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The Village Global podcast takes you inside the world of venture capital and technology, featuring enlightening interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry leaders. Learn more at www.villageglobal.vc.

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The Village Global podcast takes you inside the world of venture capital and technology, featuring enlightening interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry leaders. Learn more at www.villageglobal.vc.

    Building Hardware Companies and Choosing Co-Founders with Michael Hochberg

    Building Hardware Companies and Choosing Co-Founders with Michael Hochberg

    Michael Hochberg (https://www.linkedin.com/in/hochberg/) is a physicist and a founder of four successful startup companies in semiconductors and telecommunications, including Luxtera, acquired by Cisco in 2019, and Elenion, acquired by Nokia in 2020. He won the highest awards for young scientists in Singapore (NRF Fellowship) and the United States (PECASE), is an author on over 60 patents, and has been involved in the creation of over 30 companies in biotech and applications of silicon photonics.

    Highlights:

    - In college Michael would tie together clusters of Dell machines to replicate the performance of supercomputers.

    - The core of building a successful company in Michael’s view is hiring the best people. The best can solve really hard problems but hiring mediocre people results in even trivial problems being unsolvable.

    - Silicon photonics chips are replacing things that could previously only be done in silicon. Data centres and telecom systems are now dominated by silicon photonics.

    - There’s a fundamental difference between co-founders and early employees but that line can often be blurred, often at the peril of the founding team.

    - Michael says that founders don’t do enough diligence on their co-founders. Companies often last longer than most marriages so it’s important to throughly reference check your co-founders, ask specific and tactical open-ended questions of them, and see them deliver tangible results before you start a company together.

    - It’s important to be aligned on what success means to you and your co-founders. Two people may have very different definitions of what “a lot of money” means — that could be enough money to buy a house for one person and $100M for another.

    Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.

    • 57 min
    Secondaries with Matt Pellini of Hamilton Lane

    Secondaries with Matt Pellini of Hamilton Lane

    Matt Pellini, Managing Director at Hamilton Lane, joins Olga Serhiyevich on this episode. Highlights:

    - Matt says the secondaries market has grown over 5x from 15 years ago to now.

    - Selling in the secondary market used to be a sign of distress but is no longer. There are many different reasons for doing so and it’s mostly a sign of a manager being more active in the overall management of the fund.

    - Secondaries, in contrast to other asset classes in the private markets, are typically lower risk, shorter duration, and are more IRR-focused.

    - It’s key for LPs to understand the motivations behind a GP’s intentions to engage in secondaries transactions. There are very good reasons for doing so but transparency is key.

    - AI is in vogue but technology is only as good as the data that it’s using. The most sophisticated data analysis is not going to give a firm much of an edge if it's using incorrect data or publicly available data.

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    Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.

    • 40 min
    Lessons Learned From Running CalSTRS with Chris Ailman

    Lessons Learned From Running CalSTRS with Chris Ailman

    Christopher Ailman (@CJAtheCIO), Chief Investment Officer at CalSTRS, joins Olga Serhiyevich on this episode. Highlights:

    - CalSTRS, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, was created in 1913 and is actually older than Social Security. It has over 400 members who are over 100 years old who are still receiving their pension.

    - Chris says no bear market is alike and that the key is to have the discipline during that time period to actually start buying.

    - Chris says the key to success as an investor is in being intentional about the culture you create. When Chris is evaluating a portfolio manager he likes to and sit on the floor with the employees and see what the vibe is like.

    - A lot of investors take a lot of econ and business classes but should take more psychology classes to deal with the human side of things (vs. the numbers side). He says that selecting portfolio managers is much more difficult than picking stocks.

    - Chris says that the energy transition will dwarf all trends over the next fifteen years. He says that by 2035 parts of the earth will start to become uninhabitable and there will be mass migrations to other areas.

    Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform.

    Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.

    • 52 min
    Encore: Mark Pincus on Product Management, Raising Capital, and Building Zynga

    Encore: Mark Pincus on Product Management, Raising Capital, and Building Zynga

    This encore episode is a recording of a special event where Mark Pincus (@markpinc) was interviewed by Ben Casnocha in San Francisco in front of a live audience of portfolio founders, friends of the firm, and LPs.

    Mark is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Zynga, and is an angel investor in Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and other companies. He talked about about raising venture capital, his philosophy of product management, the early days at Zynga, and much more. He also took time at the event to meet with Village Global founders to give them his advice on growing their companies.

    Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform.

    Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Encore: Bill Gates on Advice For Founders, Mistakes, and Philanthropy

    Encore: Bill Gates on Advice For Founders, Mistakes, and Philanthropy

    This encore episode is a recording of a special event where Bill Gates was interviewed in San Francisco by Julia Hartz, co-founder of Eventbrite. It originally took place in 2018 in front of a live audience of Village Global founders and friends of the firm. We are honored to count Bill Gates among our luminary LPs whose financial capital and engagement power the next wave of Village Global founders.

    They covered:

    - Gates’s entrepreneurial journey starting Microsoft, including the most important turning points in the early years of the company.

    - His thinking on work-life balance for founders and what he would do differently if he was starting again.

    - What he’s learned from the next generation of founders.

    - His perspective on the current tech landscape.

    - His views on philanthropy, global development, education, and much more.

    Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform.

    Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.

    • 59 min
    Encore: Jerry Yang on Yahoo!, Early-Stage Investing, and China

    Encore: Jerry Yang on Yahoo!, Early-Stage Investing, and China

    Jerry originally joined us on the podcast in 2019. He is co-founder of Yahoo! and founding partner of AME Cloud Ventures. He was interviewed in front of a live audience in San Francisco by Village Global co-founder and partner, Ben Casnocha.

    Jerry told stories from the early days of Yahoo! and explained his lessons learned from the experience. He also talked about what American entrepreneurs can learn from China and his thoughts on early stage investing.

    Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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113 Ratings

113 Ratings

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Venture Stories has quickly become a must-listen in my feed! I'm consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas. I truly learn something every time I listen!

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