#18 How a 20 yr old became a Venture Capital star, Harry Stebbings- The Twenty Minute VC

“I never paid a dollar for marketing – if you have a great product it can sell itself if the market is not too proliferated.”

In this episode, we’re joined by Harry Stebbings- the 20 yr old who has become somewhat of a star in the Venture Capital industry. He set out to make his mark on it after watching Peter Thiel invest in Facebook in the The Social Network movie as a teen. Harry is the host of the 20 Minute VC podcast where he has interviewed over 600 investors and thought-leaders, he’s amassed over 100k subscribers and has sponsors queuing up to put their services in front of his audience.

For those of you don’t know, Venture Capitalists are often the first finance backers of high-risk technology companies when they’re tiny- they wrote the first cheques for Facebook, Uber, Air BnB and the rest of them!  In this episode we’ll hear about how:

– An unknown British schoolboy made his mark on the industry through his podcast the 20 Minute VC, all off his own back after watching The Social Network at the age of 13;

– Without a $ spent on paid marketing, how he’s built an army of 100k brand advocates and persuaded over 600 influential investors to engage with the show;

– What investment categories are ripe for digital disruption from education to autonomous cars;

– Lastly, we discuss the tipping point of when tech starts to harm rather than help society, pondering questions behind the morality of artificial intelligence.

Available as podcast in iTunes (Apple) and Stitcher (Android)

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