"Angel" hosted by Jason Calacanis - Audio

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In this series, Jason Calacanis interviews angels & VCs about their investment strategies and pulls back the curtain on how early-stage startups get funded.

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E20: "Angel" podcast: Ask an Angel! Jason Calacanis & Ed Roman answer questions on startup runway concerns, syndicate hit rates, advising best practices, founder updates, due diligence, pro-rata rights, investment legal structures & more

1:00:20 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Ask an Angel! Jason Calacanis & Ed Roman answer questions on startup runway concerns, syndicate hit rates, advising best practices, founder updates, due diligence, pro-rata rights, investment legal structures & more

E19: Pete Flint, NFX Managing Partner & Trulia Founder, shares insights from entrepreneurship to investing, criteria for $150m seed fund, supporting persistent founders, company-building & culture, targeting markets ripe for disruption, & the power of dat

1:17:36 | Mar 25th, 2018

Pete Flint, NFX Managing Partner & Trulia Founder, shares insights from entrepreneurship to investing, criteria for $150m seed fund, supporting persistent founders, company-building & culture, targeting markets ripe for disruption, & the power of dat...Show More

E18: Rob May, investor 45+ co's & founder Talla & Backupify, shares dealbreakers, successful founder patterns, using scar tissue as entrepreneur to be a better angel, creating Talla's ICO & future of bots, blockchain, & crypto

1:09:19 | Feb 18th, 2018

Rob May, investor 45+ co's & founder Talla & Backupify, shares dealbreakers, successful founder patterns, using scar tissue as entrepreneur to be a better angel, creating Talla's ICO & future of bots, blockchain, & crypto

E17: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund shares insights from ~50 investments focused on solving our biggest challenges, importance of tenacity, momentum, culture to scale & positive communication with investors

1:10:14 | Feb 8th, 2018

Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund shares insights from ~50 investments focused on solving our biggest challenges, importance of tenacity, momentum, culture to scale & positive communication with investors

E16 Arjun Sethi, Social Capital on bringing skills as a founder (MessageMe, Lolapps) & Yahoo head of growth to early-stage investing, being candid, overcoming hubris, taking methodical risks, & the critical importance of rapid-learning, resilient teams

1:13:19 | Jan 28th, 2018

Arjun Sethi, Social Capital on bringing skills as a founder (MessageMe, Lolapps) & Yahoo head of growth to early-stage investing, being candid, overcoming hubris, taking methodical risks, & the critical importance of rapid-learning, resilient teams

E15: 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

53:25 | Jan 18th, 2018

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

E14: Satya Patel, Homebrew, on 80+ investments, betting on founders with mission, solving problems over building biz, funding "phases" not stages, portfolio stars, & the critical importance of boards & organizational muscle memory

1:18:04 | Jan 4th, 2018

Satya Patel, Homebrew, on 80+ investments, betting on founders with mission, solving problems over building biz, funding "phases" not stages, portfolio stars, & the critical importance of boards & organizational muscle memory

E13: 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

1:16:02 | Dec 23rd, 2017

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

E12: “Angel” podcast: BoldStart Founder Ed Sim on 20yrs seeding 50+ enterprise co’s, how his father’s fleeing N. Korea shaped his VC, NYC deep tech, & being 1st dollar in to help move founder-product fit to product-market fit to self-sustainabilit

58:38 | Dec 17th, 2017

BoldStart Founder Ed Sim on 20yrs seeding 50+ enterprise co’s, how his father’s fleeing N. Korea shaped his VC, NYC deep tech, & being 1st dollar in to help move founder-product fit to product-market fit to self-sustainability.

E11: Urban.us Shaun Abrahamson & Stonly Baptiste seed & support startups improving cities, solving climate, housing, waste, transportation, & profit in expanding urban megaregions & TAM

1:03:26 | Dec 10th, 2017

As populations grow, and climates change, could cities be our salvation? With the right infrastructure, urban areas or megaregions can be the most carbon & economic efficient habitations. But cities face countless problems, in housing shortages, brok...Show More

E10: Matt Brezina, investor in 65+ startups (Dropbox, Cruise) & founder (Xobni, Sincerely) shares strategies for backing relentlessly resourceful founder-builders & bringing operational value in return

