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July 11, 2024

E46: Vinny Pujji on Leveraging 3rd Order Analysis to Pick Winners for…

In this episode, Managing Partner Vinny Pujji discusses the strategic positioning and innovative approaches of Left Lane Capital.

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June 24, 2024

E45: Sequoia Capital's Roelof Botha and Jacob Helberg on AI and Nati…

In this episode, Erik Torenberg sits down with Sequoia Capital Managing Partner Roelof Botha and Jacob Helberg, author, Palantir advisor, and founder of the Hill and Valley Conference. They delve into the challenges and opportunities around AI against the backdrop …

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June 18, 2024

E44: How Benchmark Invests in AI with Eric Vishria and Quilter founde…

In today's episode, we discuss Benchmark's investment philosophy in the AI era with general partner Eric Vishria, and Sergiy Nesterenko, the Founder and CEO of Quilter.

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June 11, 2024

E43: Benedict Evans on Automation Crypto, VR, and Predicting the Futu…

Today's episode features a discussion from 2023 with reknowned independent analyst Benedict Evans (formerly a16z and Mosaic Ventures) about his predictions and frameworks for AI, VR/AR, Crypto and blockchain, the cloud, automation, and more.

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June 4, 2024

E42: Naval Ravikant and Balaji Srinivasan on Why History Points to Cr…

This episode was initially recorded before a live audience in 2018. Erik Torenberg talks with Naval Ravikant and Balaji Srinivasan about the history of money and centralization and why crypto has the potential to fulfill the promise of the internet.

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May 28, 2024

E41: Do VCs Add Value? With Parker Conrad and Parker Thompson

Today's episode of Turpentine VC is a throwback to a conversation Erik Torenberg recorded with Parker Conrad and Parker Thompson that debates how much "value-add" investors can offer founders, issues around the misalignment between investors and founders, and the underdiscussed …

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May 21, 2024

E40: Venture, AI, and the Defense Industry with Joe Lonsdale of 8VC, …

This episode of Turpentine VC is a live panel from the Hill and Valley Forum held in May 2024 on the pivotal role of novel technologies and AI in modern warfare and defense strategies, and how venture is helping rebuild …

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May 14, 2024

E39: Navigating the AI Supercycle with Will Summerlin of Autopilot

In this episode of Turpentine VC, Erik Torenberg interviews Will Summerlin, managing partner at Autopilot, a VC firm investing in companies that use AI to automate industries.

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May 7, 2024

E38: Turpentine Fund Brainstorm with Alex Edelson of Slipstream

In this episode of Turpentine VC, Erik Torenberg sits down with Alex Edelson from Slipstream Investors, and explores the potential for a new fund built on top of Turpentine, Erik's media company. This live pitch jam session covers the key …

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April 30, 2024

E37: The Vinod Khosla Interview

Erik Torenberg talks to Vinod Khosla about his contrarian bets at Khosla Ventures, the firm’s strategic thinking about the future, and why his “venture assistance” is different than other funds. They also discuss his investment thesis in AI (including OpenAI), …

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April 23, 2024

E36: Joe Lonsdale on His Plan to Revitalize America's Declining Secto…

This episode features a discussion recorded in 2023 between Erik Torenberg and Joe Lonsdale, founder of 8VC, Palantir and the Cicero Institute. They cover Joe's proposed solutions to challenges in U.S. education, prison reform, homelessness, healthcare, defense, and more.

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April 16, 2024

E35: How Jason Lemkin Built SaaStr

In this episode Erik Torenberg sits down with Jason Lemkin, the founder and CEO of SaaStr, a venture firm, podcast network, event series, and the world’s largest community for B2B/SaaS founders.

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April 9, 2024

E34: Marc Andreessen on His Intellectual Journey

This episode features an interview with a16z GP and co-founder Marc Andreessen, discussing his intellectual influences and detailing his quest to understand how the world works.

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April 2, 2024

E33: Consumer Social, Marketplaces, and Becoming a Better Investor wi…

This episode features a special interview with James Currier, a partner at NFX.

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March 26, 2024

E32: Scott Belsky’s Angel Investing Lessons and Requests For Startups

This episode features an interview with Scott Belsky, angel investor, Chief Strategy Officer at Adobe, and Founder of Behance.

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March 19, 2024

E31: Slow's Will Quist Makes the Case that VC's Job is to Fund the Cr…

Today's episode features an interview with Will Quist, partner at Slow Ventures.

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March 12, 2024

E30: How Kirsten Green Built Forerunner Ventures

This is a special episode featuring an interview between Forerunner Ventures founder Kirsten Green and Turner Novak of The Peel podcast and Banana Capital.

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March 4, 2024

E29: Mike Maples on Building Successful Startups and Venture Funds

This episode features an interview with Mike Maples, Jr, the co-founder of Floodgate that took place in 2020. Mike's interview on Turpentine VC from September 2023 is one of our most popular episode to date, and this earlier interview offers …

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Feb. 27, 2024

E28: Andreessen Horowitz GP Chris Dixon on Crypto, AI, and Web3

In this episode Chris Dixon, GP at a16z Crypto, joins Erik Torenberg along with cohosts Dan Romero and Antonio Garcia Martinez to discuss his recent book Read Write Own: The Next Era of the Internet, how he thinks AI and …

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Feb. 20, 2024

E27: Compound’s Michael Dempsey on Thesis-Driven vs Founder-Driven In…

In this episode of Turpentine VC, Michael Dempsey, Managing Partner at Compound, joins Erik Torenberg to discuss thesis-driven vs founder-driven investing, Compound’s AI thesis, company building opportunities, ways to win at venture, advice for emerging managers, and much more.

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Feb. 13, 2024

E26: Insights from IVP: Inside One of Silicon Valley’s Best Growth Fi…

In this episode of Turpentine VC, Somesh Dash, General Partner at IVP, joins Erik Torenberg to discuss how IVP differentiates itself, winning late stage deals, team construction, why venture capital in 2024 looks like private equity in 2008, the future …

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Feb. 6, 2024

E25: Frank Rotman of QED on Navigating FinTech and Crypto Investments

In this episode of Turpentine VC, Erik is joined by Frank Rotman, the founding partner of QED investors, a fintech-focused VC firm.

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Jan. 30, 2024

E24: Building a Multi-Billion-Dollar Asset Management Firm with CoVen…

In this episode of Turpentine VC, Ali Hamed, Partner at CoVenture, joins Erik Torenberg to discuss the advantages of investing across asset classes, CoVenture’s inflection points, the importance of being liked in venture, why LPs are willing to accept lower …

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Jan. 23, 2024

E23: Tomasz Tunguz on the Theory Behind Theory Ventures

In this episode of Turpentine VC, Tomasz Tunguz, General Partner at Theory Ventures, joins Erik Torenberg to discuss the Theory Ventures model, the coming contraction in investable VC dollars, Tom’s contrarian view on blockchain, the parallels between PE and VC, …

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