Not all investors have the same point of view on how they make money off their investments in startups. Read the following investor interviews to understand the wide diversity of investment theses that exist amongst investors.
Yanev Suissa is General Partner at SineWave Ventures, 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.
Victoria Pettibone, Managing Director of Astia Angels, a group focused on funding women entrepreneurs. She discusses what they like to invest in, as well as the trends she sees in the deal flow and the portfolio.
T.M. Ravi, Managing Director and Co-founder of The Hive, a venture studio. The discussion touches upon a couple of key issues, including the prevalent incubator/accelerator model of 3-month classes, which we agreed, is bogus.
Shomit Ghose, Partner at Onset Ventures, is also a veteran startup executive with multiple IPOs under his belt. He highlights the fact that while 70,000 ventures receive angel funding in a year, the number of companies receiving venture funding remains constant year over year at about 1,000 per year. Focusing on building value is of paramount importance, so that you can validate and prove your value proposition.
Eva Ho, General Partner at Fika Ventures, discusses their investment thesis.
Anirudh Suri, Founding Partner at India Internet Fund, talks about the funding trends in the Indian startup market.