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Village Global's Venture Stories takes you inside the world of venture capital and technology, featuring enlightening interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry leaders. The podcast is hosted by Village Global partner and co-founder Erik Torenberg. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc/podcast for more.

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Village Global's Venture Stories takes you inside the world of venture capital and technology, featuring enlightening interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry leaders. The podcast is hosted by Village Global partner and co-founder Erik Torenberg. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc/podcast for more.

    SBIRs, PORs, and Lobbyists with Peter Newell

    SBIRs, PORs, and Lobbyists with Peter Newell

    Peter Newell (@PeterANewell), CEO of BMNT, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode of Solarpunk. Takeaways:

    - Peter was “handed the Ferrari of skunkworks” when he came to be in charge of the Rapid Equipping Force. It was a program that handled over a billion dollars to deploy new technologies.

    - He became more of an entrepreneur after his time at the REF and that led to starting BMNT.

    - Often times procurement in the US military is HQ-centric and product-centric and does not take into account the needs of the people on the ground.

    - The acquisition system that was built in the 1950s in the US presumes that the military can perfectly understand the problem and build a perfect solution for it. However, this takes much too long to deploy and isn’t suited for modern times.

    - A founder can’t go all-in on selling to government — they have to be able to build for both government and commercial.

    - Often times companies will receive indefinite delivery contracts where it is unclear how much money they will actually receive. You might land a budget with SOCOM but it’s hard to actually get the dollars out of Congress.

    - Hiring a lobbyist to educate you on the processes and people within the US government is a good idea but hiring a lobbyist to do business development for you is often not the right approach.

    - It’s best to invest in building networks in VC and at DoD before hiring consultants.

    - Not having enough people to do the advanced manufacturing that the US needs keeps Peter up at night.

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    • 43 min
    Web3 Series: JD Ross and 3LAU on How Royal is Transforming The Artist-Fan Relationship

    Web3 Series: JD Ross and 3LAU on How Royal is Transforming The Artist-Fan Relationship

    JD Ross (@justindross) and Justin Blau (@3LAU), co-founders of Royal, join Erik Torenberg and co-host Ian Cinnamon for this episode of our web3 series. Takeaways:

    - Royal stems from their vision to invest in talent early on.

    - Streaming increased by 60-70x in about 5 years from 2015 on.

    - The barrier to entry for artists is much lower — they no longer need a studio, they just need a laptop.

    - Royal is trying to enable the fan-artist relationship to be more of a partnership.

    - When fans own a part of an artist’s song, they are tied for life.

    - Justin has sold a ton of tickets in his career but he has zero idea of who those fans are and doesn’t have the ability to contact them. The data layer built into Royal helps artists connect with their fans.

    - In the future, music labels will become much more competitive for artists than they have been in the past.

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    • 48 min
    Erik Torenberg on How Startups Can Help Save The World

    Erik Torenberg on How Startups Can Help Save The World

    Erik Torenberg (@eriktorenberg), co-founder and general partner at Village Global and co-founder and co-CEO of On Deck join Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode of Solarpunk. Takeaways:

    - Startups are the most effective organizations for solving our biggest problems.

    - Startups disproportionately contribute to economic growth.

    - Governments and startups need to work together, not against each other.

    - China has the GDP per capita of Mexico but they have power because of how big their population is.

    - Increasing population should be an aim of the US government.

    - Humans are a naturally technological species and the only way out of our current problems is through technology, not without it.

    - People in Silicon Valley need to invest in storytelling and capturing hearts and minds. They have a new appreciation for how important politics is.

    - Ideas from Silicon Valley are being exported around the world —among them are giving without asking for anything in return, alignment via equity, and decoupling where you live from where you work.

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    • 46 min
    Web3 Series: The State of Crypto in 2022 with Tushar Jain

    Web3 Series: The State of Crypto in 2022 with Tushar Jain

    Tushar Jain (@TusharJain_), co-founder and managing partner of Multicoin Capital, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - The history of crypto over the last several years and the various moments that different technologies like Bitcoin, NFTs, tokens, and others have had.

    - What the world looks like if the predictions for crypto’s impact comes true.

    - Why Tushar thinks that Ethereum has gone past the point of diminishing returns to decentralization.

    - Why it’s so hard to predict which chains will win.

    - How crypto can help coordinate millions of people to accomplish big projects.

    - What we’ve learned about stablecoins in the last few years.

    - Why this is a “golden era of investing in crypto” and why we’re at a place that is equivalent to mobile in 2012.

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    • 56 min
    The Future Industrial Network with Hondo Geurts

    The Future Industrial Network with Hondo Geurts

    James “Hondo” Geurts, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode. Takeaways:

    - What kept Hondo up at night was that there was a good idea out there that wasn’t passed on to him and thus wasn’t used on the battlefield.

    - A society can’t be secure without prosperity and can’t have prosperity without security.

    - The challenge for startups working with government is that the public is a fickle venture capitalist. They don’t like to fund things that don’t go anywhere.

    - It tends to be small and large companies (but mostly large) supplying the Department of Defense. The “middle has been lost.”

    - The DoD overvalues standardization.

    - Often in government, the user of the product is not the same as the buyer. Commonly startups make a mistake by not having buyer fit even if there is user fit for a product.

    - Government values past performance to a fault.

    - The United States, both via government and private enterprise, needs to build the industrial network of the future.

    - Commercial technology companies will be on the front lines of the next conflict and need to adapt features to make them resilient.

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

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    • 47 min
    Web3 Series: Haseeb Qureshi on Navigating The Bear Market and The Next Chapter for Crypto

    Web3 Series: Haseeb Qureshi on Navigating The Bear Market and The Next Chapter for Crypto

    Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb), managing partner at Dragonfly Capital, joins Erik for an episode of our Web3 series. Takeaways:

    - This bear market is driven by macro factors rather than endogenous ones.

    - It turns out crypto is in fact correlated with other assets, largely because in 2020 institutions started buying crypto.

    - Projects searching for yield in a yield-starved environment drove growth in crypto. That may change with rising interest rates.

    - Adoption will drive the next chapter of crypto. Gaming and NFTs will lead the way.

    - Sometimes boring, stable governance is best. ETH has that today. It’s like Manhattan — it’s old and kind of pricey, but it’s the most important place that things are happening today.

    - Governments could ban Bitcoin, but they haven’t, likely because it’s not actually all that threatening to them.

    - Blockchains are like cities. They each have their own unique and vibrant cultures.

    - More decentralization is not always better in practice.

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

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

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

SO***q ,

The best walk companion and source of inspiration

I love Village Stories as not only do they bring great speakers but they are excellent interviewers who bring out the most interesting elements of every topic. I find that the episodes are structured in a way that anyone who is not an expert in a topic finds value in understanding the theme’s key insights. And they are super fun to listen to on my daily walks!

LisaIsHereForIt ,

Phenomenal guests and topics 🌟

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!

megan@podcastingyou ,

Incredible Content

Erik 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!

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