188. Opportunity Zones — A Fit for VC? (Steve Glickman)


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Steve Glickman of Develop Advisors joins Nick to discuss Opportunity Zones — A Fit for VC?. In this episode, we cover: Quick overview of your background prior to Develop Advisors? Walk us through the origin story of EIG? You are also the founder & CEO of Develop Advisors – tell…

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Investor Stories 114: Strange & Unusual (Ajao, Banister, Clavier)


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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Adeyemi Ajao Cyan Banister Jeff Clavier Each investor describes the most unusual situation or pitch that they’ve encountered as an investor.

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187. Transformative Tech for Old World Industry (Jim Kim)


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Jim Kim of Builders VC joins Nick to discuss Transformative Tech for Old World Industry. In this episode, we cover: Quick Backstory/ Path to founding tech? Big news a few years ago that Formation 8 decided not to raise a fund 3. What happened with Formation 8 – why the…

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Investor Stories 113: Lessons Learned (Tananbaum, Ascher, Nahm)


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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Jim Tananbaum Brian Ascher Tae Hea Nahm Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it’s changed their approach.

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186. Seed Investing at the Intersection of Biology & Technology (Jenny Rooke)


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Jenny Rooke of Genoa Ventures joins Nick to discuss Seed Investing at the Intersection of Biology & Technology. In this episode, we cover: Her background in genetics, physics, computer science… and how that lead to venture. How was it to work with Melinda and Bill Gates? You also successfully built…

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Investor Stories 112: Special Edition! Why I Invested in Winston Privacy (Moran, Stokes, Dwyer)


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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following individuals are featured: Nick Moran Rich Stokes Joe Dwyer This will be a unique segment where, Nick Moran of New Stack Ventures and Joe Dwyer of Founder Equity will discuss why they invested in Winston Privacy. Founder of Winston, Rich…

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Investor Stories 111: What’s Next (Wortmann, Moatti, Tusk)


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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Craig Wortmann SC Moatti Bradley Tusk 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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185. “Blessed” Teams, Pseudo Deal Leads, and Caps at Pre vs Post (Ash Rust)


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Ash Rust of Sterling Road joins Nick to discuss “Blessed” Teams, Pseudo Deal Leads, and Caps at Pre vs Post. In this episode, we cover: His beginnings in tech and how that led to starting the fund. What’s the investment thesis at Sterling Road? What’s unique about your approach that…

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Investor Stories 110: Why I Passed (Banister, Cohen, Fein)


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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Cyan Banister David Cohen John Fein Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.

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184. Iconic Companies, Frontier Markets & a Truly Founder Centric Approach (Aydin Senkut)


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Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures joins Nick to discuss Iconic Companies, Frontier Markets & a Truly Founder Centric Approach. In this episode, we cover: Backstory / Path to tech in San Francisco? Prior to founding Felicis Ventures, you were a Product Manager at Google, launching their first 10 international sites,…

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Investor Stories 109: Post Mortems (Kaden, Bahat, Galbut)


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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Rebecca Kaden Roy Bahat Elizabeth Galbut Each investor discusses a portfolio company that did not survive and why it was that they failed.

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183. Automation vs. AI (Adeyemi Ajao)


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Adeyemi Ajao of Base 10 Partners joins Nick to discuss Automation vs. AI. In this episode, we cover: Backstory – Growing up in Spain and Nigeria and his path to entrepreneurship. Previous to Base10 Partners, you had quite a successful career as an entrepreneur, founding highly influential companies such as…

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Investor Stories 108: Strange & Unusual (Simoudis, Cheng, Kimmel)


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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Evangelos Simoudis Cheryl Cheng Wayne Kimmel Each investor describes the most unusual situation or pitch that they’ve encountered as an investor.

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182. Market Cycles, Escalating Costs to Start Up, and the Micro VC Surge (Jeff Clavier)


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Jeff Clavier of Uncork Capital joins Nick to discuss Market Cycles, Escalating Costs to Start Up, and the Micro VC Surge. In this episode, we cover: In 2004 you started making angel investments in emerging Web 2.0 companies and at that time, only a handful of individuals backed entrepreneurs in…

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Investor Stories 107: Lessons Learned (Moatti, Wallace, Pascucci)


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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: SC Moatti Brendan Wallace Vic Pascucci Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it’s changed their approach.

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181. Cram Session, Episodes 130-136 (Nick Moran)


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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: 130. How Amazon, Fitbit & Snap Won; Where Apple, Pebble & Google Did Not, Part 1 (Ben Einstein)…

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Investor Stories 106: What’s Next (Tananbaum, Fein, Anderson)


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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Jim Tananbaum John Fein Sarah Anderson 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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180. The Self-Made Engineer, Angel, and Venture Capitalist (Cyan Banister)


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Cyan Banister of Founders Fund joins Nick to discuss the Self-Made Engineer, Angel, and Venture Capitalist. In this episode, we cover: So, Cyan you have a really interesting story and background that led you to where you are today. Feel free to start wherever makes most sense but can you…

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Investor Stories 105: Why I Passed (Tusk, Bahat, Ascher)


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On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following investors are featured: Bradley Tusk Roy Bahat Brian Ascher Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.

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179. Sales Mastery & Storytelling at Scaling Startups (Craig Wortmann)


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Craig Wortmann of Sales Engine joins Nick to discuss Sales Mastery & Storytelling at Scaling Startups. In this episode, we cover: Craig’s background and how he became involved in the early stage tech community. You’ve spent a lot of time looking at how companies make this difficult transition from the…

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