Jordan Missig, Road to Indy Preview w/ Parker Thompson - Week of 5/10/2021
Inside Open Wheel
Two of the most prestigious tracks in the United States hold 2/3 of the sanctioning bodies we cover this week. -Jordan Missig sits second in points going to his home track at Road America this weekend in FR Americas, and he's looking to do what he did when he raced in the Radical Cup. Win for the first time. He joins us for a preview at Road America and an interesting track lap talk with Charlie -Parker Thompson also stops by to chat about the last two rounds in the Road to Indy and previews the GMR Grand Prix this weekend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @insideopenwheel, new episodes drop weekly wherever fine podcasts are distributed--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Episode 70 | In the Fast Lane with One of Canada's TOP Race Car Drivers, Parker Thompson
This episode brought to you by, Shane Homes in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.Red Deer, Alberta native Parker Thompson is regarded as one of Canada’s top racing drivers. Starting in karts, by age 13 Thompson was ranked 3rd in the world in Rotax Max. Now 23 years old, he continues his career in racing, contending in multiple series throughout Canada and the United States.
It's always a treat to be joined by Parker Thompson, one of the nicest guys in the road to indy paddock. Parker joins us again to talk: The 2020 Indy Pro 2000 season with DEForce Racing Some good racing books to read The NHL playoffs Thoughts on the updated road to indy scholarship offering And more! Need some coffee to watch all the racing? Head to www.grindingcoffee.com and use promo code PITLANEPARLEY for a discount on your order!
I sat down w old buddies of mine Parker Thompson and Kitt Pellegrini, who both work with the Pabst Theater Group. Parker is event staff and Kitt is assistant talent buyer. We drank Sprecher hard seltzers as we discussed how working in venues have transformed their live music experience, talent buying, bringing more artists through Milwaukee, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and PTG shows they are looking forward to the next few months.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ben-slowey/support
The state of IoT security is not great, and despite increased pressure from lawmakers and regulators, vendors are actually going backward in some respects. A year-long study by the Cyber Independent Testing Lab of millions of IoT firmware binaries found that many manufacturers are removing various hardening technologies such as ASLR from their binaries over time. Dennis Fisher spoke with Parker Thompson of CITL about the results and what can be done to turn things around.
Tim O’Reilly and Parker Thompson on Company Building, Venture Capital, and Inequality
Village Global's Venture Stories
Erik is joined on this episode by Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly), Valley legend and founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, and returning fan favorite Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList.They start out talking about Tim’s piece in Quartz about the hazards of the view that scaling one’s company as fast as possible should be one's top priority above all else.He says that this approach is not for every entrepreneur and that it’s an artifact of the amount of money floating around today chasing returns. He has a biting critique of the companies that are going public without having ever been profitable or cash flow positive — but more importantly, without having a plan for getting to that point.Parker and Tim discuss the misalignment of incentives that can happen in venture capital, and some of the alternative models that are sprouting up to solve that problem. He gives his advice for what entrepreneurs should do when getting started and how they should approach raising money. They also discuss policy changes that could lead to longer-term thinking by investors, whether Tim foresees a “Silicon Valley meltdown,” as well as why inequality is such a pressing issue and how to solve it.We want to apologize for the audio quality of the second half of this episode. We ran into technical difficulties again during recording but are working on getting them sorted out for you. Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global and is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg.
