The Twenty Minute VC: Andy McLoughlin, Partner @ SoftTech VC

The Series A Crunch and Maximising Runway Through Burn

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Harry Stebbings
Harry StebbingsMaker@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
Andy McLoughlin is a Partner with SoftTech VC, where he primarily invests in B2B, SaaS, developer tools and mobile applications. Prior to joining SoftTech, Andy was co-founder of London-based Huddle, under Andy’s leadership, Huddle became one of Europe’s most awarded and well-known technology startups, raising over $80M of venture funding to date. Since 2010 Andy has been a prolific angel investor building a portfolio covering 35 startups, mostly in the SaaS / B2B space. Just to name a few of the investments from his incredible portfolio Andy was an angel in the likes of Buffer, Intercom, Pipedrive, Postmates, Secret Escapes, just to name a few. In Today's Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Andy made his startup as an entrepreneur and then VC? 2.) What was it that made Andy make the move from the world of entrepreneurship to VC? 3.) As a seed stage investor, what does Andy make of the Series A crunch? How prevalent has it been for him as an investor? What is the optimal amount of runway founders should raise for? 4.) What does Andy think of the size and cadence of the first funding rounds that we are seeing now? What does he make of the rise of the second seed or the bridge round? Is it an indication of trouble? 5.) SoftTech are near the closing of Fund V, so what is the thesis and the mission going forward? What themes and spaces is Andy most excited by and why? Items Mentioned In Today's Episode: Andy's Fave Book: The New York Trilogy, Hatching Twitter Andy's Fave Blog or Newsletter: Medium Newsletter, Mark Suster: Both Sides Of The Table Andy's Most Recent Investment: Captain401