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#041 - Rational Musings: Antifragile Principles for Investing and Life In this Rational Musings episode, Iman and Cyrus discuss antifragile principles of their favourite author - Mr Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The fellas dissect a Seeking Alpha article on managing an antifragile portfolio and also talk how to apply antifragile principles in daily life. Submit questions for us to cover in podcast episodes: https://www.rationalvc.com/questions Materials referenced Seeking Alpha article: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4454512-7-rules-for-an-antifragile-portfolio Taleb convexity article: https://www.edge.org/conversation/nassim_nicholas_taleb-understanding-is-a-poor-substitute-for-convexity-antifragility Danial Vassallo Twitter: https://twitter.com/dvassallo?s=20&t=oQi_Tf63eVgWkw04MJ144Q Naval on asymmetric opportunities: https://twitter.com/naval/status/1054984950192181248?lang=en-GB Bill Ackman Netflix shareholder letter: https://assets.pershingsquareholdings.com/2022/04/20184527/Letter-to-Shareholders-4.20.2022.pdf -- Rational VC provides regular content on technology investing and technology building. We also write long-form memos on all things tech investing and building. You can sign up for these monthly memo newsletters on the website: https://www.rationalvc.com/ We break everything down to first principles, to simplify the complex technology world. We aim to bring you content that is insightful, logical, and rational. We cover tech products and tech companies across the lifecycle, from pre-seed to seed, Series A to D+, to IPOs and beyond. We also cover all investing methods including Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Public Markets, SPACs etc. For more information on Cyrus, Iman and the channel, check out: https://www.rationalvc.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyrusyari/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/imanolya1/ https://twitter.com/CyrusYari https://twitter.com/iman_olya YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/rationalvc Your feedback and comments are very welcome. We hope you enjoy listening as we embark on a journey to understand this space; clearly, and rationally, of course. --- Disclaimer: The content and materials provided are solely for informational purposes and do not constitute investment or legal advice. All opinions expressed by hosts and guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of their employer(s). No copyright infringement intended.
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#041 - Rational Musings: Antifragile Principles for Investing and Life In this Rational Musings episode, Iman and Cyrus discuss antifragile principles of their favourite author - Mr Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The fellas dissect a Seeking Alpha article on managing an antifragile portfolio and also talk how to apply antifragile principles in daily life. Submit questions for us to cover in podcast episodes: https://www.rationalvc.com/questions Materials referenced Seeking Alpha article: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4454512-7-rules-for-an-antifragile-portfolio Taleb convexity article: https://www.edge.org/conversation/nassim_nicholas_taleb-understanding-is-a-poor-substitute-for-convexity-antifragility Danial Vassallo Twitter: https://twitter.com/dvassallo?s=20&t=oQi_Tf63eVgWkw04MJ144Q Naval on asymmetric opportunities: https://twitter.com/naval/status/1054984950192181248?lang=en-GB Bill Ackman Netflix shareholder letter: https://assets.pershingsquareholdings.com/2022/04/20184527/Letter-to-Shareholders-4.20.2022.pdf -- Rational VC provides regular content on technology investing and technology building. We also write long-form memos on all things tech investing and building. You can sign up for these monthly memo newsletters on the website: https://www.rationalvc.com/ We break everything down to first principles, to simplify the complex technology world. We aim to bring you content that is insightful, logical, and rational. We cover tech products and tech companies across the lifecycle, from pre-seed to seed, Series A to D+, to IPOs and beyond. We also cover all investing methods including Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Public Markets, SPACs etc. For more information on Cyrus, Iman and the channel, check out: https://www.rationalvc.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyrusyari/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/imanolya1/ https://twitter.com/CyrusYari https://twitter.com/iman_olya YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/rationalvc Your feedback and comments are very welcome. We hope you enjoy listening as we embark on a journey to understand this space; clearly, and rationally, of course. --- Disclaimer: The content and materials provided are solely for informational purposes and do not constitute investment or legal advice. All opinions expressed by hosts and guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of their employer(s). No copyright infringement intended.
