Deena Shakir from Lux Capital speaks about firm culture, solving the diversity issue, and how portfolio management is a team sport
Jan 08, 2021
Deena Shakir is a General Partner at Lux Capital, a firm founded in 2000 and has since raised $2.5 billion. Lux invests in emerging science and deep technology startups such as Auris Health, Cerulea...
REID HOFFMAN ON HOW TO THINK THROUGH OWNERSHIP AND PRICE IN VENTURE & HOW TO ENSURE VENTURE PARTNERSHIPS ALWAYS HAVE TRUST AND A LEARNING MINDSET
Dec 11, 2020
Reid Hoffman is a Silicon Valley stalwart in the modern technology world. On the investing side, he is a Partner @ Greylock, one of the leading venture firms of the last 2 decades with a portfolio i...
Karey Barker, founder of Cross Creek on an Emerging Asset Class: Late Stage Private Growth Companies
Sep 22, 2020
Karey Barker founded Cross Creek Advisors, a growth-focused venture capital firm, inside of $22b Wasatch Global Investors in 2006. Cross Creek invests in leading venture-backed companies and venture f...
Common Traits Shared by Top GPs, Why Underrepresented Fund Managers Will Produce Superior Returns (Lo Toney)
Sep 21, 2020
Lo Toney of Plexo Capital joins Nick to discuss Common Traits Shared by Top GPs, Why Underrepresented Fund Managers Will Produce Superior Returns, and SPACs vs. Direct Listings vs. IPOs. In this episo...
Kate Shillo Beardsley talks about future of venture capital investing in new economy
Aug 28, 2020
Kate is the Founding Partner of Hannah Grey investing at the intersection of human behavior and technology in the new economy. She was previously at Upslope Ventures and was a Founding Member of Lerer...
20VC: SAHIL LAVINGIA ON ROLLING FUNDS AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE FUTURE OF VENTURE
Aug 28, 2020
Sahil Lavingia is the Founder and CEO @ Gumroad, the company that helps creators do more of what they love. However, most recently Sahil has made waves launching one of the first rolling funds on An...
20VC: WHY ENTREPRENEURS CARE LESS ABOUT FIRM BRAND AT SEED, HOW LPS SHOULD THINK ABOUT GP COMMIT & HOW THE WORLD OF LPS AND FUNDRAISING WILL CHANGE POST COVID WITH APURVA MEHTA, MANAGING PARTNER @ SUMMIT PEAK INVESTMENTS
Aug 20, 2020
Apurva Mehta is the Managing Partner @ Summit Peak Investments, investing in early-stage venture capital funds and making direct co-investments. To date they have backed the likes of Raymond Tonsing...
Notes from an interview: What do Big Society Capital look for in emerging managers?
Jul 23, 2020
Last week we held our 4th FutureWorldVC event - this time virtual. Diverse VC’s from around the world joined me as together we grilled Dougie Sloan, Investment Director at Big Society Capital, a lea...
20VC: Oren Zeev On Why Diversification Is Overrated, The Downside Of Thematic Investing, Making Quality Decisions In Uncertain Conditions & Why He Has No Reserves Allocation
Jul 10, 2020
Oren Zeev is the Founding Partner @ Zeev Ventures, one of the best and most under the radar firms in the early stage Silicon Valley landscape. Over the past decade, Oren has backed the likes of Trip...
GP and LP Alignment, Challenges for Emerging Fund Managers, and How the Explosion in Seed Fund Volume Plays Out
Jul 08, 2020
Jaclyn Hester of Foundry Group joins Nick on a special Crisis Coverage installment to discuss GP and LP Alignment, Challenges for Emerging Fund Managers, and How the Explosion in Seed Fund Volume Play...
20VC: How Fundraising for Funds Has Changed in the World of Covid, the Benefits of Managers Selling Part of Their Gp & How to Think Through Your “minimum Viable Fund Size” With Lo Toney, Founding Managing Partner @ Plexo Capital
Jun 30, 2020
Lo Toney is the Founding Managing Partner @ Plexo Capital, a very unique firm making both direct investments and fund investments. They have invested in Precursor, Boldstart, Female Founders Fund an...
Want To Solve Venture Capital’s Diversity Problem? Start With Pension Funds
Jun 22, 2020
For all the well-intentioned talk on social media and beyond about the need for diversity and inclusion after the killing of George Floyd, there is one thing that speaks louder than anything else in ...
