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Episode 146

Anthony Pompliano

Managing Partner at Full Tilt Capital. Previously ran Product & Growth teams @Facebook

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Anthony Pompliano is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Full Tilt Capital, an early stage venture capital firm. Anthony served as a Sergeant in the US military and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. After his service in the military, Anthony launched two startups of his own in North Carolina - which were both later acquired. Anthony then decided to move to San Francisco and learn from larger startups. He worked on growth at both Facebook (with the Pages team) and later with Snapchat. Today, he’s leading one of the most active venture capital firms - having made more than 22 deals in their first 90 days. Anthony joins us to share his story, how he started his career in tech, what it’s like building a venture capital firm, what they look for in investments, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Anthony started his career in tech
  • Learn more about what it was like building and selling his first 2 startups
  • Learn more about how Anthony approaches growth
  • Learn more about what it's like starting a VC firm and what Anthony looks for in investments
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Anthony Pompliano is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Full Tilt Capital, an early stage venture capital firm.

Anthony served as a Sergeant in the US military and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. After his service in the military, Anthony launched two startups of his own in North Carolina - which were both later acquired.

Anthony then decided to move to San Francisco and learn from larger startups. He worked on growth at both Facebook (with the Pages team) and later with Snapchat.

Today, he’s leading one of the most active venture capital firms - having made more than 22 deals in their first 90 days.

Anthony joins us to share his story, how he started his career in tech, what it’s like building a venture capital firm, what they look for in investments, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:40
Where are you from and what did you study?

1:58
Where did your passion for technology and startups develop?

3:00
Following your Military service, you founded your second startup called DigaForce. Can you tell us more about this startup and what motivated you to start it?

6:04
You then joined Facebook to help lead growth for the Pages product. How did you create the opportunity to join the team at Facebook?

7:14
What were some of the challenges facing the Pages team there in 2014/2015?

10:11
Following your time at Facebook, you were then part of the team at Snapchat. What were some of the biggest lessons that you learnt or took out of both of these consumer tech experiences?

12:27
Today, you’re the Founder and Managing Partner of Full Tilt Capital. Can you tell us a bit more about what motivated you to create Full Tilt Capital?

15:35
What’s it like starting a VC fund? What have been some of the challenges you’ve had to overcome?

16:52
Full Tilt has been around for almost a year and is extremely active, doing 22 deals in it’s first 90 days with investments in really interesting companies like Apptopia and Hardbound. What is it that you look for when considering an investment?

19:51
What are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

20:55
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

22:19
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Anthony Pompliano on Twitter
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Pocket
Facebook Mentions
Hardbound
Master List of Growth Resources
Mattermark Daily
Axios Newsletters
The Profile by Polina Marinova
Term Sheet by Erin Griffith

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