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The Twenty Minute VC takes you inside the world of Venture Capital, Startup Funding and The Pitch. Join our host, Harry Stebbings and discover how you can attain funding for your business by listening to what the most prominent investors are directly looking for in startups, providing easily actionable tips and tricks that can be put in place to increase your chances of getting funded. Although, you may not want to raise funding for a startup. The Twenty Minute VC also provides an instructional guide as to what it takes to get employed in the Venture Capital industry, with VCs giving specific advice on how to get noticed from the crowd and increasing your chances of employment. If that wasn't enough our amazing Venture Capitalists also provide their analysis of the current technology market, providing advice and suggestions on the latest investing trends and predictions. Join us so you can see how you can get BIG, powerful improvements, fast. Would you like to see more of The Twenty Minute VC, head on over to www.thetwentyminutevc.com for more information on the podcast, show notes, resources and a more detailed analysis of the technology and Venture Capital industry.

The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch Harry Stebbings

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The Twenty Minute VC takes you inside the world of Venture Capital, Startup Funding and The Pitch. Join our host, Harry Stebbings and discover how you can attain funding for your business by listening to what the most prominent investors are directly looking for in startups, providing easily actionable tips and tricks that can be put in place to increase your chances of getting funded. Although, you may not want to raise funding for a startup. The Twenty Minute VC also provides an instructional guide as to what it takes to get employed in the Venture Capital industry, with VCs giving specific advice on how to get noticed from the crowd and increasing your chances of employment. If that wasn't enough our amazing Venture Capitalists also provide their analysis of the current technology market, providing advice and suggestions on the latest investing trends and predictions. Join us so you can see how you can get BIG, powerful improvements, fast. Would you like to see more of The Twenty Minute VC, head on over to www.thetwentyminutevc.com for more information on the podcast, show notes, resources and a more detailed analysis of the technology and Venture Capital industry.

    20VC: Sweetgreen Founder Jonathan Neman on Leadership Lessons from Managing Through COVID, The Importance of Failing Fast and Iterating & How the Best Leaders Bring Together Brand, Capital Allocation and Strategy

    20VC: Sweetgreen Founder Jonathan Neman on Leadership Lessons from Managing Through COVID, The Importance of Failing Fast and Iterating & How the Best Leaders Bring Together Brand, Capital Allocation and Strategy

    Jonathan Neman is Co-Founder & CEO of Sweetgreen, the mission-driven restaurant brand that serves healthy food at scale. Alongside his co-founders, Jon has scaled Sweetgreen from one small restaurant to one of the US' leading food brands with over 5,000 employees, over 140 locations and $300M+ in revenue. If that was not enough, Jon is also an active board member of MeUndies.

    In Today’s Episode with Jonathan Neman You Will Learn:
    1.) How Jon took the decision to leave his "dream job" as a consultant at Bain to start Sweetgreen? What did his Bain boss tell him that persuaded Jon it was the right decision to leave? How does Jon think about and advise people when it comes to choosing the safe vs the risky path?

    2.) How Sweetgreen was not an Overnight Success:

    At what moment did Jon really not think that Sweetgreen would make it? Why? How did he deal with those moments of intense stress and pressure? How does Jon test for true grit and resilience both in hires and in founders today?
    3.) Brand + Capital + Business Strategy:

    How does Jon think deeply about what brand means today? What did Sweetgreen do right when it comes to their brand building? How did they marry art and science in the right way? What do the unit economics look like on a per store basis? What is the payback period on a per store basis? How has this changed over time? How does the store design impact the profit per store? How has store design changed over time? What have been some of the biggest lessons in terms of when, where and how to open new stores?
    4.) Leading Through COVID:

    What were some of Jon's biggest lessons from leading a consumer brand through COVID What were some of the toughest elements for Jon? How did he overcome them? How can founders bring people along with their thought process and inspire? Who is Jon's biggest mentor? What has he learned from them?
    Item’s Mentioned In Today’s Episode with Jonathan Neman
    Jon’s Favourite Book: Thinking, Fast and Slow: Daniel Kahneman

    • 44 min
    20VC: 23andMe's Anne Wojcicki on How To Approach Trust in Business and Personal Relationships, Leadership Lessons from Sheryl Sandberg and Reflections on How The Best Founders Manage Their Boards

    20VC: 23andMe's Anne Wojcicki on How To Approach Trust in Business and Personal Relationships, Leadership Lessons from Sheryl Sandberg and Reflections on How The Best Founders Manage Their Boards

    Anne Wojcicki is the Founder & CEO @ 23andme, offering DNA testing with the most comprehensive ancestry breakdown, personalized health insights, and more. To date, Anne has raised over $1BN for the company from the likes of Sequoia, GV, NEA and many more incredible names. Prior to founding 23andMe, Anne spent a decade on Wall Street investing in healthcare and felt frustrated by a system built around monetizing illness instead of incentivizing prevention. If that was not enough, Anne is also on the board of Cazoo and The Anne Wojcicki Foundation and is an active angel investor with investments in the likes of Embark and Maven Clinic.

