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Startup insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines as he sits down with the established veterans and up-and-comers who are shaping the way we view the world online and beyond. Topics include technology trends, startups, Silicon Valley politics, women in silicon valley and more. Learn the histories of each guest and be enlightened by their area of expertise. New episode released each Tuesday at Noon, Pacific Time.

Startup insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines as he sits down with the established veterans and up-and-comers who are shaping the way we view the world online and beyond. Topics include technology trends, startups, Silicon Valley politics, women in silicon valley and more. Learn the histories of each guest and be enlightened by their area of expertise. New episode released each Tuesday at Noon, Pacific Time.
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Startup insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines as he sits down with the established veterans and up-and-comers who are shaping the way we view the world online and beyond. Topics include technology trends, startups, Silicon Valley politics, women in silicon valley and more. Learn the histories of each guest and be enlightened by their area of expertise. New episode released each Tuesday at Noon, Pacific Time.

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Episodes

#91 Ryan Bethencourt -- Wild Earth Founder on Meatless Dog Food and More

11/27/2018
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Ryan Bethencourt is the CEO of Wild Earth, a biotech startup developing meatless dog food. Its investors include Peter Thiel, Founders Fund, and Felicis Ventures. He is a Partner at Babel Ventures and Investor/Advisor to over 80 biotech startups. He also co-founded the Biotech accelerator Indiebio. We discuss why meatless pet food isn't as crazy as it sounds, the idea that animal-free meat is coming way faster than you think, and the decision between being a VC or an entrepreneur. We also...

Duration:00:54:37

#90 Codepath's Michael Ellison -- Racism, poverty and Silicon Valley

10/9/2018
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You may think you know about diversity in Silicon Valley, but you may not have heard it this straight up and candid before. Michael Ellison is African American and grew up poor as far from Silicon Valley as possible. Here he discusses how he made his unlikely way to Silicon Valley to become CEO of Codepath.org. Codepath is the the hugely influential engineering training organization working with Silicon Valley’s tech giants, and universities across the country. We discuss problems with...

Duration:01:01:41

#89 -- Silicon Valley Goes to Burning Man

8/21/2018
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In this replay episode, Kent Lindstrom and Michael White have a bit of fun at the expense of Burning Man. Burning Man is the the, um, art fest in the desert to which half of Silicon Valley decamps each year. We discuss the history of Burning Man, what might make people go to Burning Man, and the myriad benefits of hanging out in San Francisco while everyone else is away. --- In the Something Ventured podcast, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom goes behind the scenes as he sits down...

Duration:00:42:35

#88 Rick Marini of Protocol Ventures 2 of 2

8/14/2018
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Rick Marini is the founder of Protocol Ventures -- a cryptocurrency fund-of-funds, which is rapidly becoming a dominant force in the emerging cryptocurrency space. Previously, Rick has been an entrepreneur building and selling multiple companies, including early social network Tickle and professional networking site Branchout. Along the way, he has been a prolific angel investor, investing early in companies like Snapchat. For these efforts, Rick was recently named one of the Top 50 Angel...

Duration:00:28:46

#87 Rick Marini of Protocol Ventures 1 of 2

8/7/2018
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Rick Marini is the founder of Protocol Ventures -- a cryptocurrency fund-of-funds, which is rapidly becoming a dominant force in the emerging cryptocurrency space. Previously, Rick has been an entrepreneur building and selling multiple companies, including early social network Tickle and professional networking site Branchout. Along the way, he has been a prolific angel investor, investing early in companies like Snapchat. For these efforts, Rick was recently named one of the Top 50 Angel...

Duration:00:28:38

#86 The Future of Transport with Nick Heyman

7/17/2018
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Nick Heyman was an early (like, #8) employee at Facebook. He is now a founder and Managing Partner of DynoVC, a venture firm focused on the transportation industry. Nick believes the transportation market is undergoing the most radical change since inception. In this podcast we discuss a range of topics from self-driving cards, autonomous vehicles, the future of trucks, scooters and more! -- In the Something Ventured podcast, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom goes behind the scenes...

Duration:01:00:26

#85 SF Chronicle's Joe Garofoli

6/26/2018
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Joe Garofoli is the Senior Political Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, and host of their "It's All Political" podcast. Joe gives us his take on all things, um, political in Silicon Valley, California and beyond. -- In the Something Ventured podcast, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom takes a look behind the scenes as he sits down with the people who are shaping the way we view the world online....and beyond.

Duration:01:01:05

#84 Jim Scheinman of Maven FULL Episode

6/5/2018
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Jim Scheinman, founder of Maven Ventures, has built Maven and achieved successful exits and investments such as Chariot, Cruise and Zoom.us. Immediately prior to founding Maven Ventures, Jim was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Charles River Ventures (CRV), a leading venture firm where he helped source, vet, and advise their consumer portfolio companies. Jim had an early seat at the emergence of social networking, first as an executive at Friendster, and then as an executive at Bebo (which...

Duration:00:47:16

#83 Jim Scheinman of Maven 2 of 2

5/23/2018
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The second part of my conversation with Jim Scheinman --- Jim has been an entrepreneur and startup executive. He is also the founder of Maven Ventures, one of Silicon Valley's seed investment firms, which counts among its investments Cruise (acquired by GM for over $1 billion), Chariot (acquired by Ford) and Zoom (which has raised over $100 million from firms including Sequoia Capital). Jim discusses a variety of topics, including the state of entrepreneurship, the nearly billion dollar...