#040 - Eric Jorgenson: Navalmanack, Leverage, Building Wealth & Judgement, Angel Investing, Web3, Publishing Content, & Productising Yourself Eric Jorgenson is an author and the creator of "The Almanack of Naval Ravikant" book. He is also an Angel Investor and Entrepreneur. Eric recently launched his rolling fund on AngelList. He was on the founding team of Zaarly, and has been publishing online since 2014. His blog has educated and entertained over a million readers. The guys discuss everything from Building Wealth and Judgement, to Leverage, Naval, Balaji, Angel Investing, Web3, writing books, content creation, and much more. You can also watch this episode on youtube at: https://youtu.be/_LMoWRF-q3E    Eric's website: https://ejorgenson.com Eric's Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricJorgenson Eric's rolling fund: https://rolling.fun Navalmanack free download: https://navalmanack.com  https://rationalvc.com  Timestamps: 00:00 Teaser 00:48 Intro chit chat 03:12 Eric's roots 04:56 Why Eric wrote the Navalmanack 07:23 Babak Nivi and Venture Hacks 11:28 Building wealth, judgement, and happiness 13:52 Improving decision making 17:33 Productise yourself 25:53 Authenticity vs. views 30:44 Leverage and social media 34:24 High leverage side projects 38:03 Leaving the conventional path 43:33 Process of publishing a book 53:02 Writing essays online 58:26 Launching a rolling fund / investment thesis 1:06:57 Angel Investing 1:11:23 Crucial to be an operator before investing 1:15:27 Mindset in private markets vs public markets 1:17:33 Balaji Srinivasan's big ideas / balmanack 1:24:05 The Web3 discussion 1:35:39 Resources that have shaped Eric's world view 1:37:57 Outro chit chat   --   Rational VC provides regular content on technology investing and technology building. We also write long-form memos. You can sign up for these monthly memo newsletters on the website: https://www.rationalvc.com/ We break everything down to first principles, to simplify the complex technology world. We aim to bring you content that is insightful, logical, and rational. We cover tech products and tech companies across the lifecycle, from pre-seed to seed, Series A to D+, to IPOs and beyond. We also cover all investing methods including Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Public Markets, etc. For more information on Cyrus, Iman and the channel, check out: https://www.rationalvc.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyrusyari/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/imanolya1/ https://twitter.com/CyrusYari https://twitter.com/iman_olya Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rational-vc/id1537462327 Your feedback and comments are very welcome. We hope you enjoy listening as we embark on a journey to understand this space; clearly, and rationally, of course. --- Disclaimer: The content and materials provided are solely for informational purposes and do not constitute investment or legal advice. All opinions expressed by hosts and guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of their employer(s). No copyright infringement intended.
#039 - Rational Musings: Principles for Anti-Mimesis and Living a Counter-Cultural Life On this Rational Musings, Iman and Cyrus discuss René Girard's mimetic theory and real life anti-mimetic principles. The guys dissect Luke Burgis' article on living a counter cultural life and why being anti-mimetic is important for becoming antifragile. Submit questions for us to cover in podcast episodes: https://www.rationalvc.com/questions  Materials referenced Luke article: https://www.epsilontheory.com/25-anti-mimetic-tactics-for-living-a-counter-cultural-life/# Luke book "Wanting": https://lukeburgis.com/wanting/ Epsilon Theory: https://www.epsilontheory.com/ Taleb on religion: https://econjwatch.org/articles/religion-heuristics-and-intergenerational-risk-management Simon Sarris: https://simonsarris.substack.com/p/in-praise-of-the-gods?s=r -- Rational VC provides regular content on technology investing and technology building. We also write long-form memos on all things tech investing and building. You can sign up for these monthly memo newsletters on the website: https://www.rationalvc.com/ We break everything down to first principles, to simplify the complex technology world. We aim to bring you content that is insightful, logical, and rational. We cover tech products and tech companies across the lifecycle, from pre-seed to seed, Series A to D+, to IPOs and beyond. We also cover all investing methods including Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Public Markets, SPACs etc. For more information on Cyrus, Iman and the channel, check out: https://www.rationalvc.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyrusyari/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/imanolya1/ https://twitter.com/CyrusYari https://twitter.com/iman_olya Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rational-vc/id1537462327 Your feedback and comments are very welcome. We hope you enjoy listening as we embark on a journey to understand this space; clearly, and rationally, of course. --- Disclaimer: The content and materials provided are solely for informational purposes and do not constitute investment or legal advice. All opinions expressed by hosts and guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of their employer(s). No copyright infringement intended.
