Praveen Varshney of Varshney Capital
In this episode, Hall interviews Praveen Varshney of Varshney Capital, a venture capital, merchant banking, and corporate advisory services firm with a specialization in public venture capital. Praveen has been a driving force in the Vancouver business world. He is a long-time member and past President of the Vancouver chapter of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization and a founding director of the Vancouver chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE). Mr. Varshney was a 12-year member of the Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board, a former Director of The Vancouver Board of Trade, and a past recipient of Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 Awards. He is also a director of the Varshney Family Charitable Foundation, a SVP Vancouver Partner, a Director of OneProsper.org, and a Founding Member of instrumentbeyondborders.org.
Praveen talks about how he got into venture capital after a background as a CPA. Praveen worked as part of a family office with his father and brother. With the capital and experience gained over the past 10 years, they’ve transitioned into a family office/venture capital firm that focuses on three broad areas – mining resources, real estate, and social impact investing.
Praveen discusses the key things Varshney looks for when investing, and how they discovered social impact investing. Varshney looks for vision and passion in their entrepreneurs, as well as ideas, products, and projects with global impact. Recurring revenue is also a critical component that they look for. Hall and Varshney discuss the future of social impact investing, why it is important, and why it doesn’t have to come at the expense of returns.
You can find Varshney Capital at https://www.varshneycapital.com/.
Praveen can be reached on LinkedIN at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/praveenvarshney
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