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

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

  • Todd Klein
  • Larsen Jensen
  • Alex Edelson

We asked guests for the most important piece of advice that they'd share with folks early in their venture career.

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: Investor_Stories_357_Key_Advice_Klein_Jensen_Edelson.mp3
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Adam Felesky of Portage joins Nick to discuss The Prospects & Primary Benefits of Open Banking, Assessing Multi-Variate Risk in Fintech, and Whether Larger Outcomes will come from Embedded Fintech or Vertically Integrated Platforms. In this episode we cover:

  • Investing in Web3, Crypto, and Blockchain, with a Focus on Global Markets and Entry Points
  • Investing in International Companies, with a Focus on Due Diligence and Risk Assessment
  • Modernizing Financial Infrastructure and Stacks
  • Open Banking, Payment Rails, and Acquisitions in the FinTech Industry
  • FinTech Investing, Risk Management, and Portfolio 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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You can learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Direct download: Adam_Felesky_Final.mp3
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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

  • Rob Rueckert
  • Tomasz Tunguz
  • Frank Rotman

We asked guests to tell the most important lesson they've learned in their career.

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: Investor_Stories_356_Lessons_Learned_Rueckert_Tunguz_Rotman.mp3
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Alexa von Tobel of Inspired Capital joins Nick to discuss ID’ing Generational Founders, Targeting Structurally Broken Markets, Bringing Venture Back to the Studs, and How Value will Accrue in AI Between Incumbents and Upstarts. In this episode we cover:

  • Support Innovative Companies Addressing Societal Problems
  • Investing in Structurally Broken Markets
  • AI Adoption, Future of Work, and Potential Job Automation
  • AI Value Distribution, Incumbents Vs. Startups, and M&A Challenges
  • Future of FinTech and Reimagining Products
  • Investment Strategy in Uncertain Macro Environment

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

  • Todd Klein
  • Alan Patricof
  • Ilya Strebulaev

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

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: Investor_Stories_355-_Why_I_Passed_Klein_Patricof_Strebulaev.mp3
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Rick Heitzmann of First Mark joins Nick to discuss Building First Mark, A Leading VC in NYC, Will New York Overtake the Bay Area, Insights on Unicorn Selection from a Perennial Midas List Investor, and Why Remote Work can Ruin Great Startups. In this episode we cover:

  • Consumer Investing
  • Investing in DraftKings Despite Regulatory Risks
  • AI's Impact on SaaS Development and Deployment
  • AI and GLP-1 Impact on Quality of Life
  • Evaluating Entrepreneurs' Potential for Success

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: Rick_Heitzmann_Final.mp3
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Katelin Holloway of Seven Seven Six joins Nate to discuss The Question that Every Investor Should Ask, Teasing out the Characteristics of Generational Founders, and Recruiting Lessons from 1000+ Interviews. In this episode we cover:

  • HR Tech Development and Investment
  • Changing Dynamics in the Venture Capital Industry
  • Identifying Strong Founders, Through Talent Identification and Instinct vs. Data-Driven Approach
  • Evaluating Startup Founders and Products Using a Standardized Scorecard System
  • Assessing Founders' Integrity and Delivery on Promises
  • Important Questions to Ask Founders During Investment Meetings
  • Common Hiring Mistakes Founders Make, Overhiring, Not Pacing Hiring, and Hiring Too Senior

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

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Direct download: Katelin_Holloway_Final.mp3
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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

  • Adrian Aoun
  • Semyon Dukach
  • Rob Rueckert

We asked guests to share the best question they've ever been asked by an allocator.

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.

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!

Direct download: Investor_Stories_353_Best_LP_Question_Aoun_Dukach_Rueckert.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Ambar Bhattacharyya of Maverick Capital joins Nick to discuss Healthcare Deep Dive – How AI and GLP-1 Megatrends Affect the Industry, Why Specialities Need to be Integrated, and Insights on Bundling vs. Unbundling. In this episode we cover:

  • Healthcare Trends, Including High Deductible Health Plans and Cash Pay Models
  • US Halthcare System, Incentives for Preventative Medicine, and Potential for Value-Based Outcome-Oriented Systems
  • AI Adoption in Healthcare, Including Adoption and Risks
  • The Future of Healthcare Technology, New Codes, and Credentialing Process
  • Healthcare, Aging, and End-of-Life Care

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

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Direct download: Ambar_Bhattacharyya_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Larsen Jensen
  • Alex Edelson
  • Tomasz Tunguz

We asked guests to discuss the factor that could cause the most disruption to the industry going forward and how that will change the next decade of venture.

