E85 - The Art of Venture Investing w/Matrix's Vikram Vaidyanathan


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In this Episode, I (@Jivraj Singh Sachar) speak with Vikram Vaidyanathan, Managing Director - Matrix Partners India.  Vikram is one of the finest venture investors in the Indian Ecosystem, leading the institutional practice at Matrix along with his partners. Matrix India itself has contributed largely to the development and maturity of the ecosystem by backing some of the most incredible companies of our time including the likes of Ola, Razorpay, OfBusiness, DealShare and many more! Vikram’s track record precedes himself, as he has personally led investments in Jupiter, Five Star, OfBusiness, mSwipe, Razorpay, Dailyhunt and multiple other phenomenal companies. Through this phenomenal conversation we discuss: 1. (02:31) : Given the current ecosystem, how are VCs keeping up with the enhanced velocity of decision making in Venture? 2. (06:19) : Decoding the fundamental relationship building process between Founders & Investors in today's ecosystem 3. (09:15) : Understanding Vikram's journey to becoming a Venture Investor & his style of investing in early stage companies  4. (12:46) : What are some most common traits of Outlier Founders? 5. (16:30) : What do the wins & losses in Venture mean & teach? 6. (21:36) : Decoding the Culture of Matrix Partners India & Understanding the building blocks of Institutional Venture Investing  7. (27:07) : What does it mean to uphold an Entrepreneurial & Execution First culture in Venture? 8. (29:55) : What is the relevance of Boards & What makes a good Board Member? 9. (33:46) : Building the most optimal relationships with Founders 10. (37:05) : Navigating the challenge of Context Switching as a Venture Investor  11. (39:02) : Staying ahead of the Curve by not knowing & listening more 12. (40:35) : How does Vikram prioritise and manage time? 13. (42:58) : Final Learnings from Vikram for early stage founders  14. (45:30) : Conclusion Hope you liked the 85th Episode on the Indian Silicon Valley Podcast - The Art of Venture Investing! That was it from this Episode, thanks again for tuning in! :) If you liked the episode, do share with your friends or drop us a quick review! Also, do follow us on social media to stay updated with all new episodes: Twitter: https://twitter.com/isv_podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/indian-silicon-valley-podcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indiansiliconvalleypodcast/ Gallery of all Episodes: https://airtable.com/shrTOFf1z5UT0q9p8 I am Jivraj, the host and if you have anything you would like to share with me, feel free to reach out via: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jivrajsinghsachar/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jivraj_sachar Or, you can directly reach out to me via WhatsApp: https://bit.ly/Indian_Silicon_Valley_Podcast You can also subscribe to the YouTube Channel of the Podcast : https://www.youtube.com/c/IndianSiliconValley/ "If you never try, you never know" Stay Tuned, Keep Building.