The Esports Startup

The Esports Startup

By Esports One
Learn what it's like to work in the fast-paced esports industry as you follow Esports One's journey through the worlds of esports and startups.

And for the next three weeks (until 3/15/2019) join us for a brand new series, "The Esports Pro Panel", where our host and resident esports journalist Parkes Ousley chats with LCS players about the upcoming 2019 Spring Split playoff matchups!
Ep 7: Starting the Series A Final Stretch!
Welcome to The Esports Startup! Join our Slack community to chat with the hosts and learn about esports, startups and funding from your hosts and community members! To learn more about Esports One, visit our site. In this episode we talk about: 0:00 - Gene editing 2:50 - Post GDC meetings / reflection 4:50 - Introducing ourselves because we forgot 7:20 - Back to talking about post GDC fund raising 19 30 - Transparency regarding fundraising 21:39 - What Jonny and Jordan have been up to on the marketing/biz dev side 26:00 - What games we're playing at the moment 27:30 - Next steps after having investor commitments 31:00 - What's changed from the last round? 34:10 - What are we doing with the money? (joking) 36:00 - Musical interruption & speaking about our production 40:00 - Wrapping up the episode   Contact Info: Matt Gunnin (CEO) Email: matt@esportsone.com Jordan O'Hara (Marketing Director) Email: jordan@esportsone.com Jonny Hockey (Head of Biz Dev) Email: jonny@esportsone.com
42:37
April 29, 2019
Ep 6: All About Accelerators with Quake Capital's Founding Partner Glenn Argenbright
Welcome to The Esports Startup, Episode 6! Join our Slack community to chat with the hosts and learn about esports, startups and funding from your hosts and community members! To learn more about Esports One, visit our site. This past week we were lucky enough to have Glenn Argenbright, founding partner of Quake Capital (the first Startup Accelerator we attended) and early investor in Esports One swing by the office to visit while he was in town and to record an episode of The Esports Startup with us! Glenn played a crucial role in our early days as a company and has himself spent over 25 years as an entrepreneur, founder, and senior executive with experience running a wide variety of public and private companies, with nine exits, 3 public offerings and over $5B in value created. In this episode, Matt speaks with Glenn about how Quake Capital came to be, what exactly they look for in startups that apply, and what to expect once you make it into their program!
45:49
April 8, 2019
The Esports Pro Panel 1: Talking Week 1 LCS Playoffs with CG's Damonte & Vulcan!
Thanks for tuning in to our first-ever episode of The Esports Pro Panel! To our loyal "The Esports Startup" listeners, we have another episode coming soon and we hope you enjoy this while you wait! This was a fairly last minute content collaboration between Esports One, Parkes Ousley, Tanner (Damonte), Philippe (Vulcan) and Clutch Gaming. Huge thank you to Parkes for hosting the episode and organizing with our guests, Tanner and Philippe for being down to record a last-minute podcast and providing some incredible insights, and Clutch Gaming for enabling the last minute content collaboration! Episode 1 of The Esports Pro Panel is hosted by Esports Journalist Parkes Ouseley (@ParquesoMedia) who is joined by our esteemed guests: Tanner "Damonte" Damonte: Mid Laner for Clutch Gaming (@Damonte) and Philippe "Vulcan" Laflamme: Support Player for Clutch Gaming (@Vulcanlol) Parkes takes Damonte and Vulcan through a quick Q&A to get the show started, before moving on to a stats quiz & banter session about the 2019 Spring Regular Season. There are some more fun bits of the show that we won't spoil for you, and then the panel goes in for a deep look at this weekend's Playoff matches: FlyQuest vs Golden Guardians and TSM vs Echo Fox! Hope you enjoy the first episode of The Esports Pro Panel! If you find this interesting and would like to hear more episodes in the future, tweet at @EsportsOneInc, @ClutchGaming and @ParquesoMedia to let us know!
1:13:51
March 29, 2019
Episode 5: GDC Road Trip  | The SF Partner Meetings
Welcome to The Esports Startup! Join our Slack community to chat with the hosts and learn about esports, startups and funding from your hosts and community members! To learn more about Esports One, visit our site. In this episode we talk about:  1:00 — Our favorite parts of GDC (Then start talking about…. movies?) 4:00— Discussing the investor meetings 12:40 — Matt compares himself to Michael Jordan 16:40 — How quickly do investors make a decision after a pitch? 19:25 — Esports One board size 22:20 — The Forbes Midas club 26:20 — Pitching in a noisy place and the less than ideal pitch 32:00 — Larger fund size doesn’t equal fewer manners 35:50— Jordan and Jonny discussing their goals for GDC 41:00 — Jordan mentions the Pied Piper..? 44:20 — Everybody rates the trip This episode comes with a complimentary blog post that has behind the scenes info, tips and resources on this episode! Check it out and follow the Esports One Medium to see whenever we post a new article!   Contact Info: Matt Gunnin (CEO) Email: matt@esportsone.com Jordan O'Hara (Marketing Director) Email: jordan@esportsone.com Jonny Hockey (Head of Biz Dev) Email: jonny@esportsone.com
