Beyond the check — what entrepreneurs really want (and need)

Jason Illian, managing director of Koch Disruptive Technologies, recently sat down with the podcast “upside” to discuss investing in companies that disrupt and transform Koch’s core businesses and expand it to new platforms and capabilities. 

Conversations in the startup community typically hover around large funding rounds, valuations and the next big thing. And it’s certainly important to make sure you have enough capital to build a formidable, long-lasting company. But the best entrepreneurs aren’t just looking for the biggest checkbook. They’re looking for a partner who can help them accelerate their business beyond the check and unlock long-term value. 

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