May 23, 2019

The VentureFizz Podcast: Alex Iskold - Managing Partner at 2048 Ventures

For the 101st episode of our podcast, I interviewed Alex Iskold, Managing Partner at 2048 Ventures.

Alex is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of success. Recently, he was the Managing Director for Techstars New York, where he ran the program for five years.

Alex is now onto the next chapter in his career. He has launched an early stage venture capital firm called 2048 Ventures with his Partner, Paul Sethi. The firm recently announced a $27M fund which will be used to invest in exceptional first-time entrepreneurs or repeat founders with a first-time founder mindset, which is a term that he explains during our interview. Another important strategy for this firm is the fact that they will be taking a location agnostic approach.

In this episode of our podcast, we cover lots of topics, like:

  • Alex’s background story going back to when he immigrated to the US when he was 19, and his early positions on Wall Street.
  • His experience as a serial entrepreneur and the companies he founded.
  • How he got involved in Techstars, and what that experience taught him after running the program, plus some practical advice for getting into this top accelerator.
  • All the details on 2048 Ventures and what they are targeting for investments.
  • The questions that entrepreneurs should ask investors.
  • What is the “magic moment” that a company should be looking for?
  • The current state of the NY tech scene.
  • Plus, a lot more.

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Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.