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Investing in SMBs with Paul Strachman from SPAR Ventures [Ep 33]

Investing in SMBs with Paul Strachman from SPAR Ventures [Ep 33]

In this episode Harry speaks with Paul Strachman. Paul is an early-stage technology investor based in NY. After 8 years as General Partner at different funds (Red Sea Ventures, ISAI), Paul is now launching his own fund SPAR Ventures.

SPAR Ventures is an early stage fund (Pre-Seed and Seed) investing in tech-enabled B2B companies serving the SMB market. Illustrative investments include Novo (neobank for SMBs), Tango (Product-Led Growth productivity tool) or Solo (super app for gig workers) amongst others.

Paul brings a proven investment track recorddeep operating experience as well as key B2SMB expertise through his existing portfolio (50% investments in B2SMB). He also brings his understanding of “consumer” acquisition and retention strategies applicable to SMB tech (from his consumer investing track record, to his experience working at Bain & co in the Consumer Practice and his role as the head of strategy at Equinox).

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0:00 Intros

1:00 What is SMB?

10:10 How does Paul present himself?

11:37 What parallels has Paul discovered throughout his career?

14:41 What does Paul think of his angel investing journey so far?

23:00 What are Paul’s plans for the new fund?

30:32 Where can you find Paul?

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About Colin: 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.

Colin LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/colingardiner/

Colin Twitter - https://twitter.com/ColinGardiner

About Harry: 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.

Interested in learning about some of the companies Harry is angel investing in and read his deal memos, for FREE - just fill out this form - https://forms.gle/eYwtDE7p9K2bepnF8\

Harry LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/harrygcampbell/

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