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Episode 100

Ajay Rajani

Entrepreneur/investor soundbiting this adventure. Currently: http://www.inevitable.vc.

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Ajay Rajani is the Founder of The Inevitable Collective, an investment vehicle that helps build and invest in companies that push the world forward. Ajay has been a part of Grovo as the Head of Product, the founding CMO of Inventure, and is now launching new experiments including: Nextt, the first accelerator for ideas & The Inevitable Collective, a new investment vehicle that’s investing in companies with products that are primarily aimed at developing markets. Ajay joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, what he looks for when investing, how to get product/market fit, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Ajay.
  • Learn more about how Ajay got into startups & investing.
  • Learn more about how Ajay approaches product growth and angel investing.
  • Learn more about how Ajay approaches product/market fit.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Ajay Rajani is the Founder of The Inevitable Collective, an investment vehicle that helps build and invest in companies that push the world forward.

Ajay has been a part of Grovo as the Head of Product, the founding CMO of Inventure, and is now launching new experiments including: Nextt, the first accelerator for ideas & The Inevitable Collective, a new investment vehicle that’s investing in companies with products that are primarily aimed at developing markets.

Ajay joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, what he looks for when investing, how to get product/market fit, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Ajay got into startups & product growth.
  • How Ajay approaches product/market growth.
  • Why he's launching The Inevitable Collective.
  • How he approaches investing in companies.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:50
Where are you from and what did you study?

2:20
So how did your passion for entrepreneurship develop?

4:03
What is Grovo and how did you create the opportunity to join the team there?

7:49
Your efforts lead to 30% and more month-over-month growth. What is your approach to growth and product development?

11:08
You were then and early investor and then CMO for InVenture Mobile. What is InVenture and what lead you to both invest and join the team?

17:01
InVenture also raised money from Lowercase Capital, Google Ventures, Collaborative Fund. What was that process like for you given that you were an early investor there?

18:29
What are 3 key areas you’d provide some insights around for companies who are looking to grow?

20:50
You’re also co-hosting a show called Employees Only. What is it about and what motivated you to help start it?

24:26
You’ve recently started your own VC group called The Inevitable Collective. What motivated you to start this investment fund?

25:48
You’ve already invested in a few companies. Can you tell us a bit about them and why you decided to invest? What was it about them that got you excited?

32:52
What are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used lately?

34:53
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

36:04
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Ajay Rajani on Twitter
Ajay on the web
The Inevitable Collective on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Nextt
Employees Only
Emerging
Typeform
HiFi
Workforce
Mailchimp
Uber
Lyft
Gett
Via
Social+Capital Snippets
A Side Project Help Jumpstart My Career
Thoughts on Building Weatherproof Companies

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