I have a sneaking suspicion that the VC selection process is more like a high school election/popularity contest than a disciplined process. It's been a few years since I've been in a VC meeting, but I doubt much has changed. There are a few genuinely thoughtful VC, but there also seem to be a lot that make funding decisions that really don't make much sense.
The thing i, though, that I don't think they'd have much better results if it really were about the numbers and probability of success. Once beyond a base level of competence, the type of person that can sell something, whether it be of value or not, to a consumer is likely to be able to sell that same thing to a VC.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.