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Welcome to The Syndicate, the place where investors and startups combine to create crazy businesses and even crazier returns.



The Syndicate podcast is a deep dive on the angel investors and VCs behind the big name startups. We interview the best and brightest investors, syndicate leads, GPs, limited partners and startup founders to create an original, off the cuff discussion on startup investing.



With a focus on strategies and tactics, mistakes and massive money makers, we hope to help AngelList investors and venture capitalists create unfair advantages in their investment portfolios.



Recurring investment themes include Bitcoin & Ethereum, cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, B2B, AI & Automation, Robotics, Big Data, AdTech, Enterprise SaaS, Healthcare, IoT, Fintech, Biotech, Ecommerce and of course Mobile.



Other topics include lean startup, marketing strategies, growth hacking, business development, startup equity, fundraising, KPIs, incubators and accelerators, hiring, acquisitions, IPOs, ICOs and more.



To date we have had investors from around the globe, NYC, Boston, San Francisco ie SF, Silicon Valley, Berlin, London, Israel, Amsterdam, Singapore, China and more. A bit part of the podcast is exploring the startup ecosystems around the world and helping founders and angels better understand the pros and cons of each major tech hub.



And no tech startup podcast would be complete without continual references to the tech giants of today: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Microsoft. These internet era monsters come up time and time in mergers, acquisitions and overall competitive landscape.



Other great startup, tech and investing podcasts we recommend checking out include: ThisWeekInStartups with Jason Calacanis, the a16z podcast by Andressen Horowitz, The Pitch from Gimlet Media featuring Josh Muccio, the Twenty Minute VC with Harry Stebbings, ThisWeekInTech with Leo Laporte, The Tim Ferriss Show, Ventured by Kleiner Perkins, Nick Moran's Full Ratchet, YCombinator's Startup School, Ben Thompson's Exponent and Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman.



http://thesyndicate.vc



The Syndicate itself is a group of accredited angel investors that focus on early stage tech startups with exponential potential and talented entrepreneurs to raise the bar on pre-seed and seed stage investing.



We only work with the very best and align ourselves with the founders we invest in to push growth and provide tacticals strategies and intros whenever possible to help our portfolio companies shine.



http://thesyndicate.vc/join

The Syndicate Matt Ward

    • Economia

Welcome to The Syndicate, the place where investors and startups combine to create crazy businesses and even crazier returns.



The Syndicate podcast is a deep dive on the angel investors and VCs behind the big name startups. We interview the best and brightest investors, syndicate leads, GPs, limited partners and startup founders to create an original, off the cuff discussion on startup investing.



With a focus on strategies and tactics, mistakes and massive money makers, we hope to help AngelList investors and venture capitalists create unfair advantages in their investment portfolios.



Recurring investment themes include Bitcoin & Ethereum, cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, B2B, AI & Automation, Robotics, Big Data, AdTech, Enterprise SaaS, Healthcare, IoT, Fintech, Biotech, Ecommerce and of course Mobile.



Other topics include lean startup, marketing strategies, growth hacking, business development, startup equity, fundraising, KPIs, incubators and accelerators, hiring, acquisitions, IPOs, ICOs and more.



To date we have had investors from around the globe, NYC, Boston, San Francisco ie SF, Silicon Valley, Berlin, London, Israel, Amsterdam, Singapore, China and more. A bit part of the podcast is exploring the startup ecosystems around the world and helping founders and angels better understand the pros and cons of each major tech hub.



And no tech startup podcast would be complete without continual references to the tech giants of today: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Microsoft. These internet era monsters come up time and time in mergers, acquisitions and overall competitive landscape.



Other great startup, tech and investing podcasts we recommend checking out include: ThisWeekInStartups with Jason Calacanis, the a16z podcast by Andressen Horowitz, The Pitch from Gimlet Media featuring Josh Muccio, the Twenty Minute VC with Harry Stebbings, ThisWeekInTech with Leo Laporte, The Tim Ferriss Show, Ventured by Kleiner Perkins, Nick Moran's Full Ratchet, YCombinator's Startup School, Ben Thompson's Exponent and Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman.



http://thesyndicate.vc



The Syndicate itself is a group of accredited angel investors that focus on early stage tech startups with exponential potential and talented entrepreneurs to raise the bar on pre-seed and seed stage investing.



We only work with the very best and align ourselves with the founders we invest in to push growth and provide tacticals strategies and intros whenever possible to help our portfolio companies shine.



http://thesyndicate.vc/join

    Why the US and China are Already in a Cold War, the Economics of Inequality and Future of Capitalism | Geoff Colvin

    Why the US and China are Already in a Cold War, the Economics of Inequality and Future of Capitalism | Geoff Colvin

    Geoff Colvin (@geoffcolvin) is FortuneMagazine’s Senior Editor-at-Large, an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on the most significant trends and issues impacting business, politics and the economy. Geoff’s work has earned him millions of loyal fans and 7M weekly listeners on CBS Radio Network

    He’s the author of four books including groundbreaking bestsellers Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else and Humans are Underrated on the future of work and how humans fit into a workplace filled with robots and smart technology.

