UVC: Puiyan Leung from Vertex Ventures SE Asia & India on how they assess a founding team’s profile, what it takes to raise a series A & the opportunities in climate tech and creator economy
In this episode you will learn:
- How did Puiyan break into the VC industry despite having an engineering background?
- According to Puiyan, should a startup founder engage with a big corporation as their initial customer or should he/she go after the SMB & Mid-Market segment?
- What are the core values of Vertex Ventures?
- What does it take to raise a Series A?
- How do Vertex Ventures assess Series A startups? How do they go about evaluating the founding team?
- Does it make sense for startups to raise as much funds as possible in series A? What are some downsides of doing this?
- The creator economy is on a boom, but at the same time, there are very few creators creating sustainable businesses. Will the creator economy expand, and sustain at the same time?
- What are the opportunities that Puiyan sees in the creator economy?
- What is climate tech and how do VCs look at it?
Puiyan Leung serves as Partner, Investment in Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, and focuses on opportunities in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, Pui Yan was an Investment Director at Singtel Innov8, the CVC arm of Singtel. Prior to that, she assumed a range of operating roles, including Business Development, Product Marketing, and Strategy. Pui Yan is a Kauffman Fellow and graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from the National University of Singapore.