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.

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!

Direct download: Investor_Stories_352_Disruptive_Forces_Jensen_Edelson_Tunguz.mp3
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Jake Yormak of Story Ventures joins Nate to discuss Why Hardware is Attractive, The Most Interesting Areas in AI Outside of GenAI, and the Modern Data Stack. In this episode we cover:

  • Concentrating on Early-Stage Companies with Potential for Growth
  • Investing in Hardware Companies, Challenges and Opportunities
  • Focusing on Power Law Outliers
  • AI Commoditization, Impact on Profit Pools, with a Focus on Computer Vision and Proprietary Data
  • AI in Workflows, Incentivizing Users to Contribute Context

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

  • Colin Walsh
  • Adrian Aoun
  • Semyon Dukach

We asked guests for the most important piece of advice that they'd share with folks early in their venture career.

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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Direct download: Investor_Stories_351_Key_Advice_Walsh_Aoun_Dukach.mp3
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James Joaquin of Obvious Ventures joins Nick to discuss Solving the World's Toughest Problems, the Ethics of AI, and the Rise of Generative Science. In this episode we cover:

  • Growth of Funds and Measuring Alignment Between Investors and Founders
  • Investing in Tech Companies with Positive Impact
  • Generative AI for Scientific Breakthroughs and Renewable Energy
  • AI's Potential to Transform Healthcare, Life Expectancy, and Scientific Research
  • Climate Tech Investment Potential and the Role of Venture Capital in Driving Sustainable Economic Growth
  • AI Ethics, Regulation, and Cybercrime 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: James_Joaquin_Final.mp3
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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

  • David Spreng
  • Larsen Jensen
  • Alex Edelson

We asked guests to tell the most important lesson they've learned in their career.

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: Investor_Stories_350_Lessons_Learned_Spreng_Jensen_Edelson.mp3
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Pejman Nozad of Pear VC joins Nick to discuss How a Sports Journalist, Car Washer, and Rug Salesman Built a Tier 1 VC Firm . In this episode we cover:

  • Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and Building a Firm for Generations
  • Entrepreneur Mindset, Sales Skills, and Storytelling
  • Investing in Startups, Pro Rata, and Valuation
  • Evaluating Startup Potential, Including Market Size and Founder Quality
  • Investing, Exit Strategies, and Building Relationships with Founders

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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Direct download: Pejman_Nozad_Final.mp3
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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

  • Rob Rueckert
  • Tomasz Tunguz
  • Frank Rotman

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

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.

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!

Direct download: Investor_Stories_349-_Why_I_Passed_Rueckert_Tunguz_Rotman.mp3
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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

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

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Direct download: Ilya_Strebulaev_Final.mp3
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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

  • Jules Schwerin
  • Colin Walsh
  • David Spreng

We asked guests to share the best question they've ever been asked by an allocator.

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

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Direct download: Investor_Stories_348-_Best_LP_Question_Schwerin_Walsh_Spreng.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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You can learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Direct download: Alan_Patricof__Abby_Miller_Levy_Final.mp3
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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

  • Adrian Aoun
  • Semyon Dukach
  • Rob Rueckert

We asked guests to discuss the most visionary founder that they've worked with and what makes them so special.

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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Direct download: Investor_Stories_347-_Visionary_Founders_Aoun_Dukach_Rueckert.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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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

  • Mitchell Green
  • Morgan Beller
  • Gaurav Jain

We asked guests for the most important piece of advice that they'd share with folks early in their venture career.

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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Direct download: Investor_Stories_346-_Key_Advice_Green_Beller_Jain.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.

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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Direct download: Tomasz_Tunguz_Final.mp3
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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

  • Jules Schwerin
  • Adrian Aoun
  • Rob Rueckert

We asked guests to discuss the factor that could cause the most disruption to the industry going forward and how that will change the next decade of venture.

