The Syndicate: Angel Investors | VC | Venture Capital | Startup Investing | Private Equity | Crowdfunding | Fundraising

By Matt Ward - Serial Entrepreneur | Angel Investor | Startup Advisor | Amazon Ecommerce

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Welcome to The Syndicate, the place where investors and startups combine to create crazy businesses and even crazier returns. The Syndicate podcast is a deep dive on the angel investors and VCs behind the big name startups. We interview the best and brightest investors, syndicate leads, GPs, limited partners and startup founders to create an original, off the cuff discussion on startup investing. With a focus on strategies and tactics, mistakes and massive money makers, we hope to help AngelList investors and venture capitalists create unfair advantages in their investment portfolios. Recurring investment themes include Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, B2B, AI, Big Data, AdTech, Enterprise SaaS, Healthcare, IoT, Fintech, Biotech, Ecommerce and of course Mobile. Other topics include lean startup, marketing strategies, growth hacking, business development, startup equity, fundraising, KPIs, incubators and accelerators, hiring, acquisitions, IPOs, ICOs and more.
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Kyle Samani (@kylesamani) is cofounder and Managing Partner of Multicoin Capital, a venture capital-esque crypto hedge fund with at least $250M in assets under management (AUM). Prior to starting Multicoin Capital, Kyle ran Pristine.io (a Google Glass company for surgeons) as CEO, raising $5M and ultimately being acquired. Kyle’s writing and thought leadership has built him up as someone to follow in the ever evolving industry in addition to a strong focus on technology, entrepreneurship, sales and marketing and finance.   In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * How Kyle first discovered ethereum when it was only $10 * Kyle’s thoughts on the future of augmented reality and IoT * Why blockchain fundamentally disrupts so many industries * Which areas of crypto Kyle and his team are most excited about * Why Kyle believes Bitcoin will become irrelevant * What you need to know about the crypto rabbit hole * How the future of money will edged government * Why decentralization is more important than most people realize * How crypto investors can think about blockchain protocol value Like this? Be sure to jump over to FringeFM or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher Kyle Samani (@kylesamani) is cofounder and Managing Partner of Multicoin Capital, a venture capital-esque crypto hedge fund with at least $250M in assets under management (AUM). Prior to starting Multicoin Capital, Kyle ran Pristine.io (a Google Glass company for surgeons) as CEO, raising $5M and ultimately being acquired. Kyle’s writing and thought leadership has built him up as someone to follow in the ever evolving industry in addition to a strong focus on technology, entrepreneurship, sales and marketing and finance.   In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * How Kyle first discovered ethereum when it was only $10 * Kyle’s thoughts on the future of augmented reality and IoT * Why blockchain fundamentally disrupts so many industries * Which areas of crypto Kyle and his team are most excited about * Why Kyle believes Bitcoin will become irrelevant * What you need to know about the crypto rabbit hole * How the future of money will edged government * Why decentralization is more important than most people realize * How crypto investors can think about blockchain protocol value Like this? Be sure to jump over to FringeFM or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher
June 22, 2018
Jamais Cascio (@cascio) is a writer, speaker and futurist that focuses on the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future – writing mainly on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society at openthefuture.org. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a Top 100 Global Thinker, Jamais Cascio specializes in the creation of provocative future scenarios. He explores emerging possibilities in print and in speaking events world-wide, and has appeared in in multiple television and film documentaries. Cascio serves as Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future, and published his first non-fiction book, HACKING THE EARTH, in 2009. He was a featured speaker at the TED 2006 conference, “The Future We Will Create,” in Monterey, California. “My worst-case scenario is us continuing to have short-term-track thinking.” — Jamais Cascio     In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * Why we may be heading towards a 5-6 degree warmer world * The biggest threats to humanity’s existence * How technology and humanity intertwine and co-evolve * Why Jamais is pessimistic in the short term and optimistic in the long term * Jamais’ thoughts on the cons of geo engineering * The important but often overlooked drivers climate change * Why Jamais forecasts rather than predicts the future * The actual implications of autonomous driving and automation * Why our political and economic systems are outdated and how to fix this * Why the future may have a lot more sex and drugs Recommended Books * The Culture Series: Book 1 – Consider Phlebas * Transmetropolitan, Vol 1: Back on the Street  Like this? Be sure to jump over to FringeFM or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher Jamais Cascio (@cascio) is a writer, speaker and futurist that focuses on the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future – writing mainly on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society at openthefuture.org. