The Orbit Shift Podcast

S01E06: Gopi Rangan of Sure Ventures: On raising seed capital, pitch decks and early teams

October 12, 2020 Freshworks Inc. Season 1 Episode 6
The Orbit Shift Podcast
S01E06: Gopi Rangan of Sure Ventures: On raising seed capital, pitch decks and early teams
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The Orbit Shift Podcast
S01E06: Gopi Rangan of Sure Ventures: On raising seed capital, pitch decks and early teams
Oct 12, 2020 Season 1 Episode 6
Freshworks Inc.

As a new immigrant Gopi Rangan’s American Dream was nearly cut short by a car accident. Fortunately for the ace investor, he was insured, shielding him from the financial burden he would have to undergo. This incident is ingrained into Gopi as the founding partner of Sure Ventures where he invests in insuretech companies. On this episode of The Orbit Shift Podcast Gopi talks to us about who he invests in and how he identifies these ‘agents of change’, what he looks for in pitch decks, why he loves typos in pitch decks, when a startup founder should look to raise capital from institutional investors, how founders can create great teams and when they should hire lovable fools and when they should hire the competent jerks.

About the Guest

Gopi Rangan is the Founding Partner at Sure Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in the Silicon Valley. He invests with the mission to enable peace of mind for all. His main areas of focus are seed-stage startups in the insurance, ageing care, mental health, wealth management, and related sectors in the United States. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD.

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Host and Producer - Jayadevan PK

Assistant Producer - Shashwath J

Audio Engineer - Rajesh Subramanian  


Show Notes

As a new immigrant Gopi Rangan’s American Dream was nearly cut short by a car accident. Fortunately for the ace investor, he was insured, shielding him from the financial burden he would have to undergo. This incident is ingrained into Gopi as the founding partner of Sure Ventures where he invests in insuretech companies. On this episode of The Orbit Shift Podcast Gopi talks to us about who he invests in and how he identifies these ‘agents of change’, what he looks for in pitch decks, why he loves typos in pitch decks, when a startup founder should look to raise capital from institutional investors, how founders can create great teams and when they should hire lovable fools and when they should hire the competent jerks.

About the Guest

Gopi Rangan is the Founding Partner at Sure Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in the Silicon Valley. He invests with the mission to enable peace of mind for all. His main areas of focus are seed-stage startups in the insurance, ageing care, mental health, wealth management, and related sectors in the United States. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD.

Sign up for regular updates from The Orbit Shift Podcast.


Listen to The Sure Shot Entrepreneur Podcast by Gopi Rangan


Register as part of the Freshworks for Startups Programme 


The Orbit Shift Podcast is Powered by Freshworks Inc. a global SaaS company headquartered in San Mateo, California. 


Host and Producer - Jayadevan PK

Assistant Producer - Shashwath J

Audio Engineer - Rajesh Subramanian