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by Patrick O’Shaughnessy

My guest this week is Brian Singerman, a partner at the
venture capital firm Founders Fund. Founder’s Fund is widely considered one of
the top VC firms and its partners are known to have diverse investment
strategies.

Brian invests across industries and focuses on backing
exceptional founders. You’ll hear right off the bat that he cares about moat,
market, and strong execution. I love his point that the only way to become a
good investor is to do a lot of investing. He describes himself an investor who
uses his gut a lot, which took me a while to get used to in our conversation.
But I have to say that at the end of this episode I felt refreshed and
generally excited to keep putting in reps in my own way, both in the podcast
and the quant research settings. I hope you enjoy.

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Show Notesd

1:28 – (First Question) – What Brian looks for when
evaluating companies

2:38 – What a moat looks like in investing

3:11 – Most memorable initial moat

4:17 – How he evaluates a potential market

5:28 – Attributes they look for in founders

6:24 – Most significant technological changes and how they
have impacted his investment strategy

8:57 – The sourcing of his deals

13:00 – Qualities he likes at various stages of deal sourcing

13:46 – How he evaluates the teams he may fund

15:17 – His take on the pricing landscape for deals

16:13 – How he allocates his time as a board member

17:16 – Thoughts on long term stock exchange

18:26 – How much research does he do on an industry in order
to stay on top of his investments

20:10 – Outside information he follows

21:20 –  Other
investors he’s learned a lot from

23:12 – What values does Peter Thiel instill in the partners

24:05 – Process of StemCentrics

26:03 – Other places holding his interest today

26:57 – His interest in e-sports

31:44 – Interactions with LP’s

32:51 – What they look for in recruiting new partners

34:32 – How geography impacts the opportunity for new ideas

36:24 – Opportunities in public companies and other
investment types

37:57 – Aspects of overseeing a startup venture

39:26 – Kindest thing anyone has done for him

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