43 episodes

Each week, I invite entrepreneurs, venture capitalists & industry professionals to share their experiences and insights on the journey to building a successful startup.I try to explore the human side of the business, their successes, failures, stories, we talk about latest trends, and dive deep into whatever is going on in the startup world. 

Prodcricle with Mudassir Mustafa Mudassir Mustafa

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Each week, I invite entrepreneurs, venture capitalists & industry professionals to share their experiences and insights on the journey to building a successful startup.I try to explore the human side of the business, their successes, failures, stories, we talk about latest trends, and dive deep into whatever is going on in the startup world. 

    Most founders never get to reach Product Market Fit with Aaron Michael of 1984 ventures

    Most founders never get to reach Product Market Fit with Aaron Michael of 1984 ventures

    Summary

    Join us as we dive into the world of product market fit with Aaron Michael of 1984 Ventures. In this episode, we discuss the importance of finding product market fit for startups and the role venture capital plays in the process. Tune in for valuable insights and advice from a investor!

    Takeaways

    1. The key to success when starting a company is learning and iterating quickly.
    2. Finding product-market fit requires speed and the ability to pivot when necessary.
    3. VCs provide support to founders through advice, founder therapy, and assistance with hiring and fundraising.
    4. Investing in unsexy industries can offer unique opportunities for growth and success.
    5. Competition can be both beneficial and challenging, and the first mover advantage varies depending on the market dynamics.

    Chapters

    00:00 Trailer
    01:30 Who is Aaron Michael
    04:00 How you find product market fit (Espacially for early stage)
    15:00 Venture capilalist Raising money criteria and Vc gives support to founder
    19:33 1984 Ventures' Investment Thesis
    25:00 The Pitfalls of Hype and investing in Unsexy Industries
    33:23 The Value of Competition and the First Mover Advantage
    38:18 How Vc's Calculating Total Addressable Market (TAM)
    43:44 Evolution of Pitch Decks
    46:30 Evaluation Method and Favorite Slides
    49:30 Importance of the Team
    54:30 Pitch Deck and Cap Table Red Flags
    58:30 Disagreement with Venture Capital Industry
    01:04:02 Three Things for First-Time Founders
    01:06:32 Bridge Rounds, Down Rounds, and Valuations
    01:09:17 Transparent and Honest Feedback
    01:11:37 Being Contrarian as a VC
    01:13:50 Ritual
    01:15:35 Ending 
    Connect with Mudassir

    🎥 YouTube Channel - @prodcircleHQ
    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/ProdcircleHQ
    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/prodcirclehq
    💻 Website - https://prodcircle.com/
    👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mudassir-mustafa/

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Is your startup idea VC backable?' with Eva Dobranzska of FundIQ.

    Is your startup idea VC backable?' with Eva Dobranzska of FundIQ.

    Summary

    Are you a first-time founder with a brilliant startup idea but unsure how to get the funding to make it a reality?  This podcast is your roadmap to success!Join Eva who is a seasoned VC industry professional as she empowers you with the knowledge and practical steps to secure funding for your venture. We'll delve into everything from venture capital and alternative funding methods to crafting a killer pitch deck and negotiating the right valuation.

    Takeaways

    1. The VC world has a dark side, with risks including boosting businesses that are not economically viable.
    2. Creating an effective pitch deck involves structuring it properly and focusing on problem and target market slides, solution and competitive advantage slides, and market size and financial projections.
    3. Building a waitlist can be a valuable strategy for startups, as it demonstrates market interest and potential customer demand.
    4. Success stories often emerge from down markets, and being the second runner up can lead to great success.
    5. Founders should carefully consider metrics, valuation, and cap table management to ensure fundraising success.

    Chapters

    00:00 Trailer
    01:30 Who is Eva
    04:44 Are you qualify for VC money? (First time founder MUST LISTEN)
    08:00 Eva Key Takeaways from Working in Startups
    13:35 Why Agency Models Are Not Venture-Backed
    16:35 What other raising methods founder should look
    26:40 What Value of Incubators and Accelerators in first time founder life
    38:40 How Eva helping to raise money and what valuation to give (MUST LISTEN)
    45:50 The Dark Side of the VC World
    50:20 How to create an effective pitch deck
    01:06:35 Metrics Founders Should Care About
    01:10:42 When to use Convertible Notes or Safe Notes
    01:12:37 How Eva Navigating Valuation
    01:17:45 Cap Table Red Flags
    01:25:21 Is Fundraising a Success?
    01:19:45 Ritual Time
    01:21:13 Ending 
    Connect with Mudassir

    🎥 YouTube Channel - @prodcircleHQ
    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/ProdcircleHQ
    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/prodcirclehq
    💻 Website - https://prodcircle.com/
    👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mudassir-mustafa/

    • 1 hr 21 min
    What are the cap table red flags for VCs?

