205. Unicorn vs Pegasus, The Softbank Effect, & Impacts of a Recession on VC (Jason Calacanis)


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Jason Calacanis joins Nick to discuss Unicorn vs Pegasus, The Softbank Effect, & Impacts of a Recession on VC. In this episode, we cover: Last time we had you on the show was July 2017. What big things have happened over the past (almost) three years with yourself and Launch?…

Investor Stories 129: Post Mortems (Ajao, Rust, Moatti)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Adeyemi Ajao Ash Rust SC Moatti Each investor discusses a portfolio company that did not survive and why it was that they failed.

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202. Cram Session, Episodes 138-143 (Nick Moran)

Welcome back to TFR for another Cram Session. In these special releases, we have aggregated the takeaways and tips from previous episodes. In this installment, we will be recapping the following episodes: 138. How to Angel Invest Like the Best, Part 1 (Jason Calacanis) 139. How to Angel Invest like…

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Investor Stories 128: Strange & Unusual (Vrionis, Tusk, Klaff)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: John Vrionis Bradley Tusk Oren Klaff Each investor describes the most unusual situation or pitch that they’ve encountered as an investor.

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200. University-Affiliated Funds & Angel Networks (Jason Whitney)

Jason Whitney of IU Ventures joins Nick to discuss University-Affiliated Funds & Angel Networks. In this episode, we cover: Backstory/path to venture At IU you have 3 core initiatives – The Quarry, IU Venture Fund and the IU Angel Network. What’s the focus of each? Talk about the investment focus…

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Investor Stories 127: Lessons Learned (Wortmann, Horowitz, Banister)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Craig Wortmann David Horowitz Cyan Banister Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it’s changed their approach.

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199. SPV’s, Side Cars, & The Syndication Surge (Jeremy Neilson)

Jeremy Neilson of Assure joins Nick to discuss SPV’s, Side Cars, & The Syndication Surge. In this episode, we cover: Quick walkthrough of your background Can you give us a brief overview of Assure? What is an SPV Investment in the context of this discussion? Can you walk us through…

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Investor Stories 126: Whats Next (Franklin, Glickman, Cheng)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Bobby Franklin Steve Glickman Cheryl Cheng Each investor discusses sectors, drivers and/or trends that may have a significant impact in the future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.

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198. Streaming Wars, The Future of Mobile & The Evolution of User Interaction (M.G. Siegler)

M.G. Siegler of GV joins Nick to discuss Streaming Wars, The Future of Mobile & The Evolution of User Interaction. In this episode, we cover: Backstory/path to Venture How’d you find your way from Hollywood to SV? Who was the first VC that, based on your writing talent, saw your…

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Investor Stories 125: Why I Passed (Cardamone, Rooke, Dorsey)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Michael Cardamone Jenny Rooke Scott Dorsey Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.

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197. The DNA of Startup Success (John Vrionis)

John Vrionis of Unusual Ventures joins Nick to discuss The DNA of Startup Success. In this episode, we cover: Backstory/path to venture. Talk about your experience at Lightspeed and your decision to leave. Where/when did you first meet Jyoti Bansal, the founder, AppDynamics? What’s unusual about what you do? ‘Unusual…

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Investor Stories 124: Post Mortems (Clavier, Tusk, Kupor)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Jeff Clavier Bradley Tusk Scott Kupor Each investor discusses a portfolio company that did not survive and why it was that they failed.

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196. Creating Unfair Advantages, Surviving Founder Burnout and Driving Successful Exits (Courtney Reum)

Courtney Reum of M13 joins Nick to discuss Creating Unfair Advantages, Surviving Founder Burnout and Driving Successful Exits. In this episode, we cover: Backstory/path to venture Tell us about your experience being an investor at Goldman Sachs and working with brands like Procter & Gamble, Under Armour and Vitamin water….

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Investor Stories 120: Why I Passed (Hea Nahm, Moatti, Clavier)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Tae Hea Nahm SC Moatti Jeff Clavier Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.

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192. Secrets of Sand Hill Road (Scott Kupor)

Scott Kupor of Andreessen Horowitz joins Nick to discuss Secrets of Sand Hill Road. In this episode, we cover: When Marc and Ben first reached out to you about joining A16Z, you hesitated. Why? “When Marc and Ben first started A16Z, they described a founder’s leadership capability as “egomaniacal”… what…

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Investor Stories 119: Special Edition! Why I Invested in Curv Labs (Moran, Balish, Deshays)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Nick Moran Shea Balish Henri Deshays This will be a unique segment where, Nick Moran of New Stack Ventures and Henri Deshays of NewFund will discuss why they invested in Curv Labs. Founder of Curv, Shea Balish, will join…

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Investor Stories 118: Strange & Unusual (Glickman, Wortmann, Fein)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Steve Glickman Craig Wortmann John Fein Each investor describes the most unusual situation or pitch that they’ve encountered as an investor.

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191. Corporate VC (David Horowitz)

David Horowitz of Touchdown Ventures joins Nick to discuss Corporate VC. In this episode, we cover: Backstory/ Path to Venture Talk about the 14 years you spent with Comcast Ventures — what you learned and why you left? What lead to founding Touchdown Ventures? At Touchdown, you partner with leading…

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Investor Stories 117: Lessons Learned (Tusk, Kim, Rooke)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Bradley Tusk Jim Kim Jenny Rooke Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it’s changed their approach.

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190. Immigration, Privacy, and Foreign Investment — The Biggest Threat to Venture is in Washington D.C. (Bobby Franklin)

Bobby Franklin of NVCA joins Nick to discuss Immigration, Privacy, and Foreign Investment — The Biggest Threat to Venture is in Washington D.C.. In this episode, we cover: Backstory/path to Capitol Hill. You served as the Executive Vice President of CTIA –tell us a bit about that experience and how…

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