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Ep. #23, Counseling Founders with Jonathan Heiliger of Vertex Ventures
November 2, 2020

with Jonathan Heiliger

In episode 23 of Venture Confidential, Heavybit’s Jesse Robbins interviews Jonathan Heiliger of Vertex Ventures on counseling founders and making big infrastructure bets.

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Ep. #22, Feat. Dan Scholnick of Trinity Ventures
October 31, 2018

with Dan Scholnick

In episode 22 of Venture Confidential, Dan Scholnick, General Partner at Trinity Ventures, discusses how his past experience as a two time entrepreneur helps him determine which promising companies and charismatic entrepreneurs to invest in as well as what sets Trinity Ventures apart from other funds.

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Ep. #21, Feat. Lan Xuezhao of Basis Set Ventures
September 21, 2018

with Lan Xuezhao

In episode 21 of Venture Confidential, Lan Xuezhao, Founding Partner at Basis Set Ventures, describes how she went from a career in Corp Dev at Dropbox to later founding a venture firm that invests in companies that improve people’s work efficiency.

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Ep. #20, Feat. Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures
September 6, 2018

with Leo Polovets

In episode 20 of Venture Confidential, Leo Polovets, General Partner at Susa Ventures, describes how he went from a career in software engineering to later entering the world of venture and working with founders.

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Ep. #19, Feat. Charles Hudson of Precursor Ventures
August 30, 2018

with Charles Hudson

In episode 19 of Venture Confidential, Charles Hudson stops by the studio to talk about his journey from founding a mobile games company to becoming a partner with Uncork and most recently Precursor Ventures.

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Ep. #18, Feat. Aligned’s Jodi Sherman Jahic
June 8, 2018

with Jodi Sherman Jahic

In episode 18 of Venture Confidential, Aligned Partners’ Jodi Sherman Jahic stops by the Heavybit studio to discuss what kind of companies and portfolios she invests in and what capital efficiency should mean for startups.

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Ep. #17, Feat. Manu Kumar of K9 Ventures
May 23, 2018

with Manu Kumar

In episode 17 of Venture Confidential, Manu Kumar stops by the Heavybit studio to talk about how he started a micro VC called K9 Ventures and why he chooses to invest in and help grow early stage companies.

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Ep. #16, Feat. Greylock Partners’ Jerry Chen
May 11, 2018

with Jerry Chen

In episode 16 of Venture Confidential, we’re joined by Jerry Chen of Greylock Partners to discuss what it takes as an investor and board member to help make a good company great.

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Ep. #15, Sourcing with Zetta’s Jocelyn Goldfein
February 28, 2018

with Jocelyn Goldfein

In episode 15 of Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Zetta Venture Partner’s Jocelyn Goldfein to discuss her past involvement at VMware and Facebook as well as her latest role as investor.

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Ep. #14, Building Community with Boldstart’s Ed Sim
February 13, 2018

with Ed Sim

In the latest Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Boldstart’s Ed Sim to discuss community-building between founders and investors, and more.

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Ep. #13, The Role of the Investor with Ryan Floyd of Storm
January 26, 2018

with Ryan Floyd

In this installment of Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Ryan Floyd of Storm Ventures to discuss the evolution of Storm, and investing in general.

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Ep. #12, Feat. Angel Investor Bubba Murarka
December 19, 2017

with Bubba Murarka

In the latest episode of Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Bubba Murarka, angel investor and former Principal at DFJ. He explains how he learned to examine problems through a business lens and shares insights into how he cultivated successful mentoring relationships to continue to learn and advance his career.

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Ep. #11, Feat. BlueRun Ventures’ Jana Lee
November 21, 2017

with Jana Lee

In the latest episode of Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Jana Lee, Principal at BlueRun Ventures. Jana recalls her non-traditional path to a venture career and reveals how she created a feedback loop using deal flow to evaluate her performance.

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Ep. #10, Feat. Array Venture’s Shruti Gandhi
November 7, 2017

with Shruti Gandhi

In the latest episode of Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Shruti Gandhi, Founder of Array Ventures. Shruti explains how she stumbled into a full time career in venture and walks us down the career path that led to the inception of Array.

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Ep. #9, Feat. Maveron’s Anarghya Vardhana
October 18, 2017

with Anarghya Vardhana

In the latest episode of Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Anarghya Vardhana, Senior Associate at Maveron. Anarghya recounts her journey into venture capital, including the challenge of moving from product to venture.

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Ep. #8, Feat. System.One’s Max Claussen
October 11, 2017

with Max Claussen

In the latest episode of Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Max Claussen, founder of System.One. Max recalls how he got into the venture scene and talks about his experience operating a pre-seed fund in Europe.

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Ep. #7, Feat. NFX Guild’s Tammy Camp
September 7, 2017

with Tammy Camp

In the latest episode of Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Tammy Camp from NFX Guild. Tammy describes her venture career journey from affiliate marketer, to Partner at 500 Startups to Advisor at NFX Guild.

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Ep. #6, Feat. SoftTech VC’s Stephanie Palmeri
August 22, 2017

with Stephanie Palmeri

In this episode of Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Stephanie Palmeri, Partner with SoftTech VC. She shares learnings from her experience breaking into venture, as well as useful insight into how micro VC firms operate.

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Ep. #5, Feat. Nordic Makers’ Hampus Jakobsson
August 7, 2017

with Hampus Jakobsson

In the latest episode of Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Hampus Jakobsson. Hampus discusses how he got into investing, and reveals the factors he considers when deciding where to invest.

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Ep. #4, Feat. Heavybit’s Tom Drummond
July 17, 2017

with Tom Drummond

In the latest episode of Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Heavybit Managing Director, Tom Drummond. Tom recounts his first foray into Venture Capital in San Francisco.

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Ep. #3 Feat. Redpoint’s Scott Raney and Lenny Pruss
February 18, 2016

with Scott Raney, Lenny Pruss

Tom, Scott, and Lenny discuss Redpoint’s investment philosophy, the changing expectations founders and investors have for each other, and finally they examine the current funding environment and Redpoint’s outlook for 2016.

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Ep. #2, Feat. Accel’s Vas Natarajan
February 5, 2016

with Vas Natarajan

Tom and Vas talk about how much money founders should raise and when, how to transition from individual developers to enterprise customers, and how open source business models are evolving.

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Ep. #1, Feat. BVP’s Sunil Nagaraj
November 12, 2015

with Sunil Nagaraj

Tom talks with Sunil Nagaraj about how BVP decides to invest in your startup, what you may be getting wrong when you pitch to VC’s, and what you should expect from investors sitting on your board.