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Episode Info: CEOs in the deep tech space are deeply passionate about what they are building. But these brilliant technical minds tend to be less passionate about sales and marketing. So, how can a VC with a background in branding inspire his founders to invest in marketing material that reflects the power and beauty of what they’re building technically? Greg Castle is the Founder and Managing Director of Anorak Ventures, a fund dedicated to early-stage, disruptive technologies like virtual reality, robotics, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, computer vision and internet of things. Greg believes that the next decade will be defined by the emerging technology of today, and he is passionate about investing in teams with the right mix of intellect, experience and integrity to succeed. Prior to Anorak, Greg worked in corporate marketing and served as the cofounder of Pure Food, a UK startup of fast casual restaurants. Today, Greg joins us to share his experience as a seed investor in Oculus, explaining how the experience inspired him to become a VC. He describes his value-add for the companies he works with in the realm of sales and marketing and discusses the importance branding that reflects the work you’ve put in on the technical side. Listen in to find out how Anorak has evolved since its inception in 2016 and learn why Greg is looking for founders who understand the ‘illogical’ nature of running a venture-backed business. Topics Covered Greg’s path to Anorak Ventures Sales and marketing at Bloomberg out of college Moved to UK to become restaurant entrepreneur Returned to States to work in video game tech Seed capital to Oculus, interest in investing Greg’s value-add for the companies he works with Background in gaming tech + Oculus experience Inspire CEOs to invest in marketing and sales The evolution of Anorak in the last 2½ years Opportunities outside Bay (capital efficiency + focus) More valuation sensitive, comfortable saying no What Greg looks for in a founder Repeat founders/early employees in venture-backed co. ‘Unsexy businesses’ causing disruption (e.g.: Orderful) Connect with Greg Anorak Ventures Anorak Ventures on LinkedIn Greg on LinkedIn Greg on Twitter Resources Greg on Boost VCC EP001 Oculus Flexport Autodesk Mass Effect ‘AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call it Mirrorworld’ in Wired Oculus Kickstarter Campaign CB Insights Kobie Fuller Y Combinator Alchemist Accele...
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