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Welcome to the Array Podcast. The platform to discover an array of hacks and skills you need at different stages of building your business. On each episode, we host successful entrepreneurs who share their secrets on growing an enterprise businesses that leverage data and AI/ML.

[Array] Podcast Shruti Gandhi

    • Investing
    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

Welcome to the Array Podcast. The platform to discover an array of hacks and skills you need at different stages of building your business. On each episode, we host successful entrepreneurs who share their secrets on growing an enterprise businesses that leverage data and AI/ML.

    Roland Reynolds from Industry Ventures discusses managing $3.5B to successfully invest across the entire venture ecosystem

    Roland Reynolds from Industry Ventures discusses managing $3.5B to successfully invest across the entire venture ecosystem

    Roland Reynolds started one of the early fund of funds investing in emerging managers in 2007. He then joined forces with Industry Ventures in 2009 to land their fund of funds initiative. Industry ventures as a firm started in 2000 now manages $3.5B in assets under management. They invest across the entire stack of the venture capital ecosystem in secondaries, hybrids, directs and fund of funds. Roland dives deep into their investment criteria, how they decide to work with their investments, and where the market is today compared to 1999.




    Shruti Gandhi's twitter: https://twitter.com/atshruti

    Array Ventures website: www.array.vc

    Roland Reynolds bio: http://www.industryventures.com/team/roland-reynolds

    Industry Ventures website: http://www.industryventures.com

    • 33 min
    Hollywood's Blye Faust produces the movie Spotlight that wins an Oscar

    Hollywood's Blye Faust produces the movie Spotlight that wins an Oscar

    Blye Faust is an academy award winning producer of the movie Spotlight about the Boston Globe investigation of the Catholic church for allegations of abuse. She has also co-produced The Queen Latifah Show and started an interior design firm byblye

    With her co-founder Nicole Rocklin, Blye started a one of a kind women-led production company, Rocklin/Faust. Her company focuses on “Telling transformative, entertaining true stories that engender a collective social dialogue, inspire change, and celebrate innovation.” In this episode we discuss her journey as she transitioned from practicing law into founding a successful production company, how she came about producing and spearheading the creation of the academy award winning movie Spotlight. She also shares her thoughts on the lack of diversity and culture of harassment within the entertainment industry. Listen in to hear a story of a founder creating a company in Hollywood which is very different than our typical tech podcast. We thought this unique founding story was definitely worth sharing.




    Blye Faust's twitter: https://twitter.com/byblye

    Shruti Gandhi's twitter: https://twitter.com/atshruti

    Array Ventures website: www.array.vc

    Rocklin/Faust website: http://www.rocklinfaust.com/




    About Spotlight (Oscar Winning Movie)

    In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton), reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

    • 38 min
    Jonathan Abrams founder of Nuzzel and Friendster on how to win in a crowded market

    Jonathan Abrams founder of Nuzzel and Friendster on how to win in a crowded market

    A Canadian implant in SV Jonathan Abrams is now a founder of 4 SV startups: Socializr, Friendster, HotLinks and most recently Nuzzel with backing from Marc Andreesen, Naval Ravikant, Homebrew, SoftTech and Lowercase just to name a few. Jonathan has first hand experience on how timing matters for companies, how to differentiate in a crowded market to rise above the competition, and how execution is as important as the initial idea for the company to succeed. Jonathan is also a prolific angel investor counting AngelList, Docker, Front, Instacart, and Slideshare amongst his portfolio. I love my interactions with Jonathan because he is outspoken about supporting and opening doors for women founders. He is also on the board of Girls in Technology. 




    Thank you Jonathan for being with us today. Follow us on twitter @abrams and @atshruti




    Listen to some other [Array] podcasts: Ryan Hoover founder of Product Hunt, Justin Kan who sold his company Twitch to Amazon for $1B.

    • 24 min
    Rory O’Driscoll founder of Scale Venture Partners discuss the in and outs of enterprise investing, taking companies public, AI, and building a long lasting VC firm.

    Rory O’Driscoll founder of Scale Venture Partners discuss the in and outs of enterprise investing, taking companies public, AI, and building a long lasting VC firm.

