Origins - A podcast about Limited Partners, created by Notation Capital
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Origins is a podcast about Limited Partners, the firms and institutions that invest in venture capital funds. Through a series of interviews, we explore what has historically been an opaque corner of the startup ecosystem and learn how the people behind the capital make decisions. This podcast was created by Alex Lines and Nick Chirls, partners at Notation.
||CleanMike Maples, Floodgate||Mike Maples is the founding partner at Floodgate and has been on the Forbes Midas List since 2010. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was involved as a founder and operating executive at back-to-back startup IPOs, including Tivoli Systems (IPO T||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRyan Nece, Next Play Capital||Ryan Nece is a Managing Partner at Next Play Capital, a mission-driven co-investment and fund of funds focused on venture capital. He started his career playing football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played for eight years, winning a super bowl||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeff Fagnan, Accomplice||Jeff Fagnan is a founder of Accomplice and more recently Spearhead, in partnership with AngelList. Jeff is well known as a founding investor, working with most of his portfolio since inception, sometimes as a co-founder including Veracode (Sold to CA Te||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeah Busque, Fuel Capital||Leah Busque is a General Partner at Fuel Capital, an early-stage venture firm based in SF. Before Fuel, she was the co-founder and CEO of TaskRabbit for eight years, and before that an engineer at IBM. In this episode, we discuss Leah's path to founding||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRo Gupta, Carmera||Ro Gupta is the co-founder and CEO of Carmera, a street-level intelligence platform. The company's flagship product is CARMERA Autonomous Map, which delivers real-time, 3D maps and navigation-critical data for autonomous vehicles. Ro previously spent si||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristian Motzfeldt, Danish Growth Fund||As CEO of the Danish Growth Fund since 2001, Christian Motzfeldt has been instrumental in building the new Danish ecosystem of entrepreneurship. Through the Danish Growth Fund, he has built one of the largest portfolios of venture and small-cap funds in||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNick Chirls and Alex Lines, Notation||In this episode of Origins, Beezer Clarkson turns the tables and interviews Nick Chirls and Alex Lines of Notation. Having just closed Notation II, we figured this would be a good time to explain who we are, what we do, and why we do it. We cover our ti||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSemil Shah, Haystack||On this episode of Origins, we sit down with Semil Shah of Haystack, an early-stage venture firm based in SF. Semil has a non-traditional background for VC and has been vocal about the unique way he's building the firm, recently making the transition in||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoland Reynolds, Industry Ventures||On this episode of Origins, we sit down with Roland Reynolds, a managing partner at Industry Ventures. Industry Ventures is a fascinating “full stack venture capital firm.” Their funds invest into companies and venture capital partnerships through b||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBruce Ou, Grove Street Advisors||On this episode of Origins, we sit down with Bruce Ou, a Managing Partner at Grove Street Advisors. GSA is a unique type of investment firm in that they build customized private equity fund portfolios to address each of their LP clients’ individual in||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSoleio Cuervo and Adam Michela, Combine||On this episode of Origins, we sit down with Soleio Cuervo and Adam Michela, the founding partners of Combine, a brand new design and venture firm. Combine is different than many of the other new venture firms we’ve profiled on the show, and Soleio an||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMargo Doyle, S-Cubed Capital||On this special episode of Origins, Beezer Clarkson and Nicholas Chirls co-host Margo Doyle, the Chief Investment Officer for S-Cubed Capital, a Silicon Valley-based single-family office. Margo most recently served as Managing Director with Cambridge As||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndy Weissman, Union Square Ventures||In this episode, we sit down with Andy Weissman, a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. Previous to USV, Andy was a co-founder of betaworks, and earlier in his career an executive at AOL. Andy’s one of the most thoughtful and admired VCs in the||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Larsen, Cambridge Associates||Michael Larsen is a managing director at the global investment firm Cambridge Associates, based in Boston. Mike works with endowments, foundations and other large institutional investors on their private investment programs, particularly focused on vent||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Frankel, Founder Collective||David Frankel is a managing partner and co-founder of Founder Collective, which launched in 2011 with a simple mission: To be the most aligned fund for founders at the seed stage. In the years since, they've become one of the most respected and highest||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAaron Gershenberg, SVB Capital||Aaron Gershenberg is a founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s fund of funds and direct investment group, SVB Capital. Aaron joined SVB in 1999 and has been part of the venture capital industry since 1996. Under his leadership, the group has over $3.3 billio||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBradley Tusk, Tusk Ventures||Bradley Tusk started Tusk Ventures to help startups work with