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The Village Global podcast takes you inside the world of venture capital and technology, featuring enlightening interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry leaders. Learn more at www.villageglobal.vc.

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Farewell

February 22nd, 2024

0:39

An important message from RadioPublic

Building Hardware Companies and Choosing Co-Founders with Michael Hochberg

February 16th, 2024

57:04

Michael Hochberg (https://www.linkedin.com/in/hochberg/) is a physicist and a founder of four successful startup companies in semiconductors and …

Secondaries with Matt Pellini of Hamilton Lane

February 9th, 2024

40:19

Matt Pellini, Managing Director at Hamilton Lane, joins Olga Serhiyevich on this episode. Highlights:

- Matt says the secondaries market has grown over 5x from 15 years ago to now.

- Selling in the secondary market used …

Lessons Learned From Running CalSTRS with Chris Ailman

February 2nd, 2024

52:38

Christopher Ailman (@CJAtheCIO), Chief Investment Officer at CalSTRS, joins Olga Serhiyevich on this episode. Highlights:

- CalSTRS, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, was created in 1913 and is actually …

Encore: Mark Pincus on Product Management, Raising Capital, and Building Zynga

January 26th, 2024

1:10:17

This encore episode is a recording of a special event where Mark Pincus (@markpinc) was interviewed by Ben Casnocha in San Francisco in front of a …

Encore: Bill Gates on Advice For Founders, Mistakes, and Philanthropy

January 19th, 2024

59:58

This encore episode is a recording of a special event where Bill Gates was interviewed in San Francisco by Julia Hartz, co-founder of Eventbrite. It …

Encore: Jerry Yang on Yahoo!, Early-Stage Investing, and China

January 12th, 2024

56:18

Jerry originally joined us on the podcast in 2019. He is co-founder of Yahoo! and founding partner of AME Cloud Ventures. He was interviewed in front of a live audience in San Francisco by Village Global co-founder and …

How Superplastic Built a Social Media-Native Character Universe

January 4th, 2024

44:00

Paul Budnitz, founder of Superplastic, and Jennifer van Dijk, CEO of Superplastic, join Christina Des Vaux, head of marketing and platform at Village …

Reference Checking and Personality Assessments with Investor Graham Duncan

September 22nd, 2023

51:26

Graham Duncan (@GrahamDuncanNYC) is a longtime investor and author of a legendary essay on reference checking: https://grahamduncan.blog/whats-going-on-here/ He was interviewed by Village Global co-founder and partner …

Insights on Capital Power Brokers from Hedge Funds to Venture Capital with Sebastian Mallaby, author of The Power Law

September 19th, 2023

51:29

Sebastian Mallaby (@scmallaby) is the Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and a …

LatAm Digital Transformation Report from Atlantico

August 30th, 2023

49:16

Julio Vasconcellos (@JulioV), managing partner at Atlantico, and Ana Martins (@martinsg_ana), partner at Atlantico, join Anne Dwane (@adwane), …

Opportunities in Public Health Investing with Gurdane Bhutani and Zeshan Muhammedi

August 24th, 2023

52:43

Gurdane Bhutani and Zeshan Muhammedi are co-founders and GPs at MBX, a VC firm investing in early-stage bio/healthtech companies tackling major public health threats. Prior to that they co-founded healthcare and …

The Future of Retail with Lee Hnetinka

August 17th, 2023

38:00

Lee Hnetinka, founder and CEO of Future and Darkstore, joins Olga Serhiyevich, Head of Investor Relations at Village Global, on this episode. Lee and …

CIO Series: Wealth Management Platforms, Private Investment Strategies, and the Current (non-Twitter) Macro Outlook with Cameron Dawson

August 10th, 2023

39:48

Cameron Dawson, Chief Investment Officer at NewEdge Wealth, joins Olga Serhiyevich, Head of Investor Relations, on this episode. Prior to joining NewEdge Wealth, Cameron was the Chief Market Strategist at Fieldpoint …

Opportunities at the intersection of software and hardware in national development projects with Prescott Watson

August 3rd, 2023

56:03

Prescott Watson (@prescottwatson) joins Olga Serhiyevich (@olgaserhi), head of investor relations at Village Global, on this episode. Prescott is …

Mark Cuban on Disrupting Healthcare, Trends in AI, and Randomness

June 15th, 2023

54:27

Mark Cuban (@mcuban) joins Olga Serhiyevich (@olgaserhi), head of investor relations at Village Global, on this episode. Takeaways:

- In the US …

Disrupting VC Benchmarking and Closing The LP-GP Information Gap with Eric Woo and Spencer Tyson

June 1st, 2023

48:35

Eric Woo (@ericjwoo), co-founder and CEO of Revere, and Spencer Tyson (@SpencerGTyson), Head of Investment Ratings at Revere, join Olga Serhiyevich …

Investing Across Cycles, Tech Transformation, and Partnering Effectively with Entrepreneurs with Jon Korngold

May 18th, 2023

46:49

Jon Korngold joins Olga Serhiyevich, Head of Investor Relations, on this episode. Jon is the Global Head of Blackstone Growth (BXG) and Co-Head of …

Tokenizing Film Finance with Marc Iserlis

May 9th, 2023

43:25

Marc Iserlis is a film/TV producer and documentary filmmaker joins Village Global's Head of Investor Relations Olga Serhiyevich (@olgaserhi). Marc is …

The Startup of You: Navigating Status Dynamics, Name Dropping, and Lessons on Hustle

April 18th, 2023

22:28

Ben Casnocha (@bencasnocha) and Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman) are co-authors of The Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. In the book, they look at the best of Silicon Valley …

The Startup of You: How To Reference Check, Taking Smart Risks, and Lessons from Airbnb

April 14th, 2023

26:26

Ben Casnocha (@bencasnocha) and Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman) are co-authors of The Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. In the book, they look at the best of Silicon Valley …

The Intersection of Technology and Media with Louise Story 

April 11th, 2023

32:39

Louise Story (@louisestory) most recently was the Chief News Strategist and Chief Product & Technology Officer at The Wall Street Journal. Louise …

Creating a Talent Marketplace with David Boehmer

March 16th, 2023

35:19

David Boehmer (@DavBoehmer) speaks to Olga Serhiyevich (@olgaserhi) about the talent intermediation industry, the evolution of business models in the …

Talent Identification, Hierarchies, and Clustering with Rohit Krishnan

February 7th, 2023

40:27

Rohit Krishnan (@krishnanrohit), venture capitalist and author of the blog Strange Loop Cannon, joins Erik on this episode. Takeaways:

- Many of the …

Thematic investing in fertility and semiconductor sectors at Recharge, technonationalism, and lessons from David Swensen with Lorin Gu

January 26th, 2023

48:56

Lorin Gu, founding partner of Recharge Capital, joins Olga Serhiyevich, Head of Investor Relations at Village Global to discuss:

- Why Recharge structures its investing thematically, rather than by asset class.

- The …

Alex Chalunkal on Structured Equity and The Current Investing Environment

January 12th, 2023

53:13

Alex Chalunkal is Chief Investment Officer at a family office where he manages a $1B+ portfolio focused on impact, venture, and climate tech …

Ian Bremmer on The Intersection of Geopolitics and Technology

December 13th, 2022

55:53

Ian Bremmer (@ianbremmer), president and founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media joins Olga Serhiyevich (@olgaserhi), Head of Investor Relations at …

The Future of the Space Economy with Mo Islam

November 10th, 2022

38:47

Mo Islam (@itsmoislam), co-founder of Payload Space, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode. Takeaways:

- There is no doubt that we are in the early stages of the space economy, Mo says.

- The cost to go to …

Dual Use Tech with Ari Schuler and Andrea Garrity

November 3rd, 2022

38:44

Ari Schuler, CEO of goTenna, and Andrea Garrity, Chief Growth Officer of goTenna, join Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon join us on this episode of …

Unbundling K-12 Education with Joe Connor of Odyssey

October 26th, 2022

27:39

Joe Connor (@josephjconnor), founder of Odyssey (@WithOdyssey_), joins Anne Dwane and Lucas Bagno on this episode. Takeaways:

- ACT test scores are at …

Spacecraft Manufacturing with Apex’s Ian Cinnamon and Max Benassi

October 24th, 2022

32:05

Ian Cinnamon (@iancinnamon), co-founder and CEO of Apex Space, and Max Benassi (@mxbenassi), co-founder and CTO, join Lucas Bagno on this episode of …

A Deep Dive on SBIRs with Ben Van Roo

October 20th, 2022

50:36

Ben Van Roo (@DavidNorthStar), co-founder and CEO of Yurts AI, joins Lucas Bagno on this episode of Solarpunk. Takeaways:

- The Small Business …

Deep Nishar’s Lessons From Building Products at Google and LinkedIn

October 18th, 2022

39:16

Deep Nishar (@deepnishar), Managing Director at General Catalyst and formerly of LinkedIn and Google, joins Anne Dwane on this episode. Takeaways:

- The best product hires have the brain of an engineer, the heart of a …

Reimagining The Kill Chain with Christian Brose

October 6th, 2022

52:20

Christian Brose (@cdbrose), Chief Strategy Officer at Anduril and author of The Kill Chain, joins Lucas Bagno on this episode. Takeaways:

- The US military and its procurement system has been built for equipment that is …

Restoring Dynamism in a Decadent Society with Ross Douthat

September 29th, 2022

51:47

Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT), New York Times columnist and author of The Decadent Society, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode. …

Data-Driven Insights on Venture Capital with Steve Kim

September 27th, 2022

49:06

Steve Kim (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevenrkim/), Partner and head of Investment Strategy at Verdis, a 9-generation single family office, …

Innovating in National Security with Raj Shah

September 22nd, 2022

40:29

Raj Shah, Managing Partner at Shield Capital, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode. Takeaways:

- Raj and Shield don’t care whether a founding team has experience selling to government, because the firm can …

The State of Digital Transformation in Latin America in 2022

September 20th, 2022

46:08

Julio Vasconcellos and Ana Martins, partners at Atlantico, join Anne Dwane and Lucas Bagno on this episode to discuss Atlantico's Latin America …

Mike Brown on How To Ensure The US Leads Defense Innovation

September 15th, 2022

51:46

Mike Brown, former director of the Defense Innovation Unit, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode. Takeaways:

- It can easily take 10-20 years for tech to make its way into the Department of Defense. The …

Investing in Defense with Alex Moore

September 1st, 2022

38:06

Alex Moore (@AustinGiraffe), investor at 8VC and board member at Palantir, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode of Solarpunk. Takeaways:

Web 3 Series: Bringing Smart Contracts to Bitcoin with Muneeb Ali

August 30th, 2022

50:45

Muneeb Ali (@muneeb), co-founder of Stacks, joins Erik on this episode. Takeaways:

- Muneeb says that Bitcoin is winning as money, and that he wants to make that capital productive. He’s "bringing smart contracts to …

Web 3 Series: Building a Decentralized Social Network with Dan Romero of Farcaster

August 23rd, 2022

55:43

Dan Romero (@dwr) of Farcaster joins Erik on this episode. Takeaways:

- Dan says that his first love was information. He loved RSS and the goal with Farcaster is to improve RSS enough so that it can compete with Twitter.

The Rare Earths Threat with Nathan Picarsic

August 11th, 2022

38:32

Nathan Picarsic, co-founder of Horizon Advisory, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode of Solarpunk. Takeaways:

- There are 17 rare …

Web 3 Series: The Transformative Power of Smart Contracts with Joel Monegro

August 9th, 2022

59:54

Joel Monegro (@jmonegro), partner at Placeholder, joins Erik on this episode. Takeaways:

- Every financial asset is a contract between two or more …

Steve Blank on Rebuilding the Department of Defense

August 4th, 2022

52:23

Steve Blank (@sgblank), creator of Hacking For Defense and author of 4 Steps To The Epiphany, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode of …

Antonio Garcia-Martinez on Why Ads are an Inevitable Part of Web 3

August 2nd, 2022

35:41

Antonio Garcia-Martinez (@antoniogm), author of The Pull Request, joins Erik Torenberg and Ian Cinnamon on this episode. Takeaways:

- The first …

Web 3 Series: The Trillion Dollar Opportunity to Reshape Money with Avichal Garg

July 26th, 2022

58:53

Avichal Garg (@avichal), founder of Electric Capital, joins Erik on this episode. Takeaways:

- Downturns impact large companies much more than founders and early stage investors because the companies are so small …

Web3 Series: The Next Chapter for DAOs, Gaming, and Crypto Communities with Jeff Morris Jr.

July 19th, 2022

47:41

Jeff Morris Jr. (@jmj), investor at Chapter One, joins Erik Torenberg and co-host Ian Cinnamon. Takeaways:

- Jeff realized the power of subscriptions during his time at Tinder. He says that digital goods are an even …

Our Hypersonic Future with Hermeus’ AJ Piplica

July 12th, 2022

51:39

AJ Piplica (@AJ_Piplica), founder and CEO of Hermeus, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode. Takeaways:

- Every time there has been an acceleration in the speed of transportation in history, high GDP growth …

Building a World-Changing Labor Marketplace with Mike Shebat of Traba

July 7th, 2022

29:22

Mike Shebat (@mike_sheb), co-founder and CEO of Traba, joins Erik Torenberg and Lucas Bagno on this episode. Takeaways:

- There is a huge problem with …

SBIRs, PORs, and Lobbyists with Peter Newell

July 5th, 2022

43:51

Peter Newell (@PeterANewell), CEO of BMNT, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode of Solarpunk. Takeaways:

- Peter was “handed the Ferrari …

Web3 Series: JD Ross and 3LAU on How Royal is Transforming The Artist-Fan Relationship

July 1st, 2022

48:09

JD Ross (@justindross) and Justin Blau (@3LAU), co-founders of Royal, join Erik Torenberg and co-host Ian Cinnamon for this episode of our web3 series. Takeaways:

- Royal stems from their vision to invest in talent early …

Erik Torenberg on How Startups Can Help Save The World

June 29th, 2022

46:42

Erik Torenberg (@eriktorenberg), co-founder and general partner at Village Global and co-founder and co-CEO of On Deck join Lucas Bagno and Ian …

Web3 Series: The State of Crypto in 2022 with Tushar Jain

June 23rd, 2022

56:54

Tushar Jain (@TusharJain_), co-founder and managing partner of Multicoin Capital, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The history of crypto over …

The Future Industrial Network with Hondo Geurts

June 21st, 2022

47:29

James “Hondo” Geurts, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode. Takeaways:

- What kept Hondo up at night was that there was a …

Web3 Series: Haseeb Qureshi on Navigating The Bear Market and The Next Chapter for Crypto

June 16th, 2022

45:04

Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb), managing partner at Dragonfly Capital, joins Erik for an episode of our Web3 series. Takeaways:

- This bear market is driven by macro factors rather than endogenous ones.

- It turns out crypto …

Noah Smith's Deep Dive on the Chinese Economy

June 14th, 2022

1:20:36

- The narrative that China can do no wrong and why Noah says it is out of date at this point.

- The long-term headwinds that China is facing, including demographic changes, resource limitations, and real estate …

Jacob Helberg on China’s Global Influence

June 7th, 2022

48:36

Jacob Helberg (@jacobhelberg), foreign policy expert and author of The Wires of War, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon to discuss:

- Why he says …

Tyler Cowen on Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World

June 3rd, 2022

50:48

Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen) is an economist, professor, and best-selling author. His latest book, Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World, written with co-author Daniel Gross, is …

Back to the Basics: Building in a Downturn with Geoff Lewis

June 2nd, 2022

44:46

Geoff Lewis (@GeoffLewisOrg), founder at Bedrock, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon to discuss:

- His thoughts on the markets and the advice he has for founders operating in a market like this one.

- What is driving …

Bilal Zuberi on Unifying America

May 26th, 2022

53:43

Bilal Zuberi (@bznotes), partner at Lux Capital, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon to discuss:

- Bilal’s investing thesis of finding companies …

Hemant Taneja, General Catalyst on Responsible Innovation, Un-scaling & Thriving in regulated industries

May 17th, 2022

34:10

Hemant Taneja (@htaneja), managing partner at General Catalyst and author of Intended Consequences, joins Anne Dwane and Village Global’s newest partner, Prateek Alsi, to discuss:

- What responsible innovation is and how …

Laura Crabtree on Space Software

May 12th, 2022

48:09

Laura Crabtree (@llcrabbie), founder and CEO of Epsilon3, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode to discuss:

- What she accomplished during her time at SpaceX and her journey to starting Epsilon3.

- Whether …

The PayPal Story: What can we learn from the journey of Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, Reid Hoffman, David Sacks, and others?

May 10th, 2022

19:15

Jimmy Soni (@jimmyasoni), author of The Founders: The Story of PayPal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley, joins Ben Casnocha on this episode to discuss:

- How diversity and variety of backgrounds and …

Joshua Steinman on Unrestricted Warfare

May 3rd, 2022

56:34

Joshua Steinman (@JoshuaSteinman), founder and CEO of Galvanick, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon to discuss:

- The history of cybersecurity at big industrial companies and how he is building “Splunk for industrial …

Alex Iskold of 2048 Ventures and 1kproject.org to support Ukrainians

April 28th, 2022

22:37

Alex Iskold, co-founder and managing partner at 2048 Ventures and creator of 1kproject.org, joins Anne Dwane and Lucas Bagno on this episode to …

Martin Gurri on Authority’s Reaction to The Revolt of the Public

April 26th, 2022

56:13

Martin Gurri (@mgurri), author of The Revolt of the Public, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon to discuss:

- The genesis of the thesis about the …

Manufacturing The American Dream with Chris Power of Hadrian

April 19th, 2022

52:38

Chris Power (@2112Power), founder and CEO of Hadrian, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon to discuss:

- Why manufacturing is key to a strong position in the world order. 

- The changes in the landscape that have enabled a …

Reinventing American Manufacturing: Katherine Boyle (a16z), Josh Wolfe (Lux), Chris Power (Hadrian)

April 14th, 2022

40:42

Chris Power (@2112Power), founder and CEO of Hadrian, Katherine Boyle (@KTmBoyle), partner at a16z, and Josh Wolfe (@wolfejosh), co-founder and …

America Next with Mike Maples

April 5th, 2022

52:11

Mike Maples (@m2jr), founding partner at Floodgate, joins Lucas Bagno (@lucasbagnocv) and Ian Cinnamon (@iancinnamon) to discuss:

- Why there has been an “epidemic of fakery” in society over the last 50 years or so. Mike …

Why Healthtech Today is Like Fintech 5 Years Ago with Ayo Omojola

March 31st, 2022

28:19

Ayo Omojola (https://www.linkedin.com/in/omojola/), SVP of Product at Carbon Health, joins Anne Dwane (@adwane) and Lucas Bagno (@lucasbagnocv) to …

The Space Economy with Delian Asparouhov

March 29th, 2022

49:35

Delian Asparouhov (@zebulgar), co-founder of Varda Space Industries and principal at Founders Fund, joins Lucas Bagno (@lucasbagnocv) and Ian …

Tech, Federalism, Procurement, & Starlink with Katherine Boyle, a16z

March 22nd, 2022

46:44

Katherine Boyle (@KTmBoyle), GP at a16z, joins Anne Dwane (@adwane) and Lucas Bagno (@lucasbagnocv) on this episode to discuss:

- What needs to change inside the federal government for more contracts to go to startups.

- …

Lessons From Top Execs: Cristina Cordova (ex-Head of Platform & Partnerships at Notion)

March 17th, 2022

51:15

Cristina Cordova was the 28th employee at Stripe and grew their partnerships arm from the ground up. Most recently, she led platform & partnerships at Notion, which included starting the Growth Product Team.

In this …

Why Defense Matters with Trae Stephens

March 15th, 2022

49:13

Trae Stephens (@traestephens), co-founder at Anduril and partner at Founders Fund joins Lucas Bagno (@lucasbagnocv) and Ian Cinnamon (@iancinnamon) to discuss:

- What keeps him up at night when he looks at the US today.

- …

Lessons From Top Execs: Richard Ni (Head of People at Scale AI, ex-Head of Recruiting at Cruise)

March 11th, 2022

43:52

Richard Ni is the current Head of People at Scale AI after being the first recruiting hire at Cruise Automation, where he helped bring the team from 10 to 700 in three years.

Prior to leading people teams, Richard was a …

How Tech Can Help Defend The US with Josh Wolfe

March 8th, 2022

40:28

Village Global's Solarpunk is a new podcast series about technology, space, and defense. We discuss how western society will use technology to adapt …

Fundraising and The State of Seed Investing with Semil Shah

March 3rd, 2022

41:08

Semil Shah (@semil), investor at Haystack and venture partner at Lightspeed, joins Lucas Bagno to discuss:

- The trends Semil sees in the entrepreneurial landscape today: the ease of getting started as a founder, the …

Lessons From Top Execs: Michal Cieplinski (CBO Pipe, ex-General Counsel at Fundbox)

March 2nd, 2022

42:44

Michal Cieplinski is the Chief Business Officer at Pipe. He has also spent time as General Counsel and CCO at Fundbox as well as a Senior VP at …

Tokenization, Ownership, and Web3 with David Sneider and Stephen McKeon

February 24th, 2022

48:52

David Sneider (@davidlsneider), of Lit Protocol, and Stephen McKeon (@sbmckeon), partner at Collab+Currency, join Anne Dwane to discuss:

- What Lit …

Lessons From Top Execs: Olivia Chen (ex-Head of Supply, Product at Faire)

February 24th, 2022

52:16

Olivia Chen was most recently Head of Product at Faire. She joined Faire as their first ops/business hire. By the time she left four years later, Faire had grown to over 750 employees and Olivia was managing a …

Lessons From Top Execs: Sarah Smith (Partner at Bain Capital Ventures, ex-VP at Quora, ex-Director at Facebook)

February 17th, 2022

54:34

Sarah Smith is currently a partner at Bain Capital Ventures after an early career of building elite HR teams for huge tech players, including Facebook and Quora, where she helped scale Quora from 40 to 160 people in 3 …

The State of Fintech in 2022 with Sheel Mohnot

February 15th, 2022

40:04

Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), founder of Better Tomorrow Ventures, joins Lucas Bagno (@lucasbagnocv) of Village Global to discuss:

- Sheel’s reflections on raising a fund and the opportunities he sees in fintech today.