    Geoff has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. He also served as anchor of Wall $treet Week with Fortune on PBS and has moderated panels with or interviewed Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Tony Blair, Michael Dell, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and many others.





    Listen and Learn:



    * The US relationship with China and why we’re already in the Cold War

    * Geoff’s thoughts on the decentralization and breakup of big tech

    * What we both think about the separatist movements spreading worldwide

    * Why Geoff’s skeptical of long term centralized economies

    * What the business roundtable CEO stakeholders memo means

    * Thoughts on economics and when the trickle-down effect died

    * What does Brexit mean for the economy

    * Why loneliness and isolation is the biggest threat to humanity

    * How to re-engineer the economy to fight inequality

    * Will AI be net positive or negative

    * What’s the future of education and where did it go wrong

    * Where should students look for the careers of the future

    * A public markets debate about incentives and timeframes



    Geoff’s Twitter: @geoffcolvin

    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    Geoff Colvin (@geoffcolvin) is FortuneMagazine’s Senior Editor-at-Large, an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on the most significant trends and issues impacting business, politics and the economy. Geoff’s work has earned him millions of loyal fans and 7M weekly listeners on CBS Radio Network

    He’s the author of four books including groundbreaking bestsellers Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else and Humans are Underrated on the future of work and how humans fit into a workplace filled with robots and smart technology.

    • 57 min
    AI, VR and a World Without Privacy as We Explore the Cosmos and What it Means to be Human | August Bradley of Mind & Machine

    AI, VR and a World Without Privacy as We Explore the Cosmos and What it Means to be Human | August Bradley of Mind & Machine

    August Bradley is a futurist business consultant, founder/host of the Mind & Machine podcast and former COO of the pioneering virtual reality company Kite & Lightning. August’s worked with brands including Coke, Xbox, Kia, Gap, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Fisker Automotive, and many more.

    He is also a Board Member & Director of the AI & Machine Learning Society, Chairman of the Technarte International Conference, technology series moderator for The Los Angeles World Affairs Council (LAWAC) and head of the Los Angeles Self Driving Car Meetup.





    Listen and Learn:



    * Why August and I won’t let voice assistants in our homes

    * What happens next with VR and where it is headed

    * Which technologies worry August most and why

    * What does privacy look like in a more connected world

    * How Amazon helps transform healthcare

    * The reason AI and automation will be net-negative on jobs

    * What we have to look forward to when it comes to future technologies

    * The reason space exploration is so important and exciting

    * What do we do about big tech and regulation

    * Why August isn’t worried about AI consciousness or superintelligence

    * The reason food science and clean meat is such a promising field to pursue

    * Why immigration is a stupid topic to focus on when it comes to jobs





    August’s Twitter: @augustbradley

    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    August Bradley is a futurist business consultant, founder/host of the Mind & Machine podcast and former COO of the pioneering virtual reality company Kite & Lightning. August’s worked with brands including Coke, Xbox, Kia, Gap, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Fisker Automotive, and many more.

    He is also a Board Member & Director of the AI & Machine Learning Society, Chairman of the Technarte International Conference, technology series moderator for The Los Angeles World Affairs Council (LAWAC) and head of the Los Angeles Self Driving Car Meetup.





    Listen and Learn:



    * Why August and I won’t let voice assistants in our homes

    * What happens next with VR and where it is headed

    * Which technologies worry August most and why

    * What does privacy look like in a more connected world

    * How Amazon helps transform healthcare

    * The reason AI and automation will be net-negative on jobs

    * What we have to look forward to when it comes to future technologies

    * The reason space exploration is so important and exciting

    * What do we do about big tech and regulation

    * Why August isn’t worried about AI consciousness or superintelligence

    * The reason food science and clean meat is such a promising field to pursue

    * Why immigration is a stupid topic to focus on when it comes to jobs





    August’s Twitter: @augustbradley

    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 55 min
    Energy, Infrastructure, Fracking and the Future of Journalism | Russell Gold

    Energy, Infrastructure, Fracking and the Future of Journalism | Russell Gold

    Russell Gold is an author and award-winning investigative journalist and energy reporter at The Wall Street Journal best known for covering the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. They were awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for best business story of the year and were finalists for the Pulitzer.

    He’s the author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World and his new book, Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform Energy tells the story of Michael Skelly, who helped created the wind energy industry in the US in a push for sustainability.





