Josh Wolfe is an entrepreneur, fund manager, venture investor, and co-founder & managing director of Lux Capital.
Moonshots are ideas so big, they’re considered impossible. They require big picture thinking. They require human ingenuity. And they require money.Today on Business Casual, we’re discovering just how vital these one-in-a-million moonshot ideas are to the future of our economy and humanity writ large. How do we create a world in which moonshot thinking happens regularly? How do we make sure moonshots get the backing they need, both in production and in market?And what might be the next moonshot idea to change the world as we know it?Get answers to all of those questions and so many more with Josh Wolfe, cofounder and managing partner at moonshot investing firm Lux Capital.
 Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital is a leading mind in the current wave of venture capitalists making waves. While aware of each other for some time, in this episode Josh sits down with Eric for their first meeting. Together the two explore various topics from comparing notes on their encounters with Jim Watson of DNA fame, to talking about what society gets wrong and how to see that as a source of opportunity. It is frequently asked what makes a great venture capitalist. This conversation reveals that it is likely not one thing but a combination of rigor, breath, flexibility of mind, openness, self-skepticism and mental courage to take on the unknown. That is because the myriad concerns that arise in any early stage attempt to grab the future by the tail from only the information available to us in the present will easily overwhelm those with narrow specializations. As the conversation takes many twists and turns, Josh's flexibility is put to the test as he freely doles out numerous wise observations from his wealth of experience.Thank You to Our Sponsors:Personna: and use the code RAZORS25Wine Access: VPN:
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz interviews Josh Wolfe, co-founder and managing partner at Lux Capital and a director at Shapeways, Strateos, Lux Research, Kallyope, CTRL-labs and Variant. He is also a founding investor and board member with Bill Gates at Kymeta, which makes cutting-edge antennas for high-speed global satellite and space communications. A Westinghouse semi-finalist and a published scientist, Wolfe previously worked in investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney and in capital markets at Merrill Lynch. 
My guest this week is Josh Wolfe, co-founder and managing partner at Lux Capital. I had Josh on the podcast last year which was one of the most popular episodes in the shows history. This is a continuation of our ongoing conversation about investing in the frontiers of technology. My favorite thing about Josh and the way that he invests is the mosaic that he and his team at Lux are constantly building to understand the world and where new companies may fit in. We cover a crazy variety of topics from business model innovation, roles of a CEO, the military, the death of privacy, and arrows of human progress. Please enjoy round two with Josh Wolfe. For more episodes go to Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag Show Notes 1:22 - (First Question) –Ability to tackle massive scale problems 4:05 – Key roles of leaders and his checklist for evaluating them 5:55 – Common traits among founders that make them incredible storytellers and leaders 10:22 – The concept of ill-liquidity 14:53 – Thoughts on the types of companies going public 16:41 – Most innovative business models 19:14 - Advice for LP’s 23:51 – Common devil             24:01 – The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements 25:09 – Big internal debates at his firm, starting with price discipline 28:45 – The value debate internally 33:34 – CRISPR from an investment standpoint 36:50 – Edge cases they are looking at 46:52 – How they target ideas in a single concept             50:01 – The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, Shipwreck, Salvage 51:04 – New theses that they chase 56:31 – Recent adventure with special operations guys Learn More For more episodes go to  Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at Follow Patrick on twitter at @patrick_oshag
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