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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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    • 4.5 • 92 Ratings

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 State and Future of Crypto in 2020 with Avichal Garg

    The State and Future of Crypto in 2020 with Avichal Garg

    Avichal Garg (@avichal), Managing Partner at Electric Capital, joins Erik on this episode.

    They discuss:

    - How he came to be running Electric Capital.

    - Their perspective and thesis.

    - What’s newly possible with computers able to own money.

    - Why price fluctuations happen with Bitcoin.

    - What Bitcoin is correlated with.

    - Debates within crypto.

    - Thoughts on China.

    - How regulation interacts with crypto.

    - How the space will evolve in the next several years.

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    • 49 min
    The Future of Climate Tech with Candice Ammori

    The Future of Climate Tech with Candice Ammori

    Candice Ammori joins Erik on this episode. Candice is heading the Climate Tech Fellowship at On Deck. They discuss:

    - The issue of climate change and how she came to be working on solving it.

    - What climate tech means exactly.

    - Some of the most interesting companies in the space and what they are working on.

    - What founding teams have typically looked like for companies in the space.

    - What makes a founder a good fit for the fellowship, and what the fellowship will look like.

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    • 28 min
    Consumer Social, Gaming, and Pinduoduo with Turner Novak

    Consumer Social, Gaming, and Pinduoduo with Turner Novak

    Turner Novak (@TurnerNovak), general partner (and Chief Meme Officer) at Gelt VC, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - How he’s thinking about consumer social as an investor in 2020.

    - Where he’s interested in consumer social and his requests for startups.

    - New methods of monetizing in consumer social.

    - What he learned from studying Pinduoduo and where he’s looking for a “for X” version of it.

    - Why he’s excited about gaming and why he says that “gaming is eating the world.”

    - What he would do if he was CEO of different social companies.

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

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    • 35 min
    Overcoming Fear of Change with Jason Feifer

    Overcoming Fear of Change with Jason Feifer

    Jason Feifer (@heyfeifer), editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine and host of three podcasts, including Pessimists Archive, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - Why fears repeat over time throughout history.

    - The message he’s trying to get through to the world through his work.

    - The historical opposition to chess, bicycles, and waltzing.

    - His thoughts on The Social Dilemma.

    - How he expects social media to evolve.

    - New forms of communication throughout history and why they were feared initially.

    - Why he says that “you are evidence that change is not inherently bad.”

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

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Creating Innovation Ecosystems with Dr. Anton Howes

    Creating Innovation Ecosystems with Dr. Anton Howes

    Dr. Anton Howes (@antonhowes), author of Arts & Minds, joins Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - How to create conditions where innovation is easier and better.

    - Why he wrote the book and the key question he was trying to answer.

    - What Silicon Valley could learn from studying the history of Britain.

    - Misconceptions that people have about economic growth in the past and future.

    - Why people misunderstand what growth is.

    - How statecraft relates to economic growth.

    - Questions that people in the field are trying to answer and where he agrees or disagrees with prominent thinkers.

    - Thoughts on progress studies.

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

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The State and Future of Food On-Demand with Max Mullen, Mike Duboe, and Brandon Hill

    The State and Future of Food On-Demand with Max Mullen, Mike Duboe, and Brandon Hill

    Brandon Hill (@IamBrandonHill), CEO of Vori, Max Mullen (@Max), co-founder of Instacart, and Mike Duboe (@mduboe), GP at Greylock, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - What led Brandon to start Vori.

    - Why Max and Mike were excited to invest in the company.

    - How the grocery space currently operates and the antiquated technology currently in use.

    - How the space has evolved over time and the history of the supermarket.

    - How it will change and evolve in the future.

    - Why on-demand startups didn’t work out the way people thought they would.

    - Doing things that don’t scale.

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

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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 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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