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By CissylovesBBC - May 27 2019
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Interesting topics and speakers. Absolutely loved listening to them. Thanks so much, Alan.

A Great Podcast!

By timsakaaa - Oct 05 2017
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I began listening to The Vampire Squid last year(2016) and so far it has given me great insight into the world of finance. Alan is a great host and handles his show with the utmost proffesionalism. I have learned a great amount since I began listening! I regularly reccomned it to my friends even if they aren't interested in finance.

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198 Ratings
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186
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Rich content

By CissylovesBBC - May 27 2019
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Interesting topics and speakers. Absolutely loved listening to them. Thanks so much, Alan.

A Great Podcast!

By timsakaaa - Oct 05 2017
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I began listening to The Vampire Squid last year(2016) and so far it has given me great insight into the world of finance. Alan is a great host and handles his show with the utmost proffesionalism. I have learned a great amount since I began listening! I regularly reccomned it to my friends even if they aren't interested in finance.
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The Vampire Squid

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Rank #1: TVS 027 – Employee Stock Options

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This week’s episode will be on early stage employee stock options, an episode very critical for anyone interested in joining an early stage company that offers them stock options. We talk about the valuation, tax liability, and questions to ask about the company to make sure you are getting the best compensation package possible. I […]

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Nov 20 2016

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Rank #2: TVS 040 – Aswath Damodaran (NYU Finance Valuation Expert)

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Wow, I had to bring on an incredibly special guest for the 40th episode of The Vampire Squid! Today’s episode, we have Aswath Damodaran, who I’m sure many of you know well in finance. He is considered the go-to expert for valuation and has taught at NYU for over 30 years. His blogs Musings on […]

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Feb 19 2017

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Rank #3: TVS 051 – The Truth About Investing

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Welcome back to episode 51 of The Vampire Squid! In today’s episode, we are going to be talking about “The Truth About Investing”, which is a presentation that Howard Marks (OakTree) created, which I found extremely insightful and a bit contrarian to how normal, everyday investors, like me, think. In this episode, I will go over some of my favorite quotes in the presentation and overlay my thoughts and experiences with some of the concepts that Howard Marks talks about. I hope that you learn a thing or two and enjoy the presentation (Attached Here)!

The Truth About Investing

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

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May 07 2017

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Rank #4: TVS 031 – Wall Street Culture with Karen Ho Part II

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Welcome to Part II of the interview with Karen Ho, our expert on Wall Street Anthropology! This episode continues with quality insights from Karen as we continue to discuss past recessions, training, and socioeconomic inequality. Email Address: karenho@umn.edu Is Wall Street culture all bad? What were the similarities and differences between the 2001 Dot Com Crash vs. […]

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Dec 19 2016

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Rank #5: TVS 052 – Introduction to Term Sheets

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Happy episode number 52! Today I will be giving a quick introduction to Term Sheets, which is one of the first important steps for a material business agreement like debt financing or equity financing. Today we will focus on equity financing, specifically venture capital investments in start-ups! This episode was actually inspired after I watched an episode of Silicon Valley, where Erlich Bachman said, “If you utter the words virtual reality, venture capital firms will throw a term sheet at you.” In this episode, I will go over what is a term sheet, what it is used for, and what are some of the most common items on a term sheet. I hope this episode is informational and you learn a thing or two!

Please also see a sample term sheet that I found online which will be helpful in giving you some guidance in terms of what a term sheet actually looks like!

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As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

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May 14 2017

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Rank #6: TVS 041 – Aswath Damodaran (NYU Finance Valuation Expert) Part II

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We continue our conversation with Aswath Damodaran where we dive into the technology industry, great books to get read if you want to learn about finance, and Aswath’s thoughts on the market. I hope you enjoy! What are your thoughts on growth stocks particularly in the technology industry? Even though it feels like that now, […]

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Feb 25 2017

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Rank #7: TVS 025 – Activist Investing

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Today’s episode is on Activist Investing, something that has become quite prolific over the last decade with the induction of the internet, media, and smartphones. Activist investing is contrary to passive investing, which we discussed at length previous episodes. I hope you find this episode both informational and entertaining! Difference between Passive vs. Active Investors […]

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Nov 06 2016

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Rank #8: TVS 037 – Studying for the GMAT

