Origins - A podcast about Limited Partners, created by Notation Capital

Origins - A podcast about Limited Partners, created by Notation Capital

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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.


Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, The Chainsmokers + Mantis VC
Aug 11 • 48 min
In this special episode of Origins, we interview Alex Pall and Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers, one of the most successful artists and producers in the world, and now active VCs through their firm Mantis. We discuss how they got into music, their break…
Josh Kopelman, First Round Capital
Jul 7 • 40 min
Josh Kopelman is the co-founder of First Round Capital, a pioneering seed-stage venture capital firm. He’s been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since it’s commercialization. He co-founded Infonautics while still an undergrad…
Hunter Somerville, Greenspring Associates
Jun 24 • 51 min
Hunter Somerville is a General Partner at Greenspring Associates and is responsible for the sourcing and due diligence efforts on fund, direct and secondary opportunities. He’s also actively involved in the assessment of micro-vc managers for the Firm.…
Atul Rustgi, Accolade Partners
Jun 2 • 46 min
Atul Rustgi is a Partner at Accolade, working across both early-stage venture and late-stage growth equity strategies. Prior to joining Accolade in 2007, Atul worked at McKinsey & Co. and the Robin Hood Foundation. In this episode, we discuss Atul’s…
Kanyi Maqubela, Kindred Ventures
May 13 • 59 min
Kanyi Maqubela is a Managing Partner at Kindred Ventures. He previously served as a Partner at Collaborative Fund, where he was an early advisor to Tala and Walker & Co., and a board member at Buffer, Camino Financial, Spruce, and True Link. Kanyi is also…
Ciaran O’Leary, BlueYard
Apr 14 • 49 min
Ciaran O’Leary is a co-founder and general partner at BlueYard, a thesis-driven early-stage venture capital firm based in Germany. In the past several years, BlueYard has backed companies like Protocol Labs (Filecoin) and Open Source Coin in the…
Mark Suster, Upfront Ventures
Mar 3 • 55 min
Mark Suster is the Managing Partner at Upfront. He previously was the founder & CEO of two successful enterprise software companies, the most recent of which was sold to Salesforce.com where Mark became VP, Products. He’s also one of the OG VC bloggers at…
“Portfolio Construction” w/ Beezer Clarkson, Alda Leu Dennis and Trae Vassallo
Jan 28 • 65 min
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 important topic. Beezer Clarkson is an LP and managing…
Chad Byers, Susa Ventures
Jan 7 • 52 min
Chad Byers is a co-founder and partner at Susa Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund based in SF that has backed companies like Robinhood, Flexport, and Andela. Chad discusses growing up in Silicon Valley, his path to venture, the unusual founding story of…
Lo Toney, Plexo Capital
Dec 11, 2019 • 50 min
Lo Toney is the founding managing partner of Plexo Capital, a new $42.5 million fund incubated inside of GV focused on making investments in seed-stage VC firms led by women or people of color. In addition to investing as LPs, Plexo Capital makes direct…
Fabrice Grinda, FJ Labs
Oct 1, 2019 • 59 min
Fabrice Grinda is the founder of FJ Labs, a company co-creation and investment firm, focused on marketplace businesses. FJ Labs has invested in companies such as Flexport, Shippo, Lime, Brightroll, among many others. Fabrice is also a serial entrepreneur,…
Paul Mace, Tufts University
Sep 10, 2019 • 43 min
Paul Mace is the Director of Investments for Private Equity and Real Estate in the Tufts University Investment Office. He is responsible for evaluating private market managers and their investment strategies to potentially include in the university’s…
Beezer Clarkson hosts Anne Martin, CIO of Wesleyan University
Aug 6, 2019 • 49 min
In this special episode of Origins, Beezer Clarkson of Sapphire Partners hosts Anne Martin, the Chief Investment Officer of Wesleyan University. Anne was previously a Director of Investments at Yale University, where she oversaw the private and natural…