- The …

Lessons From Top Execs: Anne Dwane (co-founder Village Global, ex-CBO at Chegg)

February 10th, 2022

41:51

Anne Dwane is co-founder and partner at Village Global. She was previously CEO at Zinch, a network connecting students with colleges and …

Lessons From Top Execs: Ben Braverman (Chief Customer Officer at Flexport)

February 1st, 2022

51:42

Today’s guest is Ben Braverman. Ben is currently Chief Customer Officer at Flexport after 6 years of being their Chief Revenue Officer during Flexport’s hypergrowth period.

In this episode, we discussed how to build a …

Lessons From Top Execs: Anand Chandrasekaran (EVP Five9, ex-Director at Facebook, ex-Chief Product Officer at Snapdeal)

January 26th, 2022

48:24

Execs is a show from Erik Torenberg and On Deck for founders, operators, and pioneers who want to understand the playbooks, frameworks, and tactics that leading tech companies today have used to scale. We're …

Lessons From Top Execs: Gina Gotthilf (ex-VP of Marketing/Growth at Duolingo)

January 26th, 2022

51:20

Execs is a show from Erik Torenberg and On Deck for founders, operators, and pioneers who want to understand the playbooks, frameworks, and tactics that leading tech companies today have used to scale. We're …

Lessons From Top Execs: Jared Fliesler (ex-VP at Square, ex-COO at Scribd)

January 26th, 2022

1:22:25

Execs is a show from Erik Torenberg and On Deck for founders, operators, and pioneers who want to understand the playbooks, frameworks, and tactics that leading tech companies today have used to scale. We're …

Inflation, Debt, and The Fed (Part 2) with Scott Sumner and Lyn Alden

January 18th, 2022

1:03:55

Scott Sumner (@scottsumnertmi), economist and author of The Money Illusion, and Lyn Alden (@LynAldenContact), investment strategist, join Erik on …

Inflation, Debt, and The Fed (Part 1) with Scott Sumner and Lyn Alden

January 11th, 2022

57:41

Scott Sumner (@scottsumnertmi), economist and author of The Money Illusion, and Lyn Alden (@LynAldenContact), investment strategist, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Lyn’s position that the US needs to inflate its …

Building a World-Class Team with Elias Torres of Drift

January 4th, 2022

43:07

Elias Torres (@eliast), co-founder and CTO at Drift, joins Lucas Bagno for this episode, which was recorded as part of a special event for Villagers. …

Market Monetarism and The Future of Monetary Policy with Scott Sumner

December 28th, 2021

59:18

Scott Sumner (@scottsumnertmi), economist and author of The Money Illusion, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Why Scott says that the fed …

How To Solve The Cold Start Problem with Andrew Chen

December 21st, 2021

36:11

Andrew Chen (@andrewchen), partner at Andreessen Horowitz and author of The Cold Start Problem, joins Erik Torenberg and Lucas Bagno on this episode …

The Future of Education with Wesley Samples and Nick Grandy

December 14th, 2021

39:25

Wesley Samples (@wesleysamples), founder and COO of Sora Schools, and Nick Grandy (@ngrandy), co-founder and Head of Product at Outschool, join Anne …

LatAm: Digital Transformation, Opportunities, and Investing with Julio Vasconcellos

December 7th, 2021

52:35

Julio Vasconcellos (@juliov), managing partner at Atlantico, joins Anne Dwane and Lucas Bagno to discuss:

- The state of venture capital in Latin …

The Future of Insurtech with Travis Hedge and Nick Shalek

November 30th, 2021

50:31

Travis Hedge (@the_hedgefund), co-founder of Vouch Insurance, and Nick Shalek (@nshalek), partner at Ribbit Capital, join Erik Torenberg and Lucas Bagno to discuss:

- How Vouch came to be and their vision to be insurance …

Transforming Corporate Finance and Working with Investors with Joe Garafalo and Trevor Oelschig

November 23rd, 2021

31:39

Joe Garafalo, co-founder of Mosaic, and Trevor Oelschig, managing director at General Catalyst, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How Mosaic is …

Crafting Company Culture with Brie Wolfson

November 16th, 2021

39:04

Brie Wolfson (@zebriez), founder of the The Kool-Aid Factory, joins Erik to discuss:

- Why there are detailed playbooks for creating products and …

A Compensation Deep Dive with Matt Schulman of Pave

November 9th, 2021

35:09

Matt Schulman (@Matthewschulman), founder and CEO of Pave, joins Erik to discuss:

- Why your company needs a compensation philosophy.

- How COVID and …

Lessons From Stripe, Mixpanel, and First Round with Meka Asonye

November 2nd, 2021

45:33

Meka Asonye (@BigMekaStyle), partner at First Round Capital, joined Ben Casnocha at a Village Global event to discuss:

- Meka’s time with the Cleveland Indians and what it taught him about finding hidden talent.

- Why …

The Wires of War with Jacob Helberg

October 28th, 2021

54:16

Jacob Helberg (@jacobhelberg), author of The Wires of War, joins Erik to discuss:

- The “gray war” that Jacob believes the US is in with China, and why he feels it’s important to call it a war rather than a competition.

- …

Unlocking Unprecedented Amounts of Generosity with Vance Roush

October 26th, 2021

39:27

Vance Roush (@vanceroush), founder and CEO of Overflow, joins Erik to discuss:

- Overflow, the online donation platform for non-cash assets, and the story behind its creation.

- Why the market is actually “sneakily big” …

Accelerating the next wave of global founders: ODX in partnership with Village Global

October 21st, 2021

23:58

Ben Casnocha (@bencasnocha), Erik Torenberg (@eriktorenberg), Anne Dwane (@adwane), partners at Village Global, and David Booth (@david__booth), co-CEO of On Deck, discuss:

- ODX in partnership with Village Global, the …

Andy Rachleff on Investing, Company-Building & Product Market Fit… Lessons from Wealthfront & Benchmark

October 19th, 2021

43:05

Andy Rachleff (@arachleff), president and CEO of Wealthfront, joins Anne Dwane and Lucas Bagno to discuss:

- What Andy learned from endowment investing and his quest to democratize excellent investing advice at …

Turning Science Fiction Into Reality with Ben Reinhardt

October 12th, 2021

45:06

Ben Reinhardt (@Ben_Reinhardt), Research Fellow at the Astera Institute and host of Idea Machines Podcast, joins Erik to discuss:

- Why we don’t have …

The State and Future of Data Tooling with Leigh Marie Braswell and Erik Bernhardsson

October 5th, 2021

38:08

Leigh Marie Braswell (@LM_Braswell) of Founders Fund and Erik Bernhardsson (@bernhardsson), who built the music recommendation system at Spotify, join Erik to discuss:

- How data flows through a company and the business …

The Present and Future of Deep Tech with Abhijeet Patra

September 28th, 2021

17:06

Abhijeet Patra (@abhijeetpatra88), former Deep Tech entrepreneur and venture fellow at Susa Ventures who is now leading Deep Tech at On Deck, joins Erik to discuss:

- What exactly Deep Tech is and some of the examples of …

Greatest Hits: What Tyler Cowen Thinks About Basically Everything

September 21st, 2021

1:55:59

In this extended episode of Venture Stories, Erik interviews Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), professor of economics at George Mason University. They discuss about a wide range of topics, including Tyler’s book Stubborn …

Play-To-Earn, DAOs, and Crypto Governance with Gabby Dizon and Linda Xie

September 16th, 2021

40:44

Gabby Dizon (@gabusch), co-founder of Yield Guild Games, and Linda Xie (@ljxie), co-founder of Scalar Capital, join Erik Torenberg and Lucas Bagno on …

Greatest Hits: The State and Future of Fintech with Zach Perret and David Haber

September 13th, 2021

54:43

Erik is joined by Zach Perret (@zachperret), co-founder and CEO of Plaid, and David Haber (@dhaber), former co-founder and CEO of Bond Street, now at …

Greatest Hits: Elad Gil and Kevin Hartz on Angel Investing, SPACs, and The Evolution of Venture

September 10th, 2021

28:49

Elad Gil (@eladgil), entrepreneur and investor, and Kevin Hartz (@kevinhartz), investor and co-founder of Eventbrite, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What they think is special about each other’s investing …

Greatest Hits: John Donahoe’s Lessons on Leadership and Being a Better CEO

September 6th, 2021

54:18

We're re-releasing some of the best episodes from the podcast this summer.

We were thrilled to host a masterclass roundtable session for our founders with John Donahoe when he was CEO of ServiceNow. John is now CEO of …

Greatest Hits: Bill Gates on Advice For Founders, Mistakes, and Philanthropy

September 2nd, 2021

59:49

We’re re-releasing some of the best episodes from the podcast this summer.

On this special live episode of Venture Stories, Bill Gates was interviewed …

Greatest Hits: What Keith Rabois Thinks About Basically Everything

August 30th, 2021

1:27:41

We're re-releasing some of the best episodes from the podcast this summer.

Erik and co-host Anuj Abrol (@nujabrol) interviewed Keith Rabois (@rabois).

Greatest Hits: Mike Maples on Value Hacking and Avoiding The Fake Growth Epidemic

August 25th, 2021

1:16:39

Erik is joined on this episode by Mike Maples (@m2jr) of Floodgate.

The discuss:

- The difference between fake growth and real growth, and how to know which one your company is experiencing.

- Why fake growth has taken …

Greatest Hits: Eric Schmidt and Tyler Cowen on The Future of Technology and Society

August 18th, 2021

53:50

We're re-releasing some of the best episodes from the podcast this summer.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco, featuring Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), professor of economics at George …

Greatest Hits: Reid Hoffman and Chamath Palihapitiya on Angel Investing and The Future of Venture

August 15th, 2021

39:34

We're re-releasing some of the best episodes from the podcast this summer.

Chamath Palihapitiya (@chamath), CEO of Social Capital, and Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman), partner at Greylock, joined Village Global co-founder …

Greatest Hits: Investing in Marketplaces with Sarah Tavel and Nabeel Hyatt

August 11th, 2021

1:01:38

We're re-releasing some of the best episodes from the podcast this summer.

Sarah Tavel (@sarahtavel), partner at Benchmark, and Nabeel Hyatt (@nabeel), partner at Spark Capital, joined Erik on this episode.

They discussed:

The Psychology of Personal Finance with Ramit Sethi

August 8th, 2021

49:15

Ramit Sethi (@ramit), founder and CEO of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, joined Ben Casnocha to discuss:

- Ramit’s philosophy of personal finance. He says he focuses on $30,000 questions as opposed to $3 questions because …

How to Have Better Virtual Meetings with Max Greenwald

August 5th, 2021

16:11

Max Greenwald (@MaxPGreenwald), founder and CEO of Warmly, joins Erik to discuss:

- Max’s journey navigating the idea maze to start the company.

- The problems with virtual meetings and why they lead to fatigue.

- How to …

Greatest Hits: What Alex Danco Thinks About Basically Everything

August 3rd, 2021

1:57:06

We’re re-releasing some of the best episodes of the podcast this summer.

In this episode Alex Danco (@alex_danco) of Social Capital joined Erik to talk about Silicon Valley, economics, innovation, crypto, software and …

Village Global Accelerator: Inside Scoop with Santiago Suarez, CEO Addi.com

July 30th, 2021

21:29

Santiago Suarez (@SantiaSua), co-founder and CEO of ADDI, joins Village Global co-founder and partner Anne Dwane on this episode. They discuss:

- What he wish he knew when he started ADDI.

- Why hustle alone has never …

Greatest Hits: Mike Maples on Building Successful Startups and Venture Funds

July 26th, 2021

1:15:39

Erik was joined on this episode by Mike Maples (@m2jr) of Floodgate. We're re-releasing some of the best episodes of the podcast from over the years.

They discuss:

- How the best founders approach entrepreneurship.

- The …

Greatest Hits: James Currier on Network Effects, Education, and Evaluating Startup Ideas

July 22nd, 2021

57:00

We're re-releasing some of the best episodes from the last few years.

James Currier (@JamesCurrier) of NFX joined Erik on this episode. They discuss:

- Why LinkedIn hasn’t been disrupted yet

- Where are today’s …

Greatest Hits: What Kevin Kwok Thinks About Basically Everything

July 19th, 2021

2:00:05

Kevin Kwok (@kevinakwok) joined Erik in 2018 to discuss a wide range of topics. We’re re-releasing some of the best episodes of the podcast this summer.

They talked about:

- Why the stock market exists and why after the …

Greatest Hits: Naval Ravikant and Balaji Srinivasan on Crypto

July 15th, 2021

1:04:08

This special live episode was recorded in 2018. We’re re-releasing some of the greatest hits this summer. Erik interviewed Naval Ravikant (@naval) and Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis).

They start with an overview of the …

Greatest Hits: What Daniel Gross Thinks About Basically Everything

July 12th, 2021

1:31:37

Daniel Gross (@danielgross), founder of Pioneer, joined Erik in 2018 for a wide-ranging conversation. We're re-releasing some of the greatest hits this summer.

Erik and Daniel discuss a wide variety of topics, including …

Greatest Hits: Keith Rabois on Career Strategy, Identifying Talent, and Evaluating Markets

July 7th, 2021

57:51

We're re-releasing some of the greatest hits from the podcast over the years. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco in October 2018.

Keith breaks down some of the successes that mentees …

The State and Future of Longevity with Nathan Cheng

June 29th, 2021

39:13

Nathan Cheng (@realNathanCheng), program director for On Deck Longevity, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The key breakthroughs in aging research in the past.

- Why we're still waiting for the first success story …

How Open Innovation Can Transform R&D with Kevin Leland and Phil Taylor

June 10th, 2021

20:47

Kevin Leland (@kmleland), founder and CEO of Halo, and Phil Taylor, Bayer’s Open Innovation Lead, join Erik to discuss:

- Why the current RFP process resembles recruiting in the 1990s pre-LinkedIn and Monster, and how …

Education, The Great Stagnation, and Innovation with Noah Smith

June 8th, 2021

1:00:24

Noah Smith (@noahpinion), Bloomberg Opinion writer and author of the Noahpinion Substack, joins Erik to discuss:

- Why colleges should try to emulate …

Cracks in The Great Stagnation with Caleb Watney

June 6th, 2021

1:06:01

Caleb Watney (@calebwatney), Director of Innovation Policy at Progressive Policy Institute, joins Erik to discuss:

- How views have changed on whether …

Marketing Operations 101 with Chris Toy

June 3rd, 2021

42:21

Chris Toy (@ChrisToy), co-founder and CEO of MarketerHire, joined Anne Dwane in a special session for Villagers. They discussed:

- Why if you don’t know who your customer demo is, you need a marketer on your team earlier …

Emotional Fitness For Founders with Emily Anhalt

June 1st, 2021

38:00

Emily Anhalt (@dremilyanhalt), co-founder of Coa, joins Erik to discuss:

- Why people should have a proactive approach to emotional fitness and should …

Brad Feld on What Nietzsche Can Teach Entrepreneurs

May 29th, 2021

50:26

Brad Feld (@bfeld), VC at Foundry Group and co-author of The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche with Dave Jilk, joins Ben Casnocha to discuss:

- Common misconceptions about Nietzsche and why being misunderstood makes him an …

Erik Torenberg on Higher Education

May 26th, 2021

47:04

This is a special cross-posted episode of The Deep End, a new podcast from On Deck. Erik Torenberg is interviewed by Marshall Kosloff about:

- What’s causing incumbent universities to fail.

- The opportunities that exist …

Fintech and Investment Strategy with Addie Lerner

May 24th, 2021

46:42

Addie Lerner (@addielerner), founder of Avid Ventures, joins Erik to discuss:

- Why she started Avid Ventures and how her experiences at growth-stage funds influences her investing strategy at earlier stages.

- Her take …

Incentive Misalignment in Higher Education with Jason Brennan

May 20th, 2021

51:39

Jason Brennan, author of Cracks in the Ivory Tower, joins Erik to discuss:

- The fact that students who finish college are actually more pro-market …

How To Fix Credentialism and The Student Debt Crisis with Todd Zywicki

May 18th, 2021

25:11

Todd Zywicki (@ToddZywicki), law professor and author of Unprofitable Schooling: Examining Causes of, and Fixes for, America’s Broken Ivory Tower, …

Keith Rabois on Miami and Company-Building in 2021

May 16th, 2021

25:41

Keith Rabois (@rabois), partner at Founders Fund, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Why he decided to move to Miami and why it’s made him 30-40% happier.

- The benefits of clustering when you’re at the earliest …

How To Build an AI-First Company with Ash Fontana

May 13th, 2021

55:40

Ash Fontana (@ashfontana), author of The AI-First Company and partner at Zetta Venture Partners, joined Erik for a fireside chat for Villagers in May 2021. They discussed:

- Why AI creates defensibility and a true, …

Consumer Social, Marketplaces, and Becoming a Better Investor with James Currier

May 11th, 2021

1:01:21

James Currier (@JamesCurrier), partner at NFX, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded as part of an On Deck Angels event. They discuss:

- Why founders are more authentic at the accelerator stage than at the seed …

How Tech Can Transform Education with John Katzman

May 9th, 2021

51:47

John Katzman (@johnkatzman), CEO of Noodle, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- John’s theory that tech has had less of an impact on education …

Lessons Learned as an Investor and The Future of PropTech with Pete Flint

May 4th, 2021

1:01:29

Pete Flint (@peteflint), partner at NFX, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded as part of an On Deck Angels event. They discuss:

- Pete’s …

The State and Future of Space in 2021 with Delian Asparouhov and Chris Power

May 2nd, 2021

29:32

Delian Asparouhov (@zebulgar) of Varda and Founders Fund, and Chris Power (@2112Power), founder and CEO of Hadrian, join Erik on this episode to …

The State and Future of EdTech with Mercedes Bent and Anne Dwane

April 29th, 2021

49:45

Mercedes Bent (@mercebent), partner at Lightspeed, joins Erik and co-host Anne Dwane to discuss:

- What Mercedes and the EdTech space in general learned from General Assembly, a company ahead of its time.

- Her market map …

Andrew Wilkinson’s Lessons Learned From Building Tiny

April 27th, 2021

52:33

Andrew Wilkinson (@awilkinson) co-founder of Tiny, was interviewed by Andrew Barry of On Deck at a special event. They discussed:

- His start as a designer and how great product and design became the common thread that …

Restoring The Promise of Higher Education with Richard Vedder

April 25th, 2021

1:00:18

Richard Vedder, author of Restoring The Promise: Higher Education in America, joins Erik to discuss:

- The origins of the myth that higher education is the key to career success.

- The unintended consequences of student …

How To Grow as a Customer Success Professional with Kelly Hook

April 20th, 2021

15:37

Kelly Hook (@KellyHook), program director of the On Deck Customer Success program, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How she got into customer success.

- How the field of customer success got its start, just 25 …

Super Founders: What Data Reveals About Billion-Dollar Startups with Ali Tamaseb

April 18th, 2021

37:29

Ali Tamaseb (@alitamaseb), investor at DCVC and author of Super Founders: What Data Reveals About Billion-Dollar Startups joins Erik to discuss:

- His …

Scott Belsky’s Angel Investing Lessons and Requests For Startups

April 15th, 2021

47:44

Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky), angel investor and Chief Product Officer at Adobe, joined Erik for an On Deck Angels event to discuss:

- How he came to make his first investments in Uber and Pinterest.

- How his thinking on …

How To Grow as a Product Manager with Andrew Yu

April 13th, 2021

17:09

Andrew Yu (@andrewcyu), who is running the On Deck Product Management program, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- His non-traditional route to becoming a product manager. (Fun fact: He recently worked on the Biden …

The Future of the Creator Economy, Social Media, and Internet Culture with Rex Woodbury

April 11th, 2021

48:12

Rex Woodbury (@rex_woodbury) of Index Ventures joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Where he’s looking to invest in the creator economy.

- Why …

Risk, Confidence, and Seriousness: Katherine Boyle’s Advice For Founders

April 8th, 2021

47:14

Katherine Boyle (@KTmBoyle), partner at General Catalyst, joins Erik on this episode recorded as part of an event for Villagers. Due to technical …

The Future of Investing with Kyla Scanlon and Tom White

April 6th, 2021

23:38

Kyla Scanlon (@kylascan) and Tom White (@ TomJWhiteIV), who are running On Deck Investing, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Why managing your …

The Scout Mindset with Julia Galef

April 4th, 2021

55:33

Julia Galef (@juliagalef), author of The Scout Mindset, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Why everyone, including entrepreneurs, should want to …

Navigating Your Startup Through a Crisis with Pete Flint

April 1st, 2021

48:55

Pete Flint (@peteflint), partner at NFX, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded as part of an event for Villagers. They discuss:

- How to gain ground in a downturn as a startup by doubling down on the things that …

The State of Direct-To-Consumer in 2021 with Austin Rief and Nik Sharma

March 30th, 2021

42:19

Austin Rief (@austin_rief), co-founder of Morning Brew, and Nik Sharma (@mrsharma), investor, advisor, and operator at Sharma Brands, join Erik to discuss:

- Their direct-to-consumer investment theses.

- Interesting ways …

Justin Kan on Happiness, Hiring, and Time Management

March 28th, 2021

56:39

Justin Kan (@justinkan), investor and entrepreneur, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded as part of a special event for Villagers. They …

How No-Code is Enabling Entrepreneurship and the Creator Economy with Emmanuel Straschnov and KP

March 25th, 2021

28:59

Emmanuel Straschnov (@estraschnov), founder and co-CEO of Bubble, and KP (@thisiskp_) of On Deck, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The story of Bubble, which was founded in 2012.

- How no-code is changing the …

The 2020s, Economic Growth, and Deep Tech with Eli Dourado

March 23rd, 2021

53:18

Eli Dourado (@elidourado) of the Center for Growth and Opportunity, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Why Eli wants to radically increase GDP per capita and the current bottlenecks to achieving that.

- Why he …

The Future of Sleep Fitness with Matteo Franceschetti of Eight Sleep

March 21st, 2021

23:36

Matteo Franceschetti (@m_franceschetti), founder and CEO at Eight Sleep, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The differences between deep, light, and REM sleep, and how to "compress sleep" so that it takes up less …

Crypto, Gaming, and Space with Alice Lloyd George

March 18th, 2021

39:38

Alice Lloyd George (@alice__LG), VC at Rogue, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Why she loves studying Silicon Valley history and what she's learned from it.

