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Oct. 5, 2021

Hannah Gordon: Chief Administrative Officer of the 49ers

Hannah Gordon did not grow up in a football obsessed family - her grandad once asked her why people always found linemen to be so…

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Sept. 21, 2021

Aydin Senkut: Founding Partner at Felicis Ventures

Aydin was an unlikely candidate to build one of the fastest growing venture funds of the last decade. Almost entirely a product p…

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Aug. 31, 2021

Ross Tucker: Former NFL Athlete, Writer, Podcaster

Ross Tucker's childhood dream was to write for Sports Illustrated. When he got the chance to do just that after a successful care…

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Aug. 10, 2021

Jewel Burks Solomon: Head of Google for Startups, Investor @ Collab C…

Founder, investor, and now champion for under-resourced entrepreneurs through Google for Startups. These are a few of the many ha…

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June 30, 2021

Nikhil Basu Trivedi: Partner at Footwork

There aren't many 32 year olds in VC with stronger pedigree than Nikhil Basu Trivedi. He moved to Silicon Valley at the age of 13…

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June 15, 2021

Blaine Scully: US National Rugby Team Captain

Next Play has many athletes as members of our unique community. Usually their story adds up. Where and how they grew up makes the…

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May 18, 2021

Greg Sands: Founding Partner at Costanoa Ventures

Greg Sands has his fingerprints all over the Silicon Valley we know today. As the first head of product at Netscape, Greg helped …

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May 4, 2021

Eric Liaw: Partner at IVP

Eric has worked at IVP for over decade. In that time, he has risen to be one of the true alpha generators of this storied VC firm…

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April 20, 2021

Morgan Beller: General Partner at NƒX Ventures

Morgan has packed a lot into her young career. After spending her "first inning" at Andreessen Horowitz, Morgan went on to join M…

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April 6, 2021

Angela Ruggiero: CEO at Sports Innovation Lab and USA Hockey Hall of …

A must-listen for athletes and founders, this week's podcast delves into the sports and professional career of Angela Ruggiero. S…

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March 23, 2021

John Vrionis: Partner at Unusual Ventures

John Vrionis looks, on paper, like many other VCs - educated at Harvard, University of Chicago, and Stanford GSB - mentored by fo…

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March 9, 2021

Bara Cola: CEO of Carbice

Materials companies are not generally the first industry that comes to mind when you think about venture capital darlings. But do…

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Feb. 23, 2021

Puneet Agarwal: Partner at True Ventures

Puneet represents a rare combo in a VC. He came into the industry with extensive experience on both the operating side, as a prod…

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Feb. 9, 2021

Eurie Kim: Partner at Forerunner Ventures

Eurie and Forerunner have enjoyed a decade of performance that places them at the apex of the VC world. But, as Eurie is quick to…

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Dec. 15, 2020

Richard Kerby: Partner at Equal Ventures

Richard is a Georgetown grad, a school perhaps best known for politics, and he jokes that he chose VC because startups are in som…

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Dec. 8, 2020

Nnamdi Okike: Founding Partner at 645 Ventures

One of the traits 645 Ventures looks for most in founders is what they call a "purity of motivation." They seek founders who are …

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Dec. 1, 2020

Talia Goldberg: Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners

New York born, Portland, Oregon raised, Talia brings a "first principles" mindset to everything, whether that is creating her own…

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Nov. 24, 2020

Stephanie Palmeri: Partner at Uncork Capital

Stephanie invests around a core thesis focusing on how technology affects how we live, work, and play. Her conversation with Next…

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Nov. 18, 2020

Jessica O Matthews: Founder and CEO of Uncharted Power, Fortune's "10…

Jessica is a woman on a mission. Uncharted began as a modest, playful way to address the power insecurity of the developing world…

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Nov. 10, 2020

Aileen Lee: Cowboy Ventures Founding Partner, Founder of All Raise, 2…

Aileen Lee would be near the top of any short list of the most influential women, and people, in VC. After 13 years at Kleiner Pe…

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Nov. 3, 2020

Brian Ascher: Partner at Venrock

Following a career in product at Intuit, Brian has been at Venrock for 22 years. While the VC industry has changed a great deal i…

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Oct. 27, 2020

Josh Kopelman: Founding Partner at First Round Capital

Three time founder, two acquisitions, one IPO – Josh Kopelman then decided to try his hand at investing to help other founders na…

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Oct. 20, 2020

Tristan Walker: Founder and CEO of Walker & Company, Investor, and Bo…

Tristan Walker always knew he had it – but having the ability, or the potential, or even the ambition isn't always enough when yo…

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Oct. 13, 2020

Natasha Watley: All-Everything Softball Icon

Natasha Watley knows what it takes to be a success. This four time All-American softball player at UCLA went on to win two medals…

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