The Full Ratchet: Venture Capital Demystified
Today we cover Part 2 of Customer-centric Startup Investing Down Under with Niki Scevak of Blackbird Ventures. In this segment we address: What’s your take on water and the water crisis in Australia?  How do you see innovation happening around water in the country? Would a company like Instacart be...
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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:28am EST

Niki Scevak of Blackbird Ventures joins Nick to discuss Customer-centric Startup Investing Down Under, Part 1. We will address questions including: To start off… in your estimation, what are the key factors that make a startup investable? What are your thoughts on a company like Box? At the seed stage...

 

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Direct download: FR121_Scevak_p1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:35am EST

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

55. The Hands-on Investor | High-Engagement Investing, Part 1 (John Greathouse)

56. The Hands-on Investor | High-Engagement Investing,...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:31am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Mohnot

  • Mougayar

  • Tunguz

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS56_Thesis_Mohnot_Mougayar_Tunguz.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:06am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Economic Theory in Venture Capital with Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures. In this segment we address:

What are your impressions of what Bryce Roberts is doing at Indie VC?

How have your thoughts on investment psychology and economics been influenced by The Black Swan?

 

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Direct download: FR119_Suster_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:06am EST

Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures joins Nick to cover Economic Theory in Venture Capital, Part 1. We will address questions including: You’ve written about a major lesson from Clayton Christensen’s book, the Innovator’s Dilemma, which was one of ‘deflationary economics.’ Can describe what this means and why it should be...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 6:09pm EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

- Roberts

- Heymann

- Eakman

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.        

 

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Direct download: IS55_Passed_Roberts_Heymann_Eakman.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 6:38am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

  • Moran

  • Cohn

  • Saunders

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 8:12am EST

Galen Mason & Brian Axelrad of Service Provider Capital join Nick to cover Part 2 of their unique approach to using service providers to source high volume dealflow, LPs and to employ an index investment fund strategy. We will address questions including: Their concerns about adverse selection and not receiving...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

Galen Mason & Brian Axelrad of Service Provider Capital join Nick to cover Part 1 of their unique approach to using service providers to source high volume dealflow, LPs and to employ an index investment fund strategy. We will address questions including: How did your experience as attorneys reveal an...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:52pm EST

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes: 50. The 3-year Wait is Over | SEC Vote on JOBS Act Title III (David S. Rose) 51....

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:23am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

- Heltzer

- Larkins and Galston

- McClure

Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it’s changed their approach.          

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 5:13pm EST

Today we cover Part 2 of The Next Great Startup Ecosystem with Chris Olsen of Drive Capital. In this segment we address: Chris’ thoughts on engineering talent retention in the midwest vs. the valley If the region presents unique challenges due to how spread out it is geographically His take...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:44am EST

Chris Olsen of Drive Capital joins Nick to talk about the next great venture ecosystem: The Midwest.  We review the following: How Chris first discovered the opportunity in the midwest and the reaction of fellow Sequoia partners when he presented his findings The research effort the launched that helped build the...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:56am EST

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

46. The Must-Have Characteristics of SaaS Startups (Tomasz Tunguz)

47. Entrepreneur-Investor Fit (Peter Wilkins)

48. The Value of...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:47am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

-Ben Einstein
-Ezra Galston & Stuart Larkins
-David Cowan

Each investor discusses sectors, drivers and/or
trends that may have significant impact in the
future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.

 

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Direct download: IS52_Next_Draper_Ramsinghani_Parker.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 10:25am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Developer Platform Investing with Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners. In this segment we address: His 8 commandments of building big developer-focused businesses How he uses these commandments while evaluating a startup for investment How he sees the future of developer platforms and what...

