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: Pavel Cherkashin from Mindrock Capital on how the fund operates, the prediction model they use to make investments and his mystical Hack Temple project
Understanding VC is a deep dive on how Venture Capitalists work. In this episode, I talk to Pavel Cherkashin, the Managing Partner at Mindrock Capital. The episode opens with Pavel talking about his life growing up in Russia, and his passion for science and entrepreneurship, which eventually leads him to share his journey of building and scaling his web development company straight out of college. He also talks about his story of getting into venture capital, shifting from Russia to the US and how Mindrock Capital operates as a venture fund. In the latter half of the episode, Pavel talks about the prediction model used at Mindrock to make investments and his special Hack Temple project.
UVC: Chirag Gupta from 8X Ventures on investing in deep-tech startups in India and beyond, what Industry 4.0 could mean for the developed and the developing world, and why a ‘Founder-CEO’ is not the best option for a deep-tech startup
Understanding VC is a deep dive on how venture capitalists work. In this episode, I speak to Chirag Gupta, managing partner at 8X Ventures, a VC fund based in Dubai and investing in deep-tech startups globally. The podcast begins with Chirag talking about his decision of quitting 500 Global to start 8X Ventures to capitalise on the opportunity of investing in deep-tech startups in India and beyond. He talks about the process of his fund's operation throughout the globe and the way it works with the funds that are geographically closer to the deep-tech startups in Europe and the US. Chirag also gives his perspective on why VC funds that were initially making investments in only deep-tech startups, have since expanded into other sectors, which brings him to an insightful discussion about ‘Industry 4.0’ and its possible impact on industries and the workforce worldwide. At the end of the episode, Chirag elaborates why a ‘Founder-CEO’ is not the best option for a deep-tech startup in the long term.
UVC: Maryanna Saenko from Future Ventures on investing with an abundance mindset, 3 questions she asks while assessing a deep tech startup and future of food and energy
Understanding VC is a deep dive into how venture capitalists work. In this episode, I speak to Maryanna Saenko, Co-Founder at Future Ventures. We started the conversation by discussing why Future Ventures invests in only technology risk startups, why it’s essential to invest with an abundance mindset, and whether it’s possible for a VC fund to build a portfolio of such companies while achieving good returns. Maryanna shares why deep tech startups originate in and around universities and 3 questions that she asks while assessing a deep tech startup. Furthermore, she explains why Future Ventures has a 15-year fund cycle and how they support their portfolio startups despite a very small team. We end the conversation while discussing the future of food and energy. Tune in know more.
UVC: Mark Ghermezian from m]x[v Capital on his operator focus approach in investing, the reasons for starting his newly launched fund, building Braze, leading it from ideation to IPO & signs of a great founder
Understanding VC is a deep-dive on how venture capitalists work. In this episode, I speak to Mark Ghermezian, Founder and General Partner at m]x[v Capital. Mark is a serial entrepreneur and successful investor with 20+ years of experience in founding, building, and investing in early-stage SaaS startups. Mark co-founded Braze (BRZE) and led the company as its founding CEO, pioneering a new category from ideation to IPO.
Mark begins the episode by talking about his experience building Braze from scratch, which includes convincing his co-founders to join him, the challenges he faced along the way and the reasons he raised a bridge round to reach product-market fit. Later, he talks about the reasons for starting m]x[v capital fund, the traits of a great founder and a good investor, the do’s and don’ts of early stage investing and also about the ‘operator-focused approach in investing. Finally, towards the end of the episode, he talks about the future of the cloud and the opportunities that lie ahead in the space.
Deep Dive: The Power Law with Sebastian Mallaby
Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of The Power Law: Venture Capital And The Making Of The New Future. Reading and breaking down the lessons from his book has personally been a treat, for the book doesn’t just document the history of venture capital and the various factors that drive success in VC, but hooks you into it right from the first page with remarkable storytelling.
Today’s episode features Sebastian Mallaby and the lessons from his book in his own words. We have a thorough look into Venture Capital: its role in the origin of the open and sharing culture in Silicon Valley; the roles, responsibilities, and mindset of a VC; the effective and ineffective ways for a founder-VC collaboration; assessment of a risk-taking attitude for a VC; the importance of networking for a VC; what works and doesn’t work in modern capitalism; and the future of VCs.
PitchMeNot: Michael Blakey from Cocoon Capital featuring Blackfrog
PitchMeNot is the closest thing to an interaction between a VC and a startup but in a casual conversational format. In this episode, I, together with Michael Blakey from Cocoon Capital speak to Mayur Shetty, CEO of Blackfrog about his startup. At the end of our discussion, Mayur leaves the call, and then Michael and I do a debrief on what we think about Blackfrog.
Interesting insight into the VC world
Very interesting to hear first hand from successful VCs!