In Conversation With Scott Sandell, Managing General Partner at NEA | How to last for 100 years in venture capital


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In this episode, we had the pleasure of talking to one of the absolute veterans of venture capital, the Managing General Partner of NEA, Scott Sandell. NEA has been around since the 1970’s, making it one of the oldest VC firms in history. That coupled with Scott’s personal track record and experience makes for a heap of knowledge and insights about investing, venture capital, entrepreneurship, technology and more. We hope you’ll enjoy listening to this as much as we enjoyed making it.

Expect to learn:

  • How NEA set out to build a company lasting 100 years
  • How Scott transitioned from being a product manager at Microsoft to venture capital
  • How Scott thinks about investment decisions
  • How could the VC model be innovated?

00:50 Introduction to Scott

01:30 Introduction to NEA

02:45 How do you build for longevity in VC?

05:20 Transition from Microsoft to NEA

09:05 Scott’s favourite investments

14:45 How Scott makes investment decisions

16:50 Have the basic ingredients for success changed?

21:52 Recent investments that have made Scott excited

26:20 How much has the tech world changed since Scott’s time at Microsoft?

27:50 Innovating the VC model

30:40 Is the VC model wasteful?

33:20 Allocation of capital to purpose-driven companies

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