150. From Running a VC Firm to Running for Governor (J.B. Pritzker)

J.B. Pritzker of Pritzker Group Venture Capital joins Nick to discuss his impact on tech in Illinois, where he gets his motivation and why he’s running for Governor. In this episode, we cover the following questions: Take me back to your childhood…What was it like growing up in your family...

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Investor Stories 74: Why I Invested (Tsai, Greathouse, Eakman)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Christine Tsai John Greathouse Lindel Eakman Each investor describes a situation where they did decide to invest, what the key factors were that led to “Yes” and how that investment has worked out.  

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149. Startup Moats, Deep Tech & Where Science Fiction becomes Science Fact (Bilal Zuberi)

149. Startup Moats, Deep Tech & Where Science Fiction becomes Science Fact (Bilal Zuberi) An overview of moats Example companies with moats How to build a monopoly from the outset and if this is a requirement for Bilal’s investments Incremental vs. step-change innovation and the implications on the breadth and...

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148. New Founders, New Stages, New Offerings– The Only Constant in Venture is Change (Vic Pascucci)

Vic Pascucci of Lightbank joins Nick to discuss New Founders, New Stages, New Offerings– The Only Constant in Venture is Change. In this episode, we cover: Where’d you get your start in venture and how’d your path lead to Lightbank? Can you walk us through the Lightbank backstory… before you...

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Investor Stories 73: Why I Passed (Draper, Farmer, Suster)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Adam Draper Chris Farmer Mark Suster Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.      

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147. Monetization Strategy & Why Price Trumps Product (Madhavan Ramanujam)

Madhavan Ramanujam of Simon-Kutcher & Partners joins Nick to discuss Monetization Strategy & Why Price Trumps Product. In this episode, we cover: What’s the backstory and how did you develope this monetization expertise? What VC firms and/or investors have you worked with? What’s the most common missteps that innovators make?...

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Investor Stories 72: The Strange & Unusual (Verrill, Mason, Calacanis)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: David Verrill Galen Mason Jason Calacanis Each investor describes the most unusual situation or pitch that they’ve encountered as an investor.    

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146. Investing in Rocket Ships Before they Take Off (Zach Coelius)

Zach Coelius of joins Nick to discuss his unique approach to working with startups and how he quickly built one of the largest investment syndicates.  In the interview, Zach and I discuss: His path to investing The Biggest difference between entrepreneur Zach vs. the entrepreneur Zach invests in? Best lesson...

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Investor Stories 71: Lessons Learned (Parker, Scevak, Roberts, Hudson)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Andrew Parker Niki Scevak Bryce Roberts Charles Hudson Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it’s changed their approach.      

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145. 1st Institutional VC Fund Raised– Key Learnings (Semil Shah)

Semil Shah of Haystack joins Nick to discuss 1st Institutional VC Fund Raised– Key Learnings.  We address questions including: Maybe we can start off with how your investment focus has evolved since the last time you joined us. What are your thoughts on how seed has split into pre-seed, seed,...

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Investor Stories 70: What’s Next (Einstein, Galston & Larkins, Cowan)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Ben Einstein Ezra Galston & Stuart Larkins David Cowan Each investor discusses sectors, drivers and/or trends that may have significant impact in the future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.      

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144. The 8 Startup Profiles & Those that Make the Strongest Investments (Guy Turner)

Guy Turner of Hyde Park Venture Partners joins Nick to cover founder profiles and the characteristics that lead to the strongest startups. We address questions including: You’ve observed over 50 startups, across your portfolio, and have written extensively about founder profiles. What are the two high-level categories of characteristics that...

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Investor Stories 69: Exceptional Founders (Olsen, Acunzo, Collett)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Chris Olsen Jay Acunzo Mike Collett Each investor describes an outstanding entrepreneur that they’ve worked with and what key traits and behaviors make for the best startup leaders.      

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Tail Wags Dog– The Affinity Investor

Today we discussed a data-centric approach to investing.  Signal Fire invests broadly, across a range of sectors, attempting to find the areas that have the most return potential.  Whether or not you believe in their data engine’s ability to identify opportunity, it’s a returns driven focus.  He’ll go anywhere, invest...

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143. Beacon: Modernizing the VC Firm, Part 2 (Chris Farmer)

  Today we publish part two of the interview with Chris Farmer of Signal Fire Ventures. In this segment we address: Why he’s using Beacon to make VC investments when their are numerous other applications that may have more economic value How he’s created an engaged, active advisor network that...

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142. Beacon: An Engineering Systems Approach to Investing, Part 1 (Chris Farmer)

Chris Farmer of Signal Fire Ventures joins us today to pull back the curtain on their mysterious and powerful data platform, Beacon.  Chris is aiming to disrupt the VC Investment process with their new approach and early indications show that Signal Fire has created value unlike any other firm.  In...

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141. Cram Session, Episodes 87-94 (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: 87. Fintech Investing, Part 1 (Sheel Mohnot) 88. Fintech Investing, Part 2 (Sheel Mohnot) 90. SpaceX & Elon...

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Investor Stories 67: Why I Invested (Nof, Wilkins, Sanwal)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Jordan Nof Pete Wilkins Anand Sanwal Each investor highlights a situation where they decided to invest in a startup and why they said yes.        

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