    In Today’s Episode with Anne Wojcicki You Will Learn:
    1.) How Anne made her way from Wall St healthcare investing to founding one of the leading healthcare companies of the last decade in 23andme?

    2.) Trust and Friendship:

    How does Anne determine whether someone is genuine or is being transactional? What are the signs? How does Anne approach trust in relationships? Start from a base of full trust and it is to be lost or start with none and it is to be gained? What does Anne believe are the core of the best and most healthy relationships she has?
    3.) Leadership:

    How does Anne reflect on her own decision-making processes today? How does Anne create a safe space where her team feel they can pushback on her and tell her how they feel? How does Anne approach internal role migration? What does Anne do to get the very best out of her team? How has Anne's leadership style changed over the years? How has being on the board of Cazoo changed how Anne reflects on her own board leadership? What have been some of her biggest lessons from Alex Chesterman?
    4.) AMA:

    What is the hardest element of Anne's role with 23andme? What is Anne's morning routine? What 3 traits would Anne most want her children to have? Anne can have a billboard anywhere, what do it say on it and why? What would Anne most like to change in the world of healthcare over the next decade?  

    • 41 min
    20VC: How I Lost a $125M Deal with Yahoo by Being Too Honest, The M&A Meeting with Steve Jobs That Did Not Go Well and How U2's Bono Saved The Day For One Tech Startup with Ali Partovi, CEO @ Neo

    20VC: How I Lost a $125M Deal with Yahoo by Being Too Honest, The M&A Meeting with Steve Jobs That Did Not Go Well and How U2's Bono Saved The Day For One Tech Startup with Ali Partovi, CEO @ Neo

    Ali Partovi is the CEO @ Neo, a mentorship community and communal VC fund that announced their new $150M fund last year on the back of early hits from Fund I including Vanta and Kalshi. As an angel, Ali has made personal investments in Dropbox, Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Convoy and many more. Prior to investing, Ali founded 2 companies, the first; LinkExchange which he sold to Microsoft for $265M in 1998 and the second, iLike which was acquired by Microsoft in 2009.

    In Today’s Episode with Ali Partovi You Will Learn:
    1.) How Ali made his way into the world of startups with the founding of his first company? How Ali made his way into angel investing and then starting and raising Neo, as a fund?

    2.) How To Kill a $125M By Being Too Honest:

    How did Ali lose this $125M with Jerry Yang and Yahoo? What led Ali to believe that Paul Graham was so special in 1995? What would Ali have done differently with the benefit of hindsight? How does Ali feel about investment misses today? What are his biggest misses? How has it impacted his mindset and approach to investing?
    3.) The Meeting with Steve Jobs Did Not Go Well:

    Why did the meeting with Steve Jobs not go well? What was wrong with the way Ali phrased his final statement? What did this teach Ali about how founders should communicate the difference between hype and reality? What did this experience teach Ali about how founders should run both fundraising and M&A processes? How does Ali build trust with every touchpoint?
    4.) U2, Airbnb and Google at Seed:

    How did Bono come to save the day for Ali for his startup in 2009? What did this teach Ali about how to frame risk and when to go all in vs hold back? How did Ali miss investing in the seed for Airbnb? How did he make up for it with a later investment? How did Ali come to miss investing in the Google seed round? Does FOMO haunt Ali today?
    Item’s Mentioned In Today’s Episode with Ali Partovi
    Ali’s Favourite Book: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    • 40 min
    20Growth: The Biggest Lie in Startup Growth and Marketing, Why You Do Not Need To Diversify Customer Acquisition Channels in the Early Days & When and How To Build Your Growth Team with Rob Schutz, Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer @ Ro

    20Growth: The Biggest Lie in Startup Growth and Marketing, Why You Do Not Need To Diversify Customer Acquisition Channels in the Early Days & When and How To Build Your Growth Team with Rob Schutz, Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer @ Ro

    Rob Schutz is Chief Growth Officer and Co-founder at Ro, the healthcare technology company building a patient-centric healthcare system. To date, Ro has raised over $870M with a last reported valuation of $5BN and under Rob’s growth leadership, Ro has become one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. Prior to Ro, Rob was VP of Growth at Bark, the makers of BarkBox, and helped scale revenue from zero to $100 million. He also founded a Washington DC-based daily deals site that was acquired by kgbdeals in 2011.

    In Today’s Episode with Rob Schutz You Will Learn:
    1.) How Rob made his way into startups and growth through the world of daily deals? How that led to his leading growth for Bark and ultimately founding Ro? How did leading marketing for Bark impact his growth strategy today with Ro?

    2.) What is "Growth" and When to Hire For It:

    How does Rob define "growth and "Head of Growth"? When is the right time to start thinking about a growth team? Should founders hire a "Head of Growth" first or hire younger growth reps? Where should the growth team sit within the organization?
    3.) How to Hire Growth Leader and Reps:

    What is the step-by-step process to hire growth leaders and reps? How does it differ when hiring growth leaders vs reps? What questions does Rob always ask? What separates good from great answers? What case studies does Rob like to use to determine candidate quality? How can one tell whether marketeers and growth candidates truly understand data?
    4.) How to Structure the Onboarding Process:

    What does the optimal onboarding process look like for new hires? What tasks and duties do you expect reps and growth leaders to complete in the first month?  What are some early red flags that the candidate you have is not good enough? How can leaders deliberately manufacture moments for growth teams to interact with other teams? What are the biggest mistakes growth teams and leaders make in the early days?

