20VC: Which Stage of the Market Will Be Hit Hardest? The Difference Between Efficiency Driven-Growth and Capital Driven-Growth & Why Now Represents a Great Opportunity for the Secondary Markets with Ravi Viswanathan, Founder @ NewView Capital
Posted on 13th May 2022 by Harry
Ravi Viswanathan is the Founder & Managing Partner at NewView Capital. Today with over $2.2BN AUM, Ravi has built a portfolio including Plaid, Duolingo, Hims & Hers, MessageBird, and Scopely. Prior to founding NVC, Ravi was a General Partner at NEA, where he co-led the firm’s fintech investment practice and made investments in Braintree (acquired by PayPal), MuleSoft (acquired by Salesforce) and Plaid to name a few.
In Today’s Episode with Ravi Viswanathan:
1.) Entry Into Venture:
How Ravi made his way into the world of venture with NEA?
What led Ravi to spin out of NEA and raise $1.3BN for the debut NewView fund?
How did seeing the multiple booms and busts impact Ravi’s mindset investing today?
2.) Impact on Seed and Series A:
What is the impact of the current market on the seed ecosystem?
Why does Ravi believe we could and will see price inflation at the earlier stages?
How does Ravi advise early-stage founders when it comes to managing runway and burn?
3.) Impact on Growth:
How does the current macro environment impact the growth landscape today?
How does Ravi reflect on his own price sensitivity? Why will this landscape be some of the best times to invest? Where is Ravi most excited?
How does Ravi assess the difference between efficiency and capital-driven growth?
4.) Secondaries and M&A:
How does Ravi believe the secondary market will be impacted?
Why will more and more of the best seed and early funds engage in secondaries?
How does Ravi advise managers on sizing the right amount to take off the table when selling?
How does Ravi expect the private company to private company M&A market to change?