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A discussion on what’s happening the tech, startups, small business, venture capital and angel investing in the US and India with tips for small businesses and entrepreneurs every week from the mind of an early-stage startup investor.

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The Need for Investor Due Diligence
How do you know if an #investor offering to #invest in your #startup is going to be someone who is going to support your #vision for your #company and your #product? People talk about “dumb money” and 
“smart money” but what about “toxic money”? In this episode of #InvestStream, I talk about the importance of doing due diligence on potential investors. #InvestStream, #Due Diligence, #Founders, #Startups, #Tips, #Investor #Diligence,#Investors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omdf2fHvLMM ————— Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me AngelList: https://angel.co/pjain Founder Craft: https://foundercraft.com
06:25
May 12, 2019
What makes a startup venture fundable?
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. 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’s IPO and questions about whether Uber’s IPO will be under the initial target of $125B ( add link to Uber video ) and closer to $100B. 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. The quality of the team is also critical to the success of a startup and its execution. If the team is solid, investors are more likely to get excited about investing. 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. ————— Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me AngelList: https://angel.co/pjain Founder Craft: https://foundercraft.com
05:47
April 20, 2019
What is “Carry” or “Carried Interest”?
Carry is discussed often amongst Venture Capitalists and other Private Equity investors. Politicians have talked how carried interest should be taxed. Why do Venture Capitalists and other fund managers care about carry and what does it really mean? In this episode of InvestStream, I share a simple example of carry and how it works. There are always variations but this is meant as a simple illustration so that people thinking of VC as a career have some understanding of how important carry is to their overall compensation and also for entrepreneurs to understand that a VCs success, really does ride on the coattails of each startup they invest in. To see the illustrations, please consider watching the video on YouTube https://youtu.be/FXl2y5mQ2TY ————— Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me AngelList: https://angel.co/pjain Founder Craft: https://foundercraft.com
05:34
April 11, 2019
Sharing Your Startup Idea with Investors
Sharing your startup idea can be a scary thing. All kinds of thoughts pass through our minds when we’re getting started - “What will people think about it?” “Will they think it’s a dumb idea?” However talking to investors about your startup idea can rouse all kinds of other fears - “Will the investor steal my idea?” “Will they share my information with other startups?” “Who else will they share my information with?” All of these are great questions and in this video, I try to dig into the core issues of execution vs idea reputation/trust long-term vs. short-term etc. in the question of sharing your idea. Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me AngelList: https://angel.co/pjain
06:11
April 1, 2019
Investing in Startups using AngelList Syndicates
Angel investors are an integral component of the startup ecosystem. In Silicon Valley, more and more people are becoming angel investors. In the rest of the world, there’s a great deal of work being done to build an angel investor ecosystem to help power early stage #startups. How can you use existing social networks like AngelList to start dipping your toe in the water? AngelList syndicates make it really easy to get started.  — Show Links —  AngelList: https://angel.co  AngelList Syndicates: https://angel.co/syndicates  — Connect with me —  YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream  Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain  Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001  Blog: http://blog.pjain.me  AngelList: https://angel.co/pjain
04:19
March 27, 2019
How to start angel investing using AngelList
Angel investors are a critical part of the startup ecosystem. In Silicon Valley more people are probably angel investors than those that aren’t. In the rest of the world there’s a lot of interest in building an angel investor ecosystem to help power early stage startups. Many founders  employees from startups have started angel investing. In many cases they have inspired executives and business people from more traditional businesses to also get involved. In this episode of InvestStream I discuss a few simple ways to get started once you’ve made a decision to become and angel investor in startups. — Show Links — AngelList: https://angel.co — Connect with me — YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me AngelList: https://angel.co/pjain
05:39
March 25, 2019
The qualities of good founding teams vs. bad founding teams
What are some things that I look for in founding teams? Tips and advice for small businesses and startups. Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me
04:07
March 19, 2019
The Importance of Updating Your Investors and Stakeholders
This is an example that a company selling a product online might send to an investor. * Gross Burn Dec 2018: $100,000 / month * Revenue Dec 2018: $20,000 / month * Net Burn Dec 2018: $80,000 / month * Cash in the bank Dec 31st, 2018: $850,000 * Runway (typically Net Burn but could be different based on growth, cost cutting, etc.):14 months * Total Pageviews this month Dec 2018: 4,250,000 * Pageview growth from (last month/last quarter/last year): 60% * Total Unique Visitors Dec 2018: 2,125,000 * Visitor Growth from (last month/last quarter/last year): 40% * Total Items Sold Dec 2018: 8911 * Items Sold Growth Since (last month/last quarter/last year): 10% * Average Order Value Dec 2018: $2.25 * Order Value Growth Since (last month/last quarter/last year): 15% * Gross margin Dec 2018: 35%, up from 24% in Dec 2017 * New product summary, Challenges Being Faced, Goals and targets for 2019, etc. Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me
04:05
March 17, 2019
10 Steps for Getting from Idea to Funding
Many people have ideas but most people get stuck on executing those ideas.They may come across a company that did what they were thinking about and say “I had that idea before they did”. Having an idea isn’t enough. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the execution of that idea. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0xnCYImGVhbD7vb1cQolgQ https://twitter.com/pjain
07:45
March 10, 2019
Don’t Do This or Your Investors Will Walk
What are some things that founders do that can create considerable friction with investors. Keep doing them and your investor may walk. Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me
02:37
February 27, 2019
4 things an angel investor likes about this fintech startup
In this episode, I breakdown some of the salient features of a finch startup and share 4 things I like about the startup, both as a customer and as an angel investor. Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me
06:25
February 25, 2019
Should you apply to a startup accelerator?
