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    Florian Hagenbuch and Mate Pencz - Everything Will Be Bought Online – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP. 37]

    Florian Hagenbuch and Mate Pencz - Everything Will Be Bought Online – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP. 37]

    My guests today are Florian Hagenbuch and Mate Pencz, co-founders of Loft. Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Loft is a digital platform designed to bring Latin American real estate into the e-commerce age. The 3-year-old startup scaled to over $150mm in annualized revenue in 2020 and is on track for multiples higher this year. We dive into the market opportunity in Brazilian real estate and how that differs from the US market, the value proposition for iBuying across the US and Latin America ecosystems, and touch on the potential for Loft to expand from real estate into adjacent services such as mortgages. Florian and Mate are second-time founders and have some great lessons shared throughout the episode. Please enjoy my conversation with Florian and Mate.
     
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    Show Notes
    [00:02:52] - [First question] - Why Latin America currently presents such a unique opportunity for modern technology companies
    [00:04:38] - What the market looked like when they started Loft
    [00:07:20] - How they approached gathering data that wasn’t available or accessible in order to develop the company infrastructure
    [00:09:39] - How the process of buying a home used to be in São Paulo versus today
    [00:12:19] - What Loft’s hard work unlocks for consumers and home buyers
    [00:14:06] - What iBuying feels like writ large and more specifically in real estate
    [00:18:07] - Analysis of an iBuying real estate transaction from start to finish
    [00:20:09] - The role machine learning plays in property valuation and building that feature  
    [00:22:50] - Defining their business model and being a fulfillment center aggregator 
    [00:24:47] - Notable characteristics of the iBuying market in the United States 
    [00:27:00] - How they think about the competitive advantage extensions of Loft 
    [00:29:53] - Exciting opportunities for the FinTech broadly in Latin America 
    [00:32:47] - Deciding on what it is they want to tackle next as they grow the company 
    [00:34:13] - Thinking about the value proposition to customers and how they market it 
    [00:35:50] - Lessons learned about building businesses early on that were applied to Loft
    [00:40:12] - What led them to finding their early product-market fit 
    [00:42:48] - Calibrating and defining their ambitions for Loft out of the gate 
    [00:45:05] - Important and interesting trends in the business world today writ large 
    [00:48:43] - Further lessons and key challenges around building and scaling Loft 
    [00:52:24] - The kindest things that anyone has ever done for them

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    Gabriel Leydon - Designing Digital Economies

    Gabriel Leydon - Designing Digital Economies

    My guest is Gabe Leydon, who is the co-founder and former CEO of MZ, also known as Machine Zone, the company behind huge games such as Mobile Strike and Game of War. Gabe has spent the last 20 years designing video games and is one of the most original thinkers I have talked to in a long time. In our conversation, we cover why great design can be a bad sign that we’d run out of ways to innovate, the most important lessons from human psychology for building games and products, and why products which are busted or breaking but still booming can be great investment opportunities. This conversation rewired my brain on many levels, so I’m excited for you to listen. Take the red pill with us, and please enjoy my conversation with Gabe Leydon.
     
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    Show Notes
    [00:03:59] - [First question] - Thoughts on the importance of design and the role it plays in capitalism writ large
    [00:07:26] - Huxley’s vision of the future versus Orwell’s - Amusing Ourselves to Death
    [00:10:49] - A question about game design in interviews that no one can answer well
    [00:18:27] - What about his early experiences that allowed him to be good at answering that question when others could not
    [00:26:35] - Another example to further explain the nature of meta software design mechanics
    [00:29:44] - Characteristics of what drives players to spend money in games
    [00:34:46] - Defining heroic spending and the group dynamics of spending gamification
    [00:38:18] - Skill set required to design an economy and what makes it so difficult
    [00:41:27] - Cosmetic purchases as a revenue stream in North American video games
    [00:43:56] - What he’s learned about human psychology through his design work
    [00:45:48] - How the technological infrastructure developed in building video games overlap in performance marketing
    [00:48:44] - His experience with the RT platform and some of the technologies he’s built
    [00:55:49] - Celebrity NFTs and a shift to becoming virtual manufacturers in the future
    [00:59:58] - What businesses can do now to prepare for and adapt to NFTs
    [01:01:03] - Why we need AI more than think we might
    [01:04:32] - What he plans to do with his skillset if the world becomes increasingly gamified
    [01:05:40] - Companies with poor design may be indicative of an attractive acquisition
    [01:08:11] - How differing cultural perspectives on video game design permeate into NFTs
    [01:08:46] - Defining the Chinese item box appro

