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5 Seed Investors Discuss Trends They See in Their Dealflow in Podcasts

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 21st 2017

Entrepreneurs interested to learn more about raising funds for their startups need to keep up with what is happening with seed investors today. The seed eco-system has become a 5-stage process, spanning pre-seed, seed, post-seed, pre-Series A, small Series A, big Series A. To provide a deeper look, I’ve recently asked several seed investors what they are seeing in their current dealflow. Have a listen to the following 30-minute podcast interviews to learn what a variety of seed investors are currently looking for in startups and the types of ventures that are making their way through their offices.

Jon Staenberg, Managing Partner at Staenberg Venture Partners – Jon has been a Seed Investor in over 300 ventures over the last 30 years. Jon draws from his long background and discusses some of what interests him to invest in a startup. He also reflects on the question People or Market: Which takes priority?

Vinny Lingham, Managing Partner at Newtown Partners – Vinny, also Co-founder and CEO, Civic.com, discusses his investment thesis in B-to-C seed ventures. We also discuss the role ICOs are playing in filling the gaps in certain seed-stage ventures.

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Thought Leaders in Financial Technology: Currencycloud CEO Mike Laven (Part 2)

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 21st 2017

Mike Laven: We effectively provide our customers a one-stop connection to a global banking world. It’s very difficult to find a single bank that optimizes everything for you. Different banks and different payment providers have different strengths. Some are good in Asia. Some are good in Latin America.

Different currency providers have different strengths based on the volume of what they do. Effectively, you connect to us and we handle all of that for you. From the perspective of your business, you’re making your international payments at roughly the same level of difficulty as your domestic payments. >>>

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What Are Seed VCs Looking For With Sunil Bhargava, Tandem Ventures

Posted on Monday, Nov 20th 2017

We’re doing a deep dive into the current seed investment eco-system and talking to our investor friends about what they’re looking for. The Seed eco-system is now a 5-stage process, spanning pre-seed, seed, post-seed, pre-Series A, small Series A, big Series A.

Here, you can hear the perspective of Sunil Bhargava, Founder and Managing Partner of Tandem Ventures on all that and more:

Come talk to me to brainstorm, strategize, weigh your funding options.

 

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SendGrid has a Successful IPO

Posted on Monday, Nov 20th 2017

According to a 2017 Radicati Group report, an estimated 125 billion commercial emails are sent every day, and the number of email users is expected to grow from 3.7 billion in 2017 to 4.1 billion by 2021. Email delivery and performance platform SendGrid went public last week on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker SEND. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Financial Technology: Currencycloud CEO Mike Laven (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 20th 2017


This interview discusses opportunities surrounding the emerging trends in RegTech.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to Currencycloud.

Mike Laven: I’m the CEO of Currencycloud, which is based in London. For quite some time, I’ve lived and worked back and forth between the Valley and London in the field of financial technology. Currencycloud was started five years ago in 2012. The initial vision was that businesses paid much too much for international payments. There are very good companies in the consumer space on international payments. >>>

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375th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Vinny Lingham, Newtown Partners

Posted on Monday, Nov 20th 2017

Vinny Lingham, Co-founder and CEO, Civic.com, and Managing Partner of Newtown Partners, discusses his investment thesis in B-to-C seed ventures. We also discuss the role ICOs are playing in filling the gaps in certain seed-stage ventures.

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Catching Up On Readings: Media Cross Ownership

Posted on Sunday, Nov 19th 2017

Last week the FCC eliminated the restrictions imposed by the media cross-ownership ban. This feature fom The New York Times looks at the implications of this move. For this week’s posts click on the paragraph links. >>>

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374th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Jon Staenberg, Staenberg Venture Partners

Posted on Saturday, Nov 18th 2017

Jon Staenberg, Managing Partner at Staenberg Venture Partners, has been a Seed Investor in over 300 ventures over the last 30 years. Jon draws from his long background and discusses some of what interests him to invest in a startup. He also reflects on the question People or Market: Which takes priority?

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