Venture Stories

Venture Stories

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Partner and co-founder Erik Torenberg takes you inside the world of venture capital and technology, featuring enlightening interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry leaders.


Investing in Marketplaces with Sarah Tavel and Nabeel Hyatt
Dec 5 • 61 min
Sarah Tavel (@sarahtavel), partner at Benchmark, and Nabeel Hyatt (@nabeel), partner at Spark Capital, join Erik on this episode.They discuss:- Why they love investing in marketplaces and the evolution of marketplaces over the last decade.- Why the wave…
Benchmark and Investing in Open Source with Eric Vishria and Chetan Puttagunta
Dec 3 • 59 min
Eric Vishria (@ericvishria) and Chetan Puttagunta (@chetanp), general partners at Benchmark, join Erik on this episode.They discuss:- The unique partnership structure at Benchmark and how it has led to the continued success of the firm.- Why they are…
Building Communities in 2019 with Bailey Richardson and Rei Wang
Dec 1 • 75 min
Bailey Richardson (@baileyelaine), partner at People & Company, and co-author of Get Together, and Rei Wang (@heyreiwang), founder of The Grand and former CEO of the Dorm Room Fund Investment Team, join Erik on this episode.They discuss: - The companies…
Investing in the Future of Food with Rob Rhinehart and Brian Frank
Nov 28 • 49 min
Brian Frank (@bfrank) of FTW Ventures, and Rob Rhinehart (@robrhinehart) of Soylent, join Erik on this episode. They discuss:- Some of the most exciting developments in bioscience these days.- The possibilities for biohacking and whether there is an “AWS…
Joel Monegro on Crypto Networks and Investing in Crypto
Nov 26 • 109 min
Joel Monegro (@jmonegro), partner at Placeholder, joins Erik on this episode.They talk about:- The waves of centralization and decentralization in finance, government, and culture over time.- How value accruing to incumbents has resulted in completely new…
Keith Rabois on How He Invests, Forming a Founding Team, and Funding “Ridiculous” Ideas
Nov 24 • 84 min
Keith Rabois (@rabois), partner at Founders Fund, joins Erik on this episode. It was recorded live at an On Deck Fellowship event in San Francisco. They discuss:- The kinds of companies and founders he looks to fund, including why he wants half of his VC…
Investing in Deep Tech with Katherine Boyle and Bilal Zuberi
Nov 21 • 64 min
Katherine Boyle (@KTmBoyle), investor at General Catalyst, and Bilal Zuberi (@bznotes), partner at Lux Capital, join Erik on this episode.They discuss:- Their requests for startups in the space.- The current landscape and the types of companies they are…
Investing in Education, ISAs, and Bootcamps with Ruben Harris and David Phillips
Nov 19 • 49 min
Ruben Harris (@rubenharris), founder of Career Karma (www.careerkarma.com), and David Phillips (@davj), founder of Hackbright Academy and BloomJoy, join Erik on this episode.They discuss:- The history and evolution of bootcamps, including how and where…
The Future of Credentialing with Isaac Morehouse
Nov 18 • 71 min
Isaac Morehouse (@isaacmorehouse), CEO of Crash, joins Erik on this episode. They discuss:- His background and why he started Crash.- What he would change about the incentive structure of the world if he could wave a magic wand.- What kinds of big…
Investing in AR/VR with Greg Castle
Nov 16 • 59 min
Greg Castle (@gpcastle12) joins Erik on this episode. He is managing partner at Anorak Ventures. They discuss:- What the future of computing beyond laptops and phones will look like, the obstacles companies will face, and the cultural challenges ahead.-…
Investing in Science Fiction with Adam Draper
Nov 15 • 42 min
Adam Draper (@AdamDraper), founder and managing director of Boost VC, joins Erik on this episode. They discuss:- Adam’s early involvement in crypto and how the space has evolved over time.- What he finds unique about the people working in crypto and what…
Investing in Industrial Automation with Kelly Chen and Kane Hsieh
Nov 14 • 33 min
Kelly Chen (@kaychen22), partner at DCVC, and Kane Hsieh (@kane), partner at Root Ventures, join Erik on this episode.They talk about:- What exactly industrial automation is and why it’s such an exciting space.- The market map for industrial automation.-…
Investing In Micromobility with Victor Pontis and Michal Naka
Nov 13 • 25 min
Victor Pontis (@VictorPontis), founder and CEO of Spring, and Michal Naka (@michalnaka), Product at Ride Report, join Erik on this episode.They discuss:- Comparisons and contrasts between micromobility and rideshare- How regulations have evolved and how…
Investing in the Creator Economy with Julia Enthoven and Justine and Olivia Moore
Nov 12 • 37 min
Julia Enthoven (@JuliaEnthoven), co-founder and CEO of Kapwing, and Justine and Olivia Moore (@venturetwins), investors at CRV, join Erik on this episode.They discuss:- Why the team at CRV was excited about Julia and Kapwing.- The rise of online video and…
Investing in Space with Delian Asparouhov and Felix Ejeckam
Nov 10 • 49 min
Delian Asparouhov (@zebulgar), investor at Founders Fund, and Felix Ejeckam (@felixejeckam), CEO of Akash Systems, join Erik on this episode.They discuss:- The market map of the space space.- The evolution of the industry and how we got to where we are…
Daniel Schmachtenberger on Exponential Technology, Transitionary Systems, and Game B
Nov 7 • 107 min
Daniel Schmachtenberger joins Erik on this episode. He is a civilization designer interested in social architecture.They discuss: - The unsustainability of economic growth.- Why what’s best for the long-term is often also best for others.- Asymmetries in…
YouTube, Hustling, and Austrian Economics with KRAZAM
Nov 6 • 15 min
Comedians Ben Burke and Shiva Kilaru, the creators behind the moderately successful YouTube channel KRAZAM, join Erik on this “unique” episode.They discuss:- The creative process.- Their thoughts on Austrian economics.- Mental models.- Violent…
Hiring, Retention, and How To Find a Co-Founder with Harj Taggar
Nov 5 • 46 min
Harj Taggar (@harjtaggar), co-founder and chairman of Triplebyte, joins Erik on this episode.They discuss:- Strategies for finding undiscovered talent.- The vision at Triplebyte and what they’re building.- Why the recruiting space hasn’t seen huge…
Balaji Srinivasan and Glen Weyl on Identity, Governance, and Radical Markets
Nov 3 • 75 min
Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis), angel investor and entrepreneur, and Glen Weyl (@glenweyl), economist, Principal Researcher at Microsoft, and author of Radical Markets, join Erik for a fireside chat. They talk about:- On which topics they agree or…
Jerry Yang on China, Yahoo!, and Early-Stage Investing
Oct 31 • 56 min
Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo! and founding partner of AME Cloud Ventures, joined us in downtown San Francisco to be interviewed by Village Global co-founder and partner, Ben Casnocha.They talked about stories from the early days of Yahoo! and lessons…
Elites, Decentralization, and Economics as Technology with Arnold Kling
Oct 29 • 92 min
Arnold Kling (@KlingBlog), author and economist, joins Erik on this episode.They discuss:- The future of elites.- The charter city movement.- His thoughts on Austrian economics.- How he would approach regulating finance.- Negative interest rates.- How to…
The Future of Governance with Wolf Tivy
Oct 27 • 83 min
Wolf Tivy (@wolftivy), founder and editor of Palladium Magazine, joins Erik on this episode.They discuss:- The liberal order, including what it specifically entails and the evolution of it over time.- Why what really defines the liberal order is a public…
Designing and Developing New Tools For Thought with Andy Matuschak
Oct 24 • 47 min
Andy Matuschak (@andy_matuschak), joins Erik on this episode. He is a technologist, designer and researcher. They discuss:- The key thread throughout his work and what he’s trying to accomplish.- Why people read books despite remembering little of what…
The Revolt of the Public and Silicon Valley with Martin Gurri
Oct 22 • 108 min
Martin Gurri (@mgurri), author of The Revolt of The Public, joins Erik on this episode. They discuss:- Martin’s advice for Silicon Valley elites.- How to restore trust in democracy.- Why and how politicians became performers.- The history of information.-…
Digital Identities For Physical Things: The Path To a Zero-Waste Economy with Vinay Gupta
Oct 20 • 117 min
Vinay Gupta (@leashless), CEO of Mattereum, joins Erik on this episode.They discuss:- The effects of overconsumption on the environment.- The breakdown of humanity’s carbon footprint. - Why we need to optimize waste in the same way that we optimize…
How To Make Friends on Twitter with Visakan Veerasamy
Oct 19 • 64 min
Visakan Veerasamy (@visakanv) joins Erik on this episode for a conversation about friendship, Twitter as a global brain, online communities, fame, how we can better relate to others, and more.Remember to apply for the winter vintage of our Network…
The Roots of Progress with Robert Tracinski and Jason Crawford
Oct 17 • 54 min
Robert Tracinski (@Tracinski) and Jason Crawford (@jasoncrawford) join Erik on this episode. Robert is an author and creator of The Tracinski Letter. Jason is an entrepreneur and runs Roots of Progress, a blog about the ascent of mankind, from the caves…
What Bret Weinstein Thinks About Basically Everything
Oct 15 • 71 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Bret Weinstein (@BretWeinstein). He is a biologist and evolutionary theorist. They discuss:- His start in the field of evolutionary biology and how he realized that the big questions everyone thought had been answered…
What Bill Janeway Thinks About Basically Everything
Oct 13 • 105 min
Bill Janeway (@billjaneway) joins Erik on this episode. Bill is a venture capitalist and economist and is the author of the classic book Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy.They talk about:- Bill’s keen interest in the interface of markets and…
Meaning, Ritual, and Ambiguity with Sarah Perry
Oct 10 • 115 min
Sarah Perry (@sarahdoingthing), writer and thinker, joins Erik on this episode. They discuss:- Sarah’s writing career and what it means to “work through your politics” early in your career as a writer.- The purpose of rituals and why democracy is itself a…
Values, Social Networks, and The Wisdom Economy with Joe Edelman
Oct 8 • 100 min
Joe Edelman (@edelwax), philosopher, social scientist, designer, and founder of Human Systems, joins Erik on this episode.They discuss:- Why the internet didn’t achieve its promise of connecting people on a deeper level.- Why we’ve become very good at…
Narrative Bias, Collective Sense-Making, and AI with Paul Bohm
Oct 6 • 68 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Paul Bohm (@paulsbohm), investor and entrepreneur. They tackle a variety of topics on this wide-ranging episode, including:- How Paul became fascinated with self-perpetuating systems.- Why the European startup scene is…
The Meaning Crisis and Silicon Valley with John Vervaeke
Oct 3 • 115 min
Erik is joined by John Vervaeke (@vervaeke_john), a psychology and cognitive science professor at the University of Toronto.They discuss:- How John has been working on bridging the gap between cognitive science and spirituality.- Why he says that we need…
Sacred Economics and Climate with Charles Eisenstein
Oct 1 • 106 min
Erik is joined by Charles Eisenstein (@ceisenstein) on this episode. He is the author of Climate: A New Story and The Ascent of Humanity, among others.They discuss:- The main thread that runs throughout Charles’s works.- Why technological utopias and the…
Complexity, Collective Intelligence, and New Ways of Thinking with Bonnitta Roy
Sep 29 • 119 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Bonnitta Roy (@bonnittaroy), philosopher, author, organizational consultant, and insight guide.They discuss:- The new way of looking at the world that she advocates for.- Why she says that scientific thinking does not…
The Past, Present, and Future of Biotech and Longevity with Laura Deming and Will Eden
Sep 26 • 81 min
Joining Erik on this episode are Laura Deming (@laurademing), creator of Longevity Fund, and Will Eden (@williamaeden), entrepreneur in residence with Errik Anderson at Ulysses and formerly of Thiel Capital. They talk about:- The history of biotech and…
