Venture Stories

Venture Stories by Village Global takes you inside the world of venture capital and technology, featuring enlightening interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry leaders. The podcast is hosted by Village Global partner and co-founder Erik Torenberg and produced by Brett Bolkowy. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc/podcast for more.


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Systematizing Social Capital with Brad Glisson

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Anne Wojcicki on Direct-To-Consumer Healthcare and The Future of Digital Health

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The State and Future of Robotics, Machine Learning, and Digital Celebrities with Michael Dempsey

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Government, Technology, and The New Social Safety Net with Nicolas Colin

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The Thiel Fellowship, 1517, and The Future of Education with Danielle Strachman and Mike Gibson

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What Alex Tabarrok Thinks About Basically Everything

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The State of Fintech in 2019 with Seth Rosenberg and Sheel Mohnot

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What Samo Burja Thinks About Basically Everything

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How Income Share Agreements Can Help Rebuild The Middle Class with Daniel Pianko and Andy Hall

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The Next Phase For Income Share Agreements with Chuck Trafton and Will Nelligan

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What Robert Wright Thinks About Basically Everything

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The Future of Identity with Glen Weyl and Tomer Kagan

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Requests For Startups: Hard Tech with Trae Vassallo and Lee Edwards

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A Primer on Idea Markets with Mike Elias

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The Intersection of Financial Services and Marketplaces with Pete Flint and Alex Taussig

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Value Hacking and How To Avoid The Fake Growth Epidemic with Mike Maples

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The LP Perspective: Alex Bangash

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The LP Perspective: Michael Kim

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The LP Perspective: Beezer Clarkson and Chris Douvos

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Bill Gates on Advice For Founders, Mistakes, and Philanthropy

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The Past and Future of the World Economy with George Gilder and Patrick Stanley

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Sarah Guo on SaaS Investing and Building an Enterprise Company

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Requests For Startups: Consumer FinTech with Howard Lindzon and Sheel Mohnot

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The Case For Anarcho-Capitalism with David Friedman

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A Journey Through Mental Models with Noah Tye

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Human Coordination, Compassion at Scale, and Non-Coercive Social Systems with Freyja (@utotranslucence)

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What Arnold Kling Thinks About Basically Everything

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The Future of Income-Share Agreements and Life as a Publicly-Traded Person with James Gallagher

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A Deep Dive on Education with Dani Grant

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A Deep Dive On InsureTech with Karn Saroya and Sheel Mohnot

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Helping Nontraditional Talent Break Into Tech with Rahim Fazal and Mike Slagh

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Founder Stories: Nancy Yu and Onno Faber of RDMD

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Founder Stories: Sasha Jokic of Formdwell

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Founder Stories: Andrew Landau of Jewel

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Founder Stories: Kevin Caldwell of Ossium

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Founder Stories: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins of Promise

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Sarah Tavel on Evaluating Markets, The State of Education, and Crypto [Live Episode]

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How To Be Great at Twitter, The Future of Identity, and Why Meditation is Overrated with Michael Mayer

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Mental Models with Scott Page

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Augmenting Employees with Artificial Intelligence with Deon Nicholas and Brianne Kimmel

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Enterprise Investing with Matt Garratt

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Requests For Startups: Beauty with Bee Shapiro and Natalie Toren

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A Primer on All Things Growth with Mike Duboe, Dan Hockenmaier, and David Weinstein

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The History and Future of Bitcoin with Dan Held

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The State of Prediction Markets and Crypto in 2019 with Joey Krug

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Tim O’Reilly and Parker Thompson on Company Building, Venture Capital, and Inequality

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A Primer on Life Sciences Investing with Jenny Rooke and Jared Seehafer

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Requests For Startups: Software Meets Physical World with Sean Linehan

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Arjun Sethi of Tribe Capital on Data-Informed Investing

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Elad Gil on How to Evaluate Markets

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All Things Scaling, Managing and Hiring with Ryan Delk and Jared Fliesler

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What Michael Nielsen Thinks About Basically Everything

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Why What You Know Is More Valuable Than Who You Know, and More with Auren Hoffman and Tod Sacerdoti

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The Rise of Devsumer/No-Code with Ilya Sukhar and Alex Yaseen

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Existential Risks, Ecological Economics, and How The Blockchain Will Transform Capitalism with Vinay Gupta

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A Deep Dive on Community Building with Scott Heiferman

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Requests For Startups: E-Commerce and Logistics with Laura Behrens Wu and Talia Goldberg

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The Case For A Gift Economy with Miki Kashtan

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Robert Greene on His New Book “The Laws of Human Nature”

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Tyler Cowen On His New Book: "Big Business: A Love Letter To An American Anti-Hero"

