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TVS – Reflections and a Pause

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I just got back from a wonderful trip to Japan and Taiwan, extremely jetlagged, as it’s 5am currently in New York. Alas, as this podcast episode name sounds, I am putting the podcast on an indefinite pause due to a combination of work, learning, and side projects (crypto & blockchain) that I am working. Looking back on this incredible journey, I can’t believe the amount of episodes and reach that my podcast has had. That feeling of impact, of creating something from scratch is something that I have felt in love with, something that I want to replicate in my career, which has opened up my eyes to entrepreneurship. This is definitely not the end, but the closing of a chapter and I hope that you all stay tuned with what I am working on next! Please continue to e-mail me and keep me updated on your success and journey! alan@thevampiresquid.com With love, Alan

5 MIN2018 JAN 2
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TVS – Reflections and a Pause

TVS 056 – Credit Score (Bethy Hardeman – Credit Karma)

Welcome to Episode 56 of The Vampire Squid! Today we have on Bethy Hardeman, Chief Consumer Advocate, at Credit Karma! I wish I had taken a personal finance course in high school / college so I would have a better understanding of why a credit score is important, and the levers that I could pull to increase my score. Today’s episode is packed with advice on your credit score as well as debunking some myths about your credit score. Hope you all enjoy! * How did you get involved with Credit Karma and become the Chief Consumer Advocate? * What are some of the inputs for a Credit Score, and what is it used for? * Why your credit score isn’t just for credit cards * What are the levers to pull to increase your credit score and to do it faster? * Can having too high of a credit limit be bad for your credit score? * What are some of the other myths about your credit score that aren’t necessarily true? * How are users of Credit Karma affected by the Equifax, if it all? * Can opening too m...

22 MIN2017 NOV 7
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TVS 056 – Credit Score (Bethy Hardeman – Credit Karma)

TVS 055 – Poker and Investing

Today, we are going to talk about one of my favorite hobbies, Poker!, and how that relates to investing and finance. I’ve recently been watching a lot of poker online as well as reading Phil Hellmuth’s autobiography, Poker Brat, which gives a great insight into how Phil got so good at poker, and some of the risks he had to take to where got today. Today’s episode I will briefly go over one of the most famous types of poker games, Texas Hold’em, and then talk about what I think are transferable skills between playing poker and investing! I hope that you all enjoy! * How to play Texas Hold’em * Why Poker is not just about probability and statistics, and how it’s just as much about strategy and psychology * Why it’s fascinating to play poker with your friends and to see how they react under pressure * Skills that are transferable from Poker to Investing * Managing your bank roll * Making good decisions with incomplete information * Managing your emotions (going on “Tilt” in po...

14 MIN2017 OCT 16
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TVS 055 – Poker and Investing

TVS 054 – Finance to Startups and Entrepreneurship (Head of Expa Labs – Eric Friedman)

Today’s episode is with Eric Friedman, who is the head of Expa Labs,as six-month incubator for early-stage startups. This interview is one of the most informative and immediately applicable if you are interested in technology and / or pursuing entrepreneurship coming from a finance background. We dive into some great topics like the 1%, 9%, and 90% rule, how putting your own content out there is so critical, and why startups should not be over-glamorized like they have been in the media. I found this episode extremely rewarding, and the first 16 minutes dive into Eric’s background, and afterwards we dive into the meat of the episode. I hope that you all enjoy listening as much as I did recording! * How did you first get started in entrepreneurship and interested in technology? * How did you first get your job at union square ventures and what led you to work at Four Square? * What does a Business Development even mean at a company like Four Square? * What were some of the key take...

48 MIN2017 SEP 18
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TVS 054 – Finance to Startups and Entrepreneurship (Head of Expa Labs – Eric Friedman)

TVS 053 – Brian Wong (Founder of Kiip, 18 Year Old College Graduate)

Happy labor day weekend, and I’ve missed you guys! Welcome back, and I’m super excited for this season of TVS and share with you things that I have learned as well as interviews that I have had. I hope everyone had an awesome summer break and is refreshed to get back into the swing of things! Today’s episode is with Brian Wong, who is the founder of Kiip, and graduated college at the age of 18! He’s also written a book called,The Cheat Code, and is one of the most eccentric and funny people that I have interviewed thus far. This episode is jam packed with awesome advice from Brian on how he has become a successful entrepreneur, his experience with finance and consideration of investment banking, and how being Asian can help conceal your age! Brian’s contact info below: Twitter Email:brian@kiip.me * Which grades did you skip, and what was the experience like attending college at age 14? * How did you use your lowered age to your advantage in college? * Did you ever consider goin...

