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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Tod Francis of Shasta Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Jan 19th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Tod Francis was recorded in September 2014.

Tod Francis, Managing Director at Shasta Ventures, starts with a discussion on the history of retail, all the way from shoe stores, to departmental stores, and back to specialty retail. This is followed by a similar overview of the history of e-commerce ranging from Amazon’s strategy to how specialty retail is translating into niche e-commerce, and how Tod is looking at investments in the category.

Sramana Mitra: I think the best question to start out with would be what do you see has happened to the e-commerce business since the 90’s? >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Warren Weiss of Foundation Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Jan 19th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Warren Weiss was recorded in April 2017. Warren Weiss, General Partner at Foundation Capital, has a long track record in the Silicon Valley venture capital industry. He shares areas that he and Foundation are excited about as opportunities for building future Unicorns.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with your overview and synthesis of what you feel right now about the industry, about ventures, and about how to build these unicorn companies. What have you learned? What have you seen? What are you thinking about opportunities for future unicorns? >>>

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3 Investors Reveal an Inside View of the Latin American Startup Scene in Podcasts

Posted on Friday, Jan 19th 2018

Throughout Latin America, the number of online buyers and ecommerce sales are expected to continue to increase significantly over the next few years. While Latin America consists of more than 20 countries, the region is dominated by six key markets – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. Stretching from the northern border of Mexico to the southern tip of South America, including the Caribbean, a number of startup hubs have emerged within these key markets. All good news for entrepreneurs.

Several investors focused on the Latin America startup scene shared their perspectives and discussed the trends in the market with me. If you are an entrepreneur with an interest in the region, you will gain an insider’s view by listening to these three 30-minute podcast interviews.

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Roundtable Recap: January 18 – The Traction Gap Framework with Bruce Cleveland

Posted on Thursday, Jan 18th 2018

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Bruce Cleveland, Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, one of the early employees at Oracle, as well as a co-founder of Siebel Systems. Bruce is working on a book on The Traction Gap framework that his firm uses in its venture capital practice. He discussed the methodology at this session.

The Lorusso Machine
As for the pitches, Steve Lorusso pitched The Lorusso Machine, an energy generator that costs about $1000 for consumer installations.

You can listen to the recording of this roundtable here:

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381st 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With William Hsu, Mucker Capital

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 16th 2018

William Hsu, Co-founder and Partner at Mucker Capital, a Los Angeles based fund that invests largely outside Silicon Valley and follows a more fundamentals oriented approach.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Ken Elefant of Sorenson Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jan 15th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Ken Elefant was recorded in December 2017. Ken Elefant, Managing Director at Sorenson Capital, discusses at length the investment thesis of his firm.

Sramana Mitra: So tell us about Sorenson capital. What is the focus of the firm? How big is the fund? What size investments do you make? Let’s get to know the footprint of Sorenson Capital.

Ken Elefant: As you probably know, Sorenson Capital was founded in 2002. We have a little bit over a billion dollars under >>>

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236th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Semyon Dukach, One Way Ventures

Posted on Saturday, Jan 13th 2018

Semyon Dukach, Managing Partner at One Way Ventures, a firm that is 100% focused on immigrant entrepreneurs.

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239th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Hussain Kanji, Hoxton Ventures

Posted on Friday, Jan 12th 2018

Hussain Kanji, Partner at Hoxton Ventures, is based in London and the primary focus is on European ventures.

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Seed Investors On How They Decide What To Finance In Podcasts

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 10th 2018

Startup entrepreneurs interested in seeking financing should learn how seed investors decide what to invest in. Different investors look for various qualities in the entrepreneurs and startups that are presented to them. Previous experiences, domain expertise, and revenue run rate are obvious qualities to check. Entrepreneurs stress-tested by tragic circumstances may not be. Listen to the following seed investors discuss their decision-making processes, their portfolios, fund sizes, and more during these recent 30-minute podcast interviews.

Laurel Touby, Managing Partner at Supernode Ventures, and a former entrepreneur and avid angel investor, has now launched her new institutional pre-seed fund.

John Frankel, Partner at ff Venture Capital, discusses the firm’s investment thesis as well as key trends in the industry.

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380th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Laurel Touby, Supernode Ventures

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 9th 2018

Laurel Touby, Managing Partner at Supernode Ventures, and a former entrepreneur and avid angel investor, has now launched her new institutional pre-seed fund.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Alastair Mitchell of EQT Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jan 8th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with EQT Ventures was recorded in December 2017. Alastair Mitchell, Partner at EQT Ventures, talks about the European Startup Funding trends.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about your investing focus. How big is the fund? What size investment do you make? Help our audience get to know your investment activity.

Alastair Mitchell: EQT Ventures is a relatively new firm that is about 18 months old. We started out of Sweden, the Silicon Valley of Europe. It’s an amazing place with a phenomenal track record of building some global companies. When we started off, we were a $630 million fund. >>>

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380th Roundtable Recording On January 4, 2018: With Laurel Touby, Supernode Ventures

Posted on Saturday, Jan 6th 2018

In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording here:

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Investors Discuss E-Commerce Startup Trends in Podcasts

Posted on Friday, Jan 5th 2018

Entrepreneurs working on e-commerce startups face unique challenges today. You can learn more about the trends investors specializing in e-commerce startup financing are seeing by listening to the following 30-minute podcast interviews. These VCs and seed investors also discuss the key indicators they look for in the startups they invest in.

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.

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Roundtable Recap: January 4 – What Pre-Seed Investors are Looking for with Laurel Touby, Supernode Ventures

Posted on Thursday, Jan 4th 2018

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Laurel Touby, Managing Partner, Supernode Ventures, a former entrepreneur and avid angel investor who has now launched her new institutional pre-seed fund.

Go Qwyk
As for the pitches, first, Don Rector from Los Gatos, CA, pitched Go Qwyk, an app for tour bus operators to manage their tour groups. The company has three pilots in the works.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Amir Banifatemi of K5 Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 2nd 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Amir Banifatemi was recorded in October 2017.

Amir Banifatemi is the Founder and Managing Partner of K5 Ventures, a fund focused on pre-seed, seed, post-seed, and early-stage investments from Southern California. Amir is also a Board Member and former President of Tech Coast Angels, a group of 340 angel investors from Southern California.

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