48:39
March 26, 2019
Episode 4: The First Investor Meetings
 Welcome to The Esports Startup! Join our Slack community to chat with the hosts and learn about esports, startups and funding from your hosts and community members! To learn more about Esports One, visit our site. In this episode we talk about: 0:00 - Random conversation about tap water 1:48 - Intro 2:23 - Why investors introduce you to a portfolio company 7:40 - Our first in-house investor meeting 15:20 - The good and bad parts of the meetings so far 18:47 - Indications a phone pitch is going well 22:00 - Our progress compared to the seed round raise 29:30 -The ideal criteria for an investor 38:38 - How to handle drinking with investors 42:22 - Discussing GDC and San Francisco for next week's episode This episode comes with a complimentary blog post that includes actual screenshots from our current Series A pitch deck, behind-the-scenes information, helpful links and more! Check it out and follow the Esports One Medium Contact Info: Matt Gunnin (CEO) Email: matt@esportsone.com Jordan O'Hara (Marketing Director) Email: jordan@esportsone.com Jonny Hockey (Head of Biz Dev) Email: jonny@esportsone.com
50:30
March 19, 2019
Episode 3: The Beginning of Series A!
Welcome to The Esports Startup! Join our Slack community to chat with the hosts and learn about esports, startups and funding from your hosts and community members! To learn more about Esports One, visit our site. In this episode we talk about: 1:30 - Why we decided to start raising for Series A 4:40 - When exactly did we start raising our Series A? 11:14 - Strategizing the best way to raise Series A 16:48 - Celebrity Investments 19:05 - Timing for starting series A, early meetings, and the story of the deck 21:13 - Understanding the market and personas/archetypes 29:43 - Slide by slide through our current Deck 51:40 - The deck building process, challenges and solutions This episode comes with a complimentary blog post that includes actual screenshots from our current Series A pitch deck, behind-the-scenes information, helpful links and more! Check it out and follow the Esports One Medium Contact Info: Matt Gunnin (CEO) Email: matt@esportsone.com | Twitter | LinkedIn Jordan O'Hara (Marketing Director) Email: jordan@esportsone.com | Twitter | LinkedIn Jonny Hockey (Head of Biz Dev) Email: jonny@esportsone.com | Twitter | LinkedIn
1:02:38
March 11, 2019
Episode 2: Seed Round Secured, Now What?
 Welcome to The Esports Startup! Join our Slack community to chat with the hosts and learn about esports, startups and funding from your hosts and community members! To learn more about Esports One, visit our site. In this episode we take you through: 1:25 — Closing a seed round of funding, lawyers & negotiating with your investors 12:50 — Press Releases and why you should Always Be Raising (ABR) 17:59 — Moving from NYC to LA and why Co-working could be a great option for your startup 23:18 — Hiring your first employees & recruiters vs. hired.com vs. job boards 27:58 — Building our first product and the importance of user feedback 34:57 — What to expect in your first board meeting 42:35 — Finding our first office space and moving out of WeWork This episode comes with a complimentary blog post that includes some behind the scenes pictures/details and links to the actual pitch decks, job descriptions and presentations that we used throughout our Seed Round and beyond.
52:39
March 5, 2019
Episode 1: From Idea to Seed
 Welcome to The Esports Startup!  Join our Slack community to chat with the hosts and learn about esports, startups and funding from community members! To learn more about Esports One, visit our site. In this episode, we’re going to talk about where the idea for Esports One came from (spoiler alert, we weren’t called Esports One at first). We’ll also discuss what it was like to attend two startup accelerators, the value we got from them, and how we approached raising our seed round of funding afterwards.  Contact Info Matt Gunnin (CEO) Email: matt@esportsone.com Twitter LinkedIn Jordan O'Hara (Marketing Director) Email: jordan@esportsone.com Twitter LinkedIn Jonny Hockey (Head of Biz Dev) Email: jonny@esportsone.com Twitter LinkedIn
40:28
February 26, 2019
Intro: The Story of Esports One and How We're Raising Our Series A
Welcome to The Esports Startup! Join our Slack community to get your questions answered on an upcoming episode! To learn more about Esports One, visit our site. In Season 1 we're going to take you on the journey of raising our Series A round of funding. You'll get a firsthand, behind the scenes look at exactly how we approach the tricky business of raising VC money to build your own esports startup. Thanks for tuning in! Contact Info Matt Gunnin (CEO) Email: matt@esportsone.com Twitter LinkedIn Jordan O'Hara (Marketing Director) Email: jordan@esportsone.com Twitter LinkedIn Jonny Hockey (Head of Biz Dev) Email: jonny@esportsone.com Twitter LinkedIn
10:52
February 18, 2019
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