Bryce Roberts, Indie VC
Jul 16, 2019 • 56 min
Bryce Roberts is the founder of Indie VC, a 12-month program and venture fund designed to fund and support founders on a path to profitability. Before that, Bryce was a co-founder of OATV in 2005, one of the earliest seed focused VC firms, where they…
David Fauchier, Cambrial Capital
Feb 26, 2019 • 55 min
David Fauchier is the co-founder of Cambrial Capital, an investment firm based in London deploying a thesis-driven fund of funds strategy focused on the digital assets space. David has previous experience as a product leader and angel investor in Europe,…
Lindsay Larsen, UVIMCO
Feb 5, 2019 • 52 min
Lindsay Larsen is a managing director at UVIMCO, which represents the University of Virginia’s $9B+ endowment. At UVIMCO, Lindsay co-heads the endowment’s venture capital investing, as well as hedge fund investing and the growth equity portfolio. She…
Manu Kumar, K9 Ventures
Jan 15, 2019 • 54 min
Manu Kumar is the founder of K9 Ventures, a technology-focused Pre-Seed fund based in Palo Alto, California. K9 Ventures was the first “pre-seed” venture firm in the industry, and Manu was the earliest investor in companies like Twilio, Lyft, Carta,…
Conrad Shang, UTIMCO
Dec 18, 2018 • 55 min
Conrad Shang is a Director at UTIMCO, The University of Texas and Texas A&M Endowment, where he leads the VC portfolio for one of the largest university endowments in the country. He’s been on both sides of the table, having also previously been a VC at…
Zach Aarons, Metaprop
Nov 27, 2018 • 58 min
Zach Aarons is a co-founder and partner at Metaprop, an early-stage venture firm and accelerator focused on real-estate related technology. Zach has been working at the intersection of real estate and venture capital for the past decade, and he’s the most…
Sarah Anderson and Emily Geiger, Cintrifuse
Oct 30, 2018 • 49 min
On this episode of Origins, we interview Sarah Anderson and Emily Geiger, who are responsible for two critical components of Cintrifuse, a unique organization and public-private partnership established to drive the next phase of growth in the Cincinnati…
David Tisch, Box Group
Oct 9, 2018 • 51 min
David Tisch is a founder and managing partner of Box Group, the most prolific angel and seed investing firm in NYC, where they’re investors in companies such as Pillpack, Flatiron Health, GroupMe, Plaid, Roman, among many others. He previously co-founded…
Rob Mazzoni, TrueBridge Capital Partners
Sep 18, 2018 • 57 min
Rob Mazzoni is a principal and one of the earliest members of the TrueBridge investment team, an alternative asset management firm founded in 2007 and focused on the venture capital industry. Rob first worked with TrueBridge co-founder and general partner…
Shan-Lyn Ma, Zola
Aug 21, 2018 • 50 min
Shan-Lyn Ma is the co-founder and CEO of Zola, the fastest growing wedding registry and planning site in the U.S. Before Zola, Shan-Lyn was the chief product officer of chloe + isabel, and an executive at Gilt Groupe. In this episode, we cover a wide…
Mike Maples, Floodgate
Jul 24, 2018 • 50 min
Mike Maples is the founding partner at Floodgate and has been on the Forbes Midas List since 2010. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was involved as a founder and operating executive at back-to-back startup IPOs, including Tivoli Systems (IPO…
Ryan Nece, Next Play Capital
Jun 26, 2018 • 51 min
Ryan Nece is a Managing Partner at Next Play Capital, a mission-driven co-investment and fund of funds focused on venture capital. He started his career playing football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played for eight years, winning a super bowl…
Jeff Fagnan, Accomplice
May 15, 2018 • 48 min
Jeff Fagnan is a founder of Accomplice and more recently Spearhead, in partnership with AngelList. Jeff is well known as a founding investor, working with most of his portfolio since inception, sometimes as a co-founder including Veracode (Sold to CA…
Leah Busque, Fuel Capital
Apr 18, 2018 • 50 min
