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

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

- William Mougayar

- Sheel Mohnot

- David Cowan

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

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 10:34am EDT

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

- Tom Tunguz

- Mark Peter Davis

- Adam Draper

- Lindel Eakman

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

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

- Jay Acunzo

- David S. Rose

- Niki Scevak

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

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

79. Hardware Investing, Part 1 (Avidan Ross)

80. Hardware Investing, Part 2 (Avidan Ross)

81. Getting Smart on...

 

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

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

- Peter Boyce

- Mahendra Ramsinghani

- John Greathouse

Each investor describes an outstanding entrepreneur that they’ve worked with and what key traits and behaviors make for the best startup leaders.  

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Parker

  • Suster

  • Shah

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:17am EDT

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

- Key mistakes that GPs make

- The key characteristics that successful GP’s share

- The importance of an ownership focus

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

  • Roberts

  • Struhl

  • Verrill

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

- Triest & DeMarrais

- Tsai

- Larkins & Galston

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

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

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

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

75. No...

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

- Olsen

- Collett

- Sanwal

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

 

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Direct download: IS59_lessons_olsen_collett_sanwal.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:01am EDT

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

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

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

 

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

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

-Kurzweil
-Buttrick
-Hudson

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

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:53am EDT

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

 

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

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

 

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

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

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

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

 

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

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 6:23am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Customer-centric Startup Investing Down Under with Niki Scevak of Blackbird Ventures. In this segment we address: What’s your take on water and the water crisis in Australia?  How do you see innovation happening around water in the country? Would a company like Instacart be...
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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:28am EDT

Niki Scevak of Blackbird Ventures joins Nick to discuss Customer-centric Startup Investing Down Under, Part 1. We will address questions including: To start off… in your estimation, what are the key factors that make a startup investable? What are your thoughts on a company like Box? At the seed stage...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:35am EDT

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

55. The Hands-on Investor | High-Engagement Investing, Part 1 (John Greathouse)

56. The Hands-on Investor | High-Engagement Investing,...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:31am EDT

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Mohnot

  • Mougayar

  • Tunguz

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Economic Theory in Venture Capital with Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures. In this segment we address:

What are your impressions of what Bryce Roberts is doing at Indie VC?

How have your thoughts on investment psychology and economics been influenced by The Black Swan?

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures joins Nick to cover Economic Theory in Venture Capital, Part 1. We will address questions including: You’ve written about a major lesson from Clayton Christensen’s book, the Innovator’s Dilemma, which was one of ‘deflationary economics.’ Can describe what this means and why it should be...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

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

- Roberts

- Heymann

- Eakman

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

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 6:38am EDT

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

  • Moran

  • Cohn

  • Saunders

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 8:12am EDT

Galen Mason & Brian Axelrad of Service Provider Capital join Nick to cover Part 2 of their unique approach to using service providers to source high volume dealflow, LPs and to employ an index investment fund strategy. We will address questions including: Their concerns about adverse selection and not receiving...

 

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

Galen Mason & Brian Axelrad of Service Provider Capital join Nick to cover Part 1 of their unique approach to using service providers to source high volume dealflow, LPs and to employ an index investment fund strategy. We will address questions including: How did your experience as attorneys reveal an...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes: 50. The 3-year Wait is Over | SEC Vote on JOBS Act Title III (David S. Rose) 51....

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

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

- Heltzer

- Larkins and Galston

- McClure

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

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of The Next Great Startup Ecosystem with Chris Olsen of Drive Capital. In this segment we address: Chris’ thoughts on engineering talent retention in the midwest vs. the valley If the region presents unique challenges due to how spread out it is geographically His take...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:44am EDT

Chris Olsen of Drive Capital joins Nick to talk about the next great venture ecosystem: The Midwest.  We review the following: How Chris first discovered the opportunity in the midwest and the reaction of fellow Sequoia partners when he presented his findings The research effort the launched that helped build the...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

46. The Must-Have Characteristics of SaaS Startups (Tomasz Tunguz)

47. Entrepreneur-Investor Fit (Peter Wilkins)

48. The Value of...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

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

-Ben Einstein
-Ezra Galston & Stuart Larkins
-David Cowan

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

 