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This week’s episode is on studying for the GMAT, which I thought would be a nice follow up to last week’s episode on The Virtual MBA. I will provide some tips on how I went about studying for the test and things that I wish I had known prior to studying. Hope you enjoy! Overview […]

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Jan 30 2017

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Rank #9: TVS 023 – Trading Options with Kirk Du Plessis (Part I)

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Today’s episode we dive deeper into trading options with Kirk Du Plessis, who is the founder of Optionalpha.com, an educational option trading site. This episode and Part II are packed with great nuggets of information on how to trade options, calculating success of trades, and even Kirk’s entrepreneurial spirit in quitting banking and starting his own […]

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Oct 23 2016

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Rank #10: TVS 016 – Leveraged Buy Outs

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Hope everyone had a great labor day weekend! Today we are going to be talking about Leveraged Buy Outs, another form of valuation and modeling. As promised, please see a link to the actual model of an LBO, and a more detailed explanation in case you are interested. LBO Model LBO Detailed Overview LBO Drivers […]

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Sep 05 2016

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Rank #11: TVS 038 – Patrick Curtis (Founder of Wall Street Oasis) Part I

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Today we have on a very special guest, Patrick Curtis, who is the founder of WallStreetOasis.com! I met Patrick a few months ago and we’ve stayed in touch and gotten drinks a couple times, but thought he would be incredibly interesting to bring on the podcast given his experience working in finance and starting his […]

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Feb 05 2017

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Rank #12: TVS 050 – Thoughts after a life-changing paralyzing accident from a Thiel Fellow and Shark Tank Alum (Anthony Zhang) Part II

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Episode 50!! Please see Part II of the interview that I did with Anthony Zhang where we dive deeper into his advice for first-time entrepreneurs and general advice for people that are facing setbacks in life, like not getting that job promotion, or not getting that grade that you wanted, how do you overcome and persevere through those challenges? I hope that you guys enjoy, and learn as much as I did from interviewing Anthony!

  1. When did you have to start thinking about your startup after your accident?
  2. What kept you motivated to try to get your company acquired while you were going through 5-6 hours of physical therapy everyday?
  3. Did you use banks to help with the sale process or how did you get in touch with other companies to sell to?
  4. How has the acquisition and transition process been? Do you feel that the strategy of JoyRun is in line with EnvoyNow?
  5. What was the transition process of being the CEO and then becoming an employee of a company?
  6. What is in your view the most important things when starting a company?
  7. What are some of the ideas that you are planning to start in the future?
  8. Since you’ve been through a traumatic accident, what advice do you give people that may not get that job promotion, or didn’t get the grade they wanted and feel like it’s the end of the world?
  9. For people interested in entrepreneurship but don’t necessarily have an idea they want to pursue, what advice do you have for those people?
  10. What advice would you like to leave my listeners with?

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

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Apr 30 2017

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Rank #13: TVS 036 – The Virtual MBA

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Today’s podcast will be cross listed with one of my friends who recently started his podcast, The Virtual MBA. On this episode, Alex and I dive a bit into my background of where I grew up, went to school, and some of the decisions that have now landed me in NY! I hope that you […]

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Jan 23 2017

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Rank #14: TVS 039 – Patrick Curtis (Founder of Wall Street Oasis) Part II

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Welcome back to Part II of the episode with Patrick Curtis, founder of Wall Street Oasis. In this episode, we dive into Patrick’s experiences in Buenos Aires, his favorite wall street oasis stories, how he deals with “fake news”, and much more. We got some exciting guests about to come on to the podcast so […]

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Feb 13 2017

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Rank #15: TVS 024 – Trading Options with Kirk Du Plessis (Part II)

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Happy early Halloween! Part II of the Trading Options episode with Kirk Du Plessis. This episode covers a lot of great information on questions that I had for trading options and Kirk’s entrepreneurial spirit for starting his own company, Optionalpha.com, after working on wall street. Please enjoy! What happens if you forget about your options, and […]

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Oct 30 2016

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Rank #16: TVS 014 – Comparable Companies Analysis

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Today’s episode will cover another one of the most common valuation techniques, Comparable Companies Analysis, which is an extrinsic form of valuation that people use for companies. Hope that you enjoy the episode and takeaway understanding how this method is used! Extrinsic Valuation Ratios Common Comps Multiples EV / Revenue EV / EBITDA Price / Earnings […]

