On the 9th of November, Startup Moldova hosted a captivating event featuring Vladimir Gidirim, co-founder of Garage Syndicate. During this two-hour workshop, attendees had the unique opportunity to gain insights into Vladimir’s extensive portfolio of investments, which totals an impressive 350+. Vladimir’s journey as an investor, spanning over 23 years, offers valuable lessons for both seasoned and aspiring entrepreneurs and investors. This article provides a comprehensive overview of Vladimir Gidirim’s career and his remarkable success in the world of venture capital.
Vladimir Gidirim is a professional with a background in consulting, having worked for several big-four advisory practices in Russia and the Middle East. However, his true passion lies in investing in private technology companies. Since 2015, he has been actively involved in investing, primarily as an investor in syndicates on platforms like AngelList and Founders Club. His unique approach has seen him make over 300 syndicated investments and more than 20 direct investments.
Vladimir Gidirim’s portfolio is a testament to his keen eye for promising startups. During the workshop, he shared insights into the ups and downs of various startups he has invested in, offering attendees a rare glimpse into the decision-making process of an experienced investor. Notably, his portfolio includes six profitable exits and numerous mark-ups with substantial unrealized multiples on his original investments.
One key takeaway from the workshop was Vladimir’s investment philosophy. He emphasized the importance of helping management teams structure their corporate operations to meet the requirements of internationally recognized tech companies. His guidance has been instrumental in shaping the success of several startups with Russian-speaking founders.
Vladimir Gidirim is not only a successful investor but also a prominent figure in the investment community. He co-hosts the Garage YouTube video podcasts for investors who are venturing into the private tech asset class, alongside Igor Shoifot and Sergey Mosunov. His media presence has made him a trusted source of knowledge for those interested in the world of venture capital.
In addition to his investment activities, Vladimir Gidirim teaches a course in “VC Investment Tax Structuring” at the Start of an Angel Investor Academy. His academic pursuits reflect his commitment to sharing knowledge and nurturing the next generation of investors.
Global Network and LP Investments:
Vladimir Gidirim’s influence extends beyond his direct investments. He has also invested as a limited partner (LP) in several prestigious venture capital funds, including One-Way Ventures, Hack VC, Asymmetry Ventures, Viaduct Ventures, and the Red Pill Venture Fund. This diverse investment approach underscores his commitment to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship on a global scale.
Vladimir Gidirim’s journey from a successful career in consulting to becoming a prolific investor and mentor highlights the transformative power of venture capital. His portfolio of investments, coupled with his media presence and academic contributions, makes him a prominent figure in the world of startups and technology. As Startup Moldova continues to bring industry leaders to share their insights in “Talk to an Investor” sessions, Vladimir Gidirim’s story serves as an inspiring testament to the possibilities and potential within the world of startup investments.
The event was organized by Startup Moldova, with support from USAID Moldova, the Embassy of Sweden in Chisinau, and UKAid.