Tags: ‘Venture Capital’

Building a Venture Capital Platform (Part I): It All Starts with Listening

At Corigin Ventures my mandate is to build and execute a platform strategy that will support our investment process and the portfolio of companies we invest in. I find the blank slate to be both exhilarating and daunting because it taps into my creative abilities, but also begs the question of “which direction do I head in?” […] Read more

Oct, 31, 2017

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The Ideal Investor Group Post Seed Raise

Fundraising is often called ‘The Dance’, a nuanced and potentially lengthy process that can frustrate founders. Often times there is one sole objective: raise as much capital as possible in a short period of time. And while I won’t argue that time is of the essence — founders need to be focused on building their businesses — this short-sighted […] Read more

Aug, 18, 2017

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The Next Chapter: Leaving Corigin

Last week was my last at Corigin Ventures. Two years ago I was coming off a failed startup and looking for what was to be my first “real job” out of college. Growing up I always knew that I wanted to be entrepreneurial like the rest of my family, but for the first time in […] Read more

Feb, 06, 2017

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Where Do Deals Come From, Part 2

One of my most widely read posts was last year’s Where Do Deals Come From, in which I opened up the kimono to give the backstory and source of my first 16 deals over 18 months. While I had assumed it would be popular with founders getting insight into the minds (and calendars) of an […] Read more

Jan, 03, 2017

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Why We Invested in LoftSmart

Today we’re thrilled to announce our investment in LoftSmart. LoftSmartis the first transactional marketplace for off-campus student housing. Students can seamlessly discover, compare, collaborate (with each other and their parents), and sign rental leases all on the same platform. As co-founders Sam Bernstein and Sundeep Kumar eloquently put it, “Our mission is simple: A perfect place for […] Read more

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Fun with Numbers: Fund Level vs. Deal by Deal Carry

There’s been chatter over the years about Fund economics — specifially whether carry should be calculated on a fund level, or on a deal by deal basis. With the rise of Syndicates and SPVs (and the rise of Angelist as a platform for both), I believe it merits revisiting. My major concern is that all players involved (syndicate […] Read more

Oct, 03, 2016

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A Consumer’s Perspective on the Future of DFS

Given the recent legalization in NY, and that NFL opening kickoff is just 15 days away, I’ve been thinking a lot about the current and future state of DFS. I am not an investor in either of the well-known unicorns, and I’m ignoring legal issues, so most of my perspective is that from an avid consumer. […] Read more

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A Year-In-Review: Reflections and Lessons-Learned as a New VC

It feels like I wrote my six-month review blogpost yesterday. It also feels like I just joined Corigin last week. But alas, it’s been a year. In the spirit of transparency, much as I did with my six-month review, I’ve spent some time thinking about some of my takeaways from this past year, and published […] Read more

Aug, 03, 2016

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11 Steps to an Efficient Fundraise

We often work with first-time entrepreneurs here at Corigin Ventures. They bring a certain hunger and a unique perspective, and their ignorance to the difficult road ahead can be a weapon. But with that comes inexperience – not just in building a business (which is hard enough), but in navigating the process of fundraising. They’ve […] Read more

Aug, 03, 2016

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How I Went from Being a Numbers-Hating Banker to a Numbers-Loving VC

Anyone familiar with banking probably knows this stereotype: the guy or gal fresh from undergrad who loves to “crush” models. They get excited when they tell you about “that time they built a model from Book1.xls” and they use the word “haircut” frequently. As in “I think our downside case simply involves taking a moderate […] Read more

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