Origins - A podcast about Limited Partners, created by Notation Capital
About This Show
Origins is a podcast about Limited Partners, the firms and institutions that invest in venture capital funds. Through a series of interviews, we explore what has historically been an opaque corner of the startup ecosystem and learn how the people behind the capital make decisions. This podcast was created by Alex Lines and Nick Chirls, partners at Notation Capital.
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Soleio Cuervo and Adam Michela, Combine
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On this episode of Origins, we sit down with Soleio Cuervo and Adam Michela, the founding partners of Combine, a brand new design and venture firm. Combine is different than many of the other new venture firms we’ve profiled on the show, and Soleio and Adam are also unlike many of the founding partners we’ve interviewed to date. How exactly?
Well, for starters, they’ve both spent most of their careers as designers, playing meaningful roles in the product and organizational design of some of the most iconic startups in the past decade — Facebook, Airbnb, Dropbox, among others. During the past couple years as angel investors, Soleio and Adam both noticed how critical it was to recruit top designers and embed design culture into the organization of early-stage, fast-growing startups. But they also noticed how difficult this was to execute in practice, and how few investors in SV could bring this expertise to the table.
So Combine is a natural evolution of a mutual recognition of both these challenges, and they do this by combining capital and design advisory into an institutional early-stage venture capital firm. In this episode, we cover a lot — their backgrounds as designers in SV, the challenges of scaling design organizations, getting Combine off the ground together over the past year, the unusual structure of the firm, and what they hope to achieve with Combine in the future.