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In this series, Jason Calacanis interviews angels & VCs about their investment strategies and pulls back the curtain on how early-stage startups get funded.

In this series, Jason Calacanis interviews angels & VCs about their investment strategies and pulls back the curtain on how early-stage startups get funded.
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In this series, Jason Calacanis interviews angels & VCs about their investment strategies and pulls back the curtain on how early-stage startups get funded.

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English


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E20: "Angel" podcast: Ask an Angel! Jason Calacanis & Ed Roman answer questions on startup runway concerns, syndicate hit rates, advising best practices, founder updates, due diligence, pro-rata rights, investment legal structures & more

4/2/2018
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Ask an Angel! Jason Calacanis & Ed Roman answer questions on startup runway concerns, syndicate hit rates, advising best practices, founder updates, due diligence, pro-rata rights, investment legal structures & more

Duration:01:00:19

E19: Pete Flint, NFX Managing Partner & Trulia Founder, shares insights from entrepreneurship to investing, criteria for $150m seed fund, supporting persistent founders, company-building & culture, targeting markets ripe for disruption, & the power of dat

3/25/2018
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Pete Flint, NFX Managing Partner & Trulia Founder, shares insights from entrepreneurship to investing, criteria for $150m seed fund, supporting persistent founders, company-building & culture, targeting markets ripe for disruption, & the power of data network effects

Duration:01:17:35

E18: Rob May, investor 45+ co's & founder Talla & Backupify, shares dealbreakers, successful founder patterns, using scar tissue as entrepreneur to be a better angel, creating Talla's ICO & future of bots, blockchain, & crypto

2/18/2018
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Rob May, investor 45+ co's & founder Talla & Backupify, shares dealbreakers, successful founder patterns, using scar tissue as entrepreneur to be a better angel, creating Talla's ICO & future of bots, blockchain, & crypto

Duration:01:09:18

E17: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund shares insights from ~50 investments focused on solving our biggest challenges, importance of tenacity, momentum, culture to scale & positive communication with investors

2/8/2018
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Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund shares insights from ~50 investments focused on solving our biggest challenges, importance of tenacity, momentum, culture to scale & positive communication with investors

Duration:01:10:13

E16 Arjun Sethi, Social Capital on bringing skills as a founder (MessageMe, Lolapps) & Yahoo head of growth to early-stage investing, being candid, overcoming hubris, taking methodical risks, & the critical importance of rapid-learning, resilient teams

1/28/2018
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Arjun Sethi, Social Capital on bringing skills as a founder (MessageMe, Lolapps) & Yahoo head of growth to early-stage investing, being candid, overcoming hubris, taking methodical risks, & the critical importance of rapid-learning, resilient teams

Duration:01:13:18

E15: Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital on being a self-taught VC, creating a rocket ship to fund 64+ underrepresented founders in just 2yrs, launching an upcoming studio, & mastering the art of disciplined investing

1/18/2018
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Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital on being a self-taught VC, creating a rocket ship to fund 64+ underrepresented founders in just 2yrs, launching an upcoming studio, & mastering the art of disciplined investing

Duration:00:53:24

E14: Satya Patel, Homebrew, on 80+ investments, betting on founders with mission, solving problems over building biz, funding "phases" not stages, portfolio stars, & the critical importance of boards & organizational muscle memory

1/4/2018
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Satya Patel, Homebrew, on 80+ investments, betting on founders with mission, solving problems over building biz, funding "phases" not stages, portfolio stars, & the critical importance of boards & organizational muscle memory

Duration:01:18:03

E13: Jeff Clavier, Uncork Capital, on pioneering micro VC, lessons from 200+ investments & 5 funds, strategizing at Seed for Series A crunch, risky ICOs, & the hard-won wisdom of always be raising

12/23/2017
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Jeff Clavier, Uncork Capital, on pioneering micro VC, lessons from 200+ investments & 5 funds, strategizing at Seed for Series A crunch, risky ICOs, & the hard-won wisdom of always be raising

Duration:01:16:01

E12: “Angel” podcast: BoldStart Founder Ed Sim on 20yrs seeding 50+ enterprise co’s, how his father’s fleeing N. Korea shaped his VC, NYC deep tech, & being 1st dollar in to help move founder-product fit to product-market fit to self-sustainabilit

12/17/2017
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BoldStart Founder Ed Sim on 20yrs seeding 50+ enterprise co’s, how his father’s fleeing N. Korea shaped his VC, NYC deep tech, & being 1st dollar in to help move founder-product fit to product-market fit to self-sustainability.

