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The Puck: Venture Capital and Beyond presents
The Puck: Venture Capital and Beyond
The Puck: Venture Capital & Beyond showcases the innovative forethought that defines the venture capital world. Join us as we follow the puck and explore what this community has to offer. Listen as we have in-depth conversations, gaining insights and lessons from well-established VCs, entrepreneurs, and other leading technology experts. We will learn about their successes, challenges, and how they got to where they are today. Along the way we will discover what investors most look for in who they invest in and what to avoid when making your pitch. We will also follow industry leaders to understand the cutting-edge technologies and trends that continue to shape our world.
October 13, 2021
Episode 33: Maury Blackman
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Maury Blackman, CEO of Premise Data, an innovative AI-driven decision engine geared toward collecting data that can help decision makers respond more effectively to real world events. Maury walks Jim through how Premise curates a network of data collection, working with members of the gig economy, all the while blending the human and technological sides of data collection. They talk about operating at scale, working with the US Government, and the ever-important pillar of user experience. You don’t want to miss it!
September 21, 2021
Episode 32: Ryan Falvey of Financial Venture Studio
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Ryan Falvey, the co-founder and managing partner of Financial Venture Studio, and a pioneer in the fintech space. Ryan walks Jim through his background in mobile banking and payment platforms, discussing the massive upheaval at play in the financial sector – everything from a more curated financial experience to the changes in access to loans and the shift in the mortgage market. A fascinating and informative conversation. You will definitely want to tune in.
September 14, 2021
Episode 31: Eric Tarczynski of Contrary Capital
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Erik Tarczynski, the founder of Contrary Capital, a venture fund focused on future leaders in engineering and design. Their conversation touches on the Contrary origin story, how Eric scouts, evaluates, and supports talent, and operating remotely long before COVID-19. Eric has some interesting ideas about work/life balance, mental health innovation and how to build a community focused on the next generation of venture tech. This is not to be missed! Transcript available at:
August 31, 2021
Episode 30: Will Schmitt of Miroma Ventures.
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Will Schmitt of Miroma Ventures, the investing arm of The Miroma Group, an international firm focused on growth stage consumer brands and media platforms. Will walks Jim through his finance oriented background building models and doing financial diligence, and how working with food and beverage companies informs his work today. He talks about Miroma’s position as a long term strategic marketing partner, and the generational changes happening before our eyes in in consumer purchasing behavior.
August 10, 2021
Episode 29: Elizabeth Edwards of H Venture Partners
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Elizabeth Edwards of H Venture Partners for a fascinating discussion covering a variety of topics, including the power of diverse lived experience in the venture world, the benefits of gender parity in finance, and investing in the consumer space through companies like Peloton. Their conversation covers Elizabeth’s background, including her time in M&A at Deloitte, as well as the role transparency plays in the founding and success of new companies. This episode is not to be missed!
August 3, 2021
Episode 28: Kristina Serafim of Verizon Ventures
On this week’s episode, Jim is joined by Kristina Serafim, managing director at Verizon Ventures. They touch on a wide range of topics, including Kristina’s background as an engineer, co-founding companies that eventually got acquired, and investing in state of the art technology like 5G and vertical AI. Kristina discusses how Verizon’s ecosystem provides resources to young companies beyond simply capital, and walks us through the new industrial revolution of 5G/ AI, helping to create smart cities, advancing interactive technology in healthcare and expanding our experience of live events in the post pandemic era.
July 13, 2021
Episode 27: Brad Feld, author and co-founder of Foundry Group.
This week, Jim speaks with Brad Feld, author of the recently published The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche, as well as co-founder of Foundry Group, a tech-focused venture fund located in Boulder Colorado. Brad and Jim discuss how Brad accidentally became a venture capitalist, gender and racial equity in the venture world, and setting aside bias as a leader. They then move onto the advantages of Zoom meetings over old-school IPO roadshows (especially during the fundraising stage) and Brad’s experience with philosophy and bringing stoicism to entrepreneurship.
May 25, 2021
Episode 26: Vern Howard of Hallo
This week, Jim sits down with Vern Howard, co-founder and CEO of Hallo, the digital events platform transforming the job fair market. Over the course of their conversation, Vern talks Jim through the the difficulties students face getting into the right rooms and the science behind finding applicants the proper job fit. Vern shares his experience relocating the company to LA from San Francisco right before the pandemic, working remotely, and speaks about other founders and CEOs he admires.
April 20, 2021
Episode 25: Sean Harper of Westlake Village BIOPartners.
On this week’s episode, Jim talks with Sean Harper of Westlake Village BIOPartners about Sean’s experience working on the front lines of the medical technology industry. They discuss Sean’s background as a more traditional medical practitioner, his move into drug discovery, and how he and his partners run their current fund. Sean shares his views on biology as an engineering based discipline, accepting uncertainty in the state of biology today, and the near limitless opportunities for innovation in biotech as we move into the 21st century.
