Angel | hosted by Jason Calacanis

By Jason Calacanis

In this series, Jason Calacanis pulls back the curtain on how early-stage startups get funded by interviewing angels and VCs about their investment strategies, biggest hits, anti-portfolio, and more.

  1. 1.
    Joanne Wilson on spotting a bubble, NYC’s post-pandemic reset, portfolio management in an unsustainable market & more | Angel S5 E10
    1:09:08
  2. 2.
    Paul Judge on helping lead SoftBank's $100M Opportunity Fund, future of fundraising, importance of "building your Olympic Team" & more | Angel S5 E9
    1:17:14
  3. 3.
    Garry Tan on lessons from past startup failures, power of community funnels, Alexis Ohanian's departure & more | Angel S5 E8
    59:41
  4. 4.
    Matt Mullenweg on pioneering remote work, investing in open-source, crypto & more | Angel S5 E7
    1:23:00
  5. 5.
    Reid Hoffman on the Joby Aviation SPAC, lessons from early Airbnb & Facebook bets, passing on Stripe & SpaceX, investment thesis & more | Angel S5 E6
    1:10:15
  6. 6.
    Mark Cuban on the resurgence of retail investors, NBA's potential entry into wagering & digital assets, DeFi & much more | Angel S5 E5
    1:03:20
  7. 7.
    Howard Lindzon on public vs. private investing psychology, "great unbundling" of index funds, Robinhood & more | Angel S5 E4
    1:13:48
  8. 8.
    Elad Gil on his product-market driven thesis, importance of market pull, entering the "go public sooner" decade | Angel S5 E3
    1:16:27
  1. 9.
    Intercom's Des Traynor on the importance of pricing, product-market fit metrics & more | Angel S5 E2
    1:09:26
  2. 10.
    David Tisch shares insights from 350+ early-stage investments in companies like Plaid & Roman, importance of reputation, dealing with sharp-elbowed investors & more | Angel S5 E1
    1:20:57
  3. 11.
    Shawn Carolan, Managing Partner at Menlo Ventures shares insights on his early investments in Uber, Roku, Siri & JUMP Bikes, adjusting his approach in response to hundreds of new venture funds with billions in dry powder & more! | Angel S4 E10
    1:35:58
  4. 12.
    Jeff Richards, Managing Partner at GGV Capital shares lessons for founders & investors from 2008 recession & Dot-com bust, criteria for taking on venture debt, valuing companies in a down market & more! | Angel S4 E9
    1:12:30
  5. 13.
    Sarah Guo, General Partner at Greylock Partners shares insights on Greylock's "Zero to One" investment thesis, sharpening her decision-making skills, ranking team, market & product as investment criteria & the changing landscape of VC | Angel S4 E8
    1:19:50
  6. 14.
    David Cowan, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners shares insights on owning up to his anti-portfolio, understanding sunk cost, top traits for becoming a VC & best Founders & CEOs he's ever worked with | Angel S4 E7
    1:14:22
  7. 15.
    Nicole Quinn, Partner at Lightspeed shares benefits of celebrity founders like Lady Gaga & Gwyneth Paltrow, insights on investing in consumer & power of "Force of Nature" product people | Angel S4 E6
    1:00:28
  8. 16.
    Ajay Agarwal, Partner at Bain Capital shares insights on culture evolving from sales-driven to product-driven, why enterprise software is the ideal business, best investments & anti-portfolio | Angel S4 E5
    1:05:29
  9. 17.
    Sarah Tavel, Partner at Benchmark shares insights on getting recruited by Peter Fenton, disrupting VC gender norms from the inside, transitioning from operator to investor & more | Angel S4 E4
    1:33:57
  10. 18.
    George Zachary, General Partner at CRV shares insights on cancer scare shifting his focus to investing in health-tech, passing on Google at MDV, CRISPR & "designer babies", coronavirus threat, origins of Sand Hill Road & more! | Angel S4 E3
    2:03:31
  11. 19.
    Dan Rose, Chairman at Coatue Management is leading a $700M early-stage fund, shares insights on working with Bezos & Zuckerberg during pivotal years at Amazon & Facebook, 100+ angel investments, standout founder traits & more | Angel S4 E2
    1:30:23
  12. 20.
    Sarah Cannon, Partner at Index Ventures, shares insights on the future of work, underrated emerging startup markets, going from Obama Administration to VC, increasing upward mobility in America | Angel S4 E1
    1:30:16
  13. 21.
    Samantha Wong, Partner at Blackbird Ventures (Canva, Culture Amp), on the growth of Australia's startup ecosystem, valuations outside of SV & benefits for investors, focusing on deep tech & "science nonfiction | Angel S3 E11
    57:51
  14. 22.
    Part 2 Dave Morin of Slow Ventures (250+ investments inc. Slack, Pinterest, Twitter), shares insights on favorite business models & products, backing founders with a tangible sense of inevitability, the rise of two internets | Angel S3 E10
    57:52
  15. 23.
    Dave Morin of Slow Ventures shares insights from 250+ investments (Slack, Pinterest, Twitter), architecting Facebook & building Path, promoting mental health, combatting depression | Angel S3 E9
    46:59
  16. 24.
    Ryan Hoover, Founder of Weekend Fund & Product Hunt, shares lessons from building his early-stage fund, harnessing excitement for new markets, betting on founders with unique perspectives | Angel S3 E8
