Rate Turpentine VC in Apple Podcasts and Spotify!

Season 1

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.

Episode page
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.

Episode page
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 …

Episode page
Oct. 17, 2023

E10: No Process, High Conviction — The Iconoclastic Founders Fund DNA

Trae Stephens, General Partner at Founders Fund, joins Erik Torenberg to chat through how the firm's focus on independent thinking and debate culture, and counterintuitive lack of true process, has been key in helping them build an enduring fund.

Episode page
Oct. 3, 2023

E9: Sam Lessin and Seth Rosenberg Debate: Will AI Favor Incumbents or…

Sam Lessin, General Partner at Slow Ventures, and Seth Rosenberg, General Partner at Greylock, debate what the effects of AI on incumbents and the next wave of AI-first products will look like.

Episode page
Sept. 26, 2023

E8: How Roger Ehrenberg Nets 10x Fund Returns

Roger Ehrenberg of IA Ventures joins Erik on episode 8 of Turpentine VC to talk about his contrarian and opinionated view of how seed funds should operate, and how that's allowed him to generate 10x fund returns.

Episode page
Sept. 19, 2023

E7: How Floodgate Differentiated Again From Thousands of Seed Firms

This week, Erik is joined by Mike Maples, Jr, co-founder of Floodgate, a storied seed firm that's invested in Lyft, Okta, Twitch, and Twitter, to name a few unicorn portcos. In this episode, Mike and Erik dive into why it's …

Episode page
Sept. 12, 2023

E6: Chad Byers on Why Susa is Returning to Concentrated, Company-Buil…

In just under a decade, Susa has become one of the best seed firms in the industry: their $25M Fund I famously invested in Flexport and Robinhood. Now, ten years later, they’re taking all their learnings and relaunching the firm …

Episode page
Sept. 5, 2023

E5: General Catalyst CEO on the Case for Operational Rigor in VC

Hemant Taneja is the CEO of General Catalyst, and runs the firm like a true business: defining its mission and values, approaching the product from a problem-solving perspective, and more—all the things that apply to enduring businesses, Hemant applies to …

Episode page
Aug. 29, 2023

E4: Sam Lessin on Why Seed and the “Factory System” Era of Venture is…

This week Erik is joined by Sam Lessin, General Partner at the early-stage VC firm Slow Ventures, essayist, and former VP of Product at Facebook.

Episode page
Aug. 22, 2023

E3: Aydin Senkut on Why the Generalist Approach to VC Generates More …

Aydin Senkut and Erik Torenberg examine the generalist approach to VC that Felicis pioneered, and discuss why that approach allows you to generate more hits, why virtually all of Felicis’ investments are narrative-driven, and the secret ingredients that have steered …

Episode page
Aug. 15, 2023

E2: Kleiner Perkins Makes the Case for Craftsman VC

This week on Turpentine VC, Mamoon Hamid and Ilya Fushman of Kleiner Perkins join Erik to discuss how they’ve seized the torch and helped drive the next chapter of the firm’s iconic history. We go into the nitty-gritty KP’s strategies …

Episode page
Aug. 8, 2023

E1: Ben Horowitz on What Traditional VC Gets Wrong

Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and one of the most influential venture capitalists of the last decade, joins Erik for the inaugural episode of Turpentine VC.

Episode page
Aug. 5, 2023

Introducing: Turpentine VC

On Turpentine VC, host and venture capitalist Erik Torenberg delves deep into the art and science of building successful venture firms through conversations with the world’s best investors and operators.

Episode page