Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard discussions about the biggest opportunities at fifth-place Brendan Walls and Hippo’s Assaf Wand Prop Tech, why Scale AI’s Alex Wang and Accel’s Dan Levine think obsolete VC deals might be the best option and a walk was CEO Manish Chandra And the Poshmark series with Mayfield’s new Chad through a deck. It’s the special taste of the content that is rich in original insights and strategic advice for the founders; it goes down to the extra crunch live.
In an upcoming episode on Wednesday, May 19, we will be sitting with Sequoia’s Shan Maguire and Vice CEO and co-founder Samir Vasavada. Maguire focuses on enterprise, fintech and border technology for Sequoia. Its portfolio companies include AMP Robotics, Knowde, Physna and Vice. He joined Sequoia in 2019, before which he was a partner at GV, where he led investments in Stripe, Opendoor, IQ, SpinLaunch, Lambda School, Dandelion Energy, Clutter and Mode and sought firm investment in the segment.
Maguire also pioneered his own right, co-founder Expansion (a cybersecurity firm) that eventually acquired Palo Alto Networks for $800 million. If that wasn’t enough, Maguire served twice in the DRPA and was deployed to Afghanistan, part of a team that won a Joint Merit Unit Award from the United States Secretary of Defense.
Samir Vasavada co-founded VIS in 2016. V Vis is an AI-driven investment management platform, co-founded VIS in 2016. V Vis is an AI-driven investment management platform giving independent financial advisors access to the technology and tools to create and manage personalized portfolios for their clients and ultimately giving them more time and energy to spend on those advisory relationships. Vis wards have risen above $60 million.
We’ll talk to Maguire and Vasavada about how they’ve been put together, what fundraising tips, and how to succeed in the fintech space, and ask about fintech next great opportunity. In the second half of the episode, Maguire and Vasavada will hear their reaction caps and lift pitches directly from the spectators as part of the ECL pitch-off. People attending the event will be able to raise their hand and pitch their startup to the VC / Founder and then be able to answer their questions and get their feedback.