Bradley Tusk, Tusk Ventures

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Bradley Tusk started Tusk Ventures to help startups work with governments at scale. To date, this unique venture capital firm has worked with companies like Uber, Fanduel, Handy, Eaze, and others to help them navigate regulatory challenges. Tusk Ventures grew out of Tusk Strategies, which Bradley started in 2010 to help major institutions run multi-jurisdictional campaigns to shape their public reputation, overcome regulatory hurdles, and proactively engage governments to solve problems and seize opportunities.

Previously, Bradley served as the campaign manager for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s successful re-election bid in 2009, and before that he served as the Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois from 2003-2006.

Not surprisingly, this was one of the most fascinating conversations we’ve had on the show to date. We discuss Bradley’s unique model and approach to venture investing, and how he’s thought about raising capital from LPs for a firm that looks very different to traditional VC. We also cover how he originally got connected to Travis Kalanick at Uber to help them navigate the regulatory landscape, what it was like to work for Mayor Bloomberg, and how Tusk Ventures chooses which projects to work on today.

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