“I have nothing to wear” is a a frequent comment, typically made by those with closets full of clothes...
Actually, what I wanted to discuss here is what to wear to a meeting with VC’s. I recall my first business meeting, way way way back when I was still an engineer, and asked to purchase a suit (yuck!) in preparation for my meeting with Hughes Aircraft in Orange County. One of the more experienced marketeers in my firm took me shopping for a grey skirt, white button down shirt and black jacket. I’m still horrified by that memory.
However, first impressions are very important. It’s not only the quality of what you say, but how you say and present it. So, what should you wear to that meeting?
First, you should be comfortable. If you don’t feel comfortable in your clothes, you certainly won’t look it. You want to be at your very best, at ease, focusing on the issues.
Next, you don’t want to stand out. For example, an Israeli entrepreneur that would walk into our office in a suit and tie, when all of us are “business casual” would look like they’re trying too hard. The objective is to look professional, confident and comfortable.
In Israel, you won’t go wrong with business casual. Israeli’s are very casual anyhow. However, shorts and crocs might not be the best choice for your first meeting.
Regardless of what you choose to wear, please do turn off your cellphone…