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Playing with unicorns is a new weekly show on startups, entrepreneurship, and venture capital.

I cover everything I learned as an entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist during the last 22 years, focusing on everything I wished I knew when I first got started as a tech entrepreneur.

Playing With Unicorns Fabrice Grinda

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Playing with unicorns is a new weekly show on startups, entrepreneurship, and venture capital.

I cover everything I learned as an entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist during the last 22 years, focusing on everything I wished I knew when I first got started as a tech entrepreneur.

    #45 Ask Me Anything

    #45 Ask Me Anything

    I had not done an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session in over a year which led to many questions on a wide variety of topics: AI, augmented reality, crypto, macro and much more.
    Here are the key questions we covered:
    • 00:01:44 Artificial Intelligence: Where are we now? Where are we heading? What is the timeline? Why is FJ Labs a way contrarian on the AI trend?
    • 00:09:42 What's your perspective on augmented reality? Is the Apple Vision Pro a revolution? And what is the timing for that to filter into our day-to-day life?
    • 00:15:28 What was the fundamental inspiration for me to start OLX?
    • 00:20:45 Can you give us some context or details on Midas?
    • 00:23:15 Is there any way for a small retail investor to invest in early financing rounds for startups? If yes, how?
    • 00:24:44 At for pre-seed rounds, what should be the GMV to get your attention? Let's say a new marketplace. What GMV would be impressive in the first month, six months, and one year?
    • 00:25:39 What do I expect to see at the seed round?
    • 00:26:41 What’s the correct take rate?
    • 00:27:56 What are my current perspectives on the crypto market?
    • 00:34:43 Does FJ Labs have an activist approach when investing in startups? How are you supporting the founders?
    • 00:38:03 Is there going to be a fiat currency crisis where the dollar will be replaced? Will something like BTC become the reserve currency?
    • 00:41:18 Have you decided on your next adventure for outdoor travel that you'd like to tackle?
    • 00:43:11 I've heard that a startup should recoup their fully loaded Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) within 6 months based on the contribution margin and then triple that amount within 18 months. Could you confirm if these numbers are accurate?
    • 00:44:30 What should the first 3-6 months of a new startup look like? Talk to potential customers? Generate demand? Build a prototype? Validate hypotheses? Etc.
    • 00:46:33 Does FJ Labs have an anti-portfolio?
    • 00:50:28 Do you have any thoughts on the longevity industry? Do you think platforms like Hims or Ro will evolve in that direction, or will there be a new player?
    • 00:53:33 I’ve listed things that I heard you consider when rating a startup. (1.) Team (2.) Unit Economics, significant TAM (3.) Fair deal terms, reasonable valuation, (4.) is it beneficial to the world, aligning the general direction of global trends, offering new opportunities to those with fewer opportunities. Is there anything else?
    • 00:55:02 What build did I play at Elden Ring?
    • 00:56:00 Did you have any mentor in your angel investor career? If yes, who is it? And how does the person help you?
    • 00:58:49 Are you tempted to invest in AI?
    • 01:00:08 What’s the most overused buzzword that you can't stand?
    • 01:00:37 What valuation of a company is risky, yet a bit safe and worth the squeeze?
    • 01:01:27 Any particular places or people you prefer to keep up with your bio health updates?
    • 01:02:38 What is a surprisingly cheap and effective marketing channels?
    • 01:03:50 As an investor, doesn't make sense to look for opportunities other than AI even though AI is “hot” now?
    • 01:05:53 What are the most incredible business opportunities you have seen in preventative health lately?
    • 01:07:04 Can you name successful blockchain based marketplaces that work with goods other than NFTs?
    •01:11:39 Regarding Firgure.ai, when, in your opinion will we see humanoid robots in our daily lives? 3 years? 5 years? 20 years?
    •01:14:15 Do you think asteroid mining is an industry that will become feasible or profitable within our lifetime?
    • 01:16:08 We continue to see economic sentiment down, given the cost of money felt by consumers. Curious, given how you feel, especially the dire US consumers in Macroeconomic update where you see bright falls, bright spots in the landscape?
    • 01:19:35 Whom do you think had the most impact on your investing thesis?
    • 01:21:16 Is there something you'

