ANGEL PODCAST

Jason Calacanis interviews the greatest investors on earth.

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1

Cyan Banister

Cyan Banister, former angel investor (Uber, Thumbtack) now Founders Fund Partner, shares with Jason her successes & brutal losses, her formula for choosing successful startups & founders, and her journey from angel investor to VC.

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2

Gil Penchina

Super angel Gil Penchina has invested in 200+ startups throughout his career (incl. LinkedIn, PayPal). He and Jason riff about founder tenacity, how to deal with failing companies, and getting past your own biases.

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4

Ed Roman

Angel & syndicate leader Ed Roman on optimizing for outsized outcomes, leaning on gut & market analysis, not learning the wrong lessons, avoiding fraudulent customers, & swinging for fences (only) in SV.

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5

Zach Coelius

Zach Coelius, founder-turned-angel & Syndicate leader with a $1b exit after only 2yrs investing, shares insights on advising, hustling, deal flow, & the thrill of first market validation.

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6

Ben Narasin

Ben Narasin shares his strategy behind 80+ portfolio co's (with 50% Series A conversions & 3 unicorns), proven thesis on successful startups & founders, & betting on the strength of conviction.

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7

Dave Samuel

Dave Samuel, Freestyle Capital, on the joy & risks of early-stage, qualities of ideal founder, team & product, portfolio favorites, & focused investing as a former entrepreneur.

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8

Pejman Nozad

Pear VC Founding Managing Partner Pejman Nozad shares lessons from selling rugs as an immigrant to seeding 100+ co’s & 6 unicorns, staying disciplined & much more.

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9

Brian Alvey

Ask an Angel! Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey answer investor questions on picking startups, evaluating founders, due diligence, how syndicates work, deal terms & much more.

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10

Matt Brezina

Matt Brezina, investor in 65+ startups (Dropbox, Cruise) & founder (Xobni, Sincerely) shares strategies for backing relentlessly resourceful founder-builders & bringing operational value in return.

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Shaun Abrahamson & Stonly Baptiste

Urban.us partners Shaun Abrahamson & Stonly Baptiste seed & support startups to improve cities, solve climate/housing/transportation, & profit in the expanding urban megaregions & TAM.

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2

Ed Sim

Boldstart Founder Ed Sim on 20yrs seeding 50+ enterprise co’s, how his father’s fleeing N. Korea shaped his VC, NYC deep tech, & being 1st $ in to guide founder-product fit to product-market fit to self-sustainability.

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3

Jeff Clavier

Jeff Clavier, Uncork Capital, on pioneering micro VC, lessons from 200+ investments & 5 funds, strategizing at Seed for Series A crunch, risky ICOs, & the hard-won wisdom of always be raising.

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4

Satya Patel

Satya Patel, Homebrew, on 80+ investments, betting on founders with mission, solving problems over building biz, funding "phases" not stages, portfolio stars, & the critical importance of boards & organizational muscle memory.

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5

Arlan Hamilton

Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital on being a self-taught VC, creating a rocket ship to fund 64+ underrepresented founders in just 2yrs, launching upcoming studio & mastering the art of disciplined investing.

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6

Arjun Sethi

Arjun Sethi, Social Capital on bringing skills as a founder (MessageMe, Lolapps) & Yahoo head of growth to early-stage investing, being candid, taking methodical risks, & the critical importance of rapid-learning, resilient teams

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7

Clara Brenner

Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund shares insights from ~50 investments focused on solving our biggest challenges, importance of tenacity, momentum, culture to scale & positive communication with investors

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8

Rob May

Rob May, investor 45+ co's & founder Talla & Backupify, shares dealbreakers, successful founder patterns, using scar tissue as entrepreneur to be a better angel, creating Talla ICO & future bots, blockchain, & crypto

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9

Pete Flint

Pete Flint, NFX Managing Partner & Trulia Founder, shares insights from entrepreneurship to investing, criteria for $150m seed fund, supporting persistent founders, company-building & culture, targeting markets ripe for disruption, & power of data network effects

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10

Ed Roman

Ask an Angel! Jason Calacanis & Ed Roman answer questions on startup runway concerns, syndicate hit rates, advising best practices, founder updates, due diligence, pro-rata rights, investment legal structures & more.

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1

Christine Tsai

500 Startups Co-founder & Managing Partner Christine Tsai shares lessons from her fund’s 10 unicorns & 2200+ startups across 74 countries, what it takes to be a successful founder, achieving a 26% women-led portfolio, greatest hits/misses, & strong leadership through adversity.

