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Fund81 is a podcast for the next generation of venture capital. Elizabeth Kraus, general partner of the MergeLane venture fund for high-potential startups with at least one woman in leadership, tackles specific questions commonly asked by VCs.

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Fund81 is a podcast for the next generation of venture capital. Elizabeth Kraus, general partner of the MergeLane venture fund for high-potential startups with at least one woman in leadership, tackles specific questions commonly asked by VCs.

    Finding BIG-Thinking and Executing Entrepreneurs with Dick Rothkopf

    Finding BIG-Thinking and Executing Entrepreneurs with Dick Rothkopf

    I’ve now invested in close to 100 entrepreneurs. When I think about the patterns I’ve seen, my most successful investments are backed by entrepreneurs who can really visualize a big idea and genuinely believe it’s possible. To get there, almost all of these entrepreneurs had to shed some deep-seated limiting beliefs. This has me wondering, how can we better spot big thinkers and big ideas with the propensity to scale, and how can we help our entrepreneurs think bigger? I invited Dick Rothkopf, co-founder of Learning Curve International, the manufacturer of the Thomas the Tank Engine toys, to share his thoughts.

    • 34 min
    Feeling Stretched by COVID-19? Outsourcing and Delegating with Foundry Group's Seth Levine

    Feeling Stretched by COVID-19? Outsourcing and Delegating with Foundry Group's Seth Levine

    Seth has been a MergeLane investor and advisor since the very beginning. I invited Seth to join the show because we’ve had some nice conversations about the challenge we each have in managing our personal bandwidth. Since having these conversations, we’ve both managed to carve out more time through some creative outsourcing and delegation, and I thought it might be helpful to share some of our lessons learned.

    If you are listening to this sometime in the future, it is April 2020 and most of us are under a stay-at-home order because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Since many of us are feeling stretched by the new realities of pandemic life, we thought this topic would be especially useful.

    Related thoughts:
    https://www.sethlevine.com/archives/2020/04/investing-in-downturns.html

    https://www.mergelane.com/post/how-conscious-leadership-bought-me-5-hours-of-extra-time-each-day

    • 55 min
    A Tale of Three Recessions: Lesson's from Dave Balter's Recession Startup Streak

    A Tale of Three Recessions: Lesson's from Dave Balter's Recession Startup Streak

    Dave Balter, CEO of MergeLane-backed Flipside Crypto, has built three previous startups in the midst of economic downturns. He believes that recessions are the greatest time to launch into successful models. In this Fund81 podcast episode, Dave shares his thoughts on why these eras drive opportunity.

    Dave is the first guest to make a second appearance on the podcast. You can hear more from Dave in Episode #9 - Cryptocurrency Venture Investing: The Questions Every VC Should Ask Before Making a Crypto Investment.

    • 46 min
    Turning It Off | Managing Anxiety and Workaholism While Working From Home

    Turning It Off | Managing Anxiety and Workaholism While Working From Home

    In the last episode, I recorded an event I held to share what I've learned through my experience working from home for the past 15 years with some of our portfolio companies and some of the members of our fund 81 VC forum.

    I shared that if I'm honest with myself, I value productivity and efficiency above all else. So it's not surprising, that I focused the agenda on my tips for becoming more productive and efficient while working from home. During the call, two of our MergeLane portfolio company CEOs shared that they actually have the opposite problem. Without that physical barrier between work and home, they have a really hard time shutting off.

    When I listened to the recording, I realized that I failed to really hear what they were saying because I was so focused on my pre-determined agenda. This is a pattern that I now recognize thanks to studying Conscious Leadership which my colleagues Sue Heilbronner and Leah Pearlman turned me onto. You can learn more about that at Leadership.Camp.

    I wanted to record this follow up episode to apologize to Bo and Allie and to share some answers to the questions I glossed over.

    • 11 min
    Working from Home | Guilt, Productivity and Other Lessons from My 15-Year Experience

    Working from Home | Guilt, Productivity and Other Lessons from My 15-Year Experience

    I’ve been working from home for the past 15 years. I have learned a lot about maximizing productivity, finding work/life harmony, managing home life, staying fit and maintaining a healthy marriage while working from home.

    Related Resources:
    https://tests.enneagraminstitute.com/
    https://www.leadership.camp/
    https://www.mergelane.com/post/how-conscious-leadership-bought-me-5-hours-of-extra-time-each-day

    • 48 min
    Managing Anxiety | Lessons from an Anxious Entrepreneur

    Managing Anxiety | Lessons from an Anxious Entrepreneur

    I have battled anxiety for many years. In that journey, I've learned a lot about how to manage it and support others who battle anxiety as well. I thought it might be helpful to share my thoughts.

    • 9 min

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JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re already deep into your journey of authentic leadership and transformation, or just getting started catalyzing change within your ecosystem - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Elizabeth does an incredible job leading conversations that cover the entire range of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical challenges we all face learning to holistically lead and guide the organizations of tomorrow. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

Dan_13_nella ,

Must-Listen for Emerging Managers

Elizabeth asks the questions most new fund managers want to know but are afraid to ask. These interviews go beneath the surface and result in deep, meaningful insights from some of the most influential folks in early-stage VC.

Evan92L ,

Insightful, Practical, and Constructive!

Fund81 is an excellent show for emerging managers, associates, analysts, and the next generation of VCs. Whether you are thinking of raising a fund or are already on fund I or II, this show will deliver valuable insight.

Elizabeth is a great host, and it’s awesome she is providing this resource for new managers and those looking to make the jump to venture. If that’s you, this show is worth every minute!

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