Shaul Weisband, Co-Founder and CMO of Jifiti, shares his journey and talks about the pivot that his company made early on and its impact on the investors.
Eric Frenkiel, co-founder and CEO of MemSQL, discusses his journey from pre-IPO Facebook to YCombinator to a thriving In-Memory database company that has successfully navigated a fat startup path.
Venky Balasubramanian, co-founder of Plivo, along with his partner, has achieved the amazing feat of growing a relatively fast growth business to well over $10 million in revenue with just $2M in Angel financing. What’s even more impressive is that they have done this with a convertible note, first $250K from angel investors in India, followed by $1.75M from investors in the Bay Area. The company operates in the US-India mode, and for those of you working in that style, many important lessons are discussed.
Jeremy Young, CEO of Tanga Network, which has bootstrapped a ~$30M a year affiliate marketplace. It’s a Groupon-like business, but with much more sustainable unit economics and business practices. Very interesting discussion on how and why!
Daniel Gulati, Principal and Head of Seed Investment Practice at Comcast Ventures, discusses e-commerce startup trends and what can and cannot be venture financed at this stage, and why.
Sramana Mitra: Based on all the things that you’re doing, what are the trends and where do you see open problems that would be good pointers for new entrepreneurs to start companies in? If you were starting a company today, where would you start the company?
John Price: I can tell you what not to do probably much better than I can tell you what to do. After Shell Research, I ended up at Neuron Data. We were a C-based expert systems shell.
Sramana Mitra: I remember Neuron Data. >>>
Entrepreneurs are invited to the 364th FREE online 1Mby1M mentoring roundtable on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at 8 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. EDT/8:30 p.m. India IST.
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