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M&A Special - CB Insights buys Blockdata with Founders Anand Sanwal and Jonathan Knegtel

Wharton FinTech Podcast

In this Wharton Fintech exclusive, Ryan Zauk went behind the scenes with CB Insights’ Anand Sanwal and Blockdata’s Jonathan Knegtel to discuss their recent transaction.The three of them walk through the details of the acquisition, the current state of global blockchain, and the cold email Jonathan sent that kicked off this entire deal.What was the email that caught Anand’s eye amongst a sea of inbounds? You can view it on our LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Medium - just search Wharton FinTech or Ryan Zauk.Anand & Jonathan strike a perfect balance with Anand's macro view of corporate blockchain strategies/appetite and Jonathan's in-depth knowledge of the space.Episode details below:- How Anand and Jonathan first got into blockchain technology (4:19 - 6:53)- The cold email that got Blockdata on Anand's radar and what made it so effective (6:54 - 9:25)- Challenges & benefits of doing this deal in COVID (9:26 - 11:37)- A deeper look at Blockdata and why Anand bought them (11:38 - 15:27)- The roadblocks still facing global blockchain adoption and "Internet 2.0" (15:28 - 19:18)- The Perez Technology Surge Cycle and how it applies to Blockchain (19:19 - 21:14)- Our favorite part...Jonathan comparing the blockchain reg ecosystem of the US, EU, and China (21:15 - 23:47)- Where they see the most growth in blockchain tech ahead (24:31 - 27:01)----Anand Sanwal is the CEO & Co-founder of CB Insights, a technology market intelligence platform that provides predictive intelligence into emerging technology trends, startups and corporate strategy. Prior to founding CB Insights, Anand managed the $50 million Chairman's Innovation Fund at American Express and worked in VC and corporate M&A. Before AmEx, Anand worked at Kozmo.com, one of NYC's most infamous dot com flameouts, where he learned that if you buy something for $2 and sell it for $1, you will not make it up in volume. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and in finance and accounting from the Wharton School of Business.Jonathan Knegtel is a passionate community builder and connector of people and technology. Before he started wearing his wooden bow tie at blockchain meetups, he studied electrical engineering and has worked in startups as diverse as 3D food printing, private jets, bitcoin exchanges, and a data company tracking VC funding for tech companies. He co-founded Blockdata to help people track the growth and application of this revolutionary technology.For more insights and analysis from FinTech leaders, follow us below:Medium: https://medium.com/wharton-fintechWFT Twitter: https://twitter.com/whartonfintechRyan's Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanZaukLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wharton-fintech-club/

32mins

18 Nov 2020

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20VC: CB Insights' Anand Sanwal on The Most Dangerous Myth Some Investors Have Promoted, Why Most B2B Content Is Crap and How To Make It Successful & Why Predigree Is Overrated and The Right Way To Scale Teams

The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

Anand Sanwal is the Founder & CEO @ CB Insights, the tech market intelligence platform that ingests massive datasets, to answer complex questions and predict future trends. CB is the 9th best place to work in the US according to GlassDoor and one of the fastest growing SaaS companies in the US. To date, CB Insights has raised over $11m in VC funding, a topic Anand discusses at length in our episode today! Prior to founding CB, Anand held numerous roles at American Express including running a $50m Innovation Fund and managing the company's discretionary investment spend ($4-5Bn p.a.). Before American Express, Anand was one of the early team @ Kozmo.com, one of the most well-funded and infamous startups in NYC history. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Anand came to found CB Insights from running American Express' $50m Innovation fund and the a-ha moment there? 2.) Why does Anand believe that revenue funding is the best kind of funding? What 3 elements does Anand believe it fundamentally allows? What does Anand mean when he says "most have 3 masters, you can only serve two of them at once"? Does Anand believe that founders today are treating their investors as customers? 3.) How does Anand distinguish between business that can be funded from revenue vs those that cannot? How does Anand think about the relationship between growth and margin? Why does it make sense for VCs today to push for the suggestion that startups need to raise big to grow? How can founders think about and respond to this? 4.) Why does Anand believe that most B2B content today is crap? What are the core pillars that make great B2B content today? How does Anand think about potentially going too far when it comes to the risque nature of the content? What advice would Anand give to B2B founders wanting to ramp up their game in content? Where do many go wrong? 5.) What does Anand mean when he says that "pedigree is often overrated"? How has that led Anand's thinking when building out the team at CB? Where does Anand see most founders make mistakes when it comes to both team and company scaling? What interview question does Anand find most revealing of an individuals' character? Items Mentioned In Today’s Show: Anand’s Fave Book: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion As always you can follow Harry, The Twenty Minute VC and Anand on Twitter here! Likewise, you can follow Harry on Instagram here for mojito madness and all things 20VC.

34mins

7 Dec 2018

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Anand Sanwal of CB Insights talks Data and Growth

Rise FinTech Podcast

Mid-economic crisis did not strike many as the time to start a company, but after years of running Amex’s innovation fund, Anand Sanwal and his co-founders were ready to strike out on their own.  Initially funded by National Science Foundation grants, they built CB Insights into one of the most trusted resources for research and data on emerging technologies and companies across the globe.  Listen to hear his thoughts on quarterly reporting, data-driven vs. decibel-driven decision making, and how banks are already beginning to unbundle.

