Geoff Lewis is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Bedrock Capital. He joins to discuss lessons from entrepreneurship (1:25), why “vibe” is the critical way he assesses founders (11:44), his investment in Praxis, a city-state building company (23:15), his unique answer to the contrarian question (31:17), defense tech, AI and much more.
First, Jason discusses how to balance product vision with customer feedback in a FounderU segment (0:57). Then, actor and investor Adrian Grenier joins to discuss the launch of his new fund DuContra Ventures (20:52), the importance of saying “No” (33:24), acting (41:23) and more!
Jason breaks down the 2 metrics he uses to to assess Robinhood’s Q2 earnings (1:43) and Amazon entering Department Store retail (16:39). Then, Mark Suster from Upfront Ventures joins (24:07) to discuss venture metrics, community as a moat, why high valuations don’t necessarily mean a bubble & more.
Ben Gilbert & David Rosenthal from Acquired join to discuss David’s new venture fund Kindergarten Ventures (00:56), how to structure a VC fund (12:16), Jason’s super pro-rata strategy (30:17), podcasting (35:50), and they tease the next episode on “The Mount Rushmore of Venture Capital” (56:11) & more!
Jason kicks off the episode with research into the claims against Tether Limited, the company behind USDT, the world’s largest “stablecoin” and 3rd largest cryptocurrency (1:30). Then Jason is joined by 3 founders of Alternative Asset investing platforms (25:49), Chris Bruno of Rally, Scott Lynn of Masterworks, and Ben Miller of Fundrise. They discuss inflation, supply & demand, expanding company roadmaps (59:56) and more!
Emergency pod! Bitcoin sees a major correction due to China’s crack down (1:46). What are the chances it could it go to zero, and could China banning crypto be a blessing in disguise? Robinhood is rumored to be going public next month (14:14), what will their market cap be at IPO? Plus Squarespace goes public via direct listing (26:10)!
Tiger Global, a crossover hedge fund, is moving at an unprecedented speed and scale in venture capital. Everett Randle of Founder’s Fund joins Jason to break down Tiger Global’s strategy, discuss the implications for the investing ecosystem (13:14), explain his “Walmart of VC firms” mental model (24:42), and more! Pod Notes: http://bit.ly/E1207Tnotes
Kendrick Nguyen of Republic, an early-stage investing platform, talks about the power of the retail investor crowd, how startups can convert their followers into investors (13:05), Republic’s diligence process for deals on their platform (47:46), and more!
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0:00 Jason intros today’s Epod: SPAC Overload!
1:29 OurCrowd – Sign up for a free account at https://www.ourcrowd.com/twist
2:55 Current state of SPACs – how did we get here & how do SPACs work?
9:12 Comparing SPACs, IPOs & Direct Listings
13:19 SPAC renaissance starting in 2020, comparison vs. S&P 500, understanding the recent pullback
16:59 Top SPACS by market cap, revenue, speculation & top active & upcoming SPACs
26:22 Wrap up!