- Startups - Jeff Clavier founder and Managing Partner, SoftTech VC -TWiST #314 | Summary and Q&A

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December 17, 2012
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- Startups - Jeff Clavier founder and Managing Partner, SoftTech VC -TWiST #314

TL;DR

VC investor Jeff Clavier discusses various topics including the series A crunch, investing strategies, and the current startup ecosystem.

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Key Insights

  • #️⃣ The series A crunch is a result of the increasing number of startups seeking funding and limited capacity at the series A stage.
  • 😤 Jeff and his team focus on selecting the best startups in their portfolio and providing guidance and support in the early stages.
  • 🥺 The VC industry has become more transparent due to VC bloggers, leading to better behavior and accountability.

Questions & Answers

Q: What is Jeff Clavier's investment thesis when evaluating startups?

Jeff looks for smart and dedicated founders who have a great idea that can disrupt or create a new market. They need to have a clear vision and a plan to achieve success.

Q: How does Jeff handle startups that are not performing well?

Jeff and his team have open and honest discussions with startups when they see signs of failure. They offer support and help them find alternative options such as acquisition or shutting down the company.

Q: How does Jeff handle situations where founders want to be connected with influential investors but the company is not doing well?

Jeff believes in providing value to his peers and never presents a company that he doesn't believe has a shot at success. He also tries to self-land his companies with acquirers who are reasonable and fair.

Q: Do immigrant founders have an advantage in terms of work ethic and drive?

While there may be some correlation between immigrant founders and their drive for success, Jeff believes that work ethic and dedication are important qualities for all founders, regardless of their background.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Jeff Clavier and his team are passionate about supporting founders and startups, which is why they do the show and the Launch Festival.

  • Naval Ravikant's statement about being the most helpful to startups influenced Jeff's mission to be the most helpful as well.

  • Jeff and his team aim to provide support and guidance to startups, especially in the early stages, to help them navigate challenges and achieve success.

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