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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:47am EDT

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

- Struhl

- Collett

- Hudson

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: 8:18am 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:

Ep11: The #1 Reason Startups Fail (Gabriel Weinberg)

Ep12: Advising Early-Stage Startups (Glenn Gottfried)

Ep13: The Convertible Note...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

Nathan Benaich of Playfair Capital joins Nick to cover Artificial Intelligence Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can we start off w/ a simple definition of artificial intelligence? The term ‘Machine Learning’ is often used when discussing AI. In your estimation, is Machine Learning and AI synonymous or...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

Jonathon Triest & Brett DeMarrais of Ludlow Ventures join Nick to cover No Fun Allowed, Part 1. We will address questions including: Jonathon, can you start us off w/ you background and path to investing in startups? How about you Brett. How did you find your way to becoming a...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

Adam Draper of Boost VC joins Nick to cover Virtual Reality Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? Today we are talking virtual reality and investing in VR. Can you start us off by...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 3:37am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of The Bloomberg for Private Companies with Anand Sanwal of CB Insights. In this segment we address: We hear people say that they invest in marketplaces, education, drones, healthcare, IoT, SaaS, machine learning, etc… all in the same breath. Some classify them as sectors, others...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:29am EDT

Anand Sanwal of CB Insights joins Nick to cover The Bloomberg for Startups, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in venture and the startup ecosystem? What were the key issues you experienced in analyzing data about private companies...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:33am EDT

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Ramsinghani

  • Tsai

  • Gasser

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of From Angel Group to Venture Fund with Maia Heymann of Converge Venture Partners. In this segment we address: What are the reasons why this structure attracts more great entrepreneurs? Have you found that you can move faster from the time you receive a deck...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:15am EDT

Maia Heymann of Converge Venture Partners joins Nick to cover ‘From Angel Group to Venture Fund, Part 1’. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? From your experience as an institutional LP, how did you choose venture...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:35am EDT

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

  • Moran

  • Label

  • Corey

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: 4:14am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of The Fast No with Mike Collett of Promus Ventures. In this segment we address: Do you approach evaluation like a funnel process and what specific methods do you use to accelerate decision-making? Do you see investors that operate w/ a trigger… where they make...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

Mike Collett of Promus Ventures joins Nick to cover The Fast No, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you start off by walking through your background and how you became involved in venture capital? This has come up in previous episodes but can you start off by refreshing...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:24am EDT

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

- Shah

- Wilkins

- Parker

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: 12:10pm EDT

Christine Tsai of 500 Startups joins Nick to cover Diversity in Venture Capital, Part 1. We will address questions including: The Information recently published their “Future List” study, conducted w/ Social Capital on Diversity at VC firms. They found that 92% of the senior investors top-tier firms are male and...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Diversity in Venture Capital with Christine Tsai of 500 Startups. In this segment we address: You’ve said “The best thing women in tech can do is to invest in other women,” Last fall, 500 introduced its 500 Women AngelList syndicate and pledged to invest...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

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

-Greathouse
-Medved
-Huston

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: IS28-_Whats_Next_Greathouse_Medved_Huston.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Andrew Parker of Spark Capital joins Nick to cover Algorithms as a Competitive Advantage. We will address questions including: Today we are talking data and algorithm-based startups. You’ve written a great deal about startups using algorithms as the basis of their value. When and why did you begin investing in...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:44am EDT

Today we cover Part 2 of Algorithms as a Competitive Advantage with Andrew Parker of Spark Capital. In this segment we address: You’ve written about your investments in digital healthcare and education. Where do you see the future of these sectors and what areas are still potentially untapped? Are there...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:45am EDT

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Mahendra Ramsinghani joins Nick to cover Startup Boards, Part 2. We will address questions including: What cadence/frequency should Board meetings occur? Can you talk about the board meeting itself and how the best meetings operate? How does the startup board’s makeup and responsibilities evolve over the course of a startups...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:22am EDT

Mahendra Ramsinghani joins Nick to cover Startup Boards, Part 1. We will address questions including: What are the key functions of a board and why should entrepreneurs put one together? When is the appropriate time for a startup to begin assembling a board? What is the ideal makeup of the...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Davis

