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Origins is a podcast about Limited Partners, the firms and institutions that invest in venture capital funds. Through a series of interviews, we explore what has historically been an opaque corner of the startup ecosystem and learn how the people behind the capital make decisions. This podcast was created by Alex Lines and Nick Chirls, partners at Notation.
 
Welcome to Seed to Scale. The podcast where Eniac Ventures sits down with founders, investors, and influencers to discuss all things startups and seed stage. Each episode will be hosted by an Eniac General Partner - Hadley Harris, Nihal Mehta, Tim Young or Vic Singh - to talk about the ups and downs of building an early-stage company, securing funding and what it takes to build a lasting business. Send topics or guest suggestions to seedtoscale@eniac.vc or @seedtoscale, and please subscribe, ...
 
Scaling and growing a startup can be tricky (and sometimes mysterious). It requires leaders to have a breadth of knowledge on company-building strategies across marketing, sales, product, and talent. The Startup Guide to Growth, hosted by Sapphire Ventures, is the definitive podcast on growth strategies for startups. This podcast's mission is to provide leaders with the knowledge to help scale their business by hearing from accomplished company operators and builders. Join us as we demystify ...
 
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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Sapphire Partners continues their #OpenLP miniseries takeover by hosting Kim Lew, CEO and President of Columbia University’s endowment. During the conversation, Sapphire’s Nate Leung chats with Kim on topics including: How institutional managers consider and approach risk, particularly in the context of venture investing; Differences between founda…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
On this brand new season of Origins, we're passing the torch to our friends at Sapphire Partners to host an exciting new miniseries. Beezer Clarkson, Nate Leung and the team at Sapphire Partners are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced LPs in the industry, and we're extremely excited to listen as they interview a slew of amazing new guest…
 
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. Get on the email list at ventureunlocked.substack.comBy Samir Kaji
 
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. Get on the email list at ventureunlocked.subs…
 
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…
 
How do you set up your company for GTM success in Europe? Rico Mallozzi’s guest today is Robbie O'Connor, the General Manager of Notion, who’s had considerable experience with Google and Dropbox. In this episode, Robbie discusses how Europe presents incredible opportunities, but also incredible challenges, especially for startup tech companies. Fir…
 
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…
 
Building anchor partnerships is key to building your business. When it comes to channel partners, finding the right people is always the goal. Build partnerships around the world to help spread your brand. Learn how to find anchor partnerships with Seann Gardiner. Seann is the Senior Vice President of ThoughtSpot, who handles all their partnerships…
 
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 …
 
Selling open source is different from selling in an enterprise SaaS environment. Rico Mallozzi's guest is Javier Molina, the Senior Vice President of MongoDB. Javier discusses with Rico how the reality of every business is the need to drive revenue. This is where the open-source managed service model comes in. In this model, the core functionality …
 
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…
 
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…
 
As SaaS companies continue to thrive in today's digital age, they are expected to constantly innovate as technological innovations happen. This makes the role of growth in this sector extremely important. Rico Mallozzi is joined by Marie Gassée, the VP of Growth at Confluent, to explain how they approach massive changes and shifts in today's ever-e…
 
Revenue operations is an increasingly trendy model of commercial leadership that essentially brings together the operational teams under an umbrella leadership that allows for greater coordination. As companies look to transform, accelerate revenue, and improve productivity, the RevOps model eliminates the siloed nature of these operational teams a…
 
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. Get on the email list at ventureunlock…
 
Sales is the lifeblood of a company's growth trajectory. However, when not properly executed, it can be a contributor for cost overruns and stalled growth. So what can you do to veer away from underperformance in your sales organization and achieve the results you should be getting? Stephen Hallowell of Highspot joins this episode to give us the an…
 
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…
 
Digital experience is all about giving people the best experience with as little friction as possible. DocuSign uniquely excels in this regard with a core product that is itself digital. Through its well-known eSignature product, DocuSign has become an early adapter of product-led growth before that very concept even existed. As people started to f…
 
When startups think about growth, they often focus on product and sales, but what is commonly overlooked is the critical role design can play in customer adoption. Steve Boak, the VP of Product Design at Datadog, and Rico Mallozzi explore the role of design in a developer tool company, how design can be a contributor to product adoption and growth,…
 
