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December 2012

The Rise of the Angels (and the Entrepreneurs)

Written by Paul on December 16th, 2012

This post includes video, slides, and a full-text writeup. At 3,500+ words, you probably don’t want to be reading this on your phone.

Over the past two years, I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with 500 Startups as we’ve invested in 400+ companies in 20 countries. As we’ve started to ramp up operations in India, I’ve spent quite a bit of time there in 2012 and was asked to speak at the Unpluggd conference a few weeks ago. I thought I’d …

India Has a Series A Drought

Written by Paul on December 7th, 2012

There’s been a lot of recent talk about the Series A crunch in the US. Having spent the last two days at the AVCJ conference in Mumbai, I’d like to propose that India has the opposite problem: there’s a Series A drought in India. Many Indian firms can write large ($500K-$1M+) checks but there simply aren’t enough companies looking for that capital.

As with most conferences, the most interesting conversations tend to be on the sidelines and in the hallways. …

Investors: Risk And Uncertainty Are Not The Same Thing

Written by Paul on December 6th, 2012

[I’m speaking at the Asian Venture Capital Journal event here in Mumbai later today and these are the speaker notes I’ll be using for my talk. The audience is primarily LPs which is a fancy way of saying that they’re the people that give investors like me money.]

Today, we’re supposed to be talking about mitigating investment risk. Here’s the problem though: risk, as defined by economist Frank Knight in 1921, is something you can put a price on. In other …

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