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Listen now | Episode 70 This week I’m thrilled to bring you my conversation with Brianne Kimmel, founder and managing partner of Worklife Ventures, a San Francisco-based firm that invests in seed-stage companies focused on the future of work. Worklife started in 2019 with a $5M fund.One interesting point about the fund is that she intentionally was…
 
Listen now | Episode 68 This week I’m absolutely thrilled to bring you my conversation with Frank Rotman, Founding Partner of QED Partners, one of the top Fintech firms in the world. Founded alongside with Nigel Hoffman, QED has invested early in companies such as Credit Karma, Klarna, SoFi, and Nubank. They have $3B in AUM.As many of you that foll…
 
Ripple Ventures Matt Cohen on individual VC personal brands, Hedge funds in tech, portfolio math and front weighting in seed, and investing in Canada Subscribe at ventureunlocked.substack.comBy Samir Kaji
 
Cyrus and Iman are back and they're in person! The Rational VC guys talk to the super impressive founders of Odin, Paddy and Mary. Odin is a platform and community democratising access to early stage investing. In this long-form discussion, Iman and Cyrus talk to the Odin founders about their backgrounds, childhoods, Odin's origin story, Odin's fut…
 
Our guest today is Carter Reum, Co-Founder of M13, a unique venture capital firm that combines a traditional fund, a services platform, and a studio model to support high potential early-stage companies. M13 has AUM of over $650MM and the team has invested in companies Ring, Daily Harvest, Tonal, Thrive Market, Pinterest and many others.Prior to M1…
 
Today, we’re excited to host Megan Bent, founder and managing partner of Harbinger Ventures, a Boulder, CO-based firm that invests in earlier stage CPG companies that feature female or diverse founding teams. Prior to founding Harbinger in 2016, Megan served as Managing Director of Revelry Brands. She began her career in private equity and consumer…
 
Our guest today is Ed Sim, founder and general partner of boldstart ventures, an NYC-based firm started in 2010 with the focus on being a day-one partner for founders. Boldstart had a modest beginning, with only a $1M fund in 2010, it has since grown to just under $500M in AUM. Some of his first check investments include Snyk, Kustomer, BigID, and …
 
Andrew is a seasoned founder (2 exits) and is now the founder of MicroAcquire, a startup acquisition marketplace that helps startups find buyers and get acquired. MicroAcquire has seen tremendous success in a short amount of time. Andrew explains his tough childhood and formative years that led to him becoming an entrepreneur, what it takes to beco…
 
This week we have the treat of hosting Peter Hébert, co-founder and managing partner of Lux Capital, a 21-year-old firm that is a pioneer of deep-tech investing. The firm has nearly $4B in AUM and has led investments in Desktop Metal, Latch, Matterport, and Auris Health which was acquired by J&J in a $6 billion transaction.Prior to Lux, Peter began…
 
On the latest Rational Musings, Iman and Cyrus discuss their favourite principles, spanning investing / business, life and learning. In this Lindy episode, they go deep and share their rational thinking on a list of 116 principles as outlined by Junto Investments. You can also watch this in video format on our youtube channel to see supporting mate…
 
This week we have Alda Leu Dennis, General Partner at Initialized Capital. Founded in 2011, the firm has been an early backer of companies such as Coinbase and Instacart and describes itself as the “Honey Badger” of venture capital. Founded in 2012 with a sub $10MM fund I, they currently ~$1B in AUM. Prior to joining Initialized, Alda was a managin…
 
This week’s guest is Kanyi Maqubela, managing partner of seed-stage firm Kindred Ventures. Kindred has $156 AUM, and the team has previously invested in companies such as Coinbase, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Postmates. Prior to Kindred, Kanyi served as a Partner at Collaborative Fund, where he was an early advisor to Tala and Walker & Co., and a board…
 
Cyrus and Iman discuss their thoughts on authenticity in life, tech, and VC. They also discuss having purpose and performing deep work, whether elite university degrees are becoming a bad investment, applying the Wall Street DNA to Venture, and how Twitter activity influences VC funding outcomes. You can also watch this in video format on our youtu…
 
Our guest today is TJ Nahigian, co-founder and managing partner of Base10 Partners, a SF based early stage firm focusing on investing in companies that help automate the real economy. They currently manage over $600MM in AUM and have invested in companies such as Figma, Notion, Brex, and Plaid.Prior to Base10, TJ was the founder and CEO of Jobr, wh…
 
Today, we have the great pleasure of chatting with Rudina Seseri, Founder of Glasswing Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in AI-powered software companies. With over 17 years of investing and related experience, Rudina has led investments in companies such as Celtra, Crowdtwist, ChaosSearch, Plannuh, Reprise, Inrupt, and Zylote…
 
