Rahul Thayyalamkandy & Karl Alomar , Understanding VC

UVC: Karl Alomar from M13 on the significance of providing support to portfolio companies when there are indications of a crisis, preference for investing in infrastructure layer startups & why VCs should think like an entrepreneur

15 Feb 2023 • 47 min • EN
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In this episode you will learn:What are some of the success stories, challenges, and crisis that Karl faced while building multiple startups, and how did he navigate them?According to Karl, why should a VC think like an entrepreneur, and how can this approach benefit startups?Does Karl believe that prior experience as an entrepreneur is ideal for someone looking to become a VC, and why?How is M13's propulsion platform different from the platform model of other VC funds, and how does it help startups?Why is it important for VCs to support their portfolio companies when there are leading indicators of a crisis?Why is building trust with founders important for a VC to ensure that they are taken seriously and not create friction?What is M13's investment thesis, and why do they prefer to back startups that are building infrastructure layers?What are some common mistakes made by the teams and founders of infrastructure layer startups, and how can they be avoided?What does Karl mean when he says, "The value I seek can only be realized at scale," and what kind of startups is he looking for?How should startups strategize their fundraising and operations during an economic downturn like the one we are experiencing now? About As DigitalOcean's COO, Karl built the business from first product to >500 employees & $250M ARR over six years and prepared it for its eventual IPO (NYSE: DOCN). Having previously managed and exited two startups over a 20 year operating career, Karl is now M13’s managing partner and oversees its day-to-day operations.

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