April 8, 2022

#97 Ben Boyer of R-Zero: My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More | 20 Minute Playbook

#97 Ben Boyer of R-Zero: My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More | 20 Minute Playbook

In Episode #97, we deconstruct Ben Boyer's peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. Ben Boyer is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of R-Zero and Managing Director at Tenaya Capital. We cover investing through market cycles and how to be a great board member.


In Episode #97, we deconstruct Ben Boyer's peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. Ben Boyer is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of R-Zero and Managing Director at Tenaya Capital. We cover investing through market cycles and how to be a great board member.

“I don't think you can over-network. I think it is very much a club, and that's good and bad, but there's a lot of flow of information that happens amongst friends. And so to the extent you can build a network of people to share information, I think you're at an advantage to others.” – Ben Boyer

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FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT

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CHAPTERS

In this episode, we deconstruct Ben Boyer’s peak performance playbook—from their favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on their life. In it we cover:

  • (00:00:00) – Introduction
  • (00:01:37) – Ben’s start in venture capital
  • (00:08:04) – Transitioning from the public market to venture capital
  • (00:16:53) – Working with Chinese companies
  • (00:21:25) – Advice for new venture capitalists
  • (00:22:40) – Recommended books
  • (00:24:58) – Defining success

 

ABOUT BEN BOYER

Ben Boyer is Co-Founder and CEO of R-Zero, maker of the world's first continuous autonomous disinfection system, and Managing Director at the early to growth stage VC firm Tenaya Capital. In this episode, we cover the lessons that Ben has learned as a VC over the last 20 years, first at Lehman Brothers, and then building Tenaya Capital. Ben's experience investing in the first wave of Chinese tech companies, and the lessons he learned from some of the best Chinese CEOs. How he approached building R-Zero using his experience as a venture capitalist, Ben's favorite recent re-healthy buildings, and why he thinks we're on the cusp of a revolution in building technology, and Ben's advice for new founders and investors.

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