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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.

    The Rare Earths Threat with Nathan Picarsic

    The Rare Earths Threat with Nathan Picarsic

    Nathan Picarsic, co-founder of Horizon Advisory, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode of Solarpunk. Takeaways:

    - There are 17 rare earth metals that are of immense strategic importance. They are used in a vast array of everyday products like consumer electronics, medical devices, electric vehicles, and more.

    - China has a strong influence in this space. They have many mines but are even more dominant downstream — they control much of the processing of these metals and the manufacturing of products from them.

    - Nathan says there should be more awareness of the geopolitical risks associated with rare earth metals, there should be more investment in the space within the US, and the US should work with its partners and allies to help secure the supply chain.

    - China’s ambitions to control rare earth metals intersect with their Belt and Road initiative and their Made in China 2025 strategies.

    - Nathan says that the US needs policy changes to combat this threat, including changes to the tax code to incentivize investment, encouraging more domestic and allied materials in the supply chain, using the Defense Production Act, and monitoring market manipulation by China.

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    • 38 min
    Web 3 Series: The Transformative Power of Smart Contracts with Joel Monegro

    Web 3 Series: The Transformative Power of Smart Contracts with Joel Monegro

    Joel Monegro (@jmonegro), partner at Placeholder, joins Erik on this episode. Takeaways:

    - Every financial asset is a contract between two or more people. The world economy is basically a set of contracts on a ledger.

    - A smart contract is like an API, but on-chain, so it can’t be taken down. In many cases, not even the developers can retract a smart contract.

    - Value capture and value accrual are two different things — capture is where the value is stored and accrual is where it is going. This is something that is often misunderstood about the fat protocols thesis.

    - The best way to think about smart contract networks is as nations. They enforce contracts the way nations do and in Joel’s opinion the ones that are most sovereign are the ones that are most decentralized.

    - Over time functionality and performance will come to be similar between networks and it is trust and governance that will differentiate them.

    - Joel expects 4-6 very large smart contract networks to emerge.

    - The core of decentralized social will be NFTs. The recent NFT craze reminds Joel of the ICO boom of 2017. Many were useless but there were lots of protocols and communities that remained.

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    • 59 min
    Steve Blank on Rebuilding the Department of Defense

    Steve Blank on Rebuilding the Department of Defense

    Steve Blank (@sgblank), creator of Hacking For Defense and author of 4 Steps To The Epiphany, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode of Solarpunk. Takeaways:

    - The secret history of Silicon Valley is that it emerged from the government’s desire to develop advanced technology and weapons in universities during World War II.

    - Stanford became a powerhouse in microwaves and electronics post-WWII. People were encouraged to leave to start companies, which kickstarted Silicon Valley.

    - The Department of Defense needs a radical redesign. Steve says the US can’t even keep pace with innovation in North Korea, let alone China.

    - The DoD was designed for a different world. China currently operates like Silicon Valley and the DoD operates like GM.

    - The “game is fixed” against small startups trying to sell to the government.

    - Steve says things typically don’t change unless there’s a leadership change or a crisis, and that the US is lying to itself about China and how fast it is advancing.

    - Billionaires like Peter Thiel, Palmer Luckey, and Elon Musk have accomplished “miracles” building companies in the defense space in spite of how the system is designed.

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    • 52 min
    Antonio Garcia-Martinez on Why Ads are an Inevitable Part of Web 3

    Antonio Garcia-Martinez on Why Ads are an Inevitable Part of Web 3

    Antonio Garcia-Martinez (@antoniogm), author of The Pull Request, joins Erik Torenberg and Ian Cinnamon on this episode. Takeaways:

    - The first version of ads on the web, banner ads, looked like ads in the newspaper, because often the new version of media looks like the last version of media — that’s skeuomorphism.

    - Apple’s app tracking transparency is breaking the model for Facebook and Snap.

    - Antonio says there won’t be a media ecosystem in Web 3 without attribution.

    - The advent of balanced and nuanced journalism decades ago was a luxury born of ads.

    - We will likely live in a Web 2.5 world for a while where incumbents won’t lose their fiefdoms but there will be new experiences and new spaces to conquer.

    - Web 3 is both private and public — Visa doesn’t post all your transactions the way on-chain payments reveal them.

    - The average user trades privacy for other things and as the scale of Web 3 grows, privacy will likely become less of a focus.

    Antonio’s posts on ads and Web 3:

    Attribution rules the world (and it'll rule Web3 too)
    https://www.thepullrequest.com/p/attribution-rules-the-world-and-itll

    Everything is an ad network: How to pay for Web 3
    https://www.thepullrequest.com/p/everything-is-an-ad-network

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    • 35 min
    Web 3 Series: The Trillion Dollar Opportunity to Reshape Money with Avichal Garg

    Web 3 Series: The Trillion Dollar Opportunity to Reshape Money with Avichal Garg

    Avichal Garg (@avichal), founder of Electric Capital, joins Erik on this episode. Takeaways:

    - Downturns impact large companies much more than founders and early stage investors because the companies are so small relative to their total addressable market.

    - Managing your own psychology in a downturn is the most important skill for a founder in these times.

    - Crypto is like a platypus — it has properties of growth tech, a store of value, and commodities.

    - People in the US sometimes look at crypto and don’t see the use case but for those people around the world who are not on the US dollar, the use cases for crypto are clearer.

    - Crypto is an important technological breakthrough but more importantly is also a social science breakthrough: people are exchanging money for ones and zeros.

    - The transformation of money by crypto will start at the fringes rather than replacing conventional money all at once. It will start with young people, the wealthy, and the underserved.

    - An AI with a smart contract acting on chain managing a billion dollars in a non-jurisdctional way will be very disruptive.

    - In the future people will signal status in digitally, with NFTs rather than watches.

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

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    • 58 min
    Web3 Series: The Next Chapter for DAOs, Gaming, and Crypto Communities with Jeff Morris Jr.

    Web3 Series: The Next Chapter for DAOs, Gaming, and Crypto Communities with Jeff Morris Jr.

    Jeff Morris Jr. (@jmj), investor at Chapter One, joins Erik Torenberg and co-host Ian Cinnamon. Takeaways:

    - Jeff realized the power of subscriptions during his time at Tinder. He says that digital goods are an even better version of subscriptions.

    - Web3 is almost entirely missing mobile usability.

    - Crypto apps could add a reputation layer to existing Web2 use cases, like dating apps.

    - People are still using Web 2.0 community products to create communities for Web3.

    - Web3 games need to move away from speculation and towards building genuine player enjoyment.

    - Seed investors need to be creative but also mindful of what other people will invest in. It’s important to understand business models and what is sustainable.

    - Corrections help to reset the whole ecosystem.

    - It’s hard to unseat the dominant marketplace, whether in Web 2.0 or Web3.

    - Crypto is big enough that even if you aren’t a crypto investor, you should be spending some time in the space.

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

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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110 Ratings

110 Ratings

gunther jbo ,

Erik

Great podcast. Very thoughtful. Erik - you do a terrific job but PLEASE talk slower and make a deliberate effort to do so. It’s extremely difficult to listen to. Please talk slower and with clarity. Dumb people in Silicon Valley talk fast.

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!

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