The Complete list of Podcast interviews of our VVSEAI colleagues - Hear their insights

Vertex SEA | 27 Feb 2023

The Startup Fridays Podcast is a weekly series by Forbes India, where Technology Editor Harichandan Arakali converses with entrepreneurs who find opportunities in solving problems in numerous areas.

In this episode, Ben Mathias, our managing partner at Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, talks about how he decided to leave behind a nice life in the software industry in Silicon Valley, to come to India as a VC investor. With over three decades in the tech and VC industry combined, Ben talks about what investors did to startups over the last two years, distracting them with too much money from the real purpose of building lasting businesses. He also talks about why Vertex is very bullish on India, how the firm invests, and what his investment plans are in 2023.

Listen to the podcast episode here.

Understanding VC is a deep dive on how venture capitalists work. In this episode, Rahul Thayyalamkandy talks to Puiyan Leung, Partner at Vertex Ventures SE Asia and India.

The episode begins with Puiyan talking about her journey of breaking into VC with her engineering background. She proceeds further by sharing her learnings and experiences that she’s had so far after working closely with startups followed by the processes and core values that we follow at Vertex Ventures.

She also talks about the ways we assess Series A startups based on the founding team and what it takes to raise a Series A. Eventually, the conversation shifts to ‘creator economy’ and ‘climate tech’, and Puiyan talks about the opportunities in these spaces, their sustainability, and the ways in which VCs look at them.

Listen to the podcast episode here.

The XA Network (formerly Xoogler Angels) is an exclusive investment network comprising senior executives from leading technology companies, that provide smart capital to early-stage companies across Southeast Asia. The XA podcast brings together voices from this ecosystem, who power early-stage investing across the region.

One of the best things you can do for your startup is to assemble a strong and active board. But what should you expect from them?

Tune into this insightful discussion between our General Partner, Carmen Yuen, along with Ferish Patel and host Reza Behnam, on the topic of Governance and Board Fundamentals.

Managing Partner Ben Mathias recently spoke on The VCpreneur podcast, where he shared about importance of focusing on building capital-efficient businesses, the nuances of investing in growth stage startups, key defining moments in evolution of India’s startup ecosystem and more.

Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify


Our Venture Partner Genping Liu recently shared about the #Metaverse from a venture capitalist perspective on “Ask an Investor” Podcast-- check out the recording of his session on Apple or Spotify here.

Many of us who start our careers in investment banking get drawn towards startup investing. But there are several stages to this investing - early, growth, and late. Kanika Mayar brings her unique experience of investment banking at Goldman Sachs and startup investing across all stages at IFC and now at Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India.

Listen to the podcast episode here.

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