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Ventured Growth with Hercules Capital

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Join Hercules Capital Senior Managing Director Catherine Jhung in conversations with today’s top CFOs of venture and private equity-backed companies, CFOs who have taken their companies public, and CFOs of venture funds. Learn about their strategies for financing rapid growth and scaling their businesses, as well as their unique interests and life stories that have shaped their paths to success.

Join Hercules Capital Senior Managing Director Catherine Jhung in conversations with today’s top CFOs of venture and private equity-backed companies, CFOs who have taken their companies public, and CFOs of venture funds. Learn about their strategies for financing rapid growth and scaling their businesses, as well as their unique interests and life stories that have shaped their paths to success.

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United States

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Join Hercules Capital Senior Managing Director Catherine Jhung in conversations with today’s top CFOs of venture and private equity-backed companies, CFOs who have taken their companies public, and CFOs of venture funds. Learn about their strategies for financing rapid growth and scaling their businesses, as well as their unique interests and life stories that have shaped their paths to success.

Language:

English


Episodes

#13 – The Future of the Gaming Industry | Kai Bond

5/12/2022
Sports and games are a huge part of our lifestyle and culture and will continue to be for generations to come. But how can investors and creators encourage growth and take advantage of this unique market? Investor, founder, and entrepreneur Kai Bond had spent over a decade in the gaming industry when he realized he wanted to approach gaming as an investable category. So he partnered with the startup Courtside VC, a venture capital firm that challenges the traditional definition of sports,...

Duration:00:42:35

#12 – Leading With a Servant’s Heart | Raj Verma

4/28/2022
Raj Verma is the CEO at SingleStore, a database management system that helps modern applications be fast, frictionless, and flexible. When Raj started at SingleStore, he was Co-CEO with SingleStore’s founder, Nikita Shamgunov. By building a healthy relationship and friendship with Nikita, Raj was able to lead with the company’s founding principles, keeping that essence that makes SingleStore so special. Raj’s transition to Co-CEO and later to CEO has as much to do with his mindset and...

Duration:00:37:49

#11 – Coaching Leaders for Business Impact | Christine Tao

2/17/2022
Christine Tao is the Co-founder and CEO of Sounding Board, a venture-backed startup that recently raised $30 million in Series B funding and has grown four-fold over the past 12 months. Sounding Board’s mission is to help companies develop impactful leaders by leveraging AI-powered pairing technology with a network of leadership coaches. The idea for Sounding Board started when Christine was provided leadership coaching to transition into an executive leadership role at Tapjoy. Tapjoy set...

Duration:00:38:36

#10 – Rethinking Financial Services for Everyday People | Peter Lorimer

1/27/2022
While working in investment banking, Peter Lorimer (Betterment, OnDeck, Bank of America Merrill Lynch) realized that the financial services being offered to everyday people were fundamentally broken. This sparked his interest in FinTech, eventually leading him to the FinTech start-up OnDeck. It was while working at OnDeck that Peter first decided he wanted to become the CFO of a FinTech company. Peter first fell in love with the investing and savings app Betterment as a customer. Fast...

Duration:00:32:08

#09 – Staying Lean Through Hypergrowth | Jenny Bloom

1/13/2022
Jenny Bloom (Zapier, MailChimp) recently retired as CFO of Zapier, a technology startup that helps businesses automate their workflows. Jenny has decades of experience working as CFO for bootstrapped tech startups like Zapier and Mailchimp. In this episode of Ventured Growth with Hercules Capital, Eddie Lopez and Jenny Bloom discuss Jenny's experience in the startup world, how she helped grow Zapier to a $5B valuation with only $1.3M in VC funding, tips for staying lean during periods of...

Duration:00:26:39

#08 – Transitioning From CFO to CEO | Antonio Nieves

11/18/2021
Antonio Nieves (Interior Define, ModCloth, Bonobos) is the CEO of Interior Define, a rapidly expanding digital custom furniture brand. Interior Define is a venture-backed startup based out of Chicago, IL that is changing the way people shop for high-quality furniture online. In this episode of Ventured Growth with Hercules Capital, Antonio joins Catherine Jhung to discuss how his background as CFO at major digital brands helped him transition into the role of CEO. Nieves reveals the keys to...

