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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 Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life with Luke Burgis

    The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life with Luke Burgis

    Luke Burgis (@lukeburgis), author of Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - How he’s making the audience for Rene Girard’s work bigger.

    - Why innovation became high status while imitation was high status earlier in history.

    - What is most often misunderstood about mimetic desire.

    - The difference between internal and external mediators.

    - What all this has to do with entrepreneurship.

    - How leaders can manage mimesis in their company.

    - The difference between mimetic and objective value.

    - The founder’s mythology and mimetic theory.

    - Why Nietzsche was right about resentment.

    - Luke’s relationship with Tony Hsieh.

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    • 52 min
    Secrets of Public Speaking and Oral Communication from Renowned Speaking Coach

    Secrets of Public Speaking and Oral Communication from Renowned Speaking Coach

    Michael Balaoing, founder of Candlelion, joins Ben Casnocha on this episode to discuss:

    - The importance of the acronym WTF (what’s the feeling?) when you’re giving a presentation.

    - The four roles that you take on as a speaker: captain, pilot, guide, and game show host.

    - The five questions to ask when seeking feedback on a presentation.

    - How to keep the audience engaged throughout a talk, not just during the Q&A at the end.

    - How to bake stories into your presentations and remix your talks for different audiences.

    - The keys to virtual communication in the COVID era.

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

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    • 42 min
    Transforming Higher Education with Ryan Craig and Daniel Pianko

    Transforming Higher Education with Ryan Craig and Daniel Pianko

    Ryan Craig (@ryancraigap) and Daniel Pianko (@danielpianko) of Achieve Partners join Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - The multiple crises in higher education: of affordability, of completion, and of employability.

    - Why there doesn’t yet exist a Walmart University.

    - Why they think that big companies will be some of the great educational institutions of the 21st century.

    - Their thoughts on ISAs.

    - What they would change if they could change anything about higher ed.

    - How to fix the fact that half of people entering a degree program don’t complete it.

    - Why we should make higher education free.

    - How they foresee the unbundling of college happening.

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

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    • 52 min
    Relationship Coaching, Bloated MVPs, and Evaluating Startup Ideas with Liron Shapira

    Relationship Coaching, Bloated MVPs, and Evaluating Startup Ideas with Liron Shapira

    Liron Shapira (@liron), co-founder of Relationship Hero, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - How they are creating a new industry and new a field of study in relationships.

    - Why people are becoming more goal-oriented and analytical in general in society and how this applies to dating and relationships.

    - His thoughts on unbundling venture capital.

    - The bloated MVP thesis and the idea of a “Great Filter” for startups.

    - Misconceptions that people have about building an MVP.

    - The future of dating apps.

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

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    • 39 min
    Making It Easier For Startups To Get Started with Capbase with Greg Miaskiewicz and Sheel Mohnot

    Making It Easier For Startups To Get Started with Capbase with Greg Miaskiewicz and Sheel Mohnot

    Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), and Greg Miaskiewicz (@miaskiewicz), join Erik on this episode. Sheel is a Network Leader at Village Global, and Greg is CEO and co-founder of Capbase.

    They discuss:

    - How Capbase can help streamline the workflows involved in getting a company off the ground.

    - How Greg navigated the idea maze and validated his hypothesis.

    - Why there should be more transparency in investing and startups.

    - The pros and cons of transparency within a company.

    - Ethical investing.

    - How to give feedback as an investor.

    - How the pandemic changes company formation.

    - The future of Capbase.

    *The deadline to get your application in for the spring vintage of the Village Global Accelerator is March 1st! It’s a personalized and tight-knit program with an amazing network of peers, advisors, and experts. Companies that have been through the accelerator have raised from some of the top venture funds in the world, like a16z, First Round Capital, Founders Fund, Lux Capital, True Ventures, Felicis and more.

    Learn more and apply at www.villageglobal.vc/accelerator!


    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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    • 38 min
    The Future of the US Dollar as the Global Reserve Currency with Lyn Alden, Nic Carter, Brent Johnson, and Luke Gromen

    The Future of the US Dollar as the Global Reserve Currency with Lyn Alden, Nic Carter, Brent Johnson, and Luke Gromen

    Erik is joined on this episode, recorded as part of a Big Ideas Clubhouse, by:

    - Lyn Alden (@LynAldenContact), founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy

    - Nic Carter (@nic__carter), partner at Castle Island Ventures

    - Brent Johnson of Santiago Capital

    - Luke Gromen (@LukeGromen), founder of Forest for the Trees

    - Katherine Boyle (@KTmBoyle), partner at General Catalyst

    - Dan Romero (@dwr), angel investor

    They discuss:

    - Whether the US dollar being the global reserve currency has led to a hollowing-out of the American manufacturing base.

    - Whether the US should be looking to move on from being the global reserve currency.

    - Why the pandemic has pulled forward American loss of leverage in the world.

    - How Bitcoin relates to this and whether there will be a transition to it as the global reserve currency.

    - Thoughts on China and its behavior in global currency markets.

    *The deadline to get your application in for the spring vintage of the Village Global Accelerator is March 1st! It’s a personalized and tight-knit program with an amazing network of peers, advisors, and experts. Companies that have been through the accelerator have raised from some of the top venture funds in the world, like a16z, First Round Capital, Founders Fund, Lux Capital, True Ventures, Felicis and more.

    Learn more and apply at www.villageglobal.vc/accelerator!


    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.

    Want to get updates from us? Subscribe to get a peek inside the Village. We’ll send you reading recommendations, exclusive event invites, and commentary on the latest happenings in Silicon Valley. www.villageglobal.vc/signup

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 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.

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!

DaniMantich ,

So much value in each episode

And energized by the content of each interview

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