The Full Ratchet: Venture Capital Demystified

Jeremy Neilson of Assure joins Nick to discuss SPV's, Side Cars, & The Syndication Surge. In this episode, we cover:

  • Quick walkthrough of your background
  • Can you give us a brief overview of Assure?
  • What is an SPV Investment in the context of this discussion?
  • Can you walk us through the history of how sidecars and/or angel groups have handled (or mishandled) these syndication style investments in previous decades?
  • Why do you think startups and seekers of capital are increasingly raising through SPVs and targeting syndicate leaders?
  • What are the pros and cons of utilizing an SPV as an LP or individual investors?
  • What are the pros and cons of utilizing an SPV as an institutional investor or syndicate leader like myself?
  • Do the lead investors on these SPVs make money upfront -- initiation fees, mgmt fees, broker/transaction fees?
  • Some critics of the SPV model may say that the fees associated with SPVs can also create misalignments between the VC and LP. I haven't heard this critique myself but what are your thoughts on comments like these and how should the vehicle be structured to avoid misalignment?
  • With the SPV model, you're providing members with specific rights, such as redemption, voting, and pro-rata rights. Talk about thee member rights and its effect on the associated parties. From the investor's standpoint, are there any issues or risks associated with providing such rights and what's your opinion on how it should be handled?
  • What are your thoughts on sidecar investments and how should they be handled correctly? What are some challenges and in what situations do they work best?
  • Do you see fund managers that use SPVs exclusively for pro ratas? What are the advantages here?
    What are the regulatory risks for sidecar funds?
  • How big should a side car fund be and what's the appropriate minimum contribution?
  • SPVs are viewed by some VCs as passive investors (non-strategic money) and that the company should have pursued more active investors. An SPV leading the round has the potential to magnify this thinking even further. What's your opinion here and what advice would you have for those raising capital?
  • There are other platforms offering "SPV as a service"... platforms that you've powered on the back-end like AngelList and SeedInvest. Why would lead investors use you over one of the other platforms?
  • At the VC or PE fund-level, you also offer fund administration. What does that entail and how is it different than admin at the SPV-level?

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

  • Bobby Franklin
  • Steve Glickman
  • Cheryl Cheng

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

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Direct download: Investor_Stories_126__Whats_Next_Franklin_Glickman_Cheng.mp3
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M.G. Siegler of GV joins Nick to discuss Streaming Wars, The Future of Mobile & The Evolution of User Interaction. In this episode, we cover:

  • Backstory/path to Venture
  • How'd you find your way from Hollywood to SV?
  • Who was the first VC that, based on your writing talent, saw your potential as an investor?
  • Why did you leave Crunchfund for GV? 
  • A little confusion about the array of venture funds affiliated with Google - can you give us a quick overview and whether there is still an affiliation between Google and GV?
  • Tell us about your thesis.
  • How hands-on do you get w/ portcos?
  • How does Jony Ive's departure affect Apple?
  • What are the most valuable consumer tech companies by market cap - five years from now?
  • Right now, in the streaming market, we have a fragmented group of services yet know one platform to unify the user experience...  what do you see for the future of streaming?
  • How do you see the competition between Apple and Disney play out?  Who wins?
  • Just heard the announcement that Facebook is acquiring CTRL - Labs. Why do you think this is a good strategic buy for FB? removing monotony.... repetitive tasks....  mental fatigue....  Impact of constant stimulation, content consumption, on happiness, creativity, etc.?
  • You’ve invested in some big names such as Medium, Slack and Stripe to name a few. What's the single biggest common success factor that you've observed across very different companies?
  • What are some of the major trends we will see in mobile in the coming year and what do you think will phase out?
  • Who is your favorite writer in the space?
  • If you ever get around to writing your screenplay, what will you write about?

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

  • Michael Cardamone
  • Jenny Rooke
  • Scott Dorsey

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: Investor_Stories_125__Why_I_Passed_Cardamone_Rooke_Dorsey.mp3
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