    Today on our podcast we have Rory O’Driscoll, cofounder and partner at Scale Venture Partners. Scale Venture Partners just raised their 6th fund of $400m managing over $1.5 billion in assets under management. Scale had interesting beginnings as a firm; they were an in-house VC fund inside Bank of America and spun out as a separate firm in 2007 by Rory Driscoll and Kate Mitchell. Scale is one of the few model VC funds in SV with a woman founder and many women investing partners . 

    Scale has been a helpful partner to Array since our early days and one of the few firms such as Array that focuses in enterprise investing. Rory has led investments and sits of the boards of companies such as Box, DocuSign, Pantheon and many more where Scale invested in these companies around Series A or B until they go public. I wanted to sit down with Rory and learn how to build a long lasting firm and how his views on the enterprise sector have evolved over the years. In this episode, Rory discusses the typical lifecycle of an enterprise startup and there path to IPO, his views on ICOs, how to pick an investment strategy, when/if to consider changing your investment strategy and much more.




    Rory  O’Driscoll's Twitter: https://twitter.com/rodriscoll

    Shruti Gandhi's Twitter: https://twitter.com/atshruti

    Scale Venture Partner: https://www.scalevp.com/

    Array Ventures: http://www.array.vc/

    • 43 min
    Billionaire Tim Draper on investing and predicting future of crypto, evolution of venture capital, and why he wants to split California

    Billionaire Tim Draper on investing and predicting future of crypto, evolution of venture capital, and why he wants to split California

    Tim Draper is the founder of venture capital firms Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and Draper Associates. He also built the Draper University built to empower entrepreneurs take risk and build confidence. He is author of the book How to Be the Startup Hero: A Guide and Textbook for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs. 

    He is an early investor and proponent in bitcoin and investor in companies such as Skype, Theranos, Tesla, and Hotmail. His original suggestion to use viral marketing as a method for spreading a software application from customer to customer was instrumental to the successes of these companies. Today he talks about why bitcoin will be at $250k by 2022, how VC can stay relevant in the world of crypto, why California needs to be broken into 3 states, and other fun gems. Tune in to starting your learning, for some good advice, and secrets of his success.

    Tim's twitter handle: TimDraper

    Shruti's twitter handle: atShruti

    Tim's book: How to Be the Startup Hero: A Guide and Textbook for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs

    • 48 min
    Ryan Hoover, CEO of Product Hunt: How some startups launch on this largest online community and PH's acquisition by Angellist.

    Ryan Hoover, CEO of Product Hunt: How some startups launch on this largest online community and PH's acquisition by Angellist.

    Ryan Hoover is a founder of Product Hunt, place to discover your next favorite thing. Product Hunt was funded by investors like a16z, Greylock, Slow Ventures, and Alexis Ohanian. Product Hunt was recently acquired by, Angellist a company where the world meets startups. Ryan is one of the most genuine founders I know in Silicon Valley. He’s built quite a brand for himself. In this podcast we talk about how Ryan build one of the largest communities on the web for Product Hunt, some of his favorite launches on the website, and his decision to sell to Angellist. 

    Shruti's Twitter: @atShruti

    Ryan's Twitter: @rrhoover

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Phil@MentorcliQ ,

Great Podcast for High Growth Startups!

Array's podcast brings together an incredible mix of great operators and thought leaders that cover so many topics on the minds of entrepreneurs who are trying to build and scale a great company. Shruti asks excellent questions that are insightful and helps pull out the salient points from her guests to get them talking about the things that really matter. She helps debunk common mantras around things like SaaS metrics, and really allows the listener to dig into how to think about those topics for their specific type of business. A great resource for any high-growth company!!

Tookdi ,

Suprisingly in-depth

I don't know who she is but she asks the best questions. She asks questions which other VC's are afraid to ask because they're afraid of looking unknowledgeable, but really AI is such a big space no one in the world can master it all. She doesn't hype the space like all other VCs. Instead she'll get the interviewee to explain the technology in laymen's terms and explore the real limits of AI technology.

Listen@theGym ,

great content

As somebody involved in building a company that may seek venture funds, I find I learn so much from listening to Shruti and her guests. Wonderful content from interesting guests. Shruti keeps the conversation moving smoothly. Please improve sound quality and this podcast will be un-missable.

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