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a Top 100 Global Thinker, Jamais Cascio specializes in the creation of provocative future scenarios. He explores emerging possibilities in print and in speaking events world-wide, and has appeared in in multiple television and film documentaries. Cascio serves as Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future, and published his first non-fiction book, HACKING THE EARTH, in 2009. He was a featured speaker at the TED 2006 conference, “The Future We Will Create,” in Monterey, California. “My worst-case scenario is us continuing to have short-term-track thinking.” — Jamais Cascio     In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * Why we may be heading towards a 5-6 degree warmer world * The biggest threats to humanity’s existence
June 20, 2018
Lee Cronin (@leecronin)’s lab at the University of Glasgow does cutting-edge research into manufacturing and 3D printing complex molecules, like medicines on-demand – a breakthrough he presented at TEDGlobal 2012. He has one of the largest multidisciplinary chemistry-based research teams in the world, having raised over $35 M in grants and current income of $15 M. Lee has given over 300 international talks and has authored over 350 peer reviewed papers with recent work published in Nature, Science, and PNAS. He and his team are trying to make artificial life forms, find alien life, explore the digitization of chemistry, understand how information can be encoded into chemicals and construct chemical computers.     In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * How Lee believes we can create artificial life * The relationship between biology, chemistry and our understanding of the universe * What Lee’s team is looking at when it comes to 3D printing medicines and molecules * The future of personalized genetic medicine * Why Lee is skeptical of artificial general intelligence * The real problem with fake news * How the scientific research funding process works and the politics involved * Why researchers need to be able to sell their ideas * The way Lee looks at problems to tackle * Why chemical computers may be a bigger deal than quantum Like this? Be sure to jump over to FringeFM or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher Lee Cronin (@leecronin)’s lab at the University of Glasgow does cutting-edge research into manufacturing and 3D printing complex molecules, like medicines on-demand – a breakthrough he presented at TEDGlobal 2012. He has one of the largest multidisciplinary chemistry-based research teams in the world, having raised over $35 M in grants and current income of $15 M. Lee has given over 300 international talks and has authored over 350 peer reviewed papers with recent work published in Nature, Science, and PNAS. He and his team are trying to make artificial life forms, find alien life, explore the digitization of chemistry, understand how information can be encoded into chemicals and construct chemical computers.     In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * How Lee believes we can create artificial life * The relationship between biology, chemistry and our understanding of the universe * What Lee’s team is looking at when it comes to 3D printing medicines and molecules * The future of personalized genetic medicine * Why Lee is skeptical of artificial general intelligence * The real problem with fake news * How the scientific research funding process works and the politics involved * Why researchers need to be able to sell their ideas * The way Lee looks at problems to tackle * Why chemical computers may be a bigger deal than quantum Like this? Be sure to jump over to FringeFM or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher
June 15, 2018
Zoltan Istvan Gyurko (@zoltan_istvan) is an American transhumanist, journalist, entrepreneur and Libertarian futurist who ran for President of the United States in 2016 to raise awareness for transhumanism. In 2017, Istvan announced his intent to run for Governor of California in the 2018 election as a member of the Libertarian Party – see his website: zoltanistvan.com for more. Formerly a reporter for the National Geographic Channel, Istvan now writes futurist, transhumanist, libertarian and secular themed articles for major publications including Vice’s Motherboard, Wired, The Huffington Post., TechCrunch and Newsweek. Istvan also regularly appears on television and video channels discussing futurist topics and is one of the world’s most influential transhumanists – believing transhumanism will grow into a mainstream social movement in the next decade. Istvan is also the author of The Transhumanist Wager, a philosophical science fiction novel.     