The VCpreneur: Startups | Venture Capital | Entrepreneurship | Fundraising

By Digjay Patel

The VCpreneur podcast provides a unique perspective of the startup world, through the lens of Venture Capitalists (VCs) and Entrepreneurs. The podcast features successful VCs and Entrepreneurs discussing the art & science of building products, scaling startups, fundraising and investing in a venture. Listen in to learn from individuals who have been there, done that and made a dent in the venture universe. You can visit thevcpreneur.com and follow us on Twitter @thevcpreneur_ & Instagram @thevcpreneur for more episodes and interesting insights on the startup ecosystem.

  1. 1.
    EP#47 Arjun Vaidya – Building Dr. Vaidya’s, overcoming self-doubt as a founder and his approach to fundraising & exits
    38:23
  2. 2.
    EP#46 Ashish Dave – Evaluating seed vs growth stage startups, the learning-unlearning cycle in VC and balancing between due diligence & speed of decision making
    42:29
  3. 3.
    EP#45 Aprameya Radhakrishna – Building the vernacular ecosystem for Bharat, lessons on fundraising & identifying the right sounding board as a founder
    36:21
  4. 4.
    EP#44 Anurag Ramdasan – The venture capital learning curve, supporting founders in their follow-on fundraise and establishing a strong VC brand
    38:36
  5. 5.
    EP#43 Shruti Gandhi – Investing in enterprise tech startups, the operator VC perspective & differentiating oneself as an emerging VC
    24:02
  6. 6.
    EP#42 Anubhav Jain – Building Rupifi, learnings from Seed to Series A and why speed matters at early stage startups
    48:10
  7. 7.
    EP#41 Sushma Kaushik – Investing in the Bharat opportunity, DNA of impact entrepreneurs & the evolving exit landscape for impact funds
    43:29
  8. 8.
    EP#40 Pankaj Mitra – Decoding corporate VC, Cisco’s symbiotic relationship with portfolio startups & collaborating with traditional VC funds
    39:53
  1. 9.
    EP#39 Manish Singhal – Evaluating & backing disruptive ideas, challenges of raising a VC fund and the bull case for deeptech in India
    37:51
  2. 10.
    EP#38 Shruti Kapoor – Building Wingman, unpacking B2B sales and scaling up as an entrepreneur
    34:42
  3. 11.
    EP#37 Abhishek Goyal – The VC to founder journey, entrepreneurship lessons from the VC experience & investing in Flipkart
    34:25
  4. 12.
    EP#36 Anshuman Bapna – The massive cleantech opportunity, building a strong culture at a remote-first startup and managing pivots & exits as a founder
    44:18
  5. 13.
    EP#35 Sanjay Swamy – Identifying category creating startups, adding value as an operator VC & finding investor-founder fit
    38:22
  6. 14.
    EP#34 Rahul Mathur – The ‘build in public’ approach for startups, challenges faced by a first time founder and the Insurtech landscape in India
    43:02
  7. 15.
    EP#33 Anirudh Damani – The micro-VC investment model, cap table discipline by founders & learnings from investing in 85+ startups
    40:45
  8. 16.
    EP#32 Vindhya C – Unpacking product management, building ‘customer-centric’ products & founder-product manager dynamics
    42:02
  9. 17.
    EP#31 Dhimant Parekh – Building The Better India, the shift from content to commerce & the role of community in establishing a strong brand
    36:29
  10. 18.
    EP#30 Prasanna K – Understanding SaaS fundamentals, building Upekkha & accelerating growth for SaaS startups
    39:24
  11. 19.
    EP#29 Rajiv Srivatsa – Co-building startups at Antler India, the Urban Ladder experience & unpacking the fundraising lifecycle of a startup
    48:20
  12. 20.
    EP#28 Raja Ganapathy – The ‘skin-in-the-game’ marketing model, partnering with founder-led companies & building a strong VC brand
    46:57
  13. 21.
    EP#27 Vaibhav Domkundwar – Building leverage as a founder, simplifying decision making for investors & bootstrapping vs fundraising
    42:33
  14. 22.
    EP#26 Vinay Bansal – Democratizing angel investing & growing with startups
    33:04
  15. 23.
