05: Discovering hidden baseball talent to leading Sales at Stripe all applied to finding outliers in tech - Meka Asonye, First Round Capital

Meka Asonye, a Partner at First Round Capital, started angel investing in 2018 while working at Stripe and joined First Round in 2021. He has made dozens of Angel investments and 13 Venture investments, and he's just getting started! While he focuses on B2B SAAS, he has not shied away from investing in audacious founders, from modernizing 911 call centers to putting the biggest satellites in space. Meka shares his approach to finding true outliers, a practice he began while uncovering hidden talent for the Cleveland Guardians. 

Meka writes checks of $2M to $5M as the lead at pre-seed and seed.

Highlights from the discussion:
  • Meka's unconventional path to VC: from discovering high-potential baseball talent to leading sales at startups to VC
  • Meka's first angel investment came from Craiglist!
  • Exploring the frontiers: investing in Space and GovTech
  • How Meka supports founder friends, honestly
  • Leveling up in VC by learning from partners, retros, reviews, and reflection powered by process and data

This is for information purposes only. This is not investment advice.

Creators and Guests

Aamir Virani
Host
Aamir Virani
Helped 50+ orgs grow product and scale teams.Software Engineer ➑️ Product Manager ➑️ Founder (Nest Cam fka Dropcam) πŸ”€ Investor, CRE, Founder@pifgov 2021
Shaherose Charania
Host
Shaherose Charania
Venture Investing at @CakeVentures and @joindvc | Always helping founders | Raised on Atari, MS-DOS, Bollywood & Hip Hop. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦in πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Meka Asonye
Guest
Meka Asonye
Partner @Firstround. Ex-@Stripe, @mixpanel, Bain, and @CleGuardians. Bears Fan 🏈, amateur golfer πŸŒπŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ, pilot πŸ›©.
05: Discovering hidden baseball talent to leading Sales at Stripe all applied to finding outliers in tech  - Meka Asonye, First Round Capital
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