Brook Porter is a co-founder and a partner with G2VP and was formerly a partner with Kleiner Perkins $1B Green Growth Fund. Brook has invested in companies such as Uber, DJI, and Proterra.

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This interview was sponsored by Trinet, Anchin, and First Republic Bank. For support on HR Services and Payroll, please reach out to raeellen.zekas@trinet.com. For accounting, tax, and advisory services including R&D Tax Credits, please reach out to chris.noble@anchin.com. For banking for startups and venture funds of all stages, please reach out to kgross@firstrepublic.com. For more about our sponsors and the reduced rates they are offering as part of this series, please read more about them at the bottom of this post.

Brook Porter is a General Partner with G2VP in Silicon Valley. Brook has spent his career building and…


Papa, a company that provides support to seniors (papas), has tackled loneliness during a global pandemic and its founder, Andrew Parker, shares more on the growth story and social impact of Papa

This interview was sponsored by Trinet, Anchin, and First Republic Bank. For support on HR Services and Payroll, please reach out to raeellen.zekas@trinet.com. For accounting, tax and advisory services including R&D Tax Credits, please reach out to chris.noble@anchin.com. For banking for startups and venture funds of all stages, please reach out to kgross@firstrepublic.com. For more about our sponsors and the reduced rates they are offering as part of this series, please read more about them at the bottom of this post.

Social isolation has been felt by most during the COVID-19 pandemic but seniors have been impacted by this more…


Delian Asparouhov is an investor with Founders Fund and a co-founder of space manufacturing startup, Varda.

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For several years, Delian has invested alongside Keith Rabois, first at Khosla Ventures and now at Founders Fund. In our discussion, we spoke about Varda, a company with a bold mission to build factories in space where novel products can be developed in a zero-gravity environment. Beyond venture capital, Asparouhov’s ambitions and fascinations lie in the commercialization of space.

Delian partnered with Will Bruey, a former Space-X engineer to found Varda. Bruey’s background…


In the past six months, Miami has rapidly become the tech hub of tomorrow with startups and venture funds booking one-way tickets to the city. In this conversation, I speak with Francis Suarez who shares his narrow victory to become Mayor and his quest to make Miami a technology hub/Silicon Beach of the world. This was a plan that was 10-years in the making but COVID-19 became an accelerant for the city’s transformation.

Prior to our discussion, Suarez had spoken with Elon Musk so he shares some reflections from that conversation. As Andrew Yang rises in the polls of…


Next up on the Finding Genius series, I speak with Allon Bloch of K Health. The video below and sign-up on https://findinggenius.substack.com/ to be notified of future releases!

Bloch is the former CEO of Wix and Vroom and shares more about K Health, a platform that ingests the medical histories, clinical outcomes, and experience of thousands of doctors to deliver treatment information on hundreds of diseases. K Health now has over 4 million users across the United States and is unbundling primary medicine through data-driven healthcare.

K Health began with an initial dataset on a patient population from Macabi, now…


Rick Heitzmann is a founder and partner of FirstMark, a prominent early-stage venture capital fund based out of NYC. Rick has led investments in StubHub, Riot Games, Pinterest, Tapad, and is invested in companies such as Airbnb, Ro, and Discord. Rick was previously an entrepreneur and a founder of First Advantage which was eventually sold to First American. Rick was named to the Forbes’ Midas List and The New York Times as one of the world’s top venture capitalists.

He and I spoke for Finding Genius regarding his experiences launching a venture capital fund during a recession, how founders stand…


This interview was part of the research process for Finding Genius which can now be purchased on Amazon (https://amzn.to/2m7sXyE)

KM: The premise behind Finding Genius is to better understand the patterns and characteristics that exist between successful entrepreneurs.

In your experience working with companies such as UiPath, Robinhood, KeepTruckin, or Slack — does an entrepreneurial genius exist at the core of the founders you have backed, or is it something that they develop over time?

I don’t think you are necessarily born with a sense of ‘genius’, but the path you take in life is incredibly impactful.

We recently raised…


Keith Rabois is known for early investments and executive roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Square, Yelp, and Zoom. Rabois is considered a member of the PayPal Mafia with Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, and Max Levchin, and is currently a General Partner with Founders Fund in San Francisco. In our chat for Finding Genius, Rabois shared many valuable lessons from a storied career as an operator and as an investor.

Finding Genius is now available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2m7sXyE

With the entrepreneurs you have backed over your career, have there been early traces or patterns of entrepreneurial genius that have stood out to…


I sat down with current Partner at KEC Ventures, Brian Laung Aoaeh, to profile his experience for my next book, Finding Genius. Brian shared valuable insights from his experience as a venture investor and working with founders early in the process of trying to build their startups into companies. I will synthesize these insights in the greater context of Finding Genius but the transcript of our conversation offers an unadulterated glimpse into how Brian approaches entrepreneurship and investing.

Brian emphasizes the importance of focusing on the customers’ needs early on, not getting distracted by the ‘shiny things’ that often tempt…

Kunal Mehta

Venture Investor at Hearst Ventures, Author of Disruptors and Finding Genius, Former entrepreneur at Unfold, Finance @charitywater, J.P. Morgan

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