Duration:00:58:37

E11: Urban.us Shaun Abrahamson & Stonly Baptiste seed & support startups improving cities, solving climate, housing, waste, transportation, & profit in expanding urban megaregions & TAM

12/10/2017
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As populations grow, and climates change, could cities be our salvation? With the right infrastructure, urban areas or megaregions can be the most carbon & economic efficient habitations. But cities face countless problems, in housing shortages, broken transportation, overflowing waste, and more. With Urban.us, Shaun Abrahamson & Stonly Baptiste seed startups solving for challenges to make our cities better and our futures more hopeful. Shaun & Stonly talk to Jason about what they're...

Duration:01:03:25

E10: Matt Brezina, investor in 65+ startups (Dropbox, Cruise) & founder (Xobni, Sincerely) shares strategies for backing relentlessly resourceful founder-builders & bringing operational value in return

11/29/2017
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In "Angel" episode 10, Jason talks with Matt Brezina, angel investor in over 65 startups, including Dropbox, Cruise & Ring, and also founder of Xobni & Sincerely. Matt shares how & why he got into investing, his critical formative time in YC, the lasting influence of Paul Graham, meeting Drew Houston (failing to hire him, but succeeding in investing in Dropbox down the road...), learning sales from his mom, mistakes letting ego interfere with business, why he loves Twitter, the future of...

Duration:01:31:41

E9: Ask An Angel! Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey answer investor questions on picking startups, evaluating founders, due diligence, how syndicates work, deal terms & more

11/14/2017
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Ask an Angel! It's a special episode of "Angel," with Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey (Clipisode, LAUNCH) candidly answer the burning questions of investors and those aspiring to be. Picking startups, evaluating founders, due diligence, Syndicates ins/outs, deal terms and a lot more. Listen and learn! What’s the best way to verify the customers of a potential investment are happy with the product? - AlanWhen completing financial due diligence what documents should I be asking for/what am...

Duration:01:00:20

E8: Pear VC Founding Managing Partner Pejman Nozad shares lessons from selling rugs as an immigrant to seeding 100+ co's & 6 unicorns, staying disciplined & backing founders who want to make a difference

10/31/2017
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In episode8 of "Angel," Jason sits down with Pejman Nozad, Founding Managing Partner of Pear VC. Pejman came to the U.S. from Iran with nothing, and eventually became one of the most successful angel investors ever, seeding 100+ startups including 6 unicorns. Pejman reveals lessons and insights from his journey, starting from his carpet-selling days and breaking into tech by hosting events at the rug store, to moving into venture capital, starting his own firm and backing massively...

Duration:01:11:35

E7: Dave Samuel, Freestyle Capital, on joy & risk of early-stage, qualities of ideal founder, team & product, portfolio faves, & focused investing as a former entrepreneur

10/9/2017
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On Episode 7 of "Angel," Jason talks to Freestyle Capital co-founder Dave Samuel, a former founder (Spinner, Brondell) who brings his entrepreneurial focus to investing. Dave shares what qualities he looks for in startups & products, his love for building teams & companies, the trouble with B2C, raising money in a financial crisis, early internet days including founding & selling the internet's 1st music service to AOL, his innovative smart toilet, why he became an investor, and much more.

