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The Puck: Venture Capital and Beyond
5 out of 5 stars
Based on 9 reviews
5 out of 5 stars
Useful venture convos--esp if you're in LA
Jim makes it look easy to do great interviews. Thanks for doing these!
5 out of 5 stars
Love this podcast!
This podcast does such an excellent job of getting to the bottom of VC trends and strategy. It is thought-provoking and informative. Highly recommend!
5 out of 5 stars
Nice pod, a great listen for entrepreneurs.
Interesting content and well produced.
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5 stars! Nicely done.
Such an interesting podcast about the history and destiny of the VC world in LA. I’m looking forward to hearing the next guests.
5 out of 5 stars
It's hard to find a podcast that keeps your attention when talking about the world of venture capital. This podcast is a pearl-of-wisdom in that sector and the host, Jim Baer, has already interviewed some of the best VC's in the game. Keep them coming!
Chessie the Dog
5 out of 5 stars
Jim Baer is the Rocky of podcasting!
5 out of 5 stars
Great New Podcast, with a Cool Name
A very on point new podcast (with a very cool name) that's a must-listen for anybody who is interested in Venture Capital and the signficant players who navigate this interesting and ever-changing world. Jim Baer, at its host, brings insider knowledge to the table, but is also more than willing to ask the questions that others, who may not be so in the know, want to know the answer to. Where Venture Capital has been. Where it's at today. And where it may well be going tomorrow. Looking forward to future episodes. Very professional and informative. Great addition.
5 out of 5 stars
Very insightful and fast moving piece. I like the way they move through (among other things) a truncated history of tech and LA. I had almost forgotten about the idea lab in Pasadena! Very thoughtful. And the advice to Entreprenuers to make presentations compelling, not comprehensive— perfect. Could apply to many other areas as well...
5 out of 5 stars
a really interesting and informative podcast that gives you the inside track on how venture capitalists are looking at the future of tech and innovation. Definitely a must for the financial sector and entrepreneurs looking to up their game.
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- Episode 50: Courtney McCrea of Recast CapitalOn the 50th episode of The Puck, Jim sits down with Courtney McCrea, co-founder and managing partner at Recast Capital, a firm focused on investing in emerging founders in the venture space. Courtney explains how Recast invests in funds that are early in their own journeys, and the many things she’s learned in her decades in the business. They talk record fundraising over the last two years, the possibility of an economic downturn, and the increase in diversity in the venture world. She offers practical advice, such as encouraging investors to be cautious about their reserves, and the massive federal investment in the venture space. A really interesting conversation you don’t want to miss!0 comments0
- Episode 49: Matt Cohen of Ripple VenturesOn this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Matt Cohen, Founder and Managing Partner at Ripple Ventures. An operator turned investor, Matt started Ripple Ventures in 2018 to bring his “operator-first” mindset to the early stage investing world. He and Jim discuss his background as a public market investor, and his hands-on approach to investing. At Ripple Ventures he also runs “The Tank,” an incubator space that helps connect Founders to the advisors and mentors they need to bring their ideas to life as well as hosting the Tank Talks podcast where he interviews leaders in the startup space about company building and VC investing. An interesting conversation you don’t want to miss!0 comments0
- Episode 48: Professor Greg WaltonOn this week’s episode, Jim sits down with Stanford University Professor Greg Walton, a social psychologist who specializes in studying the development of young people. Professor Walton works on what he calls “wise interventions” that can be implemented to help young people succeed. He talks about the myths surrounding our heroes, how a community can help build up its individual members, and how we can all be more effective communicators.0 comments0
- Episode 47: Tyler Norwood of AntlerOn 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 across Southeast Asia. He speaks about how he and his team connect founders and investors, untimely working their hardest to put young companies in a position to succeed.0 comments0
- Episode 46: Anna Barber of M13On 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 her passions for addressing climate change, income inequality and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in LA’s Tech community influence her decision-making processes.0 comments0
- Episode 45: Sir Paul CollierOn 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 inform the present.0 comments0
- Episode 44: Melissa Weintraub of Resetting the TableOn 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 all do a better, healthier, job of communicating with one another.0 comments0
- Episode 43: Cyrus Sigari of Up PartnersOn 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, the massive benefits of AI in the transportation space, and inspiring the next generation of innovators. You don’t want to miss it!0 comments0
- Episode 42: David FrenchOn 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 possibility of unity in today’s polarized world. A fascinating, nuanced discussion that you don’t want to miss!0 comments0
- Episode 41: Neil SequeiraOn 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 about blockchain, the market, and a more socially conscious workforce. A stimulating conversation you don’t want to miss.0 comments0
- Episode 40: Christopher Leonard - Author & JournalistOn 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 shaped our current financial landscape. From Quantitative Easing, to Income Inequality to Asset Inflation, he covers it all. A fascinating conversation you don’t want to miss.0 comments0
- Episode 39: Jordan Nof of Tusk Venture PartnersOn 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 experience with technology regulation makes them a strategic partner for many investors.0 comments0
- Episode 38: Grant Miller of ReplicatedThis 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 talk about bringing a unique product to the marketplace, paving the way for the cloud, fostering a team mentality while working remotely during COVID, and raising capital over Zoom. An interesting conversation you don’t want to miss!0 comments0
- Episode 37: Adriana Saman of Clocktower VenturesOn 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 simply vertical, Clocktower’s mission to be the best co-investor in the world, and how more creative sourcing strategies are integral for more diverse hiring within the industry.0 comments0
- Episode 36: Scott Painter of NextCarOn 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 Car Search to today, bringing a subscription model to car ownership, and how NextCar is leveraging dealer inventory in order to bring down customer acquisition cost.0 comments0
- Episode 35: Shaylyn Romney GarrettOn 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 similarities between the Gilded Age and now and discusses how the standard narrative of the 20th century is in fact a misrepresentation. A fascinating discussion that you don’t want to miss!0 comments0
- Episode 34: Michal Cieplinski of PipeOn 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 debt and creating a new type of asset class.0 comments0
- Episode 33: Maury Blackman of Premise DataOn 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!0 comments0
- Episode 32: Ryan Falvey of Financial Venture StudioOn 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.0 comments0
- Episode 31: Eric Tarczynski of Contrary CapitalOn 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: https://www.cmbginc.com/thepuckepisode310 comments0
- 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.0 comments0
- Episode 29: Elizabeth Edwards of H Venture PartnersOn 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!0 comments0
- Episode 28: Kristina Serafim of Verizon VenturesOn 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.0 comments0
- 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.0 comments0
- Episode 26: Vern Howard of HalloThis 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.0 comments0