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Veni Vidi VC

I came. I saw. I ventured. Sharing candid conversations with the most interesting personalities of the Venture Capital world.
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Mar 8, 2017

Welcome to the tenth episode of Veni Vidi VC !

This is an exclusive show where we cover the journey of the most interesting personalities of the Venture Capital world. 

SHOWNOTES

This week, we host Kevin Lee, currently Venture Associate at Funders Club, an early-stage Venture Capital firm powered by software which has crowdsourced Lead Partners (LPs). Kevin is a mentor at Techstars, StartEd, Alchemist Accelerator, and Free Ventures. Funders Club is providing a way to democratize the startup investment process from LPs all around the world who want access to deals in Silicon Valley. 

In their office in beautiful Dogpatch in San Francisco, Kevin shares the story of doing soul searching after spending years in Product Management. Starting from learning product strategies through a large Product Manager (PM) community at Product Manager HQ, Kevin went through PM roles at Kabam, AltSchool, eventually leading him to the world of Venture Capital to FundersClub.  

FUN FACT: Kevin runs world's largest Product Slack Community with 2700+ PMs from 500+ companies around the world.

Kevin likes spending his time learning from the following resources to learn more about VCs: 

  1. Deep tech conferences
  2. Industry experts
  3. Professors and other academicians from colleges
  4. Both Sides of the Table by Mark Suster
  5. AVC by Fred Wilson

If you are interested in connecting with Kevin, please use Twitter or reach out to him over email (WARM INTROS PREFERRED) at kevin@fundersclub.com for feedback on your startup or advice on making a career in venture, mentioning "@venividiventure" in the tweet / subject.

Getting in touch:

In order to know more about the show, sponsoring, or nominating a guest, email us at venividiventures@gmail.com

Hosted by:

Nipun Gupta

Nipun Podcast

Dec 9, 2016

Welcome to the ninth episode of Veni Vidi VC !

This is an exclusive show where we cover the journey of the most interesting personalities of the Venture Capital world. 

SHOWNOTES

This week, we host Nima Elyassi-Rad, currently Investor at Indie.vc, a program set-up by O'Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures (OATV). Indie.VC is built for finding, organizing and working with founders who want to build large, scalable businesses on their own terms. They have even shared their term sheets here at http://bryce.vc/post/120533439475/indievc-termsheets-on-github for the savvy startups who want to understand their non-traditional investing methods. 

In a candid and delightful conversation, Nima shares the story of building a scalable startup with unit economics. Nima's journey began from dabbling in finance in his early days of career, to going to business school and becoming a sales fanatic, launching Groupon's largest sales campaign, leading business development at Shippo, and eventually led him way to the world of Venture Capital through Canvas Ventures to OATV (parent of Indie.vc program).

FUN FACT: Nima loves drinking milk tea in traditional Persian style.

Nima likes spending his time learning from the following resources: 

  1. Bryce.VC by OATV co-founder Bryce Robert 
  2. Ben Narasin - GP at Canvas Ventures
  3. Bijan Sabet's Medium - VC at Spark Capital
  4. Both Sides of the Table by Mark Suster
  5. AVC by Fred Wilson

If you are interested in connecting with Nima, please use Twitter or reach out to him over email at nima@oatv.com for feedback on your startup or advice on making a career in venture, mentioning "@venividiventure" in the tweet / subject.

Getting in touch:

In order to know more about the show, sponsoring, or nominating a guest, email us at venividiventures@gmail.com

Hosted by:

Nipun Gupta

Nov 18, 2016

Ryan Johnson

Welcome to the eighth episode of Veni Vidi VC !

This is an exclusive show where we cover the journey of the most interesting personalities of the Venture Capital world. 

SHOWNOTES

This week, we host Ryan Johnson, currently Associate at OurCrowd, an equity-based crowdfunding platform, built for accredited investors to provide venture capital funding for global start-ups. 

I had an amazing conversation with Ryan in the heart of Silicon Valley about the equity crowdfunding and Israeli startup ecosystem. Ryan shares his journey from studying finance in college, to making a small fortune by investing in Apple stocks, doing investment banking on the coasts of La Jolla, and eventually finding his way to a one of the most interesting firms in the exclusive crowdfunding investment world.

FUN FACT: While OurCrowd has made many of its investments in startups based out of United States, its headquarters are based in Jerusalem, Israel.

