On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Skyler Fernandes of Venture University. Skyler has an extensive background in venture capital and private equity. Venture University, now over a year old, is a multistage venture fund, primarily focused on the seed and series A stage. Venture University sources deals from several areas, including consumer enterprise, Fintech, blockchain healthcare, and ‘frontier tech’. Skyler talks about how Venture University fulfills the increasing need for a scalable funding model. In addition, Venture University is also part ‘trade school’, a competitive training program with a full-time admissions team for people to get into venture capital and private equity.
Skyler explains VU’s investment thesis and what criteria matter most when looking at startups. He also highlights how emerging technologies like AI and blockchain are reshaping the investing landscape by creating efficiencies and liquidity. In addition, he discusses some of of the developments in the Fintech and healthcare spaces. Finally, Skyler talks about how both ends of the capital spectrum are building out, from multibillion-dollar funds to 1-50 million micro VCs.
You can find Venture University at https://www.venture.university/
Skyler can be reached on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jskylerfernandes
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