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By Nataraj

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#12 Harvey Multani: Founder RUV Alliance & Miami100 DAO | Startup Project by Nataraj

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Venture Fund is a Startup (Bonus)
Venture Fund is a Startup (Bonus)
To stay up to date checkout thestartupproject.io & follow us on twitter: @natarajsindam Launching a, a venture fund is not for the faint of heart, uh, and it is very much a startup activity.  Geoff Harris & Nataraj talk about the challenges of launching a venture fund. Geoff spent 15 years at Microsoft in engineering leadership and executive leadership positions. His career at Microsoft began in digital media where he ran the Windows Media Player team. Full conversation includes is available here and includes: Developing Natural language processing at Microsoft Angel investing to raising a fund Core insight behind Flying Fish AI Use cases for future Web3 & Venture ----- Past guests of Startup Project podcast include Ali Moiz (stonks.com), Kirby Winfield (Ascend.vc), Eric Bahn (Hustle Fund), and others.
00:51
October 24, 2022
#27 Geoff Harris: Managing Partner Flying Fish VC
#27 Geoff Harris: Managing Partner Flying Fish VC
In this episode of Startup Project we spoke to Geoff Harris, Managing Partner Flying Fish VC. Flying Fish is a thesis driven fund focused on Al/ML. Geoff Harris spent 15 years at Microsoft in engineering leadership and executive leadership positions. His career at Microsoft began in digital media where he ran the Windows Media Player team. Full conversation includes: Developing Natural language processing at Microsoft Angel investing to raising a fund Core insight behind Flying Fish  AI Use cases for future Web3 & Venture ----- Past guests of Startup Project podcast include Ali Moiz (stonks.com), Kirby Winfield (Ascend.vc), Eric Bahn (Hustle Fund), and others. To stay up to date checkout thestartupproject.io & follow us on twitter: @natarajsindam
32:01
October 01, 2022
NFTs in Games? (Bonus Clip)
NFTs in Games? (Bonus Clip)
What problems are NFTs solving in games, Liron & Nataraj (twitter.com/natarajsindam) discuss. Liron Shapira is known as the guy who write twitter threads about web3 use cases including Axie Infinity & Helium. But before becoming twitter famous, he is also a founder & angel investor and currently runs a YC backed startup called Relationship Hero. The irony in his angel investments is he made life changing money by investing in Coinbase which was a 500x return on his investment. Full conversation includes: Failure with Quixey (50M+ Series C) Relationship Hero (YC Backed) Seed Investment in $COIN (listen for exit multiple) Investing in Russian Bonds Web3 Use cases (cross border payments, helium, NFTs in gaming, Uber on Web3, Identity) Nataraj is a PM at Azure, investor & host of thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at  twitter.com/natarajsindam. Full conversation Link: https://thestartupproject.io/2022/08/05/24-liron-shapira-web3-critique-founder-early-investor-in-coinbase/
00:45
September 19, 2022
Democratizing Education (Bonus Clip)
Democratizing Education (Bonus Clip)
Nataraj & Eric (Hustle Fund) talk about how an Indian company BYJU's despite its flaws is helping democratizing education.  For Full conversation with Eric check out Episode 21 of Startup Project. https://open.spotify.com/episode/5ceRBSjtTP8ROl8nR9AoT0?si=bf937a7778d24236
01:32
September 11, 2022
#26 Mohan Belani: Co-Founder of E27.co
#26 Mohan Belani: Co-Founder of E27.co
Todays guest is Mohan Belani the co-founder of E27.co. E27 is tech publication covering SEA startups. Full conversation includes: Origins of e27 Startups in SEA (Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia & Vietnam) Businesses model of e27 Events business Angel investing and starting seed stage fund YC effect in SEA startups Starting a Seed Fund & many more ----- Past guests of Startup Project podcast include Ali Moiz (stonks.com), Kirby Winfield (Ascend.vc), Eric Bahn (Hustle Fund), and many more. To stay up to date checkout thestartupproject.io & follow us on twitter: @natarajsindam -----
39:12
September 05, 2022
What is Amazon's Fourth Dreamy Business?
