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The Woman who runs the largest Seed Fund in World History

The Woman who runs the largest Seed Fund in World History

To subscribe to my podcast on Venture Capital in NYC via #iTunes https://itun.es/i6S78vQ or Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/venture-studio I learned a lot from my recent conversation with Ming Yeh. Ming is a long-time veteran of venture capital and is now co-founder and managing partner of CSC Upshot Ventures, the largest fund dedicated to financing seed-stage startups, ever. This launch was a big deal indeed. CSC Upshot is a $400MM venture fund created to invest primarily in US seed-stage technology startups via AngelList.…

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A Deep Dive into AngelList Syndicates

A Deep Dive into AngelList Syndicates

To subscribe to my podcast on Venture Capital in NYC via #iTunes https://itun.es/i6S78vQ or Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/venture-studio We recently welcomed Dustin Dolginow to Venture Studio. Dustin a co-founder of Maiden Lane Ventures, the first institutional venture fund built for AngelList Syndicates. Here’s an excerpt from Maiden Lane’s AngelList page: “Raising seed capital is unnecessarily complicated. Great angel investors have always helped founders cut through the noise. Maiden Lane’s mission is to make partnering with world-class angels more impactful. To do that,…

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Bitcoin Jesus

Bitcoin Jesus

To subscribe to my podcast on Venture Capital in NYC via #iTunes https://itun.es/i6S78vQ or Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/venture-studio I recently spoke with Roger Ver, entrepreneur, bitcoin investor, bitcoin evangelist, and voluntaryist. If you thought we were just going to talk about bitcoin on this episode, think again. Roger Ver, nicknamed “Bitcoin Jesus” is a facinating guy. Credited as the first person in the world to invest in bitcoin startups, he’s been the leading voice and catalyst in bitcoin ecosystem for years. Why?…

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Venture Studio Rising

Venture Studio Rising

As of a few years ago and well before podcasts had become “a thing”, I was doing video interviews of entrepreneurs and investors regularly on my show- Venture Studio. A confluence of factors led me to put the show on hold for a while, not the least of which was the unexpected and deeply painful loss of my father. I have my own family with young kids and have also been looking after my mom, who has had a tough…

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the one and only Gotham Gal

the one and only Gotham Gal

To subscribe to my podcast on Venture Capital in NYC via #iTunes https://itun.es/i6S78vQ or Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/venture-studio I recently had @thegothamgal, (Joanne Wilson), on my podcast. She’s a true original- one of a kind- just special. She’s also a prolific angel investor in New York, (85 companies and counting), and a major supporter of the city’s startup ecosystem. Joanne began angel investing in New York after careers in retail, wholesale, media, non-profit, education and real estate. Very few investors can match…

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the fox and the hedgehog: my talk with Amol Sarva

the fox and the hedgehog: my talk with Amol Sarva

To subscribe to my podcast on Venture Capital in NYC via #iTunes https://itun.es/i6S78vQ or Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/venture-studio A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog knows one important thing In a recent episode of my show, Venture Studio, I spoke with one of the most fascinating people in the New York technology/entreprenurial community, Amol Sarva, on a wide range of topics. We spoke about his life not just as a company builder, (for which he is widely known), but also about…

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Sign-up for my podcast: Venture Studio

Sign-up for my podcast: Venture Studio

Friends- if you’re interested in the venture capital and angel investing scene in NYC, subscribe to my podcast via iTunes: https://itun.es/i6S78vQ  and/or listen to us on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/venture-studio . For regular updates, follow us via twitter: @venturestudio My show has been around since 2011 but is now available in podcast format so you can listen while you walk, jog, drive, train, or rest on a couch. It will also come with a short summary of the venture deals in NYC…

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When All Hell Breaks Loose, Startups Need a “Wartime CEO”

When All Hell Breaks Loose, Startups Need a “Wartime CEO”

In his great book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz talked about being a “Wartime CEO”. It was the first-time I had ever heard that expression but it resonated powerfully. Reading that book was akin to drinking a double espresso at 10pm. I did not put it down until the wee hours of the morning. It is now “required” reading for all my students. So what’s the difference between a peace-time and a war-time CEO of a startup?…

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Keeping Your Cool

Keeping Your Cool

What’s the craziest business meeting you’ve ever been to? Think about it. How did you react? Did you step out of the room? Did you lose your cool? What went down? The craziest meeting I’ve ever been a part of is when one employee got caught stealing, knew we had found out, and brought a 357 Magnum to the meeting we’d arranged to let them go. That was crazy. Keeping cool that time probably saved about five people’s lives including…

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My Wisest Mentor: My Grandmother

My Wisest Mentor: My Grandmother

This is the inaugural post of my Series on Mentorship which appropriately, given my subject, is written on Mother’s Day. Although I advise a healthy number of entrepreneurs on a regular basis as a friend and/or in my roles at Columbia University, I also have the privilege of playing the role of very involved mentor to a few select entrepreneurs at any given time. It is a role that I take very seriously as I believe it to be an…

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