Dec 21, 2020 • 27M

Joshua Rahn (Co-founder & Managing Director at Oceans)

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Happy Monday everyone!

I’m psyched to release the newest episode of The Takeoff Podcast with Joshua Rahn (Co-founder & Managing Partner at Oceans). Oceans is a new, NYC-based early-stage venture fund working to help build the next trillion-dollar businesses. Oceans recently announced the close of Fund I, an $11M fund designed to make this mission a reality. Early investments include Famer, Mealco, Uppercampus, Teal, and Tembo Health, among others.

Prior to founding Oceans, Josh spent 9 years at Facebook, where he helped grow their NYC office. Josh also had two successful exits as a founder before joining Facebook. He is a WashU alum!

In the episode, Josh and I discuss:

  • His new venture firm Oceans and the firm’s mission

  • Oceans’ focus areas

  • How Oceans differentiates from other VCs

  • What is was like raising Fund I during COVID

  • Why $11m for Fund I made sense, and why Josh and the other partners’ friends, peers, and former coworkers thought they were crazy for launching an $11M fund: “Raise a $200M fund.”

  • Finding product-market fit as a fund

  • How to get more recent grads to join startups or start companies of their own

  • & much more.


I had a ton of fun recording this episode. It’s not every day that I find a native New Yorker who went to WashU and works in the venture capital space.

I hope you all enjoy the listen! And, Happy Holidays!

— Michael

(Huge shoutout to the legend Lungile Tshuma for the intro!)

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Interview by Michael Spiro (Founder at The Takeoff. Senior at Washington University in St. LouisJMI EquityEqual VenturesGround Up VenturesIntello).

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