An interview show by Laura Constantini and Carolina Pascowitch (Lully) from Brazilian Venture Capital Firm Astella, where they go “backpacking” around the world to meet with extraordinary VCs, LPs and tech thought leaders, exploring their backgrounds, views and perspectives on tech investing; while capturing their essence, inspirations and aspirations in life!
Meet Lucas Nelson, "Proud Geek; Hacker turned VC" and Founding Partner at Lytical Ventures
"Proud Geek; Hacker turned VC" is what Lucas Nelson, Founding Partner at Lytical Ventures intitulates himself. In this weeks' episode, Lucas shared with us how he turned his experience and passion for hacking into his full time career, firstly as an operatior, then as a VC specialized in the corporate intelligence space: cybersecurity, data analytics, and AI.
He also shares with us how spending in cybersecurity is growing at a fast rate, as CEO's are getting more scared of breaches. Acording to Lucas, "Good and bad cyber security looks very simular until somebody pokes a whole in it".
Tune in to learn about how he sees cybersecurity ventures in the different ecosystems, and what he realized about the space in Brazil, many years ago, when he spent a sabbatical in Brazil, to learn capoeira.
Christina Lopes, founder of One Health, invested by A16Z bio fund, has a mission to eradicate canine cancer
Meet Christina, Founder of The One Health Company, and learn how she is revolutionizing how drugs and medical devices come to market by re-imagining how animal testing is done. From capital markets to venture, Chris spent a portion of her career specializing in emerging markets as an investor and lecturer. Diversifying her time between non profit boards, she has always been involved with exciting big issues that fuel her to wake up with energy every day! She shares with us about her experience living in Palo Alto, and tips on how to raise capital with prominent global funds, such as A16Z. Tune in to learn more about this mission driven Irish/Brazilian global citizen who is making a big impact with BioTech.
Chang Xu on investing in AI and automation developer led products at Basis Set Ventures
Meet Chang Xu, Partner at Basis Set Ventures, where she focuses on developer-led products. What most excites her are opportunities where founders build a thesis around "raising the ceiling, and lowering the floor", to ease complexity or democratize access.
She previously was a Principal at Upfront Ventures, the oldest and largest SoCal-based early stage venture capital firm. Prior to joining Upfront, she was a founder and an operator. She was the first Product Manager at the Minerva Project, and she co-founded Onion Math, an ed-tech startup in China that has raised $90M to-date.
If you are building something around scalable infrastructure, intelligent collaboration, automating workflow or autonomous machines, she invites you to apply to hypergrowth.network to access hundreds of mentors across GTM and engineering functions. She also invites you to access foundersuperpower.com to learn about concepts such as founder market fit. Tune in to learn more interesting data driven insights that can help you along your journey.
Meet Brian Hutchings, partner at global law firm Gunderson Dettmer, and specialized in venture capital and tech in Latam
Meet Brian Hutchings, partner at global law firm Gunderson Dettmer, specialized in venture capital and tech in Latam. They currently represent over 150 companies and the leading VCs in the region with the purpose of setting up startups for success the same way they would in Silicon Valley. With an interesting view in Latam, he has been focused on the region since 2007, but curiously started his career as a musician then as an entertainment lawyer. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the similarities between the industries, learn about his perspective on Brazil and advice he has for entrepreneurs to tackle cultural differences.
Amit Garg on his trajectory from Brazil to Founding Partner at Tau Ventures, seed stage AI-first health and enterprise tech VC in the heart of Silicon Valley
Born in Brazil from parents who migrated from India, Amit moved to US for college and has been in California ever since. Post his education at Stanford and Harvard, he spent time as a product manager at Google and as a VC at Norwest Ventyre partners, fund with over $10Bi in AUM that has been around since 1961.
He is mission driven and health is the common denominator, in his words “it’s the foundation of everything”. At Tau Ventures, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, he invests in seed stage AI-first health and enterprise startups.
On top of it all, he is a 70.3 Ironman finisher, lives carbon neutral and has built a hospital in rural India. Listen in to hear more on the above and his positive outlook and lessons on life and the future.
Brock Saunders on his path to venture, beginners "luck", and on how Summer Action Fund, James River Capital and angel investing come together
Everyone has a different path to venture, but for Brock it basically started with an amazing experience in capital markets working for Paul Tutuor then setting up his group at Citi. Not long after, his friend Michael Makrs from Riverwood Capital invited him to invest in a private company, which we can refer to as his "lucky break" -- He invested in Sol Republic and 9 months later Monster Cable bought it for 3x.
"These venture people act as its hard" lol, that's what he told us, but continued his sentence with: "since then, nothing ever happened like that, it's been 10 years of hard work...but it lit the spark and passion in me for venture"
Today, Brock manages 3 pockets: Summit Action Fund, James River Capital,a Family Office, and angel investments; he believes they work well together.
As a generalist, he shares the 5 skill sets he believes necessary in evaluating a company and a few companies in their portfolio, including Clover.
We loved our time getting to know more about Brocks professional experiences and life views, and I'm sure you will learn so much from him too. Enjoy!