Roy Erez/Roy Rubin of R-Squared Ventures on How they Think about Investing, Networking, and the Future (EP.177)

What’s better than one Roy? Two! I’ve got Roy Erez and Roy Rubin from R-Squared Ventures on the show today. The two have teamed up to invest in Fintech, Enterprise/SMB SaaS, Marketplaces, and Digital Commerce. They’ve both founded, ran, scaled, and sold businesses where they stayed on as corporate executives post acquisition. As angels, they’ve invested in over a few dozen startups, and they’re both, like me, passionate about supporting the companies and founders they back. I think you’ll really enjoy this episode.

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For more details on today’s conversation read on below…

Guest: Roy Erez, Roy Rubin

Profile: Co-founders, R-Squared Ventures

Where to Find Them: (LinkedIn) Roy Erez, Roy Rubin 

What’s Roy Erez Panicked About?: How fast time really does fly.

What’s Roy Rubin Panicked About?: Work-life balance.

The Takeaway:

Background. Roy Erez is a former military officer, a former Forbes contributor, and the co-founder and CEO of Loop Commerce (acquired by Synchrony). After the acquisition, he stayed with Synchrony for a while as an SVP. Roy also spent time at iScoot, which was acquired by Qualcomm. In addition, he spent seven years at Cedar Fund, a $325m early-stage Israel-related venture capital firm.

Roy Rubin is the former co-founder and CEO of Magento. eBay acquired a 49 percent stake in Magento in February, 2011; followed by the acquisition of the entire company in June, 2011. Roy stayed on as the CEO of Magento until 2013.

On getting started with e-commerce today. There are probably another one or two solutions to point to, but Shopify is a good place to go if you want to start immediately. There’s everything you need to begin building a business. They don’t have it all though. As your business grows and scales and your needs change over time, you’ll need to look at platform decisions throughout the lifecycle of your business. But to start out, to launch, Shopify is a great option.

Favorite Quotes:

“We love being small. We love that we can make quick decisions. We love [when] entrepreneurial teams get to us immediately and there’s no intermediary in the middle…that’s just the DNA of what we want to build.”

“Just go fast and worry about it later…”