#83: Why You Should Consider Venture Debt with Paul Ong

by | Nov 30, 2021 | Podcast

When startups think about how they will pay for things, they first think of bootstrapping with their own money. The goal is to either get to profit naturally, or raise money from investors in order to fuel further growth. Very few people think about venture debt, or the act of borrowing money in order to fuel growth. That’s why I invited Paul Ong to be a guest with us today. Paul is a partner at Innoven Capital SEA, which provides loans to companies backed by venture capitalists in the SE Asian region, including India and China. We talked about whether venture debt is something startups should consider, and why. Despite not taking equity from your company, the value they provide seems to be quite clear: They can introduce your team to the rest of their portfolio, assist with further equity funding, mergers and acquisitions opportunities, hiring opportunities, and much more.

I asked specifically – How is venture financing different from being a founder? – Do you get more leads from VCs or startups? – How is marketing different for this kind of firm? – Why would a founder choose to work with you? – What are your terms? – How do you justify de-leveraging to future investors? – Do VCs find this concept digestible?

Contact LinkedIn: Paul Ong Email: [email protected]

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Sean Weisbrot

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Sean is an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor based in SE Asia for over 12 years. He is passionate about Psychology and helping others improve themselves.

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