The Making of an Entrepreneur
Our first Speaker Series with Sameer Brij Verma on The Making of an Entrepreneur provided unique insights into the Venture Capital (VC) world and what factors influence the mind of a successful venture capitalist.
Venture Capitalists are pure risk investors and do not have collaterals like banks to support them. They are looking for people who can build a team of passionate, motivated, edgy, and optimistic people. A team that not only ideates but has the potential to lead those ideas into fruition.
Sameer spoke to students about the traits of a successful entrepreneur. What he looks for before investing in a founder or his company, and how to disrupt markets as nascent entrepreneurs.
- The need for entrepreneurship to be taught to students
- Learning how to solve problems with the available resources
- Character and experiences trump pedigree
- The importance of domain skills but also the need to be a multidisciplinary person
- The need to have an end goal and continue educating yourself to achieve that goal
- Being comfortable with taking risks and failing
Sameer Brij Verma
Sameer Brij Verma is a Venture Capitalist, and MD of Nexus Venture Partners. He is also an advisor to AngelList India & Microsoft Ventures India and has been one of the founding investors for established start-ups such as Postman, PayTM, Zolo, Zomato, Liscious, and more. Sameer has been a VC for the last 12 years and has invested in about 38 companies over the years.
Books recommended by Sameer:
- Zero to One- Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
- Influence: Science and Practice- Robert Cialdini
- Benjamin Franklin Autobiography
- Books by Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett