AMA session

27 Feb, 09:30 AM PT

Rishi Sharma

West Coast Lead, Newlin Ventures
Meet Rishi Sharma

As the West Coast Lead at Newlin Ventures, Rishi manages the sourcing, evaluation, and execution of early-stage investments in the food, insurance, IoT, and consumer sectors. He also provides strategic and operational guidance to portfolio companies, leveraging his 16.5 years of experience as a founder and operator of multiple successful ventures. Attend this AMA to answer your burning questions about getting funded, venture capital, strategies for scaling startups, and more.

Rishi’s Hard Skills



GTM Strategy


Marketing Strategy

Business Strategy



You asked, Rishi answered

Here are the most upvoted questions from the AMA and Rishi answered them all. In case you missed it, scroll down to watch the recording.

How has the funding climate changed from 2023 to 2024?

What advice do you have for entrepreneurs looking to fund and scale their idea?

Which GTM models are most effective?

How does someone get into becoming a VC?

How can revenue generation pros protect themselves from the over investment followed by crazy expectations followed by layoff cycle?

What are the shifting priorities of VCs in 2024?

What do you think of the value of accelerator programs like Y Combinator and Tech Stars?

What inspired you to leave Operations and go into the venture space?

Do think founders should bootstrap or fundraise right now?

What are the main lessons and takeaways from your time in consumer electronics?

How did you get connected to the current VC firms you're involved in?

Did your educational background have a big impact on your current practice?

Who are your mentors?

Who do you think is a better entrepreneur, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, or Elon Musk

Do you think the IPO market will make a come back?

What are your thoughts on PLG? Is it overhyped: when should you do it / when should you not?

What makes an executive a gold operator?

Which industries are the hottest right now?

Do you invest in founders tech or both?

Who's more insightful Buffet or Munger?

What's the biggest moonshot you ever took of invested in?

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