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.

 



176 Stories by Amit Garg

Crowdfunding? 3 Principles For Entrepreneurs

Oculus. Glowforge. Flow. Exploding Kittens. Veronica Mars. Tile. The Coolest Cooler. BauBax. Fidget Cube. What do all of these companies have in common? They...
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Why Founders Should (Mostly) Stay CEOs

Amazon. Apple. Google. Facebook. Microsoft. Oracle. What all these companies have in common is one of the founders was / is the CEO that...
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Pre-emptive round? 4 Ways To Decide How Startups Should Approach It

Someone wants to give you money before you start fundraising? When you still have cash in the bank? And you are getting a great...
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Second Mover Advantage — 3 Key Principles To Succeed As A Fast Follower

Ask the general public and they will tell you being the first into a market is the key to winning. But building a company...
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Should I Take This Money? 5 Major Ways VCs Invest In You — And How To Think About It

VCs come in many different shapes: investment thesis, fund size, geographic focus, profit-motivated versus strategic returns, and how they invest. Indeed, VCs use a...
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Why Diagnostics Is Hard: Three Extra Challenges And How Startups Can Still Succeed

Diagnostics shares the same two key challenges as most of digital health. One, long sales cycles of 9-18 months into providers, often even longer...
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Virtual Fundraising For Startups — A Q&A

Q&A with Eileen Wu Raise Partners CEO and Sand Hill Network Co-Founder, Former CNN and CNBC Reporter/Producer Has virtual fundraising leveled the playing field...
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Why We Invested In Labelbox aka “The Pickaxe” Of The AI Revolution

We just invested in Labelbox as part of their $40M series C led by B Capital, here is some of the coverage: Business Insider,...
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Why We Invested In Decoded Health aka “A Medical Resident In Your Pocket”

In January we invested in Decoded Health as part of their $4.5M seed led by Sierra Ventures. Tau Ventures is an AI-first fund in...
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Synthetic Biology — Golden Land Of Startups?

Synthetic biology is the branch of biotech that is about creating new biological parts from scratch or from templates in nature. It is often...
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Synthetic Equity — Pros > Cons For Startups?

In the US, limited liability corporations (LLCs) are a recent phenomenon — Wyoming pioneered them in 1977, the IRS issued comprehensive rules around their...
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Is Silicon Valley Dying? No And Why It Still Makes Sense For Entrepreneurs

There are these headlines: Aug 26, 2020: Palantir’s Bay Area move makes Denver the city to watch amid Silicon Valley’s exodus Dec 1, 2020:...
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