Our star partners in conversation were venture capitalists and tech investors Seth Levine and Doug Burgum. A cofounder of Arthur Ventures and the former CEO of Great Plains Software, Doug was a board member and investor at SuccessFactors when it became the third-largest software-as-a-service acquisition in history. Seth has taken Foundry Group into the stratosphere as one of the best known and most successful early-stage venture-capital partnerships.
Those are their public faces. But in this fireside chat with LeadPages® founder Clay Collins, Seth and Doug get a little personal, talking about everything from their beginnings as a child candy magnates and newspaper tycoons, respectively, to their feelings about the place LeadPages® calls home: Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Tune in above for some surprising insights on tech in the Midwest (and to see Clay try to incite a fierce venture-capital rivalry with the entire state of Colorado). You’ll also learn:
- The advantages of not starting your software company in Silicon Valley
- The reason Midwestern entrepreneurs are the ones to watch for scalable profits
- Why Google-style office campuses could be on their way out
- The most meaningful three words Clay ever said to Seth
- Who Doug and Seth are looking to fund next in the Midwest—and exactly how to get their attention
One quick note: if you’re planning to watch with your budding young venture capitalists, be advised that the video contains a couple of brief moments of adult language. We’re sorry!