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How to Start Your First Early-Stage Venture Fund

Arjun Dev Arora, Founder of Valence Advisory, shares lots of pro tips about how to go about raising an early-stage venture capital fund for the first time. Why should one do it? What are some of the pitfalls? What do Limited Partners (LPs) want to see and what do they not like and a lot more about how one should go about raising a first time fund.

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Arjun was a Partner at 500 Startups, Founder & CEO of ReTargeter (acquired by Sellpoints in 2015), and head of business development @ Yahoo! Real Estate and has been recognized at the: White House, United Nations (UN), and the Global Summit for Entrepreneurship, for his success and commitment to a values-centered organization.

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Off the Beaten Path: Wall Street to Startup Investor – A Fireside Chat with Me!

Who is “Pankaj Jain” besides being the founder of Invest Stream and Founder Craft What came before? 

If you’ve followed my erratic writing over the years, you might have some idea. I’ve been a risk manager at the largest hedge fund in the world, Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM), operator, product manager, entrepreneur, community builder at BarCamp Delhi, co-founder of HeadStart Network Foundation and Startup Weekend India

I’ve been a venture capitalist at TLabs and 500 Startups, advisor to startups, funds and platforms like AngelList India and most recently, a dabbler in startup and venture capital related video content

My friend and former colleague, Ritesh Bansal, suggested interviewing me on the show to bring out more about who I am and what my journey has been. Naturally, I couldn’t refuse an invitation to be on my own show. Get ready for a frank and open discussion between an old friend and I. This is going to be Ritesh’s first time being visible on any social media channel, so please be gentle with him. It’s an #AMA so feel free to ask me anything.

I’m looking forward to seeing you for the AMA-style chat on July 28th, 2020 at 9:30am PDT / 12:30pm EDT and 10:00pm IST. If you’d like to RSVP and have a calendar invite, click the button. Otherwise, head over to YouTube with your questions.

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A Fireside Chat with NextView Ventures’ Co-Founder, Rob Go

How does one go from being an operator to starting a venture capital fund? On the next Invest Stream Live, I will chat with Rob Go, co-founder of NextView Ventures. We will dive into how he got started as a VC, what’ are some of the most interesting companies in NextView’s portfolio, what’s changed for the firm since the covid pandemic hit, how odes NextView run their accelerator and seed programs and much much more.

Rob Go is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. Prior to founding NextView, Rob was at Spark Capital, Ebay, as well as, Fidelity Investments and BzzAgent. Catch him on Twitter at @robgo

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The Rise of Indian Venture Capital

Over the last twenty years, India has seen a tremendous amount of economic activity in the tech arena. The startup and venture capital ecosystems were a bit slow to pick-up, partly due to low Internet penetration until just a few years ago. That, however, didn’t prevent the creation of unicorns like Flipkart, Snapdeal and others. Since 2017, India has seen numerous new venture capital firms being launched with domestic and foreign capital. Japanese and Chinese investors have poured billions of dollars into Indian tech startups and venture capital firms over the last 5 years.

In the next Invest Stream Live, we’re going to chat with Ankita Vashistha, founder of the Saha Fund and Rahul Chandra, founder of Arkam Ventures. Both Ankita and Rahul have been active investors in India and both of them have very unique fund strategies. We will discuss broad trends they are seeing in India right now, what drove them to formulate such unique theses for their respective funds and what they see in store for Indian startups and other VC firms over the next year.

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3 Quick Tips for Pitching Your Startup Over a Video Call

In a post covid-19 environment, startup founders and investors are adapting rapidly to contactless funding. Pitching over Zoom, Google Meet, FaceTime or any video chat platform is becoming commonplace. Quite a few investors I’ve spoken to have gone from first contact to funding a startup all over video calls. Sure, video calls are convenient but they aren’t always the easiest way to pitch your startup. A lot is lost in the virtual world, e.g. the personal connections, the reading of body language, the ability to easily demo your product, etc.

However, it is possible to have a great first pitch meeting. In this episode of Invest Stream, I share three tips that will help you get through your video pitch more effectively.

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