34 MIN2017 SEP 4
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TVS 053 – Brian Wong (Founder of Kiip, 18 Year Old College Graduate)

TVS – Summer Break til August

Congrats to everyone who has graduated or is currently graduating this year! I hope everyone gets to take some time off before you start your next venture whether that be starting a new job, going to get a masters, starting a business, or more! I will actually be taking a couple of months off as well due to some work commitments and travel commitment plans, but will be back in August where we will hit the ground running I have some very exciting guests lined up, and look forward to introducing them to you when we start again in August. This will be a great time for new listeners to also get a chance to catch up on my old episodes! As always, I will be very responsive over email at alan@thevampiresquid.com so please feel free to shoot me any questions or comments that you may have. I will also be posting regular updates on facebook.com/thevampiresquid about interesting things that I have been reading which may be helpful to you as well. I hope everyone enjoys their summer break, and ...

2 MIN2017 MAY 22
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TVS – Summer Break til August

TVS 052 – Introduction to Term Sheets

Happy episode number 52! TodayI will be giving a quick introduction to Term Sheets, which is one of the first important steps for a material business agreement like debt financing or equity financing. Today we will focus on equity financing, specifically venture capital investments in start-ups! This episode was actually inspired after I watched an episode ofSilicon Valley, where Erlich Bachman said, “If you utter the words virtual reality, venture capital firms will throw a term sheet at you.” In this episode, I will go over what is a term sheet, what it is used for, and what are some of the most common items on a term sheet. I hope this episode is informational and you learn a thing or two! Please also see asample term sheet that I found online which will be helpful in giving you some guidance in terms of what a term sheet actually looks like! Sample Term Sheet Download As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.Email me directly at alan@th...

12 MIN2017 MAY 15
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TVS 052 – Introduction to Term Sheets

TVS 051 – The Truth About Investing

Welcome back to episode 51 of The Vampire Squid! In today’s episode, we are going to be talking about “The Truth About Investing”, which is a presentation that Howard Marks (OakTree) created, which I found extremely insightful and a bit contrarian to how normal, everyday investors, like me, think. In this episode, I will go over some of my favorite quotes in the presentation and overlay my thoughts and experiences with some of the concepts that Howard Marks talks about. I hope that you learn a thing or two and enjoy the presentation (Attached Here)! The Truth About Investing As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora athttps://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

14 MIN2017 MAY 8
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TVS 051 – The Truth About Investing

TVS 050 – Thoughts after a life-changing paralyzing accident from a Thiel Fellow and Shark Tank Alum (Anthony Zhang) Part II

Episode 50!!Please see Part II of the interview that I did with Anthony Zhang where we dive deeper into his advice for first-time entrepreneurs and general advice for people that are facing setbacks in life, like not getting that job promotion, or not getting that grade that you wanted, how do you overcome and persevere through those challenges? I hope that you guys enjoy, and learn as much as I did from interviewing Anthony! * When did you have to start thinking about your startup after your accident? * What kept you motivated to try to get your company acquired while you were going through 5-6 hours of physical therapy everyday? * Did you use banks to help with the sale process or how did you get in touch with other companies to sell to? * How has the acquisition and transition process been? Do you feel that the strategy of JoyRun is in line with EnvoyNow? * What was the transition process of being the CEO and then becoming an employee of a company? * What is in your view the most...

18 MIN2017 MAY 1
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TVS 050 – Thoughts after a life-changing paralyzing accident from a Thiel Fellow and Shark Tank Alum (Anthony Zhang) Part II

TVS 049 – Thoughts after a life-changing paralyzing accident from a Thiel Fellow and Shark Tank Alum (Anthony Zhang)

I’m so excited to present this episode with,Anthony Zhang, who was the founder of EnvoyNow, a USC food delivery application.I first read about Anthony’s story in Fortune, where Anthony was a Thiel Fellow, Shark Tank Alum, in 500 Startups but went through a traumatic accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down… Anthony hasbeen doing a lot better since, and managed to sell his start-up while going through hours of physical therapy a day. His grit and passion isto say the least inspiring, and I hope that you enjoy the episode. * Could you please give a brief background of yourself? * What made you decide to start EnvoyNow instead of pursuing investment banking or consulting? * What was it like to pitch Mark Cuban at USC for Shark Tank? * When did you know that you were going to win the Thiel fellowship? * How does the Thiel Fellowship work? * Transitioning to your accident, could you touch upon what happened, your thoughts, and what helped you persevere and get through the d...

