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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Kara Weber of Brilliant Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Dec 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 Kara Weber was recorded in November 2018.

Kara Weber, Founder and General Partner at Brilliant Ventures, speaks extensively about her commitment to female founders.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s get you acquainted with our audience. Tell us about yourself and a bit about your investing focus. How big is the fund? What kind of investments do you like to make? Let’s get acquainted.

Kara Weber: I founded Brilliant Ventures a couple of years ago after a 20-plus year career as an entrepreneur and operator. I was one of the first >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Ray Chan of K5 Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 5th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Ray Chan was recorded in December 2018.

Ray Chan, Managing Director at K5 Ventures and Tech Coast Angels, shares his views on the segments his firms invest in.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s get introduced. Tell us about yourself a little bit as well as K5 Ventures. What do you like to invest in? What size is the fund?

Ray Chan: This reminds me of the interview we did about nine years ago. We are based in Southern California. I >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Shuly Galili of UpWest Labs (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Dec 1st 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Shuly Galili was recorded in October 2018.

Shuly Galili, Founding Partner, UpWest Labs, talks to us about pre-seed and seed investments in the Israel – Silicon Valley corridor.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us a little bit about yourself as well as UpWest Labs. Introduce our audience to your work.

Shuly Galili: I co-founded UpWest Labs in 2012. It’s been almost seven years. We’ve been building a platform and a fund to invest and support very early stage pre-seed and seed founders, primarily out of Israel. We are based in Palo Alto and are invested in over 70 companies. We’re

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Devdutt Yellurkar of CRV (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 26th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Devdutt Yellurkar was recorded in July 2018.

Devdutt Yellurkar, General Partner at CRV, discussed his investment principles. It was an excellent discussion!

Sramana Mitra: The first thing I’d like to do is introduce our audience to yourself as well as to CRV’s current activities, philosophy, and investment thesis. Let’s start there.

Devdutt Yellurkar: I’m still masquerading as a venture capitalist after only nine years into this gig. I got into this after a two-year sabbatical in India.  >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Miriam Rivera of Ulu Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 26th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Miriam Rivera was recorded in October 2018.

Miriam Rivera, Partner at Ulu Ventures, a firm committed to diversity as its core investment philosophy.

Sramana Mitra: In order to introduce you to our audience, I think the first place we would like to start is to explain Ulu Ventures and your background. Tell us about your investing focus. How big is the fund? What kind of investments do you like to make? Let’s get to know one another? >>>

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422nd 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Nihal Mehta, ENIAC Ventures

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 21st 2018

Nihal Mehta, Founding General Partner at ENIAC Ventures, provides a great set of insights into his definition of a full stack founding team. Either a set of co-founders who cover all the requisite skill-sets, or a solo founder who is a full-stack person – both configurations can work. Listen to the discussion for more color on the topic.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Alexander Ross of Illuminate Financial (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 19th 2018

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 >>>

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413th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Spencer Crawley, Firstminute Capital

Posted on Monday, Nov 19th 2018

Spencer Crawley is Co-founder of Firstminute Capital, based in London and focused on European startups.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Dafina Toncheva of US Venture Partners (Part 1)

Posted on Sunday, Nov 18th 2018

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. >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Waikit Lau (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Nov 15th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Waikit Lau was recorded in June 2018.

Waikit Lau, investor and serial entrepreneur, has a refreshingly open attitude towards investing in very early stage companies. Wonderful conversation.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us a little bit about what you have been up to so our audience gets to know you and your background. >>>

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408th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Kara Weber, Brilliant Ventures

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 13th 2018

Kara Weber, Founder General Partner at Brilliant Ventures, speaks extensively about her commitment to female founders.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Brock Pierce of Blockchain Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 12th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Brock Pierce was recorded in September 2018.

Brock Pierce, Co-Founder of Blockchain Capital, discusses his worldview of the Blockchain investment opportunity. Brock is one of the pioneers of investing in Blockchain companies.

Sramana Mitra: Why don’t you tell us a little bit about your various activities. I know you’re an expert in Bitcoin, crypto, and Blockchain. You invest outside of those segments as well. Give us an overview of what you are up to. >>>

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412th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Bill Baumel, Ohio Innovation Fund

Posted on Monday, Nov 12th 2018

Bill Baumel, Managing Director at Ohio Innovation Fund, shares terrific insight into the region’s progress.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Kelly Perdew of Moonshots Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Nov 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 Kelly Perdew was recorded in June 2018.

Kelly Perdew is Co-founder and Managing General Partner at Moonshots Capital, a firm that has a unique investment thesis of supporting military veterans. Very interesting insights.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by having you share a little bit about your background as well as the background of your fund. What is the investing focus? How big is the fund? What kind of investments are you making? >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Kerry Rupp of True Wealth Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 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 Kerry  Rupp was recorded in October 2018.

Kerry Rupp, Partner at True Wealth Ventures, discusses their women-focused investment thesis.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s get you introduced to our audience. Tell us about your investing focus. What is the size of the fund? What sized checks are you writing?

Kerry Rupp: True Wealth Ventures fund one is approximately $20 million. We’re typically focused on women-led companies, which we define as >>>

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