#037: Venture Capital 101
I just realized that my last post was on March 14 — OMG!
First off, I think an apology is definitely in order for not being more consistent, but secondly, where in the world has the time gone!?! It’s crazy to think that we’re now edging into the middle half of the year and so much has happened. I certainly have a backlog of topics I want to write about, so there’ll be plenty of content scheduled in the coming months — stay tuned.
Additionally, not having posted in the last couple of months gives me a sobering reminder of the power of consistency vs. inconsistency, and being held accountable. So if you don’t hear anything from me in a while, feel free to reach out directly so you can yell at me!
In any case, today, I wanted to take this opportunity to mention what I’ve been working on this year and segue into something that might help people better understand what I’ve been up to lately.
For those who may not know, I’m currently building an early-stage venture fund called Metagrove Ventures focused on investing in ambitious founders disrupting industries using emerging technology between the US and APAC. That’s kind of it in a nutshell (the website explains more), but it’s something I’ve been doing for the past six months.
In case you’re wondering about the “Meta” part, firstly, this is not a crypto/web3 fund (yet), and secondly, Facebook renamed to Meta after our domain was registered — just want to make that very clear :)
So I digress.
What I’ve noticed is that as Metagrove starts to get its legs, a lot of people have been asking more about what I’ve been up to, but also requesting more clarity on the industry and why it’s important in driving innovation, impact, and potential change, but why it also can be dangerous if left unchecked.
Over the past month, I’ve been involved in putting together a short guide on venture capital for the masses that aims to explain some of the core tenets and also dispel some of the misnomers and confusion around this niche space.
So, here’s the link to the complete guide. Enjoy!
The intent of this guide is to provide an introduction to the venture capital industry for outsiders and provide more context and get them familiar with various concepts and jargon that would otherwise be foreign to them.
As a caveat, this is a living document, and some elements are still in development. I encourage you to come back to it every so often for the latest updates.
Finally, please share this with your network if you think they’ll find this valuable and if you have any questions or feedback, feel free to reach out!
Until next time.
What I’ve been reading + watching
- Working backwards — a seriously good read especially if you’re in the venture space or building a company for yourself. Some great lessons and even a few unorthodox methods that will make you think about innovation.
2. Originals — a book by renowned behavioral psychologist Adam Grant that talks about how just about anyone has the ability to think and be original in their own right. Super interesting.
3. Craft Ventures: Operating in a Downturn — presentation by notable VCs that provide an insight into the current economic climate and what we should be expecting
4. Redbull MTB FPV Drone Video — just watch it! Fast forward to 8:15 for the main acton. I like bikes!
- Reach out to me for support here and here
- Check out the latest from the Startup Community Portal
- Start your company now with this template
- Building a rocket ship? — check out my VC firm here!
If you like this post and others, you can find me here, or follow me on Twitter for all my musings and thoughts on venture capital, investing, tech, engineering, and more. Check out the podcast as well.