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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Rami Elkhatib of Acero Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Aug 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 Rami Elkhatib of Acero Capital was recorded in February 2018. 

Rami Elkhatib, General Partner at Acero Capital, talks about his investments in companies that require a longer development cycle. As you know, 1Mby1M often uses Bootstrapping with Services as a core methodology to scale companies to fundability. Rami actually loves to invest in such businesses, read on.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as the fund. What is your focus? What kind of things >>>

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410th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Slava Rubin, Indiegogo

Posted on Friday, Aug 10th 2018

Slava Rubin, Founder of Indiegogo.com. Slava walked us through the trends on his crowdfunding platform.

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410th Roundtable Recording on August 7, 2018: With Slava Rubin, Indiegogo

Posted on Thursday, Aug 9th 2018

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

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Nate Redmond of Alpha Edison (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Aug 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 Nate Redmond of Alpha Edison was recorded in February 2018.

Nate Redmond, Managing Partner at Alpha Edison, a VC who has put trust-driven ventures at the center of his investment thesis. It’s a very interesting conversation for both entrepreneurs and investors to listen to.

Sramana Mitra: Tell our audience about Alpha Edison and yourself. Let’s introduce you to the audience. The last time we spoke, you were doing something else. You were in the middle of putting this new thing together. >>>

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Roundtable Recap: August 2 – Conversation with a Successful Woman Venture Capitalist

Posted on Thursday, Aug 2nd 2018

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Dafina Toncheva, Partner at US Venture Partners, 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.

You can listen to the recording of this roundtable here:

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Rajul Garg of Leo Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Jul 28th 2018

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

Rajul Garg, Head of Investments at Leo Capital, discusses the Indian startup eco-system and his fund’s investment focus.

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

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Nitin Rai of Elevate Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Jul 28th 2018

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

Nitin Rai, Managing Director at Elevate Capital, made a compelling case for investing in niche businesses with the upfront goal of scoring early exits. Excellent discussion!

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about your seed-stage investment activities. Let’s get to know you and get you introduced into our community.

Nitin Rai: I started out as an entrepreneur back in the 80’s in Silicon Valley. I moved to Oregon in the late 80’s. I started a company >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Corey Schmid of Seven Peaks Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jul 26th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this series. The following interview with Corey Schmid of Seven Peaks Ventures was recorded in February 2018.

Corey Schmid is General Partner at Seven Peak Ventures, a firm with a focus on the Pacific Northwest.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us a little bit about yourself and Seven Peaks. Let’s get to know the fund. What size is the fund? What’s your investment thesis?

Corey Schmid: I’m a General Partner with Seven Peaks Ventures. We are located in Oregon. We are an early stage venture capital >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Greg Borchardt of Caerus Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 23rd 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Greg Borchardt of Caerus Ventures was recorded in February 2018. 

Greg Borchardt is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Caerus Ventures, a firm that has a focus on connected hardware. It’s an interesting and differentiated investment thesis that is worth listening to, especially for IoT entrepreneurs.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about Caerus Ventures. What is your sweet spot? What is the size of the fund? What kind of investments do you like to make? What’s the focus? >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Tim Wilson of Artiman Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 23rd 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Tim Wilson of Artiman Ventures was recorded in February 2018. 

Tim Wilson, Partner at Artiman Ventures, has been in the venture business for a long time, and refreshingly has the skill and the confidence to do very complex technology deals that are relatively early.

Sramana Mitra: Tell us about Artiman Ventures. Let’s get to know one another. Let’s get you introduced to our audience. What is the fund’s focus? What kind of deals do you like to make? >>>

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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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