Entrepreneurs building their startups outside of Silicon Valley and interested in learning how venture capitalists and investors work with and support local ventures should listen to the following selection of 30-minute podcast interviews.
Jason Stoffer, Maveron – Jason Stoffer is General Partner at Maveron, a consumer-only venture capital firm that has had a successful track record of investing in e-commerce ventures ranging from eBay, Shutterfly, and Groupon to the more recent Zulily, as well as education ventures – discusses e-commerce opportunities.
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Ron Heinz, Signal Peak Ventures – Ron Heinz, Founder and Managing Director at Signal Peak Ventures, a venture firm operating mostly in the Rocky Mountain corridor, discusses what’s happening in Utah, as well as Colorado and Arizona. We’ve covered a number of companies from that area including Pluralsight, InsideSales, Steals.com, Ping Identity, and InfusionSoft. Today there are over a thousand funded startups in those geographies. Bootstrapping runs heavy in the startup culture of the region.
Hernan Kazah, Kaszek Ventures – Hernan Kazah is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Kaszek Ventures, one of the earliest VC firms to start investing in the Latin American market, operating out of Argentina. Hernan is a Co-founder of MercadoLibre, Latin America’s ecommerce leader. This discussion features a comprehensive overview of the trends in the Latin American startup scene.
Anand Daniel, Accel Partners – This Partner discusses Accel India’s investment strategy at length.
Ashish Gupta, Helion Ventures – Co-Founder of one of the key players in India’s venture capital eco-system, Ashish shares his valuable perspectives throughout this crisp and insightful conversation.
Sasha Mirchandani, Kae Capital – Managing Partner of this early stage venture fund, Sasha is also a co-founder of Mumbai Angels. He re-emphasizes that Indian VCs only invest in India-facing B-to-C ventures and global B-to-B startups. India-facing B-to-B is not a sector that gets any investment, with few exceptions. We discuss the lack of exits in India, as well as the missing late-stage funding for B-to-C ventures facing the Indian market. Those of you who are working out of India would do well to keep these key points in mind.
Sandeep Singhal, Nexus Venture – Managing Director for this key player in the India-US startup corridor. The discussion spans trends in SaaS, Open Source, and the Indian venture capital market in general. If you are working in the technology startup sector with an interest in India, this is a discussion worth listening to.
Rehan Yar Khan, Orios Venture Partners – General Partner and an early investor in the Indian startup scene, Rehan’s core focus is on the Indian consumer opportunity, and that is what we focus on in this discussion.