Duration:01:25:58

E6: Ben Narasin shares his strategy behind 80 portfolio co's (w/ 50% Series A conversions & 3 unicorns), proven thesis on successful startups & founders, & betting on the strength of conviction

9/24/2017
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Ben Narasin has a unique view on early-stage investing, quite different than Jason's, and today on "Angel," he shares his proven thesis and dives into a track record that speaks for itself, with over half of his seed companies reaching Series A, and 3 unicorns. Ben explains what he looks for in a startup (teams factors heavily, but not exclusively), the absolute critical characteristic a founder must have to succeed, and executing on the strength of your convictions. Plus, portfolio hits,...

Duration:01:14:08

E4: Angel & syndicate leader Ed Roman on optimizing for outsized outcomes, leaning on gut & market analysis, not learning the wrong lessons, avoiding fraudulent customers, & swinging for fences (only) in SV

9/18/2017
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In episode 4 "Angel" podcast Jason talks to angel & syndicate leader Ed Roman. Ed describes his journey from serial entrepreneur in Austin to syndicate angel in Silicon Valley, and shares strategies for optimizing for outsized outcomes, developing the right alchemy gut & market analysis, the biggest mistake investors make, his greatest hits & misses, how to tell when a founder will go 10x, how to know when you're a seasoned investor...and much more. Thanks for Audible for sponsoring this...

Duration:00:53:58

E3: Andrea Zurek, XG Ventures (Facebook, Twitter) & angel since 2006, shares startup selection criteria, lessons building Google, ideal terms & valuations, solving hard problems & finding right combination of money, fortitude, discipline

9/18/2017
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In "Angel" episode 3, Jason speaks with Andrea Zurek, Founding Partner of XG Ventures ("ex-Googlers"), and angel investor since 2006. Andrea, whose portfolio includes Facebook, Twitter and Box, shares how she picks companies, her ideal terms and valuations, the trouble with TAM and solo founders, deciding when to follow on, how she applies lessons from building Google to help her founders, best advice for accredited and non-accredited investors, insights on increased opportunity for women...

Duration:01:13:26

E2: Super angel & syndicate leader Gil Penchina on 20 yrs & 200+ investments, learning the game & making your own rules, which founders to back & avoid, optimizing deal flow, minimizing failure, & enjoying the chaos

9/18/2017
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In episode 2 of Jason's new podcast, "Angel," Super Angel & Syndicate Leader Gil Penchina shares secrets from his 20 years investing in 200+ startups, including LinkedIn, PayPal, & Cruise. Gil reveals why he became an angel, which founders & verticals to back (& which to run away from), deal flow strategies, tips for learning the game & making your own rules, how to support founders, & lessons he's learned from his greatest hits ... and failures. Thank you to Audible for sponsoring this...

Duration:00:47:19

E1: "Angel" Premiere: Cyan Banister, angel investor now Founders Fund VC, shares portfolio hits/misses, deal flow strategies, finding founder-product fit & backing startups that change human behavior

9/18/2017
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Welcome to the first episode of the “Angel” podcast. In this series, Jason interviews angels about their investment strategies and pulls back the curtain on how early-stage startups get funded. In E1, Cyan Banister, former angel investor (Uber, Thumbtack) now Founders Fund Partner, shares with Jason her portfolio successes & brutal losses, her formula for choosing successful startups & founders, and her journey from angel investor to VC. Thanks to Audible for sponsoring this podcast.

Duration:00:59:33

E5: Zach Coelius, founder-turned-angel & Syndicate leader with a $1b exit after only 2yrs investing, shares insights on advising, hustling, deal flow, & the thrill of first market validation

9/9/2017
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In today's episode of "Angel," Jason welcomes Syndicate leader Zach Coelius, Triggit founder who, only after 2yrs as an angel, has already enjoyed a $1b exit (Cruise, bought by GM). Zach shares his insights as a founder-turned-investor, including finding deals & deal-breakers, hustling & other techniques to be a better investor, advising your way onto the cap table, what stage of product development is the most exciting, the skinny on AngelList funds, his (tremendous) hits & (very few)...

Duration:01:21:03