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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Kanyi Maqubela. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Kanyi Maqubela, often where they are interviewed.

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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Kanyi Maqubela. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Kanyi Maqubela, often where they are interviewed.

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47. Kanyi Maqubela (Kindred Ventures) - Why There's Been an Explosion in Seed and Late Stage Funds, Diversity Amongst Investors & Market Risk, and Why he's interested in Learning Why Something Is Not Fundable

The Consumer VC: Venture Capital I B2C Startups I Commerce | Early-Stage Investing
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Kanyi Maqubela is a Managing Partner at Kindred Ventures. Kindred Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital fund, whose mission is to back visionary and dedicated founders who want to solve the most important problems and vastly improve people’s lives around the world. Some of their investments include Uber, Poshmark, Otis and Blue Bottle Coffee.

Prior to Kindred, Kanyi was a Partner at Collaborative Fund and co-founded Heartbeat Health. He previously ran growth at One Block Off the Grid and was an early employee at Doostang. Kanyi has also served as a Lecturer and Adjunct at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, a curriculum adapted from his time as a student at Stanford University. This was an amazing conversation about Kanyi’s journey both as a founder and investor, his mission and what he looks for from founders. Without further ado, here’s 

A couple of books the inspired Kanyi are The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn and Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy by William Janeway. A book that inspired him personally is 

I highly recommend following Kanyi on Twitter @km. You can also visit his website to read his articles and listen to some of his other interviews. You can also follow your host, Mike, on Twitter @mikegelb. You can also follow for episode announcements @consumervc.

Some of the questions I ask Kanyi - 

  1. What compelled you to drop out of Stanford, founding Doostang and what initially attracted you to technology and entrepreneurship? What were some of the mistakes you made as an entrepreneur? What compelled you to switch to the other side and become an investor? How has venture capital changed? How has venture capital and domain expertise changed? How do you filter inbound opportunities and your due diligence process?
  2. What are qualities that a founder needs to have or milestones a company needs to reach in order for you to be interested? What do you most pay attention to when analyzing an opportunity and what do you pay least attention to? For entrepreneurs building a company in a market that may not exist yet, how should they think about market sizing?
  3. CoronaVirus is very top of mind. Has this impacted how you invest? Are you more focused on current portfolio companies rather than new investments?
  4. How are you adjusting to new work protocols?
  5. Is it harder to establish conviction in founders since you are meeting them remotely rather than in person?
  6. Has COVID changed how you think about investing in fully distributed teams or teams that are located in secondary markets?
  7. How should founders think of pivoting at the early stages? Can founders pivot too quickly?
  8. What’s some advice for founders that live in secondary and tertiary markets? Or maybe simply don’t have a network of VCs?
  9. What are some consumer trends that you are focused on?
  10. Has CoronaVirus changed how you invest at Kindred?
  11. Are you starting to see discrepancies in valuations?
  12. Are VCs starting to pull back in order to focus on their current portfolio companies?
  13. What’s one thing that you would change when it came to venture capital?
  14. What’s one company on your anti-portfolio?
  15. What’s your most recent investment and what makes you excited about it?
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Jun 08 2020


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Kanyi Maqubela is a Managing Partner at Kindred Ventures. He previously served as a Partner at Collaborative Fund, where he was an early advisor to Tala and Walker & Co., and a board member at Buffer, Camino Financial, Spruce, and True Link. Kanyi is also a co-founder at Heartbeat Health, and has served as a Lecturer and Adjunct at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

In this episode, we discuss everything from Kanyi's childhood to founding his first startup out of Stanford to joining Collaborative Fund to ultimately founding Kindred Ventures with his partner Steve. But in between his story, this was a fascinating conversation about the arc of venture capital, how to build an investment process and conviction, and navigating the current Covid-19 health and economic crisis.

As always, a huge thank you to Carta, the title sponsor for this season of Origins. This season is also sponsored by SVB and Cooley, two of the earliest and most trusted supporters of our work at Notation. 

May 13 2020



Identifying Business Potential: Kanyi Maqubela

Creative Confidence Podcast
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As a venture capital investor at Collaborative Fund and Kindred Ventures, Kanyi Maqubela has invested in dozens of companies—including Lyft, Kickstarter, Beyond Meat, and Blue Bottle Coffee—and evaluated hundreds more. He seeks out founders and businesses that are not only addressing a market need, but have the potential to reinvent our future. In this episode of our Creative Confidence Podcast, he shares the elements he looks for to signal a strong business idea, an impactful leader, and a collaborative team.

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Dec 02 2019



Ep. 10 - Kanyi Maqubela, VC & Entrepreneur: Curiosity + Process = Success

The Investing City Podcast
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Kanyi is one of the smartest guys out there. His systems thinking and unique viewpoints will challenge the way you think. Enjoy this one.