    1:04:16
  17. 25.
    Mamoon Hamid, Partner at Kleiner Perkins & expert early investor (Slack, Box, Intercom) on evolving from growth to venture, lessons from Social Capital, great founder qualities, complementary teams, & winning formulas | Angel S3 E7
    1:03:25
  18. 26.
    Ben Ling of Bling Capital (prev. Khosla Ventures), shares strategies from 100+ investments & 9 unicorns, qualities of great founders & teams, startup valuations, market opportunities, Google's early days, future of AR/VR | Angel S3 E6
    56:32
  19. 27.
    Chris Redlitz, General Partner of Transmedia Capital, shares success of The Last Mile program, insights from investing in 90+ startups, nurturing networks & deal flow, evolution of syndicates | Angel S3 E5
    57:35
  20. 28.
    Mitch Kapor, Partner at Kapor Capital, shares results of their first-ever Impact Report, investing with purpose to close gaps &, insights on Uber's IPO, fixing the gig economy | Angel S3 E4
    1:07:38
  21. 29.
    Matt Ocko, Managing Partner of Data Collective, invests in deep tech with an algorithmic edge, shares decision-making in difficult markets, building a world-class team & taking risks to create a utopian future | Angel S3 E3
    1:05:03
  22. 30.
    Charles Hudson, Managing Partner of Precursor Ventures, shares strategies on the great rewards & risks of pre-seed, analyzing market structure vs. size, importance of mobilization to increase | Angel S3 E2
    1:15:01
  23. 31.
    500 Startups Co-founder & Managing Partner Christine Tsai shares lessons from her fund's 10 unicorns & 2200+ startups, what it takes to be a successful founder, 26% women-led portfolio, hits/misses | Angel S3 E1
    59:54
  24. 32.
    Ask an Angel! Jason Calacanis & Ed Roman answer questions on runway concerns, syndicate hit rates, advising best practices, founder updates, due diligence, pro-rata rights & more | Angel S2 E10
    1:00:19
  25. 33.
    Pete Flint, NFX Managing Partner & Trulia Founder, shares criteria for $150M seed fund, supporting persistent founders, company-building & culture | Angel S2 E9
    1:17:35
  26. 34.
    Rob May, investor in 45+ co's & founder Talla & Backupify, shares dealbreakers, successful founder patterns, creating Talla's ICO & future of bots, blockchain, & crypto | Angel S2 E8
    1:09:18
  27. 35.
    Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund shares insights from ~50 investments focused on solving our biggest challenges, importance of tenacity, momentum & more | Angel S2 E7
    1:10:13
  28. 36.
    Arjun Sethi, Social Capital on bringing skills as a founder (MessageMe, Lolapps) & Yahoo head of growth to early-stage investing | Angel S2 E6
    1:13:18
  29. 37.
    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 | Angel S2 E5
    53:24
  30. 38.
    Satya Patel, Homebrew, on 80+ investments, betting on founders with mission, solving problems over building biz, funding "phases" not stages, portfolio stars, & importance of boards | Angel S2 E4
    1:18:03
  31. 39.
    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 | Angel S2 E3
    1:16:01
  32. 40.
    BoldStart Founder Ed Sim on 20 years, 50+ enterprise investments, how family history shaped his VC approach & more | Angel S2 E2
    58:37
  33. 41.
    Urban.us Shaun Abrahamson & Stonly Baptiste seed & support startups improving cities, solving climate, housing, waste, transportation | Angel S2 E1
    1:03:25
  34. 42.
    Matt Brezina, investor in 65+ startups (Dropbox, Cruise) & founder (Xobni, Sincerely) shares strategies for backing relentlessly resourceful founder-builders & bringing operational value in return | Angel S1 E10
    1:31:50
  35. 43.
    Ask An Angel! Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey answer investor questions on picking startups, evaluating founders, due diligence, syndicates, terms & more | Angel S1 E9
    1:00:20
  36. 44.
    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 | Angel S1 E8
    1:11:35
  37. 45.
    Dave Samuel, Freestyle Capital, on joy & risk of early-stage, qualities of ideal founder, team & product, portfolio faves, & focused investing as a former entrepreneur | Angel S1 E7
    1:25:58
  38. 46.
    Ben Narasin shares his strategy behind 80 portfolio co's (w/ 50% Series A conversions & 3 unicorns), proven thesis on successful startups & founders | Angel S1 E6
    1:14:08
  39. 47.
    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 in SV | Angel S1 E4
    53:58
  40. 48.
    Andrea Zurek, XG Ventures (Facebook, Twitter) & angel since 2006, shares lessons building Google, ideal terms & valuations, solving problems & finding right combination of money, fortitude, discipline | Angel S1 E3
    1:13:27
  41. 49.
    Super angel & syndicate leader Gil Penchina on 20 yrs & 200+ investments, learning the game & making your own rules, optimizing deal flow, minimizing failure, & enjoying the chaos | Angel S1 E2
    47:19
  42. 50.
    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 | Angel S1 E1
    59:33

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