Mon, 25 November 2019
Joe Garofoli is the Senior Political Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is also host of the San Francisco Chronicle podcast “It’s All Political”. Guests on “It’s All Political” recently have included California Governor Gavin Newsom, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and a “Who’s Who” of Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Very few people have Joe Garofoli’s unique perch – here in San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley – to view California and National politics through the lens of Silicon Valley. In this podcast he takes us “behind the scenes” of the current state of California and National US politics. We talk about everything from the recent wildfires in California, to the relationship between Governor Gavin Newsom and President Donald Trump, to what issues you REALLY should be paying attention to in the upcoming California ballots.
Joe Garofoli on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joegarofoli
Kent Lindstrom on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kentlind
Joe Garofoli at SFGate: https://www.sfgate.com/author/joe-garofoli/
Something Ventured: www.somethingventured.us
Tue, 19 November 2019
Ryan Petersen founded Flexport to make the world a more connected and better place. He wanted to “fix the user experience in global trade”. It’s been quite a success so far. To date – the company has raised $1.3 billion, and Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator, told Bloomberg News, "There will be more international trade because of Flexport and international trade is a very big thing for there to be more of".
Before starting Flexport, Ryan was co-founder and CEO of ImportGenius.com, a data-as-a-service business for global shipping. He holds a degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University.
In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover Ryan's path to becoming an entrepreneur and why he thought international trade needing shaking up. He talks about the early days of Flexport, building a strong excutive team to compliment his strenghts and how his role as a CEO and the company have scaled through each stage of growth. Also discussed are the current trade wars’ effect on shipping and businesses, as well as the unique perspective they have as the trusted shipper for thousands of companies.
Tue, 12 November 2019
Josh Felser co-founded and sold two companies -- Spinner and Grouper – for a combined value of nearly $400 million. Then, he and his partner, Dave Samuel, started one of Silicon Valley’s most successful seed venture funds – Freestyle. Freestyle has backed companies like Airtable, Intercom, BetterUp, Patreon and Wag.
In this wide-ranging discussion, Josh talks about building Spinner and the nail-biting moment an acquirer asked him “what’s your number”. We also cover Josh’s rebuttal to Kent’s previous episode on Burning Man, and how Josh first met California’s governor, Gavin Newsom. Other topics include mental health in Silicon Valley, and how to support women and people of color in Silicon Valley. Also included is some music advice for podcaster Harry Stebbings.
Burning Man https://burningman.org
Mon, 4 November 2019
Dan Scheinman is one of the best investors – and nicest people – you may not have heard of…yet. But you should know him, because he has become a force in Silicon Valley.
After running Corporate Development at Cisco, Dan became an investor. Investing his own capital, he has backed from the earliest stages firms like Zoom, Arista, SentinalOne and CyCognito. These companies are now collectively worth tens of billions of dollars.
We briefly discuss the passing of Sequoia Capital Founder and Cisco Board Chairman Don Valentine and his legacy. We talk about the ups and downs at Cisco – which at various times has been the most valuable company in the world. Dan talks about how to find true outliers in tech companies, and what it means to be truly ‘contrarian’. We discuss ageism in Silicon Valley, and why investing in women, people of color and those over 35 is an investing advantage.
Dan tells the story of how he became the first investor in video conferencing company Zoom – which is now valued at nearly $20 billion.
Finally, we discuss what to do when enormous wealth finds you, and why venture capitalists think both math and their jobs are hard.
Dan can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dscheinm