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Charles Hudson

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DWAVC: Charles Hudson | S2, Ep. 2

Drinks With A VC (DWAVC)

In this episode of DWAVC, Vik and Bree sit down with Precursor Ventures’ Charles Hudson over Manhattans to discuss his storied career from bagging groceries at Kroger, running his own landscaping business, working for the venture arm of the CIA, to his current position as Managing Partner at Precursor Ventures. We also get a glimpse into the personal life of Charles, his love of smoked meats, as well as his immovable embrace of the Chelsea Football Club.Find out more about Burkland, GreenCow, and Better Tomorrow Ventures here:https://burklandassociates.com/​​​​https://www.greencow.vc/​​​​https://precursorvc.com/Follow us on twitter and instagram:https://twitter.com/DrinksWithAVC​​​​https://twitter.com/BurklandAssoc​​​​https://twitter.com/vikbeingvik​​​https://twitter.com/chudsonIntro Music: Dawn by Markvard

1hr 29mins

3 Jun 2021

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1: Charles Hudson, Founder & Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures

Diversity Riders

Charles Hudson is the Founder & Managing Partner of Precursor Ventures, a seed and pre seed venture capital fund based in San Francisco with nearly $100 million in assets under management. Prior to launching Precursor, Charles was an investor at Uncork Capital, and was the co-founder of Bionic Panda Games. He is a two time graduate of Stanford University, and is a guest lecturing professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he teaches Entrepreneurship from Diverse Perspectives. In our first episode of the Diversity Riders podcast, Charles shares his story as one of the first venture capitalists to sign on to the Diversity Rider initiative, which was launched in the Summer of 2020 following the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent racial awakening in America. He explains why he did it, his perspective on why it works so well, and how the Diversity Rider is making an impact on him and his firm. We also discuss the topics of race and gender in venture capital today from the perspective of one of the most prominent Black investors in the entire investing game.


25 May 2021

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Precursor Ventures’ Charles Hudson & Jason give candid feedback on startup pitches at Founder University | E1212

This Week in Startups

Jason & Charles Hudson from Precursor Ventures take 8 pitches from founders and give feedback on how the pitches were structured (13:10) and their business models (38:48). Pod Notes: http://bit.ly/twist1212


11 May 2021

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Precursor Ventures’ Charles Hudson & Jason give candid feedback on startup pitches at Founder University | E1212

This Week in Startups - Video

Jason & Charles Hudson from Precursor Ventures take 8 pitches from founders and give feedback on how the pitches were structured (13:10) and their business models (38:48). Pod Notes: http://bit.ly/twist1212


11 May 2021

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The Godfather of Pre-seed Investing: A Conversation with Charles Hudson of Precursor Ventures

The Road Untraveled: VC Perspectives with Brian Hollins

Charles Hudson is Founder and Managing Partner at Precursor Ventures Key Takeaways: 1. Volume matters- do you get to meet enough companies in a year. They meet 3-4k companies and make 30 investments. You can't identify high quality founders if you don't see enough of them. 2. Some investors are great product people, some are good at market structure, some are good people pickers. It helps in venture to decide where you are strongest and double down into it. 3. However much time you're spending on portfolio construction, spend twice as much. LPs care deeply about fund construction and what it takes to build a thoughtful portfolio. 4. When fundraising, look for people who give reciprocal energy, and spend time with them. When you get no follow up, no engagement, don't chase people and instead spend that energy on other folks that care.


29 Apr 2021

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Charles Hudson on The Key Ingredients to Success for Young Entrepreneurs, Precursor Ventures

Demo Day Podcast

In this episode, Charles discusses his experiences working at Google, founding his own company, and transitioning into venture capital, while giving insightful advice to young entrepreneurs on the key ingredients to success.Guest - Charles HudsonWebsite - www.precursorvc.comEmail - charles@precursorvc.comFollow Us!LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/coefficient-labsInstagram: www.instagram.com/demodaypodcast/Facebook: www.facebook.com/coefficientlabs/Twitter: https://twitter.com/coefficientlabsContact Information:social@coefficientlabs.com


1 Mar 2021

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Holiday Highlights: Charles Hudson, Founding Partner Precursor Ventures

The Consumer VC: Venture Capital I B2C Startups I Commerce | Early-Stage Investing

This episode are highlights from my conversation with Charles Hudson.Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures. Precursor Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies. Some of their investments include The Athletic, Goodr and Co-Star.Links:Click here to listen to my full conversation with Charles HudsonClick here on Mobile to join our Community.


2 Jan 2021

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Charles Hudson of Precursor Ventures - Venture Unlocked 002

Venture Unlocked: The playbook for venture capital managers.

Listen now (36 min) | Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner and Founder at Precursor Ventures, one of the first and most active pre-seed focused venture firms in the world. Precursor seeks to invest in a company’s first round of institutional investment and focuses on investments in B2B software applications, B2C software and services, and connected hardware. Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, he spent 5 years as a Partner at Uncork Capital (formerly known as SoftTech VC). Charles was also the Co­Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games startup. Prior to this he held Business Development roles for Serious Business (acquired by Zynga), Gaia Interactive, and Google. Prior to joining Google, Charles was a Product Manager for IronPort Systems, and he worked at In-Q-Tel, the venture capital fund backed by the Central Intelligence Agency. Charles holds a BA and an MBA from Stanford University. Get on the email list at ventureunlocked.substack.com


6 Oct 2020

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Charles Hudson: Founding Partner, Precursor Ventures

Next Play Perspectives

Managing Director of Precursor Ventures, Charles Hudson has decades of experience in Silicon Valley. This candid conversation with Next Play Founder Ryan Nece focuses both on Precursor's investment philosophy and on broader changes that need to happen in the VC industry.   Amongst those changes, hear why Charles thinks some of the old school habits, even the ones that have worked well, are responsible for some of the systemic lack of diversity in VC. A huge sports fan, Charles also discusses the ways that elite athletes exhibit behaviors that all startup founders should seek to emulate. Charles' advice is remarkably consistent for founders and VCs alike: focus on your strengths and find your superpower to pursue excellence.


6 Oct 2020

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255 - Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures) On Partner Mondays

Forward Thinking Founders

This is a segment of Partner Mondays, where I talk to venture capitalists about what it's like on the other side of the table. Today, we're talking to Charles Hudson, the founder and Managing Partner of Precursor Ventures. In this episode, we talk about:- Portfolio construction- Different types of risks - How he evaluates founders- Cold emails- Insider vs. outsider founders- And a ton more!Follow Charles on Twitter here. ---------Starting a startup with cofounders in a remote world is hard...This episode is sponsored by Sidekick. When you're starting a startup, being in the same room sometimes feels like magic. Sidekick is a hardware device that connects remote teams with an always-on video call. This allows founding teams and fast teams to act as if they were in the same room, even if they are on different continents. Save $5/mo off per device by purchasing your Sidekick from this link.Find the Forward Thinking Newsletter here. Find me on Twitter here.★ Support this podcast ★


3 Aug 2020