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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.

    Unlocking Unprecedented Amounts of Generosity with Vance Roush

    Unlocking Unprecedented Amounts of Generosity with Vance Roush

    Vance Roush (@vanceroush), founder and CEO of Overflow, joins Erik to discuss:

    - Overflow, the online donation platform for non-cash assets, and the story behind its creation.

    - Why the market is actually “sneakily big” and how he plans to create a new category that unlocks net new generosity by making donating shares, crypto, or other non-cash assets as easy as Venmo.

    - How the internet has changed philanthropy, the fact that philanthropic giving has never exceeded 2% of GDP, and how to increase that percentage.

    - The concept of tithing, why the church is a driver of charitable giving, and the idea of giving back instead of out of obligation.

    - Why philanthropy needs a rebranding, and how AngelList and Teach For America provide models for how that could be done.

    - Why there should be a stock market-like leaderboard for non-profits and why we need more seed stage philanthropists.

    - How he sees the future of philanthropy evolving.

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

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    • 39 min
    Accelerating the next wave of global founders: ODX in partnership with Village Global

    Accelerating the next wave of global founders: ODX in partnership with Village Global

    Ben Casnocha (@bencasnocha), Erik Torenberg (@eriktorenberg), Anne Dwane (@adwane), partners at Village Global, and David Booth (@david__booth), co-CEO of On Deck, discuss:

    - ODX in partnership with Village Global, the $100M+ community-backed accelerator that plans to invest in 1000 companies over the next few years: https://beondeck.com/x

    - The key differentiators of ODX: a dedicated partner for each company, an all-access pass to the On Deck community, and the fact that the entire community has upside in the fund.

    - Examples of how founders have taken advantage of On Deck’s unique structure, including some examples of their most successful companies to date.

    - Why Erik has been so inspired by “putting people in business.”

    - On Deck’s belief that humanity primarily progresses through tech, that tech primarily comes from startups, and that there are not enough founders starting startups today.

    - How to get started with ODX.

    Read more about the announcement:

    https://medium.com/village-global/re-imagining-the-accelerator-in-partnership-with-on-deck-11871f129f7b

    https://beondeck.com/post/announcing-odx

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    • 23 min
    Andy Rachleff on Investing, Company-Building & Product Market Fit… Lessons from Wealthfront & Benchmark

    Andy Rachleff on Investing, Company-Building & Product Market Fit… Lessons from Wealthfront & Benchmark

    Andy Rachleff (@arachleff), president and CEO of Wealthfront, joins Anne Dwane and Lucas Bagno to discuss:

    - What Andy learned from endowment investing and his quest to democratize excellent investing advice at Wealthfront.

    - Why you shouldn’t try to time the market and why in his opinion all-time highs are “absolutely irrelevant.”

    - Andy’s lessons from witnessing four day-trading frenzies in his career and why you should think about absolute return rather than relative returns.

    - How his position on crypto has evolved over time and why he’s optimistic about its ability to revolutionize commerce but skeptical about its place in an investment portfolio.

    - His learnings on product market fit from Don Valentine, and why Don said that if a startup can screw something up, it will. He also said that to succeed, it needs the market to pull the product out of the startup’s hands.

    - Why operating investors often make better investment decisions because operating experience is a proxy for network rather than because of the operating experience itself.

    - His top book recommendations.

    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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    • 43 min
    Turning Science Fiction Into Reality with Ben Reinhardt

    Turning Science Fiction Into Reality with Ben Reinhardt

    Ben Reinhardt (@Ben_Reinhardt), Research Fellow at the Astera Institute and host of Idea Machines Podcast, joins Erik to discuss:

    - Why we don’t have as much science fiction-like technology in the world as we could, and how to turn more of it into reality.

    - Why venture capital does a poor job of funding new physical technology and why ten year venture cycles are too short for breakthrough technologies. Ben points out that the transistor took 15 years between the kick-off of the project and the first prototype.

    - The article Ben wrote on how a private ARPA, or “PARPA” could help bring more breakthrough technology into the world.

    - The unique strength of corporate labs at bringing together academics, engineers, and manufacturing, which gave the world plastics, the transistor, and modern computing.

    - Ben’s idea of the rich tithing 10% of their income to technological research.

    - How philanthropy would need to change in order to help small researchers experiment on longer-term timescales than they do currently.

    - The impacts that PARPA would have if it was successful. Read more about the idea here: https://benjaminreinhardt.com/parpa

    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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    • 45 min
    The State and Future of Data Tooling with Leigh Marie Braswell and Erik Bernhardsson

    The State and Future of Data Tooling with Leigh Marie Braswell and Erik Bernhardsson

    Leigh Marie Braswell (@LM_Braswell) of Founders Fund and Erik Bernhardsson (@bernhardsson), who built the music recommendation system at Spotify, join Erik to discuss:

    - How data flows through a company and the business decisions that can be made based on data.

    - The waves of change in the data tooling landscape over the last decade and why we’re only a quarter of the way to easy-to-use tools.

    - Why there are so many data roles and how the commercialization of open source projects drives fragmentation and specialization in the industry.

    - The exciting opportunities and potential pain points to build around in data tooling, including workflow scheduling, LTV predictions, and collaboration.

    - Why people building in the space shouldn’t index to existing roles, structures, and platforms, since those platforms may not be around in a few years.

    - Why AI and ML are just one tool in the data toolbox and the fact that there is more room to build around other, boring data science tasks.

    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 Present and Future of Deep Tech with Abhijeet Patra

    The Present and Future of Deep Tech with Abhijeet Patra

    Abhijeet Patra (@abhijeetpatra88), former Deep Tech entrepreneur and venture fellow at Susa Ventures who is now leading Deep Tech at On Deck, joins Erik to discuss:

    - What exactly Deep Tech is and some of the examples of technologies involved, including nanotechnology, quantum computing, hardware, autonomous vehicles, space, manufacturing, machine learning, and more.

    - Why there’s been an explosion in talk about Deep Tech over the last several years.

    - The fact that there’s almost always a market for a technology, if you can get the technical side figured out.

    - Democratization of technologies and how the trajectory of sequencing DNA is representative of the typical path of Deep Tech — first a technology is expensive, then it goes down dramatically in cost, then it becomes easy to build on top of.

    - Why it’s difficult to find enough talent in the field these days. He says that Deep Tech is still a niche.

    - How On Deck is aiming to 100X the number of people working in the space and how you can get involved.

    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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    • 17 min

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108 Ratings

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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.

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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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Great show!

Erik, host of the podcast, highlights all aspects of entrepreneurship and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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