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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.

    Lessons Learned as an Investor and The Future of PropTech with Pete Flint

    Lessons Learned as an Investor and The Future of PropTech with Pete Flint

    Pete Flint (@peteflint), partner at NFX, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded as part of an On Deck Angels event. They discuss:

    - Pete’s journey from Trulia to investor.

    - Why over time he became less focused on the idea and strategy of a team and more on the team itself and its ability to execute.

    - Why it’s a mistake to have a portfolio of growth channels, and why instead a company should be world-class at one channel.

    - His information diet.

    - The two phases of PropTech and the problems worth solving today.

    - Why when it comes to content, frequency beats quality.

    - The new wave of marketplaces and why creating a UX that’s 5-10X is a great way to attract supply.

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    The State and Future of Space in 2021 with Delian Asparouhov and Chris Power

    The State and Future of Space in 2021 with Delian Asparouhov and Chris Power

    Delian Asparouhov (@zebulgar) of Varda and Founders Fund, and Chris Power (@2112Power), founder and CEO of Hadrian, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - What they're working on and how they're bringing tech to industrial manufacturing.

    - How Chris navigated the idea maze with Hadrian, a company with aims to build space and defense components 2X faster.

    - The three types of space companies: satellite operators, launch operators, and supply chain companies.

    - Where they would be investing in space today.

    - Their requests for startups, including a "Dell for satellites."

    - The challenges of low-frequency iteration cycles.

    - The aim to create software that provides "an API for the supply chain."

    - Why it's important to build full-stack solutions in low NPS industries.

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    The State and Future of EdTech with Mercedes Bent and Anne Dwane

    The State and Future of EdTech with Mercedes Bent and Anne Dwane

    Mercedes Bent (@mercebent), partner at Lightspeed, joins Erik and co-host Anne Dwane to discuss:

    - What Mercedes and the EdTech space in general learned from General Assembly, a company ahead of its time.

    - Her market map of EdTech and why she says it should perhaps be called LearnTech rather than EdTech.

    - The future of community and social-driven learning, including why peer-to-peer learning is so effective.

    - Her thoughts on corporations as credentializers and why she hasn’t been optimistic in the past about credentialling moving away from universities.

    - Mercedes, Anne, and Erik’s requests for startups in the space, including a TikTok-like community for career development, a ubiquitous child care company, and a talent marketplace that builds its own supply.

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

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    • 49 min
    Andrew Wilkinson’s Lessons Learned From Building Tiny

    Andrew Wilkinson’s Lessons Learned From Building Tiny

    Andrew Wilkinson (@awilkinson) co-founder of Tiny, was interviewed by Andrew Barry of On Deck at a special event. They discussed:

    - His start as a designer and how great product and design became the common thread that runs through the businesses he tries to buy.

    - How to think about building a moat around you when you’re an individual versus a brand.

    - What he means when he says he “tries to buy businesses that are like New Zealand — in the middle of nowhere, quietly successful, and away from nuclear war.”

    - How he analyzes businesses and the diligence that he does on them.

    - How to think about customer acquisition when you don’t have a big budget.

    - His advice for first-time founders.

    - Why he’s excited about the podcasting space.

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

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    • 52 min
    Restoring The Promise of Higher Education with Richard Vedder

    Restoring The Promise of Higher Education with Richard Vedder

    Richard Vedder, author of Restoring The Promise: Higher Education in America, joins Erik to discuss:

    - The origins of the myth that higher education is the key to career success.

    - The unintended consequences of student loans, including the fact that colleges raised tuition dramatically in response to the increase in borrowing.

    - The key pieces of government regulation that impacted higher education and why the GI Bill led to an explosion in the number of universities.

    - Where he agrees and disagrees with Bryan Caplan and Peter Thiel.

    - The history and evolution of colleges in the US.

    - The fact that the earnings gap between college and non-college educated workers is not due to what a student has learned but rather that they have demonstrated the determination to get in to college in the first place.

    - Why colleges have been so resilient.

    - What he would do if he was starting a new university from scratch today.

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

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    • 1 hr
    The Future of Work in a Remote-First World with Alex Bouaziz and Yasmin Razavi

    The Future of Work in a Remote-First World with Alex Bouaziz and Yasmin Razavi

    Yasmin Razavi (@yasminrazavi), GP at Spark Growth, and Alex Bouaziz (@ Bouazizalex), founder of Deel, join Erik on this episode to discuss:

    - The story of the founding of Deel and the "why now" for the business.

    - Advice for hiring remotely, and why you should be able to close someone in a week and a half.

    - What culture and team building looks like in a remote company.

    - How to keep remote employees from feeling like second-class citizens.

    - How remote work might change post-COVID.

    - How big companies going fully remote will trickle down to smaller companies.

    - How to think about compensation for remote employees.

    - What work will look like in 2035.

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

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    • 35 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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