Officially, episode 10! Huge congrats, Skiplist team.
Unshackled Ventures is a venture capital firm betting on immigrant founders. Not all the great talent comes from Harvard and Stanford and they don’t all live in New York or the Silicon Valley.
1:26- Intro to Unshackled Ventures
9:21- How Immigrants Approach Problems Differently
18:10- Technical Changes in Start Up Culture
31:57- VCs hiring developer teams etc to support portfolio companies
33:45- Hype funding
39:13- Trends for 2019
Manan Mehta is a founding partner of Unshackled Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund for immigrant founded startups in the U.S. The fund has led marquee investments in driverless trucking, AI for water management, edge computing and emotional intelligence. Prior to Unshackled Ventures, Manan ran marketing for ed-tech startup Kno that raised over $90M of funding from top VCs including Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital and Floodgate. The company was acquired by Intel in 2013. Before Kno, Manan was an investment banker at the Royal Bank of Canada, with his most notable deal being the $1.9B acquisition of Skype led by Silver Lake and Andreessen Horowitz in 2009 — later sold to Microsoft for $8.5B.
Fahad has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He brings over 15+ years in Business Development, Strategy, Sales, Product, and Marketing in various industries such as software development and Internet of Things (IoT). His experiences have led him on an unwavering pursuit to meet thoughtful people and build thoughtful software.