    What are the cap table red flags for VCs?

    Summary

    Confused about "cap tables" and fundraising? This episode is your guide! We explain what a cap table is and why it's important for startups. Plus, VC expert Jeff Crusey reveals the warning signs investors look for in a cap table.  Learn how to avoid these red flags and build a cap table that sets your startup up for success!  This episode is perfect for first-time founders and anyone interested in venture capital.

    Takeaways

    1. Background in the industry is important for VC investors in deep tech
    2. Deep tech startups often remain in stealth mode to retire engineering risk
    3. Traction in deep tech varies depending on the business model and industry
    4. Valuation of deep tech companies is influenced by fund size and risk profile
    5. Being the first money in can provide an edge for VC investors
    6. Founder chemistry is crucial for the success of a startup
    7. Post-money SAFEs have drawbacks, including dilution and lack of due diligence
    8. Venture studios and accelerators can vary in their effectiveness and support
    9. YC has been popularized but may have some hype surrounding it
    10. The best and worst pitches can vary in terms of insight and execution

    Cahpters

    00:00 Trailer‍
    01:40 Introduction‍
    06:02 Question Unclear‍
    07:24 What Is Investment Thesis of 7%
    09:41 Why deep tech startup stay in stealth mode / How VC's evaluate of deep tech ideas‍
    14:10 How VC's track good pitch deck. (First time founder need to listen)‍
    15:32 Understand the though process of VC's (Must listen if you want funding)‍
    28:10 Failure rate in deep tech catagoery according to VC
    29:37 Difficulties in building humanite and biotech products
    31:37 How much management team and founders expertise are required
    33:23 Jeff favourate pitch deck slides
    36:07 Cons of Post-Money SAFE
    37:25 Opinion on Venture Studios and Accelerators
    42:10 Best and Worst Pitches
    47:00 Raising money is success metrics
    49:28 Cap Table Red Flag
    52:08 Did VC's providing clear feedback to founders‍
    53:25 Ritual Time‍
    54:39 Conclusion
    Connect with Mudassir

    🎥 YouTube Channel - @prodcircleHQ
    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/ProdcircleHQ
    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/prodcirclehq
    💻 Website - https://prodcircle.com/
    👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mudassir-mustafa/

    • 55 min
    No more focus on Unicorns in 2024 with Francesco Petricarari of Silicon Roundabout Ventures

    No more focus on Unicorns in 2024 with Francesco Petricarari of Silicon Roundabout Ventures

    Summary

    Today's guests is Francesco Petricarari of Silicon Roundabout Ventures who primarily invests in Deep Tech and Hard Tech. Francesco is an early stage deep tech VC who shares the importance of founding team, VC founder fit, having the right board member, and a lot more.

    Takeaways

    1.Founder-led funds provide advantages in terms of understanding the challenges faced by founders and offering relevant support.
    2. Deep tech encompasses companies that focus on technology development rather than just business growth.
    3. Evaluation of deep tech startups requires a focus on the team, their expertise, and their ability to build a sustainable business.
    4. The team slide in a pitch deck is crucial as it showcases the founders' strengths and their potential to execute their vision. The team and their unique qualifications are crucial in a startup pitch.
    5. Key slides in a pitch deck include the team, market opportunity, and technology.
    6. Deep tech and hardware startups are on the rise due to increased demand for security and climate solutions.
    7. Moving from prototype to mass production in hardware startups requires building the right supply chains and finding the right advisors.
    8. AI in deep tech should go beyond current systems and offer unique applications.

