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20VC: Why Greed is the #1 Enemy of Venture Returns, Why Not Enough VCs Play to Win and Lessons from Scaling to $100M and 1,200 Employees and Then Cratering with Julio Vasconcellos, Founder @ Atlantico

The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

Release Date: 09/23/2022

20 Product: Marty Cagan on The Four Questions of Great Product Management, Product Lessons from Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz and eBay's Pierre Omidyar & The Difference Between Truly Great Product Teams and the Rest show art 20 Product: Marty Cagan on The Four Questions of Great Product Management, Product Lessons from Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz and eBay's Pierre Omidyar & The Difference Between Truly Great Product Teams and the Rest

The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

Marty Cagan is one of the OGs of Product and Product Management as the Founder of . Before founding SVPG, Marty served as an executive responsible for defining and building products for some of the most successful companies in the world, including Hewlett-Packard, Netscape Communications, and eBay. He worked directly alongside at Netscape and Pierre Omidyar at eBay. In Today's Episode with Marty Cagan We Discuss: 1. Entry into the World of Product From Engineering: How Marty first made his way into the world of product, having started life as an engineer? What does Marty know now...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

Martin Casado is a General Partner @ where he focuses on enterprise investing. At a16z, Martin has led investments and serves on the board of dbt Labs, Fivetran, Material Security, Ambient AI and many more incredible companies. Before venture, Martin was previously the Co-Founder and CTO at Nicira, acquired by VMware for $1.26 billion in 2012. While at VMware, Martin served as Senior VP and General Manager of the Networking and Security Business Unit, which he scaled to a $600 million revenue run-rate business. In Today's Episode with Martin Casado We Discuss: 1. From $1.26BN Founder to...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

Will Hockey is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO @ , the only nationally chartered bank built to enable developers and builders to create new financial products. Before co-founding Column, Will was the Co-Founder, President, and CTO @ Plaid, a world-leading data network and payments platform. In 2020, Visa attempted to acquire Plaid for $5.3BN, however, this was blocked due to regulatory issues and the company went on to raise at a reported $13.4BN valuation just 9 months later. Additionally, Will is on the board of Scale.ai. In Today's Episode with Will Hockey We Discuss: 1.) The Founding of...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

Jason Lemkin is one of the OGs of SaaS of the last decade. , he has inspired more SaaS founders than one can imagine building Jason also invests out of the $100M SaaStr Fund and in the past Jason has led rounds into TalkDesk, Pipedrive, Algolia, Gorgias, Salesloft, and many more incredible companies. Prior to founding SaaStr, Jason was the Co-Founder of Echosign, an early e-signature business, funded by Emergence Capital and that was acquired by Adobe for $100M. In Today's Episode with Jason Lemkin On Algolia We Discuss: 1.) Meeting the Unicorn: Algolia: How did Jason first come to...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

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Julio Vasconcellos is the Founder and Managing Partner @ Atlantico, one of the leading early-stage funds in Latin America. Prior to the world of venture, Julio got his break in the world of startups as Facebook’s first country lead for Brazil. Julio then went on to co-found Peixe Urbano, a company he scaled to over 1,200 employees and $100M+ in revenue. Post the sale of Peixe Urbano, Julio became an EiR @ Benchmark Capital where he met Scott Belsky. Scott and Julio went on to co-found Prefer, a Benchmark backed company transforming the future of work. If that was not enough, Julio has a stellar angel track record with prior investments in the likes of Ipsy and Quinto Andar.

In Today's Episode with Julio Vasconcellos We Discuss:

1.) Entry into Startups:

  • What are 1-2 of Julio's biggest takeaways from being Facebook's first hire in Brazil?
  • What does Julio know now that he wishes he had known at the start of his career in startups?

2.) Lessons from Scaling Peixe Urbano to $100M in Revenue:

  • How does Julio advise founders on when is the right time to launch a second product or market?
  • How does Julio advise founders on the right balance between growth and unit economics?
  • When times are tougher, should founders cut fast or cut slower? What is irreversible?
  • What are the single biggest and worst things to break in hyper-scaling?

3.) Investing: Why Not Enough Play To Win:

  • What is more important, a great market or a great founder?
  • Why do not enough VCs today play to win? If they do not play to win, what do they play to do?
  • Why is greed the number one enemy of venture returns?
  • What are the single biggest investing lessons Julio has learned from Benchmark Founder, Andy Rachleff? How have they impacted his investing mindset?
  • Why does Julio believe you can have a close relationship with founders as an angel and not a VC?
  • How did Julio's approach to investing change with the transition from angel to VC?
  • Does Julio believe that boards really add any value? If so, how?
  • What is Julio's biggest investing hit? How did it change his approach?
  • What is his biggest miss? How did that impact his mindset?

4.) The Future for LATAM:

  • Is Julio as concerned as I am by the removal of growth stage capital from the LATAM ecosytem?
  • Does this mean a higher mortality rate for LATAM companies? How does Julio advise founders?
  • How did COVID adoption of technology in LATAM fundamentally differ to the US?