Why you must begin your startup job search by emailing your VC friend

By Pratik Agarwal|27th Jul 2016
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Your VC friends know their portfolio better than your research

You'll be surprised how often people get this very wrong.

I've had lots of folks reach out to me, saying, “Dude! I didn't realise your portfolio Startup C already raised '$

apos; million! I love their idea but I took another job because I thought they were still at seed stage!” Well...most funding rounds aren't announced for a few months and some even up to a year!

Image : Shutterstock
Image : Shutterstock

Or, how about this one, “Hey! Your portfolio Startup C has such a sleek website; can you introduce me?” Well...sure it has a polished product but don't you want to know whether it has product-market fit? Or if it's in real trouble?

So here are the reasons you must speak to your VC friends before when you want to send out your resume to startups.

They probably know other VCs' portfolio better than you'd think 

You might wonder, “But my VC friend wouldn't know much about other VCs' portfolio right? Even if they did, wouldn't they be biased?” Wrong! For all you know, your VC friend might be considering your startup of interest for a future round and think highly of it. Moreover, it's possible they tried to get into that deal but missed out.

Even if your VC friend is sceptical, at least their concerns will give you something to think about.

They know of secret opportunities 

As I mentioned earlier in the post, most top-tier VCs often don't announce deals for a long time. Say, there are five top-tier VCs and each has three unannounced deals. Imagine how many hot secret opportunities you are missing out on.

And that's not all. Even if the investment is public news, what if one of the top portfolio startups is recruiting for a leadership role in a new secret business unit? Would you want to miss out on that?

Note: Don't expect your VC friends to tell you confidential stuff, but just remember they're actively looking for solid talent for secret opportunities as well.

They can pump your search with steroids 

I've first-hand experience in the stressful job of breaking into top startups several times. It's painful to email your LinkedIn connections only to get this reply, “Dude, I only met this founder once, don't know them enough to drop an intro...”

Good news is that you might be just one send-email-to-my-VC-friend click away from warm introductions to top startup founders.

Moreover, your VC friends can help you evaluate between multiple offers. It's their full-time job to evaluate startups, so just give them some credit.

“But I don't have any VC friends!” 

Don't be shy to email any top-tier VCs, if you don't know any personally. They're always looking for excellent talent for their portfolio startups. If anything, you're helping them do their job!

Just do them a favor and send them a blurb about roles that interest you, and include a copy of your resume/your LinkedIn URL.

And if you're one of those cool kids who has already used this hack to land your startup job, please leave your story in the comments below to inspire the masses.

All the best!

(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.)

