A Chat with Arjun Arora, EIR at 500 Startups, Founder, & Investor
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Arjun Arora is an EIR at 500 Startups, Co-Founder the Immediately App. Founder of ReTargeter (exited). Passionate about startups, learning, teaching, people, travel, philosophy & life. You can find him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/Arjun...

A Chat with Arjun Arora, EIR at 500 Startups, Founder, & Investor

I was always interested in entrepreneurship.

Since high school I would work on random things here and there. It was always in my blood. My dad is an entrepreneur, uncle, grandpa......I liked being my own boss and having a vision

My first company was ReTargeter, which I founded in 2009

I just knew I wanted to start something and did it. Yahoo was laying people off and I asked to get laid off. ReTargeter was a company that showed ads to people who had already visited your site.

If I were to start a company today, I'd focus on 3 things.

1) Solve a real customer need. 2) Is it fundable? This gives you more leverage. 3) Is there founder market fit? Co-founder fit? Founder-investor fit

As an angel investor, I typically invest in the entrepreneur

If you're thinking about fundraising in 2016

It's not total winter yet, but be thoughtful of your burn. Be thoughtful about getting systems in place. Know it may take longer to raise today than a year ago and valuations may be lower.

To set yourself up for success:

Build your network in a meaningful way. Be in the right places, meet the right people, keep people in the loop. Create value for others and build meaningful relationships over time

Say hi to Arjun on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/ArjunDArora

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BradyI am one that thinks. 🙏
a year agoReply
@Sydney - Will do for sure! It is in the works ;) Probably at least a year away pending on the next 12 months and what they bring!

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
a year agoReply
@BradyOriginal hit me up when you start that fund ;)

BradyI am one that thinks. 🙏
a year agoReply
Nice read. Like the part about investing in the founder/entrepreneur! I plan on starting a fund one day and investing in the person will always be my first criteria!