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Why isn't there a legitimate "critic" in Silicon Valley for early-stage startups?

Chris Barsness, startup, finance, law, and tech nerd

The critics don't always need to be vocal; there already are plenty of critics.  The company's most important critics are usually the board and investors, whether VC, angel, or otherwise.  Those are the ones that can direct a startup in the right direction.  When someone of value fails to invest in a future round, fires management, or quits the board, those are some pretty serious critiques of where the company is heading.

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