Rank #1: Ep 30 - Naval Ravikant - AngelList (1 of 2)
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Jul 20 2016
Rank #2: Ep 31 - Naval Ravikant - AngelList (2 of 2)
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
Rank #3: Ep 39 - Brad Harrison - Scout Ventures (1 of 2)
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.
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Feb 23 2017
Rank #4: Ep 15 - Craig Shapiro - Collaborative Fund
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
Rank #5: Ep 44 - Rafat Ali - Skift
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.
Skift.com Rafat.org http://rafat.org/post/136289931946/how-we-got-off-the-addiction-of-venture-capital
May 05 2017
Rank #6: Ep 08 - Alex Iskold - Techstars NYC
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
Rank #7: Ep 03 - Matt Harris - Village Ventures
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
Rank #8: Ep 07 - Amol Sarva - Angel Investor
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
Rank #9: Ep 40 - Brad Harrison - Scout Ventures (2 of 2)
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.
Mar 09 2017
Rank #10: Ep 22 - Paul Martino - Bullpen Capital
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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
Rank #11: Ep 14 - John Frankel - ff Venture Capital (2 of 2)
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
Rank #12: Ep 16 - Dustin Dolginow - Maiden Lane Ventures
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
Rank #13: Ep 05 - Bo Peabody - Village Ventures
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
Rank #14: Ep 13 - John Frankel - ff Venture Capital (1 of 2)
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
Rank #15: Ep 06 - John Frankel - ff Venture Capital
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
Rank #16: Ep 23 - Jenny Fielding - Techstars
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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
Rank #17: Ep 18 - Roger Ver - Bitcoin Investor & Bitcoin Evangelist (1 of 2)
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
Rank #18: Ep 33 - Jerry Neumann - Angel Investor (1 of 2)
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“The hard part’s not writing the check. The hard part is getting a bigger check back at the end.”
Jerry Neumann's Blog
Betting on the Ponies: non-Unicorn Investing
Neu Venture Capital
Oct 12 2016
Rank #19: Ep 12 - Michael Yavonditte - Yieldmo CEO And Angel Investor
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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
Rank #20: Ep 20 - Phil Toronto - Vayner/RSE
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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