By Shruti Gandhi
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Welcome to the Array Podcast. The platform to discover an array of hacks and skills you need at different stages of building your business. On each episode, we host successful entrepreneurs who share their secrets on growing an enterprise businesses that leverage data and AI/ML.
||CleanHollywood's Blye Faust produces the movie Spotlight that wins an Oscar||Blye Faust is an academy award winning producer of the movie Spotlight about the Boston Globe investigation of the Catholic church for allegations of abuse. She has also co-produced The Queen Latifah Show and started an interior design firm byblye With her co-founder Nicole Rocklin, Blye started a one of a kind women-led production company, Rocklin/Faust. Her company focuses on “Telling transformative, entertaining true stories that engender a collective social dialogue, inspire change, and celebrate innovation.” In this episode we discuss her journey as she transitioned from practicing law into founding a successful production company, how she came about producing and spearheading the creation of the academy award winning movie Spotlight. She also shares her thoughts on the lack of diversity and culture of harassment within the entertainment industry. Listen in to hear a story of a founder creating a company in Hollywood which is very different than our typical tech podcast. We thought this unique founding story was definitely worth sharing. Blye Faust's twitter: https://twitter.com/byblye Shruti Gandhi's twitter: https://twitter.com/atshruti Array Ventures website: www.array.vc Rocklin/Faust website: http://www.rocklinfaust.com/ About Spotlight (Oscar Winning Movie) In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton), reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJonathan Abrams founder of Nuzzel and Friendster on how to win in a crowded market||A Canadian implant in SV Jonathan Abrams is now a founder of 4 SV startups: Socializr, Friendster, HotLinks and most recently Nuzzel with backing from Marc Andreesen, Naval Ravikant, Homebrew, SoftTech and Lowercase just to name a few. Jonathan has first hand experience on how timing matters for companies, how to differentiate in a crowded market to rise above the competition, and how execution is as important as the initial idea for the company to succeed. Jonathan is also a prolific angel investor counting AngelList, Docker, Front, Instacart, and Slideshare amongst his portfolio. I love my interactions with Jonathan because he is outspoken about supporting and opening doors for women founders. He is also on the board of Girls in Technology. Thank you Jonathan for being with us today. Follow us on twitter @abrams and @atshruti Listen to some other [Array] podcasts: Ryan Hoover founder of Product Hunt, Justin Kan who sold his company Twitch to Amazon for $1B.||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRory O’Driscoll founder of Scale Venture Partners discuss the in and outs of enterprise investing, taking companies public, AI, and building a long lasting VC firm.||Today on our podcast we have Rory O’Driscoll, cofounder and partner at Scale Venture Partners. Scale Venture Partners just raised their 6th fund of $400m managing over $1.5 billion in assets under management. Scale had interesting beginnings as a firm; they were an in-house VC fund inside Bank of America and spun out as a separate firm in 2007 by Rory Driscoll and Kate Mitchell. Scale is one of the few model VC funds in SV with a woman founder and many women investing partners . Scale has been a helpful partner to Array since our early days and one of the few firms such as Array that focuses in enterprise investing. Rory has led investments and sits of the boards of companies such as Box, DocuSign, Pantheon and many more where Scale invested in these companies around Series A or B until they go public. I wanted to sit down with Rory and learn how to build a long lasting firm and how his views on the enterprise sector have evolved over the years. In this episode, Rory discusses the typical lifecycle of an enterprise startup and there path to IPO, his views on ICOs, how to pick an investment strategy, when/if to consider changing your investment strategy and much more. Rory O’Driscoll's Twitter: https://twitter.com/rodriscoll Shruti Gandhi's Twitter: https://twitter.com/atshruti Scale Venture Partner: https://www.scalevp.com/ Array Ventures: http://www.array.vc/||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBillionaire Tim Draper on investing and predicting future of crypto, evolution of venture capital, and why he wants to split California||Tim Draper is the founder of venture capital firms Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and Draper Associates. He also built the Draper University built to empower entrepreneurs take risk and build confidence. He is author of the book How to Be the Startup Hero: A Guide and Textbook for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs. He is an early investor and proponent in bitcoin and investor in companies such as Skype, Tesla, and Hotmail. His original suggestion to use viral marketing as a method for spreading a software application from customer to customer was instrumental to the successes of these companies. Today he talks about why bitcoin will be at $250k by 2022, how VC can stay relevant in the world of crypto, why California needs to be broken into 3 states, and other fun gems. Tune in to starting your learning, for some good advice, and secrets of his success. Tim's twitter handle: TimDraper Shruti's twitter handle: atShruti Tim's book: How to Be the Startup Hero: A Guide and Textbook for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRyan Hoover, CEO of Product Hunt: How some startups launch on this largest online community and PH's acquisition by Angellist.