- What she's learned being part of the crypto community …

Accelerating The Talent of The Future with Shriya Nevatia and Anirudh Pai

March 16th, 2021

25:59

Shriya Nevatia (@shriyanevatia) and Anirudh Pai (@ani_pai) of On Deck Catalyst join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Why you should look for a …

The Business of Belonging with David Spinks

March 14th, 2021

52:46

David Spinks (@DavidSpinks), author of The Business of Belonging, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The evolution of the different movements in …

The State and Future of NFTs with Cooper Turley

March 11th, 2021

38:06

Cooper Turley (@Cooopahtroopa), head of crypto strategy at Audius, joins Erik on this episode. They discuss:

- How he got into the space and how it …

Unbundling Higher Education with Megan O’Connor

March 9th, 2021

43:34

Megan O’Connor (@MeganMOConnor), Head of Strategic Partnerships at Chegg, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- What she saw change in education when the pandemic hit.

- Whether incumbent universities will adapt to a …

The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life with Luke Burgis

March 7th, 2021

52:10

Luke Burgis (@lukeburgis), author of Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How he’s making the audience for Rene Girard’s work bigger.

- Why innovation became high …

Secrets of Public Speaking and Oral Communication from Renowned Speaking Coach

March 4th, 2021

42:38

Michael Balaoing, founder of Candlelion, joins Ben Casnocha on this episode to discuss:

- The importance of the acronym WTF (what’s the feeling?) when …

Transforming Higher Education with Ryan Craig and Daniel Pianko

March 2nd, 2021

52:01

Ryan Craig (@ryancraigap) and Daniel Pianko (@danielpianko) of Achieve Partners join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The multiple crises in higher …

Relationship Coaching, Bloated MVPs, and Evaluating Startup Ideas with Liron Shapira

February 28th, 2021

39:16

Liron Shapira (@liron), co-founder of Relationship Hero, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How they are creating a new industry and new a field of study in relationships.

- Why people are becoming more …

Making It Easier For Startups To Get Started with Capbase with Greg Miaskiewicz and Sheel Mohnot

February 25th, 2021

38:45

Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), and Greg Miaskiewicz (@miaskiewicz), join Erik on this episode. Sheel is a Network Leader at Village Global, and Greg is CEO and co-founder of Capbase.

They discuss:

- How Capbase can help …

The Future of the US Dollar as the Global Reserve Currency with Lyn Alden, Nic Carter, Brent Johnson, and Luke Gromen

February 23rd, 2021

1:13:49

Erik is joined on this episode, recorded as part of a Big Ideas Clubhouse, by:

- Lyn Alden (@LynAldenContact), founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy

- Nic Carter (@nic__carter), partner at Castle Island Ventures

- Brent …

Principles of Product Management and Growth Marketing from Legendary PM Who Helped Build LinkedIn, Wealthfront, and Instacart

February 20th, 2021

47:40

Elliot Shmukler (@eshmu), of Anomalo, joins Ben Casnocha on the podcast to discuss:

- How growth marketing has evolved over the last decade or so …

The New Frontiers in Fintech with Sar Haribhakti

February 16th, 2021

28:24

Sar Haribhakti (@sarthakgh), program lead for On Deck Fintech, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How fintech has evolved over time, from PayPal …

Founder Tips, Focus, and Fintech with Santiago Suarez, CEO Addi.com

February 16th, 2021

21:52

Santiago Suarez (@SantiaSua), co-founder and CEO of ADDI, joins Village Global co-founder and partner Anne Dwane on this episode. They discuss:

- What he wish he knew when he started ADDI.

- Why hustle alone has never …

Learning in Public with Anna Gat and Anne-Laure Le Cunff

February 13th, 2021

54:40

Anna Gat (@TheAnnaGat), founder of Interintellect, and Anne-Laure Le Cunff (@anthilemoon), founder of Ness Labs, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- What it’s like putting on virtual events in the COVID era.

- The …

Transforming Metabolic Fitness with Josh Clemente of Levels

February 11th, 2021

25:43

Josh Clemente (@joshuasforrest), founder of Levels, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The personal story that led him to start the company.

- …

How To Build a Health Tech Company with Owen Willis and Nikhil Krishnan

February 9th, 2021

26:17

Owen Willis (@jowenwillis), lead of the On Deck Health Tech Fellowship, and Nikhil Krishnan (@nikillinit) of Out-of-Pocket, join Erik on this episode …

Tether, Bitcoin Double-Spend Allegations, and The Weaponization of the Market with David Fauchier

February 7th, 2021

42:29

David Fauchier (@dfauchier), of Nickel Digital Asset Management, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The philosophy at Nickel Digital and the strategies they’re looking to back.

- A primer on market making.

- His …

What the Science of Relationships Can Teach Founders with Behavioral Scientist Logan Ury

February 4th, 2021

44:33

Logan Ury (@loganury), Director of Relationship Science at Hinge and author of How To Not Die Alone, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Why a …

How To Create a Successful Online Course with Andrew Barry

February 2nd, 2021

19:44

Andrew Barry (@Bazzaruto), program director for On Deck Course Creators, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The history of online courses and why they’ve exploded in the past few years.

- What the On Deck Course …

Investing in New Asset Classes and The Future of Venture with Ali Hamed and Brian Harwitt

January 31st, 2021

54:37

Ali Hamed (@AliBHamed) and Brian Harwitt (@bharwitt) of CoVenture join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Their new fund, Crossbeam Venture Partners, and what they’re investing in.

- The types of new asset classes they’re …

Online Communities, Hardware, and Investing Frameworks with Nabeel Hyatt

January 28th, 2021

49:57

Nabeel Hyatt (@nabeel), investor at Spark Capital, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded as part of an On Deck Angels event. They discuss:

- His path to becoming an investor.

- Why he likens being a VC to being a …

How To Become a Great Speaker and Storyteller with Robbie Crabtree

January 26th, 2021

35:45

Robbie Crabtree (@robbiecrab), founder of On Deck Performative Speaking, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The importance of conveying emotion to an audience.

- Communicating in a Zoom world.

- How he uses pop …

Cloudflare Co-Founder Michelle Zatlyn’s Advice on Hiring, Fundraising, Scaling, and more

January 24th, 2021

50:34

Michelle Zatlyn (@zatlyn), co-founder, president, and COO of Cloudflare, joined Village Global co-founder and partner Ben Casnocha for a masterclass with our founders in late 2020.

They discussed:

- The origin story of …

The Psychology of Money with Morgan Housel

January 21st, 2021

58:15

Morgan Housel (@morganhousel), partner at Collaborative Fund, and author of the book The Psychology of Money, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- …

Marc Andreessen and Erik Torenberg on How To Fix Higher Education

January 19th, 2021

27:27

Marc Andreessen of a16z (@pmarca) and Erik Torenberg (@eriktorenberg) joined Sriram Krishnan (@sriramk) and Aarthi Ramamurthy (@aarthir) on their …

Calm.com CEO on How He Built the World's #1 Meditation App

January 16th, 2021

49:28

Michael Acton Smith, co-founder and co-CEO of Calm, joined Ben Casnocha, co-founder and partner of Village Global, at a special virtual masterclass for Village Global founders, Network Leaders, and friends of the firm. …

How To Supercharge Your Career in Design with Mindaugas Petrutis and Jeff Anders

January 12th, 2021

23:42

Mindaugas Petrutis, head of the On Deck Design Fellowship, and Jeff Anders (Hilnbrand) (@jeffand_), Co-Founder of Ambrook, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The On Deck Design Fellowship.

- The five I’s of design.

The Future of Online Advertising with Hikari Senju of Omneky

January 11th, 2021

21:57

Hikari Senju (@hisenju), founder of Omneky, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The state of online advertising today.

- Why Hikari started Omneky, how it works, and how it’s helping small businesses.

- Advances in …

The Rise of Contract-To-Hire with Peer Richelsen and Andreas Klinger

January 10th, 2021

24:52

Peer Richelsen (@peer_rich), founder of Lean Hire and Head of Product at On Deck, and Andreas Klinger (@andreasklinger), CTO at On Deck, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Why global hiring is broken.

- How …

Investments as Products, Asking Better Questions, and Improving as an Investor with Phin Barnes

January 6th, 2021

1:01:15

Phin Barnes (@phineasb), venture capitalist, most recently at First Round, joins Erik on this episode which was recorded as part of an On Deck Angels event.

They discuss:

- Why he thinks of an investment as a product.

- …

A Playbook For Fundraising with Marc McCabe

January 3rd, 2021

37:58

Marc McCabe (@mccabe), partner at Oyster Capital, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- What people get wrong when they’re preparing to fundraise.

- The importance of stress-testing a deck, and how to do it.

- The right …

Increasing Scientific Progress and Improving Institutions with Alexey Guzey

December 31st, 2020

42:48

Increasing Scientific Progress and Improving Institutions with Alexey Guzey

Alexey Guzey (@alexeyguzey), independent researcher, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- His thoughts on how to make scientific institutions …

How To Be Unapologetically Ambitious with Shellye Archambeau

December 29th, 2020

42:43

Shellye Archambeau (@ShelArchambeau), one of tech’s first black female CEOs and author of Unapologetically Ambitious, joins Village Global co-founder …

The Rise of the Post-Seed Round with Paul Martino

December 27th, 2020

36:09

Paul Martino (@ahpah), co-founder of Bullpen Capital, joins Village Global co-founder and partner Anne Dwane on this episode.

They discuss:

- Stories …

Solving The Student Debt Crisis with Amira Yahyaoui and Deena Shakir

December 22nd, 2020

50:15

Amira Yahyaoui (@Mira404) of Mos and Deena Shakir (@deenashakir), partner at Lux Capital, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Amira’s part in the …

How Conversation Analytics is Changing Hiring with Metaview's Siadhal Magos

December 20th, 2020

34:37

Siadhal Magos (@smagos), co-founder of Metaview, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- What Metaview can offer and what inspired him and his co-founder to start it.

- Insights from how teams grew at Uber and Palantir.

- …

Building Membership-Based Communities with Greg Isenberg and Justin Murphy

December 17th, 2020

50:06

Greg Isenberg (@gregisenberg) of Late Checkout, and Justin Murphy (@jmrphy), social scientist and philosopher, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- …

Hacking Communities with Laís de Oliveira

December 15th, 2020

59:44

Laís de Oliveira (@isolive), author of Hacking Communities, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The “why now” for her book.

- Why we are more …

Why Ambitious People Should Write with Max Nussenbaum, Kyla Scanlon, and Jake Singer

December 13th, 2020

36:47

Erik is joined on this episode by Max Nussenbaum (@maxnuss), who runs the writing fellowship at On Deck, Kyla Scanlon (@scanlon_kyla), who runs the blog Data Data Data, and Jake Singer (@jakesing_), who runs the blog …

Chiefs of Staff in the Tech Ecosystem with Jay Kennedy and Rishi Tripathy

December 10th, 2020

25:49

Jay Kennedy (@jameswkennedy), Chief of Staff at Floodgate, and Rishi Tripathy (@rishi_tripathy_), Chief of Staff at On Deck, join Erik on this …

Creating a Life Improvement Platform with Brent Franson of Most Days

December 10th, 2020

44:03

Brent Franson (@brentfranson), founder and CEO of Most Days (mostdays.com), joins Ben Casnocha on this episode to discuss:

- How the company is …

Growth and Go-To-Market with Brian Balfour and Pascal Levy-Garboua

December 8th, 2020

53:48

Brian Balfour (@bbalfour), of Reforge, and Long Journey Ventures, and Pascal Levy-Garboua (@2pasc) of Long Journey Ventures, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Common mistakes that early-stage companies make in …

Building, Media, and Post-COVID Trends with Joe Marchese

December 6th, 2020

48:54

Joe Marchese, media exec and multiple time co-founder of CKBG, Human Ventures, true[X], and Attention Capital, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

The State and Future of Crypto in 2020 with Avichal Garg

December 3rd, 2020

49:35

Avichal Garg (@avichal), Managing Partner at Electric Capital, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- How he came to be running Electric Capital.

- Their perspective and thesis.

- What’s newly possible with computers …

The Future of Climate Tech with Candice Ammori

December 1st, 2020

28:49

Candice Ammori joins Erik on this episode. Candice is heading the Climate Tech Fellowship at On Deck. They discuss:

- The issue of climate change and …

Consumer Social, Gaming, and Pinduoduo with Turner Novak

November 29th, 2020

35:53

Turner Novak (@TurnerNovak), general partner (and Chief Meme Officer) at Gelt VC, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How he’s thinking about consumer social as an investor in 2020.

- Where he’s interested in …

Overcoming Fear of Change with Jason Feifer

November 26th, 2020

1:06:21

Jason Feifer (@heyfeifer), editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine and host of three podcasts, including Pessimists Archive, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Why fears repeat over time throughout history.

- The …

Creating Innovation Ecosystems with Dr. Anton Howes

November 24th, 2020

1:04:10

Dr. Anton Howes (@antonhowes), author of Arts & Minds, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How to create conditions where innovation is easier and better.

- Why he wrote the book and the key question he was …

The State and Future of Food On-Demand with Max Mullen, Mike Duboe, and Brandon Hill

November 22nd, 2020

1:10:13

Brandon Hill (@IamBrandonHill), CEO of Vori, Max Mullen (@Max), co-founder of Instacart, and Mike Duboe (@mduboe), GP at Greylock, join Erik on this …

Reid Hoffman and Chamath Palihapitiya on Angel Investing and The Future of Venture

November 19th, 2020

39:33

Chamath Palihapitiya (@chamath), CEO of Social Capital, and Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman), partner at Greylock, joined Village Global co-founder and partner Ben Casnocha at a special Village Global event.

Angel Island …

Common Early-Stage Scaling Mistakes and How To Avoid Them with Ty Walrod

November 17th, 2020

33:54

Ty Walrod (@tywalrod), two-time founder and program director of On Deck Scale, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The On Deck Scale program, how it works, and how it can help founders scale.

- Common reasons that …

Keith Rabois’s Advice For Angel Investors

November 15th, 2020

1:06:22

Keith Rabois (@rabois), partner at Founders Fund, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded as part of an On Deck event. They discuss:

- How he …

Unbundling Investment Management with Alex Robinson of Juniper Square

November 12th, 2020

45:16

Alex Robinson (@arobinsontweets), co-founder and CEO of Juniper Square (@juniper_square), joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The experience that led him to create Juniper Square and the vision for the company.

- How …

Getting an Early-Stage Startup Job with Anthony Nardini

November 10th, 2020

30:44

Anthony Nardini of the On Deck Team joins Erik to discuss:

- The OD50 Fellowship, what it will be like, and who should go through it.

- Why people …

The State of Healthcare in 2020 with Nikhil Krishnan

November 8th, 2020

59:20

Nikhil Krishnan (@nikillinit), founder of Out of Pocket, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How employer-based healthcare came to be and how it might change.

- Comparisons of the US healthcare system to other …

SaaS Growth, Product Management, Retention, Flywheels: Behind the Paywall with Lenny Rachitsky

November 5th, 2020

51:04

Lenny Rachitsky (@lennysan), creator of Lenny’s Newsletter and a former PM at Airbnb, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The best bottom-up SaaS metrics to track and why these companies are so sought-after right …

All Things Communities with Jacob Peters

November 3rd, 2020

39:43

Jacob Peters (@J__Cub), co-founder of Commsor, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- What makes a great community.

- The difference between a community and a network.

- How to get a community off the ground.

- Phases of …

Counteracting Climate Change with Carbon Removal with Nan Ransohoff and Ryan Orbuch of Stripe

November 1st, 2020

44:29

Nan Ransohoff (@nanransohoff) and Ryan Orbuch (@orbuch), who are leading the climate initiative at Stripe, join Erik to discuss:

- Stripe’s climate change initiative and how it came to be.

- Why they are focusing on …

Europe’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem with Erika Batista and Gonz Sanchez

October 29th, 2020

39:44

Erika Batista (@erikabatista) and Gonz Sanchez (@gonsanchezs), of On Deck join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How the European startup scene has …

Getting Started with No-Code and Building in Public with Karthik Puvvada

October 27th, 2020

21:22

Karthik Puvvada (@thisiskp_), director of On Deck’s No-Code Fellowship, joins Erik to discuss:

- How he got into no-code and how the space has evolved.

Working in Public with Nadia Eghbal

October 24th, 2020

50:52

Nadia Eghbal (@nayafia) of Substack joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The background of her book, Working in Public, and the “why now” for it.

- What she’s learned about open source that can be applied to other …

Privacy and Security for Early-Stage Startups with Shrav Mehta

October 22nd, 2020

36:18

Shrav Mehta (@shravvmehtaa), founder and CEO of Secureframe, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How he navigated the idea maze to start …

Reimagining Collaboration For Designers and Developers with Dani Grant of Jam

October 19th, 2020

19:43

Dani Grant (@thedanigrant), co-founder at Jam, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How she came to start Jam, the product, and the problem that …

The Past, Present, and Future of the NBA with Dan Barto

October 18th, 2020

1:14:20

Dan Barto of IMG Academy joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How the game of basketball has evolved over the last few decades.

- What the next …

Greg Isenberg on the World of Opportunity in Consumer Social

October 15th, 2020

53:33

Greg Isenberg (@gregisenberg), founder of Late Checkout, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How COVID has impacted the space and how it changes what is possible.

- Where the opportunities and white space are in …

When Engineers Run Venture with Jake Ellowitz and Alex Chee

October 13th, 2020

58:48

Alex Chee (@alexnchee) and Jake Ellowitz (@wakkadojo), who help run product and engineering at Tribe Capital, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How the product and engineering-oriented mindset at Tribe impacts …

Redesigning School for Students To Thrive with Rebecca Kaden of USV and Garrett Smiley of Sora Schools

October 10th, 2020

31:33

Garrett Smiley (@gw_smiles), co-founder of Sora Schools, and Rebecca Kaden (@rebeccakaden), investor at USV, join special guest host Anne Dwane …

A Deep Dive on Cannabis with Karan Wadhera of Casa Verde 

October 8th, 2020

37:25

Karan Wadhera (@karanw), managing partner at Casa Verde Capital, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The evolution of the space and how it has …

Building Mind-Controlled Bionic Arms with Tyler Hayes

October 6th, 2020

39:54

Tyler Hayes (@thetylerhayes), CEO of Atom Limbs, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- His mission to create mind-controlled bionic arms at Atom …

The Untold History of the Internet with Chris Castiglione

October 4th, 2020

49:33

Chris Castiglione (@castig), co-founder of One Month, adjunct professor at Columbia, and author of a new book on decentralization called The Untold …

Investing During the Global Crisis with Alfred Chuang and Chris McCann of Race Capital

October 1st, 2020

48:00

Alfred Chuang and Chris McCann (@mccannatron) of Race Capital joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Where they were investing during COVID and how to find opportunities in a crisis.

- Where they’re excited in the …

Elad Gil and Kevin Hartz on Angel Investing, SPACs, and The Evolution of Venture

September 29th, 2020

28:54

Elad Gil (@eladgil), entrepreneur and investor, and Kevin Hartz (@kevinhartz), investor and co-founder of Eventbrite, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What they think is special about each other’s investing …

Keith Rabois and Jacob Helberg on The US-China Cold War, The Election, and Silicon Valley

September 27th, 2020

1:08:24

Keith Rabois (@rabois), partner at Founders Fund, and Jacob Helberg (@jacobhelberg), senior advisor at Stanford Cyber, adjunct fellow at CSIS, and formerly of Google, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Why the US …

Building and Investing in Social Entertainment Products For Gen Z with Sacha Lazimi and François Meteyer

September 24th, 2020

43:18

Sacha Lazimi (@SachaLaz), co-founder and CEO of Yubo, and François Meteyer (@FrancoisMeteyer), partner at Alven, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The founding of Yubo and the philosophy behind the app.

- What …

Investing in SaaS and Digital Marketplaces with Point Nine Capital

September 22nd, 2020

48:09

Erik is joined on this episode by Ricardo Sequerra (@ric0seq), Pawel Chudzinski (@pawell), Christoph Janz (@chrija), and Louis Coppey (@louicop), partners at Point Nine Capital.

They discuss:

- The background of the fund …

Silicon Valley, Libertarianism, and Lessons From Uber with Flo Crivello

September 20th, 2020

1:20:01

Flo Crivello (@altimor), former product manager and engineer at Uber, and now starting his next thing, joins Erik to discuss:

- Lessons he learned at Uber, and what he might have done differently if he were in charge of …

Lessons From Building Shyp and Airhouse with Kevin Gibbon

September 17th, 2020

42:23

Kevin Gibbon (@kevingibbon), co-founder of Airhouse and formerly co-founder of Shyp, joins Erik on this episode. Airhouse provides modern, all-in-one ecommerce operations for direct-to-consumer companies.

They discuss:

- …

How To Start and Grow a Podcast with David Perrell, Jeff Umbro, and Sachit Gupta

September 15th, 2020

48:02

Erik is joined on this episode by:

- David Perrell (@david_perell), of North Star Podcast

- Jeff Umbro (@jeffumbro), of Podglomerate

- Sachit Gupta …

The State of Innovation Systems with Ben Reinhardt

September 13th, 2020

1:07:30

Ben Reinhardt (@Ben_Reinhardt), independent researcher and host of Idea Machines Podcast, joins Erik to discuss:

- Why we don’t have more cool science …

Startup Ideas, Finding a Co-Founder, and Lessons From Dropbox with Aston Motes

September 10th, 2020

56:22

Aston Motes (@__aston__), first employee at Dropbox and executive director at /dev/color, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded as part of an …

Fintech, Consumer Social, and Transportation with Andy Johns

September 8th, 2020

46:45

Andy Johns (@ibringtraffic), investor at Unusual Ventures, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- His thoughts on transportation at short distances and the business model problem that these companies face.

- Where his …

Evaluating Social Capital with Julian Lehr

September 6th, 2020

44:23

Julian Lehr (@lehrjulian) of Stripe joins Erik on this episode. He is the author of the blog post Signalling as a Service.

- The background of the …

Fintech 2.0 and Post-COVID Fintech Trends with Alexa von Tobel and Mark Batsiyan

September 3rd, 2020

37:08

Alexa von Tobel (@alexavontobel) and Mark Batsiyan (@mbatny) of Inspired Capital join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What fintech 2.0 will look like and their experiences growing a company during the fintech 1.0 …

Institutional Investing in Crypto with Marcos Veremis and David Fauchier

September 1st, 2020

50:58

Marcos Veremis, managing director at Evanston Capital Management, and David Fauchier (@dfauchier), CIO at Cambrial Capital, join Erik to discuss:

- How they became interested in crypto.

- How institutions have approached …

Progress, Cities, and Biotech with Anirudh Pai

August 30th, 2020

1:17:15

Erik is joined by Anirudh Pai (@ani_pai), co-founder of the Conservative Curious podcast and creator of the Dreams of Electric Sheep newsletter.

