Money 2.0 Stuff: Team over product will end in tears

Quick Take

  • The difficulty of pivoting as a  ‘decentralized network’ requires venture investors to shift emphasis away from team to core product
  • Coda’s $15 million raises questions as to whether superior technology can overcome entrenched network effects 


Contrary to what their Medium posts, podcasts and panel appearances would have you believe, venture capitalists all use the same set framework for evaluating investment opportunities: team, product, market size.

Differentiation in fund performance then comes in two flavours: deal flow and proprietary emphasis with respect to the weight assigned to the ‘team’ and ‘product’ categories (there is no differentiation on the ‘market size’ side – all funds target large markets).