1:31:42 | Nov 30th, 2017

In Episode 10, Jason talks with Matt Brezina, angel investor in 65+ startups, including Dropbox, Cruise & Ring, and founder of Xobni & Sincerely. Matt shares how & why he got into investing, his critical formative time in YC, the lasting influence of...Show More

E9: Ask An Angel! Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey answer investor questions on picking startups, evaluating founders, due diligence, how syndicates work, deal terms & more

1:00:21 | Nov 14th, 2017

Ask an Angel! It's a special episode of "Angel," with Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey (Clipisode, LAUNCH) candidly answer the burning questions of investors and those aspiring to be. Picking startups, evaluating founders, due diligence, Syndicates ins/...Show More

E8: 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

1:11:36 | Oct 31st, 2017

On today's "Angel," Jason sits down with Pejman Nozad, Founding Managing Partner of Pear VC. Pejman came to the U.S. from Iran with nothing, and eventually became one of the most successful angel investors ever, seeding 100+ startups including 6 unic...Show More

E7: Dave Samuel, Freestyle Capital, on joy & risk of early-stage, qualities of ideal founder, team & product, portfolio faves, & focused investing as a former entrepreneur

1:25:59 | Oct 9th, 2017

On Episode 7 of "Angel," Jason talks to Freestyle Capital co-founder Dave Samuel, a former founder (Spinner, Brondell) who brings his entrepreneurial focus to investing. Dave shares what qualities he looks for in startups & products, his love for bui...Show More

E6: Ben Narasin shares his strategy behind 80 portfolio co's (w/ 50% Series A conversions & 3 unicorns), proven thesis on successful startups & founders, & betting on the strength of conviction

1:14:09 | Sep 24th, 2017

Ben Narasin has a unique view on early-stage investing, quite different than Jason's, & on "Angel," he shares his proven thesis & dives into a track record that speaks for itself, with over half of his seed companies reaching Series A, & 3 unicorns. ...Show More

"Angel" hosted by Jason Calacanis - Audio

0:00 | Sep 18th, 2017

In this series, Jason interviews angels about their investment strategies and pulls back the curtain on how early-stage startups get funded.

E4: 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 (only) in SV

53:59 | Sep 18th, 2017

In episode 4 "Angel" podcast Jason talks to angel & syndicate leader Ed Roman. Ed describes his journey from serial entrepreneur in Austin to syndicate angel in Silicon Valley, and shares strategies for optimizing for outsized outcomes, developing th...Show More

E3: Andrea Zurek, XG Ventures (Facebook, Twitter) & angel since 2006, shares startup selection criteria, lessons building Google, ideal terms & valuations, solving hard problems & finding right combination of money, fortitude, discipline

1:13:28 | Sep 18th, 2017

In "Angel" episode 3, Jason speaks with Andrea Zurek, Founding Partner of XG Ventures ("ex-Googlers"), and angel investor since 2006. Andrea, whose portfolio includes Facebook, Twitter and Box, shares how she picks companies, her ideal terms and valu...Show More

E2: Super angel & syndicate leader Gil Penchina on 20 yrs & 200+ investments, learning the game & making your own rules, which founders to back & avoid, optimizing deal flow, minimizing failure, & enjoying the chaos

47:20 | Sep 18th, 2017

In episode 2 of Jason's new podcast, "Angel," Super Angel & Syndicate Leader Gil Penchina shares secrets from his 20 years investing in 200+ startups, including LinkedIn, PayPal, & Cruise. Gil reveals why he became an angel, which founders & vertical...Show More

E1: "Angel" 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

59:34 | Sep 18th, 2017

Welcome to the first episode of the “Angel” podcast. In this series, Jason interviews angels about their investment strategies and pulls back the curtain on how early-stage startups get funded. In E1, Cyan Banister, former angel investor (Uber, Thumb...Show More

E5: Zach Coelius, founder-turned-angel & Syndicate leader with a $1b exit after only 2yrs investing, shares insights on advising, hustling, deal flow, & the thrill of first market validation

1:21:04 | Sep 9th, 2017

In this ep of "Angel," Jason welcomes Syndicate leader Zach Coelius, Triggit founder who, only after 2yrs as an angel, has already enjoyed a $1b exit (Cruise, bought by GM). Zach shares insights as founder-turned-investor: finding deals & deal-break...Show More