My 20 Minute VC Interview from September 2019

Harry Stebbings simply released a new episode with me on the 20 Minute VC. I love how Harry uses all caps to title the episodes.

20VC: BRAD FELD ON WHY MARKET SIZE AT EARLY STAGE IS NOT HELPFUL, HIS BIGGEST LEARNINGS FROM THE BOOM & & BUST OF THE DOT COM AND HOW THE BEST VCS WORK FOR THEIR CEOS

I love Harry. I did an interview with him early on (# 65) so its especially fun to do an interview number that is fantastic than this year.

We cover the following topics, amongst others. Plus, there is a special book free gift and a few other gems buried in the episode.

1.) How Brad made his method into the world of venture following 40 angel checks and how that caused his co-founding Foundry Group? Why did Brad discover the shift from angel to VC in the early days such a challenge? What 2 core things did he concentrate on when writing angel checks? How has that altered now as a VC?

2.) How did seeing the boom and bust of the dot com effect Brads investing frame of mind today? How does Brad think about investing through market cycles and properly to consider financial investment cadence? Why does Brad think that to be successful as a VC you have to be basically positive?

3.) Where does Brad believe we are today in the cycle? Does he agree with Bill Gurley on the biggest obstacle being the “oversupply of capital”? What must business owners understand with concerns to market cycle dynamics and how they can and need to future-proof their business?

4.) From analysing his best financial investments, why has Brad come to the conclusion that TAM in the early days is really not practical? What are the commonalities in how Brads most successful companies approach experimentation?

Brad has sat on some of the most significant boards of the last 2 years, what have been Brads biggest knowings on what it takes to be a fantastic board member? What guidance would Brad offer to me, having simply acquired my very first board seat? Why does Brad believe the VC should work for the CEO?

What does Brad mean when he states, “do not have fake CEO or phony VC days”? What in Brads mind would constitute a “fake day” vs moving the needle for your company? What does Brad believe is the best way for VCs to really get to know one another?

Why did Brad find the shift from angel to VC in the early days such a challenge? What does Brad suggest when he states, “do not have phony CEO or fake VC days”? What does Brad think is the best way for VCs to really get to understand one another? Brad has sat on some of the most meaningful boards of the last 2 decades, what have been Brads greatest learnings on what it takes to be a fantastic board member? Why does Brad think the VC should work for the CEO?

What is Brads greatest guidance when it comes to discovering how to state no? To be a great leader, what 2 skills does Brad believe you need to have?

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