What is Amazon's Fourth Dreamy Business?
Jeff Bezos defines dreamy businesses to have these characteristics: customers love it it can grow to very large size it has strong returns on capital and it's durable over time Amazon has 3 dreamy businesses prime, marketplace & AWS.  Todd & Nataraj discuss about what is going to be Amazon's next big dreamy business? ----- Past guests of Startup Project podcast include Ali Moiz (stonks.com), Kirby Winfield (Ascend.vc), Eric Bahn (Hustle Fund), and many more. To stay up to date checkout thestartupproject.io & follow us on twitter: @natarajsindam
13:15
August 28, 2022
#25 Todd Bishop: Co-Founder of Geekwire.com
#25 Todd Bishop: Co-Founder of Geekwire.com
In this week's episode of Startup Project we spoke to Todd Bishop, Co-Founder of Geekwire. He is a longtime business and technology journalist who reports on subjects including AI, cloud, startups, and health technology, plus Amazon and Microsoft, & hosts GeekWire's weekly podcast. Full conversation includes: Geekwire Story Business model of publishing Covering Big Tech  Amazon's next big thing Doom Scrolling & a whole lot more. ----- Past guests of Startup Project podcast include Ali Moiz (stonks.com), Kirby Winfield (Ascend.vc), Eric Bahn (Hustle Fund), and many more. To stay up to date checkout thestartupproject.io & follow us on twitter: @natarajsindam
58:17
August 22, 2022
500x Coinbase Exit (Clip)
500x Coinbase Exit (Clip)
For Full conversation with Liron check out episode 24 here. Website: thestartupproject.io Spotify Show Link: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Cx7Q5r9Ow9eikxQjsJjjq?si=7cfcaf39db80490b
01:35
August 16, 2022
#24 Liron Shapira: Web3 Critique, Founder & Early Investor in Coinbase
#24 Liron Shapira: Web3 Critique, Founder & Early Investor in Coinbase
Liron Shapira is known as the guy who writes twitter threads criticizing web3 use cases. Other than being a web3 critic, he is also angel investor in Coinbase & Wyre (the irony), founder of a Y Combinator company & raised $50M round led by Alibaba. Full conversation includes: • Failure with Quixey ( 50M+ Series C) • Relationship Hero (YC Backed) • Seed Investment in $COIN (listen for exit multiple) • Investing in Russian Bonds • Web3 Use cases (cross border payments, helium, NFTs in gaming, Uber on Web3, Identity) Nataraj is a PM at Azure, investor & host of thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at  twitter.com/natarajsindam.
01:06:36
August 05, 2022
Story Behind Patagonia’s First Ecommerce Store (Clip)
Story Behind Patagonia’s First Ecommerce Store (Clip)
Chris Devore and Nataraj talk about the brand ethos of Patagonia and the story behind the first ecommerce store of Patagonia. For full conversation with Chris, check out https://thestartupproject.io/2022/07/17/23-chris-devore-managing-partner-founders-co-op-remitly-auth0-outreach/ Nataraj is a PM at Azure,  investor  & host of thestartupproject.io  podcast. Follow him on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/natarajsindam.
05:13
July 31, 2022
Is web3 hype about technology or political ideology? (Clip)
Is web3 hype about technology or political ideology? (Clip)
Chris Devore talks about web3 and if its the next big thing in tech.  For full conversation with Chris, check out https://thestartupproject.io/2022/07/17/23-chris-devore-managing-partner-founders-co-op-remitly-auth0-outreach/ Nataraj is a PM at Azure,  investor  & host of thestartupproject.io  podcast. Follow him on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/natarajsindam.
