The Full Ratchet: VC | Venture Capital | Angel Investors | Startup Investing | Fundraising | Crowdfunding | Pitch | Private Equity (Podcast Episodes)

Tae Hea Nahm of Storm Ventures joins Nick to discuss Go-to-Market Fit, Tidal Waves, Category Leadership & Split-Personalities. In this episode, we cover:

  • What was your path to Venture Capital like and why’d you make that career change?
  • You’ve been very successful with exits- is there a framework you apply to identify these?
  • Can you explain further about your tidal investing strategy and how it has changed? 
  • With your expansive experience in Venture, do you believe are changes necessary in the silicon valley mentality?
  • How active of a role do you play with your portfolio founders?
  • You said you love to take the subway and observe what people are doing- what are some things you are spotting now and what are you spotting across the world.
  • Why’d you write “Survival to Thrival”?
  • Through your recent observations, what is the next big thing you are testing in Korea?
  • You talk a lot about split personalities, when did you realize this was a necessary quality and how long did it take you to develop this yourself? How has this also changed over your tenure as a CEO?
  • You’ve stated that founders have to stay both pragmatic and ambitious. In tech it’s often a problem when you build out infrastructure or sales before everything is ready. On the flip side sharing too many problems or issues with your team and investors will make them wary. Have you had any of these occurrences with finding a balance and what would you advise the audience as solutions.
  • How have you developed a positive attitude despite the dichotomy of feelings day in and day out? How would you advise other founders and CEO’s to deal with this?
  • How do you actually identify true passion in founders and what are the criteria you use for this?
  • How have you aligned Storm Ventures proclaimed company culture with the unofficial culture? What is your advice to other CEO’s trying to find a fit?
  • In your book you talk about the 3 go to market elements. How long did it take you to realize these 3 things?
  • You talk about identifying problems versus disastrous in the book. Can you tell us just the first step you founders should take if a problem is disastrous?

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:29pm EST

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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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

David Cohen of Techstars joins Nick to discuss Techstars: What Worked, What Didn't, What's Next. In this episode, we cover:

  • "What was the original vision for Techstars, when you started?
  • How has that vision changed and evolved to where it is now?
  • Techstars Ventures-- any concern that it sends a bad signal for those cohort companies that the fund does not invest in?
    What does winning look like for Techstars? How do you measure success?
  • Do you measure common VC fund metrics like TVPI, DPI, IRR, etc?
  • Do you compare yourself against the other top accelerators? If so, where do you excel?
  • Started Techstars Anywhere in 2017, first full class in '18...
  • How does one run a remote accelerator w/ the same quality of an in person one?
  • I'm going to put you on the spot here-- some founders do not have a positive experience going through Techstars or other accelerators for that matter. What type of founder is the program a great fit for and what is it a poor fit for?
  • I've noticed a focus both from you and Techstars on Mental health and wellness-- what are your thoughts on this area as an opportunity for startup innovation?
  • How about the Cannabis industry. You’re based in Boulder-- what are your thoughts on the sector and opportunity for founders?
  • Do More Faster is one of the must-have books for every founder. Super pragmatic, actionable insights. What lesson or piece of advice doesn't appear in the book that, now in 2018, you'd add as a critical item for founder's to appreciate as they go through their journey
  • Techstars’s FounderCon Europe 2018 was less than 2 weeks ago-- What would you say is the biggest difference you’ve found when working with European startups vs ones in the US?
  • What do you think Techstars looks like in five years?
  • How do you balance time spent between companies that are succeeding vs. those that are failing?
  • If you were to do it all over again, what would you change?
  • What have you learned most about yourself through your experience at Techstars?"

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Evangelos Simoudis of Synapse Partners joins Nick to discuss AV, Mobility, and the Disruption of Big Auto. In this episode, we cover:

 

Backstory / Path to becoming an investor
What is the investment focus/philosophy of your firm?
What are the key drivers of automotive disruption?
Can you talk about the role of big data and machine intelligence in AV?
Can you give us an overview of the framework you use for investing in mobility and talk about the new investment areas in the category
What business models have and will emerge as we adopt autonomous vehicles for on-demand mobility services?
What needs to happen for these business models to be implemented and what sort of timeline are we looking at?
Talk about some of the notable companies funded in the space and potential exits in the short-, medium-, and long-term?
What do you think will happen to the large, incumbent automakers?
Where do you find interesting big data and AI startups working on mobility-related problems outside Silicon Valley, Israel, and China?
How do you identify areas to invest, create value for your portcos, and help drive exits?
Advice for founders working on AV and mobility tech?