Ryan likes spending his time on the following resources: 

  1. Academic and Research Papers - currently on Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  2. Twitter
  3. ProductHunt
  4. YCombinator Hacker News
  5. AVC by Fred Wilson

If you are interested in connecting with Ryan, please use Twitter or LinkedIn and reach out to him at https://twitter.com/RyanCTJ or LinkedIn for feedback on your startup or advice on making a career in venture, mentioning "@venividiventure" in the tweet / subject.

Getting in touch:

In order to know more about the show, sponsoring, or nominating a guest, email us at venividiventures@gmail.com

Hosted by:

Nipun Gupta

Oct 21, 2016

Pankaj Jain

Welcome to the seventh episode of Veni Vidi VC !

This is an exclusive show where we cover candid conversations with the most interesting personalities of the Venture Capital world. 

SHOWNOTES

This week, we host Pankaj Jain, currently Partner at 500 Startups, a venture accelerator based out of Silicon Valley. 

In a conversation full of passion about the Indian startup ecosystem, Pankaj shares his journey from starting on the Wall Street, bootstrapping a domestic help startup in India, starting a new accelerator in India, making 50+ angel investments, to eventually finding his way to a one of the most global venture capital accelerator firms.

FUN FACT: Pankaj is one of the few VCs in the world who can give you the best vegetarian restaurant recommendations in New York City, New Delhi, and Bangalore.

Pankaj likes spending his time on the following resources: 

  1. When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein
  2. Headstart Network
  3. Startup Weekend India
  4. Medium
  5. AVC by Fred Wilson
  6. Feld Thoughts by Brad Feld 
  7. 500 Hats by Dave McClure (Founder of 500 Startups)
  8. 500 Kulfi - $25M fund for Indian Startups

If you are interested in connecting with Pankaj, please use Twitter and reach out to him at https://twitter.com/pjain for feedback on your startup or advice on making a career in venture, mentioning "@venividiventure" in the tweet body. You can also connect with him at conferences / events and fill up the form on 500 Kulfi's website to apply - http://500kulfi.co/

PS: Thanks to our previous guest, Utsav Somani for an introduction to Pankaj for making this show happen.

Getting in touch:

In order to know more about the show, sponsoring, or nominating a guest, email us at venividiventures@gmail.com

Hosted by:

Nipun Gupta and Neal Bloom

Oct 7, 2016

Selina Troesch

Welcome to the sixth episode of Veni Vidi VC !

This is an exclusive show where we cover candid conversations with the most interesting personalities of the Venture Capital world. 

SHOWNOTES

This week, we host Selina Troesch, currently Associate at Touchdown Ventures, a "Venture Capital as a service" firm.

In a conversation full of passing the microphone between Nipun and Neal, Selina shares her journey from starting as an Analyst on the Wall Street, craving Los Angeles, going to USC's Marshall Business School, to eventually finding her way to a very interesting VC firm.

FUN FACT: Selina has cleared one of the hardest three-part tests in the financial industry, called CFA. 

Selina's go-to VC resources: 

  1. AVC by Fred Wilson
  2. Gotham Gal by Joanne Wilson 
  3. Both Sides of the Table by Mark Suster
  4. Feld Thoughts by Brad Feld 
  5. CB Insights newsletter
  6. Dan Primack's newsletter - Term Sheet
  7. Strictly VC newsletter

If you are interested in connecting with Selina, please use email and reach out to her at selina@touchdownvc.com for feedback on your startup or advice on making a career in venture, mentioning "Veni. Vidi. VC." in the subject line.

PS: Thanks to our first guest, Brett Munster for an introduction to Selina for making this show happen.

Getting in touch:

In order to know more about the show, sponsoring, or nominating a guest, email us at venividiventures@gmail.com

Hosted by:

Nipun Gupta and Neal Bloom

Sep 26, 2016

Josh Porter

Welcome to the fifth episode of Veni Vidi VC !

This is an exclusive show where we cover candid conversations with the most interesting personalities of the Venture Capital world. 

SHOWNOTES

This week, we host Josh Porter, currently Venture Investor at a family office.

In an amazingly candid interview, Josh shares his journey from starting as a Trader on the Wall Street, working at a Hedge Fund, going to Columbia University's Business School, doing investments for Goldman Sachs, falling in love with Los Angeles, to eventually finding his calling as a Venture Capitalist at a family office.

FUN FACT: Josh may or may not have co-invested in startups with some of the biggest Hollywood stars.