    • 1 hr 50 min
    #44 Unlocking Productivity: Streamlining Your Days for Passion and Purpose

    #44 Unlocking Productivity: Streamlining Your Days for Passion and Purpose

    People often ask me how I manage to accomplish so much while leading such a rich, passionate life as illustrated by my 2023 year in review. In this episode I share all my secrets. I will cover everything from general productivity tips to how and what you can outsource in your professional and personal life.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #43 Julio Vasconcellos and the state of Latin American tech

    #43 Julio Vasconcellos and the state of Latin American tech

    I had the pleasure of receiving Julio Vasconcellos on the show. Julio is the Founder and Managing Partner of Atlantico, a leading early-stage venture fund in Latin America. It was Julio's role as the inaugural Facebook employee for Latin America that initiated his path in the startup world in the region after starting his career in Silicon Valley. He later co-founded Peixe Urbano, scaling it to over 1,200 employees and $100M+ in revenue. After a startup rollercoaster ride with multiple near-death experiences, Julio sold the company to Baidu, and went on to join Benchmark Capital as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. There, he met Scott Belsky and the two went on to co-found Prefer in San Francisco which Benchmark backed, as they had with Peixe Urbano.
    Alongside his entrepreneurial journey, Julio has been investing for over a decade. Starting as a seed investor, he co-founded Graph Ventures with fellow colleagues from Facebook and Stanford. Later, he helped co-found Canary (https://canary.com.br/), the leading seed-stage fund in Latin America. In 2020, Julio returned to Brazil to found Atlantico and focus on early-stage venture investing.
    We covered:
    His history and path into tech. His transition from entrepreneur to investor. Why he built Atlantico to focus on Series A investing in Latin America. The significant investment potential within Latin America today.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    #42 Kevin Ryan, Unicorn Builder

    #42 Kevin Ryan, Unicorn Builder

    I had the pleasure of being joined by my good friend Kevin Ryan. He’s often been called the “Godfather of NYC tech.” Kevin is one of the leading internet entrepreneurs and investors in New York. He is a co-founder of MongoDB, Business Insider, Gilt Groupe, Zola, and Nomad Health, and founds new companies with AlleyCorp every year. Earlier in his career, Kevin helped to grow DoubleClick first as President and then as CEO, leading their growth from a 20-person startup to a publicly traded global leader with over 1,500 employees, through IPO in 1998 and acquisition by Google in 2007.
    Kevin is also on the Board of Tech:NYC, Vice Chairman of The Partnership for New York City, a member of the CFR Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Director Emeritus for Human Rights Watch. Kevin previously served on the boards of the Yale Corporation and INSEAD.
    It's also worth mentioning Kevin is the one who convinced me to go to Antarctica with him.
    We covered:
    ·         His history and path into tech.
    ·         How he built so many successful companies with Alley Corp.
    ·         Lessons learned along the way.
    ·         His general life philosophy and perspective on Antarctica, Burning Man, psychedelics and much more.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 41: Ask Me Anything

    Episode 41: Ask Me Anything

    It had been over a year since we did the last Ask Me Anything (AMA) so the time had come. As requested by the audience, my son François joined us for the first part of the show. He was his usual epic self: calm, poised, and playing along cutely. His presence clearly played a part in the success of the episode which was one of the most watched ever across all the platforms and was by far the most interactive episode ever with 137 live comments in addition to dozens of questions submitted ahead of time!
    The audience’s questions fell into 5 categories: Antarctica, Marketplaces, Startups, Macro, and Other (life decisions, books, etc.) which I covered in turn.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    #40 Oskar Hartmann: Unicorn Accumulator

    #40 Oskar Hartmann: Unicorn Accumulator

    This week, I had the pleasure of chatting with my good friend Oskar Hartmann. He’s had the most incredible unicorn experience:
    He was part of 10% of all German unicorns Made a $300M mistake on Ozon Managed to make money on Fab.com despite it going from $1.5B in value to $0 in 6 months Why selling at the point of maximum secondary liquidity is probably a bad time to sell Much more!

    • 1 hr 12 min

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