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Boston venture capitalists talk about what's changing in 2013 [Audio]

Posted by Scott Kirsner  February 20, 2013 08:00 AM

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The networking association TiE Boston invited me to moderate a panel of venture capitalists earlier this month, focusing on their predictions for the year ahead.

The panelists were Deepak Sindwani of Bain Capital Ventures and Sunil Dhaliwal of Amplify Partners (pictured at right), Todd Dagres of Spark Capital, Amir Nashat of Polaris Partners, and Jeff Fagnan of Atlas Venture. The event took place at Microsoft NERD in Kendall Square, on February 7th.

We talked about reasons to be optimistic and pessimistic about the venture industry in 2013...Dhaliwal's newly-announced firm...the fate of seed-funded startups when they go to raise a larger Series A round...how entrepreneurs should think about how many VC firms to pitch, and which ones...the panelists' turn-offs when they listen to entrepreneur presentations...a recent investment, and how they did due diligence on it...first-time founders versus more experienced entrepreneurs...the day when Facebook's founders went to pitch Battery Ventures in Waltham...and opportunities in cleantech and enterprise technology right now.

I also invited three entrepreneurs from the audience to give a brief pitch about their startups, and asked the panel to tell me what areas they'd poke at or ask more about.

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