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Fund81 Episode #3: The Generalist vs the Specialist VC with Nick Moran

Venture Capitalists are increasingly looking for ways to differentiate themselves and produce better returns. One popular path to this is specialization according to geography, industry sector, etc. In this episode, I talk with Nick Moran, general partner at New Stack Ventures and the host of one of my favorite podcasts, the Full Ratchet. Nick shared his insights on venture capital fund specialization gained from the hundreds of VCs he has interviewed.

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