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New paths; Old friends and a whole lot of learning

The things with breaks is, you can never really get the timing just right. What was supposed to be a 2-year break for me(from 2017), before starting up again, has now become 3 years. In 2016, I joined Siftery as their first community hire and built the community until their acquisition by G2. I then joined AngelList in 2018, as their first Director of Community. June this year was my last month at AngelList. Through my work at Siftery, AngelList, and Product Hunt I had the opportunity to interact with a ton of founders, and it has been an incredible learning experience. I observed and learnt how to build products, distribution strategies, communities, and remote teams. I’m grateful to every founder I interacted with over the years. Thank you for all the learnings 🙏. The last few months since I left AngelList in June, have been exciting. I was part of the fourth cohort of the On Deck Fellowship. I had the opportunity to interact with and learn from a bunch of incredibly talented individuals who were also in the formative stages of starting a company and exploring what their next challenge would be. Since early January, I have been…

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How we got funded by 500 Startups

Getting noticed by 500 Startups was harder before they had an application process. In 2012 without an application process, you needed to be recommended by people within the 500 network (company founders or mentors). They do have an application process now. My co-founder Ramakanth Dorai and I were 23 year old recent college grads from India who started Walletkit and didn’t know anyone from the 500 network. But this is how we hustled our way in. On Aug 24(2012), I saw a tweet by Paul Singh from Mumbai Airport. His subsequent tweets revealed that he would be in a couple of Indian cities meeting entrepreneurs and meeting him would require a referral. I cold emailed him rather than looking for a referral with an intro about our team, the product and asked if we could meet in Bangalore which is closer to our city, Chennai.I use a small trick when mailing people who get a lot of emails. I check their facebook and twitter profiles for updates and mail almost at the same time they tweet or share ( used Tweetdeck for notification of updates). He replied asking about our product, but then went radio silent. Followed up via email in the next couple of days but there was no response. Later on, his…

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