04:57
July 24, 2022
#23 Chris DeVore: Managing Partner Founders Co-op (Remitly, Auth0 & Outreach)
#23 Chris DeVore: Managing Partner Founders Co-op (Remitly, Auth0 & Outreach)
In this Episode of Startup Project, Nataraj talked to Chris DeVore, Founding Managing Partner of Founders’ Co-op, Pacific Northwest's leading seed-stage venture fund. Chris led the seed rounds for Seattle's most recent successful IPO Remitly (NASDAQ:RELY) and $4B+ Outreach, was an early backer of Auth0 (acquired by Okta for $6.5B). Full conversation includes: Starting Patagonia's online store Bringing Risk Capital to Seattle Running TechStars Seattle Starting Founders Co-Op Thesis behind investing in Remitly New new thing & Web3 Investing takeaways from covid shocks Nataraj is a PM at Azure,  partner at NVC  & hosts thestartupproject.io  podcast. Follow him on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/natarajsindam.
51:11
July 17, 2022
How to Angel Invest? (Bonus Clip)
How to Angel Invest? (Bonus Clip)
How to get started with Angel Investing? This clip was part of episode 21 of Startup project which is available at: https://thestartupproject.io/2022/05/31/21-eric-bahn-co-founder-general-partner-of-hustle-fund/
01:21
July 09, 2022
#22 Sudip Chakrabarti: Partner Decibel.vc Ex Partner at A16Z, Lightspeed & Madrona
#22 Sudip Chakrabarti: Partner Decibel.vc Ex Partner at A16Z, Lightspeed & Madrona
In this Episode of Startup Project, Nataraj talked to Sudip from decibel.vc. Sudip started two companies and got his PhD in computer engineering at Georgia Tech before becoming a VC investor at Andreesson Horowitz, Lightspeed, and Madrona. Full conversation includes: Building Decibel Investing in Enterprise Software (Exabeam, DataCoral & Streamlio) Working at A16Z & Madrona Digital Ocean & More Nataraj is a PM at Azure,  partner at NVC  & hosts thestartupproject.io  podcast. Follow him on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/natarajsindam. You can also subscribe to his newsletter at getrevue.co/profile/StartupProject
52:48
July 02, 2022
Hyper Leverage (Bonus Clip)
Hyper Leverage (Bonus Clip)
Nataraj & Harvey from RUV Alliance talk about Leverage.  For full conversation check out the links below:   Youtube: https://youtu.be/rXMY1LDIb_U Website: https://thestartupproject.io/2022/02/05/12-harvey-multani-founder-ruv-alliance-miami100-dao-startup-project-by-nataraj/ Anchor: https://anchor.fm/tsp1/episodes/12-Harvey-Multani-Founder-RUV-Alliance--Miami100-DAO---Startup-Project-by-Nataraj-e1dvoi3 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0VgU4sMOX1AD5BCxLnVicm?si=3c9f834506e143da Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at NVC & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam & stay up to date here. #startups #leverage #economy #media #code #capital #shorts
01:21
June 12, 2022
Secret Sauce behind Hustle Fund's Brand! (Bonus Clip)
Secret Sauce behind Hustle Fund's Brand! (Bonus Clip)
Eric (Co-Founder of Hustle Fund) talks to Nataraj about how they built their brand.  Check out more about hustle fund here, https://www.hustlefund.vc/.   Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at NVC(https://angel.co/s/natarajusa/B8aAA) & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam
01:44
June 05, 2022
#21 Eric Bahn: Co-Founder & General Partner of Hustle Fund
#21 Eric Bahn: Co-Founder & General Partner of Hustle Fund
In this Episode of Startup Project, Nataraj talked to Eric Bahn, Co-Founder & General Partner at Hustle Fund. In last 5 years, Eric & team scaled Hustle Fund to 3 funds, 100M+ AUM, 120+ early stage investments & along the way built a globally recognizable VC brand, find more about them at https://www.hustlefund.vc/ Full conversation includes: Beat the GMAT (Eric's Startup) Defining hustle Raising fund 1 First 10 investments Building the brand Nataraj is a PM at Azure,  partner at NVC  & hosts thestartupproject.io  podcast. Follow him on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/natarajsindam. You can also subscribe to his newsletter at getrevue.co/profile/StartupProject
55:06
May 31, 2022
How to Earn Your Luck? (Bonus Clip)
How to Earn Your Luck? (Bonus Clip)
Shruti from Array.vc and nataraj talk about earning luck.  Full conversation available at: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/08LJYjwwQPyseCkSEZohQA?si=4de30bec6b8340d2 For more check out the startup project website at thestartupproject.io   #startups #luck #arrayvc
02:19
May 29, 2022
