Harry Stebbings has managed to crack into the world of venture capital and create the field’s biggest podcast, ‘The Twenty Minute VC’, at just 23-years-old.
You may not have heard of Harry Stebbings, but he’s a big deal in the world of venture capital.
At 18 years old he set up his own podcast titled ‘The Twenty Minute VC’, a short form interview series with leading venture capital figures and CEOs. Each episode offers tips and advice for small start-ups looking for investment, and has proved to be wildly popular, pushing Stebbings to the forefront of the industry. He’s since extended his skills outside of podcasting, setting up his own venture capital firm in 2018 called Stride.VC.
If you’re wondering what exactly a venture capitalist is, allow me to explain. A venture capitalist is usually a very wealthy business owner or CEO who’s interested in funding smaller start-up businesses in exchange for a percentage of profits further down the line. They’re also likely to have creative control over certain aspects of the company, as it’s their money on the line if things go south. This type of business is risky but can lead to huge rewards later on – making it a win for everyone involved.
Ever seen Dragon’s Den? It’s like that, sort of, except there are less cameras and investors probably don’t turn up to meetings with giant wads of cash next to them. I can’t confirm that doesn’t happen, though.
Harry frequently talks to the top venture capitalists who are dishing out money, giving start-ups pointers on how to secure investment. It’s a must listen for anyone interested in entering venture capitalism in the future, or looking to jump into the world of start-ups and emerging companies. Check out on of his interviews with iCIMS CEO Steve Lucas below.