  • Carter

  • Struhl

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 7:12am EDT

John Greathouse of Rincon Venture Partners joins Nick to cover The Hands-on Investor | High-Engagement Investing, Part 2. We will address questions including: The nature and the intensity of your interaction changes over the course of a startups development.  At what stages are you pulling back and getting more hands-off?...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:35am EDT

John Greathouse of Rincon Venture Partners joins Nick to cover The Hands-on Investor | High-Engagement Investing, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? I came across your writing on lessons from surfing for the startup...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:12am EDT

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

  • Ahmad

  • Rose

  • Tunguz

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: 7:20am EDT

Semil Shah of Haystack joins Nick to cover The Path to Series A, Part 2. We will address questions including: We are all looking for great founders and teams at the seed stage. What additional team dynamics and construction may A round investors be looking for beyond what’s required at...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:47pm EDT

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

- Struhl

- Huston

- Wilkins

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: 1:33pm EDT

Semil Shah of Haystack joins Nick to cover The Path to Series A, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? Can you first talk about why you’ve written about the path to A in the...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:13am EDT

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

- Heltzer

- Guerrieri

- Hamid

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: 7:00am EDT

Mark Peter Davis of Interplay Ventures joins Nick to cover The Hunt for Investors, Part 2. We will discuss the remaining questions including: When an entrepreneur gets a first meeting w/ an investor, what should they do, and conversely, what should they avoid doing in that meeting? After initial meetings, let’s...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:08am EDT

Tom Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures joins Nick to cover The Must-Have Characteristics of Successful SaaS Startups. We will address questions including: Can you talk about your decision to blog, selling your partners at Redpoint, how it went in the early going and what results it’s created for yourself and Redpoint?...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

Mark Peter Davis of Interplay Ventures joins Nick to cover The Hunt for Investors, Part 1. We will address questions including: Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing? Can you talk a little about the startup foundry concept and how Interplay differs from...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:52am EDT

David S. Rose is back on the program.  He is Managing Partner of Rose Tech Ventures, Founder & Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels, Associate Founder of Singularity University and, of course, Founder & CEO of Gust.  David joins us to cover recent news that the SEC has finally adopted rules on title 3...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

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

-Hamid
-O'Donnell
-Tunguz

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: IS22_Whats_Next_Hamid_ODonnell_Tunguz.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 4:22am EDT

Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures joins Nick to cover The Value of Data, Part Two. We will address questions including: Transitioning to business models and the way data can be wielded to generate value. Can you provide an example of a business that relies on data within their business model to...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:18am EDT

Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures joins Nick to cover The Value of Data, Part One. We will address questions including: As a startup investor, why did you decide to write your series of articles on the “Value of Data?” You released this series in three parts. At a very high-level...

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 1:49pm EDT

Peter Wilkins of Hyde Park Angels joins Nick to cover Entrepreneur-Investor Fit. We will address questions including: Did you consider raising a venture fund as opposed to leading an angel group? What should entrepreneurs think about when targeting investors? How do you parse which businesses need Venture Capital vs. Angel...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Huston

  • Brown

  • Heltzer

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS20_Strategy_Huston_Brown_Heltzer.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

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

  • Medved

  • Neumann

  • Gurrieri

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

 

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Direct download: IS19_Invested_Medved_Neumann_Gurrieri.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers part 5 of Best Practices for Seed & Angel Investing including: Overview of Seed Investing Developing an Angel Investor Strategy Identifying startups:  Deal-flow Evaluation & picking startups Overview The Team The Product The Market Deal-Structuring & Terms The Art of the...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:33pm EDT

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

- Mirabile

- Polovets

- O'Donnell

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: IS18-_Why_I_Passed_Mirabile_Polovets_ODonnell.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

Jason Heltzer of Origin Ventures joins Nick to cover Negotiating a Term Sheet. We will address questions including: Can you first talk about why you chose to write about negotiation? One of the first things to understand is whether the negotiation is asymmetric or not. What does this mean and...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

     

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Hamid

  • Polovets

  • Medved

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS15_Thesis_Hamid_Polovets_Medved.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 9:28am EDT

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

-Gasser
-Struhl
-Day

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: IS16_whats_next_gasser_struhl_day.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

