CleanTechies Podcast
#93 Hard Truths About VC, Raising Advice, & Small Fund Limitations w/ Susan Su (Toba Capital)

#93 Hard Truths About VC, Raising Advice, & Small Fund Limitations w/ Susan Su (Toba Capital)

Today we were joined by Susan Su. Susan is a Partner at Toba Capital which differentiates from many funds in that it only has one LP. That LP invests across a range of spaces which allows the Toba team to get special insight into other areas of investing which could affect their investments and existing portfolio companies. 

Susan has to be one of the most genuine people I've had on the show. She shared her career journey and how she went from being an operator to working with Sound Ventures (founded by Ashton Kutcher) and eventually ending up as a Partner at Toba Capital. 

We discussed some details about being a VC specifically around doing follow-up rounds. We covered the differences of investing in Hardware vs Software. The limitations of smaller VCs are to get into deep tech or hardware tech. We spoke about how hard it is to be a VC. Breaking into VC. And probably one of the most valuable things is advice to founders about their fundraising process. 

Many of the things she said especially around her advice to young people about patience and impatience, really struck accord with me. 

Super glad that I can bring this episode to you. Enjoy! 


  • 1:09 Intro and early Career

  • 8:59 Hurdles to VC

  • 12:43 VC & Profit Seeking

  • 15:42  VC - Soft vs Hardware Investing

  • 18:14 Toba Capital

  • 22:29 New Ecosystems to Support Deep/Climate Tech DD

  • 25:30 Follow on investing

  • 31:16 Hardest Part of Job

  • 34:51 Advice to Founders | Plan the Raise, then Raise

  • 38:29 Obvious Prediction

  • 40:12 Advice for Getting into VC | Meet Founders Now 



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CleanTechies is a Podcast and Newsletter where Somil & Silas interview the leading ClimateTech Founders and Investors to share their advice and journeys with other Founders and Investors to help others succeed.
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