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#39: Shwetank Verma, Leo Capital - Why Venture is A Scale Game and The 3 Key Metrics Every VC Fund Tracks To Measure Fund Performance

The Masters Of Cashflow

Shwetank Verma is the co-founder of the India Insurtech Association and of Leo Capital, a venture capital fund investing in companies in India and South-East Asia. Recent investments include Upmesh (live commerce), CyberSierra (cyber security and insurance), Devtron Labs (K8S deployment) among others. Previously, he led Open Innovation for MetLife Asia and was a part of the senior management team of LumenLab, MetLife's innovation consultancy. At LumenLab, he advised MetLife country CEOs and senior leaders on growth, startup collaboration, culture change, and new product development. Prior to joining MetLife, he was a serial entrepreneur in healthcare and education in India. He serves as Innovation Advisor to the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Singapore Management University. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Nottingham (UK), where he was a Foreign and Commonwealth Office scholar. Read more about Leo Capital here https://leo.capital/ or connect with Shwetank on Linkedin here https://www.linkedin.com/in/shwetankv/ If you enjoyed this podcast, would you consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify? It takes less than 30 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince new amazing guests to come on the show, and on top of that, I love reading the reviews! Connect with me: Email: hello@andrewsenduk.com Website: https://andrewsenduk.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrew.senduk/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-senduk-1980/


10 Feb 2022

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EP 42 : Investing in Insurtech | Shwetank Verma (Co-Founder, Leo Capital)

The Startup Operator

An operator turned founder turned investor, Shwetank has lived and experienced the entire spectrum of the startup journey. Based out of Singapore, he is currently an early-stage venture investor in India and South East Asia with Leo Capital focusing on Digital Health, Insurtech and Fintech. Shwetank's portfolio companies include the likes of WayForward, GetRia, CoverGenius, and BeatOApp to name a few. He also co-founded the India Insurtech Association which is a non-profit organization promoting innovation in the Indian insurance sector. Previously, Shwetank headed open innovation at MetLife Asia, where he created and led Collab - a platform for matching best of class technology startups to the right problem statement in the enterprise and bringing culture change to the main enterprise. He has also been an adviser on open innovation to Fortune 500 companies. In this episode of The Startup Operator, Roshan talks to Shwetank about his transition from an operator to a founder to an investor, his investment thesis, and his bets in the insurtech sector. Tune in for another exciting conversation! --------------- Connect with Shwetank -  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shwetankv Twitter - https://twitter.com/shwetankv --------------- If you liked this episode, don't forget to subscribe to our podcast and leave us a review. Follow us on - Twitter - https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/startup-operator --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startup-operator/message


19 Oct 2020

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EP40: Investing in InsurTech & Early Stage Investing {Shwetank of Leo Capital}

Stars & Startups

EP40: {Shwetank Verma, General Partner of Leo Capital} Shwetank Verma is a General Partner and co-Founder of Leo Capital, an early-stage venture investor operating in India and SouthEast Asia. Leo Capital focuses on Digital Health, InsurTech and FinTech. Shwetank, prior to founding Leo Capital he headed open innovation at MetLife Asia, where he created and led (Collab), and was entrepreneur who created a healthcare and education ventures in India. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — → Don’t forget to subscribe to the Newsletter via stars.substack.com so that you can receive future podcast releases delivered to your inbox! → Full episode of the podcast is available on my YouTube Channel — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Shwetank opens up about investing, few of his investments & trends he has seen in the Insurance space.  Timeline: 01:55 - Introduction 05:55 - Metlife Collab - the post accelerator 08:10 - Corporate innovation is learned helplessness 11:05 - Seeing patterns in industries across the world 14:40 - Timing the market 17:45 - Regulators enabling insurance 20:45 - Insuretech Association of India 22:50 - Having billions in Gross Underwritten Premiums 31:00 - Leo Capital Investments 31:44 - Cover Genius - APIs for insurance 36:10 - Functioning of the fund 37:10 - Beato App - Diabetes Management 46:08 - WayForward - Mental Health 49:24 - Meeting portfolio companies - choosing an investment


16 Sep 2020

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How does Leo Capital evaluate startups for funding with Rajul Garg

Lifeselfmastery's podcast I Startups I Venture Capital

In this podcast, Rajul talks about what led him to build Pine Labs and Global Logic and his investment thesis behind Leo Capital.