They discuss:

- Why people don’t crave scientific advancement.

- What the …

How To Start and Grow a Newsletter with Lenny Rachitsky and Nadia Eghbal

August 27th, 2020

49:47

Nadia Eghbal (@nayafia), of Substack, and author of Working in Public, and Lenny Rachitsky (@lennysan), author of a newsletter on product and growth and former Airbnb PM, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

- The On …

How To Get Started Angel Investing with Nick Caldwell, Sheel Mohnot, and Anne Dwane

August 25th, 2020

39:39

Erik is joined by:

- Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), fintech seed investor
- Nick Caldwell (@nickcald), VP of Engineering at Twitter and angel investor
- Anne Dwane (@adwane), partner at Village Global

To discuss:

- The craft of …

History Has Begun with Bruno Maçães

August 23rd, 2020

1:44:11

Bruno Maçães (@MacaesBruno), author of History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What people don’t appreciate or misunderstand about China.

- His thoughts on Fukuyama.

- The …

Building A New Model For Higher Education with Stephen Kosslyn

August 20th, 2020

36:57

Stephen Kosslyn (@skosslyn), president and Chief Academic Officer at Foundry College, joins Erik to discuss:

- The current challenges in traditional …

The State of Universities in 2020 with Noah Smith

August 18th, 2020

42:58

Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) of Bloomberg joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- Whether the current version of college as a “high tuition summer camp” …

Progress Studies in 2020 with Jason Crawford

August 16th, 2020

1:11:57

Jason Crawford (@jasoncrawford), author of The Roots of Progress, joins Erik to discuss:

- The key aspects of human progress.

- The history of progress over time.

- Whether we’ve traded off progress for safety.

- Why the …

Investing in Healthcare in 2020 with Niko Skievaski and Nikita Singareddy

August 13th, 2020

56:59

Niko Skievaski (@niko_ski), founder and president of Redox, and Nikita Singareddy (@singareddynm), investor at RRE Ventures, join Erik to discuss:

- …

Everything You Need To Know About SPACs with Anuj Abrol

August 11th, 2020

54:58

Anuj Abrol (@nujabrol), founder of Witty Wealth and formerly Chief of Staff at Atrium, joins Erik to discuss:

- Why public stock activity has surged, …

The State of Charter Cities in 2020 with Mark Lutter

August 9th, 2020

1:16:59

Mark Lutter (@MarkLutter), founder and executive director of the Charter City Institute, joins Erik.

They discuss:

- The key factors that make …

The State of Prediction Markets and Crypto in 2020 with Joey Krug

August 6th, 2020

58:47

Joey Krug (@joeykrug), founder of Augur and partner at Pantera Capital, joins Erik to discuss:

- How prediction markets have evolved over time.

- An …

Building Startups in the New Normal, Supporting Founders Using a Beginner's Mind with Steve Jang

August 4th, 2020

1:11:50

Erik's chat with founder/angel-turned-VC, @stevejang of @kindredventures, about supporting founders at seed and how building startups has changed in this cycle:

- using a beginner’s mind
- importance of creativity & …

The Past, Present, and Future of the US-China Relationship with Tanner Greer

August 2nd, 2020

1:43:22

Tanner Greer (@Scholars_Stage), author of the Scholars Stage blog, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The differences in perspectives between …

Unbundling Professorship with Justin Murphy

July 30th, 2020

1:30:01

Justin Murphy (@jmrphy), full-stack professor, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The current problems with academia.

- Challenges that …

The State and Future of Education in 2020 with Megan O’Connor

July 28th, 2020

42:14

Megan O’Connor (@MeganMOConnor), entrepreneur-in-residence at Kaplan, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The recent waves of innovation in …

Science, Innovation, and Longevity with Jose Luis Ricón Fernández de la Puente

July 26th, 2020

2:40:21

Jose Luis Ricón Fernández de la Puente (@ArtirKel) joins Erik on this episode. He is currently at Twitter and is a researcher in several areas including the science of longevity.

They discuss:

- How science funding works …

Silicon Valley and the US-China Cold War with Jacob Helberg

July 23rd, 2020

31:35

Jacob Helberg (@jacobhelberg), senior advisor at Stanford Cyber, adjunct fellow at CSIS, and formerly of Google, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The competition between the US and China.

- The biggest …

Investing in Chinese Companies with Eric Rosenblum

July 21st, 2020

35:40

Eric Rosenblum, partner at Tsingyuan Ventures, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- US-China relations.

- The differences between the internet markets in the US and China.

- The (potential) rise of deep tech and …

Journalism, Subscriptions, and Podcasting with Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

July 19th, 2020

59:01

Li Jin (@ljin18), formerly of a16z and founder of a new firm called Atelier, and Nathan Baschez (@nbashaw), writer of Divinations and co-founder of the Everything bundle, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Where …

What Dan Romero Thinks About Basically Everything

July 16th, 2020

1:42:22

Dan Romero (@dwr), formerly of Coinbase, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Why startup titles are an unnecessary distraction.

- The lessons he learned from scaling Coinbase.

- Some of the best books he’s read.

- …

Technology and Freedom with Michael Solana

July 14th, 2020

1:07:13

Mike Solana (@micsolana), of Founders Fund, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What brought him to Founders Fund.

- Collectivism versus …

Mark Pincus on Product Management, Raising Capital, and Building Zynga

July 12th, 2020

1:10:59

Mark Pincus (@markpinc) joined us last summer in San Francisco for a town hall with Ben Casnocha, co-founder and partner at Village Global.

Mark is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Zynga, and is an angel investor in …

Lessons from Founding and Scaling Thumbtack with Sander Daniels

July 9th, 2020

53:10

Sander Daniels (@sanderdaniels), co-founder of Thumbtack, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded as part of the OnDeck Fellowship.

They discuss:

- The origin story of Thumbtack and how he came together with his …

The Future of Journalism, Religion, and Polarization with Katherine Boyle

July 7th, 2020

53:37

Katherine Boyle (@KTmBoyle), investor at General Catalyst, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Katherine’s piece in the Washington Post about …

Investing in B2B Marketplaces with Kent Bennett and Dhruv Jain

July 5th, 2020

50:02

Dhruv Jain (@groovyydhruvy) and Kent Bennett (@kentbennett) of Bessemer join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Why B2B marketplaces version 1.0 didn’t work and how version 2.0 can succeed.

- How to make a vertical …

Finding The Right Idea, Co-Founder, and Early Employees with Sean Linehan

July 2nd, 2020

58:01

Sean Linehan (@seanlinehan), co-founder and CEO of Placement, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded as part of an OnDeck Fellowship event.

They discuss:

- How he navigated the idea maze after leaving Flexport before …

Evaluating Markets and Picking Startup Ideas with Charles Hudson

June 30th, 2020

53:15

Charles Hudson, founder of Precursor, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded live as part of an OnDeck Fellowship event.

They discuss:

- How he decides what to invest in.

- Why he says that he is often “looking for …

Investing in Fighting Climate Change with Dani Grant and Landon Brand

June 28th, 2020

50:00

Landon Brand of Wren (@project_wren) and Dani Grant (@thedanigrant) of USV, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Dani’s deep dive on the climate …

Cleantech, Globalization, and Climate Change with Ramez Naam

June 25th, 2020

53:16

Ramez Naam (@ramez), author of the Nexus series, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The arc of his career and what drove him to work on what he did.

- Why clean energy didn’t realize its potential in the 2000s and …

This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World with Yancey Strickler

June 23rd, 2020

55:40

Yancey Strickler (@ystrickler), co-founder of Kickstarter and author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, joins Erik …

The State of Consumer in 2020 with Jeff Morris Jr. and Henry McNamara

June 21st, 2020

37:33

Jeff Morris Jr., founder of Chapter One, and Henry McNamara (@henrylmcnamara) of Great Oaks VC join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The reasons for the change in the D2C market and why companies that were part of …

Lessons From Building a Direct-To-Consumer Insurance Startup with Mike Rudoy and Luke Cohler

June 18th, 2020

48:29

Mike Rudoy (@mrudoy) and Luke Cohler (@ljcohler) of Jetty join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The story of founding Jetty and how they got to where they are today.

- The problems around rent affordability in the US …

Growth Strategies For Early-Stage Companies with Fareed Mosavat and Jeff Chang

June 16th, 2020

52:12

Fareed Mosavat (@far33d), EIR at Reforge and former director of product at Slack, and Jeff Chang (@jeffchang30), growth engineering lead at Pinterest and angel investor, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What’s …

A Clinic on All Things Sales with Peter Kazanjy

June 11th, 2020

49:10

Peter Kazanjy (@Kazanjy), co-founder of Atrium and author of Founding Sales, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The difference between selling …

Unbundling Journalism with Chris Best of Substack

June 4th, 2020

46:15

Chris Best (@cjgbest), co-founder and CEO of Substack, joins Erik on this episode. They discuss:

- How the idea for Substack came about and the early days of the company.

- How the internet has impacted media and …

The Unbundling of Religion with Meera Clark and Annie Kadavy

June 2nd, 2020

52:23

Annie Kadavy (@akad), of Redpoint, and Meera Clark (@itsmeeraclark), of Obvious Ventures, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The trends behind increasing loneliness and the decline of religion.

- Where they’re …

All Things Growth in a COVID World with Mike Duboe, Dan Hockenmaier, and Dave Weinstein

May 31st, 2020

1:04:53

Mike Duboe (@mduboe) of Greylock, Dan Hockenmaier (@danhockenmaier) of Basis One, and Dave Weinstein, also of Basis One, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The impacts of the pandemic on businesses and what will …

Crypto, ISAs, and VC with Jesse Walden

May 28th, 2020

51:51

Jesse Walden (@jessewldn), formerly of a16z and founder of Variant Fund, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- How he got into crypto.

- What has changed in the space since Bitcoin came out.

- What it means to be an …

The Future of Wealth Management and Self-Driving Money™ with Chris Hutchins

May 26th, 2020

47:57

Chris Hutchins (@hutchins) of Wealthfront joins Erik to talk about:

- How he became a “huge personal finance nerd.” He tells the story of ordering …

Mike Maples on Navigating the Idea Maze and Building Breakthrough Companies

May 24th, 2020

56:40

Mike Maples (@m2jr), co-founder and partner at Floodgate, joins Erik to talk about:

- Insight hacking as a scientific way to generate insights, including specific steps to take and how to “backcast.”

- The types of …

Balaji Srinivasan on Navigating the Idea Maze and Finding a Co-Founder

May 23rd, 2020

23:06

This episode with Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis) was recorded as part of an OnDeck fellowship session.

They discuss:

- The concept of ikigai and how it can help you plan your next career move.

- How to think about when to …

The Bull and the Bear Case for the American Economy with Dan McMurtrie

May 21st, 2020

58:06

Dan McMurtrie (@SuperMugatu) of Tyro Partners joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- His writing on the crisis, how he has analyzed it, and why …

The Future of Higher Education Post-COVID with Lee Edwards

May 19th, 2020

48:57

Lee Edwards (@terronk) of Root Ventures joins Erik on this episode. They discuss:

- The story of how he became interested in the topic.

- His requests for startups in the space.

- The ISA model.

- Which companies he’s …

VC and Company-Building in a COVID World with Fred Destin

May 17th, 2020

54:51

Fred Destin (@fdestin), founder of Stride.VC, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What the ideal fund size is in Fred's opinion.

- His thoughts on diversification in venture.

- What his prediction for a possible …

Byrne Hobart on COVID-19 and its Effects on the Financial Markets

May 16th, 2020

2:07:08

Byrne Hobart (@ByrneHobart), creator of The Diff (diff.substack.com), joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- How have the past few months changed our understanding of institutions and our trust in them
- Is the …

Arnold Kling on Second-Order Effects from COVID-19

May 14th, 2020

59:26

Arnold Kling (@klingblog), economist and author, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What experts disagree on with respect to COVID-19.

- How …

Understanding The Current Macroeconomic Situation with Scott Sumner

May 12th, 2020

1:15:58

Scott Sumner, research associate on monetary policy at the Mercatus Center, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What the US has done well and …

Starting a Company in the COVID Era with Ann-Miura Ko

May 10th, 2020

1:01:03

Ann-Miura Ko (@annimaniac), joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded as part of an On Deck Fellowship event.

They discuss:

- Her perspectives on what it was like to start a company in the last several downturns and why …

The Past, Present, and Future of EdTech with John Danner and Michael Staton

May 5th, 2020

1:23:37

John Danner (@jwdanner) of Dunce Capital and Michael Staton (@mpstaton) of Learn Capital join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- How EdTech has …

Austen Allred and Rishi Mandal on Turning In-Person Experiences into Digital Form

May 3rd, 2020

51:52

Austen Allred (@austen), CEO of Lambda School, and Rishi Mandal (@rmandal), founder of Future, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- How Austen …

COVID, Financial Markets, and Bitcoin with Gabe Bassin and Taylor Pearson

April 30th, 2020

1:23:04

Gabe Bassin (@gabebassin) and Taylor Pearson (@TaylorPearsonMe) join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The ins and outs of what each of the fed and treasury are doing at this time.

- The impacts of the pandemic on …

Creating Tools For Networked Thought with Conor White-Sullivan of Roam Research

April 28th, 2020

52:53

Conor White-Sullivan (@Conaw), founder of Roam Research, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What they're working on at Roam and what will be …

How COVID Impacts LPs, Venture Funds, and the Macro Environment with Samir Kaji

April 26th, 2020

50:54

Samir Kaji (@SamirKaji), managing director at First Republic Bank, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The state of the financial world before COVID and the cracks that Samir saw in the system last year.

- Why …

The Future of Direct-To-Consumer in a COVID World with Jesse Genet and Stephan Ango

April 23rd, 2020

1:10:58

Jesse Genet (@jessegenet) and Stephan Ango (@kepano), co-founders of Lumi, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- How Lumi works, and how the company changes how a DTC brand does business.

- How community influences …

Andreas Klinger on How To Go Remote

April 21st, 2020

49:15

Andreas Klinger (@andreasklinger), head of remote at AngelList and creator of Remote First Capital, joins Erik on this episode. This was recorded as part of an OnDeck session.

They discuss:

- The impact of COVID-19 on …

The Future of Fintech After COVID with Sheel Mohnot and Jayni Shah

April 19th, 2020

48:25

Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi) of Better Tomorrow and Jayni Shah (@shahjayni) of Accomplice join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The state of fintech pre-COVID and the high level of activity in the space over the last …

How COVID-19 is Transforming Digital Health with Kristin Baker Spohn and Deena Shakir

April 16th, 2020

55:58

Kristin Baker Spohn (@kbakes) of CRV and Deena Shakir (@deenashakir) of Lux Capital join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What Kristin has noticed about the space after moving from operator to investor.

- How COVID …

How COVID-19 Impacts Startups and Venture Capital with Ali Hamed and Brent Beshore

April 14th, 2020

50:55

Ali Hamed (@AliBHamed), investor at CoVenture, and Brent Beshore (@BrentBeshore), founder and CEO of Permanent Equity, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Their advice for venture firms and companies trying to …

Nir Eyal on His New Book, "Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life"

April 13th, 2020

55:24

Nir Eyal (@nireyal), bestselling author of "Hooked" and "Indistractable", joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The psychology behind distraction …

Jo Varshney and Kiran Bellubi on Village Global’s Network Catalyst Accelerator

April 13th, 2020

1:03:22

Village Global co-founder Erik Torenberg (@eriktorenberg) chatted with Jo Varshney (@jo_getter), founder and CEO of VeriSIM Life and Kiran Bellubbi (@smalldozes), founder of Keyo, about their experience with the Village …

Cultivating More Entrepreneurs For Social Impact with Matt Clifford and Alice Bentinck

April 12th, 2020

1:01:12

Matt Clifford (@matthewclifford) and Alice Bentinck (@alicebentinck), co-founders of Entrepreneur First, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What EF is all about and why Matt says that being an entrepreneur is one …

Karan Talati and Keenan Johnson on the Future of Manufacturing

April 8th, 2020

34:24

Karan Talati (@ktal90), Co-founder and CEO of First Resonance, and Keenan Johnson (@keenanjohnson), aerospace engineer, join Erik on this episode.

Building The Berkshire Hathaway of The Internet with Andrew Wilkinson

April 7th, 2020

56:42

Andrew Wilkinson (@awilkinson) co-founder of Tiny, joins Erik and co-host David Booth (@david__booth), CEO of OnDeck, on this episode.

They discuss:

- …

What Life and Startups will Look Like After COVID-19 with Immad Akhund and Jude Gomila

April 6th, 2020

1:23:08

Immad Akhund (@immad), founder and CEO of Mercury, and Jude Gomila (@judegomila), founder and CEO of Golden, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- …

Sahil Lavingia on the Creator Economy, Venture Capital, and Rethinking Success

March 31st, 2020

58:29

Sahil Lavingia (@shl), founder and CEO of Gumroad, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The story of starting Gumroad, raising money, and getting featured in the media.

- Going from a twenty person company to a five …

Gaming, Crypto, and Advice For Founders with Gigi Levy-Weiss

March 29th, 2020

1:17:40

Gigi Levy-Weiss (@gigilevy) of NFX joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The history and evolution of gaming and why he’s excited about the space.

All Things Recruiting with Andy Chen and Jose Guardado

March 26th, 2020

1:54:00

Andy Chen (@andychen), partner at Coatue, and Jose Guardado (https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseguardado/), founder of a new company, join Erik on this …

Ayn Rand, Progress, and Silicon Valley with Jason Crawford and Yaron Brook

March 24th, 2020

50:42

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in January 2020 at Ayn Rand Con. Erik interviewed Jason Crawford and Yaron Brook.

Jason …

The Angel-Operator Fund Trend, Building Prosumer Software, and Finding Product-Market Fit with Rahul Vohra and Todd Goldberg

March 22nd, 2020

54:05

Rahul Vohra (@rahulvohra), founder and CEO of Superhuman, and Todd Goldberg (@toddg777), angel investor, join Erik on this episode. They’ve raised a …

Nick Mehta on The State of SaaS and Customer Success in 2020

March 20th, 2020

50:06

Nick Mehta (@nrmehta), CEO at Gainsight, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- SaaS sub-sectors that Nick is excited about

- Is Customer Success a skillset, function, a software stack?

- What are the most common …

Digital Health and Marketplaces with Angela Tran

March 17th, 2020

45:18

Angela Tran (@angelatytran), GP at Version One, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- How digital health is helping to empower consumers.

- The unbundling of healthcare.

- Her requests for startups in healthcare.

- The …

#OpenLP: Platforms, Common Stock, and Disrupting Venture with Alex Bangash

March 15th, 2020

1:09:48

Alex Bangash (@alexbangash), founder of Trusted Insight, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Why and how he wants to disrupt venture.

- How VC is changing and why later stage investing is becoming more private …

Building a Venture Firm, Investing Across Stages, and The Future of VC with Amit Mukherjee and Kyle Doherty

March 12th, 2020

1:19:52

Amit Mukherjee (@AmitMukherjee) of NEA and Kyle Doherty (@kydoh) of General Catalyst join Erik on this episode:

They discuss:

- How data is being used in private market investing, how it differs from the approaches used …

Delian Asparouhov’s Lessons From Keith Rabois

March 10th, 2020

53:35

Delian Asparouhov (@zebulgar), principal at Founders Fund, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Delian’s essays on what he’s learned from …

The Shift to Bottom-Up in Enterprise Software with Ajay Agarwal and Kevin Zhang

March 8th, 2020

1:12:27

Ajay Agarwal (@ajay_bcv) and Kevin Zhang (@kevinzhang) of Bain Capital Ventures join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The history of enterprise …

What Byrne Hobart Thinks About Everything — Part Two

March 7th, 2020

2:30:59

Byrne Hobart (@ByrneHobart), creator of The Diff (diff.substack.com), joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The fox/hedgehog dichotomy
- Is it better to be a specialist or generalist?
- Do institutions drift leftward …

What Byrne Hobart Thinks About Everything — Part One

March 6th, 2020

2:05:15

Byrne Hobart (@ByrneHobart), creator of The Diff (diff.substack.com), joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The role of cost disease in …

All Things Marketplaces with Dan Hockenmaier, Casey Winters, and Lenny Rachitsky

March 5th, 2020

1:37:19

Joining Erik on this episode are:

- Dan Hockenmaier (@danhockenmaier), founder of Basis One

- Casey Winters (@onecaseman), Chief Product Officer at Eventbrite

- Lenny Rachitsky (@lennysan), former founder as well as former …

Don Stalter and Ryan Darnell on the Future of Innovation and ISAs

March 4th, 2020

39:54

Don Stalter (@westsides) of Global Founders Capital and Ryan Darnell (@ryan_darnell_) of Max Ventures join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Where are the opportunities in the ISA space and the new businesses ISAs …

Jerry Neumann on Technological Revolutions, Picking Winners, and VC Returns

March 3rd, 2020

53:57

Jerry Neumann (@ganeumann), founder of Neu Venture Capital, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Carlota Perez’s work and the implications for …

Daniel Gross and Brett Berson on Breaking Down Common Startup Tropes

March 1st, 2020

1:23:43

Daniel Gross (@danielgross) of Pioneer and Brett Berson (@brettberson) of First Round join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The different types of founders and the different companies they eventually end up building.

Andreas Klinger on the Future of Remote Work

February 29th, 2020

26:23

Andreas Klinger (@andreasklinger), founder of Remote First Capital, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What has led to the rise of remote work

- The recent acceptance of remote work by Silicon Valley VCs

- What …

The State of Biohacking in 2020 with Andy Coravos, Nina Alli, and Beau Woods

February 28th, 2020

57:13

Andy Coravos (@AndreaCoravos), Nina Alli (@headinthebooth), and Beau Woods (@beauwoods) join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Software’s role in …

What Silicon Valley Doesn’t Get About Hedge Funds with Dan McMurtrie

February 27th, 2020

1:57:25

Dan McMurtrie (@supermugatu), founder of Tyro Partners, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The similarities and differences between hedge funds and venture capital.