#038 - Mac Conwell ("Mac the VC"): RareBreed.VC, From Homeless to Launching a $10million Fund Mac Conwell ("Mac the VC") is the Founder and Managing Partner of RareBreed Ventures. Mac is a former software engineer and a two-time founder. One of Mac's companies failed, the other went on to a successful exit. He then broke into the world of investing by working for the State of Maryland, before raising a fund of his own in a short amount of time. From homeless to VC, "hacker turned hustler", RareBreed has seen tremendous success in a short amount of time. You can also watch this episode on youtube at: https://youtu.be/yUZLzY-fyJU  https://twitter.com/macconwell  https://rarebreed.vc https://rationalvc.com  00:00 Intros 02:32 Psychology from homeless to VC 07:58 How Mac got into VC 13:14 Raising a fund off Twitter 19:07 Overlooked & underserved founders 23:35 Diligence / what Mac looks for 30:41 Biases in Silicon Valley 34:58 Mac's advice for Cyrus and Iman 41:30 Mistakes to avoid after raising a fund 43:15 Technical skills vs selling skills for founders 46:30 Mac's mentors 49:23 Mac's personal values & principles -- Rational VC provides regular content on technology investing and technology building. We also write long-form memos. You can sign up for these monthly memo newsletters on the website: https://www.rationalvc.com/ We break everything down to first principles, to simplify the complex technology world. We aim to bring you content that is insightful, logical, and rational. We cover tech products and tech companies across the lifecycle, from pre-seed to seed, Series A to D+, to IPOs and beyond. We also cover all investing methods including Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Public Markets, etc. For more information on Cyrus, Iman and the channel, check out: https://www.rationalvc.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyrusyari/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/imanolya1/ https://twitter.com/CyrusYari https://twitter.com/iman_olya Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rational-vc/id1537462327 Your feedback and comments are very welcome. We hope you enjoy listening as we embark on a journey to understand this space; clearly, and rationally, of course. --- Disclaimer: The content and materials provided are solely for informational purposes and do not constitute investment or legal advice. All opinions expressed by hosts and guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of their employer(s). No copyright infringement intended.
#037 - Odin: Founders Paddy Ryan & Mary Lin discuss access to venture, community building and Europe vs US Cyrus and Iman are back and they're in person! The Rational VC guys talk to the super impressive founders of Odin, Paddy and Mary. Odin is a platform and community democratising access to early stage investing. In this long-form discussion, Iman and Cyrus talk to the Odin founders about their backgrounds, childhoods, Odin's origin story, Odin's future, community building, the democratisation of access and education. https://joinodin.com/ -- Rational VC provides regular content on technology investing and technology building. We also write long-form memos. You can sign up for these monthly memo newsletters on the website: https://www.rationalvc.com/ We break everything down to first principles, to simplify the complex technology world. We aim to bring you content that is insightful, logical, and rational. We cover tech products and tech companies across the lifecycle, from pre-seed to seed, Series A to D+, to IPOs and beyond. We also cover all investing methods including Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Public Markets, etc. For more information on Cyrus, Iman and the channel, check out: https://www.rationalvc.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyrusyari/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/imanolya1/ https://twitter.com/CyrusYari https://twitter.com/iman_olya Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rational-vc/id1537462327 Your feedback and comments are very welcome. We hope you enjoy listening as we embark on a journey to understand this space; clearly, and rationally, of course. --- Disclaimer: The content and materials provided are solely for informational purposes and do not constitute investment or legal advice. All opinions expressed by hosts and guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of their employer(s). No copyright infringement intended.
