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The Syndicate: Angel Investors | VC | Venture Capital | Startup Investing | Private Equity | Crowdfunding | Fundraising

Where Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists Talk Early Stage Tech Startups

Welcome to The Syndicate, the place where investors and startups combine to create crazy businesses and even crazier returns. The Syndicate podcast is a deep dive on the angel investors and VCs behind the big name startups. We interview the best and brightest investors, syndicate leads, GPs, limited partners and startup founders to create an original, off the cuff discussion on startup investing. With a focus on strategies and tactics, mistakes and massive money makers, we hope to help AngelList investors and venture capitalists create unfair advantages in their investment portfolios. Recurring investment themes include Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, B2B, AI, Big Data, AdTech, Enterprise SaaS, Healthcare, IoT, Fintech, Biotech, Ecommerce and of course Mobile. Other topics include lean startup, marketing strategies, growth hacking, business development, startup equity, fundraising, KPIs, incubators and accelerators, hiring, acquisitions, IPOs, ICOs and more.

Copyright: 2017 | Date: 2018-03-20 09:28:59

Episodes

AI, AR, Education and the Future of Jobs | Brad Waid

Brad Waid (@techbradwaid) is an international speaker, influencer and educator with over 15 years of classroom and industry experience. Brad is an industry leader in the fields of educational technology, 21st century learning, culture and innovation and has been name a top 15 influencer/thought leader in Augmented Reality. Brad is a consultant to industry, education and government and...

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Date: 2018-12-03 13:19:44

Designing the Mars One Colony and Mining Asteroids in Space | Bryan Versteeg of Deep Space Industries

Bryan Versteeg (@spacehabs) is a conceptual designer at spacehabs.com and the co-founder of Deep Space Industries (@GoDeepSpace), an asteroid mining company striving toward the effective and efficient development of space resources to propel human development off the earth. The company will change the economic model of doing business in space by providing the technical resources, capabilities and system...

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Date: 2018-11-27 14:09:40

Why Europe is Toxic to Startups and What We Can do About It with Oussama Ammar of The Family

Oussama Ammar is the co-founder, partner and director of The Family, the investment focused group that’s not an incubator, accelerator or VC, but a family of entrepreneurs throughout Europe focused educating entrepreneurs, building infrastructure to empower them and opening them up to a network of smart investors. Oussama is an investor in Compass, Tribe App and...

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Date: 2018-11-19 08:02:41

Why 21st Century Will Be Defined by Biotech | Ramphis Castro of ScienceVest

Ramphis Castro (@jramphis) is the co-founder of ScienceVest, a venture capital fund for hard-tech and life science companies, and Impact Science Angels, an angel group focused on investing in companies that can impact 1MM+ lives. Ramphis is a Kauffman Fellow and co-Chair the NYC chapter of the Society and focused on the funding gaps for radical...

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Date: 2018-11-12 08:00:33

Getting Dirty Middle Eastern Money Out of Venture Industry and Intentionally Raising a Small VC Fund with John Vrionis of UnusualVC

John Vrionis is the founder and managing partner of UnknownVC, a mission-driven seed-stage venture firm and is a venture partner with Lightspeed Ventures (previously a partner). John’s invested in the likes of Affirmed, AppDynamics, Docker, Athos, Citadel and many more. Listen and Learn: How John prioritizes diversity and why it leads to better returns What...

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Date: 2018-11-05 13:37:51

How Family Offices Think About Startup Investing and Venture Capital with Richard Wilson of Family Office Club

Richard Wilson runs the Family Office Club, the #1 largest community in the industry with well over 1,500 registered single and multi-family offices which manage in excess of $1 Trillion in Assets Under Management. They host 10 exclusive events per year with billionaire family members, top 50 multi-family offices, and secretive single family offices to share...

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Date: 2018-10-29 16:46:21

The Future of the Internet and Governments with Clay Collins of the Flippening Podcast

Clay Collins (@claycollins) is one of the top internet marketers in the world. After leaving home at age 15 to start his first software company, Clay has gone on to co-found Leadpages which raised $38M and was later acquired for a sizable exit. In addition, Clay has presented on some of the largest internet marketing conferences...

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Date: 2018-10-22 15:11:24

How YCombinator is Working to Save the US Education System from Collapse with Geoff Ralston of YC

Geoff Ralston is the founder of Imagine K12, an education focused vertical within the super successful startup accelerator YCombinator. Collectively, Y Combinator and Imagine K12 have backed over 100 education technology startups. In addition to his work with YC, Geoff’s a prolific angel investor, with over 80 portfolio companies and 18 exits to date. Prior...

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Date: 2018-10-08 08:00:36

FringeFM 38 – Bitcoin, Blockchain and Building a Better Future with Travis Scher of Digital Currency Group

 Travis Scher (@travisscher) leads venture capital and new cryptoasset investing at Digital Currency Group(DCG), a blockchain investment firm with a mission is to accelerate the development of a better financial system. DCG is world’s the most prolific investor in blockchain startups. They have invested in over 100 companies in 30 different countries, including market leaders like Coinbase,...

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Date: 2018-10-01 08:32:48

How to Tech Invest Like Warren Buffett with Prolific Angel Investor David Weekly

David Weekly is back on The Syndicate podcast. If you missed David’s previous appearance on the show, it was a great one, especially for angel investors and VCs interested in driving returns by investing out of market. If you haven’t already, go listen to that episode before continuing here, or don’t, either way it is...

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Date: 2018-09-24 08:00:29

Building Better Product Driven Companies with Catherine Ulrich of FirstMark Capital

Catherine Ulrich is the Managing Director of FirstMark Capital, invests in a broad range of consumer and enterprise start-ups. She has a deep passion for and expertise in health and wellness, consumer AI, and behavior change. Prior to joining FirstMark, she was the Chief Product Officer at Shutterstock (NYSE: SSTK), which she joined after serving...

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Date: 2018-09-13 15:50:54

Building and Funding over 100 IoT Startups and the Future of Transportation and Driverless Cars with Kyle Ellicot of ReadWrite Labs

Kyle Ellicott is the Founder and Chief Labs Officer of ReadWrite / ReadWrite Labs (formerly known as Wearable IoT World, Inc.), a San Francisco-based Media and Ventures company dedicated to creating the social fabric for businesses around Wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. The company is focused on connecting technological experts, thought-leaders, corporate/startup...

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Date: 2018-09-03 08:00:05

FringeFM 14 – Inside the Mind of a Human Artificial Intelligence with Professor Robin Hanson

Robin Hanson (@robinhanson)is associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University with a doctorate in social science from CalTech, master’s degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has spent nine years as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA, has 3500 citations, 60 publications, 700 media mentions,...

