iThink - A Podcast All About Leadership

iTHINK - A Podcast All About Leadership: Series 2 Episode 1 - Interview with Mark Sherman

October 22, 2020 Crispin Blackall & Melissa Brown Season 2 Episode 1
iThink - A Podcast All About Leadership
iTHINK - A Podcast All About Leadership: Series 2 Episode 1 - Interview with Mark Sherman
Chapters
1:42
Introduction to Mark Sherman
4:30
How do you go about identifying and finding opportunities
5:48
Can you explain what you mean by the term 'Lighthouse Leader'
7:14
What are the consistent leadership characteristics you are looking for in companies you invest in
8:29
Are there any characteristics you shy away from?
10:46
What really lands it for a pitch in a VC
12:11
Has the approach to raising funds changed over the years?
13:53
Are shifts in AI, ML and Big Data influencing how you assess investment opportunities?
16:06
Has lower interest rates changed the VC market?
17:53
With so many more organisations working from home - do you think that will change the need of organisations to move to the US
19:43
So where does that leave Silicon Valley?
21:16
Some founders let ego get the better of them, is there a stage when they should step back?
23:04
Start ups in Australia often have less access to funding at an early stages of growth
26:04
What has changed most for you as a result of COVID?
28:03
Wrap Up
iThink - A Podcast All About Leadership
iTHINK - A Podcast All About Leadership: Series 2 Episode 1 - Interview with Mark Sherman
Oct 22, 2020 Season 2 Episode 1
Crispin Blackall & Melissa Brown

iTHINK is hosted by Melissa Brown and Crispin Blackall, series two is asking the question "Do You Have a Start Up In You?"  interviewing founders of startups small and large, leaders who have taken their business offshore and those that have stayed in Australia. 

Beyond the founders we talk to advisors, accelerators, educators, marketers and funders.

In this episode we interview Mark Sherman, Joint Managing Director of Telstra Ventures, which is the largest Australian VC firm with offices in Australia, California and China.  Mark joins us from his home in Silicon Valley.

Mark explains how the Venture Capital process works, what they look for when considering successful candidates to invest in.  He explains how to land a great VC pitch, what makes a Start Up a great candidate for growth and what attributes might have them concerned about investing.

A must listen if you are a startup or interested in how startups are funded and scaled.

Show Notes Chapter Markers

iTHINK is hosted by Melissa Brown and Crispin Blackall, series two is asking the question "Do You Have a Start Up In You?"  interviewing founders of startups small and large, leaders who have taken their business offshore and those that have stayed in Australia. 

Beyond the founders we talk to advisors, accelerators, educators, marketers and funders.

In this episode we interview Mark Sherman, Joint Managing Director of Telstra Ventures, which is the largest Australian VC firm with offices in Australia, California and China.  Mark joins us from his home in Silicon Valley.

Mark explains how the Venture Capital process works, what they look for when considering successful candidates to invest in.  He explains how to land a great VC pitch, what makes a Start Up a great candidate for growth and what attributes might have them concerned about investing.

A must listen if you are a startup or interested in how startups are funded and scaled.

Introduction to Mark Sherman
How do you go about identifying and finding opportunities
Can you explain what you mean by the term 'Lighthouse Leader'
What are the consistent leadership characteristics you are looking for in companies you invest in
Are there any characteristics you shy away from?
What really lands it for a pitch in a VC
Has the approach to raising funds changed over the years?
Are shifts in AI, ML and Big Data influencing how you assess investment opportunities?
Has lower interest rates changed the VC market?
With so many more organisations working from home - do you think that will change the need of organisations to move to the US
So where does that leave Silicon Valley?
Some founders let ego get the better of them, is there a stage when they should step back?
Start ups in Australia often have less access to funding at an early stages of growth
What has changed most for you as a result of COVID?
Wrap Up