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Angel Investing at Scale with Fabrice Grinda

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Fabrice Grinda is the founder of Zingy, Aucland OLX and FJ Labs, a VC firm and venture studio based in NYC, focusing on marketplace businesses. FJ Labs has invested in hundreds of companies such as Alibaba, Bla Bla Car, Zolostays, Brightroll, ZoomCar and many many more. In 2018, Forbes named Fabrice the #1 Angel investor in the world. On this episode of Invest Stream, Fabrice shares his journey as an entrepreneur and how that led him to invest in startups in France and Europe, his thoughts on the cryptocurrency vertical, what approach he took to working with the entrepreneurs that he invested in and much much more.

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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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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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A Little Pitch Advice (Playlist)

Are you a co-founder of a startup? Are you thinking of raising money? Have you already raised money and are navigating the relationship with your new investors? Are you trying to figure out where to start with your pitch deck?

I’ve made a playlist answering these questions and some more. Over time, I will continue to add more InvestStream videos to the playlist specifically for startups that are pitching. I hope you find it helpful.

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What makes a startup venture fundable?

There are a multitude of things that help make #startups attractive to #angel #investors & #venturecapitalists. In this video, I shared 3 things that I think are critical to a startup being venture fundable.

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There are a few things that should be on the checklist of any startup before they think of approaching investors other than friends and family.

  1. The first is TAM or “Total Addressable Market”. VCs need big markets to support big companies. A better understanding of VC economics would help explain this a bit better but for the moment, just assume that VCs need big exits otherwise they go out of business. Big exits are usually via IPOs. Rarely does the NYSE or Nasdaq allow listing a company under a $1 billion market cap. In order for a company to list for on a public exchange for a billion dollars, they really need a few hundred million in revenue and lots of growth prospects otherwise, public investors won’t buy into the IPO. After years of rapidly increasing valuations in the space, we’re starting to see some strain in the ride-sharing space after Lyft and Uber’s IPOs. Even Slack has struggled after going public. Unless the market that a startup is targeting is a multi-billion dollar market or growing rapidly, it’s very difficult to convince most VCs to invest.
  2. The quality of the team is critical to the success of a startup and its execution. If the team is solid, investors are more likely to get excited about investing.
  3. Finally, there’s traction. Having traction is critical to an early stage startup looking attractive to angels and VCs. If the traction is strong and there’s a well understood growth plan, investors are more confident that the team can attack the large total addressable market.

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