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Date: 2018-08-27 08:00:57

FringeFM 18 – Aubrey de Grey on the End of Aging, Increased Human Longevity and Living to 1000 Years

Aubrey de Grey (@aubreydegrey) is Cambridge researcher and Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation focused on aging and extending human longevity. He proposes that the first human beings who will live to 1,000 years old have already been born. In addition to his research, Aubrey is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research, author of...

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Date: 2018-08-13 08:00:12

Why Life Sciences are Underfunded, Healthcare is Broken and the Northwest is a Great Place to Angel Invest with Nathan McDonald of Keiretsu Capital

Nathan McDonald is a Managing Partner and CEO of Keiretsu Capital. Nathan brings a unique entrepreneurial business and organizational development background developed during many years of hands-on, active leadership and operational experience. As one of the Northwest’s leading organizers of entrepreneurial and investor relations-focused media and funding events, he has facilitated scores of engagements and...

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Date: 2018-08-06 08:00:11

The Indian Startup Ecosystem System, Investing Cross-Border and Using Mindfulness and Meditation as an Investment Filter wth Ankur Jain of Emergent VC

Ankur is co-founder of Emergent Ventures. Previously, Ankur was a venture investor at Nexus Venture Partners investing in US and India. Prior to that, Ankur was venture investor at Blumberg Capital investing in US and Israel. Prior to that, Ankur did strategy consulting at Accenture across a range of verticals including healthcare, financial services and...

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Date: 2018-07-30 08:00:18

FringeFM 17 – AI, Education and the Role of Women in Tech and Venture with Ann Miura-Ko, General Partner at Floodgate

 Ann Miura-Ko (@annimaniac) has been called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes and is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford. The child of a rocket scientist at NASA, Ann is a Palo Alto native and has been steeped in technology startups from when she was a teenager. Prior to co-founding FLOODGATE, she worked at...

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Date: 2018-07-23 08:00:05

The Nordics, Spotify and Investing in Unicorns with Carl Fritjofsson of Creandum Capital

Carl Fritjofsson is entrepreneurial leader – +7 years experience as co-founder and early hire at multiple startup Internet ventures, in the online media and consumer Internet with management roles in business development, sales and operations. He is a trusted early stage investor and advisor – Angel and institutional investor in a broad range of startups such...

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Date: 2018-07-16 08:00:28

Roger Ver, Clay Collins and Paul Veradittakit The Future of Cryptocurrency Investing

Panelists: Roger Ver Roger Ver, often dubbed Bitcoin Jesus is one of the earliest investors in and proponents of Bitcoin. He’s made hundreds of millions, if not billions off his investments and was also an early investor in bitcoin.com, blockchain.com, Zcash, BitPay and Kraken. He led a fork of Bitcoin, known as Bitcoin Cash to...

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Date: 2018-07-09 08:00:47

How Indicator Ventures Employs Tons of Venture Partners to Supercharge their Startup Investments with Jonathan Struhl with Indicator Ventures

Jonathan Struhl is a cofounder and General Partner at Indicator Ventures, a VC fund that invests in innovative early-stage technology companies with the goal is to make business and consumer life more efficient. Jonathan is a 5th generation entrepreneur, and it’s evident each day he comes to work and interacts with founders and teams.     Listen...

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Date: 2018-07-02 08:00:33

FringeFM 6 – Ethereum, IoT, Augmented Reality and Exploring the Crypto Rabbit Hole with Kyle Samani of Multicoin Capital

Kyle Samani (@kylesamani) is cofounder and Managing Partner of Multicoin Capital, a venture capital-esque crypto hedge fund with at least $250M in assets under management (AUM). Prior to starting Multicoin Capital, Kyle ran Pristine.io (a Google Glass company for surgeons) as CEO, raising $5M and ultimately being acquired. Kyle’s writing and thought leadership has built him up...

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Date: 2018-06-25 08:00:15

FringeFM 5 – Jamais Cascio on Forecasting the Future, Climate Change and Geoengineering and the Biggest Threats to Human Civilization

Jamais Cascio (@cascio) is a writer, speaker and futurist that focuses on the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future – writing mainly on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a...

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Date: 2018-06-22 08:00:41

FringeFM 4 – Creating Artificial Life and 3D Printing Personalized Medicines with Prof Lee Cronin

Lee Cronin (@leecronin)’s lab at the University of Glasgow does cutting-edge research into manufacturing and 3D printing complex molecules, like medicines on-demand – a breakthrough he presented at TEDGlobal 2012. He has one of the largest multidisciplinary chemistry-based research teams in the world, having raised over $35 M in grants and current income of $15...

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Date: 2018-06-20 08:00:22

FringeFM 3 – Transhumanist Technologies to Live Forever, Become Bionic and Build a Better Political System with Zoltan Istvan

Zoltan Istvan Gyurko (@zoltan_istvan) is an American transhumanist, journalist, entrepreneur and Libertarian futurist who ran for President of the United States in 2016 to raise awareness for transhumanism. In 2017, Istvan announced his intent to run for Governor of California in the 2018 election as a member of the Libertarian Party – see his website: zoltanistvan.com for more. Formerly a reporter for the National...

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Date: 2018-06-15 08:00:51

FringeFM 2 – Growing Meat in a Test Tube to Feed Humanity, Combat Climate Change and Explore Outer Space with Mike Selden of Finless Foods

Mike Selden (@mikeseldenFF) is co-founder and CEO of Finless Foods, a food startup that uses cutting-edge cellular-agriculture technologies to grow marine-animal cells, creating fish and seafood products enjoyed around the world. They are working toward a sci-fi, soon-here world where everyone has access to healthy, delectable seafood, without the environmental devastation or the health hazards...

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Date: 2018-06-13 08:00:41

The Russian Startup Scene and What Founders and VCs Need to Know with Jeffrey Donenfeld of Boomtown Accelerator

Jeffrey Donenfeld is an international business strategy advisor, investment manager, and startup venture mentor with experience in tech ideation, investment analysis and market positioning. Jeffrey is currently the Investment Manager of Boomtown Accelerators, and Director of Four North Media Group. He has been instrumental in raising and managing multi-millions in private equity, seasoned working with sector-leading...

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Date: 2018-06-11 12:00:08

How the Healthcare Crisis Could Turn the US into a 3rd World Country Mary Jo Potter of Healthcare Angels

Mary Jo is a Board Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a Senior Advisor at BDC and CEO of Healthcare Angels. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an active angel investor with the San Francisco Chapter of Keiretsu Forum. She has been actively involved in the healthcare sector...

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Date: 2018-06-04 12:00:16

How this Angel Investor Hit 4+ Unicorn Companies using a Simple Investment Framework with Super Angel Daniel Curran

Daniel Curran an Angel/Advisor/Mentor to over 115+ Startups including Cruise Automation and DollarShave Unicorns and runs an Angellist syndicate with over $170M in exits and IPOs. He’s a serial founder, currently building CustEx, previously was VP/COO @ Western Digital. Listen and Learn: The differences between the dotcom days and blockchains today How Dan leverages investing...

