Investor panel @ 42 - Z Nation Lab

Investor panel @ 42

Posted by : Z Nation Lab     18th May, 2018

42 recently hosted entrepreneurs from India, part of Z Nation Lab, Silicon Valley Bootcamp for a 3-day extensive workshop to build on their investor pitch and go-to-market strategy. As part of the program, students and startups at 42 along with mentors at Z Nation Lab, Silicon Valley worked together with Indian startups for this span of 3 days. The aim was to build their elevator pitch, 90 seconds pitch, one line message, differentiator, and value proposition.

Startups also got the opportunity to get valuable feedback from investors on their Startup Pitch during the panel discussion. So, here are few of the most significant learnings stated during the Investor panel are :

  1. One can’t build the startup in a silo, you need to cross-pollinate, an entrepreneur can’t carry the burden on himself, it’s all about collaboration, exchange, and networking.
  2. If you go to seek funding you will get an advice, if you will go to get an advice, often you might get funding.
  3. VC’s in Silicon Valley are more likely to fund startups having no revenue then anywhere else in the world. Key is to have the right team and problem that can be solved.
  4. If your startup falls under one of the below categories, it is better to explore the US opportunities sooner than later-
  • Enterprise startups having an ultimate goal of having customers in the USA
  • B to C startups having users across the globe

In the end, the focus is the key, make only what customers want and regular feedback from customers at the early stage will help you build the right product which can be scaled big.

About 42

42 Silicon Valley is an innovative engineering college in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the leading college for software engineering, coding, and programming, 42 is disrupting engineering education and tech talent pipelines in the Silicon Valley. Think tech is just for nerds? Think again.

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