The Full Ratchet: Venture Capital Demystified

Mike Evans of Grubhub & Fixer joins Nick to discuss The $2 Billion Pizza Order, The Founding Story of Grubhub, Why NPS Sucks, and How Fixer is Transforming Gig Work. In this episode we cover:

  • How Grubhub Started with a Pizza Order
  • Why Marketplace Founders Should Cheat
  • NPS as a Flawed Metric
  • The Advantages of W2 Employees & more!

Missed a recent episode? Go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The host of The Full Ratchet is Nick Moran, General Partner of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

To learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our Website and LinkedIn and be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Are you a founder looking for your next investor? Visit our free tool VC-Rank and we’ll send a list of potential investors right to your inbox!


Greg Sands of Costanoa Ventures joins Nick to discuss A Decade at Costanoa, Where Large Multistage Funds Fail Founders, Denominator v. Numerator Effects, and Tips on Startup Selection. In this episode we cover:

  • Lessons from 10 Years at Costanoa
  • The Denominator Effect in VC
  • Tips on Selecting Startups

Missed a recent episode? Go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The host of The Full Ratchet is Nick Moran, General Partner of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

To learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our Website and LinkedIn and be sure to follow us on Twitter.


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

  • Nagraj Kashyap
  • Matt Cohen
  • Jennifer Stojkovic
  • Jed Cairo

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: 345_Investor_Stories_245__Whats_Next_Kashyap_Cohen_Stojkovic_Cairo.mp3
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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

  • Ben Wiener
  • TX Zhuo
  • Sara Zulkosky

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

For other great episodes, go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/27155166/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/TFR_Pod).

The host of The Full Ratchet is Nick Moran (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-moran-a738503/), General Partner of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside the Bay area.

Direct download: 344_Investor_Stories_244__Why_I_Passed_Wiener_Zhuo_Zulkosky.mp3
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Hernán Fernández of Angel Ventures joins Nick to discuss Mexico's New Tech Mafia, Winning Copycat Strategies, and the Future of Fintech in LatAm. In this episode we cover:

  • Mexico's Explosion in VC Funding
  • The Rappi Tech Mafia
  • What to Look for in Copycat Strategies
  • Democratizing Fintech in LatAm & more!

Missed a recent episode? Go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The host of The Full Ratchet is Nick Moran, General Partner of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

To learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our Website and LinkedIn and be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Are you a founder looking for your next investor? Visit our free tool VC-Rank and we’ll send a list of potential investors right to your inbox!


On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: Yanev Suissa, Ruth Foxe Blader, and Parker Barrile. 

Each investor describes the most unusual situation or pitch that they've encountered as an investor.

Did you miss our guests full length episodes?

For all great episodes, go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/27155166/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/TFR_Pod).

Direct download: 343_Investor_Stories_243__Strange__Unusual_Suissa_Foxe_Blader_Barrile.mp3
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Miriam Rivera of Ulu Ventures joins Nick to discuss 11 Unicorns from Seed, Quantitative Decision-Models for Selecting Investments, Thoughts on Male vs. Female Founders & Investors, and Lessons from Larry and Sergey in the Early Days of Google. In this episode we cover:

  • Lessons from the Early Days of Google
  • Quantitative Decision Making in VC
  • Male vs. Female Founder Questions
  • And more! 

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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: Tony Wilkins, Manan Mehta, and Maryanna Saenko. 

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

Did you miss our guests full length episodes?

For all great episodes, go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/27155166/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/TFR_Pod).

Direct download: 342_Investor_Stories_242__Post_Mortems_Wilkins_Mehta_Saenko.mp3
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Chuck Newhall of NEA joins Nick to discuss The Founding Story of NEA, The True History of Venture Capital, the Keys to an Enduring Firm Legacy, and Why the Best VC's Dare Disturb the Universe. In this episode we cover:

  • The History of VC Pre & Post 1945
  • How NEA Raised Fund I
  • Memorable Fund Successes and Failures
  • Why Chuck Passed on Home Depot
  • Founder's Brain Chemistry
  • Scaling Talent without Scaling Superstars & more! 

Missed a recent episode? Go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The host of The Full Ratchet is Nick Moran, General Partner of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in outsiders.

To learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our Website and LinkedIn and be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Are you a founder looking for your next investor? Visit our free tool VC-Rank and tell us about your business. We’ll send a list of possible investors right to your email’s InBox!


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