Rahul Thayyalamkandy & Maryanna Saenko , Understanding VC

UVC: Maryanna Saenko from Future Ventures on investing with an abundance mindset, 3 questions she asks while assessing a deep tech startup and future of food and energy

10 Oct 2022 • 64 min • EN
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In this episode you will learn:Why does Future Ventures invest in only technology risk startups?Can a venture fund afford to build a portfolio of just deep tech startups while giving good returns? If so, how?Maryanna shares why she invests with an abundance mindset and why it’s important.3 questions that Maryanna asks herself while looking to invest in a deep tech startupHow does Future Ventures support the startups they invest in?2 reasons why deep tech startups originate in and around universitiesWhy does Future Ventures have a fund life of 15 years instead of the traditional 10 years?Why does Future Ventures operate with a tiny team and not follow the service model that many large funds employ, and is it sustainable?What does Maryanna think about the future of the food industry and energy? About Maryanna Saenko is an early-stage venture capitalist with an interest in robotics, quantum computing, blockchain, aerospace, and the future of food. Previously she was at Khosla Ventures, and prior to that at DFJ, where she worked with Steve to focus on frontier technology investments. She was also an investment partner at Airbus Ventures where she led a series of venture investments strategically aligned with Airbus’ future-of-aerospace initiatives. Before Airbus, Maryanna was a consultant at Lux Research and a research engineer at Cabot Corporation. Maryanna graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in BioMedical Engineering and a BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering. 

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