In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * Why Zoltan believes he will live forever * How Zoltan thinks about AI and the future of intelligence * The exciting science of life extension and which areas are most promising * What happens to nation-states when humans start to live longer * How and when genetic engineering and implants will start to impact society * Why transparency may be the savior of humanity * How Zoltan sees blockchain in the bigger picture * Why Zoltan wants a mechanical heart ASAP * What average individuals can do to live longer Like this? Be sure to jump over to FringeFM or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher Zoltan Istvan Gyurko (@zoltan_istvan) is an American transhumanist, journalist, entrepreneur and Libertarian futurist who ran for President of the United States in 2016 to raise awareness for transhumanism. In 2017, Istvan announced his intent to run for Governor of California in the 2018 election as a member of the Libertarian Party – see his website: zoltanistvan.com for more. Formerly a reporter for the National Geographic Channel, Istvan now writes futurist, transhumanist, libertarian and secular themed articles for major publications including Vice’s Motherboard, Wired, The Huffington Post., TechCrunch and Newsweek. Istvan also regularly appears on television and video channels discussing futurist topics and is one of the world’s most influential transhumanists – believing transhumanism will grow into a mainstream social movement in the next decade. Istvan is also the author of The Transhumanist Wager, a philosophical science fiction novel.     In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * Why Zoltan believes he will live forever * How Zoltan thinks about AI and the future of intelligence * The exciting science of life extension and which areas are most promising * What happens to nation-states when humans start to live longer * How and when genetic engineering and implants will start to impact society * Why transparency may be the savior of humanity * How Zoltan sees blockchain in the bigger picture * Why Zoltan wants a mechanical heart ASAP * What average individuals can do to live longer
June 13, 2018
Mike Selden (@mikeseldenFF) is co-founder and CEO of Finless Foods, a food startup that uses cutting-edge cellular-agriculture technologies to grow marine-animal cells, creating fish and seafood products enjoyed around the world. They are working toward a sci-fi, soon-here world where everyone has access to healthy, delectable seafood, without the environmental devastation or the health hazards of traditional fishing and aquatic farming. Mike has a background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, he is dedicated to climate justice and science advocacy. Before co-founding Finless Foods, he was working at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in high-throughput cancer screening.     In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * The clean meat revolution and end of animal agriculture * How Mike’s company Finless Foods is growing fish in a laboratory * The exciting science of foodtech * Why people need to embrace GMOs * How agriculture is increasingly driving climate change * Why we aren’t far off from growing usable human organs * How hard it is to fund traditional deep tech * Why we are entering a foodtech revolution * How human’s will eat and thrive in space * Why we need to start pricing pollution into our products Like this? Be sure to jump over to FringeFM or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher Mike Selden (@mikeseldenFF) is co-founder and CEO of Finless Foods, a food startup that uses cutting-edge cellular-agriculture technologies to grow marine-animal cells, creating fish and seafood products enjoyed around the world. They are working toward a sci-fi, soon-here world where everyone has access to healthy, delectable seafood, without the environmental devastation or the health hazards of traditional fishing and aquatic farming. Mike has a background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, he is dedicated to climate justice and science advocacy. Before co-founding Finless Foods, he was working at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in high-throughput cancer screening.     In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * The clean meat revolution and end of animal agriculture * How Mike’s company Finless Foods is growing fish in a laboratory * The exciting science of foodtech * Why people need to embrace GMOs * How agriculture is increasingly driving climate change * Why we aren’t far off from growing usable human organs * How hard it is to fund traditional deep tech * Why we are entering a foodtech revolution * How human’s will eat and thrive in space * Why we need to start pricing pollution into our products Like this? Be sure to jump over to FringeFM or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher
June 11, 2018