- Why “you’re usually competing against …

Chris Keller and Ali Hamed on the State of the LP Ecosystem

February 26th, 2020

48:57

Ali Hamed (@AliBHamed) of CoVenture and Chris Keller of Moelis Asset Management join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What do LPs look for when investing in venture funds
- How will the LP and VC dynamic shift over …

The State and Future of Fintech with Sheel Mohnot and Jake Gibson

February 25th, 2020

1:02:48

Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), fintech investor, and Jake Gibson (@iamjakestream), co-founder of NerdWallet and Better Tomorrow Ventures, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Why it’s still so hard to start a fintech …

Rick Zullo on Technology Revolutions and the Golden Age for Investing

February 24th, 2020

41:27

Rick Zullo (@Rick_Zullo), General Partner at Equal Ventures, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The different phases of technological …

Company Building, Network Effects, and Understanding Different Business Models with Anu Hariharan

February 23rd, 2020

1:03:39

Anu Hariharan (@anuhariharan), partner at Y Combinator, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Common mistakes that CEOs make when growing their companies.

- How to think about compensation plans in a growing startup.

Bridging School and Work: The Future of Higher Education and Employment with Will Houghteling and Paul Freedman

February 22nd, 2020

36:41

Will Houghteling (@willhoughteling), Founder & CEO at Strive, and Paul Freedman (@pmfreedm), Founder and CEO of Entangled Ventures, join Erik on …

Tyler Cowen on Identifying Talent, Changing Education, and Studying Progress, co-hosted by Jasmine Wang

February 20th, 2020

58:52

Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), economist and author, joins Jasmine Wang (@j_asminewang), technologist and philosopher, and Erik’s co-host for this …

Using Data in Venture Capital with Jonathan Hsu

February 18th, 2020

1:19:03

Jonathan Hsu (@jonathanhsu), co-founder and general partner at Tribe Capital, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- His background in data science, how it has impacted (or not) venture, and how using data can help …

#OpenLP: Beezer Clarkson and Aydin Senkut

February 15th, 2020

52:32

Beezer Clarkson (@beezer232) of Sapphire Ventures and Aydin Senkut (@asenkut) of Felicis Ventures join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Their perspectives on the operator-angel and nano-fund trends.

- How to think …

#OpenLP: Winter Mead and David Booth

February 13th, 2020

1:04:33

Winter Mead (@wintmead), an LP formerly of Sapphire, and David Booth (@david__booth), co-founder and CEO of OnDeck, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Assessing fund managers from an LP perspective, and what it …

The Art of Great Management with Alex MacCaw

February 11th, 2020

52:17

Alex MacCaw (@maccaw), founder and CEO of Clearbit, joins Erik on this episode. He is a co-author of the book The Great CEO Within.

They discuss:

- The power of good management and the lack of a modern handbook for …

Sriram Krishnan on Building Consumer Social Platforms

February 9th, 2020

1:04:34

Sriram Krishnan (@sriramk), investor and former product lead at Twitter, Facebook, and Snap, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- His experiences working at the three big social media companies and what he learned …

The State of Crypto in 2020 with Spencer Bogart and Brayton Williams

February 7th, 2020

58:17

Spencer Bogart (@CremeDeLaCrypto) of Blockchain Capital and Brayton Williams (@BraytonKey) of Boost VC, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Their analysis of the different eras of crypto and how the thinking of the …

All Things Marketplaces with Fabrice Grinda

February 5th, 2020

1:15:17

Fabrice Grinda (@fabricegrinda), entrepreneur and angel investor, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What Fabrice believes about marketplaces and the trend towards verticalization that VCs don’t believe.

- How …

Investment Thesis: Owning a Life Stage (Weddings, Babies, and Death) with Marco DeMeireles

February 4th, 2020

1:01:53

Marco DeMeireles (@MarcoDeMeireles), partner at TCG, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- How the firm came to be and how they think about …

The State of Consumer Social in 2020 with Michael Galpert and Greg Isenberg

February 2nd, 2020

44:18

Michael Galpert (@msg) and Greg Isenberg (@gregisenberg) join Erik on this episode. They Discuss:

- What’s changed about consumer social in the past year
- The rise of vertical social networks
- The success and future of …

How To Fix Founder Scarcity with Burak Yenigun

January 31st, 2020

44:20

Burak Yenigun (@BurakYngn), founder of Stylus Capital (www.styluscapital.com) joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The problem of founder scarcity and why it exists.

- The most effective levers for increasing the …

What Silicon Valley Doesn't Get About Private Equity with Brent Beshore

January 29th, 2020

1:19:54

Brent Beshore (@BrentBeshore), founder and CEO of Adventur.es, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- What makes Adventur.es “the inverse of traditional private equity,” including why they don’t add debt to a …

The On Deck Phase, Social Capital, and Unbundling The University with David Booth

January 27th, 2020

41:35

David Booth (@david__booth), co-founder and CEO of On Deck, joins Erik on this episode.

They talk about:

- Why they started On Deck and the problem …

Sam Lessin and Bobby Goodlatte on the Future of Consumer Social

January 25th, 2020

49:11

Sam Lessin (@lessin) and Bobby Goodlatte (@rsg) join Erik on this episode. They Discuss:

- The future of consumer social
- How can consumer social startups compete with incumbents
- How do you incentivize user growth on …

Dan Runcie on The Business of Hip-Hop

January 23rd, 2020

34:47

Dan Runcie (@RuncieDan) of Trapital joins Erik to discuss business and strategy in hip-hop.

Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform.

Check us out on the web …

“What’s Not Being Said” with Zack Kanter

January 20th, 2020

1:37:46

Zack Kanter (@zackkanter), founder and CEO of Stedi.com, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- How Zack thinks about Twitter, why from outside it …

What Nadia Eghbal Thinks About Basically Everything

January 18th, 2020

1:57:41

Nadia Eghbal (@nayafia) of Substack joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- How the internet changes how we find meaning and why new religions haven’t emerged from the internet yet.

- The future of newspapers and …

The Next Era of Consumer Social with Sarah Tavel and Ben Rubin

January 16th, 2020

1:13:48

Sarah Tavel (@sarahtavel), partner at Benchmark, and Ben Rubin (@benrbn), founder of Houseparty and Meerkat, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Where the white space is in social and the possibilities for …

Brett Berson and Phin Barnes on Lessons Learned From Over a Decade at First Round Capital

January 14th, 2020

1:16:10

Phin Barnes (@phineasb) and Brett Berson (@brettberson), partners at First Round Capital, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Why when First Round was started VC was mainly an “anti-network business.”

- How the …

Hiten Shah on Building an Enterprise Startup

January 13th, 2020

1:13:13

Hiten Shah (@hnshah), Co-Founder of FYI, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Frameworks for picking startup ideas
- Navigating the Idea Maze
- How has the enterprise market changed in the past decade
- Investment …

Justin Mares on CPG, Health & Wellness, and Finding Non-Traditional Talent

January 10th, 2020

1:25:49

Justin Mares (@jwmares), founder of Kettle & Fire and Perfect Keto, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The state of CPG, the history of the market, and the problems with the incentive structure today.

- What …

Santiago Suarez on Building a Great Lending Business

January 7th, 2020

57:50

Santiago Suarez (@SantiaSua) of Addi joins Erik on this episode. They Discuss:

- Is lending a cyclical business
- Lending as a form of customer acquisition
- What can fintech lending companies learn from Affirm and Square
- …

Mike Maples on Building Successful Startups and Venture Funds

January 6th, 2020

1:17:12

Erik is joined on this episode by Mike Maples (@m2jr) of Floodgate. They Discuss:

- Have all of the low hanging fruit of startup ideas been picked
- How do the best founders approach entrepreneurship
- Mike’s thoughts on …

James Currier on Network Effects, Education, and Evaluating Startup Ideas

January 4th, 2020

57:20

James Currier (@JamesCurrier) of NFX join Erik on this episode. They Discuss:

- Why hasn’t Linkedin been disrupted yet
- What does crypto do for generating network effects
- Where are today’s opportunities in consumer …

Neal Hansch and Liz Keen on Corporate Innovation

January 3rd, 2020

44:07

Neal Hansch (@nhansch) and Liz Keen (@Liz_Keen) of Silicon Foundry join Erik on this episode. They Discuss:

- How Silicon Foundry is building bridges between communities
- How corporations have interfaced with Silicon …

The State of Crypto with Charlie Noyes

January 1st, 2020

44:38

Charlie Noyes (@_charlienoyes) of Paradigm joins Erik on this episode. They Discuss:

- How has the crypto landscape changed in the last year
- The future of Decentralized Finance
- Is Bitcoin likely to be more valuable a …

Ike Lasater on Nonviolent Communication

December 27th, 2019

1:37:29

Ike Lasater (@IkeLasater) joins Erik on this episode to discuss nonviolent communication.

Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please …

Investing in Tech & Consumer Social with Turner Novak

December 24th, 2019

42:25

Turner Novak (@TurnerNovak) of Gelt Venture Capital joins Erik on this episode. They Discuss:

- Can the Vision Fund find product market fit through mega LPs
- The relationship between LPs and VCs and how it’s going to …

Phil Bonello on The Sovereign Individual

December 23rd, 2019

53:39

Phil Bonello (@PhilJBonello) joins Erik on this episode. They Discuss:

- Building an investment thesis around The Sovereign Individual
- The future of …

Jonathan Haidt on Polarization, Social Media and its Effects on Society

December 22nd, 2019

1:01:59

Jonathan Haidt (@JonHaidt), a social psychologist at NYU-Stern, joins Erik on this episode. They Discuss:

- What are the problems with social media …

Patri Friedman on Charter Cities, Investing, and Society

December 19th, 2019

1:43:51

Patri Friedman (@patrissimo) of Pronomos Capital joins Erik on this episode. They Discuss:

- Why now for charter cities
- The role of Incrementalism …

Ash Fontana and Leo Polovets on Data Moats and the Future of Venture Capital

December 17th, 2019

50:18

Ash Fontana (@ashfontana), General Partner at Zetta, and Leo Polovets (@lpolovets), General Partner at Susa Ventures, join Erik on this episode. They …

Investing in Mobility with Olaf Sakkers and Prescott Watson

December 15th, 2019

54:33

Olaf Sakkers (@osakkers), Partner at Maniv Mobility, and Prescott Watson (@prescottwatson), Principal at Maniv Mobility, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- How mobility has changed in the past 5 years

- Investable …

Computational Biology with Nan Li and Zavain Dar

December 12th, 2019

54:36

Nan Li (@nanli), Managing Director at Obvious Ventures, and Zavain Dar (@zavaindar), Partner at Lux Capital, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

The State of Digital Health in 2019 with Malay Gandhi and Nikhil Krishnan

December 10th, 2019

1:42:13

Malay Gandhi (@malayhgandhi) of Evidation Health and Nikhil Krishnan (@nikillinit) of TrialSpark join Erik to talk all things digital health in 2019.

Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on …

Deeptech, Biotech, and New Computing Platforms with Greg Rosen and John Melas-Kyriazi

December 8th, 2019

44:26

Venture capitalists Greg Rosen (@Grosen) at Bedrock and John Melas Kyriazi (@jmelaskyriazi) at Spark join Erik to discuss:

- Deep tech as the answer …

Investing in Marketplaces with Sarah Tavel and Nabeel Hyatt

December 5th, 2019

1:01:56

Sarah Tavel (@sarahtavel), partner at Benchmark, and Nabeel Hyatt (@nabeel), partner at Spark Capital, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Why …

Benchmark and Investing in Open Source with Eric Vishria and Chetan Puttagunta

December 3rd, 2019

59:05

Eric Vishria (@ericvishria) and Chetan Puttagunta (@chetanp), general partners at Benchmark, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The unique partnership structure at Benchmark and how it has led to the continued …

Building Communities in 2019 with Bailey Richardson and Rei Wang

December 1st, 2019

1:15:40

Bailey Richardson (@baileyelaine), partner at People & Company, and co-author of Get Together, and Rei Wang (@heyreiwang), founder of The Grand and former CEO of the Dorm Room Fund Investment Team, join Erik on this …

Investing in the Future of Food with Rob Rhinehart and Brian Frank

November 28th, 2019

49:08

Brian Frank (@bfrank) of FTW Ventures, and Rob Rhinehart (@robrhinehart) of Soylent, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Some of the most exciting developments in bioscience these days.

- The possibilities for …

Joel Monegro on Crypto Networks and Investing in Crypto

November 26th, 2019

1:49:32

Joel Monegro (@jmonegro), partner at Placeholder, joins Erik on this episode.

They talk about:

- The waves of centralization and decentralization in …

Keith Rabois on How He Invests, Forming a Founding Team, and Funding “Ridiculous” Ideas

November 24th, 2019

1:24:21

Keith Rabois (@rabois), partner at Founders Fund, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded live at an On Deck Fellowship event in San Francisco.

They discuss:

- The kinds of companies and founders he looks to fund, …

Investing in Deep Tech with Katherine Boyle and Bilal Zuberi

November 21st, 2019

1:04:52

Katherine Boyle (@KTmBoyle), investor at General Catalyst, and Bilal Zuberi (@bznotes), partner at Lux Capital, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Their requests for startups in the space.

- The current landscape …

Investing in Education, ISAs, and Bootcamps with Ruben Harris and David Phillips

November 19th, 2019

49:28

Ruben Harris (@rubenharris), founder of Career Karma (www.careerkarma.com), and David Phillips (@davj), founder of Hackbright Academy and BloomJoy, …

The Future of Credentialing with Isaac Morehouse

November 18th, 2019

1:11:56

Isaac Morehouse (@isaacmorehouse), CEO of Crash, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- His background and why he started Crash.

- What he would …

Investing in AR/VR with Greg Castle

November 16th, 2019

59:13

Greg Castle (@gpcastle12) joins Erik on this episode. He is managing partner at Anorak Ventures.

They discuss:

- What the future of computing beyond laptops and phones will look like, the obstacles companies will face, …

Investing in Science Fiction with Adam Draper

November 15th, 2019

42:05

Adam Draper (@AdamDraper), founder and managing director of Boost VC, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Adam’s early involvement in crypto …

Investing in Industrial Automation with Kelly Chen and Kane Hsieh

November 14th, 2019

33:13

Kelly Chen (@kaychen22), partner at DCVC, and Kane Hsieh (@kane), partner at Root Ventures, join Erik on this episode.

They talk about:

- What exactly industrial automation is and why it’s such an exciting space.

- The …

Investing In Micromobility with Victor Pontis and Michal Naka

November 13th, 2019

25:50

Victor Pontis (@VictorPontis), founder and CEO of Spring, and Michal Naka (@michalnaka), Product at Ride Report, join Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Comparisons and contrasts between micromobility and rideshare

- …

Investing in the Creator Economy with Julia Enthoven and Justine and Olivia Moore

November 12th, 2019

37:10

Julia Enthoven (@JuliaEnthoven), co-founder and CEO of Kapwing, and Justine and Olivia Moore (@venturetwins), investors at CRV, join Erik on this …

Investing in Space with Delian Asparouhov and Felix Ejeckam

November 10th, 2019

49:18

Delian Asparouhov (@zebulgar), investor at Founders Fund, and Felix Ejeckam (@felixejeckam), CEO of Akash Systems, join Erik on this episode.

They …

Daniel Schmachtenberger on Exponential Technology, Transitionary Systems, and Game B

November 7th, 2019

1:47:44

Daniel Schmachtenberger joins Erik on this episode. He is a civilization designer interested in social architecture.

They discuss:

- The unsustainability of economic growth.

- Why what’s best for the long-term is often …

YouTube, Hustling, and Austrian Economics with KRAZAM

November 6th, 2019

15:59

Comedians Ben Burke and Shiva Kilaru, the creators behind the moderately successful YouTube channel KRAZAM, join Erik on this "unique" episode.

They …

Hiring, Retention, and How To Find a Co-Founder with Harj Taggar

November 5th, 2019

46:13

Harj Taggar (@harjtaggar), co-founder and chairman of Triplebyte, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Strategies for finding undiscovered talent.

- The vision at Triplebyte and what they’re building.

- Why the …

Balaji Srinivasan and Glen Weyl on Identity, Governance, and Radical Markets

November 3rd, 2019

1:15:44

Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis), angel investor and entrepreneur, and Glen Weyl (@glenweyl), economist, Principal Researcher at Microsoft, and author of Radical Markets, join Erik for a fireside chat.

They talk about:

- On …

Jerry Yang on China, Yahoo!, and Early-Stage Investing

October 31st, 2019

56:55

Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo! and founding partner of AME Cloud Ventures, joined us in downtown San Francisco to be interviewed by Village Global co-founder and partner, Ben Casnocha.

They talked about stories from …

Elites, Decentralization, and Economics as Technology with Arnold Kling

October 29th, 2019

1:32:46

Arnold Kling (@KlingBlog), author and economist, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The future of elites.

- The charter city movement.

- His …

The Future of Governance with Wolf Tivy

October 27th, 2019

1:23:33

Wolf Tivy (@wolftivy), founder and editor of Palladium Magazine, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The liberal order, including what it …

Designing and Developing New Tools For Thought with Andy Matuschak

October 24th, 2019

47:12

Andy Matuschak (@andy_matuschak), joins Erik on this episode. He is a technologist, designer and researcher.

They discuss:

- The key thread throughout …

The Revolt of the Public and Silicon Valley with Martin Gurri

October 22nd, 2019

1:48:18

Martin Gurri (@mgurri), author of The Revolt of The Public, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Martin’s advice for Silicon Valley elites.

- …

Digital Identities For Physical Things: The Path To a Zero-Waste Economy with Vinay Gupta

October 20th, 2019

1:57:51

Vinay Gupta (@leashless), CEO of Mattereum, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The effects of overconsumption on the environment.

- The breakdown of humanity’s carbon footprint.

- Why we need to optimize waste in …

How To Make Friends on Twitter with Visakan Veerasamy

October 19th, 2019

1:04:16

Visakan Veerasamy (@visakanv) joins Erik on this episode for a conversation about friendship, Twitter as a global brain, online communities, fame, how we can better relate to others, and more.

Remember to apply for the …

The Roots of Progress with Robert Tracinski and Jason Crawford

October 17th, 2019

54:28

Robert Tracinski (@Tracinski) and Jason Crawford (@jasoncrawford) join Erik on this episode. Robert is an author and creator of The Tracinski Letter. Jason is an entrepreneur and runs Roots of Progress, a blog about the …

What Bret Weinstein Thinks About Basically Everything

October 15th, 2019

1:11:30

Erik is joined on this episode by Bret Weinstein (@BretWeinstein). He is a biologist and evolutionary theorist.

They discuss:

- His start in the field …

What Bill Janeway Thinks About Basically Everything

October 13th, 2019

1:45:52

Bill Janeway (@billjaneway) joins Erik on this episode. Bill is a venture capitalist and economist and is the author of the classic book Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy.

They talk about:

- Bill’s keen interest …

Meaning, Ritual, and Ambiguity with Sarah Perry

October 10th, 2019

1:55:54

Sarah Perry (@sarahdoingthing), writer and thinker, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Sarah’s writing career and what it means to “work …

Values, Social Networks, and The Wisdom Economy with Joe Edelman

October 8th, 2019

1:40:02

Joe Edelman (@edelwax), philosopher, social scientist, designer, and founder of Human Systems, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- Why the internet didn’t achieve its promise of connecting people on a deeper level.

Narrative Bias, Collective Sense-Making, and AI with Paul Bohm

October 6th, 2019

1:08:24

Erik is joined on this episode by Paul Bohm (@paulsbohm), investor and entrepreneur.

They tackle a variety of topics on this wide-ranging episode, …

The Meaning Crisis and Silicon Valley with John Vervaeke

October 3rd, 2019

1:55:22

Erik is joined by John Vervaeke (@vervaeke_john), a psychology and cognitive science professor at the University of Toronto.

They discuss:

- How John …

Sacred Economics and Climate with Charles Eisenstein

October 1st, 2019

1:46:00

Erik is joined by Charles Eisenstein (@ceisenstein) on this episode. He is the author of Climate: A New Story and The Ascent of Humanity, among others.

They discuss:

- The main thread that runs throughout Charles’s works.

Complexity, Collective Intelligence, and New Ways of Thinking with Bonnitta Roy

September 29th, 2019

1:59:04

Erik is joined on this episode by Bonnitta Roy (@bonnittaroy), philosopher, author, organizational consultant, and insight guide.

They discuss:

- The …

The Past, Present, and Future of Biotech and Longevity with Laura Deming and Will Eden

September 26th, 2019

1:21:35

Joining Erik on this episode are Laura Deming (@laurademing), creator of Longevity Fund, and Will Eden (@williamaeden), entrepreneur in residence with Errik Anderson at Ulysses and formerly of Thiel Capital.

They talk …

Game B in a Silicon Valley Context with Jordan Hall

September 24th, 2019

1:22:59

Jordan Hall (@jgreenhall) joins Erik on this episode. He is founder of Neurohacker Collective and an influential thinker about Game B.

In this episode …

Game B, Liquid Democracy, and Complex Systems with Jim Rutt

September 22nd, 2019

1:52:01

Jim Rutt (@jim_rutt) joins Erik on this episode. He is an entrepreneur, technologist, research fellow, and host of The Jim Rutt Show.

Note that this …

Economic Mobility, The “Experience Economy,” and The Future of Cities with JD Ross and Sean Linehan

September 19th, 2019

1:29:30

Erik is joined on this episode by JD Ross (@justindross) and Sean Linehan (@seanlinehan). JD is co-founder of Opendoor and Sean is co-founder of Placement and former VP of Product at Flexport.

They discuss:

- What Sean is …

Market Failures, Redesigning Metrics, and Human Dignity with Andrew Kortina

September 17th, 2019

1:27:19

Andrew Kortina (@kortina) joins Erik on this episode. He is the co-founder of Venmo and Fin.

They talk about:

- How he became interested in the US tax code and what changes he might like to see made to it.

- The insights …

Education, Globalization, and Becoming “Psychologically Sovereign” with Zachary Stein

September 15th, 2019

1:43:54

Zachary Stein (zakstein.org) joins Erik on this episode. He is a writer, educator, and futurist.

They discuss:

- Why he says that all institutions are fundamentally educational institutions.

- The crises that humankind is …

What Bryan Caplan Thinks About Basically Everything

September 12th, 2019

1:41:07

Erik is joined on this episode by Bryan Caplan (@bryan_caplan), economist and author. They have a wide-ranging discussion on a number of different topics.

They discuss:

- The case for open borders and the underappreciated …

Why Markets Will Eat The World with Taylor Pearson

September 10th, 2019

1:11:13

Taylor Pearson (@TaylorPearsonMe), joins Erik on this episode. He is an author, entrepreneur, and investor.

