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Being a Data-Driven Investor in 2023

Techcrunch Webinar | Recorded by Affinity
presenters
Ray Zhou
CEO & Co-founder
Affinity
Sakib Dadi
Vice President
Bessemer Venture Partners
Parikshit Sharma
Partner
INDIEBIO
Brian Smiga
Co-founding Partner
Alpha Partners

VCs typically make investment decisions based on exhaustive research, personal networks, and gut intuition, but technology adoption continues to change the investment landscape. More applications of unique datasets, custom scoring algorithms, and AI-powered data warehouses are becoming the norm. However, while these tools have helped firms understand the people and markets they’re investing in, companies still do not feel confident enough to solely rely on their tech stack to make decisions.

This is where Relationship Intelligence plays a key role. Relationship intelligence is a category of insights about an organization’s shared business network that drive how dealmakers spend their time finding, managing, and closing deals. Investors that tap into these insights increase their dealflow by 25% and save over 200 hours each year by automating contact and deal data entry.

But what does this really mean and how are different companies using it to build relationships and close deals more efficiently - especially as more firms face macroeconomic pressure?

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • The role data has played in helping Bessemer Ventures’ Sakib Dadi, Alpha Partners’ Brian Smiga , and Parikshit Sharma of SOSV’s IndieBio get a better understanding of their networks and thrive in today’s market
  • How to use larger datasets and data enrichment to power sourcing, find investment opportunities, and create more value for your portfolio companies
  • How Affinity has helped Sakib, Brian, and Parikshit incorporate Relationship Intelligence into their tech stack

Why our customers love Affinity

"We use Affinity to stay on the same page, hold each other accountable. It’s been a game changer for collaboration. "
Jocelyn Goldfein
Managing Director, Zetta Venture Partners
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"A product that has truly changed the way I work and made me so much more efficient across the team! Amazing and recommend to all! "
Harry Stebbings
Founder, Stride.VC
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"Affinity has helped us centralize our CRM efforts in the most automated way. By organizing our pipeline, community, to-do’s, and distributing our Alliances to portfolio companies. "
Michael Tam
Partner, Craft Ventures
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Affinity has changed the way we, the Value Creation team, work with our portfolio companies. The fact that it offers automated capabilities for viewing relationships with executives both inside and outside my organization has been a game-changer. Also, the platform is easy to navigate and personalize, plus my CSM is available within 24 hours if I ever have a question or problem.
Dorin Baniel
VP Value Creation, Glilot Capital Partners
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We tried three market-leading CRMs but were never completely happy, and then we found Affinity. It’s genius — intuitive, flexible, super smart. What an effective CRM should be.
Dan Bowyer
Partner & Co-Founder, SuperSeed
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"Affinity has completely changed the way we do business, we are now far more organized and streamlined. Grouping advisors and target businesses using various filters and automatic logging of contact details, emails and meetings have saved us so much time in an administrative sense. If we ever have a query, Affinity is quick to respond."
Shannon Potts
Marketing and ESG Manager, Pemba Capital Partners
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"As a Venture Capital fund of fund and secondaries investor, Affinity has helped our team manage our network as both a GP and LP. In conjunction with our other investor reporting and portfolio management tools, we are able to more efficiently provide client service and stay in touch with our venture network. "
Christopher Johnson
Investment Principal, Knightsbridge Advisers LLC
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"Affinity keeps us organized! It is perfectly tailored to what we need. Cataloging all of our emails and grouping them by an organization made it much easier to track contacts and report on how we’re managing deal flow. "
Adam Struck
Founder and Managing Partner, Struck Capital
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"Look, you do not know what it takes to integrate Salesforce, don’t go there! Your entire team is incredible; our entire team loves Affinity and is so happy. "
Susan Su
Head of Portfolio, Sound Ventures
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"Affinity takes all the best parts of RelateIQ and significantly improves on them. For us, it’s the perfect blend of great product design, feature-richness, and workflow integration. Highly recommend it for people who have to manage many relations and pipelines. "
Ben Blumenrose
Co-Director, Designer Fund
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I built one of the first CRMs — Dynodex — in 1989, I feel like I’ve been waiting for a decent replacement for 30 years, now I’ve found it in Affinity. It automates many of the rote tasks and “digital fork-lifting” of legacy CRMs
Brian Smiga
Partner, Alpha Venture Partners
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"Let’s be honest: no one wants to use Salesforce reporting. Affinity isn’t just better—for most teams, it’ll make the difference between managing your pipeline to success, versus not tracking it at all. "
Kevin Zhang
Partner, Bain Capital Ventures
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"We’re really impressed by the speed that the Affinity team operates and the availability of the team. "
Christian Meermann
Founding Partner, Cherry Ventures
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"Managing your relationships is everything in commercial real estate. Affinity allows us to manage more clients and all our data in one place. That will lead to more top-line for our business. '
Michael Sanberg
Leasing and Sales, Touchstone
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"With Affinity, we can easily revisit firms at appropriate times and know what the next steps should be. I’m very excited to see where the product goes."
Henry Jefferies
Associate, Dawn Capital
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"Affinity is a very useful, tailor-made product for such a Venture Capital fund like us. The biggest advantage is having all of our data and communication in one place. We talk to thousands of startups and hundreds of VCs, and Affinity lets us keep track of those relationships over time. "
Marcin Zabielski
Partner, Market One Capital
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"I’ll check my Alliances weekly to see which new ones I can form. As we scale, Affinity’s Alliance will be instrumental to our growth. "
Paul Ipavec
Business Development Lead, Anduin
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"Within weeks of moving to Affinity, we were able to easily discover and manage the thousands of entrepreneur and venture community relationships already latent within our team. What’s more, the Affinity Alliances professional network has helped us quickly build new and valuable connections. "
Eric Emmons
Managing Director, MassMutual Ventures
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"Having all the documents and information in one place without having to clamp around on different systems is really valuable. Affinity is a massive time saver and enables us to be super-efficient."
Sam Endacott
Investor, firstminute capital
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"The integration of email and calendar data streamlines our workflow and saves us a ton of time every day. "
Carlo Egle
Investment Manager, Redalpine Venture Partners
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"As an early stage investor, my constant focus is finding new ways to turn my connections into my portfolio’s next hundred opportunities."
Mar Hershenson
Managing Partner, Pear VC
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"Affinity has become a daily tool that is ingrained in our workflow. I get a richness of data that didn’t exist before. It enables us to be able to move fast in the same direction without stepping over each other. "
Burke Davis
Partner, Sorenson Capital
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"With Affinity, my team and I can track and nurture all of our firm’s most important relationships. In an industry like real estate, Affinity gives us a competitive advantage. "
Roy Hirshland
Vice Chairman, T3 Advisors
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