30mins

12 Apr 2017

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EP 437: SaaS $10m Raised, $8m+ 2015 Revenue, The Algorithmic Mckinsey with CB Insights CEO Anand Sanwal

SaaS Interviews with CEOs, Startups, Founders

Anand Sanwal, CEO and co-founder of CB Insights, a company that provides predictive intelligence for emerging technology trends, startups, and corporate. Their customers include Cisco, Marketo, and Red Hat, just to name a few. Prior to CB Insights, Anand managed the $50 million Chairman’s Innovation Fund at American Express. Famous Five: Favorite Book? – Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion What CEO do you follow? – Jeff Bezos Favorite online tool? — Gmail Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— “I wish” If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be? – “Be patient”   Time Stamped Show Notes: 01:42 – Nathan introduces Anand to the show 02:45 – “If you buy something for 2 and sell it for 1, you will not make it up in volume” 03:12 – He was in-charge of spending money 03:25 – Sent to London for Cosmo Europe 03:40 – Overspent 04:00 – Rationalizing the expenses 04:45 – Worked in American Express after Cosmo 06:25 – Salary in American Express 06:55 – “Decided to take the plunge” 07:30 – CB Insights 07:46 – Every industry is under attack by technology 08:09 – Monthly customer pay 08:34 – “Use our data to create a sense of urgency” 09:20 – Tracking the competitors 10:00 – Using algorithm on the data 10:30 – Number of paying customers 10:45 – Average of pricing 11:25 – Total MRR last August 11:40 – Hoping for 8-figure revenue this year 12:12 – Team size 12:25 – Some are based in New York 13:05 – Exact MRR last month 13:30 – “Everybody pays upfront” 14:14 – Individual customer acquisition 14:40 – Gross revenue churn 15:20 – Lifetime value 15:29 – 20% churn just to be conservative 15:49 - $200,000 lifetime value 16:16 – Funds raised 16:46 – Most customers are VCs 18:18 – Jon Sherry is the other founder 19:18 – No current acquisition talks 19:32 – Connect with Anand through his website and Twitter 21:05 - The Famous Five   3 Key Points: Do not be afraid to take the plunge—there are risks but just do it. Things happen for a reason and believe in your life plan. There’s no absolute certainties in life—only right places and right times.   Resources Mentioned: Toptal – Nathan found his development team using Toptal  for his new business Send Later. He was able to keep 100% equity and didn’t have to hire a co-founder due to quality of Toptal  developers. Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for cheapest price possible. Freshbooks – The site Nathan uses to manage his invoices and accounts. Leadpages  – The drag and drop tool Nathan uses to quickly create his webinar landing pages which convert at 35%+ Audible – Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5 hour drive) to listen to audio books. CBInsights.com – Anand’s website @cbinsights – Anand’s business’ Twitter handle @asanwal – Anand’s Twitter handle Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives  

23mins

4 Oct 2016

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68. The Bloomberg for Private Companies, Part 2 (Anand Sanwal)

The Full Ratchet: VC | Venture Capital | Angel Investors | Startup Investing | Fundraising | Crowdfunding | Pitch | Private Equity | Business Loans

Today we cover Part 2 of The Bloomberg for Private Companies with Anand Sanwal of CB Insights. In this segment we address: We hear people say that they invest in marketplaces, education, drones, healthcare, IoT, SaaS, machine learning, etc… all in the same breath. Some classify them as sectors, others... To listen more, please visit http://fullratchet.net/podcast-episodes/ for all of our other episodes. Also, follow us on twitter @TheFullRatchet for updates and more information.

23mins

8 Feb 2016

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67. The Bloomberg for Private Companies, Part 1 (Anand Sanwal)

The Full Ratchet: VC | Venture Capital | Angel Investors | Startup Investing | Fundraising | Crowdfunding | Pitch | Private Equity | Business Loans

Anand Sanwal of CB Insights joins Nick to cover The Bloomberg for Startups, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in venture and the startup ecosystem? What were the key issues you experienced in analyzing data about private companies... To listen more, please visit http://fullratchet.net/podcast-episodes/ for all of our other episodes. Also, follow us on twitter @TheFullRatchet for updates and more information.

21mins

8 Feb 2016

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Anand Sanwal of CB Insights

California Tech Council Podcasts

Anand Sanwal of CB Insights goes Inside the Founder's Studio with CTC to discuss their 2016 Tech IPO Pipeline report, its predictions for venture-backed companies rising to the top, the investors that propelled them, sectors that surprised, and much more.

32mins

5 Jan 2016

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Founder's Friday 001: How to Create Great Company Culture with Anand Sanwal, Founder @ CB Insights

The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

Anand Sanwal is the CEO and Co-Founder of CB Insights. Specifically, CB Insights tracks financing trends and private companies in the healthcare, industrial, technology, software, energy & utilities, renewable, internet and mobile industries. CB Insights works primarily with venture capital, private equity, angel investors, corporate development, corporate strategy and family offices. Formerly, Sanwal was the Vice President at American Express. Sanwal was responsible for managing three primary functions which included the (1) Chairman’s $50 Million Innovation Fund, (2) CFO’s strategic planning function and (3) Enterprise Investment Optimization group. He is the author of “Optimizing Corporate Portfolio Management” which features a forward by former American Express and Citigroup CFO, Gary Crittenden. In Todays Episode You Will Learn: Why Anand chose not to take VC funding for CB Insights? Should all subscription based companies be revenue funded? What one key determinant has contributed to the success of CB Insights? How has Anand's hiring strategy changed over time? How strategies does Anand use to create this company culture? What is the biggest challenge facing Anand today? What tactics have not worked when trying to create a good working environment? Is CB Insights replacing VCs, potentially losing their core customers? What metrics Anand would most look for in a startup? We then delve into a quick fire round and discover what is Anand's favourite business book, what gets Anand excited, what advice Anand would give to himself 10 years ago starting out in the industry and finally the next 5 years for Anand and CB Insights.

24mins

26 Jun 2015