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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.

    The Future of Insurtech with Travis Hedge and Nick Shalek

    The Future of Insurtech with Travis Hedge and Nick Shalek

    Travis Hedge (@the_hedgefund), co-founder of Vouch Insurance, and Nick Shalek (@nshalek), partner at Ribbit Capital, join Erik Torenberg and Lucas Bagno to discuss:

    - How Vouch came to be and their vision to be insurance for the innovation economy from inception to IPO.

    - What Travis and Nick are most excited about in insurtech.

    - The enormity of the market and the fact that there are so few entrepreneurs with the ability to build in the space.

    - How companies can grow the size of the market and why this has led to investors missing out on companies like Coalition.

    - Requests for startups in the space, including opportunities in crypto.

    - Why it’s never too early to have a board if you’re building in insurtech, even if it’s a synthetic one.

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    • 50 min
    Transforming Corporate Finance and Working with Investors with Joe Garafalo and Trevor Oelschig

    Transforming Corporate Finance and Working with Investors with Joe Garafalo and Trevor Oelschig

    Joe Garafalo, co-founder of Mosaic, and Trevor Oelschig, managing director at General Catalyst, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - How Mosaic is building the future of tooling for modern finance teams and how it started from the team’s time at Palantir.

    - Why finance has to be the connective tissue for the organization, given that they have a vantage point on the whole company.

    - Why a CFO needs to have a skillset in data science or computer science.

    - How to work with your investors effectively and what companies should expect from their venture firm.

    - Why to think of your relationship with investors as a marriage, the importance of transparency, and the concept of the “trust battery” that gets recharged or depleted as you work with someone.

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    • 31 min
    Crafting Company Culture with Brie Wolfson

    Crafting Company Culture with Brie Wolfson

    Brie Wolfson (@zebriez), founder of the The Kool-Aid Factory, joins Erik to discuss:

    - Why there are detailed playbooks for creating products and other tactical advice for startups, but very little on building culture at your startup.

    - Why culture is “how it feels to get the work done” and why it’s a set of actions rather than beliefs.

    - Why it always starts with the founders.

    - What she learned from Stripe’s approach to crafting their company culture.

    - The power of setting your company’s “non-values.”

    - The importance of treating internal comms as a first class product.

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

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    • 39 min
    A Compensation Deep Dive with Matt Schulman of Pave

    A Compensation Deep Dive with Matt Schulman of Pave

    Matt Schulman (@Matthewschulman), founder and CEO of Pave, joins Erik to discuss:

    - Why your company needs a compensation philosophy.

    - How COVID and The Great Resignation have wreaked havoc on employee compensation.

    - The fact that employee churn is up 2X over last year and software engineering salaries have increased by 20%.

    - Competing philosophies on remote employees: “cost of labor” which pays employees based on where they live and “free market” which pays employees the same regardless, and why the “free market” philosophy is gaining ground.

    - Why consistency is key when it comes to granting equity to candidates.

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    • 35 min
    Lessons From Stripe, Mixpanel, and First Round with Meka Asonye

    Lessons From Stripe, Mixpanel, and First Round with Meka Asonye

    Meka Asonye (@BigMekaStyle), partner at First Round Capital, joined Ben Casnocha at a Village Global event to discuss:

    - Meka’s time with the Cleveland Indians and what it taught him about finding hidden talent.

    - Why customer obsession is so important to Meka when looking at a potential investment and concrete examples of what that looks like in practice.

    - Lessons on customer obsession from Stripe and Mixpanel. He says that the Collisons had lunch with users every Friday and evangelized “teaching with every touch,” meaning leaving every user with more knowledge about the product at every interaction.

    - How an early-stage startup can get in the door at a large organization. He says to make sure to target the right person at the organization and offer tidbits about how other organizations are looking at a problem.

    - Common mistakes that founders make when pitching investors, including why having all the answers can be a red flag, and how to nail the right balance of confidence and humility.

    - How much money to raise at the early stage, including why you shouldn’t just raise as much money as you possibly can and instead should be most concerned with finding the right fit with the right firm.

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

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    • 45 min
    The Wires of War with Jacob Helberg

    The Wires of War with Jacob Helberg

    Jacob Helberg (@jacobhelberg), author of The Wires of War, joins Erik to discuss:

    - The “gray war” that Jacob believes the US is in with China, and why he feels it’s important to call it a war rather than a competition.

    - Technology and cyber weapons and how they can be used for political warfare with plausible denability.

    - The window of opportunity that the US and its allies have to take a proactive approach to China.

    - The bull case and bear case for China.

    - What’s at stake in Taiwan.

    - Why countries involved in China’s belt-and-road initiative are having second thoughts.

    - What actions Jacob would like to see the US take in the future to counteract China.

    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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    • 54 min

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