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A discussion on what’s happening the tech, startups, small business, venture capital and angel investing in the US and India with tips for small businesses and entrepreneurs every week from the mind of an operator, founder, and early-stage startup investor.Web: http://pjain.meTwitter: https://twitte… read more

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Angel Investing in Indian Startups 2020

May 25th, 2020


This week on InvestStream, I talk with Miten Sampat, Chief Strategy Officer at Times Internet (the largest media company in India) and Sonali Thapar, Director of TCAP Investments, a family office based in India. Listen …

What are some risks associated with angel investing?

May 15th, 2020


As tech startups have continued to thrive over the last decade, more and more people have been either thinking of investing in startups or have started to deploy capital. Others, still sit on the sidelines hearing from …

Why should founders update [all of] their investors regularly?

May 8th, 2020


VCs and angel investors take risks when they invest money into a startup. Most VCs (but not all) get access to updates through "information rights", at least until a certain point in time. However, angels don't always …

Why Become an Angel Investor?

April 17th, 2020


Angel investing into startups has risen significantly over the last decade. Part of the increase in angel investing has been because of the availability of information via blogs and news platforms like TechCrunch, …

The Difference Between Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors

April 10th, 2020


What is the difference between venture capitalists and angel investors? In this episode of InvestStream, I discuss the difference between these two …

As an angel, what do I look for in a startup's team before investing?

April 3rd, 2020


In part one of this episode of InvestStream, I talk about what I look for in a startup’s founding team before making an angel investment into the startup. In part II and III, I will talk about traction and total …

Herding Angels and VCs for Your Startup’s Round

March 27th, 2020


Raising a round of capital for your startup is rarely easy. Ankur asked on YouTube what are some things that could help get other investors to come …

Balancing Due Diligence and Making Fast Decisions in Early Stage Startup Investing

March 20th, 2020


In this episode of InvestStream, I share a few thoughts on balancing the need for due diligence with the need to make fast decisions in early stage startup investing. Investment Committees sometimes ask for lots of …

Advice on pitching that startup to angel investors and venture capitalists...

March 13th, 2020


I wanted to share a few quick thoughts about a startup pitch I received, which wasn’t quite the norm. Here are a couple of tips to be aware and avoid if you can when you are pitching your startup to raise money from …

Create an AngelList syndicate now!

March 6th, 2020


What makes AngelList syndicates exciting for angel investors with access to high quality deal flow? It's the carry. Much like carry in a VC fund incentivizes VCs, carry in a syndicate incentivizes angels to share their …

How growth stage startups can create a thesis for M&A and strategic investments

February 28th, 2020


Growth stage companies that have cash and need to fuel growth should look at a few things to create inorganic growth. I answer a question from Dipit, …

The need for an investment thesis

February 21st, 2020


What is an "Investment Thesis" and why investors in any asset class like real estate, stocks, bonds, startups, cryptocurrencies, etc should have one.

Things to think about when pitching international investors

February 14th, 2020


More and more VCs and angel investors are investing across international markets these days. This is great news for younger startup ecosystems. However, foreign investors don't always see startups with the same lens as …

What Sucks About Being a Venture Capitalist

February 10th, 2020


In Part 4, Sanjay shares a few thoughts about the challenges of being a Venture Capitalist and selling LPs on the India tech startup dream. We wrap up with a request to our Angel and VC friends in India.

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How growth stage startups can create a thesis for M&A and strategic investments

February 10th, 2020


Growth stage companies that have cash and need to fuel growth should look at a few things to create inorganic growth. I answer a question from Dipit, …

B2B, SaaS, AI, Robotics and Challenges with Indian Startups with Sanjay Nath

February 7th, 2020


In this episode of InvestStream I chat with my friend Sanjay Nath (@sanjaynath) co-founder and managing director at Blume Ventures in India. Sanjay has been an angel investor and VC for well over a decade and has …

India's "Jio-fication" & the rise of EdTech, FinTech, AgriTech, HealthTech startups w/ Sanjay Nath

January 31st, 2020


In this episode of InvestStream I chat with my friend Sanjay Nath co-founder and managing director at Blume Ventures in India. Sanjay has been an angel investor and VC for well over a decade and has invested in dozens …

Watch the equity dilution in your startup!

January 24th, 2020


Not paying attention to the amount of dilution you and your co-founders get hit with in early rounds could potentially cripple your startup and leave …

More Startup Pitch Deck Advice

January 17th, 2020


It's hard to know how much information is enough to share when you're out trying to raise money and sending out a pitch deck. Founders either cram in too much information or not enough. I will share two examples of what …

Building Deal Flow for Your Startup Portfolio

June 8th, 2019


In a previous video, I talked about how AngelList can be used to get started. In this episode of InvestStream I discuss additional things angel investors and new VCs can do to build their startup deal flow. 


A Discussion about Indian Startups with Blume Ventures' Co-founder, Sanjay Nath

May 28th, 2019


In this episode of InvestStream, I chat with my friend Sanjay Nath, co-founder and managing director at Blume Ventures in India. Sanjay has been an angel investor and VC for well over a decade and has invested in dozens …

The Need for Investor Due Diligence

May 12th, 2019


How do you know if an #investor offering to #invest in your #startup is going to be someone who is going to support your #vision for your #company and your #product? People talk about “dumb money” and 
“smart money” but …

What makes a startup venture fundable?