25 Oct 2019

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Ep 10 – Shwetank Verma – co-Founder and General Partner Leo Capital – Investing in Asian InsurTech – India Edition

Asia InsurTech Podcast

Shwetank Verma is a General Partner and co-Founder of Leo Capital, an early-stage venture investor operating in India and SouthEast Asia. Leo Capital focuses on Digital Health, InsurTech and FinTech. Shwetank is an advisor on open innovation to Fortune 500 companies and a speaker on Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Digital Health, and InsurTech. Prior to founding […] The post Ep 10 – Shwetank Verma – co-Founder and General Partner Leo Capital – Investing in Asian InsurTech – India Edition appeared first on Asia InsurTech Podcast.


3 Jun 2019

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Rajul Garg, Managing Partner, Leo Capital

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Rajul Garg is the Founder and Managing Partner of Leo Capital, a Pre-Series-A Venture Capital Fund. Rajul has been the founder of two Billion Dollar companies Global Logic and Pine Labs. Rajul is counted among the top 10 early stage investors from India. Some of notable quotes by Rajul from the podcast:1. On purpose in life ?"My view of life is to be more in the present. I like to think here in this moment how I can be most productive. So my main focus now is how we make this conversation most productive for the listeners. So in my ideal state I would like to blank myself from everything else and be fully here in this moment. I feel if I can achieve that in every moment, in every hour that would come closest to my purpose."2. I do think when you look at any success including the companies I founded there definitely an element of topicality in the time they happened. Lot of different things come together to make a big company. There were so many points in the journey where the two companies could have totally shut down. Lot of ducks have to line up to make a company successful.3. "The quality of people you assemble in the company is really really important."4. Every big success is death by thousand cuts, it not one big thing but a combination of small things.5. Out of the three things - Market, team and traction, Market is something you can’t just fight with at all. Team you can still work with, you can hire more people, chip and chop, thought it's still difficult. Market is very very hard to fight. If you find yourself in a market which is small, hard to penetrate or super competitive or timing wise wrong, that is the number one reason why things don't work out. Number 1 predictor of success for investment has been timing.Getting the timing right of why this make sense to do it today is a very difficult part from an investment perspective and you often get it wrong as an investor.6. The magical thing which leads to scale of 50-100x? "I think it’s Product Market Fit. Product Market fit is one of those non-deterministic problems. It’s like asking - How do I fall in love or How can I be happy. It is not a problem that you can solve with money. It goes back to the timing thing, Is the market ready for the product today ?"7. "For me what I seen over the years I tend to let the process take over instead of thinking too much about the outcomes. I get into action mode and do things which need to be done instead of thinking what will happen tomorrow."8. On strengths and weaknesses “Because I am so aspired to be in the moment I am a good tactical thinker. Given 3 options I quickly able to latch on to what to do now and move forward, sort of bury the past, keep going. I am able to quickly correct mistakes and navigate my way through complex problems step by step. At the same time I don’t think of myself as a big strategic thinker like how will the market evolve in 5 years or 10 years.”9. The only way you can really judge an investor is look at their portfolio. Everything else is just talk. I can talk endlessly but you have to look where I have put my money in. That defines me more than anything else.10.Philosophy I life by:"You can’t make your happiness conditional to everything else. You can’t generally say if I do this then I will be happy. Specially for entrepreneurs if you say if I raise the next funding then I will feel happy. I feel there is an intrinsic fallacy in this. Chances are if you are not happy today you will not be happy tomorrow either. So I think happiness is something which comes from within and has to run like a fabric parallel to every thing else. Find a way to be calm, joyous and happy today because its not contingent on your business success or any other success, find that place today work on everything else alongside."Also, try out a 30-day free trial of Zoho Payroll, and simplify your Payroll journey as an entrepreneur! https://zoho.to/zoho-payroll


22 May 2019

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216th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Rajul Garg, Leo Capital - 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast

1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast

Rajul Garg, Head of Investments at Leo Capital, discusses the Indian startup eco-system and his fund’s investment focus.


26 Feb 2018