What’s the role of startup accelerators and are they worth giving up equity for when you’re starting up? https://www.ycombinator.com/companies/ Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me
09:21
February 20, 2019
What to do when a founder leaves the startup?
What to do when a founder leaves the startup? Karthik Sridhar, Founder of Supply.ai shares his thoughts on how to handle the departure of a co-founder. This is not tax, investment or legal advice. Please consult a professional for advice. Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me
03:22
February 14, 2019
Good Product Ideas vs. Bad Product Ideas
In this Q&A, a viewer asks what is the difference between good product ideas and bad product ideas. I discuss my thoughts on why some startup products catch a user's attention and why some fall by the wayside. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004J4XGN6/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_9LrwCb37W9Y9M Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me
03:36
February 13, 2019
How the founders of startup Supply.ai decided to split equity when they were getting started.
Here’s an example of how two founders sat down and decided to split equity in their startup right in the beginning. Listen to Karthik Sridhar share his experience of the delicate discussion between founders when deciding who gets how much equity and why. More about Supply.ai at https://supply.ai Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me
05:59
February 6, 2019
How to allocate equity in a startup in the early stages.
How do you allocate equity when you’re starting up with co-founders, option pool and investors. Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me
05:09
February 4, 2019
4 Tips for raising money for your crypto project or tech startup.
I answer some viewer questions in this weekly Q&A. This week I give 4 tips for fundraising for your crypto project or startup. Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me
05:48
February 1, 2019
Corp debt, InnovAccer’s B, Deskeo acquisition, Munchery joins the dead pool, Sequoia, Reliance Ind
Corporate debt, InnovAccer’s B, Deskeo acquisition by Knotel, Munchery joins the dead pool, Sequoia launches and accelerator in India, Reliance Industries enters the Indian eCommerce battle. Connect with me on: YouTube: https://pjain.co/investstream Twitter: https://twitter.com/pjain Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjain001 Blog: http://blog.pjain.me
20:20
January 28, 2019
InvestStream US-India Episode 5
Instamojo raises a series B, whiz.ai closes their seed round, OYO Rooms shares guest details with authorities, Ethereum bug pushes Constantinople again. Grin ups the ante in the privacy coin game. I want to dedicate this song by They Might Be Giants to the Ethereum community: - YouTube https://youtu.be/xo0X77OBJUg  - Apple Music https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/istanbul/298111036?i=298111047
08:16
January 17, 2019
InvestStream US-India Episode 4
In the 1st episode of 2019, Pankaj and Harjit discuss startup funding numbers in India in 2018, Internet user growth in India, Uber India’s earnings for fiscal year 2018 and Apple.
21:02
January 11, 2019
InvestStream US-India Episode 3
In Episode 3 of InvestStream, Harjit and Pankaj talk about the Pinterest IPO announcement, fund raises by Abacus, Drivezy, Be U Salon, and Swiggy. We then jump into India’s Angel Tax and how it’s hurting the startup ecosystem. Harjit shares some interesting information about the Indian ETF market.
24:30
January 7, 2019
InvestStream US-India Episode 2
In Episode 2 of InvestStream, Pankaj and Harjit discuss the resignation of Urjit Patel, the RBI Governor, the outlook for the Indian Rupee, Google’s acquisition of Where’s My Train, Siftery’s exit, and funding rounds raised by NinjaCart and Roposo. We then turn our attention to Bitcoin and blockchain.
34:45
January 7, 2019
InvestStream US-India Episode 1
In Episode 1, Pankaj Jain and Harjit Singh discuss what’s happening in stock markets, fixed income, economics and the world of startups in the US and India.
31:27
January 7, 2019
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