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Matrix Moments, by Matrix Partners India, is a podcast series dedicated to the founders, startups and all those within the ecosystem, through candid conversations on what we think it really takes to survive in this wild, wild startup world. In a world where we are endlessly engulfed with information in all its forms and sizes, this is our attempt to create, curate and bring to you the insights and reflections that we have had the luxury of having learned the hard way, through all the years s ...
 
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In today's episode, we have Vamsi Krishna, CEO & Co-founder, Vedantu as well as Mayank Kumar, Co-founder & MD at upGrad, who walk us through their respective company building journeys as well as the their thoughts on how they expect the future of edtech to unravel. Tune in the find outBy Matrix Partners India
 
In this podcast episode, you will learn: What is venture philanthropy? How is it different from a VC fund? What is the investment thesis at Kickstart ventures? What has Kickstart’s journey from its first fund right up to the recent (third) fund been like? Why does Kickstart invest in startups throughout the globe as opposed to the conventional appr…
 
In part 3 of our gaming series, we talk to Manish Agarwal, CEO, Nazara Technologies, Thomas Purtell, Co-founder & CEO, Omlet, and Anirudh Pandita, Founder, Loco, about the rise of Web3 and how we expect it to impact and transform the gaming industry. Tune in to find out.By Matrix Partners India
 
In this episode you will learn: Why was becoming a VC a more appealing decision for Do instead of just continuing to build startups? How did the factors such as his ten years of work experience in building and growing startups, working with big corporates, and understanding how investments work affect his decision? What are the challenges that he f…
 
Avnish Bajaj of Matrix Partners India on how he picks winners and what it takes to be one Founder and managing director of one of India's most well known venture capital firms, Matrix Partners India, Avnish Bajaj, has a knack for picking winners. It’s not luck; it’s an ability he hones through intense research and also by studying human nature and …
 
In this episode you will learn: Why Joseph started a VC fund specializing in healthcare? What are some of the interesting innovations happening in the three areas of focus for the healthcare tech industry namely prevention, diagnosis,and absolute cure? 3 strategies that startups can use to ace fundraising Why it’s important for startups to do a com…
 
In this episode you will learn: What is FounderSuite? What are the ways in which FounderSuite facilitates fundraising? Why FounderSuite over spreadsheets? How did Nathan redirect his entrepreneurial spirit to create a SaaS product aimed at entrepreneurs? How can founders lookout for clues for a good founder-VC fit? What’s the roadmap for a founder …
 
In this episode you will learn: What is the key quality required in an entrepreneur or VC entering 2022’s breakneck technology sector? Can speed of execution be an appropriate criteria when tracking a startup’s progress? How do VCs navigate the equivocality of a business’s input and output? What is the one hubris that usually afflicts entrepreneurs…
 
In this episode you will learn: Hian’s meandering journey from Singapore to England, from computers to law, and how he ended up becoming an investment banker. Why does Hian liken entrepreneurs to underdogs? How can entrepreneurs transcend the underdog mentality? The success story of Kumu, a Filipino video sharing and e-commerce social networking se…
 
In this episode you will learn: Jessica Liu’s journey from Associate in charge of the accelerator to a Partner at Appworks, a platform that connects investors and businesses, acting as an integral catalyst in Taiwan’s VC ecosystem in addition to being a venture fund. What is the equity-free Appwork Accelerator Program? How does it offer support and…
 
In this episode, you will learn: What is Edmicro’s macro approach in handling the Vietnamese ed-tech ecosystem? How does Edmicro add value to the education sector? What is the reasoning behind Edmicro’s predominantly B2B approach? How has technology and accessibility reformed the Vietnamese education system? Why do Linh and Yinglan ascribe as much …
 
In this episode, you will learn: Swapna's journey towards becoming a VC, and how her culture, upbringing, and work experience influenced the process How is Qualcomm any different from other corporate VCs in the industry? How does their portfolio thesis set them apart? Qualcomm's fulfilling journey with MapMyIndia, culminating in its stellar IPO per…
 