On this episode they talk about:

- The basics of the thesis that markets are eating the world and how Taylor …

The Future of Markets, Democracy, and Geopolitics in the 21st Century with Samo Burja

September 8th, 2019

1:12:40

Samo Burja (@SamoBurja), founder of Bismarck Analysis, joins Erik for this episode. You can find him on Medium at medium.com/@samo.burja.

They talk about:

- Whether capitalism and democracy are incompatible and what the …

Building a Second Brain, Productivity, and Trauma with Tiago Forte

September 5th, 2019

1:15:31

Erik is joined by Tiago Forte (@fortelabs), creator of Building a Second Brain, founder of Forte Labs, and writer at Praxis.

They talk about:

- Why productivity is not an end in and of itself.

- Why content creation (not …

Live Episode: Jo Varshney and Kiran Bellubi on Village’s Network Catalyst Accelerator [Rebroadcast]

September 3rd, 2019

1:03:22

This is a special live episode that was recorded at Village HQ in San Francisco on June 14 2018. It originally aired on July 4 2018. The event was …

Prediction Markets, AI, and Crypto Governance with Elliot Olds

September 2nd, 2019

1:09:15

Erik interviews Elliot Olds (@elliot_olds) on this episode. He is a thinker on AI, crypto, economics and prediction markets.

(Remember — applications …

A Deep Dive on Founder Flourishing with Dr. Cameron Sepah

August 31st, 2019

1:42:37

We apologize for the audio quality of this episode — we had technical difficulties during recording.

Remember: applications for the winter vintage of …

A Primer on Information Marketplaces with Richard Craib and Riva-Melissa Tez

August 29th, 2019

44:07

Erik is joined on this episode by Richard Craib (@richardcraib), founder of Numerai and Erasure, and Riva-Melissa Tez (@rivatez), part of strategy at Intel.

They discuss:

- What Richard is working on at Numerai, a hedge …

What Venkat Rao Thinks About Basically Everything

August 27th, 2019

2:00:31

Remember: applications for the winter vintage of our network catalyst accelerator are due September 20 — make sure to apply before then. Check out more info below.

Venkat Rao (@vgr), joins Erik on this episode. He writes …

A Deep Dive on René Girard with David Gornoski

August 25th, 2019

1:19:28

Erik is joined by David Gornoski on this episode. He is an entrepreneur, speaker, and writer.

They talk about:

- How David came to be interested in René Girard’s work.

- The explanation for why human desires are usually …

The Most Well-Read Person in the World on The Future of Reading with Robert Cottrell

August 22nd, 2019

1:04:57

Robert Cottrell (@robertcottrell), editor of The Browser, joins Erik on this episode.

They talk about:

- The two main errors that publications made in the shift to online after the advent of the web.

- Why paywalls are not …

The Future of Consumer, Dating Apps, and ISAs with Jeff Morris Jr.

August 20th, 2019

53:01

Jeff Morris Jr. (@jmj), Director of Product, Revenue at Tinder, and investor at Chapter One, joins Erik on this episode.

We sincerely apologize for …

The Promise of DAOs and Venture Capital in the Age of Crypto with PJ Kershaw

August 16th, 2019

56:53

Erik is joined on this episode by PJ Kershaw (@pjkershawnz), early stage investor and crypto thinker.

They discuss:

- Why PJ says that the current …

How Crypto Changes Corporations, Capitalism and Identity with Lawson Baker

August 16th, 2019

41:40

Erik is joined on this episode by Lawson Baker (@lwsnbaker), head of special projects at TokenSoft. He’s also working on a new company.

They talk about:

* Bitcoin as the future not just of finance, but also of work.

* What …

Systematizing Social Capital with Brad Glisson

August 13th, 2019

26:10

Erik is joined on this episode by Brad Glisson (@GlissonBrad), co-founder and CEO of Quilt, formerly Thoughtblox.

They discuss:

- What social capital is, why it is important, and how it is distinctive from other forms of …

Anne Wojcicki on Direct-To-Consumer Healthcare and The Future of Digital Health

August 11th, 2019

52:15

We are honored to have Anne Wojcicki (@annewoj23), co-founder and CEO of 23andMe, among our small group of luminary LPs whose financial capital and engagement power the next wave of Village Global founders.

She joined us …

The State and Future of Robotics, Machine Learning, and Digital Celebrities with Michael Dempsey

August 8th, 2019

1:06:30

Michael Dempsey (@mhdempsey), partner at Compound, joins Erik on this episode to talk through a wide array of sectors that he has delved into.

(We …

Government, Technology, and The New Social Safety Net with Nicolas Colin

August 6th, 2019

2:25:37

Erik is joined on this episode by Nicolas Colin, co-founder and director of The Family, and author of Hedge: A Greater Safety Net For The …

The Thiel Fellowship, 1517, and The Future of Education with Danielle Strachman and Mike Gibson

August 4th, 2019

1:04:59

Erik is joined on this episode by Danielle Strachman (@DStrachman) and Mike Gibson (@William_Blake), co-founders and general partners at 1517 Fund. They also both worked extensively on the Thiel Fellowship.

They discuss:

What Alex Tabarrok Thinks About Basically Everything

August 1st, 2019

1:56:49

Alex Tabarrok (@ATabarrok), economist and author, joins Erik on this episode for a wide-ranging discussion.

They talk about:

- The contributions of economics to society over the past several decades and the biggest …

The State of Fintech in 2019 with Seth Rosenberg and Sheel Mohnot

July 31st, 2019

32:43

Erik is joined on this episode by Seth Rosenberg (@SethGRosenberg), investor at Greylock, and Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), fintech investor at 500 Startups.

They talk about:

- The biggest opportunities in fintech today.

- How …

What Samo Burja Thinks About Basically Everything

July 27th, 2019

1:03:32

Samo Burja (@SamoBurja), founder of Bismarck Analysis, joins Erik for this episode. You can find him on Medium at medium.com/@samo.burja.

In this episode they discuss:

- Why certain societies flourish while others decay

- …

How Income Share Agreements Can Help Rebuild The Middle Class with Daniel Pianko and Andy Hall

July 25th, 2019

1:01:48

Erik is joined on this episode by Daniel Pianko (@danielpianko), co-founder and managing director of University Ventures, and Andy Hall (@AndyHall_SD), COO of the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

They talk about:

- How …

The Next Phase For Income Share Agreements with Chuck Trafton and Will Nelligan

July 23rd, 2019

48:18

On this episode Erik is joined by Chuck Trafton (@chucktrafton), of FlowPoint and edly, and Will Nelligan (@williamnelligan), of the Education Finance Institute.

They talk about:

- Why there needs to be a marketplace for …

What Robert Wright Thinks About Basically Everything

July 21st, 2019

1:39:13

Robert Wright (@robertwrighter), author of Nonzero, The Moral Animal, Why Buddhism Is True, and others, joins Erik on this episode.

They discuss:

- The common theme of exploring the meaning of life that Robert says runs …

The Future of Identity with Glen Weyl and Tomer Kagan

July 18th, 2019

1:00:39

Erik is joined on this episode by Glen Weyl (@glenweyl), founder of RadicalxChange and co-author of Radical Markets, and Tomer Kagan (@Gradish), co-founder and CEO of Merit.

They discuss:

- What they’re working on in the …

Requests For Startups: Hard Tech with Trae Vassallo and Lee Edwards

July 16th, 2019

47:00

Erik is joined on this episode by Trae Vassallo (@trae) of Defy and Lee Edwards (@terronk) of Root Ventures.

They talk about:

- How their backgrounds and unique experiences have informed their perspectives on investing

- …

A Primer on Idea Markets with Mike Elias

July 14th, 2019

55:30

Mike Elias (@harmonylion1), crypto consultant, joins Erik on this episode to talk about idea markets.

They discuss:

- How he came up with the idea

- …

The Intersection of Financial Services and Marketplaces with Pete Flint and Alex Taussig

July 11th, 2019

45:12

Erik is joined on this episode by Alex Taussig (@ataussig) of Lightspeed, and Pete Flint (@peteflint) of NFX.

They talk about:

- The evolution of …

Value Hacking and How To Avoid The Fake Growth Epidemic with Mike Maples

July 9th, 2019

1:16:57

Erik is joined on this episode by Mike Maples (@m2jr) of Floodgate.

The talk about:

- The difference between fake growth and real growth, and how to know which one your company is experiencing.

- Why fake growth has taken …

The LP Perspective: Alex Bangash

July 7th, 2019

1:03:00

Alex Bangash (@AlexBangash), founder of Trusted Insight, joins Erik as part of our LP series.

They talk about:

- The myth, according to Alex, that there are such things as “good pickers” in venture.

- The fact that in …

The LP Perspective: Michael Kim

July 4th, 2019

55:17

Michael Kim (@MKRocks), founder and managing partner of Cendana Capital, joins Erik on this episode to talk about what LPs look for in venture funds and the future of the industry.

They discuss:

- The reasons for the …

The LP Perspective: Beezer Clarkson and Chris Douvos

July 2nd, 2019

1:01:28

Erik is joined on this episode by Beezer (Elizabeth) Clarkson (@Beezer232), managing director at Sapphire Ventures, and Chris Douvos (@cdouvos), founder of Ahoy Capital.

They talk about:

- The state of the venture …

Bill Gates on Advice For Founders, Mistakes, and Philanthropy

June 30th, 2019

1:00:31

On this special live episode of Venture Stories, Bill Gates was interviewed at San Francisco’s Exploratorium by Julia Hartz, co-founder and CEO of …

The Past and Future of the World Economy with George Gilder and Patrick Stanley

June 27th, 2019

1:33:58

This episode is a conversation between George Gilder (@ScandalOfMoney), author, investor, writer and economist, Patrick Stanley (@PatrickWStanley), head of growth at Blockstack, and Erik Torenberg, partner and …

Sarah Guo on SaaS Investing and Building an Enterprise Company

June 25th, 2019

39:16

Erik is joined on this episode by Sarah Guo (@saranormous), partner at Greylock. It was recorded live as part of a talk Sarah gave at Village Global’s Network Catalyst program in summer 2019.

They discuss:

- Which spaces …

Requests For Startups: Consumer FinTech with Howard Lindzon and Sheel Mohnot

June 24th, 2019

49:53

Erik is joined by Howard Lindzon (@howardlindzon), GP at Social Leverage and co-founder and chairman of StockTwits, and Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), FinTech investor at 500 Startups.

They discuss:

- Which spaces they’re most …

The Case For Anarcho-Capitalism with David Friedman

June 20th, 2019

1:51:19

David Friedman (daviddfriedman.com), economist and author, joins Erik on this episode. He is the son of Milton Friedman and the father of former guest, Patri Friedman.

They cover a lot of ground in this episode, …

A Journey Through Mental Models with Noah Tye

June 18th, 2019

1:31:42

Erik is joined on this episode by Noah Tye (@noahlt), developer and a very interesting thinker on Twitter.

They talk about:

- Noah’s advice on taking advice, including why “people give others the advice that they …

Human Coordination, Compassion at Scale, and Non-Coercive Social Systems with Freyja (@utotranslucence)

June 16th, 2019

2:57:08

On this episode Erik talks to Freyja (Jess), thinker on human coordination at the Twitter handle @utotranslucence.

They talk about:

- How we should …

What Arnold Kling Thinks About Basically Everything

June 13th, 2019

1:54:43

Arnold Kling (@KlingBlog), economist and former web entrepreneur, joins Erik on this episode for a wide-ranging discussion of tech, politics, …

A Deep Dive on Education with Dani Grant

June 9th, 2019

41:36

Dani Grant (@thedanigrant) of USV joins Erik on this episode to talk about education. Dani has been doing a deep dive into education and shares a wealth of insights on how the current system works, its flaws, and the …

A Deep Dive On InsureTech with Karn Saroya and Sheel Mohnot

June 6th, 2019

55:48

Erik is joined on this episode by Karn Saroya (@karnsaroya), CEO of Cover, and Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), investor in FinTech.

They talk about…

Helping Nontraditional Talent Break Into Tech with Rahim Fazal and Mike Slagh

June 4th, 2019

41:42

Erik is joined on this episode by Mike Slagh (@MikeSlagh), co-founder and CEO of Shift, and Rahim Fazal (@rahimthedream), co-founder and CEO of SV Academy.

They talk about:

* How they “navigated the idea maze” to come to …

Sarah Tavel on Evaluating Markets, The State of Education, and Crypto [Live Episode]

May 30th, 2019

47:41

Erik is joined on this special live episode by Sarah Tavel (@sarahtavel), general partner at Benchmark. Sarah gave a fireside chat as part of Village Global’s Network Catalyst accelerator program in May 2019.

They talk …

How To Be Great at Twitter, The Future of Identity, and Why Meditation is Overrated with Michael Mayer

May 29th, 2019

47:10

Erik is joined on this episode by Michael Mayer (@micjm), co-founder of Bottomless.

They talk about:

* Pseudonymous accounts on Twitter.

* Whether …

Mental Models with Scott Page

May 26th, 2019

47:36

Erik is joined on this episode by Scott Page (@Scott_E_Page), professor at the University of Michigan and author of The Model Thinker.

They talk about:

* The idea of the wisdom of crowds.

* Why cognitive diversity is …

Augmenting Employees with Artificial Intelligence with Deon Nicholas and Brianne Kimmel

May 23rd, 2019

48:09

Erik is joined by Deon Nicholas (@dojiboy9), founder of Forethought, and co-host for this episode, Village Global Network Leader Brianne Kimmel …

Enterprise Investing with Matt Garratt

May 21st, 2019

30:59

Erik is joined on this episode by Matt Garratt (@mdgarratt), managing partner at Salesforce Ventures.

They discuss:

* Trends in enterprise software and enterprise investing, including voice, consumerization, and no-code.

Requests For Startups: Beauty with Bee Shapiro and Natalie Toren

May 19th, 2019

49:49

Erik is joined on this episode by Bee Shapiro (@BeeShapiro), New York Times columnist and founder of Ellis Brooklyn, and Natalie Toren …

A Primer on All Things Growth with Mike Duboe, Dan Hockenmaier, and David Weinstein

May 16th, 2019

44:12

Erik is joined on this episode by Mike Duboe (@mduboe), investor at Greylock, Dan Hockenmaier (@danhockenmaier), of Basis One, and David Weinstein (@dw_stein), working on Special Projects at On Deck and TokenDaily.

They …

The History and Future of Bitcoin with Dan Held

May 14th, 2019

1:19:58

Erik is joined on this episode by Dan Held (@danheld), co-founder of Interchange. He was an early advocate of Bitcoin in San Francisco and is an influential writer in the space. Dan and Erik cover the history of …

The State of Prediction Markets and Crypto in 2019 with Joey Krug

May 12th, 2019

1:18:15

Joey Krug (@joeykrug), founder of Augur and co-chief investment officer at Pantera Capital, joins Erik on this episode.

A year ago Joey was on the podcast to talk about the launch of Augur, a prediction market platform. …

Tim O’Reilly and Parker Thompson on Company Building, Venture Capital, and Inequality

May 9th, 2019

1:17:24

Erik is joined on this episode by Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly), Valley legend and founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, and returning fan favorite Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList.

They start out talking about …

A Primer on Life Sciences Investing with Jenny Rooke and Jared Seehafer

May 7th, 2019

42:35

Erik is joined by Jenny Rooke (@drjennyrooke), Managing Director at Genoa Ventures, and Jared Seehafer (@seehafer), Village Global Network Leader and CEO and co-founder of Enzyme.

They start out by talking about how …

Requests For Startups: Software Meets Physical World with Sean Linehan

May 5th, 2019

1:08:15

Erik is joined on this episode by Sean Linehan (@seanlinehan), Village Global Network Leader, and former VP of product at Flexport.

Sean explains how he found his way to Flexport, which he says was like “the TurboTax of …

Arjun Sethi of Tribe Capital on Data-Informed Investing

May 2nd, 2019

1:00:34

Arjun Sethi (@arjunsethi) of Tribe Capital joins Erik on this episode to talk about Tribe Capital’s approach to investing. He talks about the “first principles” approach they take to evaluating companies and why he says …

Elad Gil on How to Evaluate Markets

April 30th, 2019

1:03:45

Elad Gil (@eladgil), entrepreneur and investor, joins Erik and co-host Anuj Abrol (@nujabrol), Chief of Staff to Justin Kan, for a discussion of all …

All Things Scaling, Managing and Hiring with Ryan Delk and Jared Fliesler

April 28th, 2019

1:21:22

Erik is joined on this episode by Ryan Delk (@delk), COO of Omni, and Jared Fliesler (@JaredSF), COO of Scribd.

They talk about the fact that Chief …

What Michael Nielsen Thinks About Basically Everything

April 25th, 2019

1:27:28

Michael Nielsen (@michael_nielsen), research fellow at Y Combinator Research, joins Erik for a wide-ranging discussion about a variety of topics, including:

* Why the top names in the S&P 500 change over time, but …

Why What You Know Is More Valuable Than Who You Know, and More with Auren Hoffman and Tod Sacerdoti

April 23rd, 2019

1:13:59

Erik is joined on this episode by Auren Hoffman (@auren), former co-founder and CEO of LiveRamp and Tod Sacerdoti (@tod), former CEO and founder of …

The Rise of Devsumer/No-Code with Ilya Sukhar and Alex Yaseen

April 21st, 2019

37:53

Erik is joined on this episode by Ilya Sukhar (@ilyasu) of Matrix Partners and formerly of Parse, and Alex Yaseen (@alexyaseen), co-founder and CEO …

Existential Risks, Ecological Economics, and How The Blockchain Will Transform Capitalism with Vinay Gupta

April 19th, 2019

2:02:43

Erik is joined by Vinay Gupta, CEO of Mattereum, for a wide ranging discussion about crypto, world government, existential risks, science fiction, …

A Deep Dive on Community Building with Scott Heiferman

April 16th, 2019

43:40

Erik is joined by Scott Heiferman (@heif), co-founder of Meetup.

They discuss the reason that IRL (in real life) meetups are important and why in-person contact cannot be replaced by virtual interaction. They talk about …

Requests For Startups: E-Commerce and Logistics with Laura Behrens Wu and Talia Goldberg

April 14th, 2019

48:20

Erik is joined by Laura Behrens Wu (@LauraBehrensWu), co-founder and CEO of Shippo, and Talia Goldberg (@taliagold), venture investor at Bessemer.

The Case For A Gift Economy with Miki Kashtan

April 12th, 2019

49:30

On this episode Erik is joined by Miki Kashtan, author and NVC teacher. They discuss the problems of exchange in general as a way of fulfilling human …

Robert Greene on His New Book “The Laws of Human Nature”

April 11th, 2019

50:19

Robert Greene (@RobertGreene), author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Laws of Human Nature, joins Erik on this episode to talk about how we can “penetrate the masks that other people wear” and become effective judges of …

Tyler Cowen On His New Book: "Big Business: A Love Letter To An American Anti-Hero"

April 9th, 2019

1:20:32

Erik is joined by Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), economist, author, and returning fan-favorite. He talks with Erik about why big business should be …

What Noah Smith and Parker Thompson Think About Basically Every Economic Policy

April 7th, 2019

1:23:10

Erik is joined on this episode by Noah Smith (@Noahpinion), Bloomberg opinion writer, and Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList. They cover a wide variety of topics relating to, among many others, labor …

A Comparison of Austrian and Keynesian Economics with Noah Smith, Parker Thompson and Stephan Kinsella

April 6th, 2019

1:33:04

On this episode Erik is joined by Stephan Kinsella (@NSKinsella), libertarian writer and patent attorney, Noah Smith (@Noahpinion), Bloomberg opinion writer, and Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList.

In a spirited …

The State and Future of Fintech with Zach Perret and David Haber

April 4th, 2019

55:01

Erik is joined by Zach Perret (@zachperret), co-founder and CEO of Plaid, and David Haber (@dhaber), former co-founder and CEO of Bond Street, now at …

A Primer on Nonviolent Communication with Newt Bailey

April 2nd, 2019

1:51:42

Newt Bailey (@nmbailey), founder of The Communication Dojo, and a nonviolent communication coach, joins Erik on this episode to talk about how the …

A Deep Dive on Housing with Kim-Mai Cutler and Alex Danco

March 31st, 2019

1:37:19

This episode features Kim-Mai Cutler (@kimmaicutler) of Initialized Capital and Alex Danco (@Alex_Danco) of Social Capital.

They start out by talking about the huge rise in housing prices over the last decades in the Bay …

The Future of Crypto, Capitalism and Governance with Mike Maples and Alok Vasudev

March 28th, 2019

1:18:31

Mike Maples (@m2jr), founding partner at Floodgate, and Alok Vasudev (@alokvasudev), early-stage crypto investor, join Erik on this episode.

They start out by talking about the biggest companies in tech and the …

CPG, Defensibility, Finding The Next Instagram - Everything Consumer in 2019 with Rebecca Kaden, Nikhil Basu Trivedi and Jonathan Yoni Regev

March 26th, 2019

37:49

Erik is joined on this episode by Rebecca Kaden (@rebeccak46), investor at Union Square Ventures, Nikhil Basu Trivedi (@nbt), VC at Shasta Ventures, and Jonathan Yoni Regev (@jyonni), CEO and co-founder of The Farmer’s …

Requests For Startups: Mental Health and Addiction with Steve Schlafman and David Marcovitz

March 24th, 2019

49:37

Erik is joined on this episode by Steve Schlafman (@schlaf), partner at Primary Venture Partners, and David Marcovitz, addiction psychiatrist at Vanderbilt University.

They talk about the opportunities and challenges …

The Future of CPG and Mental Health in Silicon Valley with Ryan Caldbeck

March 21st, 2019

48:36

Erik is joined on this episode by Ryan Caldbeck (@ryan_caldbeck), co-founder and CEO of CircleUp.

Ryan starts out by explaining how he got started in CPG and the mission of CircleUp. He talks about why some VCs don't …

What Dick Costolo Thinks About Basically Everything

March 19th, 2019

53:39

Dick Costolo (@dickc), former CEO of Twitter, joins Erik and co-host Jayni Shah (@shahjayni), in this special live episode.

Dick explains why is …

The Case For Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport

March 17th, 2019

44:42

This episode features Ben Casnocha, Village Global co-founder and partner, in conversation with Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.