18 MIN2017 APR 24
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TVS 049 – Thoughts after a life-changing paralyzing accident from a Thiel Fellow and Shark Tank Alum (Anthony Zhang)

Latest Episodes

TVS – Reflections and a Pause

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I just got back from a wonderful trip to Japan and Taiwan, extremely jetlagged, as it’s 5am currently in New York. Alas, as this podcast episode name sounds, I am putting the podcast on an indefinite pause due to a combination of work, learning, and side projects (crypto & blockchain) that I am working. Looking back on this incredible journey, I can’t believe the amount of episodes and reach that my podcast has had. That feeling of impact, of creating something from scratch is something that I have felt in love with, something that I want to replicate in my career, which has opened up my eyes to entrepreneurship. This is definitely not the end, but the closing of a chapter and I hope that you all stay tuned with what I am working on next! Please continue to e-mail me and keep me updated on your success and journey! alan@thevampiresquid.com With love, Alan

5 MIN2018 JAN 2
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TVS – Reflections and a Pause

TVS 056 – Credit Score (Bethy Hardeman – Credit Karma)

Welcome to Episode 56 of The Vampire Squid! Today we have on Bethy Hardeman, Chief Consumer Advocate, at Credit Karma! I wish I had taken a personal finance course in high school / college so I would have a better understanding of why a credit score is important, and the levers that I could pull to increase my score. Today’s episode is packed with advice on your credit score as well as debunking some myths about your credit score. Hope you all enjoy! * How did you get involved with Credit Karma and become the Chief Consumer Advocate? * What are some of the inputs for a Credit Score, and what is it used for? * Why your credit score isn’t just for credit cards * What are the levers to pull to increase your credit score and to do it faster? * Can having too high of a credit limit be bad for your credit score? * What are some of the other myths about your credit score that aren’t necessarily true? * How are users of Credit Karma affected by the Equifax, if it all? * Can opening too m...

22 MIN2017 NOV 7
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TVS 056 – Credit Score (Bethy Hardeman – Credit Karma)

TVS 055 – Poker and Investing

Today, we are going to talk about one of my favorite hobbies, Poker!, and how that relates to investing and finance. I’ve recently been watching a lot of poker online as well as reading Phil Hellmuth’s autobiography, Poker Brat, which gives a great insight into how Phil got so good at poker, and some of the risks he had to take to where got today. Today’s episode I will briefly go over one of the most famous types of poker games, Texas Hold’em, and then talk about what I think are transferable skills between playing poker and investing! I hope that you all enjoy! * How to play Texas Hold’em * Why Poker is not just about probability and statistics, and how it’s just as much about strategy and psychology * Why it’s fascinating to play poker with your friends and to see how they react under pressure * Skills that are transferable from Poker to Investing * Managing your bank roll * Making good decisions with incomplete information * Managing your emotions (going on “Tilt” in po...

14 MIN2017 OCT 16
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TVS 055 – Poker and Investing

TVS 054 – Finance to Startups and Entrepreneurship (Head of Expa Labs – Eric Friedman)

Today’s episode is with Eric Friedman, who is the head of Expa Labs,as six-month incubator for early-stage startups. This interview is one of the most informative and immediately applicable if you are interested in technology and / or pursuing entrepreneurship coming from a finance background. We dive into some great topics like the 1%, 9%, and 90% rule, how putting your own content out there is so critical, and why startups should not be over-glamorized like they have been in the media. I found this episode extremely rewarding, and the first 16 minutes dive into Eric’s background, and afterwards we dive into the meat of the episode. I hope that you all enjoy listening as much as I did recording! * How did you first get started in entrepreneurship and interested in technology? * How did you first get your job at union square ventures and what led you to work at Four Square? * What does a Business Development even mean at a company like Four Square? * What were some of the key take...

48 MIN2017 SEP 18
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TVS 054 – Finance to Startups and Entrepreneurship (Head of Expa Labs – Eric Friedman)

TVS 053 – Brian Wong (Founder of Kiip, 18 Year Old College Graduate)

Happy labor day weekend, and I’ve missed you guys! Welcome back, and I’m super excited for this season of TVS and share with you things that I have learned as well as interviews that I have had. I hope everyone had an awesome summer break and is refreshed to get back into the swing of things! Today’s episode is with Brian Wong, who is the founder of Kiip, and graduated college at the age of 18! He’s also written a book called,The Cheat Code, and is one of the most eccentric and funny people that I have interviewed thus far. This episode is jam packed with awesome advice from Brian on how he has become a successful entrepreneur, his experience with finance and consideration of investment banking, and how being Asian can help conceal your age! Brian’s contact info below: Twitter Email:brian@kiip.me * Which grades did you skip, and what was the experience like attending college at age 14? * How did you use your lowered age to your advantage in college? * Did you ever consider goin...

34 MIN2017 SEP 4
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TVS 053 – Brian Wong (Founder of Kiip, 18 Year Old College Graduate)

TVS – Summer Break til August

Congrats to everyone who has graduated or is currently graduating this year! I hope everyone gets to take some time off before you start your next venture whether that be starting a new job, going to get a masters, starting a business, or more! I will actually be taking a couple of months off as well due to some work commitments and travel commitment plans, but will be back in August where we will hit the ground running I have some very exciting guests lined up, and look forward to introducing them to you when we start again in August. This will be a great time for new listeners to also get a chance to catch up on my old episodes! As always, I will be very responsive over email at alan@thevampiresquid.com so please feel free to shoot me any questions or comments that you may have. I will also be posting regular updates on facebook.com/thevampiresquid about interesting things that I have been reading which may be helpful to you as well. I hope everyone enjoys their summer break, and ...

2 MIN2017 MAY 22
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TVS – Summer Break til August

TVS 052 – Introduction to Term Sheets

Happy episode number 52! TodayI will be giving a quick introduction to Term Sheets, which is one of the first important steps for a material business agreement like debt financing or equity financing. Today we will focus on equity financing, specifically venture capital investments in start-ups! This episode was actually inspired after I watched an episode ofSilicon Valley, where Erlich Bachman said, “If you utter the words virtual reality, venture capital firms will throw a term sheet at you.” In this episode, I will go over what is a term sheet, what it is used for, and what are some of the most common items on a term sheet. I hope this episode is informational and you learn a thing or two! Please also see asample term sheet that I found online which will be helpful in giving you some guidance in terms of what a term sheet actually looks like! Sample Term Sheet Download As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.Email me directly at alan@th...

12 MIN2017 MAY 15
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TVS 052 – Introduction to Term Sheets

TVS 051 – The Truth About Investing

Welcome back to episode 51 of The Vampire Squid! In today’s episode, we are going to be talking about “The Truth About Investing”, which is a presentation that Howard Marks (OakTree) created, which I found extremely insightful and a bit contrarian to how normal, everyday investors, like me, think. In this episode, I will go over some of my favorite quotes in the presentation and overlay my thoughts and experiences with some of the concepts that Howard Marks talks about. I hope that you learn a thing or two and enjoy the presentation (Attached Here)! The Truth About Investing As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.Email me directly at alan@the vampiresquid.com or on the contact form. Also, please subscribe to my facebook page for live updates facebook.com/thevampiresquid. Also follow me on Quora athttps://www.quora.com/profile/Alan-Li-1. To support us check us out at Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/thevampiresquid

14 MIN2017 MAY 8
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TVS 051 – The Truth About Investing

TVS 050 – Thoughts after a life-changing paralyzing accident from a Thiel Fellow and Shark Tank Alum (Anthony Zhang) Part II

Episode 50!!Please see Part II of the interview that I did with Anthony Zhang where we dive deeper into his advice for first-time entrepreneurs and general advice for people that are facing setbacks in life, like not getting that job promotion, or not getting that grade that you wanted, how do you overcome and persevere through those challenges? I hope that you guys enjoy, and learn as much as I did from interviewing Anthony! * When did you have to start thinking about your startup after your accident? * What kept you motivated to try to get your company acquired while you were going through 5-6 hours of physical therapy everyday? * Did you use banks to help with the sale process or how did you get in touch with other companies to sell to? * How has the acquisition and transition process been? Do you feel that the strategy of JoyRun is in line with EnvoyNow? * What was the transition process of being the CEO and then becoming an employee of a company? * What is in your view the most...

18 MIN2017 MAY 1
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TVS 050 – Thoughts after a life-changing paralyzing accident from a Thiel Fellow and Shark Tank Alum (Anthony Zhang) Part II

TVS 049 – Thoughts after a life-changing paralyzing accident from a Thiel Fellow and Shark Tank Alum (Anthony Zhang)

I’m so excited to present this episode with,Anthony Zhang, who was the founder of EnvoyNow, a USC food delivery application.I first read about Anthony’s story in Fortune, where Anthony was a Thiel Fellow, Shark Tank Alum, in 500 Startups but went through a traumatic accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down… Anthony hasbeen doing a lot better since, and managed to sell his start-up while going through hours of physical therapy a day. His grit and passion isto say the least inspiring, and I hope that you enjoy the episode. * Could you please give a brief background of yourself? * What made you decide to start EnvoyNow instead of pursuing investment banking or consulting? * What was it like to pitch Mark Cuban at USC for Shark Tank? * When did you know that you were going to win the Thiel fellowship? * How does the Thiel Fellowship work? * Transitioning to your accident, could you touch upon what happened, your thoughts, and what helped you persevere and get through the d...

18 MIN2017 APR 24
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TVS 049 – Thoughts after a life-changing paralyzing accident from a Thiel Fellow and Shark Tank Alum (Anthony Zhang)
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