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Village Global's Venture Stories takes you inside the world of venture capital and technology, featuring enlightening interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry leaders. The podcast is hosted by Village Global partner and co-founder Erik Torenberg. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc/podcast for more.

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Village Global's Venture Stories takes you inside the world of venture capital and technology, featuring enlightening interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry leaders. The podcast is hosted by Village Global partner and co-founder Erik Torenberg. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc/podcast for more.

    Creating Innovation Ecosystems with Dr. Anton Howes

    Creating Innovation Ecosystems with Dr. Anton Howes

    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 trying to answer.

    - What Silicon Valley could learn from studying the history of Britain.

    - Misconceptions that people have about economic growth in the past and future.

    - Why people misunderstand what growth is.

    - How statecraft relates to economic growth.

    - Questions that people in the field are trying to answer and where he agrees or disagrees with prominent thinkers.

    - Thoughts on progress studies.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The State and Future of Food On-Demand with Max Mullen, Mike Duboe, and Brandon Hill

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

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

    - What led Brandon to start Vori.

    - Why Max and Mike were excited to invest in the company.

    - How the grocery space currently operates and the antiquated technology currently in use.

    - How the space has evolved over time and the history of the supermarket.

    - How it will change and evolve in the future.

    - Why on-demand startups didn’t work out the way people thought they would.

    - Doing things that don’t scale.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Reid Hoffman and Chamath Palihapitiya on Angel Investing and The Future of Venture

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

    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 brought together 100+ angel investors for talks from world-class investors, discussions, and opportunities to make new connections.

    In this session they discussed:

    - What is broken about venture and how to fix it.

    - Why Reid is backing new experiments in venture.

    - Their thoughts on the solo GP phenomenon.

    - How to think about risk when evaluating an investment.

    - Whether they're long or short Silicon Valley.

    - Why SPACs are here to stay.

    - How to think about diversification in an angel portfolio.

    - The state of pricing across different rounds.

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

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

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

    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 founders get tripped up when hiring.

    - Advice for delegating and decision-making in a fast-growing company.

    - Thoughts on growth, go-to-market, and product-market fit.

    - Advice for fundraising and why a founder should “believe the no, but not the why.”

    - Why co-founder relationships end up breaking down.

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

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    • 33 min
    Keith Rabois’s Advice For Angel Investors

    Keith Rabois’s Advice For Angel Investors

    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 would compare the state of angel investing when he was getting started years ago to angel investing today.

    - His learnings about building a better filter for whether to take a meeting or not, and what he looks for in a person’s LinkedIn profile.

    - Portfolio allocation and how much to allocate to angel investing.

    - What differentiates people who are an executive and angel versus those who are full-time VCs.

    - Whether he plans to invest in crypto.

    - Thoughts on pricing and the differences in pricing considerations between angels and VCs.

    - How he uses Twitter.

    - Trends he sees and ideas he’s exploring.

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

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Unbundling Investment Management with Alex Robinson of Juniper Square

    Unbundling Investment Management with Alex Robinson of Juniper Square

    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 he navigated the idea maze.

    - How investment management will change in the future.

    - The vision for unbundling investment management.

    - How COVID changed the market and why he thinks the move to remote work is overstated.

    - What’s next for the company.

    - Where he would be investing if he was running a fund and his requests for startups.

    - The company-building principle they implemented that transformed the company.

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

    Check us out on the web at www.villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Howie80 ,

Great Access to the market

Erik knows his topics and gets the best of the best guests to discuss the leading edge of the market. @howardscottj

BlueLu_ ,

Great podcast

Great content, host & guests. My one piece of constructive criticism: the audio quality is oftentimes very, very poor.

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