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2

Charles Hudson

Charles Hudson, Managing Partner of Precursor Ventures, shares strategies on the great rewards & risks of pre-seed, betting on founders with unique insight, analyzing market structure vs. size, importance of mobilization to increase SV diversity.

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3

Matt Ocko

Matt Ocko, Managing Partner of Data Collective, invests in deep tech with an algorithmic edge, shares decision-making in difficult markets, building a world-class team, the state of Seed in 2019, being brave & taking risks to create a utopian future.

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4

Mitch Kapor

Mitch Kapor, Partner at Kapor Capital, shares stellar return results of their portfolio’s first-ever Impact Report, investing with purpose to close gaps & back entrepreneurs with distance traveled & much more.

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5

Chris Redlitz

Chris Redlitz, General Partner of Transmedia Capital, shares success of The Last Mile program teaching tech to incarcerated populations, insights from investing/advising in 90+ startups, nurturing networks & much more.

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6

Ben Ling

Ben Ling of Bling Capital (prev. Khosla Ventures), shares strategies from 100+ investments & 9 unicorns, qualities of great founders & teams, assessing market opportunities, the art of startup valuations, and much more.

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7

Mamoon Hamid

Mamoon Hamid, Partner at Kleiner Perkins & expert early investor (Slack, Box, Intercom) on evolving from growth to venture, lessons from founding & leaving Social Capital, exceptional founder qualities, and much more.

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8

Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover, Founder of Weekend Fund & Product Hunt, shares lessons from building his early-stage fund, harnessing excitement for new markets, betting on founders with strong perspectives & much more.

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9

Dave Morin

Dave Morin of Slow Ventures shares insights from 250+ investments (Slack, Pinterest, Twitter), architecting Facebook & building Path, promoting mental health with Sunrise, and much more – Part 1

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10

Dave Morin

In part 2, Dave shares insights on favorite business models & products, backing founders with a tangible sense of inevitability, the rise of two internets, democratization of passion, & much more.

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11

Samantha Wong

Partner at Blackbird Ventures (Canva, Culture Amp), shares insights on the growth of Australia’s startup ecosystem, valuations outside of SV & benefits for investors, focusing on deep tech & “science nonfiction,” and much more.

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1

Sarah Cannon

Sarah Cannon of Index Ventures shares insights on investing in the future of work, underrated emerging startup markets, going from the Obama Administration to Venture Capital, increasing upward mobility in US + more

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2

Dan Rose

Dan Rose, Chairman at Coatue Management is leading a $700M early-stage fund, shares insights on working with Bezos & Zuckerberg during pivotal years at Amazon & Facebook, 100+ angel investments, standout founder traits & more

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3

George Zachary

George Zachary, General Partner at CRV shares insights on cancer scare shifting his focus to investing in health-tech, passing on Google at MDV, CRISPR & "designer babies", coronavirus threat & more!

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4

Sarah Tavel

Sarah Tavel, Partner at Benchmark shares insights on getting recruited by Peter Fenton, disrupting VC gender norms from the inside, transitioning from operator to investor & more

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5

Ajay Agarwal

Ajay Agarwal, Partner at Bain Capital shares insights on culture evolving from sales-driven to product-driven, why enterprise software is the ideal business, best investments & anti-portfolio

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6

Nicole Quinn

Nicole Quinn, Partner at Lightspeed Ventures shares benefits of celebrity founders like Lady Gaga & Gwyneth Paltrow, insights on investing in consumer & power of "Force of Nature" product people

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7

David Cowan

David Cowan, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners shares insights on owning up to his anti-portfolio, understanding sunk cost, top traits for becoming a VC & best Founders & CEOs he's ever worked with.

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8

Sarah Guo

Sarah Guo, General Partner at Greylock Partners shares insights on Greylock's "Zero to One" investment thesis, sharpening her decision-making skills, & product as investment criteria & the changing landscape of VC

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9

Jeff Richards

Jeff Richards of GGV Capital shares lessons for founders & investors from 2008 recession & Dot-com bust, criteria for taking on venture debt, valuing companies in a down market & more

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10

Shawn Carolan

Shawn Carolan, Managing Partner at Menlo Ventures shares insights on his early investments in Uber, Roku, Siri & JUMP Bikes, adjusting his approach in response to hundreds of new venture funds with billions in dry powder & more!

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