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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.

    Scott Belsky’s Angel Investing Lessons and Requests For Startups

    Scott Belsky’s Angel Investing Lessons and Requests For Startups

    Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky), angel investor and Chief Product Officer at Adobe, joined Erik for an On Deck Angels event to discuss:

    - How he came to make his first investments in Uber and Pinterest.

    - How his thinking on investing has evolved and the principles he’s picked up over time.

    - Why being an operator-investor is the greatest opportunity in the space today, and why founders are drawn to operator angels.

    - Why he gravitates to the pre-momentum stage — Scott says he likes to focus on the potential of a team rather than the present.

    - His requests for startups, including for a social network based on receipts, a newsfeed that lets you follow a story, and a way to give developers more credit for their work across the web, and more.

    - He also talks about which areas he's bearish on, including productivity tools and video for work.

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    • 47 min
    How To Grow as a Product Manager with Andrew Yu

    How To Grow as a Product Manager with Andrew Yu

    Andrew Yu (@andrewcyu), who is running the On Deck Product Management program, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - His non-traditional route to becoming a product manager. (Fun fact: He recently worked on the Biden campaign and inauguration).

    - What the ODPM program will look like, including the “intentional networking” they have planned.

    - What “productizing yourself” as a product manager looks like.

    - How the field has evolved over time.

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    • 17 min
    The Future of the Creator Economy, Social Media, and Internet Culture with Rex Woodbury

    The Future of the Creator Economy, Social Media, and Internet Culture with Rex Woodbury

    Rex Woodbury (@rex_woodbury) of Index Ventures joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - Where he’s looking to invest in the creator economy.

    - Why authenticity and vulnerability are replacing performative and status-driven social media.

    - The shift away from an ad-based model on the web.

    - Why we won’t see mega-celebrities like Oprah ever again.

    - What the financialization of culture means and how NFTs and staking fits into it.

    - His learnings as a student of meme culture.

    - The future of work and education as work gets disaggregated.

    - Why gaming is underrated.

    - His requests for startups.

    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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    • 48 min
    Risk, Confidence, and Seriousness: Katherine Boyle’s Advice For Founders

    Risk, Confidence, and Seriousness: Katherine Boyle’s Advice For Founders

    Katherine Boyle (@KTmBoyle), partner at General Catalyst, joins Erik on this episode recorded as part of an event for Villagers. Due to technical difficulties, Mustafa Khan, part of the team at Village Global, conducted the first part of the interview. They discuss:

    - Katherine’s focus on narrative when evaluating founders: “who’s the protagonist and what are they solving?”

    - The fact that Katherine doesn’t have strong frameworks for investing — for her it’s about how the story makes her feel.

    - How she spots extraordinary founders by looking for people who “don’t have a talk track.” These founders think about everything from first principles.

    - Katherine’s idea that: “The most extraordinary founders are also historians. They get information obsessively because they are so paranoid they might be missing something."

    - Why founders shouldn’t be afraid to be serious. "You know you're being serious when people are laughing at you."

    - Why founders should always be transparent about the state of the business. “Authentically owning what is weak but having a plan for making it not weak is something I don't see enough in founders,” Katherine says.

    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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    • 47 min
    The Future of Investing with Kyla Scanlon and Tom White

    The Future of Investing with Kyla Scanlon and Tom White

    Kyla Scanlon (@kylascan) and Tom White (@ TomJWhiteIV), who are running On Deck Investing, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - Why managing your own psychology is as important as your asset allocation.

    - How to think about your own “life portfolio” holistically, instead of just paying attention to your investment portfolio.

    - Why it’s “never been a better or worse time to be an investor” and how On Deck Investing can help.

    - Why investing is like a liberal art, and how you can become a better investor by learning from economics, psychology, philosophy, and more.

    - What they wish they knew about investing when they got started.

    - What the On Deck Investing program will look like and who is a good fit for it.

    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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    • 23 min
    The Scout Mindset with Julia Galef

    The Scout Mindset with Julia Galef

    Julia Galef (@juliagalef), author of The Scout Mindset, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - Why everyone, including entrepreneurs, should want to see reality more clearly.

    - The fact that the bottleneck to more rationality is not lack of knowledge, but lack of motivation to see the world as it really is.

    - Why the “soldier mindset” is the default mindset and why signalling keeps it that way.

    - Why thinking probabilistically has a calming psychological effect.

    - How to adopt the scout mindset by thinking in bets, considering what you’d do if another person was in your shoes, and noticing where you’re defensive of your beliefs.

    - How to get your organization to adopt a scout mindset.

    - Her thoughts on changing minds with mistake theory vs. conflict theory.

    - The evolution of the rationality space over time.

    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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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 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.

Mark Pod Review ,

Unfortunately has turned into marketing for OnDeck

This used to be an incredible podcast with great interviews with founders, VCs and thought leaders. Unfortunately, since starting OnDeck, this has become a never ending commercial for their various OnDeck programs. Once it’s clear that an episode is going to be another OnDeck pitch, I move on because it’s not worth the 45 minute marketing pitch

BobDobbs305 ,

Interesting Startup Talk

Good guests talking about important topics. Host stutters a lot. He’s like the Woody Allen of VC. A speech pathologist is chump change for this guy. Why not hire one so he he can lose the Biden-like gaffes. Regardless, worth a listen!

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