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Fundraising Hacks: Interview with Naval Ravikant of AngelList

This is the first of a multi-part blog post I'll be writing over the next week that will chronicle my experience raising a $1MM round for AppMakr.

I'll be sharing my learning and experiences as a first-time fundraiser out here in the Valley. My goal is to provide pragmatic tips to help other entrepreneurs understand the process and short-cut the time fundraising typically takes. Think of it as download that condenses 4 months of learning into a series of blogs you can read in an hour.

Be sure to subscribe to the blog if you'd like to get those future posts. Also, we're throwing a party to thank the investors who made this round possible, and celebrating the fact that over 1,000,000 people have now used apps made through AppMakr. RSVP here to join us on 10/28 at 6:30pm. You'll meet Mitch Kapor, George Zachary, Pietro Dova, Ben Narasin and other AppMakr investors.

For this first post, I scored an interview with Naval Ravikant, one of the co-founders of VentureHacks, which runs AngelList. AppMakr went through AngelList, and intros from AngelList were responsible for 54.5% ($545k) of the $1MM we raised. Needless to say, these guys rock. I'd also like to give a huge shout-out to my brother Sam Odio and amazing entrepreneur James Hong, both of whom intro'd me to Nivi & Naval of AngelList at the beginning of our fundraising process.

Here's the video with Naval:

Vator hosts LivingSocial CTO Aaron Batalion + DabKick at Google Ventures

I'm here at Google Ventures in Mountain View, CA where Bambi Francisco is interviewing Aaron, the CTO of LivingSocial.  Aaron is discussing shipping product at massive scale, JSIO (watch the video to learn what it means) and what it's like to move from DC to SF, where he's now spinning up a team.  Coincidentally, since LivingSocial is based in DC, I also wrote a post & video of the CEO Tim two years ago when I was still in DC.

Here also is a video I took of Balaji, the CEO of DabKick, a company that had a table at the Vator event.  Their very cool photo sharing app is available to try now.  Here's a video:

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