Apr 9, 2021 • 41M

[CVC Episode #120] - Concentrated portfolio strategy and building on top of Zoom with Sara Deshpande, Partner at Maven Ventures

The Consumer VC Episode #120 with Sara Deshpande Partner at Maven Ventures

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Mike Gelb
The Consumer VC takes a look into early-stage consumer investing and venture capital. If you are interested in learning about consumer trends, have a b2c business and interested in learning about the fundraising process at the early stage, you have come to the right place. Mike interviews some of the top venture capitalists in the world that focus on B2C and consumer type companies or have a deep track record investing in these categories such as marketplaces, SaaS, social, CPG and non-tech subscription. Mike also interviews founders that are building some of the most disruptive consumer facing companies in the world. The conversation usually includes the insight the founder discovered, fundraising strategy, and the pitch. This podcast also includes bonus episodes. Each bonus episode dives into a particular subject that might not have to due with the fundraise or venture capital, but still would be helpful to founders. For example, a bonus episode on brand strategy or how to construct a board of directors. All bonus episodes will be clearly labeled. For all episodes, please visit www.theconsumervc.com. For updates, you can follow @mikegelb on Twitter.
Episode details

Hey there -

My guest today on the podcast is Sara Deshpande, Partner at Maven Ventures. Maven Ventures is a consumer focused micro-fund that focuses on investing in seed stage companies. Some of their investments include Zoom, Wild Type, AngelList and Nuggs.

What I most enjoyed about this conversation was looking at what types of businesses were being built on top of Zoom and opportunities in Telehealth.

Some of the other topics we touch on:

  • Learnings from fund 1 to fund 3

  • Benefits to having a concentrated portfolio

  • How do you access pain points and opportunities

  • Has COVID affected how you invest

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Thanks for reading and listening!