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Season 1

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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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 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 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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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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Jan. 16, 2024

E22: Phin Barnes on Unbundling VC

In this episode of Turpentine VC, Phin Barnes, co-founder of The General Partnership, joins Erik Torenberg to discuss Phin’s idea of building a YC for emerging fund managers, the sweat equity model, building the General Partnership, incubation at The General …

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Jan. 9, 2024

E21: Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian on Reinventing Venture with Seven …

In this episode of Turpentine VC, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and Seven Seven Six, joins Erik Torenberg to discuss how Seven Seven Six is a “tech company that deploys venture capital”, the lack of internal metrics in venture, how …

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Jan. 2, 2024

E20: Katherine Boyle on Building a16z’s American Dynamism Practice

In this episode of Turpentine VC, Erik Torenberg speaks to Katherine Boyle, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz leading the firm’s American Dynamism fund. They discuss why Katherine and a16z started the American Dynamism practice and what they hope to accomplish, …

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Dec. 26, 2023

E19: Union Square Venture’s Rebecca Kaden on How the Firm Develops Th…

In this episode of Turpentine VC, Erik Torenberg sits with Rebecca Kaden, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures. They discuss USV's partnership-driven model, different venture strategies, whether automation in venture is imminent, and what USV looks for in investors.

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Dec. 19, 2023

E18: Sam Lessin on What's Going to Happen to VC in 2024

Today we’re back with Sam Lessin for a round 2 focused on the changing landscape of venture. We dig into the viability of M&A as a strategy for startups, “its always been crypto”, media businesses, and the role of reputation …

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Dec. 12, 2023

E17: Elad Gil on AI, Crypto, and What’s Next

Today we're joined by Elad Gil, an accomplished investor and founder, who shares his insights on the idea maze. He discusses the significance of market changes and shifts in technology in identifying viable business opportunities. In addition, Gil shares his …

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Dec. 6, 2023

E16: Lessons From Co-Founding First Round, Idea Lab, and B Capital wi…

Today we're joined by Howard Morgan to dive into his illustrious career in venture. He discusses the firms he helped start, Renaissance Technologies, Idealab, First Round Capital, and now at B Capital.

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Nov. 28, 2023

E15: Redpoint's Logan Bartlett on Carving Out a Spot in Venture

Today we're joined by Logan Bartlett of Redpoint to dive into shifts in venture's past, present and future - and break down the strategies and positioning of other prestigious VCs.

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Nov. 15, 2023

E14: A Deep Dive into Thrive Capital's Investment Strategy

Today we're joined by Kareem of Thrive Capital for one of the most extensive conversations we've had on the show—we cover the core insight that drove Thrive to invest in late-stage companies like Stripe and Slack, how they approach thinking …

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Nov. 7, 2023

E13: Do the Work — Benchmark on How VCs Can Actually Provide Value to…

This week's episode of Turpentine VC features Benchmark GPs Sarah Tavel and Eric Vishria. We discuss ideas that are central to Benchmark's beliefs in firm-building, including why platform teams exist to help the general partners more so than founders themselves.

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Oct. 31, 2023

E12: An Inside Look Into Sequoia's Strategy & Operations, with Alfred…

Erik is joined by Alfred Lin, partner at Sequoia Capital for over 13 years, and investor in Airbnb, Doordash, Houzz, and more legendary Silicon Valley companies.

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Oct. 24, 2023

E11: Ann Miura-Ko Breaks Down How to Build A Venture Firm in 2023

On episode eleven of Turpentine VC, Ann Miura-Ko—co-founding partner at Floodgate— sits down with Erik Torenberg to dive deep into the core fundamentals of VC partners talk about behind close doors, including how to identify inflection points to give you …

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