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Venture Stories by Village Global 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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Venture Stories by Village Global 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.

    Chris Keller and Ali Hamed on the State of the LP Ecosystem

    Chris Keller and Ali Hamed on the State of the LP Ecosystem

    Ali Hamed (@AliBHamed) of CoVenture and Chris Keller of Moelis Asset Management join Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - What do LPs look for when investing in venture funds
    - How will the LP and VC dynamic shift over time
    - Concentration in LP portfolios
    - The role of power law in venture capital
    - Incentive misalignments for LPs
    - How should VCs foster relationships with LPs
    - Why hasn’t the VC model been innovated upon much in the past decade
    - Will the middleman ever get cut out
    - How the LP ecosystem will change in the next decade

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

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

    • 48 min
    The State and Future of Fintech with Sheel Mohnot and Jake Gibson

    The State and Future of Fintech with Sheel Mohnot and Jake Gibson

    Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), fintech investor, and Jake Gibson (@iamjakestream), co-founder of NerdWallet and Better Tomorrow Ventures, join Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - Why it’s still so hard to start a fintech company.

    - The history of retailers moving into financial services, a trend that Sears started back in the day.

    - How different categories within fintech have evolved over time and the challenges and opportunities inherent in each of them.

    - Why financial education hasn’t worked, why it is likely not to work in the future, and the implications for building personal financial managers.

    - Where the opportunities are in the insurance and re-insurance markets.

    - Which of the big incumbent tech companies will have made the most progress in the financial space in the next five to ten years.

    - Their requests for startups.

    - How the space will look different in the next five years.

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

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

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Rick Zullo on Technology Revolutions and the Golden Age for Investing

    Rick Zullo on Technology Revolutions and the Golden Age for Investing

    Rick Zullo (@Rick_Zullo), General Partner at Equal Ventures, joins Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - The different phases of technological revolutions

    - Will incumbents become stronger in the next platform shift

    - What Carlota Perez’s work means for the venture capital landscape

    - Which categories will create the most successful startups in the next decade

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

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

    • 41 min
    Company Building, Network Effects, and Understanding Different Business Models with Anu Hariharan

    Company Building, Network Effects, and Understanding Different Business Models with Anu Hariharan

    Anu Hariharan (@anuhariharan), partner at Y Combinator, joins Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - Common mistakes that CEOs make when growing their companies.

    - How to think about compensation plans in a growing startup.

    - How to think about managing your board, including why you should get to know your board members as people, as well as when to listen to them or not.

    - How founders should think about the possibility of a reckoning in the macro environment.

    - Her talk on the nine different types of business models and how investors should think about them.

    - Her unique take on network effects and the three laws that she learned from Marc Andreessen.

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

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

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Bridging School and Work: The Future of Higher Education and Employment with Will Houghteling and Paul Freedman

    Bridging School and Work: The Future of Higher Education and Employment with Will Houghteling and Paul Freedman

    Will Houghteling (@willhoughteling), Founder & CEO at Strive, and Paul Freedman (@pmfreedm), Founder and CEO of Entangled Ventures, join Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - Mental models for thinking about the higher education space
    - The future of bootcamps and schools like Lambda
    - What does the future of credentials look like
    - What’s the role of government in higher education
    - Where’s the whitespace in higher education
    - Requests for education startups
    - Navigating the idea maze for higher education startups
    - How will innovation in K-12 happen

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

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

    • 36 min
    Tyler Cowen on Identifying Talent, Changing Education, and Studying Progress, co-hosted by Jasmine Wang

    Tyler Cowen on Identifying Talent, Changing Education, and Studying Progress, co-hosted by Jasmine Wang

    Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), economist and author, joins Jasmine Wang (@j_asminewang), technologist and philosopher, and Erik’s co-host for this episode.

    They discuss:

    - What Tyler has learned about identifying talent and why he thinks that IQ is overrated.

    - The forces shaping education today and how Tyler would change it if he could.

    - Whether leftism is “eating the world.”

    - What will replace cyberpunk and the role of aesthetics in intellectual life.

    - How to find the best people for government jobs.

    - Why globalization has not led to more innovation.

    - And finally, a rapid-fire round where Erik and Jasmine name a person and Tyler explains where they agree or disagree with each other.

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

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

    • 58 min

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