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Mark Kahn

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EP#63 Mark Kahn – Investing in startups building for the rural economy, identifying founders that scale and staying relevant as a venture investor

The VCpreneur: Startups | Venture Capital | Entrepreneurship | Fundraising

In this episode, Mark Kahn (Managing Partner, Omnivore), joins our host Digjay, to talk about his path leading up to Omnivore, Omnivore’s investment thesis and evolution of the agritech opportunity in India, how and why India stands out compared to other global agritech markets, attributes of founders that are able to scale & raise follow-on rounds, the case against investing in solo-founder led startups, staying relevant as a venture investor, importance of finding a wedge as a first time VC and more. Founded in 2010, Omnivore invests in early-stage startups developing breakthrough technologies for agriculture, food, climate, and the rural economy. The firm recently announced the launch of its 3rd fund at $130mm. Omnivore was one of the first agri-focused VC funds from India, and has previously backed some stellar startups like DeHaat, Reshamandi, Stellapps, AgNext, Bijak, AGRIM, Eruvaka, Pixxel, and Animall among others. Prior to Omnivore, Mark led Strategy & Business Development at Godrej Agrovet, one of India’s foremost diversified agribusiness companies and worked at Syngenta and PFM early in his career. An HBS alum, Mark is also the Co-Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Task Force on Agri Startups and a member of the Governing Council of the Maharashtra State Innovation Society. You can connect with Mark here on Linkedin / Twitter. ---- Show notes – (01:15) Mark’s background & path leading up to Omnivore (04:08) Omnivore’s investment thesis (11:27) Evolution of the agritech opportunity in India (13:31) Why India stands out compared to other global agritech markets? (19:21) Portcos that are building the foundation for the agritech ecosystem in India (24:36) Attributes of founders that are able to scale & raise follow-on rounds (26:41) The case against investing in solo-founder startups (30:39) Approach to deal flow and follow-on investments (32:56) Staying relevant as a venture investor across multiple cycles (35:52) Importance of finding a wedge as a first time VC (38:41) How has being a VC influenced Mark’s personality over the years? (39:18) Rapid fire and closing remarks ---- If you liked our episode, you can subscribe to our podcast on any podcast platforms of your choice (like Spotify & Apple iTunes). We would appreciate if you could leave us a review on Apple iTunes. This helps others discover the podcast organically. You can visit thevcpreneur.com and follow us on Twitter @thevcpreneur_ & Instagram @thevcpreneur for more episodes and interesting insights on the startup ecosystem. You can also follow our host Digjay here on Linkedin & Twitter


16 Oct 2022

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35. "Game Changers": Mark Kahn, Managing Partner, Omnivore

Brain Box

In the Season Finale of the very special "Game Changers" Season, I’ve got a very special guest, Mark Kahn, on the show today. He’s one of the biggest names in the Venture Capital space & is the Managing Partner at Omnivore. He set up India's first Agri-focussed fund way back in 2011 & is revolutionising this space.  Just last month, Omnivore won the reputed IVCA Award for Social Impact!


28 Apr 2022

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Startup Fridays Episode 6: In conversation with Mark Kahn, managing partner at Omnivore Capital Management Advisors

Forbes India - The Startup Fridays Podcast

Kahn, our guest this Friday, is an American who has settled in India. He is a venture capital investor who has been backing agri-tech startups in India for the last decade, with the aim of encouraging founders who want to go beyond incremental innovations in the sector. To that end, he has invested in everything from internet-of-things based startups to satellite companies to insurers for farmers. His firm has 25 startups on its portfolio currently, and it aims to raise $150 million in its third fund through next year


14 May 2021

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Mark Kahn - GC at Segment

Data Protection Breakfast Club with Andy & Pedro

In Season 2 of DPBC the theme shifts to 80s music.  For GC of Segment Mark Kahn, it’s the classic Whitesnake ballad “Here I go Again”.  Kahn is known for jumping into complex tech companies again and again - and producing exit worthy companies like What’sApp and now Segment.  He was a key contributor to the legal team at Yahoo and other companies along the way.  He also helps run a bakery that has done a lot of good during Covid and is an avid bike rider.


