1 - Sumant Mandal: The Art of Storytelling

Building a Company

Storytelling is essential to conveying your ideas. You cannot convince investors to buy into your ideas without inspiring emotion. Good storytelling defines a company.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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2 - Sumant Mandal: Finding the Right VC

Building a Company

Entrepreneurs and VC’s may not have the same goals. The patience to hold out and build greater equity may not suit entrepreneurs who want to build a company and cash out quickly.

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3 - Sumant Mandal: The Power of Ideas

Building a Company

How big is your idea? Will it change the behavior of millions? VC’s audit ideas daily. Learn if your business will garner the attention of an investor.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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4 - Sumant Mandal: Ideas That Get Funded

Building a Company

Is your idea a new wine in a new bottle? VC’s are interested in ideas that transforms the way people buy something, play a game or find a new product.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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5 - Sumant Mandal: Incubating Companies

Building a Company

Many of our successful companies have been incubated in the Clearstone offices. We work with people with expertise in the market and form a joint plan to grow a company towards success.

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6 - Sumant Mandal: Alignment of Interests

Building a Company

At Clearstone, we work closely with thoughtful and ambitious entrepreneurs to ensure an alignment of interest between investors and the company we are building.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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7 - Sumant Mandal: Supporting Alignment

Building a Company

Incubating many of our companies, we support many different types of structures that lead to different expectations for company growth and exits.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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8 - Sumant Mandal: Investing in Entrepreneurs

Building a Company

We work again and again with serial entrepreneurs that have expertise in finding the need in growing markets, creating companies and building equity.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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9 - Sumant Mandal: Traits of an Entrepreneur

Building a Company

The seven traits of a good entrepreneur. Insightful, intelligent, initiative, inspiring, inclusive, intractable and integrity.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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10 - Sumant Mandal: Evolution a Company

Building a Company

There is a natural progression of how a company grows from a seed of an idea. The most successful companies evolve through these four essential stages.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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11 - Sumant Mandal: The Role of Culture

Building a Company

A good collaborative culture and an inspiring leader are the essential ingredients to building a successful enterprise. Build a great culture base on inspired collaboration.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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12 - Sumant Mandal: Timing a Decision

Building a Company

Assess whether the best days of a company are ahead or are the best days behind. Use this as a benchmark to decide on expansion, fundraising or exiting.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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13 - Sumant Mandal: Timing an Exit

Building a Company

Clearstone is structured to build a company for the long term and to build as much equity as we can alongside the companies we invest in.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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14 - Sumant Mandal: Knowing When to Sell

Building a Company

Companies are either too early or too late to market. Know how long you must need to build the product and time the exit of a company.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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15 - Sumant Mandal: The Role of Failure

Building a Company

There is a place for quick experimentation and fast failure. But to create something with real equity takes time and the experience of the past to build a better future.

In this series, Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting a company and managing growth.

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1 - Jim Armstrong: Starting a New Company

Working with Venture Capital

Starting a new company is accessible to everyone. Learn to surround yourself with a group of advisors that would help you with your venture.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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2 - Jim Armstrong: Start Seeking Funding

Working with Venture Capital

Work with advisers in the community to build a support network that has experience fundraising. Seek advice on the best way to pitch your company.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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3 – Jim Armstrong: VC or not VC?

Working with Venture Capital

Is your start-up ready for Venture Capital? Learn the key points entrepreneurs should consider before seeking institutional funds.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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4 – Jim Armstrong: Family, Angel or VC?

Working with Venture Capital

The stage of your company, and how much money you need to achieve revenue, will determine which type of funding to seek.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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5 – Jim Armstrong: How to Pitch

Working with Venture Capital

Best practices when preparing a fundraising pitch. The pitch is more than presenting your ideas, it’s about building a relationship with potential business partners.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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6 – Jim Armstrong: What Not to Do

Working with Venture Capital

Pitfalls entrepreneurs should avoid when pitching to venture capital firms. The pitch should compelling, not comprehensive.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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7 – Jim Armstrong: Questions VC’s Ask

Working with Venture Capital

Beyond business models and projections, entrepreneurs should emphasize why they are invested in their own company.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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8 – Jim Armstrong: Questions to Ask VC’s

Working with Venture Capital

Great questions to ask a venture capitalist during the pitch and vetting process.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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9 – Jim Armstrong: Presenting Financials

Working with Venture Capital

Be honest and avoid projecting financials with false granularity. Focus more on company fundamentals and growth milestones.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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10 – Jim Armstrong: Managing Expectations