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This problem statement led two"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":" Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"engineers to turn entrepreneurs right after their graduation.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"Sambhav Jain and Kush Taneja started FamPay in mid-2019,"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":" and have embarked on a journey to provide an easy-to-use platform for children "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"below the age of 18 to spend mone"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"y with adequate supervision of their parents.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\u003cb>The Bengaluru-headquartered fintech startup is bringing cashless convenience to teenagers and their parents by offering a numberless debit card, thus enabling a secure transaction process, both offline and online.\u003c/b>"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\nIt is already backed by the likes of "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"Sequoia"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":", "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"Y Combinator"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":", and "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true,"link":"https://yourstory.com/2020/05/kunal-shah-money-matters-cred-skills"},"data":"Kunal Shah of Cred"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":", to name a few.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/220356402d6d11e9aa979329348d4c3e/fampayp-1597576308906.png","caption":"\u003cp>FamPay founders: Kush Taneja (left) and Sambhav Jain\u003c/p>"}},{"contentType":"divider","value":{}},{"contentType":"alsoRead","value":{"title":"Paytm launches pocket Android POS device for SMEs, to invest Rs 100 Cr for promotion","thumbnail":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/1/77e43870d62911eaa8e9879653a67226/Paytm-feature-1-1597037727428.png?fm=png&auto=format&h=100&w=100&crop=entropy&fit=crop","publishedUrl":"https://yourstory.com/2020/08/fintech-startup-paytm-pocket-android-pos-smes"}},{"contentType":"divider","value":{}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"The trigger\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Both Sambhav and Kush were bitten by the entrepreneurial bug quite early, during their engineering "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"days at IIT Roorkee"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":", where they built a mobile app to be used at the college canteen, which resulted in a dramatic reduction in wastage.\n\n“That is when we realised that we can build something together,” says Sambhav.\n\nThe duo interned at various startups during their final year of college and got a flavour of how these "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"link":"https://yourstory.com/2019/02/entrepreneurship-school-students-tie"},"data":"young companies operate"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":", and it also bought a revelation.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Kush says, “We never realised that we complement each other so well in terms of skillsets that we bring to the table. That is when we decided to build a startup together by discussing ideas and problem statements.”"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\nSambhav and Kush decided to forgo the much coveted placement opportunity and decided to pursue their passion for building a startup.\n\nDuring the placements season, their friends and collegemates would often pass comments like – "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"‘If I get this job, my life is settled’."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":"\n\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Sambhav says, “I used to ask them, how is your life is settled when you are looking at just the salary package as there are many other things to be considered.”"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\nThis led to intense discussions between the co-founders, and they looked at how they could address this issue.\n\nKush says, “It was very difficult for them to differentiate between wealth and money.”\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Fintech start\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"After intense research, they realised that children, "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"especially in the age group of 12-18, need to be taught about "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true,"link":"https://yourstory.com/2020/07/google-launchpad-incubated-fintech-startup-school-financing"},"data":"financial literacy"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":" early"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":".\n\nHowever, Sambhav and Kush did not know how to start, as the world of finance is a massive and complex sector, and takes years to get a foothold into it.\n\nThey started meeting random people at malls and other shopping locations, and asked parents how they provide money to their children. They realised that 80-90 percent were giving cash to their children.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Sambhav says, “It is then we realised that it is an interesting problem to solve, and this gave birth to FamPay, where one can provide digital financial access to teenagers.”"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\nHowever, the start was not particularly easy, as the financial sector is a highly regulated entity. After discussing with their college seniors, Sambhav and Kush applied for the famed "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true,"link":"https://yourstory.com/2020/03/y-combinator-startups-summer-batch-2020-funding-india"},"data":"Y Combinator"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":" platform and got selected in June 2019.\n\nFrom here, there was no turning back for Sambhav and Kush as Y Combinator provided the much needed access in terms of mentorship, opening doors with important organisations, and lastly how one goes about building a startup.\n\nFamPay went about building its product, a numberless card for financial transaction, for about three months. It was here they had to get a banking partner and also be connected with an organisation like "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"link":"https://yourstory.com/2020/02/npci-new-guidelines-for-upi-based-cash-withdrawal"},"data":"National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":" as their technology platform was digital.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"“We were questioning ourselves on why there should be numbers on the card and make it more secure without them,” says Sambhav."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\nIt took Sambhav and Kush a lot of effort to convince many players in the ecosystem that this would work as just in case the card was lost, there would not be much security issue as everything is stored in the cloud.\n\nKush also points out the manufacturing nuances, where they had to ensure that the right card has to reach to the correct person. “There is a difference between virtual and physical card,” he remarks.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"How does it work?\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"FamPay’s numberless product FamCard is not given directly to the children, and it needs the consent of parents.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"FamCard works like a "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true,"link":"https://yourstory.com/2019/09/digital-wallets-india-amazon-google-paytm-phonepe-economy"},"data":"digital wallet"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":" and parents can add money to the card"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":", which can be used like a debit card by the children anywhere, without the need to set up a bank account. It is also a very transparent process as all the transactions made by the children can be tracked by the parents.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"“As it is numberless, all the details are on the app. One can tap, copy and even swipe it at a PoS,” says Sambhav."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":"\nEvery transaction through the card is protected with device locks like fingerprint, Face ID, pattern lock or PIN. There is also no fear of card information getting disclosed in case it gets stolen or lost, and the card can be paused, blocked, and managed on the app.\n\nIn addition to the card, the teenagers are also given their own unique UPI ID.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Kush says, “The secret sauce of FamPay is that one gets every access to a bank account without actually owning it.”"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\nThe business model of FamPay is like a typical fintech company where it gets a certain commission for every transaction.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Covid-19 impact\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"link":"https://yourstory.com/2020/08/matrix-moments-fintech-first-six-months-coronavirus"},"data":"COVID-19"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":" brought fresh obstacles for the startup. 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Right in our first meeting, we realised AVF's approach is central to help founders focus on key business metrics. 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And Bengaluru-based CoinSwitch reflects this uptrend.\n\nInterestingly, while other companies may have shrunk their operations due to the pandemic or have had to pause the business, CoinSwitch Kuber, a crypto trading platform for India, was launched right in the midst the coronavirus outbreak. The founders say that they saw a spike in growth because traditional markets have been in turmoil due to COVID-19.\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"“We have seen a large number of investors moving to crypto and have seen a huge surge of users on the platform. We have seen over 500 percent growth month-on-month on CoinSwitch Kuber. Today, it is doing over $1 million GMV per day, and reaching 250,000 users with investments to the tune of Rs 300 crore within just 100 days of the launch. 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It supports hundreds of cryptocurrencies for users to buy and sell using Indian rupees.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/70651a302d6d11e9aa979329348d4c3e/StartupSnapshot-1602568721743.jpg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"From hackers to founders\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":"Govind, Vimal and Ashish, all in their early 30s now, have known each other for the last 13 years. They became friends while working in companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Zynga. They were also tech wizards, who as a team, participated in hackathons. The trio won almost every major hackathon in India, including those hosted by Sequoia, Google, Amazon, and LinkedIn. 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Moreover, it's possible they tried to get into that deal but missed out.Even if your VC friend is sceptical, at least their concerns will give you something to think about.THEY KNOW OF SECRET OPPORTUNITIESAs I mentioned earlier in the post, most top-tier VCs often don't announce deals for a long time. Say, there are five top-tier VCs and each has three unannounced deals. Imagine how many hot secret opportunities you are missing out on.And that's not all. Even if the investment is public news, what if one of the top portfolio startups is recruiting for a leadership role in a new secret business unit? Would you want to miss out on that?Note: Don't expect your VC friends to tell you confidential stuff, but just remember they're actively looking for solid talent for secret opportunities as well.THEY CAN PUMP YOUR SEARCH WITH STEROIDSI've first-hand experience in the stressful job of breaking into top startups several times. 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Why you must begin your startup job search by emailing your VC friend