Jeffrey Donenfeld is an international business strategy advisor, investment manager, and startup venture mentor with experience in tech ideation, investment analysis and market positioning. Jeffrey is currently the Investment Manager of Boomtown Accelerators, and Director of Four North Media Group. He has been instrumental in raising and managing multi-millions in private equity, seasoned working with sector-leading technology and lifestyle brands, and successful in guiding teams and companies to profitable growth. Listen and Learn: * The challenge many Eastern European and Russian startups have with raising money * Why the US government sent Jeffrey to Russia on a knowledge exchange * How accelerators can attract foreign startups * Why taking VC money isn’t always the right move * How Jeffrey thinks about different industries and emerging trends * The reason vertical accelerators are thriving * How cannabis is capturing Colorado Jeffrey’s Projects: boomtownaccelerator.com Jeffrey’s LinkedIn jeffreydonenfeld.com Twitter: @jeffzilla Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow. Like this? You will love our new podcast: FringeFM which explores edges of human understanding and sci-fi tech: Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher. Jeffrey Donenfeld is an international business strategy advisor, investment manager, and startup venture mentor with experience in tech ideation, investment analysis and market positioning. Jeffrey is currently the Investment Manager of Boomtown Accelerators, and Director of Four North Media Group. He has been instrumental in raising and managing multi-millions in private equity, seasoned working with sector-leading technology and lifestyle brands, and successful in guiding teams and companies to profitable growth. Listen and Learn: * The challenge many Eastern European and Russian startups have with raising money * Why the US government sent Jeffrey to Russia on a knowledge exchange * How accelerators can attract foreign startups * Why taking VC money isn’t always the right move * How Jeffrey thinks about different industries and emerging trends * The reason vertical accelerators are thriving * How cannabis is capturing Colorado Jeffrey’s Projects: boomtownaccelerator.com Jeffrey’s LinkedIn jeffreydonenfeld.com Twitter: @jeffzilla Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow. Like this? You will love our new podcast: FringeFM which explores edges of human understanding and sci-fi tech: Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher.
June 4, 2018
Mary Jo is a Board Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a Senior Advisor at BDC and CEO of Healthcare Angels. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an active angel investor with the San Francisco Chapter of Keiretsu Forum. She has been actively involved in the healthcare sector for 30 years. Having sold a company to McGraw Hill, she has started and exited a number of organizations. In addition, she has been an active investor in early stage innovators in health care, and has been on a number of boards including CHW/Dignity, CHI, CHRISTUS, ocular Sciences, the UC School of Public Health, 7 non profits! And 3 private companies. She is especially involved with health systems, physician groups, and payers who are migrating to next generation delivery approaches, using technology, evidence-based practices, and actionable data systems to improve access and quality of care nationally as well as globally. Listen and Learn: * How healthcare crisis could turn the US into a 3rd world country * Why the US healthcare system is so broken and how we can fix it * Why selling your business isn’t always what you expected * How Mary Jo invested in one of the top hair salons in the US * The reason education is also incredibly inefficient in America * How Amazon and private businesses can push better healthcare * Why the government isn’t the only answer to US health crisis * How the venture/startup ecosystem has evolved for women * Why Mary Jo thinks women need to work harder to enter the industry Mary Jo’s Projects: Mary Jo’s LinkedIn HealthcareAngels.com Keiretsu Capital Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow. Mary Jo is a Board Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a Senior Advisor at BDC and CEO of Healthcare Angels. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an active angel investor with the San Francisco Chapter of Keiretsu Forum. She has been actively involved in the healthcare sector for 30 years. Having sold a company to McGraw Hill, she has started and exited a number of organizations. In addition, she has been an active investor in early stage innovators in health care, and has been on a number of boards including CHW/Dignity, CHI, CHRISTUS, ocular Sciences, the UC School of Public Health, 7 non profits! And 3 private companies. She is especially involved with health systems, physician groups, and payers who are migrating to next generation delivery approaches, using technology, evidence-based practices, and actionable data systems to improve access and quality of care nationally as well as globally. Listen and Learn: * How healthcare crisis could turn the US into a 3rd world country * Why the US healthcare system is so broken and how we can fix it * Why selling your business isn’t always what you expected * How Mary Jo invested in one of the top hair salons in the US * The reason education is also incredibly inefficient in America * How Amazon and private businesses can push better healthcare * Why the government isn’t the only answer to US health crisis * How the venture/startup ecosystem has evolved for women * Why Mary Jo thinks women need to work harder to enter the industry Mary Jo’s Projects: Mary Jo’s LinkedIn HealthcareAngels.com
May 28, 2018