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What Noah Smith and Parker Thompson Think About Basically Every Economic Policy

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A Comparison of Austrian and Keynesian Economics with Noah Smith, Parker Thompson and Stephan Kinsella

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The State and Future of Fintech with Zach Perret and David Haber

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A Primer on Nonviolent Communication with Newt Bailey

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A Deep Dive on Housing with Kim-Mai Cutler and Alex Danco

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The Future of Crypto, Capitalism and Governance with Mike Maples and Alok Vasudev

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CPG, Defensibility, Finding The Next Instagram - Everything Consumer in 2019 with Rebecca Kaden, Nikhil Basu Trivedi and Jonathan Yoni Regev

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Requests For Startups: Mental Health and Addiction with Steve Schlafman and David Marcovitz

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The Future of CPG and Mental Health in Silicon Valley with Ryan Caldbeck

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What Dick Costolo Thinks About Basically Everything

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The Case For Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport

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Live Episode: Lessons on Leadership and Being a Better CEO with John Donahoe and Ben Casnocha

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Live Episode: Lean Startup Lessons For Founders with Eric Ries and Ben Casnocha

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Consumer Social, The Future of VC and How To Start An Early Stage Fund with Cyan Banister and Niv Dror

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Requests For Startups: Mental Health with Mark Goldenson

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Requests For Startups: Women's Health with Afton Vechery and Anarghya Vardhana

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Requests For Startups: Recruiting with Aline Lerner and Tasneem Minadakis

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Requests For Startups: Cannabis with Blaine Hatab

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Requests For Startups: GovTech with Ron Bouganim

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Requests For Startups: Marketplaces with Jonathan Swanson and John Kobs

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Requests For Startups: Marketing Tech with Ashu Garg

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Requests For Startups: Cybersecurity with Vincenzo Iozzo and Jamie Butler

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A Playbook For Recruiting and Hiring with Elaine Wherry

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A Primer on Personal Tokens with Achill Rudolph and Simon de la Rouviere

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What Keith Rabois Thinks About Basically Everything

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What Justin Kan Thinks About Basically Everything

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The State and Future of Software Development with Christina Cacioppo and Amjad Masad

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The Future of Startup Funding with Andrew D'Souza and Ali Hamed

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A Primer on Marketing Tech with Anda Gansca

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Evaluating Early-Stage SaaS Companies with Christoph Janz and Brianne Kimmel

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A Primer on Real Estate Tech (PropTech) with Zachary Aarons and Brad Hargreaves

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Lessons in Tech and Politics from “The Fixer,” Bradley Tusk

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Making It Through The Messy Middle with Scott Belsky

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The State of Consumer Social in 2019 with Donnie Dinch, Michael Galpert and Greg Isenberg

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Why You Need To Feel Your Feelings and Send The Emails with Liz Fosslien

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A Primer on Remote Work and Distributed Teams with Matt Mullenweg and Andreas Klinger

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What Jd Ross Thinks About Basically Everything

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Doing For Atoms What AWS Did For Bits with Jesse Genet of Lumi

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Social Media, Journalism, and New Religions with Antonio Garcia Martinez and Parker Thompson

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Applying AI and Machine Learning To Retail and E-commerce with Lewis Gyson and Yunus Saatci

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The Austrian Perspective on Healthcare with Vijay Boyapati

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A Primer on Food Tech with Renata Quintini and Brian Frank

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Building a Global Financial Business with Misha Esipov and Ross Fubini

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Investing in Sports Tech with Deepen Parikh

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DEXes, Liquidity, and On-Chain Arbitrage with Amir Bandeali of 0x and Ivan Bogatyy of Metastable

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Disrupting Education with Austen Allred and Ray Batra

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A Primer on eSports with John Robinson and Blake Robbins

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The Present and Future of D2C with Ooshma Garg and Micah Rosenbloom

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Requests For Startups: Artificial Intelligence with Sean Byrnes and Shastri Mahadeo

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Building a Company in Preventive Healthcare with Jonathan Gheller

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How The Blockchain Can Transform The News Business with Jarrod Dicker

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Opportunities in Eldercare and Aging with Natalie Dillon, Lisa Marrone and Shawn Xu

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How To Navigate Co-Founder Relationships with Lee Jacobs

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Inside VC: Why Diversified VC Portfolios are Superior with Clint Korver and Adam Corey

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Inside VC: A Primer on Scout Programs with Parker Thompson and Dustin Dolginow

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Inside VC: Masterclass on Portfolio Construction and Fund Economics with Ash Fontana and Parker Thompson

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Do VCs "Add Value"? What Should Founders Be Optimizing For With Parker Conrad and Parker Thompson

