The Puck: Venture Capital & Beyond showcases the innovative forethought that defines the venture capital world. Join us as we follow the puck and explore what this community has to offer.
Listen as we have in-depth conversations, gaining insights and lessons from well-established VCs, entrepreneurs, and other leading technology experts. We will learn about their successes, challenges, and how they got to where they are today. Along the way we will discover what investors most look for in who they invest in and what to avoid when making your pitch.
We will also follow industry leaders to understand the cutting-edge technologies and trends that continue to shape our world.
Episode 50: Courtney McCrea of Recast Capital
On the 50th episode of The Puck, Jim sits down with Courtney McCrea, co-founder and managing partner at Recast Capital, a firm focused on investing in emerging founders in the venture space. Courtney explains how Recast invests in funds that are early in their own journeys, and the many things she’s learned in her decades in the business. They talk record fundraising over the last two years, the possibility of an economic downturn, and the increase in diversity in the venture world. She offers practical advice, such as encouraging investors to be cautious about their reserves, and the massive federal investment in the venture space. A really interesting conversation you don’t want to miss!
Episode 49: Matt Cohen of Ripple Ventures
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Matt Cohen, Founder and Managing Partner at Ripple Ventures. An operator turned investor, Matt started Ripple Ventures in 2018 to bring his “operator-first” mindset to the early stage investing world. He and Jim discuss his background as a public market investor, and his hands-on approach to investing. At Ripple Ventures he also runs “The Tank,” an incubator space that helps connect Founders to the advisors and mentors they need to bring their ideas to life as well as hosting the Tank Talks podcast where he interviews leaders in the startup space about company building and VC investing. An interesting conversation you don’t want to miss!
Episode 48: Professor Greg Walton
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Stanford University Professor Greg Walton, a social psychologist who specializes in studying the development of young people. Professor Walton works on what he calls “wise interventions” that can be implemented to help young people succeed. He talks about the myths surrounding our heroes, how a community can help build up its individual members, and how we can all be more effective communicators.
Episode 47: Tyler Norwood of Antler
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Tyler Norwood, managing partner at Antler, a global firm focused on early stage investment. He talks Jim through his background, from moving to Vietnam directly after his college graduation, to his work in the fashion e-commerce space, eventually getting what he calls “a real world MBA,” launching Antler across Southeast Asia. He speaks about how he and his team connect founders and investors, untimely working their hardest to put young companies in a position to succeed.
Episode 46: Anna Barber of M13
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Anna Barber, Partner at M13 and head of their Launchpad program. Their wide-ranging discussion touches on the shifting landscape in today’s economy, how different values between generations influence the workforce, and inflation. Anna thoughtfully reflects on how to be a more considerate investor, and how her passions for addressing climate change, income inequality and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in LA’s Tech community influence her decision-making processes.
Episode 45: Sir Paul Collier
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with British Economist Sir Paul Collier to discuss the current state of Capitalism, and walk our listeners through historical reactions to economic crises around the world. He speaks about his working class upbringing, compares the 1840s and 1930s to today, and speaks about using the lessons of the past to inform the present.