In this episode, you will learn: What was Joshua's first working experience and how did it propel him to enter the world of VC? What are some of the prejudices that lead VCs to lose out on great startups? What are the two types of founders? Is one better than the other? What are the characteristics of a great entrepreneur? The one question that no …
 
In this episode, you will learn: How did Michael’s four years at ING Insurance fuel him to explore entrepreneurship? The coincidence that introduced Michael to venture capital, and made him a partner at Golden Gate Ventures. What are the parallels and differences between fundraising as a fund manager and as a founder? What are the nuances of identi…
 
In this episode, you will learn: The distinction between responsibilities handled by fund managers, LPs, and founders Why is fundraising harder for VCs than it is for founders? How can you set your VC fund apart? A comparison between the portfolios of LPs and VCs Parallels between the roles and responsibilities of emerging managers and founders Wha…
 
In this episode, you will learn: Prayank’s journey from IIT Delhi to becoming a VC How did Prayank discover venture capital as a complete beginner? How did his missed opportunity with Flipkart lead him to Accel? What are some unique customer acquisition and retention strategies that Accel’s portfolio companies employ? Why does Prayank give preceden…
 
On today's episode we have Ilya Sukhar (Partner at Matrix Partners) in conversation with Vikram Vaidyanathan (MD at Matrix Partners India). Through this conversation, we uncover Ilya's journey from founder to VC, learnings & insights gained from his journey at Parse.com, YC, Facebook and Matrix. They then dive deep into Ilya's investment in Fivetra…
 
In this episode, you will learn: What is StartupIndonesia? What are the services it provides to founders and VCs? How relevant is the founders’ background to the fate of their startup? What comprises that background? What do SID points signify for startups? What are the factors that affect these points? How does StartupIndonesia facilitate more com…
 
Jyri's deck - What You Should Know About Early-Stage Venture Capital Jason Lemkin's tweet that started this discussion. In this episode, you will learn: The mechanics of early-stage VC, their 2 and 20 compensation structure and the brutal math of VC Why do VCs raise new funds every 2-3 years? How are rolling funds and evergreen funds different from…
 
What does a 'chief of staff' role entail, and when is the right time to hire one? Startup India's C-suite has increasingly been hiring for this role - but what is the definition of a 'chief of staff' and when should you hire one? A few thoughts from Avnish Bajaj & Rajinder Balaraman on the 'chief of staff' role, and what the benchmark of this role …
 
In this episode, you will learn: What are the pivots that propelled Chris’s successful transition into a VC? What are the three crucial stages of fundraising that Chris deems indispensable? What are the 2 Bs that every founder should keep in mind while creating their pitch deck? Story of how the founder of Continuum Industries reached out to Chris …
 
On today’s episode we have the co-founders of DaMensch, Gaurav Pushkar & Anurag Saboo, along with Sudipto Sannigrahi, VP at Matrix Partners India. They talk about the origin of the brand DaMensch, how the company attained strong customer love over a short span of time and what it takes to build a profitable D2C brand and much more.…
 
"What if I want to startup but don't have a groundbreaking idea?" Aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking to build a company often do so to solve a personal pain point - but is solving for a personal problem the only way to build a company? Tune in to hear what Avnish Bajaj & Rajinder Balaraman have to say. SHOW LESS…
 
On today’s episode we have Rajinder Balaraman, Director at Matrix Partners India, as well as Vikram Vaidyanathan, Managing Director at Matrix Partners India. They cover they key markers that help determine a company’s IPO readiness, the right size for an IPO, the role played by the board of directors and the board can be leveraged for an IPO and mu…
 
On today’s episode we have Dana Stalder, Partner at Matrix Partners. Dana is in conversation with Vikram Vaidyanathan, Managing Director at Matrix Partners India. They cover Dana’s journey into the venture capital world, his learnings from his investments in Afterpay and much more. Tune – in.By Matrix Partners India
 
In this episode, you will find out: Aldi’s early real-life experiences which fanned his interest in understanding finance Aldi’s experience working with Japanese LPs. What are the differences and similarities between their approach in business and that of other Asian countries? What was the driving force which led to the establishment of Arise, a f…
 
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