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BizPod.Ninja with Andreas Penna

BizPod.Ninja with Andreas Penna

By Andreas Penna
Wisdom and truths from the trenches. All things business from seed stage to public companies with Entrepreneurs, CEOs, VC, Corporate Development Gurus, M&A Advisors and more.
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Episode 10 – Sonia Weymuller: Middle East VC; Founding Partner of VentureSouq
Sonia Weymuller is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq, a UAE-based investment platform focused on global early-stage tech-enabled businesses. Previously, she worked with Microsoft, Viacom, and Turner in London and Dubai. She is a Charter Member & Board Director for TiE’s Dubai chapter, serves as the UAE Director for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, and is a Board Member and Mentor for e7 Daughters of the Emirates. Sonia holds a B.A. from Yale University University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and is a Kauffman fellow. VentureSouq (VSQ) is a UAE-based investment platform focused on early-stage technology companies both regionally and globally. Launched in 2013, we’ve organically built a network of over 1000 angel and institutional investors, creating one of the largest venture platforms in the GCC with a global portfolio of over 160 companies. VSQ develops rich educational content around venture investing and delivers it via a number of programs throughout the MENA region.
September 10, 2020
4. Ravi Sarin: Private Equity Guru
Ravi Sarin, a verified Business Ninja, is Founder and Managing Partner at ROCA Partners, a Los Angeles-based growth equity investment firm focused on tech-enabled services and healthcare services. Ravi previously was a Principal in the Private Equity Group at Ares Management. At Ares, Ravi helped lead investments in healthcare services, retail, and gaming, lodging & leisure among a few other sectors and served on the Board of Directors of Floor and Decor, Jacuzzi Brands, OB Hospitalist Group and Unified Women’s Healthcare. Prior to Ares, Ravi was a private equity investor at Bain Capital and a consultant at Bain & Company.    Ravi has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MS in Management Science & Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
August 27, 2020
David Moricca: From Harvard Law to Startup Founder
David Moricca is the founder & CEO of Socialive, an enterprise video creation and live streaming SaaS platform. Trusted by organizations from startups to the Fortune 100, Socialive brings unprecedented ease and scale to high-quality video content creation for teams across the enterprise.  With 15 years of leadership and innovation in digital media, David is helping drive and shape the video-first communications revolution in business.  Before Socialive, David developed and launched Scholastic's first digital learning platform and worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company.  A New Jersey native, David holds a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
August 25, 2020
Episode 3 - Patrick Bosworth: From White House to Founder and CEO!
Patrick Bosworth, a verified Business Ninja, is the CEO of Royalton Investment; the firm focuses on start-up businesses within Royalton related to new business models in yachting, and developing hospitality and wellness projects. Patrick is also an advisor to Duetto Research, which is a company he founded in 2012. He served as CEO, President & Chairman throughout his tenure at Duetto until deciding to join Royalton. He led the company to significant milestones, including growth to serve more than 3,500 hotel and casino properties in over 60 countries. He raised over US$140M while serving as CEO from some of the top investors in the world, and he promoted his successor during a time of record growth and company performance. Patrick serves as an advisor to technology companies in the transportation, real estate, and human resources sectors. He also served on the board of Eoliasur, which develops wind energy in Argentina, and the charity, Win-Win Entertainment. Previously, Patrick was an executive at Wynn Resorts in the US and China, and he was an appointee in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
August 9, 2020
Episode 2 – Fritz Lanman: Managing a Unicorn Fitness Tech Company during a Pandemic
Fritz Lanman is the CEO of ClassPass; the largest pre-IPO, health & fitness tech startup. He’s also a prolific Angel investor with investments in: Square, Pinterest, Wish, Flexport, Formlabs, etc… 100+ investments over the past decade! Fritz started his career @ Microsoft after getting his Bachelor’s degree in history from Yale. He rose through the ranks to become one of the youngest Directors in Microsoft history! He was the “go to guy” for many things Corporate Strategy and M&A and led the $240M Facebook ($FB) investment in 2007 when $FB was only worth $15B; that’s ~45X as of today! After Microsoft, Fritz founded and was CEO of Livestar, a mobile-based recommendation engine on food and culture that sold to Pinterest in 2013. I consider Fritz to be a preeminent Business Ninja in all things from Startups to investing. We explore his kernels of knowledge and wisdom. He would give Master Splinter a run for his cheese- COWABUNGA!
July 27, 2020
Episode 1 – Eric Engineer & VC
Eric Engineer is really an Engineer (Computer Science) by background. He’s worked in Product Management at Microsoft, then went to Harvard Business School graduating to pursue a VC role at Sevin Rosen Funds. He joined one of his portfolio companies, Invodo, where he went from VP of Product & Partnership to CEO, ultimately selling the company to Industrial Color in 2018. He’s now back in VC as a Partner at S3 Ventures, the largest VC focused on Texas, HQ’d in Austin. Given his career, he’s a masterful Business Ninja with truths from the trenches that we explore!
July 20, 2020