Justin Mateen

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Justin Mateen said he likes founders with a “chip on their shoulder.”

This could mean they’ve had a bad breakup, been disowned by their parents, or were “screwed over” by investors — anything, he said, that makes them try to “prove themselves.”

“If a founder has a crazy sense of drive that’s almost irrational, I look for that,” Mateen said. “That’s what keeps someone going when others may give up.”

The strategy is working for him. Mateen has been named No. 1 on Insider’s Seed 100 list, in partnership with data from Tribe Capital. (Read: How Tribe Capital selected and ranked Insider’s Seed 100 and Seed 25 lists of the best seed VCs.)

Mateen is a prolific seed investor, investing, so far, in at least 87 startups. He was among the first investors for companies such as FabFitFun and Brex, which is in talks for an $8 billion valuation.

In fact, he scored in the top 20% of all the metrics Tribe Capital measured to find the best seed investors. This means he’s not only active but also achieving healthy outcomes, repeatedly, over time.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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