Sergio Gurrieri of Tech Coast Angels joins Nick to cover Why Angels Don’t do Drugs | Life Sciences Investing. We will address questions including: Can you first talk about the sector at large and the sub components of investment opportunities within the life sciences category? Who are the traditional players...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

Jonathan Struhl of Indicator Ventures joins Nick to discuss how he raised his first VC Fund. We will address questions including: What are the types of venture funds and what are their key differences? How do venture funds establish a strategy or investment focus? An LPA and PPM are necessary when...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

John Huston of Ohio TechAngels joins Nick to cover The Exit. We will address questions including: How should angel group leaders think about the exit as a part of their investment strategy? Not every geographic area has produced multiple unicorns or any unicorns for that matter. Why is this a...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

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

  • O'Donnell

  • Blank

  • Day

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: 1:36pm EDT

Steve Blank joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss the Investment Readiness Level, IRL, including: How have incubator and accelerator investors traditionally evaluated startups & what’s changed that provides an opportunity for a much better approach? You talk about how the focus for startups should shift to evidence and trajectory across...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:39am EDT

Jon Medved of OurCrowd joins Nick to cover Crowdfunding & The Socialization of Finance. We will address questions including: Goldman Sachs recently published a report on the Socialization of Finance. Can you first talk about what they mean by this term and what are the key factors are that are...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

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

- Wilson

- Carter

- Ahmad

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: 1:31pm EDT

Rob Day of Black Coral Capital joins Nick to cover Cleantech. We will address questions including: As many in the venture space are aware the cleantech sector overall has underperformed over the last decade and many VCs and LPs have decided to no longer invest in Cleantech. Last year CBS’...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

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

-Polovets
-Goldberg
-Penchina

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: 6:01am EDT

Michael Goldberg of The Bridge Investment Fund joins Nick to cover Cross-Border Investing. We will address questions including: Can you first touch on the specific countries where you’ve either made investments or worked to help facilitate fundraising? What are the most significant challenges to cross-border, investing? Can you discuss the...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 3:01pm EDT

     
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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures joins Nick to cover The Algorithm for Raise Amount & Valuation. We will address questions including: You’ve outlined three major steps in “The Algorithm for Seed Fundraising.” The first, is the amount of the raise and you cite revenues, expenses and timing as key variables....

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

     

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Henikoff

  • Penchina

  • Neumann

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS10-_Henikoff_Penchina_Neumann.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

Mamoon Hamid of The Social+Capital Partnership joins Nick to cover SaaS Startup Investing. We will address questions including: In your words, can you describe what a SaaS startup is and the key elements that define a SaaS company? Can you give an example of what is and what is not...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

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

  • Carter
  • Gasser
  • Go

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: 5:00am EDT

Eric Gasser joins Nick to discuss startup ecosystems and how his high-tech & high-touch screening process works at the Tech Coast Angels. We will address questions including: Can you start off by talking about the startup funding environment in San Diego a decade ago and where it has evolved to...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

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

- Brown

- Blank

- Berkus

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: 11:24am EDT

As promised, today we are doing a comparison of the four major approaches by which earlier stage investors make venture investments. They include the lone-wolf angel investor, the angel group, the venture fund and the syndicate. We will be looking at categories such as fees, speed, dealflow access, decision autonomy,...

 

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Direct download: FR034_VCs_Angels_Syndicates.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

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

-Wheeler
-Blank
-Wilson

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: IS7_Whats_Next_Wheeler_Blank_Wilson.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

Gil Penchina joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss Syndicate Investing, including: Can you first provide an overview of your angel portfolio performance? Why is it that you decided not to raise a fund? How does the syndicate approach work on AngelList and why did you adopt this approach toward angel investing? How...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Mirabile

  • Wheeler

  • Winblad

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS006_Strategy_Winblad_Mirabile_Wheeler.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 2:54am EDT

Morris Wheeler & Mike Belsito join Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss raising & investing capital outside of the Valley, including: What are the key challenges to raising outside of the valley? Does Crowdfunding for equity lower the barriers to raising for smaller market startups What advice would you have for...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:02am EDT

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

David Brown joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss The Pitch Deck, including: Who is the target audience for the Pitch? Why is it preferred to a business plan? When is the right time for a startup to begin pitching for professional, seed capital? What are the basic elements of the...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

Joanne Wilson joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss predatory investor practices and the dark side of venure, including: On the founder-side…  What are some of the activities you’ve seen from early-stage investors, that are predatory toward founders? What are some of the major differences between investor practices of the mid-90’s...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:23pm EDT

On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers part 4b of Best Practices for Angel Investing including: Overview of Seed Investing, Developing an Angel Investor Strategy, Identifying startups:  Deal-flow Evaluation & picking startups, Overview: The Team, The Product The Market: Structuring the Deal...

