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Early-stage typically refers to investments between pre-seed and Series B. These companies may or may not have a live product or revenue, but generally don’t yet have product-market fit.
Roles at early-stage firms often involve: (1) meeting with founders and sourcing investments; (2) due diligence; (3) supporting portfolio companies; and (4) thought leadership around spaces the firm is interested in.
Some firms invest across a range of stages (e.g. a16z invests from seed to growth), while others focus on one stage (e.g. First Round Capital is a seed-focused firm). To summarize the stages: