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

Ilya Strebulaev co-author of the Venture Mindset joins Nick to discuss Deconstructing the Venture Mindset -- The Data and Decision-Making Driving Top Tier Investing. In this episode we cover:

  • Venture Capital Mindset and Decision-Making Principles
  • Venture Capital's Role in Creating Successful Companies
  • Sourcing and Selection in Venture Capital, Diversifying Networks and Meaningful Connections
  • Venture Capital Investing Strategies and Portfolio Management
  • Venture Capital Best Practices, Including Risk Management and Portfolio Analysis
  • Venture Mindset, Incentives, and Innovation in Startups and Large Companies
  • Investing in Venture Capital During Economic Downturns, with Insights on AI and Unicorn Valuations

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The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Ilya_Strebulaev_Final.mp3
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Alan Patricof & Abby Miller Levy of Primetime Partners joins Nick to discuss Founding VC Firms Apax, Greycroft, and Primetime, the Keys to Unlocking Investment Value in Healthcare, and Why the Aging Population is the Biggest Opportunity in Tech. In this episode we cover:

  • Launching a Horizontal Fund Focused on Ageing Population
  • Investing in Businesses Catering to Aging Population
  • Healthcare Investment, Regulation, and AI's impact
  • Reducing Healthcare Costs Through Prevention and Engagement
  • Healthcare Innovation, Monitoring, and Diagnostics
  • Reaching Older Adults in Healthcare, Including Marketing Strategies and Challenges

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Alan_Patricof__Abby_Miller_Levy_Final.mp3
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Frank Rotman of QED Investors joins Nick to discuss Lessons from Building the Iconic Firm QED, the History of Fintech, the Efficiency of Carbon Vs. Silicon Processing, and Decentralizations Role in the Future of Finance. In this episode we cover:

  • Decentralization, and Stable Coins in Finance
  • Financial Nihilism and Is Impact on Savings, Investing, and the Economy
  • Megatrends, Including Aging Population, Climate Change, and GLP-1 Drugs
  • Carbon-Based vs Silicon-Based Learning Machines, Strengths and Limitations
  • Balancing Investor and Founder Needs
  • Venture Capital's Role in Startup Growth and the Need for Innovation in the Industry
  • Investing in Startups, Importance of Reserves, and Portfolio Construction

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Frank_Rotman_Final.mp3
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Tomasz Tunguz of Theory Ventures joins Nick to discuss Web 3.0 Database Dominance, How to Trust Black-Box ML Models, Google's Ad Business in an LLM-First Search World, and Lessons from Looker, Monte Carlo, and MotherDuck. In this episode we cover:

  • Blockchain and Web3 Databases, with a Focus on Ethereum and Its Potential Dominance
  • AI, Data Analytics, and Their Applications in Business
  • Machine Learning Challenges and Opportunities,
  • AI Innovations in Robotics, Self-Driving Cars, and Programming
  • Using AI to Personalize Sales Pitches and Improve Response Rates
  • AI's Impact on GDP Growth, Productivity, and Profitability

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Tomasz_Tunguz_Final.mp3
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Alex Edelson of Slipstream Investors joins Nick to discuss LPs Seeking Alpha - Decoding the Myths and Mastery of Fund Structure, Size, Reserves, Access, and Selection. In this episode we cover:

  • Evaluating Emerging VC Firms and Co-Investing Opportunities
  • Overcoming Challenges in Investing in Emerging Managers with Limited Track Records
  • Evaluating Venture Capitalists' Competitive Advantages and Sustainability
  • Venture Capital Incentives and Non-Consensus Investments
  • Fundraising Challenges for VCs, With Advice on Structuring Fundraising Efforts
  • Using Reserves in Venture Capital Investments
  • How a GP Can Pitch Themselves to Limited Partners LPs to Build a Successful Partnership

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Alex_Edelson_Final.mp3
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Larsen Jensen of Harpoon Ventures joins Nick to discuss TFR Declassified: Olympic Medalist and Navy SEAL on National Security, Deep Tech, and Taking Commercial Tech to Government Customers. In this episode we cover:

  • Startups Selling to Government Sector
  • Geopolitics and National Security in the Tech Industry
  • Startup Potential in Defense Industry
  • Investing in Tech Startups with a Focus on Government Contracts
  • AI Adoption in Government and Enterprise Sectors
  • Supporting Startup Founders with Differentiated Value
  • Drone and Counter-Drone Technology in National Security

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Larsen_Jensen_Final.mp3
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Ashu Garg of Foundation Capital joins Nate to discuss The Future of Large Language Models, Open vs. Closed Sourced, and Why 2024 is the Year of Inference. In this episode we cover:

  • Venture Capital Investing Strategies and Ideal Founder Characteristics
  • AI Model Development and Its Future
  • AI Models for Legal Tech and Their Potential Applications
  • Tech Giants' Positioning in the AI Shift
  • Google's Innovation Dilemma and AI Adoption

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Ashu_Garg_Final.mp3
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Brian Long of Attentive joins Nate to discuss The Playbook to Finding Product-Market Fit, When Founders Should Begin to Scale, and Lessons from Building Attentive. In this episode we cover:

  • Entrepreneurship, Product Development, and Market Opportunity
  • Strategic Decisions for Early-Stage Companies
  • Customer Discovery and Feedback in Product Development
  • Product Market Fit and Customer Acquisition Strategies
  • Customer Problem Evolution and Startup Success Strategies
  • Sales Strategies, Company Growth, and Founder Experience

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Brian_Long_Final.mp3
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David Spreng of Runway Growth Capital joins Nate to discuss 2024: The Year of Reckoning in the Venture Markets, The Future of Venture Debt, and Why the Venture Cycle is Unique. In this episode we cover:

  • Venture Capital, Technology Investments, and Late-Stage Funding
  • Differentiating Venture Debt Providers and Red Flags to Watch Out For
  • Venture Capital Quality, Liquidity Options, and Restructuring
  • Investing During Market Cycle Peak
  • Venture Debt Market Evolution and Underwriting Model

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: David_Spreng_Final.mp3
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Rob Rueckert of Sorenson Capital joins Nick to discuss How NVIDIA Beat Intel, Building a Firm Based on Go-to-Market, and Why Deal Judgement Trumps Deal Access. In this episode we cover:

  • Venture Capital, Marketing, and Sales Strategies
  • AI's Impact on the Tech Industry, Jobs, and Innovation
  • Hiring Early Employees, Building a Strong Team, Leadership, and Company Growth
  • Entrepreneurship, investing, and Solving Humanity's Biggest Problems

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Rob_Rueckert_Final.mp3
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Semyon Dukach of One Way Ventures joins Nick to discuss Why Immigrant Founders Outperform, Lessons from Professional Blackjack, And Why Worrying About Downstream Financing is a Mental Trap. In this episode we cover:

  • Investing, Immigration, and Blackjack
  • Investing in Immigrant Founders and Their Unique Perspectives
  • Startup Investment Criteria and Screening Process
  • Entrepreneurship and Founder Characteristics
  • Investing in Tech Startups, Focusing on Credibility and Founder Quality
  • Investing in AI Startups and Future Risks

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Semyon_Dukach_Final.mp3
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Todd Klein of Revolution Growth joins Nate to discuss The Most Interesting Diligence Process You’ve Ever Heard, Why Founders Aren’t Risk Takers, and Reasoning Behind The Government Blocking More M&A Than Ever Before. In this episode we cover:

  • Revolution Growth's Investment Philosophy and Areas of Focus
  • The Current Regulatory Environment for Exits and M&A
  • Comparison of the Internet Paradigm Shift to AI and Identifying Sustainable Trends
  • Evaluating Founders and Distinguishing Those Who Want to Build Big Versus Control
  • Process for Identifying Trends and Immersing in Portfolio Companies

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Todd_Klein_Final.mp3
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Pete Flint of NFX joins Nate to discuss How AI Will Transform the Future of Marketplaces, the Shift from AI Co-Pilots to Agents, & Frameworks for Investment Timing. In this episode we cover:

  • Founding a Successful Tech Startup and Industry Insights
  • Founding NFX, Software Approach to Venture Firm, and Orthogonal Initiatives
  • Venture Capital Investment Strategy and Philosophy
  • Leveraging AI in Marketplaces for Efficient Operations and Novel Consumer Experiences
  • AI-Driven Career Counseling and Autopilot Technology
  • AI Value Creation and Distribution
  • B2B Marketplaces, Defensibility, Investment Criteria, and AI

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Pete_Flint_Final.mp3
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Adrian Aoun of Forward joins Nick to discuss Why Healthcare is Broken and How to Fix it, A Future Path Forward Where Doctors are Architects not Providers, and How the Employer-Sponsored Healthcare System is Designed to Fail Us. In this episode we cover:

  • AI, Startups, and Entrepreneurship With Google Executives Larry Page and Sergey Brin
  • Democratizing Healthcare Through AI-Powered Pods
  • Healthcare Innovation and Technology Adoption
  • Assessing Talent and Building Teams in Person Vs. Remote
  • Healthcare System Flaws and Potential Solutions
  • Improving Healthcare with AI and Remote Monitoring

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Adrian_Auon_Final.mp3
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Raffi Garabedian of Electric Hydrogen joins Nate to discuss Why the Opportunity in Energy may be as Large as AI, The Path to Decarbonization, and Fundraising Advice for DeepTech Startups. In this episode we cover:

  • Green Hydrogen and Its Potential for Clean Energy
  • Energy Transition and Business Opportunities in a Changing World
  • Green Hydrogen Applications and Timeline for Ammonia Transformation
  • Decarbonization in Various Industries
  • Green Hydrogen Infrastructure Development
  • Green Hydrogen Viability and Political Support

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Raffi_Garabedian_Final.mp3
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Colin Walsh of Varo Bank joins Nate to discuss Scaling Varo to $1B+, The Future of Banking, & Why the Biggest Opportunity in Fintech is Financial Inclusion. In this episode we cover:

  • Entrepreneurship, Risk-Taking and Founding a Fintech Company
  • Financial Innovation and Customer Needs in the Industry
  • Financial Challenges and Technology Solutions
  • Becoming a Bank and Offering Financial Products to Consumers
  • AI's Impact on Financial Services, Operational Risk, and Productivity

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Gaurav Jain of Afore Capital joins Nate to discuss Why Market Size is Irrelevant, Patterns from Working with the Best Founders, & How AI Compares to Past Paradigm Shifts. In this episode we cover:

  • AI Paradigm Shift and Its Impact on Venture Capital Investments
  • AI Investment Opportunities in Various Industries
  • Market Size and Founder Potential in Seed Investing
  • Evaluating Founders' Ability to Learn and Grow in a Fast-Paced Startup Environment
  • The State of the Pre-Seed Market and the Importance of Innovation in Venture Capital
  • Startup Funding and the Importance of Right-Sized Rounds

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Gaurav_Jain_Final.mp3
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Morgan Beller of NFX joins Nick to discuss Is Cerebral Valley the True Mecca for AI or Just Hype, How the FTX Meltdown Could Benefit Crypto in the Long Run, and The Pros and Cons of Taking on Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. In this episode we cover:

  • Stable Coins and Their Potential Use Cases
  • Crypto Regulation, FTX Debacle, and Market Correction
  • Space Technology, Satellite Repair and Competition
  • AI Companies in San Francisco's Hayes Valley
  • Startup Valuations, Founder Skills, and Competitive Advantages

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Ramy Adeeb of 1984 Ventures joins Nick to discuss 2024 Predictions P2: Bullish/Bearish on Acquisitions, First-Time Founders, Neobanks, PLG, Gaming, Cleantech, Venture GPT, Cyber, and A&D. In this episode we cover:

  • US Politics and Election Predictions in 2024
  • Economic Indicators, Credit Crisis, and Government Spending
  • Down Rounds in the Startup Industry
  • Venture Capital, Product-Led Growth, and Industry Evolution
  • Gaming, Clean Tech, and VC Investments
  • AI's Potential Impact, Cybersecurity, and Defense Tech in the Venture Capital Industry

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Ramy Adeeb of 1984 Ventures joins Nick to discuss 2024 Predictions P1: A Perfect Storm for Crisis, Feast & Famine in VC, Big Tech AI vs. Startup AI, and How LLMs Become the Ultimate Accelerant & Tax on Venture. In this episode we cover:

  • Venture Capital Industry Challenges and Potential "Great Resignation" of VCs
  • The Current State of VC Investments, Startup Challenges and Revenue Metrics
  • Investing in Startups, Crypto, and AI
  • AI Adoption and Its Challenges for Startups and Incumbents
  • AI's Potential Impact on Various Industries and Applications
  • Interest Rates, and Startup Valuations
  • AI and Tech Industry Trends

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

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Direct download: Prediction_2024_Part_1_-_Final.mp3
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In this special replay episode McKeever “Mac” Conwell II of RareBreed Ventures joins Nick to discuss Raising a Fund via General Solicitation & Twitter, How Rolling Funds Can Disadvantage LPs, and Facing the Reality of Diversity in VC. In this episode, we cover:

  • Walk us through your background and path to VC
  • What’s the thesis at RareBreed Ventures?
  • Why did you start RareBreed Ventures?
  • Tell me about the fundraise… when did you first kickoff and then start getting momentum?
  • Have you gotten better at raising over time? What have you improved most?
  • What resonates w/ LPs, what do you get pushback on?
  • What’s been the biggest surprise in the process so far?
  • Optimistic, pessimistic or neutral on diversity in VC over the next decade?
  • Twitter — blowing up, what’s working so well?
  • Rolling fund vs. not… why?
  • Thoughts on thesis and portfolio construction…
  • What’s the ideal fund size for your stage and strategy?
  • Founders… biggest mistake you see early stage founders make
  • Gives us a snapshot of Rarebreed in 3 years… how about 7 years?

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

Want to keep up to date with The Full Ratchet? Follow us on social.

You can learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our LinkedIn and Twitter.

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In this special replay episode Grace Isford of Canvas Ventures joins Nick on a special Crisis Coverage installment to discuss the GTM Playbook; Building a Career in VC; Societal Challenges and Opportunities Post-COVID; and a Comprehensive Analysis of Successful GPs and Venture Investments. In this episode, we cover:

  • You’re an extroverted, people-person… how you holding up w/ the quarantine?
  • Quick overview of your background and path to VC?
  • Your focus (and thesis) at Canvas?
  • You developed a 30 page GTM Playbook based on interviews w/ 10+ CROs/VPs of Sales across major B2B companies. First of all, is this publicly available and also what were some takeaways that really stood out?
  • There’s a segment of VCs that believe that one must be an operator to be a good VC… what’s your stance?
  • Examples of successful non-operators?
  • You completed a comprehensive analysis of the portfolios of over 200 venture firms, looked at 100 successful GPs, and winning, U.S.-based investments w/ a valuation greater than $500M… what were your key takeaways?
  • A bit about signaling… Many in the industry and those observing determine the value of a startup based on whether a brand name venture firm is in the deal… “If Sequoia is in the deal, startup must be great”… what are your thoughts on this common perception?
  • What does your weekly routine look like and how have you prioritized the various demands of the job?
  • What have you found to be most challenging in your career as a VC?
  • What advice do you have for young folks trying to make an impact as an investor or board observer?
  • You wrote a great piece that analyzed three areas where VCs could invest to address the societal challenges of COVID-19. Can you walk us through each of these and why the opportunity here is greater?
  • What do you think the future holds for venture & entrepreneurship in a post-COVID world?
  • The old playbook for winning deals is gone… Any idea on how one might win a deal virtually?

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

Want to keep up to date with The Full Ratchet? Follow us on social.

You can learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our LinkedIn and Twitter.

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In this special replay episode Semil Shah of Haystack joins Nick to discuss 1st Institutional VC Fund Raised– Key Learnings.  We address questions including:

  • Maybe we can start off with how your investment focus has evolved since the last time you joined us.
  • What are your thoughts on how seed has split into pre-seed, seed, seed extension, and post seed?
  • Are you investing once with a company or reserving for these various stages within seed?
  • You just closed fund 3… tell us about the first two funds that set the stage.
  • Would you do things differently if you could go back?
  • Which raise was the hardest?
  • How did the expectations of LPs change from the early funds to the institutional fund?
  • What surprised you most about the raise?
  • Did you connect w/ prospectives through referrals, cold calls, a combination?
  • Walk us through the metrics… how many targets, meetings, avg commitment amt, etc.
  • Did you ever think you might not complete the raise?
  • What’s the best advice you got on the raise and who’d you get it from?
  • In our first interview, you talked about how you couldn’t get a full-time job at a venture firm. I’m sure you’ve had plenty of offers as you’ve built a track record. Did you ever consider making the jump?
  • When I sent my fund deck to you, you said “Awesome and looks good. As I always say, the deck matters much less than having capital partners who believe in you” For anyone listening that aspires to raise… talk about what you meant by this comment.

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

Want to keep up to date with The Full Ratchet? Follow us on social.

You can learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our LinkedIn and Twitter.

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In this special replay episode Ed Sim of Boldstart ventures joins Nick to discuss Maintaining a Disciplined Fund Size and Strategy, The Rise of NYC Tech, and Changes in the Exit Environment. In this episode, we cover:

  • Walk us through your background and path to VC
  • What’s the thesis at boldstart ventures?
  • What was it like starting Boldstart in NYC in 2010?
  • Tell us a bit about the thesis at investment and how things evolved over the years until the ultimate exit?
  • What’s your preference…  Niche and narrow problems or big and expansive opportunities?
  • What is your mental model for investing in enterprise founders with ideas?
  • category creation
  • Why only technical founders?
  • Will this enterprise bull market sustain?
  • You’ve talked about being involved and sitting on boards from “whiteboard to scale” ?…  how do you manage ever-increasing board responsibilities with other demands of the job?
  • Where are VCs most lacking when it comes to the value that early-stage founders require?
  • Do you think there’s too much money in venture?
  • How do you win in a seed with so many seed funds?

Guest Links:

The hosts of The Full Ratchet are Nick Moran and Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures, a venture capital firm committed to investing in founders outside of the Bay Area.

Want to keep up to date with The Full Ratchet? Follow us on social.

You can learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our LinkedIn and Twitter.

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In this special replay episode 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 investing
  • His focus on finding 5,000x returns and his response to those that say he is discouraging innovation w/ this approach
  • How he thinks about the economics and business model of early-stage businesses in nascent markets
  • If he takes a contrarian or adversarial approach with founders

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Jon Keidan of Torch Capital joins Nate to discuss The Consumer Investing Framework, The Importance of Building a Brand, And Tactical Advice for Founders on how to find Product-Market Fit. In this episode we cover:

  • Investing in Consumer Companies, Pain Points, Market Size, and Founder Qualities
  • Balancing Top-Down and Bottom-Up Investing Strategies
  • Consumer Distribution and Unit Economics in Early-Stage Investing
  • Building a Strong Brand and Moat for a Successful Business
  • Consumer Social Platforms and Their Potential for Growth
  • Fundraising Strategies for Early-Stage Startups

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Jules Schwerin of RTP Global joins Nate to discuss How AI Will Transform Legacy Industries, The Bull Case for Vertical SaaS, and the Future of the Series A Market. In this episode we cover:

  • Investing in Lagging Industries and Overcoming Inertia to Adopt Modern Tech
  • Market Entry Strategies and AI Adoption
  • Market Size, Competition, and Funding for Vertical SaaS Companies
  • Logistics Investments and Niche Markets
  • IPOs, Deal Making, and Valuations in the Venture Capital Industry

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Mitchell Green of Lead Edge Capital joins Nick to discuss The Hierarchy of Bullsh*t, The 8 Criteria that Matter Most, Why Boiler Rooms Win, and the Key to Raising Capital. In this episode we cover:

  • Investment Criteria for Scaling Companies
  • Leveraging a Network of High-Net-Worth Individuals for Investment Opportunities
  • Hiring and Evaluating Analysts in the Venture Capital Industry
  • Investing in Private Companies and IPOs
  • AI, Entrepreneurship, and Investing

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Michael Jones of Science Ventures joins Nick to discuss Lessons from Liquid Death and Dollar Shave, Why X’s Super-App Strategy is Flawed, Building Through Influence, and The Power of Observation. In this episode we cover:

  • Disrupting the Razor and Beverage Industries
  • Influencer Marketing and E-Commerce Trends
  • Early Stage Investing, AI, and Startup Landscape
  • Identifying Successful Founders

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Tim Tully of Menlo Ventures joins Nate to discuss Navigating the AI Hype: Where Value Will Accrue for Investors, the Future of AI Tech Stack, and the Role of Open Source, Vector Databases, and Recommendations Engines. In this episode we cover:

  • AI Hype, Investments, and Company Growth
  • Using Vector Databases to Improve AI Accuracy
  • Tech Investments and Trends in Developer Tools and Microservices
  • Enterprise Customer Demands, Engineering Teams, and Data Privacy

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Joe Kaiser of Mercato joins Nate to discuss Why the Growth Equity Model is Broken, the Playbook for Scaling in Between the Coasts, and the Verticalization of Big Data . In this episode we cover:

  • Investment Strategy and Ideal Company Fit for a Midwestern Venture Capital Firm
  • Scaling Companies in Different Geographies and the Role of AI in Various Industries
  • AI Investment Strategies and Valuations
  • Startup Valuations, IPOs, and Growth Equity
  • Venture Capital, Investing, and Entrepreneurship.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Lily Lyman of Underscore joins Nick to discuss Workflow automation, LLMs impact on the Future of Work, Why Proprietary Data-Sets Will Win, How Business Models Will Change with AI, Why VCs should Focus on Revenue Growth and Not Markups. In this episode we cover:

  • AI's Impact on Work, Automation, and Collaboration
  • Investing in InsurTech, Supply Chain Logistics, Commerce, and Digital Health
  • Healthcare Tech Evolution, Business Models, and AI
  • Venture Capital, Valuations, and Investing in the Current Market
  • Entrepreneurship, Fundraising, and Company Building Insights

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Peter Wagner of Wing VC joins Nick to discuss Lessons from Seed Investing in Snowflake and Gong, Why the Next Super-Cycle is Here and How to Invest in It, and Insights on Firm Building, Decision Making, and Talent Spotting. In this episode we cover:

  • Early-Stage Investing and Company Building in B2B Technology
  • Investment Decisions and Market Fit
  • AI's Impact on Business and Investment Strategies
  • Data Platforms, ETL, and Vector Data in AI
  • Venture Capital Team Building and Talent Selection

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Rebecca Lynn of Canvas Ventures joins Nate to discuss Why Good Marketing Beats Good Product, Emerging Use Cases for AI, and Tactical Advice for Founder to Build Their GTM. In this episode we cover:

  • Product Market Fit, Customer Needs, Marketing Strategies and Product Development
  • Marketing Strategies for Early-Stage Founders
  • Venture Capital, Marketing, and Scalability
  • Investing in Health Tech and Fintech Companies
  • AI in Legal Tech and Debt Collection

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Shensi Ding of Merge joins Nate to discuss How to Instill a Culture of Speed, Lessons from Scaling Merge to 8000 Customers, and the Future of Software Integration. In this episode we cover:

  • Founding a Company to Solve Integration Problems in the Workplace
  • Product Market Fit and Customer Acquisition Challenges
  • API-First Company Challenges, Speed, and Quality
  • Hiring Culture and Growth

Guest Links:

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Ian Sigalow of Greycroft joins Nick to discuss Co-Founding Greycroft with Alan Patricof & Dana Settle; Balancing Thesis Focus and Flexibility; AI Tooling vs. AI Platforms; and the Search for the Next Form Factor Amidst Smart-phone Saturation. In this episode we cover:

  • Venture Capital, Technology Trends, and Entrepreneurship
  • AI, GPUs, and Edge Computing
  • Future Growth Platforms for Consumer Software and Applications
  • AI Adoption and Platform Development
  • Investment Strategies and Portfolio Performance in the Tech Industry
  • Venture Capital, Public VS Private Markets, and Personal Habits.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Risa Stack of The Production Board joins Nate to discuss Can BioTech Extend Life to 150 Years? Gene Editing, and Investing in the Future of Life Sciences. In this episode we cover:

  • Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and Starting Companies
  • Venture Studio Model, Technical Risk, and Investing in Businesses
  • Challenges in Therapeutic Development and Commercialization
  • Prioritizing People Over Products, and Assessing the Funding Environment for Critical Industries
  • Biotech, Life Extension, and Investment Strategies
  • Gene Editing and Cell Therapy Technologies
  • Personalized Medicine

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Sebastian Duesterhoeft of Lightspeed Venture Partners joins Nate to discuss Are Software Businesses Defensible? What is the S curve and How to Time it, and Lessons from Investing in Snowflake, Databricks, and Confluent. In this episode we cover:

  • Investing in a Challenging Market with a Growth Investor
  • AI Technology, Its Impact & Potential to Disrupt Industries and Create New Opportunities
  • Investment Strategies and Price Dynamics in the Startup Space
  • Investing in Enterprise Software Companies, Including S-Curve Analysis
  • Market Size and Potential for a New Endpoint Security Player
  • Determining the Size of the Queue for Cloud Security and Software Development
  • Market Sizing, Vertical SAAS, and Software Margins
  • Investing, Brand, and Distribution in the Tech Industry

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Jerry Neumann and Elizabeth Zalman of Neu Venture Capital/Crane Venture Partners join Nick to discuss Founder Vs. Investor – A debate between an Experienced Founder and the VC that Backed Her. In this episode we cover:

  • Should Founders Even Want Venture Capital
  • Advice on Raising Capital
  • The Importance of Having a Hiring Process
  • How Many Full-Time Jobs Can a Founder Have
  • VC Attorneys
  • What Is the Purpose of the Board of Directors
  • Differences Between the Private and Public Markets
  • Tools Used for Profiling Founders

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Roger Ehrenberg of Eberg Capital joins Nick to discuss Building and Leaving the Iconic Seed Firm IA, Mastering Reserve Strategy, Investing in Sports and the Next Wave of Entertainment, and Analyzing the Pysche of Unicorn Founders. In this episode we cover:

  • Spending Time with Founders Before Investing
  • What Most Investors Miss When Generating Persistent Returns
  • Directive vs Constructive with Founders
  • The Future of Sports
  • Dealing with Issues in Real Time

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

John Cowgill of Costanoa Ventures joins Nate to discuss Why You Should Always Bet on The Founder, The Future of Cybersecurity, and Will AI Live up to the Hype?. In this episode we cover:

  • How Do Costanoa Ventures Run References
  • Do Investors Need to Have a Thesis
  • What Is Applied Big Data and How Will It Change the Enterprise
  • Bets on AI in the Enterprise
  • How Generative AI Can Be a Catalyst for Esoteric Industries

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Immad Akhund of Mercury joins Nate to discuss Behind the Scenes at Mercury During the SVB Crisis, Tactical Fundraising Advice for Founders, Lessons from 300+ Angel Investments. In this episode we cover:

  • The Importance of Understanding the Market.
  • Banking for Startups and Entrepreneurs.
  • The Collapse of SVB
  • Lessons Learned from the SVB Crisis.
  • Advice for Founders on How to Navigate a Startup Death Spiral.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Dan Kimerling of Deciens Capital joins Nick to discuss Defying the VC Orthodox, Re-inventing Financial Services, Picking Righteousness Over Returns, and Why VCs Should be More Like Rick Rubin and Less Like Don Wilson. In this episode we cover:

  • How to Diversify Risk
  • How to Support a Fee Structure That is Different
  • The Rise of Free and Open Source Software.
  • What Communities Are Most Underserved by FinTech.
  • The Role That FinTech Plays in Decarbonizing Finance.
  • The Art of Creating the Future.

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Jason Wilk of Dave joins Nate to discuss Scaling Dave to IPO, How to Recruit a Word Class Team, And Predictions for the Future of FinTech. In this episode we cover:

  • Navigating the Early Stage of Product Market Fit.
  • How to Drive Down the Cost of Acquisition.
  • How Did the Fundraising Process Evolve
  • Where Can We See the Winners in the FinTech Market
  • Challenges of Competing with Traditional Banks

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Ben Lerer of Lerer Hippeau joins Nick to discuss How to Thrive in a Down Market; Investing through the AI Hype Cycle; and Consumer Exits and Key Lessons from Warby Parker, MIRROR, Casper, Allbirds, and Oscar. In this episode we cover:

  • Opportunities In the New York Tech Scene
  • The Challenges Of Building a DTC Company
  • How To Assess Purchase Frequency When the Market Is Low
  • Avoiding Startups Building With Generative AI
  • Where Is the Alpha In the Solar Space
  • What Makes For an Amazing CEO
  • Do Founders Have a Unique Superpower

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

David Tao of BarBend joins Nate to discuss Scaling to Exit Without Venture Capital, Why VCs Might be Incentivizing the Wrong Type of Company Building, and How GenAI Will Shape the Future of Media Businesses. In this episode, we cover:

  • The Importance of Diversifying Your Revenue Streams.
  • Hiring and Raising Capital for Founders.
  • The Right Time to Sell the Company.
  • Niche is Almost Always Bigger Than We Think.
  • Timeline for Monetizing Content.
  • Is Generative AI Overhyped or Underhyped.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Lior Susan of Eclipse Ventures joins Nate to discuss The $40T Opportunity Investing in Physical Industries, The Framework for Investing in Hardware, and Lessons Learned from Industry Legend, Pierre Lamond. In this episode we cover:

  • Misperceptions in Fintech

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    Changing Barriers in Hardware

     

  • How to Find and Back the Best Founders

     

  • Macro Environment and Investing in 2023

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Samir Kaul of Khosla Ventures joins Nick to discuss Cutting the 1st and Largest Check into OpenAI; Assessing Generative AI Moats, Monopolies, and Market Opportunities; and Why Now is the Right Time for ClimateTech. In this episode we cover:

  • Taking Large Technical Risk Than Large Market Risk
  • Assessing Generative AI Moats
  • Investing in CleanTech
  • Investment Lessons & Best Practices During a Technology Revolution

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Brian Barnes of M1 Finance joins Nick to discuss Building the Finance Super App, Modernizing Risk Underwriting, Revolutionizing Wealth Management, and Rocketing from Seed to Unicorn in 5 Years. In this episode we cover:

  • Building a Finance Super App
  • Achieving Product Market Fit in Fintech
  • Modernizing Risk Management
  • Going Through Rapid Hiring and Finding Talents
  • Raising Capital During Economic Downturn
  • AI and Generative AI Impact on Fintech

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Ajay Agarwal of Bain Capital Ventures joins Nick to discuss The $1T+ Opportunity Investing in the Physical World, Why Automation is Just Getting Started, and Raising a $1.9B Despite Macroeconomic Headwinds. In this episode we cover:

  • Boston, Palo Alto, Austin, Pittsburgh, What Makes Certain Cities Great Startup Ecosystems
  • Deploying $1.9B of New Funds
  • Robotics, AI & Automation, How Technology Impacts The Physical World
  • Why has the US Fallen Further Behind in Regards to Automation
  • The Impact of the Lack of Capital Flowing into Robotics & Automation

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Rob Biederman of Asymmetric joins Nate to discuss The Surprising Challenge of Launching a Venture Fund, Analyzing AI Horizontally Versus Vertically, and Why Most Companies Are Overstaffed. In this episode, we cover:

  • The difference between a Founder VC and a Non-Founder VC
  • What are the areas that are getting the team excited
  • Vertical vs Horizontal Solutions
  • Building in Use Cases that expand Customer Value with Minimal Cost
  • How to Evaluate Horizontal Business Software Companies
  • Overstaffing and Underinvestment

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Tony Conrad of True Ventures joins Nick to discuss Avoiding Attribution, The 50.1% Rule of Life, How to Invest in Red Oceans, and Why Investor Inaction is Often Best. In this episode, we cover:

  • The importance of building camaraderie
  • What does it take to get 20% Ownership in a Company
  • How to Invest in Red Oceans
  • Investing in Hardware
  • Selling Hardware vs. Software
  • Impact of Consumer Trends on Tech Startups
  • Is AI a threat to humans and what is the role of AI in the market

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

David Pakman of Coinfund joins Nate to discuss Why Now is the Best Time to be Investing in Crypto and Web3, What's Next in NFTs, and The Future of Crypto Regulation. In this episode, we cover:

  • The difference between Crypto-native and Crypto-dabble firms.
  • Catalysts driving adoption of Bitcoin & Crypto Currency.
  • Consumer use case for Crypto Currencies?
  • What's Next in NFTs
  • Advice for web3 founders.
  • Why we don’t want five companies to control the future.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Kyle Harrison and Eric Tarczynski of Contrary Capital join Nate to discuss Finding Product Market Fit As a Venture Firm, How to Identify World-Class Founders Before Anyone Else, And Debating Whether or Not Venture Has Hit The Bottom. In this episode, we cover:

  • The thesis and investment approach at Contrary.
  • Content and content marketing?
  • Ideating and scaling the MVP?
  • How much time are investors spending on other areas?
  • How do you differentiate your company?

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Rodrigo Liang of SambaNova Systems joins Nate to discuss The Future of Generative AI, Innovating at the Hardware Layer, and the Path to Artificial General Intelligence. In this episode we cover:

  • The Rise of Neural Nets and Demand for Computing Power
  • Transition models vs. legacy models.
  • E-Chat GPT Introduction was Game Changing.
  • Predictions For The Future of Generative AI
  • AI's role in the digital age.
  • Are there any professions that are at risk?

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Wes Chan and Pegah Ebrahimi of FPV Ventures join Nick to discuss Building with a 100-Year Vision, Getting to Conviction in Canva, the Mission-Driven Mindset, and Lessons from the Legend, Bill Campbell. In this episode we cover:

  • The long-term effects of the tech banking crisis
  • Advice to portfolio founders
  • What Generative AI Means for Google and Search
  • How to find mission-driven founders
  • The operating model for helping with founders
  • How to build trust with founders
  • Advice from Bill Campbell
  • Advice for portfolio founders on sourcing talent

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.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Alex Konrad of Forbes joins Nick to discuss The Fallout of First Republic and SVB and its Implications on Tech, The Algorithm Behind the Midas List, and Will AI Actually Replace Journalists? . In this episode we cover:

  • What led to the demise of First Republic Bank
  • Venture Capital’s response to the Crisis
  • How will the acquisition of First Republic Bank impact investors and venture capitalists
  • How the Midas list is made
  • Differences between the regular Midas list and the Seed list
  • What are the useful use cases for Crypto
  • Is AI coming for people’s jobs

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

David Tisch of Box Group joins Nick to discuss Why Optimizing for Ownership is a Trap, The Future of Seed Investing, and The Opportunity in Consumer Social. In this episode we cover:

  • Dealing with decisions that feel like tweener.
  • Over-rotating on short-term fake signals.
  • What is their portfolio construction philosophy?
  • Regretting not investing in the right companies.
  • Where do you think prices will go in 2020?
  • Differences between social media and venture capital.
  • The opportunity to capture the hearts and minds of consumers.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Rex Woodbury of Index joins Nate to discuss The Opportunity in Gen Z, Deciphering Signal From the Noise in Generative AI, and The Future of Work. In this episode we cover:

Entrepreneurship vs. Work ethic.
The power of questioning social constructs.
Other trends to be excited about in tech.
Connecting to people on the internet is similar to advertising.
Comparing cloud vs. Generative AI
Habits tactics and techniques for writing.

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.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Deena Shakir of Lux Capital joins Nick to discuss The Lux Capital Playbook, Deeptech and The Application Layer, and What the Future Holds for Digital Health. In this episode we cover:

  • Investments in the fertility space.
  • How do you think about the future of healthcare?
  • Investing in healthcare companies.
  • Innovation in healthcare.

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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.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Jim Andelman of Bonfire Ventures joins Nick to discuss 85% Graduation from Seed to Series A, SaaS Metric Mastery, The Right Time to Stop Founder-Led Sales, and Advice for Emerging Managers. In this episode we cover:

  • The entry point for a seed investor.
  • The importance of being overweight on the first round.
  • How do you respond to a correction in valuation?
  • Knowing when to relax constraints in venture.
  • How much does it cost to build a sales team?
  • The right time to transition from founder-led sales to sales leader.
  • Evaluating the margin profile of a business.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Catharine Dockery of Vice Ventures joins Nick to discuss Betting on "Bad" Industries, the opportunity in Alcohol, Nicotine, SexTech and other vices, and Why Early Stage Investors Should Avoid Consumer Investing. In this episode we cover:

  • Raising money for venture capital.
  • Investment opportunities in psychedelics.
  • What are the signals to look for in a consumer company?

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.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Alex Pruden of Aleo joins Nate to discuss From Special Forces to Leading Aleo, The Bull Case for Crypto and Web 3, and The Future of the Internet. In this episode we cover:

  • Leading a tech startup.
  • How to cultivate a stronger sense of leadership.
  • What is Aleo and what does it do?
  • What are the initial use cases for Ai?
  • The power of proof of humanity.
  • The scalability of zero-knowledge proofs.

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.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Rick Zullo of Equal Ventures joins Nick to discuss Architecting a Thesis-Driven Philosophy, Why There's Riches in Niches, How Founder-Market Fit is Changing, and Building the Largest Community of Emerging Managers. In this episode we cover:

  • How many different specialties can a founder have?
  • How do they take concepts and opportunities?
  • The importance of having a thesis driven team
  • The process of evaluating an investment
  • How to get conviction on ideas
  • Being earnestly honest about your business model
  • The four stages of building a business
  • The importance of finding a niche and expanding it

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Laura Spiekerman of Alloy joins Nate to discuss What Does the Future of Fintech Hold? Insights on Growth, Fraud, and Community Banking. In this episode we cover:

  • Alloy's mission and the role it plays in fintech
  • The importance of community banks in fintech design and development
  • Challenges of scaling a go-to-market business in fintech 
  • Laura's insights on the future of fintech, including concerns about fraud and blockchain technology
  • The impact of fed now on fraud prevention in fintech
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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Shardul Shah of Index Ventures joins Nick to discuss Assessing an entrepreneur’s imagination. What are the metrics and characteristics that demonstrate product market fit for Early-stage investing? (Shardul Shah). In this episode we cover:

  • Outsourcing security risk and the need to outsource risk.

  • The Importance of Imaginative Entrepreneurs

  • How do you think about the trade-offs of a services business?

  • Metrics and characteristics that demonstrate product market fit.

  • The evaluation criteria Shardul uses in evaluating companies.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Kristi Ross of tastytrade joins Nick to discuss Bootstrapping to a Billion Dollar Exit, The History of Options Trading, Competing Against Robinhood, and How to Build a Brokerage Content Machine. In this episode we cover:

  • Bootstrapping to a Billion
  • Chicago Trading in the 90s
  • ThinkorSwim, TCV, and Trading to Tastytrade
  • Robinhood's Capital Intensive Strategy 
  • Using Media and Content to Build a Brokerage Powerhouse

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Henrik Werdelin of BARK joins Nate to discuss What Consumer Founders Often Get Wrong, How to Build a Culture that Breeds Creativity, and Scaling Bark to IPO. In this episode we cover:

  • The Founding of Bark
  • Tips for Consumer Founders
  • Breeding a Creative Culture
  • The Path to IPO

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Jenny Lefcourt, General Partner at Freestyle Capital joins Nick to discuss Founder to Forbes Midas List, Behind the Scenes of an Intro Call, Why B2B2C is Best and Avoiding the Leaky Funnel Trap. In this episode we cover:

  • Making the Switch from Angel to VC
  • Tips For Founders Pitching Jenny and Freestyle
  • How to Reach Conviction without Consensus
  • Burn and Learn Investing
  • B2B2C and Avoiding the Leaky Funnel
  • And More!

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Jai Das of Sapphire Ventures joins Nick to discuss The FTX Fallout, What's Next for Crypto and Web 3.0, and Lessons From Backing 13 IPOs. In this episode we cover:

  • Playing Defense and Offense in a Downturn
  • Predictions for Crypto and Web 3.0
  • Indicators of a Future IPO
  • And more!

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Ravi Viswanathan of NVC joins Nick to discuss Orchestrating a $1B+ Secondaries Purchase from NEA, tradeoffs of Burn, Growth, and Valuation, and Winning Against Multistage Firms. In this episode we cover:

  • The Birth of New View Capital
  • Multistage Firms and web 3
  • Damage Control for 2023
  • How to know if a company is the next rocket ship
  • Super Apps Ethics
  • And More!

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Eric Liaw of IVP joins Nick to discuss Valuation Inflation, the IPO Pause and What that Means for M&A, If Twitter is in Better Hands, and How to Construct a Successful Board. In this episode we cover:

  • Parsing Out the IPO Process
  • Thoughts on Twitter's Acquisition
  • Market Predictions
  • And more!

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Brad Feld of Foundry Group and Techstars joins Nate to discuss Stories, Advice, and Leveraging 35 Years of Startup Board Experience. In this episode we cover:

  • How to Build and Leverage a Board from the Beginning
  • Advice for Board Members
  • Avoiding the Most-Common Mistakes
  • And more!

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Chris Sugden of Edison Partners joins Nate to discuss The 20 Year Evolution of Venture Capital, Growing a Firm with Zero Investments in Silicon Valley, and the Multi-Stage Fund Reckoning. In this episode we cover:

  • Investing Outside Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley
  • Comparing Boom and Bust Cycles
  • How to Decide Between Growth Equity and Venture Capital
  • And more!

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Allan Jean-Baptiste and Marco DeMeireles of Ansa Capital join Nate to discuss Lessons for Raising an Inaugural Fund, How to Construct a Thesis, and The Shortcomings of the Traditional VC Model. In this episode we cover:

  • Tips for Emerging Managers
  • Building Conviction with LPs and Founders from Scratch
  • Growing Momentum in Fundraising Cycles
  • And more!

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Ali Hamed of CoVenture and Crossbeam Venture Partners joins Nick to discuss The VC Networking Playbook, Credit and Pricing Risk in New Asset Classes, and How VC Market Hype Should Impact Stage Focus and Net Buy/Sell Positions. In this episode we cover:

  • Building an LP Network from Scratch
  • Platform Economies and Their Future
  • A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Investing
  • And more!

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Doug Pepper of ICONIQ Growth joins Nate to discuss The Current State of Venture, SaaS Growth Versus Efficiency, and Predictions for a Market Correction. In this episode we cover:

  • Growing ICONIQ Growth
  • Advice in a Post-Pandemic Economy
  • Following the Rule of 60 for Success
  • And more!

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Aaron Holiday of 645 Ventures joins Nate to discuss The Second Wave of SaaS, Using Software to Scale a Venture Firm, and Predictions for the Future of Venture Capital. In this episode we cover:

  • Creating an OS for VC
  • Statistical Predictors of Success in Founders
  • Early-Stage Investing: Art or Science?
  • And more!

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Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures joins Nick to discuss Founding Union Square Ventures, Driving Persistent, Top Decile Returns, How Top Founders Have Changed, and the Outlook for Web 3.0 and Data Control. In this episode we cover:

  • Founder Focus Shifting from Management to Leadership
  • How Venture has Changed Over the Decades
  • Why Web3 is Here to Stay
  • And more!

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Guru Chahal of Lightspeed Venture Partners joins Nate to discuss How to Maximize Investor Value for Founders, the Future of Cloud Infrastructure, and the Bull Case for Cybersecurity. In this episode we cover:

  • How Cloud Infrastructure Impacted Innovation
  • Breaking the Constraints of Success
  • Why You Should Execute Quickly as a Founder but Slowly as an Investor
  • And more!

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Brian O'Malley of Forerunner Ventures joins Nick to discuss Future Strategies for Digital Customer Acquisition, Why to Stay Small While You Scale, and S&M Strategies at Different Customer ACV Tiers. In this episode we cover:

  • Common Marketplace Mistakes and Overblown Trends
  • Capitalizing on Consumer Interest in Local and Sustainable Products
  • Marketplace Liquidity and Cohort Analysis
  • And more!

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Samara Mejia Hernandez of Chingona Ventures joins Nick to discuss Lessons from the Largest Latina Solo GP, Being Impactful Without Being an Impact Fund, and How to Use Sales Tactics for Success in VC. In this episode we cover:

  • How Authenticity Benefits the Bottom Dollar
  • Tips on Raising a Fund While Facing Adversity
  • Maintaining Mental Health in VC
  • And more!

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Mark Ghermezian of m]x[v Capital joins Nate to discuss Lessons from Scaling Braze to IPO, the Importance of the Underdog Mindset, and the Future of SaaS. In this episode we cover:

  • How the iPhone Led to the Inception of Braze
  • The Impact of Remote Work on Innovation
  • Becoming a Unicorn by Building for Tomorrow
  • Advice for Founders from a Unicorn Founder turned VC

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Mark Achler & Mert Iseri of MATH Venture Partners join Nick to discuss Dispelling Folktales for Founders, the FAIR Framework, Twitter's Terms Battle, and How MATH Ventures is Exiting Right. In this episode we cover:

  • The FAIR Framework and How it Benefits Founders
  • Playing the Long Game to Leave a Legacy
  • Why We Don’t Talk About Exits.. Until Now

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Ali Moiz of Stonks joins Nate to discuss An Inside Look Into Stonks, the Democratization of Dealflow, and the Future of Startup Investing. In this episode we cover:

  • Increasing Access to the VC Ecosystem
  • How Venture's Structure Supports Success
  • Insights on How Investors Can Win
  • Lessons from Being the Largest Demo Day Host on Earth

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Anna Mason of Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund joins Nick to discuss Opportunities in Market Downturns, Lessons from Lehman, Inherent Optimism in Venture, and Why Rise of the Rest Isn't Slowing Its Roll. In this episode we cover:

  • Advice for Women Entering Wall Street
  • Parallels from Previous Downturns and the Paradigm Shifts They Bring
  • The Symbiosis Between Startups and Local Economies
  • Why Rise of the Rest Continues to Meet Founders Where They Are

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Annie Kadavy of Redpoint Ventures joins Nick to discuss Investing in $B+ Marketplaces, Beating the Cold Start Problem, Warby Parker's Key to Scaling, and the Backstory Behind Redpoint's Social Media Surge. In this episode we cover:

  • Musings on New Marketplace Models
  • Increasing Diversity in Venture
  • The Importance of Building a Brand
  • Rethinking Success

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Neha Khera of 2048 Ventures joins Nate to discuss Competing with a16z & Sequoia at Pre-Seed, the Evolution of Accelerators, and Deciphering Signal From Noise in Web 3. In this episode we cover:

  • The Case for Underdog Founders and What Creates One
  • Business Models that Lend Themselves to Becoming Platforms
  • Pros and Cons of Accelerator vs Institutional Models of Investing
  • Thoughts on the Current State of Cyber and Web 3 and Their Future

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Tripp Jones of Uncork Capital joins Nate to discuss Billion $ Lessons from a Dozen Unicorns, Why Consumer VC is not Dead, How to Size a Marketplace, and What the LP Pullback means for VC Funds. In this episode we cover:

  • What Sets Apart a Unicorn Founding Team
  • The Problem Uber Poses in Labor Marketplaces and Entrepreneurship
  • Why Raising Funds May Be Difficult in the Coming Year
  • How Slowing Down Can Increase Efficiency

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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.

Learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our Website. Also, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Founders, are you frustrated by trying to find the ideal VC's for your stage, sector, and geography? Answer five questions with VC Rank and generate your customized list now.


Howard Morgan of B Capital Group joins Nick to discuss Founding Renaissance Technologies & First Round Capital, The Origins of Idealab, Reasons Not to Grow your Fund, and How Sourcing from YC Has Changed. In this episode we cover:

  • Starting the First Quantitative Hedge Fund
  • Idealab’s First Check
  • The Story Behind the Founding of First Round Capital
  • What's Ahead in The VC Funding Markets

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.

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Julie Wroblewski of Magnify Ventures joins Nick to discuss The $640B Care Economy, The Invisible Work Dilemma, and Differentiation Tips for Emerging Managers. In this episode we cover:

  • The Magnitude of the Care Economy and Why The Time is Now
  • How Technology is Influencing How We Care for Each Other
  • The Invisible Work Powering Innovation
  • The Benefits of Being a Thematic Fund and Tips on Differentiating and Scaling One
  • What Sets Unicorn Founders Apart and More!

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!


Nate Pierotti of New Stack Ventures joins Nick to discuss The Mendoza Line in VC, Why Most Investors Fail More than they Succeed, What Founder Greatness Looks Like, and Lessons from Pitching to 500 LPs & Closing $42.6M. In this episode we cover:

  • What The Mendoza Line is & It's Implications for Venture Capital
  • How New Stack Finds & Selects Great Founders
  • Lessons from Pitching over 500 Limited Partners and Raising $42.6 Million

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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!


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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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 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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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT