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...
20VC: WHY THE THEORY OF PRO-RATA CAN OFTEN BE FALSE, HOW ROLLING FUNDS IMPACT BOTH PRICING AND COMPETITION
Jan 08, 2021
Avlok Kohli is the CEO of AngelList Venture which has facilitated the funding of over 5,000 startups including 47 unicorns and is home to 4,300 funds and syndicates with $2.2B in assets under manag...
DIVERSITY EQUITY & INCLUSION: DARYN DODSON – TRAINING AND ACTION AT ILLUMEN CAPITAL
Jan 08, 2021
Daryn Dodson is the founder of Illumen Capital, a venture fund of funds that seeks to invest in the best impact fund managers and takes them through a process to reduce implicit bias in their business...
Adding Value in Today’s Venture Capital Market with Peterson Ventures’ Ben Capell
Sep 25, 2020
The proliferation of venture capital funds, accelerators, and other startup resources has left many VCs wondering how to deliver unique value to their portfolio companies and how to scale that value t...
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...
20VC: SPACS. WHAT ARE THEY? WHY NOW? HOW DO THEY CHANGE THE VENTURE LANDSCAPE? ARE THEY BETTER THAN IPOS & DIRECT LISTINGS? HOW SHOULD FOUNDERS THINK ABOUT THEM?
Sep 04, 2020
Kevin Hartz is Co-Founder & Partner @ A*, a newly listed special acquisition company which raised $200M to acquire and take public a tech startup. Kevin is also the Co-Founder, former CEO, and Ch...
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...
Widening the Aperture in Venture Capital: A Conversation about Expanding Diversity & Inclusion in Silicon Valley and Beyond
Aug 02, 2020
The data tell the story: Less than 1% of venture capital in the United States is invested in companies led by Black entrepreneurs. Add "female" as a data filter and it drops to 0.2%. Amid reckoning wi...
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...
20VC: ELAD GIL ON STARTUP OFFENSE AND DEFENCE IN A RECESSION, HOW THE VENTURE LANDSCAPE HAS SHIFTED & ALL THINGS VALUATIONS, SECONDARIES AND LAYOFFS
May 26, 2020
Elad Gil is one of Silicon Valley’s most successful and prominent angels of the last decade with a portfolio including the likes of Stripe, Square, Airbnb, Pinterest, Instacart, Flexport and Brex t...
Crisis Coverage w/ Beezer Clarkson – Platform LP; Allocations in a Down-Market; COVID Strategy Drift; and Emerging Manager Selection
May 19, 2020
Beezer Clarkson of Sapphire Ventures joins Nick on a special Crisis Coverage installment to discuss Platform LP; Allocations in a Down-Market; COVID Strategy Drift; and Emerging Manager Selection. In ...
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...
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...
Steve Nelson – Assisting Private Equity Allocators Through Turbulent Times at ILPA
Apr 08, 2020
Steve Nelson is CEO of the Institutional Limited Partners Association or ILPA, a non-profit that engages, empowers and connects limited partners (LPs) to maximize their performance. It has over 500 me...
Crisis Coverage – LP Lessons from ’01 and ’08, The Denominator Effect, Capital Calls & Fundraising in a Down Market
Apr 06, 2020
Chris Douvos of Ahoy Capital joins Nick on a special Crisis Coverage installment to discuss the LP Lessons from ’01 and ’08, The Denominator Effect, Capital Calls & Fundraising in a Down Marke...
Crisis Coverage – Relief $ for Startups via CARES Act, EIDL, PPP; & How an Extended Downturn Affects Emerging VC Funds
Apr 06, 2020
Samir Kaji of First Republic joins Nick on a special Crisis Coverage installment to discuss Relief $ for Startups via CARES Act, EIDL, PPP; & How an Extended Downturn Affects Emerging VC Funds. In...
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...
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...
“Portfolio Construction” w/ Beezer Clarkson, Alda Leu Dennis and Trae Vassallo
Jan 28, 2020
This is a special episode of Origins focused entirely on the concept of VC portfolio construction. We recorded this discussion as a panel with three guests that provide different perspectives on this ...
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...
NEAL TRIPLETT AND KIM LEW – ISSUES OF MANAGEMENT AT DUKE AND CARNEGIE (EP.116)
Jan 02, 2020
Neal Triplett is the CIO of DUMAC, the organization that oversees Duke University’s $19 billion endowment, and Kim Lew is the CIO of the Carnegie Corporation, where she manages the $3.5 billion foun...
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: INSIDE THE MIND OF A LEADING LP: HOW LPS EVALUATE NEW FUND MANAGERS ON EVERYTHING FROM FIRST MEETING TO PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION TO FEES AND CARRY WITH LISA EDGAR, MANAGING DIRECTOR @ TOP TIER CAPITAL PARTNERS
Nov 13, 2019
Lisa Edgar is a Managing Director @ Top Tier Capital Partners, one of the leading venture fund of funds over the last decade. Included in their stellar fund portfolio is the likes of Index, Initiali...
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,...
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,...
Episode #7: Venture Capital Liquidity: Innovative Solutions for Today and the Future
Jul 29, 2019
Venture capital funds are typically structured to have a 10-year lifespan, but venture-backed companies often take more than 10 years to achieve an exit and return capital to their investors. So what...
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...
20VC: The Framework LPs Use To Assess Emerging Managers & The Current State of Seed Today
Jan 23, 2019
20VC: The Framework LPs Use To Assess Emerging Managers, What Concerns and Excites LPs in Potential Opportunities & The Current State of Seed Today with Hunter Somerville, Partner @ Greenspring As...