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Aug 21 2016

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Rank #17: TVS 018 – Intro to Options Trading

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Welcome back to another episode of The Vampire Squid! Today, we’re going to be talking about trading options. For compliance reasons, please note that “Today’s episode does not condone or promote the trading of any single stock equities. The content in today’s episode are for educational purposes only and I am speaking on behalf of […]

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Sep 19 2016

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Rank #18: TVS 032 – 2016 Year in Review

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Greetings from the Galapagos Islands!! Before we start, if you are a developer (iOS), shoot me an email!! I hope everyone is getting some time off for the holidays! This episode is short and sweet and a quick review of how far The Vampire Squid has come in 2016, and what I hope to accomplish […]

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Dec 25 2016

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Rank #19: TVS 019 – Investment Checklist

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Disclaimer: “Today’s episode does not condone or promote the trading of any single stock equities. The content in today’s episode are for educational purposes only and I am speaking on behalf of myself without further representation.” Andre Agassi “Open” – http://cpor.org/ri/Agassi-Open-An-Autobiography.pdf Investment Checklist – http://mebfaber.com/2011/01/20/hedge-fund-analyst-checklist/ Two pronged thought process for investing in Stock Is this a fundamentally good […]

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Sep 25 2016

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Rank #20: TVS 017 – Banking vs. Consulting

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Welcome to episode 17 of The Vampire Squid! Today, we will be talking about Banking vs. Consulting since I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking me about the differences between the two as well as my decision to pursue banking over consulting. Also, if you guys are interested in helping support The Vampire Squid, […]

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Sep 12 2016

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TVS – Reflections and a Pause

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I just got back from a wonderful trip to Japan and Taiwan, extremely jetlagged, as it’s 5am currently in New York. Alas, as this podcast episode name sounds, I am putting the podcast on an indefinite pause due to a combination of work, learning, and side projects (crypto & blockchain) that I am working. Looking back on this incredible journey, I can’t believe the amount of episodes and reach that my podcast has had. That feeling of impact, of creating something from scratch is something that I have felt in love with, something that I want to replicate in my career, which has opened up my eyes to entrepreneurship. This is definitely not the end, but the closing of a chapter and I hope that you all stay tuned with what I am working on next!

Please continue to e-mail me and keep me updated on your success and journey! alan@thevampiresquid.com

With love,

Alan

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Jan 02 2018

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TVS 056 – Credit Score (Bethy Hardeman – Credit Karma)

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Welcome to Episode 56 of The Vampire Squid! Today we have on Bethy Hardeman, Chief Consumer Advocate, at Credit Karma! I wish I had taken a personal finance course in high school / college so I would have a better understanding of why a credit score is important, and the levers that I could pull to increase my score. Today’s episode is packed with advice on your credit score as well as debunking some myths about your credit score. Hope you all enjoy!

  1. How did you get involved with Credit Karma and become the Chief Consumer Advocate?
  2. What are some of the inputs for a Credit Score, and what is it used for?
    1. Why your credit score isn’t just for credit cards
  3. What are the levers to pull to increase your credit score and to do it faster?
  4.   Can having too high of a credit limit be bad for your credit score?
  5. What are some of the other myths about your credit score that aren’t necessarily true?
  6. How are users of Credit Karma affected by the Equifax, if it all?
  7. Can opening too many credit cards be bad for your credit score?
  8. When should one close a credit card?
  9. What piece of advice would you leave my listeners with, especially ones in college or one or two jobs straight out of college?

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

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Nov 07 2017

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TVS 055 – Poker and Investing

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Today, we are going to talk about one of my favorite hobbies, Poker!, and how that relates to investing and finance. I’ve recently been watching a lot of poker online as well as reading Phil Hellmuth’s autobiography, Poker Brat, which gives a great insight into how Phil got so good at poker, and some of the risks he had to take to where got today. Today’s episode I will briefly go over one of the most famous types of poker games, Texas Hold’em, and then talk about what I think are transferable skills between playing poker and investing! I hope that you all enjoy!

