Frazier & Deeter’s Business Beat: Ashish Mistry, BLH Venture Partners
Ashish Mistry, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at BLH Venture Partners, was the guest on this edition of Business Beat. He chatted with host Roger Lusby about his career trajectory, early investments, selling at the right time, elements to building a successful team, mistakes startup founders make in working with their investors, what he sees both in the SaaS and ecommerce space, and much more. Ashish also discussed PCKL, a portfolio company which sells pickleball equipment and accessories, and why he believes the market for pickleball will continue to grow.
BLH Venture Partners
BLH understands entrepreneurs and the phase’s start-ups and young companies traverse on their path to success.
Their insights stem from hands-on experience operating companies and having faced many of the same challenges current and prospective partners face as well.
BLH’s investments center on companies that can deliver innovation within a new or existing market.
They look for capital-efficient companies within the technology-enabled services, enterprise IT, consumer internet and e-commerce markets. They are excited by entrepreneurs that understand their respective markets very well and have something to show when they meet with BLH.
Ashish Mistry, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, BLH Venture Partners
As Co-founder and Managing Partner of BLH Venture Partners, Ashish functions as an investor and adviser to young companies. His operating experience includes leadership roles with high-growth companies within Information Security, SaaS, and E-commerce.
Ashish was Founder and CEO of KontrolFreek – an innovative lifestyle brand in the video game accessories market until its acquisition in late 2020. Ashish’s first entrepreneurial role was as co-founder of Virtex Networks (Acquired by Leapfrog Services), then as an early team member of AirDefense (Acquired by NYSE: MOT). Mistry also spent two tours as an EIR at Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), working with start-ups across Georgia.
Ashish is active in community organizations including current and prior board positions with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Venture Atlanta (Co-founder) and the Atlanta CEO Council, as well as serving on committees with the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Mistry is also active in YPO.
He is a graduate of Emory University and resides with his wife and children in Atlanta.
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