Himalaya: Listen. Learn. Grow.
Jason Calacanis (@jason) is a technology entrepreneur, angel investor, and the host of the popular podcasts This Week in Startups and Angel. As a “scout” for top Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and later as an angel investor, Jason has invested in 200+ early-stage startups including 7 "unicorns" (billion-dollar valuations), including Uber, Thumbtack, Wealthfront, Robinhood, and Calm.
In this episode of #DreamitLive, Jason shares his insights on raising capital in an economic downturn, the qualities that founders need to excel at during a crisis, how he makes investment decisions, his predictions for how COVID-19 will change venture investing in the short and long terms, and more, including:
What are the top 3 things startups must focus on right now?
What sectors will heat up? What’s going to cool off? Should startups pivot early?
How might valuations and deal terms change?
Will VC’s slow their investing pace and what should startups do about it?
What worked in 2007/2008 that applies here when raising?
Will there be a bigger impact on B2B or B2C?
When pitching pre-seed/seed/Series A or B, where does your pitch need to be incredibly strong?