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.
The Present and Future of Autonomous Vehicles with Qasar Younis and Alexandr Wang
Dec 10 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 Friedman.…
Live Episode: Eric Schmidt and Tyler Cowen on The Future of Technology and Society
Nov 12 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…
Looming Debt Crises, The Fed, and Crypto with Gabe Bassin and Taylor Pearson
Oct 29 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…
Health Stories: Reinventing The Primary Care Experience with Adrian Aoun
Oct 17 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…
Health Stories: Hard-Won Lessons From The Healthcare Ecosystem with Liz Rockett, Jared Seehafer, and Ryan Panchadsaram
Sep 12 • 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),…
Crypto Stories: The Bull Case For Ethereum with Spencer Noon, Cyrus Younessi and Tony Sheng
Sep 10 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 the Layers of BTC and Lightning with Nik Bhatia
Aug 31 • 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 Crypto-Native Funds with Andrew Cronk, Jake Brukhman and Meher Roy
Aug 31 • 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 CoinFund They talk about a number of interesting topics, including the unique way…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Generalized Mining with Nicholas Chirls and Joe Lallouz
Aug 31 • 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 Privacy Coins with Elena Nadolinski and Avichal Garg
Aug 31 • 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: A Primer on Token-Curated Registries with Ameen Soleimani and Jehan Tremback
Aug 31 • 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 • 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 Identity on the Blockchain with Dandelion Mane
Aug 31 • 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 Consensus Protocols with Aparna Krishnan and Haseeb Qureshi
Aug 31 • 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 Distributed Computing with Dani Grant, Dan Desjardins, Chandler Song and Greg Osuri
Aug 31 • 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: Bitcoin For Beginners with Michael Goldstein
Aug 31 • 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 Stablecoins with Haseeb Qureshi and Myles Snider
Aug 29 • 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 • 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 • 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…
Crypto Stories: Bill Tai and Derek Hsue on Mining, Exchanges and the History and Future of Money
Aug 22 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…
Crypto Stories: A Primer on Tokenized Securities
Jul 27 • 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 • 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 • 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…
Live Episode: Erik Torenberg, Daniel Kan and Qasar Younis on Fundraising
Jul 19 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…