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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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The Art and Science of Early Stage Investing with Martin Tobias | Ep7

E7 • Oct 27, 2023 • 63 mins

In this episode, Brian Bell welcomes Martin Tobias, discussing his transition from angel to professional VC. They delve into the power law in venture capital, citing Andreessen Horowitz and Tiger as examples. The conversation touches on the pre-seed market rise, Tobias's investment preferences, and his personal interests. The episode concludes with Tobias's time travel investment wish.

Key Points

  • Martin Tobias, a seasoned angel investor and venture capitalist, emphasizes the importance of making a significant personal fortune before starting to invest in ventures and shares his journey from Microsoft to becoming an LP in 17 funds and investing in 250 companies directly.
  • Tobias discusses the transition from angel investing to managing a venture fund, highlighting the value of his operational experience as a CEO in advising other CEOs, and the impact of the pandemic on his decision to focus on investing over company operations.
  • The conversation delves into venture capital strategies, the power law in venture returns, the stages of funding from angel rounds to series A, and the importance of timing, traction, and reducing friction at scale in investments, while also touching on Tobias' personal interests in biohacking and regenerative medicine.
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