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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.

    Greatest Hits: What Tyler Cowen Thinks About Basically Everything

    Greatest Hits: What Tyler Cowen Thinks About Basically Everything

    In this extended episode of Venture Stories, Erik interviews Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), professor of economics at George Mason University. They discuss about a wide range of topics, including Tyler’s book Stubborn Attachments, the value of watching sports, travel, Bitcoin, the Knicks, and Effective Altruism — among many, many others.

    Tyler explains why he has only two “stubborn attachments” — human rights and economic growth. He takes us through his argument that there’s a moral imperative for economic growth. He talks about why economic growth is the greatest force for good in the world, why redistribution isn’t as effective as Effective Altruists would like, and why we dramatically underestimate the effects of compounding. He discusses some of the reactions to the book and why he says he’s “poked the left in the eye and poked the right in the eye” with Stubborn Attachments.

    They discuss the reasons for the extraordinary economic growth of East Asian countries and what kinds of lessons the West could take from those examples. Tyler talks about whether religion has an impact on economic growth and why inequality isn’t as big a deal as it’s made out to be.

    Erik asks Tyler what he would do if he could wave a magic wand and change a number of entities, including the US healthcare system, the Knicks, and the Department of Education. Tyler tells Erik whether he would buy Bitcoin and gives his thoughts on central banking and Austrian economics. He also explains why travel is so valuable and why “at the margins people should be more like anthropologists.”

    Erik asks Tyler where his views diverge from those of a number of prominent intellectuals, including Thomas Piketty, Russ Roberts, Ayn Rand, and Glen Weyl. Tyler explains why he suspects the environment in which someone grew up influences their thinking style.

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    • 1 hr 55 min
    Play-To-Earn, DAOs, and Crypto Governance with Gabby Dizon and Linda Xie

    Play-To-Earn, DAOs, and Crypto Governance with Gabby Dizon and Linda Xie

    Gabby Dizon (@gabusch), co-founder of Yield Guild Games, and Linda Xie (@ljxie), co-founder of Scalar Capital, join Erik Torenberg and Lucas Bagno on this episode to discuss:

    - Why Gabby started YGG and the evolution of play-to-earn and blockchain in gaming.

    - Why gaming is a great way to onboard someone to the crypto ecosystem, as NFTs have done.

    - The key players in the crypto gaming ecosystem.

    - Why there is renewed hope that crypto governance can be solved.

    - Use cases for DAOs and how they can change the future of work.

    - Why Linda welcomes regulation and how it can actually encourage more projects in the space.

    Documentary on play-to-earn that Lucas mentions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo-BrASMHU4

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    • 40 min
    Greatest Hits: The State and Future of Fintech with Zach Perret and David Haber

    Greatest Hits: The State and Future of Fintech with Zach Perret and David Haber

    Erik is joined by Zach Perret (@zachperret), co-founder and CEO of Plaid, and David Haber (@dhaber), former co-founder and CEO of Bond Street, now at Goldman Sachs.

    Zach and David talk about how they met and how they started their respective companies. They explain how to find out whether you are passionate enough about an idea to start a company around it: are you passionate about it enough to be willing to pound the table to get your mother-in-law to invest?

    David points out that 90% of your work as a founder is selling — to investors, employees, customers, and many others. They talk about the future of financial services and fintech and make some predictions about what to expect in the space over the next several years. David and Zach share some tips for people building a company in the space on what works and what doesn’t, and how the space has evolved since they started their companies.

    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.

    • 54 min
    Greatest Hits: Elad Gil and Kevin Hartz on Angel Investing, SPACs, and The Evolution of Venture

    Greatest Hits: Elad Gil and Kevin Hartz on Angel Investing, SPACs, and The Evolution of Venture

    Elad Gil (@eladgil), entrepreneur and investor, and Kevin Hartz (@kevinhartz), investor and co-founder of Eventbrite, join Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - What they think is special about each other’s investing abilities.

    - How certain people are able to stay relevant in every investing cycle.

    - Kevin’s latest venture and the path he took to start it.

    - SPACs and their advantages.

    - How to find your own angel investing style.

    - How venture will change in the next ten years.

    - Elad’s COVID investment thesis.

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

    • 28 min
    Greatest Hits: John Donahoe’s Lessons on Leadership and Being a Better CEO

    Greatest Hits: John Donahoe’s Lessons on Leadership and Being a Better CEO

    We're re-releasing some of the best episodes from the podcast this summer.

    We were thrilled to host a masterclass roundtable session for our founders with John Donahoe when he was CEO of ServiceNow. John is now CEO of Nike and was CEO of eBay for more than seven years. He is known as one of the most inspirational leaders in Silicon Valley and is a highly sought-after mentor to CEOs including Brian Chesky at Airbnb, Drew Houston at Dropbox, and Ben Silbermann at Pinterest. We’re honored to have him among our small group of world-class executives and collaborators whose time and expertise help power our network of founders at Village Global.

    He shared advice on when to hire ahead, invest in and train, or replace personnel on your team and gave insight into his most common piece of advice on professional growth when advising CEOs. John also did an in-depth demonstration of how to let someone go with dignity and grace.

    Quotes From This Episode

    "When you talk about priorities at an aspirational level, they overlap a lot. People start realizing we're more similar than we're dissimilar."

    "Adversity never feels fun. I don't seek adversity. But I'm no longer scared of adversity. When it emerges, instead of trying to run from it, I now accept that it is a reality and I say, 'well, at least I'm going to learn and grow.'"

    "My experience has been that around any issue that involves change, you have roughly 20-25% of people who want to be part of it, no matter what the topic is, you have 25-30% of people who want to fight it, and you have the 50% of people in the middle saying 'which side is going to win?'"

    "[When someone is let go] The fear is humiliation usually. That's almost a bigger fear than actually leaving the company."

    "We're never as good or as bad as labels make us out to be."

    "I would say in general, for every 10 hours of business development conversations, 8 of them are a waste."

    "I do gratitude practice driving into work every morning. It's proven in brain science that your brain becomes more negative over time. But it's also been proven in brain science that you can counteract that."

    "The older I get, the more I've made friends with uncertainty. I don't avoid uncertainty. Uncertainty is as present to me today as it was before but I'm a little more comfortable with it today."

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

    • 54 min
    Greatest Hits: Bill Gates on Advice For Founders, Mistakes, and Philanthropy

    Greatest Hits: Bill Gates on Advice For Founders, Mistakes, and Philanthropy

    We’re re-releasing some of the best episodes from the podcast this summer.

    On this special live episode of Venture Stories, Bill Gates was interviewed in 2018 at San Francisco’s Exploratorium by Julia Hartz, co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite.

    We are honored to have Bill Gates, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time, among our luminary LPs whose financial capital and engagement power the next wave of Village Global founders. 

    They covered:

    - Gates’s entrepreneurial journey starting Microsoft, including the most important turning points in the early years of the company.

    - His thinking on work-life balance for founders and what he would do differently if he was starting again.

    - What he’s learned from the next generation of founders.

    - His perspective on the current tech landscape.

    - His views on philanthropy, global development, education, and much more.

    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.

    • 59 min

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