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    Assaf Wand - Innovation in Static Industries – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP. 36]

    Assaf Wand - Innovation in Static Industries – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP. 36]

    My guest today is Assaf Wand, CEO, and co-founder of Hippo, a homeowner insurance startup founded in 2015. In March 2021, Hippo announced a SPAC merger, valuing the business at over $5bn. In our discussion, we cover how Hippo approached innovation in the highly regulated insurance industry, unique strategies for building brand trust, and how direct relationships with homeowners has opened up Hippo's business model to a wide range of opportunities. I was excited to speak with Assaf, given his experience as a serial entrepreneur, and he did not disappoint. Please enjoy my conversation with Assaf Wand.
     
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    Show Notes
    [00:02:44] - [First question] - His philosophy on business
    [00:04:04] - His first experience in entrepreneurship
    [00:05:03] - Lawyers vs entrepreneurs
    [00:07:03] - Major lessons taking risk in entrepreneurship
    [00:11:14] - Importance of speed in business
    [00:15:02] - Increasing urgency into the business as a leader
    [00:18:59] - What the insurance sector was like at the start of Hippo
    [00:24:49] - Steps he took to bootstrap trust
    [00:27:03] - Convincing partners
    [00:29:04] - Building the products and distribution
    [00:32:49] - Thoughts on innovators dilemma
    [00:35:00] - Flaws within the insurance industry
    [00:34:57] - Vision for the firm 
    [00:37:44] - Importance of culture in company building
    [00:41:19] - Storytelling as an essential piece of company building
    [00:41:50] - Building and managing a roadmap
    [00:43:19] - What does it mean to respect the customer
    [00:46:11] - Defensibility of the insurance industry
    [00:49:34] - Rewards of the trench warfare of entrepreneurship
    [00:53:33] - The feeling of getting wealthy 
    [00:55:29] - Kindest thing anyone has done for him

    • 57 min
    Dennis Lynch - Delivering Alpha in Adapting Markets

    Dennis Lynch - Delivering Alpha in Adapting Markets

    My guest today is Dennis Lynch, Head of Counterpoint Global, where he oversees over $100bn in AUM and boasts one of the strongest track records of any public investor. In our conversation, we cover Dennis's unique approach to building a research team, how misclassification of companies often creates the highest upside opportunities, and how Dennis has adapted his investment process over the past 20 years. I think Dennis defines what it means to be intellectually honest, and you will hear that in his answers throughout our discussion. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Dennis Lynch.
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to the best content to learn more, check out the episode page here.
     
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    Show Notes
    [00:03:47] - [First question] - How he would teach potential students to be investors
    [00:04:26] - The Money Game
    [00:04:40] - Moneyball
    [00:05:59] - Pros and cons of volatility when investing
    [00:08:55] - Emotional response to volatility
    [00:12:44] - Training to have a better temperament
    [00:14:20] - What is his investing game
    [00:15:17] - The Ethical Algorithm
    [00:16:44] - How time horizon impacts their investment strategy
    [00:20:53] - Assessing a company’s earnings power
    [00:26:12] - Shifting business models vs. evolving within a business model
    [00:32:32] - Understanding how to invest in disruptive businesses
    [00:35:26] - Why he’s skeptical on Growth and Value investing strategies
    [00:38:42] - Expectations Investing
    [00:38:55] - How his view of assessing businesses has changed
    [00:43:56] - Defining unit economics
    [00:45:41] - Taking on uncertainty risk in the portfolio 
    [00:50:38] - The business that taught him the most; Amazon
    [00:53:32] - Dealing with massive amounts of change
    [00:56:01] - The Big Short
    [00:59:46] - Interest in psychedelic research
    [01:01:02] - What has changed the most in investing from when he started
    [01:04:19] - Kindest thing anyone has done for him

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Henrique Dubugras - Building the Financial Center of Gravity – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP. 35]

    Henrique Dubugras - Building the Financial Center of Gravity – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP. 35]

    My guest today is Henrique Dubugras, co-founder and CEO of Brex, an all-in-one finance account for businesses. Brex recently raised funding at a valuation of over 7 billion dollars despite being founded only four years ago. In our conversation, we cover Brex’s transition from a credit card for start-ups to the central account for businesses, why building that central account was orders of magnitude more difficult than expected, and the difference between building a business in Brazil and the US. We also discussed Henrique’s term horizon for building Brex and how that impacts his decision-making for the business. Please enjoy my conversation with Henrique Dubugras.
     