Game B in a Silicon Valley Context with Jordan Hall
Sep 24 • 82 min
Jordan Hall (@jgreenhall) joins Erik on this episode. He is founder of Neurohacker Collective and an influential thinker about Game B.In this episode they discuss:- His frustrations with Silicon Valley and what he wishes entrepreneurs understood better…
Game B, Liquid Democracy, and Complex Systems with Jim Rutt
Sep 22 • 112 min
Jim Rutt (@jim_rutt) joins Erik on this episode. He is an entrepreneur, technologist, research fellow, and host of The Jim Rutt Show.Note that this episode contains adult language and may not be suitable for listening in all situations.They discuss:- The…
Economic Mobility, The “Experience Economy,” and The Future of Cities with JD Ross and Sean Linehan
Sep 19 • 89 min
Erik is joined on this episode by JD Ross (@justindross) and Sean Linehan (@seanlinehan). JD is co-founder of Opendoor and Sean is co-founder of Placement and former VP of Product at Flexport.They discuss:- What Sean is doing with Placement and his…
Market Failures, Redesigning Metrics, and Human Dignity with Andrew Kortina
Sep 17 • 87 min
Andrew Kortina (@kortina) joins Erik on this episode. He is the co-founder of Venmo and Fin.They talk about:- How he became interested in the US tax code and what changes he might like to see made to it.- The insights from his examination of how the US…
Education, Globalization, and Becoming “Psychologically Sovereign” with Zachary Stein
Sep 15 • 103 min
Zachary Stein (zakstein.org) joins Erik on this episode. He is a writer, educator, and futurist. They discuss:- Why he says that all institutions are fundamentally educational institutions.- The crises that humankind is facing and how to make our way…
What Bryan Caplan Thinks About Basically Everything
Sep 12 • 101 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Bryan Caplan (@bryan_caplan), economist and author. They have a wide-ranging discussion on a number of different topics.They discuss:- The case for open borders and the underappreciated benefits of immigration.- His…
Why Markets Will Eat The World with Taylor Pearson
Sep 10 • 71 min
Taylor Pearson (@TaylorPearsonMe), joins Erik on this episode. He is an author, entrepreneur, and investor.On this episode they talk about:- The basics of the thesis that markets are eating the world and how Taylor became interested in the idea.- The…
The Future of Markets, Democracy, and Geopolitics in the 21st Century with Samo Burja
Sep 8 • 72 min
Samo Burja (@SamoBurja), founder of Bismarck Analysis, joins Erik for this episode. You can find him on Medium at medium.com/@samo.burja. They talk about:- Whether capitalism and democracy are incompatible and what the future holds for democracy.- Why…
Building a Second Brain, Productivity, and Trauma with Tiago Forte
Sep 5 • 75 min
Erik is joined by Tiago Forte (@fortelabs), creator of Building a Second Brain, founder of Forte Labs, and writer at Praxis.They talk about:- Why productivity is not an end in and of itself.- Why content creation (not just consumption) is integral to your…
Live Episode: Jo Varshney and Kiran Bellubi on Village’s Network Catalyst Accelerator [Rebroadcast]
Sep 3 • 63 min
This is a special live episode that was recorded at Village HQ in San Francisco on June 14 2018. It originally aired on July 4 2018. The event was put on in partnership with Xoogler, a network of former Googlers who have come together to help each other…
Prediction Markets, AI, and Crypto Governance with Elliot Olds
Sep 2 • 69 min
Erik interviews Elliot Olds (@elliot_olds) on this episode. He is a thinker on AI, crypto, economics and prediction markets.(Remember — applications for the winter vintage of our network catalyst accelerator are due September 20 — make sure to apply…
A Deep Dive on Founder Flourishing with Dr. Cameron Sepah
Aug 31 • 102 min
We apologize for the audio quality of this episode — we had technical difficulties during recording.Remember: applications for the winter vintage of our network catalyst accelerator are due September 20 — make sure to apply before then. Check out more…
A Primer on Information Marketplaces with Richard Craib and Riva-Melissa Tez
Aug 29 • 44 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Richard Craib (@richardcraib), founder of Numerai and Erasure, and Riva-Melissa Tez (@rivatez), part of strategy at Intel. They discuss:- What Richard is working on at Numerai, a hedge fund that gives away its…
What Venkat Rao Thinks About Basically Everything
Aug 27 • 120 min
Remember: applications for the winter vintage of our network catalyst accelerator are due September 20 — make sure to apply before then. Check out more info below.Venkat Rao (@vgr), joins Erik on this episode. He writes at Ribbonfarm, Breaking Smart, and…
A Deep Dive on René Girard with David Gornoski
Aug 25 • 79 min
Erik is joined by David Gornoski on this episode. He is an entrepreneur, speaker, and writer.They talk about:- How David came to be interested in René Girard’s work.- The explanation for why human desires are usually borrowed from each other.- Mimesis and…
The Most Well-Read Person in the World on The Future of Reading with Robert Cottrell
Aug 22 • 64 min
Robert Cottrell (@robertcottrell), editor of The Browser, joins Erik on this episode.They talk about:- The two main errors that publications made in the shift to online after the advent of the web.- Why paywalls are not an effective model.- The bond that…
The Future of Consumer, Dating Apps, and ISAs with Jeff Morris Jr.
Aug 20 • 53 min
Jeff Morris Jr. (@jmj), Director of Product, Revenue at Tinder, and investor at Chapter One, joins Erik on this episode.We sincerely apologize for the audio quality of this episode. We had technical difficulties with the recording.They discuss:- Using…
The Promise of DAOs and Venture Capital in the Age of Crypto with PJ Kershaw
Aug 15 • 56 min
Erik is joined on this episode by PJ Kershaw (@pjkershawnz), early stage investor and crypto thinker.They discuss:- Why PJ says that the current model of companies with shareholders has “reached its zenith.”- How DAOs will change the world.- How public…
How Crypto Changes Corporations, Capitalism and Identity with Lawson Baker
Aug 15 • 41 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Lawson Baker (@lwsnbaker), head of special projects at TokenSoft. He’s also working on a new company.They talk about:* Bitcoin as the future not just of finance, but also of work.* What the internet and the future of work…
Systematizing Social Capital with Brad Glisson
Aug 13 • 26 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Brad Glisson (@GlissonBrad), co-founder and CEO of Quilt, formerly Thoughtblox.They discuss:- What social capital is, why it is important, and how it is distinctive from other forms of capital.- The studies around social…
Anne Wojcicki on Direct-To-Consumer Healthcare and The Future of Digital Health
Aug 11 • 52 min
We are honored to have Anne Wojcicki (@annewoj23), co-founder and CEO of 23andMe, among our small group of luminary LPs whose financial capital and engagement power the next wave of Village Global founders.She joined us in Mountain View for an intimate…
The State and Future of Robotics, Machine Learning, and Digital Celebrities with Michael Dempsey
Aug 8 • 66 min
Michael Dempsey (@mhdempsey), partner at Compound, joins Erik on this episode to talk through a wide array of sectors that he has delved into.(We apologize for the audio quality of this episode. We had technical difficulties during recording).They talk…
Government, Technology, and The New Social Safety Net with Nicolas Colin
Aug 6 • 145 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Nicolas Colin, co-founder and director of The Family, and author of Hedge: A Greater Safety Net For The Entrepreneurial Age.They discuss:- Why in the future we can expect more social change from tech companies than from…
The Thiel Fellowship, 1517, and The Future of Education with Danielle Strachman and Mike Gibson
Aug 4 • 64 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Danielle Strachman (@DStrachman) and Mike Gibson (@William_Blake), co-founders and general partners at 1517 Fund. They also both worked extensively on the Thiel Fellowship.They discuss:- The story of the genesis of the…
What Alex Tabarrok Thinks About Basically Everything
Aug 1 • 116 min
Alex Tabarrok (@ATabarrok), economist and author, joins Erik on this episode for a wide-ranging discussion.They talk about:- The contributions of economics to society over the past several decades and the biggest challenges ahead for the field- What “the…
The State of Fintech in 2019 with Seth Rosenberg and Sheel Mohnot
Jul 30 • 32 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Seth Rosenberg (@SethGRosenberg), investor at Greylock, and Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), fintech investor at 500 Startups.They talk about:- The biggest opportunities in fintech today.- How traditional finance can be rebuilt…
What Samo Burja Thinks About Basically Everything
Jul 27 • 63 min
Samo Burja (@SamoBurja), founder of Bismarck Analysis, joins Erik for this episode. You can find him on Medium at medium.com/@samo.burja. In this episode they discuss:- Why certain societies flourish while others decay- Where Samo stands on the nature…
How Income Share Agreements Can Help Rebuild The Middle Class with Daniel Pianko and Andy Hall
Jul 25 • 61 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Daniel Pianko (@danielpianko), co-founder and managing director of University Ventures, and Andy Hall (@AndyHall_SD), COO of the San Diego Workforce Partnership.They talk about:- How ISAs have been able to transform lives…
The Next Phase For Income Share Agreements with Chuck Trafton and Will Nelligan
Jul 23 • 48 min
On this episode Erik is joined by Chuck Trafton (@chucktrafton), of FlowPoint and edly, and Will Nelligan (@williamnelligan), of the Education Finance Institute.They talk about:- Why there needs to be a marketplace for ISAs.- How ISAs ensure that schools…
What Robert Wright Thinks About Basically Everything
Jul 21 • 99 min
Robert Wright (@robertwrighter), author of Nonzero, The Moral Animal, Why Buddhism Is True, and others, joins Erik on this episode.They discuss:- The common theme of exploring the meaning of life that Robert says runs through all of his books.- Whether…
The Future of Identity with Glen Weyl and Tomer Kagan
Jul 18 • 60 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Glen Weyl (@glenweyl), founder of RadicalxChange and co-author of Radical Markets, and Tomer Kagan (@Gradish), co-founder and CEO of Merit.They discuss:- What they’re working on in the space and how it will change how…
Requests For Startups: Hard Tech with Trae Vassallo and Lee Edwards
Jul 16 • 47 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Trae Vassallo (@trae) of Defy and Lee Edwards (@terronk) of Root Ventures. They talk about:- How their backgrounds and unique experiences have informed their perspectives on investing- Whether venture capital should go…
A Primer on Idea Markets with Mike Elias
Jul 14 • 55 min
Mike Elias (@harmonylion1), crypto consultant, joins Erik on this episode to talk about idea markets.They discuss:- How he came up with the idea- Examples of how this could be implemented in the real world- The problems with the incentives of the world’s…
The Intersection of Financial Services and Marketplaces with Pete Flint and Alex Taussig
Jul 11 • 45 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Alex Taussig (@ataussig) of Lightspeed, and Pete Flint (@peteflint) of NFX.They talk about:- The evolution of marketplaces over time, including a comparison of the characteristics of eBay and Lyft at the time they went…
Value Hacking and How To Avoid The Fake Growth Epidemic with Mike Maples
Jul 9 • 76 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Mike Maples (@m2jr) of Floodgate. The talk about:- The difference between fake growth and real growth, and how to know which one your company is experiencing.- Why fake growth has taken hold in so many companies in the…
The LP Perspective: Alex Bangash
Jul 7 • 63 min
Alex Bangash (@AlexBangash), founder of Trusted Insight, joins Erik as part of our LP series.They talk about:- The myth, according to Alex, that there are such things as “good pickers” in venture.- The fact that in venture, the traditional investment…
The LP Perspective: Michael Kim