  1. How to play Texas Hold’em
  2. Why Poker is not just about probability and statistics, and how it’s just as much about strategy and psychology
  3. Why it’s fascinating to play poker with your friends and to see how they react under pressure
  4. Skills that are transferable from Poker to Investing
    1. Managing your bank roll
    2. Making good decisions with incomplete information
    3. Managing your emotions (going on “Tilt” in poker)
  5. Why you and your friends should play games of poker!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

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Oct 15 2017

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TVS 054 – Finance to Startups and Entrepreneurship (Head of Expa Labs – Eric Friedman)

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Today’s episode is with Eric Friedman, who is the head of Expa Labs, as six-month incubator for early-stage startups. This interview is one of the most informative and immediately applicable if you are interested in technology and / or pursuing entrepreneurship coming from a finance background. We dive into some great topics like the 1%, 9%, and 90% rule, how putting your own content out there is so critical, and why startups should not be over-glamorized like they have been in the media. I found this episode extremely rewarding, and the first 16 minutes dive into Eric’s background, and afterwards we dive into the meat of the episode. I hope that you all enjoy listening as much as I did recording!

  1. How did you first get started in entrepreneurship and interested in technology?
  2. How did you first get your job at union square ventures and what led you to work at Four Square?
  3. What does a  Business Development even mean at a company like Four Square?
    1. What were some of the key takeaways that you had after working at Four Square for 6 years?
  4. Why startups are not for everyone (16:30)
  5.  What are your thoughts on non-technical candidates pursuing entrepreneurship / startups and an emphasis on finance candidates specifically?
    1. Why it’s important to ask “what happens here on Tuesday at 2pm?”
    2.   Instead of emailing a cover letter and resume to a startup CEO, maybe send them 3 things they could do
  6. Why applying to a startup is effectively the opposite of applying to an investment bank / consultancy.
  7. In what areas do you see finance candidate skill sets best applied in a startup environment?
  8. Are there tests or ways to see if a finance candidate would succeed in a startup?
    1. The 1% rule, 9% rule, and 90% rule – the challenge to publish
    2. When you mention the name of the people at the company, since everyone has google alerts, they will read it!
  9. How people can get over imposter syndrome when publishing content
  10. Thoughts on transitioning straight into technology / entrepreneurship versus pursuing an MBA first
    1.  Three reasons to go to business school: Network, Direction, Education
  11. Why there is so much turnover for millennials and in early-stage startups?
  12. What is your last piece of advice for my listeners?

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

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Sep 17 2017

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TVS 053 – Brian Wong (Founder of Kiip, 18 Year Old College Graduate)

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Happy labor day weekend, and I’ve missed you guys! Welcome back, and I’m super excited for this season of TVS and share with you things that I have learned as well as interviews that I have had. I hope everyone had an awesome summer break and is refreshed to get back into the swing of things! Today’s episode is with Brian Wong, who is the founder of Kiip, and graduated college at the age of 18! He’s also written a book called, The Cheat Code, and is one of the most eccentric and funny people that I have interviewed thus far. This episode is jam packed with awesome advice from Brian on how he has become a successful entrepreneur, his experience with finance and consideration of investment banking, and how being Asian can help conceal your age!

Brian’s contact info below:

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Email: brian@kiip.me

  1. Which grades did you skip, and what was the experience like attending college at age 14?
    1. How did you use your lowered age to your advantage in college?
  2. Did you ever consider going into investment banking or consulting?
  3. How did you know that you wanted to pursue entrepreneurship in college?
    1. What are some of the characteristics of the “Entrepreneurial Mindset” that you mentioned?
  4. Why is following your passion a terrible piece of advice?
  5. How do you find your own superpower and harness that energy?
    1. How did you develop your superpower of getting people excited about things?
  6. How did you network your way into parties with Kevin Rose (Founder of Digg and ex-partner at Google Ventures?)
  7. Where do you think the future of advertising is going? What are your thoughts on viral videos like those from Chubbies?
  8. What was the motivation for writing your book, “The Cheat Codes?”
  9. What piece of advice would you like to leave my listeners?

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@thevampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

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Sep 04 2017

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TVS – Summer Break til August

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Congrats to everyone who has graduated or is currently graduating this year! I hope everyone gets to take some time off before you start your next venture whether that be starting a new job, going to get a masters, starting a business, or more! I will actually be taking a couple of months off as well due to some work commitments and travel commitment plans, but will be back in August where we will hit the ground running I have some very exciting guests lined up, and look forward to introducing them to you when we start again in August. This will be a great time for new listeners to also get a chance to catch up on my old episodes!

