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Seed Investor Podcasts On Which Startups They Invest In

Posted on Friday, Dec 8th 2017

If you are an entrepreneur in the market for raising financing, you need to understand your segment and the investors that align with it. As I keep pointing out, the early stage investment process has segmented significantly into Pre-Seed, Seed, Post-Seed, Pre-Series A, Small Series A, Large Series A, and firms and individual investors have started to specialize in a subset of these various stages. This Fall, I’ve asked many seed investors, VCs and Angels, how they decide which founders and startups they will invest in. Please have a listen to these 30-minute podcast interviews to learn which might be a good fit for you.

Amir Banifatemi, 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.

Cindy Padnos, Founder and Managing Partner at Illuminate Ventures, discusses a topic that we’ve been highlighting recently: the need for multiple seed rounds as a way to bridge the Series A gap.

Darshan Vyas, Co-Founder Managing Director, LOUD Capital, discusses seed investing in the startup eco-system in the Mid-West from Ohio.

Nitin Pachisia, Founding Partner at Unshackled Ventures, discusses pre-seed and seed investing.

Oded Hermoni is Managing Partner at Rhodium Venture Partners, and is also co-founder of an Angel group, J-Angels.

Sunil Bhargava, Founder and Managing Partner, Tandem Capital, helps us explore the difference of post-seed versus pre-Series A financing.

T.M. Ravi is Managing Director and Co-founder of The Hive, a venture studio. Our discussion touches upon a couple of key issues, including the prevalent incubator/accelerator model of 3-month classes, which we agreed, is bogus.

Todd Belfer, Managing Partner of Canal Partners, talks about financing early-stage niche B-to-B SaaS opportunities.

Venktesh Shukla, founder of TiE Angels and General Partner Monta Vista Capital, discusses some shifts happening in the world of seed investing.

Yanev Suissa is General Partner at SineWave Ventures, based out of Washington DC and Silicon Valley. The firm invests alongside some major firms like Andreessen Horowitz and NEA. Yanev talks about how they invest, and also the trends he sees.

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

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.

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.

Nathan Lustig, Managing Partner of Magma Partners, a Latin-America-focused fund. He talks about their strategy, as well as the dynamics of the LatAm market.

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

Charlie O’Donnell, Partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, talks about his Seed investing activities and related industry trends.

Vinny Lingham, Co-founder and CEO,, and Managing Partner of Newtown Partners, discusses his investment thesis in B-to-C seed ventures. We also discuss the role ICOs are playing in filling the gaps in certain seed-stage ventures.

Cem Sertoglu is Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital, based in Turkey. Cem brings the spotlight on Turkey and the Eastern and Central European startup eco-systems.

Jake Seid, Managing Director, Stone Bridge Ventures, talks about trends, AngelList Syndicates, ICOs and more.

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