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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 ...
 
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On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Tyler Norwood, managing partner at Antler, a global firm focused on early stage investment. He talks Jim through his background, from moving to Vietnam directly after his college graduation, to his work in the fashion e-commerce space, eventually getting what he calls “a real world MBA,” launching Antler a…
 
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Anna Barber, Partner at M13 and head of their Launchpad program. Their wide-ranging discussion touches on the shifting landscape in today’s economy, how different values between generations influence the workforce, and inflation. Anna thoughtfully reflects on how to be a more considerate investor, and how …
 
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with British Economist Sir Paul Collier to discuss the current state of Capitalism, and walk our listeners through historical reactions to economic crises around the world. He speaks about his working class upbringing, compares the 1840s and 1930s to today, and speaks about using the lessons of the past to info…
 
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Melissa Weintraub, co-founder and executive director of Resetting the Table, an organization dedicated to dialogue across political divides. Their conversation touches on Melissa’s professional roots working on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, growing up in a very politically red community, and how we can…
 
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Cyrus Sigari of Up Partners, a venture firm at the forefront of transportation innovation. He speaks about his lifelong love of aviation and the journey of starting his firm centered around mobility. Cyrus and Jim discuss drone capabilities and taking cues from birds, sustainability related to technology, …
 
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with David French, political commentator, senior editor of The Dispatch, and co-host of the Good Faith podcast. Their wide-ranging discussion covers the current US political climate and what he calls the ‘new culture war,’ the fundamental differences in thinking between liberals and conservatives, and the possi…
 
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Neil Sequeira, founder and managing director at Defy, an early-stage venture fund focused on emerging high-potential investments. Neil walks Jim through his history in the corporate VC world, weathering downturns in the economy, and working towards positive change in consumer financial services. They talk …
 
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with author and journalist Christopher Leonard to discuss his new book, The Lords of Easy Money How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy. Chris has spent his career writing about powerful institutions on behalf of the public and his new work examines how FED policy over the last fifteen years has shap…
 
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Jordan Nof, co-founder of Tusk Venture Partners, a firm whose expertise in the regulatory space has made them a valuable partner to such companies as Bird, Lemonade, and FanDuel. Jordan walks Jim through the founding of the firm, his background in a more traditional investing space, and how Tusk’s experien…
 
This week, Jim sits down with Grant Miller, founder and CEO of Replicated, a company built around a new way to package software. Grant walks Jim through how Replicated allows software vendors to scale the delivery of applications in a way that’s more portable, letting companies more securely protect their data by bringing applications to them. They…
 
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Adriana Saman of Clocktower Ventures, a Southern California based venture fund focused on investing in the future of financial services. She walks Jim through her background in investment banking and how the experience informs her work in the fintech space. She talks about the future of fintech as beyond s…
 
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Scott Painter, founder and CEO of NextCar, a major disruptor on the sales side of the auto industry. Scott has devoted much of his career to solving the problem of car ownership – updating the model, reducing the headache, and making the marketplace more efficient. He and Jim discuss his journey from 1-800…
 
On this week’s episode, Jim speaks with writer and social entrepreneur Shaylyn Romney Garrett about how we got to where we are today. Author of The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, Garrett covers a wide range of topics including income inequality, polarization, and social isolation. She highlights similar…
 
On this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Michal Cieplinski, CBO of Pipe, a groundbreaking financial platform revolutionizing the way companies are funded. They discuss Pipe’s beginning, working strictly with Software as a Service companies before expanding into the larger marketplace. Their in-depth conversation explores how Pipe is reinventing d…
 
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 …
 
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 experie…
 
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 …
 
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 i…
 
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 El…
 
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 p…
 
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 …
 
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 thethe difficulties students face getting into the right rooms and the science behind finding applicants the proper job fit. Vern shares his experience re…
 
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 o…
 
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, culmin…
 
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 adva…
 
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…
 
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 COVI…
 
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…
 
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 new…
 
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 financ…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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, t…
 
David Waxman, managing partner of TenOneTen, engages in a thought-provoking dialogue about the various applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in our day to day lives. Machine learning, one form of the broader term AI, touches our lives in ways that we have come to take for granted in the last decade. From understanding voice recognition with …
 
Eva Ho, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, shares her incredible story starting with growing up in Mozambique and coming to the US as a refugee at an early age. Co-founder and general partner at Fika Ventures, Eva walks us through her early years after college and how she eventually forged her path into the world of venture capital. In add…
 
Gil Elbaz is an investor and entrepreneur best known for co-founding Applied Semantics (acquired by Google in 2003) and founding Factual. A pioneer of natural language technology and vocal believer in the vast potential of data accessibility, Gil starts at the beginning describing his early fascination with data. He takes us through his different e…
 
Rahul Sonnad, founder of Tesloop and serial entrepreneur, briefly discusses his early days as a software developer at Microsoft and Adobe, and his transition into his first companies. Rahul offers practical tips for aspiring entrepreneurs, sharing details about the future of autonomous driving and Tesloop’s galvanizing role in that arena. Our conve…
 
Matt Kozlov, managing director at Techstars, shares with us his journey from his early career at Yahoo and Sony Entertainment, later starting a mobile gaming company, and eventually making a shift into venture capital. Matt found his way to Techstars, a leading nationwide startup accelerator, and discusses the bold and transformative programs that …
 
Michael Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Science, quickly walks us through his entrepreneurial beginnings starting and selling his own companies, later becoming the CEO of MySpace, and his experience founding the venture firm Science, Inc. Mike discusses in detail Science Blockchain, a Reg D private offering fund that provides a model for investment fu…
 
Steven Dietz, veteran VC and current CEO of Level 4 Fleet Services, has been one of the leading investors in the automotive industry for well over a decade. Listen as Steven gives us a snapshot into the world of self-driving cars, sharing insights into the types of changes that could await our streets, communities, industries, and more.…
 
Part II of William Quigley’s interview jumps into his explanation of decentralization through blockchain and the age of smart contracts, along with clarifying some of the metrics of valuation that have been used to measure these currencies.بقلم Jim Baer
 
William Quigley, a leader in the blockchain and cryptocurrency uprising, breaks down in clear terms the value, strengths and weaknesses of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies more broadly. William traces lessons learned and the path that led him into the world of crypto, sharing how the emergence of such currencies have seamlessly fit into his company, OP…
 
Listen as Howard Ko, principal at Morpheus Ventures, enlightens us with his perspective of the LA ecosystem and discusses disruptive technologies such as the Hyperloop, autonomous vehicles, and more. Howard, a VC with a strong foundation in operations, shares his opinions of what he looks for when evaluating investments, and the kinds of teams he k…
 
Learn from LA VC veteran, Rick Smith, as he reminisces about the trials and tribulations of starting a fund in the midst of the great recession, and the passion that kept him and his team going to build one of the leading funds in Los Angeles todayبقلم Jim Baer
 
Mark Mullen from Double M Partners and Bonfire Ventures imparts stories and lessons he learned while working for the father of cable, Bill Daniels, prior to his successful career as a venture capitalist. Mark discusses his focus as a B2B investor, what he looks for in the people he invests in, specific areas where he is investing, and the unique qu…
 
Jim Armstrong from March Capital shares insightful stories about his path to becoming a venture capitalist. Armstrong takes us through his experience starting out with Idealab, reflects on lessons from Overture and its sale to Yahoo, describes being at the ground level of Paypal, and talks about the evolution of Southern California as a tech hub.…
 
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