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Episode 60: Shomik Dutta of Overture On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Shomik Dutta, former member of the Obama White House and managing partner of Overture VC, a firm focused on sustainable energy and climate tech. Shomik discusses the current state of innovation in sustainable energy through the VC lens, the improvements in material science, and the relationship between government and the private sector.
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EPISODE 029 – UNICORN MANIA, The Real Facts About Post-Money Valuation UNICORN MANIA, The Real Facts About Post-Money Valuation Post-Money Valuation; The Facts It is absolutely NOT the market capitalization or market value of a tech unicorn company; PM Valuation completely ignores all the prices paid, preferences, and rights granted, for ALL prior rounds – a major flaw and a farce; Thus, a completely distorted picture of value is created by actually assuming that all of these past preferred rounds of equity, plus common, are all magically worth the same price as the round just completed.  This is insanity; To make matters worse, The derivation of the PM Valuation is cloaked in secrecy – it´s a black box – you don´t get to see the calculation! Remember, from the Stanford Study, ALL 135 Unicorn companies evaluated were overvalued using the PM Valuation AND, 65 lose their Unicorn status!   This is a ‘Houston-we-have-a-problem’ moment.  If these statistics aren’t an indicator that something is terribly wrong with the PM Valuation…well…then you are in Unicorn land.   A Unicorn Index Fund is a Sham Given the above facts, the concept of a Unicorn Index, then, is a sham based on this faulty method of valuation.  The indexes, in fact, do not have visibility into the requisite information and data actually needed to return a market value or market capitalization (i.e., financial statements).  That´s why they use the inappropriate and discredited PM Valuation and then try to sell it to you as some rigorous and proprietary methodology.  Complete BS. Since these index funds have very limited information in these private companies (again, no fin. statements), they are trying to triangulate a valuation from incomplete information and back-of-the-envelope approach.  It turns out, based on the research, the PM Valuation is a very bad proxy for determining value.  It cannot even be considered a derivative of value.  It’s far worse.  At a minimum, a derivative security actually derives its underlying value from another asset or group of assets PM Valuation is far riskier and worse than a derivative because there are well-documented, glaring flaws in the methodology;  that all prior rounds with different economics are suddenly worth the same as the last round.  It’s messed up and it’s improper, as the Study indicates. In fact, let me let you in on a key piece of information, a key fact:  I’ve known about the concept of PM valuation for more than 20 years, during my time as a venture debt lender.  The PM valuation was never intended to be used for this purpose (trying to determine a market value for private companies). EXPLAIN:  In 90% to 95% of all the deals, loans we did for VC-backed tech companies, they typically had to raise an additional round or two of capital before we were paid out on the loan.  When they raised a new round, the Loan & Sec. Agr. required full reporting.  And, Many times company mgt and investors would tell us the PM valuation after this round was X. We knew how it was calculated and always knew this was not the real market value for the company, b/c of all the terms and conditions of prior rounds of capital.  It was always considered a rough, back of the envelope way to look at the company as a very rough approximation of perhaps its future potential value – but in no way did it represent its market value.   The idea that index funds, the financial press, and the analytics companies have been trying, for years now, to use this as a representation of value is insane and it’s fraudulent.   Btw, Why would anyone invest in an index fund that can´t provide investors with a true picture of value?  Any index fund should be required, and investors should demand, full disclosure of the valuation methodology.  One would think disclosing your valuation methodology would be a strength, a positive, to show investors you do have rigor in your analysis and determination of value.  Transparency should be an asset.  Instead, these so-called index funds use stealth because they don´t want you to know that they don´t really have visibility and the tools normally utilized to actually determine real market value for these private tech firms.   Why the secrecy and black-box approach if the index funds are asking investors to pony-up vast sums of money to get exposure to private tech company deals?   The risks of a private, early-stage technology company are already significantly high enough; and their performance is not proven nor is it disclosed.  To gain exposure to this high-risk asset category via an index fund with a completely improper, bogus notion of value is insane.   Stay Far Away from any Index of Unicorns So, let´s understand what is really going on here.  The facts are these regarding any index comprised of so-called Unicorn tech companies.
EP#69 Arpit Maheshwari – Investment philosophy at Stellaris, balancing mindshare when investing in different sectors and managing relationships with startups that are unable to achieve venture scale In this episode, Arpit Maheshwari, Principal @Stellaris Venture Partners, joins our host Digjay, to talk about his background and path leading up to Stellaris, the investment philosophy at Stellaris and the journey from Fund I to Fund II, stand-out attributes of select founders from Stellaris’ portfolio, scaling up as an investor and balancing mindshare between different sectors, managing relationships/conversations with startups that are unable to achieve venture scale and value add from investors.
Stellaris is an early-stage sector-agnostic investment firm, currently investing from its second fund of $225mm. Since its inception in 2017, the firm has invested in 30+ startups across sectors like SaaS, financial services, B2B commerce, consumer brands, social commerce, education, electric vehicles, healthcare, and more. Some of its marquee portfolio startups include the likes of Whatfix, MamaEarth, Turno, Slintel, Limechat and Signzy among others. 
Prior to Stellaris, Arpit ran Corporate Innovation for Arvind Limited, managed product and strategy for Cardekho.com’s used-cars business, and headed product management at iProf – an edtech start-up. An IIT-Delhi/IIM-Ahmedabad alum, Arpit started his career with a 3-year stint at BCG.
You can connect with Arpit here on Linkedin / Twitter
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Show notes –

(01:45) Arpit’s path leading up to Stellaris Venture Partners

(05:06) Stellaris – the investment philosophy and journey of the firm from Fund I to Fund II

(14:06) Stand out attributes of select founders from Stellaris’ portfolio

(21:27) Scaling up as an investor and balancing mindshare between different sectors  

(30:04) Managing relationships/conversations with  startups that are unable to achieve venture scale

(34:05) How has being an investor influenced Arpit over the years?

(35:35) Rapid fire and closing remarks


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1. How did Sanam become involved in the world of venture capital? (3:45)
2. Sanam's perspective on working within the Blume ecosystem (15:25)
3. A glimpse into the early days at Metamorph (18:36)
4. How does talent matching occur at the portfolio level? (26:08)
5. What makes founders choose to work with Metamorph despite having their own HR teams? (30:10)
6. The role of HR firms in M&A processes (35:04)
7. Overcoming challenges when working with portfolio startups (42:57)
8. Metamorph's strategy for hiring the best employees to support startup growth (48:45)
9. Addressing the reverse brain drain phenomenon (51:50)
10. Key takeaways from building and developing Metamorph (54:06)
11. Sanam's proudest achievement during her time at Metamorph (1:00:33)
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E110: Abhishek Goyal (Co-founder, Tracxn) Abhishek Goyal is the Co-founder, Vice Chairman, and Executive Director of Tracxn, a leading research firm that provides market intelligence data on private companies. Since its founding in 2012, Tracxn has secured funding from top investors like 3one4 Capital, Elevation Capital, Prime Venture Partners, and angel investors including Sachin and Binny Bansal, and has grown to become a highly profitable business.
After much success, Tracxn debuted on the NSE in October 2022, becoming one of the few venture-backed startups to go public. Abhishek's strategic leadership and unwavering commitment to excellence have been vital in the growth and success of the company.
Before Tracxn, Abhishek gained experience working with esteemed organizations such as Amazon Development Centre (India) Private Limited, Yahoo Software Development India Private Limited, and Accel. He also served as a consultant with 3i Infotech Limited and Erasmic Consulting Private Limited.
Abhishek has been recognised as part of the '40 under 40' list by Fortune India in both 2018 and 2019, highlighting his success as a young entrepreneur. He holds a bachelor's degree in technology with a specialization in computer science and engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Episode Notes:
1. What was it like before and after Tracxn's IPO? (3:38)
2. Why did Tracxn's founders choose to go public instead of selling the company? (6:10)
3. How has Abhishek's leadership role changed since the IPO? (7:30)
4. How did Tracxn's investors learn about the IPO process, and what was their reaction? (15:53)
5. What's the best analogy for a company going public? (20:20)
6. Why did Abhishek choose to become an entrepreneur? (22:30)
7. What was Tracxn's first milestone? (26:00)
8. Would Abhishek do things differently if he had to build Tracxn again? (30:30)
9. What were some of the toughest days as a founder? (33:33)
10. What is Abhishek's superpower as an angel investor? (38:18)
11. What's the biggest lesson Abhishek has learned over his career? (44:23)
12. Abhishek tips on leadership and management (47:15)
13. What advice would Abhishek give his younger self? (57:00)
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Dana Settle on starting and building Greycroft, Maintaining culture and speed with scale, and thoughts on VC moving forward Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape.This week on the show we’re joined by Dana Settle, Co-Founder of Greycroft. Founded in 2006, Greycroft began with a mission to invest in areas outside of Silicon Valley and specifically in NY and LA. The firm currently has over $2B in Assets Under Management, over 60 employees, and has invested in companies such as Bumble, Scopely, Plated, and Maker Studios among many others. This was a special episode where we unpacked all of the components of firm-building including team development, fundraising, investment decision-making, and evolving to market dynamics. We hope you enjoy my conversation with Dana.Program note: This was recorded prior to the issues arising in the banking sector.A word from our sponsor:Privately owned and headquartered in New York City, Grasshopper Bank is built to serve the business and innovation economy. As a client-first digital bank, Grasshopper combines the best of banking technology and years of industry expertise to deliver best-in-class experiences with trusted security and unparalleled support. Grasshopper's digital solutions are tailored for venture capital and private equity firms, startups and small businesses, fintech-focused Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) and commercial API banking platforms, and more. Serving clients globally, Grasshopper provides flexible, firm-focused lending solutions, as well as a dedicated Relationship Manager committed to meeting the unique needs and strategic focus of your firm across all entities, including funds, general partner and management companies. Grasshopper is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.For more information, visit the bank's website at www.grasshopper.bank or follow on LinkedIn and Twitter.About Dana Settle:Dana Settle is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Greycroft. Dana’s active investments include Acorns, Anine Bing, Avaline, Bird, Citizen, Cloud Paper, data.ai, Goop, HamsaPay, Happiest Baby, Merit Beauty, Mountain Digital, Pacaso, Seed Health, Tapcart, Thrive Market and Versed. Her notable exits include Bumble (IPO), Maker Studios (acquired by Disney), Pulse (acquired by LinkedIn), The RealReal (IPO), Trunk Club (acquired by Nordstrom), and WideOrbit (interest sold to company management).Prior to Greycroft, Dana spent several years as a venture capitalist and advisor to startups in the Bay Area, including six years at Mayfield, and investment banking at Lehman Brothers.Dana holds a BA in Finance and International Studies from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard Business School.In this episode we discuss:(02:03) What led to the creation of Greycroft(06:46) How they found believers in their hypothesis and got their first fundraise completed(08:19) Advice for managers and entrepreneurs raising in the current market(11:34) Building a distributed and remote-first culture outside of Silicon Valley(15:33) The role of diversity when building strong partnerships(19:00) Traits Dana values when she is hiring for the firm(21:09) Why curiosity is so important and how she uncovers that in candidates(23:55) The importance of creating a safe space for new voices to be heard in a firm(27:59) Why Dana hated the internal politics of old Silicon Valley and wanted to remove that from Greycroft(30:54) The decision to follow-on invest in their portfolio companies(33:11) How Greycroft manages conflicts within the partnership(35:01) The philosophy around team-building within the firm and how that benefits their portfolio companies(37:19) How Greycroft remains nimble with such a large organization(39:26) The bull case for Venture Capital moving forward(42:09) What Greycroft got the most correct and the most wrong in its historyI’d love to know what you took away from this conversation with Dana. Follow me @SamirKaji and give me your insights and questions with the hashtag #ventureunlocked. If you’d like to be considered as a guest or have someone you’d like to hear from (GP or LP), drop me a direct message on Twitter.Podcast Production support provided by Agent Bee This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://ventureunlocked.su
E108: Jen Abel (Co-founder, JJELLYFISH) Jen Abel is the accomplished Co-Founder of JJELLYFISH, a Boston-based firm renowned for its pioneering approach in assisting B2B startups to achieve early-stage sales proficiency and success in the United States, as well as the UK and Australia markets. With over six years of experience in the industry, JJELLYFISH has empowered over 200 B2B/enterprise startups to validate their sales process and go-to-market strategy, demonstrating a commitment to delivering exceptional results.
The firm's highly skilled team has a proven track record of generating impressive revenue and driving substantial outcomes for companies headquartered in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America. JJELLYFISH's range of services caters to diverse needs, including acquiring first-time US customers, defining US go-to-market strategies, or transitioning from the SMB market to mid-market/enterprise levels. The firm's expertise in these areas is unparalleled, and they have demonstrated a remarkable capacity to navigate and succeed in complex markets.
Episode Notes:
1. The inspiration behind co-founding JJELLYFISH (2:52)
2. The evolution of the sales process in the US over the years(8:27)
3. The benefits of founder-led sales for startups (15:20)
4. The right time to invest in sales teams (23:15)
5. Jen's definition of PMF (33:55)
6. Common pitfalls Indian founders face while selling in the US (45:34)
7. Tips for improving sales skills for founders (50:47)
8. Advice for founders entering US markets (57:37)
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Episode 59: Mark Sherman of Telstra Ventures On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Mark Sherman, managing partner at Telstra Ventures, a venture firm focused on the emerging technology space. While the episode was recorded before the collapse of SVB, their conversation does touch on AI, lighthouse leaders, and the potential for downturns in the economic cycle. A prescient conversation that you don’t want to miss.
EP#68 Vishesh Khurana – Building Shiprocket to enable e-commerce in India, the scale up journey and approach to inorganic growth In this episode, Vishesh Khurana, Co-Founder @Shiprocket, joins our host Digjay, to talk about his background and path leading up to Shiprocket, macro tailwinds that shaped Shiprocket’s evolution and its current product stack, challenges faced when scaling up Shiprocket, empowering leaders and people management, Shiprocket’s inorganic growth playbook, fundraising journey and value add from investors.
Shiprocket is a logistics enablement platform that offers SaaS solutions to online sellers and D2C brands for aggregating and choosing the best logistics partner to ship their e-commerce orders. Shiprocket is backed by some marquee investors like Lightrock, Temasek, Zomato, Bertelsmann, Moore Strategic Ventures, March Venture Capital, and Paypal among others. Till date, Shiprocket has made five acquisitions, including cargo shipping business Rocketbox, supply chain management solution Glaucus, marketing automation platform Wigzo, logistics aggregator Pickrr and Arvin Internet’s retail enablement business, Omuni. 
You can connect with Vishesh here on Linkedin / Twitter
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Show notes –

(01:31) Vishesh’s path leading up to Shiprocket

(02:59) Genesis of Shiprocket

(06:23) Macro tailwinds that shaped Shiprocket’s evolution and its current product stack

(13:06) Importance of building an alternate demand ecosystem to scale up an e-commerce business

(14:57) Challenges faced when scaling up Shiprocket; Approach to partnerships and competition  

(21:31) Empowering leaders and people management 

(23:17) Shiprocket’s inorganic growth playbook

(28:56) Fundraising journey and value add from investors

(36:56) Shiprocket's expansion plans

(38:28) How has being a founder influenced Vishesh over the years?

