Moving Up Podcast
Hear directly from business leaders. Secrets to success, struggles along the way, optimal career paths and life in general.
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About the Host
Alex began his career as an analyst at JPMorgan Private Bank. After completing the program, he moved into investment banking at Houlihan Lokey in their restructuring group. Alex went on to work at a digital media company before getting his MBA at UCLA Anderson. After business school, Alex co-founded a fintech app called Payclub. Alex grew up in Park City, Utah and loves to ski and golf.
Deciding on startups vs the buy-side. Developing flexible decision making and the secrets of climbing the ranks and making partner in 5-years.
How Venmo came to be, why they incorporated the social stream and how it was life or death at the end.
Comparing working at Google vs. startups. The non-obvious part of being in venture. The pre-seed investing market and the conflict between ambition and discipline
Daniel launched his career at Apple and then became a startup guy before that was common. His quest to find a job that connects both sides of the brain, what goes into design at Apple and my favorite piece of advice ever (at the end).
David is an investor at a top vc fund. His path to get there went through banking but was filled with challenges and required some creativity - even persisting after getting fired. Going from being a financial advisor to investment banker, proving that your serious and exchanging hard work for the opportunity to learn.
Not chasing roles or titles but focusing on the people you will work with and turning down amazing jobs and lots of money in pursuit of learning
Working all over the world going from pe to corp dev to consulting and now vc. Career moving tactics and transactional work vs. strategy.
Super angel investor on pioneering the asset class. How to be good at it, how to value a startup and passing on writing one of the very first checks into Amazon.
Is an entrepreneur born or made? Launching the 1st internet radio service selling it for a life changing amount and then getting into the toilet seat business.
What makes a good entrepreneur, how to accelerate results by going to work for a successful entrepreneur and why startups take so long to build.
Differentiating yourself in IB recruiting. How working in banking made him realize he wanted to be an entrepreneur and building a network when you don't have one.
Hadley followed his love for technology to get into venture investing. How/why he started his own fund vs working for an existing one. Focusing on 1 thing and a couple life hacks at the end.
Working hard to get what you want but realizing that good things happen when you least obsess about them.
Michael did IB, PE and b-school, founded 4 company's and now invests in startups at the very earliest stage. Leaving private equity for a career in broken unloved and new businesses.
Choosing love over fear, having it ALL and why you need a personal mission statement.
Mark is a successful VC. We discuss consulting vs. banking (he did both) the biggest mistake of his career and how working for free can save you money (if you don't get an MBA). Also, how to get a job at a startup.
Buying media businesses in China, taking them public and finding a way to be interesting.
How to do Crossfit for your brain, not finishing books and why tenacity is the only thing that matters.
Mark started his career at Morgan Stanley worked on the Tesla IPO became an early employee at Dropbox and now Partner at Index Ventures. His advice to skip banking and how to get an unfair advantage in tech. @Goldman Snacks
The path from software engineer to lawyer (at a prestigious firm) to tech. Why it's so easy to chase a big name and big money instead of finding what's right for you.
Leaving consulting (Mckinsey and Deloitte) to go to Wharton. Staring a business in b-school, the pros and cons.
Brian talks about being one of the first VC's in SoCal and the grind that it has been. Having humility and confidence in yourself and what he attributes his success to. @ptm24
The VC funnel, what it takes to be a wine collector and serendipity in life.
2 types of people in the business world - principles and agents and the importance of having fun a long the way.
Mark was an investment banker for 22 years. He sold his bank to RBC, became the COO of Los Angeles and now is a venture investor. Why he doesn't like traditional meeting structures and how he uses pattern recognition to invest in startups.
Steve started GroupMe, sold it 370 later days for $85 million. How timing is crucial, 2-paths to life, and why he continues to grind.
Discussing all things real estate, learning by doing and how one small investment can build a real estate empire.
Now CEO of Philo, how he made the decision to leave FB and why it was an easy choice. Also, a tip for taking the pressure off of big decisions.
Dropping out of HBS and doing free work to break-in. Being persistent without being annoying. Why there is no shame in not knowing what you want to do.
Fintech investing guru Sheel Mohnot discusses what you need to be successful in the startup world. What investors are looking for and how to embrace failure.
@famejranc @Walker Texas Banker @REPE God @Muzach...
Geoff Woods runs the business behind The 1 Thing, the highest rated business book of all time. Actionable discussion on how to invest your time.
Fabrice left Mckinsey to be a tech entrepreneur. Did that, made millions, gave it all away to have nowhere to live and less than 100 items. His journey and how to write yourself an email to help make important life decisions. @vjunior60 @John Rocker
Howard tell us why the more paper you have the better. Public vs private markets and how you should be investing. Career path recommendations for wannabe entrepreneurs.
@ibpotential @PenAndPencils @notbad4aquant @AnotherAnother
Ali discusses his scrappy and creative start to becoming a venture capitalist. The steps he took and his advice on how to become a vc without working for one. How to have others network on your behalf and a little on crypto investing at the end. Mentions: @monkey_brah @m8 @APAE...
How to shift your thinking to the mindset entrepreneurs need. Working on the hard stuff, pushing yourself and then rubbing success in everyone's face.
Chris Powers, real estate and startup investor, tells us how important it is to be curious and genuine. The advantages of not knowing what you're doing and what to do if you don't have a network.
Dale Godboldo is the first movie star to be on the podcast. We chat about his entrepreneurial and social passions along with the business of being an actor.
Joanne Wilson tells us why she has been investing in strong female founders since 2007, blogging since 2003 and how it's all about pursuing happiness.
Urs Cete runs venture investing for Bertelsmann Digital Media. His path to becoming a VC and what skills set him apart. A day in the life and how to pitch a VC.
Enlightening conversation with storyteller Jordan Taylor Wright. How to remove stress from your life and how the universe will reward you for being yourself.
The future of solar power and how to invest in it. A framework to not let fear guide your decision making and Bryan's philosophy for how to change jobs.
Mark lays out how to start investing in real estate. How he left his IB job and now works 2 hours per week.
Caleb Williams chats about why choosing to go to HBS was a hard decision. The difference between life at McKinsey and Bridgewater and how his goals led him to venture capital.
Bhavin started Magoosh while getting his MBA at Berkeley. He walks us through what that was like, deciding not to return to Deloitte after school and losing his co-founder.
Kelly helps entrepreneur's build businesses and has invested in over 70 companies. What a VC looks for and thinks about, his relationship with the president (Apprentice Season 2 winner) and why leadership is the only thing that matters for start-ups.
Pete left Bain to become a speaker, author and podcaster. What he learned at Bain that helped him become an entrepreneur and the hypothesis driven thinking necessary to succeed. Also, takeaways from 276 episodes of How to be Awesome at your Job.
Brendan Wallace, Co-Founder of Fifth Wall Ventures discusses tech colliding with the built world. How they raised over $200m for their first fund and what to do if you didn't start your career at GS.
Energy trading guru Gene Rubio discuses how to go from back office to front office and then start your own company. How to be honest with yourself and how you can hustle your way to success.
Ronald is at a crossroads. Having just graduated from Wharton and taking a start-up through YC, he doesn't have a job, nor does he know what he will do next. His flaws, how to find happiness while unemployed and a look into his process. Also, what's a search fund?
Chad shares his 3 hacks for working 100-hour weeks. He walks us through his decision process for 3 incredible offers - a job at Andreessen Horowitz, being the first employee at Dollar Shave Club (which sold for $1B) or starting his own company. How he is starting his own VC fund now and wants you to work at it!