Jul 4 • 55 min
Michael Kim (@MKRocks), founder and managing partner of Cendana Capital, joins Erik on this episode to talk about what LPs look for in venture funds and the future of the industry.They discuss:- The reasons for the proliferation of seed funds over the…
The LP Perspective: Beezer Clarkson and Chris Douvos
Jul 2 • 61 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Beezer (Elizabeth) Clarkson (@Beezer232), managing director at Sapphire Ventures, and Chris Douvos (@cdouvos), founder of Ahoy Capital.They talk about:- The state of the venture industry and the industry from the LP…
Bill Gates on Advice For Founders, Mistakes, and Philanthropy
Jun 30 • 60 min
On this special live episode of Venture Stories, Bill Gates was interviewed at San Francisco’s Exploratorium by Julia Hartz, co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite. We are honored to have Bill Gates, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time, among…
The Past and Future of the World Economy with George Gilder and Patrick Stanley
Jun 27 • 93 min
This episode is a conversation between George Gilder (@ScandalOfMoney), author, investor, writer and economist, Patrick Stanley (@PatrickWStanley), head of growth at Blockstack, and Erik Torenberg, partner and co-founder of Village. It was originally…
Sarah Guo on SaaS Investing and Building an Enterprise Company
Jun 25 • 39 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Sarah Guo (@saranormous), partner at Greylock. It was recorded live as part of a talk Sarah gave at Village Global’s Network Catalyst program in summer 2019.They discuss:- Which spaces Sarah is most interested in and…
Requests For Startups: Consumer FinTech with Howard Lindzon and Sheel Mohnot
Jun 24 • 49 min
Erik is joined by Howard Lindzon (@howardlindzon), GP at Social Leverage and co-founder and chairman of StockTwits, and Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), FinTech investor at 500 Startups.They discuss:- Which spaces they’re most excited about within FinTech.- How…
The Case For Anarcho-Capitalism with David Friedman
Jun 20 • 111 min
David Friedman (daviddfriedman.com), economist and author, joins Erik on this episode. He is the son of Milton Friedman and the father of former guest, Patri Friedman.They cover a lot of ground in this episode, including:- The rationale for privatizing…
A Journey Through Mental Models with Noah Tye
Jun 18 • 91 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Noah Tye (@noahlt), developer and a very interesting thinker on Twitter.They talk about:- Noah’s advice on taking advice, including why “people give others the advice that they themselves need.”- The importance of…
Human Coordination, Compassion at Scale, and Non-Coercive Social Systems with Freyja (@utotranslucence)
Jun 16 • 177 min
On this episode Erik talks to Freyja (Jess), thinker on human coordination at the Twitter handle @utotranslucence.They talk about:- How we should think about the idea of “compassion at scale.”- Why once a measure becomes a metric, it ceases to be an…
What Arnold Kling Thinks About Basically Everything
Jun 13 • 114 min
Arnold Kling (@KlingBlog), economist and former web entrepreneur, joins Erik on this episode for a wide-ranging discussion of tech, politics, business and economics.They talk about:- Arnold’s mission to replace neoclassical economics, including his…
The Future of Income-Share Agreements and Life as a Publicly-Traded Person with James Gallagher
Jun 11 • 69 min
Erik is joined on this episode by James Gallagher (@jamesg_oca), publicly-traded person and researcher and writer in the income-share agreement space.They discuss:- What life is like as a publicly-traded person, including some funny stories from James’s…
A Deep Dive on Education with Dani Grant
Jun 9 • 41 min
Dani Grant (@thedanigrant) of USV joins Erik on this episode to talk about education. Dani has been doing a deep dive into education and shares a wealth of insights on how the current system works, its flaws, and the people working on new forms of…
A Deep Dive On InsureTech with Karn Saroya and Sheel Mohnot
Jun 6 • 55 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Karn Saroya (@karnsaroya), CEO of Cover, and Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), investor in FinTech.They talk about…* How Karn navigated the idea maze in starting Cover.* The quirks of the insurance market and the real business…
Helping Nontraditional Talent Break Into Tech with Rahim Fazal and Mike Slagh
Jun 4 • 41 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Mike Slagh (@MikeSlagh), co-founder and CEO of Shift, and Rahim Fazal (@rahimthedream), co-founder and CEO of SV Academy.They talk about:* How they “navigated the idea maze” to come to what they are doing today.* How they…
Founder Stories: Andrew Landau of usejewel.com
Jun 2 • 26 min
Founder Stories: Kevin Caldwell of Ossium
Jun 2 • 41 min
Founder Stories: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins of Promise
Jun 2 • 32 min
Founder Stories: Nancy Yu and Onno Faber of RDMD
Jun 2 • 52 min
Founder Stories: Sasha Jokic of Formdwell
Jun 2 • 32 min
Sarah Tavel on Evaluating Markets, The State of Education, and Crypto [Live Episode]
May 30 • 47 min
Erik is joined on this special live episode by Sarah Tavel (@sarahtavel), general partner at Benchmark. Sarah gave a fireside chat as part of Village Global’s Network Catalyst accelerator program in May 2019. They talk about:* The state of education and…
How To Be Great at Twitter, The Future of Identity, and Why Meditation is Overrated with Michael Mayer
May 29 • 47 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Michael Mayer (@micjm), co-founder of Bottomless. They talk about: * Pseudonymous accounts on Twitter.* Whether Twitter should be more ephemeral.* The dynamics of Twitter and why people seek entertainment instead of…
Mental Models with Scott Page
May 26 • 47 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Scott Page (@Scott_E_Page), professor at the University of Michigan and author of The Model Thinker.They talk about:* The idea of the wisdom of crowds.* Why cognitive diversity is important for a wise crowd.* Whether…
Augmenting Employees with Artificial Intelligence with Deon Nicholas and Brianne Kimmel
May 23 • 48 min
Erik is joined by Deon Nicholas (@dojiboy9), founder of Forethought, and co-host for this episode, Village Global Network Leader Brianne Kimmel (@briannekimmel).They talk about…* How Forethought is “making everyone a genius at their job” through their…
Enterprise Investing with Matt Garratt
May 21 • 30 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Matt Garratt (@mdgarratt), managing partner at Salesforce Ventures. They discuss:* Trends in enterprise software and enterprise investing, including voice, consumerization, and no-code.* How their thinking has evolved…
Requests For Startups: Beauty with Bee Shapiro and Natalie Toren
May 19 • 49 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Bee Shapiro (@BeeShapiro), New York Times columnist and founder of Ellis Brooklyn, and Natalie Toren (@NatalieToren), creative consultant.They talk about:* The current landscape in the beauty sector, including the clout…
A Primer on All Things Growth with Mike Duboe, Dan Hockenmaier, and David Weinstein
May 16 • 44 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Mike Duboe (@mduboe), investor at Greylock, Dan Hockenmaier (@danhockenmaier), of Basis One, and David Weinstein (@dw_stein), working on Special Projects at On Deck and TokenDaily.They talk about…* The history and…
The History and Future of Bitcoin with Dan Held
May 14 • 79 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Dan Held (@danheld), co-founder of Interchange. He was an early advocate of Bitcoin in San Francisco and is an influential writer in the space. Dan and Erik cover the history of Bitcoin, discuss some of Dan’s most…
The State of Prediction Markets and Crypto in 2019 with Joey Krug
May 12 • 78 min
Joey Krug (@joeykrug), founder of Augur and co-chief investment officer at Pantera Capital, joins Erik on this episode. A year ago Joey was on the podcast to talk about the launch of Augur, a prediction market platform. In this episode Joey follows up on…
Tim O’Reilly and Parker Thompson on Company Building, Venture Capital, and Inequality
May 9 • 77 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly), Valley legend and founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, and returning fan favorite Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList.They start out talking about Tim’s piece in Quartz about the hazards…
A Primer on Life Sciences Investing with Jenny Rooke and Jared Seehafer
May 7 • 42 min
Erik is joined by Jenny Rooke (@drjennyrooke), Managing Director at Genoa Ventures, and Jared Seehafer (@seehafer), Village Global Network Leader and CEO and co-founder of Enzyme. They start out by talking about how Jenny got to where she is today and her…
Requests For Startups: Software Meets Physical World with Sean Linehan
May 5 • 68 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Sean Linehan (@seanlinehan), Village Global Network Leader, and former VP of product at Flexport.Sean explains how he found his way to Flexport, which he says was like “the TurboTax of customs brokerages.” He explains the…
Arjun Sethi of Tribe Capital on Data-Informed Investing
May 2 • 60 min
Arjun Sethi (@arjunsethi) of Tribe Capital joins Erik on this episode to talk about Tribe Capital’s approach to investing. He talks about the “first principles” approach they take to evaluating companies and why he says rather than the company pitching…
Elad Gil on How to Evaluate Markets
Apr 30 • 63 min
Elad Gil (@eladgil), entrepreneur and investor, joins Erik and co-host Anuj Abrol (@nujabrol), Chief of Staff to Justin Kan, for a discussion of all things markets.They start off talking about Elad’s philosophy of life and career in general, including why…
All Things Scaling, Managing and Hiring with Ryan Delk and Jared Fliesler
Apr 28 • 81 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Ryan Delk (@delk), COO of Omni, and Jared Fliesler (@JaredSF), COO of Scribd.They talk about the fact that Chief Operating Officer is a relatively new role in Silicon Valley that has emerged over the last several years.…
What Michael Nielsen Thinks About Basically Everything
Apr 25 • 87 min
Michael Nielsen (@michael_nielsen), research fellow at Y Combinator Research, joins Erik for a wide-ranging discussion about a variety of topics, including:* Why the top names in the S&P 500 change over time, but the top names in global university…
Why What You Know Is More Valuable Than Who You Know, and More with Auren Hoffman and Tod Sacerdoti
Apr 23 • 73 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Auren Hoffman (@auren), former co-founder and CEO of LiveRamp and Tod Sacerdoti (@tod), former CEO and founder of BrightRoll. They are now working together on a new fund.They talk about how they came to the idea they’re…
The Rise of Devsumer/No-Code with Ilya Sukhar and Alex Yaseen
Apr 21 • 37 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Ilya Sukhar (@ilyasu) of Matrix Partners and formerly of Parse, and Alex Yaseen (@alexyaseen), co-founder and CEO of Parabola.They start by talking about what exactly “devsumer” is and why it’s important. They discuss…
Existential Risks, Ecological Economics, and How The Blockchain Will Transform Capitalism with Vinay Gupta
Apr 19 • 122 min
Erik is joined by Vinay Gupta, CEO of Mattereum, for a wide ranging discussion about crypto, world government, existential risks, science fiction, energy, and much more.Vinay says that venture capital is a 40-year-old model and that the ICO boom — while…
A Deep Dive on Community Building with Scott Heiferman
Apr 16 • 43 min
Erik is joined by Scott Heiferman (@heif), co-founder of Meetup.They discuss the reason that IRL (in real life) meetups are important and why in-person contact cannot be replaced by virtual interaction. They talk about some of the most important…
Requests For Startups: E-Commerce and Logistics with Laura Behrens Wu and Talia Goldberg
Apr 14 • 48 min
Erik is joined by Laura Behrens Wu (@LauraBehrensWu), co-founder and CEO of Shippo, and Talia Goldberg (@taliagold), venture investor at Bessemer. They start out by talking about how Laura started Shippo and how the team iterated through different ideas…