    Chapters

    00:00 Trailer
    ‍01:50 Introduction
    ‍05:00 What is Deep Tech and why is it exciting?
    ‍09:00 How experienced founders help early stage founders in Deep Tech with investing
    ‍12:50 Achieving the right VC-Founder Fit (Crucial insights for new founders)
    ‍16:36 Why the era of Unicorns has ended
    ‍20:50 The 40 Rule's importance and how VCs judge businesses
    ‍24:20 Why VCs really like SAAS startups
    ‍29:25  Why many companies fail after getting lots of VC money
    ‍33:15 Strategies for building a sustainable business in Deep Tech
    ‍38:22 What VCs look for in a Pitch Deck for Deep Tech Startups and How He Evaluate
    ‍53:21 In-depth analysis of Deep Tech trends and insights
    ‍58:50 Challenges that founders of hardware companies need to know about
    ‍1:04:40 Strategies for generating innovative Deep Tech ideas
    ‍1:08:40 Deep Tech and AI
    ‍1:13:00 Ritual Time
    Connect with Mudassir

    🎥 YouTube Channel - @prodcircleHQ
    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/ProdcircleHQ
    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/prodcirclehq
    💻 Website - https://prodcircle.com/
    👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mudassir-mustafa/

    • 1 hr 16 min
    How VCs evaluate your idea? with Sam Marchant of Hambro Perks

    How VCs evaluate your idea? with Sam Marchant of Hambro Perks

    Summary

    Learn how VCs evaluate your idea from early stage founder and investor Sam Marchant of Hambro Perks. Get insider tips on how to craft a successful pitch deck and stand out as a first-time founder in the competitive world of startup and CPG brands. Don't miss this valuable advice from an experienced entrepreneur!

    Takeaways

    1.Observing entrepreneurship in childhood can have a significant impact on one's career path.
    2.Consumer product goods (CPG) startups face unique challenges, including the need for innovation and the difficulty of standing out in a crowded market.
    3.Consumer companies often require more time and capital to scale, making them less attractive to VC investors.
    4.The VC industry has evolved, with a wider range of investors and a focus on different types of returns.

    Chapters 

     00:00 Trailer
     01:48 Who is Sam Marchant
     08:00 Learning from SAM: Building to Sold Startup Journey
     13:30 Why Not Work with Friends and Family / Deep Insights about CPG Brands
     26:23 - How VCs add value to startups?
     30:50 Venture Capitalists' Judgment of Founders: An Operator's Perspective
     34:52 Important Characteristics for First-Time Founders
     38:40 VC Pitch Deck Selection Process: A Challenge for Early-Stage Founders (Very Important)
     55:30 How to Create a Pitch Deck: Lessons from a VC
     1:02:10 Calculating Market Size
     1:05:55 Why Venture Capital Money Is SEXY
     1:11:15 Deal Negotiation with Venture Capitalists for Early-Stage Founders
     1:16:50 Most Common Questions from First-Time Founders (Must Watch)
     1:23:10 Ritual Time: Previous Guest's Question for Sam
     1:25:20 Ending
    Connect with Mudassir

    🎥 YouTube Channel - @prodcircleHQ
    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/ProdcircleHQ
    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/prodcirclehq
    💻 Website - https://prodcircle.com/
    👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mudassir-mustafa/

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Are you a fintech startup looking to launch a new product? CEO of Fuel Finance.

    Are you a fintech startup looking to launch a new product? CEO of Fuel Finance.

    Summary

     In this conversation, Alyona Mysko discusses her journey in finance and the motivation behind building a financial management product. She shares her early interest in math and economics, as well as the inspiration she received from professors and corporate finance professionals. Alyona emphasizes the importance of making finance accessible and easy to understand for both financial and non-financial people. She also highlights the current demand for financial management solutions and the company's evolution from offering services to building a product.

    Takeaways

    1. Alyona's passion for finance and her background in managing finance led her to build a financial management product.
    2. The company's goal is to make finance accessible and easy to understand for both financial and non-financial people.
    3. There is a high demand for financial management solutions, especially during periods of financial downturn.
    4. The company started by offering services in financial management and evolved to build a product based on customer needs.

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction
    01:18 Who Is Alyona Mysko
    03:40 What is Fuel Finance
    06:52 How to validate idea and how much time it takes
    10:20 First time founder guide on hiring people
    16:50 What's the metric to identify product success
    18:55 What is revenue per employee
    21:23 How first time found raise venture capital and what are the strategies
    25:25 How to look right investor
    26:06 What is the right way to write PITCH DECK
    30:50 What is Goto Market strategy
    31:58 How to lead a team as a leader
    36:50 Learning points for first time founders
    39:03 Enterpreunership, Fin Tech and Startup trends in 2024
    41:22 Fuel finance launches
    42:26 Recent Guest Question for Alyona Mysko
    43:16 Conclusion
    Connect with Mudassir

    🎥 YouTube Channel - @prodcircleHQ
    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/ProdcircleHQ
    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/prodcirclehq
    💻 Website - https://prodcircle.com/
    👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mudassir-mustafa/

    • 44 min

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