(40:29) Rapid fire and closing remarks


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Anonymous- Shocking VC Stories We gave both Scott and Peter an opportunity to vent, to talk about instances, examples that are otherwise hard to share in social circles due to interpersonal conflict.They say, there is no learning better than learning from other people's mistakes. And sometimes its your own mistakes that makes you a better VC. Scott and Peter reflect back on many such instances that can be highly educational. We hope you make the most of this episode. We have tried something new and if you like it- do let us know.  Write to us, tag us, share it on your stories and leave us a feedback.We are sharing some highlights on our social media pages, don't miss out on following us there. Scott Paul is the Founder of Convoi Ventures.He's helped turn Utah into a thriving startup culture and he is a supportive leader and angel investor.Follow Scott PaulTwitter: https://twitter.com/scottycoinLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-paul-404353225/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skitramp/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LifeWithScottFollow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/
A Conversation with Claire Biernacki | Principal, BBG Ventures | Lerer Hippeau | Cult Capital | Pomona Capital | BoFA Merrill Lynch | MBA @ Columbia In this conversation with Claire, we hear about her journey from LevFin to PE to now VC, and how she tapped into various networking opportunities and fields of career as she chose to pursue VC. She also shares some trends in the startup world she is tracking closely. And we end the chat with some candid and genuine advice for women who are trying to break into this ecosystem!
E107: Rahul Chowdhury (Managing Partner, N+1 Capital) Rahul Chowdhury is the Managing Partner at N+1 Capital, India’s first revenue based debt fund. He brings 18+ years of intensive entrepreneurial and operating experience. He is a two-time founder, having founded and sold DenuoSource, a Chicago-based data analytics firm, in 2011. He later founded Reboot, India's first refurbished IT asset lifecycle management firm.
How does revenue-based-financing (RBF) work?
N+1 will provide startups access to capital, at a premium, without taking any equity share or collateral from the company. Further, it collects a percentage of the borrowing entity’s monthly revenues to pay the capital back, and gives steady returns to its limited partners on a quarterly basis. Unlike venture debt firms, N+1 isn’t dependent on future fund-raise of the startup, but will invest on the basis of its revenue outlook.
Episode Notes:
1. What motivated Rahul to pursue a career as a venture capitalist? (3:38)
2. The impact of Rahul's operator journey on his venture capital journey (6:02)
3. With whom does Rahul do business? (12:50)
4. Key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs (15:41)
5. Rahul’s decision making process (23:10)
6. How important are metrics and numbers in investment decision making? (35:40)
7. How does Rahul view black swan events and their impact on predicting the trajectory of startups seeking revenue-based financing? (38:18)
8. Evaluating businesses of varying sizes with respect to revenue based financing (45:31)
9. How significant is TAM to a revenue-based-financing investor? (55:20)
10. Challenges of revenue based financing in India (58:38)
11. Why VCs like to collaborate with a revenue-based-financing firm? (1:04:20)
12. What were the LPs' concerns about a revenue-based-financing firm? (1:09:51)
13. Personality-Fund-Fit for a fund manager (1:15:35)
14. Things about India that continue to surprise Rahul (1:21:28)
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Episode 58: Professor Brad DeLong of the University of California, Berkeley On this week’s episode, we have Professor Brad De Long of the University of California, Berkeley. Professor DeLong is an economic historian, as well as a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration. In light of the recent financial upheaval, we at The Puck felt that a certain amount of historical perspective could benefit our listeners.
A fascinating trip through financial history that you don’t want to miss.
Shuly Galili of UpWest on building lasting partnerships and how they bridged the gap between Israeli founders and the US Market Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape.This week we are joined by Shuly Galili, Founding Partner of UpWest, an early-stage firm founded in 2012 with her partner Gil Ben-Artzy to invest in seed-stage founders from Israel that are seeking to expand into the US market. UpWest has 4 funds under management and has invested in nearly 100 companies at the early stage that today have a collective market cap of over $20B. A word from our sponsor:Privately owned and headquartered in New York City, Grasshopper Bank is built to serve the business and innovation economy. As a client-first digital bank, Grasshopper combines the best of banking technology and years of industry expertise to deliver best-in-class experiences with trusted security and unparalleled support. Grasshopper's digital solutions are tailored for venture capital and private equity firms, startups and small businesses, fintech-focused Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) and commercial API banking platforms, and more. Serving clients globally, Grasshopper provides flexible, firm-focused lending solutions, as well as a dedicated Relationship Manager committed to meeting the unique needs and strategic focus of your firm across all entities, including funds, general partner and management companies. Grasshopper is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.For more information, visit the bank's website at www.grasshopper.bank or follow on LinkedIn and Twitter.About Shuly Galili:Shuly is a Founding Partner at UpWest, a Silicon Valley seed fund investing in startups at the Israel-US technology junction. UpWest portfolio crossed $2B in VC funding and includes companies such as SentinelOne, HoneyBook, Stampli, CyCognito, Imubit, and more.She helped found the California Israel Chamber of Commerce (CICC), a business platform for ongoing tech exchange serving a network of over 10,000 companies. Under Shuly’s leadership as Executive Director, CICC had a significant impact on its members’ success in securing millions in venture capital, establishing US/Israel offices and R&D Centers and branding Israel’s emerging tech industry in Silicon Valley.In this episode we discuss:(02:23) What gap they saw they wanted to fill in 2012(08:45) How the go to market strategy is different in the US vs. Israel(10:51) What their first fundraise was like with a new strategy(14:03) The strategic support UpWest received from its early LPs(15:39) The realization that they needed to grow to realize their vision(18:10) How Fund II changed their investing strategy and approach(21:50) When do you know it’s time to raise your fund size?(25:42) What early-stage investors should optimize for(30:32) Defining a healthy venture GP partnership(33:57) UpWest’s decision-making process(35:20) How Shuly and Gil maintain their partnership(38:14) Advice to her younger selfI’d love to know what you took away from this conversation with Shuly. Follow me @SamirKaji and give me your insights and questions with the hashtag #ventureunlocked. If you’d like to be considered as a guest or have someone you’d like to hear from (GP or LP), drop me a direct message on Twitter.Podcast Production support provided by Agent Bee Agency This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit ventureunlocked.substack.com
A Conversation with Claire Biernacki | Principal, BBG Ventures | Lerer Hippeau | Cult Capital | InSITE fellowship | Pomona Capital | BoFA Merrill Lynch | MBA, Columbia In this conversation with Claire, we hear about her journey from LevFin to PE to now VC, and how she tapped into various networking opportunities and fields of career as she chose to pursue VC. She also shares some trends in the startup world she is tracking closely. And we end the chat with some candid and genuine advice for women who are trying to break into this ecosystem!
Episode 57: Joe Dormani of TR Ventures On this week’s episode, we sit down with Joe Dormani, founding principal investor at TR Ventures, the investment arm of Thomson Reuters. In light of the recent advances in AI and the collapses of SVB and Signature, we thought it would be very prescient to revisit this conversation. A really interesting discussion considering the current financial landscape.
VC Insights: Scott Paul on the Growing Utah Ecosystem Scott Paul describes the Utah angel investing ecosystem, and his role as a Founder of Convoi Ventures, an $8M rolling VC fund here in Utah.He's helped turn Utah into a thriving startup culture and he is a supportive leader and angel investor.Utah has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, with a growing number of startups and small businesses emerging in recent years.Angel investors are a critical component of the Utah startup ecosystem, providing seed funding and mentorship to early-stage companies. These investors are typically high-net-worth individuals who invest their own capital in promising startups in exchange for equity.Utah has several angel investor groups, including Salt Lake City Angels, Park City Angels, and Utah Angels. These groups offer a range of resources and support for startups, including funding, mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to a wide range of industry experts.In addition to angel investor groups, Utah has a number of venture capital firms that specialize in early-stage funding. These firms typically invest larger sums of money in startups that have already demonstrated some level of success, such as a working prototype or a small customer base.Overall, the Utah angel investing ecosystem is highly supportive of startups and is known for its strong sense of community. With a growing number of investors and a vibrant startup culture, Utah is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for entrepreneurs seeking funding and support for their new ventures.Follow Scott PaulTwitter: https://twitter.com/scottycoin LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-paul-404353225/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skitramp/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LifeWithScottFollow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/
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How is ChatGPT Affecting Venture Capital? As an AI language model, ChatGPT doesn't have any direct impact on venture capital. However, ChatGPT and other AI technologies may indirectly affect venture capital in several ways:
Improved investment decision-making: AI technologies like natural language processing, machine learning, and predictive analytics can help venture capitalists analyze large amounts of data and make more informed investment decisions. ChatGPT, for example, can help investors quickly analyze large volumes of text-based data, such as news articles, social media posts, and earnings reports, to identify trends and patterns that could impact investment decisions.
Enhanced due diligence: Venture capitalists typically conduct extensive due diligence before investing in a startup. AI technologies can help streamline this process by analyzing a company's financials, patents, and other data to identify potential risks and opportunities. ChatGPT can assist in this process by analyzing large amounts of text-based information and helping investors quickly identify key information.
Improved portfolio management: AI technologies can help venture capitalists better manage their portfolio of investments. For example, ChatGPT can analyze news articles, social media posts, and other data sources to help investors monitor trends in their portfolio companies and identify potential risks and opportunities.
Increased efficiency: AI technologies can help venture capitalists automate many of their repetitive tasks, such as data entry and analysis, freeing up time to focus on higher-value activities like networking, due diligence, and portfolio management.
Overall, AI technologies like ChatGPT have the potential to significantly impact the venture capital industry by improving investment decision-making, enhancing due diligence, improving portfolio management, and increasing efficiency.Follow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjonbradshaw
A Conversation with Janis Naeve, Partner @ Cota Capital | Amgen Ventures | 2021’s Fiercest Women in Life Sciences In this conversation with Janis, we chat about her long journey in life sciences and the gradual transition to a more generalist fund set-up, with Cota Capital. We also hear about the fund thesis with Cota and some of the most exciting spaces she is following. Lastly, we touch upon her experiences and take on gender dynamics in this ecosystem and how should one navigate the system!
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How is ChatGPT Affecting Startups? What is the effect of ChatGPT on startups? Though ChatGPT can have a positive impact, it will also shake up many industries. Here is a quick summary of the areas we think ChatGPT will affect/change the soonest. 
Customer Support: Startups can use ChatGPT to provide 24/7 customer support to their users. ChatGPT can handle a large volume of customer queries and provide quick and accurate responses, which can lead to higher customer satisfaction and retention rates.
Product Recommendations: ChatGPT can analyze customer data and provide personalized product recommendations. This can help startups increase their sales and revenue by providing customers with products that they are more likely to purchase.
Market Research: Startups can use ChatGPT to conduct market research by analyzing customer feedback and reviews. This can help them understand their target audience better and make more informed decisions about their products and services.
Content Creation: ChatGPT can assist startups in generating content such as blog posts, social media updates, and email newsletters. This can help startups save time and resources on content creation while still maintaining a high level of quality.
Virtual Assistants: Startups can use ChatGPT to create virtual assistants that can handle various tasks such as scheduling appointments, sending reminders, and answering basic queries. This can help startups streamline their operations and reduce their workload.
What do you think? Follow the links below and let us know.Follow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/
A Conversation with Janis Naeve, Partner @ Cota Capital | Amgen | 2021’s Fiercest Women in Life Sciences In this conversation with Janis, we chat about her long journey in life sciences industry and the gradual transition to a more generalist fund set-up, with Cota Capital. We also hear about the fund thesis with Cota and what are some of the most exciting spaces she is following. Lastly, we touch upon her experiences and take on gender dynamics in this ecosystem and how should one navigate the system!
Who Is A Founder? The "Who is a Founder?" podcast explores the various aspects of what it means to be a founder in the modern startup world. Jon and Peter debate who deserves the title and who doesn't.They discuss what it means to be a founder and how the role of a founder has evolved over time. They also explore the various characteristics that make a successful founder and share their insights on what it takes to build a successful company.Overall, "Who is a Founder?" provides a valuable resource for anyone interested in entrepreneurship and the challenges faced by those who are building their own companies. With its mix of personal anecdotes and expert interviews, this podcast offers a unique perspective on what it takes to succeed as a founder.Bullet points:
"Who is a Founder?" podcast explores what it means to be a founder in the modern business world.
The podcast covers various topics such as fundraising, building a team, and managing risk.
Hosts Jon and Peter share their own experiences and insights, as well as interview successful founders and industry experts.
