This podcast will discuss the affinity between capital and connections as we talk to successful investors and entrepreneurs about how their network influenced their success.
Hunter Walk: Helping Small Business Think Big
Hunter Walk is a founding Partner at Homebrew. Homebrew is a Seed stage venture firm providing capital and assistance to entrepreneurs who are building the companies that they envision within the Bottom Up Economy. Some notable investments are Plaid, Cruise, ShieldAI, and theSkimm. Prior he led customer product management at YouTube and was on the founding team at Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life.
Mar Hershenson: Teacher, Entrepreneur, Investor
Mar is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Pear VC. Pear partners with entrepreneurs from day zero to build category-defining companies.
She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford for her breakthrough work in circuit design automation and taught the Analog Circuit Design course at Stanford University for over a decade.
Mar made her mark as an entrepreneur by co-founding three companies. She was awarded the renowned T35 Young Innovator Award by MIT, she made it on the Midas Brink List of Top Tech Investors and won the Women in EDA Achievement Award.
Kimmy Scotti: Unapologetically Authentic
Kimmy Scotti is a founding partner at 8VC, a top US-based venture capital firm, and she is a serial entrepreneur.
She is the co-founder and executive chairman of the women’s health company Monthly Gift.
Prior to 8VC, she served as the Executive Director of Business Development & Operations at a NY Family Office where she incubated and invested in many businesses.
Most notably she co-founded a direct-to-consumer healthcare company that has helped millions of Americans afford their prescription medications.
Pejman Nozad: From Rugs to Riches
Pejman Nozad has made over 100 early-stage investments and has seeded several multi-billion dollar companies such as Dropbox, Lending Club, & Gusto. He co-founded Pear Venture and invested alongside his incredible partner, Mar Hershenson, in companies such as DoorDash, Guardant Health, Branch Metrics, One Concern, and Affinity. But aside from his absolutely incredible early-stage investing success, he also has one of the most fascinating stories in becoming a venture capitalist. Literally from Rugs to Riches.
Andrea Lamari Walne: How the Pandemic Is Raising the Bar in the Secondary Market
As the pandemic hit in 2020 major waves resulted in private investing. Companies that were already trading at a discount in the secondary market dropped significantly and really only the best balance sheets are able to retain their value in these volatile swings. This conversation will explore the major changes that have been seen in the secondary market so far this year and what experts are expecting in H2.
Andrea Lamari Walne is a General Partner at Manhattan Venture Partners (“MVP”), a research-driven merchant bank and venture fund with a refined focus on a portfolio comprising of majority secondary direct investments in pre-IPO companies. She leads the San Francisco regional office and is responsible for overseeing the firm’s growing West Coast presence and team.
David ibnAle: Venture Investing With a Private Equity Mindset
David ibnAle spent the first part of his career in Private Equity at Summit Partners and Francisco Partners. He then became managing director of TPG Growth where he led the firm’s global technology investing efforts. David is now Founding and Managing Partner at Advance Venture Partners, an investment firm built in partnership with family-owned media powerhouse Advance. Learn how his early career in private equity changed his view on venture investing and why patient capital might be the secret to be long term returns.