NFTs, Metaverse, Web3, and new realities of startup investing, with Founders Co-op’s Aviel Ginzburg

Founders’ Co-op General Partner Aviel Ginzburg. (Founders’ Co-op Photo)

So much of what happens in the startup world comes from serendipitous moments, random interactions that lead to fresh insights and new collaborations. And so much of that has traditionally happened at events, meetups, coffee meetings, and other in-person gatherings.

Two years into the pandemic and remote work, what are the implications?

That’s our first topic on this episode of the GeekWire Podcast with entrepreneur, software engineer and investor Aviel Ginzburg, general partner at Seattle-based seed-stage venture fund Founders Co-op.

The former Techstars Managing Director for Amazon’s Alexa Accelerator, Ginzburg was co-founder of social analytics platform Simply Measured, acquired by Sprout Social in 2017. Before that, he was one of the first software engineers at Appature, which was later acquired by IMS Health.

We also dive into NFTs, crypto, Web3, and the Metaverse, getting his take on each as an investor and entrepreneur (and longtime World of Warcraft gamer).

We discuss how he and Chris DeVore, the Founders Co-op managing partner, are looking to differentiate themselves from other VCs and investors at a time when so much funding is sloshing around.

And we take a look at our newly published list of unicorn companies in the Seattle area, which include some of Founders Co-op’s portfolio companies, as well as a big one that got away. 

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Hosted by GeekWire co-founders John Cook and Todd Bishop. Edited by Curt Milton. Theme music by Daniel L.K. Caldwell.

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