The Case For A Gift Economy with Miki Kashtan
Apr 12 • 49 min
On this episode Erik is joined by Miki Kashtan, author and NVC teacher. They discuss the problems of exchange in general as a way of fulfilling human needs, the issues with reciprocity, and what fulfilling needs via “flow” and “natural abundance”…
Robert Greene on His New Book “The Laws of Human Nature”
Apr 11 • 50 min
Robert Greene (@RobertGreene), author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Laws of Human Nature, joins Erik on this episode to talk about how we can “penetrate the masks that other people wear” and become effective judges of others’ character.He calls his new…
Tyler Cowen On His New Book: “Big Business: A Love Letter To An American Anti-Hero”
Apr 9 • 80 min
Erik is joined by Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), economist, author, and returning fan-favorite. He talks with Erik about why big business should be celebrated and why capitalism is effective but unpopular.Tyler explains why he doesn’t quite believe that the…
What Noah Smith and Parker Thompson Think About Basically Every Economic Policy
Apr 7 • 83 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Noah Smith (@Noahpinion), Bloomberg opinion writer, and Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList. They cover a wide variety of topics relating to, among many others, labor productivity, the gig economy, healthcare,…
A Comparison of Austrian and Keynesian Economics with Noah Smith, Parker Thompson and Stephan Kinsella
Apr 6 • 93 min
On this episode Erik is joined by Stephan Kinsella (@NSKinsella), libertarian writer and patent attorney, Noah Smith (@Noahpinion), Bloomberg opinion writer, and Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList.In a spirited debate, the three of them discuss…
The State and Future of Fintech with Zach Perret and David Haber
Apr 4 • 55 min
Erik is joined by Zach Perret (@zachperret), co-founder and CEO of Plaid, and David Haber (@dhaber), former co-founder and CEO of Bond Street, now at Goldman Sachs.Zach and David talk about how they met and how they started their respective companies.…
A Primer on Nonviolent Communication with Newt Bailey
Apr 2 • 111 min
Newt Bailey (@nmbailey), founder of The Communication Dojo, and a nonviolent communication coach, joins Erik on this episode to talk about how the framework of nonviolent communication can help you be more compassionate in your conversations and improve…
A Deep Dive on Housing with Kim-Mai Cutler and Alex Danco
Mar 31 • 97 min
This episode features Kim-Mai Cutler (@kimmaicutler) of Initialized Capital and Alex Danco (@Alex_Danco) of Social Capital.They start out by talking about the huge rise in housing prices over the last decades in the Bay Area and the fact that there is now…
The Future of Crypto, Capitalism and Governance with Mike Maples and Alok Vasudev
Mar 28 • 78 min
Mike Maples (@m2jr), founding partner at Floodgate, and Alok Vasudev (@alokvasudev), early-stage crypto investor, join Erik on this episode.They start out by talking about the biggest companies in tech and the discussion about whether they constitute…
CPG, Defensibility, Finding The Next Instagram - Everything Consumer in 2019 with Rebecca Kaden, Nikhil Basu Trivedi and Jonathan Yoni Regev
Mar 26 • 37 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Rebecca Kaden (@rebeccak46), investor at Union Square Ventures, Nikhil Basu Trivedi (@nbt), VC at Shasta Ventures, and Jonathan Yoni Regev (@jyonni), CEO and co-founder of The Farmer’s Dog.They talk about where we are in…
Requests For Startups: Mental Health and Addiction with Steve Schlafman and David Marcovitz
Mar 24 • 49 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Steve Schlafman (@schlaf), partner at Primary Venture Partners, and David Marcovitz, addiction psychiatrist at Vanderbilt University.They talk about the opportunities and challenges facing startups looking to tackle…
The Future of CPG and Mental Health in Silicon Valley with Ryan Caldbeck
Mar 21 • 48 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Ryan Caldbeck (@ryan_caldbeck), co-founder and CEO of CircleUp.Ryan starts out by explaining how he got started in CPG and the mission of CircleUp. He talks about why some VCs don’t realize that the market is worth paying…
What Dick Costolo Thinks About Basically Everything
Mar 19 • 53 min
Dick Costolo (@dickc), former CEO of Twitter, joins Erik and co-host Jayni Shah (@shahjayni), in this special live episode. Dick explains why is focusing on travel and tells some stories from a recent trip to Tanzania where he met with a hunter-gatherer…
The Case For Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport
Mar 17 • 44 min
This episode features Ben Casnocha, Village Global co-founder and partner, in conversation with Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.Cal starts out by defining what digital minimalism is exactly. He talks…
Live Episode: Lessons on Leadership and Being a Better CEO with John Donahoe and Ben Casnocha
Mar 14 • 54 min
We were thrilled to host a Masterclass roundtable session with our founders and John Donahoe (@Donahoe_John), CEO of ServiceNow. Prior to ServiceNow, John was CEO of eBay for more than seven years. He is known as one of the most inspirational leaders in…
Live Episode: Lean Startup Lessons For Founders with Eric Ries and Ben Casnocha
Mar 12 • 73 min
Eric Ries (@ericries) recently joined Village Global co-founder and partner Ben Casnocha (@bencasnocha) in San Francisco to chat with some of the founders of our portfolio companies. Eric is a Village Global LP, friend of the firm, and author of The Lean…
Consumer Social, The Future of VC and How To Start An Early Stage Fund with Cyan Banister and Niv Dror
Mar 10 • 55 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Cyan Banister (@cyantist), partner at Founders Fund, and Niv Dror (@Nivo0o0), founder of Shrug Capital.They start out talking about why they’ve each been successful investors and what their respective “superpowers” are.…
Requests For Startups: Mental Health with Mark Goldenson
Mar 7 • 44 min
Mark Goldenson (@goldenson), Village Global Network Leader, creator of VentureKit, and formerly founder and CEO of Breakthrough, joins Erik to talk about his requests for startups in the mental health space and in digital health more broadly.Mark recounts…
Requests For Startups: Cannabis with Blaine Hatab
Mar 7 • 47 min
Blaine Hatab (@blainehatab), CEO of Distru, joins Erik to talk all about the cannabis space. He explains what he is doing at Distru, how he got into the business and why the cannabis space is ripe with opportunity. He talks about the changes that have…
Requests For Startups: GovTech with Ron Bouganim
Mar 7 • 59 min
Erik is joined by Ron Bouganim (@ronboug), founder and managing partner at Govtech Fund. Ron explains his thesis at Govtech Fund and how he got started in the space. He gives us a sense of just how neglected the technical operations of government are and…
Requests For Startups: Marketplaces with Jonathan Swanson and John Kobs
Mar 7 • 37 min
Jonathan Swanson (@swaaanson), co-founder and chairman of Thumbtack, and John Kobs (@johnkobs), co-founder of Apartment List join Erik to talk all about marketplaces.John and Jonathan talk about their lessons from running their respective companies about…
Requests For Startups: Recruiting with Aline Lerner and Tasneem Minadakis
Mar 7 • 58 min
Aline Lerner (@alinelernerLLC), founder of interviewing.io, and Tasneem Minadakis, Engineering Leader at Google and advisor to interviewing.io, join Erik to talk about recruiting software engineers and opportunities in the recruiting space more…
Requests For Startups: Women’s Health with Afton Vechery and Anarghya Vardhana
Mar 7 • 46 min
Erik is joined by Afton Vechery (@aaffttoonn), co-funder and CEO of Modern Fertility, and Anarghya Vardhana (@anarghya503), VC at Maveron.Afton explains how she went from private equity to running a women’s health startup and talks about the problems that…
Requests For Startups: Marketing Tech with Ashu Garg
Mar 7 • 31 min
Ashu Garg (@ashugarg), partner at Foundation Capital, joins Erik for a primer on the marketing tech space. They talk about how Ashu got started in the space and Ashu discusses a blog post he wrote predicting that this decade will be the decade of the CMO.…
Requests For Startups: Cybersecurity with Vincenzo Iozzo and Jamie Butler
Mar 7 • 43 min
Erik is joined by Vincenzo Iozzo (@_snagg), Village Global network leader and director at CrowdStrike, as well as Jamie Butler (@jamierbutler), CTO at Endgame.James and Vincenzo talk about where opportunities are in the space and what their requests for…
A Playbook For Recruiting and Hiring with Elaine Wherry
Mar 5 • 63 min
Elaine Wherry (@elainewherry) joins Erik on this episode to give us the playbook for recruiting for your startup. Elaine was co-founder of Meebo and is now investing at Edelweiss VC (https://www.edelweiss.vc) alongside co-founder Lee Jacobs…
A Primer on Personal Tokens with Achill Rudolph and Simon de la Rouviere
Mar 3 • 48 min
Erik is joined by returning guest, Simon de la Rouviere (@simondlr), co-founder at Ujo and ConsenSys, and Achill Rudolph (@AchillRudolph), lead link and initiator at Convergent.They start with an introduction of what personal tokens are, how they work,…
What Keith Rabois Thinks About Basically Everything
Feb 28 • 87 min
Erik and co-host Anuj Abrol (@nujabrol) interview Keith Rabois (@rabois), newly announced GP at Founders Fund. Keith starts out by talking about why he joined Founders Fund and the reason that the structure of VC means we don’t see more people moving from…
What Justin Kan Thinks About Basically Everything
Feb 26 • 69 min
Erik is joined by Justin Kan (@justinkan), founder of Atrium, Twitch and others, as well as Anuj Abrol (@nujabrol), Justin’s Chief of Staff and Erik’s co-host for this episode.Justin talks about the wisdom he’s gained over the past few years after selling…
The State and Future of Software Development with Christina Cacioppo and Amjad Masad
Feb 24 • 56 min
On this episode Erik is joined by Christina Cacioppo (@christinacaci) of Vanta, and Amjad Masad (@amasad) of Repl.it.They discuss the reasons why developers tools are for the most part “primitive” and the cause of the mess of different technologies and…
The Future of Startup Funding with Andrew D’Souza and Ali Hamed
Feb 21 • 46 min
On this episode Erik talks to Andrew D’Souza (@andrewdsouza), founder and CEO of Clearbanc, and Ali Hamed (@AliBHamed), investor at CoVenture, recurring guest and fan favorite.Andrew breaks down how Clearbanc works, why now is a unique time to build a new…
A Primer on Marketing Tech with Anda Gansca
Feb 19 • 44 min
Erik is joined by Anda Gansca (@agansca), co-founder and CEO of Knotch, an independent content intelligence platform for marketers.Anda starts out by explaining the shift in the marketing world to content, the story of Knotch, and why the company has been…
Evaluating Early-Stage SaaS Companies with Christoph Janz and Brianne Kimmel
Feb 17 • 50 min
Erik is joined by his co-host for this episode, Brianne Kimmel (@briannekimmel), investor, advisor and Village Global network leader. They talk to Christoph Janz (@chrija), investor at Point Nine Capital, a Berlin-based early stage venture capital firm…
A Primer on Real Estate Tech (PropTech) with Zachary Aarons and Brad Hargreaves
Feb 14 • 35 min
Erik is joined by Brad Hargreaves (@bhargreaves), founder and CEO of Common and co-founder of General Assembly, and Zach Aarons (@ZacharyAarons), co-founder and partner at MetaProp, a proptech venture fund.The guests explain what exactly proptech is and…
Lessons in Tech and Politics from “The Fixer,” Bradley Tusk
Feb 12 • 47 min
Bradley Tusk (@bradleytusk) joins Erik on this episode to talk about the intersection of politics and tech. He’s founder and CEO of Tusk Ventures and author of The Fixer: My Adventures Saving Startups From Death By Politics. He’s also a philanthropist,…
Making It Through The Messy Middle with Scott Belsky
Feb 10 • 41 min
Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky) joins Erik to talk about his new book The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture. Scott is Chief Product Officer at Adobe and was CEO and co-founder of Behance. He’s also an…
The State of Consumer Social in 2019 with Donnie Dinch, Michael Galpert and Greg Isenberg
Feb 7 • 76 min
Erik sits down with Donnie Dinch (@donnie), Michael Galpert (@msg) and Greg Isenberg (@gregisenberg), to follow up on the projects they were working on a year ago when they all got together at the end of 2017 to talk about consumer social on one of our…
Why You Need To Feel Your Feelings and Send The Emails with Liz Fosslien
Feb 5 • 29 min
Erik talks to longtime friend and co-author of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work, Liz Fosslien (@fosslien / fosslien.com). She talks about the importance of “feeling your feelings” and not running away from them, especially…
A Primer on Remote Work and Distributed Teams with Matt Mullenweg and Andreas Klinger
Feb 3 • 64 min
On this episode Erik is joined by Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt), founder of Wordpress and Automattic, as well as Andreas Klinger (@andreasklinger), VP of Engineering at CoinList and a founding team member of Product Hunt (along with Erik).At Automattic,…
What Jd Ross Thinks About Basically Everything
Feb 1 • 52 min
On this episode, Erik is joined by Jd Ross (@justindross), co-founder of Opendoor. They talk about a wide variety of topics, including mental models, cities, governance, travel, founding myths, and “why all of us are solely responsible for western…
Doing For Atoms What AWS Did For Bits with Jesse Genet of Lumi
Jan 30 • 51 min
Erik is joined by Jesse Genet (@jessegenet), co-founder and CEO of Lumi. Lumi is an online platform that handles all of the packaging needs for direct-to-consumer companies. Jesse explains what the typical process for procuring these types of supplies why…
Social Media, Journalism, and New Religions with Antonio Garcia Martinez and Parker Thompson
Jan 28 • 62 min
On this episode Erik is joined by Antonio Garcia Martinez (@antoniogm), author of Chaos Monkeys, and Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList. Parker is a returning fan-favorite. Erik describes Antonio’s Chaos Monkeys as half Michael Lewis of Silicon…
Applying AI and Machine Learning To Retail and E-commerce with Lewis Gyson and Yunus Saatci
Jan 25 • 50 min
On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by Yunus Saatci, of Uber AI labs and a founding member of OnDeck, and Lewis Gyson, founder and CEO of Ant, a Village Global portfolio company. They were interviewed recently in downtown San Francisco.…
The Austrian Perspective on Healthcare with Vijay Boyapati
Jan 23 • 60 min
On this episode Erik is joined by Vijay Boyapati (@real_vijay), a returning guest who was previously here to talk about Bitcoin and crypto from an Austrian perspective. Today he’s here to talk about healthcare from the Austrian perspective. He breaks down…
A Primer on Food Tech with Renata Quintini and Brian Frank
Jan 21 • 57 min
On this episode, Erik is joined by Renata Quintini (@rquintini), partner at Lux, and Brian Frank (@bfrank), early stage investor and advisor to food tech companies.They start out by talking about what food tech really is, why it’s exciting, and what some…
Building a Global Financial Business with Misha Esipov and Ross Fubini
Jan 18 • 47 min
On this episode Erik is joined by his fellow general partner at Village Global, Ross Fubini (@fubini), and Misha Esipov (@mishaesipov), co-founder and CEO of Nova Credit.Ross and Village are investors in Misha’s company and Ross has been obsessed with…
Investing in Sports Tech with Deepen Parikh
Jan 16 • 30 min
On this episode, Erik is joined by Deepen Parikh (@deepenparikh), partner at Courtside Ventures.Deepen explains how Courtside Ventures came to be and the thesis behind the fund. He breaks down the four areas where Courtside invests — all of which involve…
DEXes, Liquidity, and On-Chain Arbitrage with Amir Bandeali of 0x and Ivan Bogatyy of Metastable
Jan 14 • 48 min
Erik is joined on this episode by Amir Bandeali (@abandeali1), co-founder and CTO of 0x, and Ivan Bogatyy, general partner at Metastable Capital. Erik and Ivan ask Amir about the background behind 0x and its creation. Amir says that 0x is a protocol,…
Disrupting Education with Austen Allred and Ray Batra
Jan 11 • 33 min
Erik is joined by his co-host for this episode Ray Batra (@reesesandcoke), founder of Shift_Up, a platform for in-person learning that Ray calls “gyms for learning” and Austen Allred (@AustenAllred), co-founder and CEO of Lambda School, a pioneer in the…
A Primer on eSports with John Robinson and Blake Robbins
Jan 9 • 69 min
Erik is joined on this episode by John Robinson (@RohnJobinson), president and COO of 100 Thieves, and Blake Robbins (@blakeir), partner at Ludlow Ventures.Blake and John talk about how they got into eSports and what excites them most about the space.…
The Present and Future of D2C with Ooshma Garg and Micah Rosenbloom
Jan 7 • 43 min
On this episode Erik is joined by Ooshma Garg (@ooshma), CEO of Gobble, and Micah Rosenbloom, (@micahjay1) partner at Founder Collective.They talk about big changes in the food landscape over the past several years. Ooshma points out that people in…
Requests For Startups: Artificial Intelligence with Sean Byrnes and Shastri Mahadeo
Jan 4 • 47 min
On this episode of Venture Stories Erik is joined by Sean Byrnes (@sbyrnes) and Shastri Mahadeo (@ShastriMahadeo). Sean is CEO of Outlier, a company using AI to create better business intelligence, and previously founded Flurry Analytics. Shastri is…
Building a Company in Preventive Healthcare with Jonathan Gheller
Jan 2 • 34 min
Erik is joined by Jonathan Gheller (@jgheller), founder of OneFix. Jonathan is a former product manager at Facebook and aims to use that experience to create retentive, easy-to-use products that create lasting behavior change. OneFix helps people eat…
How The Blockchain Can Transform The News Business with Jarrod Dicker
Dec 31, 2018 • 68 min
Joining Erik on this episode is Jarrod Dicker (@jarroddicker), who is CEO of Po.et. He has a background in journalism and tech and formerly worked at the Washington Post and the Huffington Post. Jarrod explains how he came to the idea for Po.et, why…
Opportunities in Eldercare and Aging with Natalie Dillon, Lisa Marrone and Shawn Xu
Dec 28, 2018 • 35 min
On this episode Erik is joined by three guests, each with a personal connection to elder care:- Natalie Dillon (@ntdillon), investor at Maveron- Shawn Xu (@shawnxu), managing partner at Dorm Room Fund- Lisa Marrone (@marronelisa), VC at August CapitalThey…
How To Navigate Co-Founder Relationships with Lee Jacobs
Dec 26, 2018 • 49 min
On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by Lee Jacobs (@leejacobs), partner at Edelweiss Capital. He recently wrote a great post about breaking up with his co-founder at a previous company. Lee and Erik discuss the post, some of the thorny…
Inside VC: A Primer on Scout Programs with Parker Thompson and Dustin Dolginow
Dec 24, 2018 • 65 min
This episode is part of a three-part series taking listeners behind the curtain to discuss the inner workings of venture capital. On this episode Erik is joined by Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList, and angel investor Dustin Dolginow…
Inside VC: Why Diversified VC Portfolios are Superior with Clint Korver and Adam Corey
Dec 24, 2018 • 70 min
This episode is part of a three-part series taking listeners behind the curtain to discuss the inner workings of venture capital. Erik is joined by co-host for this episode, Adam Corey (@frumpy), partner at Village Global, and Clint Korver (@ckorver),…
Inside VC: Masterclass on Portfolio Construction and Fund Economics with Ash Fontana and Parker Thompson
Dec 24, 2018 • 64 min
This episode is part of a three-part series taking listeners behind the curtain to discuss the inner workings of venture capital. Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList, and Ash Fontana (@ashfontana), general partner at Zetta Ventures, join Erik on…
Do VCs “Add Value”? What Should Founders Be Optimizing For With Parker Conrad and Parker Thompson
Dec 21, 2018 • 69 min
On this episode of Venture Stories Erik is joined by Parker Thompson (@pt), partner at AngelList, and Parker Conrad (@parkerconrad), CEO of Rippling. In this episode they talk about how much value investors provide to founders, if any at all. They agree…
What Noah Smith Thinks About Basically Everything
Dec 19, 2018 • 100 min
Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) joins Erik on this episode. Noah is an economist and Bloomberg Opinion writer. The two have a wide-ranging discussion on a number of topics around tech, economics, politics, and more.Noah explains why concern over big Silicon…
The Present and Future of Longevity with Laura Deming
Dec 17, 2018 • 53 min
Laura Deming (@laurademing) joins Erik in downtown San Francisco on this episode of Venture Stories. She is the creator of Longevity Fund, a venture capital firm investing in companies that will let humans live both longer and healthier.Erik starts by…
What Daniel Gross Thinks About Basically Everything
Dec 14, 2018 • 92 min
On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by Daniel Gross, founder of Pioneer, “an online tournament for productivity.” Prior to starting Pioneer, he founded Cue, a machine learning company that was acquired by Apple.Erik and Daniel discuss a…
Charter Cities and Innovative Governance with Mark Lutter
Dec 12, 2018 • 129 min
Mark Lutter (@MarkLutter), founder and executive director of the Centre For Innovative Governance Research, joins Erik on this special two-hour episode to talk about charter cities. They start off by discussing how Mark became interested in the idea of…
The Present and Future of Autonomous Vehicles with Qasar Younis and Alexandr Wang
Dec 10, 2018 • 67 min
On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by two exciting guests: Qasar Younis (@qasar), co-founder of Applied Intuition, and Alexandr Wang (@alexandr_wang), CEO of Scale.Both Qasar and Alex are creating software that is transforming the way…
Live Episode: Founders Discuss Village Global’s Network Catalyst Accelerator
Dec 6, 2018 • 56 min
Erik Torenberg, co-founder and partner of Village Global, recently hosted an event for entrepreneurs in San Francisco to hear from founders of Village Global portfolio companies who have been through Village’s Network Catalyst accelerator.Joining Erik…
The Influence of the Consumer on Enterprise SaaS with Brianne Kimmel and Josh Stein
Dec 5, 2018 • 73 min
Joining Erik for this episode are Brianne Kimmel (@briannekimmel), investor, advisor and Village Global Network Leader as well as Josh Stein (@dfjjosh), partner at DFJ.They start off by discussing the “consumerization of enterprise SaaS.” More and more…
Requests For Startups: Machine Learning with Ash Fontana and Anthony Goldbloom
Dec 3, 2018 • 59 min
In the first all-Australian episode of Venture Stories Erik interviews returning guest Ash Fontana (@ashfontana), general partner at Zetta Ventures, and his fellow countryman, Anthony Goldbloom (@antgoldbloom), CEO of Kaggle.Ash’s fund is the first fund…
What Tyler Cowen Thinks About Basically Everything
Nov 30, 2018 • 116 min
In this extended episode of Venture Stories, Erik interviews Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), professor of economics at George Mason University. They discuss about a wide range of topics, including Tyler’s book Stubborn Attachments, the value of watching…
Health Stories: The Intersection of Blockchain and Healthcare with Nikhil Krishnan and Nick Soman
Nov 28, 2018 • 65 min
On this episode of Health Stories, Erik is joined by Nikhil Krishnan (@nikillinit), of CB Insights and Nick Soman (@nicksoman), of Decent.Today they’re talking about “the combination of two insanely complex topics.” They start out by discussing the…
Rethinking The Merits of Decentralization with John Backus
Nov 26, 2018 • 51 min
On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by co-host Tony Sheng to interview John Backus (@backus), founder of Bloom and Cognito, two companies working on decentralized lending and identity.Co-host Tony Sheng (@tonysheng) leads product at…
The Past and Future of Upstart and Income-Sharing Agreements with Dave Girouard and Tonio DeSorrento
Nov 23, 2018 • 51 min
Erik is joined in this episode by co-host Tonio DeSorrento (@TonioDeSo), CEO and co-founder of Vemo Education, and Dave Girouard (@davegirouard), CEO and founder of Upstart.They have a lively discussion about the history of income-sharing agreements, the…
