The Demand Efficiency Podcast

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Alok Nandan of Emergent Ventures on the importance of identifying buyer pain in B2B SaaS

In this episode, Elias Rubel is joined by Alok Nandan, General Partner at Emergent Ventures founding partner at Akra Venture Labs, a fundraising pitch tool for Founders. Alok shares his thoughts on giving VCs a more complete picture of your company, getting the meeting, and making it count.

Episode Outline

[04:39] How Salesforce is applying AI and data science in their products

[07:16] Alok’s journey into independent consulting and helping early-stage founders

[11:13] How to bet on founders and help them succeed

[12:04] Steps in domain expertise and identify the pain point of the buyer

[14:34] The process of getting prospects through the funnel

[16:35] Lessons from the school of hard knocks

[19:22] The importance of a peer group of folks who are on a similar journey

Alok’s Inspirations:

Ankur Jain

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The Demand Efficiency Podcast

Podcast

Audio

Demand Generation

Growth

Podcast Outline

[00:48] Walter’s background

[04:16] Common themes and mistakes Walter notices among founding teams when he starts working with them

[05:40] What do First Principles mean in the context of sales?

[07:30] How to apply an engineering mindset to sales, compassion, and truth

[09:58] Becoming a better salesperson: The 3 W’s (Steve Browne)

[15:10] Usually the biggest obstacle is oneself

[23:36] How Walter unwinds


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