Dec. 15, 2020

Jeff Clavier (Uncork Capital) on his investment in SendGrid, how he built the OG MicroVC, parallels between the MicroVC movement and the emergence of operator/rolling funds, and touching on Postmates

Alright… this week’s episode is with Jeff Clavier , founder at Uncork Capital . I think the timing on this one is perfect given the parallels between Jeff’s career as an original micro fund and the trend with operator/rolling funds. We’ll draw out some of these parallels, chat about Jeff’s background, and then move into discussion around his investment in SendGrid .

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Dec. 8, 2020

Jonathan Goodwin (Gunderson Dettmer) on the fundraising process, the life cycle of SPVs and syndications, how emerging GPs should look at building a portfolio of LPs, and the future of SV

For the last couple months, I've been extremely interested in syndications and SPVs - I find it so awesome that the VC asset class has become much more accessible for people to build a track record with these new forms of deployment vehicles. While I was interested in the impact that these SPVs and rolling funds were having on the venture ecosystem, I still found myself scratching my head as to how they actually worked. I reached out to Jonathan after digging in deeper and am super fortunate to…

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Dec. 2, 2020

Jeff Morris (Chapter One Ventures) on his investment in Roam Research, how his education added to his perspective in the tech community, and what makes a compelling product

When I first started this podcast (or rather rebranded to narrow in on venture) Jeff was one of the first people I was interested in having on. As someone still in college, I've been hyper focused on how to optimize my education to gain a diverse perspective as opposed to just being there for the degree. While Jeff didn't initially plan on being in tech, his education in film and English add to the way he looks at investment opportunities at Chapter One Ventures .

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Nov. 28, 2020

Aaron Michel ( on the investment in Fairmarkit, the destructive nature of monopolies, views on board seats and investment vehicles at pre seed/seed

Welcome back! Aaron has a super interesting background so we spend a while talking about his investment strategy and thoughts on investment dynamics at the pre seed/seed levels. He's a former operator ( PathSource ) so has a deep understanding of the mindset of founders and all of the qualitative KPIs that help investors make great decisions. Aaron is now a partner at 1984 Ventures based in San Francisco. Here are 3 things we spoke about that I found super interesting:

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Nov. 20, 2020

Michelle Killoran (OMERS Ventures) on her investment in Landed

Super excited to share this one - Michelle Killoran joins me to chat about her investment in Landed . Landed is an alternative financing option for buying a home. As you'll hear, many millennials want to buy a home but struggle with the high upfront costs associated with such a large purchase. Michelle was able to identify this gap in the market and find her way to discover what Landed was working on. Prior to her role as a principle at OMERS, Michelle worked at Deloitte in their financial advi…

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Nov. 16, 2020

Charlie O'Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures) on his investment in SinglePlatform

WOW are you in for a treat. Charlie O'Donnell joins me in this one and we dive into his background, quantitative decision making, strategy for a $10 - $20 MM fund, and Charlie's investment in SinglePlatform . Charlie has an awesome background stemming from his early days at the General Motor's pension fund and then learning at Union Square Ventures as well as First Round Capital. He is currently raising and deploying his third fund at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures .

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