20VC: Scaling from a $4M Angel Fund to $900M, Why Seed May Be The Best priced Asset Class and Not Overpriced At All & The 3 Stages of Fund Scaling and What it Takes To Build a Firm with Aydin Senkut, Founder and Managing Partner @ Felicis
Posted on 27th May 2022 by Harry
Aydin Senkut is the Founder and Managing Partner of Felicis. An original super angel turned multi-stage investor, he has been named on the Forbes Midas List for the past nine years (2014-2022). Felicis has been an incredible 16-year journey starting with a $4M Fund I back in 2006, their most recent fund in 2021 was $900M. Along the way, Felicis has invested in over 45 unicorns including Adyen, Canva, Shopify, Notion, Opendoor, and Plaid. Prior to starting Felicis, Aydin was a Senior Manager at Google where he spent an incredible 6 years.
In Today’s Episode with Aydin Senkut:
1.) The Founding of Felicis:
How did Aydin transition from a successful angel to the first $41M institutional fund with Felicis?
How did Aydin’s mindset change moving from investing personal to LP capital?
What does Aydin know now that he wishes he had known when he started Fund I?
2.) Fund Mechanics: Building a Portfolio
Why does Aydin believe portfolios need to have 40-50 positions to be diversified enough?
Given Aydin being multi-stage, how important is ownership on first check for Aydin and Felicis?
Does Aydin believe it is possible to really concentrate capital into your best performers?
How does Aydin think through outcome scenario planning? What is his biggest takeaway from this?
3.) Aydin Senkut: The Investor
What have been the biggest changes in Aydin’s style of investing over the last 16 years?
What was Aydin’s biggest miss? How did it impact his mindset moving forward?
What is Aydin’s biggest insecurity as an investor today? How has it changed?
Where does Aydin still believe he is weak as an investor? What is he doing to combat it?
4.) The Venture Landscape:
Why does Aydin believe that despite the pricing, seed is the best risk-adjusted asset class?
How does Aydin evaluate where crossover funds will move with the death of many growth rounds?
What segment of the market will be hit hardest by the crunch? What worries with this?
What would Aydin most like to change about the venture landscape today? Why?
Item’s Mentioned In Today’s Episode with Aydin Senkut