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  • - Venture Capital - Sonia Sahney Nagar and Ryan Weber of Smarketplaces

    Jeroen Bakker



    It's a This Week in Venture Capital first, as Mark hears a company pitch from the co-founders of Smarketplaces, Sonia Sahney Nagar and Ryan Weber.


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    00:17 INTRO: We decided to try something new for the first time ever, we have Ryan and Sonya of Smarketplaces who are going to be pitching me!

    1:50 Have you raised money, or are you bootsrapping right now?

    2:10 So we're going to go through the business in a moment, but let's give people the headlines. What does Smarketplaces do?

    3:10 Some of the biggest trends on the internet: content mixed with commerce.

    3:30 Intro to Ryan.

    4:50 Ryan, what attracted you to consulting?

    6:40 Sonya, what's your background?

    7:30 When did you go to Harvard Business School? Is there an entrepreneurial background there?

    8:47 How did you guys meet?

    10:08 Let me throw out a concern I have about programs like Founderlabs and Startup Weekend. The problem I have is that you get thrown in with a bunch of people you don't know, it's actually the winners I worry about. My fear is for a weekend, everybody seems great and you're all excited to work together. But you take all the positive kudos, and you commit 5 to 8 years of your life to it, and maybe it's not as good as you thought?

    13:28 You should assign your IP to the group that works together. Be selective about the people yo

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