Cal starts out by defining what digital …

Live Episode: Lessons on Leadership and Being a Better CEO with John Donahoe and Ben Casnocha

March 14th, 2019

54:37

We were thrilled to host a Masterclass roundtable session with our founders and John Donahoe (@Donahoe_John), CEO of ServiceNow. Prior to ServiceNow, John was CEO of eBay for more than seven years. He is known as one of …

Live Episode: Lean Startup Lessons For Founders with Eric Ries and Ben Casnocha

March 12th, 2019

1:13:34

Eric Ries (@ericries) recently joined Village Global co-founder and partner Ben Casnocha (@bencasnocha) in San Francisco to chat with some of the …

Consumer Social, The Future of VC and How To Start An Early Stage Fund with Cyan Banister and Niv Dror

March 10th, 2019

55:43

Erik is joined on this episode by Cyan Banister (@cyantist), partner at Founders Fund, and Niv Dror (@Nivo0o0), founder of Shrug Capital.

They start …

Requests For Startups: Mental Health with Mark Goldenson

March 7th, 2019

44:33

Mark Goldenson (@goldenson), Village Global Network Leader, creator of VentureKit, and formerly founder and CEO of Breakthrough, joins Erik to talk …

Requests For Startups: Women's Health with Afton Vechery and Anarghya Vardhana

March 7th, 2019

46:10

Erik is joined by Afton Vechery (@aaffttoonn), co-funder and CEO of Modern Fertility, and Anarghya Vardhana (@anarghya503), VC at Maveron.

Afton explains how she went from private equity to running a women's health …

Requests For Startups: Recruiting with Aline Lerner and Tasneem Minadakis

March 7th, 2019

58:36

Aline Lerner (@alinelernerLLC), founder of interviewing.io, and Tasneem Minadakis, Engineering Leader at Google and advisor to interviewing.io, join Erik to talk about recruiting software engineers and opportunities in …

Requests For Startups: Cannabis with Blaine Hatab

March 7th, 2019

47:40

Blaine Hatab (@blainehatab), CEO of Distru, joins Erik to talk all about the cannabis space. He explains what he is doing at Distru, how he got into the business and why the cannabis space is ripe with opportunity.

He …

Requests For Startups: GovTech with Ron Bouganim

March 7th, 2019

59:34

Erik is joined by Ron Bouganim (@ronboug), founder and managing partner at Govtech Fund.

Ron explains his thesis at Govtech Fund and how he got started in the space. He gives us a sense of just how neglected the …

Requests For Startups: Marketplaces with Jonathan Swanson and John Kobs

March 7th, 2019

37:46

Jonathan Swanson (@swaaanson), co-founder and chairman of Thumbtack, and John Kobs (@johnkobs), co-founder of Apartment List join Erik to talk all about marketplaces.

John and Jonathan talk about their lessons from …

Requests For Startups: Marketing Tech with Ashu Garg

March 7th, 2019

31:28

Ashu Garg (@ashugarg), partner at Foundation Capital, joins Erik for a primer on the marketing tech space. They talk about how Ashu got started in the space and Ashu discusses a blog post he wrote predicting that this …

Requests For Startups: Cybersecurity with Vincenzo Iozzo and Jamie Butler

March 7th, 2019

43:03

Erik is joined by Vincenzo Iozzo (@_snagg), Village Global network leader and director at CrowdStrike, as well as Jamie Butler (@jamierbutler), CTO at Endgame.

James and Vincenzo talk about where opportunities are in the …

A Playbook For Recruiting and Hiring with Elaine Wherry

March 5th, 2019

1:03:39

Elaine Wherry (@elainewherry) joins Erik on this episode to give us the playbook for recruiting for your startup. Elaine was co-founder of Meebo and is now investing at Edelweiss VC (https://www.edelweiss.vc) alongside …

A Primer on Personal Tokens with Achill Rudolph and Simon de la Rouviere

March 3rd, 2019

48:42

Erik is joined by returning guest, Simon de la Rouviere (@simondlr), co-founder at Ujo and ConsenSys, and Achill Rudolph (@AchillRudolph), lead link …

What Keith Rabois Thinks About Basically Everything

February 28th, 2019

1:27:59

Erik and co-host Anuj Abrol (@nujabrol) interview Keith Rabois (@rabois), newly announced GP at Founders Fund.

Keith starts out by talking about why …

What Justin Kan Thinks About Basically Everything

February 26th, 2019

1:09:08

Erik is joined by Justin Kan (@justinkan), founder of Atrium, Twitch and others, as well as Anuj Abrol (@nujabrol), Justin’s Chief of Staff and …

The State and Future of Software Development with Christina Cacioppo and Amjad Masad

February 24th, 2019

56:43

On this episode Erik is joined by Christina Cacioppo (@christinacaci) of Vanta, and Amjad Masad (@amasad) of Repl.it.

They discuss the reasons why …

The Future of Startup Funding with Andrew D'Souza and Ali Hamed

February 21st, 2019

46:53

On this episode Erik talks to Andrew D’Souza (@andrewdsouza), founder and CEO of Clearbanc, and Ali Hamed (@AliBHamed), investor at CoVenture, recurring guest and fan favorite.

Andrew breaks down how Clearbanc works, why …

A Primer on Marketing Tech with Anda Gansca

February 19th, 2019

44:56

Erik is joined by Anda Gansca (@agansca), co-founder and CEO of Knotch, an independent content intelligence platform for marketers.

Anda starts out by explaining the shift in the marketing world to content, the story of …

Evaluating Early-Stage SaaS Companies with Christoph Janz and Brianne Kimmel

February 17th, 2019

50:29

Erik is joined by his co-host for this episode, Brianne Kimmel (@briannekimmel), investor, advisor and Village Global network leader. They talk to Christoph Janz (@chrija), investor at Point Nine Capital, a Berlin-based …

A Primer on Real Estate Tech (PropTech) with Zachary Aarons and Brad Hargreaves

February 14th, 2019

35:20

Erik is joined by Brad Hargreaves (@bhargreaves), founder and CEO of Common and co-founder of General Assembly, and Zach Aarons (@ZacharyAarons), co-founder and partner at MetaProp, a proptech venture fund.

The guests …

Lessons in Tech and Politics from “The Fixer,” Bradley Tusk

February 12th, 2019

47:34

Bradley Tusk (@bradleytusk) joins Erik on this episode to talk about the intersection of politics and tech. He’s founder and CEO of Tusk Ventures and …

Making It Through The Messy Middle with Scott Belsky

February 10th, 2019

41:03

Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky) joins Erik to talk about his new book The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any …

The State of Consumer Social in 2019 with Donnie Dinch, Michael Galpert and Greg Isenberg

February 7th, 2019

1:16:08

Erik sits down with Donnie Dinch (@donnie), Michael Galpert (@msg) and Greg Isenberg (@gregisenberg), to follow up on the projects they were working …

Why You Need To Feel Your Feelings and Send The Emails with Liz Fosslien

February 5th, 2019

29:46

Erik talks to longtime friend and co-author of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work, Liz Fosslien (@fosslien / fosslien.com). She talks about the importance of “feeling your feelings” and not …

A Primer on Remote Work and Distributed Teams with Matt Mullenweg and Andreas Klinger

February 3rd, 2019

1:04:33

On this episode Erik is joined by Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt), founder of Wordpress and Automattic, as well as Andreas Klinger (@andreasklinger), VP …

What Jd Ross Thinks About Basically Everything

February 1st, 2019

52:17

On this episode, Erik is joined by Jd Ross (@justindross), co-founder of Opendoor. They talk about a wide variety of topics, including mental models, cities, governance, travel, founding myths, and “why all of us are …

Doing For Atoms What AWS Did For Bits with Jesse Genet of Lumi

January 30th, 2019

51:00

Erik is joined by Jesse Genet (@jessegenet), co-founder and CEO of Lumi. Lumi is an online platform that handles all of the packaging needs for direct-to-consumer companies. Jesse explains what the typical process for …

Social Media, Journalism, and New Religions with Antonio Garcia Martinez and Parker Thompson

January 28th, 2019

1:02:26

On this episode Erik is joined by Antonio Garcia Martinez (@antoniogm), author of Chaos Monkeys, and Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList. Parker is a returning fan-favorite. Erik describes Antonio’s Chaos …

Applying AI and Machine Learning To Retail and E-commerce with Lewis Gyson and Yunus Saatci

January 25th, 2019

50:25

On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by Yunus Saatci, of Uber AI labs and a founding member of OnDeck, and Lewis Gyson, founder and CEO …

The Austrian Perspective on Healthcare with Vijay Boyapati

January 23rd, 2019

1:00:59

On this episode Erik is joined by Vijay Boyapati (@real_vijay), a returning guest who was previously here to talk about Bitcoin and crypto from an Austrian perspective. Today he’s here to talk about healthcare from the …

A Primer on Food Tech with Renata Quintini and Brian Frank

January 21st, 2019

57:40

On this episode, Erik is joined by Renata Quintini (@rquintini), partner at Lux, and Brian Frank (@bfrank), early stage investor and advisor to food tech companies.

They start out by talking about what food tech really …

Building a Global Financial Business with Misha Esipov and Ross Fubini

January 18th, 2019

47:24

On this episode Erik is joined by his fellow general partner at Village Global, Ross Fubini (@fubini), and Misha Esipov (@mishaesipov), co-founder and CEO of Nova Credit.

Ross and Village are investors in Misha’s company …

Investing in Sports Tech with Deepen Parikh

January 16th, 2019

30:36

On this episode, Erik is joined by Deepen Parikh (@deepenparikh), partner at Courtside Ventures.

Deepen explains how Courtside Ventures came to be and the thesis behind the fund. He breaks down the four areas where …

DEXes, Liquidity, and On-Chain Arbitrage with Amir Bandeali of 0x and Ivan Bogatyy of Metastable

January 14th, 2019

48:44

Erik is joined on this episode by Amir Bandeali (@abandeali1), co-founder and CTO of 0x, and Ivan Bogatyy, general partner at Metastable Capital.

Erik and Ivan ask Amir about the background behind 0x and its creation. …

Disrupting Education with Austen Allred and Ray Batra

January 11th, 2019

33:02

Erik is joined by his co-host for this episode Ray Batra (@reesesandcoke), founder of Shift_Up, a platform for in-person learning that Ray calls “gyms for learning” and Austen Allred (@AustenAllred), co-founder and CEO …

A Primer on eSports with John Robinson and Blake Robbins

January 9th, 2019

1:09:36

Erik is joined on this episode by John Robinson (@RohnJobinson), president and COO of 100 Thieves, and Blake Robbins (@blakeir), partner at Ludlow Ventures.

Blake and John talk about how they got into eSports and what …

The Present and Future of D2C with Ooshma Garg and Micah Rosenbloom

January 7th, 2019

43:17

On this episode Erik is joined by Ooshma Garg (@ooshma), CEO of Gobble, and Micah Rosenbloom, (@micahjay1) partner at Founder Collective.

They talk …

Requests For Startups: Artificial Intelligence with Sean Byrnes and Shastri Mahadeo

January 4th, 2019

47:36

On this episode of Venture Stories Erik is joined by Sean Byrnes (@sbyrnes) and Shastri Mahadeo (@ShastriMahadeo). Sean is CEO of Outlier, a company using AI to create better business intelligence, and previously …

Building a Company in Preventive Healthcare with Jonathan Gheller

January 2nd, 2019

34:21

Erik is joined by Jonathan Gheller (@jgheller), founder of OneFix. Jonathan is a former product manager at Facebook and aims to use that experience to create retentive, easy-to-use products that create lasting behavior …

How The Blockchain Can Transform The News Business with Jarrod Dicker

December 31st, 2018

1:08:27

Joining Erik on this episode is Jarrod Dicker (@jarroddicker), who is CEO of Po.et. He has a background in journalism and tech and formerly worked at the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.

Jarrod explains how he …

Opportunities in Eldercare and Aging with Natalie Dillon, Lisa Marrone and Shawn Xu

December 28th, 2018

35:59

On this episode Erik is joined by three guests, each with a personal connection to elder care:

- Natalie Dillon (@ntdillon), investor at Maveron
- Shawn Xu (@shawnxu), managing partner at Dorm Room Fund
- Lisa Marrone …

How To Navigate Co-Founder Relationships with Lee Jacobs

December 26th, 2018

49:30

On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by Lee Jacobs (@leejacobs), partner at Edelweiss Capital. He recently wrote a great post about breaking up with his co-founder at a previous company. Lee and Erik …

Inside VC: Why Diversified VC Portfolios are Superior with Clint Korver and Adam Corey

December 24th, 2018

1:10:09

This episode is part of a three-part series taking listeners behind the curtain to discuss the inner workings of venture capital. Erik is joined by co-host for this episode, Adam Corey (@frumpy), partner at Village …

Inside VC: A Primer on Scout Programs with Parker Thompson and Dustin Dolginow

December 24th, 2018

1:05:53

This episode is part of a three-part series taking listeners behind the curtain to discuss the inner workings of venture capital. On this episode Erik is joined by Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList, and angel …

Inside VC: Masterclass on Portfolio Construction and Fund Economics with Ash Fontana and Parker Thompson

December 24th, 2018

1:04:11

This episode is part of a three-part series taking listeners behind the curtain to discuss the inner workings of venture capital. Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList, and Ash Fontana (@ashfontana), general …

Do VCs "Add Value"? What Should Founders Be Optimizing For With Parker Conrad and Parker Thompson

December 21st, 2018

1:09:38

On this episode of Venture Stories Erik is joined by Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList, and Parker Conrad (@parkerconrad), CEO of Rippling.

In this episode they talk about how much value investors provide to …

What Noah Smith Thinks About Basically Everything

December 19th, 2018

1:40:35

Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) joins Erik on this episode. Noah is an economist and Bloomberg Opinion writer. The two have a wide-ranging discussion on a …

The Present and Future of Longevity with Laura Deming

December 17th, 2018

53:31

Laura Deming (@laurademing) joins Erik in downtown San Francisco on this episode of Venture Stories. She is the creator of Longevity Fund, a venture capital firm investing in companies that will let humans live both …

What Daniel Gross Thinks About Basically Everything

December 14th, 2018

1:32:00

On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by Daniel Gross, founder of Pioneer, “an online tournament for productivity.” Prior to starting Pioneer, he founded Cue, a machine learning company that was acquired by …

Charter Cities and Innovative Governance with Mark Lutter

December 12th, 2018

2:09:57

Mark Lutter (@MarkLutter), founder and executive director of the Centre For Innovative Governance Research, joins Erik on this special two-hour episode to talk about charter cities.

They start off by discussing how Mark …

The Present and Future of Autonomous Vehicles with Qasar Younis and Alexandr Wang

December 10th, 2018

1:07:34

On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by two exciting guests: Qasar Younis (@qasar), co-founder of Applied Intuition, and Alexandr Wang (@alexandr_wang), CEO of Scale.

Both Qasar and Alex are creating …

Live Episode: Founders Discuss Village Global’s Network Catalyst Accelerator

December 6th, 2018

56:50

Erik Torenberg, co-founder and partner of Village Global, recently hosted an event for entrepreneurs in San Francisco to hear from founders of …

The Influence of the Consumer on Enterprise SaaS with Brianne Kimmel and Josh Stein

December 5th, 2018

1:13:36

Joining Erik for this episode are Brianne Kimmel (@briannekimmel), investor, advisor and Village Global Network Leader as well as Josh Stein (@dfjjosh), partner at DFJ.

They start off by discussing the "consumerization …

Requests For Startups: Machine Learning with Ash Fontana and Anthony Goldbloom

December 3rd, 2018

59:29

In the first all-Australian episode of Venture Stories Erik interviews returning guest Ash Fontana (@ashfontana), general partner at Zetta Ventures, …

What Tyler Cowen Thinks About Basically Everything

November 30th, 2018

1:56:17

In this extended episode of Venture Stories, Erik interviews Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), professor of economics at George Mason University. They discuss about a wide range of topics, including Tyler’s book Stubborn …

Health Stories: The Intersection of Blockchain and Healthcare with Nikhil Krishnan and Nick Soman

November 28th, 2018

1:05:09

On this episode of Health Stories, Erik is joined by Nikhil Krishnan (@nikillinit), of CB Insights and Nick Soman (@nicksoman), of Decent.

Today they're talking about “the combination of two insanely complex topics.” …

Rethinking The Merits of Decentralization with John Backus

November 26th, 2018

51:42

On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by co-host Tony Sheng to interview John Backus (@backus), founder of Bloom and Cognito, two companies working on decentralized lending and identity.

Co-host Tony Sheng …

The Past and Future of Upstart and Income-Sharing Agreements with Dave Girouard and Tonio DeSorrento

November 23rd, 2018

51:20

Erik is joined in this episode by co-host Tonio DeSorrento (@TonioDeSo), CEO and co-founder of Vemo Education, and Dave Girouard (@davegirouard), CEO and founder of Upstart.

They have a lively discussion about the …

Income Sharing Agreements in Education with Tonio DeSorrento and Ali Hamed

November 21st, 2018

47:46

Erik’s co-host for this episode is Ali Hamed (@AliBHamed) of CoVenture. They are interviewing Tonio DeSorrento (@TonioDeSo), CEO and co-founder of Vemo Education.

They talk about the history of income-sharing agreements, …

The World’s First Publicly Traded Person with Mike Merrill and Marcus Estes

November 19th, 2018

51:23

On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by Mike Merrill (@kmikeym), the world’s first and only publicly traded person, along with Mike’s …

Live Episode: The Present and Future of Crypto with Naval Ravikant and Balaji Srinivasan

November 16th, 2018

1:04:25

In this special live episode of Venture Stories, Erik Torenberg interviews two special guests about the present and future of crypto: Naval Ravikant (@naval), CEO and co-founder of AngelList, and Balaji Srinivasan …

Competitive Governance with Patri Friedman

November 14th, 2018

1:43:25

Patri Friedman joins Erik on this episode of Venture Stories. He founded The Seasteading Institute in 2008 with funding from Peter Thiel. His father …

Live Episode: Eric Schmidt and Tyler Cowen on The Future of Technology and Society

November 12th, 2018

54:11

This is a special episode of Venture Stories recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco, featuring Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), professor of economics at George Mason University and Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt), …

Live Episode: An Interview with Erik Torenberg at Venture For America in Detroit

November 9th, 2018

57:20

Erik was interviewed by Jacob Evan Smith (@jacobsmith88) at Venture For America in Detroit, which is where Erik attended the University of Michigan before he started his live rap battle app, rapt.fm.

In this episode he …

Health Stories: Computational Care, Computational Biology, and "Taking a Crowbar to the Health System" with Scott Barclay and James Hardiman

November 7th, 2018

49:55

On this episode of Health Stories, Erik is joined by James Hardiman (@hardimanjames) and Scott Barclay (@SABarclay) of Data Collective, a deep tech …

On-Chain Governance with Jacob Arluck and Peter Czaban

November 5th, 2018

49:14

On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik and his co-host Tony Sheng are joined by Jacob Arluck (@JacobArluck) of Tezos and Peter Czaban of Polkadot …

Building Network Effects Businesses with NFX’s James Currier and Pete Flint

November 2nd, 2018

56:11

On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by James Currier (@JamesCurrier) and Pete Flint (@peteflint), of NFX. NFX is a great venture capital firm founded on the concept of network effects. Erik, James and …

Health Stories: Early Cancer Screening with Gabriel Otte

October 31st, 2018

34:14

Gabriel Otte (@gabeotte), CEO and co-founder of Freenome, joins Erik on this episode of Venture Stories to talk about cancer screening.

Gabriel starts out by talking about why he got into the cancer screening space and …

Looming Debt Crises, The Fed, and Crypto with Gabe Bassin and Taylor Pearson

October 29th, 2018

52:42

Gabe Bassin (@gabebassin) and Taylor Pearson (@TaylorPearsonMe) join Erik for this episode.

They cover a lot of ground in this episode where they explore some of the coming financial challenges that the US faces and how …

What Eugene Wei Thinks About Basically Everything

October 26th, 2018

56:16

This is a deep dive into the mind of Eugene Wei. Erik and Eugene discuss all kinds of topics, including the unique state of ambition in Silicon …

Health Stories: Unlocking The Potential of Personal Genomics with Othman Laraki and Alicia Zhou

October 24th, 2018

37:10

In this episode of Health Stories, Erik is talking to Othman Laraki (@othman) and Alicia Zhou (@ay_zhou) of Color. Othman is co-founder and CEO and …

Crypto Stories: Solving The Blockchain Interoperability Problem with Sunny Aggarwal and Haseeb Qureshi

October 22nd, 2018

49:31

Sunny Aggarwal (@sunnya97) of Cosmos and Tendermint joins Erik and co-host Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb), GP at MetaStable Capital, for this episode of …

What Alex Danco Thinks About Basically Everything

October 19th, 2018

1:57:24

In this episode Alex Danco (@alex_danco) of Social Capital joins Erik to talk about Silicon Valley, economics, innovation, crypto, software and more. He is a very unique thinker with interesting opinions about the tech …

Health Stories: Reinventing The Primary Care Experience with Adrian Aoun

October 17th, 2018

25:45

Erik is joined by Adrian Aoun (@adrianaoun), founder of Forward, a company that is trying to reinvent how primary healthcare is delivered. His previous company Wavii, was acquired by Google — where Adrian led AI efforts …

Crypto Stories: Bitcoin as Political Technology with Dhruv Bansal

October 15th, 2018

1:08:27

Erik and his co-host Taylor Pearson (@TaylorPearsonMe), author of The End of Jobs, are joined by Dhruv Bansal (@dhruvbansal), co-founder of Unchained Capital.

On this episode they discuss a number of interesting topics, …

Live Episode: Keith Rabois on Career Strategy, Identifying Talent and Evaluating Markets

October 12th, 2018

1:16:48

This episode of Venture Stories was recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco in October 2018. Keith was interviewed by Village Global partner and co-founder, Erik Torenberg.

In the episode they cover a …

Health Stories: Solving The Care Coordination Problem with Jay Desai and Joe Kahn

October 10th, 2018

38:31

On this episode of Health Stories, Erik is joined by Jay Desai (@jdesai01) of PatientPing (patientping.com) and Joe Kahn (@josephwandile) of Karuna Health (meetkaruna.com).

Both Joe and Jay are working on how to make …

Crypto Stories: ETH as Money, Generalized Mining, and an Exploration of Web3 with Dan Zuller and Ryan Sean Adams

October 8th, 2018

1:13:50

In this episode Erik is joined by Ryan Sean Adams (@RyanSAdams) of Mythos Capital and Dan Zuller (@danzuller) of Vision Hill Advisors.

