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We talk to Southern California VCs to get to know them, their funds, and their advice for entrepreneurs. Hosted by Minnie Ingersoll from TenOneTen, an LA-based seed fund investing in b2b software.
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Billion Dollar Startup

Dan Lok and Ivan Nikkhoo

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We bring you visionaries and disruptors who have started, scaled, sold, OR invested in BILLION DOLLAR STARTUP. We also bring you TECH FOUNDERS who are building the NEXT BILLION DOLLAR STARTUP!
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Michael Tubbs gained national prominence when he became the youngest mayor of any major American city at age 26. He was a hero of the universal basic income movement until he suddenly lost reelection. Listen to his lessons learned and think about what you're willing to stick your neck out and lose for. Tubbs is now investing out of Tubbs Ventures, …
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Josh Resnick is the co-founder of candy brand Sugarfina, where he sold very expensive gummy bears that made people happy. Before Sugarfina, he sold his video game developer Pandemic Studios for $860M. He is now a General Partner at OpenSky Ventures where he invests in the future of commerce and helps founders avoid pitfalls of growing too fast--add…
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Can you live to be 150!? Our podcast guest Will Weisman thinks so! Explore the realm where future tech intertwines with the quest for immortality. From his start as a couch-surfing entrepreneur to Executive Director of Singularity University to founder of KittyHawk Ventures. Predicting a world where immortality is possible, this episode dives into …
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Scott Hartley shares what we get wrong about college degrees, how to identify and test founders and why seemingly disparate interests create innovation. Scott is the co-founder of Everywhere Ventures and Two Culture Capital, two global VC funds, a best-selling author and a team member on the Council on Foreign Relations. He has invested in >300 por…
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Unveil the truth about early stage funding and candid startup journeys with Sydney Thomas from Symphonic Capital. Tune in to learn more about: *Sydney's journey from Precursor to Symphonic Capital *Dive into the benefits of a long-term view in pre-seed funding *Discover the power of direct and candid feedback in entrepreneurship and more!…
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Brian Frank talks about how everything in the food system can be improved, and how VCs are investing with a technology lens instead of a problem solving perspective. Tune in to learn more about: *The biggest opportunities ahead in the food system *Evolution of replacing animal protein, including synthetic biology *How Brian is perfectly positioned …
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Adrian Fenty has a fascinating perspective as founding managing partner at MaC Venture Capital and former mayor of Washington, DC. In this episode, Adrian dives into the intersections of government and technology, including: * Why governments should be run more like tech companies * Why governments are critical for real change (including insights f…
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In the fast-paced world of early-stage startup investing, avoiding potential pitfalls is crucial to ensure the best possible return on investment. In this insightful video, we uncover the "9 Red Flags" that every early-stage startup investor should be aware of and avoid. Join us as we delve into the common warning signs that can spell trouble for i…
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Brett Queener from Bonfire spends 20-30 hours onboarding each of his companies and shares some of his playbook and rules of thumb. I like a lot of his operational tips: * Founders should stay involved in sales (at the seed stage) * Seed companies should hire mechanics not scalers * 20% of employees should be quota carrying * Revenue growth is tied …
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In this eye-opening video, we delve into the fascinating world of tech investing and explore how it sets itself apart from traditional asset classes. As technology continues to revolutionize industries and shape our future, understanding the nuances of tech investing becomes paramount for any savvy investor. Join us as we unravel the unique charact…
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Katelyn Foley is the President of UP.Labs, a venture lab that builds SaaS companies in partnership with large corporations. Katelyn was previously a partner at BCG Digital Ventures. Follow Katelyn Foley: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katelynfoley/ Follow Minnie Ingersoll: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mingersoll/ In this episode, you will learn: (1:03)…
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In this video, we delve deep into the truth behind how fund returns really work. Join us as we demystify the complexities of investment funds and shed light on the factors that drive their performance. Whether you're a seasoned investor or just starting out, understanding the mechanisms behind fund returns is crucial for making informed financial d…
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In this informative video, we dive into the world of finance and investment to uncover the key differences between the American and European Distribution Waterfall models. If you're involved in the realms of private equity, venture capital, or real estate investment, understanding these nuances is crucial to navigating the complexities of fund dist…
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March Capital was investing in generative AI long before ChatGPT went mainstream. In today's episode, we talk with Partner Wes Nichols, who has brought his 30 years of analytics and AI experience as an investor and entrepreneur to help March Capital with this area of focus. Wes is an industry authority in predictive analytics, marketing, AI/machine…
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Will Coffield is a co-founder and General Partner at Riot Ventures, a hard tech fund that invests at seed and Series B. In this episode Will shares: The technological renaissance taking place at the US Dept. of Defense. What caused the United States' lead in defense tech to narrow What is at stake in the ongoing defense technological race between t…
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In this illuminating video, we dive into the world of tech company valuation and explore the five essential keys to accurately assessing the worth of these innovative enterprises. Join us as we demystify the intricate process of valuing tech companies, providing you with invaluable insights and actionable steps to navigate this complex landscape. F…
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In today's rapidly evolving technological landscape, making strategic and informed technology investments is crucial for businesses to stay competitive and thrive. In this enlightening video, we present you with five essential steps to consider when embarking on technology investments. Explore the key factors that will help you make sound decisions…