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Date: 2018-05-28 12:00:23

Tim Draper, Jimmy Song and Kyle Samani Roundtable on The Value of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Networks Roundtable

Are you interested in the future of blockchain, cryptocurrency and token offerings? Panelists: Tim Draper Tim Draper is the founding partner of Draper Associates and DFJ and widely recognized as one of the most prominent venture capital and entrepreneurial leaders in the world. He was listed as #46 of the most outstanding Harvard University alumni, #7 on the Forbes Midas List among other...

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Date: 2018-05-21 12:00:56

Why VCs Suck at Sci Fi Tech Investing, AI and Synthetic Biology are the Most Exciting Industries and Chinese Totalitarianism Trumps Democracy With Pascal Finette of Singularity University

Pascal is Fastrack’s Executive Director and Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation. He focuses on helping change makers tackle the most intractable problems of our times. He got started on the net before there was a web browser, founded a series of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a...

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Date: 2018-05-14 12:00:30

Angellist’s First Syndicate Deal and Why Generalist VCs Typically Win with Lee Jacobs of Edelweiss

Lee Jacobs is a Managing Partner at Edelweiss VC, a mentor at 500 Startups and an incredibly accomplished investor with investments in the likes of Checkr, Numerai, Shyp, Managed by Q and Blue Bottle Coffee. Prior to that he built Angellist’s syndicate investor program, founded several startups, worked for a few funds and also did...

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Date: 2018-05-11 12:00:51

Cashing In on the Cannabis Green Rush with David Friedman of Panther Capital

David Friedman is entrepreneur, Managing Partner at Panther Capital, mentor and financial professional with 25 years experience in building, managing and growing closely held businesses, managing investment assets and investment strategies. He has been involved in Venture Capital, Private Equity and direct investment opportunities across multiple industries and disciplines. His current fund is only investing in the...

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Date: 2018-05-07 12:00:54

Inside Michigan’s Startup Scene – How Autonomy Impacts Detroit with Nic Wetzler of Augment Ventures

Nic Wetzler is the Director of Augment Ventures, an early stage VC focused Software, Smart Hardware, and Physical Science Innovations that impact the way we work and live. He also spent time as an EIR and Mentor in Residence local universities and incubators in the Detroit area. Listen and Learn: How Michigan has transformed since the...

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Date: 2018-05-04 12:00:38

How Qualcomm Ventures Drives Returns by Investing Across Geographies and What the Future Holds with Varun Jain

Varun Jain currently leads Qualcomm Ventures’ global early-stage fund, focused on Seed and Series A opportunities. This fund has scaled to $100M+ AUM and 75+ global investments, which include winners such as Cruise Automation (acquired by GM), 99 (acquired by Didi) and Zoom. He also serves the global lead for the fund’s investments in the automotive...

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Date: 2018-04-30 12:00:57

From Founding Activision to Funding 150 Crypto Companies with Howard Marks of Start Engine

Howard co-founded StartEngine with the mission of helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. Prior to this he was the founder and CEO of Acclaim Games, a publisher of online games that is now part of The Walt Disney Company. Before Acclaim, Howard was Chairman of Activision Studios from 1991 until 1997. As the former Board Member,...

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Date: 2018-04-27 12:00:48

Building a Micro VC Fund and Structuring a Venture Scale Syndicate Fund with Jonathan Hakakian of SoundBoard Angel Fund

Jonathan Hakakian joined SoundBoard Consulting Group, LLC in 2010 to focus on early-stage growth companies after several years working in a startup. In 2012 he co-founded SoundBoard Angel Fund in order to build a community of experienced entrepreneurs outside of NYC to formally invest in early-stage companies. He also continues to coach “new” entrepreneurs as...

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Date: 2018-04-23 12:00:54

The Law of Small Numbers, Power Law Investing and Picking Unicorn Startups with Daniel Gulati of Comcast Ventures

Daniel Gulati is partner at Comcast Ventures, a corporate venture firm focused on early stage consumer internet companies. Prior to becoming a VC, Daniel founded FashionStake an indie online designer marketplace which was later acquired by Fab.com. He also an author, prior consultant and blockchain enthusiast. Listen and Learn: How ecommerce has evolved and continues...

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Date: 2018-04-20 14:00:01

Investing Early in Ethereum, the Evolution of Blockchain and Why Crypto Liquidity Creates Problems with Gabriel Jarrosson

Gabriel Jarrosson is a business angel, cryptocurrency investor and accomplished entrepreneur. He co-founded French e-learning platform albert academie and is an angel investor in Storj, Shapr, BitStamp and Seedrs among many other others. He is also deeply involved in blockchain and advises a handful of companies. Listen and Learn: The challenges of angel investing without...

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Date: 2018-04-16 12:00:00

How David Weekly Hit 350x Returns Investing in Mexican Startups and Where He is Focused Next

David Weekly is a product manager at Google (also previously at Facebook), a syndicate lead for Drone.vc on Angellist and the founder of HackerDojo, the world’s largest non-profit hackerspace. David is intimately involved with the startup ecosystem, a serial founder and facilitator and an active angel investor with over 40 investments to date. Listen and...

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Date: 2018-04-14 12:43:51

Investing in CRISPR and the Predicting the Future of Life Sciences and Biotech Investing with Jenny Rooke of Genoa VC

Jenny Rooke is the founder and managing partner or Genoa Ventures (formerly 5 Prime Ventures) where she funds & builds companies that change the way science gets done with new tools and technologies. She has a PhD in Genetics, a Bachelors in physics, and a background in computer science and works closely with early-stage life science start-ups...

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Date: 2018-04-09 12:13:56

Blockchain, Business, Politics and Angel Investing with Matt Ward of The Syndicate

Today’s an interesting episode where Matthew Le Merle interviews The Syndicate podcast host Matt Ward, sharing his story, lessons learned and controversial/contrarian opinions to make the podcast more interesting and informative overall. Previously, Matt built and sold #1 crowdfunding podcast, artofthekickstart.com and transitioned into own products business. Here he turned $8k investment into a 7...

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Date: 2018-04-06 12:00:35

Charlie O’Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures on Working with Fred Wilson, Skipping Follow On Funding and Why Pre-Seed is the Best Stage to Invest

Charlie O’Donnell has been an active member of the NYC startup community for over a decade. He is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures that invested in the first rounds of Canary, The Wing, Ample Hills, Hungryroot, Clubhouse, Petal, and goTenna. Prior to Brooklyn Bridge, Charlie worked at Union Square Ventures and...

