The Rise of Non-Traditional VCs

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Non-traditional VCs playing the startup game is nothing new but the scale at which they are participating now is bigger than ever. Pitchbook called it “tourist investors” — perhaps questioning their staying power – in a recent article publishing the following data for 2018: What exactly are non-traditional VCs? There are certainly differing opinions but the consensus is these are entities whose core business is not about investing in startups, in other words corporates, foundations, private equity and hedge funds. This article will focus on the pros and cons of such capital. Pros Non-traditional VCs often have other goals beyond…...

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Amit Garg I have been in Silicon Valley for 20 years -- at Samsung NEXT Ventures, running my own startup (as of May 2019 a series D that has raised $120M and valued at $450M), at Norwest Ventures, and doing product and analytics at Google. My academic training is BS in computer science and MS in biomedical informatics, both from Stanford, and MBA from Harvard. I speak natively 3 languages, live carbon-neutral, am a 70.3 Ironman finisher, and have built a hospital in rural India serving 100,000 people.