Working with Venture Capital

With honesty, transparency and communication, build a relationship with your venture capital partners, they can help you create a world class company.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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11 – Jim Armstrong: Runway

Working with Venture Capital

To create a successful business you’ll need ample funding to get you through the many product development iterations.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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12 – Jim Armstrong: Valuation

Working with Venture Capital

Overview of term sheets covering two major terms: valuation and equity.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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13 - Jim Armstrong: Preference & Provisions

Working with Venture Capital

Overview of term sheets covering two major terms: preference and protective provisions.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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14 – Jim Armstrong: After Funding

Working with Venture Capital

Steps a company should take immediately after funding. Create milestones and a culture of performance in your start-up within sixty days.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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15 - Jim Armstrong: The Right Connections

Working with Venture Capital

Beyond funding, a venture capital firm can help your manage your burn and runway. More importantly, they help you find the right people for key positions within your new company.

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16 - Jim Armstrong: Setting Up a Startup

Working with Venture Capital

Create a corporation and put together an advisory board to help you make good decisions.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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17 – Jim Armstrong: Structuring The Company

Working with Venture Capital

Target a large market that is suited for risk capital. Identify the greatest opportunities and find the brightest teams and the best engineers to ensure success.

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18 – Jim Armstrong: Revenue vs. Engagement

Working with Venture Capital

Without engagement and users, there is no revenue model. With engagement, there are many ways to monetize a growing user-base.

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19 – Jim Armstrong: Build a Network

Working with Venture Capital

Surround yourself with the qualified advisers, people who can help you make good decisions.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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20 - Jim Armstrong: Pivots | We Have a Problem

Working with Venture Capital

Know when to pivot. There’s no shame in admitting the product has a problem, you’ll have ample opportunity to find a solution before it’s too late.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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21 – Jim Armstrong: Pivots | Integrien

Working with Venture Capital

Started as an analytics software package, Integrien developed its product to handle server visualization and was subsequently acquired.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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22 – Jim Armstrong: Pivots | PayPal

Working with Venture Capital

Initially developed only for mobile, PayPal expanded its offering to process transactions for the web. The product was soon adopted by Ebay which propelled its success.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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23 – Jim Armstrong: Pivots | Internet Brands

Working with Venture Capital

Realizing selling cars online would not create significant equity, CarsDirect re-branded as a media company called Internet Brands which went public in 2007.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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24 - Jim Armstrong: Pivots | United Online

Working with Venture Capital

Formerly NetZero, United Online went from free to a subscriber model, returning over one billion in revenue since inception.

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25 - Jim Armstrong: Pivots | Lessons Learned

Working with Venture Capital

An entrepreneur has to defend the essence of their company and what they believe in. First and foremost, find a customer need.

In this series, Jim Armstrong, Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, talks to entrepreneurs about starting their own company and seeking funding.

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5 - Sumant Mandal - The Fabric: Big Data Technology

The Fabric

We have more data collected in one year than in all of history. Data is money. The Hive builds companies that use big data to make better decisions and innovate products.

In this series, Samut Mandal and Rajan Raghavan discuss how The Fabric creates new companies built on Next Gen Networks.

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4 | Sumant Mandal | The Fabric | Building Next Gen Networks

The Fabric

The new networks are being build on commoditized servers with specialized software. The Fabric’s focus is building companies that handle the immense amount of data traveling through the networks of today and tomorrow.

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3 - Sumant Mandal - The Fabric: Partners in Success

The Fabric

The Fabric was formed with entrepreneurs in mind. Working as equal partners, The Fabric invests capital as well as sweat equity, in the trenches, providing ideas, team building and bizdev support.

In this series, Samut Mandal and Rajan Raghavan discuss how The Fabric creates new companies built on Next Gen Networks.

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2 - Sumant Mandal - The Fabric: Alignment of Interests

The Fabric

Traditionally, the interest of venture and entrepreneurs are not aligned. The Fabric creates a system where entrepreneur and capital are partners, working together towards common goals for product and revenue.

In this series, Samut Mandal and Rajan Raghavan discuss how The Fabric creates new companies built on Next Gen Networks.

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1 - Sumant Mandal - The Fabric: Co-Creating Companies

The Fabric

Bringing together the best talent in Next Gen Networking, The Fabric works with entrepreneurs to co-create companies, sharing in the work and the success.

In this series, Samut Mandal and Rajan Raghavan discuss how The Fabric creates new companies built on Next Gen Networks.

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