She-VC: Holly Maloney from General Catalyst discusses Rise of Full Stack Venture Capital Fund
May 24, 2020
VC is a very hard industry to prepare for. There is no MBA or coursework that prepares you for early stage or late stage investing. Holly Maloney, Managing Director from General Catalyst VC Fund dis...
20VC: SARAH KUNST ON WHY THERE IS PLENTY OF INVESTOR MONEY STILL AVAILABLE, THE MEGAN MARKLE EFFECT AND HOW IT IMPACTS HIRING AND TALENT & WHETHER GP COMMITS PREVENT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
May 13, 2020
Sarah Kunst is the Founder and Managing Director @ Cleo Capital with a portfolio including the likes of StyleSeat, Glow Bar and PlateJoy to name a few. Prior to venture, Sarah served as a senior ad...
Feeling Stretched by COVID-19? Outsourcing and Delegating with Foundry Group’s Seth Levine
May 08, 2020
Seth Levine has been a MergeLane investor and advisor since the very beginning. I invited Seth to join the show because we’ve had some nice conversations about the challenge we each have in managing...
We surveyed 90 top VCs globally on investing, raising funds, and portfolio support in the COVID era
May 08, 2020
In moments of uncertainty, it helps to gather a cumulative idea of how VCs at top performing funds around the world are thinking. We reached out directly to 90 venture capital partners at prominent ...
20VC: UPFRONT’S MARK SUSTER ON COVID REDEFINING WHAT A GREAT COMPANY LOOKS LIKE AND WHAT VALUATIONS LOOK LIKE, WHY PAY-TO-PLAY IS BACK ON THE TABLE & WHY WE WILL SEE THE DEATH OF PARTY ROUNDS
Apr 24, 2020
Mark Suster is the Managing Partner @ Upfront Ventures, one of LA’s leading and largest venture firms with a portfolio including the likes of Bird, GOAT, Maker Studios and Ring.com to name a few. ...
20VC: ARE VCS STILL “OPEN FOR BUSINESS”, HOW VCS ATTITUDE TO RISK HAS CHANGED & THE 2 MOST VALUABLE ASSETS TO FOUNDERS TODAY WITH FRED DESTIN, FOUNDING PARTNER @ STRIDE VC
Apr 10, 2020
Fred Destin is a Founding Partner @ Stride.VC, one of Europe’s newest and largest early-stage seed firms. Prior to co-founding Stride, Fred was a General Partner @ Accel where he was the lead inve...
Permanent (Evergreen) Capital Structures For Private Equity / Venture Capital Funds
Mar 18, 2020
The reason for that article is the following: I noticed that one of our most popular articles, was being searched on our website by fund managers who had gone beyond their extended fund period and w...
20VC: INDEX VENTURES PARTNER, MARK GOLDBERG ON THE QUESTIONS FOUNDERS MUST ASK A MULTI-STAGE FUND BEFORE TAKING THEIR MONEY AT SEED
Mar 06, 2020
Mark Goldberg is a Partner @ Index Ventures, one of the leading venture firms of the last decade with a portfolio including the likes of Dropbox, Revolut, Supercell, Plaid and Transferwise to name a...
The Venture Capital Math Problem Revisited (aka How Could You Be So Wrong?)
Feb 28, 2020
I argued that the venture capital business could not sustain more than $20bn a year of new capital coming into it and continue to produce good returns to the investors in VC funds. The venture capit...
20VC: VINOD KHOSLA ON WHAT VENTURE ASSISTANCE REALLY MEANS, WHY MANY VCS ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO ADVISE FOUNDERS & WHY STARTUPS CAN INNOVATE SO MUCH FASTER THAN INCUMBENTS
Feb 28, 2020
Vinod Khosla is the Founder Khosla Ventures, one of the valley’s most renowned firms of the last decade with a portfolio including Square, Affirm, DoorDash, Impossible Foods and OpenDoor just to nam...
20VC: LESSONS FROM 150 ANGEL INVESTMENTS INTO THE LIKES OF CARTA, GUSTO, AIRTABLE AND SUPERHUMAN, CREATING ALGORITHMS AND MODELS FOR INVESTING AT SEED
Feb 14, 2020
Jude Gomila is the Founder & CEO @ Golden, creating the world’s first self-constructing knowledge database built by artificial and human intelligence. To date, Jude has raised from some of th...