Duration:00:34:49

#07 – Risk and Reward in Biotech | Alan Fuhrman

9/30/2021
Alan Fuhrman (Esperion Therapeutics, SpringWorks Therapeutics, Checkmate Pharmaceuticals) has 25+ years of executive financial experience in biotechnology, medical devices, and technology services. He has experience in a wide variety of both public and private company financial transactions and offers valuable insight for finance professionals in biotech and beyond. In today’s episode, Alan joins Hercules Capital's Lake McGuire to discuss how venture debt can help companies achieve growth in...

Duration:00:36:57

#06 – From eBay to Purpose Driven Startups | Servaes Tholen

9/9/2021
Servaes Tholen (Grove, Thumbtack, UpWork, eBay) is a financial operator with a wealth of experience leading cross-functional teams. After holding various financial positions at eBay, including CFO of the North America business unit, Servaes moved on to work with smaller, dual-purpose startups with social missions. In today’s episode, Servaes joins Catherine Jhung to discuss his transition from eBay to the startup world, his untraditional route from applied physics to finance, how companies...

Duration:00:36:43

#05 – Taking Couchbase Public | Greg Henry

8/26/2021
Greg Henry (Couchbase, ServiceNow, GE Healthcare) is a finance leader with 20+ years of experience leading global growth and financial operations within the technology industry. In this episode, Henry joins Catherine Jhung to discuss taking Couchbase public in July 2021, what Henry learned from a fourteen-month consent decree at GE Healthcare, advice for aspiring CFOs, and much more. Topics Include: Career paths to becoming a CFO. The power of mentors in shaping our career trajectory. The...

Duration:00:50:12

#04 – Be the Voice of Reason | David Lapter

7/22/2021
David Lapter (Dashlane, MakeSpace, Fab.com, KickApps) is a seasoned executive of venture-backed start-ups with over 12 years of experience leading finance and business operations at various ventures in the US and Europe. In this episode of Ventured Growth with Hercules Capital, Lapter joins Catherine Jhung to discuss how to be a master delegator as a CFO, things to consider when taking a CFO position, managing spending after funding rounds, and much more. Topics Include: Three things to...

Duration:00:43:17

#03 – Question the Status Quo | Charly Kevers

7/7/2021
Charly Kevers (Carta, Lending Club, Salesforce, HP) is the CFO at Carta, a company that is building infrastructure for the private market in the form of cap tables, valuations, and private equity plans. Carta also powers CartaX, a private stock exchange that facilitates private company and private fund transactions. In this episode of Ventured Growth with Hercules Capital, Kevers joins Catherine Jhung to discuss how he has managed Carta through 10x growth, why thirty-five percent of...

Duration:00:29:52

#02 – Find Leverage For Your Company | Spencer Punter

7/7/2021
Spencer Punter (DCVC, Axway Appcelerator, SnapLogic) has over two decades of experience in Silicon Valley. Starting as an investment banker, Punter moved on to become a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur, a manager of a venture capital fund of funds, and eventually a CFO/COO of venture-backed enterprise SaaS companies. In this episode of Ventured Growth with Hercules Capital, Punter joins Catherine Jhung to discuss his work with DCVC, how to stay focused and find leverage for your company,...

Duration:00:46:32

#01 – Think Like A Tech Industry Finance Leader | Adriel Lares

7/7/2021
Adriel Lares (Stash, Fastly, 3PAR) is one of the tech industry’s most accomplished financial leaders. In this episode of Ventured Growth with Hercules Capital, Lares joins Catherine Jhung to discuss how he conceptualizes the work he does as a CFO, what it takes to manage a complex, rapidly growing company, the importance of visibility and diversity in leadership positions, and much more. Topics Include: How to measure progress in a large company. Three golden rules for work and life....

Duration:00:34:29

Welcome to Ventured Growth with Hercules Capital!

6/17/2021
Welcome to Ventured Growth with Hercules Capital! In this introductory episode, host Catherine Jhung shares the intentions behind the podcast and what listeners can expect in forthcoming episodes. Want to Connect? Reach out to us online! Website – https://www.htgc.com/ LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/hercules-capital/

Duration:00:01:17