April 20th, 2019


There are a few things that should be on the checklist of any startup before they think of approaching investors other than friends and family. The …

What is “Carry” or “Carried Interest”?

April 11th, 2019


Carry is discussed often amongst Venture Capitalists and other Private Equity investors. Politicians have talked how carried interest should be …

Sharing Your Startup Idea with Investors

April 1st, 2019


Sharing your startup idea can be a scary thing. All kinds of thoughts pass through our minds when we’re getting started - “What will people think about it?” “Will they think it’s a dumb idea?” However talking to …

Investing in Startups using AngelList Syndicates

March 27th, 2019


Angel investors are an integral component of the startup ecosystem. In Silicon Valley, more and more people are becoming angel investors. In the rest of the world, there’s a great deal of work being done to build an …

How to start angel investing using AngelList

March 25th, 2019


Angel investors are a critical part of the startup ecosystem. In Silicon Valley more people are probably angel investors than those that aren’t. In the rest of the world there’s a lot of interest in building an angel …

The qualities of good founding teams vs. bad founding teams

March 19th, 2019


What are some things that I look for in founding teams? Tips and advice for small businesses and startups. Connect with me on:


The Importance of Updating Your Investors and Stakeholders

March 17th, 2019


This is an example that a company selling a product online might send to an investor.

* Gross Burn Dec 2018: $100,000 / month
* Revenue Dec 2018: $20,000 / month
* Net Burn Dec 2018: $80,000 / month
* Cash in the bank Dec …

10 Steps for Getting from Idea to Funding

March 10th, 2019


Many people have ideas but most people get stuck on executing those ideas.They may come across a company that did what they were thinking about and say “I had that idea before they did”. Having an idea isn’t enough. At …

Don’t Do This or Your Investors Will Walk

February 27th, 2019


What are some things that founders do that can create considerable friction with investors. Keep doing them and your investor may walk. Connect with me on:


4 things an angel investor likes about this fintech startup

February 25th, 2019


In this episode, I breakdown some of the salient features of a finch startup and share 4 things I like about the startup, both as a customer and as an angel investor. Connect with me on:


Should you apply to a startup accelerator?

February 20th, 2019


What’s the role of startup accelerators and are they worth giving up equity for when you’re starting up?

What to do when a founder leaves the startup?

February 14th, 2019


What to do when a founder leaves the startup? Karthik Sridhar, Founder of shares his thoughts on how to handle the departure of a …

Good Product Ideas vs. Bad Product Ideas

February 13th, 2019


In this Q&A, a viewer asks what is the difference between good product ideas and bad product ideas. I discuss my thoughts on why some startup products catch a user's attention and why some fall by the wayside.

The …

How the founders of startup decided to split equity when they were getting started.

February 6th, 2019


Here’s an example of how two founders sat down and decided to split equity in their startup right in the beginning. Listen to Karthik Sridhar share his experience of the delicate discussion between founders when …

How to allocate equity in a startup in the early stages.

February 4th, 2019


How do you allocate equity when you’re starting up with co-founders, option pool and investors. Connect with me on:


4 Tips for raising money for your crypto project or tech startup.

February 1st, 2019


I answer some viewer questions in this weekly Q&A. This week I give 4 tips for fundraising for your crypto project or startup. Connect with me on:


Corp debt, InnovAccer’s B, Deskeo acquisition, Munchery joins the dead pool, Sequoia, Reliance Ind

January 28th, 2019


Corporate debt, InnovAccer’s B, Deskeo acquisition by Knotel, Munchery joins the dead pool, Sequoia launches and accelerator in India, Reliance …

InvestStream US-India Episode 5

January 17th, 2019


Instamojo raises a series B, closes their seed round, OYO Rooms shares guest details with authorities, Ethereum bug pushes Constantinople again. Grin ups the ante in the privacy coin game.

I want to dedicate …

InvestStream US-India Episode 4

January 11th, 2019


In the 1st episode of 2019, Pankaj and Harjit discuss startup funding numbers in India in 2018, Internet user growth in India, Uber India’s earnings for fiscal year 2018 and Apple.


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InvestStream US-India Episode 3

January 7th, 2019


In Episode 3 of InvestStream, Harjit and Pankaj talk about the Pinterest IPO announcement, fund raises by Abacus, Drivezy, Be U Salon, and Swiggy. We then jump into India’s Angel Tax and how it’s hurting the startup …

InvestStream US-India Episode 2

January 7th, 2019


In Episode 2 of InvestStream, Pankaj and Harjit discuss the resignation of Urjit Patel, the RBI Governor, the outlook for the Indian Rupee, Google’s acquisition of Where’s My Train, Siftery’s exit, and funding rounds …

InvestStream US-India Episode 1

January 7th, 2019


In Episode 1, Pankaj Jain and Harjit Singh discuss what’s happening in stock markets, fixed income, economics and the world of startups in the US and India.


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