One of the hardest parts about getting a company off the ground is finding the right investors to help keep the lights on during the early days.
If you've ever watched the hit show "Shark Tank," then you'll know it's no easy feat convincing investors to pour money into your company — especially in its early days. As such, young startups need to be confident, persistent and ready for rejection when trying to pitch venture capitalists.
One startup is taking a bit of an unorthodox approach to pitching potential investors.
Exeq, the New York-based startup founded by four New York City college drop-outs, blasted an email out to 400 venture capitalists and angel investors, according to a person familiar with the matter.
In an email seen by Business Insider, Exeq CEO Derek Brown, a former engineer at LinkedIn and Addepar, laid out the value of the company, which seeks to change the way millennials think about spending their money.
But before he did, he was brutally honest.
Here's Brown (emphasis ours):
"By combining financial and lifestyle data, we’re able to build a consumer product that enables consumer behavior…responsibly," Brown wrote in the email.
"Because you have a fiduciary duty to your LPs to make the best investments you can. We’d fall in that category. ;) On a more serious note, the answer’s simple: if you don’t see the shape of the world in the way that we’ve described above, then you shouldn’t invest in us."
Let's see if the cheekiness pays off.