The Full Ratchet: Venture Capital Demystified

Brian Ascher of Venrock joins Nick to discuss Product is Paramount. In this episode, we cover:

  •  What is your story at Venrock and how have both you and your firm evolved over the past two decades.
  • Talk a little about Venrock and your focus there.
  • You were a product manager at Intuit, prior to Venrock.. what do you think is the VCs role in shaping product strategy?
  • What are your thoughts on SaaS investing and this increasing focus on the "Intelligent Enterprise"
  • You wrote an article a few years ago called “Goldilocks and the 3 SaaS Go To- Markets Models”... what are the three flavors of SaaS go-to-market and have they changed since you wrote the article?
  • Business Model: Price/seat vs. metered service vs. price for value
  • We're about to close on our first fintech investment for fund I-- can you talk a bit about fintech and why it's so hot?
  • Some have said that digital currencies and/or the blockchain itself will be as disruptive as the internet-- agree or disagree?
  • Something we've neglected a bit on the program is long-term governance. What are your thoughts on Managing a Board of Directors and what situations have you seen play out-- for better or worse?
  • What is the percentage of healthy, well-functioning boards vs unhealthy boards?
  • How are chairman roles assigned/elected-- are they often explicit and how useful is it to have an official Chairman?

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Direct download: FR169.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Paul Martino

  • Jason Calacanis

  • Chris Farmer

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: IS92.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Carter Cast of Pritzker Group joins Nick to discuss Leadership from Origin to Scale. In this episode, we cover:

  • You’ve been a manager and leader in early stage companies – from startups like Blue Nile (from $0 to $50 million in a couple years) to Walmart.com (from $0 – 5 billion in 7 years). I'm sure each was different but tell us about the experience of scaling such high growth companies?
  • What were some of the key lessons or surprises from those experiences?
  • You went from Operator to VC... Why'd you write the book?
  • You present these catchy archetypes in the book... Captain Fantastic; the Solo Flier; Version 1.0; the One-Trick Pony; the Whirling Dervish. Can you give us a brief overview of each and then maybe we can talk about which, in particular, afflict entrepreneurs?
  • Clearly you've thought deeply about the personal side of entrepreneurship and the psychology of founders. When you're looking at new deals, what sort of traits are you looking for in the founders? You and I have discussed your “Launching and Leading Startups” class at Kellogg-- what do you focus on in the class and why?
  • I tend to see different skill sets and strengths of those running an early stage business vs. those running an IPO-ready company and we recently had David Cohen on the show who said that often the person to start a company is not the right person to scale it or take it public. Do you agree or disagree and how do you think about the changing leadership requirements through scale?

 

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Direct download: FR168_Cast.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

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

Sarah Anderson
Ash Fontana
Chris Duovos

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: IS91-_Why_I_Passed_Anderson__Fontana__Duovos.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

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:

 

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Direct download: CS167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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

Brendan Wallace
Semil Shah
Joe Medved

Each investor discusses a portfolio company that did not survive and why it was that they failed.

 

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Direct download: IS90_1.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 2:44pm EDT

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