 

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Direct download: FR111_Kurzweil_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:48pm EST

Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners joins Nick to cover Developer Platform Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: What it means for a startup to have a developer platform focus Why Ethan has chosen to focus in this area The history of the developer platforms, over the past...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:41pm EST

Direct download: IS51_Founders_Davis_Triest_DeMarrais_Verrill.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 10:50am EST

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

41. The Exit (John Huston)

42. Raising a VC Fund (Jonathan Struhl)

43. Why Angels Don’t Do Drugs...

 

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Direct download: FR109_Cram_41-44.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Acunzo

  • Rose

  • Hudson

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS50_Thesis_Acunzo_Rose_Hudson.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 5:02pm EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Reinventing Venture Capital with Bryce Roberts of Indie VC. In this segment we address: What are your filters, what level of traction are you looking for and what else do you like to see in prospective applicants? Many VCs target 100x+ exits for success…...

 

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Direct download: FR108_Roberts_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:24am EST

Bryce Roberts of Indie VC & OATV joins Nick to cover Reinventing Venture Capital, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? As a pioneer in early-stage investing 10 years ago, what was the original investment...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:07am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

  • Polovets

  • Collett

  • Benaich

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Direct download: IS49_Invested_Polovets_Collett_Benaich.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:33am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Underserved Startup Ecosystems with Stuart Larkins & Ezra Galston of Chicago Ventures. In this segment we address: Their opinion on why the majority of HNW accredited investors have never invested in venture. How Chicago ventures has been so successful yielding follow-on funding for their...

 

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Direct download: FR106_Larkins_Galston_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Stuart Larkins & Ezra Galston of Chicago Ventures join Nick to cover Underserved Startup Ecosystems, Part 1. We will address questions including: What do you think are the key ingredients for a startup ecosystem? In what ways do you feel that some ecosystems are underserved? Can you talk about some...

 

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Direct download: FR105_Underserved_Ecosystems_Lark_Galst.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:30am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

- Greathouse

- Boyce

- Huston

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.        

 

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Direct download: IS48_Passed_Greathouse_Boyce_Huston.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

37. The Algorithm for Raise Amount & Valuation (Leo Polovets)

38. Cross-Border Investing (Michael Goldberg)

39. Cleantech Investing...

 

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Direct download: FR104_Cram_Session_37-40.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

Today we cover Part 2 of The Limited Partner with Lindel Eakman of . In this segment we address: Do you think that LP investment strategy is driving the strategy of individual fund managers? Why or why not? What are the biggest challenges for limited partners? How do LP’s differentiate...

 

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Direct download: FR103_Eakman_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

Lindel Eakman of Foundry Group Next joins Nick to cover The Limited Partner, Part 1.  We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and your path to becoming an LP? Can you talk about your experience at Foundry Group and what you’re doing w/ FG Next?...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:44am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

- Tsai

- Mougayar

- Shah

Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it’s changed their approach.          

 

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Direct download: IS47_Lessons_Tsai_Mougayar_Shah.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

In this episode we flip the script and the host of Tech in Chicago, Colin Keeley, interviews Nick Moran with questions from the listeners including: How did you meet your investment partner, Jeff Heitzman? What’s your investment thesis and how do you evaluate startups for investment? What’s an ideal case...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

For this milestone #100 episode, the host of Tech in Chicago, Colin Keeley, interviews Nick Moran with questions from the listeners including: Nick, there are a number of brands that you own: The Full Ratchet, Venture Weekly, New Stack Ventures, and Moran Capital Partners. Why all the brands and what...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

-Gurrieri
-Wilkins
-Mohnot

Each investor discusses sectors, drivers and/or
trends that may have significant impact in the
future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.

 

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Direct download: IS46_WhatsNext_Gurrieri_Wilkins_Mohnot.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 10:58am EST

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:55am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Public Policy for Angel Investors with David Verrill of Hub Angels Investment Group. In this segment we address: Recently I was a little uncomfortable when I noticed an investor that was live streaming a demo day via Periscope, where startups were discussing fundraise details....

