Aniruddha Malpani, Director and Founder of Malpani Ventures, is an active angle investor in the Indian circuit. He discusses what he looks for in companies he wants to invest in.
Darshan Vyas, Co-Founder Managing Director, LOUD Capital, discusses seed investing in the startup eco-system in the Mid-West from Ohio.
Rob Purdy, Founder and Global CEO at Power2Motivate. Rob’s is a classical 1Mby1M case study that I suggest you take a look at.
Stefania Mallett, CEO at ezCater, who raised multiple seed rounds, and then, over a period of a decade, $70 million. Stefania describes her journey of building a 2-sided marketplace for catering services that will do a billion dollars in billing soon. Great story of a woman entrepreneur who focuses on data, metrics, and results, not bias!
Hugh Massie is CEO at DNA Behavior International, a company that had a slow start and hovered in the $2-3 Million revenue range for the first six years of its existence. Today, this fully bootstrapped company does over $10M in revenue and is accelerating further. Hugh offers important lessons in managing a company that is ahead of the market.
Ravi Gururaj, Chair of NASSCOM’s product council, and Sharad Sharma, Founder of iSPRIT, each with enormous contributions towards the growth of the Indian software product eco-system, weigh in with their thoughts on the various aspects of the market.
Venktesh Shukla, founder of TiE Angels and General Partner Monta Vista Capital, discusses some shifts happening in the world of seed investing.
Greg Besner, Founder and CEO at CultureIQ, is a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor. We discuss both his journey as an entrepreneur, lessons thereof, as well as his methodology and philosophy of angel investing.
Swati Chaturvedi is Co-founder and CEO at Propel(x), an online platform where entrepreneurs are connected to angels. Swati and I discussed some of the key trends of the seed financing eco-system as viewed from Propel(x).
Paulo Rosado is CEO of OutSystems, one of the very few enterprise software companies out of Europe, and they have succeeded in building a substantial global business.
Art Papas, CEO and Co-founder at Bullhorn, discusses how he pivoted a venture-funded startup, bootstrapped it to product-market fit and momentum, raised venture capital again to take out his original investors, and is now getting ready to go public. He also reiterated his more fundamentals-focused philosophy, emphasizing the need to attain product-market fit before raising funding.
Tim Hentschel, CEO at HotelPlanner and Meetings.com, has bootstrapped his company to $25M in revenue, growing 20% y-o-y organically. He emphasizes our mantra of entrepreneurship = customers + revenues + profits, financing, exit, valuation all being optional. Of course, today’s atmosphere is so frothy that such fundamental-oriented thinking has few takers.
Tom Foremski, Publisher of SiliconValleyWatcher.com, discusses the future of journalism and provides his views on a new business opportunity that he foresees: Media-as-a-Service (MaaS).
Anant Agarwal is CEO of edX and my former professor at MIT. We have a wide ranging and comprehensive discussion on the future of higher education, complete with startup ideas and analysis of entrepreneurial ventures within education. Definitely worth a look, if the subject interests you.
Caleb Sima, a world-class security expert and serial entrepreneur, was working on his security startup, BlueBox Security (acquired by Lookout in 2016), at the time of this discussion. If security is your interest, this is a great session to listen to.