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT

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

- Henikoff

- Neumann

- Go

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: 1:41pm EDT

On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers part 4a of Best Practices for Angel Investing including: Overview of Seed Investing, Developing an Angel Investor Strategy, Identifying startups:  Dealflow Evaluation & picking startups, Overview: The Team, The Product, The Market, Structuring the Deal...

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SoundCloud:  http://bit.ly/1fZU06S...

 

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

Christopher Mirabile joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss Angel Investing evolution and changes including: Can you briefly summarize the traditional Angel Group model from a decade ago and why it worked okay then? You highlight four major themes that have evolved with the modern angel group.  The first is...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:26pm EDT

On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers part 3 of Best Practices for Seed & Angel Investing including: Overview of Seed Investing, Developing an Angel Investor Strategy, Identifying startups:  Dealflow Evaluation & picking startups, and Structuring the Deal. Today we address item #3, Deal-flow, identifying startups to invest in.

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers part 2 of Best Practices for Seed Investing including: Overview of Seed Investing, Developing an Angel Investor Strategy, Identifying startups:  Deal-flow Evaluation & picking startups, and Structuring the Deal. Today we cover how to develop an angel investor strategy and next time we...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:02pm EDT

 

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet,

the following investors are featured:

  • Imran Ahmad

  • Dave Berkus

  • Rob Go

Each investor describes their investment thesis and

how they evaluate startups for investment.

 

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Direct download: IS003_Strategy_Ahmad_Berkus_Go.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

Gabriel Weinberg joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss his lessons learned from five years of angel investing including: Can you first highlight the basic stats of your first few years angel investing? Talk about how you first set your basic strategy on angel investing? With regard to each item in...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers the first element of Best Practices for Seed & Angel Investing.  This series will be covered in five sections from before you begin until you are managing an active portfolio.  These sections include: Before you begin…  An Overview of Seed Investing...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:40pm EDT

Rob Go joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss VC Portfolio Strategy including: What are the five main parameters that VCs consider with regards to portfolio strategy? From your standpoint, what is the single best strategy that a VC firm can employ? How is your portfolio strategy structured and why? As you watch...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

Jerry Neumann joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss non-Unicorn Investing including: Can you give us a brief overview of Aileen Lee’s study on Unicorns, the results and the lessons from those results? You mention two main VC strategies for investing in unicorns…  An easy way and a hard way...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:28am EDT

On this special segment of the Full Ratchet, the question “Why I Invested in a Startup” is addressed by: Dave Berkus, Troy Henikoff, & Ann Winblad. Each investor highlights their own unique scenario with a startup, what the key factors were that led to “Yes”  and how that investment has worked out.

 

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Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

Imran Ahmad joins Nick on the Full Ratchet to discuss Due Diligence including: What is due diligence is and why it is performed? How is a due diligence plan constructed and who most often executes the plan? How long can the process take from first meet to investment? Diligence is often described...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

On this special segment of the Full Ratchet, the question “Why I Passed on investing in a Startup” is addressed by: Brad Feld Ann Winblad & Gabriel Weinberg Each investor highlights their own unique scenario with a startup, discusses why they chose not to invest and, in some cases, if that was a...

 

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Direct download: Special_001_Passed_Feld_Winblad_Weinberg.mp3
Category:Investor Stories -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

Dave Berkus joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to talk fundraise types & structures including: Can you start us off with a history of funding structures in venture capital and how they have evolved to where we are at today? Can you highlight the major categories of financing and when they are...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

Troy Henikoff joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to talk Startup Accelerators including: Can you start us off with an overview of what an accelerator is and how it differs from incubators? You mentioned that startups apply and go through a selection process.  Can you walk us through that process from...

 

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Direct download: FR017_Henikoff.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:00am EDT