The podcast emphasizes the importance of resilience, perseverance, mentorship, support networks, and work-life balance for successful founders.
"Who is a Founder?" offers a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs.
Follow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow University Growth FundWebsite: https://www.ugrowthfund.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/university-growth-fund/Instagram: https://instagram.com/ugrowthfund
E106: Tarun Sharma (Managing Partner, MegaDelta Capital) Tarun Sharma is Managing Partner at MegaDelta Capital Advisors, a sub-advisor to Millenna Capital, a Mauritius based investment fund as well as an investment manager of MegaDelta Capital Fund I, a SEBI registered Category II Alternate Investment Fund. The fund has invested in companies such as GOQii, Nova, IDfy, Naaptol, Firstcry, MoneyTap etc. and others.
MegaDelta typically invest $15-25M across sectors of such as Healthcare, Enterprise technology and Engineering Services.
Tarun has more than 18 years of work experience, including 16 years in principal investing and investment advisory in India and around the world. He currently serves on the boards of GreytHR Software, Intelligence Node, Panacea Medical Technologies, and Air Works Engineering, as well as Nova Fertility and FirstCry.com as a Board Observer.
Tarun formed the core investment advisory team for NEA India prior to joining MegaDelta Capital, leading investments in consumer, healthcare, and technology companies. And before that, he worked for Peepul Capital Private Equity, where he was involved in transaction structuring and execution, as well as actively managing portfolio companies in the consumer and media sectors. He began his career at Goldman Sachs International in London, first with the Equity Derivatives team and then with the Global Macro Proprietary trading team, where he developed a strong understanding of macro themes and translated them into investible opportunities.
Tarun received an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, India and earned his B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Delhi, India.
Episode Notes:
1. Intro (2:45)
2. Tarun’s journey into venture capital (4:12)
3. The evolution of the Indian venture capital landscape over the last 15 years (12:05)
4. How has Tarun evolved as an investor over the years? (16:20)
5. The role of a successful fund manager (21:35)
6. Takeaways from investing and collaborating with portfolio founders (case in point: Firstcry.com) (31:02)
7. Healthcare in India: Why haven't venture capitalists done more in this sector? (43:21)
8. Where is the real opportunity in healthcare in the next 4-5 years? (48:13)
9. Advice Tarun would give himself (55:20)
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Is Venture Capital a Good Job? Is Venture Capital a Good job?Peter Harris is an industry veteran with almost 20 years of experience. If you're a student and want to get into VC, interning with Peter could give you a massive leg up. Here's a quick summary:
Peter shares his personal experience about the benefits and downsides of the job
Pros and Cons of being a partner
Succession planning and your long-term viability in the industry 
Is venture capital lucrative
Who is Venture Capital not for
Follow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow University Growth FundWebsite: https://www.ugrowthfund.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/university-growth-fund/Instagram: https://instagram.com/ugrowthfundFollow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjonbradshawYoutube: https://youtu.be/spRuy517if0
A Conversation with Johanna Posada | Founder and Managing Partner at Elevar Equity | Central Bank of Mexico | ExxonMobil | Stanford GSB In this chat with Johanna, we get to hear about her breadth of experiences in economics, finance and and what led her to do investing. She also shares her motivation and journey building Elevar, doubling down on the LatAm ecosystem and her aspirations for women in the space.
E105: Kanika Mayar (Partner, Vertex Ventures – SEA&I) Kanika Mayar is a Partner at Vertex Ventures SEA & India (VVSEAI), a fund part of the global Vertex Ventures network of funds, with portfolio companies such as Licious, FirstCry, Nium, Binance, Grab, Yatra, and Happy Fresh. In addition to Southeast Asia and India, the Vertex Global Network is comprised of affiliates in Silicon Valley, China and Israel. Kanika joined Vertex Ventures in 2020 and focuses on opportunities in India in agritech, B2B, consumer, and health tech. Kanika has worked in private equity, asset management, and investment banking for over 9 years.Prior to joining Vertex, Kanika was an Investment Officer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she focused on investing in early-stage technology, telecom, renewable energy and infrastructure companies across India and South Asia. Before IFC, Kanika was with Goldman Sachs’s Investment Banking team covering transactions in natural resources in Europe.Kanika holds a Bachelor in Economics from the Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.Episode Notes:1. Intro (1:30)2. Kanika's professional trajectory (2:42)3. A general overview of the VC industry in recent years (7:00)4. India's macro trends (14:22)5. Kanika's India thesis (21:23)6. Portfolio startup learnings (31:51)7. Establishing long-term relationships with founders (41:20)8. Advice to anyone entering venture capital (51:30). . . Social Links: Vertex Ventures on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VertexVenturesKanika Mayar on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KanikaMayarPodcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
Episode 028 – UNICORN-MANIA Tech Unicorn Valuations are Fake Introduction Welcome to Distilling Venture Capital.  I am your host, Bill Griesinger Distilling VC is a visionary podcast that provides an insightful and informed view of the key trends affecting the VC and tech startup world.  My mission is to cut through and go beyond the hype that tends to dominate the tech landscape.  And provide you with information you can use. It is your podcast for Fintech, DeFi, Blockchain and smart contracts, digital banking and all the frontier Web 3 technologies changing the financial landscape globally.   Hello everyone – it´s been a couple of months since my last podcast episode – I took some time off…It´s great to be back with you again. After some thought, consideration and a couple defining events, and an announcement by Pitchbook, one of the so called data analytics firms in the VC space, I decided it was imperative that I do an episode in my Unicorn Mania series.  I´ll fill you in on the PB announcement I am referring to in a moment – it´s insane! Before we jump into the episode though, I wanted to pay recognition and acknowledgement to a wonderful Brazilian singer and artist, Gal Costa.  My intro music and exit music is Aquarela do Brasil by Gal Costa.  Gal Costa passed away on Nov. 9, 2021.  A makpr talent in Brazil, I thoroughly enjoyed her music.  She will be missed.    So, let´s jump into this edition of Unicorn Mania: If you´ve followed this podcast in the past, you are aware that in the UnicornMania series I highlight the largely fake, deceptive valuations of VC-backed private technology companies – Which are Fondly called Unicorns…Isn´t that cute?   For background, I refer you to my first episode in the UnicornMania series, March of 2020.  Episodes 5 and 6 also deal with this twisted freak show perpetrated by VCs, the tech & financial press and others that engage in all of this Unicorn nonsense.  I encourage you to go back to Episode 1 for insights and valuable background information as to why I categorically state and prove that tech Unicorns, a VC-backed tech company allegedly with a $1B or more valuation, are indeed mostly fake… Let´s start off with some levity and have a little fun, shall we, at the expense of Sil. Valley VCs?  I read this a couple years ago in a CrunchBase piece;   There´s an old joke about a new bar in Sil. Valley.  On opening day, 6,000 people showed up.  No one buys a drink.  The business is declared a roaring success!   [This joke will hopefully make perfect sense by the time we finish this episode.  Only in SV culture would the above be considered a success!  In Sil. Valley, comedy often becomes reality   To briefly review, let´s start with some basics I will get into in this episode: So, as I just mentioned, the definition of this tech unicorn we hear so much about is:   A private VC-backed tech company with an alleged valuation of $1B or more;  I say allegedly b/c  these valuations are largely fake;  I´ll demonstrate that with conclusive evidence in just a moment; VCs and others arrive at this distorted value using a completely improper, simplistic method known as the Post Money Valuation – In a moment, I´ll walk through how the Post-Money Valuation is calculated and explain why it is a completely erroneous notion of value; On what basis do I call it fakery and deception?  Largely b/c it has been conclusively proven beyond a doubt based on the research;  The body of evidence comes from a Stanford Univ. GSB study called, “Squaring VC Valuations with Reality.“   The results were originally revealed at a Silicon Valley Open Doors conf. in 2016 and then officially published in April 2017.  It´s been updated since, as late as Dec. 2019.  It also has been published in peer-reviewed journals like The Journal of Financial Economics in 2020. There are links to both the 2016 video and to the research report in the description of this video Links: Squaring Venture Capital Valuations with Reality https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2955455   Video presentation to the Silicon Valley Open Doors conf., 2016 https://youtu.be/k4OtGWZ3iYI   Why a return to this topic?  Several reasons;   Because it continues to be an absolute freak show that is out of control.  It is a twisted and a deceitful exercise that, as I mentioned, VCs, the tech and financial press and others engage in to ascribe and hype a false value to priv. tech companies;  Further, It is an insult to those of us who have an interest in discovering the true value of these tech companies;  And Finally, b/c many of the largest mutual fund com
A Conversation with Johanna Posada | Founder and Managing Partner at Elevar | Central Bank of Mexico | ExxonMobil | Stanford GSB In this chat with Johanna, we get to hear about her breadth of experiences in economics, finance and and what led her to do investing. She also shares her motivation and journey building Elevar, doubling down on the LatAm ecosystem.
Ryan Hoover of Weekend Fund and Jordan Gonen of Compound on the rise of private and retail investors into venture capital and alternatives Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape.This week we are re-joined by friend of the pod Ryan Hoover who is the Managing Partner of Weekend Fund and Jordan Gonen, Co-Founder and CEO of Compound, a fintech platform that provides wealth management and advisory services to founders and employees of startups. This was a special episode covering the growing intersection of the private wealth sector and venture capital investing, and what trends we are all seeing. We hope you enjoy my conversation with Ryan and Jordan.Frank, Rimerman + Co.’s history is closely intertwined with that of Silicon Valley. With humble beginnings similar to so many start-ups, Frank, Rimerman was formed with a desire to serve the entrepreneurial and venture communities of the Valley and the determination to think outside-the-box.When it comes to venture funds, we work with almost 500 VC groups from over 20 states across the USA. We have worked with over 400 fund groups during their first year of operations, making us one of the leading providers in the country to emerging managers.No one wants to be bored at work. That’s why we chose to work with some of the most innovative and creative people – people who are changing the world around us every day. Their excitement fuels our passion and determination to grow and serve this special community.Frank, Rimerman + Co, Passion Works Here.www.frankrimerman.comAbout Ryan Hoover:Ryan is the founder of Weekend Fund. He started his professional career as a product manager in the gaming industry. His fascination with technology and behavioral psychology led him to help write Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.In 2013 he founded Product Hunt, inspired by his curiosity and a desire to support early-stage makers and founders. The company raised capital from Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and others before joining AngelList. About Jordan Gonen:Jordan Gonen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Compound. Prior to that, he was at Scaphold (YC W17) and Pluot (YC W16). He also had stints at Inside, RealtyShares, Cultivation Capital, and more.Jordan’s writing has been featured in Forbes, Fortune Magazine, Startup Grind, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Inc., Time, Mashable, Elite Daily, the Huffington Post, and others. Jordan studied at Washington University in St. Louis.In this episode we discuss:(02:20) Why Jordan started Compound(05:06) Why High Net-Worth Individuals seek out Alternative Investments(08:31) Motivations for becoming an LP(12:08) Advice for those new to Venture Investing as an LP(16:46) How you should evaluate a fund manager(23:04) Building deal flow as an emerging manager(27:22) Red flags when evaluating an investment(32:31) What the markets will hold in 2023I’d love to know what you took away from this conversation with Ryan and Jordan. Follow me @SamirKaji and give me your insights and questions with the hashtag #ventureunlocked. If you’d like to be considered as a guest or have someone you’d like to hear from (GP or LP), drop me a direct message on Twitter.Podcast Production support provided by Agent Bee Agency This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit ventureunlocked.substack.com
E104: Aprameya Radhakrishna (Co-founder & CEO, Koo) Aprameya Radhakrishna is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder and CEO of Koo, an Indian microblogging and social networking app also known as the Indian Twitter. The company has raised a little over $50M from marquee investors such as Accel, Kalaari Capital, Blume Ventures, 3one4 Capital, Tiger Global among many others. He founded his first venture, TaxiForSure with Raghunandan, which was acquired by OLA in 2015 for $200 million. In 2017, Aprameya launched his second venture, ‘Vokal,’ a user-generated content platform in Indian languages, with partner Mayank Bidawatka. After that, he realised that content in regional Indian languages was sparse, as most social media platforms carry an English-first approach and are built primarily for English speakers residing in urban centres. This gave him the idea of developing a multi-lingual micro-blogging platform for Indians, Koo, to communicate and connect with their linguistic and cultural communities. In July 2020, he won the Prime Minister’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge.Episode Notes:1. Intro (2:20)2. Reflections on free expression in the context of microblogging and social media (3:50)3. Growing Koo within different sections of the Indian populations (8:55)4. How did the idea for Koo come about, and what factors aided the company's growth? (12:50)5. Learning from building TaxiForSure that translates to building Koo (17:10)6. The initial set of milestones that established the Koo brand (20:04)7. Expansion during the pandemic (23:48)8. Lessons from India's growth that will help Koo expand to the United States (26:47)9. Creating richer community experiences (29:40)10. Taking on Twitter (33:52)11. Scaling values as businesses grow (37:44)12. Creating a brand with a purpose (41:38)13. How do investors perceive Koo’s growth in the coming years? (47:37)14. Lessons learned as a serial entrepreneur in India (50:18). . . Social Links: Koo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kooindiaAprameya Radhakrishna on Twitter: https://twitter.com/aprameyaPodcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
