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The Art of VC is a podcast targeting an ambitious collection of young founders/VCs. I strive to deliver content that accelerates their understanding of the asset class.

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The Art of VC Conor Robbins

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The Art of VC is a podcast targeting an ambitious collection of young founders/VCs. I strive to deliver content that accelerates their understanding of the asset class.

Like/dislike something I'm doing? Let me know!

DM me on Twitter @ConorRobbins3
Email me via the "Contact" page on the website: theartof.vc

    Krisztina 'Z' Holly (Good Growth Capital)

    Krisztina 'Z' Holly (Good Growth Capital)

    Z Holly is a venture partner at Good Growth Capital where she invests in early stage complex science and technology startups. Z scouts, cultivates, and invests in innovative teams in the hard sciences—aerospace, advanced materials, energy, sustainability, optics, communications—plus medical devices and data science. The team at Good Growth is renowned for their deep operating experience, diverse and extensive network, and impact and founder-centered values.



    In addition to her current role at Good Growth, Z also worked with TED to conceive, launch and host the first ever TEDx event. She's also built innovation centers at both MIT and USC, served as advisor to the Obama Administration, and co-founded and grew award-winning computer telephony pioneer Stylus Innovation. 



    To learn about more of her experience or reach out, check out her Twitter, IG, or LinkedIn. 


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    Jordan Nof (Tusk Venture Partners) on his investment in Ro, leaving Blackstone to start Tusk, and paving the way for regulatory change

    Jordan Nof (Tusk Venture Partners) on his investment in Ro, leaving Blackstone to start Tusk, and paving the way for regulatory change

    Jordan Nof is the managing partner and co founder of Tusk Venture Partners.

    Tusk Venture Partners is a New York City-based venture capital firm that invests in early stage technology companies operating in highly regulated markets or creating new verticals where no regulatory framework currently exists. Our unique backgrounds allow us to understand regulatory risk better than any other fund and offer a platform that helps our portfolio companies execute against those risks like no other venture capital firm can.

    Founded in 2016, Tusk Venture Partners manages over $100 million from a global group of institutional investors and remains the first and only venture capital firm positioned at the nexus of technology, politics and regulation. Our portfolio includes some of the most transformative consumer technology companies across sectors that include fintech, transportation, and digital health.


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    • 40 min
    Jason Calacanis (LAUNCH, This Week in Startups, The All-In Podcast) on media and podcasting, comparing angel investing to poker, and education

    Jason Calacanis (LAUNCH, This Week in Startups, The All-In Podcast) on media and podcasting, comparing angel investing to poker, and education

    After lots of cold emailing, I'm thrilled to have JCal on this week's episode of the podcast. 



    We spend a significant amount of time talking about media/podcasting which I think is incredibly applicable for the following reason: digital appearance is important in today's market. I've learned a ton so far about different ways to stand out in a seemingly crowded space even though I'm just getting started. Hearing Jason talk about this truly accelerated my understanding in just an hour recording session. 



    Besides media we also spend some time chatting about how poker compares to angel investing, evaluating early stage founders, and the hot topic of education. See links below for more on Jason and his work:



    - JCal on Twitter

    - LAUNCH

    - This Week in Startups

    - The All-In Podcast

    - Other fun links via LinkTree


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    • 49 min
    Allie Esch (Dundee Venture Capital) on the Mighty Middle and the development of fintech in non-coastal markets

    Allie Esch (Dundee Venture Capital) on the Mighty Middle and the development of fintech in non-coastal markets

    Allie Esch (Dundee VC) joins me on today's episode. 

    We kick this one off by chatting about Allie's journey from intern to full time investor at the fund. Later we touch on a host of subtopics surrounding early stage investing within the middle of the country and why fintech is of high interest, specifically within this region. 

    - More on Allie
    - More on Dundee
    - Mighty Middle report
    - TeleVet
    - Zoro Card


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    • 29 min
    Jason Shuman (Primary Ventures) on investing in Latch, maniacal focus, and NYC seed trends

    Jason Shuman (Primary Ventures) on investing in Latch, maniacal focus, and NYC seed trends

    This week, a massive welcome and congratulations to Primary Ventures' newest partner, Jason Shuman. 



    Jason and I travel way back to kick things off, chatting about how driving for Uber and sourcing deals for NYC investors led to his first VC gig at Corigin Ventures (now Alpaca). We also take a look at where the NYC seed market is at and why deal size/valuations are on the rise. In the later half of this episode, Jason and I take a look at his investment in Latch. Another episode with close to perfect timing, as Latch went public just before our recording date. 



    Here's what we reference:

    - OnDeck

    - Primary Ventures

    - Alpaca Ventures

    - Primary's NYC Q4 Seed Report

    - Latch

    - Latch goes public via SPAC



    That's all. Enjoy, 

    CR


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    • 42 min
    Andrew Lee (Initialized) on investing in Routefusion and cross border payments

    Andrew Lee (Initialized) on investing in Routefusion and cross border payments

    Andrew Lee (partner at Initialized) joins me today on the show to chat about his investment in Routefusion, an API working to solve the inefficiencies within cross border payments. 



    For some context, Routefusion's API enables neo-banks, payroll providers, platforms, and marketplaces to begin offering cross-border payments to their customers in days. When you compare this to existing solutions, where the timeline ranges from 6-12 months, the difference is massive. 



    In addition to breaking down why the deal went down we also chat about things like Andrew's background and authenticity within the world of content. 



    For more on Andrew and Routefusion, check below!

    - Andrew's medium

    - Details on the Routefusion investment

    - Press



    That's all. Enjoy, 

    CR


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    • 48 min

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