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Merrill Insight™ | 9 things would-be venture capitalists should know

Part of our ongoing series of interviews with prominent dealmakers on their careers, industry perspectives and advice for professionals just starting out.

Abby Roberts, Director of Merrill Insight™ | September 05, 2018

What does the VC world look like from the inside? In this podcast, we dive deep with Shruti Gandhi, founder and managing partner at Array Ventures, on topics ranging from how to break into VC, starting her own firm, what the day-to-day looks like, advice for women entrepreneurs and much, much more.

Learn more by listening to the full podcast. Topics include:

  • How to establish a point of view and why it matters
  • A valuable way to have a cup of coffee
  • What Shruti’s day-to-day looks like
  • How her firm found and invested in Simility
  • What agitated workforce means and why it’s important
  • Common mistakes founders make
  • The untapped female market opportunity
  • Advice for women looking to get into venture capital
  • The "secret sauce" behind being a successful VC

Array focuses on investments in big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), and recently sold one of its first investments, a fraud-prevention technology called Simility, to Paypal for $120m cash.

Register now for our upcoming webinar, Merrill Insight™ Video | Hot or Hype? Trends in Technology M&A to hear more from Shruti and others as they discuss hot areas and under-invested arenas in the technology M&A space.

Shruti Ghandi

About Shruti Gandhi

Shruti is founder and managing partner of Array Ventures. Array invests in enterprise deep tech early stage companies. Shruti spent her early career as a developer on mainframe security, collaboration tools, and data analytics. Post engineering, she was investing in early stage companies at True Ventures and Samsung's venture fund. She has an MBA from University of Chicago and MS from Columbia University. You can follow her on twittermedium, and itunes.