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A discussion on what’s happening the tech, startups, small business, venture capital and angel investing in the US and India with tips for small businesses and entrepreneurs every week from the mind of an operator, founder, and early-stage startup investor. Web: http://pjain.me Twitter: https://twitter.com/investorcraft YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/investstream Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pjain/support
 
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Kavin is the founder of Indian unicorn, Hike. In this discussion, we discuss the challenges of pivoting a unicorn, dealing with investors, hiring and letting people go and an exciting dive into the spiritual aspect of being an entrepreneur. This discussion originally took place on Clubhouse. Don’t miss it!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor…
 
Fabrice Grinda is the founder of Zingy, Aucland OLX and FJ Labs, a VC firm and venture studio based in NYC, focusing on marketplace businesses. FJ Labs has invested in hundreds of companies such as Alibaba, Bla Bla Car, Zolostays, Brightroll, ZoomCar and many many more. In 2018, Forbes named Fabrice the #1 Angel investor in the world. On this episo…
 
On this episode of Invest Stream Live, Arjun Dev Arora, Founder of Valence Advisory, joins Invest Stream to share some tips on how to go about raising an early-stage venture capital fund for the first time. Why should one do it? What are some of the pitfalls? What do Limited Partners (LPs) want to see and what do they not like and a lot more about …
 
Who is "Pankaj Jain" besides being the founder of Invest Stream and Founder Craft What came before? I've been a risk manager at the largest hedge fund in the world, LTCM, operator, product manager, entrepreneur, community builder at BarCamp Delhi, co-founder of HeadStart Network Foundation and Startup Weekend India. I've been a venture capitalist a…
 
Who is "Pankaj Jain" besides being the founder of Invest Stream and Founder Craft What came before? I've been a risk manager at the largest hedge fund in the world, LTCM, operator, product manager, entrepreneur, community builder at BarCamp Delhi, co-founder of HeadStart Network Foundation and Startup Weekend India. I've been a venture capitalist a…
 
Who is "Pankaj Jain" besides being the founder of Invest Stream and Founder Craft What came before? I've been a risk manager at the largest hedge fund in the world, LTCM, operator, product manager, entrepreneur, community builder at BarCamp Delhi, co-founder of HeadStart Network Foundation and Startup Weekend India. I've been a venture capitalist a…
 
The global lockdown response to the covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on startups across the world. On this episode of Invest Stream, join me as I discuss the challenges of navigating through this crisis with Amol Sarva, the founder and CEO of Knotel, a NYC-based flexible workspace provider. I spoke with Amol Sarva, founder of Knotel. Knotel…
 
How does one go from being an operator to starting a venture capital fund? Rob Go, co-founder of NextView Ventures shared how he got started as a VC, how companies in NextView’s portfolio as well as NextView have been adapting to the pandemic, what’s changed for the firm since the pandemic hit, the new accelerator program and much much more. Rob Go…
 
Over the last twenty years, India has seen a tremendous amount of economic activity in the tech arena. The startup and venture capital ecosystems were a bit slow to pick-up, partly due to low Internet penetration until just a few years ago. That, however, didn’t prevent the creation of unicorns like Flipkart, Snapdeal and others. Since 2017, India …
 
IP Protection can be something very important for a startup but it can also be a very expensive thing to do and do right. Some tech startups consider raising money primarily for filing patents and other intellectual property protections while others think it might be a good idea to raise money from angels or venture capitalists specifically to prot…
 
A lot is changing in the startup world. Even before getting hit with COVID-19, the definitions of pre-seed, seed, post-seed/pre-series A were changing at a fast clip. Many early-stage VCs were moving downstream, writing larger checks and investing in later rounds. At the same time, larger, late-stage VCs were either ramping up their scout programs …
 
This week on InvestStream, I talk with Miten Sampat, Chief Strategy Officer at Times Internet (the largest media company in India) and Sonali Thapar, Director of TCAP Investments, a family office based in India. Listen to insights on how the market is changing, what angel investors and other early stage investors should be thinking about and doing …
 
As tech startups have continued to thrive over the last decade, more and more people have been either thinking of investing in startups or have started to deploy capital. Others, still sit on the sidelines hearing from friends how some of their startup investments have performed (on paper, at least). On this episode of InvestStream, we’re going to …
 
VCs and angel investors take risks when they invest money into a startup. Most VCs (but not all) get access to updates through "information rights", at least until a certain point in time. However, angels don't always have a legal right to updates about how a company is doing. On this episode of InvestStream, the founders or Workomo and PaperStreet…
 
