In this podcast episode on [A] Growth Ventures, Ashot Arzumanyan, co-founder and partner at SmartGateVC, shares his insights on the potential of pre-seed startups in AI, SaaS, IoT, and Biotech with Hamlet Azarian, CEO & Founder of Azarian Growth Agency.
The conversation begins with the unique challenges encountered when investing in early-stage startups, particularly those based in Armenia. Ashot discusses the importance of identifying a “superhero” team capable of driving a startup to success.
The podcast further dives into a significant industry trend – AI, shedding light on its emerging influence and potential. Ashot underlines the value of fostering partnerships and collaborations with portfolio companies and outlines his views on the future of AI.
This podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in early-stage investments and emerging tech trends! So, stay tuned!
Unlocking the Potential of Pre-Seed Startups: Key Takeaways
01:36 – Introduction
02:07 – Challenges Faced As An Early-Stage Investor Especially In Investing In Startups Out Of Armenia
06:43 – Identifying A “Superhero” Team
11:43 – Successful Investments Made By Smartgate VC
15:55 – Discussing One Of The Emerging Trends In The Industry: AI
24:00 – The Value Of Partnerships And Collaborations With Portfolio Companies
27:20 – The Future Of AI According To Ashot
30:14 – Talking About The Armenian Ecosystem And Targeting The Us Market