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368th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Cindy Padnos, Illuminate Ventures

Posted on Tuesday, Sep 26th 2017

Cindy Padnos, Founder and Managing Partner at Illuminate Ventures, discusses a topic that we’ve been highlighting recently: the need for multiple seed rounds as a way to bridge the Series A gap.

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368th Roundtable Recording On September 21, 2017: With Cindy Padnos, Illuminate Ventures

Posted on Monday, Sep 25th 2017

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Roundtable Recap: September 21 – Cindy Padnos of Illuminate Ventures on Multi-phase Seed Funding

Posted on Thursday, Sep 21st 2017

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Cindy Padnos, Founder and Managing Partner at Illuminate Ventures. Cindy spoke on a topic that we’ve been highlighting recently: the need for multiple seed rounds as a way to bridge the Series A gap.

OLB Tech
As for the pitches, first up, we had Miguel Ortiz and
Amarilis Ortiz from Atlanta, Georgia, pitching OLB Tech. This team has a nailpolish dispenser that applies and dries polish rapidly. Looks to me like a perfect Kickstarter campaign!

iCustomMadeIt
Next, 1Mby1M premium member Raj Iyer pitched iCustomMadeIt, a 2-sided marketplace for custom merchandise. We went over Raj’s investor pitch, and how to revise it. The company already has revenue and a significant channel partner through 1Mby1M.

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366th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Stefania Mallett, ezCater

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 20th 2017

Stefania Mallett, CEO at ezCater, who raised multiple seed rounds, and then, over a period of a decade, $70 million. Stefania describes her journey of building a 2-sided marketplace for catering services that will do a billion dollars in billing soon. Great story of a woman entrepreneur who focuses on data, metrics, and results, not bias!

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363rd 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Swati Chaturvedi, Propel(x)

Posted on Thursday, Sep 14th 2017

Swati Chaturvedi is Co-founder and CEO at Propel(x), an online platform where entrepreneurs are connected to angels. Swati and I discussed some of the key trends of the seed financing eco-system as viewed from Propel(x).

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366th Roundtable Recording On September 7, 2017: With Stefania Mallett, ezCater

Posted on Friday, Sep 8th 2017

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Roundtable Recap: September 7 – Multiple Seed Rounds May Be Needed to Mitigate the Series A Gap

Posted on Thursday, Sep 7th 2017

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Stefania Mallett, CEO at ezCater, who raised multiple seed rounds, and then, over a period of a decade, $70 million. Stefania described her journey of building a 2-sided marketplace for catering services that will do a billion dollars in billing soon. Great story of a woman entrepreneur who focuses on data, metrics, and results, not bias!

zVesta
Pitching, we had Rajan Danngn from Gurgaon, India, pitching zVesta, an online reviews and ratings portal for builders of real estate. The company has three paying customers and some revenue, which is awesome, as their business model and pricing model assumptions are starting to get validated. Next, we need to see a clear bottom-up TAM analysis.

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Indian Online Fashion Retailer LimeRoad Focuses on SMB

Posted on Thursday, Aug 17th 2017

According to Grant Thornton India, the Indian fashion retail industry has evolved rapidly over the past decade propelled by investments to the tune of $13 billion flowing into the sector. Of this, $10 billion were PE/VC investments. Indian fashion retail industry is worth about $70 billion and online fashion e-commerce, according to Google India, is expected to grow to $35 billion by 2020 or around 35% of e-commerce. LimeRoad is an Indian online fashion retailer with a unique social discovery platform that is trying to make it big. >>>

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363rd Roundtable Recording On August 10, 2017: With Swati Chaturvedi, Propel(x)

Posted on Friday, Aug 11th 2017

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Roundtable Recap: August 10 – What Angels Are Looking For At Propel(x)

Posted on Thursday, Aug 10th 2017

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Swati Chaturvedi, Co-founder and CEO at Propel(x), an online platform where entrepreneurs are connected to angels. Swati and I discussed some of the key trends of the seed financing eco-system as viewed from Propel(x).

One of my observations is that we’re in 2017. Lots of stuff has already been built. Nowadays, there aren’t so many wide, open opportunities out there. But there are many, many niche opportunities. Some of these businesses need to be built with very small amounts of capital – $1-2 Million, and sold for $10-15M. I asked Swati if there is appetite in the Propel(x) community for this type of investment? And what about a notch smaller? Invest $250k-$500k and sell for $5-$10M?

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