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Episode 3: Investment Thesis vs. Market Sentiment. Who Wins?

In this episode of #LVSoundbites, Vani Kola gives her insights on key issues relating to the startup ecosystem. Take a look:

  • Her investment thesis, and the three things she looks for in a startup
  • The USP that makes the startup stand out from the crowd, which gives them an advantage to be successful
  • The drive of the startup to build a sustainable business
  • The importance of having proper controls and systems in the startup
  • What VCs expect from Angels while investing
  • How valuable an Angel’s insights are for a VC coming in later on
  • The market sentiment for startups in 2017
  • The bar that startups need to adhere to in order to get the attention to raise capital
  • How LetsVenture is placed rightly in the startup – investment ecosystem in India to create the right momentum

An alumnus of Arizona State University and Osmania University, Vani Kola is the managing director of Kalaari Capital, an Early Stage India-based Venture Capital firm. Having been a successful entrepreneur herself in Silicon Valley, Vani has the advantage of having seen both sides of the startup ecosystem. She has successfully led investments in verticals like mobile services, education, healthcare, and e-commerce. Following a successful run of raising a venture fund in the US, she moved back to Bangalore and is actively engaged in many startups and their evolution.

Kalaari Capital is one of the bigger names in the investment market. Till date, it has invested in many successful ventures like Apps Daily, grabhouse, The Label Life, Myntra, PopXO, ScoopWhoop, Simplilearn, SnapDeal, Urban Ladder, YourStory, and Zivame to name a few. Kalaari seeks to work with entrepreneurs ‘when there are many unknowns.’

Let us know what you thought about this episode. Tweet to @letsventurein with your thoughts or comments below 🙂

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