203 episodes

Welcome to The Syndicate, the place where investors and startups combine to create crazy businesses and even crazier returns.



The Syndicate podcast is a deep dive on the angel investors and VCs behind the big name startups. We interview the best and brightest investors, syndicate leads, GPs, limited partners and startup founders to create an original, off the cuff discussion on startup investing.



With a focus on strategies and tactics, mistakes and massive money makers, we hope to help AngelList investors and venture capitalists create unfair advantages in their investment portfolios.



Recurring investment themes include Bitcoin & Ethereum, cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, B2B, AI & Automation, Robotics, Big Data, AdTech, Enterprise SaaS, Healthcare, IoT, Fintech, Biotech, Ecommerce and of course Mobile.



Other topics include lean startup, marketing strategies, growth hacking, business development, startup equity, fundraising, KPIs, incubators and accelerators, hiring, acquisitions, IPOs, ICOs and more.



To date we have had investors from around the globe, NYC, Boston, San Francisco ie SF, Silicon Valley, Berlin, London, Israel, Amsterdam, Singapore, China and more. A bit part of the podcast is exploring the startup ecosystems around the world and helping founders and angels better understand the pros and cons of each major tech hub.



And no tech startup podcast would be complete without continual references to the tech giants of today: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Microsoft. These internet era monsters come up time and time in mergers, acquisitions and overall competitive landscape.



Other great startup, tech and investing podcasts we recommend checking out include: ThisWeekInStartups with Jason Calacanis, the a16z podcast by Andressen Horowitz, The Pitch from Gimlet Media featuring Josh Muccio, the Twenty Minute VC with Harry Stebbings, ThisWeekInTech with Leo Laporte, The Tim Ferriss Show, Ventured by Kleiner Perkins, Nick Moran's Full Ratchet, YCombinator's Startup School, Ben Thompson's Exponent and Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman.



http://thesyndicate.vc



The Syndicate itself is a group of accredited angel investors that focus on early stage tech startups with exponential potential and talented entrepreneurs to raise the bar on pre-seed and seed stage investing.



We only work with the very best and align ourselves with the founders we invest in to push growth and provide tacticals strategies and intros whenever possible to help our portfolio companies shine.



http://thesyndicate.vc/join

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    • Business
    • 4.9, 80 Ratings

Welcome to The Syndicate, the place where investors and startups combine to create crazy businesses and even crazier returns.



The Syndicate podcast is a deep dive on the angel investors and VCs behind the big name startups. We interview the best and brightest investors, syndicate leads, GPs, limited partners and startup founders to create an original, off the cuff discussion on startup investing.



With a focus on strategies and tactics, mistakes and massive money makers, we hope to help AngelList investors and venture capitalists create unfair advantages in their investment portfolios.



Recurring investment themes include Bitcoin & Ethereum, cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, B2B, AI & Automation, Robotics, Big Data, AdTech, Enterprise SaaS, Healthcare, IoT, Fintech, Biotech, Ecommerce and of course Mobile.



Other topics include lean startup, marketing strategies, growth hacking, business development, startup equity, fundraising, KPIs, incubators and accelerators, hiring, acquisitions, IPOs, ICOs and more.



To date we have had investors from around the globe, NYC, Boston, San Francisco ie SF, Silicon Valley, Berlin, London, Israel, Amsterdam, Singapore, China and more. A bit part of the podcast is exploring the startup ecosystems around the world and helping founders and angels better understand the pros and cons of each major tech hub.



And no tech startup podcast would be complete without continual references to the tech giants of today: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Microsoft. These internet era monsters come up time and time in mergers, acquisitions and overall competitive landscape.



Other great startup, tech and investing podcasts we recommend checking out include: ThisWeekInStartups with Jason Calacanis, the a16z podcast by Andressen Horowitz, The Pitch from Gimlet Media featuring Josh Muccio, the Twenty Minute VC with Harry Stebbings, ThisWeekInTech with Leo Laporte, The Tim Ferriss Show, Ventured by Kleiner Perkins, Nick Moran's Full Ratchet, YCombinator's Startup School, Ben Thompson's Exponent and Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman.



http://thesyndicate.vc



The Syndicate itself is a group of accredited angel investors that focus on early stage tech startups with exponential potential and talented entrepreneurs to raise the bar on pre-seed and seed stage investing.



We only work with the very best and align ourselves with the founders we invest in to push growth and provide tacticals strategies and intros whenever possible to help our portfolio companies shine.



http://thesyndicate.vc/join

    The Divergence of AR and VR and Connectivity, Collaboration and Entertainment in a Post COVID World | Tony Parisi

    The Divergence of AR and VR and Connectivity, Collaboration and Entertainment in a Post COVID World | Tony Parisi

    Tony Parisi (@auradeluxe) is a virtual reality pioneer, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor. He co-created several, 3D graphics standards, is Head of AR/VR Ad Innovation at Unity Technologies, and author several O’Reilly Media books on virtual reality and WebGL.