A Conversation with Pallavi Chakravorty | Sequoia Capital | BCG | IIT Madras | MBA @ Harvard Business School (2023) In this conversation with Pallavi, we learn about her career transitions and what got her interested in growth investing, particularly in the Indian fintech ecosystem. We got to hear about a few of her investments and investment theses, and her goals of learning from the international markets, like the USA. Tune in, for a thought provoking chat!
A Conversation with Pallavi Chakravorty | Sequoia Capital | BCG | IIT Madras | HBS'23 In this conversation with Pallavi, we learn about her career transitions and what got her interested in growth investing, particularly in the Indian fintech ecosystem. We got to hear about a few of her investment thesis, and her goals of learning from the international markets, like the USA. Tune in, for a thought provoking chat!
Access to significant funding that can help fuel growth and scale operations
Exposure to experienced investors and their networks, which can provide valuable guidance, mentorship, and business connections
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Is Venture Capital Good for Small Business? Here are the potential pros and cons of venture capital for small businesses:Pros:
Access to significant funding that can help fuel growth and scale operations
Exposure to experienced investors and their networks, which can provide valuable guidance, mentorship, and business connections
Potential for significant returns on investment for both the company and the investors
Can help attract other investors and partners in the future due to the credibility associated with receiving venture capital funding
Cons:
Highly competitive process to secure funding, with many companies vying for limited investment dollars
Can involve giving up a significant amount of control and ownership in the company, which can impact decision-making and long-term vision
Pressure to meet high growth expectations and deliver returns to investors within a relatively short time frame
Can be a time-consuming process that distracts from day-to-day operations of the business
Whether venture capital is good for a small business depends on the specific circumstances and goals of the business. Venture capital can be beneficial for small businesses that have high growth potential and require significant funding to scale their operations. However, not all small businesses are a good fit for venture capital. Ultimately, small business owners should carefully consider the potential benefits and drawbacks before pursuing venture capital funding.Follow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow University Growth FundWebsite: https://www.ugrowthfund.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/university-growth-fund/Instagram: https://instagram.com/ugrowthfundFollow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjonbradshawYoutube: https://youtu.be/spRuy517if0
E103: Shyam Menon (Founding Partner, Bharat Innovation Fund) Shyam Menon is the founding partner of Bharat Innovation Fund (BII), an India-based early-stage venture capital fund that invests in IP-driven deep tech, healthcare, agritech, fintech, mobility, logistics, enterprise and renewables startups. The fund has invested in Fire Compass, CreditVidya, Shifu, Detect Technologies, among many others. He has worked in the technology industry for over 25 years. Prior to launching BII, Shyam co-founder Infuse Ventures, India’s first clean tech focussed early-stage venture capital fund backed by BP, IFC, MNRE, SIDBI and other prominent LPs, and spent several years abroad working across global institutions such as the World Bank, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Conduit Ventures, Fuel Cell Energy, and Acumentrics Corp.Shyam graduated with honors from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's degree in Metallurgical Engineering and Missouri University of Science and Technology with a Master's degree in Material Sciences. Despite beginning his Ph.D. at UC Davis, he decided to discontinue it and pursue a career in the impact space.Episode Notes: 1. Intro (2:20)2. The origin story of Bharat Innovation Fund (3:00)3. Why did Shyam decide to bet on the Indian startup story in 2007/08? (37:47)4. Backing dreamers and disruptors (44:30)5. How has Shyam evolved as a fund manager (1:02:30). . . Social Links: BII on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bharat_fundPodcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
Episode 56 – Rana Foroohar – Author, Journalist, Financial Analyst On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Rana Foroohar, author, business columnist, associate editor at the Financial Times, and global economic analyst with CNN to discuss her most recent book, Homecoming: The Path to Prosperity in a Post-Global World. Their conversation covers the current financial situation, crypto, the era of globalization and a growing movement toward economic localization.
A fascinating conversation you don’t want to miss!
E102: Tushar Vashisht (CEO, HealthifyMe) Tushar Vashisht is the Co-founder and CEO of HealthifyMe, a digital health and wellness company that provides smart meal plans personalized by expert nutritionists and customized workout plans with certified fitness coaches. The company has raised just over $100M from Khosla Ventures, Chiratae Ventures, Athera Venture Partners, Blume Ventures among several others.Vashisht began his career on Wall Street at BlackRock. He later joined Deutsche Bank as a corporate finance analyst in San Francisco before moving to Singapore. In 2009, he joined the Aadhaar project headed by Nandan Nilekani, and in 2012 he co-founded HealthifyMe with Mathew Cherian and Sachin Shenoy.Episode Notes:1. Introduction (2:50)2. What led Tushar to found HealthifyMe (4:05)3. How did Tushar and his team validate their HealhtifyMe thesis? (8:40)4. How do you find early adopters and solicit feedback as founders? (13:48)5. How does the life of a founder change when they raise capital (22:05)6. The pandemic's impact on HealthifyMe as a company (28:55)7. Which is more difficult: building in the early stages or empowering leaders within an organization? (36:47)8. Tushar’s frameworks for decision making (39:55)9. Tushar's advice to his younger self (44:52). . . Bonus: Ud ja Re by Tushar Vashisht . . . Social Links: HealthifyMe on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HealthifyMeTushar Vashisht on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tusharvashishtPodcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
Eddy Chan of Intudo Ventures on building a hyper-local venture strategy for Indonesia Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape.This week we are joined by Eddy Chan, founding partner of Intudo Ventures, which employs a hyper-local strategy by backing entrepreneurs in Indonesia. With over $230M in AUM, the firm has become one of the largest Indonesia-only based firms.Eddy and I had a fun conversation on the reasons why hyper-local strategies can work, what these regions need to scale, and some of the interesting ways they leverage their LP base to help with portfolio building.  Frank, Rimerman + Co.’s history is closely intertwined with that of Silicon Valley. With humble beginnings similar to so many start-ups, Frank, Rimerman was formed with a desire to serve the entrepreneurial and venture communities of the Valley and the determination to think outside-the-box.When it comes to venture funds, we work with almost 500 VC groups from over 20 states across the USA. We have worked with over 400 fund groups during their first year of operations, making us one of the leading providers in the country to emerging managers.No one wants to be bored at work. That’s why we chose to work with some of the most innovative and creative people – people who are changing the world around us every day. Their excitement fuels our passion and determination to grow and serve this special community.Frank, Rimerman + Co, Passion Works Here.www.frankrimerman.comAbout Eddy Chan:Eddy Chan is a founding partner of “Indonesia-only” Independent venture capital firm Intudo Ventures with over US$230 million in committed capital, that acts as the Indonesia beachhead strategy for dozens of leading institutions, funds, and family offices from around the world. Intudo portfolio companies include Xendit, Pintu, Pinhome, Halodoc, TaniHub, Kargo, PasarPolis, BeliMobilGue (acquired by OLX), Nalagenetics, Populix, and more.Prior to co-founding Intudo Ventures, Eddy worked on venture investments in startups since the late 1990s, including PayPal, Palantir, and Affirm, founded and operated venture-backed technology companies with operations in Silicon Valley and Asia, practiced corporate/M&A law and worked as an investment banker.Eddy holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.In this episode we discuss:(01:32) Why Eddy founded Intudo in 2016(05:47) The reasons Eddy thought Indonesia was ready for a hyper-local fund(09:52) Capital availability for companies that are in Indonesia(16:01) Navigating hyper-local challenges of getting companies far enough so that they can attract that Series A and how its different from Silicon Valley(22:55) How the first fundraise went and why LPs are more comfortable now(28:41) Why independence is a core value to Eddy and why no single LP can be more than 10% of the entire fund(31:16) How Intudo’s portfolio becomes a beachhead into Indonesia and the larger Asian market for its LPs(37:01) Intudo’s concentrated portfolio construction(41:09) Balancing due diligence and the speed of the marketI’d love to know what you took away from this conversation with Eddy. Follow me @SamirKaji and give me your insights and questions with the hashtag #ventureunlocked. If you’d like to be considered as a guest or have someone you’d like to hear from (GP or LP), drop me a direct message on Twitter.Podcast Production support provided by Agent Bee Agency This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit ventureunlocked.substack.com
E101: Upasana Taku (Co-founder & COO, MobiKwik) Upasana Taku is the Co-founder, COO and Chairperson of MobiKwik, a financial services company that provides a fintech platform designed for online payments (incl. BNPL), life insurance, and loans. The company has raised $178M from marquee investors such as Sequoia, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Blacksoil, AmEx Ventures, Orios Venture Partners, Cisco Investments among many others. Upasana built the company from scratch and now has 32 million users and 100,000 merchants, doing close to 500,000-1,000,000 transactions every day. Episode Notes:1. What inspired Upasana to found Mobikwik (4:23)2. How does one validate an idea or a business in its early stages? (10:30)3. The evolution of the CEO's role (23:08)4. The vision for MobiKwik (30:53)5. Thoughts on monetizing UPI (41:55)6. Differentiating consumer and fintech products, companies, and offerings (45:50)7. What advice would Upasana give herself if she had to start over? (51:10). . . Social Links: MobiKwik on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MobiKwikUpasana Taku on Twitter: https://twitter.com/UpasanaTakuPodcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
Wyatt Taubman (Vive Organic) – How he discovered immunity shots, the learning curves building a CPG brand and why they sold to Suja Juice Our guest today is Wyatt Taubman, Founder of Vive Organic. Vive Organic is fresh pressed wellness shots from organic superfoods.Some of the questions I ask Wyatt:What led to the founding of Vive Organic?How did you approach your supply chain?How did you envision the brand?How did you think about distribution channels?How did you think about product expansionHow did you approach fundraising?Why did you sell to Suja?***Sponsor*** Introducing aVenture – venture capital for everyoneWith aVenture everyone can now invest directly into venture capital funds through our platform while also benefiting from periodic liquidity options.If you agree, sign-up for their waitlist at aventure.vc. aVenture is a San Francisco, California-based financial technology company that permits users to launch, manage and invest in venture funds on its platform, http://aventure.vc. aVenture operates independently of any investment advisors on its platform. Certain funds listed on the aVenture platform are provided by independent fund managers and may be registered as investment advisors in the U.S., or qualify for exempt reporting status. Mike is a paid spokesperson for aVenture and is compensated $6,000. Want to keep up to date with The Consumer VC? Subscribe to my newsletter Here.
A Conversation with Tasneem Dohadwala, Founding Partner @ Excelestar Ventures | Golden Seeds | Care.com | Lehman Brothers | MBA @ Harvard Business School In this conversation with Tasneem, she talks about setting up Excelestar – building the fund's thesis and growing it to where its at today. She also talks about her efforts into promoting female entrepreneurs, via Golden Seeds – that is addressing the lack of funding and coaching for female founders. Finally, she shares what her aspirations are for women in investing.
E100: Bipin Shah (Partner, Titan Capital) Bipin Shah is the Partner at Titan Capital, an early-stage sector agnostic micro VC fund based in India. The fund has an incredible portfolio of over 250 startups in India and the US across consumer internet, D2C, SaaS, AI, Web3, and other sectors, including investments in Ola, UrbanCompany, Mamaearth, Oziva, Dealshare, Razorpay, Ofbusiness, Yellow Messenger, Beardo, and Giva, among many others.He was a founding team member of Lead Angels Network, a seed-stage investment platform, before joining Titan Capital in 2015. He graduated from IIT Bombay in 2013, where he was a member of the E-Cell team for five years and led it in his final year. Episode Notes:1. Bipin spoke about his "gardening approach" and how it is helping entrepreneurs2. Bipin discussed Titan's investment growth and reaching unicorn status3. How Titan's 40% of portfolios raised Series A in less than two years of investment4. How did Bipin begin his Titan journey with Kunal and Rohit?5. Titan Capital Fundamentals: 3 Key Ingredients for Investments6. Early investment experience and developing the investment philosophy for Titan 7. Short stories on investments in companies such as Beardo, Fynd, Superdaily, Mamaearth, Credgenics & others8. Bipin's Titan journey learnings and methods for assisting founders in improving their unit economics9. The most important piece of advice from Bipin on investing in startups10. Insights into other sectors in which Titan investsSocial Links: Titan Capital on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TitanCapitalVCBipin Shah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bipin_28Podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
EP#67 Anjali Bansal – Investing in climate and sustainability, the importance of having a strong board and building longevity as an investor In this episode, Anjali Bansal, Founding Partner @Avaana Capital, joins our host Digjay, to talk about her path leading up to Avaana Capital, investing in process & product innovation, key headwinds & tailwinds in the current climate tech cycle, innovative sustainability startups from Avaana’s portfolio, the role of the board at early stages of a startup, importance of having a diverse board, how can founders draw maximum value from their board, and what to overindex on to build longevity in one’s career.
Avaana is an early/growth stage fund that invests in technology and innovation-led start-ups catalysing climate solutions and sustainability. Some of its marquee portfolio startups include the likes of Terra.do, Farmart, Eeki Foods, Animall and Praman among others.
Anjali has also invested in and mentored various successful start-ups including Delhivery, UrbanClap, Nykaa and Lenskart. Previously, Anjali has been the Non-Executive Chairperson of Dena Bank, appointed by the Govt. of India to steer the resolution of the stressed bank. Prior to that, Anjali was a Global Partner and Managing Director with TPG Growth PE.
She also serves as an independent director on several leading boards including Tata Power, Bata, Kotak AMC, and Piramal Enterprises. Anjali is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) and serves on the CII National Committee on Corporate Governance. You can connect with her here on Linkedin
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Show notes –

