Foundry Group on The Twenty Minute VC

I’ve become a huge fan of Harry Stebbings, the intrepid entrepreneur turned VC whose age (20) matches the title of his podcast (The Twenty Minute VC.) Today, at SaaStr at 1:40pm in the Hypercritical section, Harry is interviewing me about – well – whatever he wants.

Harry has done hundreds of 20 minute VC interviews over the past few years. It’s a staple of mine on my podcast listening rotation so I’ve heard a bunch of them. It’s fun to watch Harry evolve as an interviewer as his knowledge of the industry has increased dramatically and his point of view about various VC-related things has become crisp and clear. And his hustle is relentless and has led to him also doing the SaaStr podcast and joining Atomico.

All five of the Foundry Group partners have been interviewed at this point. I think our interviews are a great way to get to know us quickly since we each tell our story, our strategy, and our approach in our own words and from different perspectives. Over the past few weeks I’ve probably talked to over 100 VCs between my trip to Australia, LA, and SF. When I find myself telling our story in response to being asked, I often wish I had a short cut to point people to.

This post is now the shortcut. I’ll use Harry’s original titles so you can see how his SEO prowess has evolved.

20 VC 065: FOUNDRY GROUP WEEK 1: BRAD FELD

20 VC 066: FOUNDRY GROUP WEEK 1: SETH LEVINE

20VC: THE FUNDAMENTALS TO CREATING A SUCCESSFUL VENTURE PARTNERSHIP & THE OPTIMAL INVESTMENT DECISION MAKING PROCESS WITH RYAN MCINTYRE, CO-FOUNDER @ FOUNDRY GROUP

20VC: HOW 50% OF VCS HURT ENTREPRENEURS, HOW TO BUILD A RELATIONSHIP OF TRUST WITH YOUR VC AND HOW ENTREPRENEURS CAN DETECT VC BS WITH JASON MENDELSON, CO-FOUNDER @ FOUNDRY GROUP

20VC: WHY MANY VCS FAIL TO RAISE, WHY LP COMPENSATION IS A MASSIVE PROBLEM & WHY FUND OF FUNDS WILL BECOME MORE PROMINENT WITH LINDEL EAKMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR @ FOUNDRY GROUP

Yeah – I don’t love the capital letters either, but there you have it.

In case you are wondering about the tone of the 100 VCs I’ve talked to, I’d rate it as very high on the anxiety meter. Some of the tone is from the macro dynamics post election, but some seems deeper and more unsettled. I don’t know what it is, but I switched my Headspace meditation pack from Motivation (which I don’t need any help with) to Anxiety, just to be proactive.


Also published on Medium.

  • I never miss an episode of Harry’s podcast. I marvel at the maturity of some of his questions. He makes it look easy, which is a sign in itself that he must be working hard behind the scenes indeed.

  • Sam

    Hopefully you bought the man a mojito, Brad, given that he can’t legally do so himself. (Fan of Harry as well.)

  • Probably a lot of their companies are coming due for next rounds of financing and they are wondering about valuation etc. (this is sarcasm)

    I don’t fear Trump nearly as much as the rest of the VC world. There are certainly things about him to be anxious about. But, there are also things that VCs should be bullish about as well.

    Believe me when I tell you I have been there. 2009 was a hellish year for me in more ways than just Obama getting elected.

  • Brad, what are some of the other podcasts in your rotation? I’d especially like to know the non-VC ones you like!

    • Something You Should Know
      Stuff You Missed In History Class
      Hidden Brain
      The Hilarious World of Depression
      50 Things That Made The Modern Economy
      The Reboot Podcast
      Origins – A podcast about Limited Partners
      Turnpikers
      How I Built This.

      • Thanks Brad! I listen to a few of these (love The Reboot Podcast and How I Built This) but am going to definitely check out 50 Things That Made The Modern Economy.

        Thanks for taking the time to respond!

  • Sally Burns

    Harry is terrific. I have listened to all of his interviews with the Foundry Group team. I’m a huge fan of both. Keep up the great work and thanks.

  • Paul Azous

    Good interviews, feel free to reach out to me anytime as well…
    Paul Azous, CEO
    Prospectus.com