    Today, Tony is has a leading spokesman for the immersive industry and was recently named one of Next Reality’s 30 People to Watch in Augmented Reality in 2019.

     

    Listen and Learn:



    * Where are we on the AR and VR adoption cycle

    * What the future of AR/VR holds and why they will diverge

    * How COVID-19 is pushing us towards an immersive future

    * The big differences between consumer and enterprise VR adoption

    * Why Facebook and Oculus are well-placed to dominate virtual reality

    * Which sci-fi inspirations are most realistic for augmented and virtual reality

    * What’s the future look like for the entertainment industry

    * Why Tony isn’t all that worried about any future tech

    * How tech life cycles are accelerating and what it all means

    * Why we have reached a tipping point in consumer VR adoption



     





    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    Tony Parisi (@auradeluxe) is a virtual reality pioneer, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor. He co-created several, 3D graphics standards, is Head of AR/VR Ad Innovation at Unity Technologies, and author several O’Reilly Media books on virtual reality and WebGL.

    Today, Tony is has a leading spokesman for the immersive industry and was recently named one of Next Reality’s 30 People to Watch in Augmented Reality in 2019.

     

    Listen and Learn:



    * Where are we on the AR and VR adoption cycle

    * What the future of AR/VR holds and why they will diverge

    * How COVID-19 is pushing us towards an immersive future

    * The big differences between consumer and enterprise VR adoption

    * Why Facebook and Oculus are well-placed to dominate virtual reality

    * Which sci-fi inspirations are most realistic for augmented and virtual reality

    * What’s the future look like for the entertainment industry

    * Why Tony isn’t all that worried about any future tech

    * How tech life cycles are accelerating and what it all means

    * Why we have reached a tipping point in consumer VR adoption



     





    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 38 min
    Leading Spain in Paris Accords and Pushing Climate Policy Today | Miguel Arias Cañete

    Leading Spain in Paris Accords and Pushing Climate Policy Today | Miguel Arias Cañete

    Miguel Arias Cañete was the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and led the EU negotiations of the Paris Agreement.

    He’s now involved with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation which has launched the Prize for Humanity, an annual €1m award for people or organizations from all over the world focused on mitigation of, and adaptation to climate change.

    Miguel has served the Spanish Government as both the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environment before being selected to head his Party List in the European Parliamentary elections.





     

    Listen and Learn:



    * The unique challenges that went into crafting the Paris Accord

    * What the US’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement means for climate policy

    * How hard it is to ensure collective action on big problems

    * China’s role in addressing the environment

    * Why Miguel thinks the US will rejoin the Paris Accords

    * How the EU is leading the effort on decarbonization

    * What to think about nuclear energy

    * The reason transportation is so hard to go green

    * What happens if we don’t reach climate goals

    * The problems of bureaucracy and why the EU is actually pretty efficient

    * Which agritech areas are most important to reduce global warming

    * How business can be used as a force for good

    * Are we headed for a future of mass migrations

    * Why democracy is a stronger governance system than centralized economies in the long run

    * How China’s policy on coal could crush climate goals



    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    Miguel Arias Cañete was the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and led the EU negotiations of the Paris Agreement.

    He’s now involved with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation which has launched the Prize for Humanity, an annual €1m award for people or organizations from all over the world focused on mitigation of, and adaptation to climate change.

    Miguel has served the Spanish Government as both the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environment before being selected to head his Party List in the European Parliamentary elections.





     

    Listen and Learn:



    * The unique challenges that went into crafting the Paris Accord

    * What the US’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement means for climate policy

    * How hard it is to ensure collective action on big problems

    * China’s role in addressing the environment

    * Why Miguel thinks the US will rejoin the Paris Accords

    * How the EU is leading the effort on decarbonization

    * What to think about nuclear energy

    * The reason transportation is so hard to go green

    * What happens if we don’t reach climate goals

    * The problems of bureaucracy and why the EU is actually pretty efficient

    * Which agritech areas are most important to reduce global warming

    * How business can be used as a force for good

    * Are we headed for a future of mass migrations

    • 47 min
    Blockchain, Building Recycled Plastic Homes and Redistributing Wealth | Morten Bove

    Blockchain, Building Recycled Plastic Homes and Redistributing Wealth | Morten Bove

    Morten Bove (@mbove) is the founder and CEO of Wohn Homes, a Danish startup revolutionizing modular, eco-friendly affordable housing designed with tokenized ownership for students. Morten also runs Block21, a blockchain-focused tech podcast on the future of decentralization.