Leah Busque is a General Partner at Fuel Capital, an early-stage venture firm based in SF. Before Fuel, she was the co-founder and CEO of TaskRabbit for eight years, and before that an engineer at IBM. In this episode, we discuss Leah’s path to founding…
Ro Gupta, Carmera
Apr 3, 2018 • 51 min
Ro Gupta is the co-founder and CEO of Carmera, a street-level intelligence platform. The company’s flagship product is CARMERA Autonomous Map, which delivers real-time, 3D maps and navigation-critical data for autonomous vehicles. Ro previously spent six…
Christian Motzfeldt, Danish Growth Fund
Mar 13, 2018 • 32 min
As CEO of the Danish Growth Fund since 2001, Christian Motzfeldt has been instrumental in building the new Danish ecosystem of entrepreneurship. Through the Danish Growth Fund, he has built one of the largest portfolios of venture and small-cap funds in…
Nick Chirls and Alex Lines, Notation
Feb 20, 2018 • 54 min
In this episode of Origins, Beezer Clarkson turns the tables and interviews Nick Chirls and Alex Lines of Notation. Having just closed Notation II, we figured this would be a good time to explain who we are, what we do, and why we do it. We cover our time…
Semil Shah, Haystack
Jan 23, 2018 • 45 min
On this episode of Origins, we sit down with Semil Shah of Haystack, an early-stage venture firm based in SF. Semil has a non-traditional background for VC and has been vocal about the unique way he’s building the firm, recently making the transition into…
Roland Reynolds, Industry Ventures
Jan 9, 2018 • 63 min
On this episode of Origins, we sit down with Roland Reynolds, a managing partner at Industry Ventures. Industry Ventures is a fascinating “full stack venture capital firm.” Their funds invest into companies and venture capital partnerships through both…
Bruce Ou, Grove Street Advisors
Dec 19, 2017 • 45 min
On this episode of Origins, we sit down with Bruce Ou, a Managing Partner at Grove Street Advisors. GSA is a unique type of investment firm in that they build customized private equity fund portfolios to address each of their LP clients’ individual…
Andy Weissman, Union Square Ventures
Oct 31, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode, we sit down with Andy Weissman, a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. Previous to USV, Andy was a co-founder of betaworks, and earlier in his career an executive at AOL. Andy’s one of the most thoughtful and admired VCs in the…
Michael Larsen, Cambridge Associates
Oct 10, 2017 • 50 min
Michael Larsen is a managing director at the global investment firm Cambridge Associates, based in Boston. Mike works with endowments, foundations and other large institutional investors on their private investment programs, particularly focused on…
David Frankel, Founder Collective
Jul 18, 2017 • 55 min
David Frankel is a managing partner and co-founder of Founder Collective, which launched in 2011 with a simple mission: To be the most aligned fund for founders at the seed stage. In the years since, they’ve become one of the most respected and highest…
Aaron Gershenberg, SVB Capital
Jun 6, 2017 • 42 min
Aaron Gershenberg is a founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s fund of funds and direct investment group, SVB Capital. Aaron joined SVB in 1999 and has been part of the venture capital industry since 1996. Under his leadership, the group has over $3.3 billion…
Bradley Tusk, Tusk Ventures
Apr 25, 2017 • 53 min
Bradley Tusk started Tusk Ventures to help startups work with governments at scale. To date, this unique venture capital firm has worked with companies like Uber, Fanduel, Handy, Eaze, and others to help them navigate regulatory challenges. Tusk Ventures…
Winter Mead, Sapphire Ventures
Mar 28, 2017 • 42 min
Winter Mead is a Vice President at Sapphire Ventures, where he focuses on Sapphire’s fund investments in the United States and internationally. Before joining Sapphire Ventures in 2014, he worked at Hall Capital Partners. Prior to Hall, Winter founded…
Eva Ho, Fika Ventures
Mar 14, 2017 • 44 min
