Playing With Unicorns
Playing with unicorns is a new weekly show on startups, entrepreneurship, and venture capital.
I cover everything I learned as an entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist during the last 22 years, focusing on everything I wished I knew when I first got started as a tech entrepreneur.
#27 The Tech Of Tomorrow
#26 Jeff Wald & The End of Jobs
Friday 25 June 2021
: Jeff’s newest book, The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Wokers and Agile Corporations, provides a look into the future of work by...
#25 Clearco & the future of SMB lending
Wednesday 16 June 2021
: As most of you know, I want to empower people to work on the things they love. As a result, I am excited that FJ Labs invested early in...
#24 How Slice is helping mom-and-pop pizzerias compete with Dominos
Friday 21 May 2021
: One of our main theses at FJ Labs is to focus on vertical marketplaces. Slice is a great example of a company that has found product-market...
#23 Synthesis: The startup scaling up the most innovative ideas from Elon Musk's school
Saturday 15 May 2021
: The education system has not evolved since the industrial era. New tools have been introduced over the years, but nothing has dramatically...
#22 Why Startups Fail with Tom Eisenmann
Monday 26 April 2021
: 9 out of 10 startups fail. This is a gloomy number. However, it has never stopped entrepreneurs from hedging their bets to create successful...
#21 How to build the perfect pitch deck
Monday 29 March 2021
: This is one of the most requested questions I’ve received since starting Playing with Unicorn podcast. People want to know “How do I...
#20 So you want to launch a SPAC ?
Friday 26 February 2021
: Today’s episode is special because Jeff Weinstein interviews Rahim Lakhani, the CFO of Alpha Capital. Most of you will remember Jeff from...
#19 Reinvesting in the Latam Tech Ecosystem with Brian Requarth
Tuesday 23 February 2021
: Brian Requarth is the Co-Founder of Latitud and former CEO of Viva Real. Through Latitud, he now dedicates his time to providing mentorship...
#18 Thirty-Six Lessons from Company Founders & CEOs with Tim Jackson
Friday 12 February 2021
: Tim Jackson is a fellow entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. He has lived an interesting life from a career in journalism for the...
#17 The State Of Solar
Thursday 04 February 2021
: This week Kerim Baran (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kbaran/) shares where we stand in the world of solar. He covers: • The history of solar...
#16 Startup Talent & Startup Trends
Saturday 23 January 2021
: I often pondered the makeup of successful founders and founding teams. At FJ Labs we spend a disproportionate amount of time screening for...
#15 Mistakes to avoid as an Entrepreneur
Friday 15 January 2021
: It is extremely hard to succeed as an entrepreneur. Even the most successful entrepreneurs have countless ups and downs. I would argue that...
#14 A Conversation with Christian Angermayer
Friday 08 January 2021
: Christian is the rare breed of polymath Renaissance Man operating in a world that rewards specialization. We had an extremely broad and...
#13 What’s the deal with SPACs?
Friday 18 December 2020
: SPACs have been one of the hot topics of 2020. Jeff Weinstein, who co-heads investing at FJ Labs, and our resident venture capital nerd,...
#12 The Surprising Case for Optimism in 2020
Tuesday 15 December 2020
: Given the omnipresent doom and gloom of 2020, I took the time to reflect objectively on where things stand and where the world is heading....
#11 Loonshots with Safi Bahcall
Tuesday 08 December 2020
: In general, I do not read “business books” as I find them simplistic. Loonshots is the exception to that rule. It blew me away. It mixes...
#10 Validating Your Startup Idea
Thursday 19 November 2020
: Last week we covered how to come up with great startup ideas. This week I present how to evaluate if the idea is worth pursuing. I detail...
#9 Coming Up with a Startup Idea
Thursday 12 November 2020
: Many aspiring entrepreneurs struggle to come with compelling startup ideas. I discuss how to quickly determine whether the idea is worth...
#8 The Business Of Venture Capital
Thursday 05 November 2020
: Most entrepreneurs merely see venture capitalists as a source of capital without understanding how venture capitalists operate. Jeff...
#7 FJ Labs' Startup Studio Model
Thursday 29 October 2020
: Last week we covered whether first time founders should build a company on their own or join an accelerator or a venture studio. As a...
#6 DIY vs Accelerator vs Studio
Thursday 22 October 2020
: This week we cover whether first time founders should build a company on their own or join an accelerator or a venture studio. Nancy Dong...
#5 Ask Me Anything
Saturday 17 October 2020
: Given that I was in Lake Placid looking at the foliage change without my multi-screen setup, I tried a “Ask Me Anything” session for the...
#4 FJ Labs’ Investment Thesis
Friday 09 October 2020
: In the third episode, I described how VCs evaluate startups by using a combination of the team, business, deal terms and whether the idea...
#3 How VCs Evaluate Startups
Friday 02 October 2020
: In the first episode I covered how and when to fundraise. In this episode, I cover how venture capitalists (VCs) evaluate you once you are...