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532nd 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Karthee Madasamy, MFV Ventures

Posted on Friday, Jun 11th 2021

Karthee Madasamy is Founder and Managing Partner at Mobile Foundation Ventures. We discuss the nuances of Deep Tech investing.

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534th Roundtable Recording on June 10, 2021: With Jon Staenberg, Staenberg Venture Partners

Posted on Friday, Jun 11th 2021

In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording here:

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Roundtable Recap: June 10 – More on Two-sided Marketplaces

Posted on Friday, Jun 11th 2021

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Jon Staenberg, Managing Partner at Staenberg Venture Partners. We discussed the trends he is seeing and investment thesis he is following.

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As for our entrepreneur pitch, we had Chandra Subramanian from Helsinki, Finland, pitch Foodoop, a two-sided marketplace for home cooks to offer their services to consumers.

You can listen to the recording of this roundtable here:

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532nd Roundtable Recording on May 27, 2021: With Karthee Madasamy, MFV Ventures

Posted on Monday, Jun 7th 2021

In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording here:

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Best of Bootstrapping: What Traditional VCs are Looking for with Scott Sandell, NEA

Posted on Monday, Jun 7th 2021

If you have been bootstrapping and think you are ready for investors, you need to learn how investors think. First, please study our free Bootstrapping course and Investor Introductions page. Then start looking for entrepreneur – investor fit. Today I introduce you to Scott Sandell.

Scott Sandell, General Partner at NEA, is one of NEA’s star investors. He has been named to the Forbes Midas list every year since 2007, and has been involved with eight Unicorn companies including Salesforce.com, Workday, Webex, Tableau, and others. During our conversation in 2015, Scott discusses, specifically, Webex and Tableau in quite a bit of depth. In both companies, the scrappy, capital-efficient management of those businesses were striking!

Among Silicon Valley’s venture firms, NEA holds a special place in my own entrepreneurial journey, being the first VC firm that I successfully raised funding from. Oddly, at that time in the late nineties, the fact that my company was doing product development in India was considered unacceptable. Of course, all that changed in due course, and today India is firmly established on the startup map, as are China, Europe, and many other nations. NEA was an early adopter of the global entrepreneurship trend, and has offices in India and China. They also invest elsewhere in the world, where they don’t have offices. You can listen to the podcast interview here and the entire roundtable program here:

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250th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Scott Sandell, NEA

Posted on Monday, Jun 7th 2021

Scott Sandell, General Partner at NEA, is one of NEA’s star investors. He has been named to the Forbes Midas list every year since 2007, and has been involved with eight Unicorn companies including Salesforce.com, Workday, Webex, Tableau, and others. Scott discusses, specifically, Webex and Tableau in quite a bit of depth. In both companies, the scrappy, capital-efficient management of those businesses were striking!

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Roundtable Recap: May 27 – Discussion on Deep Tech Investing

Posted on Sunday, May 30th 2021

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Karthee Madasamy, Founder and Managing Partner, Mobile Foundation Ventures. We discussed the nuances of Deep Tech investing.

VEGG

As for our entrepreneur pitch, we had 1Mby1M Premium member Akshar Vastarpara from Gujarat, India, pitching VEGG, a smart home solution.

You can listen to the recording of this roundtable here:

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Michael Smerklo, Co-founder and Managing Director at Next Coast Ventures 2021 (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, May 21st 2021
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Michael Smerklo is Co-founder and Managing Director at Next Coast Ventures. We have a terrific conversation about a range of issues including solo founders and their ill-treatment by VCs.

Sramana Mitra: We are going to start today’s session with a conversation with Micheal Smerkio, co-founder and managing partner at Next Coast Ventures. Welcome back to the show. 

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Best of Bootstrapping: Discussing Alternatives to Traditional Venture Capital with Bryce Roberts, Indie.vc

Posted on Wednesday, May 19th 2021

If you have been bootstrapping and think you are ready for investors, you need to learn how investors think. First, please study our free Bootstrapping course and Investor Introductions page. Then start looking for entrepreneur – investor fit. Today I introduce you to Bryce Roberts.

Bryce Roberts, Co-founder and Managing Director, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), and Founder, Indie.vc, discusses the issues with the venture capital financing model, and explored alternatives. You can listen to the podcast interview here and the entire roundtable program here:

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316th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Bryce Roberts, OATV, Indie.vc

Posted on Wednesday, May 19th 2021

Bryce Roberts, Managing Director, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), and Founder, Indie.vc, discusses the issues with the venture capital financing model, and explored alternatives.

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530th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast on May 13, 2021: With Shane Neman, Neman Ventures

Posted on Monday, May 17th 2021

Shane Neman is Founder of EZ Texting, JoonBug.com, and Principal at Neman Ventures. Shane has bootstrapped two companies as a solo entrepreneur, found successful exits for both, and is now an investor. Needless to say, he has no bias against solopreneurs.

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Roundtable Recap: May 13 – A Solo Entrepreneur Case Study

Posted on Thursday, May 13th 2021

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Shane Neman, Founder of EZ Texting and JoonBug.com, Principal at Neman Ventures. Shane has bootstrapped two companies as a solo entrepreneur, found successful exits for both, and is now an investor. Needless to say, he has no bias against solo entrepreneurs.

You can listen to the recording of this roundtable here:

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Best of Bootstrapping: E-commerce and Investing with Tod Francis, Shasta Ventures

Posted on Tuesday, May 11th 2021

If you have been bootstrapping and think you are ready for investors, you need to learn how investors think. First, please study our free Bootstrapping course and Investor Introductions page. Then start looking for entrepreneur – investor fit. Today I introduce you to Tod Francis.

Tod Francis, Managing Director at Shasta Ventures, starts with a discussion on the history of retail, all the way from shoe stores, to departmental stores, and back to specialty retail. This is followed by a similar overview of the history of e-commerce ranging from Amazon’s strategy to how specialty retail is translating into niche e-commerce, and how Tod is looking at investments in the category. You can listen to the podcast interview here and the entire roundtable program here:

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231st 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast with Tod Francis, Shasta Ventures

Posted on Tuesday, May 11th 2021

Tod Francis, Managing Director at Shasta Ventures, starts with a discussion on the history of retail, all the way from shoe stores, to departmental stores, and back to specialty retail. This is followed by a similar overview of the history of e-commerce ranging from Amazon’s strategy to how specialty retail is translating into niche e-commerce, and how Tod is looking at investments in the category.

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Best of Bootstrapping: Sourcing Global Ventures with Ann Winblad of Hummer Winblad

Posted on Friday, May 7th 2021

If you have been bootstrapping and think you are ready for investors, you need to learn how investors think. First, please study our free Bootstrapping course and Investor Introductions page. Then start looking for entrepreneur – investor fit. Today I introduce you to Ann Winblad.

Ann Winblad, Co-founder and Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, is one of the most successful women VCs in our industry, and as I mentioned in my introduction, I have never heard her whining about bias against women. One of the most encouraging things she discussed when we spoke in 2014 is how her firm is sourcing interesting ventures from all over the world, not just Silicon Valley. Mulesoft, one of their hot portfolio companies, had its CEO based in Malta, originally!

You can listen to the podcast interview here and the entire roundtable program here:

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