Ask A VC: Bain Capital Ventures’ Ajay Agarwal On How Much Capital Startups Should Raise, And More

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This week’s Ask A VC show put Bain Capital Ventures’ managing director Ajay Agarwal in the hot seat. Agarwal heads the firm’s recently launched Palo Alto office.

We sat down with Agarwal to chat about how the firm is independent from Bain Capital, the asset management and financial services firm co-founded by Mitt Romney. Agarwal explained that Bain Capital Ventures is under the umbrella of Bain Capital, but has separate operations, management and oversight from Bain Capital. One advantage that Bain has with its relationship with the private equity giant is access to the massive network of companies that are part of the firm’s portfolio.

Agarwal also answered audience questions on how much capital startups should raise, how to divide equity, and whether founders should take money off the table.

Check out the video above for more!