    • 39 min
    20VC: Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman on How To Narrow The Focus and Increase The Quality, Why Every CEO Should Feel Anxious, Why Performance Reviews are BS & How to Unleash the Best People in Your Business

    20VC: Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman on How To Narrow The Focus and Increase The Quality, Why Every CEO Should Feel Anxious, Why Performance Reviews are BS & How to Unleash the Best People in Your Business

    Frank Slootman currently serves as Chairman and CEO at Snowflake and has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the enterprise software industry. Prior to Snowflake, Frank served as CEO and President of ServiceNow taking the company from around $100M in revenue, through an IPO, to $1.4B. Before ServiceNow, Frank served as President of the Backup Recovery Systems Division at EMC following the acquisition of Data Domain Corporation/Data Domain, Inc., where he served as the CEO and President, leading the company through an IPO to its acquisition by EMC for $2.4B. You must check out Frank's book, Amp It Up. It can already be pre-ordered here.

    In Today’s Episode with Frank Slootman You Will Learn:
    1.) Narrow the Focus, Increase the Quality:

    How does Frank determine what to focus on? What does the prioritisation process look like? What one question does Frank ask his team to ensure they are focused? What are the best answers? What are the worst? When should you change focus?
    2.) When There is Doubt, There is No Doubt:

    What does Frank mean by this? What does it apply to? When is there nuance? How long does Frank give people who are underperforming? How does he communicate their underperformance to them directly but productively? What is the right way to fire someone? Why are performance reviews BS?
    3.) Make The Good People Great:

    How does Frank get the very best out of his teams? How does he make the good great? How does he use compensation and equity structures to supercharge his teams? How does Frank set stretch targets that are both ambitious but also attainable?
    4.) The Art of Leadership and Board Management:

    Why does Frank believe every CEO should be anxious? How has Frank changed as a leader over time? What is the biggest mistake founders make when it comes to board management? How can founders actively manage and control their board?
    Item’s Mentioned In Today’s Episode with Frank Slootman
    Frank’s Favourite Book: Courage Is Calling: Fortune Favours the Brave, The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything

    • 35 min
    20VC: Opensea Founder, Devin Finzer on Scaling GMV from $150M to $3BN in 18 Months, How Brands and Celebrities Will Harness NFTs To Change Their Business, The Impact of NFTs on Gaming & What is in Devin's Metamask Wallet?!

    20VC: Opensea Founder, Devin Finzer on Scaling GMV from $150M to $3BN in 18 Months, How Brands and Celebrities Will Harness NFTs To Change Their Business, The Impact of NFTs on Gaming & What is in Devin's Metamask Wallet?!

    Devin Finzer is the Founder & CEO @ Opensea, the world's first and largest NFT marketplace allowing you to discover, collect, and sell extraordinary NFTs. To date, Devin has raised over $423M for the company with their last $300M round valuing Opensea at $13.3BN. Before changing the world of NFTs, Devin co-founded ClaimDog which was acquired by Credit Karma and before founding ClaimDog, Devin was an engineer at Pinterest. Do want to say, I always love Semil Shah's startup of the year, for 2021 it was Opensea, check out his piece here.

    In Today’s Episode with Devin Finzer You Will Learn:
    1.) How Devin made his way into the world of NFTs and came to found the first and largest NFT marketplace in the form of Opensea?

    2.) The Scaling Story:

    What were the first early signs that Opensea was working when they were in YC? What core metrics did they look at to determine success? Given NFTs not being "hot" at the time, how was the fundraising process for Opensea coming out of YC? What were the early investors most excited about? What was the inflection point when Opensea and NFTs really started to take off? What most surprised Devin about the way in which the inflection point happened? When scaling from $150M to $4BN in GMV, what are the first things to break in a company? How does Devin maintain company morale with such volatile crypto and NFT markets?
    3.) The Next Decade of NFTs:

    How does Devin predict large brands and companies will utilise NFTs for their businesses? In what ways does Devin think creators and celebrities will use NFTs moving forward to create more efficient business models? How does Devin respond to the statement, "NFTs do more to harm than help income inequality?" What are Devin's biggest concerns moving forward when analysing the NFT market? How does Devin see the future for the development and experimentation of NFTs?
    4.) The Future of NFT & Gaming:

    How does Devin see NFTs impacting the world of gaming most? How does Devin think about interacting with these gaming communities that are external to the centralised Opensea marketplace?
    Item’s Mentioned In Today’s Episode with Devin Finzer
    Devin’s Favourite Book: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

    • 35 min

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Likely top 3 VC podcast out there

Respect to Harry for keeping always the same agenda and not losing his focus. Suggestion: we lack VCs from emerging markets; kinda repetitive to hear Sillicon Valley storries all the time.

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