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Date: 2018-04-02 12:00:31

Jeff Clavier on Why Brand Matters in VC and the Best Startup Investments Break Your Investing Rules

Jeff Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of Uncork Capital (formerly SoftTech VC), one of the original seed VC firms in Silicon Valley, having closed 200+ investments since 2004. An early angel investor in Web 2.0, Jeff and his team have backed successful startups like Mint (Intuit), Kongregate (GameStop), Brightroll (Yahoo), LiveRamp (Acxiom), Milo...

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Date: 2018-03-30 12:00:11

The Implications and Evolution of The Canadian Startup Ecosystem with Alex Norman of Tech Toronto

Alex Norman is a serial entrepreneur and tech community builder that is working to build Canadian tech communities across the country through events, connections, advice, and investment. He built arguably the top Toronto/Canadian based tech event: TechToronto, works with Angellist and runs an early stage investment syndicate. Listen and Learn: How Trump’s immigration policies affect...

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Date: 2018-03-26 12:00:32

Singularity University – The Future through the Eyes of Entrepreneurs and Investors with Will Weisman

Weisman currently serves as an Executive Director at Singularity University where he oversees all the company’s large programs including the Global Summit, Industry Summits (Exponential Medicine, Exponential Manufacturing, and Exponential Finance), and International Summits. Prior to Singularity University, Will spent time as an investor, advisor, and operator working with a range of companies in the...

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Date: 2018-03-23 12:00:46

Why Mobile and IoT are the Future and How Canada is Leading the Way with Alex Baker of Relay Ventures

Alex is a Partner at Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile computing. Alex oversees direct investments in a broad range of mobile applications and services companies. Alex is an active board member and observer in supporting Bionym, Influitive, ClearFit, TouchBistro, Kira and teaBOT. Alex overseas the Fund’s affiliate program investments...

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Date: 2018-03-19 12:00:13

Thinking Outside the Venture Box – Legal Insight from The Big Short Plus Newer Blockchain Based Funds with Jonathan Nelson Hackers and Founders

Jonathan Nelson is the founder of Hackers/Founders, the largest global network of tech founders with over 300k members across 45 countries. He build a $600M portfolio market cap in first 5 years and runs HACK Fund, a liquid venture fund on the blockchain. Jonathan has also served on an SEC Advisory Committee on Capital Formation...

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Date: 2018-03-16 12:00:19

Industrial IoT is Eating the World of Boring but Incredibly Lucrative Businesses with Scott MacDonald of McRock Capital

Scott MacDonald is the co-founder of McRock Capital, a Toronto based VC firm focused on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He is also the Director and Chairman of numerous high-growth public and private companies. Listen and Learn: The reason Scott only invests in IoT with recurring revenue What investors and entrepreneurs need to know...

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Date: 2018-03-12 12:00:40

Interfaces, Understanding Paradigm Shifts and the Product in Consumer Tech Investing with Matt Hartman of Betaworks

Matt Hartman is a partner at NYC based Betaworks, an early stage accelerator/venture studio with a killer track record. Matt leads the Seed Investments team and helps the company decide which bets to make. Prior to Betaworks, Matt was serial entrepreneur and worked on a variety of early stage startups. Listen and Learn: The evolution...

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Date: 2018-03-09 12:00:07

The Most Important Metrics and Milestones for SaaS Startups Raising Seed and Series A Funding with Mike Cardamone of Acceleprise

Michael Cardamone was one of the first 30 employees at Box and went on to lead partnerships at AcademixDirect. After 6 years in operating roles, he started and is now the Managing Director of Accelerise in San Francisco (www.acceleprise.vc), an enterprise software focused accelerator backed by leading operators. In addition to Acceleprise, he is a...

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Date: 2018-03-05 12:00:39

Building the Most Active Angel Network Worldwide and Dominating as a Husband and Wife Investor Duo with Matthew Le Merle of Keiretsu Capital

Matthew Le Merle is co-founder and Managing Partner of Fifth Era and of Keiretsu Capital – the most active early stage venture investors backing more than 175 companies a year. Matthew is an expert on corporate growth, innovation and business transformations having advised leading companies including Amazon, Cisco, eBay, Google, HP, Microsoft, PayPal and many...

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Date: 2018-03-02 12:00:32

Building a Better Series A Accelerator with Andrew Ackerman of Dreamit Ventures

Andrew Ackerman is a successful serial entrepreneur, startup mentor, and occasional angel investor that runs Dreamit’s UrbanTech Accelerator. He work closely with Dreamit’s partners to develop and execute on their strategies for sourcing external innovation and encouraging internal innovation and helped build one of the top 10 accelerators worldwide. Listen and Learn: The challenges with...

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Date: 2018-02-26 12:00:54

Todays Tech Bubble, Why Many VCs Fail Founders and Managing Investor Expectations with Brad Svrluga of Primary.vc

Brad is a co-founder and General Partner at Primary Venture Partners (formerly High Peaks Venture Partners). He has been a venture investor since the bubble days of the late 1990s, starting his investing career with The Berkshires Capital Investors and Village Ventures. Prior to his VC career, he was a strategy consultant with Monitor Group,...

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Date: 2018-02-23 08:00:10

China is Challenging the Status Quo and Taking Over the Startup Scene – Here is How Hardware Plays Out and Changes the World with Ben Joffe of the HAX Accelerator

Benjamin Joffe is a Partner at HAX, the #1 global investor in early stage hardware startups with over 200 investments. Prior to HAX he worked mostly across Asia for the past 18 years (China, Japan, Korea) in various high-tech industries: aerospace, telecom, Internet, mobile, gaming. and ran his own cross-border research & advisory firm. He...

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Date: 2018-02-19 12:00:33

Why Data is Dead for Consumer Tech thanks to Facebook and Google and What Investors Need to Know about Data Moats with Pete Soderling

Pete is a software engineer, serial founder and advisor/investor of data-backed startups with a passion building valuable resources and community for the tech community. He beliefs data sets along with advances in machine learning and neural networks are paving the way for the most significant disruption we’ve seen since the advent of the PC. Data...

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Date: 2018-02-16 12:00:03

Uber is Going to 0, and Benchmark Knows It!

Uber is On the surface this seems contrarian. When is being last better than being first? Steve Jobs understood this. Apple didn’t make the 1st MP3 player or the 1st smartphone. Yet in consumer tech, Apple is synonymous with both. Uber being one of the most known startups has called for plenty of media coverage...

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Date: 2018-02-12 12:00:35

How Healthcare Could Bankrupt America and How Startups, Investors and VCs Are Fighting to Fix It with Sean Schantzen of the Quad Aim Fund

Sean Schantzen is the cofounder and CEO of the Health Rosetta Group and Institute, as well as a managing partner in their seed fund, the Quad Aim Fund. They are building an ecosystem to transform the health care system by enabling employers to change how they buy to pay less and get more. This three...

