Startup insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines as he sits down with the established veterans and up-and-comers who are shaping the way we view the world online and beyond. Topics include technology trends, startups, Silicon Valley politics, women in silicon valley and more. Learn the histories of each guest and be enlightened by their area of expertise. New episode released each Tuesday at Noon, Pacific Time.
Adrian Fenty: From Mayor of Washington DC to…Venture Capitalist
There are a few – very few –non-traditional paths into venture capital. Adrian Fenty may have one of the most unusual ones. Adrian was the Mayor of Washington D.C., winning that post at the age of 35 (making him Washington D.C.’s youngest mayor ever).
In this episode we discuss his path to becoming mayor of a major city and his refreshing style for governing in that office. But being mayor of a major US city was just the beginning.
Adrian became a special advisor to the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, where he had the chance to observe its founders in action.
Today, Adrian is a Managing Director of the venture firm he founded, MaC Venture Capital.
Michelle Tandler: An Entrepreneur’s “Growth Path”, and “What’s the Matter with San Francisco?”
Michelle Tandler is an entrepreneur – she founded “Growth Path”, a provider of audio courses for professional development. Her goal is to teach soft skills and management at scale. She previously worked at tech firms Thumbtack and Yammer, as well as the venture capital firm Trinity.
In this episode we discuss her entrepreneurial journey, in which she gives us a pretty candid look at the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur.
Michelle has also become a (fairly popular) voice of reason concerning the state of affairs in San Francisco. She regularly poses thoughtful questions about various policies while generally shedding light on the byzantine corners of San Francisco politics. Here, she shares her thoughts on a range of issues, providing thoughtful solutions, and frank explanations of various head-spinning policies.
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Max Chafkin on Peter Thiel: “The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power”
Max Chafkin is the author of “The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power”. Max is a technology reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek. “The Contrarian” isn’t just about Thiel. It’s about that, too, of course -- from PayPal to his Facebook investment to his failed hedge fund, etc. But it’s also about “Silicon Valley’s political coming-of-age”, as the New York Times describes it.
We discuss how Peter Thiel came to wealth, and the many controversies surrounding him. We also discuss the calculations that led him to back Donald Trump’s presidency, and ultimately take a role in Trump’s transition campaign.
Max Chafkin on Twitter
The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power
Howard Morgan: From RenTec to First Round Capital, and Beyond
Howard Morgan is one of those few – very few – people who have built multiple game-changing firms. He is co-founder of Renaissance Technologies (sometimes known as “RenTec”). While a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he divined the opportunity to apply emerging computer technologies to investing.
The resulting firm – Renaissance Technologies -- is one of the most famous, and successful, hedge funds. It pioneered systematic trading using quantitative models derived from mathematical models. It famously hires people who are incredibly smart – but don’t have previous investing experience.
While some might consider that enough of a career for one lifetime – Howard went on to co-found First Round Capital with Josh Koppelman. First Round is one of the most respected seed venture capital firms, with investments in firms like Notion, Roblox, Uber, and Square.
At last Howard is ready to retire….wait no. No, Howard is now the chairman of B Capital, the global investment firm founded by Eduardo Saverin.
In this episode we discuss how this remarkable journey unfolded, and what he sees for the future.
B Capital Partners https://www.bcapgroup.com/
Renaissance Technologies https://www.rentec.com
First Round Capital https://firstround.com/
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Jenny Lefcourt: Freestyle Capital Partner’s Path from Entrepreneur to VC
Jenny Lefcourt is a partner at Freestyle Capital, a seed stage venture firm overseeing $450 million in seed investments. Jenny dropped out of her Stanford MBA program – before that was cool -- to co-found online wedding registry startup WeddingChannel.com (with classmate, Jessica Herrin)
After The Knot acquired WeddingChannel.com, Jenny started another company – Bella Pictures – also subsequently acquired. Today she is a partner at Freestyle Capital, and was recently named one of Barron’s “100 Women Shaping the World of U.S. Finance”.
In this conversation we discuss her path through these entrepreneurial experiences to becoming a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist, and co-founder of All Raise. She shares what it’s like to join and then become partner of a venture firm that already has a couple high-profile partners; why she thinks entrepreneurs make great VCs, and the role of All Raise in Silicon Valley.
Freestyle Capital https://five.libsyn.com/episodes/add
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Joe Hudson: The Man Behind Silicon Valley’s Unicorn CEOs
I talk to a lot of founders and CEOs in Silicon Valley. They started telling me “you know, I couldn’t have done it without…” When I heard that multiple times, I just had to meet the guy they were talking about – Joe Hudson.
Turns out, Joe Hudson is a sought after executive coach and creator of The Art of Accomplishment, an online learning platform for personal development. And get this – he quit his job as a venture capitalist to become a coach.
Yep -- as a venture capitalist Joe found that the most rewarding aspect, and the part he was most successful at, was the mentorship and coaching of the leadership of his portfolio companies. This insight moved him to his present role as a coach, business consultant and teacher. He now coaches 12 CEOs and leaders in prominent companies and runs transformative programs for both individuals and businesses. He is says he is practicing a craft that makes big, lasting, and overwhelmingly positive impacts on the lives of people in his programs and in the companies he works with.
In this episode we discuss his journey, why he only coaches 12 people a year – and how you can participate (since you’re not one of those 12 people!) (Hint: Go to https://artofaccomplishment.com/connection/ and use code “VENTURED”)
The Art of Accomplishment. https://artofaccomplishment.com/
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