As always, I will be very responsive over email at alan@thevampiresquid.com so please feel free to shoot me any questions or comments that you may have. I will also be posting regular updates on facebook.com/thevampiresquid about interesting things that I have been reading which may be helpful to you as well.

I hope everyone enjoys their summer break, and til August, Ciao!

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May 22 2017

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TVS 052 – Introduction to Term Sheets

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Happy episode number 52! Today I will be giving a quick introduction to Term Sheets, which is one of the first important steps for a material business agreement like debt financing or equity financing. Today we will focus on equity financing, specifically venture capital investments in start-ups! This episode was actually inspired after I watched an episode of Silicon Valley, where Erlich Bachman said, “If you utter the words virtual reality, venture capital firms will throw a term sheet at you.” In this episode, I will go over what is a term sheet, what it is used for, and what are some of the most common items on a term sheet. I hope this episode is informational and you learn a thing or two!

Please also see a sample term sheet that I found online which will be helpful in giving you some guidance in terms of what a term sheet actually looks like!

Sample Term Sheet Download

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

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May 14 2017

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TVS 051 – The Truth About Investing

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Welcome back to episode 51 of The Vampire Squid! In today’s episode, we are going to be talking about “The Truth About Investing”, which is a presentation that Howard Marks (OakTree) created, which I found extremely insightful and a bit contrarian to how normal, everyday investors, like me, think. In this episode, I will go over some of my favorite quotes in the presentation and overlay my thoughts and experiences with some of the concepts that Howard Marks talks about. I hope that you learn a thing or two and enjoy the presentation (Attached Here)!

The Truth About Investing

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

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May 07 2017

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TVS 050 – Thoughts after a life-changing paralyzing accident from a Thiel Fellow and Shark Tank Alum (Anthony Zhang) Part II

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Episode 50!! Please see Part II of the interview that I did with Anthony Zhang where we dive deeper into his advice for first-time entrepreneurs and general advice for people that are facing setbacks in life, like not getting that job promotion, or not getting that grade that you wanted, how do you overcome and persevere through those challenges? I hope that you guys enjoy, and learn as much as I did from interviewing Anthony!

  1. When did you have to start thinking about your startup after your accident?
  2. What kept you motivated to try to get your company acquired while you were going through 5-6 hours of physical therapy everyday?
  3. Did you use banks to help with the sale process or how did you get in touch with other companies to sell to?
  4. How has the acquisition and transition process been? Do you feel that the strategy of JoyRun is in line with EnvoyNow?
  5. What was the transition process of being the CEO and then becoming an employee of a company?
  6. What is in your view the most important things when starting a company?
  7. What are some of the ideas that you are planning to start in the future?
  8. Since you’ve been through a traumatic accident, what advice do you give people that may not get that job promotion, or didn’t get the grade they wanted and feel like it’s the end of the world?
  9. For people interested in entrepreneurship but don’t necessarily have an idea they want to pursue, what advice do you have for those people?
  10. What advice would you like to leave my listeners with?

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

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Apr 30 2017

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TVS 049 – Thoughts after a life-changing paralyzing accident from a Thiel Fellow and Shark Tank Alum (Anthony Zhang)

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I’m so excited to present this episode with, Anthony Zhang, who was the founder of EnvoyNow, a USC food delivery application. I first read about Anthony’s story in Fortune, where Anthony was a Thiel Fellow, Shark Tank Alum, in 500 Startups but went through a traumatic accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down… Anthony has been doing a lot better since, and managed to sell his start-up while going through hours of physical therapy a day. His grit and passion is to say the least inspiring, and I hope that you enjoy the episode.

  1. Could you please give a brief background of yourself?
  2. What made you decide to start EnvoyNow instead of pursuing investment banking or consulting?
  3. What was it like to pitch Mark Cuban at USC for Shark Tank?
  4. When did you know that you were going to win the Thiel fellowship?
    1. How does the Thiel Fellowship work?
  5. Transitioning to your accident, could you touch upon what happened, your thoughts, and what helped you persevere and get through the difficult times?
  6. What gave you motivation to recover, any support systems you relied on, I’m curious what people strive towards or rely on during times of great difficulty?
  7. How long did it take you to get better?

