VB Map Podcast is an initiative by Slash, where the company CEO Andries De Vos speaks to brilliant minds in the venture building space to understand their challenges and insights, and how venture building impacts corporate innovation
(#17) VB Map podcast: Forming a talent pool, building venture building strategy and competing with corporates: A conversation with entrepreneur Ignacio Gabaldon
Ignacio Gabaldon is an engineer and entrepreneur. He is now leading Igeneris Ventures, the Venture Builder branch of Igeneris working with a team to create a curated pipeline of startups that serve both Europe and Latin America from their office in Madrid, Spain.
(#16) VB Map podcast: conditions for scalability, transition from Web2 to Web3, and risks and dangers of having average consumers: A conversation with Venturerock’s Apoorva Ruparel (Part 2)
In part 2 of our VB Map Podcast with Apoorva Ruparel,, we dig into how philosophical questions and human history can inform the creation of startups in the Web2-Web3 world:
The role of standardization in scaling anything (religion, F&B, startups!) and the conditions needed for scaling,Categorizing human needs helps product strategists synthesize patterns and good practices in addressing problem statements,How the values system for the internet is broken and the opportunity for Web3 companies,What does a venture look like that builds for a world that transitions from Web2 to Web3?What verticals and problems are Web3 adoption ready? The risks and dangers of having average consumers start with angel investment.
(#16) VB Map podcast: Value system of Web3, founder recruitment, and venture de-risking: A conversation with the Venturerock partner Apoorva Ruparel (Part 1)
Apoorva Ruparel is a serial Entrepreneur with 3 successful exits, angel investor, 500 Global Mentor.
Apoorva is a Partner at Venturerock, a digital venture capital platform and ecosystem of founders, backers & builders building the next generation of global tech companies. He has over 20 years of experience in Enterprise Sales, Angel Investing, Fund Raising, Go To Market Strategy and Growth Hacking.
In this episode Slash CEO Andries De Vos and Apoorva Ruparel discuss:
Why startups fail and what the industry can do about it?The challenge of VCs: we don’t have a problem of choice, but a problem of quality.Real Venture Building has been around for a while, but is really only now arriving - but there is no perfect formula yetHow to breakdown the VB process into 70+ milestones, the strategic importance of acquiring building blocks for each, and how to structure your VB team capabilitiesHow much equity should a VB take and what is a fair equity stake for founders? We debated different models for financial inclusions between investors, founders and teams, and how those differ by region.VC-VB fund economics: how much money do you invest per startup, ownership targets, how much more risk can you take or should take
(#15) VB Map podcast: Specifics of e-commerce, Amazon and the right model of investment: A conversation with Archit Anand, the founder and CEO of Omnirio
In this week’s episode of the VB Map Podcast we’re going to dive into the eCommerce venture building landscape in South East Asia and India.
Our guest is Archit Anand, the founder and CEO of Omnirio, a plug-and-play e-commerce platform serving hundreds of brands.
Archit has been working in the eCommerce industry in SEA and India since 2015 and has seen first hand how the eCommerce revolution in Asia has transformed society.
(#14) VB Map podcast: Key Metrics and Best Strategies in Growing a Gaming Startup: A Conversation with Rahul Bhardwaj, Co-Founder of Junglee Games
This week on the VB Map podcast Slash CEO Andries de Vos sat down to talk with Rahul N. Bhardwaj. An entrepreneur and product engineer himself, Rahul is an investor and advisor to a number of companies. He is the co-founder and COO of Junglee Games, a company that created top-grossing games like Junglee Teenpatti and Junglee Rummy.
Check the key topics they discussed:
Breakdown the psychology of human entertainment, what works and what doesn’t and how to anticipate if a game may workDesigning risk-reward loops for different game genresThe importance of having “depth” of game play and how to measure “fun”The challenge of policy makers or entrepreneurs to design games-for-good to nudge behaviours in certain directionsHow venture building principles and methodologies have been adopted by game studios for decadesHow he is gamifying his son’s education What opportunities may lie ahead for game studios.
(#13) VB Map podcast: Venture building in Europe, future of corporate venturing and work automation scenarios: A conversation with Jori Clijmans, partner of XLR8
Jori Clijmans is a partner of XLR8, a Belgium based accelerator of B2B technology and enterprise startups. He is the co-founder of the Belgium-based venture studio 0smosis, which created and spun off multiple venture-backed startups in collaboration with corporate partners.
Jori has a deep innovation and product consulting background and is uniquely positioned to speak to the challenges of corporate venture building and how to think about setting up innovation capabilities that deliver enterprise outcomes.
Key highlights of the episode:
What’s different between venture building in Asia and EuropeWays to eliminate corporate startup risk as early as possible in the process The importance of bringing the CEO early on to de-risk the venture after concept validationBuilding a quality label, CEO pool and VC network, as a VBThe challenges of an investment-first VB vs consulting-first studio modelHow classic consulting services and corporate VB may merge in the future Building stakeholder alignment with consulting-for-equity modelsTips for working with VCs as a VBThe challenge of studio focus and separating internal resources for own ventures vs client ventures