51 episodes

A new generation of investors and thought leaders is rearchitecting the landscape of private equity investment. This diverse community of influential venture players — ranging from syndicators to super angels to micro-VCs and equity crowdfunding platforms — exert a powerful drive for rapid impact, and an ethos of democratizing investment. They are also bringing to the table high-level strategic support for the entrepreneurs they are funding. What's Going on in Venture, an Assure podcast, goes on wide-ranging explorations with these dynamic and visionary investment leaders. These interviews provide a ringside look into the world of these power investors and organizers: How they think. What they do. How they define success. And how they respond to times of rapid, momentous change, including pandemics, economic downturns, inflated valuations and unchecked exuberance.

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A new generation of investors and thought leaders is rearchitecting the landscape of private equity investment. This diverse community of influential venture players — ranging from syndicators to super angels to micro-VCs and equity crowdfunding platforms — exert a powerful drive for rapid impact, and an ethos of democratizing investment. They are also bringing to the table high-level strategic support for the entrepreneurs they are funding. What's Going on in Venture, an Assure podcast, goes on wide-ranging explorations with these dynamic and visionary investment leaders. These interviews provide a ringside look into the world of these power investors and organizers: How they think. What they do. How they define success. And how they respond to times of rapid, momentous change, including pandemics, economic downturns, inflated valuations and unchecked exuberance.

    Decentralizing Silicon Valley: The Rise of the Outsider VCs and the Founders They Invest In with Nick Moran

    Decentralizing Silicon Valley: The Rise of the Outsider VCs and the Founders They Invest In with Nick Moran

    Decentralizing Silicon Valley: The Rise of the Outsider VCs and the Founders They Invest In

    In this week's episode, Jeremy Neilson talks with Nick Moran about his path to becoming a VC fund manager of a $42 M fund. Despite venture capital being called an apprenticeship business, Nick broke in without having worked at a VC firm or having a successful tech exit.  He now has an established brand and a strong community of deal flow and investors who believe in his vision, with a proven track record.

    To learn more about Nick Moran and New Stack Ventures click here.

    • 27 min
    The Rise of Solo GPs: From SPVs to a $30M Fund with Marell Evans

    The Rise of Solo GPs: From SPVs to a $30M Fund with Marell Evans

    The Rise of Solo GPs: From SPVs to a $30M Fund

    In this week's episode Marell Evans of Exceptional Capital, who took a non-traditional path to becoming a Solo GP of a $30M venture fund, talks about the moment he realized he was the bridge between great startups and people in his network that wanted to invest but didn’t have access. He began leading his own deals with SPVs, developing operational know-how and building trust with investors through a track record.
    Marell talks about the importance of building a tribe as a Solo GP. He talks strategies for emerging managers, with allocations available if you have the right relationships and pitch (“Founders are picking individual partners over brand names”). With tooling that makes it feasible and the ability to get allocations as specialists with unique value props, solo GPs are establishing their place in the venture ecosystem.

    To learn more about Marell Evans and Exceptional Capital click here.

    • 35 min
    SPVs for Non-U.S. VCs: The Power of the Delaware LLC with Kirill Bobkov

    SPVs for Non-U.S. VCs: The Power of the Delaware LLC with Kirill Bobkov

    SPVs for Non-U.S. VCs: The Power of the Delaware LLC

    In this week's episode, Kirill Bobkov discusses the global venture capital landscape from his perspective as a European capital markets lawyer working with VCs and an important trend he is seeing with the way his clients are doing deals. A shift in demand by investors for deal-by-deal investments has led global deal organizers to the Delaware LLC, a U.S.-based SPV structure that is fast, cost-effective, and easy. The reduced friction and democratization of venture capital markets in the US, and the trends toward structuring innovation and more flexibility and access to investors, is a trend that is extending to Europe and beyond, and the same SPV vehicle is taking hold as a global standard for VC, reducing friction for investors and founders globally to move capital in a seamless VC ecosystem.

    To learn more about Kirill Bobkov and SPVs for Non-U.S. VCs click here.

    • 36 min
    Community VCs by Solo GPs with Lolita Taub

    Community VCs by Solo GPs with Lolita Taub

    Community VCs by Solo GPs with Lolita Taub

    In this week's episode, Lolita Taub of Ganas Ventures sits down with Jeremy Neilson to discuss how creating value for your founders and outsizing returns for your LPs is not merely a matter of the number of staff at your firm.  She believes flipping the model, focusing instead on a connected community is what creates value and is done through the connections and engagement of all stakeholders.

    Lolita Taub is a leader of a new wave of venture capitalist. They are replacing large institutions with Solo GPs and distributed communities, bringing access to new perspectives, new markets for deals, and a differentiated value-add network for both founders and LPs.

    To learn more about Lolita Taub and Ganas Ventures click here.

    • 51 min
    Impact Investing with SPVs featuring Peter Bruce-Clark

    Impact Investing with SPVs featuring Peter Bruce-Clark

    Impact Investing with SPVs with Peter Bruce-Clark

    In this week's episode, Peter Bruce-Clark and Jeremy Neilson discuss recent innovation in structuring and how this creativity is changing the way VCs invest in deals. Peter talks about how the emergence of SPVs has enabled this creativity in venture, the demand for them from LPs and the benefits they provide, and what it means for the industry going forward. 

    To learn more about Peter Bruce-Clark and Impact Investing with SPVs click here.

    • 33 min
    Industry Professional Angel Syndicates: Moving the Needle on Early Cap Tables with Amul Mago

    Industry Professional Angel Syndicates: Moving the Needle on Early Cap Tables with Amul Mago

    Industry Professional Angel Syndicates: Moving the Needle on Early Cap Tables

    In this week's episode, Amul Mago sits down with Jeremy Neilson to talk about investing in startups while working in Sales and BD at a big corporate tech firm. For Amul, VC is a huge untapped opportunity for many professionals like him that just don’t think they have access or know how to get involved.

    To learn more about Amul Mago and Industry Professional Angel Syndicates click here.

    • 29 min

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