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

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Direct download: Alex_Edelson_Final.mp3
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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

  • Joe Kaiser
  • Michael Jones
  • Gaurav Jain

We asked guests to share the best question they've ever been asked by an allocator.

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

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Direct download: Investor_Stories_344_Best_LP_Question_Kaiser_Jones_Jain.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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You can learn more about New Stack Ventures by visiting our LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Direct download: Larsen_Jensen_Final.mp3
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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

  • Tim Tully
  • Jules Schwerin
  • Morgan Beller

We asked guests to discuss the most visionary founder that they've worked with and what makes them so special.

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

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Direct download: Investor_Stories_343_Visionary_Founders_Tully_Schwerin_Beller.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.

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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Direct download: Ashu_Garg_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Mitchell Green
  • Colin Walsh
  • Adrian Aoun

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

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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Direct download: Investor_Stories_342_Why_I_Passed_Green_Walsh_Aoun.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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Direct download: Brian_Long_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Michael Jones
  • Jules Schwerin
  • Jon Keidan

We asked guests for the most important piece of advice that they'd share with folks early in their venture career.

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: Investor_Stories_341_Key_Advice_Jones_Schwerin_Keidan.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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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: David_Spreng_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Morgan Beller
  • Colin Walsh
  • Adrian Aoun

We asked guests to tell the most important lesson they've learned in their career.

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: Investor_Stories_340_Lessons_Learned_Beller_Walsh_Aoun.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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

  • Tim Tully
  • Michael Jones
  • Mitchell Green

We asked guests to discuss the factor that could cause the most disruption to the industry going forward and how that will change the next decade of venture.

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: Investor_Stories_339_Disruptive_Forces_Tully_Jones_Green.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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

  • Ian Sigalow
  • Peter Wagner
  • Morgan Beller

We asked guests to share the best question they've ever been asked by an allocator.

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: Investor_Stories_338_Best_LP_Question_Sigalow_Wagner_Beller.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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

  • Risa Stack
  • Joe Kaiser
  • Mitchell Green

We asked guests to discuss the most visionary founder that they've worked with and what makes them so special.

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: Investor_Stories_337_Visionary_Founders_Stack_Kaiser_Green.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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

  • Ian Sigalow
  • Rebecca Lynn
  • Tim Tully

We asked guests for the most important piece of advice that they'd share with folks early in their venture career.

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: Investor_Stories_336_Key_Advice_Sigalow_Lynn_Tully.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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

  • Jules Schwerin
  • Jon Keidan
  • Morgan Beller

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

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: Investor_Stories_335_Why_I_Passed_Schwerin_Keidan_Beller.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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

  • Peter Wagner
  • Lily Lyman
  • Michael Jones

We asked guests to tell the most important lesson they've learned in their career.

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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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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Direct download: Colin_Walsh_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Jerry Neumann
  • Joe Kaiser
  • Morgan Beller

We asked guests to discuss the factor that could cause the most disruption to the industry going forward and how that will change the next decade of venture.

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: Investor_Stories_333_Disruptive_Forces_Neumann_Kaiser_Beller.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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

  • Risa Stack
  • Tim Tully
  • Mitchell Green

We asked guests to share the best question they've ever been asked by an allocator.

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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Direct download: Investor_Stories_332_Best_LP_Question_Stack_Tully_Green.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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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Direct download: Morgan_Beller_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Lily Lyman
  • Michael Jones
  • Jon Keidan

We asked guests to discuss the most visionary founder that they've worked with and what makes them so special.

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: Investor_Stories_331_Visionary_Founders_Lyman_Jones_Keidan.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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

  • Shensi Ding
  • Peter Wagner
  • Joe Kaiser

We asked guests for the most important piece of advice that they'd share with folks early in their venture career.

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: Investor_Stories_330_Key_Advice_Ding_Wagner_Kaiser.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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

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

  • Risa Stack
  • Tim Tully
  • Mitchell Green

We asked guests to tell the most important lesson they've learned in their career.

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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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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

  • Peter Wagner
  • Lily Lyman
  • Michael Jones

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

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.

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Roger Ehrenberg
  • Sebastian Duesterhoeft
  • Risa Stack

We asked guests to discuss the factor that could cause the most disruption to the industry going forward and how that will change the next decade of venture.

