It is Thanksgiving 2018.
I have lived a fair bit of life already.
I have observed a fair display of human drama.
A few thoughts come to mind, as I sit down to write this piece.
When I was young, I used to think bad things happen to other people.
I don’t think that anymore.
Plenty of bad things have happened to us.
So, in theory, more can happen.
I certainly do not feel entitled to a no-adversity existence.
But I make it a point to focus on all the things that make my life wonderful.
Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Alexander Ross was recorded in July 2018.
Alexander Ross, Founder at Illuminate Financial, talks about his firm’s FinTech investment thesis.
Sramana Mitra: Tell us a little bit about your fund and your investing focus. Let’s get to know one another. Let’s introduce you to our audience.
Alexander Ross: Our fund is called Illuminate Financial. We are a financial market technology-focused venture capital fund. We saw a space in >>>
Spencer Crawley is Co-founder of Firstminute Capital, based in London and focused on European startups.
According to AC Nielsen and the Indian Federation of Sports Gaming, the number of online fantasy gaming operators doubled to 60 from 30 in 2017 and about 100 million Indians are estimated to play fantasy sports by 2019. The leader in the space Dream11 with 90% of the market recently raised $100 million in venture funding. >>>
Harvard Business School is using online education extensively across different use cases. Learn how.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by having you introduce yourself and HBX platform.
Patrick Mullane: I’m the Executive Director of HBX, which is Harvard Business School’s online education initiative. Harvard Business School built a custom platform about four years ago with the intent to deliver case-based business learning in a scaled way; in a way in which we could reach more people around the world in the interest of furthering the business school’s mission, which is to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. >>>
This feature from Gartner ranks the top organizations across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving human life at sustainable costs. For this week’s posts, click on the paragraph links. >>>
Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Dafina Toncheva was recorded in August 2018.
Dafina Toncheva, Partner at US Venture Partners, is an expert in Cyber Security. We discussed a variety of topics including the shifting of Series A metrics to $2M – $3M ARR for SaaS companies.
Sramana Mitra: Tell us a bit about yourself as well as US Venture Partners. Where is the investment focus today? I know USVP has a long history of being in all different corners of the technology industry. >>>
Waikit Lau: My advice is whether you’re a tech guy or business guy, find your soulmate in some place in business. If you are a business guy, find your counterpart on the tech side. If you’re a tech guy, find your counterpart in business. To me, you just need one other co-founder. This is where your past experience comes into play. Who have you worked well with that you can rely on? That’s really important.
There are two reasons why startups don’t make it. Number one is, they run out of money. Number two, is the founders give up. A lot of times, the root cause of founders giving up is that the founders just don’t get along. That’s really important. You’re going to spend more time with your co-founder than your spouse. It’s non-deterministic. Invest time in going out and networking. Meet people. Spend a few months working with people who excite you and see how that pans out. It’s important to test things out. >>>