Position your Company for Acquisitions (Bonus Clip)
Position your Company for Acquisitions (Bonus Clip)
What can founders in early stage companies do to position themselves for acquisitions.   Full Episode available on: YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uMdazKrC0k Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/17-founding-partner-of-ascend-vc-kirby-winfield-on/id1551300319?i=1000555322251&app=podcast  Website: https://thestartupproject.io/2022/03/26/17-founding-partner-of-ascend-vc-kirby-winfield-on-all-things-venture-startup-project-by-nataraj/ Visit thestartupproject.io for more. #startups #kirby #aquisitions
01:51
May 22, 2022
#20 Mike Fridgen: Seattle based Startup Incubator Madrona Venture Labs
#20 Mike Fridgen: Seattle based Startup Incubator Madrona Venture Labs
In this Episode of Startup Project, Nataraj talked to Mike Fridgen, Managing Director at Madrona Venture Labs a Seattle based tech startup incubator. Some of the companies incubated include Style Genome (Acq by Wayfair), Chatitive (Acq by MailChimp), Message Yes (Acq by Nordstrom) & more. Before joining Madrona Venture Labs Mike was part of founding teams at Farecast (Acq by Microsoft) & Decide (Acq by Ebay) where he led product and growth strategies. Full Conversation includes: Farecast.com (Predicting prices) - Acquired by Microsoft Decide.com (next gen consumer reports) - Acquired by Ebay Through line across being part of multiple acquisitions Incubating companies at Madrona Venture Labs Relationship with Madrona Venture Group Thematic focus behind companies incubated at Madrona Venture Labs Nataraj is a PM at Azure, partner at NVC & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam. You can also subscribe to his newsletter at getrevue.co/profile/StartupProject
32:49
May 15, 2022
No Momentum? You are Dead! (Bonus Clip)
No Momentum? You are Dead! (Bonus Clip)
Nataraj and Ali (Founder of Stonks.com) talk what happens to a unknown company post their stonks pitch day.  For full version of this conversation check out the following links.   Full Video on YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjyaipwngZc&t=0s Website Link: https://thestartupproject.io/2022/03/05/15-stonks-com-ali-moiz-on-investing-streaming-stonks-startup-project-by-nataraj/ #startups #stonks #fundraising
02:48
May 08, 2022
Don't Build in Public (Bonus Clip)
Don't Build in Public (Bonus Clip)
Not everything has to be built in public, but when it makes sense it has its advantages. Check out the full conversation between Ajay and Nataraj here. https://youtu.be/-Xbv4O1ovvY #build #startups #buildinpublic  Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at NVC(https://angel.co/s/natarajusa/B8aAA) & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam
01:59
May 01, 2022
#19 Shruti Gandhi: Founder and General Partner of Array.VC on early stage investing
#19 Shruti Gandhi: Founder and General Partner of Array.VC on early stage investing
In this Episode of Startup Project, Nataraj talked to Shruti Gandhi, GP of Array.VC. Before founding Array.VC a solo fund investing in b2b enterprise companies, she was a founder and an engineer. For more info check out her newsletter at shrutigandhi.substack.com Full Conversation includes: - Transition from engineer to vc - Working at Corporate VC vs running your own fund - Raising first fund for Array.VC - Things to look out for first time fund managers - Push vs Pull investing - Cheque Sizes - Megatrons - Solo Brands in Venture Nataraj is a PM at Azure, partner at NVC & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam. You can also subscribe to his newsletter at getrevue.co/profile/StartupProject
25:40
April 24, 2022
#18: Bear.Tax Co-Founders on simplifying Crypto Taxes | Startup Project by Nataraj
#18: Bear.Tax Co-Founders on simplifying Crypto Taxes | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup Project, Nataraj talked to Tela Andrews (https://www.linkedin.com/in/telaandrews/) and Vamshi (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vamshi4001/), Co-Founders of crypto currency tax software Bear.tax.  Full Conversation includes: Origin story of Bear.Tax How microacquire.com helped the founding team to get together Crypto tax complexity for individuals, traders and businesses Roadmap for solving tax complexity Future of crypto Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at NVC & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam & stay up to date here.
36:33
April 09, 2022
#17 Founding Partner of Ascend.vc: Kirby Winfield on all things Venture | Startup Project by Nataraj
#17 Founding Partner of Ascend.vc: Kirby Winfield on all things Venture | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup project (https://thestartupproject.io/) , Nataraj talked to Kirby Winfield, Founding GP of Ascend.vc (pre-seed fund based in Seattle). Prior to founding Ascend.vc, Kirby was part of founding teams at Go2Net (GNET), Marchex (MCHX), Dwellable (Acquired by Home Away (AWAY)) & AdXpose (Acquired by comScore (SCOR)). Full conversation includes: Through line of a successful career How can companies strategize for an exit? The why behind starting a pre-seed fund? Helping startups from zero to one Price discovery of startups in current private markets Follow Kirby on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/winfield/. Checkout Ascend.vc for more updates. Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at NVC & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam & stay up to date here.
53:32
March 26, 2022
#16 Assure.co: Jeremy Neilson on all things Venture | Startup Project by Nataraj
#16 Assure.co: Jeremy Neilson on all things Venture | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup project, Nataraj talked to Jeremy Neilson, CEO & Co-Founder of Assure.co. Prior to co-founding Assure, Jeremy ran Utah Fund of Funds and later went on to found Assure. Assure created & pioneered the usage of SPVs and became the synonymous as backend of Venture Capital. Today Assure's clients include Republic, Launch Fund, Forge, Equity Zen and more. Full conversation includes: Origin story of Assure How Assure created SPVs that powered AngelList and others. State of Venture from Assure's point of View Evolution of VC firms  Follow Jeremy on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyneilson/. Checkout Assure.co (https://hubs.li/Q015-RK10) for more updates. Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at NVC & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam & stay up to date here.
46:38
March 15, 2022
#15 Stonks.com: Ali Moiz on Investing, Streaming & Stonks | Startup Project by Nataraj
#15 Stonks.com: Ali Moiz on Investing, Streaming & Stonks | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup project, Nataraj talked to Ali Moiz, Co-Founder of Stonks.Com. Prior to co-founding Stonks, Ali was a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Stream Labs (Acq by Logitech) & Peanut Labs (Acq by E-Rewards). Full conversation includes: Value prop of Stonks for founders & investors Post pitch effect for startups Behind the Scenes of Stonks.com Evolution of Video Streaming Investing in Canva, Airtable & notion via Poor Founders Follow Ali on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ali_moiz & on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/alimoiz/. Checkout Stonks.com for more updates. Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at NVC & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam & stay up to date here.
44:57
March 05, 2022
#14 Simplified.co: Co-Founder Ajay Yadav on Scaling, Building in Public & More | Startup Project by Nataraj
#14 Simplified.co: Co-Founder Ajay Yadav on Scaling, Building in Public & More | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup project, Nataraj talked to Ajay, Co-Founder of Simplified.co. Prior to co-founding simplified.co, Ajay was a serial entrepreneur and was founder of Roomi, which helps people find flexible, affordable co-living solutions. Full conversation includes: India to U.S Raising venture for Roomi vs Simplified Funding landscape for repeat founder vs first time founder Competing against $40B Canva Building in Public, Marketing-Product Fit. Why be a repeat entrepreneur? Follow Ajay Yadav on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/yadavajay/ and learn more about Simplified.co. Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at NVC & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam & stay up to date here.
31:44
February 27, 2022
#13 First Check Ventures: Ali Jamal on Angel Investing | Startup Project by Nataraj
#13 First Check Ventures: Ali Jamal on Angel Investing | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup project, Nataraj talked to Ali Jamal, Founder of First Check Ventures. Prior to starting First Cheque Ventures, Ali was at companies like RockYou, Agoda & Rappi in growth and marketing roles. Full conversation includes: Career in Growth and data analytics Early Angel investing  Transition from Angel Investing to founding first check ventures YC MFN clause  Strategy behind the growth of First Check Ventures Building unique deal flow Investing in LATAM, Asia & Africa Follow Ali Jamal on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mralijamal/ and learn more about First Cheque Ventures here. Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at NVC & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam & stay up to date here.
48:30
February 20, 2022
#12 Harvey Multani: Founder RUV Alliance & Miami100 DAO  | Startup Project by Nataraj
#12 Harvey Multani: Founder RUV Alliance & Miami100 DAO | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup project, Nataraj talked to Harvey Multani, Founder of RUV Alliance & Miami100 DAO.  Prior to starting RUV Alliance, Harvey was at Coinbase and Plaid in business development and GTM Strategies.  Full conversation includes: The origins of RUV Alliance Goals as an investor community Macro factors that helped RUV Alliance Dynamics with other SPVs  AngelList's reaction to RUV Alliance Who funds RUV Alliance? Miami100 DAO Where is the leverage for individuals today? Follow Harvey on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/harvey-multani-95b591208/ and learn more about RUV Alliance here.  Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at planbcapital.co & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam & stay up to date here.
47:44
February 05, 2022
#11 Richard White: Founder of Fathom.Video (YC W21) & Uservoice | Startup Project by Nataraj
#11 Richard White: Founder of Fathom.Video (YC W21) & Uservoice | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup project, Nataraj talked to Richrad White, Founder of Fathom.VIdeo. It is one of the companies invested by Zoom Apps Fund. Prior to starting Fathom.Video, Richard was CEO & Founder of Uservoice.com (Product feedback for B2B SaaS)/ Full conversation includes: Journey of Uservoice Insights that led to starting Fathom.Video Why repeat founders look at having more investors on cap table than less? Optimization for Angels and New funds on cap table Taking investment from Zoom Fund How to think about B2B marketplaces like Zoom Apps Follow Richard on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rrwhite/ and learn more about Fathom here. Go to https://fathom.video/pod to skip the waiting list and try fathom.video. Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at planbcapital.co & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam & stay up to date here.
46:01
January 23, 2022
#10 Luba Lesiva: Founder of palumni.vc investing in Palantir Alumni | Startup Project by Nataraj
#10 Luba Lesiva: Founder of palumni.vc investing in Palantir Alumni | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup project, Nataraj talked to Luba Lesiva, Founder of palumni.vc Prior to starting palumni.vc she was head of investor relations for Palantir and had a career in investing at Sovereign Wealth Funds and was an investment banker at various Wall Street firms. We talked about: Origin story of palumni.vc Investing in Palantir Alumni Challenges & growth tactics in creating and growing an Alumni Syndicate  Leveraging communities to create value Follow Luba on Twitter at https://twitter.com/loobah_l and learn more about palumni.vc here. Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at planbcapital.co & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam & stay up to date here.
31:60
January 10, 2022
#9 Eric Satz: Founder of Alto IRA | Startup Project by Nataraj
#9 Eric Satz: Founder of Alto IRA | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup project, Nataraj talked to Eric Satz, Founder & CEO of Alto IRA. Prior to his role as founder and CEO of Alto, Eric worked in investment banking at DLJ/Credit Suisse and co-founded several companies, including: Currenex, an FX trading solution sold to State Street for more than $550M; Plumgood Food, and; Tennessee Community Ventures, a VC firm We talked about: - The problems that led to creation of Alto IRA Advantages of using Alto IRA  Working with partners like Coinbase, Angellist & Republic Diversification of investments Fundraising via Equity Crowdfunding Peter Thiel's 401k strategy Follow Eric on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ericsatz and learn more about Alto IRA here. Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at planbcapital.co & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam and stay up to date at https://www.getrevue.co/profile/bmb/members
35:40
November 15, 2021
#8 Sajid Rahman: Founder of My Asia VC, Investor in 1000+ Startups with 40+ Exits | Startup Project by Nataraj
#8 Sajid Rahman: Founder of My Asia VC, Investor in 1000+ Startups with 40+ Exits | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup project, Nataraj talked to Sajid Rahman, Founder of My Asia VC. Sajid is an operator-investor who invested in 1000+ Startups with 40+ Exits. He is the founder of myasiavc.com and his portfolio companies span all geographical regions including North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latam. We talked about: Transition from Banking to Angel Investing Solving the cold start problem  Best way to start leading investments in 2021  Graduating from a syndicate to fund Thought process behind Investing in different stages Thesis for the new late stage fund Why he thinks startup investing is not risky Decisions making style Trends he is looking forward in next couple of years. Follow Sajid on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SajidRepublic and learn more about My Asia VC at myasiavc.com Nataraj is an engineer at Azure, partner at planbcapital.co & hosts thestartupproject.io podcast. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam and stay up to date at getrevue.co/profile/bmb
35:03
September 25, 2021
#7 Martin Tobias: Founder of Incisive.vc | Startup Project by Nataraj
#7 Martin Tobias: Founder of Incisive.vc | Startup Project by Nataraj
In this Episode of Startup project, Nataraj talked to Martin Tobias, Founder of Incisive Ventures. Martin is a serial entrepreneur, investor in 100+ deals as an angel, also the Founder of a leading Angel network, Element8. He is also 3x CEO, and has raised over $500M (including two IPOs). We talked about: First Angel Investment Meta Themes  Capital Efficiency in North America vs India Looking at valuations with the lens of notional capital What led to his investment in DocuSign at a time when electronic signatures were not legal. Story behind starting Incisive in the middle of a pandemic Follow Martin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MartinGTobias and learn more about Incisive at Incisive.vc Follow Nataraj on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam and stay up to date at thestartupproject.io
36:19
August 07, 2021
#6 Vipul Agrawal: Founder of Unlu.io | Startup Project by Nataraj
#6 Vipul Agrawal: Founder of Unlu.io | Startup Project by Nataraj
This is a special episode. I have known Vipul for over 6 months now. With in just couple of conversations I have come to realize that he is one of the most interesting founders I have come across. In this episode we talked about: Vipul's journey prior to starting unlu.io & building Rutogo & CricnWin. Making money using  Internet The concept of Fandom vs Respect How his experience working with influencers in cricket and co-producing movies is helping him build Unlu? How does the journey of making an Unlu Class happen, from concept to production? How does Unlu convince the like of Ruskin Bond & Manoj Bajpayee come and teach their craft on Unlu? Market size of Indian Influencer economy what's next after Unlu Shoutouts & Unlu class? What are the moats that are separating Unlu from the competition? Thesis behind Angel investing and the experience of seeing exits like Fitso (aq by Zomato) Follow Vipul on Twitter at https://twitter.com/iamvipulagrawal and learn more about Unlu at unlu.io Follow Nataraj on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam and stay up to date at thestartupproject.io
40:50
July 03, 2021
#5 Ani Mohan: Founder & General Manager at GameSnacks (Google Area 120) | Startup Project by Nataraj
#5 Ani Mohan: Founder & General Manager at GameSnacks (Google Area 120) | Startup Project by Nataraj
In Episode 5 of The Startup Project (thestartupproject.io) Nataraj talked to Ani Mohan who is the founder and General Manager of Gamesnacks (gamesnacks.com), a web based game platform incubated inside Google's Area 120.  The conversation included the following topics: Start of the Gamesnacks and all the previous versions of it  Incubation of projects inside google area 120 How a decision to Pivot to Gamesnacks was made? Embedding as a distribution Strategy Value chain of Gaming Ecosystem & Future trends in gaming Follow Ani on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ani_c_mohan and learn more about Gamesnacks at gamesnacks.com Follow Nataraj on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam and stay up to date at thestartupproject.io
01:01:03
May 22, 2021
#4 Manik Mehta: Founder of Omnify, a global SaaS platform for small and medium service business | Startup Project by Nataraj
#4 Manik Mehta: Founder of Omnify, a global SaaS platform for small and medium service business | Startup Project by Nataraj
Manik is the Co-Founder of Omnify (getomnify.com), a global SaaS platform for small and medium service business. Previously he was also the co-founder of LinkMySport.  We talked about: Service Ecommerce Pivoting multiple times to find product market fit Scrapping and restarting to figure the right customers in right geography Giving back time to customers Getting through the rollercoaster of pandemic when 90% of your customers are outside India Vision of Omnify Follow Manik on Twitter at https://twitter.com/manik_me and learn more about omnify at getomnify.com Follow Nataraj on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam and stay up to date at thestartupproject.io
01:10:51
April 11, 2021
#3 Vikas Malpani: Co-Founder of Leher & Ex-Cofounder of Commonfloor.com | Startup Project by Nataraj
#3 Vikas Malpani: Co-Founder of Leher & Ex-Cofounder of Commonfloor.com | Startup Project by Nataraj
Vikas is the Co-Founder of Leher (Leher.app), a live discussion platform. Previously he was also the co-founder of Commonfloor.com which was acquired by Quikr.  We talked about: Growth of Leher in last 6 months Monetization Models Content moderation The Clubhouse Effect From Commonfloor to Leher, how has the Indian Startup ecosystem changed? Follow Vikas on Twitter at https://twitter.com/vikasmalpani and learn more about Leher at Leher.App Follow Nataraj on Twitter at https://twitter.com/natarajsindam and stay up to date at thestartupproject.io
34:45
March 11, 2021
#2 Pankaj Jain: COO Workomo & Investor | Startup Project by Nataraj
#2 Pankaj Jain: COO Workomo & Investor | Startup Project by Nataraj
Pankaj Jain is currently COO of Workomo. He has worn multiple hats in his journey from being a founder, operator & investor. He is also an advisor to Angel List India's The Collective Fund. We talked about  Creating communities like Startup weekend & now Indian startup club on clubhouse (https://indianstartup.club/) Working at TLabs (Times Internet's Accelerator) Different Accelerator models in India  Leading 500 Startup's India Strategy Evolution of Food Startups in India Jio Effect in India Advising for Angel List India's The Collective Fund Perspective on AL Syndicates Indian companies registering outside India 2020 is it a crisis/bubble/opportunity Being chief operating officer at Workomo Follow Pankaj on Twitter (https://twitter.com/pjain) and learn more about Workomo at https://workomo.com Find more about Nataraj on Twitter https://twitter.com/natarajsindam More information at thestartupproject.io
01:33:47
February 14, 2021
#1 Pranay Gupta: Cofounder of 91Springboard & Angel Investor | Startup Project by Nataraj
#1 Pranay Gupta: Cofounder of 91Springboard & Angel Investor | Startup Project by Nataraj
Pranay is the co-founder of 91 Springboard (91springboard.com), one of India's successful co-working space companies.   We talked about:  Interesting origin story of 91Springboard  Evolution and scaling of 91Springboard  The business model of co-working space company   How 91Springboard became on of the best startup incubators and received "Best emerging Technology Incubator 2016" award from president of India  His recent foray to Angel Investing and setting up a syndicate  Goa as a startup destination You can follow Pranay on Twitter (https://twitter.com/PranayG) and learn more about 91Springboard here (91springboard.com) More information of all other episodes are at thestartupproject.io and you can find more about Nataraj on Twitter @natarajsindam.
01:19:57
January 29, 2021