If you are interested in connecting with Josh, please keep your message short and email Josh directly for feedback on your startup or advice on making a career in venture, mentioning "Veni. Vidi. VC." in the subject line.

Getting in touch:

In order to know more about the show, sponsoring, or nominating a guest, email us at venividiventures@gmail.com. 

Hosted by:

Nipun Gupta and Neal Bloom

Nipun Gupta

Sep 14, 2016

Joe Floyd

 

Welcome to the fourth episode of Veni Vidi VC, and we are back in moderate California !

This is an exclusive show where we cover candid conversations with the most interesting personalities of the Venture Capital world. 

SHOWNOTES

This week, we host Joe Floyd, currently Principal at Emergence Capital Partners, the folks who invest in Enterprise Cloud companies.

Joe shares his journey from starting as an Engineer at University of California Berkeley (Cal), a tech M&A job, to hustling as a deal flow expert, and coming back from B school to become Senior Associate at Emergence, and eventually a reliable partner for founders as an investor himself.

If you are interested in connecting with Mr. Floyd, please keep your message short and email Joe directly for feedback on your startup or advice on making a career in venture, mentioning "Veni. Vidi. VC." in the subject line.

Socially, Joe's extremely active on twitter so go ahead and follow him at https://twitter.com/thejoefloyd. Do check out Joe's blog at http://www.josephfloyd.com/ where he writes sporadically about his work.

Getting in touch:

In order to know more about the show, sponsoring, or becoming a guest, email us at venividiventures@gmail.com

Hosted by:

Nipun Gupta and Neal Bloom

Sep 1, 2016

Utsav Somani

 

Welcome to the third episode of Veni Vidi VC, recorded in Delhi, India (instead of our usual California studio) !  We bring you an exclusive show where we cover candid conversations with the most interesting personalities of the Venture Capital world. 

This episode is of immense value to you as a listener if you are interested in Indian startup ecosystem, the arrival of AngelList in India, and raising a fund as an entrepreneur in venture or angel investment from India.

 

SHOWNOTES

This week, we host Utsav Somani, currently Head of India Operations at AngelList.

Utsav shares his journey from getting a Masters in Entrepreneurship in Spain, investing his family money, to getting operational experience at LetsVenture. Feel free to get in touch with him on his AngelList profile https://angel.co/utsav-somani.

If you are an entrepreneur in India, please create a profile on https://angel.co and email Utsav directly for feedback on your idea or advice, mentioning "Veni. Vidi. VC." in the subject line.

Check out his personal website and link to his social media profiles at http://www.utsavsomani.com/home.

 

Getting in touch:

In order to know more about the show, sponsoring, or becoming a guest, email us at venividiventures@gmail.com

 

Hosted by:

Nipun Gupta

Neal Bloom

Neal Bloom

 

 

Aug 22, 2016

Welcome to the second episode of Veni Vidi VC ! Follow us on Twitter @venividiventure and subscribe to our Soundcloud profile

 

In this exclusive show, we cover candid conversations with the most interesting personalities of the Venture Capital world. In each episode, we cover a different VC luminary's journey and inspirations to get where they are now. 

 

SHOWNOTES

 

This week, we host Austin Neudecker, currently Head of Growth at Rev.com.

 

Austin shares his journey from getting an MBA at an Ivy League, becoming a Venture Capitalist at Genacast ventures, to getting operational experience at Rev. Feel free to get in touch with him on his Twitter @aus_n.

 

If you are an entrepreneur in the San Diego area, please check out http://startupsd.org/ and email Austin directly for feedback on your startup idea or suggestions, mentioning "Veni. Vidi. VC." in the subject line.

 

Check out his personal blog at https://aneudecker.com/

 

Getting in touch:

In order to know more about the show, sponsoring, or becoming a guest, email us at venividiventures@gmail.com

 

Aug 15, 2016

Welcome to the first ever episode of Veni Vidi VC !

This is an exclusive show where we cover candid conversations with the most interesting personalities of the Venture Capital world. 

 

SHOWNOTES

We had an incredible opportunity of hosting Brett Munster from AITV where Brett shares his journey from being a baseball player at Cal Athletics to becoming a Venture Capitalist. Feel free to get in touch with him on his Twitter @bmunst or email him directly. Check out his blog at The Road Less Ventured.

Getting in touch:

In order to know more about the show, sponsoring, or becoming a guest, email us at venividiventures@gmail.com

Hosted by:

Nipun Gupta and Neal Bloom

 

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