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Podcast by Venture Studio. New York City Venture Capital (VC) and Angel Investing Interviews with host Dave Lerner

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Podcast by Venture Studio. New York City Venture Capital (VC) and Angel Investing Interviews with host Dave Lerner

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Dave is the man!

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This is a great podcast packed with tons of actionable insights. Very enjoyable -Scott Britton

Great stuff

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Great host and great guests. Entertaining and informative listen for anybody in the startup world!

iTunes Ratings

65 Ratings
Average Ratings
61
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2
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1

Dave is the man!

By Scottbrit - Mar 10 2016
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This is a great podcast packed with tons of actionable insights. Very enjoyable -Scott Britton

Great stuff

By DavidL8484 - Mar 09 2016
Read more
Great host and great guests. Entertaining and informative listen for anybody in the startup world!
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Venture Studio

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Podcast by Venture Studio. New York City Venture Capital (VC) and Angel Investing Interviews with host Dave Lerner

Rank #1: Ep 30 - Naval Ravikant - AngelList (1 of 2)

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This week’s guest really needs no introduction. Naval Ravikant is the founder and CEO of AngelList (angel.co). AngelList is the go-to platform for startups to raise money online, recruit employees, and apply for funding. Naval and AngelList are on a mission to democratize the fundraising process. This interview was a big one, so we’re breaking it into a two-parter - make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss part 2.

Remember - all of our shows are venturestudio.org and on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Google Play. If you like this episode, you’ll love our interviews with Ming Yeh of CSC Upshot and Dustin Dolginow of Maiden Lane. Make sure to subscribe on iTunes and follow us on twitter @venturestudio.

Jul 20 2016

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Rank #2: Ep 31 - Naval Ravikant - AngelList (2 of 2)

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Welcome back to Venture Studio, and welcome back to our fantastic two-part interview with Naval Ravikant of AngelList. If you missed part one, go check it out at venturestudio.org or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Google Play.

In part 1 of this interview, Dave and Naval talked about AngelList, syndicates and startup funding. In part 2, things got quite a bit more philosophical. In this interview, Naval and Dave cover power dynamics and haters in venture, the American political system - Trump, Bernie and Hilary - the disruption of the wealthy elite and, of course, South Park.

In this episode, Dave revers to this post by Naval called The American Spring: https://medium.com/the-mission/american-spring-d6a8320bf712#.k4ppdt9pd

Aug 02 2016

40mins

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Rank #3: Ep 39 - Brad Harrison - Scout Ventures (1 of 2)

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This week’s guest is the incomparable Brad Harrison, founder and managing partner of Scout Ventures. Scout Ventures is a seed stage venture capital firm in NYC that partners with experienced entrepreneurs who are building scalable technologies.

Brad is an entrepreneur and seasoned business development executive with a passion for technology, media, entertainment and lifestyle. Brad has a great deal of experience launching new ventures. While attending MIT, he worked as a Partner in a seed stage venture fund, ITU Ventures, and helped launch a joint MIT-Harvard incubator. During this experience, Brad worked at the earliest stages with many dynamic companies including Endeca Technologies.

While serving as Director of Media Strategy and Development at AOL, Brad co-authored 3 patents in search, geo-tagging, and personalization, with Edmund Fish, Senior Vice President and General Manager at AOL. Following AOL, Brad helped raise $40M in venture funding for a contextual online advertising network. Prior to launching his business career, Brad served in the United States Army for five years, earning both Airborne and Ranger qualifications and retired as Captain. He resides in Tribeca with his wife, Angie, his son, Elvis and his daughter, Scout.

Remember - all of our shows are available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Google Play on Android Devices. Make sure to subscribe on iTunes and follow us on twitter @venturestudio.

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Scout Ventures:
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Feb 23 2017

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Rank #4: Ep 15 - Craig Shapiro - Collaborative Fund

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This week, Dave interviews Craig Shapiro, the founder and managing partner of Collaborative Fund. In this episode, Craig talks about his views on the future of consumption, how to court and land awesome LPs like Pharrell, and how your company’s values can be used as a weapon.