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Date: 2018-02-09 12:00:42

How to Build Better Competitive Moats that Provide Pricing Power and Why Contrarian Investing is Overrated with Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures

Leo Polovets is a software engineer turned VC and a cofounder/managing partner at a Susa Ventures, a $50m seed stage fund. He mostly focus on b2b companies that are building up strong long-term competitive advantages (network effects, proprietary datasets, economics of scale, etc.) Prior to Susa Ventures, IHewas one of the first 10 software engineers...

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Date: 2018-02-05 12:00:12

How Detroit is Defining Future of Mobility and Transportation by Teaming up with Startups with Ted Serbinski of TechStars

Ted Serbinski is an entrepreneur and early stage investor operating at the intersection of Detroit’s automotive dominance and its entrepreneurial resurgence. He is the Managing Director of Techstars Mobility, the first US startup accelerator program focused on next-generation mobility technologies. Previously, he was a Partner and founding team member of Detroit Venture Partners, a $55M...

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Date: 2018-02-02 12:00:38

Jenny Fielding of TechStars on Fintech and IoT, the Future of Accelerators and the Power of Index Investing

Jenny Fielding is a prolific angel investor and the Managing Director of Techstars NY, where she focuses on helping founders create the future, specifically focusing on Fintech and IoT. Prior to TechStars Jenny was in charge of  BBC’s Ventures, the BBC’s innovation and venture arm. She’s also a quite accomplished founder, building Switch-Mobile up to...

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Date: 2018-01-29 12:00:05

How to Invest in Robotics, Autonomy and the Future of Jobs, Work and Transportation while delivering Venture Scale ROIs with Oliver Mitchell of Autonomy Ventures

Oliver Mitchell has been an operator and manager of emerging technologies for over 20 years, building and selling numerous ventures, including: Holmes Protection and Americash while also launching RobotGalaxy, a national EdTech brand. He has been investing in the robotics industry for close to 10 years, with four successful exits in the past two years...

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Date: 2018-01-26 12:00:49

Rob Go of NextView Ventures on Ecommerce, Consumer Tech and Investing in the Everyday Economy

Rob Go is a founding partner of NextView Ventures, a seed fund focused on consumer and the everyday economy. Based out of Boston and NYC, NextView has been leading the way on East Coast consumer innovation and built a great brand through their podcast and constant content. Prior to this, Rob worked at Spark Capital...

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Date: 2018-01-22 12:00:01

The Memorable Elevator Pitch that VCs Can’t Ignore

Those words terrify entrepreneurs. You get one chance to make a first impression. And fear of failure often ruins that. Overconfidence is equally harmful though. And one way or another, most startups screw this up. It isn’t easy. It isn’t hard either though. Short, sweet and to the point. That is what you should be...

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Date: 2018-01-20 14:00:31

The Growth Hackers Guide to Acquiring Users, Network Effects, Community Building and Fundraising with SC Moatti of Mighty Capital

SC Moatti is a technology visionary, entrepreneur and investor (. She is the founding partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Products That Count, a global community of product managers, leaders and founders. Previously, she built products that billions of people use at Facebook, Nokia and Electronic Arts. Listen and Learn:...

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Date: 2018-01-19 12:00:30

Don’t Mine for Gold When You Can Sell Shovels

Source: FanArt Get rich or die trying — that’s a common mantra among entrepreneurs, gangsters and drug dealers. I know that was my mindset. How can I hustle my way to a million bucks? That was the question I asked myself every day, and night. Looking back, this was the wrong question to ask. But as Kanye...

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Date: 2018-01-15 14:00:11

Cryptocurrencies, Politics and the Disruption of Government with Michael Weiksner of Rostrum Capital

Michael Weiksner is the founder of Rostrum Capital, a VC fund focused next generation of platform companies that is also building out a crypto division to focus on disruptive blockchain opportunities. Previously he raised over $2.5mm for EndlessTV, an innovative mobile video app that was the first mobile app to provide swipeable shopping. Prior to...

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Date: 2018-01-15 12:00:23

Consumer Hardware’s a Horrible Business Model, So Apple Slows Down Your iPhone

Hardware is hard. Consumer hardware is even worse. As an ex ecommerce seller with years of experience manufacturing overseas, I can tell you dealing with suppliers, MOQs (minimum order quantities), quality control, cash flow and even LTV are tough. Unlike SaaS where you build it once and sell again and again with almost no added...

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Date: 2018-01-12 14:00:04

Esther Dyson on Angel Investing in Facebook and Square and Combatting America’s Healthcare Crisis

Esther Dyson is a down to earth super angel that practically invented the category. Her incredible portfolio includes the likes of Facebook, Square, 23andme, Flickr, Evernote and many more. Esther now runs Way to Wellville, a non-profit focused on curing America health crisis with a focus on education and early, preventative care. She serves on...

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Date: 2018-01-12 12:00:33

 Why Your J Curve is Actually an S Curve and TAM is a Meaningless Metric

Two days ago I had the privilege of moderating a roundtable with some of the smartest futurists and forward thinkers in the industry. Our panelists included Tim O’Reilly, James Allworth, Ben Gilbert and Jeff Morris Jr. [VIDEO REPLAY] The State of Consumer Tech Roundtable with Tim O’Reilly, James Allworth, Ben Gilbert… It was an interesting...

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Date: 2018-01-09 14:00:19

Angellist’s Parker Thompson on Why the Best Startups Tell You a Secret and How Platforms are Changing Investing

Parker Thompson’s a Partner at Angellist, an active investor and syndicate lead and likes to help startups in any way he can. Before AL, he was a mentor, partner and as an early employee at 500Startups, where he helped Dave McClure and co build 500 into a top tier accelerator., help His illustrious past includes...

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Date: 2018-01-08 12:00:39

Facebook’s Mantra “Join us or we will copy you” – Platforms, Marketplaces and Playing with Fire

The internet has changed. The world of the walled garden is here. This creates interesting dynamics, problems and opportunities for startups. It is exciting, and terrifying. Let me explain. My background is ecommerce and Amazon. In 2015 I invested ~$8k in product and managed to scale my “startup” to a 7 figure exit at the...

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Date: 2018-01-05 14:00:49

Hardware Investing, The Future of IoT and Why Boring Businesses Bring The Best Investor Returns with Avidan Ross of Root VC

Avidan is the Founding Partner of Root Ventures. Before Root, he designed industrial robotics for Food Network’s kitchens. Prior to that, Avidan was CTO of CIM Group, where he focused on industrial internet investing, and worked as an embedded application developer at Excite@Home. Listen and Learn: Why Avidan focuses exclusively on hardware based startups Avidan’s...

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Date: 2018-01-05 12:00:25

Why I Quit Startups to Be “Lazy” and Invest in or Advise Companies Instead

Yes, that headline and image is meant to be provocative. Startups need to sell. Attention is critical. But not clickbait. So grab your coffee and let’s go (btw that definitely isn’t me!). First, a quick backstory My background is ecommerce and Amazon. In 2015 I invested $8k in product and managed to scale my “startup”...