(02:17) Anjali’s background & path leading up to Avaana Capital
(06:37) Identifying the scale-up potential of startups
(10:28) Investing in process & product innovation
(14:30) Climate tech – Key headwinds & tailwinds in the current climate tech cycle
(18:43) Cutting through the noise and staying focused when investing in a hot market/theme
(21:37) Full-stack support that Avaana brings to startups
(23:40) Innovative climate tech startups that are part of Avaana’s portfolio
(26:02) Role of the board at early stages of a startup and how does that evolve as the startup matures in it’s lifecycle
(30:08) Importance of having a diverse board and how to draw maximum value from your board
(33:35) Reflecting on a multi-decadal career – What to overindex on to build longevity in one’s career?
(35:25) Advice for first time GPs
(38:04) Rapid fire and closing remarks

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Yanni Hufnagel (Lemon Perfect) – Why He Left Basketball To Founding a Lemon Water Company, Getting Beyoncé to Invest, and How He Scaled Distribution Nationally Thank you CJ Fowler for the introduction to our guest today, Yanni Hufnagel, Founder & CEO of Lemon Perfect. Lemon Perfect is a super-refreshing, full-flavored, hydrating lemon water with no sugar, artificial flavors, or sweeteners.Some of the questions I ask Yanni:Why did you become a coach?Why did you leave college basketball to found Lemon Perfect? What was the insight that led you?How did you think about the hydration category?What was your first steps when you started Lemon Perfect?How did you think about testing?Curious as to how their omnichannel strategy started, evolved(lessons learned), and what next steps areHow Beyonce drinking their product has helped them grow, did it help get into retailers?And more generally, his thoughts on working and taking money from celebrities.How did you get into retail?Moving forward what will be the best avenues to pursue for sampling ?What’s the biggest change from your role going from early stage to growth stageWhat was the most surprising part in CPG since you were an outsider?How has college basketball helped shape you?How did you approach raising capital? How big do you want to go?Why did you go to recycled plastic? How do you think about margins?***Sponsor*** Introducing aVenture – venture capital for everyoneWith aVenture everyone can now invest directly into venture capital funds through our platform while also benefiting from periodic liquidity options.If you agree, sign-up for their waitlist at aventure.vc. aVenture is a San Francisco, California-based financial technology company that permits users to launch, manage and invest in venture funds on its platform, http://aventure.vc. aVenture operates independently of any investment advisors on its platform. Certain funds listed on the aVenture platform are provided by independent fund managers and may be registered as investment advisors in the U.S., or qualify for exempt reporting status. Mike is a paid spokesperson for aVenture and is compensated $6,000. Want to keep up to date with The Consumer VC? Subscribe to my newsletter Here.
Episode 55: Vanessa Bennett – Host of Cheaper Than Therapy & It's Not Me, It's You On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Vanessa Bennett – author, holistic psychotherapist, facilitator, and podcast host – as the two discuss mental health in the digital age. Bennett and her partner John Kim recently published the book It’s Not Me, It’s You, about breaking the blame cycle and strengthening relationships, and have also released an accompanying podcast series.
Vanessa and Jim then talk about how Vanessa built her business from the ground up, the positive sides of media, spirituality, and where she thinks the puck is going.
Elly Truesdell (New Fare Partners) – How she started a cat food brand with Bobby Flay, Going from Whole Foods to launching VC fund, When brands should vertically integrate Our guest today is Elly Truesdell, Founder & Managing Partner at New Fare Ventures. a venture capital fund centered on the modern eater and evolving American palate. Some of the investments include Made By Nacho, Mid-Day Squares, Foxtrot and Tacombi. We discuss her time at Whole Foods, how she ended up meeting Bobby Flay and founding Made by Nacho, why she wanted to start a fund and how she thinks about investing in food and retail.Some of the questions I ask her:Were you always into nutrition and buying food from natural channels? What was your role at Whole Foods? What is the global director of local brands and product innovation?What has to go right for a brand to get into Whole Foods?Why did you decide to leave to become the CEO of Canopy Foods?What attracted you to investing?Co-packers is the #1 issue – can’t scale because they don’t have What led you founding Made by Nacho?How did you meet Bobby Flay?What was it like working with an iron chef who is used to restaurants and creating these incredible dishes vs. starting a CPG brand?Why did you found New Fare? What’s the origin story? What attracted you to venture capital?Why is there room in consumer investing and CPG? Is there a statistic that you keep coming back to?What causes a trend to have it’s moment?Upcycled ingredientsEasy to entry – what’s it like fundraisingHow do you think about portfolio construction?What are some of the trends in consumer that you’re really excited about?How do you approach portfolio construction?How do you think about vertical integration?***Sponsor*** Introducing aVenture – venture capital for everyoneWith aVenture everyone can now invest directly into venture capital funds through our platform while also benefiting from periodic liquidity options.If you agree, sign-up for their waitlist at aventure.vc. aVenture is a San Francisco, California-based financial technology company that permits users to launch, manage and invest in venture funds on its platform, http://aventure.vc. aVenture operates independently of any investment advisors on its platform. Certain funds listed on the aVenture platform are provided by independent fund managers and may be registered as investment advisors in the U.S., or qualify for exempt reporting status. Mike is a paid spokesperson for aVenture and is compensated $6,000. Want to keep up to date with The Consumer VC? Subscribe to my newsletter Here.
E99: Yash Jain (Founder & General Partner, Sparrow Capital) Yash Jain is the Founder and General Partner at Sparrow Capital, an early-stage micro VC fund that invests upto $500K in SaaS, B2B, Fintech, and Consumer Internet sectors in India with investments in companies such as Mailmodo, Qoohoo, Bimaplan, GoKwik, Superfone among others. Prior to Sparrow, Yash had two stints with large VC funds in India – Kalaari Capital and Arkam Ventures, and also worked at Flipkart as an analyst. Episode notes: 1. Why venture as a career path? (2:20)2. The difficulties of launching a new fund as a millennial (10:48)3. Nuances and learnings from investing in India (16:07)4. What founders in India can do better (36:00)5. What can Indian VC improve on doing better (44:45)6. Lessons learned from Yash's time in the US and the future plan for Sparrow (54:32)7. Advice for young fund managers (1:02:46). . . Social Links: Sparrow Capital on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sparrowcapvcYash Jain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yash_sparrowPodcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
Better Tomorrow Ventures, Jake and Sheel on Investing in FinTech, fund construction, and fundraising lessons Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape.We are officially 100 episodes in! For our 100th episode, we are joined by the founders of Better Tomorrow Ventures, also known as BTV, Jake Gibson and Sheel Mohnot. BTV is based in San Francisco and was founded in 2019. BTV focuses on early investing in FinTech companies, and has $300M+ in AUM. Jake and Sheel initially met at 500 startups, where Sheel worked. They are both seasoned fintech founders and angel investors: Sheel built and sold two fintech companies before starting the 500 Fintech accelerator, and Jake co-founded NerdWallet (now publicly traded).About Jake Gibson:Jake Gibson is a founding partner of Better Tomorrow Ventures. He has been involved in FinTech for over a decade — he started his journey as one of the co-founders of NerdWallet before becoming an angel investor. Today, he is a Founding Partner at Better Tomorrow Ventures (BTV). Prior to NerdWallet, Jake studied math and quantitative finance at MIT and traded interest rate derivatives at JPMorgan.About Sheel Mohnot:Sheel Mohnot is a founding partner of Better Tomorrow Ventures. Before BTV, Sheel was a Partner at 500 Startups, running the 500 FinTech Fund and the FinTech track within the San Francisco Accelerator program. His recent startup experience includes 2 successful FinTech exits – a payments company and a high-stakes auction company. He also created and hosted a podcast called The Pitch.He formerly worked as a financial services consultant at BCG and did Microfinance work at the non-profit Kiva. Sheel holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS from Carnegie Mellon. In this episode we discuss:(02:24)  BTV’s origin story (06:27)  Handling their first raise at the beginning of the pandemic(11:28)  How their fund construction remained the same despite market conditions(17:27)  Surprises during their first fundraise(19:29)  How Sheel and Jake view fund construction and ownership targets(24:18)  The shift in the market from rewarding Beta to rewarding Alpha(27:55)  How founders are reacting to market conditions(29:28)  What they are seeing in the Series A markets today(32:19)  How VC’s dry powder will actually get deployed(34:53)  Making sense of the market segments in 2023(37:53)  Why FinTech is still in the early-stages even though it has been heavily invested in(42:15)  Non-obvious things that it takes to run a successful firm(45:17)  Things they would have done differently at the start of their firmI’d love to know what you took away from this conversation with Jake and Sheel. Follow me @SamirKaji and give me your insights and questions with the hashtag #ventureunlocked. If you’d like to be considered as a guest or have someone you’d like to hear from (GP or LP), drop me a direct message on Twitter.Podcast Production support provided by Agent Bee Agency This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit ventureunlocked.substack.com
A Conversation with Caitlin Craig and Yvonne Okafor, Investment Officers at Untapped Global | UNPITCHD | A&A Collective | SheLeadsAfrica | Open Capital In this conversation with the Untapped Global team, we talk to Caitlin and Yvonne about the fund's smart asset financing strategy, data-driven approach and Africa's growth vision. We also hear from them how women have a better "vibe check", making them sound investors in the ecosystem!
Chris Ashenden (Athletic Greens) – How he founded a billion dollar nutrition brand, why he waited until $150m in sales to raise capital, and creating a new consumer habit Our guest today is Chris Ashenden, Founder & CEO of Athletic Greens and AG1. AG1 is the world’s most comprehensive and convenient daily nutrition product in green powder form. We discuss:Why he founded Athletic GreensApproach to formulationHow he met Tim FerrissHow he built relationships with customersScaling onlineCreating a subscription business and new consumer habitWhy he bootstrapped to $150m in revenueWhen it made sense to fundraise***Sponsor*** Introducing aVenture – venture capital for everyoneWith aVenture everyone can now invest directly into venture capital funds through our platform while also benefiting from periodic liquidity options.If you agree, sign-up for their waitlist at aventure.vc. aVenture is a San Francisco, California-based financial technology company that permits users to launch, manage and invest in venture funds on its platform, http://aventure.vc. aVenture operates independently of any investment advisors on its platform. Certain funds listed on the aVenture platform are provided by independent fund managers and may be registered as investment advisors in the U.S., or qualify for exempt reporting status. Mike is a paid spokesperson for aVenture and is compensated $6,000.Want to keep up to date with The Consumer VC? Subscribe to my newsletter Here.
Annie Kadavy (RedPoint Ventures) – How she invested in Patreon, Classpass and DoorDash, What Are Investible business models, and Lessons Learned as a Founder Our guest today is Annie Kadavy, Managing Director at RedPoint Ventures. Redpoint partners with exceptional entrepreneurs starting at the earliest stages of the climb some of her investments include Tend, Shash, and SIlk & Sonder. We discuss her introduction to entrepreneurship building in her garage, tiptoeing the line throughout her career between operator and investor, the business models she’s intrigued by and investible in her opinion. Without further ado, here’s Annie.We discuss:Building products in her garageHow she founded BetterSitterBecoming a GP at CRV VenturesHow she invested ClassPass, DoorDash, PatreonWhat it was like working at UberWhy she joined RedPoint Ventures***Sponsor*** Introducing aVenture – venture capital for everyoneWith aVenture everyone can now invest directly into venture capital funds through our platform while also benefiting from periodic liquidity options.If you agree, sign-up for their waitlist at aventure.vc. aVenture is a San Francisco, California-based financial technology company that permits users to launch, manage and invest in venture funds on its platform, http://aventure.vc. aVenture operates independently of any investment advisors on its platform. Certain funds listed on the aVenture platform are provided by independent fund managers and may be registered as investment advisors in the U.S., or qualify for exempt reporting status. Mike is a paid spokesperson for aVenture and is compensated $6,000.Want to keep up to date with The Consumer VC? Subscribe to my newsletter Here.
E98: Milap Jadeja (Managing Partner, Openbook VC) Milap Jadeja is the Managing Partner of Openbook VC. He is a senior management and strategy professional with over 20 years of experience in building multiple businesses in sectors such as Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture and Non-ferrous castings. Milap brings with him a proven track record in investment leadership being An established angel investor with over 50+ angel investments in startups including unicorns and soonicorns. He has also led multiple fundraising efforts for startups as a syndicate head. A seasoned investor, he is an LP at multiple funds such as Better Capital, Cloud Capital and Prophetic Ventures. Episode notes: 1. Comparisons of two art forms: photography and investing (3:42)2. A look back at investments and founders (22:50)3. What has Milap learned about investing and specifically that in India? (30:16)4. Takeaways from working with founders (45:10)5. How has Milap evolved as a person? (58:25). . . Social Links: Openbook VC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OpenbookVCPodcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
Davis Smith (Cotopaxi) – Why he started a mission-led outdoor apparel brand, the difference between Cotopaxi and Patagonia, and lessons learned from his first two businesses Thank you Luke Vernon for the intro to our guest today Davis Smith, Founder & CEO of Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi builds gear that fuels both outdoor experiences and global change.We discuss:Why he founded digitally native businessesFounding businesses with his cousinThe mission behind CotopaxiHow he was able to raise capitalEarly approach to promotion for CotopaxiThe differences between Cotopaxi and PatagoniaHow he grew the brandWhy he shut down his store in San Francisco***Sponsor*** Introducing aVenture – venture capital for everyoneWith aVenture everyone can now invest directly into venture capital funds through our platform while also benefiting from periodic liquidity options.If you agree, sign-up for their waitlist at aventure.vc. aVenture is a San Francisco, California-based financial technology company that permits users to launch, manage and invest in venture funds on its platform, http://aventure.vc. aVenture operates independently of any investment advisors on its platform. Certain funds listed on the aVenture platform are provided by independent fund managers and may be registered as investment advisors in the U.S., or qualify for exempt reporting status. Mike is a paid spokesperson for aVenture and is compensated $6,000.Want to keep up to date with The Consumer VC? Subscribe to my newsletter Here.