Collaborative Fund is centered on two macro themes: the growth of the creative class and the concept of collaborative consumption. Their portfolio companies include AngelList, Codecademy, Earnest, Grand St, HelloSign, Kickstarter, Lyft, Maker Studios, Reddit and TaskRabbit. In addition to those, Dave and Craig discuss a few other portfolio companies in depth on today’s episode, including Hampton Creek, Walker & Co and AltSchool.

Dec 22 2015

31mins

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Rank #5: Ep 44 - Rafat Ali - Skift

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This week's guest is Rafat Ali. Rafat is the CEO/founder of Skift, the largest business intelligence and marketing platform in travel, providing news, information, data, and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry.

Previously, he was the founder of paidContent and ContentNext, now owned by UK’s Guardian News and Media. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter.

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Skift.com Rafat.org http://rafat.org/post/136289931946/how-we-got-off-the-addiction-of-venture-capital

May 05 2017

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Rank #6: Ep 08 - Alex Iskold - Techstars NYC

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In today’s episode, Dave interviews Alex Iskold, a 2 time founder, an angel investor, and the Managing Director of Techstars New York.

Techstars is one of the most prominent startup accelerators in the world. Techstars make entrepreneurship accessible by opening doors to capital, mentorship, marketing, business development, customer acquisition, and talent recruitment. Like many accelerators, Tech Stars runs 13-week programs and also invests in its member companies.

Today’s guest Alex Iskold founded GetGlue, which was acquired in 2013 and Information Laboratory which was acquired in 2003.

Alex writes a great blog about startups and venture capital at alexiskold.net and you can follow him on twitter at @alexiskold.

Nov 03 2015

24mins

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Rank #7: Ep 03 - Matt Harris - Village Ventures

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In this episode, originally from May 2011, Dave interviewed Matt Harris, the co-founder of Village Ventures. Two companies that Dave and Matt discuss in this interview are BankSimple and On Deck Capital.

Village Ventures lead Simple’s $2.9MM Series A Round in September 2010. In 2014, BBVA acquired Simple for $117MM.

As for OnDeck Capital, Village Ventures participated in the Series A round in January 2006. OnDeck went public in December 2014 with a valuation of about $1.3BN. At the time of this recording, OnDeck had originated $130MM in loans. At IPO, it’s origination volume was up to $1.7BN.

In 2012, Matt Harris joined Bain Capital Ventures, where he leads the New York office and focuses primarily on financial services investments.

Sep 29 2015

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Rank #8: Ep 07 - Amol Sarva - Angel Investor

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In this week’s episode, Dave chats about foxes, hedgehogs and Columbia Lions with company builder and angel investor Amol Sarva. Amol co-founded several startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience, Knotable, BEMAVEN, Knotel, and he also built a building in New York called East of East. He studied cognitive science for his Ph.D. at Stanford with an undergraduate degree from Columbia.

Amol blogs regularly at amol.sarva.co and you can see a list of his investments at sarva.co. His personal website is amolsarva.com.

Oct 27 2015

24mins

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Rank #9: Ep 40 - Brad Harrison - Scout Ventures (2 of 2)

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Part 2 with Brad Harrison of Scout Ventures

Scout Ventures is a seed stage venture capital firm in NYC that partners with experienced entrepreneurs who are building scalable technologies. Scout focuses on core business fundamentals and help with key areas of growth.

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www.scoutventures.com www.mayorbrad.com

Mar 09 2017

51mins

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Rank #10: Ep 22 - Paul Martino - Bullpen Capital

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This week, Dave interviews Paul Martino, founder and General Partner at Bullpen Capital, one of the pioneers in post-seed round funding.

Remember to subscribe to Venture Studio on iTunes so you never miss an episode. As always, you can find us on twitter @ventureStudio and you can listen to prior episodes at venturestudio.org or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher or TuneIn.

Paul founded Bullpen in 2010 and has led several of its key investments including FanDuel, the leader in daily fantasy sports. Prior to starting Bullpen Capital, Paul was the founder of four companies and an active angel investor in companies such as Zynga, TubeMogul, uDemy, and PayNearMe.

In today’s episode, Paul discusses how the herd mentality of most venture investors presented a huge opportunity for Bullpen, how to effectively manage a board and what its like to be coached by Bill Campbell.

