The VC Approach In Today’s Tech Markets with Steve Schlafman

December 3, 2018
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Episode 13: An interview with venture capitalist Steve Schlafman from Primary Ventures.

In this episode Trent Lapinski and Steve Schlafman discuss venture capital, leadership, executive coaching, and even mediation.

“For me I always ask myself is this an entrepreneur who that is special, talented, tenacious, and on a mission.”

“Is this someone who can go and tell a great story, inspire potential employees, investors, partners. Is this someone who people are going to gravitate towards? In a competitive hiring environment, are they going to be able to build a World class team?”

“I don’t need to see a huge amount of traction. I need to answer the question: Is there enough evidence or an unique insight that people want the product or service. I love founders that are incredibly focused on the customer. Is this someone who is just incredibly focused, and obsessed with the customer and solving their problem?” 

“Is this team on a journey that is important, bold, difficult, and inspiring? In someways does it make me uncomfortable because it is hard?”— Steve Schlafman

Ending The Crypto Winter with Garry Tan and Brett Gibson of Initialized Capital

November 1, 2018
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Episode 8: In this episode we sit down with Garry Tan and Brett Gibson of Initialized Capital and discuss emerging technologies such as cryptocurrency, blockchain, and what sets them apart from other venture capital firms.

"People are conditioned for 200 milliseconds at this point. Even waiting 5-seconds for a little spinner is not going to cut it."- Garry Tan

"Privacy is going to be a big deal for the blockchain and crypto technologies." - Brett Gibson

"It really is about those users, and what's their experience. We want to help other fellow hackers who are builders." - Garry Tan

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Technology and the Quantum Carrot with Natalie Fratto

October 18, 2018
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Episode 6: An interview with Natalie Fratto, VP at Silicon Valley Bank. In this episode we discuss everything from quantum computing, artificial intelligence, to adaptability.