The Full Ratchet (TFR): Venture Capital and Startup Investing Demystified

Ben Wiener of Jumpspeed Ventures joins Nick to discuss Investing in Jerusalem, Applying Helmer's 7 Powers to VC, and Writing a Business Murder Mystery. In this episode we cover:

  • How difficult was it raising a fund to invest only in Jerusalem-originated startups?
  • What do you say to critics who claim that "focusing only one one geo is too limiting?"
  • Are there specific sectors or types of tech that are uniquely positioned to thrive in Jerusalem?
  • What are the similarities and differences in raising a fund vs. raising funds for a startup?
  • You've spoken before about the mismatch between supply and demand for early stage capital in Jerusalem. Has it been tough finding  reliable and persistent follow-on capital for A or B rounds?
  • Since inception ~35% of your investments have been in female-led (female founder/CEO) startups, which is an order of magnitude greater than the 2-3% industry average. Talk about sourcing and what you do on the sourcing side to increase the number of diverse and women led startups you meet with?
  • You recently wrote a Murder Mystery novel. It's a startup fiction based on Hamilton Helmer's 7 Powers.  Why did you write a business strategy murder mystery?
  • The book focuses on Addie Morita, a young crime researcher working on a serial killer case with clues buried in Hamilton's 7 Powers. What similarities can be drawn from 7 Powers and from solving a murder?

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