Income Sharing Agreements in Education with Tonio DeSorrento and Ali Hamed
Nov 21, 2018 • 47 min
Erik’s co-host for this episode is Ali Hamed (@AliBHamed) of CoVenture. They are interviewing Tonio DeSorrento (@TonioDeSo), CEO and co-founder of Vemo Education.They talk about the history of income-sharing agreements, including that Milton Friedman had…
The World’s First Publicly Traded Person with Mike Merrill and Marcus Estes
Nov 19, 2018 • 51 min
On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by Mike Merrill (@kmikeym), the world’s first and only publicly traded person, along with Mike’s friend, co-founder and shareholder, Marcus Estes (@marcusestes), co-founder and CEO of Chroma.We hear the…
Live Episode: The Present and Future of Crypto with Naval Ravikant and Balaji Srinivasan
Nov 16, 2018 • 64 min
In this special live episode of Venture Stories, Erik Torenberg interviews two special guests about the present and future of crypto: Naval Ravikant (@naval), CEO and co-founder of AngelList, and Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis), CTO of Coinbase. They start…
Competitive Governance with Patri Friedman
Nov 14, 2018 • 103 min
Patri Friedman joins Erik on this episode of Venture Stories. He founded The Seasteading Institute in 2008 with funding from Peter Thiel. His father is political theorist David Friedman and his grandfather is Nobel Laureate in economics, Milton…
Live Episode: Eric Schmidt and Tyler Cowen on The Future of Technology and Society
Nov 12, 2018 • 54 min
This is a special episode of Venture Stories recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco, featuring Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), professor of economics at George Mason University and Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt), former executive chairman and CEO…
Live Episode: An Interview with Erik Torenberg at Venture For America in Detroit
Nov 9, 2018 • 57 min
Erik was interviewed by Jacob Evan Smith (@jacobsmith88) at Venture For America in Detroit, which is where Erik attended the University of Michigan before he started his live rap battle app, rapt.fm.In this episode he talks about founding and running…
Health Stories: Computational Care, Computational Biology, and “Taking a Crowbar to the Health System” with Scott Barclay and James Hardiman
Nov 7, 2018 • 49 min
On this episode of Health Stories, Erik is joined by James Hardiman (@hardimanjames) and Scott Barclay (@SABarclay) of Data Collective, a deep tech and AI venture fund.Scott and James are live in-studio with Erik to discuss a number of interesting topics…
On-Chain Governance with Jacob Arluck and Peter Czaban
Nov 5, 2018 • 49 min
On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik and his co-host Tony Sheng are joined by Jacob Arluck (@JacobArluck) of Tezos and Peter Czaban of Polkadot and the Web3 Foundation. The four of them get into the details of the mechanisms of governance, including…
Building Network Effects Businesses with NFX’s James Currier and Pete Flint
Nov 2, 2018 • 56 min
On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik is joined by James Currier (@JamesCurrier) and Pete Flint (@peteflint), of NFX. NFX is a great venture capital firm founded on the concept of network effects. Erik, James and Pete cover a bunch of fascinating…
Health Stories: Early Cancer Screening with Gabriel Otte
Oct 31, 2018 • 34 min
Gabriel Otte (@gabeotte), CEO and co-founder of Freenome, joins Erik on this episode of Venture Stories to talk about cancer screening.Gabriel starts out by talking about why he got into the cancer screening space and how Freenome got started. He lays out…
Looming Debt Crises, The Fed, and Crypto with Gabe Bassin and Taylor Pearson
Oct 29, 2018 • 52 min
Gabe Bassin (@gabebassin) and Taylor Pearson (@TaylorPearsonMe) join Erik for this episode.They cover a lot of ground in this episode where they explore some of the coming financial challenges that the US faces and how crypto might impact the markets and…
What Eugene Wei Thinks About Basically Everything
Oct 26, 2018 • 56 min
This is a deep dive into the mind of Eugene Wei. Erik and Eugene discuss all kinds of topics, including the unique state of ambition in Silicon Valley, “apprenticeships” for white collar jobs, Eugene’s favorite fiction books, what he would do if he was…
Health Stories: Unlocking The Potential of Personal Genomics with Othman Laraki and Alicia Zhou
Oct 24, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode of Health Stories, Erik is talking to Othman Laraki (@othman) and Alicia Zhou (@ay_zhou) of Color. Othman is co-founder and CEO and Alicia Zhou is Head of Research. Othman explains the personal reason that he started Color and why he got…
Crypto Stories: Solving The Blockchain Interoperability Problem with Sunny Aggarwal and Haseeb Qureshi
Oct 22, 2018 • 49 min
Sunny Aggarwal (@sunnya97) of Cosmos and Tendermint joins Erik and co-host Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb), GP at MetaStable Capital, for this episode of Crypto Stories.They discuss how blockchains could be made to be interoperable with one another. Sunny…
What Alex Danco Thinks About Basically Everything
Oct 19, 2018 • 117 min
In this episode Alex Danco (@alex_danco) of Social Capital joins Erik to talk about Silicon Valley, economics, innovation, crypto, software and more. He is a very unique thinker with interesting opinions about the tech space.Alex explains the influence of…
Health Stories: Reinventing The Primary Care Experience with Adrian Aoun
Oct 17, 2018 • 25 min
Erik is joined by Adrian Aoun (@adrianaoun), founder of Forward, a company that is trying to reinvent how primary healthcare is delivered. His previous company Wavii, was acquired by Google — where Adrian led AI efforts as well as working on special…
Crypto Stories: Bitcoin as Political Technology with Dhruv Bansal
Oct 15, 2018 • 68 min
Erik and his co-host Taylor Pearson (@TaylorPearsonMe), author of The End of Jobs, are joined by Dhruv Bansal (@dhruvbansal), co-founder of Unchained Capital. On this episode they discuss a number of interesting topics, getting progressively “weirder” as…
Live Episode: Keith Rabois on Career Strategy, Identifying Talent and Evaluating Markets
Oct 12, 2018 • 76 min
This episode of Venture Stories was recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco in October 2018. Keith was interviewed by Village Global partner and co-founder, Erik Torenberg. In the episode they cover a number of topics, and Keith (as usual)…
Health Stories: Solving The Care Coordination Problem with Jay Desai and Joe Kahn
Oct 10, 2018 • 38 min
On this episode of Health Stories, Erik is joined by Jay Desai (@jdesai01) of PatientPing (patientping.com) and Joe Kahn (@josephwandile) of Karuna Health (meetkaruna.com).Both Joe and Jay are working on how to make sure that patient care is coordinated…
Crypto Stories: ETH as Money, Generalized Mining, and an Exploration of Web3 with Dan Zuller and Ryan Sean Adams
Oct 8, 2018 • 73 min
In this episode Erik is joined by Ryan Sean Adams (@RyanSAdams) of Mythos Capital and Dan Zuller (@danzuller) of Vision Hill Advisors.They talk about their backgrounds, how they became interested in crypto, and how that has informed what they are doing…
What Kevin Kwok Thinks About Basically Everything
Oct 5, 2018 • 120 min
Kevin Kwok (@kevinakwok) is an investor at Greylock and one of the most expansive and intriguing minds around. In this episode Kevin and Erik talk about… basically everything, from the org chart of the future to the history of religion.Along the way they…
Health Stories: Go-To-Market in Healthcare and Requests For Startups with Kristin Spohn and Kelsey Mellard
Oct 3, 2018 • 41 min
Kelsey Mellard (@KelseyMellard), co-founder of Sitka (trustsitka.com) and Kristin Spohn (@kbakes), partner at Social Capital, join Erik for this enlightening episode of Health Stories. In it they talk about a number of topics related to go-to-market for…
The Decision To Hard Fork Sia with David Vorick
Oct 2, 2018 • 66 min
On this episode of Venture Stories, Erik talks to David Vorick (@DavidVorick) of Sia.David explains why a fork of Sia became necessary, even though doing so was not ideal or their preferred option. He talks about what precipitated the fork and how they…
Crypto Stories: Aleksandr Bulkin on ADAPT, “Initial Witness Offerings” and Crypto Disruption
Oct 1, 2018 • 52 min
Aleksandr Bulkin (@coinfund_al), co-founder of CoinFund and creator of ADAPT (adaptk.it) joins Erik on this episode to discuss:- How Alex got involved in crypto and why the Ethereum white paper and Augur white paper contributed so much to his interest.-…
On Radical Markets with Glen Weyl and Riva Melissa-Tez
Sep 28, 2018 • 57 min
Glen Weyl (@glenweyl) and Riva Melissa-Tez (@rivatez) join Erik for this episode. They discuss Glen’s book, Radical Markets, and a number of topics related to it, including:- The similarities between Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco when it comes to…
Health Stories: The Economics of Health Insurance with Nick Reber and Kareem Zaki
Sep 26, 2018 • 37 min
Nick Reber of Oscar Health and Kareem Zaki (@KareemZaki_) of Thrive Capital join Erik in this fascinating episode exploring the ins and outs of the health insurance industry. They talk about the misaligned incentives in healthcare and why it maybe…
The Bull Case For EOS As Presented By Myles Snider
Sep 23, 2018 • 70 min
Myles Snider (@myles_snider), CEO of Aurora EOS and advisor to Multicoin Capital, joins Erik and co-host Tony Sheng to discuss his new role as head of a block producer for EOS.Co-host Tony Sheng (@tonysheng) leads product at Decentraland. He also…
On Being Sriram Krishnan with Sriram Krishnan and Sriram Krishnan
Sep 21, 2018 • 69 min
It’s double the Sriram Krishnan for the price of one! Sriram Krishnan (@sriramk) of Twitter and Sriram Krishnan (@sriramkri) of HeadSpin join Erik to talk about dating apps, streaming music, the online advertising business, as well as the hilarious…
Health Stories: The Intersection of Life Science and Biotech with Rachel Craig and Ed Saltzman
Sep 19, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode, Erik is joined by two very smart minds in the health space. He talks to Rachel Craig (@RPCraig), founder and CEO of MotionHall, which a Village Global portfolio company that is building a global platform for biopharma dealmaking, and Ed…
Crypto Stories: Jillian Carlson and Lily Liu on Emerging Markets, Token Business Models, and Self-ICOs
Sep 17, 2018 • 66 min
Erik and his co-host Tony Sheng are joined by two special guests for this episode. Lily Liu (@calilyliu) is co-founder of Earn.com which was sold to Coinbase. Jillian Carlson (@_jillruth) is a consultant to projects both big and small in the space.…
Fintech Fridays: Transforming Web Security with Mahmoud Abdelkader and Ross Fubini
Sep 14, 2018 • 34 min
Mahmoud “Rusty” Abdelkader (@mahmoudimus), CEO of Very Good Security and Ross Fubini (@fubini), partner at Village Global, join Erik on this episode to talk security on the web and Mahmoud’s company Very Good Security.Mahmoud explains what he and his team…
Health Stories: Hard-Won Lessons From The Healthcare Ecosystem with Liz Rockett, Jared Seehafer, and Ryan Panchadsaram
Sep 12, 2018 • 51 min
Three exciting guests join Erik to reveal what having been in the healthcare ecosystem has taught them that the average tech investor doesn’t know:- Liz Rockett (@liz_rockett), investor at Kaiser Permanente Ventures.- Ryan Panchadsaram (@rypan), investor…
Crypto Stories: The Bull Case For Ethereum with Spencer Noon, Cyrus Younessi and Tony Sheng
Sep 10, 2018 • 56 min
The guests on today’s episode are Spencer Noon (@spencernoon), an investor at Doggie Tail Crypto Capital and Cyrus Younessi (@cyounessi1), Director of Research and Trading at Scalar Capital.Co-hosting today’s episode is Tony Sheng (@tonysheng) who leads…
Fintech Fridays: Ali Hamed on Lending, Crypto and Venture Capital
Sep 7, 2018 • 72 min
Erik and co-host for this episode Ash Fontana (@ashfontana) of Zetta Venture Partners interview Ali Hamed (@AliBHamed), investor at CoVenture.Ali gives us a primer on the online lending space and compares and contrasts it to offline lending. He explains…
