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The Case For Corporate Venture Capital // Rakesh Narayana, General Manager of Access VC
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The Case For Corporate Venture Capital // Rakesh Narayana, General Manager of Access VC
The Consumer VC episode #299 with Rakesh Narayana, General Manager of Access VC

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Our guest today is Rakesh Narayana, who is the General Manager of Access VC. Access is the venture capital arm of Reckitt. Reckitt is a publicly traded consumer goods conglomerate focused on the hygiene, health, and nutrition spaces. You probably recognize their brands Lysol, Dettol, and Calgon. Some of Access VC’s investments include Beekeeper’s Naturals, Maude, and Future Method.

We discuss:

  • Why Reckitt has a VC arm & if it relates to their M&A business

  • How corporate venture capital is perceived and how Access VC is changing the narrative

  • Evaluating consumer categories from an exit potential

  • Their due diligence process & more


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The Consumer VC

The Consumer VC: Venture Capital I B2C Startups I Commerce | Early-Stage Investing

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.