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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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How are Pre-Seed and Seed Changing in 2020?

A lot is changing in the startup world. Even before getting hit with COVID-19, the definitions of pre-seed, seed, post-seed/pre-series A were changing at a fast clip. Many early-stage VCs were moving downstream, writing larger checks and investing in later rounds. At the same time, larger, late-stage VCs were either ramping up their scout programs and investing earlier than every before, other VCs were directly investing earlier and earlier. From Silicon Valley to New York City, this has created new opportunities for some, while creating additional competition for other investors.

Join us on the next InvestStream Live on June 9th, 2020 to hear two well known early-stage VCs discuss how they see the landscape changing over the next six to twelve months. What will this mean for the number of deals getting down, the size of the deals, the check sizes and more.

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Shruti Gandhi is the Founder of Array.VC, a Silicon Valley based venture firm investing in category-leading startups that take advantage of data, analytics, workflows, and new platforms to change the way an industry works.

Paul Sethi is the Co-Founder of 2048.VC, a New York City based venture firm investing in founders who are creating companies that have differentiation and defensibility through technology. They are geographically agnostic but invest in enterprise SaaS, AI/ML, FinTech, HealthTech, Cybersecurity, Dev tools, Hardware, Genomics, Marketplaces, and B2C/D2C in cities like NYC, Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Toronto/Waterloo, Nashville, Pittsburgh and more.

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Angel Investing in Indian Startups 2020

Angel investing in Indian startups has been growing rapidly over the last 5 years. The risk capital these individuals, family offices and angel networks provide, has been invaluable to countless startups in India.

However, with the COViD-19 lockdowns across the globe, startups have faced immense pressure from existing investors, primarily, because many expect the pace of new investments and the amount of money being raised as well as the valuations the money is being raised at to fall, perhaps for quite some time.

In this week’s InvestStream Live, we are going to talk with Miten Sampat, Chief Strategy Officer at Times Internet (the largest media company in India) and Sonali Thapar, Director of TCAP Investments, a family office based in India.

Miten has been an active angel investor in the US and India for many years as well as being an active corporate VC at Times.

Sonali is responsible for managing the investment portfolio of TCAP. In addition to investing in startups, TCAP also invests in real estate, debt and equity.

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Fundraising to Protect IP

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IP Protection can be something very important for a startup but it can also be a very expensive thing to do and do right. Some tech startups consider raising money primarily for filing patents and other intellectual property protections while others think it might be a good idea to raise money from angels or venture capitalists specifically to protect the IP they’ve created.

In this short episode of InvestStream, I share a few thoughts on whether it’s a good idea or not to try to raise money from angels or VCs primarily (or solely) for the purpose of filing patents, trademarks, litigation or financing other forms of intellectual property protection.

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Why should founders update [all of] their investors regularly?

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VCs and angel investors take risks when they invest money into a startup. Most VCs (but not all) get access to updates through “information rights”, at least until a certain point in time. However, angels don’t always have a legal right to updates about how a company is doing.

On this episode of InvestStream, the founders or Workomo and PaperStreet are going to join Pankaj to discuss how and why it’s in the founders’ best interests to keep all of their investors regularly updated about what’s happening with the startup they invested in (with all of the good, bad and ugly).

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