Request For Startups: Digital Health
Sep 5, 2018 • 78 min
Joining Erik for this episode are Robert Mittendorff (@doctorrem), partner at Norwest Venture Partners, and Ambar Bhattacharyya (@AmbarBh), managing director at Maverick Ventures.In a continuation of the Requests for Startups series, Erik asks Robert and…
Crypto Stories: Headwinds in Crypto and Distributed Global’s Investment Strategy with John Cheeseman and Herve Bizira
Aug 31, 2018 • 67 min
On this episode Erik talks to Jonathan Cheeseman (@JonathanCheesm4), Chief Market Strategist at Distributed Global and Herve Bizira (@hibizira), CTO of Distributed Global.They talk about crypto markets and the funds that have been created to take…
Crypto Stories: “Explain Generalized Mining Like I’m Five” with Andrew Cronk (Follow-Up Bonus Episode)
Aug 31, 2018 • 47 min
Andrew Cronk (@ajcronk), partner at Figment, joins Erik again for this bonus episode going into generalized mining. Andrew contrasts sending someone money via PayPal with sending someone money via a decentralized network.He talks about whether firms with…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Valuing Crypto Assets with Arianna Simpson and Travis Kling
Aug 31, 2018 • 32 min
Arianna Simpson (@AriannaSimpson), VC and managing director at Autonomous Partners and Travis Kling (@Travis_Kling) of Ikigai Asset Management join Erik on this episode. Arianna starts by explaining her post about false precision and why you don’t want to…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Identity on the Blockchain with Dandelion Mane
Aug 31, 2018 • 50 min
Dandelion Mane (@decentralion), founder of SourceCred, joins Erik on this mind-expanding episode about identity. Dandelion explains how they came upon the idea for a decentralized reputation system and how it could change how people live — both online and…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Crypto-Native Funds with Andrew Cronk, Jake Brukhman and Meher Roy
Aug 31, 2018 • 66 min
Erik’s guests for this episode are:- Andrew Cronk (@ajcronk), partner at Figment- Meher Roy (@MeherRoy), co-founder of Chorus One- Jake Brukhman (@jbrukh), founder of CoinFundThey talk about a number of interesting topics, including the unique way that an…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Distributed Computing with Dani Grant, Dan Desjardins, Chandler Song and Greg Osuri
Aug 31, 2018 • 40 min
This episode of Venture Stories is co-hosted by Dani Grant (@thedanigrant), analyst at USV. She talks with three leaders in the distributed computing space: - Dan Desjardins, CEO of Distributed Compute Labs - Chandler Song (@chandlersyf), founder and CEO…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Token-Curated Registries with Ameen Soleimani and Jehan Tremback
Aug 31, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode Erik and co-host Miles Snyder of Multicoin Capital talk to Ameen Soleimani (@ameensol), CEO at SpankChain, and Jehan Tremback (@JTremback), founder of Althea Mesh. Ameen is one of the inventors of a token-curated registry. He discusses…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Zero-Knowledge Proofs with Elena Nadolinski and Howard Wu
Aug 31, 2018 • 40 min
Elena Nadolinski (@leanthebean), an engineer interested in the privacy space, and Howard Wu (@1HowardWu), co-founder of Dekrypt Capital, talk to Erik on this episode about zero-knowledge proofs and privacy.They talk about why privacy is important in…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on the Layers of BTC and Lightning with Nik Bhatia
Aug 31, 2018 • 56 min
Nik Bhatia (@timevalueofbtc), writer and Bitcoin thinker, joins Erik and co-host Myles Snider of Multicoin Capital on this episode to talk layers of Bitcoin and the Lightning network.Nik explains how he got his start in the Bitcoin world from traditional…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Privacy Coins with Elena Nadolinski and Avichal Garg
Aug 31, 2018 • 37 min
Elena Nadolinski (@leanthebean), an engineer interested in the privacy space, and Avichal Garg (@avichal), Managing Partner at Electric Capital, join Erik on this episode to discuss privacy coins. They break down what a privacy coin is and why privacy is…
Crypto Stories: Bitcoin For Beginners with Michael Goldstein
Aug 31, 2018 • 68 min
Michael Goldstein (@bitstein), president of the Nakamoto Institute and co-host of the Noded Podcast, joins Erik on this episode. Between him and Erik they break down some of the basic concepts around Bitcoin and explain why it’s important in general.…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Generalized Mining with Nicholas Chirls and Joe Lallouz
Aug 31, 2018 • 50 min
Erik is joined by Nicholas Chirls (@nchirls), partner at Notation Capital, and Joe Lallouz (@JoeLallouz), entrepreneur, angel, and founder of Grand St. They explain how they got their start in the space and the genesis of their respective firms. They talk…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Consensus Protocols with Aparna Krishnan and Haseeb Qureshi
Aug 31, 2018 • 61 min
In this episode Erik talks to Aparna Krishnan (@aparnalocked), co-founder of Mechanism Labs and Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb), GP at MetaStable Capital. They discuss a number of themes around Aparna’s research paper, talk about what it means to find…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Stablecoins with Haseeb Qureshi and Myles Snider
Aug 29, 2018 • 69 min
Erik’s co-host for this episode is Myles Snider (@myles_snider), research associate at Multicoin Capital. They talk to Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb) who is a GP at MetaStable Capital.They discuss where stablecoins are now and envision what they could be in…
Crypto Stories: The Bitcoin Standard and Beyond with Saifedean Ammous
Aug 27, 2018 • 80 min
Saifedean Ammous (@saifedean), the author of The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking, joins Erik for a very interesting and highly quotable interview. He expands on a number of topics from his book but also gets into a lot…
Crypto Stories: Vijay Boyapati on Austrian Economics, Bitcoin and Monetary Policy
Aug 24, 2018 • 53 min
Vijay Boyapati (@real_vijay), software engineer, crypto thinker and proponent of Austrian economics, joins Erik on this episode to talk about a number of interesting topics.They start with a primer on Austrian economics, what makes it different from other…
Crypto Stories: Bill Tai and Derek Hsue on Mining, Exchanges and the History and Future of Money
Aug 22, 2018 • 79 min
Erik is joined by two very exciting guests for this episode — Bill Tai, venture capitalist and director at Bitfury, and Derek Hsue (@derek_hsue), investor at Blockchain Capital.The three have a very engaging discussion about the mining landscape in…
Crypto Stories: Nic Carter on Governance, Bitcoin Narratives, and Ethereum
Aug 20, 2018 • 67 min
Erik and his co-host Tony Sheng (@tonysheng) of Decentraland interview Nic Carter (@nic__carter), partner at Castle Island Ventures and co-founder of Coinmetrics.io.Nic explains why Bitcoin might end up like gold, where everyday people have little…
Crypto Stories: The Intersection of Blockchain and AI with Trent McConaghy
Aug 17, 2018 • 62 min
Trent McConaghy (@trentmc0) returns for another interview with Erik. He’s the founder of Ocean Protocol and BigchainDB. In this episode, he starts by explaining Ocean Protocol’s mission and gives us a history of how the overall philosophy of the web has…
Crypto Stories Live: Balaji Srinivasan and Erik Torenberg on Crypto in a Borderless World
Aug 15, 2018 • 25 min
Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis), CTO of Coinbase, joined Erik on stage in San Francisco at the Founders Embassy Borderless Summit in June 2018 for a fascinating conversation about the coming impact of blockchain technology. They discuss how the world will…
Crypto Stories: Jimmy Song on Bitcoin, Hard Money, and Decentralization
Aug 13, 2018 • 63 min
Today’s guest is Jimmy Song (@jimmysong), crypto developer and teacher. He is a venture partner at Blockchain Capital and creator of the Programming Blockchain course. Jimmy has been a crypto developer for a long time now (in crypto terms), teaches…
Fat Monies: Anti-Contrarianism in Cryptocurrency Investing
Aug 10, 2018 • 121 min
In a first-ever two-hour episode for Venture Stories by Village Global, Erik talks to two of the most interesting crypto thinkers around: Arjun Balaji (@arjunblj), crypto investor, trader and incubator, and Murad Mahmudov (@MustStopMurad), crypto analyst…
Crypto Stories: A Primer On Open Financial Primitives
Aug 8, 2018 • 58 min
Joining Erik for this episode are Felix Feng (‪@felix2feng)‬, founder of Set Protocol and Nadav Hollander (@NadavAHollander), founder of Dharma Protocol.Felix and Nadav explain their respective companies and what they are looking to do for the open…
Crypto Stories: A Primer On Decentralized Exchanges
Aug 6, 2018 • 52 min
Alan Curtis of Radar Relay, a Village portfolio company, joins Erik to talk about what Radar Relay is working on and to discuss what is needed to get bring the world into the token economy. Alan explains the four main categories of tokens: utility,…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Non-Fungible Tokens
Aug 3, 2018 • 55 min
Amitt Mahajan (@amittm), co-founder and CTO of Rare Bits and investor at Presence Capital, joins Erik and his guest co-host Tony Sheng of Decentraland for this episode.They dive into all things non-fungible tokens, explaining how they work, why they…
Crypto Stories: Using Blockchain To Find Real-World Consensus with Ryan King and Jehan Tremback
Aug 1, 2018 • 32 min
In this episode, Erik talks to Ryan King (@frothcity), co-founder of FOAM protocol, and Jehan Tremback (@jtremback), founder of Althea Mesh. They explain how the blockchain makes it possible to know for certain where exactly somebody is at a given time…
Crypto Stories: The State of Crypto in 2018 and Predictions For The Future
Jul 30, 2018 • 49 min
With Erik for this episode are:- Aaron Batalion (@abatalion), formerly partner at Lightspeed and founder of LivingSocial - Vinny Lingham (@VinnyLingham), CEO of Civic and GP at Multicoin Capital and Newtown Partners- David King (@dksf), angel investor and…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Tokenized Securities
Jul 27, 2018 • 60 min
Erik is joined by Josh Stein, CEO of Harbor, Stephen McKeon (@sbmckeon), finance professor at the University of Oregon, and Parker Thompson (@pt), seed-stage investor, partner at AngelList and token skeptic. The guests give an overview of all things…
Crypto Stories: Kyle Samani and Tushar Jain on the Web3 Stack, Financial Primitives, On-Chain Governance and Value Accrual
Jul 25, 2018 • 59 min
Erik and guest co-host Tony Sheng (@tonysheng) of Decentraland interview managing partners of Multicoin Capital Tushar Jain (@TusharJain_) and Kyle Samani (@KyleSamani). They explain why many people are underestimating the potential impact of blockchain…
Requests for Startups: Human Augmentation
Jul 23, 2018 • 54 min
Erik is joined by Tim Swift and Ariel Poler on this episode of the podcast. Tim Swift is founder and CEO of Roam Robotics and Ariel Poler (@ariel) is an angel investor.They discuss how the human body could be engineered for the better and discuss a number…
Live Episode: Erik Torenberg, Daniel Kan and Qasar Younis on Fundraising
Jul 19, 2018 • 60 min
This special live episode was recorded at the Atrium offices in San Francisco on June 20 2018. Village Global co-founder Erik Torenberg hosted a fireside chat with Daniel Kan, co-founder and COO of Cruise Automation and Qasar Younis, former COO of…
ArtDAOs, Curation Markets and Token Curated Registries with Simon de la Rouviere and Trent McConaghy
Jul 17, 2018 • 59 min
Simon de la Rouviere (@simondlr), crypto developer and thought leader, and Trent McConaghy (@trentmc0), founder of Ocean Protocol, join Erik for an enlightening discussion of crypto.They explain the vast societal transformation that will be brought by…
A Primer On Prediction Markets With Robin Hanson
Jul 12, 2018 • 65 min
Robin Hanson, associate professor of economics at George Mason University, joins Erik for a primer on prediction markets. He explains how prediction markets work and why they are one of the best methods of forecasting the future that we have.
