Steve Schlafman (@schlaf), based in NYC, is a seed-stage investor and leadership Coach at Primary Ventures. Here, he shares his experience of chronic pain, how it prevented him from starting his own podcast, and the ways in which he explores creativity in his life. Check out Steve's blog at https://www.schlaf.me/ In today's episode, we mention: Chronic pain + the science behind it Industries, and their ecosystems Meditation, Yoga, and Chakra NYC, and the fly-wheel effect 10-Day Vipassana Retreat Mind-body techniques Surgery, and stress Inner Resources Hypnotherapy Psychedelics Breathwork Coaching Creativity Anxiety Focus Timeline of our conversation: (04:24) Steve's experience with chronic pain (08:05) Different types of pain reception (09:23) What did Steve learn with a 10-Day Vipassana retreat? (14:30) Dealing with stress: Steve's (serious) cycling accident (23:12) The untapped potential of ancient mind-body techniques (32:38) Struggles and Lessons that Steve's gone through with stress (39:56) Steve, on Creativity: what is he most excited about creating? (45:54) NYC: Startup Ecosystem, and Culture (51:29) Steve's timeless one piece of advice Please support us by subscribing and leaving a rating + review on Apple Podcasts. You can also help spread the word by sharing this episode with your friends and family!
Erik is joined on this episode by Steve Schlafman (@schlaf), partner at Primary Venture Partners, and David Marcovitz, addiction psychiatrist at Vanderbilt University.They talk about the opportunities and challenges facing startups looking to tackle mental health and substance use disorder. They tell Erik what they would focus on if they were building a company in the space and some of the different models for treating addiction that could be amenable to a startup.The three of them move on to talking about some of the challenges in selling to employers, large health providers and state governments, and how those potential roadblocks affect their view of the best business model for startups in the space.They also talk about some of their personal experiences with these topics as well as the macro-level changes over the last several years around mental health and substance use disorder.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, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
Episode 13: An interview with venture capitalist Steve Schlafman from Primary Ventures.
In this episode Trent Lapinski and Steve Schlafman discuss venture capital, leadership, executive coaching, and even mediation.
“For me I always ask myself is this an entrepreneur who that is special, talented, tenacious, and on a mission.”
“Is this someone who can go and tell a great story, inspire potential employees, investors, partners. Is this someone who people are going to gravitate towards? In a competitive hiring environment, are they going to be able to build a World class team?”
“I don’t need to see a huge amount of traction. I need to answer the question: Is there enough evidence or an unique insight that people want the product or service. I love founders that are incredibly focused on the customer. Is this someone who is just incredibly focused, and obsessed with the customer and solving their problem?”
“Is this team on a journey that is important, bold, difficult, and inspiring? In someways does it make me uncomfortable because it is hard?”— Steve Schlafman
Production and music by Derek Bernard - https://haberdasherband.com/production
Host: Trent Lapinski - https://trentlapinski.com
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