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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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

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: Jon_Keidan_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • John Cowgill
  • Jerry Neumann
  • Lily Lyman

We asked guests to share the best question they've ever been asked by an allocator.

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: Investor_Stories_326_Best_LP_Question_Cowgill_Neumann_Lyman.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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

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: Jules_Schwerin_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Risa Stack
  • Joe Kaiser
  • Tim Tully

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

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: Investor_Stories_325_Why_I_Passed_Stack_Kaiser_Tully.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

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: Mitchell_Green_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Rebecca Lynn
  • Ian Sigalow
  • Peter Wagner

We asked guests to discuss the most visionary founder that they've worked with and what makes them so special.

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: Investor_Stories_324_Visionary_Founders_Lynn_Sigalow_Wagner.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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

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: Michael_Jones_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Roger Ehrenberg
  • Sebastian Duesterhoeft
  • Lily Lyman

We asked guests for the most important piece of advice that they'd share with folks early in their venture career.

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: Investor_Stories_323_Key_Advice_Ehrenberg_Duesterhoeft_Lyman.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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

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: Tim_Tully_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Shensi Ding
  • Rebecca Lynn
  • Joe Kaiser

We asked guests to tell the most important lesson they've learned in their career.

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: Investor_Stories_322_Lessons_Learned_Ding_Lynn_Kaiser.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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.

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: Joe_Kaiser_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • John Cowgill
  • Peter Wagner
  • Lily Lyman

We asked guests to discuss the factor that could cause the most disruption to the industry going forward and how that will change the next decade of venture.

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: Investor_Stories_321_Disruptive_Forces_Cowgill_Wagner_Lyman.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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

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: Lily_Lyman_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Lior Susan
  • Roy Bahat
  • SC Moatti

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

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: Investor_Stories_320_Post_Mortems_Susan_Bahat_Moatti.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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

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: Peter_Wagner_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Roger Ehrenberg
  • Sebastian Duesterhoeft
  • Rebecca Lynn

We asked guests to share the best question they've ever been asked by an allocator.

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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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

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: Rebecca_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Maren Bannon
  • Ben Lerer
  • Dan Kimerling

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

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: Investor_Stories_318_Strange__Unusual_Bannon_Lerer_Kimerling.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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:

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: Shensi_Ding_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • John Cowgill
  • Roger Ehrenberg
  • Elizabeth Zalman

We asked guests to tell the most important lesson they've learned in their career.

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: Investor_Stories_317_Lessons_Learned_Cowgill_Ehrenberg_Zalman.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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.

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: Ian_Sigalow_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Ben Lerer
  • Sebastian Duesterhoeft
  • Ian Sigalow

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

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: Investor_Stories_316_Why_I_Passed_Lerer_Duesterhoeft_Sigalow.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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

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: Risa_Stack_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • John Cowgill
  • Roger Ehrenberg
  • Jerry Neumann

We asked guests to discuss the most visionary founder that they've worked with and what makes them so special.

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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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

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: Sebastian_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Dan Kimerling
  • Immad Akhund
  • Cameron Borumand

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

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: Investor_Stories_314_Whats_Next_Kimerling_Akhund_Borumand.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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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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: Jerry__Elizabeth_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • John Cowgill
  • Roger Ehrenberg
  • Jerry Neumann

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

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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Direct download: Investor_Stories_313_Why_I_Passed_Cowgill_Ehrenberg_Neumann.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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

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

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

  • Ben Lerer
  • Dan Kimerling
  • Immad Akhund

Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it's changed their approach.

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.

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

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

  • Rob Biederman
  • Samir Kaul
  • Lior Susan

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

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.

Direct download: Investor_Stories_311_Why_I_Passed_Biederman_Kaul_Susan.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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.

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.

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!

Direct download: Immad_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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

  • Ajay Agarwal
  • Ben Lerer
  • Dan Kimerling

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

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.

Direct download: Investor_Stories_310_Post_Mortems_Agarwal_Lerer_Kimerling.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- 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.

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.

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:

  • Jason Wilk
  • Lior Susan
  • Samir Kaul

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

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.

Direct download: Investor_Stories_309_Strange__Unusual_Wilk_Susan_Kaul.mp3
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