Ask a VC: Staffing your Startup

As part of our Ask a VC blog series, we wanted to provide additional insight from the OUP investment team on how to staff your startup company. We spoke with Tech Partner Manny Stockman and Life Science Partner Anurag Agarwal to learn their perspectives on the first strategic business hire, how to incentivize and compensate employees at an early-stage startup, and where to find the right candidate for these roles. While some of their insights were similar, as with all individuals in the venture capital space, they did have differing opinions. The interviewees’ statements below have been edited for clarity and length by Jaimie Testai.

Ask a VC: Finding the Right VC for Your Company

We spoke with Tech Managing Partner Marc Singer and our Life Science Principal Mitra Miri for their perspectives on diligencing VCs, having multiple investors in a round, and red flags to look for in a potential VC partner. While some of their insights were similar, as with all individuals in the venture capital space, they did have differing opinions.

Diving into Academic EIR/MIR Programs: Caltech and Johns Hopkins

In early 2022, OUP hosted a webinar on EIR/MIR Programs at Universities. Due to the overwhelming interest in the topic, we wanted to highlight two additional programs to offer perspectives from other universities. We spoke with Case Cortese, Director for Innovation, New Ventures & Entrepreneurship, to discuss Caltech’s entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) program, and Mark VanderZyl, Associate…

Angel & Accelerator Funding: Continuing the Conversation

In late 2020, OUP hosted a webinar on Angel and Accelerator Funding for University Startups. We reconnected with two of the panelists, Ashok Kamal, Executive Director of Tech Coast Angels, and Jun Axup, Chief Science Officer and Partner of IndieBio, to continue the conversation about angel and accelerator funding in addition to answering some follow-up…

Recruiting Talent for University Startups: Continuing the Conversation

This summer, OUP hosted a webinar on Recruiting Talent for University Startups. Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu, Director at the Academic Venture Exchange (AVX), Mike Psarouthakis, Director of the University of Michigan Venture Center, and Hazel Mulhare, Head of Talent at Oxford Sciences Innovation, discussed their respective programs and started the conversation about best practices for recruiting top…