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Date: 2018-01-02 14:00:25

Adam Draper on Why Crypto and ICOs are actually Underhyped and What the Future May Bring

Adam Draper’s the founder of Boost.vc, an accelerator and fund focused creating a sci-fi future. They work with and invest in blockchain and VR companies with exceptions made for breakthrough businesses. Adam comes from a venture background and is working to continue the Draper tradition of excellence and advancing the future. Listen and Learn: Why...

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Date: 2018-01-01 12:00:19

Startup Pirate Game Theory

“If you’ve got a dream and your dream doesn’t require a team, you need to dream bigger.” — Unknown When working with startups (both as an investor and advisor), I like to focus on incentivizes. The more aligned your organization is, the better the performance will be. Commissioned sales people are hustlers. Ever buy a used car?...

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Date: 2017-12-31 07:21:43

The Problem with Transparency in Tech Investing, Why the UK Dominates European Startup Scene and How to Build a Strong Investor Brand with Super Angel Peter Cowley of UK Business Angels Association

Peter Cowley has been active angel investor for ten years, personally investing in over 60 startups and was named UK Business Angel of the Year 2014/15 and Best Angel of the World by the World Business Angel Investment Forum in February 2017. He is also the chair of the board of the Cambridge Business Angels...

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Date: 2017-12-29 12:00:53

The Future of Consumer Tech and Humanity Roundtable with Tim O’Reilly, James Allworth, Ben Gilbert and Jeff Morris Jr.

The Syndicate hosted The Future of Consumer Tech and Humanity Roundtable on 12/20/17. Our Expert Panelists: Tim O’Reilly is a futurist that has reshaped the computer industry, coined the terms “open source software”, “web 2.0” and “the Maker movement” and had a hand in framing each of those big ideas. He is the founder, CEO, and...

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Date: 2017-12-25 12:00:23

Impact Investing for Enormous Profit and Inside Look at African Tech Scene with Keith Mauppa of Flat World Partners

Keith is an experienced investor, advisor, operator and PE manager focused on impact investing for awesome ROIs. Prior to working at Flat World Partners, a global impact VC firm focused on truly worldchanging products helping move humanity foward, Keith worked his way up the private equity world before making the jump into venture. Today Keith...

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Date: 2017-12-22 12:00:41

How to Start a Series A Fundable SaaS Business — A 15 Page Guide to Acquiring Customers and Reducing Churn

Software as a service is the new heroine. Companies and individuals sign up for free trials and are instantly hooked. It is a hell of a drug. For B2B customers this is especially true. Most businesses hate change. When the ball is rolling, the last thing you want is overhaul the entire new system. You...

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Date: 2017-12-19 08:00:08

How Julian Zawistowski Raised $8.6M in Golem Networks ICO and Changes in Crypto and ICOs Since

Julian Zawistowski is founder and CEO of Golem, the decentralized supercomputer company that raised $8.6M in 30 minutes in their crowdfunding/ICO. Julian’s company is now valued at $280M and he talks candidly about building a crypto company, managing investors and building a gamechanging disruptive technology. Listen and Learn: How the cryptocurrency landscape has evolved The...

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Date: 2017-12-18 12:00:29

AI, Autonomous Vehicles and Future of Cities Live Streamed Roundtable

The Syndicate hosted The Future of AI and Autonomous Vehicles Live Streamed Roundtable on 12/11/17 Our expert panelists include: Dennis Mortensen a super successful serial entrepreneur with 3 exits and is currently the founder of X.ai. His company has raised $44M and are solving the issues of scheduling and personal assistants. He has a ton of experience...

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Date: 2017-12-15 12:00:21

Uber is Going to 0, and Benchmark Knows It!

“Moving first is a tactic, not a goal….It’s much better to be a last mover.” — Peter Thiel On the surface this seems contrarian. When is being last better than being first? Steve Jobs understood this. Apple didn’t make the 1st MP3 player or the 1st smartphone. Yet in consumer tech, Apple is synonymous with both. That was no accident....

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Date: 2017-12-13 14:00:42

Arlan Hamilton on Raising 1st VC Fund While Homeless to Attack Tech’s White Guy Diversity Problem

Arlan Hamilton isn’t your typical VC. She’s a smart, scrappy founder and fighter and believes in inclusion and diversity to drive outsized rewards. Her firm Backstage Capital invests in underrepresented founders like herself: people of color, LGBT and anyone SF wouldn’t normally give a fair shake. She’s fiery, she attacks conventions and she’s changing the...

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Date: 2017-12-11 12:00:49

The Broken Business of Ecommerce and Why Your Startup Won’t Be The Next Casper

If you haven’t heard, Amazon won ecommerce. Bezos’ juggernaut is the most powerful marketplace and brand the Western world has ever seen (get my analysis here as an ex 7 figure Amazon seller). But it isn’t the only game in town. Every year new startups appear, looking to compete and grab their piece of the...

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Date: 2017-12-09 14:37:32

Driverless Cars and The Future of Cities and Government with Shaun Abrahamson of Urban.us

Shaun Abrahamson’s an angel investor and venture capitalist focused on the urbanization and transformation of cities. He’s an investor in Blue Bottle, Soma Water, Refinery29, Skycatch, Blokable and dozens of other early stage companies. Previously he worked at and with several Dotcom and made a bit of money with an exit, leading into his investing...

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Date: 2017-12-08 12:00:46

ICOs, Ethereum, Italian Mountains and being Dave McClure’s Shadow with Stefano Bernardi

Stefano Bernardi’s sat at both ends of the table. A YC backed founder and startup hustler, Stefano got into venture and angel investing early and never looked back. Stefano enjoys long walks in the Alps, investing and blogging about crypto and blockchain and helping European founders find their groove and succeed. Listen and Learn: What...

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Date: 2017-12-04 12:00:18

The Future of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Roundtable

The Syndicate hosted The Future of Cryptocurrencies/Blockchain Live Streamed Round Table on 11/28/17   Our expert panelists include: Gil Penchina, Andy Bromberg, Lou Kerner and Joey Krug Gil Penchina’s one of the top super angels of all time, with investments in Ripple, Brave, Polychain, Paypal, Filecoin, Civic, Linkedin, Cruise Automation, Dollar Shave Club, Wealthfront, Discord, Fastly and a name as good as...

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Date: 2017-12-01 12:00:47

How Michael Girdley Built the Fastest Growing Angel Network in America

Michael Girdley is an angel investor, venture capitalist, former founder and operator and sits on numerous boards. He founded the San Antonio Angel Network, building it into the fastest growing angel network in the US and is focused on driving returns while also reinvigorating Texas and flyover states with smart money and startup growth. Listen...