Eva Ho is a General Partner and co-founder of Fika Ventures, a new $40M seed fund based in LA. She’s also an EIR of the City of Los Angeles and a board member of the California Community Foundation. She was previously a co-founder of Susa Ventures, and…
Graham Pingree, Cendana Capital
Feb 21, 2017 • 47 min
Graham Pingree is a limited partner at Cendana Capital, where he works with Michael Kim and invests in micro-VC funds. We discuss Graham’s background working both at startups as well as firms such as Horsley Bridge and Cambridge Associates, and backing…
Hunter Walk, Homebrew
Jan 31, 2017 • 60 min
We talk with investor Hunter Walk, founding partner at Homebrew, about his experiences building product as one of the first hires at Second Life and then at YouTube after the Google acquisition. We also dig into what it took to get Homebrew off the ground…
Lindel Eakman, Foundry Group Next
Jan 18, 2017 • 52 min
For over a decade, Lindel Eakman managed the private investment program for the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), one of the largest endowments in the world. After 13 years at UTIMCO, Lindel left and joined Foundry Group to lead…
Jonathan Abrams, Nuzzel
Jan 4, 2017 • 42 min
Jonathan Abrams, founder and CEO of Nuzzel, is a busy man. Jonathan previously founded Friendster and Hotlinks, is an active angel in companies like AngelList and Docker, co-founded Founders Den in San Francisco, and is an LP in some great VC funds. We…
Thomas Lenehan, Rockefeller University
Dec 6, 2016 • 44 min
Thomas Lenehan is Deputy CIO at Rockefeller University, helping to manage their $2B endowment. We discuss how managing an endowment compares to his previous LP roles and committing long-term to the private markets and venture, through good and bad cycles.
Brad Feld, Foundry Group
Nov 21, 2016 • 72 min
We’re very excited to have Brad Feld to help us kick off season two. In addition to co-founding Foundry Group, and Techstars, Brad also co-founded Mobius Venture Capital in 1996. So he’s as qualified as anyone in the world to discuss starting venture…
Evan Jaysane-Darr, Invesco Private Capital
Oct 18, 2016 • 45 min
Evan Jaysane-Darr is a Partner at Invesco Private Capital, a public asset management company where he focuses primarily on investing in venture. We discuss what’s different about investing in venture as a public company, his experience investing in…
Judith Elsea, Weathergage Capital
Sep 14, 2016 • 52 min
Judith Elsea is a co-founder and Managing Director at Weathergage Capital. Judith and her Weathergage partners are investors in some of the most respected venture firms in the world. We discuss building out a venture practice at the Kauffman Foundation,…
Michael Kim, Cendana Capital
Jul 25, 2016 • 52 min
Michael Kim is the founder of Cendana Capital, one of the first fund of funds focused entirely on backing micro-VC firms. Since 2010, Cendana has been a very early institutional backer of firms like Lerer Ventures, Forerunner, Founder Collective, IA…
Joelle Kayden, Accolade Partners
Jul 12, 2016 • 64 min
Joelle Kayden, Managing Director and Founder of Accolade Partners, joins us to discuss her deep experience as an investor in venture funds.
Josh Abramson, TeePublic, Connected Ventures
Jun 28, 2016 • 60 min
Josh Abramson, co-founder of Connected Ventures (CollegeHumor, BustedTees, Vimeo) and TeePublic, joins us to discuss founding and operating companies as well as investing as an Angel and as a Limited Partner.
Chris Douvos, VIA
Jun 9, 2016 • 55 min
Chris Douvos, Managing Director and member of the General Partner at VIA (Venture Investment Associates), joins us to discuss growing up in Brooklyn, investing courageously, & being the first institutional backer of First Round Capital.
Naval Ravikant, AngelList
May 31, 2016 • 51 min
Naval Ravikant, CEO and founder of AngelList, joins us to discuss sources of capital from the founder’s perspective.
Elizabeth Beezer Clarkson, Sapphire Ventures
May 4, 2016 • 48 min
Elizabeth “Beezer” Clarkson, Managing Director at Sapphire Ventures, joins us to discuss her path to becoming an LP, what she looks at when considering investments, and why we’re starting to see the LP world become more open and transparent.