281. Overlooked Opportunity in EdTech, Letting the Entrepreneur Be the Guide, and Defy’s Sage Program (Neil Sequeira)

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Neil Sequeira of Defy joins Nick to discuss Overlooked Opportunity in EdTech, Letting the Entrepreneur Be the Guide, and Defy’s Sage Program. In this episode, we cover:

  • Walk us through your background and path to VC.
  • Remind us of the thesis at Defy.
  • Tell us a little about your team at Defy. How it has grown and evolved and all of the things each person brings to the table which makes the firm stronger?
  • What do you think is one of the most underappreciated skills of the great venture investor?
  • How do you think founders have changed since you first started investing, if at all?
  • Why is leading a round of financing and ownership important to venture capital firms?
  • At the later stages and growth stages, what's the biggest risk or mistake you've seen founders make when bringing on investors, and/or what's the biggest issue that investors may impose that causes issues?
  • What resources would you recommend to the listeners that you found valuable on founding startups or being a long-term sustaining venture investor?
  • What do you need to get better at?
  • What is the best way for listeners to connect with you?

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