 

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Direct download: FR099_Verrill_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

David Verrill of the Hub Angels Investment Group joins Nick to cover Public Policy for Angel Investors, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you talk about your experience at Hub Angels and how the group and investments are structured? Can you tell us the story of how you...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:03am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Student-Focused VC Funds with Peter Boyce II of General Catalyst & Rough Draft Ventures. In this segment we address: One of the biggest issues I’ve encountered at university is that schools and their students have been siloed. How have you considered bridging the gap...

 

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Direct download: FR097_Boyce_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

Peter Boyce II of General Catalyst & Rough Draft Ventures joins Nick to cover Student-Focused Venture Funds, Part 1. We will address questions including: Today we’re talking about University and Student-focused funds… First off, can you give an overview of the hypothesis here and why you choose to launch a...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:19am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Buttrick
  • Sanwal
  • O'Donnell

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS44_Thesis_Buttrick_Sanwal_ODonnell.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 7:15am EST

In this episode, Nick answers questions from the listeners including: First off, a question from Dave at a family office in the midwest…  Dave asks: “Nick, I recently reviewed a great startup but am not going to pursue because of the terms. Our lawyer requires a that a convertible note...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of “What’s Wrong with Venture?” with Dave McClure of 500 Startups. In this segment we address: Are there any problematic issues that you’ve observed w/ founders? Any thoughts on who might be one of the most misunderstood people in the venture ecosystem? How do you...

 

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Direct download: FR094_McClure_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:30pm EST

Welcome back to TFR.  We’ve got a good one today as we welcome one of the most respected and polarizing figures in venture, Dave McClure, to the program.  Dave, of course, is a founding partner at 500 startups and, with Christine Tsai, they have built an organization that may be...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:41am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

  • Davis

  • Heymann

  • Ramsinghani

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Direct download: IS43_Invested_Davis_Heymann_Ramsinghani.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

Ep32: Capital Outside of the Valley (Morris Wheeler, Mike Belsito)

Ep33: Syndicate Investing (Gil Penchina)

Ep35: Developing Startup...

 

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Direct download: FR092_CRAM_Ep32-36.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

Today we cover Part 2 of SpaceX & Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars with Tim Urban of Wait but Why. In this segment we address: When does Elon project that the first crew of people will land on Mars? The surface of Mars is not livable. How does Elon plan...

 

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Direct download: FR091_Urban_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:22am EST

Tim Urban of Wait but Why joins Nick to cover SpaceX & Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars, Part 1. We will address questions including: Tim, can you start us off by telling us your story and how that led to the launch of Wait but Why? You’ve written about Space...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

- Triest and DeMarrais

- Polovets

- Roes

Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it’s changed their approach.          

 

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Direct download: IS41-lessons-triest-demmarais-polovets-rose.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

-Benaich
-Tsai
-Carter

Each investor discusses sectors, drivers and/or
trends that may have significant impact in the
future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.

 

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Direct download: IS40_whats_next_benaich_tsai_carter.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

  • Shah

  • Huston

  • Draper

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Direct download: IS39_Invested_Shah_Huston_Draper.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

Direct download: IS38_founders_mougayar_medved_tsai.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Heymann

  • Wilkins

  • Day

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS37_Thesis_Heymann_Wilkins_Day.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

- Acunzo

- Greathouse

- Ramsinghani

Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it’s changed their approach.          

 

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Direct download: FR036_Lessons_Acunzo_Greathouse_Ramsinghani.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

  • Moran

  • Rabie

  • Heltzer

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Direct download: IS35_Why_i_invested_Tovala_Heltzer_Rabie_Moran.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

-Davis
-Sanwal
-Collett

Each investor discusses sectors, drivers and/or
trends that may have significant impact in the
future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.

