It’s not what you know.
It’s not who you know.
It’s knowing how to put it all together.
Execution is King.
Founders-turned-investors Ryan and Rob Weber go in search of success to investors, founders, and builders, seeking insights and lessons from where the rubber meets the road in the innovation industry.
Hosted by Josef Siebert, each episode features a Weber brother and a guest who can offer best practices to startup founders building the next great global startups from wherever they may be.
As former founders, successful operators, and disciplined investors, we think execution is the key to success. Learning to identify it, and to do it, can help founders and investors scale and profit.
Great North Ventures is an early-stage venture fund founded by the Webers that invests in startups using technology to innovate industries dominated by analog processes, with partners in the Midwest and Silicon Valley.
Learn more at https://greatnorthventures.com/
Anna Mason, Revolution
Rob Weber talks with Anna Mason, Managing Partner of Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund about her journey to venture. She also provides key insight for founders and discusses the nuance of high volume, early stage investment.
Mynul Khan, FieldNation
Ryan and Josef talk about the Weber brothers' long history, with Ryan tracking Mynul since they took classes together in college. He talks about his journey as a first-generation immigrant who came from Bangladesh to St. Cloud, MN. His biggest lesson for founders? "Never run out of cash." He shares how his "hobby" turned from Plan B into the only plan, and the importance of going all-in.
Mynul shares great advice about maintaining and creating capability while discussing people, systems, and processes.
Nick Moran, New Stack Ventures
Rob and Josef talk podcasts, and comes clean about his awkward intro to Nick Moran. Nick talks about his path to becoming a General Partner of New Stack Ventures and the host of The Full Ratchet podcast. We talk decision-making as investors, and advice for founders, including the most common mistake: building a product then trying to find a market for it. Then dive in to address the problem of matching opportunities to investors.
Molly Pyle, Center on Rural Innovation (CORI)
Ryan and Josef talk about the importance of startup communities and innovation in rural communities. Molly shares her experience working with incubators, builders, and startups with Singularity University and how that led to her position at CORI, where she works with communities to build the infrastructure necessary to help entrepreneurs succeed. Molly paints a picture of a rural America in decline, and explains the transformative value generated by tech startups and productive tech startup ecosystems.
Justin Kaufenberg, Rally Ventures
Rob and Josef kick around bucket list ideas and shattered Vikings dreams, then dive into the interview with the former Co-Founder and CEO of SportsEngine. Justin Kaufenberg shares his path to venture from childhood brainstorming sessions trying to make his dad rich, to the realization and creation of the "atomic unit" central to SportsEngine's success. He talks M&A, and how he hit the road running as Managing Partner at Rally Ventures. Rob shares what he misses about creating startups.
Introduction to the "Execution is King" podcast
The best way to learn about how to build is to learn from other builders. Coming soon: "Execution is King", hosted by Rob Weber, Ryan Weber, and Josef Siebert of Great North Ventures.
Learning from actual practitioners is the best