Samir Kaji is a seasoned Venture Capital banker and now the founder of Allocate - a company disrupting the VC market. Allocate make it easy for investors to access top-tier private alternatives within the technology sector. Samir explains how his idea to build the Allocate platform emerged from his 20+ years of experience working alongside the bigg…
 
I’m thrilled to bring you my conversation with Hadley Harris, one of the founding partners of seed stage investor Eniac Ventures. Over their history, Eniac has invested many amazing companies including AirBnB, Cameo, Hinge, and Soundcloud. After starting with an initial $1.6M Fund I 11 years ago, they currently grown and expanded to now managing ov…
 
As we move towards the end of 2021, we wanted to record an episode that focused on the LP perspective on current capital and ventures. To that end, this week we are joined by joined by Chris Douvos, founder of Ahoy Capital, Elizabeth “Beezer” Clarkson, Managing Director of Sapphire Partners, and Guy Perelmuter, founder of GRIDS Capital.The three of…
 
Cyrus and Iman discuss contrasting management methods in tech, hiring struggles in the marketplace, mimetic desire, environmental factors affecting investor decisions, the Matthew effect in relation to VC performance, and the generational shift within VC. You can also watch this in video format on our youtube channel to see supporting material: htt…
 
My guest today is Heather Hartnett, CEO and founder of Human Ventures, an NYC-based venture firm founded in 2015 that leverages a very unique model that combines traditional fund investing with business creation and startup studio model in order to back and assist exceptional founders. Human Ventures has over $50M AUM, and has four exits including …
 
On this week’s Venture Unlocked episode, we had the pleasure of hosting Donald Stalter, Partner at Global Founders Capital, a global multi-stage venture firm that has raised $1.6B across two funds and has backed companies such as Kalshi (led by Don), Deel, Headway, Slack, Away, Hellofresh, and Brex. The firm has a very unique model that employs cap…
 
Today we’re thrilled to bring you my conversation with Delian Asparouhov of Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley and now Miami based firm that has long been known for backing some of the most category defining companies in the world including SpaceX, Palantir, Facebook, AirBnB, and Stripe. While at Founders Fund, Delian also co-founded Varda Space Indus…
 
Iman and Cyrus discuss Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and Sequoia. They touch on a16z's approach to becoming a venture corporation and Sequoia's leader Doug Leone. The guys also deep dive on the future of expertise, and also on things to consider when becoming a content creator. You can also watch this in video format on our youtube channel to see supp…
 
We’re thrilled to bring you my conversation with Turner Novak, founder of Banana Capital. While fairly new to venture, Turner continually brings some of the most interesting perspectives about technology, and is one of best venture follows on social media. Turner has an incredible backstory on how he broke into VC, and ultimately within a few years…
 
Today, I’m excited to bring you my conversation with Jason Shuman, a partner at NY based Primary Venture Partners. The firm leads seed rounds for companies in NY and has previously invested in companies such as Jet, Mirror, and Latch. The firm recently raised two funds totaling $200MM.Prior to joining Primary, he spent time as Chief Of Staff for GL…
 
Today we’re thrilled to bring you a very unique conversation with Michael Sidgmore, Co-Founder of Broadhaven Ventures and host of the Alt Goes mainstream podcast. Broadhaven Ventures is fintech focused and has invested in several platforms that make alternatives more accessible including, Republic, Party Round, iCapital, Alt, and of course our star…
 
Iman and Cyrus discuss angel investing in detail through the lens of a recent investment they are analysing. They touch on the importance of non-technical due diligence and what to emulate from the best angels. You can also watch this in video format on our youtube channel to see supporting material: https://youtu.be/A7Oki1hxlm8 Materials reference…
 
Today’s episode is with Michael Silton and Alejandro Guerrero of Act One Ventures, a Los-Angeles based firm that invests in pre-seed and seed-stage .Before becoming Managing Director of Act One, Michael was Executive Director of the UCLA VC Fund for three and half years. He was also CEO & Founder of RainMaker Systems(to which he took public) and co…
 
Today’s episode is with Sergio Monsalve, founding partner of Roble Ventures, a seed firm based in Silicon Valley that invests in solutions that help human progress. Their portfolio includes Kahoot, Mosaic, and Dragonboat, among others. Prior to Roble, Sergio spent 14 years at one of the longest standing VC firms, Norwest Venture Partners, where he …
 
Cyrus and Iman discuss the huge advancements in AI by Tesla, showcased in their AI day. They also talk hacker homes and why they're getting funding, Jeff Bezos suing NASA, the damning IPCC report on climate change, and OnlyFans dropping explicit content from its platform. You can also watch this in video format on our youtube channel to see support…
 
Today’s episode is with Semil Shah, founder and general partner at Haystack, a pre-seed and seed-stage supporting outlier founders. Their portfolio includes DoorDash, Instacart, HashiCorp, Figma, Applied Intuition and many more. Subscribe at ventureunlocked.substack.comBy Samir Kaji
 