 Robin…
Joey Krug on Augur, Prediction Markets, and The State of Cryptocurrency Investing
Jul 10, 2018 • 72 min
Joining Erik for this interview are Joey Krug (@joeykrug) of Augur and Tony Sheng (@tonysheng) of Decentraland. Erik and Tony interview Joey about the process of building Augur, his new startup that launched on July 9 2018. Joey explains what he envisions…
Live Episode: Erik, Jo Varshney and Kiran Bellubi on Village’s Network Catalyst Accelerator
Jul 4, 2018 • 63 min
This is a special live episode that was recorded at Village HQ in San Francisco on June 14 2018. The event was put on in partnership with Xoogler, a network of former Googlers who have come together to help each other with their startup ambitions.Village…
Requests For Startups: FinTech
Jun 27, 2018 • 45 min
Joining Erik on this episode are Maia Bittner (@maiab), co-founder of Pinch, and Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), FinTech partner at 500 Startups. They go over the variety of sectors being disrupted by FinTech companies these days, including insurance, credit…
Episode #25: The Future of Consumer Products
Jun 21, 2018 • 34 min
Erik is joined by Nicole Quinn (@Nik_Quinn), Investing Partner at Lightspeed and Lee Edwards (@terronk), former CTO of Teespring and active angel investor. They explain why they’re bullish on consumer packaged goods startups and which industries they see…
Episode #24: The Future of Hardware and Robotics
Jun 14, 2018 • 38 min
Erik is joined by Eric Klein, partner at Lemnos VC, and Sankarshan Murthy (@sancartion), CEO and co-founder of Bumblebee Homes. They talk about trends in urbanization, housing and storage in America and why changing attitudes towards consumption present a…
Episode #23: The Future of Fertility with Tammy Sun and Afton Vechery
Jun 7, 2018 • 33 min
Tammy Sun (@tammysun), CEO and co-founder of Carrot Fertility and Afton Vechery (@aaffttoonn), CEO and co-founder of Modern Fertility talk with Erik about this rapidly emerging space.They explain how they got started in the fertility space, give us a…
Episode #22: Democratizing Cryptocurrency Investing with Kendrick Nguyen and Andy Bromberg
May 24, 2018 • 38 min
Kendrick Nguyen (@kendrickesq), CEO of Republic and Andy Bromberg (@andy_bromberg), CEO and co-founder of CoinList join Erik to talk about the changing landscape of investing in crypto.They explain how their companies will allow more people to invest in…
Episode #21: Online, Offline or Both? The Future of Direct to Consumer Women’s Healthcare with Carolyn Witte and Hans Gangeskar
May 16, 2018 • 32 min
Erik talks to Carolyn Witte (@carolynwitte), co-founder and CEO of asktia.com and Hans Gangeskar (@hansois), co-founder and CEO of Nurx.Carolyn and Hans explain how their companies are creating a new way for women to find healthcare. They recount how a…
Episode #20: The State of Sexual Wellness Startups
Apr 23, 2018 • 37 min
Erik talks to Polly Rodriguez (@polly_claire), co-founder of Unbound, Andrea Barrica (@abarrica), founder of O.school, and Gina Gutierrez (@Gina__Gutierrez), founder of Dipsea Stories, about the state of sexual wellness startups.Just a heads-up — due to…
Episode #19: How Technology Is Changing Drug Development
Apr 10, 2018 • 31 min
Host Erik Torenberg talks to Jo Varshney, founder of VeriSIM Life, a Village portfolio company, and Eric Stefanich, director and senior scientist at Genentech.They explain how VeriSIM is changing drug discovery and development and why more and more drugs…
Episode #18: The Future of Drones with Adam Bry of Skydio
Mar 1, 2018 • 25 min
Erik talks to Adam Bry (@adampbry), co-founder and CEO of Skydio, a company that designs and manufactures autonomous drones. Adam gives us a rundown on where the company is at right now, how it got there and what we should be expecting in the drone space…
Episode 17: Rethinking The Education To Employment Paradigm with Will Houghteling and Kara Nortman
Feb 23, 2018 • 55 min
Erik is joined by Will Houghteling (@willhoughteling), founder of Strive, a competency-based marketplace, and Kara Nortman (@karanortman), the first investor in Strive and partner at Upfront Ventures. Will explains why he started Strive and how the…
Episode #16: The Present and Future of Hardware with Shilpi Kumar and Seth Winterroth
Feb 6, 2018 • 51 min
Erik talks to Shilpi Kumar (@_shilpikumar), who helps Village Global find hardware investments and Seth Winterroth (@sethwinterroth), partner at Eclipse Venture Capital. They explain how hardware has been changing over the past several years and where…
Episode #15: Rebecca Kaden of Union Square Ventures on Healthcare, Fintech and Venture Firms
Jan 30, 2018 • 26 min
Rebecca Kaden (@rebeccak46) recently joined Union Square Ventures in in her hometown of New York City as a partner. She and Erik (@eriktorenberg) talk about why she joined USV and the three “waves” of investment theses for the firm. They discuss the…
Episode #14: How To Recruit, Assess, and Retain The Best People For Your Startup With Keith Rabois and Jack Altman
Jan 25, 2018 • 86 min
Erik talks to Keith Rabois (@rabois), Managing Director at Khosla Ventures and Jack Altman (@jaltma), CEO and co-founder of Lattice. Keith and Jack draw on their experience working at high-growth start-ups to explain how to attract the best people to your…
Episode #13: How To Disrupt The Insurance Industry With Kyle Nakatsuji of Clearcover
Jan 23, 2018 • 29 min
Kyle (@kylenakatsuji) talks to Erik about his company, Clearcover, which plans to offer a new way to buy insurance. Kyle has extensive experience in the insurance industry as an employee, investor and founder, and describes the ins and outs of the…
Episode #12: How To Build A Startup In The Consumer Fitness Space with Holly Shelton and Selina Tobaccowala
Jan 18, 2018 • 32 min
Selina Tobaccowala (@selinato) of Gixo and Holly Shelton (@hlshelton) of MoveWith join Erik for a discussion of the state of consumer fitness apps. The Gixo and MoveWith apps bring fitness to you. Selina and Holly break down the successes of a few other…
Episode #11: Finding a Niche in the Consumer Social Space with Winnie’s Sara Mauskopf and Anne Halsall
Jan 16, 2018 • 48 min
Erik talks to Sara Mauskopf (@sm) and Anne Halsall (@annekate) about Winnie, the “companion app for parents” which Erik calls the “most slept-on consumer social company today.” Sara and Anne tell us about Winnie’s unique combination of a community and a…
Episode #10: The Future of Access with Omni’s Tom McLeod and Ryan Delk
Jan 11, 2018 • 51 min
Erik talks to Tom McLeod (@tmcleod3) and Ryan Delk (@delk) of Omni about the future of access. Omni provides physical storage but is also a marketplace, allowing you to rent what you need on-demand or make extra money renting out the things you’re not…
Episode #9: The State of Consumer Social with Josh Elman
Jan 9, 2018 • 51 min
Erik and his co-host for this episode, Abie Katz of August Capital, interview Josh Elman (@joshelman), partner at Greylock Partners. Josh recounts the twists and turns of his career and how they led to him becoming a venture capitalist. He talks about the…
Episode #8: Investing in Machine Learning Startups with Ash Fontana
Jan 3, 2018 • 54 min
Erik interviews Ash Fontana (@ashfontana) of Zetta Venture Partners with his co-host for this episode, Abie Katz of August Capital. They talk about how Ash got his fund started and how and why he structured it the way he did. They discuss how to manage…
Episode #7: The Future of VR and AR and How To Invest In It with Amitt Mahajan and Abie Katz
Dec 27, 2017 • 43 min
Erik and his co-host for this episode, Abie Katz of August Capital, interview Amitt Mahajan (@amittm) of Presence Capital. He talks about the future of both VR and AR, what kinds of companies he’s been investing in and the many novel applications of VR in…
Episode #6: Consumer Social with Donnie Dinch, Michael Galpert and Greg Isenberg
Dec 21, 2017 • 50 min
Erik (@eriktorenberg) sits down with Donnie Dinch (@donnie), Michael Galpert (@msg) and Greg Isenberg (@gregisenberg) to discuss the state of consumer social today. They talk about why people call them crazy to try to build something in this sector today…
Episode #5: The State of Biotech with Dylan Morris and Cain McClary
Dec 19, 2017 • 39 min
This episode is all about the state of biotech, with Dylan Morris of Charles River Ventures and Cain McClary of KdT Ventures. They discuss the difference in incentives when investing in biotech compared to more traditional venture capital investments and…
Episode #4 - How To Build A Digital Health Company with Malay Gandhi and Christine Lemke
Dec 14, 2017 • 64 min
Erik talks with Malay Gandhi and Christine Lemke about the state of innovation in healthcare today, why it’s so difficult to build a company in the space, the blind spots that entrepreneurs and investors from outside the sector have, how to truly change…
Episode #3: The Future of the Music Industry with Aston Motes, Parker Thompson and Ed Aten
Dec 13, 2017 • 72 min
This episode is all about the future of music. Erik sat down with Parker Thompson, Aston Motes and Ed Aten to discuss how music has been regulated in the past and how that might change in the future, the argument for why copyright is a good thing for…
Episode #2: How Digital Currency Will Transform The World with Balaji Srinivasan
Dec 12, 2017 • 52 min
In this episode, Erik interviews Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis) on cryptocurrencies, the web, building a company, identity, government, and the future in general. They explore the implications of cryptocurrencies on a variety of industries and talk about…
Episode #1: Ryan Hoover and David Spinks on Communities
Dec 11, 2017 • 50 min
Ryan Hoover, CEO and founder of Product Hunt and David Spinks, CEO and founder of CMX Media talk all things community with Village co-founder and partner, host Erik Torenberg (@eriktorenberg). They talk about creating a business around a community, the…