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Think Seed Like Liquid 2 Ventures
This week we’re having tea with Mike Miller and Michael Ma, Partners at Liquid 2 Ventures. Before joining Liquid 2, Mike founded Cloudant (now IBM’s Cloud Data Services) and raised $18M before getting acquired by IBM. Michael Ma was the COO & Founder of TalkBin, acquired by Google, and then served as a Product Manager for Google.
In this episode, Mike and Michael share:
- Areas they’re excited about investing in
- What Liquid 2 looks for in a great team
- The most common mistakes founders make when pitching
Leo Polovets: Think Seed Like Susa Ventures
This week we’re having tea with Leo Polovets, co-founder and General Partner at Susa Ventures. Before joining Susa Ventures, Leo was the second engineering hire at LinkedIn and built the first versions of products like LinkedIn Jobs and LinkedIn Groups.
In this episode, Leo shares:
06:50: Tips for sending a cold intro
18:44: How founders can think about and pitch valuations
50:29: If seed-stage founders should pay themselves a salary
Scott Orn: Manage Your Finances Like Kruze Consulting
This week we’re having tea with Scott Orn, COO at Kruze Consulting, a startup CFO consulting firm. Prior to joining Kruze, where he runs the Venture Debt consulting practice, Scott was a Partner at Lighthouse Capital and has been part of deals like Upwork, Impossible Foods, and Freshbooks.
Alex Bouaziz: Build a Remote Team Like Deel
This week we’re having tea with Alex Bouaziz, Founder of Deel. Prior to founding Deel, Alex Bouaziz was Founding Partner at Sarona Ventures and Co-founder at Lifeslice, a mobile app for creating collaborative videos.
In this episode, Alex shares:
03:50: How to create serendipity between remote employees
14:20: Choosing between independent contractors vs. salaried employees
18:40: How to think about cost-of-living and salary adjustments
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Kanyi Maqubela and Steve Jang: Think Seed Like Kindred Ventures
This week we’re having tea with Kanyi Maqubela and Steve Jang, Managing Partners at Kindred Ventures, which has invested in 80+ startups including Uber, Postmates, and Coinbase. Prior to Kindred, Kanyi was a Partner at Collaborative Fund, where he invested in Tala and Walker & Co. As an entrepreneur, Steve was a co-founder at Bitski, a cryptoasset wallet SDK provider, and SoundTracking (acquired by Rhapsody).
Great host + guests
The hosts as a great wealth of startup operating and investing experience ; thanks to this hybrid career his network of guests is excellent