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Direct download: IS52_Next_Draper_Ramsinghani_Parker.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Developer Platform Investing with Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners. In this segment we address: His 8 commandments of building big developer-focused businesses How he uses these commandments while evaluating a startup for investment How he sees the future of developer platforms and what...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:48pm EDT

Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners joins Nick to cover Developer Platform Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: What it means for a startup to have a developer platform focus Why Ethan has chosen to focus in this area The history of the developer platforms, over the past...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 10:50am EDT

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

41. The Exit (John Huston)

42. Raising a VC Fund (Jonathan Struhl)

43. Why Angels Don’t Do Drugs...

 

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

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Acunzo

  • Rose

  • Hudson

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Reinventing Venture Capital with Bryce Roberts of Indie VC. In this segment we address: What are your filters, what level of traction are you looking for and what else do you like to see in prospective applicants? Many VCs target 100x+ exits for success…...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

Bryce Roberts of Indie VC & OATV joins Nick to cover Reinventing Venture Capital, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? As a pioneer in early-stage investing 10 years ago, what was the original investment...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

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

  • Polovets

  • Collett

  • Benaich

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Direct download: IS49_Invested_Polovets_Collett_Benaich.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:33am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Underserved Startup Ecosystems with Stuart Larkins & Ezra Galston of Chicago Ventures. In this segment we address: Their opinion on why the majority of HNW accredited investors have never invested in venture. How Chicago ventures has been so successful yielding follow-on funding for their...

 

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

Stuart Larkins & Ezra Galston of Chicago Ventures join Nick to cover Underserved Startup Ecosystems, Part 1. We will address questions including: What do you think are the key ingredients for a startup ecosystem? In what ways do you feel that some ecosystems are underserved? Can you talk about some...

 

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Direct download: FR105_Underserved_Ecosystems_Lark_Galst.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

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

- Greathouse

- Boyce

- Huston

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

 

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Direct download: IS48_Passed_Greathouse_Boyce_Huston.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 1:07pm EDT

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

37. The Algorithm for Raise Amount & Valuation (Leo Polovets)

38. Cross-Border Investing (Michael Goldberg)

39. Cleantech Investing...

 

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Direct download: FR104_Cram_Session_37-40.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of The Limited Partner with Lindel Eakman of . In this segment we address: Do you think that LP investment strategy is driving the strategy of individual fund managers? Why or why not? What are the biggest challenges for limited partners? How do LP’s differentiate...

 

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Direct download: FR103_Eakman_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

Lindel Eakman of Foundry Group Next joins Nick to cover The Limited Partner, Part 1.  We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and your path to becoming an LP? Can you talk about your experience at Foundry Group and what you’re doing w/ FG Next?...

 

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Direct download: FR102_Eakman_p1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

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

- Tsai

- Mougayar

- Shah

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

 

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Direct download: IS47_Lessons_Tsai_Mougayar_Shah.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

In this episode we flip the script and the host of Tech in Chicago, Colin Keeley, interviews Nick Moran with questions from the listeners including: How did you meet your investment partner, Jeff Heitzman? What’s your investment thesis and how do you evaluate startups for investment? What’s an ideal case...

 

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Direct download: FR101_Moran_Keeley_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:36pm EDT

For this milestone #100 episode, the host of Tech in Chicago, Colin Keeley, interviews Nick Moran with questions from the listeners including: Nick, there are a number of brands that you own: The Full Ratchet, Venture Weekly, New Stack Ventures, and Moran Capital Partners. Why all the brands and what...

 

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Direct download: FR100_Moran_Keeley_p1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:54pm EDT

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

-Gurrieri
-Wilkins
-Mohnot

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

 

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Direct download: IS46_WhatsNext_Gurrieri_Wilkins_Mohnot.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 10:58am EDT

Direct download: IS45_Founders_Parker_Tunguz_Heltzer.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:55am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Public Policy for Angel Investors with David Verrill of Hub Angels Investment Group. In this segment we address: Recently I was a little uncomfortable when I noticed an investor that was live streaming a demo day via Periscope, where startups were discussing fundraise details....

 

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Direct download: FR099_Verrill_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:39pm EDT

David Verrill of the Hub Angels Investment Group joins Nick to cover Public Policy for Angel Investors, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you talk about your experience at Hub Angels and how the group and investments are structured? Can you tell us the story of how you...

