Aug 24, 2021 • 40M

Marketplaces 101 & Staying Price Disciplined At Series A with Paul Hsiao

The Consumer VC Episode 159 with Paul Hsiao, General Partner at Canvas 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 For updates, you can follow @mikegelb on Twitter.
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Our guest today is Paul Hsiao, co-founder and General Partner at Canvas Ventures.

Canvas is one of the leading Series A firms having invested in Zola, Thrive Global and Roofstock. In our chat we discuss:

  • How the data economy is transforming consumer businesses

  • The ingredients that make a spectacular marketplace business

  • How the state of Series A has changed quite drastically

  • Lessons learned from COVID

  • The differences investing in enterprise vs. consumer companies

Thanks for listening!