Mar 16 2016

47mins

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Rank #11: Ep 14 - John Frankel - ff Venture Capital (2 of 2)

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In this week's episode, Dave continues a fascinating two-part interview with John Frankel, the founder of ff venture capital.

When we left part 1 last week, John was just starting to describe a tech future with just a few behemoths owning the lion’s share of every market. This week, in part 2, Dave and John discuss how to find growth in a zero growth world and the potential down sides of tech shrinking the globe.

Finally, they revisit John’s prognostications (from four years ago on this very show) about about the late-stage valuation bubble that we find ourselves in today and the implications on today’s early-stage environment.

Dec 15 2015

18mins

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Rank #12: Ep 16 - Dustin Dolginow - Maiden Lane Ventures

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This week, we welcome Dustin Dolginow to The Studio. Dustin a co-founder of Maiden Lane Ventures, the first institutional venture fund built for AngelList Syndicates.

Here’s an excerpt from Maiden Lane’s AngelList page: Raising seed capital is unnecessarily complicated. Great angel investors have always helped founders cut through the noise. Maiden Lane's mission is to make partnering with world-class angels more impactful. To do that, we use capital and software to rethink the workflow of seed investing.

Seems pretty logical, right? Maybe even a bit boring? Well, not really. Syndicates and funds like Maiden Lane have been called, progressive, disruptive, cute and fraudulent, and everything in between. Today, we’ll learn why.

Dave and Dustin discuss the facts behind Syndicates, the massive opportunity for individual investors and founders that Syndicates presents, and the support, critiques and criticisms from others in the venture capital industry.

They’ll also talk more broadly about how thought leaders like like Chris Sacca, Brad Feld, Paul Graham and Mark Suster have approached innovation and unbundling in venture capital.

This episode is just the first installment of our series on AngelList Syndicates. Later this month, we’ll catch up with Ming Yeh, Founder and Managing Partner of CSC UpShot Ventures, a $400 million venture fund formed to invest in startups on AngelList. Dave and Dustin talk a bit about CSC UpShot in this week’s episode as well.

You can find Dustin on AngelList (obviously) and on twitter and Medium under @dolginow.

Jan 05 2016

35mins

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Rank #13: Ep 05 - Bo Peabody - Village Ventures

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Another edition of the Venture Studio Vault. In this interview from May 2011, Dave chats with the multi-talented Bo Peabody, co-founder of Village Ventures. Prior to Village Ventures, Bo co-founded and sold Tripod, the original social network.

Bo was one of very few venture investors who was bullish on media and content in 2009/2010/2011, with founding experience or investments in Everyday Health (which is now public), Babble, VoodooVox and HealthGuru Media.

Bo wrote a great book called “Lucky or Smart” in 2005, which is based on his experience at Tripod. To answer the “Lucky or smart” question for himself, Bo often says that he was “smart enough to realize he was getting lucky.”

Today, Bo is a Venture Partner at Greycroft Partners, based in New York City.

Oct 03 2015

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Rank #14: Ep 13 - John Frankel - ff Venture Capital (1 of 2)

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In this week’s episode, you’ll hear part 1 of an amazing two part interview with John Frankel, the founder of ff Venture Capital. Dave and John discuss how ff approaches investing, what functions ff provides to it’s portfolio companies and why they do it, the label on the back of the honey bottle, and what it means to be living in a world of abundance.

John Frankel is the founding partner of ff Venture Capital, and has been an early-stage investor since 1999. John has served as a director of over 35 companies and an investor in more than 76 companies, including Cornerstone OnDemand, Indiegogo, Ionic Security, Klout, SkyCatch, Plated, 500px, Distil Networks, and Bottlenose.

Dec 08 2015

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Rank #15: Ep 06 - John Frankel - ff Venture Capital

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John Frankel is the head of ff Venture Capital, an early-stage New York venture capital firm that includes some of the web’s hottest startups in its portfolio.

Check out our Venture Studio Vault interview with Frankel to learn what motivates him as an investor, why he’s so attracted to early stage companies and his thoughts on where the next tech bubble will manifest.

This interview was originally released on October 24, 2011.

