Schwark Satyavolu is a serial entrepreneur and early-stage investor at Trinity Ventures. After founding and growing several innovative startups in the fintech space – a journey that included a stint as an executive at Mastercard – Schwark is now building up the fintech practice at Trinity. His background as an entrepreneur makes him empathetic to the realities of what startup life is life — a great quality for an investor to have. I also loved hearing Schwark’s perspective on the future of crypto – because it comes from such a deeply informed perspective. Listen in and find out how this successful entrepreneur-turned-investor is shaping the next generation of fintech innovators.
Steve Hoffman is a force of nature – and an amazing human. Known affectionately as “Captain Hoff” Steve is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and CEO of Founders Space, an one of the world’s leading incubators with over 50 partners in 22 countries. Steve’s book on innovation, “Make Elephants Fly: The Process of Radical Innovation,” is required reading for entrepreneurs worldwide. Listen in and learn what Steve has learned about getting companies ready for takeoff.
Jeremy Liew is a managing partner at Lightspeed, a global investment firm. Jeremy specializes in the consumer segement – including investments in Snapchat and The Honest Company. Join us and discover what a top-tier SIlicon Valley VC thinks about the current state of consumer tech – and what’s coming next.
Jeremy Liew is a managing partner at Lightspeed, a global investment firm. Jeremy specializes in the consumer segement – including investments in Snapchat and The Honest Company. Join us and discover what a top-tier Silicon Valley VC thinks about the current state of consumer tech – and what’s coming next.
If you want to get a feeling for Josh Elman’s career, just trace the history of modern social networks. Josh held increasingly senoir roles at RealNetworks, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Now he’s now supporting the next generation of breakthrough entrepreneurs at Greylock Ventures. In his VC role, Josh sees a lot of pitches — and he’s got a keen eye for the tricky balance that successful entrepreneurs need to strike: Listen in and take a journey through the recent past and exciting future of networked social experiences.
Steve Vassallo trained as a mechanical engineer, studied design thinking at Stanford, and worked at IDEO as a award-winning product designer. Now he’s an early-stage investor at Foundation Capital, where he helps founders bring world-changing ideas to life. If you’re into great design, you’ll love Steve’s new book, The Way to Design – where he shares his passion for the intersection of user experience and systems thinking. Listen in and learn how Steve’s design sensibilities inform his investing choices and inspire his knowledge-sharing.
Tim Chang is a polymath, a longtime Burner, an accomplished musician, and a forward-looking VC who invests in the positive side of technology. As Managing Director of Mayfield, Tim blends his background in engineering and business development with a customer-first approach to supporting breakthrough products and services. I’ve worked with Tim several times — and I’m always inspired by our interactions. Listen in and get a taste of Tim’s mind-expanding ideas about how to create deeply engaging experiences.
Jim Scheinman is a lifelong entrepreneur who’s spent the last two decades working at the forefront of social software. As an early employee of Friendster and Bebo, Jim rode out the first big social media wave. Now he’s helping the next generation of founders invent the future through his work at Maven Ventures. Jim’s approach is grounded in operational reality – and infused with a passion for working on a ‘vision worth fighting for.’ He appreciates the power of a truly compelling experience to draw people in and keep them engaged. Learn how an early-stage investor decides who to work with – and how to help his companies succeed.
In the short history of web design, Jeff Veen is a true pioneer. In his work for Wired, Adaptive Path, Google, Adobe, and now True Ventures, Jeff has been pushing the boundaries of online publishing and Web interactivity for decades. He’s worked with some of the best and brightest teams in tech – and has a deep and abiding passion for group collaboration Find our what’s on Jeff’s mind and capturing his his attention these days. I got a lot our of this conversation – and I know you’ll enjoy it too.
Irene Au is a design leader and UX expert with deep experience in team-building. She’s currently an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with startup CEOs to make their designs great. Irene started her career at Netscape – then moved on to lead design efforts at Yahoo, Google and Udacity. This progression gives her a unique perspective on growing UX teams – and smart strategies for enhancing design in different situations. Irene brings a deeply humanistic approach to everything she does, and integrates her passion for Yoga and mindfulness into everything she does. Listen in and discover how a Silicon Valley legend gets startup CEOs to embrace iterative, user-centered design practices.