This Much I Know is the popular podcast from Seedcamp, Europe’s seed fund

Richard Liu, Founder of DSPTCH

Building a brand is no easy feat, in particular, a brand that generates customer passion. Richard Liu, an ex-Paypal and LinkedIn team member, decided to pursue his passion and build a brand around what he needed, and we had the chance to catch up with him and hear how he went from desk jockey to brand jockey in the process.

DSPTCH is a bag, case and accessory manufacturing company based in San Francisco. Their products focus on taking military and tactical functionality and reapplying it to consumer travel bags and accessories.

Sonny Vu, Founder of Misfit

While in San Francisco, we had the chance to sit down and have a quick chat with Sonny and explore the origins of Misfit, his relationships with John Sculley and Noam Chomsky, and his vision for changing people's lives through amazing products.

More on Sonny: Founder of Misfit, makers of award-winning wearable and smart home products, including Shine and Flash, elegant activity and sleep monitors, and Bolt, a smart color-changing bulb. Founder of AgaMatrix, makers of the world's first iPhone-connected hardware medical device, and 15+ other FDA-cleared products. Previously: Microsoft Research machine learning / linguistic tech, UIUC math BS, MIT linguistics PhD work w/ Noam Chomsky. Knows some interesting languages and is a patron of good design. Longing to make 10x solutions for big problems and building a company that matters.

Note: A fan was on in the room (the room was really hot) and was creating some background noise until about minute 5 in the podcast.

Michael J. Skok, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor

As an entrepreneur of 20+ years, turned venture capitalist for the last decade+, Michael is passionate about investing to accelerate innovation and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. He is a lecturer at Harvard University, and shares lots of his amazingly relevant content on his blog: http://mjskok.com/

Carlos had the chance to sit down with Michael and ask him many questions about his background and his views on governance in a startup.

Spencer Lazar of General Catalyst

While in NYC, we had the chance to catch up with Spencer Lazar of General Catalyst. Spencer has been a long-time friend and is one of those few VCs who has been a product manager turned VC turned founder turned VC again, so it was great to catch up with him and hear his story.

From GC's website: Spencer focuses on early stage software & internet investments, with a particular interest in online marketplaces, mobile applications, web services, and enterprise IT.

He was previously the cofounder of Spontaneously, Inc - an iOS development studio. Prior to that he was an early stage software & internet investor at Accel in London, where he sourced and worked with companies including Hailo, Birchbox, Bonobos, ForgeRock, and Qriously. Preceding that, he was a growth equity investor at Insight Venture Partners, where he sourced & helped manage the firm's investments in 3P Learning, BeyondTrust, and GenArts. He started his career as a product manager at the mobile enterprise software developer, ScrollMotion.

Andrew & James of Valar Ventures

We had the chance to catch up with long-time friends Andrew and James of Valar Ventures (http://www.valar.com/about) during Seedcamp's US Trip stop in NYC.

Valar, a co-investor in Transferwise (http://www.transferwise.com) with us and other investors, is unique, for a US-based VC, in its mandate to "look for exceptionally talented founders who are creating beautiful products that are valuable across multiple geographies."

In their words: Valar’s core thesis is that an increasing number of transformative technology companies are being started outside of Silicon Valley and the United States, and that the founders of those companies will benefit from having a US partner that understands their unique challenges and opportunities and can help them achieve optimal growth.

We talked about what they look for in an investment, but also key things they've seen work (and not).

Lucas Nelson of Gotham Ventures

On our very first day of Seedcamp's Spring US Trip, we had the chance to visit Lucas Nelson of Gotham Ventures. With a background in hacking and a clear interest in the more technical companies and founders, he provides a very unique view into the world of investing and adding value as an investor.

During our chat his interest in helping CTOs surfaced. Through his co-creation of http://www.startupctosummit.com he provides CTOs a way to share their learnings with each other, and shares some of the top mistakes during our talk.

If you're ever in NYC, don't hesitate to get in touch with Lucas.

Gearoid O'Rourke on Design

Gearoid O'Rourke, Growth & Design lead at Hassle.com joins Carlos to discuss the subtleties behind the different styles of design thinking, and how founders should start thinking about design early on in their company's journey.

During our chat, Gearoid mentioned a couple of resources, which included:

Undercover User Experience Design by Cennydd Bowles A Book Apart series - http://abookapart.com/ Design+Banter - http://designandbanter.com/

If you want to get in touch with Gearoid, feel free to follow him on twitter - https://twitter.com/gearoidorourke

Vojtech Horna of Index Ventures

While visiting our offices to record a Meerkat video, we managed to hijack Vojtech, Communications Manager at Index Ventures to sit down with Dave and Carlos to chat about his background in PR and explored how startups can leverage PR as well as a content strategy to make an impact for customers and investors.

Philipp Moehring of AngelList

Philipp Moehring, ex-Seedcamp team member and now part of the team heading up AngelList Europe, shares with us his views on the future of platforms, investing in Europe, and his view on how things are evolving in the tech ecosystem globally.

Note: Sorry for the bad echo in the room. Our normal room (which arguably isn't perfect either) wasn't free.