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This is Series Tea, a podcast where we find the greatest entrepreneurs and investors, and force them to have tea with us — live on air.

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This is Series Tea, a podcast where we find the greatest entrepreneurs and investors, and force them to have tea with us — live on air.

Brought to you by Mercury - banking for startups.

    Kevin Hartz: Explaining SPACs

    Kevin Hartz: Explaining SPACs

    This week we’re having tea with Kevin Hartz, co-founder and chairman of Eventbrite. He's an early investor in startups like PayPal, Airbnb, and Pinterest. Most recently, he founded A-*, a new special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) which raised $200 million to acquire A-One and take it public.

    In this episode, Kevin shares:
    0:55: What a SPAC is and why he chose to start one
    04:44: How he launched a SPAC in 60 days
    15:45: The revenue number at which startups should go public
    19:21: The difference between SPACs and direct listings
    28:23: How SPACs work in practice

    Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at seriestea@mercury.com.

    • 42 min
    Andrew Ofstad: Getting your product to market

    Andrew Ofstad: Getting your product to market

    This week we’re having tea with Andrew Ofstad, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Airtable. Andrew previously led the redesign of Google Maps and worked as a PM on Android.

    In this episode, Andrew shares:
    0:39: The timeline of getting Airtable to market
    9:10: Tradeoffs between going after a narrow use case and building a horizontal product
    17:05: How Airtable thought about pricing their pro account

    Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at seriestea@mercury.com.

    • 23 min
    Chris Lyons: Diversity on the cap table

    Chris Lyons: Diversity on the cap table

    This week we’re having tea with Chris Lyons who leads the Cultural Leadership Fund at Andreessen Horowitz. The goal of the CLF is to connect great cultural leaders to the best new technology companies and enable more African Americans to get into tech.

    Chris previously served as Chief of Staff at Andreessen Horowitz and worked with Jermaine Dupri as a music producer and engineer.

    In this episode, Chris shares:
    0:45: How Chris’ journey led him to A16Z and the CLF
    5:10: Why CLF is tackling diversity on the cap table
    14:07: What entrepreneurs can do to increase diversity in their own startups

    Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at seriestea@mercury.com.

    • 22 min
    Allison Barr Allen: Designing fintech

    Allison Barr Allen: Designing fintech

    This week we’re having tea with Allison Barr Allen. Allison is the COO and co-founder of Fast, a one-click login and check out startup. They recently raised a $20m Series A from Stripe and Index Ventures.

    Previously, she was Head of Product Operations for the Money team at Uber. She is also an angel investor with Trail Run Capital.

    In this episode, Allison shares:
    3:50: Why existing financial tools don’t serve customers well
    5:30: Where she sees opportunities in fintech and payments
    12:10: Why designing simple products is so challenging
    14:00: How Fast thinks about brand and content

    Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at seriestea@mercury.com.

    • 19 min
    Semil Shah: Raising a seed round in a recession

    Semil Shah: Raising a seed round in a recession

    This week we’re having tea with Semil Shah. Through his seed fund, Haystack, he's invested in 70+ startups including Instacart, DoorDash, and Opendoor. He's also a venture partner at Lightspeed.

    In this episode, Semil shares:
    - 2:48: What entrepreneurs need to know about portfolio construction
    - 10:08: Why public markets aren't matching the private investment sector
    - 19:30: How entrepreneurs can use valuation as a lever when fundraising
    - 22:28: Why he passed on investing in Clubhouse

    Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at seriestea@mercury.com.

    • 25 min
    Brianne Kimmel: The future of remote work

    Brianne Kimmel: The future of remote work

    This week we’re having tea with Brianne Kimmel, founder and managing partner of Work Life Ventures. She’s an investor in Webflow, Voiceflow, Tandem, and 20+ startups focused on the future of work. Business Insider recently named Brianne a top angel investor that every startup should know.

    In this episode, Brianne shares:
    3:25: Why productivity tools blur lines between consumer and enterprise
    6:12: Tools to help remote teams stay connected
    9:30: How companies can reimagine benefits for remote teams
    13:30: Advice for startups to extend runway and limit churn

    Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at seriestea@mercury.com.

    • 19 min

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