||Ryan Hoover is a founder of Product Hunt, place to discover your next favorite thing. Product Hunt was funded by investors like a16z, Greylock, Slow Ventures, and Alexis Ohanian. Product Hunt was recently acquired by, Angellist a company where the world meets startups. Ryan is one of the most genuine founders I know in Silicon Valley. He’s built quite a brand for himself. In this podcast we talk about how Ryan build one of the largest communities on the web for Product Hunt, some of his favorite launches on the website, and his decision to sell to Angellist. Shruti's Twitter: @atShruti Ryan's Twitter: @rrhoover||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaul Martino, Bullpen Capital: How do you differentiate your fund?||After founding several successful start-ups, Paul Martino (https://twitter.com/ahpah), Duncan Davidson (https://twitter.com/duncandavi), and Rich Melmon (https://twitter.com/RMelmon) decide to start a different kind of company, a venture capital fund - Bullpen Capital (http://bullpencap.com). Starting a successful VC firm requires differentiation. They found a gap in the market allowing them to start a fund with differentiation based on “stage" vs “lifecycle” approach. Bullpen successfully takes a “stage” focus approach creating a "post seed” category. Bullpen truly gives attention to contrarian “vice” markets and founders that many VC firms are unable to or written-off based on their experience and pattern matching. I’ve been as an advisor with Bullpen for a few years and I’ve seen their approach in action. I’ve seen how a perfect Bullpen deal comes about with a combination of math and art together. Let’s hear Paul Martino’s personal journey, and how a VC firm continues to stay competitive as it grows. I have particularly enjoyed this conversation, because hearing my friends journeys accelerates my learnings that I can apply right away as I grow my own fund Array Ventures (www.array.vc) Shruti's Twitter: https://twitter.com/atshruti||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoy Bahat: Starting a new VC fund? Listen to Roy's thoughts on setting it up for success||Roy Bahat is one of the founder of Bloomberg Beta. I met Roy through my friend Shivon Zilis who is also a partner at Bloomberg Beta. Shivon was in one of our earlier podcasts on Array talking about AI. Bloomberg Beta is one of my favorite firms to work with and not only because they are also an LP in my fund Array Ventures but because I respect how they have built their firm and constructed their portfolio in a thoughtful way. They are the only firm I know that sends a survey to their companies asking for feedback on what they can do better. Bloomberg Beta was born out of Roy's frustration when he was raising money for his own startup. That's when Roy saw a need to start a fund with transparency, focus on their experience with the founders, and clear thesis on future of work. With so many VC firms being formed in last few years differentiation is important to be able to attract the right entrepreneurs. Let's dive into how Roy thought about building a new VC firm from scratch and how he thinks about the VC industry today with all the changes in recent years. Shruti's twitter: @atShruti, Roy's twitter: @roybahat Bloomberg Operating Manual: https://github.com/Bloomberg-Beta/Manual Array VC: www.array.vc||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrad Feld founder of Foundry Group and Techstars shares how he invests in companies and funds||Brad Feld is a legend in the venture industry. Brad started out as a founder of Feld Technologies then became an angel and institutional investor and recently also expanded his firm, Foundry Group, into fund investments. Amongst the many things he is known for Brad started Techstars and was an early investor in well known public companies such as Zynga, and Fitbit. He has been one of the few investors bringing transparency to this opaque industry by blogging about his perspectives. In this podcast Brad shares his thoughts on what it takes to be a good investor and fund manager. You can follow us on twitter at @bfeld and @atShruti||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Cloudflare became a unicorn from a business plan and a vision in span of 8 years||It’s amazing how Cloudflare a company that was a mere dream 8 years has become core part of the internet infrastructure today making websites more secure and scalable. Cloudflare sees all kinds of traffic and attacks from Neo Nazis, largest phasing attacks, political campaigns before you know about it. Tighten your seat belts to get on a roller coaster with Cloudflares's co-founder, Michelle Zatlyn, and her journey to becoming a fast unicorn from her early days of starting Cloudflare at Harvard Business School with her cofounder Matthew Prince and Lee Holloway. Follow Michelle Zatlyn on twitter @zatlyn and your host Shruti Gandhi @atShruti||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShivon Zilis discusses how she became part of the machine intelligence movement||On our podcast from a few weeks ago on All things AI we heard from Lucas Baker of Google Deepmind on his perspective on current state of AI. Today we chat with Shivon Zilis who is an investor at VC firm Bloomberg Beta and gives an investment perspective on AI. Shivon became somewhat of a celebrity in AI after she first launched the state of machine intelligence in 2014. She has continued to add to that over the years. Let’s have a chat with her about investing in machine intelligence. Follow us @atShruti and @Shivon||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFormer CIO of Facebook discusses strengths of an open and honest culture||Tim Campos, former CIO of Facebook talks about importance of culture at a company, impact of a life coach on his career and challenges he faced as a CIO of two Fortune 500 companies - Facebook and KLA Tencor||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll about AI: AlphaGo expert at Google Deepmind||With a breadth of experience unusual for a young engineer, Lucas Baker has traveled a winding path through the tech industry leading from Stanford through Square, Y Combinator, Pinterest, Google, and most recently DeepMind. Find out what he's learned along the way and what he thinks about the future of machine learning.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeslie Miley makes it against all odds. Life story of director of engineering at Slack.||In this podcast we'll hear the story of a college dropout, but not the glamorous Steve Jobs-type story you might expect. Learn how Leslie Miley worked his way up through engineering roles at Walmart, ODesk, Apple, Google, Twitter, to become director of engineering at Slack, one of Silicon Valley's most beloved startups, find out his struggles along the way and what he's up to now at Venture for America.||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhich came first the dataset or the algorithm? See how bigger companies use AI||Lukas Biewald, founder of Crowdflower, will be talking about the Future and problems in AI, training data sets, and how AI is used at bigger companies.||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Go From Post-Collegiate Soul-Searching To A $1B Exit To Amazon||In the space of nine years, Justin Kan pivoted from aimless post-collegiate soul-searching to a massive exit on his company, Twitch, which he sold to Amazon for $1B. Before that he sold his company Kiko Software on ebay! Justin went from being a partner at Y-Combinator to starting his own incubator Zero-F.||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional wisdom leads to a $310m exit for contrarian founder Auren Hoffman||Auren Hoffman is a founder of Safegraph and previously LiveRamp. LiveRamp was acquired by Axiom for $310m in 2014. Auden shares his views on why smart people make wrong decisions with optionality, how focus in life important, and how to pick markets for your new venture.||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow do you train to live on space and retire on Mars?||Esther Dyson trained to be in space and wants to retire on Mars. Esther's global perspective has made her an effective investor and valued board member. A medical scare led her to start Way to Wellville (http://waytowellville.net), a health intervention program for American health system to get healthier. Esther launched her entrepreneurial career in a unique way by acquiring a company she was working for.||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean$300m+ acquisition happened after Flurry nearly went insolvent 3 times||Sean Byrnes was founder of Flurry. Flurry was founded during a recession and almost insolvent 3 times until 2014 when it was acquired by Yahoo for $300-$350m. Sean is now a CEO of Outlier.ai which helps businesses make better decisions using AI. Sean shares his insights on staying afloat, keeping up with trends, and his thoughts on Artificial Intelligence||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFundraising? You should benchmark your SaaS metrics||Lauren Kelly is the CEO of Opex Engine (https://www.opexengine.com) where they benchmark metrics for SaaS companies. Lauren tells us what metrics should companies track depending on who they are selling to.||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
welcome new voice in VC podcast lineup
Shruti's interviews with her guests are candid and in-depth. Contrast with other VC podcasts that are just thinly-veiled 20 minute ads for their portfolio companies, these starter episodes provide insights every entrepreneur can apply or relate to.
I don't know who she is but she asks the best questions. She asks questions which other VC's are afraid to ask because they're afraid of looking unknowledgeable, but really AI is such a big space no one in the world can master it all. She doesn't hype the space like all other VCs. Instead she'll get the interviewee to explain the technology in laymen's terms and explore the real limits of AI technology.
As somebody involved in building a company that may seek venture funds, I find I learn so much from listening to Shruti and her guests. Wonderful content from interesting guests. Shruti keeps the conversation moving smoothly. Please improve sound quality and this podcast will be un-missable.