Welcome to the Kauffman Fellows podcast, produced in partnership with Mighty Capital. This season, we feature select Kauffman Fellows as hosts of mini-series, interviewing some of the world’s top leaders in capital formation, all from a place of authenticity and vulnerability. What makes the Kauffman Fellows Podcast unique? We challenge our guests to hang up the superhero cape and get real about the sacrifices, failures, and inflection points that each individual goes through to become the best version of themselves, in order to best serve the entrepreneurs they invest in.
Venture Capital Legacy: Harry Gruner, JMI Equity Founder and Managing GP on Advice for Building a Long-Term Firm
Continuing his series on building an enduring investment firm, Mistral Venture Partners Founding Partner, Code Cubitt, sat down with JMI Equity Founder and Managing GP, Harry Gruner, to discuss his advice for building a firm for the long-term. Harry Gruner is the Managing Partner at JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies. He has been working with software companies for more than 30 years, having had the privilege of participating in the growth of the software industry from its infancy to where it is today.
Venture Capital Legacy: Chuck Newhall, Greenspring Associates Venture Capitalist on Building a 100-Year Firm
Continuing his series on building an enduring investment firm, Mistral Venture Partners Founding Partner, Code Cubitt, sat down with Greenspring Associates Venture Capitalist, Chuck Newhall, to discuss the lessons learned building a 100-year firm. Chuck Newhall is a Chairman Emeritus at Greenspring Associates, a leading global venture capital investment firm that offers institutional and individual investors a comprehensive platform dedicated to the asset class.
Venture Capital Legacy: Phil Wickham, Sozo Ventures Managing Director on Building an Enduring VC Culture
Continuing his series on building an enduring investment firm, Mistral Venture Partners Founding Partner, Code Cubitt, sat down with Sozo Ventures Managing Director, Phil Wickham, to discuss what makes a winning VC culture. Phil Wickham is the Managing Director at Sozo Ventures, which invests in category leaders in advanced data technologies, eCommerce, enterprise cloud, fintech, IoT, and healthcare IT, among other emerging sectors. In addition to Sozo, Mr. Wickham serves as the Executive Chairman of the Kauffman Fellows.
Venture Capital Legacy: Susan Mason, Aligned Partners Co-Founder & Managing Partner on the Evolution of Venture Capital
Continuing his series on building an enduring investment firm, Mistral Venture Partners Founding Partner, Code Cubitt, sat down with Aligned Partners Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Susan Mason, to discuss how venture capital has evolved during her career. Susan Mason is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Aligned Partners, which invests in highly capital efficient start-ups in the IT area. Before co-founding Aligned Partners, she spent 15 years with ONSET Ventures, a venture capital firm with $1 billion under management focused on early-stage investing.
Venture Capital Legacy: Brent Belzberg, TorQuest Partners Sr. Managing Partner on Building a Long-Term Investing Team
Continuing his series on building an enduring investment firm, Mistral Venture Partners Founding Partner, Code Cubitt, sat down with TorQuest Partners Sr. Managing Partner, Brent Belzberg, to discuss how he’s developed and grown his investment team. Brent Belzberg is the Senior Managing Partner at TorQuest Partners, a Canadian-based manager of private equity funds with a proven track record in identifying and building value in a diversified portfolio of companies. With over $2 billion of equity capital under management, TorQuest Partners pursues investments in middle-market–later-stage companies with the goal of building value through opportune acquisitions, strategic leadership, and the timely use of financial expertise.
Venture Capital Legacy: Mike Maples, Floodgate Co-Founder and Partner on Investing in Lean Startups
To kick off his series on building an enduring investment firm, Mistral Venture Partners Founding Partner, Code Cubitt, sat down with Floodgate Co-Founder and Partner, Mike Maples, to discuss his transition from entrepreneur to investor and how he got his start investing in lean startups. Mike Maples is the Co-Founder and Partner at Floodgate, which invests in the extraordinary top "point 1 percent" companies earlier than anyone else and provides as much help as possible in realizing extraordinary outcomes.
Must Listen Podcast
While the guests are diverse, they share profound similarities. They're guided by purpose, live with intense joy, learn passionately, and see the world with a unique lens. Each episode lets us soak in their hard earned wisdom and apply it to our lives.
Practical for almost anyone in business - look forward to the rest of the season!
Love the honesty about the ups and downs and key to success...perseverance. Insights from folks like Sujay Jaswa about how every couple hours of your day things change from bad to good are great reminders about how to reframe success on a daily (and hourly) basis. Great points about being a diverse person to draw success. I found the podcast to be practical for almost anyone in business and look forward to the rest of the season!
Bringing authenticity into VC
Powerful interviews with VCs that goes far beyond the typical “success stories” to highlight the human nature of the work, challenges and failures, and best practices in fostering personal and professional growth for the VC and the entrepreneurs they back.