Oct 21 2015

7mins

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Rank #16: Ep 23 - Jenny Fielding - Techstars

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This week, Jenny Fielding joined the show from Techstars, where she is the Managing Director leading the FinTech and Internet of Things programs in New York City.

Looking for more Techstars NYC interviews, like our November talk with Alex Iskold or Dave’s classic 2011 interview with David Tisch? You can listen to our entire catalog of episodes at venturestudio.org or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher or TuneIn. Remember to subscribe on iTunes so you never miss an episode and follow us on twitter @venturestudio to stay up to date.

In today’s episode, Jenny discusses Techstars’ upcoming New York industrial internet of things program, how entrepreneurs should approach accelerators in general and Techstars specifically, and what “traction” actually means these days.

Mar 30 2016

31mins

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Rank #17: Ep 18 - Roger Ver - Bitcoin Investor & Bitcoin Evangelist (1 of 2)

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We have a very special two-part episode coming at you starting this week. Our guests is Roger Ver, entrepreneur, bitcoin investor, bitcoin evangelist, and voluntaryist. If you think we’re just going to talk about bitcoin on this episode, think again.

Roger Ver, nicknamed “Bitcoin Jesus” is an interesting guy. Credited as the first person in the world to invest in bitcoin startups, he’s been the leading voice and catalyst in bitcoin ecosystem for years. Why? according to his website rogerver.com, Bitcoin is the most important invention in the history of the world since the internet and if you don't already know about it, google it.

In part 1 of our two-part series, Dave and Roger discuss why people should care about bitcoin, a few companies that are accelerating mainstream bitcoin adoption and why bitcoin is a non-political means to freeing up the entire world’s economy. We take a quick foray into macroeconomic and government theory and then, for good measure, they’ll talk about George Washington, Vietnam and World War 2.

Jan 28 2016

32mins

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Rank #18: Ep 33 - Jerry Neumann - Angel Investor (1 of 2)

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This week’s guest is Jerry Neumann, early stage angel investor at Neu Venture Capital and longtime New York VC. Neu invests in seed-stage companies developing cutting-edge technologies for use in large markets. Neu makes five or six new investments a year and only invest in companies where they can make a difference.

Remember - all of our shows are available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Google Play. Make sure to subscribe on iTunes and follow us on twitter @venturestudio.

“The hard part’s not writing the check. The hard part is getting a bigger check back at the end.”

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Jerry Neumann's Blog
http://reactionwheel.net/

Betting on the Ponies: non-Unicorn Investing
http://reactionwheel.net/2014/07/betting-ponies.html

Neu Venture Capital
http://neuvc.com/

Oct 12 2016

44mins

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Rank #19: Ep 12 - Michael Yavonditte - Yieldmo CEO And Angel Investor

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This week, Dave interviews Michael Yavonditte the founder and CEO of Yieldmo and an active angel investor in New York City.

If you’re a fan of The Studio, you can find more episodes at venturestudio.org or soundcloud.com/venture-studio. Subscribe on iTunes and never miss an interview. As always, you can find us on Twitter @VentureStudio.

Prior to founding Yieldmo, Mike worked at AltaVista, was CEO of Quigo (which he sold to AOL in 2007 for $360MM), founded Hashable and began angel investing. In this episode, Michael and Dave discuss YieldMo, some thoughts on startup company boards, and how Mike spots entrepreneurs he wants to invest in. You can find Mike on Twitter at @MikeYavo.

Dec 01 2015

25mins

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Rank #20: Ep 20 - Phil Toronto - Vayner/RSE

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This week, Dave interviews Phil Toronto of Vayner/RSE, an early stage venture capital fund formed by VaynerMedia and RSE Ventures.

Make sure to subscribe to Venture Studio on iTunes so you never have to worry about missing an episode. As always, you can find us on twitter @ventureStudio and you can listen to prior episodes at venturestudio.org or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher or TuneIn.

In today’s episode, Phil and Dave discuss the importance of marketing and branding, even for early stage companies, some advice for startups as they consider partnering with a Fortune 500 company, and a few predictions for 2016. We wrap up with quick discussions about VR, verticalized brands and the art of storytelling.

Feb 16 2016

27mins

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