 

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Direct download: IS34_Whats_Next_Davis_Sanwal_Collett.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

  • Heltzer

  • Goldberg

  • Parker

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Hardware Investing with Avidan Ross of Root Ventures. In this segment we address: Examples of Trojan Horse hardware businesses that Avidan has invested in Many view hardware as very capital intensive, more difficult to commercialize and thus, too risky in an already very risky...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

Avidan Ross of Root Ventures joins Nick to cover Hardware Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: His thoughts on why hardware and physical good brands dominate the rankings of people’s favorite brands Why extremes and fat tails are developing today between increasingly digital, connected experiences vs. highly analog, custom,...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Artificial Intelligence Investing with Nathan Benaich of Playfair Capital. In this segment we address: Can you provide an overview of the funding landscape for AI in recent years and the major things that have changed? What are the primary sectors wherein AI-based startups are...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

Today we cover Part 2 of No Fun Allowed with Jonathon Triest & Brett DeMarrais of Ludlow Ventures. In this segment we address: Peter thiel has famously asked the question: “What’ something you believe to be true, that no one else does?” I’m going to flip it around here an...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:56am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Virtual Reality Investing with Adam Draper of Boost VC. In this segment we address: VR, in various phases of maturity, has been around for a long time. Why do you think the next few years is the right time for VR to take off...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:55am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Blockchain Investing with William Mougayar of Virtual Capital Ventures . In this segment we address: What are your thoughts on what the future looks like in a much more decentralized environment? What industries in particular are most at risk of being disrupted b/c of...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:55am EST

William Mougayar of Virtual Capital Ventures joins Nick to cover Blockchain Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you start off by telling us about your background and how you became involved in both startup investing and studying the blockchain? We hear investors talk about Bitcoin, crypotcurrencies and,...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:50am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Building an Investor Brand with Jay Acunzo & John Gannon of NextView Ventures. In this segment we address: Jay, how do you approach outsourcing for the Traction Podcast? John, what other elements are important and what other suggestions do you have for newer investors...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:43am EST

Jay Acunzo of NextView Ventures & John Gannon of BEMAVEN join Nick to cover Building an Investor Brand, Part 1. We will address questions including: Jay, can you start us off by talking about why VCs and in some cases angels are attempting to build an investor brand? John, what...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:40am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Getting Smart on a New Market with Charles Hudson of Precursor Ventures. In this segment we address: How do you look at companies addressing industries where the incumbent product offerings are free.  Businesses like Slack that were replacing free options Fresh Eyes… You’ve written...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Charles Hudson of Precursor Ventures joins Nick to cover Getting Smart on a New Market, Part 1. We will address questions including: What Charles’ experience at SoftTech was like and how he made the transition to founding Precursor. What his continuing role as a Venture Partner at SoftTech entails. How...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

John Buttrick of Union Square Ventures & Sean Moran of eshares joins Nick to cover The Cap Table, Part 1. We will address questions including: John, can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in venture capital Can you talk about your experience at USV and...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:02am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of The Cap Table with John Buttrick of Union Square Ventures & Sean Moran of eshares. In this segment we address: John, I’ve heard from many founders that get caught up in the Option Pool Shuffle. Can you describe what that is and if the eshares...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:00am EST

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

Ep18: Fundraise Types, Sources & Structures (Dave Berkus)

Ep19: Due Diligence (Imran Ahmad)

Ep20: Non-Unicorn Investing (Jerry Neumann)...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:27am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Fintech Investing with Sheel Mohnot of 500 Startups. In this segment we address: What was your business, Fee Fighters, doing in the payment category of fintech and how did that lead to an exit? What are the major customer segments most often served by...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:02am EST

Sheel Mohnot of 500 Startups joins Nick to cover Fintech Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you talk about your experience at 500 and how the fintech fund and accelerator are related? How do you define fintech?From your standpoint, what are the major categories within fintech? From your...

 

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Direct download: FR087_Mohnot_p1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:51am EST

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

Ep26: A New Era of Startup Investing | Angel Evolution (Christopher Mirabile)

Ep28: The Investment Readiness Level (Steve...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:47am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

- Struhl

- Collett

- Hudson

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.        

