Investor Connect Podcast

In this episode, Hall is joined by Xavier Segura, Managing Partner of Tessera Venture Partners, headquartered in New York. Tessera Venture Partners is an early-stage venture fund investing in transformative companies with exceptional founders “having at least one major exit in an area related to their current business”.

Xavier is not new to the world of investing in startups as prior to Tessera, he had operated, exited and grown many technology companies. He gives his advice to both investors and entrepreneurs and speaks about the various regulatory challenges in the space. Xavier also shares details on two of the five companies which are currently in Tessera’s portfolio. One is a cloud-based platform that enables merchants to sell everywhere using mobile devices as well as digital insurance claim processing and payment, and the other is a financial technology company leveraging blockchain, AI and analytics to deliver home equity lending, reverse mortgages  and other financial products.

Xavier is very excited about blockchain and the gig economy and welcomes any questions or comments.

Visit Tessera Venture Partners at 
Xavier can be contacted via LinkedIn at
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Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

I’m often asked what venture capital looks for. 

VCs look for emerging tech markets with strong growth projections.

These sectors include blockchain, AI, Data Analytics, and other strong growth areas.

They do this partly because there’s usually strong deal flow and it’s easy to explain to limited partners.

VCs also look for platform-based businesses, rather than solo products.

They look for recurring revenue

Virality factors

Network effect components

Very large markets 

Strong teams and 

A scalable business model

Also, traction in your business and exits of other companies in the sector drive interest as well.

Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.

Let’s go start up something today.

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