Investor Connect Podcast

In this episode, Hall welcomes Kiyan Zandiyeh, CIO at Sturgeon Capital.

Headquartered in London, England, Sturgeon Capital is a leading frontier markets investment boutique. Since the establishment of Fund 1 in 2016, they have made nine investments. Sturgeon Capital focuses on technology-enabled businesses that offer a product or service which solves an unserved, acute pain point for a large addressable market. They seek to be meaningful equity partners alongside entrepreneurs, helping businesses reach their full potential.

Kiyan has over 10 years of investment experience and has worked intimately with early-stage frontier businesses. He has successfully led numerous seed round investments, working with management to develop the companies such that each today are the leaders in their respective verticals.

Kiyan shares with Hall what excites him the most in the space. He advises entrepreneurs and investors and discusses how he sees the industry evolving.

You can visit Sturgeon Capital at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at   

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Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

How can an investor group make the diligence process manageable? 

Here are some steps:

  • Standardize the diligence process
  • Break it down into subtasks and define the process for each task
  • Assign the tasks to team members
  • Set target dates for completion and have periodic check-ins with each team member 
  • Focus on the key risks and not every aspect of the deal
  • Make clear to the startup how the diligence process works
  • Keep the startup apprised of the progress and status of their deal

In most cases, the startup will find the process manageable if they understand how it works and if they see consistent progress to the goal.

A good diligence process often provides new information and insight to the startup.

Reducing time, making it efficient, and helping the startup, are the signs of a good diligence process.

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

Let’s go startup something today.

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