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8 Investors Discuss Velocity and Financing within the Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum

Posted on Friday, Apr 20th 2018

Almost all investors are looking for startups with velocity, ventures that increasingly solve real pains in repeatable ways. If you can achieve velocity, then investors will chase you, because they know it’s not so easy to find companies that hit their stride velocity-wise. Be mindful that the best way for your startup to get to velocity may be by bootstrapping. Entrepreneurship equals customers, revenues, and profits. Financing and exit are optional. There are many examples of companies that would have succeeded as bootstrapped companies, but went out of business because they went after financing. To learn about the various levels of velocity investors are looking for in the startups they finance, please read the following interviews with a wide variety of VCs and seed investors.

Mark Achler, Managing Director, MATH Venture Partners, discusses their investment strategy and the industry trends.

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203rd 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Curtis Feeny, Silicon Valley Data Capital

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 18th 2018

Curtis Feeny, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Data Capital, talks about his firm’s investment thesis around Big Data and Machine Learning.

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202nd 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Vivek Ladsariya, SineWave Ventures

Posted on Tuesday, Apr 17th 2018

Vivek Ladsariya, Partner at SineWave Ventures, talks about the firm’s investment thesis, as well as trends in the industry.

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393rd 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Tim Guleri, Sierra Ventures

Posted on Sunday, Apr 15th 2018

Tim Guleri, Managing Director at Sierra Ventures, discusses at length his firm’s investment thesis, unique relationships with CIOs, and some of the industry trends he sees.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Eric Benhamou of Benhamou Global Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Apr 10th 2018

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

Eric Benhamou, Managing Partner of Benhamou Global Ventures, was the CEO of 3Com, a pioneer in the networking space, and the key competitor to Cisco. He also ran Palm, the first Smartphone maker, that 3Com acquired, then spun out, and took it public. He provides an insightful window into the opportunities in the enterprise cloud infrastructure space, and in Cyber Security, and also explains why he is not necessarily looking for Unicorn companies to invest in. This, I might point out, is a highly unusual perspective in today’s VC universe, so you may want to pay attention to his analysis of the market. >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Jonathan Lewy of Investo (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Apr 10th 2018

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

Jonathan Lewy, Managing Partner at Investo, discusses pre-seed investment strategies and the Series A gap.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about your seed investing activities. Let’s get to know each other.

Jonathan Lewy: I’m a Managing Partner of Investo. Investo is an early-stage fund that invests mainly in the US and in Latin America. We have made 56 investments. 30% of which in Latin America. We’ve tried investing in other parts of the world but our focus is more US and Latin America. >>>

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8 Investors Discuss Seed Financing for B2B and B2C Startups in Podcasts

Posted on Monday, Apr 9th 2018

Different investors define seed for B2B and B2C in terms of metrics in different ways. A lot of funds are categorically stating that they want to see a certain amount of monthly recurring revenue already achieved before they’re willing to invest. That amount could be $40,000 or it could be $80,000, but there are specific metrics that they put forth as guidance for their funds. And these metrics can be different for B2B and B2C startups as well. During my recent 30-minute podcast interviews listed below, I’ve asked investors if they prefer to invest in B2B or B2C startups, and to share the benchmarks and metrics they use.

Dennis Joyce, Investor and Member of Alliance of Angels, talks about the largest Angel group in the Pacific Northwest.

Ben Mathias, Managing Partner at Vertex Ventures, India, discusses the trends and dynamics of the Indian startup eco-system, including exits. India needs exits at this point, even if they’re relatively small exits.

Patricia Nakache, General Partner at Trinity Ventures, discusses the firm’s investment thesis and some issues encountered by women in technology.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Gus Tai of Trinity Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Apr 7th 2018

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

Gus Tai, General Partner at Trinity Ventures, discusses their investment thesis around e-commerce over the years – from BlueNile in 1999, to Zulily, Dot, and Bo, and Callisto Media more recently, and what he anticipates for the future.

Sramana Mitra: An outrageous e-commerce business that Gus and the firm invested in is a company called Blue Nile way back in 1999.

Gus Tai: Yes, we made the initial investment in 1999. >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Julien Nguyen of IT Farm (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Apr 6th 2018

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

Julien Nguyen is General Partner at IT Farm, a seed-stage fund focused on Digital Health. We explore trends in the industry, as well as what IT Farm’s sixth fund likes to invest in.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about IT Farm. What is the focus of the firm? How big is your fund? What sized investments do you make?

Julien Nguyen: IT Farm is a seed level VC firm. We started in Tokyo and we have an office in Palo Alto. Most, if not all, of our >>>

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393rd Roundtable Recording On April 5, 2018: With Tim Guleri, Sierra Ventures

Posted on Friday, Apr 6th 2018

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

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Roundtable Recap: April 5 – Please Do NOT Go Into Ultra-crowded Market Segments

Posted on Friday, Apr 6th 2018

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Tim Guleri, Managing Director at Sierra Ventures. Tim discussed at length his firm’s investment thesis, unique relationships with CIOs, and some of the industry trends he sees.

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As for the entrepreneur pitches, Rajesh Prabhu from Bangalore, India, pitched Seven Technologies, a bootstrapped services company that wants to get into developing a CRM product. Neither Tim nor I saw the merit of the strategy, considering that CRM is an incredibly crowded space.

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392nd 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Patricia Nakache, Trinity Ventures

Posted on Thursday, Apr 5th 2018

Patricia Nakache, General Partner at Trinity Ventures, discusses the firm’s investment thesis and some issues encountered by women in technology.

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204th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Nilanjana Bhowmik, Converge

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 4th 2018

Nilanjana Bhowmik, Co-Founder and General Partner at Converge, a new fund started after serving as the long time General Partner at Longworth Capital. Their focus is B-to-B tech on the East Coast.

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205th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Clint Chao, Moment Ventures

Posted on Tuesday, Apr 3rd 2018

Clint Chao, Co-founder and General Partner at Moment Ventures, discusses the vertical niche opportunities in the tech industry.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Mark Achler of MATH Venture Partners (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Apr 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 Mark Achler was recorded in October 2017. 

Mark Achler, Managing Director, MATH Venture Partners, discusses their investment strategy and the industry trends.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about MATH Ventures. What is the focus of your firm? How big is the fund? What sized investments do you make?

Mark Achler: We’re based in Chicago. We’re a $28 million fund. We’re just launching our second fund as well which will be twice the size. In our first fund, we made investments of $500,000 to a million dollars. Typically, we’re early stage investors. We do some Series A and seed investing. >>>

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