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 8:18am EST

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

Ep11: The #1 Reason Startups Fail (Gabriel Weinberg)

Ep12: Advising Early-Stage Startups (Glenn Gottfried)

Ep13: The Convertible Note...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Nathan Benaich of Playfair Capital joins Nick to cover Artificial Intelligence Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can we start off w/ a simple definition of artificial intelligence? The term ‘Machine Learning’ is often used when discussing AI. In your estimation, is Machine Learning and AI synonymous or...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

Jonathon Triest & Brett DeMarrais of Ludlow Ventures join Nick to cover No Fun Allowed, Part 1. We will address questions including: Jonathon, can you start us off w/ you background and path to investing in startups? How about you Brett. How did you find your way to becoming a...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

Adam Draper of Boost VC joins Nick to cover Virtual Reality Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? Today we are talking virtual reality and investing in VR. Can you start us off by...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:01pm EST

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 3:37am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of The Bloomberg for Private Companies with Anand Sanwal of CB Insights. In this segment we address: We hear people say that they invest in marketplaces, education, drones, healthcare, IoT, SaaS, machine learning, etc… all in the same breath. Some classify them as sectors, others...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:29am EST

Anand Sanwal of CB Insights joins Nick to cover The Bloomberg for Startups, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in venture and the startup ecosystem? What were the key issues you experienced in analyzing data about private companies...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:33am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Ramsinghani

  • Tsai

  • Gasser

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS31_Thesis_Ramsinghani_Tsai_Gasser.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 11:21am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of From Angel Group to Venture Fund with Maia Heymann of Converge Venture Partners. In this segment we address: What are the reasons why this structure attracts more great entrepreneurs? Have you found that you can move faster from the time you receive a deck...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:15am EST

Maia Heymann of Converge Venture Partners joins Nick to cover ‘From Angel Group to Venture Fund, Part 1’. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? From your experience as an institutional LP, how did you choose venture...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:35am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

  • Moran

  • Label

  • Corey

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:14am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of The Fast No with Mike Collett of Promus Ventures. In this segment we address: Do you approach evaluation like a funnel process and what specific methods do you use to accelerate decision-making? Do you see investors that operate w/ a trigger… where they make...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:46pm EST

Mike Collett of Promus Ventures joins Nick to cover The Fast No, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you start off by walking through your background and how you became involved in venture capital? This has come up in previous episodes but can you start off by refreshing...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:24am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured:

- Shah

- Wilkins

- Parker

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.        

 

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Direct download: IS29_passed_shah_wilkins_parker.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

Christine Tsai of 500 Startups joins Nick to cover Diversity in Venture Capital, Part 1. We will address questions including: The Information recently published their “Future List” study, conducted w/ Social Capital on Diversity at VC firms. They found that 92% of the senior investors top-tier firms are male and...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Diversity in Venture Capital with Christine Tsai of 500 Startups. In this segment we address: You’ve said “The best thing women in tech can do is to invest in other women,” Last fall, 500 introduced its 500 Women AngelList syndicate and pledged to invest...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:43am EST

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

-Greathouse
-Medved
-Huston

Each investor discusses sectors, drivers and/or
trends that may have significant impact in the
future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.

 

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Direct download: IS28-_Whats_Next_Greathouse_Medved_Huston.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

Andrew Parker of Spark Capital joins Nick to cover Algorithms as a Competitive Advantage. We will address questions including: Today we are talking data and algorithm-based startups. You’ve written a great deal about startups using algorithms as the basis of their value. When and why did you begin investing in...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:44am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Algorithms as a Competitive Advantage with Andrew Parker of Spark Capital. In this segment we address: You’ve written about your investments in digital healthcare and education. Where do you see the future of these sectors and what areas are still potentially untapped? Are there...

 

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Direct download: FR060_Parker_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:45am EST

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