Episodes

May 11, 2021

Krisztina 'Z' Holly (Good Growth Capital)

Z Holly is a venture partner at Good Growth Capital where she invests in early stage complex science and technology startups. Z scouts, cultivates, and invests in innovative teams in the hard sciences—aerospace, advanced mate...

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April 13, 2021

Jordan Nof (Tusk Venture Partners) on his investment in Ro, leaving Blackstone to start Tusk, and paving the way for regulatory change

Jordan Nof is the managing partner and co founder of Tusk Venture Partners. Tusk Venture Partners is a New York City-based venture capital firm that invests in early stage technology companies operating in highly regulated ma...

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March 23, 2021

Jason Calacanis (LAUNCH, This Week in Startups, The All-In Podcast) on media and podcasting, comparing angel investing to poker, and education

After lots of cold emailing, I'm thrilled to have JCal on this week's episode of the podcast. We spend a significant amount of time talking about media/podcasting which I think is incredibly applicable for the following reaso...

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March 9, 2021

Allie Esch (Dundee Venture Capital) on the Mighty Middle and the development of fintech in non-coastal markets

Allie Esch (Dundee VC) joins me on today's episode. We kick this one off by chatting about Allie's journey from intern to full time investor at the fund. Later we touch on a host of subtopics surrounding early stage investing...

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March 2, 2021

Jason Shuman (Primary Ventures) on investing in Latch, maniacal focus, and NYC seed trends

This week, a massive welcome and congratulations to Primary Ventures' newest partner, J ason Shuman . Jason and I travel way back to kick things off, chatting about how driving for Uber and sourcing deals for NYC investors le...

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Feb. 24, 2021

Andrew Lee (Initialized) on investing in Routefusion and cross border payments

Andrew Lee (partner at Initialized ) joins me today on the show to chat about his investment in Routefusion , an API working to solve the inefficiencies within cross border payments. For some context, Routefusion's API enable...

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Feb. 9, 2021

Lindel Eakman (Foundry Group) on investing in Ludlow Ventures and Foundry's mesh network

Welcome back to another episode of the pod. Today I'm sharing a conversation I had with Lindel Eakman, partner at Foundry Group. I reached out to Lindel after reading a piece on TechCrunch about how he joined the team to inst...

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Feb. 4, 2021

Jackson Bubala (Motivate VC) on his investment in a new SKU data API, leveraging structural opportunity in venture, and how asset fragmentation is making seed rounds more competitive

Long time coming with this one. Today I'm joined by Jackson Bubala . Jackson is an investor at Motivate VC , where he just joined after some time at Founder Equity (both in the Chicago ecosystem). Jackson also writes a fantas...

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Feb. 2, 2021

Mike Duda (Bullish) on his investment in Harry's, focussing on NPS over TAM, the value of storefronts, becoming obsessed with your customer, and what makes a great brand

Today's guest, Mike Duda , is taking on both traditional marketing agencies and venture funds with Bullish . Bullish has been labeled as 'America's most dangerous agency' by AdWeek and continues to push the limit in building ...

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Jan. 28, 2021

Josh Ephraim (Gunderson Dettmer) on underrated legal terms for founders, identifying early talent, his experience at Dorm Room Fund, and why DRF uses SAFEs

Josh Ephraim on the show today and I couldn't be more excited to have him be TheArtof.VC 's first Thursday episode. Josh joined Dorm Room Fund during graduate school at Berkeley which gave him amazing exposure to a unique dem...

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Jan. 26, 2021

Danielle Strachman (1517 Fund) on her investment in Luminar, misconceptions regarding education and college, and things to look for in founders without the traditional college narrative

Welcome back and a couple updates: 1) the intro is different, 2) I'm bumping the episode frequency up so new episodes each Tuesday and Thursday. Let me know what you think: send a message on Twitter @ConorRobbins3 . Today's c...

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Jan. 20, 2021

Nina Stepanov (Contrary Capital) on the increasing importance of platform strength in VC, alternative strategies to building massive companies, and the changing world of value-add platforms

Nina Stepanov joins me today! Nina is currently running platform at Contrary Capital, which puts an interesting spin on community based venture platforms. Prior to Contrary, Nina spent some time investing at Acceleprise . Bef...

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Jan. 13, 2021

Lisa Cuesta (NextGen Venture Partners) on her investment in Maven Clinic, community based value add platforms, and the future of platform within the venture ecosystem

This week I'm thrilled to welcome Lisa Cuesta from NextGen Venture Partners ! Lisa started in tech back during her undergrad where she worked on a startup in the college textbooks space. After working at Google in the Bay Are...

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Jan. 6, 2021

Shane Mac (Logos Labs) on becoming a GP after operating, what he hopes to accomplish with Logos, the future of remote work, the future of GP value add, and the new disconnect between GPs and LPs

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I'm super excited to welcome Shane Mac to the show today who is investing in the future of remote work at Logos Labs . Shane is easily one of the most real people I've ever spoken to and has p...

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Dec. 29, 2020

Laura Thompson (Sapphire Ventures) on the changing LP landscape, LP value add platforms, qualities in great emerging GPs, and discoverability between new GPs and LPs

First off... happy holidays to everyone! I'm super excited to welcome Laura Thompson to the stage this week. Laura is a limited partner in the venture ecosystem at Sapphire Ventures . I'm extremely interested in the value add...

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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...

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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 dep...

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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 educat...

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Nov. 28, 2020

Aaron Michel (1984.vc) 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 ...

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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 strugg...

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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 a...

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Nov. 13, 2020

Jenny Friedman (SupernodeVC) on New Age Meats

Jenny Friedman is a General Partner @ SupernodeVC in NYC. Prior to her role at Supernode, Jenny primarily invested in early stage, mobile first tech at Eniac Ventures. Prior to that she worked at e-commerce startup, Minibar D...

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Sept. 2, 2020

Todd White - founder @ Dry Farm Wines

Todd White is a serial entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and founder of Dry Farm Wines which addresses the hidden issues with the wine industry. During this episode, we'll chat about the issues Todd noticed that led to him build...

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Sept. 2, 2020

Colin Keeley - founder @ Avocado Audio

Colin Keeley is a Chicago based early-stage investor and founder. His venture studio is currently working on Avocado (audio course platform), FinanceFuel (small business lending), and Automic (a Robotic Process Automation mon...

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