#036 - Andrew Gazdecki: MicroAcquire.com, Building 3 Successful Companies & What Makes a Great Founder Andrew is a seasoned founder (2 exits) and is now the founder of MicroAcquire, a startup acquisition marketplace that helps startups find buyers and get acquired. MicroAcquire has seen tremendous success in a short amount of time. Andrew explains his tough childhood and formative years that led to him becoming an entrepreneur, what it takes to become a success, building in public as a CEO, the company's future plans, and his thoughts on juggling family life with business. www.microacquire.com   -- Rational VC provides regular content on technology investing and technology building. We also write long-form memos. You can sign up for these monthly memo newsletters on the website: https://www.rationalvc.com/ We break everything down to first principles, to simplify the complex technology world. We aim to bring you content that is insightful, logical, and rational. We cover tech products and tech companies across the lifecycle, from pre-seed to seed, Series A to D+, to IPOs and beyond. We also cover all investing methods including Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Public Markets, etc. For more information on Cyrus, Iman and the channel, check out: https://www.rationalvc.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyrusyari/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/imanolya1/ https://twitter.com/CyrusYari https://twitter.com/iman_olya Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rational-vc/id1537462327 Your feedback and comments are very welcome. We hope you enjoy listening as we embark on a journey to understand this space; clearly, and rationally, of course. --- Disclaimer: The content and materials provided are solely for informational purposes and do not constitute investment or legal advice. All opinions expressed by hosts and guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of their employer(s). No copyright infringement intended.
#035 - Rational Musings: Principles for Investing, Business, Life and Learning: How to Approach Building Your Personal Principles with Rational VC On the latest Rational Musings, Iman and Cyrus discuss their favourite principles, spanning investing / business, life and learning. In this Lindy episode, they go deep and share their rational thinking on a list of 116 principles as outlined by Junto Investments. You can also watch this in video format on our youtube channel to see supporting material: https://youtu.be/CSKMJ_rZpt8  Material referenced:  Junto Principles: https://junto.investments/principles/ Odin: https://joinodin.com/ Iman video first principles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPv4DWkamM8&t=1s Cyrus essay on angel investing: https://www.rationalvc.com/articles/angel Iman essay on contrarianism: https://www.rationalvc.com/articles/contrarian Cyrus essay on financial minimalism: https://www.rationalvc.com/articles/minimalism Nassim Taleb barbell strategy: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/013114/barbell-investment-strategy.asp Buffett's bet: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/030916/buffetts-bet-hedge-funds-year-eight-brka-brkb.asp#:~:text=In%202008%2C%20Warren%20Buffett%20issued,Bloomberg%20op%2Ded%20in%20May. Naval and Nivi Spearhead: https://podcastnotes.org/spearhead-with-naval-ravikant-and-babak-nivi/spearhead-naval-ravikant-babak-nivi/ Babe Ruth effect VC: https://a16z.com/2015/06/08/performance-data-and-the-babe-ruth-effect-in-venture-capital/ Aaron Clarey Asshole Consulting: https://assholeconsulting.com/ Jamie Dimon China: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/24/business/jamie-dimon-china.html Nassim Taleb Dimon tweet: https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1463863377860743173 Chamath Stanford lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWAKL8G1lkg Cal Newport boredom article: https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2009/02/04/have-we-lost-our-tolerance-for-a-little-boredom/ Ray Dalio principles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9XGUpQZY38 -- Rational VC provides regular content on technology investing and technology building. We also write long-form memos on all things tech investing and building. You can sign up for these monthly memo newsletters on the website: https://www.rationalvc.com/ We break everything down to first principles, to simplify the complex technology world. We aim to bring you content that is insightful, logical, and rational. We cover tech products and tech companies across the lifecycle, from pre-seed to seed, Series A to D+, to IPOs and beyond. We also cover all investing methods including Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Public Markets, SPACs etc. For more information on Cyrus, Iman and the channel, check out: https://www.rationalvc.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyrusyari/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/imanolya1/ https://twitter.com/CyrusYari https://twitter.com/iman_olya Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rational-vc/id1537462327 Your feedback and comments are very welcome. We hope you enjoy listening as we embark on a journey to understand this space; clearly, and rationally, of course. --- Disclaimer: The content and materials provided are solely for informational purposes and do not constitute i
