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March 23, 2021

John Vrionis: Partner at Unusual Ventures

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 founders of funds like Benchmark, Kleiner Perkins, and Sequoia. Yet, for all the ways John might seem "normal" for a...


John Vrionis looks, on paper, like many other VCs - educated at Harvard, University of Chicago, and Stanford GSB - mentored by founders of funds like Benchmark, Kleiner Perkins, and Sequoia. Yet, for all the ways John might seem "normal" for a VC, this conversation focuses on all the ways he is different.

As the name implies, Unusual Ventures celebrates their differences. John gives a granular look at many of the behaviors and values that make his firm unusual in this candid chat with Next Play founder Ryan Nece. His background as a hard-charging soccer player results in his penchant for quick hitting one liners to explain his core values. Phrases like, "if you're comfortable, you're not learning," and, "he who chases two rabbits catches neither," provide a glimpse into the wealth of experience this seasoned investor has for any founder or VC looking to break into the world of venture capital and startups.