governments at scale. To date, this unique venture capital firm has worked with companies like Uber, Fanduel, Handy, Eaze, and others to help them navigate regulatory challenges. Tusk Venture||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWinter Mead, Sapphire Ventures||Winter Mead is a Vice President at Sapphire Ventures, where he focuses on Sapphire's fund investments in the United States and internationally. Before joining Sapphire Ventures in 2014, he worked at Hall Capital Partners. Prior to Hall, Winter founded M||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEva Ho, Fika Ventures||Eva Ho is a General Partner and co-founder of Fika Ventures, a new $40M seed fund based in LA. She's also an EIR of the City of Los Angeles and a board member of the California Community Foundation. She was previously a co-founder of Susa Ventures, and||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGraham Pingree, Cendana Capital||Graham Pingree is a limited partner at Cendana Capital, where he works with Michael Kim and invests in micro-VC funds. We discuss Graham's background working both at startups as well as firms such as Horsley Bridge and Cambridge Associates, and backing||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHunter Walk, Homebrew||We talk with investor Hunter Walk, founding partner at Homebrew, about his experiences building product as one of the first hires at Second Life and then at YouTube after the Google acquisition. We also dig into what it took to get Homebrew off the grou||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLindel Eakman, Foundry Group Next||For over a decade, Lindel Eakman managed the private investment program for the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), one of the largest endowments in the world. After 13 years at UTIMCO, Lindel left and joined Foundry Group to lea||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJonathan Abrams, Nuzzel||Jonathan Abrams, founder and CEO of Nuzzel, is a busy man. Jonathan previously founded Friendster and Hotlinks, is an active angel in companies like AngelList and Docker, co-founded Founders Den in San Francisco, and is an LP in some great VC funds. We||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThomas Lenehan, Rockefeller University||Thomas Lenehan is Deputy CIO at Rockefeller University, helping to manage their $2B endowment. We discuss how managing an endowment compares to his previous LP roles and committing long-term to the private markets and venture, through good and bad cycl||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrad Feld, Foundry Group||We’re very excited to have Brad Feld to help us kick off season two. In addition to co-founding Foundry Group, and Techstars, Brad also co-founded Mobius Venture Capital in 1996. So he’s as qualified as anyone in the world to discuss starting ventur||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvan Jaysane-Darr, Invesco Private Capital||Evan Jaysane-Darr is a Partner at Invesco Private Capital, a public asset management company where he focuses primarily on investing in venture. We discuss what's different about investing in venture as a public company, his experience investing in priv||10/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJudith Elsea, Weathergage Capital||Judith Elsea is a co-founder and Managing Director at Weathergage Capital. Judith and her Weathergage partners are investors in some of the most respected venture firms in the world. We discuss building out a venture practice at the Kauffman Foundation,||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Kim, Cendana Capital||Michael Kim is the founder of Cendana Capital, one of the first fund of funds focused entirely on backing micro-VC firms. Since 2010, Cendana has been a very early institutional backer of firms like Lerer Ventures, Forerunner, Founder Collective, IA Ven||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoelle Kayden, Accolade Partners||Joelle Kayden, Managing Director and Founder of Accolade Partners, joins us to discuss her deep experience as an investor in venture funds.||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJosh Abramson, TeePublic, Connected Ventures||Josh Abramson, co-founder of Connected Ventures (CollegeHumor, BustedTees, Vimeo) and TeePublic, joins us to discuss founding and operating companies as well as investing as an Angel and as a Limited Partner.||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Douvos, VIA||Chris Douvos, Managing Director and member of the General Partner at VIA (Venture Investment Associates), joins us to discuss growing up in Brooklyn, investing courageously, & being the first institutional backer of First Round Capital.||6/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNaval Ravikant, AngelList||Naval Ravikant, CEO and founder of AngelList, joins us to discuss sources of capital from the founder's perspective.||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElizabeth Beezer Clarkson, Sapphire Ventures||Elizabeth "Beezer" Clarkson, Managing Director at Sapphire Ventures, joins us to discuss her path to becoming an LP, what she looks at when considering investments, and why we're starting to see the LP world become more open and transparent.||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
A look into the LP ecosystem
Hope you enjoy it!
Informative for anyone interested in entrepreneurship, startups, and venture capital
Full disclosure: I'm an associate at Sapphire Ventures. Also full disclosure, I listen to a lot of podcasts (currently subscribed to over 50 and counting). That being said, the topic that Nick and Alex have chosen to cover on this show is definitely something that is under discussed. These days, where everyone thinks about running their own startup, hearing about where all the funding really comes from is important, sobering, and puts the world a bit more in perspective.
A super opaque part of the startup ecosystem, finally brought to light. Fascinating listen.