Will Bruey is CEO & Co-Founder of Varda Space Industries. Varda is pioneering space manufacturing by building the first space factory to launch and return space-made products for terrestrial applications. Varda was incubated in Founders Fund, and has since gone on to raise* over $50MM from investors such as Khosla Ventures, Lux Capital, General Cat…
 
Today we’re thrilled to bring you my conversation with Justin Fishner Wolfson, co-founder and managing partner of 137 Ventures, a growth-stage venture firm that provides both primary investments and customized liquidity solutions to high-growth private technology companies. With four institutional funds and a total AUM of $1.5B, 137 Ventures has ba…
 
Today’s episode is with Jeff Morris, Jr., founder and managing partner of Chapter One Ventures, an early stage product fund that has invested in Lyft, mParticle, Branch Metrics, and CryptoKitties. Their first fund that was raised in 2019 featured tier one investors such as Lightspeed and Sequoia as LPs. Subscribe at ventureunlocked.substack.com…
 
Our guest today is Miriam Rivera, managing director and CEO of Ulu Ventures, an early seed stage venture fund in Silicon Valley focused on IT startups. Currently Ulu Ventures has an AUM of >$200MM and the team has invested in companies such as Palantir, BetterUp, SoFi, Guild, and Span [For full disclosure, Ulu Ventures is also an investor in my sta…
 
Cyrus and Iman discuss whether diversification makes sense through the lens of Apple vs. all the world's unicorns, how fundraising is growing in VC, and the Bezos vs. Branson space race. They also discuss why right now is the best time ever to build a startup or be a Venture Capitalist. You can also watch this in video format on our youtube channel…
 
We’re pleased to provide this week’s episode with Ben Casnocha, founding partner of Village Global.Prior to Village, Ben was an entrepreneur and also acted as Chief of Staff at LinkedIn and Greylock working directly with Reid Hoffman. Ben has also co-authored two New York Times bestselling management books, The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Netw…
 
Listen now | Today’s episode is with Lan Xuezhao, founding partner of Basis Set Ventures which has raised $301M across two funds. Lan is an expert on both AI and human psychology, and with Basis Set, she has combined the two. Lan’s background in Corporate Development at Dropbox and management at McKinsey has contributed to her data driven approach …
 
Listen now (41 min) | Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape. We’re so pleased to bring you my discussion with Monique Woodard of Cake Ventures, a seed-stage firm investing in demographic change. To date, Monique has invested in startups such as Blavity, Court Buddy, M…
 
Cyrus and Iman discuss the ‘deep sickness’ in the UK (vs. US) capital markets according to James Anderson, the rapid growth of startup entrepreneurship during covid, woke culture in big tech, Microsoft making new moves to compete with Apple, and what makes Nvidia a great investment. You can also watch this in video format on our youtube channel to …
 
Listen now (38 min) | Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape. Our guest today is Shauntel Garvey, co-founder and general partner of education tech focused Reach Capital. She has a long history investing in ed-tech companies stemming back from her time at NewSchools Ven…
 
Listen now | On this week’s show, we’re excited to bring you Satya Patel, co-founder and partner at Homebrew, who he started in 2013 with Hunter Walk. Without a doubt, the firm is one of the top seed firms in the industry, counting companies such as Chime, Cruise, Eero, and Anchor as some of their investments. Subscribe at ventureunlocked.substack.…
 
Cyrus and Iman discuss the latest CB Insights report on unicorn companies, whether venture capital has stopped being innovative and risk-taking, Europe lagging behind the US, Babylon health's decision to list via a SPAC, and Tiger Management cubs including Bill Hwang of Archegos Capital. You can also watch this in video format on our youtube channe…
 
Listen now (49 min) | We’re thrilled to bring you my recent talk with Jeff Clavier of Uncork Capital, one of the early trailblazers of the emerging manager community. Jeff started investing in seed full time all the way back in 2004 well before the Micro-VC moniker was even conceived (back then we called them Super Angels). Today the firm is one of…
 
Cyrus and Iman discuss the recent 2021 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting. We covered inflation, innovation affecting the world's largest companies, crazes such as Robinhood, Bitcoin, SPACs, and finally details around Warren Buffett's successor following Charlie Munger's leak. You can also watch this in video format on our youtube channel to see sup…
 
In our latest Rational Musing market roundup, Iman and Cyrus give a Lindy take on some updates in the world of tech. We cover all things Bitcoin, Crypto, and Blockchain, weighing up the pros and cons following comments from Charlie Munger, Nassim Taleb, and Balaji Srinivasan, in addition to the state of European venture capital following recent rep…
 
Listen now | Sometimes the truth is right in front of us and it just takes the right person to see it for it all to make sense, our guest today Stephen DeBerry had such a moment when he first devised the Eastside Thesis. The notion that the wrong side of the tracks has the code word “Eastside” eventually became a viral TED Talk and was a factor in …
 
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