Understanding VC is a deep dive on how Venture Capitalists work. The focus of the show is to provide entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts experiential and actionable insights to have a collegial work relationship with VCs.
UVC: Joshua Agusta from Mandiri Capital Indonesia on Corporate VCs, the shifting landscape of Indonesian startup ecosystem, and the hallmark unpredictability of Venture Capital
Understanding VC is a deep dive on how Venture Capitalists work. In this episode, I talk to Joshua Agusta, Director of Venture Funds at Mandiri Capital Indonesia. Joshua shares his 8+ years worth of insights on the Indonesian startup ecosystem, the various types of founders who have the streak of success, and the purpose behind emerging corporate VCs. He also shares the working principle of Mandiri Capital's Inclusive Incubator Program which stands to benefit emerging founders, regardless of their educational background. Towards the end, Joshua talks about his perception of the changes that are driving the Indonesian startup ecosystem, and some of the ways in which it can be steered in a better direction.
UVC: Michael Lints from Golden Gate Ventures on later-stage fundraising, the questions worth preparing for well in advance, and a 2022 vision for southeast asian startup ecosystem
Understanding VC is a deep dive on how Venture Capitalists work. In this episode, in order to understand more about later stage fundraising, I talk to Michael Lints from Golden Gate Ventures, a fund focused on series A and series B investing. Michael shares some of his insights about the differences of approach between early-stage and later-stage fundraising, and the details that require close attention. He also shares his preferred pitching technique which operates on progression through feedback and the singular question that founders and fund managers need to ask prospective investors to avoid getting mired in aimless deliberations. As a new year present, Michael also shares some tips for emerging introverted founders to expand their network without having to compromise their personality. To conclude the episode, Michael delineates his 2022 vision for the southeast asian startup ecosystem, and how we can ascertain progress by being mindful of balance.
Deep Dive: Strategy for VC fund growth and portfolio development with Brian Ma
In the second episode of our new segment, Deep Dive, I do a detailed discussion with Brian Ma about running a VC fund, something founders are rarely acquainted with. Brian is the founder and managing partner at Iterative Capital, a seed-stage fund focusing on Southeast Asia. He is an entrepreneur turned VC with extensive first-hand experience at investing and fundraising in both the aforementioned roles, lending him a rich stock of knowledge about the topic at hand. We talk about strategies VCs use to acquire funds, the details of their communication process with LPs, and some ways to ascertain an optimal portfolio. Brian also goes on to explain his understanding of the directly proportional relationship between graduation rate and returns, the significance of TVPI, and the benefits of recycling money.
UVC: Prayank Swaroop from Accel Ventures on the Accel Atoms Program, the 5 Why(s) requisite for predicting a startup’s chances of success, and the one quality shared by all smart founders
Understanding VC is a deep dive on how Venture Capitalists work. In this episode, I talk to Prayank Swaroop from Accel Ventures about his journey from IIT Delhi to becoming a VC. He shares some bittersweet turning points in his entrepreneurial journey which include a missed investment opportunity with Flipkart. He also enumerates some of the questions which are integral to his selection process as a VC. About Accel, Prayank discusses their Accel Atoms Program which has been designed to support founders with great potential, some ingenious strategies that Accel’s portfolio startups have successfully employed for acquisition and retention, and their plans for expanding in Southeast Asia.
UVC: Erwin Arifin from StartupIndonesia.co on bridging the gap between founders and VCs, their method to rate the investability of a startup, and the dynamics of reverse pitching in increasingly competitive markets like Indonesia
Understanding VC is a deep dive on how Venture Capitalists work. In this episode, I talk to Erwin Arifin, co-founder at StartupIndonesia about his journey from business school to VC, and the lessons he learned along the way. Erwin shares his in-depth knowledge of the Indonesian startup ecosystem which he has acquired through years of networking with some of the biggest players in the market. He talks about the bridgeable gaps between founders and VCs which StartupIndonesia seeks to work on through some ingenious methods. He goes a little into the details of how StartupIndonesia functions and their much talked about SID point system which ascribes a comprehensively determined investability score to startups, which is followed by a brief discussion of a few methods which can help soonicorn companies grow into unicorns. Towards the end of the episode, he cites some of the issues which persist in the Indonesian startup ecosystem and how they can be resolved through prudent and persistent effort.
Deep Dive: What you should know about early stage venture capital with Jyri Engeström
Deep Dive is a brand-new segment of Understanding VC where I explore discrete concepts related to venture capital with our guests. This episode is inspired by the remarkable deck that Jyri Engenstrom has created on the functioning of early-stage VCs, which you can find in the show notes. Jyri is a partner and co-founder at Yes VC, an early-stage VC firm based in San Francisco.
Particularly enjoyed the episode with Rajesh!! 👌🏽
Great insight for SEA and India
Like the way Rahul gets down on the real questions. Can’t wait for many more episodes to come.
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