     

    Listen and Learn:





    * How to speed the transition to renewable energy

    * The pros and cons of fracking and why it has a bad rap

    * Why the energy industry is so fragmented in the US

    * What we need MOST to see renewables replace the grid

    * How batteries are holding back cleantech

    * The pros and cons of monopolies in public infrastructure

    * Why Silicon Valley doesn’t invest much in energy

    * How one innovator can change the course of history and energy consumption

    * What we NEED to do to combat climate change

    * Why Andy thinks going public is the way to go

    * Thoughts on Elon, Tesla and the future of transportation

    * What will journalism look like in ten years

    * Are billionaire-owned media corporations a net positive





    Russell’s Twitter: @russellgold

    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    Russell Gold is an author and award-winning investigative journalist and energy reporter at The Wall Street Journal best known for covering the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. They were awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for best business story of the year and were finalists for the Pulitzer.

    He’s the author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World and his new book, Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform Energy tells the story of Michael Skelly, who helped created the wind energy industry in the US in a push for sustainability.





     

    Listen and Learn:





    * How to speed the transition to renewable energy

    * The pros and cons of fracking and why it has a bad rap

    * Why the energy industry is so fragmented in the US

    * What we need MOST to see renewables replace the grid

    * How batteries are holding back cleantech

    * The pros and cons of monopolies in public infrastructure

    * Why Silicon Valley doesn’t invest much in energy

    * How one innovator can change the course of history and energy consumption

    * What we NEED to do to combat climate change

    * Why Andy thinks going public is the way to go

    * Thoughts on Elon, Tesla and the future of transportation

    * What will journalism look like in ten years

    * Are billionaire-owned media corporations a net positive





    Russell’s Twitter: @russellgold

    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 50 min
    Elon Musk’s Wrong, Driverless Cars Make Things Worse and Buses are the Future of Transportation | Jarrett Walker

    Elon Musk’s Wrong, Driverless Cars Make Things Worse and Buses are the Future of Transportation | Jarrett Walker

    Jarrett Walker is an international public transit network design and policy consultant and the author of popular public transit blog HumanTransit.org, and the book Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives. This book is a friendly, non-technical introduction to transit’s underlying geometry and the real value judgments that must be explored to make both transit and development policy.

    His background integrates an arts and humanities Ph.D. with long technical experience in all aspects of transit and its role in city-building. He is a frequent keynote speaker, teacher, and facilitator of decision-making processes.







    Listen and Learn:



    * How to engineer cities so ALMOST everyone wins

    * What does the future of urban transit look like

    * Why autonomous vehicles actually lead to more traffic

    * The reason Uber and Lyft are part of the problem

    * The geometric test to any transportation claim

    * Why the Boring Company is bogus

    * The law of induced demand and its implications

    * How tech marketing twists issues and creates bigger problems

    * What Jarrett thinks about electric scooters and micro-mobility

    * Where we’re at in the IoT hype cycle

    * Thoughts on regulating and market distortions

    * Why cars are a dead-end future





     

    Jarrett’s Twitter: @humantransit

    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.



    Jarrett Walker is an international public transit network design and policy consultant and the author of popular public transit blog HumanTransit.org, and the book Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives. This book is a friendly, non-technical introduction to transit’s underlying geometry and the real value judgments that must be explored to make both transit and development policy.

    His background integrates an arts and humanities Ph.D. with long technical experience in all aspects of transit and its role in city-building. He is a frequent keynote speaker, teacher, and facilitator of decision-making processes.







    Listen and Learn:



    * How to engineer cities so ALMOST everyone wins

    * What does the future of urban transit look like

    * Why autonomous vehicles actually lead to more traffic

    * The reason Uber and Lyft are part of the problem

    * The geometric test to any transportation claim

    * Why the Boring Company is bogus

    * The law of induced demand and its implications

    * How tech marketing twists issues and creates bigger problems

    * What Jarrett thinks about electric scooters and micro-mobility

    * Where we’re at in the IoT hype cycle

    * Thoughts on regulating and market distortions

    * Why cars are a dead-end future





     

    Jarrett’s Twitter: @humantransit

    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 56 min
    Andy Rachleff on Founding Benchmark, Wealthfront and Fixing F’ed Up Finance Industry with Big Data

    Andy Rachleff on Founding Benchmark, Wealthfront and Fixing F’ed Up Finance Industry with Big Data

    Andy Rachleff  is the co-founder and Executive Chairman (prev CEO) of Wealthfront, an automated investment service startup to provide wealth advisor-like management to everyday folks. Andy co-founded Benchmark Capital in 1995 (one of the most successful venture capital firms of all time) and was a general partner until 2004. Prior to Benchmark, he was a GP with Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre. He has frequently been named to Forbes’ Midas List as a top tech venture investor.

    He teaches courses on technology entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, chairman of the board of overseers for its School of Engineering and Applied Science and vice chairman of its endowment investment committee.

