Wed, 27 August 2014
Hunter Walk: VC Investing, YouTube and The Bottom Up Economy (Partner @ Homebrew VC)
Ryan chatted with Hunter Walk, Partner at Homebrew Venture Capital, during Ryans’ recent trip to San Francisco. Homebrew is a seed stage investment firm, that focuses on the “Bottom-Up Economy.” Hunter calls his company a start-up, and instead of "writing code," he is "writing checks" to help founders build companies.
Hunter previously lead consumer product management at YouTube (Google). Hunter and Ryan discussed what it was like working at YouTube very early on in the company's history. They each talk about their love for platforms “that bet on people. And that give people the tools to create where their efforts can turn into dollars.”
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When reflecting on his time at YouTube, Hunter said with YouTube: “You can build a TV-sized audience without having to ask for approval from anybody wearing a suit. There are no gatekeepers. It doesn’t mean that everyone succeeds to the same success, for there’s near equal access for everybody.”
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Ryan also asked Hunter about his blog, and how that effects deal flow (Thanks for the listener Edward for that question). Hunter says blogging does help his investment business, although he doesn't know to what extent. He also believes in paying it forward and that it's important to be accessible to entrepreneurs via the blog/Twitter.
Finally Hunter talked specifically what types of investments he likes to make. Hunter details how his investment philosophy was shaped by working on Google Adsense and while at YouTube. Getting down into a few of his investments, Hunter dives into his portfolio companies: Shyp and TheSkimm. He discusses why he bet on them and what types of companies he is looking for.
Hunter and Homebrew's info:
Homebrew’s website: www.homebrew.com
Hunter’s blog: www.hunterwalk.com
Hunter on Twitter: www.twitter.com/hunterwalk
Hombrew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/homebrew
Homebrew’s investments discussed:
The Skimm: Daily email newsletter that gives you what you need to know to start your day: http://www.theskimm.com
Shyp: Enabling users to simplify the process of shipping items basically anywhere in the world. http://www.shyp.com
Wed, 13 August 2014
Sloane Davidson, the founder of The Causemopolitan, chatted with Ryan about her journey as a social entrepreneur and about her “giving philosophy” for life. Sloane is also the author the Giving Manifesto, and has pioneered the category of “Cause-Filled Living.” She is the real deal, and through her writing, helps people find more meaning in their business relationships and friendships. She details the launching of the Causemopolitan and how she writes her personal essays and grows her community.
Sloane is an new class of entrepreneur, who has defined her career on her own terms. One of her most memorable quotes from the podcast was: “The things I have done and not gotten paid for, have by far impacted me the most and made me feel alive. They have brought me the greatest connections and opportunities.” Sloane and Ryan discuss the upside of working on passion projects and pursuing work outside of your day-job. They agree that often these projects lead you to to more satisfaction and can shape your career in un-imaginable ways. Many times Sloane has re-booted and re-launched her professional live, through creating value for the world.
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Sloane was named a top influencer at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative and "Top Woman to Follow" on Twitter by Forbes. She has also raised more than $1.5 million dollars for non-profits, including creating the Gulf Coast Benefit, an effort to support Gulf Coast communities after the BP oil spill.
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Sloane’s website: sloanedavidson.com
Sloane on Twitter: twitter.com/sloane
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