Dec 5, 2018 Pauliina Alanen
The difference between VCs and entrepreneurs is that VCs have the portfolio, but entrepreneurs create all the value and take all the risk. Bangash brought up an interesting thought: look at Elon Musk, a serial entrepreneur building multiple companies at once. Today, an entrepreneur could have a portfolio (many companies, many products) because the price of starting a company has come down. As the cost of features have come down, the cost of products has come down.
These days LPs can also go directly to the entrepreneur as a very early investing model. In the Valley the phenomena is called Venture studio. These studios take a larger role in founding the company than a typical VC, which invests in an already existing startup. Venture studios are like co-founders that provide necessary services and expertise to guide to startup into a successful business.
Just like Amazon, LPs need to run experiments, obviously hoping that some of these experiments would lead to exponential returns. Experiments can include things like leveraging new technology. According to Bangash, funds are partnering with API companies that provide the tech stack to startups, ranging from Twilio, Stripe, Google to AWS and more. These APIs are the delivery mechanism for the training data, that the startups need to build their own machine learning.
What do funds like Y Combinator (YC) and Entrepreneur First have in common? The network effects they offer. Bangash shared a story of an entrepreneur who – after having raised money from one of the top three VCs in the world – still wanted to go to YC. Why? Because YC has two thousand companies and those would be her first customers.
As VCs are raising more and more money and making bigger investments at all stages (seed, series A, B, C etc.) , one thing will remain the same: it’s always a great time to be entrepreneur. In good times, you can raise a lot of money, in bad times, there’s a lot of talent available. At least if you ask these guys.
There has been growing interest in investing in emerging markets, especially in Southeast Asia. Our speakers, Kay-Mok Ku (Gobi), Soo Boon Koh (I-Globe), Kaspar Hadiyat (Koro Partners) were joined by Jorel Chan, who is the head of Investment Operations for Slush. Their discussion ranged from: personal insights, their experiences, as well as how Southeast Asia has […]
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