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Feb. 24, 2021

Andrew Lee (Initialized) in 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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 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 (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 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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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 Delivery, focusing on analytics and business development. She graduated with honors from both the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Business School.

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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 building his business as well as other key factors that have led to their success. Find more info on Dry Farm Wines here: https://www.dryfarmwines.com/

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