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

Yoav Leitersdorf of YL Ventures joins Nick to discuss The Cat and Mouse Game of Cyber Security -- Israel, CISOs, and GDPR. In this episode, we cover:

  • How the emergence of new technologies have changed cybersecurity
  • The framework to think about cybersecurity from a VC perspective
  • Where innovation in cybersecurity stems from and how VCs impact this innovation.
  • Industries that have the most volume of devices and the most threatened by breaches
  • The purchase drivers for CSOs/CISOs today and how they determine ROI
  • The impact of GDPR on the cyber industry
  • Asset-centric vs threat-centric approaches toward information security
  • The cybersecurity Cat and Mouse analogy
  • The biggest misconception of cybersecurity

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Joe Medved of Lerer Hippeau joins Nick to discuss The 'Softbank Effect', Financial Discipline and the Interworkings of a Top Seed Investment Firm. In this episode, we cover:

 

  • The focus at Lerer Hippeau
  • The adoption and integration of the Binary Capital Portfolio
  • Why they dropped ventures from the name
  • Joe's take on the "Softbank Effect" and the challenges and opportunities created by it.
  • how founders should think about raise amount and valuations
  • The effect of late-stage capital on early stage investors
  • The capital strategy mistakes that lead to startup death
  • Joe's take on early-stage investors taking early exits when they are offered liquidity.
  • The strategy for their sixth, $150 million fund
  • How Joe's team approaches sourcing, vetting, diligence
  • LH's focus on outbound vs. inbound
  • Joe mentions a key analysis item that is often overlooked by many investors
  • Lerer Hippeau's portfolio management process: How often they interact and what activities they engage in.
  • The impact of raise amount on outcomes

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

UILabs recently hosted a panel of IoT experts to discuss the future roadmap for IoT.  I moderated the discussion and the panel included: Ben Forgan, CEO of Hologram Brenna Berman, Executive Director of City Digital, UI Labs Jenny Fielding, Managing Director, Techstars IoT Jim Gagnard, CEO of SmartSignal (acquired by... GE). 

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:55am EST

Jason Calacanis is back for part 2 of the interview to discuss his book and secrets to successful angel investing. We address questions including: His thoughts on the original Sequoia scout program and the many similar programs today How he does such high volume of investments when he insists on spending...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 6:02pm EST

Jason Calacanis joins Nick to discuss his new book and his secrets to successful angel investing. We address questions including:

- Why Jason wrote the book
- What drives him to continue angel investing after all his success
- His thoughts on angels that make large investments during their first year of angel...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:42pm 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:

79. Hardware Investing, Part 1 (Avidan Ross)

80. Hardware Investing, Part 2 (Avidan Ross)

81. Getting Smart on...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:14am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Dispelling Conventional Wisdom in VC with Eric Paley of Founder Collective. In this segment we address: I wanted to get your quick take on follow-on investing. There was a recent twitter convo w/ you, Parker Tompson, Semil Shah & Nick Ducoff on follow-on funding…...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:32am EST

Eric Paley of Founder Collective joins Nick to dispell some conventional wisdom in VC. We address questions including:

- What’s the focus at Founder Collective?
- What are the downsides of heavily funded companies?
- Overview and Methodology for your study of 71 IPOs: ‘Overdosing on VC: Lessons from 71 IPOs’ Conventional VC...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

Trey Hart of Northern Trust is back to cover Part 2 of the GP-LP relationship. In this segment we address:

- Key mistakes that GPs make

- The key characteristics that successful GP’s share

- The importance of an ownership focus

- What winning really looks like for GPs, in terms of metrics (ie....

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Trey Hart, SVP of 50 South Capital at Northern Trust, joins Nick for a deep dive on the relationship between LPs and GPs. In Part 1, we will address questions including: Trey’s path to becoming an LP His thoughts on being a GP The types of GPs and categories they...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:44am EST

TastyTrade was kind enough to invite Nick on their program, Bootstrapping in America.  In this episode the interview audio will be available on the podcast and the video is here on the blog.  Hosts Kristi, Ross, and Tony Batista interview Nick about the Podcast, the investment group and what types...

 

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

Today we cover Part 2 of hardware products that have succeeded where others failed with Ben Einstein of Bolt. In this segment we address: You’ve discussed Pebble’s inability to ‘cross the chasm’ and access the early & late majority, while Fitbit was able to. What were the key reasons why...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

Ben Einstein of Bolt joins Nick to cover Hardware products that have succeeded where others failed, Part 1. We will address questions including: To start off, can you talk about your thesis and approach toward investing in hardware? What are your thoughts on hardware startups designing for one use case...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:47pm 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:

73. Virtual Reality Investing, Part 1 (Adam Draper)

74. Virtual Reality Investing, Part 2 (Adam Draper)

75. No...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Sector & Niche Focused Funds with Jordan Nof of Tusk Ventures. In this segment we address: Given the current regulatory environment, are there specific verticals that you find particularly compelling? Do you expect more micro VCs, niche and sector focused funds to launch in...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

Jordan Nof, head of investments at Tusk Ventures, joins Nick to cover Sector & Niche Focused Funds, Part 1. We will address questions including: Today we are talking about Sector/Niche Focused Funds. First off, at a high level, what categories and in what ways have you seen funds specialize? What are...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:42pm 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:

67. The Bloomberg for Private Companies, Part 1 (Anand Sanwal)

68. The Bloomberg for Private Companies, Part 2...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:17am EST

Today we cover Part 2 of Space Tech Investing with David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners. In this segment we address: Why is SpaceX moving the industry forward in the wrong direction? I recently read a Fortune article titled ‘VCs Invested More in Space Startups Last Year Than in the...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:48am EST

David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners joins Nick to cover Space Tech Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: First off, David what was the thought process that led you to invest in this area? You’ve written in the past about the roadmap approach toward investing.  Was it this...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:31am 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:

61. Diversity in Venture Capital, Part 1 (Christine Tsai)

62. Diversity in Venture Capital, Part 2 (Christine Tsai)...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:23am EST

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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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

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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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

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

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

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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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

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

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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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

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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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

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

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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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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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

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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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

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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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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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

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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Direct download: FR072_Mougayar_p2.mp3
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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Direct download: FR082_Hudson_p2.mp3
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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Direct download: FR085_Buttrick_Moran_p2.mp3
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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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

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

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

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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Direct download: FR066_Heymann_p2.mp3
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

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

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

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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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:45am EST

Mahendra Ramsinghani joins Nick to cover Startup Boards, Part 2. We will address questions including: What cadence/frequency should Board meetings occur? Can you talk about the board meeting itself and how the best meetings operate? How does the startup board’s makeup and responsibilities evolve over the course of a startups...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:22am EST

Mahendra Ramsinghani joins Nick to cover Startup Boards, Part 1. We will address questions including: What are the key functions of a board and why should entrepreneurs put one together? When is the appropriate time for a startup to begin assembling a board? What is the ideal makeup of the...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:42am EST

John Greathouse of Rincon Venture Partners joins Nick to cover The Hands-on Investor | High-Engagement Investing, Part 2. We will address questions including: The nature and the intensity of your interaction changes over the course of a startups development.  At what stages are you pulling back and getting more hands-off?...

 

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

John Greathouse of Rincon Venture Partners joins Nick to cover The Hands-on Investor | High-Engagement Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? I came across your writing on lessons from surfing for the startup...

 

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Direct download: FR055_Greathouse.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:12am EST

Semil Shah of Haystack joins Nick to cover The Path to Series A, Part 2. We will address questions including: We are all looking for great founders and teams at the seed stage. What additional team dynamics and construction may A round investors be looking for beyond what’s required at...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:47pm EST

Semil Shah of Haystack joins Nick to cover The Path to Series A, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? Can you first talk about why you’ve written about the path to A in the...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:13am EST

Mark Peter Davis of Interplay Ventures joins Nick to cover The Hunt for Investors, Part 2. We will discuss the remaining questions including: When an entrepreneur gets a first meeting w/ an investor, what should they do, and conversely, what should they avoid doing in that meeting? After initial meetings, let’s...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:08am EST

Tom Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures joins Nick to cover The Must-Have Characteristics of Successful SaaS Startups. We will address questions including: Can you talk about your decision to blog, selling your partners at Redpoint, how it went in the early going and what results it’s created for yourself and Redpoint?...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:18am EST

Mark Peter Davis of Interplay Ventures joins Nick to cover The Hunt for Investors, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? Can you talk a little about the startup foundry concept and how Interplay differs from...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:52am EST

David S. Rose is back on the program.  He is Managing Partner of Rose Tech Ventures, Founder & Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels, Associate Founder of Singularity University and, of course, Founder & CEO of Gust.  David joins us to cover recent news that the SEC has finally adopted rules on title 3...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures joins Nick to cover The Value of Data, Part Two. We will address questions including: Transitioning to business models and the way data can be wielded to generate value. Can you provide an example of a business that relies on data within their business model to...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:18am EST