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Date: 2017-11-27 12:00:05

How Gil Penchina Tried to Lose Money and Hit 5 Unicorns and the Future of Cryptocurrencies

Gil Penchina’s one of the top super angels of all time, with investments in Ripple, Brave, Polychain, Paypal, Filecoin, Civic, Linkedin, Cruise, Dollar Shave Club Wealthfront, Discord, Fastly and a name as good as gold. Prior to that he worked at Ebay through the IPO process and now he runs 20+ syndicates on Angellist with millions...

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Date: 2017-11-24 12:00:11

Marketplace Monopolies and the Cult-Like Religion of ICOs

As an angel investor, I am always looking for transformational businesses. And marketplaces are arguably one of the strongest and most time-tested business models of all time. From early Rome and milenia earlier, merchants conducted commerce in markets. Thanks to efficiency gains for both buyers and sellers, the market thrived. Sellers could set up shop...

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Date: 2017-11-21 18:37:44

The Future of Higher Education and Fixing Tech’s Pipeline Problem with Angela Lee of 37Angels

Angela Lee is the founder and CEO of 37Angels, a angel network of over 60 female investors and the Chief Innovation Officer of Columbia University’s Business School – where she is also a full time professor. Oh, she’s also a board advisor for several education focused venture funds and successful startups. Listen and Learn: The...

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Date: 2017-11-20 12:00:46

How Pascal Levy-Garboua Runs a $1.4M Angellist Syndicate, a Top Tech Startup and an AL Venture Fund All At Once

Pascal has 10+ years experience in Enterprise software and Consumer Internet and is passionate about marketplaces and local commerce since working at eBay. He built and scale VirtuOz (VC backed) from 4 to 80+ employees before ultimately being acquired.  Pascal also runs one of the top Angellist syndicates, having invested in Realty Shares, Checkr, Wag,...

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Date: 2017-11-17 12:00:11

Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods, Gameover Groceries…

Amazon’s is the most monopolistic and well positioned marketplace the Western world has ever seen. Last year they did $136B in revenue with double digit growth every year. Yet they haven’t even scratched the surface. The US food retail and food services industry represents a $5.35T market (with $800B+ in grocery alone). That is 40x...

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Date: 2017-11-16 14:06:08

Network Effects and The Unbreakable, Unregulatable Monopolies of Today

With great power comes great profit, and then even the innovative get fat and lazy. This was the paradigm pre 2000s. Rome rose and fell. Microsoft’s monopoly was cracked. Kodak created the digital camera and kept it from customers. The bigger they are, the harder they fall and the harder they fight. But historically failure...

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Date: 2017-11-14 18:30:56

Immigrant Entrepreneurs, H1B Visas and the State of the Startup Union with Nitin Pachisia of UnshackledVC

Nitin started UnshackledVC to help immigrant founders like himself simplify the visa problem of building businesses in the USA. His particular areas of interest when working with early stage startups are story-telling, pitching, fundraising, product strategy, and bringing in the first customers/sales. Listen and Learn: How H1B visas get used and abused The challenges for immigrant...

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Date: 2017-11-13 12:30:02

The Death of Google and End of Apple

Apple and Google are two of the strongest, most profitable tech giants today. But both are in for a kick in the ass, here is why. Disruption is the name of the game. Great businesses die from one of two main reasons: failure to innovate or a powerful disruption. From my vantage point, both Apple...

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Date: 2017-11-12 14:00:49

Republic’s Founder Ken Nguyen on Angellist, ICOs and Equity Crowdfunding Eating Traditional Venture Capital

Ken Nguyen is a neuroscience and law graduate that took legal and psychology to tech startups, building Republic.co, one of the largest and most successful equity crowdfunding sites. Prior to starting Republic, Ken was employee #20 an Angellist where he headed up growth hacking and scaling. Listen and Learn: How Title 3 Crowdfunding is affecting...

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Date: 2017-11-10 12:00:07

How Startups and Corporate Collide to Create the Future of Fortune 500 with Brett Bivens of TechNexus

Brett Bivens is a former competitive athlete turned startup junkie after 4 ACL surgeries turned this baseballer to startup investing and mentorship. Brett founded a startup podcast, worked at a top sports tech company, was an associate at a VC firm and now is responsible for deals and investing at TechNexus, where corporates and startups...

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Date: 2017-11-06 12:00:54

Christopher Mirabile of LaunchPad on Valuations, Exits, Startup Trends and the Future of IPOs

Christopher Mirabile is the Public Policy Chair of the Angel Capital Association and the co-founder of portfolio management tool Seraf. He is also co-Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, a venture investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies. Launchpad is the largest angel group in New England and top-three ranked group...

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Date: 2017-11-03 12:00:18

The Amazon Apocalypse of Ecommerce

Jeff Bezos is the Terminator… and he is killing competition and ecommerce faster than Arnold can say “I’ll be back” Hope you are hooked. Let’s go for a ride. My background is ecommerce. Before starting The Syndicate and investing in early stage disruptors, I cut my teeth in ecommerce, specifically Amazon. I had learned a...

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Date: 2017-11-01 15:02:12

Ben Gilbert of Acquired on The End of Government, The Death of Apple and The Amazon Apocalypse

Ben Gilbert’s an ex-Microsoft guy with a passion for startups and growth. He runs Pioneer Square Labs, an innovative venture studio that after raising $12M, has cranked out half a dozen successful startup spin offs – think Rocket Internet without the copy/paste. Ben is also the co-host of the Acquired podcast where he and David...

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Date: 2017-10-30 12:30:06

An Insider’s Guide to Latin American Startups and Fundraising with Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo co-founded Mexican takeout company Miorden and later sold it to SinDelantal in 2012. Since then Sergio has invested in and advised/mentored over 100 startups and started Investo, a micro VC focused on early stage, seed/pre-seed deals in and around SF and Latin America. Listen and Learn: What is happening in Mexico’s startup ecosystem...

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Date: 2017-10-27 12:00:53

The Exponential Boom, Bust and Rebirth of the ICO Economy, ie Dotcom Bubble with Dumber Money

The blockchain build up is eerily reminiscent of the Dotcom era – inexperienced founders with only an idea raising absurd amounts of money to build a product and take it to market. We all remember how that turned out. Things went up, things blew up, and later things went up again. This time is no...

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Date: 2017-10-26 13:29:28

Teaming up with Gil Penchina to Found the Flight.vc SaaS Syndicate with Nathan Creswell

Nathan is a product guy and leads the Flight VC SaaS syndicate where he focuses on B2B and enterprise SaaS. While running one of the oldest, largest and most successful syndicates on Angellist, he is also Product Manager at a late stage, pre-IPO company, a dad of two and an advisor and consultant to numerous...

