20VC: The On Running Memo: From Swiss Mountains to NASDAQ IPO: The Story of Three Friends Who Built a Sports Giant with David Alleman, Co-Founder @ On Running
31st May 2023
Samir Kaji is the Managing Director @ First Republic Bank, a leading private bank and wealth management company on Sand Hill Road. Samir, has 13 years of banking experience, working with venture capital and private equity clients in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining First Republic, Kaji worked for Silicon Valley Bank. Samir writes an awesome blog on the VC, investing and startup scene at (http://pevcbanker.com). All the data and research mentioned in today’s show is provided by the kind team at Mattermark, check them out here!
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:
1.) How Samir made his way into the wonderful world of venture and technology?
2.) We often hear the term, Micro VC bandied around, are there any common characteristics and criteria that discern Micro VCs from traditional VCs?
3.) Why has there has been this massive growth of the seed stage funding environment? What is driving this end of the funding cycle? Is it being damaged with the rise of AngelList syndicates?
4.) What trends and emerging themes has Samir seen come out of this exponentially expanding sector? What effect has AngelList had on the MicroVC market?
5.) What are Samir’s thoughts for the future of seed funding? What do you think the seed funding landscape will look like in 20 years time?
6.) Why do smaller funds tend to outperform larger VCs?
Items Mentioned In Today’s Episode:
Samir’s Fave Blog or Newsletter: Dan Primack: TermSheet, Ezra Galston: Breaking VC
Samir’s Fave Book: Phil Jackson: A Team In Search Of It’s Soul, Adam Grant: Give & Take
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