 

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Direct download: FR098_Verrill_p1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Student-Focused VC Funds with Peter Boyce II of General Catalyst & Rough Draft Ventures. In this segment we address: One of the biggest issues I’ve encountered at university is that schools and their students have been siloed. How have you considered bridging the gap...

 

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Direct download: FR097_Boyce_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

Peter Boyce II of General Catalyst & Rough Draft Ventures joins Nick to cover Student-Focused Venture Funds, Part 1. We will address questions including: Today we’re talking about University and Student-focused funds… First off, can you give an overview of the hypothesis here and why you choose to launch a...

 

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Direct download: FR096_Boyce_p1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:19am EDT

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Buttrick
  • Sanwal
  • O'Donnell

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS44_Thesis_Buttrick_Sanwal_ODonnell.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 7:15am EDT

In this episode, Nick answers questions from the listeners including: First off, a question from Dave at a family office in the midwest…  Dave asks: “Nick, I recently reviewed a great startup but am not going to pursue because of the terms. Our lawyer requires a that a convertible note...

 

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Direct download: FR095_QA_1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of “What’s Wrong with Venture?” with Dave McClure of 500 Startups. In this segment we address: Are there any problematic issues that you’ve observed w/ founders? Any thoughts on who might be one of the most misunderstood people in the venture ecosystem? How do you...

 

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Direct download: FR094_McClure_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

Welcome back to TFR.  We’ve got a good one today as we welcome one of the most respected and polarizing figures in venture, Dave McClure, to the program.  Dave, of course, is a founding partner at 500 startups and, with Christine Tsai, they have built an organization that may be...

 

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Direct download: FR093_McClure_p1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

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

  • Davis

  • Heymann

  • Ramsinghani

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Direct download: IS43_Invested_Davis_Heymann_Ramsinghani.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

Ep32: Capital Outside of the Valley (Morris Wheeler, Mike Belsito)

Ep33: Syndicate Investing (Gil Penchina)

Ep35: Developing Startup...

 

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Direct download: FR092_CRAM_Ep32-36.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of SpaceX & Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars with Tim Urban of Wait but Why. In this segment we address: When does Elon project that the first crew of people will land on Mars? The surface of Mars is not livable. How does Elon plan...

 

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Direct download: FR091_Urban_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:22am EDT

Tim Urban of Wait but Why joins Nick to cover SpaceX & Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars, Part 1. We will address questions including: Tim, can you start us off by telling us your story and how that led to the launch of Wait but Why? You’ve written about Space...

 

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Direct download: FR090_Urban.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

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

- Triest and DeMarrais

- Polovets

- Roes

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

 

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Direct download: IS41-lessons-triest-demmarais-polovets-rose.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

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

-Benaich
-Tsai
-Carter

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

 

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Direct download: IS40_whats_next_benaich_tsai_carter.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

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

  • Shah

  • Huston

  • Draper

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Direct download: IS39_Invested_Shah_Huston_Draper.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

Direct download: IS38_founders_mougayar_medved_tsai.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Heymann

  • Wilkins

  • Day

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS37_Thesis_Heymann_Wilkins_Day.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

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

- Acunzo

- Greathouse

- Ramsinghani

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

 

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Direct download: FR036_Lessons_Acunzo_Greathouse_Ramsinghani.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

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

  • Moran

  • Rabie

  • Heltzer

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Direct download: IS35_Why_i_invested_Tovala_Heltzer_Rabie_Moran.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

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

-Davis
-Sanwal
-Collett

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

 

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Direct download: IS34_Whats_Next_Davis_Sanwal_Collett.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

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

  • Heltzer

  • Goldberg

  • Parker

Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

 

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Direct download: IS33_Invested_Heltzer_Goldberg_Parke.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:26pm EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Hardware Investing with Avidan Ross of Root Ventures. In this segment we address: Examples of Trojan Horse hardware businesses that Avidan has invested in Many view hardware as very capital intensive, more difficult to commercialize and thus, too risky in an already very risky...

 

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Direct download: FR080_Ross_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Avidan Ross of Root Ventures joins Nick to cover Hardware Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: His thoughts on why hardware and physical good brands dominate the rankings of people’s favorite brands Why extremes and fat tails are developing today between increasingly digital, connected experiences vs. highly analog, custom,...

