Rob Vickery Cult/Tech Podcast Transcript

Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/redcupagency/culttech-podcast-with-rob-vickery-of-stage-venture-partners

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Lee Schneider: It’s the Cult Tech Podcast, I’m Lee Schneider. Joining us today is Rob Vickery, co-founder of Stage Venture Partners. Stage is a seed fund based in Los Angeles that invests in software startups with creative technology. Hey, Rob, welcome to the podcast.

Rob Vickery: Hi, how are you?

Lee: I’m doing very well, excited to do this. You guys are risk takers among risk takers, you invest in new platforms. Define that a little bit [00:00:30] for me, what would you call a new platform?

Rob: Yeah, so being in the seed stage, that means we’re investing in companies that have typically got like a minimum, some sort of a minimum viable product and maybe just the very early stages of traction. Now what that typically means are that some of these companies, they fall into two buckets. The first bucket is that they might be in what we call the frontier technology space, which are things that probably will live in [00:01:00] two or three years in …

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Lee Schneider is the lead on all podcasting projects. He has 20 years’ experience in media production, spanning television, film and podcasting. He has produced the Be Global Podcast, TechSmart Podcast, Cult/Tech Podcast, Smidge Wines Podcast, Edtech NOW, Inside the Mind of Your Angel Investor, and Storytime Friday Podcast, and has consulted on many more. Dave Mendonca is Red Cup’s booking producer. Tom Disher is our production superviser. He also is a composer who licenses music tracks. David Helpling provides music tracks from his music library. Music is also provided by Ovra Music. Kate Durocher writes articles and develops content. Julie Dwyer Brody creates graphics.  We have two assistant editors who assist Lee with editing.

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