20VC: Plaid and Column Co-Founder, William Hockey on Why the Brands that Win in Fintech Will Not Be Financial Services Brands, What US Banking Can Learn from China & Why Companies Can Be Built Slower than People Think?
2nd December 2022
Ed Sim, Founding Partner @ Boldstart Ventures, Ed truly has had the most astonishing career in early stage SaaS having led first round investments in todays market leaders, LivePerson (now on Nasdaq) and GoToMeeting (acquired by Citrix). Over the 19 years in early stage SaaS he has also helped a number of entrepreneurs scale from seed to market leader with his portfolio companies being acquired by the likes of Google, Linkedin and Salesforce, and I would like to say that all the data and information presented in today’s show is provided by the kind folks at Mattermark, check then out at www.mattermark.com
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:
1.) How Ed made his way into the wonderful world of venture?
2.) Why did Ed start a seed stage SaaS fund? Where did he see the market opportunity?How was the fundraising process for Ed? Were there any surprises?
3.) How does Ed view the current seed stage funding environment, is there too much money chasing too few deals?
4.) Ed backed cloud companies in 2000. What is different from then vs today’s saas companies?
5.) How do you value early stage SaaS startups, when there are often very few clear metrics at this stage?
6.) What makes a great enterprise founder at seed stage?
7.) How has the seed stage SaaS environment changed over the 19 years of Ed’s career?
Items Mentioned In Today’s Episode:
Ed’s Fave Blog or Newsletter: Jason Calacanis: LaunchTicker
Ed’s Fave iPhone App: Slack
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20VC: Wolt CEO, Miki Kuusi on Leadership Lessons Scaling to a Reported $8.1BN Exit to Doordash, Building Teams not Families, The Difference Between Trust and Safety Within Companies, How To Use Compensation to Create Culture & Why You Should Not Be Looking For People Who “Have Done It Before”
28th November 2022