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20VC: Fintech OG Sheel Mohnot on Lessons from Investing in Flexport and ChipperCash and Missing Robinhood and Chime, Why Overly Large GP Commits are Dangerous, Biggest Mistakes Managers Make with Fund I and Emerging Markets; Which Survive?

The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

Release Date: 08/15/2022

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

is the Co-Founder and CEO @ , the startup that believes people are at the centre of every moment, providing a platform to talk with friends and meet new friends. To date, Paul has raised over $310M with Clubhouse from a16z, DST, Elad Gil, Naval Ravikant, and many more. Prior to co-founding Clubhouse, Paul was the Founder of Highlight, a location-based consumer social service backed by Benchmark. Before Highlight, Paul actually spent time at Benchmark as an EiR. In Today's Episode with Paul Davison We Discuss: 1.) Entry into Startups: How Paul came to found Highlight in the early days...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

is the Founder and Managing Partner @ , one of the leading early-stage funds in Latin America. Prior to the world of venture, Julio got his break in the world of startups as Facebook’s first country lead for Brazil. Julio then went on to co-found Peixe Urbano, a company he scaled to over 1,200 employees and $100M+ in revenue. Post the sale of Peixe Urbano, Julio became an EiR @ Benchmark Capital where he met Scott Belsky. Scott and Julio went on to co-found Prefer, a Benchmark backed company transforming the future of work. If that was not enough, Julio has a stellar angel track record...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

is one of the product OGs of the last decade. As the founder of Bump David pioneered how over 150M users shared data, contacts and more before the company was acquired by Google. At Google, David took this one step further by creating Google Photos, which he has led with immense success for the last 9 years. In the last few weeks, David announced his latest move, to join Y Combinator, one of the world's leading accelerators as a Visiting Group Partner. If that was not enough, David also has a stellar angel portfolio with the likes of Rippling, Flexport, Tally, Maven and many more. In...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

Seba Kanovich is the CEO @ , the #1 payments leader with a single solution focused on Latin America and other emerging markets. In June 2021, dlocal raised $617M in their NASDAQ IPO listing valuing the company at nearly $9BN. Before their IPO, dlocal raised from some of the best including General Atlantic, Bond Capital, and Oren Zeev to name a few. Prior to dlocal, Seba was CEO @ AstroPay, a leading payment solution provider in Emerging Markets. In Todays Episode with Seba Kanovich We Discuss: 1.) The Journey to CEO of an $8BN Company: How Seba made his way to the role of CEO of an...

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is a Sales Leader @ , the company that allows you to build internal tools, remarkably fast. Prior to Retool, Eleanor joined Retool when there were only three account executives and has scaled the sales org sales to over 30 AEs, many SEs, and an entire SDR team. Before Retool, Eleanor was at Segment, where she built out the company’s customer success operations team before pivoting to creating an expansion sales team, renewals team, and a new business sales team. Finally, before Segment, Eleanor made her way into startups, starting as an unpaid intern at Clever, just four...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

is a Partner @ . Over the last decade, the team at Slow Ventures have invested in the earliest rounds of over 500 companies including Robinhood, NextDoor, Airtable, Solana and many more. As for Will, prior to Slow he spent over 8 years at Industry Ventures and before industry, cut his teeth in the world of finance at Banc of America. In Todays Episode with Will Quist We Discuss: 1.) Entry into Venture: How Will made his way from 6th generation San Francisco to Partner @ Slow? What are 1-2 of the biggest takeaways from his early 1-1s with Don Valentine? What does Will know now that he...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

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Sheel Mohnot is a Co-Founder and General Partner @ Better Tomorrow Ventures, a $225M fund that leads rounds in pre-seed and seed-stage fintech companies globally. Sheel and Jake (his co-founder) invested for many years together before founding BTV and wrote checks into Mercury, Flexport, Ramp, and Hippo Insurance to name a few. As for Sheel, before BTV he ran 500 Fintech for close to 7 years, and before that was a founder, founding two companies, both of which were acquired. If that was not enough, Sheel is also a master at measuring the width of swimming pools and making cameo appearances in music videos with Justin Bieber.

In Todays Episode with Sheel Mohnot We Discuss:

1.) Entry into Venture:

  • How Sheel made his way into the world of venture having founded 2 fintech companies?
  • Why did no LPs give Sheel money in the early 500 Fintech days? What were some of his biggest lessons from investing in 100s of companies with 500 Fintech?
  • How did BTV with Jake come together most recently? What are the biggest differences to Sheel of being a fund manager vs being an investor?

2.) The Power Law:

  • How does Sheel define "the power law" in venture capital? What multiple of return would be power law status?
  • Given the size of outcome available with these power law returns, how does Sheel approach portfolio construction? Would it not be best to invest in 100s of companies?
  • Who does Sheel believe has done the indexing approach best? Why?

3.) Venture Capital has Never Been Less Collaborative:

  • Why does Sheel disagree with Harry that venture capital has never been less collaborative?
  • Why now, for the first time, are large multi-stage funds taking single-digit ownership?
  • Does Sheel agree with Harry it is moronic to have "guaranteed pro-rata"? How does Sheel approach re-investment decision-making? When does he pay up vs not?

4.) The Biggest Wins and Misses:

  • What have been Sheel's biggest wins from a cashback and a multiple perspective?
  • How did Sheel miss the chance to invest in both Robinhood and Chime early on? What did he not see? How would he have thought differently with the benefit of hindsight?
  • How have Sheel's biggest hits and misses impacted how he invests today?

5.) Emerging and Frontier Markets:

  • Does Sheel share Harry's concern for the removal of capital from emerging markets?
  • Why does Sheel believe that India, South East Asia and LATAM will be fine?
  • Why does Sheel believe Pakistan and Africa are most in trouble?
  • What advice does Sheel give to his emerging markets founders today?

Items Mentioned in Today's Episode:

Sheel's Favourite Book: Enders Game