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 …
 
Usage-based pricing is not new. We’ve been using it for decades on our electric bills and whatnot. What’s new is that it has gained a lot more acceptance at present when it comes to pricing enterprise software. What is driving this acceptance and how has it helped SaaS startups in their growth? Sam Lee, the Director of Pricing Strategy and Monetiza…
 
There is no one standard in creating a sales engine for a team, but any leader can drive everyone towards success by knowing the right factors to take into consideration for this. Joining Rico Mallozzi to discuss the right recipe for this is Kyle Coleman, the VP of Revenue Growth & Enablement for Clari. Together, they share how to determine the rig…
 
Listen now (46 min) | Amplify Partners has quickly become one of the true breakouts from the early emerging manager movement. Led by Sunil Dhaliwal, who started Amplify nearly a decade ago after a 14 year tenure at Battery Ventures, the firm has over $750MM in AUM and has invested in companies such as Datadog and Fastly. Get on the email list at ve…
 
How does a tech startup claim its rightful place among the ranks of goliath competitors? The team at Sumo Logic knows that it can’t just ram its head against 800-pound gorillas in the marketplace, so it devised ways to enter the house from the sides. The company’s Chief Revenue Officer, Steve Fitz is here on the show to explain how Sumo Logic combi…
 
Listen now (38 min) | Follow me @samirkaji for my ongoing thoughts on the private fund markets. Over the last decade, we’ve seen a surge of VC firms formed by those that spent their entire lives as entrepreneurs. NFX is one of those firms, and in 2016, ex-Trulia founder Pete Flint Get on the email list at ventureunlocked.substack.com…
 
Listen now (42 min) | Limited partners come in a few different varieties, one of the largest, but also most opaque groups is that of the Family Offices, and today’s guest Jamie Rhode, CFA, Vice President at Verdis Investment Management, gives us a glimpse into the large family office world. Get on the email list at ventureunlocked.substack.com…
 
Listen now (34 min) | Contrarian based investing requires extreme conviction, and the ability to consistently invest in founders and businesses that don’t always have mainstream acceptance. Bullpen Capital has long been known as a firm that will not shy away from the overlooked companies, but instead seeks out the undiscovered gems to drive alpha f…
 
Listen now (41 min) | On this week’s show, we are joined by Ashmeet Sidana, founder and chief engineer at Engineering Capital, a seed stage firm with $139.5M AUM. Prior to founding Engineering Capital in 2015, Ashmeet spend nearly 10 years at Foundation Capital which he joined after various technical roles at companies such as VMware and Silicon Gr…
 
Listen now (35 min) | Non-traditional paths into venture have been a common theme among many emerging managers, and our guest this week, Katie Jacobs Stanton, founder of Moxxie Ventures, is no exception. Katie started her career as a Banker at JP Morgan, but subsequently worked within the Obama White house as special advisor to the office of innova…
 
Listen now (43 min) | In venture, many people speak about being contrarian, but very few investors truly are comfortable with consistently thinking outside of mainstream consensus. One exception is Daniel Leff, co-founder of Waverley Capital. Waverley was founded in 2019 with Edgar Bronfmann, Jr. and is focused on investing in media start-ups. Get …
 
Listen now (41 min) | Today, we’re seeing major startup hubs emerge across the US (and globally). Up until fairly recently, LA was not considered a major US technology and venture hub. My guest on this week’s episode, Brian Garrett, has been in the LA venture ecosystem for two decades now. He also co-founded Get on the email list at ventureunlocked…
 
Listen now (21 min) | The use of data is playing a bigger and bigger role in our everyday lives. Venture is no exception, but most of data use in VC is related to sourcing, picking, and helping founders. My guest today, Kelsey Chase, co-founded a company called Aumni that uses granular level data contained in deal docs to help managers have a much …
 
Listen now (39 min) | Our guest today is Lindsay Lee, managing member of Authentic Ventures. Lindsay has over 20 years of investing experience in technology. Prior to starting Authentic, he served as CIO for an investment management firm to which he helped grow to almost $1B in assets and also managed a family office where he focused on seed and ea…
 
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