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What Noah Smith Thinks About Basically Everything

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The Present and Future of Longevity with Laura Deming

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What Daniel Gross Thinks About Basically Everything

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Charter Cities and Innovative Governance with Mark Lutter

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The Present and Future of Autonomous Vehicles with Qasar Younis and Alexandr Wang

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Live Episode: Founders Discuss Village Global’s Network Catalyst Accelerator

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The Influence of the Consumer on Enterprise SaaS with Brianne Kimmel and Josh Stein

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Requests For Startups: Machine Learning with Ash Fontana and Anthony Goldbloom

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What Tyler Cowen Thinks About Basically Everything

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Health Stories: The Intersection of Blockchain and Healthcare with Nikhil Krishnan and Nick Soman

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Rethinking The Merits of Decentralization with John Backus

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The Past and Future of Upstart and Income-Sharing Agreements with Dave Girouard and Tonio DeSorrento

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Income Sharing Agreements in Education with Tonio DeSorrento and Ali Hamed

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The World’s First Publicly Traded Person with Mike Merrill and Marcus Estes

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Live Episode: The Present and Future of Crypto with Naval Ravikant and Balaji Srinivasan

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Competitive Governance with Patri Friedman

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Live Episode: Eric Schmidt and Tyler Cowen on The Future of Technology and Society

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Live Episode: An Interview with Erik Torenberg at Venture For America in Detroit

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Health Stories: Computational Care, Computational Biology, and "Taking a Crowbar to the Health System" with Scott Barclay and James Hardiman

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On-Chain Governance with Jacob Arluck and Peter Czaban

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Building Network Effects Businesses with NFX’s James Currier and Pete Flint

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Health Stories: Early Cancer Screening with Gabriel Otte

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Looming Debt Crises, The Fed, and Crypto with Gabe Bassin and Taylor Pearson

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What Eugene Wei Thinks About Basically Everything

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Health Stories: Unlocking The Potential of Personal Genomics with Othman Laraki and Alicia Zhou

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Crypto Stories: Solving The Blockchain Interoperability Problem with Sunny Aggarwal and Haseeb Qureshi

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What Alex Danco Thinks About Basically Everything

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Health Stories: Reinventing The Primary Care Experience with Adrian Aoun

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Crypto Stories: Bitcoin as Political Technology with Dhruv Bansal

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Live Episode: Keith Rabois on Career Strategy, Identifying Talent and Evaluating Markets

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Health Stories: Solving The Care Coordination Problem with Jay Desai and Joe Kahn

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Crypto Stories: ETH as Money, Generalized Mining, and an Exploration of Web3 with Dan Zuller and Ryan Sean Adams

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What Kevin Kwok Thinks About Basically Everything

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Health Stories: Go-To-Market in Healthcare and Requests For Startups with Kristin Spohn and Kelsey Mellard

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The Decision To Hard Fork Sia with David Vorick

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Crypto Stories: Aleksandr Bulkin on ADAPT, "Initial Witness Offerings" and Crypto Disruption

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On Radical Markets with Glen Weyl and Riva Melissa-Tez

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Health Stories: The Economics of Health Insurance with Nick Reber and Kareem Zaki

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The Bull Case For EOS As Presented By Myles Snider

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On Being Sriram Krishnan with Sriram Krishnan and Sriram Krishnan

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Health Stories: The Intersection of Life Science and Biotech with Rachel Craig and Ed Saltzman

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Crypto Stories: Jillian Carlson and Lily Liu on Emerging Markets, Token Business Models, and Self-ICOs

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Fintech Fridays: Transforming Web Security with Mahmoud Abdelkader and Ross Fubini

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Health Stories: Hard-Won Lessons From The Healthcare Ecosystem with Liz Rockett, Jared Seehafer, and Ryan Panchadsaram

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Crypto Stories: The Bull Case For Ethereum with Spencer Noon, Cyrus Younessi and Tony Sheng

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Fintech Fridays: Ali Hamed on Lending, Crypto and Venture Capital

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Request For Startups: Digital Health

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Crypto Stories: Headwinds in Crypto and Distributed Global's Investment Strategy with John Cheeseman and Herve Bizira

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Crypto Stories: "Explain Generalized Mining Like I'm Five" with Andrew Cronk (Follow-Up Bonus Episode)

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Generalized Mining with Nicholas Chirls and Joe Lallouz

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Identity on the Blockchain with Dandelion Mane

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Token-Curated Registries with Ameen Soleimani and Jehan Tremback

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Consensus Protocols with Aparna Krishnan and Haseeb Qureshi

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on the Layers of BTC and Lightning with Nik Bhatia