24 Mar 2021

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E18 Mark Kahn: SF + CS + JD = enormously prepared for this covo


Welcome to #18 of the D&I focused podcast: SnackWalls.Having this conversation helped shape my perception of well-known tech companies that are navigating this space.Mark believes that success in finding good hiring fits, on both sides of the table, is largely impacted by networking. For organizations, this means branching out beyond their traditional networks in order to find diverse talent. Hiring managers and job-seekers alike will benefit from this conversation with Mark. Mark Kahn is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law. He also has a CS degree. He currently serves as General Counsel and VP of Policy at Segment. For nearly a decade Mark has helped well-known tech companies navigate legal issues at firms such as Yahoo, SAP, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Evernote.Segment: https://segment.com/Mark Kahn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markkahn2More episodes of the SnackWalls Podcast: http://podcast.snackwalls.comSnackWalls is powered by San Diego Code School: https://sdcs.ioPlease share like and subscribe for more reach 🙌🏾


28 Aug 2020

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Social Impact Investment in the Agricultural Space - Mark Kahn

Sustainability Weekly

"VC Money is Jet-fuel and should not be used in a Maruti Swift or even a Lamborgini" in laymen terms, not to use this route for traditional businesses., as successful as they may be. Mark Kahn, a citizen of the US, Germany and Canada choose to call India home and made a career in the social impact space. This podcast is about his journey and the Social Impact Investments in the Agriculture space. Following are a few links to further reading/ information on what Mark mentioned in this episode: Agriculture Exports from India : https://bit.ly/30Wyiem Omnivore : https://www.omnivore.vc/ #socialimpact #investing #sustainability #agriculture #agritech #aquaculture #export #india #asia #vietnam #UAE   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/samarthsheth/message


17 Aug 2020

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"This is when the best startups will be built" w/ Mark Kahn (Managing Partner at Omnivore)

So Damn Productive

“Venture Capital is Jet-Fuel. If you take Jet-Fuel and put into a Maruthi Swift, you will blow that car up. If you put that Jet-Fuel in Lamborghini, you will still blow that car up. If you put it in a plane, it flies”   Today, I got to chat with @Mark Kahn, the Managing Partner of @Omnivore, a venture capital fund focused on creating the future of Ag-Tech in India.  We talked about whether VC is for every startup, what he looks for in successful entrepreneurs and whether this might actually be a good time to start something of your own.  I learned a lot from this conversation, I’m sure you will too.     Make sure to subscribe for more interviews with India’s Disruptors!   Follow us on Instagram clips and updates: https://www.instagram.com/thenextmovepodcast/ Sign up for our mailing list: https://mailchi.mp/04427a7ae942/collect-email-ids   ______________________________________  Check us out on YouTube for the video version: https://youtu.be/9VXWlFZyuoI


9 Aug 2020

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Mark Kahn from Omnivore on Indian Agritech landscape

Lifeselfmastery's podcast I Startups I Venture Capital

In this episode, Mark talks about what ails the Indian agritech space and the opportunities ahead with Agritech space.


18 Jul 2020

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EP31 - Shifting Blame Culture - with Mark Kahn

The Re-Invent Health Podcast

We don’t like being seen by others as a failure or even admit to ourselves that we failed to reach our personal goals. Surely there are reasons, someone needs to be blamed? On a personal level, a lack of accountability can be deadly to our relationships. In the work place it erodes collaboration and trust and causes everyone to waste energy in the attempt to avoid being accountable. Life will only change for the better when you take responsibility. In this episode I chat with Mark Khan about blame culture and doing the work to change our lives. https://loveyourselffornoreason.com/about-mark-kahn/ #blameculture #personalresponsibility #loveyourself #accountable #markkahn #coaching #therapy #happiness #reinventhealth #niccirobertson Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information purposes only and does replace medical advice or other professional health care services. The guests interviewed on this podcast are in no way connected to Re-Invent Health and are free to express their opinions based on their professional discretion. The use of information on this podcast is at the user’s own risk. The subject matter is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


3 Jul 2020

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E11: Mark Kahn (Managing Partner, Omnivore)

The Desi VC: Indian Venture Capital | Angel Investors | Startups | VC

Mark Kahn is the Managing Partner at Omnivore, a venture capital firm which funds entrepreneurs building the future of agriculture and food systems. Mark co-founded Omnivore in 2010 with Jinesh Shah, ex-CFO at Nexus Venture Partners. Previously, Mark was the Executive Vice President (Strategy & Business Development) at Godrej Agrovet, and also had stints at Syngenta and PFM. He earned a BA (Honors) from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.You can follow Mark Kahn (@agri_technology) and host Akash Bhat (@bhatvakash) on Twitter.…Glossary of terms:1. Upstream investments – Upstream investments refer to infusion of capital into businesses that utilize material inputs needed for production e.g. seed, fertilizers, machinery etc.2. Downstream investments – Downstream investments refers to the infusion of capital into businesses where products get produced and distributed. e.g. e-commerce, grocery stores, logistics etc.…In this episode, we will cover:1. Mark’s venture into agri-business2. The broad definition of agri-tech and what it encompasses3. Evolution of agri-tech as sector4. Omnivore’s thesis for India5. Upstream vs downstream investments in agri-tech6. Sectors and geographies within agri-tech in India7. Metrics Omnivore pays close attention to while evaluating for investment8. Concepts of sustainability and how it correlates to success of the Indian agri-industry9. Challenges within agri-tech and for agri-tech startups10. The global opportunity for Indian agri-tech startups


13 Apr 2020