    EP#25 Karthik Venkateswaran – Building Jumbotail, scaling a marketplace model & hiring for values
    40:40
  16. 24.
    EP#24 Sasha Mirchandani – Angel investing to venture capital, learnings from missed investment opportunities & building a legacy VC fund
    27:11
  17. 25.
    EP#23 Vishesh Rajaram – Backing mission-oriented founders & investing in disruptive tech startups
    33:54
  18. 26.
    EP#22 Priya Mohan – Lessons from an entrepreneur turned VC, key considerations when evaluating an exit and importance of maintaining mental wellbeing for VCs & founders
    37:15
  19. 27.
    EP#21 Bhaskar Majumdar – The value of GPs with complementary skill sets, learnings from investing in startups from different geographies & the art of identifying exit opportunities
    35:38
  20. 28.
    EP#20 Utsav Somani – The AngelList India journey, advantage of having good angel investors on your cap table & starting a micro fund to bridge the gap between India & the Silicon Valley
    31:13
  21. 29.
    EP#19 Mikhil Innani – Making a career in startups, leading and measuring growth at scale ups & building the AWS of lending
    41:16
  22. 30.
    EP#18 Rajul Garg – Building a personal brand in venture capital, collaboration & competition among VCs & why fundraising is an important skillset for a founder
    34:42
  23. 31.
    EP#17 Ishpreet Gandhi – Decoding venture debt, key use cases & benefits to founders and the outlook for venture debt in India
    31:42
  24. 32.
    EP#16 Anirudh Pandita – Adopting a beginner’s mindset to build disruptive products, the data driven approach to distribution & key tenets to cultivate a strong team culture
    37:15
  25. 33.
    EP#15 Smita Aggarwal – The incentive to build for the underserved markets & investing in impact creating fintechs
    32:32
  26. 34.
    EP#14 Brij Bhasin – How Limited Partners can add value to startups & the importance of raising ‘smart’ capital at initial rounds of funding
    31:33
  27. 35.
    EP#13 Ray Newal – Identifying signals that matter to investors & how accelerators add value to the startup ecosystem
    41:47
  28. 36.
    EP#12 Jitendra Gupta – Building a strong foundation for your startup, the importance of sharing equity upside with your employees and the pursuit of transforming the banking experience in India
    28:33
  29. 37.
    EP#11 Nitin Sharma – The first principles approach to venture investing & the deep tech opportunity for startups and investors
    39:02
  30. 38.
    EP#10 Dr. Anand Anandkumar – The pursuit of solving problems at scale & the fundraising playbook for deep science startups
    36:58
  31. 39.
    EP#9 Melissa Frakman – The Indian fintech opportunity, tapping global markets & adopting a collaborative approach to scale your startup
    28:52
  32. 40.
    EP#8 Vinay Singh – The business of building brands and investing in new-age consumer companies
    30:43
  33. 41.
    EP#7 Dhruvil Sanghvi – The art of scaling up, benefits of an accelerator and partnering with the right investors for your startup
    29:51
  34. 42.
    EP#6 Adith Podhar – The micro-VC perspective, investor biases and decoding the art & science of venture investing
    32:34
  35. 43.
    EP#5 Sumukh Sridhara – Equity management for startups, the culture & founder mindset at AngelList, and the ‘startup OS’ approach to building products
    33:49
  36. 44.
    EP#4 Maximilian Rofagha – Why startups are in the business of making bets and the quest to build the world’s largest finance community
    28:56
  37. 45.
    EP#3 Anup Jain – Taking risks, backing misfits & the fundamentals of building a direct-to-consumer brand
    39:12
  38. 46.
    EP#2 Sid Talwar – Learnings as a first time entrepreneur, founder personalities and why Lightbox prefers maintaining a lean portfolio of startups
    32:46
  39. 47.
    EP#1 Pranav Pai – Founding & Managing a VC fund, measuring key fund metrics and preparing your portfolio companies for a crisis
    35:46
  40. 48.
    The VCpreneur - Trailer Episode
    2:24

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