I interviewed Josh Elman, Partner Greylock Partners @GLAZED Conference.  Josh worked for Linkedin, facebook & Twitter & now hes on the venture side he’s interested in companies that have very small connections & bring people together that can have similar impacts on the world.  He looks for things like large networks, new social platforms, or marketplace platforms that really change the way that people build things & connect to each other.  He spoke about his journey to be a venture capitalist. He always loved joining with founders who had huge ideas which he thought could be a lot bigger for the world & help them realize that.  He likes to become a key part of teams of 4, 5 or 6 companies & help them grow to similar scale.  He sees it more as joining a team rather than investing.  ‘It’s really lucky to be able to build things that you think will have an impact on the future!”  He spoke about the changes in the venture industry: “We’re in a really amazing period right now where it’s cheaper & easier to get a company started & going & seeing if an idea will work, to see if customers & users will be attracted to something new.  We’re in this great age of experimentation & the experimentation is already starting to happen in hardware & is already starting to catch up to what you can do in software. Its incredible & it has changed the financing structure. It’s faster & easier to find money to get these businesses off the ground from a whole bunch of different vehicles & people than ever before.  But you can’t forget that it still takes years & years of hard work building a business.  The business of venture capital as people who pool money & are then able to go invest in other companies to help them get that scale isn’t really changing to help build companies for the long long haul.  Even though at this early stage of experimenting getting ideas off the ground we are seeing radical shifts!

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Pemo Theodore is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is Executive Producer of Smart Money Silicon Valley: Network with & Learn from Silicon Valley Investors! NoPanels: Engage Directly with Investors & Industry Leaders; VCHangout: hangout with Investors! & PitchPerfect Silicon Valley: Craft your Pitch & Slide Deck for Funding! & Silicon Valley TV: Broadcasting Silicon Valley to the World! & Avion Global: Launching Diverse Mobile & IOT Startups Globally! & VC Spotlight: Spotlight on Investors! & FinTech Week Silicon Valley. She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors EZebis: Winning the Venture Game! She is based in Silicon Valley. She has been involved in online business for 10 years. She has been in small business for 39 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research with vcs, angels & women founders) “Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation” available on Scribd.

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