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Zero-Knowledge Proofs with Elena Nadolinski and Howard Wu

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Crypto-Native Funds with Andrew Cronk, Jake Brukhman and Meher Roy

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Crypto Stories: Bitcoin For Beginners with Michael Goldstein

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Valuing Crypto Assets with Arianna Simpson and Travis Kling

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Privacy Coins with Elena Nadolinski and Avichal Garg

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Distributed Computing with Dani Grant, Dan Desjardins, Chandler Song and Greg Osuri

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Stablecoins with Haseeb Qureshi and Myles Snider

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Crypto Stories: The Bitcoin Standard and Beyond with Saifedean Ammous

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Crypto Stories: Vijay Boyapati on Austrian Economics, Bitcoin and Monetary Policy

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Crypto Stories: Bill Tai and Derek Hsue on Mining, Exchanges and the History and Future of Money

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Crypto Stories: Nic Carter on Governance, Bitcoin Narratives, and Ethereum

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Crypto Stories: The Intersection of Blockchain and AI with Trent McConaghy

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Crypto Stories Live: Balaji Srinivasan and Erik Torenberg on Crypto in a Borderless World

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Crypto Stories: Jimmy Song on Bitcoin, Hard Money, and Decentralization

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Fat Monies: Anti-Contrarianism in Cryptocurrency Investing

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Crypto Stories: A Primer On Open Financial Primitives

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Crypto Stories: A Primer On Decentralized Exchanges

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Non-Fungible Tokens

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Crypto Stories: Using Blockchain To Find Real-World Consensus with Ryan King and Jehan Tremback

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Crypto Stories: The State of Crypto in 2018 and Predictions For The Future

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Crypto Stories: A Primer on Tokenized Securities

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Crypto Stories: Kyle Samani and Tushar Jain on the Web3 Stack, Financial Primitives, On-Chain Governance and Value Accrual

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Requests for Startups: Human Augmentation

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Live Episode: Erik Torenberg, Daniel Kan and Qasar Younis on Fundraising

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ArtDAOs, Curation Markets and Token Curated Registries with Simon de la Rouviere and Trent McConaghy

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A Primer On Prediction Markets With Robin Hanson

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Joey Krug on Augur, Prediction Markets, and The State of Cryptocurrency Investing

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Live Episode: Erik, Jo Varshney and Kiran Bellubi on Village’s Network Catalyst Accelerator

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Requests For Startups: FinTech

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Episode #25: The Future of Consumer Products

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Episode #24: The Future of Hardware and Robotics

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Episode #23: The Future of Fertility with Tammy Sun and Afton Vechery

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Episode #22: Democratizing Cryptocurrency Investing with Kendrick Nguyen and Andy Bromberg

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Episode #21: Online, Offline or Both? The Future of Direct to Consumer Women's Healthcare with Carolyn Witte and Hans Gangeskar

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Episode #20: The State of Sexual Wellness Startups

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Episode #19: How Technology Is Changing Drug Development

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Episode #18: The Future of Drones with Adam Bry of Skydio

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Episode 17: Rethinking The Education To Employment Paradigm with Will Houghteling and Kara Nortman

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Episode #16: The Present and Future of Hardware with Shilpi Kumar and Seth Winterroth

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Episode #15: Rebecca Kaden of Union Square Ventures on Healthcare, Fintech and Venture Firms

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Episode #14: How To Recruit, Assess, and Retain The Best People For Your Startup With Keith Rabois and Jack Altman

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Episode #13: How To Disrupt The Insurance Industry With Kyle Nakatsuji of Clearcover

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Episode #12: How To Build A Startup In The Consumer Fitness Space with Holly Shelton and Selina Tobaccowala

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Episode #11: Finding a Niche in the Consumer Social Space with Winnie’s Sara Mauskopf and Anne Halsall

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Episode #10: The Future of Access with Omni's Tom McLeod and Ryan Delk

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Episode #9: The State of Consumer Social with Josh Elman

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Episode #8: Investing in Machine Learning Startups with Ash Fontana

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Episode #7: The Future of VR and AR and How To Invest In It with Amitt Mahajan and Abie Katz

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Episode #6: Consumer Social with Donnie Dinch, Michael Galpert and Greg Isenberg

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Episode #5: The State of Biotech with Dylan Morris and Cain McClary

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Episode #4 - How To Build A Digital Health Company with Malay Gandhi and Christine Lemke

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Episode #3: The Future of the Music Industry with Aston Motes, Parker Thompson and Ed Aten

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Episode #2: How Digital Currency Will Transform The World with Balaji Srinivasan

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Episode #1: Ryan Hoover and David Spinks on Communities