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5 Investor Podcasts Discussing Changes in Startup Financing

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 18th 2018

The startup financing game has changed. Seed funding used to be the harder round to get. But right now there are 500 to 600 micro-VCs in the market who are funding tons and tons of companies at the seed stage. The numbers are 50,000 to 70,000 seed financing a year, while Series A financing per year is only about 1,500. There is a huge drop off in Series A funding happening. We don’t really have a great answer on how to cross this gap.

Entrepreneurs do need to be able to show certain levels of validation. The Series A investors are looking for a lot of different metrics which are not necessarily being tackled by the ventures who have raised just seed money. It’s become a very tricky environment.

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406th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Devdutt Yellurkar, CRV

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 18th 2018

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

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Gaurav Jain of Afore Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 16th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Gaurav Jain of Afore Capital was recorded in February 2018. 

Gaurav Jain is Managing Partner at Afore Capital, a firm focused on pre-seed investments. This is an excellent conversation for entrepreneurs looking for insights into pre-seed.

Sramana Mitra: With your specific focus, which is pre-seed, we are are very interested in hearing your perspective because, as you know, that part of the ecosystem is very underserved. People want validated 

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193rd 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Alexander Ross, Illuminate Financial

Posted on Monday, Jul 16th 2018

Alexander Ross, Founder at Illuminate Financial, talks about his firm’s FinTech investment thesis.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Andrew Romans of Rubicon Venture Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Jul 13th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Andrew Romans of Rubicon Venture Capital was recorded in January 2018. 

Andrew Romans is General Partner of Rubicon Venture Capital. Our discussion includes an interesting segment on ICOs.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s get acquainted. What is you investment focus? How big is the fund? What sized investments do you like to make? Let’s start understanding the fund.

Andrew Romans: Rubicon Venture Capital has two main offices in Silicon Valley and New York City. We also have 18 venture >>>

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406th Roundtable Recording On July 12, 2018: With Devdutt Yellurkar, CRV

Posted on Friday, Jul 13th 2018

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

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Roundtable Recap: July 12 – Laser Sharp Competitive Positioning is Compulsory in Crowded Markets

Posted on Thursday, Jul 12th 2018

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Devdutt Yellurkar, General Partner at CRV, who discussed his investment principles. It was an excellent discussion!

Elastic Storage Solutions
As for entrepreneur pitches, we started with Udo Neustadter from Ottawa, Canada, pitching Elastic Storage Solutions, a company addressing the ballooning storage needs of the digital universe. I asked for a thorough competitive positioning exercise, including input from storage buyers on how they’re evaluating solutions.

Velox Networks
Next, Martin Nygate from Singapore pitched Velox Networks, an Asian competitor to RingCentral-like hosted PBX vendors. The company is executing well and is already in revenue.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Rajeev Madhavan of Clear Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 9th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Rajeev Madhavan of Clear Ventures was recorded in January 2018. 

Rajeev Madhavan, Founder and General Partner at Clear Ventures, was first a highly successful serial entrepreneur, and brings to the VC game an entrepreneur’s view of the world. Rajeev highlighted the Series A gap in a big way.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about Clear Ventures. How big is it? What is the investing focus? What sized investments are you making? >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Brij Bhasin of Rebright Partners (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Jul 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 Brij Bhasin of Rebright Partners was recorded in January 2018. 

Brij Bhasin, Principal and India Investment Lead at Rebright Partners, which is a Japanese Venture Capital firm, discusses their India strategy. The conversation encompasses broader trends in the Indian startup market.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about your investing focus. How big is the fund? What sized investment do you make? Let’s familiarize our audience with you activities. >>>

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404th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Investor Waikit Lau

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 3rd 2018

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

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Bruce Cleveland of Wildcat Venture Partners (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 2nd 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Bruce Cleveland of Wildcat Venture Partners was recorded in January 2018. 

Bruce Cleveland, Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, is one of the early employees at Oracle, as well as a co-founder of Siebel Systems. He is working on a book on The Traction Gap framework that his firm uses in its venture capital practice.

Sramana Mitra: For those of you who may have been around in the early 2000’s, one of the most successful

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Andrew Cain McClary of KdT Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Jun 30th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Andrew Cain McClary of KdT Ventures was recorded in January 2018. 

Andrew Cain McClary, Founder and Managing Partner at KdT Ventures, is a physician-turned VC. The focus of his investment is biology and related fields.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about the fund. Tell us about what your investing focus. How big is the fund?

Andrew Cain McClary: It’s useful to start with a little bit of context on my background. I’m a physician by training. I was in the >>>

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Roundtable Recap: June 28 – Fat Startups vs. Lean Startups: A Conversation with Waikit Lau

Posted on Thursday, Jun 28th 2018

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest investor and serial entrepreneur Waikit Lau. Waikit has a refreshingly open attitude towards investing in very early stage companies. Wonderful conversation.

Wonderlend Hubs
As for entrepreneur pitches, we started with Ram Ramdas from Mumbai, India, pitched Wonderlend Hubs, a FinTech company that focuses on 15 second loan application evaluation on behalf of financial institutions in India. Very good execution thus far, and an excellent company with great promise.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Ira Weiss of Hyde Park Venture Partners (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Jun 27th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Ira Weiss of Hyde Park Venture Partners was recorded in January 2018. 

Ira Weiss, General Partner at Hyde Park Venture Partners based in Chicago, talks about venture activity in the MidWest.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about Hyde Park. What is your investment focus? How big is the fund? What sized investments do you like to make? >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With William Hsu of Mucker Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Jun 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 William Hsu of Mucker Capital was recorded in January 2018. 

William Hsu is the Co-founder and Partner at Mucker Capital, a Los Angeles-based fund that invests largely outside Silicon Valley and follows a more fundamentals oriented approach.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about the fund. How big is the fund? Tell us about your own background. Let’s get to know each other and let’s introduce your to our audience. >>>

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