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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.

    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.

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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.

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    • 45 min
    Noah Smith's Deep Dive on the Chinese Economy

    Noah Smith's Deep Dive on the Chinese Economy

    - The narrative that China can do no wrong and why Noah says it is out of date at this point.

    - The long-term headwinds that China is facing, including demographic changes, resource limitations, and real estate challenges.

    - Why America should raise tariffs on anything made in China where it would be strategically important for those goods to be made somewhere else.

    - The state of real estate in China, including the fact that China’s economy is 30% real estate (double the percentage in the US) and that cities in China are sprawling and more akin to Chicago than Tokyo or Seoul.

    - Xi Jinping’s performance to date, why he’s “picking losers” in the Chinese stock market to try to bolster certain industries, and why the Zero COVID push is about Xi trying to appear strong.

    - The fact that China could be moderately competent and could still take over the world because of its sheer size.

    - Noah’s book recommendations for people who want to learn more about China.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Web3 Series: Kyle Samani on ETH Bearishness, DeFi, and Web3 Social

    Web3 Series: Kyle Samani on ETH Bearishness, DeFi, and Web3 Social

    Kyle Samani (@kylesamani), co-founder and managing partner at Multicoin Capital, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - How crypto enables people to coordinate and set up things in the physical world, as with the Helium project.

    - The shift in Ethereum over the last 24 months and why he says they need to re-think their product development process and shift away from its prior ideological underpinnings to get to a billion users.

    - Why he thinks that Ethereum is no longer dominant and is long-term bearish on it.

    - Why consumer social will be the future of Web3 apps in the near future.

    - Why transactional marketplaces like Uber don’t work well in crypto form.

    - His thoughts on how NFTs evolve and why he says it doesn’t make sense to have horizontal marketplaces like OpenSea.

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    • 39 min
    Jacob Helberg on China’s Global Influence

    Jacob Helberg on China’s Global Influence

    Jacob Helberg (@jacobhelberg), foreign policy expert and author of The Wires of War, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon to discuss:

    - Why he says peace through trade was the biggest foreign policy miscalculation in US history.

    - How US companies have approached operating in China and why Jacob would advise them to proactively work to decouple themselves from the Chinese market.

    - Why Jacob would prefer that American laws change to restrict Chinese investments in US companies.

    - Why the Belt and Road Initiative has come to be seen as a debt trap.

    - What keeps him optimistic and what ordinary Americans can do if they are concerned about China.

    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

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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