March 23, 2021

UVC: Ivan Kirigin from Tango.vc on why founders must focus on how fast they learn & improve, ways you can get timing right while building a product, and why machine learning & robotics are great investment opportunities

UVC: Ivan Kirigin from Tango.vc on why founders must focus on how fast they learn & improve, ways you can get timing right while building a product, and why machine learning & robotics are great investment opportunities

Understanding VC is a deep dive on how Venture Capitalists work. In this episode, I talk to Ivan Kirigin, Investor at Tango.vc on how founders can get the timing right while building a product, why they must focus on how fast they learn and improve, and how you can do due diligence on a VC. Ivan also shares why he is interested in robotics and machines learning as investment opportunities, how machine learning can improve healthcare, when autonomous cars will become the norm and his decision making process while investing in startups.


Ivan Kirigin is an Investor at Tango VC. Tango VC is a new seed-stage fund focused on machine learning and robotics. Before Tango VC, Ivan was a two-time technical startup founder and also worked for companies like iRobot, Facebook, Dropbox, and Lyft. He holds a masters degree in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and was also an earlier investor in Cruise automation.

Key Takeaways

  • How Ivan helped Dropbox grow 12X in 2 years
  • How Ivan became an early investor in Cruise which sold to GM for $1 billion
  • Why founders must focus on how fast they learn and how fast they improve
  • When autonomous cars will become the norm
  • As a founder, ways you can get the timing right while building a product
  • Why Machine Learning and Robotics are good investment opportunities
  • How Machine learning can reduce health care and how healthcare policies need to change for it to get better
  • How you can do due diligence on a VC
  • His decision making processes while investing in startups
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Ivan Kirigin

Investor at Tango.vc

Ivan Kirigin is an Investor at Tango VC. Tango VC is a new seed-stage fund focused on machine learning and robotics. Before Tango VC, Ivan was a two-time technical startup founder and also worked for companies like iRobot, Facebook, Dropbox, and Lyft. He holds a masters degree in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and was also an earlier investor in Cruise automation.