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora at https://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

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Apr 23 2017

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TVS 048 – Women in Finance (with Valerie Wong)

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Women in Finance! One of the topics that I have been wanting to cover for a long time on TVS, and finally had the opportunity to do so with Valerie Wong. Today’s episode focuses a lot on the cultural biases that dominate the workspace, things that are useful for both males and females to be aware […]

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Apr 17 2017

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TVS 047 – Diversity in Finance – International to the United States (Valerie Wong)

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I’m very excited for this week’s episode with Valerie Wong, who is the president of Latinos in Finance and an employee of MSCI. We talk about two very important topics including being international and breaking into the United States for a finance role, as well as being a woman in finance. Valerie is originally from […]

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Apr 09 2017

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TVS 046 – Trading Gold and Silver (with Peter Hug)

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Today’s episode is on trading precious metals, specifically gold and silver! I’ve always been interested in learning about what drives the prices of gold and silver and how to add it to my portfolio. This episode was extremely informative for me and hope it is for you as well. I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter Hug from […]

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Apr 03 2017

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TVS 045 – Finimize (Co-Founder Scott Tindle) Part II

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Today is Part II of the episode with Scott Tindle, co-founder of Finimize! This episode dives a bit deeper into how Finimize is performing in addition to learning more about what people have the most difficulty understanding in terms of concepts in finance. I definitely learned a lot doing this episode, and hope that you all […]

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Mar 26 2017

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TVS 044 – Finimize (Co-Founder Scott Tindle)

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*If you have experience with mobile graphic design, please reach out to me alan@thevampiresquid.com* Please welcome a special guest for this week, Scott Tindle, who is the co-founder of Finimize, an easy to understand newsletter of financial news that I have been using for the last year! We discuss Scott’s background and inspiration to quit his […]

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Mar 20 2017

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TVS 043 – Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality (with Jacob Mullins from Shasta Ventures)

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I’m very excited about today’s episode because it is on two of the most fascinating emerging technologies out there, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality. Today, we have on Jacob Mullins from Shasta Ventures who focuses on these types of emerging technologies and we get to hear his take on the landscape and how it is developing. […]

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Mar 13 2017

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TVS 042 – Shasta Ventures with Jacob Mullins

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We have a great interview for you guys today with Jacob Mullins from Shasta Ventures! Jacob has a strong entrepreneurial background and has founded multiple companies before he joined and rejoined Shasta Ventures where he now focuses on emerging technologies and trends. In this interview, we cover Jacob’s entrepreneurial pursuits like founding a CPG company, […]

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Mar 05 2017

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TVS 041 – Aswath Damodaran (NYU Finance Valuation Expert) Part II

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We continue our conversation with Aswath Damodaran where we dive into the technology industry, great books to get read if you want to learn about finance, and Aswath’s thoughts on the market. I hope you enjoy! What are your thoughts on growth stocks particularly in the technology industry? Even though it feels like that now, […]

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Feb 25 2017

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TVS 040 – Aswath Damodaran (NYU Finance Valuation Expert)

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Wow, I had to bring on an incredibly special guest for the 40th episode of The Vampire Squid! Today’s episode, we have Aswath Damodaran, who I’m sure many of you know well in finance. He is considered the go-to expert for valuation and has taught at NYU for over 30 years. His blogs Musings on […]

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Feb 19 2017

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TVS 039 – Patrick Curtis (Founder of Wall Street Oasis) Part II

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Welcome back to Part II of the episode with Patrick Curtis, founder of Wall Street Oasis. In this episode, we dive into Patrick’s experiences in Buenos Aires, his favorite wall street oasis stories, how he deals with “fake news”, and much more. We got some exciting guests about to come on to the podcast so […]

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Feb 13 2017

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By CissylovesBBC - May 27 2019
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Interesting topics and speakers. Absolutely loved listening to them. Thanks so much, Alan.

A Great Podcast!

By timsakaaa - Oct 05 2017
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I began listening to The Vampire Squid last year(2016) and so far it has given me great insight into the world of finance. Alan is a great host and handles his show with the utmost proffesionalism. I have learned a great amount since I began listening! I regularly reccomned it to my friends even if they aren't interested in finance.