    In today’s episode we discuss:







    * How recycled plastic can be used to make sustainable housing

    * Why inequality is the driving factor in almost all social unrest

    * What does the future of cities look like

    * Why Morten is big on blockchain and tokenization

    * What happens now that the ICO bubble burst, and where crypto is headed

    * The big difference between European and US startups

    * Why smaller countries make things simpler

    * How to build better triple-bottom-line businesses (here’s a free guide for founders)

    * How business can be used as a force for good

    * Why it’s so hard for startups to raise funding (ps. here’s a free pitch deck guide!)

    * The scary truth about surveillance and privacy

    * Why Trump pulling out of the Paris accord wasn’t all bad







    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    Morten Bove (@mbove) is the founder and CEO of Wohn Homes, a Danish startup revolutionizing modular, eco-friendly affordable housing designed with tokenized ownership for students. Morten also runs Block21, a blockchain-focused tech podcast on the future of decentralization.







    In today’s episode we discuss:







    * How recycled plastic can be used to make sustainable housing

    * Why inequality is the driving factor in almost all social unrest

    * What does the future of cities look like

    * Why Morten is big on blockchain and tokenization

    * What happens now that the ICO bubble burst, and where crypto is headed

    * The big difference between European and US startups

    * Why smaller countries make things simpler

    * How to build better triple-bottom-line businesses (here’s a free guide for founders)

    * How business can be used as a force for good

    * Why it’s so hard for startups to raise funding (ps. here’s a free pitch deck guide!)

    * The scary truth about surveillance and privacy

    * Why Trump pulling out of the Paris accord wasn’t all bad







    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 47 min
    Eco-Friendly B Corps, Dropping Disposables and Building a More Equitable World for All | Carinne Chambers-Saini

    Eco-Friendly B Corps, Dropping Disposables and Building a More Equitable World for All | Carinne Chambers-Saini

    Carinne Chambers-Saini is the founder and CEO of DivaCup, an eco-tech startup focused on making feminine health more sustainable. She’s been awarded the EY Entrepreneur of The Year for Sustainable Products and Services, been recognized as one of Canada’s 40 under 40, and her company, Diva has ranked 138 on the 2018 GROWTH 500 list and 103 on the 2017 PROFIT 500 list, along with being recognized as one of Waterloo’s Top Employers for 2019.





    Listen and Learn:





    * How to design more eco-friendly products and businesses

    * Why packaged goods and disposables are ruining our world

    * Advantages of self-funding startups

    * Why funding’s harder for female founders

    * Ways Carinne would improve the education system

    * The benefits of building a certified B Corp

    * Why businesses need to be the ones to drive a better world

    * How to build better triple-bottom-line businesses (here’s a free guide for founders)

    * The reason Carinne’s more-than-worried about screen time for her kids

    * Why social media is such a powerful force for good, and bad

    * How DivaCup is addressing inequality in a big way

    * What does the future of jobs look like

    * Why focus trumps everything for founders and success



    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    Carinne Chambers-Saini is the founder and CEO of DivaCup, an eco-tech startup focused on making feminine health more sustainable. She’s been awarded the EY Entrepreneur of The Year for Sustainable Products and Services, been recognized as one of Canada’s 40 under 40, and her company, Diva has ranked 138 on the 2018 GROWTH 500 list and 103 on the 2017 PROFIT 500 list, along with being recognized as one of Waterloo’s Top Employers for 2019.





    Listen and Learn:





    * How to design more eco-friendly products and businesses

    * Why packaged goods and disposables are ruining our world

    * Advantages of self-funding startups

    * Why funding’s harder for female founders

    * Ways Carinne would improve the education system

    * The benefits of building a certified B Corp

    * Why businesses need to be the ones to drive a better world

    * How to build better triple-bottom-line businesses (here’s a free guide for founders)

    * The reason Carinne’s more-than-worried about screen time for her kids

    * Why social media is such a powerful force for good, and bad

    * How DivaCup is addressing inequality in a big way

    * What does the future of jobs look like

    * Why focus trumps everything for founders and success



    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 50 min
    Solving the Climate Crisis by Fixing the Politics of Kyoto Protocol and Paris Accords | Gerald Kutney

    Solving the Climate Crisis by Fixing the Politics of Kyoto Protocol and Paris Accords | Gerald Kutney

    Gerald Kutney (@geraldkutney) is a climate scientist, professor, journalist/speaker, author and founder/consultant of 6esm, a C-level consulting firm focused on the bio-economy, renewable energy and the politics of the Kyoto Protocol and others like it.

    Gerald’s a frequent contributor to the HuffingtonPost, Canada’s National Observer and is the author of the peer-reviewed: Carbon Politics and the Failure of the Kyoto Protocol – in search for an answer to the failure of the international community to act on climate change.





