20 VC 096: Developing The Idea Muscle and VCs Providing More Than Just Money with Dharmesh Raithatha, Partner @ Forward Partners
Dharmesh Raithatha is the Product Partner at Forward Partners. He works with idea stage investments on product, growth and business strategy. He has a passion for User Research, Lean UX and using data to inform decision making. Dharmesh has over 15 years in product roles for companies like Mind Candy and the BBC. He has founded 2 startups and successfully sold one. A special thank you to Mattermark for providing all the data used in today’s episode and can find out more about Mattermark here!
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:
1.) How did Dharmesh make his way into the world of VC?
2.) How has Dharmesh’s startup driven past, altered his investment pattern? What are the benefits and weaknesses to this kind of operational experience?
3.) At Forward there Open Office Hours where people come and share ideas, so what is it about the ideas you like that make them good, what makes the bad ones bad?
4.) What are Dharmesh’s tips or advice for idea creation and brainstorming?
5.) What would Dharmesh advice non-technical people looking to found a tech startup?
6.) What does Dharmesh believe makes a great founder? Has he seen any commonalities in the great founders he has worked with?
7.) What should teams focus on in the first 100 days of their startup? What is the 20% that produces 80% of the results?
Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:
Dharmesh’s Fave Book: How To Create A Product Customers Love by Marty Cagan
Dharmesh’s Fave Newsletter: Silicon Valley Product Group
Dharmesh’s Most Recent Investment: The Gifting Company
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