Angel investing into startups has risen significantly over the last decade. Part of the increase in angel investing has been because of the availability of information via blogs and news platforms like TechCrunch, VentureBeat, etc. but also because of investing platforms like AngelList. In addition, early successes have yielded a class of angel cal…
 
What is the difference between venture capitalists and angel investors? In this episode of InvestStream, I discuss the difference between these two types of startup investors. Knowing the difference can be very useful in understanding a particular investor's motivation for investing or not investing in a startup. ————— Connect with me on: YouTube: …
 
In part one of this episode of InvestStream, I talk about what I look for in a startup’s founding team before making an angel investment into the startup. In part II and III, I will talk about traction and total addressable market size. *** Social *** Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Facebook: https://www…
 
Raising a round of capital for your startup is rarely easy. Ankur asked on YouTube what are some things that could help get other investors to come on board after you close the first investor. In this video, I share a few things that could help convince other investors to join the round after the first one has made a commitment. *** Don't forget to…
 
In this episode of InvestStream, I share a few thoughts on balancing the need for due diligence with the need to make fast decisions in early stage startup investing. Investment Committees sometimes ask for lots of information during the due diligence process which could drag out decision making for months, in some cases. What happens when decision…
 
I wanted to share a few quick thoughts about a startup pitch I received, which wasn’t quite the norm. Here are a couple of tips to be aware and avoid if you can when you are pitching your startup to raise money from angel investors or venture capital funds. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pjain/messageSupport this podcast: https://an…
 
What makes AngelList syndicates exciting for angel investors with access to high quality deal flow? It's the carry. Much like carry in a VC fund incentivizes VCs, carry in a syndicate incentivizes angels to share their deals with others. In this episode of InvestStream, I give an example of how carry creates significant leverage for an angel invest…
 
Growth stage companies that have cash and need to fuel growth should look at a few things to create inorganic growth. I answer a question from Dipit, co-founder of InShorts, about how growth stage startups can create a thesis for M&A and strategic investments. What makes AngelList syndicates exciting for angel investors with access to high quality …
 
What is an "Investment Thesis" and why investors in any asset class like real estate, stocks, bonds, startups, cryptocurrencies, etc should have one. *** Don't forget to watch The Raise, a live streamed show detailing a startup's journey to raising money ** *** Social *** Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 …
 
More and more VCs and angel investors are investing across international markets these days. This is great news for younger startup ecosystems. However, foreign investors don't always see startups with the same lens as local investors. This can be good, but it can also be a challenge. Here are a couple of things to think about if you're pitching a …
 
In Part 4, Sanjay shares a few thoughts about the challenges of being a Venture Capitalist and selling LPs on the India tech startup dream. We wrap up with a request to our Angel and VC friends in India. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pjain/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pjain/support…
 
Growth stage companies that have cash and need to fuel growth should look at a few things to create inorganic growth. I answer a question from Dipit, co-founder of InShorts, about how growth stage startups can create a thesis for M&A and strategic investments. *** Don't forget to watch the live streamed show detailing a startup's journey to raising…
 
In this episode of InvestStream I chat with my friend Sanjay Nath (@sanjaynath) co-founder and managing director at Blume Ventures in India. Sanjay has been an angel investor and VC for well over a decade and has invested in dozens of companies in India. We discuss a lot of topics including the maturing of the talent pool increased capital availabi…
 
In this episode of InvestStream I chat with my friend Sanjay Nath co-founder and managing director at Blume Ventures in India. Sanjay has been an angel investor and VC for well over a decade and has invested in dozens of companies in India. We discuss a lot of topics including the maturing of the talent pool increased capital availability for the g…
 
Not paying attention to the amount of dilution you and your co-founders get hit with in early rounds could potentially cripple your startup and leave your team with so little equity in your company that it just doesn’t make any economic sense. In this episode of InvestStream, I talks about the challenges of too much dilution and what founders can d…
 
It's hard to know how much information is enough to share when you're out trying to raise money and sending out a pitch deck. Founders either cram in too much information or not enough. I will share two examples of what not to do and what the objective of the pitch deck that you're emailing out should be. *** Don't forget to watch The Raise, a live…
 
In a previous video, I talked about how AngelList can be used to get started. In this episode of InvestStream I discuss additional things angel investors and new VCs can do to build their startup deal flow. ————— Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 F…
 
In this episode of InvestStream, I chat with my friend Sanjay Nath, co-founder and managing director at Blume Ventures in India. Sanjay has been an angel investor and VC for well over a decade and has invested in dozens of companies in India. We discuss a lot of topics including the maturing of the talent pool, increased capital availability for th…
 