E97: Shalini Chhabra (Managing Partner, 3i Partners) Shalini Chhabra is the Managing Partner at 3i (Impact India Investments) Partners, a Silicon Valley-based Impact Fund with the objective of supporting enterprises looking to solve some of the most pressing challenges faced by India's lower-income millions. She is a seasoned Banker with over two decades of experience in Credit Risk Management. She has managed diverse portfolios including Large Corporate, Inter-bank, SME, Financial Institutions including Mutual Funds and Insurance, Government / PSUs, and Structured Finance including Supply Chain Financing, Factoring, Securitisation, Inter-bank Participation etc. She has also managed Risk Policy and processes, Basel Implementation and Development of Risk models for PD estimation for HDFC Bank. She is huge proponent of gender equality, and currently mentors young students with AFH (“Aspire for Her”), hoping to bring about the change in perspective and reduce, if not eliminate the various self-limiting reasons for success by Women. Prior to becoming a VC, Shalini was also an experienced angel in the impact space, primarily looking at livelihoods creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid.Episode notes:1. Career in banking (3:34)2. Learning from the banking sector that Shalini has carried over to VC (6:25)3. Framework for risk appetite (18:05)4. What has Shalini learned about herself as a result of her work in banking and venture capital? (28:42)5. Shalini discusses what it takes to be a fund manager and success frameworks for operators (44:50)6. Shalini's professional career (58:50)7. Shalini's views on investing in personas (1:05:24). . . Social Links: 3i Partners on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/3i-partners-india/Podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
Matt Higgins (RSE Ventures) – How he became a Shark on SharkTank, Why he invested in Gary Vee, and the future of Direct to Consumer Today’s guest is Matt Higgins, Founder and CEO of RSE Ventures. RSE is a private investment firm that focuses on sports and entertainment, media and marketing, food and lifestyle, and technology. Most recently he wrote the book “Burn The Boats”, which is a counterintuitive formula for a life of perpetual growth can find a link in the shownotes to get your copy. Some of their investments include Vaynermedia, Milk Bar, Magic Spoon and Banza. We discuss:Why he pivoted his career from the public sector to the private sectorWorking for the NY Jets and DophinsHow he met Gary Vee & why he invested in VaynermediaHis thoughts on direct to consumer brandsWhy he likes investing in restaurantsPickleballWant to keep up to date with The Consumer VC? Subscribe to my newsletter Here.***Sponsor*** Introducing aVenture – venture capital for everyoneWith aVenture everyone can now invest directly into venture capital funds through our platform while also benefiting from periodic liquidity options.If you agree, sign-up for their waitlist at aventure.vc. aVenture is a San Francisco, California-based financial technology company that permits users to launch, manage and invest in venture funds on its platform, http://aventure.vc. aVenture operates independently of any investment advisors on its platform. Certain funds listed on the aVenture platform are provided by independent fund managers and may be registered as investment advisors in the U.S., or qualify for exempt reporting status. Mike is a paid spokesperson for aVenture and is compensated $6,000.Want to keep up to date with The Consumer VC? Subscribe to my newsletter Here.
Josh Cliffords (FreeWater) – How He Found a New Business Model for Bottled Water Our guest today is Josh Cliffords, Founder & CEO of FreeWater. FreeWater is exactly what you think it is. FreeWater. Where they give away water and make money on selling ads on the bottle. We discuss the origin story of FreeWater, the economics of an ad-based physical product business, how he approached his distribution and finding sponsors, reactions to him building FreeWater, other products he wants to move into. Without further ado, here’s Josh.***Sponsor*** Introducing aVenture – venture capital for everyoneWith aVenture everyone can now invest directly into venture capital funds through our platform while also benefiting from periodic liquidity options.If you agree, sign-up for their waitlist at aventure.vc. aVenture is a San Francisco, California-based financial technology company that permits users to launch, manage and invest in venture funds on its platform, http://aventure.vc. aVenture operates independently of any investment advisors on its platform. Certain funds listed on the aVenture platform are provided by independent fund managers and may be registered as investment advisors in the U.S., or qualify for exempt reporting status. Mike is a paid spokesperson for aVenture and is compensated $6,000.
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Ownership Revolution (Web 3.0 Could be used to democratize ownership)
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Real Estate Tech 3.0: The Ownership Revolution What is Real Estate Tech 3.0? First, let's talk about the different waves of real-estate tech as discussed in NFX's post called "Real Estate 3.0 — The Ownership Revolution:
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Ownership Revolution (Web 3.0 Could be used to democratize ownership)
Real estate has always been the largest asset class in the world, so it's interesting when Real Estate Tech and VC interests converge. This wave is interesting because it may help increase the accessibility of this investment opportunity, which has historically been out of reach of most individuals.It's unique because now if you just have $100 you can now invest in real estate. And not just real estate, but rentals, vacation properties, apartments, etc. Real Estate Tech 3.0 allows us to expand our definition of what we historically viewed as ownership.Follow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow University Growth FundWebsite: https://www.ugrowthfund.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/university-growth-fund/Instagram: https://instagram.com/ugrowthfundFollow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjonbradshawYoutube: https://youtu.be/spRuy517if0
Sean Riley (DUDE Wipes) – How he went from $0 to $90 million in sales selling flushable wipes, Getting Mark Cuban to Invest on SharkTank and Why he chose bootstrapping Our guest today is Sean Riley, co-founder and CEO of DUDE Wipes. DUDE Wipes makes flushable wipes—billions of 'em—assembled right here in the USA. DUDE is bootrapped, only taking outside investment of $300k from Marc Cuban on SharkTank and are set to do $90 million this year in sales. We discuss his entire journey from the aha moment up until scaling the brand.***Sponsor*** Introducing aVenture – venture capital for everyoneWith aVenture everyone can now invest directly into venture capital funds through our platform while also benefiting from periodic liquidity options.If you agree, sign-up for their waitlist at aventure.vc. aVenture is a San Francisco, California-based financial technology company that permits users to launch, manage and invest in venture funds on its platform, http://aventure.vc. aVenture operates independently of any investment advisors on its platform. Certain funds listed on the aVenture platform are provided by independent fund managers and may be registered as investment advisors in the U.S., or qualify for exempt reporting status. Mike is a paid spokesperson for aVenture and is compensated $6,000.
Holiday Highlights: Mike Ghaffary (Canvas VC) My guest today is Mike Ghaffary who is a partner at Canvas Ventures, a firm that specializes on leading Series A. Some of their investments include Flyhomes, Nubrakes, and Zola. This is Mike’s second time on Consumer VC and is our first second time guest. His first appearance we went deep on how to evaluate and invest in marketplace businesses. On this episode, we discuss what is the next big thing in consumer after the iPhone? Is it web3, metaverse, remote work applications or something completely different?
E96: Mohit Gulati (Managing Partner & CIO, ITI Growth Opportunities Fund) Mohit Gulati is the Managing Partner & CIO at The Investment Trust of India (ITI) Growth Opportunities Fund, one of the largest financial services conglomerate offering a range of products and services from Lending, Equities and Derivatives trading, Equity Research, Commodities Trading, Portfolio Management Services, Distribution of Mutual Funds, IPO & Insurance products and Investment Banking Services.Mohit bring over 10 years of experience in the Investment & Fund Management space, and led first round deals across ECOM Express, Grab.in, LocalBanya, TarusaWorld, WigzoTech, HumourMe and over a dozen early-stage startups. Prior to ITI, he founded Altius Ventures, which invested in sectors like ecommerce, fintech, enterprise software (SaaS), and internet of things (IoT). Episode notes:1. Mohit’s career in a nutshell (4:26)2. Life in Indian venture (26:04)3. Thesis on investing and philosophy for investments (46:35)4. What does Mohit love about venture and his job today? (53:40)5. Advice to younger self (1:05:50). . . Social Links: ITI on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ITIFundMohit Gulati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mohitmgulatiPodcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
Jonathan Abrams, 8-Bit Capital: Learnings from founding and running Friendster, Defining "Founder Friendly", going from Angel to full-time VC Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape.We are joined by Jonathan Abrams, Co-Founder and General Partner at 8-Bit Capital. Jonathan previously was an angel investor and entrepreneur founding both Nuzzel and Friendster, the latter of which he helped grow to over 100MM users and where he met his current partner at 8-Bit, Kent Lindstrom. Jonathan also co-founded Founders Den with Zack Bogue of DCVC in 2011, which quickly became one of San Francisco’s earliest and most popular startup work and event spaces.We think you’ll really enjoy Jonathan’s story, and how he thinks about all aspects of seed-stage investing.A word from our sponsor:Tactyc is the first software solution for venture capital portfolio forecasting and planning. The platform is rapidly increasing efficiency and data-driven decision-making for GP’s and works with over 150 funds globally.Tactyc makes it easy for managers to build (and maintain) their portfolio models without dealing with complicated spreadsheets. It enables portfolio construction in minutes and for managers to share their intended fund strategy with potential investors. Post-launch, Tactyc also offers advanced analytics for GPs to optimize reserves, analyze probabilistic outcomes for their investments and extract insights for future capital deployment.Check them out at tactyc.io.About Jonathan Abrams:Jonathan is a co-founder and General Partner of 8-Bit Capital, an early-stage investing firm. He is also a co-founder and Managing Partner of Founders Den, San Francisco’s favorite workspace and community for startups and investors.Previously Jonathan was the founder of the professional news discovery service Nuzzel and the pioneering social networking service Friendster, and a software engineer at Netscape and Nortel. Jonathan is an investor in over 50 startups, including AngelList, ClearTax, CoinList, Docker, Front, HelloSign, Instacart, Mixmax, Pachyderm, Republic, SafeGraph, Sense, Shortcut, Slideshare, Stream, and Zeplin. Jonathan received an Honors B.Sc. in Computer Science from McMaster University in Canada.In this episode we discuss:01:57 Jonathan’s journey to creating 8-Bit Capital with Kent04:08 The opportunity they saw when founding 8-Bit06:07 How his experiences at Nuzzel and Friendster shaped his view as an investor08:20 What being founder friendly truly means11:37 Shifting from an active angel investor to a fund manager14:41 The hardest lessons leveling up from an angel investor18:14 Dealing with the deal flow noise as a team of two21:20 How to deal with conscious and unconscious bias when advising founders23:28 Jonathan and Kent’s decision-making process25:02 Thoughts on scaling 8-Bit28:11 Competing against larger, later-stage funds getting into seed-stage investing31:23 Deciding on follow-on investing33:35 How they came to decide on 50-50 fund construction for follow-on35:41 Keeping and increasing their pro-rata in competitive later rounds38:19 Biggest lessons from Friendster39:49 The advice he would give himself at the start of 8-BitI’d love to know what you took away from this conversation with Jonathan. Follow me @SamirKaji and give me your insights and questions with the hashtag #ventureunlocked. If you’d like to be considered as a guest or have someone you’d like to hear from (GP or LP), drop me a direct message on Twitter.Podcast Production support provided by Agent Bee Agency This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit ventureunlocked.substack.com
Holiday Highlights: Jason Karp (HumanCo) This was our first LIVE episode, which we recorded at Cosmic Coffee & Beer Garden in Austin, TX during SXSW. I chatted with Jason Karp, Founder of Hu Kitchen, Hu Chocolate and CEO of HumanCo. HumanCo is a holding company that’s invested in healthy living. We’re going to learn more about their brands Snow Days, Against the grain and Cosmic Bliss. We discuss the rebrand of Coconut Bliss to Cosmic Bliss and question if there is a current bifurcation within the better for you movement. Without further ado, here’s Jason.
Holiday Highlights: Greer Tessler & Cara Kaufman (Simple Food Ventures) This is a recap episode of my conversation with Greer Terrler and Cara Kaufman, founders of Simple Food Ventures. Simple Food Ventures is an early stage venture firm that invests in the future of healthy foods and products. We discuss how they both began investing in better for you products, do they only invest in better for the planet or better for you, and what makes a product work on shelf.
EP#66 Vishesh Rajaram – Opportunities & challenges in climate-tech and unpacking the iterative process to master deep-tech investing In this episode, Vishesh Rajaram, Founder & Managing Partner @Speciale Invest, joins our host Digjay, to talk about Speciale Invest’s journey with fund I, added advantages of a larger fund II, whether climate tech is at its inflection point today, challenges faced by founders building in this space, Vishesh’s approach to building a thesis in frontier-tech, his portfolio construction strategy at Speciale Invest, overcoming valleys of death as a deep tech startup, and the promise of the Indian frontier-tech story.
Speciale Invest is an early-stage investment firm that invests in deeptech startups – both hardware & software – across domains like Space tech, Robotics, micro-mobility, and clean energy transportation. The firm which recently launched a larger Fund II, has invested in ~25 startups so far. Some of its marquee portfolio startups include the likes of Agnikul, Utlraviolett, Cynlr, Rocketlane, Uravu Labs, Eka Care and Bluecopa among others.
Vishesh started his venture capital journey with Venture East back in 2007. After spending almost a decade at Venture East, Vishesh founded Speciale Invest in 2016. Vishesh is a Chartered Accountant and an alum of the Indian School of Business. You can connect with him here on Linkedin / Twitter
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(02:06) Reflecting on Speciale Invest’s journey so far; The added advantages of a larger fund II
(08:17) Is climate tech finally at its inflection point?
(11:49) Areas within climate tech that Speciale Invest is keen to invest in
(16:03) The challenge of building partnerships and securing access to material-intensive supply chains
(20:07) What should founders over-index on, to solve these challenges?
(22:33) Vishesh’s approach to building a thesis in frontier-tech; Importance of the outbound approach to finding stellar startups
(27:49) Portfolio construction strategy; Investing along the S-curve
(33:14) Overcoming valleys of death as a deep tech startup
(37:44) The promise of the Indian frontier-tech story
(40:01) How has being an investor influenced Vishesh over the years?

