Toyosi Ogedengbe – Series 4 episode 28

Toyosi Ogedengbe – Nothing Ventured Podcast series 4 episode 28

Toyosi is a principal at Ascension Ventures. Before Ascension, he was a Venture Capitalist at Speedinvest with a focus on marketplaces.

The interview with Toyosi Ogedengbe, Principal at Ascension Ventures, delves into his insights and experiences as a venture capitalist, particularly in the realm of marketplace business models and the emerging tech ecosystem in Africa. In this engaging conversation, Toyosi shares his perspective on various aspects of venture capital, entrepreneurship, diversity, and leveraging relationships.

Kicking off the discussion, Toyosi introduces himself and his background in the venture capital landscape. His expertise lies in marketplace business models, a domain he is deeply passionate about. He highlights the unique dynamics and challenges of marketplaces, emphasizing the delicate balance between growth and retention that entrepreneurs must navigate.

A significant portion of the conversation revolves around the tech scene in Africa, which Toyosi finds particularly exciting. He points to Africa’s young population and the emergence of a middle class as key drivers of growth in the tech ecosystem. His observations shed light on the potential of African talent and innovation to impact the global tech industry.

The interview delves into the growth of fund managers and venture capital in Africa, shedding light on the evolving landscape of investment in the region. Toyosi emphasizes the increasing quality of talent in Africa and its potential to shape the industry’s trajectory. He shares his perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by underrepresented founders in the venture space, providing valuable insights for those seeking to break into entrepreneurship or venture capital.

One of the highlights of the interview is Toyosi’s personal experience as a minority in the venture capital world. He discusses the cultural dynamics and sheds light on the lived experiences of individuals from underrepresented communities. Toyosi provides advice and guidance for aspiring venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from similar backgrounds, emphasizing the importance of persistence, networking, and learning from setbacks.

Drawing from his own journey, Toyosi shares his path into venture capital and the strategies he employed to secure roles in the industry. He discusses the challenges that underrepresented founders encounter and offers practical advice to overcome these barriers.

Throughout the conversation, Toyosi stresses the significance of leveraging relationships and doing thorough homework. He provides actionable insights on how founders can approach investors, establish trust, and create opportunities through meaningful connections. He offers a real-life example of how relationships can open doors and lead to valuable partnerships.

The interview concludes with Toyosi’s advice for individuals aspiring to break into the venture capital arena or entrepreneurship. He underscores the importance of resilience, continuous learning, and embracing challenges as opportunities for growth. Toyosi’s final remarks touch on the power of networks and his optimism about the future of venture capital and innovation.

For those looking to learn from a seasoned venture capitalist with a deep understanding of marketplace dynamics and a keen awareness of diversity and inclusion issues, this interview with Toyosi Ogedengbe provides a wealth of valuable insights and actionable advice. With his wealth of experience and unique perspective, Toyosi offers guidance that can empower aspiring entrepreneurs and venture capitalists on their journey toward success.

Nothing Ventured – Episode 25 Zoe Peden

Nothing Ventured - Episode 25 Zoe Peden

In conversation with the Principle at Ananda Impact Ventures and Founder of FutureWorldVC

Zoe joins us to discuss her journey to becoming a VC, from her early days in publishing, founding award-winning businesses, and more. Like every episode of Nothing Ventured we get beyond the fluff and have real conversations with the people making the start-up world tick.

 

Listen below or head over to Spotify or Apple.

Building business models is hard, we can help?

Nothing Ventured – Episode 7 Ghilaine Chan

Nothing Ventured - Episode 7 Ghilaine Chan

In conversation with the ops and team development specialist

Another episode in the can! We’re delighted to be joined by the business management and operations expert Ghilaine Chan.

As an ex-ops manager at Microsoft and advisor at Microsoft Ventures Ghilaine now advises start-ups on how to get their teams working in the right direction scaling along the way.

 

Listen below or head over to Spotify or Apple.

Building business models is hard, we can help?

Nothing Ventured – Episode 6 Bronwyn Williams

Nothing Ventured - Episode 6 Bronwyn Williams

In conversation with the Futurist and Trend Analyst

We’ve been trying to get Bronwyn onto one of our webinars for ages and we finally did it!

In Nothing Ventured Episode 6 Aarish and Bronwyn discuss the future, future of finance, and the trends that are set to dominate our business lives over the coming years.

 

Listen below or head over to Spotify or Apple.

Building business models is hard, we can help?

Nothing Ventured – Episode 5 Mac Conwell

Nothing Ventured - Episode 5 Mac Conwell

In conversation with the Founder and Managing Partner of RareBreed Ventures

We’re delighted to be joined in this episode of Nothing Ventured by Mac Conwell. As Managing Partner and Founder of RareBreed Ventures. RareBreed does things a bit differently than others in the investment space looking outside of the usual ecosystems for exceptional founders doing things in sometimes overlooked sectors.

Mac and Aarish discuss this and more in a packed epsiode.

Listen below or head over to Spotify or Apple.

Building business models is hard, we can help?

Nothing Ventured – Episode 4 Tarig El Sheikh

Nothing Ventured - Episode 4 Tarig El Sheikh

In conversation with the multi-exited founder

We’ve been trying to schedule Tarig for a while and we’re delighted we finally nailed him down for Nothing Ventured.

As a founder of multiple businesses, lecturer, and finance professional Tarig has an amazingly diverse business background. From his time at Lehman, selling bespoke suits, HR software, and more, he’s well placed to provide insights for founders on how sh*t works!

Listen below or head over to Spotify or Apple.

Building business models is hard, we can help?

Nothing Ventured – Episode 3 Sasha Gainullin

Nothing Ventured - Episode 3 Sasha Gainullin

In conversation with the CEO of travel insurtech company battleface

Sasha joined us as part of our webinar series recently, if you also want the pictures watch it here.

Having recently raised an 8 figure round Sasha is super well placed to talk about battleface’s growth journey. So that is exactly what Aarish and Sasha did! It’s a great listen for any founders looking for insights into how you scale, the importance of a great team, and understanding there are some things as founders you know nothing about.

Listen below or head over to Spotify or Apple.

Building business models is hard, we can help?

Nothing Ventured – Episode 2 Hussein Kanji

Nothing Ventured - Episode 2 Hussein Kanji

In conversation with the Hoxton Ventures' partner.

Originally recorded as a webinar, which you can watch here, Aarish is joined by Hussein Kanji. Hussein’s CV reads like a who’s who of European unicorns, they discuss the state of venture EU vs the US, Hussein’s career history, and more. It’s a great intro to a super prominent VC and a must for founders looking to fundraise. Listen below or head over to Spotify or Apple.

 

Building business models is hard, we can help?

Nothing Ventured – Episode 1 Tara Reddy

Nothing Ventured - Episode 1 Tara Reddy

EmergeONE's Aarish Shah in conversation with the Loveshark Co-Founder.

In our first-ever podcast Aarish is joined by the Co-Founder of Loveshark Tara Reddy. In the pod, they discuss Tara’s journey from trainee vet to tech entrepreneur, how Loveshark is building a gaming ecosystem for girls, and diversity in tech. Listen below or head over to Spotify or Apple.

Building business models is hard, we can help?