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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.

    #OpenLP: Beezer Clarkson and Aydin Senkut

    #OpenLP: Beezer Clarkson and Aydin Senkut

    Beezer Clarkson (@beezer232) of Sapphire Ventures and Aydin Senkut (@asenkut) of Felicis Ventures join Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - Their perspectives on the operator-angel and nano-fund trends.

    - How to think about scouts.

    - Moats in venture capital and whether they really exist.

    - Whether we need more venture capital or more venture capitalists.

    - How the LP and GP ecosystems will evolve over the next five to ten years.

    - How to figure out what the right fund size is for a firm.

    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.

    • 52 min
    #OpenLP: Winter Mead and David Booth

    #OpenLP: Winter Mead and David Booth

    Winter Mead (@wintmead), an LP formerly of Sapphire, and David Booth (@david__booth), co-founder and CEO of OnDeck, join Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - Assessing fund managers from an LP perspective, and what it means to be “too diversified” in VC.

    - Enabling the next generation of GPs.

    - What it means to say that “venture capital is a human capital game.”

    - The impact of the current market on LPs’ willingness to invest.

    - Whether there will be an alternative to the ten year fund cycle.

    - The consequences of power shifting to founders from VCs.

    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 4 min
    The Art of Great Management with Alex MacCaw

    The Art of Great Management with Alex MacCaw

    Alex MacCaw (@maccaw), founder and CEO of Clearbit, joins Erik on this episode. He is a co-author of the book The Great CEO Within.

    They discuss:

    - The power of good management and the lack of a modern handbook for managers.

    - Why and how they treat interviewing and hiring as a science experiment.

    - What to know for a great reference check.

    - Managing conflict effectively.

    - Why you only really close a hire after the first ninety days of them working at your company.

    - How to think about compensation at a startup.

    - How to give feedback and his breakdown of which kinds of words to use or not.

    - How to think about building culture at a startup.

    - Common management and meeting mistakes.

    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.

    • 52 min
    Sriram Krishnan on Building Consumer Social Platforms

    Sriram Krishnan on Building Consumer Social Platforms

    Sriram Krishnan (@sriramk), investor and former product lead at Twitter, Facebook, and Snap, joins Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - His experiences working at the three big social media companies and what he learned there.

    - Why each company is a reflection of the founder.

    - What people misunderstand or under appreciate about each of them.

    - Why he thinks that Facebook missed a golden opportunity when they decided not to build a web browser.

    - What he thinks each of Twitter, Facebook, and Snap should do next.

    - Some of his mental models for thinking about social media.

    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 4 min
    The State of Crypto in 2020 with Spencer Bogart and Brayton Williams

    The State of Crypto in 2020 with Spencer Bogart and Brayton Williams

    Spencer Bogart (@CremeDeLaCrypto) of Blockchain Capital and Brayton Williams (@BraytonKey) of Boost VC, join Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - Their analysis of the different eras of crypto and how the thinking of the people involved in the space has evolved.

    - Whether the crypto bubble in 2017 can be compared to the internet bubble of 1999.

    - Unpacking the Bitcoin-as-programmable money thesis.

    - Specific problems that crypto is solving that they have invested in, as well as their requests for startups.

    - How crypto can disrupt VC.

    - What might have changed in the crypto space when looking back from 5 years in the future.

    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
    All Things Marketplaces with Fabrice Grinda

    All Things Marketplaces with Fabrice Grinda

    Fabrice Grinda (@fabricegrinda), entrepreneur and angel investor, joins Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - What Fabrice believes about marketplaces and the trend towards verticalization that VCs don’t believe.

    - How they evaluate investments and the four criteria that they use to determine whether they will invest or not.

    - His breakdown of some of the failed marketplace startups.

    - What you need to know if you’re building a marketplace business in 2020.

    - His analysis of marketplaces for home school, child care, therapy, construction, and more.

    - How this intersects with the future of work and the future of food.

    - Why certain legacy marketplaces have managed to stick around.

    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 15 min

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