11 Dec 2018

What do venture capitalists look for?

We chat to Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Adam Valkin about what it takes to be a venture capitalist as well what he looks for in entrepreneurs. 

 

South African born Adam Valkin is a general partner and Managing Director of venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners based in the United States. The firm manages US$4 billion of capital and invests in early-stage Internet and software companies such as Airbnb and Snapchat.

Prior to this, Adam was a partner in the London office of Accel Partners, the Silicon Valley venture firm behind Facebook, Dropbox and Spotify.

We chat to Adam to find out what it takes to be a venture capitalist, as well what he looks for in entrepreneurs. Adam also discusses the big trends in technology and what this means for entrepreneurs in South Africa.

 

Watch our interview with venture capitalist, Adam Valkin

'The entrepreneurs that pique our interest are teams with a strong technical foundation in computer programming or software engineering.'