1. How DigitalOcean came be the second largest cloud computing platform.
2. I’ll explain my quote, “’We did everything wrong for a decade.” What were the biggest mistakes I made and how did I look to rectify and learn from them?
3. My thoughts on if / how one can learn to be a great business leader. Is it inherent or if not, what are the steps required to increase your chances?
4. How does DigitalOcean fundamentally scale love? What are the inherent challenges of building this type of culture? How does the theme of love play out in the hiring and the onboarding process?
I love the 20 Minute VC podcast. It’s the perfect amount of time and Harry Stebbings does a great job attracting interesting guests and asking them the right questions. I was honored when asked to be on the show, here’s that episode.
Harry asks me questions like:
- How did I make the transition from Founder to VC with Techstars and Fund I?
- Fund I is one of the most successful funds in history; what was the structure with Fund I? Why did you choose a $5m fund size? How did you decide initial to follow on ratio?
- Why were you so valuation sensitive with Fund I? Why were you so rigid on a consistent check size on Fund I?
- Why did you decide to expand from being a solo GP fund? What are the challenges and complexities of fund scaling and how did you approach this?
- What do you think about uncapped notes?
- Why do you like big boring companies?
- How did you meet Ryan Graves @ Uber and how did the Uber investment come about? (even more about that here)
- Where does David still see inefficiencies in the current venture model?
I hope you enjoy it. I had fun doing the interview.
The Twenty Minute VC takes you inside the world of Venture Capital, Startup Funding and The Pitch. It helps you discover how you can attain funding for your business by listening to what the most prominent investors are directly looking for in startups, providing easily actionable tips and tricks that can be put in place to increase your chances of getting funded.
Startup Weekend might be over, but for those curious about how it all went down, we’re happy to share a behind the scenes look at the event with conference podcaster Clark Buckner. On-site at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) for the event, Clark spoke with participants, sponsors and mentors to see what they had to say about #SWNash and the Nashville startup community in this series of short interviews. Previously at TechnologyAdvice, Clark continues as a full time podcaster integrating custom content strategies with organizations around the country, Southeast accelerators and digital media marketing conferences. You can also find him at his weekly podcast “The Nashville Entrepreneurship Story” as told by the EC.