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    Show Notes
    [00:02:53] - [First question] - The state of the B2B financial world before Brex
    [00:06:29] - How such a high margin space was generally underserved
    [00:08:24] - What the first version of the Brex card looked like
    [00:10:48] - How long it took to build and launch their infrastructure
    [00:11:13] - Why market penetration is so low for cards in B2B businesses
    [00:13:14] - How he thinks about this landscape in Brazil versus the US
    [00:14:55] - What interchange and high margins allows him to pass on to the consumer
    [00:16:23] - Brex’s first revenue event
    [00:17:38] - What the biggest hurdle was to overcome when they launched
    [00:19:02] - Key marketing strategy early on and what made it successful
    [00:21:16] - Continued distribution lessons they learned from their initial success
    [00:22:39] - Building an effective sales force to push their product
    [00:24:41] - What makes the current landscape so fertile for fintech businesses
    [00:27:12] - Analysis of their unique funding round dynamics
    [00:28:42] - Their second product and the insight that lead to that decision
    [00:31:05] - Darkest moments while trying to build their central account
    [00:31:50] - What their central account allows them to facilitate writ large
    [00:35:27] - Notable differences between entrepreneurship in Brazil versus the US
    [00:38:55] - Observations on inefficiencies in the US startup space
    [00:40:16] - Pros, cons, and costs of being largely remote
    [00:41:50] - Keys to building a successful hiring pipeline
    [00:44:05] - Lessons learned about decision making and optimization
    [00:45:39] - Developing an effective skill set to convince other people of anything
    [00:47:35] - What excites him about being a part of Brex lately
    [00:49:13] - What excites him about the future in general
    [00:50:39] - His business philosophy and the set of principles that guide him 
    [00:52:03] - Nuances that make f

    • 1 hr
    Justin Fishner-Wolfson - Secondary Investing in Private Markets

    Justin Fishner-Wolfson - Secondary Investing in Private Markets

    My guest today is Justin Fishner-Wolfson, founder of 137 Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on providing liquidity solutions to founders, investors, and employees of private businesses. In our conversation, we discuss what early career experiences led Justin to start 137 Ventures, the counter-intuitive information asymmetry between public and private markets, and the interesting trend of digitization in the physical world. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Justin.
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to the best content to learn more, check out the episode page here.
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    Show Notes
    [00:03:47] - [First question] - Why he started 137 Ventures and what’s unique about it
    [00:05:31] - Overview of secondary equity markets in the tech sector
    [00:07:06] - Step by step process of how a secondary market investment works
    [00:09:37] - Scale of secondary transactions in markets today
    [00:10:19] - Valuations of secondary transaction rounds versus primary ones
    [00:11:37] - Defining great in private market investments and the competitive landscape
    [00:13:13] - Why there seems to be more information available in private markets
    [00:16:23] - How better capital allocation may result from less asymmetry
    [00:19:14] - What excites him about companies when meeting them for the first time
    [00:20:34] - Example of applying his philosophy of investing in a defensible business
    [00:22:20] - Counter positioning and inversion models to gain an advantage
    [00:24:17] - Lessons learned from Palantir about unlikely competitive advantage 
    [00:25:57] - Building good businesses when selling them to the government
    [00:26:59] - What technology means in the current era
    [00:28:34] - Methods for evaluating potential sources of defensibility and a lack thereof
    [00:30:30] - Considering focus and expansion when scaling
    [00:32:52] - Shared qualities of entrepreneurs who build these types of businesses
    [00:33:50] - The business that individually taught him the most writ large
    [00:35:01] - Defensabilities that might appear beyond the seven powers framework
    [00:36:21] - Thoughts on what seems to be craziest in the world today
    [00:37:15] - What’s surprising on the low end of the valuation side
    [00:38:11] - Interesting business models and ones he’s averse to 
    [00:40:31] - Constructing a portfolio with companies that have a customer focus
    [00:41:21] - Additional companies in their portfolio that aren’t of a similar model 
    [00:42:08] - Lessons learned from SpaceX’s growth
    [00:44:46] - Watching a SpaceX launch in person
    [00:46:03] - Advice for entrepreneurs when seeki

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