By Pratik Agarwal|27th Jul 2016
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Your VC friends know their portfolio better than your research

You'll be surprised how often people get this very wrong.

I've had lots of folks reach out to me, saying, “Dude! I didn't realise your portfolio Startup C already raised '$

apos; million! I love their idea but I took another job because I thought they were still at seed stage!” Well...most funding rounds aren't announced for a few months and some even up to a year!

Image : Shutterstock
Image : Shutterstock

Or, how about this one, “Hey! Your portfolio Startup C has such a sleek website; can you introduce me?” Well...sure it has a polished product but don't you want to know whether it has product-market fit? Or if it's in real trouble?

So here are the reasons you must speak to your VC friends before when you want to send out your resume to startups.

They probably know other VCs' portfolio better than you'd think 

You might wonder, “But my VC friend wouldn't know much about other VCs' portfolio right? Even if they did, wouldn't they be biased?” Wrong! For all you know, your VC friend might be considering your startup of interest for a future round and think highly of it. Moreover, it's possible they tried to get into that deal but missed out.

Even if your VC friend is sceptical, at least their concerns will give you something to think about.

They know of secret opportunities 

As I mentioned earlier in the post, most top-tier VCs often don't announce deals for a long time. Say, there are five top-tier VCs and each has three unannounced deals. Imagine how many hot secret opportunities you are missing out on.

And that's not all. Even if the investment is public news, what if one of the top portfolio startups is recruiting for a leadership role in a new secret business unit? Would you want to miss out on that?

Note: Don't expect your VC friends to tell you confidential stuff, but just remember they're actively looking for solid talent for secret opportunities as well.

They can pump your search with steroids 

I've first-hand experience in the stressful job of breaking into top startups several times. It's painful to email your LinkedIn connections only to get this reply, “Dude, I only met this founder once, don't know them enough to drop an intro...”

Good news is that you might be just one send-email-to-my-VC-friend click away from warm introductions to top startup founders.

Moreover, your VC friends can help you evaluate between multiple offers. It's their full-time job to evaluate startups, so just give them some credit.

“But I don't have any VC friends!” 

Don't be shy to email any top-tier VCs, if you don't know any personally. They're always looking for excellent talent for their portfolio startups. If anything, you're helping them do their job!

Just do them a favor and send them a blurb about roles that interest you, and include a copy of your resume/your LinkedIn URL.

And if you're one of those cool kids who has already used this hack to land your startup job, please leave your story in the comments below to inspire the masses.

All the best!

(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.)

