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A podcast dedicated to demystifying Venture Capital. Nick Moran interviews the VC and Angel investor experts on how they find, evaluate and select the next generation of great technology startups.

The Full Ratchet: VC | Venture Capital | Angel Investors | Startup Investing | Fundraising | Crowdfunding | Pitch | Private E Nick Moran

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    • 4.9 • 225 Ratings

A podcast dedicated to demystifying Venture Capital. Nick Moran interviews the VC and Angel investor experts on how they find, evaluate and select the next generation of great technology startups.

    Investor Stories 216: Post Mortems (Guleri, Nauiokas, Chitnis, Perelmuter)

    Investor Stories 216: Post Mortems (Guleri, Nauiokas, Chitnis, Perelmuter)

    On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:
    Tim Guleri Amy Nauiokas Sach Chitnis Guy Perelmuter Each investor discusses a portfolio company that did not survive and why it was that they failed.
    Did you miss our guests full length episodes?

    For other great episodes, go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/27155166/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/TFR_Pod).

    • 11 min
    305. Identifying Stand-outs at Pre-Seed, Coaching High-Growth Leaders, and Leveling the Playing Field for Underrepresented Founders (Tony Wilkins)

    305. Identifying Stand-outs at Pre-Seed, Coaching High-Growth Leaders, and Leveling the Playing Field for Underrepresented Founders (Tony Wilkins)

    Tony Wilkins of Standing Oaks Venture Partners joins Nick to discuss Identifying Stand-outs at Pre-Seed, Coaching High-Growth Leaders, and Leveling the Playing Field for Underrepresented Founders. In this episode we cover:
    Are leaders born or made?
    How do you select for potentially great leaders at the very beginning of their business journey?
    How do you think about building a strong and healthy culture within a firm? 
    What's the most important thing for an angel investor to know when they start investing?
    What will it take to level the playing field for founders? 

    • 47 min
    Investor Stories 215: What's Next (Wiener, Larco, Pascucci)

    Investor Stories 215: What's Next (Wiener, Larco, Pascucci)

    Each investor discusses sectors, drivers and/or trends that may have significant impact in the future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.
    Did you miss our guests full length episodes?

    Ben Wiener Vanessa Larco Victor Pascucci Go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/27155166/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/TFR_Pod).

    • 6 min
    304. IT and Enterprise Tech Investing, The Realities and Myths of PLG, and The Past and Future of NYC Tech (Jonathan Lehr)

    304. IT and Enterprise Tech Investing, The Realities and Myths of PLG, and The Past and Future of NYC Tech (Jonathan Lehr)

    Jonathan Lehr of Work-Bench joins Nick to discuss IT and Enterprise Tech Investing, The Realities and Myths of PLG, and The Past and Future of NYC Tech. In this episode we cover:


    Walk us through your background and path to VC. Tell us a little more about the thesis at Work-Bench.  On your website, you mention you invest in "seed and seed II" startups. What is a seed II? What sort of myths are there around PLG companies? How do you advise startups to price their products? Mark Suster recently Tweeted…  "If you look at our industry, it's now awash with capital that requires every firm to get very focused on where its edge comes from. If you're not a bulge-bracket VC, choose your positioning wisely"(stage, sector, geography, founder access) … way too many firms are generic". What are your thoughts on the financing environment? You've been a part of the New York tech ecosystem for about a decade now. How has the tech scene evolved over the past 10 years or so?  There was a dogma for a while that enterprise startups had to be built in Silicon Valley. Why do you think this is a mistaken belief? Missed a recent episode? Go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
     
     

    • 37 min
    Investor Stories 214: Why I Passed (Basu Trivedi, Chuang, Woodard, Sun)

    Investor Stories 214: Why I Passed (Basu Trivedi, Chuang, Woodard, Sun)

    On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:
     
    Nikhil Basu Trivedi Alfred Chuang Monique Woodard Ben Sun Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.
    Did you miss our guests full length episodes?

    For other great episodes, go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/27155166/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/TFR_Pod).
     

    • 12 min
    303. Reflections From 10 Years at NextView, Dogma vs Discipline, the Importance of Effective Post Money, and Market Sizing Pitfalls (Rob Go)

    303. Reflections From 10 Years at NextView, Dogma vs Discipline, the Importance of Effective Post Money, and Market Sizing Pitfalls (Rob Go)

    Rob Go of NextView Ventures joins Nick to discuss Reflections From 10 Years at NextView, Dogma vs Discipline, the Importance of Effective Post Money, and Market Sizing Pitfalls. In this episode we cover:
    Is VC fundamentally changing under our feet?
    What are other biggest industry shifts that have changed the way you operate at Next View?
    Most LPs are focused on their fund managers' ownership percentage at entry. Explain what effective post-money at exit is and why that has become a north star from next view?
    Takeaway #3: There is a Goldilocks zone between too much dogma and lack of discipline. Can you give us an example or two of strategies that were difficult to let go of or move on from?
    Your favorite saying internally is “anything worth doing is worth doing fast”. Yet this is a pretty long cycle business and it takes time for a portfolio to mature and drive returns. What were the key learnings with regards to returns and metrics?
    How do you know if you're winning if the metrics are a bit of a red herring?  Are there any alternative metrics or signals you look for to quantitatively gauge performance?
    You cited the biggest observable misses for most VC's and it's related to market size -- what's been your observation here and where are investors missing?
    You suggest that founders and investors should make each other a bit uncomfortable. Why?
    Does this ever prevent you from winning deals?
    What's your opinion on competition after a decade of investing?
    How do you think about the competitive set of investors and how to maintain and edge in sourcing and winning the best deals?
    Do you have any advice for founders w/regards to fundraising?
    Missed a recent episode? Go to The Full Ratchet blog and catch up! Also, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

    • 43 min

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225 Ratings

225 Ratings

megan@podcastingyou ,

Incredible Content!

Nick does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Nick, host of the Full Ratchet podcast, highlights all aspects of tech startups and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Arlie K ,

Actionable Insights, Every Time!

The Full Ratchet is such an incredible resource! I appreciate the variety of episodes, the super practical takeaways, and Nick's sincere humility to give all this amazing knowledge to the listeners for free. Truly a must listen.

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