Question: When do VCs prefer to invest in companies? After they have completed their beta? After they have a certain amount of customers?
Our Take: There isn’t a cut and dry answer to this question. The answer really depends on what the investment thesis is for the venture firm you are working with and the particular partner looking at the investment. Depending upon expertise, risk profile and stage(s) that interests them, VCs run the gamut from preferring very early stage deals (think 3 folks and a set of PowerPoint slides) to ones who want to invest in proven concepts, completed technology and built out management teams.
So in short, no matter what your stage, there are folks out there who probably invest in it.