Get access to select LIVE keynotes and exhibits at TechSparks 2020. In the 11th edition of TechSparks, we bring you best from the startup world to help you scale & succeed. Register now! #TechSparksFromHome

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I love their idea but I took another job because I thought they were still at seed stage!” Well...most funding rounds aren't announced for a few months and some even up to a year!Image : ShutterstockOr, how about this one, “Hey! Your portfolio Startup C has such a sleek website; can you introduce me?” Well...sure it has a polished product but don't you want to know whether it has product-market fit? Or if it's in real trouble?So here are the reasons you must speak to your VC friends before when you want to send out your resume to startups.THEY PROBABLY KNOW OTHER VCS' PORTFOLIO BETTER THAN YOU'D THINKYou might wonder, “But my VC friend wouldn't know much about other VCs' portfolio right? Even if they did, wouldn't they be biased?” Wrong! For all you know, your VC friend might be considering your startup of interest for a future round and think highly of it. 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Why you must begin your startup job search by emailing your VC friend

By Pratik Agarwal|27th Jul 2016
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Your VC friends know their portfolio better than your research

You'll be surprised how often people get this very wrong.

I've had lots of folks reach out to me, saying, “Dude! I didn't realise your portfolio Startup C already raised '$

apos; million! I love their idea but I took another job because I thought they were still at seed stage!” Well...most funding rounds aren't announced for a few months and some even up to a year!

Image : Shutterstock
Image : Shutterstock

Or, how about this one, “Hey! Your portfolio Startup C has such a sleek website; can you introduce me?” Well...sure it has a polished product but don't you want to know whether it has product-market fit? Or if it's in real trouble?

So here are the reasons you must speak to your VC friends before when you want to send out your resume to startups.

They probably know other VCs' portfolio better than you'd think 

You might wonder, “But my VC friend wouldn't know much about other VCs' portfolio right? Even if they did, wouldn't they be biased?” Wrong! For all you know, your VC friend might be considering your startup of interest for a future round and think highly of it. Moreover, it's possible they tried to get into that deal but missed out.

Even if your VC friend is sceptical, at least their concerns will give you something to think about.

They know of secret opportunities 

As I mentioned earlier in the post, most top-tier VCs often don't announce deals for a long time. Say, there are five top-tier VCs and each has three unannounced deals. Imagine how many hot secret opportunities you are missing out on.

And that's not all. Even if the investment is public news, what if one of the top portfolio startups is recruiting for a leadership role in a new secret business unit? Would you want to miss out on that?

Note: Don't expect your VC friends to tell you confidential stuff, but just remember they're actively looking for solid talent for secret opportunities as well.

They can pump your search with steroids 

I've first-hand experience in the stressful job of breaking into top startups several times. It's painful to email your LinkedIn connections only to get this reply, “Dude, I only met this founder once, don't know them enough to drop an intro...”

Good news is that you might be just one send-email-to-my-VC-friend click away from warm introductions to top startup founders.

Moreover, your VC friends can help you evaluate between multiple offers. It's their full-time job to evaluate startups, so just give them some credit.

“But I don't have any VC friends!” 

Don't be shy to email any top-tier VCs, if you don't know any personally. They're always looking for excellent talent for their portfolio startups. If anything, you're helping them do their job!

Just do them a favor and send them a blurb about roles that interest you, and include a copy of your resume/your LinkedIn URL.

And if you're one of those cool kids who has already used this hack to land your startup job, please leave your story in the comments below to inspire the masses.

All the best!

(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.)