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Holiday Highlights: Nagraj Kashyap (SoftBank Investment Advisors) Today’s highlight episode features Nagraj Kashyap, Managing Partner of SoftBank’s Vision Fund one of the world's largest venture capital firms, with over $100 billion in capital. Nagraj leads their consumer investment practice for north America. It was amazing chatting with him about how Vision Fund 2 is different from fund 1, his thesis around the future of healthcare the ecommerce stack and how he thinks about scale for non-tech consumer businesses. WIthout further ado, here’s Nagraj.
Sarah Foley (SWAT Equity Partners) – Investing in Consumer vs. Tech Thank you Anna Whiteman for the introduction to our guest today, Sarah Foley, Partner at SWAT Equity Partners. SWAT Equity Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in emerging consumer brands across various product, service, and commerce sectors. Some of the investments include Supergoop!, Banza, and Mad Rabbit.We discuss:Why invest in consumer right nowDifference when investing in consumer vs. techConsumer macro trends she’s bullish vs. bearish onThe balance between retention and growthHer due diligence process and how she measures tractionThanks for listening.
Brigette Wolf (Mondelēz) – Inside Mondelēz's Innovation Hub Our guest today is Brigette Wolf, VP and Global Head of SnackFutures at Mondelēz International. Mondelez International is an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage holding company. Some of their brands include Oreo, Cadbury, Chips Ahoy, Ritz, and Tate’s Bake Shop. SnackFutures is Mondelez’s innovation and venture hub.We discuss:When to partner with a corporate venture capital fundHer investment criteria and stageHow tightly SnackFutures is tied to Mondelēz’s core businessThe ultimate goal when SnackFutures makes an investmentWhat value add meansSnack trends
A Conversation with Miki Reynolds, Co-Founder and CEO at Grid110 | Republic | General Assembly | MashON | 20th Century Studios | MGM In this episode, we talk to Miki about her interesting path into VC and her career motivations along the way. We dive into the inspiration behind Grid110, the mission of the firm and the trends she's been excited about. Finally Mikki talks about gender dynamics in VC and details some tactical advice to break into VC; from online research to books, events, and communities.
Bonus Episode 54 – Jim Baer On this week’s special episode, Puck host Jim Baer is now the guest. Interviewed by former producer, Caitlin Lalezari, Jim answers any and all questions you may have about the current state of the economy – we cover inflation, Quantitative Easing, and the potential of a coming recession. A fascinating conversation about what Jim is seeing as a boots-on-the-ground financial professional.
Vijen Patel (The 81 Collection & Pressbox) – Why building & investing in hardware is overlooked Our guest today is Vijen Patel, who is the co-founder of Pressbox (now Tide Cleaners) and The 81 Collection. Pressbox was a 24/7 dry cleaning and laundry service that Vijen bootstrapped to a very successful exit to P&G. The 81 Collection is a VC fund that focuses on the hard industries.We discuss:Why he had no choice but to bootstrap his dry cleaning tech businessHis approach to scale and expanding to multiple citiesHow P&G tried to destroy his businessWhy he eventually sold to P&G and became CEO of Tide CleanersThe founding story of The 81 CollectionWhy investing in hardware is underrated
Ashley Hartman (Bluestein Ventures) – Investing in The Future of Food Our guest today on the podcast is Ashley Hartman, Managing Partner at Bluestein Ventures. Bluestein Ventures is one of the premier family-backed venture capital fund in the food industry whose mission is to transform the food system into a better, more nutritious, and sustainable world. They invest at the Seed to Series A rounds and some of their investments include Factor, Meati, and Foxtrot.We discuss:Why she became an investor in foodOpportunities throughout the food value chainThe difference in investing in food tech vs. brandsWhen to vertically integrateHow founders should approach their cap tableThe future of food
Gautam Gupta from TCV (Velocity) on the trend of large funds going early, the art of pro-rata investing, and what he is seeing in this market cycle Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape.This week we are joined by Gautam Gupta, who is the co-lead of TCV’s new expansion stage strategy called TCV Velocity. TCV was founded over 25 years ago with over $15B invested in over 350 companies. Prior to launching TCV Velocity, Gautam spent time as an investor at General Catalyst and M13, and in between those shops he was Founder and CEO of Naturebox. Gautam brought such an interesting point of view to our conversation, and we covered a lot of ground spanning from early to late-stage investing. Hope you enjoy this episode!Aumni is an investment analytics company dedicated to improving private capital markets. Aumni’s technology digitizes hard to track unstructured data from private transaction agreements and organizes it in a structured database through an intuitive dashboard. For investors across the board, the insights provided by this data improve the managers ability to build strategy and make better decisions. Today, Aumni tracks data from over 250 thousand private market transactions to provide anonymous, aggregated market benchmarks.As someone that works deeply in the private fund space, I’m incredibly excited that Aumni’s solution helps fund managers provide more insightful accurate reporting to their investors.  Check them out at Aumni.fund.Subscribers of Venture Unlocked can sign up for 20% off when you mention Venture UnlockedAbout Gautam Gupta:Gautam is General Partner at TCV where he focuses on investments in the consumer technology space including commerce, consumer-facing healthcare, education, software, and financial services businesses. Before TCV, Gautam was a Partner at M13 Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on consumer technology, where he led investments in marketplace, consumer subscription, and B2B2C models.Gautam started his career at General Catalyst in 2004. He was initially an intern while in college and later became a member of the investment team. He left to launch NatureBox and, as CEO, helped build the company into a nationally recognized brand with millions of customers. He did his undergrad at Babson College.In this episode we discuss:02:13 Gautam’s career journey as an investor and founder04:52 How being a founder has shaped him as an investor07:50 Identifying whether a company truly is a venture backable company10:27 Why TCV setup the Velocity Fund to do earlier stage and smaller investments11:33 What is an expansion phase investment?14:35 Pros and Cons of traditionally later stage firms investing earlier17:19 Creating a unique brand in a larger firm19:24 How today’s market is compared to past down markets in 2008 and the dotcom bust23:07 Changes in deals and the market in the last year26:11 Competing in today’s market as an investor29:01 How Power Law is skewing the markets31:05 Looking back on deal memos of the past to see how short-sighted they were33:48 Why TCV Velocity is sticking with their investment thesis36:17 Why investors get pro-rata decisions wrong so often38:48 Advice he would give himself in 200741:08 Common traits of successful foundersI’d love to know what you took away from this conversation with Gautam. Follow me @SamirKaji and give me your insights and questions with the hashtag #ventureunlocked. If you’d like to be considered as a guest or have someone you’d like to hear from (GP or LP), drop me a direct message on Twitter.Podcast Production support provided by Agent Bee Agency This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit ventureunlocked.substack.com
What is in for a founder to do this better than a VC? Peter digs deep and finds the "why" 
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Are Founders better investors than VCs Are Founders better investors than VCs?Making founders angel investors the way to go? Or due diligence, and chasing deals best to be left with the VCs?Some Points  Covered in This Episode Include:
What is in for a founder to do this better than a VC? Peter digs deep and finds the "why" 
The WIN100 is a community-nominated and peer-selected process of the top 100 venture entrepreneurs in Utah
Jon Bradshaw was part of the list and mentions how some important names were missed
How important it is to be at networking events
Which one is the biggest Utah fund right now? 
Follow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow University Growth FundWebsite: https://www.ugrowthfund.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/university-growth-fund/Instagram: https://instagram.com/ugrowthfundFollow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjonbradshawYoutube: https://youtu.be/spRuy517if0
E96: Bipin Shah (Partner, Titan Capital) Bipin Shah is a Partner at Titan Capital, an early-stage fund based out of Bangalore with a portfolio comprising of startups such as Ola, Razorpay, Mamaearth, OfBusiness, Khatabook, Urban Company among many others.Before joining Titan Capital in 2015, he was founding team member of Lead Angels Network, a seed stage investment platform. He graduated from IIT Bombay in 2013 where he was part of E-Cell team for 5 years. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, loves exploring a new places, swimming and scuba diving.Episode notes:1. Getting started in venture (3:30)2. How Bipin's upbringing shaped him as a person and an investor (23:24)3. Titan Capital: Origin story, its thesis, and its one-of-a-kind proposition (37:02)4. Origins of Titan Capital and Bipin’s encounter with Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal (40:25) 5. Overview of seed stage investing in India (48:08)6. Lessons learned from investing in India (51:15)7. How and what will Titan be remembered for? (1:11:52). . . Social Links: Titan Capital on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TitanCapitalVCBipin Shah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bipin_28Podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
Jesse Pujji (Gateway X) – How Brands Should Approach Performance Marketing Today, When To Raise Equity vs. Boostrapping & How He Incubates Companies Our guest today on The Consumer VC podcast is Jesse Pujji, Founder of Gateway X and Ampush. Gateway X is a venture studio and holding company founded by Jesse Pujji. Ampush is a growth marketing partner that crafts holistic strategies and executes throughout the funnel.We discuss:Why he left Goldman Sachs to start a performance marketing companyWhy he was bullish on Facebook ads early onHow early brands should approach social media marketing todayThe biggest mistakes companies make in customer acquisitionWhat is a venture studioHis process for incubating companiesWhen to raise money vs. bootstrapFuture of performance marketing
Ty Haney (Outdoor Voices, Joggy, TYB) – Why she left Outdoor Voices, how brands can leverage crypto, and creating a CBD line This is a recording of a live interview I did with Ty Haney last month in Austin, TX. Ty is most famous for founding Outdoor Voices, the technical apparel brand whose on a mission to get the world moving. My apologies in advance, we had a lot of technical issues on the day and the quality of the recording is not great. I really appreciate Ty for being incredibly open about her journey.We discuss:The origin of Outdoor VoicesWhy she left OV and what went wrongHer introduction to cryptoHow she founded Joggy, a plant-based / CBD brand for activityHer platform TYB and why community-led brands are the futureScaling a digitally-native brand today & much more
A Conversation with Justine Huang | Vice President, Industry Ventures | Curology | Pear VC | inSITE | Wharton | Goldman Sachs In this episode, we talk to Justine about what led her to a career in finance, first at Goldman Sachs then in VC. She further dives into the secondary team at Industry Ventures and how she approached the decision of what stage to invest in. Finally, Justine touches on how the sheer availability of female mentors in itself is a sign that things are changing in the industry, albeit slowly, and discusses the work yet to be done and some advice for aspiring female investors.
Patrick Chun at Juxtapose: How company creation models and studios work in VC, the squint and wedge framework of investing, and raising from blue-chip institutions Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape.This week we are joined by Patrick Chun, Founder and Managing Partner of Juxtapose. Based out of New York, Juxtapose can best be described as a creation-oriented investment firm that leverages expertise to launch and invest in companies. The firm currently has over $500M in AUM across its funds. I had so much fun recording this episode as Patrick was able to offer great insights from his extensive experience in creation-oriented investment models, including leading builds at Accretive and Thrive, as well as, working at top venture and growth equity firms like Bain Capital Ventures and Francisco Partners.Aumni is an investment analytics company dedicated to improving private capital markets. Aumni’s technology digitizes hard to track unstructured data from private transaction agreements and organizes it in a structured database through an intuitive dashboard. For investors across the board, the insights provided by this data improve the managers ability to build strategy and make better decisions. Today, Aumni tracks data from over 250 thousand private market transactions to provide anonymous, aggregated market benchmarks.As someone that works deeply in the private fund space, I’m incredibly excited that Aumni’s solution helps fund managers provide more insightful accurate reporting to their investors.  Check them out at Aumni.fund.Subscribers of Venture Unlocked can sign up for 20% off when you mention Venture UnlockedAbout Patrick Chun:Patrick is a co-founder and managing partner at Juxtapose where he helps to manage the team across strategies and works closely with the firm’s leaders across the business, including concept development and talent identification. Patrick also participates meaningfully with the portfolio and its CEOs, including involvement at the board level.Prior to founding Juxtapose, Patrick spent a significant portion of his career building and investing businesses at the earliest stages, including senior and partner-level experience at early-stage and at firms oriented towards company creation, such as Thrive Capital, Accretive, and Bain Capital Ventures.He started his career at McKinsey & Company. Patrick has a BA from Harvard College, an MA from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.In This Episode We Discuss:02:04 Patrick’s journey and inspiration to co-found Juxtapose 11:21 The art and science of company creations models 16:10 Defining a firm that is part private equity, part venture capital in profile 19:42 The squint and wedge frameworks that Juxtapose uses to evaluate companies and ideas22:49 How they score ideas internally and decision making frameworks25:24 Fund construction methodologies29:09 How Patrick keeps interests aligned with founders in the co-creation model32:01 Finding the right CEO for their businesses37:50 How they raised capital from LPs, and what worked for them with institutions42:45 Communication cadence with their LPs46:16 Patrick’s overall view of the market and what innovations we’ll see in the coming yearsI’d love to know what you took away from this conversation with Andrew. Follow me @SamirKaji and give me your insights and questions with the hashtag #ventureunlocked. If you’d like to be considered as a guest or have someone you’d like to hear from (GP or LP), drop me a direct message on Twitter.Podcast Production support provided by Agent Bee Agency This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit ventureunlocked.substack.com
Tips for First-Time Fund Managers Do you want to know how to start your own fund? In this episode, Peter and Jon talk about their own experiences as first-time fund managers.Join us on this podcast to see what we think!Follow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow University Growth FundWebsite: https://www.ugrowthfund.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/university-growth-fund/Instagram: https://instagram.com/ugrowthfundFollow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjonbradshawYoutube: https://youtu.be/spRuy517if0
EP#65 Aditya Kulkarni – Building Stoa: India’s alternative to a traditional MBA, leveraging early-stage investors and scaling a profitable edtech business In this episode, Aditya Kulkarni (Co-founder & CEO, Stoa), joins our host Digjay, to talk about his past experience as an edtech entrepreneur, meeting his co-founder Raj and stumbling upon the idea of building Stoa, the value proposition of Stoa’s alternative MBA program, building community as a moat, fundraising philosophy at Stoa, leveraging investors in the 0 to 1 phase, the importance of aligning incentives of internal teams with the broader vision of the company as you scale the business, and more.
Stoa School is building India’s alternative to a traditional MBA. The program helps students pick up skills in domains like Product, Marketing, Leadership, Finance, General Management and subsequently helps them find job opportunities within India’s growing startup ecosystem. Since inception, the startup has enrolled 700+ students across several cohorts and has become a sought after program for early-stage professionals looking to level up their career trajectory. Stoa is backed by marquee operators and investors like Udemy and Maven co-founder Gagan Biyani, Better Capital founder Vaibhav Domkundwar, Teachable co-founder Ankur Nagpal, NotBoring Media founder Packy McCormick, Dunce Capital investor John Danner and Zivame co-founder Richa Kar.
An IIM-B and BITS Pilani alum, Aditya is a decadal edtech entrepreneur who has built and sold two startups (Learning Outcomes – acquired by Liga EduTech and BabyOnBoard – acquired by RoundGlass) in the past. You can connect with Aditya here on Linkedin / Twitter.
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Show notes –

