Nandu Anilal (Investor @ Canaan Partners)

The process of learning as a VC, the rise of data-driven companies, themes worth monitoring within data infrastructure, preempting rounds and escaping the competitive fundraising process

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This week we had on Nandu Anilal (@nanduanilal) of Canaan Partners.

Canaan is an early-stage fund that has a portfolio that speaks for itself. Within his role, Nandu focuses on enterprise technology companies, and in his free time, he shares a lot of his lessons and learnings through writing.

In this talk, we discuss:

  • The process of learning as a VC

  • The rise of data-driven companies

  • Themes worth monitoring within data infrastructure

  • Preempting rounds and escaping the competitive fundraising process


Check out the full episode below:


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