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I interviewed Jason Mendelson, Managing Director Foundry Group @NVCA Venturescape.  He spoke about how being a musician has helped him connect better with entrepreneurs.  Music has helped him develop an emotional connection with himself & as a result he finds it easier to relate to entrepreneurs.  “Hey look at that dude out there on the stage, hey he’d be a great Board member!”  He also spoke about the changes in the venture industry.  (1) Fundamental change is the democratization of  being an entrepreneur: you don’t have to be in Silicon Valley & raise $5m to start a company. 15 years ago that was the paradigm & you had to be in Boston or Silicon Valley.  Gone! Boom! Anybody can start a company anywhere! The venture industry has had to adapt & react to that both moving earlier & doing smaller deals & spending a lot more time mentoring (that’s what the Office Hours is about). VCs are spending much more time mentoring even people that they’ll never invest in just because its the right thing to do.  The way that the industry is reinventing itself is really understanding that the customer is the entrepreneur not necessarily the investor.  Our clients are the investors & obviously we need to make sure that they get a good return on their investment but the customer is the entrepreneur.

Pemo Theodore

Pemo Theodore is a Media Publisher and a great people connector. She is Founder Silicon Valley TV which has served the San Francisco Bay Area for 12 years! She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups for 10 years. Pemo loves to video interview venture capitalists & founders to engage the human behind the success stories.. She has been Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley for 6 years, organizing twice monthly FinTech talks & panels in San Francisco & Palo Alto and audio podcasts. She believes in learning through a great discussion with experts in the domains. Pemo has a talent to bring the right people together and is an incredible networker. Pemo's events have been seen as supporting Venture Capitalists & Angels in sourcing great deal flow from startups who attend her events. Many founders have received funding through meeting investors at her events. Her favored medium is audio & visual media and she has built up a great body of work of videos of panels & interviews and podcasts in Silicon Valley startup ecosystem. She has lived & worked in Canada, Australia, Ireland, London, Northern Ireland, New Zealand & Silicon Valley. Bio https://pemo.one

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