In this episode, Harry speaks with Martin Tobias. Martin Tobias is an experienced entrepreneur and investor known for his involvement in various successful ventures. He is the founder of Incisive Ventures, a venture capital firm. Martin has an impressive background, having worked at prominent companies such as Accenture and Microsoft. He was also a former Venture Partner at Ignition Partners, another well-known VC firm.
As a CEO, Martin has led three venture-funded companies and has raised over $500 million in funding. He has taken two of these companies public through IPOs, showcasing his expertise in building and scaling businesses. Additionally, Martin has made angel investments in over 200 companies, with 75 of them being through his venture firm, Incisive Ventures. He has also invested as a limited partner in more than a dozen VC funds.
Martin's investment portfolio includes some notable successes. He was an early investor in companies like Google, Docusign, and OpenSea, all of which have achieved unicorn status. This demonstrates his ability to identify promising opportunities in the early stages and support their growth.
Where to Listen and Watch:
0:00 - Intro
1:51 - What does Martin recommend as a career path for people in similar roles?
8:32 - What is a big takeaway for Martin regarding market crashes?
11:00 - Martin’s background in investing
15:19 - What advice or guidance is Martin giving today’s founders?
19:25 - What KPIs does Martin consider important?
25:59 - What are Martin’s thoughts on Harry’s possible upcoming investment?
30:19 - Trending Twitter Thread 1 -Do founders need to generate $750K or more in seed rounds?
31:52 - Trending Twitter Thread 2 - How should an investor interpret that if a VC doesn’t say yes or no right away?
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Colin Gardiner has spent over a decade building startups focusing on online marketplaces. Most recently, he worked for Outdoorsy as Chief Revenue Officer. He advises marketplace/platform startups on growth, analytics, monetization, fundraising, and strategy. He also runs the rapidly growing syndicate Yonder Ventures, which invests in marketplaces and platforms and the SaaS, Fintech, Insurtech, and the technology enabling them.
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Harry Campbell runs The Rideshare Guy, a popular community for drivers and gig workers. He’s an active angel investor having invested over $500k of personal funds in 30+ companies and funds over the past few years, still trying to figure it all out though! Harry also has a $500k mini-fund that invests in early stage mobility, logistics, marketplaces and his network.
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