, and lead us to a brighter tomorrow.



Wall Street CEO

Good post as usual.

CEO, Entrepreneur, Investor

Excellent article. Good food for thought.

Director Business Development

Excellent Article!


Among your best in recent memory.

Investment Banker

Very impressive.

Head of Cleantech Fund

Fascinating article.

Consultant, Coach, Speaker & Author