Duration:00:24:39

#82 Jim Scheinman of Maven Ventures 1 of 2

5/15/2018
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Jim Scheinman has been an entrepreneur and startup executive. He is also the founder of Maven Ventures, one of Silicon Valley's seed investment firms, which counts among its investments Cruise (acquired by GM for over $1 billion), Chariot (acquired by Ford) and Zoom (which has raised over $100 million from firms including Sequoia Capital). Jim discusses a variety of topics, including the state of entrepreneurship, the nearly billion dollar exit of Bebo to AOL, and the implications of...

Duration:00:23:11

#81 Sexual Harassment In Silicon Valley -- 2017 Lookback

4/24/2018
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2017 was quite a year when it came to the consequences of sexual harassment in Silicon Valley. For the first time in memory, jobs were lost, careers were ended, and venture firms ceased to exist after women came forward and told their experiences of harassment. In this episode, Kent takes a look back to memorialize 8 stories in 2017 where the consequences of sexual harassment reverberated. We start with the earlier story of Ellen Pao and her lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins, and Susan...

Duration:00:40:57

#80 Neil Cohen talks Tech Bubbles 2 of 2

3/19/2018
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Marketing guru and teacher Neil Cohen sits down with Kent to reflect -- in this age of cryptocurrency -- on the meaning of tech bubbles. A fun, lighthearted look at 20 years of craziness in Silicon Valley. -- In the Something Ventured podcast, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines, as he sits down with the people who are shaping the way we view the world online...and beyond.

Duration:00:40:46

#79 Neil Cohen -- Tech Bubbles 1 of 2

2/10/2018
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Marketing guru and university professor Neil Cohen sits down with Kent for a lighthearted ramble through a series of Tech Bubbles. From early commerce (Pets.com!) to Segway all the way up to Cryptocurrency, we have fun reviewing some of the most interesting internet phenomena of the past couple decades. -- In the Something Ventured podcast, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the Silicon Valley headlines, as he sits down with the people who are shaping the...

Duration:00:47:01

#78 Mike Stutz Hacking the Media/Useful Idiots P. 2

7/25/2017
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Producer, Director, Writer and all-around Hollywood guy Mike Stutz has figured out how to hack the media. His protest group -- The Useful Idiots -- has figured out a way to get their message across, as only a group of creative types could. The Useful Idiots include TV, film, theater dance and other creative people. This episode is part 2 of Kent's conversation with Mike Stutz i which we learn how Mike and his colleagues get the cameras' attention, and get their message out to the masses.

Duration:00:24:47

#77: Mike Stutz: Hacking the Media w/Useful Idiots

7/18/2017
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Producer, Director, Writer and all-around Hollywood guy Mike Stutz has figured out how to hack the media. His protest group — The Useful Idiots — has figured out a unique way to get their message across, as only a group of creative types could. The Useful Idiots includes TV, film, theater, dance, and other creative people with a common cause. In this episode learn how Mike and his colleagues get the cameras’ attention, and get a progressive message out to the masses.

Duration:00:28:27

#76 Jonathan Abrams Talks Startup Friendster p. 2

6/20/2017
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Jonathan Abrams is CEO of Nuzzel, co-founder of Founders Den, and founder of Socializr. He sits on the board of Girls in Tech, and has invested in over 50 startups. But before all that...he founded Friendster. Recently, Gimlet Media's "Startup" podcast covered Friendster. Here Jonathan shares his thoughts on how THAT podcast went.

Duration:00:42:25

#75 Jonathan Abrams talks Startup Friendster

5/23/2017
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Jonathan Abrams is a busy guy. He has two kids. He co-founded The Founders Den, an entrepreneurial center in San Francisco, He founded, built and sold Sociializr. He's invested in nearly 50 startups, many of which have grown enormously, some beyond a billion dollars in valuation. He founded Nuzzel, and is currently its CEO. Nuzzel has become the largest aggregator of business, media and tech news in the world. But before all that, Jonathan founded Friendster and started the social...

Duration:00:44:23

#74 Startup Mexico's Marcus Dantus

5/10/2017
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Marcus Dantus is CEO of Startup Mexico. Startups, entrepreneurs, venture capital -- it's all happening and growing in Mexico. Marcus discusses the unique opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs and investors in Mexico. He also provides the point of view of Mexicans on the election of Donald Trump, and Mexico's path forward. -- In the Something Venture podcast, Silicon Valley insider Kent Lindstrom explores the reality behind the headlines, as he sits down with the people who are...

Duration:00:39:03

#73 Sharon Goldstein -- Women in Silicon Valley

4/11/2017
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Sharon Goldstein is Executive-in-Resience at XSeed Capital (xseedcap.com), and recently CMO of Shiphawk and Pixlee. She also sits on the board of Hebrew Free Loan of San Francisco, which she discusses. She walks us through her path from Industrial Engineering at Georgia Tech through Northwestern University to becoming a Silicon Valley EIR. We also spend time discussing women in Silicon Valley, which of course takes us to...Uber. Don't worry, we get past it! -- In the Something Ventured...

Duration:00:53:11

#72 Victor Echevarria: From Sharing Economy To Healthcare

3/28/2017
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Victor Echevarria (OK, YOU try pronouncing it) made the bold leap from Harvard Business School to Silicon Valley. As founder of Frenting and team member at TaskRabbit, he was early to the sharing economy. Victor explains the differences in the success factors behind sharing economy companies that disappeared and those that are now successful like AirBnB, Uber and Lyft. Victor transitioned into healthcare, founding Remedy Labs. Healthcare represents a huge portion of the US economy and...

Duration:00:44:43