Paul Singh has worn many hats during his career. He is currently the founder and CEO of Dashboard.io, a benchmarking platform for private companies. He is a former partner of 500 Startups and has served as an Entrepreneur in Residence with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. This founder-turned-VC-turned-founder again has even owned several gas stations. His somewhat nonlinear path has given him an interesting perspective on all aspects of entrepreneurship.
Paul’s latest venture, Dashboard.io, has been in the works for several years and was put on the back burner for a bit while Paul focused on 500 Startups. In March, 2013, Dashboard.io finally launched full-time, and now they have over 70 VCs and accelerators using their platform on a daily basis.
Dashboard.io has allowed Paul the opportunity to observe trends that might not always be apparent to outsiders. For example, one trend he’s been noticing is companies selling to customers in niche verticals. Finding a niche client base is important for many startups, and the data is showing more companies focusing on smaller niches with positive results. He’s also seen the playing field become more level between VC’s and entrepreneurs in recent years and has hopes that Dashboard.io will help to level things even further with positive results for both sides.
Paul Singh was one of the featured speakers at Tech Cocktail Sessions in Washington, DC on July 31st, and he was kind enough to do an interview as well. Here’s the video.
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