April 7, 2021
Episode 24: Host James Baer of CMBG Advisors, Inc. and Baer, Negrin & Troff LLP
Today, in a very special episode of THE PUCK, our guest is… host Jim Baer! That’s right -- after three seasons of asking the questions, Jim will now occupy the hot seat himself. In a wide-ranging conversation guided by PUCK producer Caitlin Lalezari, Jim takes us on a deep-dive, starting with his childhood, and covering his legal background, culminating in his own personal opinion on… where the puck is going. Without spoiling too much, this is not a conversation you want to miss!
March 17, 2021
Episode 23: William Quigley of Tether (Part 2)
William Quigley is back in the second of our two-part series on the present state and future of cryptocurrency. After their first episode touched on blockchain in the global marketplace and our current financial structures, William and Jim spend time talking about blockchain as a secure record, the ease of auditing an un-editable database, the advantages of the lack of gatekeeping in the crypto marketplace, and the difference between Ethereum and Bitcoin. After diving into Augmented Reality, William stuns Jim with the possibilities of living in an AR world.
March 10, 2021
Episode 22: William Quigley of Tether (Part 1)
William Quigley, Tether co-founder and Crypto pioneer, returns to the podcast in the first of a two-part series about the present state and future of cryptocurrency. He and Jim discuss the advantages of blockchain and a global commodity, how crypto might integrate with our current financial structures, and Bitcoin as a finite resource. William also clears up some misconceptions about crypto and whether Bitcoin can really be considered “currency.”
February 9, 2021
Episode 21: Brian Garrett of Crosscut Ventures
Brian Garrett, co-founder of Crosscut Ventures, talks with Jim about the strategies he employed while building one of Southern California’s preeminent venture capital firms and what he learned as co-founder of one of the earliest funds to base itself in LA. They touch on the talent migration, the kind of founders he likes to back, and the ways COVID has impacted every aspect of life, from meeting entrepreneurs remotely, to conducing diligence, to how we consume media and entertainment.
December 1, 2020
Episode 20: Aubrie Pagano & Ryan Freedman of Alpaca VC
Aubrie Pagano and Ryan Freedman, partners at Alpaca VC, join Jim for a thoughtful discussion about the benefits of bringing diversity into the venture ecosystem and the actions they are taking to support this. They also discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent to working remotely, and the long-term effects this year may have on an the ever-changing financial landscape.
October 19, 2020
Episode 19: Richard Duncan of Macro Watch
In today’s episode, Jim sits down with Richard Duncan, economist and author of such books as The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures; The Corruption of Capitalism: A strategy to rebalance the global economy and restore sustainable growth; and The New Depression: The Breakdown Of The Paper Money Economy. Richard currently produces a video newsletter called Macro Watch that analyzes trends in the global economy and discusses how these trends are likely to impact the financial markets, which can be found at . Special offer for PUCK listeners, enter the discount code: "Puck" at checkout for a 50% discount off a Macro Watch yearlong subscription.
September 9, 2020
Episode 18: Andre Gharakhanian and Gaurav Mathur of Silicon Legal Strategy
In Jim’s first *remote* episode, he sits down with Andre Gharakhanian and Gaurav Mathur, founders of Silicon Legal Strategy, a boutique law firm providing targeted, bottom-line-oriented advice to technology startups, innovative entrepreneurs and seasoned investors. Over the course of their conversation, they touch on the current state of the financial world, the rewards of mentorship, and the challenges of running a business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 12, 2020
Episode 17: Donald Lee of LKP Global Law
Donald S. Lee is a partner in the corporate transactional group at LKP Global Law. Don takes us through his experience moving from litigation to corporate law, as well as working with entrepreneurs and representing investors. He shares his thoughts on reaching across the aisle in a divided political climate, the many ways to access capital, and how he built out his practice with a focus on the early-stage technology world.
December 18, 2019
Episode 16: Polina Chebotarev and Filipp Chebotarev of Cambridge SPG
Polina and Filipp Chebotarev, the brother-sister founding team of Cambridge SPG, share their journey starting in real estate and then transitioning into multiple investment sectors. They talk about the newest innovations in the food and beverage industry and the cutting-edge technology that is changing the future of the ‘better for you’ investment space, all with an emphasis on social impact and value creation.
November 12, 2019
Episode 15: Dave Young of Cooley
E15: Dave Young, partner and co-founder of the Santa Monica office of the Cooley Law Firm, is one of the top VC lawyers in Los Angeles. Dave gives us a unique and valuable perspective on the Southern California VC community. He discusses early stage seed funding and what he has learned working with young companies as well as weathering the dot-com bubble of the early 2000s, digital media, and what makes LA an attractive city for VCs.
October 10, 2019
Episode 14: Minnie Ingersoll of TenOneTen
Minnie Ingersoll, VC and partner at TenOneTen Ventures, takes us on a journey through her long career in Tech, both as a VC and as a product manager. Starting out in the early days at Google, Minnie discusses how her experience with the global giant informed her current work at TenOneTen and SHIFT. She shares her views on the online car industry, the importance of resilience as an entrepreneur, and the larger social responsibility of tech companies as they continue to inform how we live and communicate with one another.
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