Shruti Gandhi

Managing Partner at Array Ventures

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON January 26, 2016

Discussion

Shruti Gandhi@atshruti · array.vc
Hi everyone, I'm Shruti. I'm very happy to be here so please ask away!
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
How many portfolio companies has your fund invested in so far?
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
Your website says that you are focused on "category-leading startups". Is your fund's investment philosophy similar to that of A16Z who aim to invest in companies that have the potential to become No.1 or at least No. 2 (e.g. Lyft) in their sector?
Harry Stebbings@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
@atShruti thanks so much for joining us today, actually a big fan of your latest article on the room full of CTOs. I would love to hear your take on India as an emerging tech hub? What can be done to further the innovation? What more would you like to see? By the way, would absolutely love to have you join us on @twentyminutevc would be amazing to hear your story in more detail!
Michael McCord@michael_mccord · CEO + Product Lead @LearnerNation
What is the best Learning Management System for transforming teams? :D
Michael McCord@michael_mccord · CEO + Product Lead @LearnerNation
and also... what makes a truly disruptive product? (on a serious note)
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
Last year Y Combinator published "Requests for Startups" (https://www.ycombinator.com/rfs/). Are there any specific problems or opportunities that you think more entrepreneurs should take on?
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
Which entrepreneur(s) do you admire the most and why?
Phillip Yang@geekyyang
Hi Shruti! Thanks so much for doing this and thanks Product Hunt for providing such an awesome session. Appreciate the connect on Twitter as well. My question for you is: As a VC, when approached by hundreds of founders via pitches, what do you look for in terms of ones that strike you the most out of the rest? What deciding factors do you use to determine as to whether an entrepreneur is worth investing in?
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
What has surprised you most about working in the investment industry?
Shiva Singh Sangwan@shivagg · 1947🌎
What advise would your give to a recent graduate student who just began his career as an investment analyst position at a VC firm. What sources, blogs, people to follow, course to take etc.. in order to grow... Thank you Shruti :)
Ryan Fliss@ryanfliss · Writer, marketer
Education--programmers seem to be trying to create "machine teaching" via machine learning, big data, algorithms. Do you see value in a company now that has proprietary advanced tech but at the same time figures out a way to maintain human-human (re: expert-novice) interaction at scale? Would you invest in such a company today, or are you more interested to see the outcome of the "machine teaching" efforts first?
Akshay Bharwani@akshaybharwani · Just a Student, for now.
What are your thoughts on the Indian startup ecosystem? What do you think of the recent 'Startup India, Standup India' initiative by PM Modi?
Shruti, Do you invest in US startups targeting India also as a market?