My guest today is David Fialkow, co-founder of General Catalyst. If you are looking for a dose of fun, charismatic energy from a very unique investor then this is the conversation for you. David has a diverse background not only as an investor but also as a philanthropist and filmmaker. He won an Academy Award for his role as the producer of the 2018 documentary Icarus. During our conversation, David and I dive into what makes a great founder, the importance of storytelling, and the value of effectively convening people within your network. After listening to all of his great stories, I think you’ll see why David has so much fun and success helping founders. Please enjoy my great conversation with David Fialkow.
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[00:03:03] - [First question] - How the process started that led to filming Icarus and becoming a VC
[00:16:01] - Lessons learned about identifying creativity in potential founders
[00:19:26] - What it looks like when a founder doesn’t clearly love their product
[00:24:35] - Different aspects of building a successful investment firm
[00:28:22] - Features of Ken Chenault that differentiates him from other CEOs
[00:30:12] - Applicable lessons for the effective convening of people
[00:35:20] - Whether or not he cares about the business model of new companies they back
[00:40:57] - The story of Icarus
[00:47:24] - What is David drawn to at the moment
[00:51:13] - Key ingredients required to tell a powerful and convincing story
[00:53:16] - The kindest thing anyone has ever done for him