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million! I love their idea but I took another job because I thought they were still at seed stage!” Well...most funding rounds aren't announced for a few months and some even up to a year!Image : ShutterstockOr, how about this one, “Hey! Your portfolio Startup C has such a sleek website; can you introduce me?” Well...sure it has a polished product but don't you want to know whether it has product-market fit? Or if it's in real trouble?So here are the reasons you must speak to your VC friends before when you want to send out your resume to startups.THEY PROBABLY KNOW OTHER VCS' PORTFOLIO BETTER THAN YOU'D THINKYou might wonder, “But my VC friend wouldn't know much about other VCs' portfolio right? Even if they did, wouldn't they be biased?” Wrong! For all you know, your VC friend might be considering your startup of interest for a future round and think highly of it. Moreover, it's possible they tried to get into that deal but missed out.Even if your VC friend is sceptical, at least their concerns will give you something to think about.THEY KNOW OF SECRET OPPORTUNITIESAs I mentioned earlier in the post, most top-tier VCs often don't announce deals for a long time. Say, there are five top-tier VCs and each has three unannounced deals. Imagine how many hot secret opportunities you are missing out on.And that's not all. Even if the investment is public news, what if one of the top portfolio startups is recruiting for a leadership role in a new secret business unit? Would you want to miss out on that?Note: Don't expect your VC friends to tell you confidential stuff, but just remember they're actively looking for solid talent for secret opportunities as well.THEY CAN PUMP YOUR SEARCH WITH STEROIDSI've first-hand experience in the stressful job of breaking into top startups several times. It's painful to email your LinkedIn connections only to get this reply, “Dude, I only met this founder once, don't know them enough to drop an intro...”Good news is that you might be just one send-email-to-my-VC-friend click away from warm introductions to top startup founders.Moreover, your VC friends can help you evaluate between multiple offers. It's their full-time job to evaluate startups, so just give them some credit.“BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY VC FRIENDS!”Don't be shy to email any top-tier VCs, if you don't know any personally. They're always looking for excellent talent for their portfolio startups. If anything, you're helping them do their job!Just do them a favor and send them a blurb about roles that interest you, and include a copy of your resume/your LinkedIn URL.And if you're one of those cool kids who has already used this hack to land your startup job, please leave your story in the comments below to inspire the masses.All the best!(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.)","hasInstagramEmbeds":false,"hasSoundCloudEmbeds":false,"hasTwitterEmbeds":false,"sponsoredStory":false,"storyUrl":"https://yourstory.com/2016/07/begin-your-startup-job-search-by-emailing-your-vc-friend","thumbnail":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/wordpress/2016/04/yourstory-venture-capital.jpg","defaultThumbnail":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/wordpress/2016/04/yourstory-venture-capital.jpg","editors":[]},"brand":{"id":2,"name":"YourStory","slug":"yourstory","locale":"en_GB","internal":true,"path":"/"},"timeLapsed":"27th Jul 2016","path":"/2016/07/begin-your-startup-job-search-by-emailing-your-vc-friend","reactions":{},"mounted":false,"brandPublisher":null,"loadingStatus":"LOADED","audioPlaying":false,"imported":true,"snippets":null,"trailers":null,"featured":false,"mobilePostJson":[{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Your VC friends know their portfolio better than your research\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"You'll be surprised how often people get this very wrong.\nI've had lots of folks reach out to me, saying, “Dude! 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Moreover, it's possible they tried to get into that deal but missed out.\nEven if your VC friend is sceptical, at least their concerns will give you something to think about.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"They know of secret opportunities \n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"As I mentioned earlier in the post, most top-tier VCs often don't announce deals for a long time. Say, there are five top-tier VCs and each has three unannounced deals. Imagine how many hot secret opportunities you are missing out on.\nAnd that's not all. Even if the investment is public news, what if one of the top portfolio startups is recruiting for a leadership role in a new secret business unit? Would you want to miss out on that?\nNote: Don't expect your VC friends to tell you confidential stuff, but just remember they're actively looking for solid talent for secret opportunities as well.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"They can pump your search with steroids \n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"I've first-hand experience in the stressful job of breaking into top startups several times. It's painful to email your LinkedIn connections only to get this reply, “Dude, I only met this founder once, don't know them enough to drop an intro...”\nGood news is that you might be just one send-email-to-my-VC-friend click away from warm introductions to top startup founders.\nMoreover, your VC friends can help you evaluate between multiple offers. 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We launched CoinSwitch Kuber in June 2020, with the sole aim of simplifying cryptocurrency investments for retail users in India.” \n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/a09f22505c6411ea9c48a10bad99c62f/Imagej2au-1602601468362.jpg","caption":"\u003cp>CoinSwitch founders\u003c/p>"}},{"contentType":"alsoRead","value":{"title":"[Techie Tuesday] The journey of WazirX’s Nischal Shetty: from social media and foodtech to bitcoin","thumbnail":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/a9efa9c02dd911e9adc52d913c55075e/Techie-Tuesday-1594645551402.png?fm=png&auto=format&h=100&w=100&crop=entropy&fit=crop","publishedUrl":"https://yourstory.com/2020/07/techie-tuesday-wazirx-crypto-startup-nischal-shetty"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Grey areas and challenges\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":"In India cryptocurrency is a grey area. Even though the Supreme Court lifted the ban on banking in March, the India government said in September that it was planning to bring a law to ban trade in cryptocurrency. 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