about this episode
Just because you write the check doesn’t mean that you’re the important person in the equation. In fact, the check is not important in the equation either. It’s the people who get up everyday and do the hard work, and that kind of humility, work ethic, and dedication is what set Hunter Walk of Homebrew, Megan Quinn of Spark Capital, and Jalak Jobanputra of FuturePerfect VC apart. Filmed at LAUNCH Festival 2017, Jason sits down with this all-star panel of builders-turned-investors to discuss lessons learned, equity crowdfunding, VR predictions, and much more. And then Rishi Garg of Mayfield helps us understand the M&A process, how to be proactive, and how to get the right help. Previously, Rishi ran corporate development and strategy teams at 3 public companies, most recently at Twitter, where he was VP of Corporate Development, as well as at Square and MTV Networks. Along the way, he also started and sold a venture-backed company and worked for a couple other venture firms, so M&A is a topic that he cares deeply about, and has seen from many angles.
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1:28: Jason introduces the all-star panel of builders-turned-investors: Hunter Walk of Homebrew, Megan Quinn of Spark Capital, and Jalak Jobanputra of FuturePerfect VC
2:47: Hunter describes what he has learned from being an investor now vs a builder
3:54: Megan describes what she has learned as a VC/investor
4:51: Jalak explains the optimal role as an investor, especially with operating experience
6:44: Megan talks about managing deal flow
10:37: Hunter shares his approach to dealing with the deluge of people entering the entrepreneur space
13:54: The panel shares their VR predictions
21:27: Impact of equity crowdfunding
30:39: Megan’s thoughts about the current content business
38:10: Women in the industry – is it getting better?
42:05: Rishi Garg gives an introduction to his talk about proactive M&A strategies
44:44: Start at the pipeline
46:04: No overnight successes for M&A
49:00: M&A prep sheet
49:46: What to discuss?
52:00: Strategic fit/shared vision
54:00: Are they really interested?
55:30: Most important terms
58:52: Should we get a banker?
59:56: Corp Dev is your friend