Elizabeth "Beezer" Clarkson is the managing director at Sapphire Ventures.
Beezer Clarkson (@beezer232) of Sapphire Ventures and Aydin Senkut (@asenkut) of Felicis Ventures join Erik on this episode.They discuss:- Their perspectives on the operator-angel and nano-fund trends.- How to think about scouts.- Moats in venture capital and whether they really exist.- Whether we need more venture capital or more venture capitalists.- How the LP and GP ecosystems will evolve over the next five to ten years.- How to figure out what the right fund size is for a firm.Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.
Erik is joined on this episode by Beezer (Elizabeth) Clarkson (@Beezer232), managing director at Sapphire Ventures, and Chris Douvos (@cdouvos), founder of Ahoy Capital.They talk about:- The state of the venture industry and the industry from the LP perspective.- Why venture is “either all about access or audacity.”- How LPs pick which funds to back.- Whether there is too much capital in the venture capital asset class.- What “dilettante capital” is and why there are more “clowns” in the industry than ever for whom lightning struck in the form of an outlier investment.- The three main ways that venture funds are differentiated.- Why succession is always a threat in venture and how good firms have been able to manage when a GP "calls in rich."- Why a good venture firm operates like a basketball team and a bad one operates like a tennis team.- The difference between building a firm and deploying capital.- Some impromptu book recommendations of classic works on California.Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global and is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg. Colin Campbell was our audio engineer for this episode and the show is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
Elizabeth "Beezer" Clarkson, Managing Director at Sapphire Ventures, joins us to discuss her path to becoming an LP, what she looks at when considering investments, and why we're starting to see the LP world become more open and transparent.
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Palo Alto, California, United States of America
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3
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2
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2 hours, 42 minutes
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