What Noah Smith and Parker Thompson Think About Basically Every Economic Policy
Village Global's Venture Stories
Erik is joined on this episode by Noah Smith (@Noahpinion), Bloomberg opinion writer, and Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList. They cover a wide variety of topics relating to, among many others, labor productivity, the gig economy, healthcare, education, solar power and the Green New Deal.They start out by talking about productivity and why it hasn’t increased over the past decades, even though technology has in theory enabled higher productivity. Noah explains his pet theory that people waste the time they’re saving by being more productive via technology “dicking around on social media at work.” They talk about certain sectors like real estate and wealth management ripe for disruption and where technology should result in better value for consumers. They discuss the gig economy and why Noah says it is not actually the future of labor. He points out people in Silicon Valley conflate companies that will make them very rich with companies that are going to take over the world (even though Silicon Valley insists they will). They discuss why good government health insurance would be one of the best things that could happen for the American worker, and much, much more, including why workers should control a portion of the company they work for, why people have such trouble saving, and why companies aren’t investing in training or educating their workers.Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
Tim Hauraney sits down with rising Canadian open wheel star Parker Thompson. Thompson who races in IndyPro 2000 is leading the championship, and the two talk about Parker's chances at continuing his racing dream, and how he was able to get on the grid for the first race of the season
Social Media, Journalism, and New Religions with Antonio Garcia Martinez and Parker Thompson
Village Global's Venture Stories
On this episode Erik is joined by Antonio Garcia Martinez (@antoniogm), author of Chaos Monkeys, and Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList. Parker is a returning fan-favorite. Erik describes Antonio’s Chaos Monkeys as half Michael Lewis of Silicon Valley and half Hunter S. Thompson. It's a great read.Parker and Antonio debate whether the corrosion of discourse and the rise of fake news are a result of specific features of social media, like the News Feed, or whether they are a result of humans being interconnected instantly via smartphones. Antonio argues that WhatsApp is “the perfect foil to Facebook” but that it is still a distribution platform for fake news.They discuss why two people can see the same high-quality video of the same event, but still draw opposing conclusions on who was the “victim” and who was the “perpetrator.” They discuss the need for media literacy, the difference between media and journalism, and how Twitter and Facebook might be fixed.They talk about the change in sentiment about social media on the left and the right through the years, starting with the election of Obama, through the Arab Spring, to Trump. They also discuss moral relativism between the US's political parties and the dichotomy of Bay Area political views.The three close with a discussion about the religious instinct that seems to be an innate part of the human psyche, even if it doesn’t always manifest via organized religions. They talk about new manifestations of religion in today’s social movements and talk about the crazy fact that there are actual “religious startups” that pitch new churches to "VCs."_Political Ideology Diagram Mentioned By Parkerhttps://twitter.com/hamandcheese/status/991408394941665285_Books and Articles Mentioned In This EpisodeThe Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel BoorstinThe Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium by Martin GurriAmusing Ourselves To Death by Neil PostmanSeven Types of Atheism by John RayMarshall McLuhan’s Playboy Interview in 1969: https://www.nextnature.net/2009/12/the-playboy-interview-marshall-mcluhan/____Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global and is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg. Colin Campbell is our audio engineer and the show is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
Inside VC: Masterclass on Portfolio Construction and Fund Economics with Ash Fontana and Parker Thompson
Village Global's Venture Stories
This episode is part of a three-part series taking listeners behind the curtain to discuss the inner workings of venture capital. Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList, and Ash Fontana (@ashfontana), general partner at Zetta Ventures, join Erik on this episode.They start off by discussing why topics around VC and portfolio construction in particular are so controversial. Parker and Ash give a rundown of how they invest with their respective funds and what their theses are when it comes to venture investing. They address the perennial debate of how much money to allot to initial round investing versus reserves for follow-on investing. It gets pointed out that based on the data, new funds are as likely as existing funds to succeed, and they talk about whether there’s a universal answer to the question of how much money under management a VC would ideally like to have. The three of them talk about the possibility of scaling up a fund with operating partners and discuss research that shows that the more companies invested in, the better the returns. That trend continues to hold, in theory, no matter how big the fund gets. However, Parker brings up the "math versus reality dichotomy," and they talk about why in practice scaling up infinitely doesn’t work.Erik asks both of them how they would set up their fund if they had no constraints, and they talk about why "fund size is destiny" in venture. Ash and Parker explain why even though venture firms say that the founder is their customer, really the LPs are the actual customers. They also talk about why innovation is needed on the standard “2 and 20” model (2% management fees and 20% carry), discuss potential replacement models, and explain why Y Combinator has the best business model in venture, even though there are some pitfalls for entrepreneurs.Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.