MEET FIRST ROUND CAPITAL’S NEWEST PARTNER, HOW TO APPROACH GENERATIONAL TRANSITION AS A VENTURE FIRM & THE DANGERS OF ATTRIBUTION IN VENTURE
Feb 07, 2020
Todd Jackson is First Round Capital‘s newest Partner having spent the last 2 years as a Founder-in-Residence working with the FRC portfolio. Prior to his time in venture, Todd spent close to 3 yea...
20VC: PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION, OPTIMISING SPVS, OPPORTUNITY INVESTING: SUMEET GAJRI, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER @ CARTA
Jan 17, 2020
Sumeet Gajri is the Chief Strategy Officer @ Carta, the startup that helps companies and investors manage their cap tables, valuations, investments, and equity plans. Sumeet is largely responsible f...
20VC: BOXGROUP’S DAVID TISCH ON WHETHER CONCENTRATED INVESTING AT SEED WORKS, DO FOUNDERS REALLY WANT DIRECT FEEDBACK AND IS IT GOOD FOR THEM & WHY CONSUMER SOCIAL IS INTERESTING AGAIN
Dec 06, 2019
David Tisch is the Founder & Managing Partner @ BoxGroup, one of the leading early-stage firms in NYC with a portfolio that includes the likes of Flexport, RigUp, Ro, Glossier, Clearbit, PillPa...
20VC: WORKLIFE VENTURES’ BRIANNE KIMMEL ON WHY MORE OPERATORS SHOULD START THEIR OWN FUND, HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR ROUND FOR THE HIGHEST SIGNAL ROUND & WHAT THE MULTI-STAGE FUNDS PLAYING AT SEED MEANS FOR THE REST OF THE ASSET CLASS
Oct 25, 2019
Brianne Kimmel is the Founder and Managing Partner @ Work Life Ventures, a very new firm focused on the future of work backed by some of the best in the valley including Marc Andreesen, Chris Dixon,...
VC Funds 101: Understanding Venture Fund Structures, Team Compensation, Fund Metrics and Reporting
Oct 07, 2019
Managing a venture capital firm has many similarities to managing a startup. Just like startup founders, VC firms’ founders pitch investors and raise money continuously. Carry Pools are equivalent t...
20VC: HAYSTACK’S SEMIL SHAH ON HOW FUND STRATEGY CHANGES WITH FUND SCALING & WHY THE HARDEST CHALLENGE IS PRICE DISCIPLINE
Sep 20, 2019
Semil Shah is the Founder & General Partner @ Haystack, one of the valley’s leading seed funds of the last 5 years with a portfolio including the likes of Instacart, DoorDash, Carta, OpenDoor,...
20VC: BENCHMARK’S BILL GURLEY ON 5 TRAITS BENCHMARK LOOK FOR WHEN ADDING TO THE PARTNERSHIP, WHY THE ABUNDANCE OF CAPITAL IS TODAY’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN VC
Jun 28, 2019
Bill Gurley is a General Partner @ Benchmark Capital, one of the most successful funds of the last decade with a portfolio including the likes of Uber, Twitter, Dropbox, WeWork, Snapchat, StitchFix,...
20VC: WHY HISTORICAL LOSS RATIOS ARE SIMPLY TOO HIGH, JONATHAN HSU, CO-FOUNDER AND GENERAL PARTNER @ TRIBE CAPITAL
Jun 21, 2019
Jonathan Hsu is Co-Founder & General Partner @ Tribe Capital, one of Silicon Valley’s newest funds on the block being founded by Jonathan, Arjun Sethi and Ted Maidenberg. To date, Tribe has in...
20VC: WHY PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION IS INEFFICIENT, WHY THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IN VENTURE IS PRICING & THE FUTURE OF VENTURE
Jun 11, 2019
Zach Coelius is Managing Partner @ Coelius Capital and in his own words, “a pretty eclectic investor who loves to see just about any deal”. To date, Zach has made investments in the likes of mPa...
LP survey results: What LP’s are saying about emerging venture manager funds
May 21, 2018
This post serves a part one of a two part series that Beezer Clarkson at Sapphire Ventures and I are co-authoring to help VC’s (specifically emerging managers) navigate through fundraising cycles an...