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Ryan Reeves

On this episode of The Investing City Podcast we are so happy to have Kanyi Maqubela on, just a great guy and former VC investor and we're going to get into more of his story but just thank you so much for being here.
Kanyi Maqubela

I'm very happy to be on Ryan.
Ryan Reeves

Great. So, let's just dig in a little bit to your background I think you have kind of a fascinating history and background so can you just talk a little bit about where you're born, and then just a little bit about your background.
Kanyi Maqubela

Sure. Gladly. I was born in township of Johannesburg, South Africa in the 80s, a Southwest Township. In the midst of apartheid, my parents were involved in the anti-apartheid struggle and my father actually was in exile, so I was born with my mother and her parents and quickly shuttled off to Brooklyn, which is where my family was living. A special circumstance, but one that I'm very proud of, and we ended up coming to the United States in the midst of that very chaotic period in South African history. We landed in New York City with my folks, where they made their way via substitute teaching. My mom was actually an ESL teacher at the Fashion Institute of Technology. And my dad was a public-school teacher, a substitute teacher at first and then eventually a public-school teacher in chemistry. And so, we ended up in the United States and lived the proverbial American dream.
Ryan Reeves

Wow. So, being the son of two teachers, obviously, education is probably pretty important. Just tell us a little bit about that.
Kanyi Maqubela

Of course, well it's extraordinarily important, and has had a big impact on my life, and maybe I'll start in reverse order. If I had to describe what my passion is and what I prefer to do, above all, it's to teach and I come, obviously from lineage of teachers, my parents, but also their parents and my grandfather were actually all teachers so it's in my blood, whether or not I like it. And I've spent the better part of the last 10 years teaching in some capacity or another and right now it's really more in the context of teaching first time entrepreneurs, how to avoid unforced errors. So how to make new mistakes is what I call them. And I was also teaching in a more formal capacity at NYU for a couple of semesters for entrepreneurship for undergrad, so teaching is something that's very, very important to me. Before, obviously, I was a teacher I was a student, and my trajectory of the student was an interesting one on two factors. The first factor is I was once a dropout. So, my first stint at Stanford University, which is where I went for undergrad, was cut short to chase a startup dream and so, about two and a half years into my time and undergrad, I was studying philosophy, I dropped out to pursue a startup and needless to say that wasn't my parents favorite activity over the course of my life, given their background, and their point of view on the world, but it was something that at that time in my life I really needed to pursue, and that ended up...

Feb 26 2019



Lauren Loktev, Kanyi Maqubela, & Craig Shapiro - Watching a Venture Fund at Work - [Invest Like the Best, EP.19]

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This week’s episode features the partners of the Collaborative Fund, a venture-capital firm based in New York City.  This is a unique, group interview with Lauren Loktev, Kanyi Maqubela, and Craig Shapiro that explores all aspects of their search and investing process, including how they identify thematic change in the world and then build a portfolio around those themes.  The quality of a team is crucial to success in investing and this is a great example of a team with chemistry on a singular mission.  They all offer great advice on how to operate a business, build a team, and find interesting new investments. 

Also, stay tuned to the end for a bonus segment captured while the tape was still rolling.

Please enjoy!

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Jan 10 2017

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5: Skinny Jeans and Snake People (with Kanyi Maqubela)

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Chatting about Millennials in the workplace and interviewing one of Buffer’s investors! We talk with Kanyi Maqubela, a partner at Collaborative Fund, which looks beyond traditional investing criteria to think about things like creativity, values and culture. Full transcript at

May 27 2016



Episode 32: Kanyi Maqubela from Collaborative Fund

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Kanyi Maqubela, partner at Collaborative Fund, joins us in episode 32 to talk about everything from the power of gratitude to intentionally experimenting in venture capital to Pharrell and everything in between.

And in honor of Twitter's 10-year anniversary, we'll hear Diego and Joe's very first tweets. Plus a little VDTBOM to round out the episode.

Apr 14 2016



20 VC 094: Kanyi Maqubela @ Collaborative Fund on Rocketships, Feedback Loops and Turning Lemons Into Lemonade!

The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch
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Kanyi Maqubela is a Partner at Collaborative Fund, who have made investments in AngelList, CodeAcademy, AltSchool, Reddit, Task Rabbit just to name a few. On a more personal note, and a little background on Kanyi, he is originally from Johannesburg South Africa, and was a founding employee at Doostang, a venture-backed peer-to-peer career marketplace, he attended Stanford University and as Kanyi states his most meaningful and difficult work done so far is his work on the Obama Campaign in 2008. You can checkout Kanyi's blog here! I would like to thank Mattermark for providing all the data and analysis for this interview and you can check them out here!


In Today's Episode You Will Learn:

1.) How Kanyi made the move into VC and tech from South Africa?

2.) Was the decision to leave Stanford tough? Why would Kanyi advise others to say in school? What was so tough about the startup experience for Kanyi?

3.) What is the investing thesis at Collaborative Fund? What stage do you prefer? Average cheque size? Sector preference? Does specializing in themes result in higher returns?

4.) How is it being such a young partner in the industry? What are the challenges Kanyi has face? Does Kanyi think his age acts as a disadvantage when it comes to attracting older founders?

5.) What are Kanyi's personal marketing strategies that he uses to establish his own personal brand? What platforms are most effective?

6.) How effective does Kanyi find demo days and hackathons as source of deal flow? Are there any tips Kanyi would suggest to maximise their utility? What is Collaborative's most effective form of deal sourcing today?

Items Mentioned In Today's Episode:

Kanyi's Fave Book: The Brothers Karamazov

Kanyi's Most Recent Investment: CircleUp

As always you can follow HarryThe Twenty Minute VC and Kanyi on Twitter here!

If you would like to see a more colourful side to Harry with many a mojito session, you can follow him on Instagram here!

Dec 07 2015