206 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.



https://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.



https://thesyndicate.vc/join

The Syndicate Matt Ward

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 81 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.



https://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.



https://thesyndicate.vc/join

    Objectivity is a Fictitious Thing We Like to Pretend Exists | Charles Arthur

    Objectivity is a Fictitious Thing We Like to Pretend Exists | Charles Arthur

    Charles Arthur (@CharlesArthur) is a former technology editor of the Guardian and the author of Cyber Wars: Hacks That Shocked the Business World covering some of the world’s biggest cyber attacks. He also played a large role in the UK’s Free Our Data campaign to persuade the government to make non-personal government data available for free reuse.







    In today’s episode we discuss:







    * Thoughts on data-powered totalitarianism

    * A deeper dive into social media’s ability to influence us, and democracy

    * How data privacy and surveillance have changed in the last ten years

    * Why open-sourcing government data is a good thing

    * How mission-driven journalism both helps and hurts the world

    * A bold proposal to improve democratic outcomes

    * How to avoid heading towards 1984

    * Just how bad is the surveillance economy today

    * Which of the tech giants Charles is most worried about and why

    * Charles thoughts on COVID contact tracing







    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.Charles Arthur (@CharlesArthur) is a former technology editor of the Guardian and the author of Cyber Wars: Hacks That Shocked the Business World covering some of the world’s biggest cyber attacks. He also played a large role in the UK’s Free Our Data campaign to persuade the government to make non-personal government data available for free reuse.







    In today’s episode we discuss:







    * Thoughts on data-powered totalitarianism

    * A deeper dive into social media’s ability to influence us, and democracy

    * How data privacy and surveillance have changed in the last ten years

    * Why open-sourcing government data is a good thing

    * How mission-driven journalism both helps and hurts the world

    * A bold proposal to improve democratic outcomes

    * How to avoid heading towards 1984

    * Just how bad is the surveillance economy today

    * Which of the tech giants Charles is most worried about and why

    * Charles thoughts on COVID contact tracing







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

    • 50 min
    Investing in Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics for a Better Mental Health Future | Charlie Hartwell

    Investing in Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics for a Better Mental Health Future | Charlie Hartwell

    Charlie Hartwell (@ShiftIt_Inst) is an Operating Partner at the Bridge Builders Collaborative, a consumer health tech investment group that invested early in Pear Therapeutics, Insight Timer and Headspace, in addition to being a “Change Agent” focused on igniting consciousness, mindfulness, and creating a more connected human world.







    In today’s episode we discuss:











    * Where are headed with consumer health tech and consciousness

    * Why Charlie’s afraid our collective ability to live together

    * How mindfulness and meditation can help us get through this COVID crisis

    * The role of psychedelics in shifting mental health

    * Why meditation may just be the next best medic

    * Which alternative health practices hold the most promise for the future of healthcare

    * What Charlie thinks we should do for a more mentally-sound world

    * Why we’re treating patients and health all wrong

    * How investment dollars drive innovation

    * Why the psychedelic movement of today is much more than a fad

    * What’s the future of wearable tech











    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.Charlie Hartwell (@ShiftIt_Inst) is an Operating Partner at the Bridge Builders Collaborative, a consumer health tech investment group that invested early in Pear Therapeutics, Insight Timer and Headspace, in addition to being a “Change Agent” focused on igniting consciousness, mindfulness, and creating a more connected human world.







    In today’s episode we discuss:











    * Where are headed with consumer health tech and consciousness

    * Why Charlie’s afraid our collective ability to live together

    * How mindfulness and meditation can help us get through this COVID crisis

    * The role of psychedelics in shifting mental health

    * Why meditation may just be the next best medic

    * Which alternative health practices hold the most promise for the future of healthcare

    * What Charlie thinks we should do for a more mentally-sound world

    * Why we’re treating patients and health all wrong

    * How investment dollars drive innovation

    * Why the psychedelic movement of today is much more than a fad

    * What’s the future of wearable tech











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

    • 40 min
    REPLAY: Cory Doctorow – Political Fallout of COVID-19, Possible Economic and Healthcare Changes, and Why It’s Time for a New Deal to Overcome Late-Stage Capitalism

    REPLAY: Cory Doctorow – Political Fallout of COVID-19, Possible Economic and Healthcare Changes, and Why It’s Time for a New Deal to Overcome Late-Stage Capitalism

    Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) is the best selling science fiction author, blogger, and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing), a contributor to many magazines, websites, and newspapers and a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards, and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also an MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Head of Zeus (UK), Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK). He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. Several of his award-winning novels include:



    * Little Brother

    * Homeland

    * Pirate Cinema



    Cory also co-founded the open-source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola and serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the Clarion Foundation, the Open Technology Fund and the Metabrainz Foundation.



    Listen and Learn:



    * Possible geopolitical consequence of the COVID-19 epidemic

    * New ways to consider the role of economics and market forces post Corona

    * Why Cory thinks much of Europe will push further left after the world normalizes

    * The reason Cory isn’t worried about a post-COVID new Patriot Act

    * Why today feels a lot like post-WWII oligarchy capitalism

    * The five new horsemen of the battle for individual privacy

    * How to avoid self-destructive late-stage capitalism

    * Why Coronavirus death and fallout may swing the future of US politics

    * Why the US is WAY more socialized than citizens think

    * How we could fund a successful Green New Deal

    * What were the true impacts of Edward Snowden

    * Are we headed toward a constant location-based tracking and surveillance

    * What worries Cory most about today’s epidemic climate



    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) is the best selling science fiction author, blogger, and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing), a contributor to many magazines, websites, and newspapers and a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards, and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also an MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Head of Zeus (UK), Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK). He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. Several of his award-winning novels include:



    * Little Brother

    • 51 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Matt, host of the Syndicate podcast, highlights all aspects of investing 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!

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!

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