(01:59) Aditya’s background & past experience as an ed-tech founder
(09:05) Meeting his co-founder Raj and stumbling upon the idea of building Stoa
(16:38) The value proposition of the Stoa program
(21:58) Building community as a moat
(27:54) Fundraising philosophy at Stoa
(33:34) Leveraging investors in the 0 to 1 phase
(37:09) Setting up the ‘students-educators-jobs’ flywheel in action
(41:14) Scaling up – Importance of aligning incentives of internal teams with the broader vision of the company
(46:29) Rapid fire and closing remarks

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Marcos Gonzalez (VamosVentures) – Why he left PE to start a VC fund that invests in minority-led businesses Our guest today is Marcos Gonzalez, Founder & Managing Partner of VamosVentures. VamosVentures is committed to creating a pipeline of diverse VC investors. Their investments include Stix, DRNXSMYTH, and Suma.We also discuss:How he invests in both software and consumer businessesApproach to portfolio constructionHow to increase the number of diverse founders who are venture-backedHis diligence processWhy he’s bullish about Los AngelesLatin American products that will be adopted by the U.S. & much moreThank you for listening.
What is Generative Tech? The Next VC Wave What is generative tech? Well, it's the next thing happening in VC!Some of the most significant changes in venture capital occurred over the last 6 months.AI has allowed us to create high-quality, cheap, and Fast AI models to create images, video, code, music, and other types of models.This is what is called Generative AI. Join us on this podcast to see what we think!Follow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow University Growth FundWebsite: https://www.ugrowthfund.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/university-growth-fund/Instagram: https://instagram.com/ugrowthfundFollow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjonbradshawYoutube: https://youtu.be/spRuy517if0
FTX's Crash and It's Affect on Venture Capital We cover what FTX's crash mean for Venture Capital and specifically for Crypto Startups.
Episode 53: Mike Green of Simplify Asset Management On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Mike Green, financial strategist and portfolio manager at Simplify Asset Management and lifelong student of the market and market structure. In addition to his traditional finance background, Mike is a public speaker and financial media voice who looks at societal factors and their potential to impact our collective economic futures. They touch on the current state of the US economy, population growth (or lack thereof), and intergenerational attitudes towards politics. A fascinating conversation that you don’t want to miss.
Steve Case (AOL, Revolution & Rise of the Rest) – Why He's Optimistic About Innovation in Secondary and Tertiary American Cities Thank you Tige Savage for the introduction to our guest today, Steve Case. Steve is the co-founder / former CEO of AOL. He also founded Revolution & Rise of the Rest. Revolution focuses on early-stage venture capital investments in technology-enabled businesses in the growth, venture and seed stages.Rise of the Rest is a nationwide bus tour to work with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. We focus this conversation around his latest book “The Rise of the Rest”.We discuss:What Steve did after he left AOL in the early 2000sThe origin of Revolution VenturesWhat inspired him to found a bus tourThe most surprising lessons he’s learned when visiting non-obvious startup ecosystemsHow Rise of the Rest’s seed fund is structured and how it’s performedWhy he’s optimistic about innovation in AmericaWhat leads to a vibrant entrepreneurial community & and much much moreThank you for listening.
E95: Abhishek Nag (Partner, Lightspeed India Partners) Abhishek Nag is a Partner at Lightspeed India where he primarily focuses on investing in consumer internet companies, media & entertainment, the creator economy, and gaming. He brings extensive experience driving strategic partnerships, business development, and corporate development for internet companies in the domains of growth, content and payments, among other areas. Previously he held operator roles at hyper-growth companies including Meta (Facebook), Hike, Uber, and most recently, Netflix.He’s been an active angel investor since 2016, investing in over 45 startups with several first round investments turned unicorns. When he’s not busy working with startups, Abhishek publishes a newsletter in which he writes about building, scaling, and investing in technology businesses in India.Episode notes: 1. State of Indian venture capital in the context of today’s macroeconomic climate (3:52)2. Fundings, valuations and funding winter: When will the market correct itself? (13:50) 3. What can Indian investors learn from the past and how can we become better investors in the future? (20:40)4. What made Abhishek switch to VC? (25:55)5. What has Abhishek learned from his angel investing experience that he now applies as a VC? (34:11)6. Advice for angel investors (39:05)7. A playbook for determining GTM and new market expansion (43:03) 8. Advantages of having feet on street (52:26)9. Building products for different markets (56:15). . . Social Links: Lightspeed on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lightspeedvpAbhishek Nag on Twitter: https://twitter.com/abhisheknagPodcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedesi_vcAkash Bhat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhatvakashPodcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thedesivcAkash Bhat on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bhatvakash
Are Founders Better Investors Than VCs? Jake Zeller and Jonathan Swanson launched a new fund, somewhat unique, https://powerset.co/.Their thesis is that founders are better investors than VCs. From their site they say, "Based on our experience working with hundreds of top founders and VCs, we have reason to believe that a certain cohort of founders can be some of the best investors on the planet, both in terms of helpfulness to startups and returns they’ll generate."The idea is successful entrepreneurs know other successful entrepreneurs.Join us on this podcast to see what we think!Follow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow University Growth FundWebsite: https://www.ugrowthfund.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/university-growth-fund/Instagram: https://instagram.com/ugrowthfundFollow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjonbradshawYoutube: https://youtu.be/spRuy517if0
A Conversation with Brittany Walker, Principal @ CRV | Crosscut Ventures | DRF | Uber | Deloitte | MBA @ The Wharton School In this episode, we talk to Brittany about her passion for Tech through her roles in consulting, ops and VC. She also touches on her experience working for one of the longest running VC firms and how the tenure of her mentors have played a role in her own journey. Finally, we dive into the thought that “Talent is equally distributed, but opportunity isn’t — yet." and what it will take to get to equal distribution of opportunity in the industry.
A Conversation with Caitlin Strandberg | Partner, Lerer Hippeau | FirstMark Capital | Flybridge Capital | LearnVest | Behance | Harvard Business School In our conversation with Caitlin she starts off with how she discovered her career path of investing. She also discuses recent exciting sectors the fund has been following and is excited about. Caitlin then touches on the culture of inclusivity towards women in VC and how to further improve it, what to consider when getting into venture and a fundamental overview of the job.
Joe Welch (In Good Taste) – How you can make money in wine and why he left tech to found a beverage company Thank you Connor Ryan for introducing me to our guest today, Joe Welch, Founder & CEO of In Good Taste.In Good Taste allows you to explore the world of wine with their eight 6-ounce bottle wine flights.We discuss:Why he left tech to start a wine companyCan you make money in wineHis focus on packaging and what he set out to accomplish with In Good TasteZoom wine tastings during COVIDHis approach to retailWine subscription businessesCreating his own tasting locations
Valar Ventures Andrew McCormack on running concentrated portfolios with higher ownership vs. larger portfolios, learnings from working with Peter Thiel, and thoughts on valuations today Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape.This week we are joined by Andrew McCormack, one of the founding partners at Fintech-focused Valar, which was founded in 2010 and has raised north of $2B. Before starting Valar, Andrew worked closely with Peter Thiel at Clarium Capital, Thiel Capital, and Paypal.Aumni is an investment analytics company dedicated to improving private capital markets. Aumni’s technology digitizes hard to track unstructured data from private transaction agreements and organizes it in a structured database through an intuitive dashboard. For investors across the board, the insights provided by this data improve the managers ability to build strategy and make better decisions. Today, Aumni tracks data from over 250 thousand private market transactions to provide anonymous, aggregated market benchmarks.As someone that works deeply in the private fund space, I’m incredibly excited that Aumni’s solution helps fund managers provide more insightful accurate reporting to their investors.  Check them out at Aumni.fund.Subscribers of Venture Unlocked can sign up for 20% off when you mention Venture UnlockedAbout Andrew McCormack:Andrew is a founding Partner at Valar Ventures. Andrew’s career in technology has included business and corporate development roles at eCount (acquired by Citicorp) and Yahoo!. He joined PayPal in 2001, where he worked closely with Peter. After PayPal’s sale to eBay, Andrew helped launch Clarium Capital and later founded a restaurant group in San Francisco.In 2008, Andrew rejoined Peter at Thiel Capital, where he led various international initiatives for Thiel Capital and Peter personally. Andrew received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.In this episode we discuss:01:47 Andrew’s journey into the technology world and working a Clarium11:38 Valar’s early investment thesis18:49 Valar’s fundraising journey21:15 Benefits of smaller portfolios with more ownership 25:42 Career prolonging investing vs return maximation investing31:09 How Valar’s model has worked in the down market of 202234:30 What was wrong with the 2021 valuations37:26 The strategies that Andrew thinks will be successful in the Venture market moving forward41:39 Lessons from some of Andrew’s misses46:35 The career lesson he learned while he was operating a restaurant groupI’d love to know what you took away from this conversation with Andrew. Follow me @SamirKaji and give me your insights and questions with the hashtag #ventureunlocked. If you’d like to be considered as a guest or have someone you’d like to hear from (GP or LP), drop me a direct message on Twitter.Podcast Production support provided by Agent Bee Agency This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit ventureunlocked.substack.com
Are Venture Capitalists Evil? In this episode, we discuss if Venture Capitalists are evil. We discuss why entrepreneurs feel like VCs are evil. And please forgive us for the audio quality. Jon forgot to turn the recording device on for the microphones. Peter HarrisUniversity Growth Fund: https://www.ugrowthfund.com/Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpete?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=Twitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentYouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCAHrQUxcm_Oa1t3emwttpAQJon BradshawInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjonbradshaw
How Important is it for VCs to Build an Online Presence? We got a question from one of our listeners about how important it is for VCs to build their online presence. Like they say- if you didn't post about it online, did it really happen?  Does it apply to VCs too?Are VCs now the "new" influencers?Is it the fund that needs a brand or the individual partners need to create visibility/ credibility for themselves?Follow Peter HarrisTwitter: https://twitter.com/thevcstudentLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterharris1Instagram: https://instagram.com/shodanpeteYoutube: https://youtu.be/Hy9DsuFzTH4Follow University Growth FundWebsite: https://www.ugrowthfund.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/university-growth-fund/Instagram: https://instagram.com/ugrowthfundFollow Jon BradshawLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbradshaw/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrjonbradshaw/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjonbradshawYoutube: https://youtu.be/spRuy517if0
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