 

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Direct download: FR079_Ross_p1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Artificial Intelligence Investing with Nathan Benaich of Playfair Capital. In this segment we address: Can you provide an overview of the funding landscape for AI in recent years and the major things that have changed? What are the primary sectors wherein AI-based startups are...

 

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Direct download: FR078_Benaich_AI_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of No Fun Allowed with Jonathon Triest & Brett DeMarrais of Ludlow Ventures. In this segment we address: Peter thiel has famously asked the question: “What’ something you believe to be true, that no one else does?” I’m going to flip it around here an...

 

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Direct download: FR076_Triest_DeMarrais_part_2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Virtual Reality Investing with Adam Draper of Boost VC. In this segment we address: VR, in various phases of maturity, has been around for a long time. Why do you think the next few years is the right time for VR to take off...

 

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Direct download: FR074_Draper_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Blockchain Investing with William Mougayar of Virtual Capital Ventures . In this segment we address: What are your thoughts on what the future looks like in a much more decentralized environment? What industries in particular are most at risk of being disrupted b/c of...

 

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Direct download: FR072_Mougayar_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

William Mougayar of Virtual Capital Ventures joins Nick to cover Blockchain Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you start off by telling us about your background and how you became involved in both startup investing and studying the blockchain? We hear investors talk about Bitcoin, crypotcurrencies and,...

 

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Direct download: FR071_Mougayar.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Building an Investor Brand with Jay Acunzo & John Gannon of NextView Ventures. In this segment we address: Jay, how do you approach outsourcing for the Traction Podcast? John, what other elements are important and what other suggestions do you have for newer investors...

 

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Direct download: FR070_Acunzo_Gannon_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

Jay Acunzo of NextView Ventures & John Gannon of BEMAVEN join Nick to cover Building an Investor Brand, Part 1. We will address questions including: Jay, can you start us off by talking about why VCs and in some cases angels are attempting to build an investor brand? John, what...

 

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Direct download: FR069_Acunzo_Gannon.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Getting Smart on a New Market with Charles Hudson of Precursor Ventures. In this segment we address: How do you look at companies addressing industries where the incumbent product offerings are free.  Businesses like Slack that were replacing free options Fresh Eyes… You’ve written...

 

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Direct download: FR082_Hudson_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

Charles Hudson of Precursor Ventures joins Nick to cover Getting Smart on a New Market, Part 1. We will address questions including: What Charles’ experience at SoftTech was like and how he made the transition to founding Precursor. What his continuing role as a Venture Partner at SoftTech entails. How...

 

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Direct download: FR081_Hudson_p1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

John Buttrick of Union Square Ventures & Sean Moran of eshares joins Nick to cover The Cap Table, Part 1. We will address questions including: John, can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in venture capital Can you talk about your experience at USV and...

 

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Direct download: FR084_Buttrick_Moran_p1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of The Cap Table with John Buttrick of Union Square Ventures & Sean Moran of eshares. In this segment we address: John, I’ve heard from many founders that get caught up in the Option Pool Shuffle. Can you describe what that is and if the eshares...

 

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Direct download: FR085_Buttrick_Moran_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

Ep18: Fundraise Types, Sources & Structures (Dave Berkus)

Ep19: Due Diligence (Imran Ahmad)

Ep20: Non-Unicorn Investing (Jerry Neumann)...

 

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Direct download: FR086_Cram_3.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Fintech Investing with Sheel Mohnot of 500 Startups. In this segment we address: What was your business, Fee Fighters, doing in the payment category of fintech and how did that lead to an exit? What are the major customer segments most often served by...

 

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Direct download: FR088_Mohnot_p2.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:02am EDT

Sheel Mohnot of 500 Startups joins Nick to cover Fintech Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you talk about your experience at 500 and how the fintech fund and accelerator are related? How do you define fintech?From your standpoint, what are the major categories within fintech? From your...

 

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Direct download: FR087_Mohnot_p1.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:51am EDT

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes:

Ep26: A New Era of Startup Investing | Angel Evolution (Christopher Mirabile)

Ep28: The Investment Readiness Level (Steve...

 

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Direct download: FR89_CRAM_Ep26-31.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:47am EDT