20VC: Kleiner Perkins’ Muzzammil (MZ) Zaveri on Why Success In Venture Is About The 3 F’s, How VCs Can Manage Deal Heat & Is There Too Much Venture Dollars At Seed
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:
1.) How MZ made his way into the world of VC and came to be a partner at Kleiner Perkins?
2.) What were MZ’s biggest takeaways from his time with Tencent? How does that inform how he evaluates and analyses startups today with KPCB?
3.) MZ has said before, ‘success in venture is all about the 3 F’s’. What does he mean by this? Question from Niko Bonatsos @ General Catalyst: How does MZ look ensure the best opportunities are in the pipeline? How does MZ then look to manage and optimise that pipeline?
4.) What are MZ’s thoughts on deal heat? How does MZ look to avoid being sucked into echo chambers of Silicon Valley of what is “hot or not”? What does MZ mean when he says “deal heat can be a false positive when there are more seed funds than ever”?
5.) How does MZ evaluate the seed market today? Does he believe it is over financed with the 10x increase in funds we have seen over the last 10 years? What fund model innovations is MZ most excited by and why?
Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:
MZ’s Fave Book: Neverwhere by Neil Gaimon
MZ’s Fave Blog/Podcast: The Twenty Minute VC
MZ’s Most Recent Investment: UJet
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