    Listen and Learn:



    * The main reasons the Kyoto Protocol failed

    * What caused the climate denier movement and how to stop it

    * How a carbon tax credit system is working well in Canada

    * What propaganda is doing to political discourse

    * How everyone can do their part to fighting climate change

    * Did social media break democracy

    * Unique ideas to change public perception of climate science

    * How bad is the state of fake news and propaganda

    * Why we still haven’t solved the collective action problem

    * The importance of arguing against false beliefs

    * Gerald’s thoughts on authoritarianism and inaction

    * How tax breaks could incentivize innovation and investment in green tech

    * The scary truth about geoengineering

    * Why corporate campaign contributions are one of the biggest issues in America







    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    Gerald Kutney (@geraldkutney) is a climate scientist, professor, journalist/speaker, author and founder/consultant of 6esm, a C-level consulting firm focused on the bio-economy, renewable energy and the politics of the Kyoto Protocol and others like it.

    Gerald’s a frequent contributor to the HuffingtonPost, Canada’s National Observer and is the author of the peer-reviewed: Carbon Politics and the Failure of the Kyoto Protocol – in search for an answer to the failure of the international community to act on climate change.





    Listen and Learn:



    * The main reasons the Kyoto Protocol failed

    * What caused the climate denier movement and how to stop it

    * How a carbon tax credit system is working well in Canada

    * What propaganda is doing to political discourse

    * How everyone can do their part to fighting climate change

    * Did social media break democracy

    * Unique ideas to change public perception of climate science

    * How bad is the state of fake news and propaganda

    * Why we still haven’t solved the collective action problem

    * The importance of arguing against false beliefs

    * Gerald’s thoughts on authoritarianism and inaction

    * How tax breaks could incentivize innovation and investment in green tech

    * The scary truth about geoengineering

    * Why corporate campaign contributions are one of the biggest issues in America







    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 50 min
    Venture Bubbles, the Trade War and Tech Investing in the 2020s | Chip Meakem

    Venture Bubbles, the Trade War and Tech Investing in the 2020s | Chip Meakem

    Chip Meakem is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Tribeca Venture Partners. Prior to co-founding Tribeca, Chip worked at both Kodiak Venture Partners and DFJ Gotham. Previous notable acquired investments include Appnexus, Ingenio and Q-Link.





    Listen and Learn:





    * How quantum computing will change the world forever

    * What areas Chip sees as the biggest opportunities to invest in

    * Why companies like Uber and DoorDash are such powerful democratizing forces

    * What is the future of the ad economy

    * Are you in a VC bubble, and what happens next

    * Thoughts on triple bottom businesses and social entrepreneurship

    * Why education inequality is the scariest thing about the US

    * Which tech companies Chip would bet big on

    * Thoughts on the trade war and its impact on startups and tech

    * The unintended consequences of government regulation

    * How technology can transform education for the better

    * Why Chip isn’t a fan of encryption and believes platforms should police themselves

    * How business can be used as a force for good

    * Why Amazon may end up owning healthcare

    * Why cybersecurity is such a big deal



    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    Chip Meakem is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Tribeca Venture Partners. Prior to co-founding Tribeca, Chip worked at both Kodiak Venture Partners and DFJ Gotham. Previous notable acquired investments include Appnexus, Ingenio and Q-Link.





    Listen and Learn:





    * How quantum computing will change the world forever

    * What areas Chip sees as the biggest opportunities to invest in

    * Why companies like Uber and DoorDash are such powerful democratizing forces

    * What is the future of the ad economy

    * Are you in a VC bubble, and what happens next

    * Thoughts on triple bottom businesses and social entrepreneurship

    * Why education inequality is the scariest thing about the US

    * Which tech companies Chip would bet big on

    * Thoughts on the trade war and its impact on startups and tech

    * The unintended consequences of government regulation

    * How technology can transform education for the better

    * Why Chip isn’t a fan of encryption and believes platforms should police themselves

    * How business can be used as a force for good

    * Why Amazon may end up owning healthcare

    * Why cybersecurity is such a big deal



    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as a technology innovator and investor, or just getting started on your journey as an entrepreneur - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Matt does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a high-leverage life that you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

Lara'sReviews ,

Informative podcast

The podcast has great interviews, provides a thorough but easy to digest overview of tech trends and what’s happening in venture/angel investment. If you are into this space, I would highly recommend!

GTG2013 ,

Great Podcast!

Known Matt for awhile now and he's always had great insight on starting and growing businesses. This podcast is a must listen for anyone who is interested in Venture Capital or starting a new Tech Startup. I have definitely enjoyed hearing his perspective and learning more about entrepreneurship in the tech industry.

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