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Sten Tamkivi, CEO & Co-Founder of Teleport

Sten, founder of Teleport (, a Seedcamp & A16Z company, has created an online service to help discover and budget your next move.

We had the chance to sit down and learn how his notable background (serial entreprenuer, advisor to the President of Estonia, GM @ Skype, and EIR @ A16Z) helped shape the origins of the company and how he is serving an ever increasing pool of people around the world who are mobile because of their career.

Rob Go of Nextview Ventures

We had the chance to sit down and chat with co-founder Rob Go of NextView Ventures while at their offices in Boston.

With a background in operational product-focused roles at eBay, Fidelity and BzzAgent, and having spent some time as a VC at Spark Capital prior to starting NextView, Rob brings a wealth of different points of view to the companies he works with.

Chris Traganos, Director of Developer Relations at Evernote

As Director of Developer Relations at Evernote, Chris plays an important role in evangelising Evernote's API as well as working to improve the tools, services, and outreach for Evernote's community of developers around the world.

We had a chance to sit down with Chris and talk to him about how he's worked with companies in the past, what he has seen be successful (and not), and what he recommends for anyone wishing to create their own public API.

Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital and author of Mastering the VC Game

We had a chance to sit down with Jeff, author of Mastering the VC Game to get his insights on company development and what he looks for in a founder.

Jeff is a former entrepreneur (Upromise, Open Market) who joined Flybridge in 2002 and focuses on the consumer, marketing services, e-commerce, software and mobile start-up markets. On the side, he serves as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School where he teaches a class on entrepreneurship and lean start-ups called Launching Technology Ventures and has co-authored ten HBS cases. Jeff also currently sits on the board of MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange and is a Founding Executive Committee Member of First Growth Venture Network, a network of venture and angel investors supporting entrepreneurs building companies in the New York area.

Jeff holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar.

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:

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 ( during Seedcamp's US Trip stop in NYC.

Valar, a co-investor in Transferwise ( 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 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.