The Jay Kim Show Episode #38: James Giancotti
Despite having a law degree, James Giancotti hasn’t practiced law a day in his life. Instead of becoming a lawyer like most of his Melbourne law school classmates, James decided to follow the money to Hong Kong and began working as a consultant for the likes of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.
After working for several years in the financial centre of Asia, James began investing in startups and discovered an opportunity to apply his knowledge of public equity research to the startup world.
The result was Oddup, an unbiased research platform that analyses and ranks startups much like how equity research analysts rate and publish recommendations for publicly-listed companies. Oddup gives “buy, sell, or hold” recommendations for a growing number of startups across Asia and is set to disrupt the way that both investors and startups lend and acquire capital.
But James’s path from law to entrepreneurship wasn’t an overnight success, and in this week’s episode, James talks to Jay about some of the lessons he’s learned along the way, including how he recently managed to secure $6-million in series A funding for Oddup.
Tune in to this week’s episode to learn:
- How to increase the odds of finding your startup on Oddup
- Why you should be selective when accepting money from investors
- What it means to harness the power of criticism
- The importance of being healthy, both physically and mentally, for startup founders
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Jay Kim is a Hong Kong-based global investor, author and host of the popular podcast, The Jay Kim Show which educates aspiring entrepreneurs, investors, and startup founders through interviews with top global business leaders. Subscribe via iTunes and feel free to reach out directly to Jay on Twitter @jaykimmer