Daniel Curran an Angel/Advisor/Mentor to over 115+ Startups including Cruise Automation and DollarShave Unicorns and runs an Angellist syndicate with over $170M in exits and IPOs. He’s a serial founder, currently building CustEx, previously was VP/COO @ Western Digital. Listen and Learn: * The differences between the dotcom days and blockchains today * How Dan leverages investing platforms to increase deal flow * Why angel investing is all about your network * The way Dan evaluates deals incredibly quickly * How Daniel hit multiple unicorns: 4+ without always meeting founders * Why traction trumps everything else * The reason Daniel is bullish on biotech and longevity * How Elon Musk has transformed the world of tech * The societal issues angels and VCs never talk about Daniel’s Projects: Daniel’s LinkedIn Daniel’s Angellist profile Daniel’s Angellist syndicate Daniel’s Twitter: @custex Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow. Recently joined Corl – we’re funding startups and SMBs with no equity dilution – find out more! Daniel Curran an Angel/Advisor/Mentor to over 115+ Startups including Cruise Automation and DollarShave Unicorns and runs an Angellist syndicate with over $170M in exits and IPOs. He’s a serial founder, currently building CustEx, previously was VP/COO @ Western Digital. Listen and Learn: * The differences between the dotcom days and blockchains today * How Dan leverages investing platforms to increase deal flow * Why angel investing is all about your network * The way Dan evaluates deals incredibly quickly * How Daniel hit multiple unicorns: 4+ without always meeting founders * Why traction trumps everything else * The reason Daniel is bullish on biotech and longevity * How Elon Musk has transformed the world of tech * The societal issues angels and VCs never talk about Daniel’s Projects: Daniel’s LinkedIn Daniel’s Angellist profile Daniel’s Angellist syndicate Daniel’s Twitter: @custex Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow. Recently joined Corl – we’re funding startups and SMBs with no equity dilution – find out more!
May 21, 2018
Are you interested in the future of blockchain, cryptocurrency and token offerings? Panelists: Tim Draper Tim Draper is the founding partner of Draper Associates and DFJ and widely recognized as one of the most prominent venture capital and entrepreneurial leaders in the world. He was listed as #46 of the most outstanding Harvard University alumni, #7 on the Forbes Midas List among other awards. Tim has been an outspoken proponent of Bitcoin and blockchain and is regarded as one of the first VCs in the space. Jimmy Song Jimmy started in Bitcoin Development in 2013 and has worked on numerous Bitcoin projects such as Bitcoin Core, btcd, Armory, pycoin and colored coins. He is now a venture partner Blockchain Capital (a leading crypto fund) and has served as a developer and programmer at more than a dozen start-ups. Most recently, he served as principal architect at Paxos and vice president of engineering at Amory Technologies, where he managed the development of enterprise-level Bitcoin wallet software. Jimmy is also the editor and author of popular blog, Bitcoin Tech Talk and YouTube Off Chain with Jimmy Song runs a seminar 
May 14, 2018
Pascal is Fastrack’s Executive Director and Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation. He focuses on helping change makers tackle the most intractable problems of our times. He got started on the net before there was a web browser, founded a series of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and has invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. Further he founded the nonprofit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship; the “GyShiDo” (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated newsletter, “The Heretic”, which is read by ten of thousands of change-makers globally. Recently he published “The Heretic – Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs” book. Listen and Learn: * How Pascal thinks about AI and the future of intelligence * The exciting space technology that no one is talking about * What happens to nation-states when humanity goes interplanetary * How and when genetic engineering will start to impact society * Why synthetic biology may in fact be the most exciting industry of our generation * How tariffs and NAFTA could affect investment in Canadian startups * Why traditional venture capital sucks for true moonshot businesses * Why Pascal is doubtful of a Skynet situation * Is China’s totalitarian regime a better system Pascal’s Projects: finette.com Singularity University Pascal’s LinkedIn Pascal’s Angellist profile Pascal’s Twitter: @pfinette SingularityU’s Twitter: @singularityu Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow. Recently joined Corl – we’re funding startups and SMBs with no equity dilution – find out more! Pascal is Fastrack’s Executive Director and Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation. He focuses on helping change makers tackle the most intractable problems of our times. He got started on the net before there was a web browser, founded a series of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and has invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. Further he founded the nonprofit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship; the “GyShiDo” (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated newsletter, “The Heretic”, which is read by ten of thousands of change-makers globally. Recently he published “The Heretic – Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs” book. Listen and Learn:
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