    He is also a board member of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

    NOTE: I use and love Wealthfront for managing my personal finances. Get $5k managed for free with this link!





    Listen and Learn:



    * How to win at investing despite all the contradictory advice

    * What makes for an investible landmark business

    * Why Matt uses Wealthfront to manage his finances

    * Where automation is headed in regards to jobs

    * How the finance industry screws you sideways and rigs the game

    * The problem with science and biotech research and how Andy’s solving it

    * Why data and AI is the biggest thing happening today

    * How the venture capital landscape is changing with the rise of SoftBank

    * What does the future of blockchain look like

    * Why Andy thinks going public is the way to go

    * Thoughts on regulating tech monopolies and industries cycles

    * What index investing does for average consumers



    Andy’s Twitter: @arachleff

    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    Andy Rachleff  is the co-founder and Executive Chairman (prev CEO) of Wealthfront, an automated investment service startup to provide wealth advisor-like management to everyday folks. Andy co-founded Benchmark Capital in 1995 (one of the most successful venture capital firms of all time) and was a general partner until 2004. Prior to Benchmark, he was a GP with Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre. He has frequently been named to Forbes’ Midas List as a top tech venture investor.

    He teaches courses on technology entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, chairman of the board of overseers for its School of Engineering and Applied Science and vice chairman of its endowment investment committee.

    He is also a board member of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

    NOTE: I use and love Wealthfront for managing my personal finances. Get $5k managed for free with this link!





    Listen and Learn:



    * How to win at investing despite all the contradictory advice

    * What makes for an investible landmark business

    * Why Matt uses Wealthfront to manage his finances

    * Where automation is headed in regards to jobs

    * How the finance industry screws you sideways and rigs the game

    * The problem with science and biotech research and how Andy’s solving it

    * Why data and AI is the biggest thing happening today

    * How the venture capital landscape is changing with the rise of SoftBank

    * What does the future of blockchain look like

    * Why Andy thinks going public is the way to go...

    • 54 min
    Moving Beyond Meat, Burning Down The Amazon and Business for Good | Paul Shapiro

    Moving Beyond Meat, Burning Down The Amazon and Business for Good | Paul Shapiro

    Paul Shapiro is the bestselling author of Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World, the CEO and co-founder of The Better Meat Co., a four-time TEDx speaker, the co-host of the Business for Good Podcast, and a long-time leader in food sustainability.

    He’s been interviewed by hundreds of news outlets from CNN to StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson as an authority on food sustainability issues, and also published hundreds of articles in publications ranging from daily newspapers like the Washington Post to magazines like FORTUNE to academic journals. Prior to co-founding a plant protein company, he spent his career lobbying for better agricultural sustainability policies. Paul’s also the VP of the Humane Society in the US





    Listen Now:



    * How soon you’ll see plant-based meat in stores

    * The sad truth about animal agriculture and emissions

    * Why Paul thinks we’ll have multiple forms of clean meat

    * The food spoilage problem and how to solve it

    * Why the Amazon fires are caused by cow herding

    * What the daily-free milk movements tells us about the future of food

    * How to use business for good

    * Lessons learned from Whole Foods

    * What’s the future of biotech and GMOs

    * The economic incentives that will end animal farming

    * Ways Paul organizes his life and focus

    * How to feed 10 billion people

    * Which runaway climate effects scare Paul most

    * Why Paul thinks we’ll have a mix of large and small scale agriculture

    * Why business is the best way to change the world





    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.



    Paul Shapiro is the bestselling author of Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World, the CEO and co-founder of The Better Meat Co., a four-time TEDx speaker, the co-host of the Business for Good Podcast, and a long-time leader in food sustainability.

    He’s been interviewed by hundreds of news outlets from CNN to StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson as an authority on food sustainability issues, and also published hundreds of articles in publications ranging from daily newspapers like the Washington Post to magazines like FORTUNE to academic journals. Prior to co-founding a plant protein company, he spent his career lobbying for better agricultural sustainability policies. Paul’s also the VP of the Humane Society in the US





    Listen Now:



    * How soon you’ll see plant-based meat in stores

    * The sad truth about animal agriculture and emissions

    * Why Paul thinks we’ll have multiple forms of clean meat

    * The food spoilage problem and how to solve it

    * Why the Amazon fires are caused by cow herding

    * What the daily-free milk movements tells us about the future of food

    * How to use business for good

    * Lessons learned from Whole Foods

    * What’s the future of biotech and GMOs

    * The economic incentives that will end animal farming

    * Ways Paul organizes his life and focus

    * How to feed 10 billion people

    * Which runaway climate effects scare Paul most

    * Why Paul thinks we’ll have a mix of large and small scale agriculture

    * Why business is the best way to change the world





    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 51 min

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