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The Ignite Podcast delves into the innovations and ideas that are transforming our world. Hosted by Brian Bell of Team Ignite Ventures, it offers candid conversations with trailblazing founders, visionary investors, and leaders who are shaping the future.
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Crossing Continents: How Ihar Mahaniok is Redefining VC for Immigrant Founders | Ep19

E19 • Dec 10, 2023 • 56 mins

In this episode, Brian Bell converses with Ihar Mahaniok about his journey into software development and venture capital. They discuss the decision-making process, part-time funds, and investment strategies. The conversation also explores the impact of AI and remote work on the venture capital landscape, and predictions for the future.

Key Points

  • Ihar Mahanyoke, managing partner of Geek Ventures, has a strong track record with over a decade of investment experience, including early bets on companies like Instacart that went from seed stage to unicorn status.
  • Geek Ventures' investment thesis focuses on supporting immigrant founders in the U.S., leveraging Ihar's personal journey and insights to add value beyond capital by helping them build networks and adapt culturally.
  • The venture capital landscape is evolving with AI and remote-first approaches, impacting how startups are created and grown, and potentially leading to a future with even more unicorns and 'terricorns' (trillion-dollar companies).
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