DWAVC: Amy Cheetham | Ep: 32
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by Bree Hanson & Vikram Lakhwara
1w ago
Join us for an exciting episode featuring Amy Cheetham, partner at Costanoa Ventures. From mucking stalls in rural Maine to making the Forbes 2023 Brink List, Amy’s journey is both inspiring and insightful. Bree & Vik dive into her favorite Italian dishes, the challenges of startup life, and her passion for mental health advocacy. Amy shares valuable advice on the importance of curiosity, her thoughts on the impact of AI in fintech and healthcare, and gives her unfiltered opinion on the significance of diversity on boards. Be sure to stay to the very end when Amy pours out some wine for th ..read more
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DWAVC: Leshika Samarasinghe | Ep: 31
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by Bree Hanson & Vikram Lakhwara
1M ago
Pour a mint julep and join us on DrinksWithAVC as we dive into the dynamic world of Leshika Samarasinghe, founder and GP at Twine Ventures. In this episode, Leshika recounts her beginnings at Google, where she was instrumental in developing core platforms like Calendar and Blogger. She also shares insights from her time at ARPA-E, where under President Obama’s administration, she worked on pioneering energy projects. Now at Twine Ventures, she's dedicated to investing in startups that leverage AI, data, and software to revolutionize healthcare, climate tech, and financial services. Be sure to ..read more
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DWAVC: Priya Saiprasad | Ep. 30
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by Bree Hanson & Vikram Lakhwara
2M ago
Pour your favorite champagne and join us in toasting Touring Capital's co-founder and GP, Priya Saiprasad! Learn how Priya's nomadic childhood created her superpower, how she took the leap from established firms like M12 and Softbank Vision to start her own fund, and how she weighs team dynamics when evaluating growth-stage startups. The former Forbes 30 under 30 venture capitalist gives us a fascinating look behind the scenes at what it's like to work for Jack Dorsey from her time at Square and doesn't hold back when answering our Fidelity Five Questions. Links: www.touringcapital.com www.dw ..read more
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DWAVC: Dan Conner | Ep. 29
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by Bree Hanson & Vikram Lakhwara
4M ago
Settle in with a Sazerac for the latest installment of DrinksWithAVC, brought to you by Fidelity for Startups! Vik and Bree cover it all with St. Louis-based globe trotter, low-key adrenalin junkie, and venture capitalist Dan Conner. Dan relives harrowing moments on the slopes, talks about the books and quantamental approach that influenced his investment thesis, and shares his story from field engineer to building Ascend Venture Capital. Links:www.ascendstl.com Dan's article on how startups can standout: Entrepreneur Magazine How to make your own sazerac Sponsors: Fidelity for Startups Cap ..read more
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DWAVC: Howie Diamond | Ep. 28
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by Bree Hanson, Vikram Lakhwara, Howie Diamond
4M ago
Bree and Vik dive into a captivating conversation with Howie Diamond of Pure Ventures. From his early days in Chicago reminiscent of a John Hughes film to his rockstar nights drumming for Low v. Diamond on shows like Letterman and Leno, Howie's journey is anything but ordinary. Now, his focus on consumer packaged goods (CPG) investments and prioritizing founder mental health through his platform, Pilea, showcases a unique blend of life experiences shaping his approach to venture capital. Links:www.pureventuresvc.com www.joinpilea.com Low v. Diamond on Spotify!  Ravix Wind-Down Playbook ..read more
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DrinksWithAVC: Howie Diamond - Ep. 28
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by Bree Hanson, Vikram Lakhwara, Howie Diamond
8M ago
Bree and Vik dive into a captivating conversation with Howie Diamond of Pure Ventures. From his early days in Chicago reminiscent of a John Hughes film to his rockstar nights drumming for Low v. Diamond on shows like Letterman and Leno, Howie's journey is anything but ordinary. Now, his focus on consumer packaged goods (CPG) investments and prioritizing founder mental health through his platform, Pilea, showcases a unique blend of life experiences shaping his approach to venture capital. Links:www.pureventuresvc.com www.joinpilea.com Low v. Diamond on Spotify!  Ravix Wind-Down Playbook ..read more
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DWAVC: Manan Mehta | Ep. 27
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by Bree Hanson, Vikram Lakhwara and Manan Mehta
8M ago
Discover the profound depths of venture capitalism in this week's DWAVC with guest Manan Mehta of Unshackled Ventures. Vik and Bree explore Manan's adoption of 'curious acceptance,' his admiration for ancient and modern stoicism, and his insights on the pivotal role of immigrants in revolutionizing the startup arena and the VC landscape. Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/DrinksWithAVC Grab yourself a copy of Ryan Holiday's books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ego-Enemy-Ryan-Holiday/dp/1591847818 https://www.amazon.com/Discipline-Destiny-Power-Self-Control-Virtues-ebook/dp/B09PB1SB ..read more
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DWAVC: Dan Rubin | Ep. 26
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by Bree Hanson, Vikram Lakhwara and Dan Rubin
8M ago
Join DWAVC's latest episode for an intriguing mix of intellect and stamina, featuring Dan Rubin from Alloy Ventures. This episode delves into Dan's voracious reading habits, the relentless spirit he brings from the athletic world, and his keenness for engaging conversations, providing a deep dive into the life of a venture capitalist with a penchant for the micro scale. Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/DrinksWithAVC Read about Dan's expansive library and see the wonderful pictures of it here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303901504577460770904124192 Intro Music: Dawn ..read more
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DWAVC: Matt Bigge | Ep. 25
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by Bree Hanson, Vikram Lakhwara and Matt Bigge
8M ago
Toast to St. Patrick's Day weekend with the latest DWAVC episode featuring Crosslink Capital's Matt Bigge, a decorated Army Ranger, Georgetown and Harvard Business School alumnus, and doting dad. Dive into our 'Shots with a VC' special as we explore Matt's journey into investing, the military tools that have sharpened his venture prowess, and the transformative impact of The Honor Foundation on the business world. Follow us on twitter and instagram: https://twitter.com/bigge https://twitter.com/DrinksWithAVC​​​​ Learn more about The Honor Foundation: https://honor.org Donate to The Honor Fo ..read more
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DWAVC: Rishi Taparia | Ep. 24
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by Bree Hanson, Vikram Lakhwara and Rishi Taparia
8M ago
Gear up for the weekend with DWAVC's latest episode featuring Rishi Tiparia from Garuda Ventures. Bree and Vik sit down with Vik's old friend and venture capital colleague to dissect the nuances of Seed investing and what Garuda Ventures looks for before taking the investment plunge. Plus, get a glimpse into the charming 'meet-cute' tale that bestowed Rishi with the playful moniker 'Sir Texts Alot'. Follow us on twitter and instagram: https://twitter.com/taps https://twitter.com/DrinksWithAVC​​​​ Subscribe to Rishi's Tippets: https://taps.substack.com/ Intro Music: Dawn by Markvard ..read more
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