They talk about …

What Kevin Kwok Thinks About Basically Everything

October 5th, 2018

2:00:23

Kevin Kwok (@kevinakwok) is an investor at Greylock and one of the most expansive and intriguing minds around. In this episode Kevin and Erik talk about... basically everything, from the org chart of the future to the …

Health Stories: Go-To-Market in Healthcare and Requests For Startups with Kristin Spohn and Kelsey Mellard

October 3rd, 2018

41:01

Kelsey Mellard (@KelseyMellard), co-founder of Sitka (trustsitka.com) and Kristin Spohn (@kbakes), partner at Social Capital, join Erik for this enlightening episode of Health Stories.

In it they talk about a number of …

The Decision To Hard Fork Sia with David Vorick

October 2nd, 2018

1:06:42

On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik talks to David Vorick (@DavidVorick) of Sia.

David explains why a fork of Sia became necessary, even though doing so was not ideal or their preferred option.

He talks about what …

Crypto Stories: Aleksandr Bulkin on ADAPT, "Initial Witness Offerings" and Crypto Disruption

October 1st, 2018

52:39

Aleksandr Bulkin (@coinfund_al), co-founder of CoinFund and creator of ADAPT (adaptk.it) joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

- How Alex got …

On Radical Markets with Glen Weyl and Riva Melissa-Tez

September 28th, 2018

57:20

Glen Weyl (@glenweyl) and Riva Melissa-Tez (@rivatez) join Erik for this episode. They discuss Glen’s book, Radical Markets, and a number of topics related to it, including:

- The similarities between Rio de Janeiro and …

Health Stories: The Economics of Health Insurance with Nick Reber and Kareem Zaki

September 26th, 2018

37:50

Nick Reber of Oscar Health and Kareem Zaki (@KareemZaki_) of Thrive Capital join Erik in this fascinating episode exploring the ins and outs of the health insurance industry.

They talk about the misaligned incentives in …

The Bull Case For EOS As Presented By Myles Snider

September 24th, 2018

1:10:35

Myles Snider (@myles_snider), CEO of Aurora EOS and advisor to Multicoin Capital, joins Erik and co-host Tony Sheng to discuss his new role as head …

On Being Sriram Krishnan with Sriram Krishnan and Sriram Krishnan

September 21st, 2018

1:09:51

It's double the Sriram Krishnan for the price of one! Sriram Krishnan (@sriramk) of Twitter and Sriram Krishnan (@sriramkri) of HeadSpin join Erik to talk about dating apps, streaming music, the online advertising …

Health Stories: The Intersection of Life Science and Biotech with Rachel Craig and Ed Saltzman

September 19th, 2018

48:50

In this episode, Erik is joined by two very smart minds in the health space. He talks to Rachel Craig (@RPCraig), founder and CEO of MotionHall, …

Crypto Stories: Jillian Carlson and Lily Liu on Emerging Markets, Token Business Models, and Self-ICOs

September 17th, 2018

1:06:51

Erik and his co-host Tony Sheng are joined by two special guests for this episode. Lily Liu (@calilyliu) is co-founder of Earn.com which was sold to …

Fintech Fridays: Transforming Web Security with Mahmoud Abdelkader and Ross Fubini

September 14th, 2018

34:52

Mahmoud "Rusty" Abdelkader (@mahmoudimus), CEO of Very Good Security and Ross Fubini (@fubini), partner at Village Global, join Erik on this episode to talk security on the web and Mahmoud's company Very Good Security.

Health Stories: Hard-Won Lessons From The Healthcare Ecosystem with Liz Rockett, Jared Seehafer, and Ryan Panchadsaram

September 12th, 2018

51:12

Three exciting guests join Erik to reveal what having been in the healthcare ecosystem has taught them that the average tech investor doesn't know:

- Liz Rockett (@liz_rockett), investor at Kaiser Permanente Ventures.
- …

Crypto Stories: The Bull Case For Ethereum with Spencer Noon, Cyrus Younessi and Tony Sheng

September 10th, 2018

56:58

The guests on today’s episode are Spencer Noon (@spencernoon), an investor at Doggie Tail Crypto Capital and Cyrus Younessi (@cyounessi1), Director of Research and Trading at Scalar Capital.

Co-hosting today’s episode is …

Fintech Fridays: Ali Hamed on Lending, Crypto and Venture Capital

September 7th, 2018

1:12:58

Erik and co-host for this episode Ash Fontana (@ashfontana) of Zetta Venture Partners interview Ali Hamed (@AliBHamed), investor at CoVenture.

Ali gives us a primer on the online lending space and compares and contrasts …

Request For Startups: Digital Health

September 5th, 2018

1:18:48

Joining Erik for this episode are Robert Mittendorff (@doctorrem), partner at Norwest Venture Partners, and Ambar Bhattacharyya (@AmbarBh), managing director at Maverick Ventures.

In a continuation of the Requests for …

Crypto Stories: Headwinds in Crypto and Distributed Global's Investment Strategy with John Cheeseman and Herve Bizira

August 31st, 2018

1:07:38

On this episode Erik talks to Jonathan Cheeseman (@JonathanCheesm4), Chief Market Strategist at Distributed Global and Herve Bizira (@hibizira), CTO of Distributed Global.

They talk about crypto markets and the funds …

Crypto Stories: "Explain Generalized Mining Like I'm Five" with Andrew Cronk (Follow-Up Bonus Episode)

August 31st, 2018

47:29

Andrew Cronk (@ajcronk), partner at Figment, joins Erik again for this bonus episode going into generalized mining. Andrew contrasts sending someone money via PayPal with sending someone money via a decentralized …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Generalized Mining with Nicholas Chirls and Joe Lallouz

August 31st, 2018

50:37

Erik is joined by Nicholas Chirls (@nchirls), partner at Notation Capital, and Joe Lallouz (@JoeLallouz), entrepreneur, angel, and founder of Grand …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Identity on the Blockchain with Dandelion Mane

August 31st, 2018

50:57

Dandelion Mane (@decentralion), founder of SourceCred, joins Erik on this mind-expanding episode about identity. Dandelion explains how they came …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Token-Curated Registries with Ameen Soleimani and Jehan Tremback

August 31st, 2018

37:25

In this episode Erik and co-host Miles Snyder of Multicoin Capital talk to Ameen Soleimani (@ameensol), CEO at SpankChain, and Jehan Tremback …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Consensus Protocols with Aparna Krishnan and Haseeb Qureshi

August 31st, 2018

1:01:56

In this episode Erik talks to Aparna Krishnan (@aparnalocked), co-founder of Mechanism Labs and Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb), GP at MetaStable Capital.

They discuss a number of themes around Aparna's research paper, talk …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on the Layers of BTC and Lightning with Nik Bhatia

August 31st, 2018

56:21

Nik Bhatia (@timevalueofbtc), writer and Bitcoin thinker, joins Erik and co-host Myles Snider of Multicoin Capital on this episode to talk layers of …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Zero-Knowledge Proofs with Elena Nadolinski and Howard Wu

August 31st, 2018

40:36

Elena Nadolinski (@leanthebean), an engineer interested in the privacy space, and Howard Wu (@1HowardWu), co-founder of Dekrypt Capital, talk to Erik …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Crypto-Native Funds with Andrew Cronk, Jake Brukhman and Meher Roy

August 31st, 2018

1:06:44

Erik's guests for this episode are:

- Andrew Cronk (@ajcronk), partner at Figment
- Meher Roy (@MeherRoy), co-founder of Chorus One
- Jake Brukhman (@jbrukh), founder of CoinFund

They talk about a number of interesting …

Crypto Stories: Bitcoin For Beginners with Michael Goldstein

August 31st, 2018

1:08:35

Michael Goldstein (@bitstein), president of the Nakamoto Institute and co-host of the Noded Podcast, joins Erik on this episode. Between him and Erik …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Valuing Crypto Assets with Arianna Simpson and Travis Kling

August 31st, 2018

32:14

Arianna Simpson (@AriannaSimpson), VC and managing director at Autonomous Partners and Travis Kling (@Travis_Kling) of Ikigai Asset Management join Erik on this episode.

Arianna starts by explaining her post about false …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Privacy Coins with Elena Nadolinski and Avichal Garg

August 31st, 2018

37:16

Elena Nadolinski (@leanthebean), an engineer interested in the privacy space, and Avichal Garg (@avichal), Managing Partner at Electric Capital, join …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Distributed Computing with Dani Grant, Dan Desjardins, Chandler Song and Greg Osuri

August 31st, 2018

40:51

This episode of Venture Stories is co-hosted by Dani Grant (@thedanigrant), analyst at USV.

She talks with three leaders in the distributed computing space:

- Dan Desjardins, CEO of Distributed Compute Labs
- Chandler …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Stablecoins with Haseeb Qureshi and Myles Snider

August 29th, 2018

1:09:41

Erik's co-host for this episode is Myles Snider (@myles_snider), research associate at Multicoin Capital. They talk to Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb) who …

Crypto Stories: The Bitcoin Standard and Beyond with Saifedean Ammous

August 27th, 2018

1:20:50

Saifedean Ammous (@saifedean), the author of The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking, joins Erik for a very interesting and highly quotable interview.

He expands on a number of topics from …

Crypto Stories: Vijay Boyapati on Austrian Economics, Bitcoin and Monetary Policy

August 24th, 2018

53:16

Vijay Boyapati (@real_vijay), software engineer, crypto thinker and proponent of Austrian economics, joins Erik on this episode to talk about a number of interesting topics.

They start with a primer on Austrian …

Crypto Stories: Bill Tai and Derek Hsue on Mining, Exchanges and the History and Future of Money

August 22nd, 2018

1:19:06

Erik is joined by two very exciting guests for this episode — Bill Tai, venture capitalist and director at Bitfury, and Derek Hsue (@derek_hsue), investor at Blockchain Capital.

The three have a very engaging discussion …

Crypto Stories: Nic Carter on Governance, Bitcoin Narratives, and Ethereum

August 20th, 2018

1:07:54

Erik and his co-host Tony Sheng (@tonysheng) of Decentraland interview Nic Carter (@nic__carter), partner at Castle Island Ventures and co-founder of …

Crypto Stories: The Intersection of Blockchain and AI with Trent McConaghy

August 17th, 2018

1:02:39

Trent McConaghy (@trentmc0) returns for another interview with Erik. He’s the founder of Ocean Protocol and BigchainDB.

In this episode, he starts by …

Crypto Stories Live: Balaji Srinivasan and Erik Torenberg on Crypto in a Borderless World

August 15th, 2018

25:32

Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis), CTO of Coinbase, joined Erik on stage in San Francisco at the Founders Embassy Borderless Summit in June 2018 for a fascinating conversation about the coming impact of blockchain …

Crypto Stories: Jimmy Song on Bitcoin, Hard Money, and Decentralization

August 13th, 2018

1:03:54

Today’s guest is Jimmy Song (@jimmysong), crypto developer and teacher. He is a venture partner at Blockchain Capital and creator of the Programming Blockchain course.

Jimmy has been a crypto developer for a long time …

Fat Monies: Anti-Contrarianism in Cryptocurrency Investing

August 10th, 2018

2:01:38

In a first-ever two-hour episode for Venture Stories by Village Global, Erik talks to two of the most interesting crypto thinkers around: Arjun Balaji (@arjunblj), crypto investor, trader and incubator, and Murad …

Crypto Stories: A Primer On Open Financial Primitives

August 8th, 2018

58:55

Joining Erik for this episode are Felix Feng (‪@felix2feng)‬, founder of Set Protocol and Nadav Hollander (@NadavAHollander), founder of Dharma …

Crypto Stories: A Primer On Decentralized Exchanges

August 6th, 2018

52:11

Alan Curtis of Radar Relay, a Village portfolio company, joins Erik to talk about what Radar Relay is working on and to discuss what is needed to get …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Non-Fungible Tokens

August 3rd, 2018

55:19

Amitt Mahajan (@amittm), co-founder and CTO of Rare Bits and investor at Presence Capital, joins Erik and his guest co-host Tony Sheng of Decentraland for this episode.

They dive into all things non-fungible tokens, …

Crypto Stories: Using Blockchain To Find Real-World Consensus with Ryan King and Jehan Tremback

August 1st, 2018

32:35

In this episode, Erik talks to Ryan King (@frothcity), co-founder of FOAM protocol, and Jehan Tremback (@jtremback), founder of Althea Mesh.

They …

Crypto Stories: The State of Crypto in 2018 and Predictions For The Future

July 30th, 2018

49:23

With Erik for this episode are:

- Aaron Batalion (@abatalion), formerly partner at Lightspeed and founder of LivingSocial
- Vinny Lingham …

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Tokenized Securities

July 27th, 2018

1:00:44

Erik is joined by Josh Stein, CEO of Harbor, Stephen McKeon (@sbmckeon), finance professor at the University of Oregon, and Parker Thompson (@pt), seed-stage investor, partner at AngelList and token skeptic.

The guests …

Crypto Stories: Kyle Samani and Tushar Jain on the Web3 Stack, Financial Primitives, On-Chain Governance and Value Accrual

July 25th, 2018

59:00

Erik and guest co-host Tony Sheng (@tonysheng) of Decentraland interview managing partners of Multicoin Capital Tushar Jain (@TusharJain_) and Kyle …

Requests for Startups: Human Augmentation

July 23rd, 2018

54:40

Erik is joined by Tim Swift and Ariel Poler on this episode of the podcast. Tim Swift is founder and CEO of Roam Robotics and Ariel Poler (@ariel) is …

Live Episode: Erik Torenberg, Daniel Kan and Qasar Younis on Fundraising

July 19th, 2018

1:00:07

This special live episode was recorded at the Atrium offices in San Francisco on June 20 2018. Village Global co-founder Erik Torenberg hosted a fireside chat with Daniel Kan, co-founder and COO of Cruise Automation and …

ArtDAOs, Curation Markets and Token Curated Registries with Simon de la Rouviere and Trent McConaghy

July 17th, 2018

59:52

Simon de la Rouviere (@simondlr), crypto developer and thought leader, and Trent McConaghy (@trentmc0), founder of Ocean Protocol, join Erik for an …

A Primer On Prediction Markets With Robin Hanson

July 13th, 2018

1:05:12

Robin Hanson, associate professor of economics at George Mason University, joins Erik for a primer on prediction markets. He explains how prediction markets work and why they are one of the best methods of forecasting …

Joey Krug on Augur, Prediction Markets, and The State of Cryptocurrency Investing

July 10th, 2018

1:12:47

Joining Erik for this interview are Joey Krug (@joeykrug) of Augur and Tony Sheng (@tonysheng) of Decentraland. Erik and Tony interview Joey about …

Live Episode: Erik, Jo Varshney and Kiran Bellubi on Village’s Network Catalyst Accelerator

July 4th, 2018

1:03:22

This is a special live episode that was recorded at Village HQ in San Francisco on June 14 2018. The event was put on in partnership with Xoogler, a network of former Googlers who have come together to help each other …

Requests For Startups: FinTech

June 27th, 2018

45:08

Joining Erik on this episode are Maia Bittner (@maiab), co-founder of Pinch, and Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), FinTech partner at 500 Startups.

They go over the variety of sectors being disrupted by FinTech companies these …

Episode #25: The Future of Consumer Products

June 21st, 2018

34:23

Erik is joined by Nicole Quinn (@Nik_Quinn), Investing Partner at Lightspeed and Lee Edwards (@terronk), former CTO of Teespring and active angel …

Episode #24: The Future of Hardware and Robotics

June 14th, 2018

38:55

Erik is joined by Eric Klein, partner at Lemnos VC, and Sankarshan Murthy (@sancartion), CEO and co-founder of Bumblebee Homes.

They talk about trends in urbanization, housing and storage in America and why changing …

Episode #23: The Future of Fertility with Tammy Sun and Afton Vechery

June 7th, 2018

33:56

Tammy Sun (@tammysun), CEO and co-founder of Carrot Fertility and Afton Vechery (@aaffttoonn), CEO and co-founder of Modern Fertility talk with Erik about this rapidly emerging space.

They explain how they got started in …

Episode #22: Democratizing Cryptocurrency Investing with Kendrick Nguyen and Andy Bromberg

May 24th, 2018

38:25

Kendrick Nguyen (@kendrickesq), CEO of Republic and Andy Bromberg (@andy_bromberg), CEO and co-founder of CoinList join Erik to talk about the changing landscape of investing in crypto.

They explain how their companies …

Episode #21: Online, Offline or Both? The Future of Direct to Consumer Women's Healthcare with Carolyn Witte and Hans Gangeskar

May 16th, 2018

32:36

Erik talks to Carolyn Witte (@carolynwitte), co-founder and CEO of asktia.com and Hans Gangeskar (@hansois), co-founder and CEO of Nurx.

Carolyn and …

Episode #20: The State of Sexual Wellness Startups

April 23rd, 2018

37:59

Erik talks to Polly Rodriguez (@polly_claire), co-founder of Unbound, Andrea Barrica (@abarrica), founder of O.school, and Gina Gutierrez …

Episode #19: How Technology Is Changing Drug Development

April 10th, 2018

31:06

Host Erik Torenberg talks to Jo Varshney, founder of VeriSIM Life, a Village portfolio company, and Eric Stefanich, director and senior scientist at …

Episode #18: The Future of Drones with Adam Bry of Skydio

March 1st, 2018

25:13

Erik talks to Adam Bry (@adampbry), co-founder and CEO of Skydio, a company that designs and manufactures autonomous drones. Adam gives us a rundown on where the company is at right now, how it got there and what we …

Episode 17: Rethinking The Education To Employment Paradigm with Will Houghteling and Kara Nortman

February 23rd, 2018

55:26

Erik is joined by Will Houghteling (@willhoughteling), founder of Strive, a competency-based marketplace, and Kara Nortman (@karanortman), the first investor in Strive and partner at Upfront Ventures. Will explains why …

Episode #16: The Present and Future of Hardware with Shilpi Kumar and Seth Winterroth

February 6th, 2018

51:30

Erik talks to Shilpi Kumar (@_shilpikumar), who helps Village Global find hardware investments and Seth Winterroth (@sethwinterroth), partner at Eclipse Venture Capital. They explain how hardware has been changing over …

Episode #15: Rebecca Kaden of Union Square Ventures on Healthcare, Fintech and Venture Firms

January 30th, 2018

26:39

Rebecca Kaden (@rebeccak46) recently joined Union Square Ventures in in her hometown of New York City as a partner. She and Erik (@eriktorenberg) talk about why she joined USV and the three “waves” of investment theses …

Episode #14: How To Recruit, Assess, and Retain The Best People For Your Startup With Keith Rabois and Jack Altman

January 25th, 2018

1:26:38

Erik talks to Keith Rabois (@rabois), Managing Director at Khosla Ventures and Jack Altman (@jaltma), CEO and co-founder of Lattice. Keith and Jack draw on their experience working at high-growth start-ups to explain …

Episode #13: How To Disrupt The Insurance Industry With Kyle Nakatsuji of Clearcover

January 23rd, 2018

29:15

Kyle (@kylenakatsuji) talks to Erik about his company, Clearcover, which plans to offer a new way to buy insurance. Kyle has extensive experience in the insurance industry as an employee, investor and founder, and …

Episode #12: How To Build A Startup In The Consumer Fitness Space with Holly Shelton and Selina Tobaccowala

January 18th, 2018

32:48

Selina Tobaccowala (@selinato) of Gixo and Holly Shelton (@hlshelton) of MoveWith join Erik for a discussion of the state of consumer fitness apps. …

Episode #11: Finding a Niche in the Consumer Social Space with Winnie’s Sara Mauskopf and Anne Halsall

January 16th, 2018

48:42

Erik talks to Sara Mauskopf (@sm) and Anne Halsall (@annekate) about Winnie, the “companion app for parents” which Erik calls the “most slept-on consumer social company today.” Sara and Anne tell us about Winnie’s …

Episode #10: The Future of Access with Omni's Tom McLeod and Ryan Delk

January 11th, 2018

51:27

Erik talks to Tom McLeod (@tmcleod3) and Ryan Delk (@delk) of Omni about the future of access. Omni provides physical storage but is also a marketplace, allowing you to rent what you need on-demand or make extra money …

Episode #9: The State of Consumer Social with Josh Elman

January 9th, 2018

51:22

Erik and his co-host for this episode, Abie Katz of August Capital, interview Josh Elman (@joshelman), partner at Greylock Partners. Josh recounts the twists and turns of his career and how they led to him becoming a …

Episode #8: Investing in Machine Learning Startups with Ash Fontana

January 3rd, 2018

54:59

Erik interviews Ash Fontana (@ashfontana) of Zetta Venture Partners with his co-host for this episode, Abie Katz of August Capital. They talk about how Ash got his fund started and how and why he structured it the way …

Episode #7: The Future of VR and AR and How To Invest In It with Amitt Mahajan and Abie Katz

December 27th, 2017

43:08

Erik and his co-host for this episode, Abie Katz of August Capital, interview Amitt Mahajan (@amittm) of Presence Capital. He talks about the future of both VR and AR, what kinds of companies he’s been investing in and …

Episode #6: Consumer Social with Donnie Dinch, Michael Galpert and Greg Isenberg

December 21st, 2017

50:26

Erik (@eriktorenberg) sits down with Donnie Dinch (@donnie), Michael Galpert (@msg) and Greg Isenberg (@gregisenberg) to discuss the state of consumer social today. They talk about why people call them crazy to try to …

Episode #5: The State of Biotech with Dylan Morris and Cain McClary

December 19th, 2017

39:05

This episode is all about the state of biotech, with Dylan Morris of Charles River Ventures and Cain McClary of KdT Ventures. They discuss the difference in incentives when investing in biotech compared to more …

Episode #4 - How To Build A Digital Health Company with Malay Gandhi and Christine Lemke

December 14th, 2017

1:04:07

Erik talks with Malay Gandhi and Christine Lemke about the state of innovation in healthcare today, why it’s so difficult to build a company in the …

Episode #3: The Future of the Music Industry with Aston Motes, Parker Thompson and Ed Aten

December 13th, 2017

1:12:22

This episode is all about the future of music. Erik sat down with Parker Thompson, Aston Motes and Ed Aten to discuss how music has been regulated in …

Episode #2: How Digital Currency Will Transform The World with Balaji Srinivasan

December 12th, 2017

52:50

In this episode, Erik interviews Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis) on cryptocurrencies, the web, building a company, identity, government, and the future in general. They explore the implications of cryptocurrencies on a …

Episode #1: Ryan Hoover and David Spinks on Communities

December 11th, 2017

50:15

Ryan Hoover, CEO and founder of Product Hunt and David Spinks, CEO and founder of CMX Media talk all things community with Village co-founder and partner, host Erik Torenberg (@eriktorenberg). They talk about creating a …

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