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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 Future of the Space Economy with Mo Islam

    The Future of the Space Economy with Mo Islam

    Mo Islam (@itsmoislam), co-founder of Payload Space, joins Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon on this episode. Takeaways:

    - There is no doubt that we are in the early stages of the space economy, Mo says.

    - The cost to go to Mars will be paid many times over by the young engineers who will be inspired by the mission.

    - There are three main buckets in the space economy: space for earth (companies creating products for humans on earth via their space endeavors), space for space (companies serving other companies in space) and beyond earth (“science fiction”-type activities like colonization, mining, and exploration).

    - The International Space Station cost $100B to build.

    - SpaceX built the Falcon 9 at 1/10th the cost that NASA estimated.

    - In the 1960s there were only two space programs but now there are 80+ and they are all trying to get an economic return on investment.

    - Mo’s contrarian take is that launch is actually underhyped. Very few companies have a launch vehicle that has made it to orbit with a significant payload capacity.

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    • 38 min
    Dual Use Tech with Ari Schuler and Andrea Garrity

    Dual Use Tech with Ari Schuler and Andrea Garrity

    Ari Schuler, CEO of goTenna, and Andrea Garrity, Chief Growth Officer of goTenna, join Lucas Bagno and Ian Cinnamon join us on this episode of Solarpunk. Takeaways:

    - goTenna was founded after Hurricane Sandy when a brother and sister didn’t know if the other was safe because the cell network weren’t working. It has since grown into the company that it is today, selling to government as well as consumers.

    - Ari and Andrea suggest that startups refrain from complaining or dwelling on how tough the procurement system is to navigate in the US government. They say “pass the test, don’t fight the test.”

    - Andrea says that much of innovation is personality driven — finding the right people who will run through walls when everyone else gives up.

    - There is plenty that they would change about the government procurement system. If one agency has found a tech useful, other agencies should be able to also use that tech without going through all the paperwork and bureaucracy over again.

    - The fact that US doesn’t manufacture much at home and would be stranded if a major war started tomorrow is of concern to them.

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    • 38 min
    Unbundling K-12 Education with Joe Connor of Odyssey

    Unbundling K-12 Education with Joe Connor of Odyssey

    Joe Connor (@josephjconnor), founder of Odyssey (@WithOdyssey_), joins Anne Dwane and Lucas Bagno on this episode. Takeaways:

    - ACT test scores are at the lowest level in 30 years. 42% of students met none of the college readiness benchmarks.

    - District schools are not providing what parents need so children are leaving them in large numbers.

    - Parents have realized that they would be better off unbundling education so that children receive different parts of their education in different places, not just at a single district school.

    - Odyssey is fundamentally changing how education is funded in the US.

    - The US has 132,000 K-12 schools. For context, there are 13,000 McDonald’s locations. Teachers are the second largest occupation category in America after retail clerks.

    - Parents have been able to successfully push for programs like Odyssey’s by contacting their state senator or congressperson.

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    • 27 min
    Spacecraft Manufacturing with Apex’s Ian Cinnamon and Max Benassi

    Spacecraft Manufacturing with Apex’s Ian Cinnamon and Max Benassi

    Ian Cinnamon (@iancinnamon), co-founder and CEO of Apex Space, and Max Benassi (@mxbenassi), co-founder and CTO, join Lucas Bagno on this episode of Solarpunk. Takeaways:

    - The cost per kilogram to get things into space has gone down dramatically over the last several years.

    - Satellites have two parts: a payload and a bus. The bus is the actual structure of the satellite and despite all the hundreds of billions of dollars invested in launch companies, basically no venture money has gone into satellite bus manufacturing.

    - Satellite buses are currently designed from the ground up and assembled by hand in small volumes.

    - Apex (apexspace.com) is working on building scalable and reliable satellite buses.

    - The founders fundamentally believe that humans will be a multi-planetary species and that in the future all these spacecraft that will be carrying people around the solar system will not be made by hand.

    - Despite the economic downturn, there has never been a better time to be a founder.

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    • 32 min
    A Deep Dive on SBIRs with Ben Van Roo

    A Deep Dive on SBIRs with Ben Van Roo

    Ben Van Roo (@DavidNorthStar), co-founder and CEO of Yurts AI, joins Lucas Bagno on this episode of Solarpunk. Takeaways:

    - The Small Business Innovation Research program was originally developed as a grant program to allow small companies do innovative research. The gene for cystic fibrosis was discovered from the program.

    - If you’re a small company and you get an SBIR contract, you should not count on getting a government contract.

    - It has been very difficult for software companies to get a program of record contract because that has not been the typical model of defense in the past.

    - The nature of war is shifting away from large platforms and big garrison-style bases.

    - There have been 20-30 “SBIR mills” that have taken $3.5B combined in phase 1 and 2 contracts. Ben would put hard caps on the amounts that companies can get from the program and the types of companies that can apply to the SBIR program.

    - Commercial technology has outpaced the defense industry by far.

    - It’s very difficult for small companies to even fill out the forms required for the SBIR program. Making it more friendly for newcomers would make a big difference to the program.

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

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    • 50 min
    Deep Nishar’s Lessons From Building Products at Google and LinkedIn

    Deep Nishar’s Lessons From Building Products at Google and LinkedIn

    Deep Nishar (@deepnishar), Managing Director at General Catalyst and formerly of LinkedIn and Google, joins Anne Dwane on this episode. Takeaways:

    - The best product hires have the brain of an engineer, the heart of a designer, and the speech of a diplomat.

    - When you’re interviewing people for product roles at startups, don’t ask people what they would do but rather what they have done in the past. You want people who have a sense of adventure and can work without a lot of structure.

    - The first fifty hires at a company completely define the company culture.

    - Tech debt is a fact of life. Don’t worry about it until you get to MVP.

    - When you’re a founder, consider whether you want a poet or a librarian as a product leader. A poet will take on product strategy as well as execution, while a librarian will take product direction from you and implement it.

    - Truly world-class product leaders can build not just a product, but a product operating system — the product that builds more products.

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

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

Dan1777999877 ,

Learn something new every listen!

It is not every day that I get to learn from individuals of this caliber! Venture Stories has quickly become a favorite in my feed. Highly recommend giving it a listen!

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!

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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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