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
Emily Melton is partner at DFJ, where she focuses on consumer and mobile technology, as well as healthcare technologies and marketplaces. Emily has made investments in the likes of BetterUp, Elation Health, Livongo, Redfin, Shift, and Wellframe. Early in Emily’s career, she sourced investments in Box (NYSE: BOX), Meebo (Google), Kudo (Google), RichRelevance, and Flux (MTV Networks). She was also an advisor to Pulse Network (LinkedIn), Healthtap, and Poshmark.
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:
1.) How Emily made her way into the wonderful world of VC following her meeting with Tim Draper?
2.) How does Emily view the importance of pattern recognition? Why does Emily believe that you should not invest from patterns? What is the difference between a pattern and an investing fad?
3.) Why does Emily hate analogies? Why does she believe it is simplistic thinking? How can this be mitigated for startup founders in describing their company?
4.) How does Emily view the portfolio approach to risk in venture? What questions need to be asked to determine the potential outcome of the business?
5.) Why does Emily get concerned by the rise of the ‘celebrity investor’? How can investors build their brand in the proliferated world of early stage startup investing?
Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:
Emily’s Most Recent Investment: BetterUp
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