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Date: 2017-10-23 16:20:47

Offered 1/4 of Facebook for $5M – Lou Kerner of Flight.vc on Israel, Social Media, Cryptocurrencies and Future of Monopolies

Lou Kerner is the founder and managing partner of Flight.vc’s Israeli Founder fund and the Social Internet fund. Before that, Lou pioneered social media with Bolt, the largest social media company of its time before being conquered by Myspace. Since then Lou has invested in the likes of Palantir, Facebook, Meetup.com, Klout, Plated and more....

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Date: 2017-10-20 12:00:59

Nick Moran of the Full Ratchet on Why IoT is the #1 Startup Sector and the Midwest is the Best Place for Companies

Nick Moran is a former M&A guy turned angel investor and venture capitalist. He started the 1st VC podcast (the Full Ratchet) over three years ago and used this platform to build one of the top syndicates on Angellist. Since starting investing, none of his companies have failed to date and he since raised a...

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Date: 2017-10-16 12:00:21

Semil Shah on Instacart, Amazon and the Future of Retail and Groceries

Semil is the founder of Haystack.vc a pre-seed VC fund which is a proud early investor in Instacart, DoorDash, Hired, Hashicorp, eShares, Giphy, OpenDoor, Chariot, Managed By Q, and many other companies. Prior to investing, Semil worked at Concept.io where he learned product focused design and he has taken many of these lessons through to...

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Date: 2017-10-13 12:00:59

The Secret to NYC’s Startup Success with Jason Cahill – Special Forces to Startups, VC to Grand Central Tech

Jason Cahill is the founder of McCune Capital, a micro VC based in Brooklyn, NY focused on seed-stage companies in inefficient industries. Jason is also an entrepreneur in residence at Grand Central Tech and an advisor to Carnegie Mellon, SXSW and the Entrepreneurs Roundtable. Listen and Learn: What special forces teaches startup founders Which industries...

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Date: 2017-10-09 12:00:11

Women in Tech, Syndicates vs VCs and The Future of Enterprise Investing with Shruti Gandhi of Array Ventures

Shruti is founder and managing partner of Array Ventures which invests in enterprise deep tech early stage companies. Shruti spent her early career as a developer before joining True Ventures and Samsung’s venture funds to invest in early stage companies.    Listen and Learn: The big difference between enterprise and all other industries How the...

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Date: 2017-10-06 12:00:30

The #1 Trait to Look for In Startup Founder with Marvin Liao of 500 Startups

Marvin works with awesome startups across the globe and 500 Startups San Franscisco/Silcon Valley accelerator programs. He’s on the board of numerous companies, has advised and overseen 300+ in his time at 500 and a recovering exec from Yahoo, happy to be part of the Revolution! Listen and Learn: What to look for when talking...

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Date: 2017-10-02 12:00:45

How Singapore Became a Tech Startup Hotspot and How Other Cities Can Do the Same with Rahul Harkawat

Rahul was a mentor in ASEAN region years for 10 years, helping Web2.0 startups focused on big data, med tech devices & financial servicesscale and build partnerships. He led an accelerator program and help Singapore grow to dominance the tech startup space. Before that he was a founder of Global Multimillion software company focused on...

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Date: 2017-09-29 08:00:34

Jeff Morris Jr. on Starting a Top AngelList Syndicate While Turning Tinder into #1 Revenue App in World

Jeff is currently the Director of Product Management for Revenue at Tinder, where he leads the top grossing app in the world in monetization and growth. He has also built one of the top syndicates on AngelList, all while working full time at Tinder and he focuses on his strong suits: subscriptions, advertising, and a...

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Date: 2017-09-25 08:00:56

Taking European Startups Global and Berlins Tech Ecosystem

Christian is in charge of the German Accelerator in NYC and is a managing partner at Napali Partners, a boutique consulting and advisory firm. Before that, Christian was an SVP, Head of Marketing at Indiegogo, one of the world’s top crowdfunding platforms.    Listen and Learn: The growth of NYC’s startup and funding scene How...

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Date: 2017-09-22 08:00:10

Legendary Rocker Howie Diamond of Ranch Ventures on Following Your Obsessions

Rocker turned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, Howie Diamond of Ranch Ventures joins the podcast to share his insights on an unintentional journey into the world of VC. Howie’s a character and a rising star in Silicon Valley and his human centered approach is a refreshing and likely strategy to dealing with startup founders. Listen and...

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Date: 2017-09-18 12:06:29

Why The Next Mega Tech Company is Probably Coming out of China with Sajid Rahman

An investor in the likes of FitMob and Shyp, Sajid Rahman is an executive level leader with industry leading experience in emerging markets, helping companies expand internationally and the Asian startup landscape. He started the first tech accelerator program in Bangladesh, runs an AngelList syndicate, sits on the board and advises numerous startups and is...

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Date: 2017-09-14 13:31:05

Zach Coelius on 1st Billion Dollar AngelList Exit and Building a Top Tier Syndicate

Zach is a 4 time entrepreneur, full time angel investor and all around good and helpful guy. His Cruise Automation syndicate was the first billion dollar exit on AngelList and he’s invested and advised several more startups well on their way to the coveted unicorn status. Before starting investing, Zach’s company Triggit raised ~18M in...

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Date: 2017-09-11 08:00:50

Missing Uber Seed Round By Hours and The Evolution of Silicon Valley with Maarten ‘t Hooft

Maarten’s a developer that has seen the evolution of Silicon Valley, from Sun Micro System to Google and finally launching his own micro VC fund. Quest Ventures is industry agnostic and looks for opportunities in early stage startup companies. With some big hits, some big misses, the firm is actually founder friendly and has a...

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Date: 2017-09-08 08:00:09

Sheel Mohnot with 500 Startups and The Pitch on Fintech, Fund Size, Syndicates and Exiting a Startup

Sheel Mohnot of 500 Startups is ACTUALLY a jack of all trades. He helps design, build, and improve human ecosystems through technology, as a creator or an investor/partner. He focuses specifically on what he calls “financial services for the rest of us” and helping financial institutions operate more efficiently. Sheel has had 2 successful fintech...

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Date: 2017-09-04 11:19:51

Why VCs Should be Industry Agnostic and Avoid Silicon Valley with Phil Nadel of Forefront Ventures

Phil Nadel is a managing partner and syndicate lead at Forefront Venture Partners/Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners where he leads one of the largest and most active angel syndicates on AngelList. In addition to being an accomplished investor and being a featured investor on the Shark Tank style Pitch podcast, Phil is also a published author,...

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Date: 2017-09-01 08:00:22

Cryptocurrencies, ICOs and the Future of Public Markets with Joey Krug of Panterra Capital

Joey got involved in Bitcoin mining in 2011 before building Bitcoin point of sale system in 2013. In 2014, he dropped out of Pomona College to cofound one of the first projects on Ethereum called Augur, and in 2015 they did the first crowdsale on Ethereum. Then this year he joined Pantera Capital as Co-Chief...

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Date: 2017-08-28 08:00:42