April 13, 2022

#98 Stage Venture Partners: Investing Where Others Aren't Looking in Early-Stage Technology | Alex Rubalcava, Founder & Managing Partner

#98 Stage Venture Partners: Investing Where Others Aren't Looking in Early-Stage Technology | Alex Rubalcava, Founder & Managing Partner

In Episode #98, we explore investing where others aren't looking in early-stage technology. We’re joined by Alex Rubalcava, founder and managing partner at Stage Venture Partners. We cover finding emerging technologies and applications to invest in, investment opportunities in space, and founder mafias.


In Episode #98, we explore investing where others aren't looking in early-stage technology. We’re joined by Alex Rubalcava, founder and managing partner at Stage Venture Partners. We cover finding emerging technologies and applications to invest in, investment opportunities in space, and founder mafias.

“To me, the three questions that matter when evaluating a management team are, can you ship? Can you sell? And can you hire?” – Alex Rubalcava

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CHAPTERS

This episode is our definitive guide to investing where others aren’t looking in early-stage tech. In it we cover:

  • (00:00:00) – Introduction
  • (00:02:04) – Alex’s career in investing
  • (00:06:41) – Investing in technology
  • (00:13:32) –  Stage Venture Partners’ investment thesis
  • (00:23:30) – Investing in manufacturing and industrial applications
  • (00:34:41) – Finding emerging technologies and applications to invest in
  • (00:39:04) – Investment opportunities in space
  • (00:49:48) – On founder mafias
  • (00:52:42) – Attending annual Berkshire Hathaway meetings
  • (00:56:51) – Patience and long-term ownership in investing

ABOUT STAGE VENTURE PARTNERS

Stage VP invests hyper early, typically preseed and seed into deep technology companies across four core verticals, which includes space technology, industrial applications, healthcare and life sciences and e-commerce tools. What fascinated me about Alex and Stage VP is the incredibly unique approach of investing super early into hyper difficult technological problems with the ability to help shepherd these companies from seed to series A and beyond. So I wanted to sit down with Alex to dive into each of his focus verticals, talk through his early investments in GrayMatter, VeriSIM Life and Epsilon3, and understand his approach to investing in deeply technical companies.

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