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Carl Fritjofsson is a Partner at Creandum, one of Europe's leading VC firms. In this episode Carl shares: Why nearly every software category can be reimagined with a generative AI-first approach Why Q4 2023 and Q1 2024 could be "pretty bloody" and a "moment of truth" for startups Creandum's approach to winning competitive Series A deals Why VC pose…
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In this video, we delve into the world of technology and explore the seven most promising tech sectors to consider for investment in 2023. As the tech landscape rapidly evolves, staying informed about emerging trends and potential growth areas is crucial for investors seeking to maximize their returns. Our expert analysis examines each sector's cur…
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In this insightful video, we delve into the challenging fundraising climate that startups are currently facing. Join us as we explore the strategies and tactics employed by innovative entrepreneurs to navigate these difficult times and secure the necessary funding for their ventures. Discover firsthand accounts and expert advice on how startups are…
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Dan Wenhold co-leads Fifth Wall's real estate technology fund. He tells us how Fifth Wall has massively grown their AUM by bringing in LPs from the real estate industry who want access to innovation in PropTech. He also tells us how Fifth Wall has stayed innovative and leaned into creative deal structures that are outside the typical VC playbook.…
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In this episode of "Billion Dollar Startup," Ivan Nikhoo shares a cautionary tale of an entrepreneur who wasted more than 10 years of his life chasing a tech dream that never materialized. Despite claiming to have the best technology and high-profile clients, this founder failed to demonstrate product-market fit or generate any revenues, yet contin…
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“Raising money” means how much to raise capital, founders need to understand raising venture capital really means offering part of your company in exchange for the money you plan to use to grow your business. As a startup for a tech company like SaaS, the process a business goes through in order to raise money, so the business can get off the groun…
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Join us for an insightful interview with Serge Kassardijan, CEO of Stay Tuned Search, a fast-growing software company that specializes in Shopify app development. With years of experience in the tech industry, Serge has a wealth of knowledge on topics such as SaaS, venture capital, and tech investing. In this interview, Serge shares his journey fro…
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Join us in this episode of "The Dan Lok Show - Billion Dollar Startup" as we speak with Amanda Greenberg, the co-founder and CEO of Baloon, a tech startup that provides solutions for collaboration and decision-making in the workplace. With a background in public health research, Amanda shares her journey of transitioning from academia to entreprene…
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Another great Southern California Series A fund and another great investor moving from the Bay Area to LA. Toba partner Patrick Mathieson tells us why he moved from the Bay Area to LA to pursue his thesis around companies building platforms for SMB. Patrick has invested in Boulevard, PatientPop, FloQast, Luxury Presence and now Candid (a TenOneTen …
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Join us in this episode of "The Dan Lok Show - Billion Dollar Startup" as we sit down with Matt Klepac, the co-founder and CEO of Vertify.com. Matt has more than two decades of experience in the tech industry, and his company is revolutionizing the way revenue teams work by providing innovative solutions for data management and integration. Discove…
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David Zhang is a partner at TCV, a ~21B AUM growth fund that has invested in companies like Brex, Airbnb, Klarna, and Nubank. David leans in on FinTech investing and tells us about some of his theses on the unbundling (and bundling) of financial services. David comes from a hedge fund background and also shares why he prefers the alignment of priva…
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Discover the art of pitching to a VC as Dan Lok and Ivan Nikkhoo break down the key elements of a successful pitch. As a startup for a tech company like SaaS or any other business, securing funding from a venture capitalist can be a crucial step in growing your company. But with so much competition for investment, how do you stand out? Dan and Ivan…
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Don't let the joy get sucked out of investing. Investor Emilio Diez Barroso reminds us to remain focused on the joys of creativity and creating value. Emilio invests from his own family office and as a partner at Bold Capital, a Series A fund with a focus on frontier tech, biotech and innovations that have the potential to transform humanity.…
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Are you a business owner or a tech startup founder trying to find the right venture capitalist to scale your business? Join Dan Lok, CEO of DragonX Capital and Ivan Nikkhoo, industry expert with more than 36 years of experience, in this episode as they take you through the process of how to meet the right VC for your business. Discover the strategi…
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When Taylor Adams advises family offices on setting up venture programs he recommends investing into fund of funds for coverage, emerging managers for access and direct investments for alpha. In addition to his family office work, Taylor is the co-founder of Rise Together Ventures, a fund enabling for-profit entrepreneurs to realize their full for-…
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If you are on a startup for a tech or SaaS product, which is the way to go? Bootstrapping or getting VC funding? Join us and discover in this episode as we delve into the ongoing debate of bootstrapping vs. venture capital funding for tech and SaaS startups. Listen in as Dan Lok, CEO of Dragon X Capital, and Ivan Nikkhoo, an industry veteran with 3…
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There are so many great founders and VCs moving to LA! Vinay Singh is a Managing Director at Anthemis where he leads seed and Series A investments out of their early stage fund. Vinay tells us that Anthemis is a global investment platform focused on the digital transformation of financial services, investing across all stages of growth.…
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What are the best ways for a startup to partner with a big corporation? Beth Kearns from Touchdown Ventures tells about different partnership models, best practices and pitfalls to avoid. This interview includes information from third party sources believed to be reliable; however, we make no representations as to its accuracy or completeness. Refe…
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