#034 - Rational Musings: Lack of Authenticity EVERYWHERE, & Applying Wall Street DNA to Venture Capital Cyrus and Iman discuss their thoughts on authenticity in life, tech, and VC. They also discuss having purpose and performing deep work, whether elite university degrees are becoming a bad investment, applying the Wall Street DNA to Venture, and how Twitter activity influences VC funding outcomes. You can also watch this in video format on our youtube channel to see supporting material: https://youtu.be/2O7Ugp_kmDQ    Materials referenced: James Lo post on authenticity: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/yfjame... Rob Henderson on university degrees: https://twitter.com/robkhenderson/sta... Sar Haribhakti on Tiger Global applying Wall Street DNA: https://twitter.com/sarthakgh/status/... Ethan Mollick on Twitter influencing funding: https://twitter.com/emollick/status/1... -- Rational VC provides regular content on technology investing and technology building. We also write long-form memos on all things tech investing and building. You can sign up for these monthly memo newsletters on the website: https://www.rationalvc.com/ We break everything down to first principles, to simplify the complex technology world. We aim to bring you content that is insightful, logical, and rational. We cover tech products and tech companies across the lifecycle, from pre-seed to seed, Series A to D+, to IPOs and beyond. We also cover all investing methods including Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Public Markets, SPACs etc. For more information on Cyrus, Iman and the channel, check out: https://www.rationalvc.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyrusyari/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/imanolya1/ https://twitter.com/CyrusYari https://twitter.com/iman_olya Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rational-vc/id1537462327 Your feedback and comments are very welcome. We hope you enjoy listening as we embark on a journey to understand this space; clearly, and rationally, of course. --- Disclaimer: The content and materials provided are solely for informational purposes and do not constitute investment or legal advice. All opinions expressed by hosts and guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of their employer(s). No copyright infringement intended.
#033 - Samir Kaji: Allocate.co, The Future of VC & Angel Investing, Emerging Managers, Market Valuations & More Samir Kaji is a seasoned Venture Capital banker and now the founder of Allocate - a company disrupting the VC market. Allocate make it easy for investors to access top-tier private alternatives within the technology sector. Samir explains how his idea to build the Allocate platform emerged from his 20+ years of experience working alongside the biggest and best VCs in Silicon Valley. The guys also discuss how tech and tech investing has changed, and what the future for venture capital and angel investing looks like. www.allocate.co -- Rational VC provides regular content on technology investing and technology building. We also write long-form memos on all things tech investing and building. You can sign up for these monthly memo newsletters on the website: https://www.rationalvc.com/ We break everything down to first principles, to simplify the complex technology world. We aim to bring you content that is insightful, logical, and rational. We cover tech products and tech companies across the lifecycle, from pre-seed to seed, Series A to D+, to IPOs and beyond. We also cover all investing methods including Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Public Markets, SPACs etc. For more information on Cyrus, Iman and the channel, check out: https://www.rationalvc.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyrusyari/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/imanolya1/ https://twitter.com/CyrusYari https://twitter.com/iman_olya Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rational-vc/id1537462327 Your feedback and comments are very welcome. We hope you enjoy listening as we embark on a journey to understand this space; clearly, and rationally, of course. --- Disclaimer: The content and materials provided are solely for informational purposes and do not constitute investment or legal advice. All opinions expressed by hosts and guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of their employer(s). No copyright infringement intended.
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