Venture capital is often referred to as an apprenticeship business because so much important learning comes from day-to-day experiences. Yet, as an article published by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) explains, you can shortcut the learning process by learning from experts: “Your learning curve can be shorter—and your results better—if you learn from pros who’ve already mastered key … ... read more
8 Must-Listen-To Investor Podcasts
Podcasts are one of the most time-efficient ways to pack your brain with knowledge. There are now 700,000 active podcasts and over 29 million episodes! Nearly one third (33%) of the US population listens to podcasts at least every month and almost one quarter (22%) listen to podcasts each week. In a world where we're constantly on the move, podcasts are a prime way to learn on the go. Indeed, more than half of people (51%) listen to outside of the home.
1. Private Equity FunCast
Private Equity FunCast is a fully-dedicated PE podcast. Devin Mathews and Jim Milbery of private equity firm ParkerGale Capital take you behind the scenes of PE firms. A recent episode features CultureIQ CEO Greg Besner who discusses his experiences in working for PE-backed company. It’s an engaging and highly-relevant listen. Another recent episode features David Kellogg, an angel investor and CEO of Host Analytics. The fast-paced episode will keep you on the edge of your seats or on the tips of your toes as Kellogg outlines things to avoid in selecting an executive job.
2. 20 Minute VC
The Twenty Minute VC offers an inside view into the venture capital and startup ecosystem. Host Harry Stebbings will inspire you as he lays out the tips and tricks necessary to grow a business. The entertaining twice-weekly episodes have featured the likes of Guy Kawasaki, Brad Feld, and Mike Seibel. At 20 minutes long they're easily digestible and can fit into your daily commute. Even if you are not going after venture funding, the guests paint a broad stroke of the technology landscape and the importance of investing in the right ideas and people that will make those ideas a reality.
3. Deal of the Week
Deal of the Week is a go-to source for staying in the know on all M&A deals. The podcast, hosted by Bloomberg weekly, outlines the biggest deals transpiring in the marketplace. The episodes couple news reporting with thought leadership to make for an engaging listen. One recent episode offered an inside look into Blackstone, the largest alternative investment firm in the world. It details what’s in store for the future of the juggernaut with its hundreds of billions of dollars under management.
4. Capital Connections
This podcast dives deep into how some of the most successful investors and entrepreneurs got to be where they are today and how their network has influenced their success. In a recent episode, Anne Gherini interviews Pejman Nozad about his rugs to riches story and how he created a community for the tech and investor elite in a rug gallery in downtown Palo Alto. Gherini also interviews David ibnAle, founding partner at Advance Venture Parters, about how he took the lessons he learned in his career in private equity to venture capital. Prior to Advance, David ibnAle was a Managing Director of TPG Growth, the growth equity and middle-market investment platform of TPG, where he led the firm’s global technology investing effort.
5. The Tech M&A Podcast
Who better to impart words of wisdom related to tech M&A than Corum Group, the global leader in tech M&A. Hosted by Corum Group, the Tech M&A Podcast focuses on the top trends and news stories related to tech M&A. A recent episode brought together the likes of Rene Yang Stewart from Vista Equity, Jeremy Holland from Riverside Company, and Matthew Picciano from Alpine Investors for a roundtable discussion on the current and future direction of the private equity market. If you’re looking to keep abreast of the tech M&A world, the Tech M&A Podcast should be your go-to source.
6. How I Built This with Guy Roz
How I Built This offers an inside glimpse into masterminds behind some of the world’s most renowned brands. It’s never a dull movement as Guy Roz mesmerizes his audience with engaging stories that depict the journey from rags to riches. Some of the most recent episodes feature the likes of John Zimmer, co-founder of Lyft, Nolan Bushnell, the genius behind Atari and Chuck E. Cheese's, and Michael Dell, CEO of Dell.
7. David Rubenstein Freakonomics Interview
Many people don’t realize that private equity is a relatively recent phenomenon. It’s only about 40 years old. Few people are more attuned to the marketplace than David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, one of the most esteemed PE firms of all time. As part of its special series: “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” , Freakonomics Radio speaks with Rubenstein about the early days of PE. During the episode, Rubenstein discusses how the CEO of a private equity firm differs from CEOs of other businesses. It’s an engaging listen from start to finish, especially as Rubenstein discusses the lucrative nature of PE:
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