Michelangelo "Mike" Volpi is an Italian-American businessman and venture capitalist.
Mike Volpi and Danny Rimer, the co-founders of the San Francisco office of Index Ventures, talk with Recode's Kara Swisher.In this episode:Volpi and Rimer's backgrounds and the early days of the internet; applying a global perspective to venture capital; being a smaller firm when capital is abundant; why the rise of other regions does not mean  Silicon Valley is "over"; open-source culture in Europe; Latin America, Israel, and China; scooters, autonomous driving, and the future of urban mobility; disrupting the beauty and fashion industries; disrupting venture capital itself; over-empowered founders and the WeWork CEO's $700 million cash-out; diversity in tech; techlash and antitrust regulation; and the most overhyped and most underhyped categories in tech.Follow usKara Swisher (@karaswisher), hostMike Volpi (@mavolpi), guestDanny Rimer (@dannyrimer), guestErica Anderson (@EricaAmerica), executive producerEric Johnson (@HeyHeyESJ), producerMore to exploreIf you haven't already, subscribe to Recode DecodeSubscribe to Recode's other podcasts: Recode Media, Pivot, and Land of the GiantsWatch Kara's 2008 interview with Volpi about his video startup, Joost Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this interview, Peter High speaks with Mike Volpi, a General Partner at Index Ventures. Among the topics they discuss include: Why autonomous vehicles are beneficial such as creating a safer driving environment and the reduction of traffic and parking lots. Why Mike believes autonomous vehicles are still a few years away, including the immaturity of technology, the integration the technology requires, and the location-specific difficulties. An overview of the legislation and regulation component, and Mike’s view that will be the equivalent of a driver’s license for self-driving cars. How traditional automakers are taking different approaches - including building, buying, and partnering - to develop autonomous capabilities. How legacy organizations are transforming for digital competitiveness, including the need for new technology across all departments as opposed to just IT, and the switch from servers to the cloud. An overview of the wide range of business functions that SaaS solutions are offering, and why first-generation SaaS systems need to evolve to meet evolving customer needs. How open source software has become increasingly popular in companies due to its superior security and ability to avoid vendor lock-in. Mike’s reflection on his time at Cisco, including how his expectation that the internet would take off led him to Cisco, and how he surrounded himself with innovators and risk-takers who embrace transformative changes in the world. Index Ventures’ perspective that when making investments, it is more important to look at the entrepreneur and founding team, as opposed to the specific sector.
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Dec 13th, 1966
San Francisco, California, United States of America
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55 minutes, 8 seconds
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