How do you know if an #investor offering to #invest in your #startup is going to be someone who is going to support your #vision for your #company and your #product? People talk about “dumb money” and “smart money” but what about “toxic money”? In this episode of #InvestStream, I talk about the importance of doing due diligence on potential investo…
 
There are a few things that should be on the checklist of any startup before they think of approaching investors other than friends and family. The first is TAM or “Total Addressable Market”. VCs need big markets to support big companies. A better understanding of VC economics would help explain this a bit better but for the moment, just assume tha…
 
Carry is discussed often amongst Venture Capitalists and other Private Equity investors. Politicians have talked how carried interest should be taxed. Why do Venture Capitalists and other fund managers care about carry and what does it really mean? In this episode of InvestStream, I share a simple example of carry and how it works. There are always…
 
Sharing your startup idea can be a scary thing. All kinds of thoughts pass through our minds when we’re getting started - “What will people think about it?” “Will they think it’s a dumb idea?” However talking to investors about your startup idea can rouse all kinds of other fears - “Will the investor steal my idea?” “Will they share my information …
 
Angel investors are an integral component of the startup ecosystem. In Silicon Valley, more and more people are becoming angel investors. In the rest of the world, there’s a great deal of work being done to build an angel investor ecosystem to help power early stage #startups. How can you use existing social networks like AngelList to start dipping…
 
Angel investors are a critical part of the startup ecosystem. In Silicon Valley more people are probably angel investors than those that aren’t. In the rest of the world there’s a lot of interest in building an angel investor ecosystem to help power early stage startups. Many founders employees from startups have started angel investing. In many ca…
 
What are some things that I look for in founding teams? Tips and advice for small businesses and startups. Connect with me on:YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstreamTwitter: https://twitter.com/pjainInstagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001Blog: http://blog.pjain.me--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pjain/messageSupport this podcast: htt…
 
This is an example that a company selling a product online might send to an investor.* Gross Burn Dec 2018: $100,000 / month* Revenue Dec 2018: $20,000 / month* Net Burn Dec 2018: $80,000 / month* Cash in the bank Dec 31st, 2018: $850,000* Runway (typically Net Burn but could be different based on growth, cost cutting, etc.):14 months* Total Pagevi…
 
Many people have ideas but most people get stuck on executing those ideas.They may come across a company that did what they were thinking about and say “I had that idea before they did”. Having an idea isn’t enough. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the execution of that idea. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0xnCYImGVhbD7vb1cQ…
 
What are some things that founders do that can create considerable friction with investors. Keep doing them and your investor may walk. Connect with me on:YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstreamTwitter: https://twitter.com/pjainInstagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001Blog: http://blog.pjain.me--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pjain/mes…
 
In this episode, I breakdown some of the salient features of a finch startup and share 4 things I like about the startup, both as a customer and as an angel investor. Connect with me on:YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstreamTwitter: https://twitter.com/pjainInstagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001Blog: http://blog.pjain.me--- Send in a voice messa…
 
What’s the role of startup accelerators and are they worth giving up equity for when you’re starting up? https://www.ycombinator.com/companies/ Connect with me on:YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstreamTwitter: https://twitter.com/pjainInstagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001Blog: http://blog.pjain.me--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/p…
 
What to do when a founder leaves the startup? Karthik Sridhar, Founder of Supply.ai shares his thoughts on how to handle the departure of a co-founder. This is not tax, investment or legal advice. Please consult a professional for advice. Connect with me on:YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstreamTwitter: https://twitter.com/pjainInstagram: https://i…
 
In this Q&A, a viewer asks what is the difference between good product ideas and bad product ideas. I discuss my thoughts on why some startup products catch a user's attention and why some fall by the wayside.The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businessesby Eric RiesLearn more: https:…
 
Here’s an example of how two founders sat down and decided to split equity in their startup right in the beginning. Listen to Karthik Sridhar share his experience of the delicate discussion between founders when deciding who gets how much equity and why. More about Supply.ai at https://supply.ai Connect with me on:YouTube: https://pjain.co/investst…
 
How do you allocate equity when you’re starting up with co-founders, option pool and investors. Connect with me on:YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstreamTwitter: https://twitter.com/pjainInstagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001Blog: http://blog.pjain.me--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pjain/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor…
 
I answer some viewer questions in this weekly Q&A. This week I give 4 tips for fundraising for your crypto project or startup. Connect with me on:YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstreamTwitter: https://twitter.com/pjainInstagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001Blog: http://blog.pjain.me--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pjain/messageSuppo…
 
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