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Fundraising Radio | Startups | Venture Capital | Angel Investing

By Konstantin Dubovitskiy
We specialize in the talk of startup funding, including diverse guests from all over the world with stunning portfolios. Fundraising Radio has proudly hosted ceo’s, chief entrepreneurs, internal ambassadors, risk officers, venture capitalists, angel investors, crowd funders, and much more. Ever since creating the talk show, we have realized that there are numerous problems that startups run into. Such as the journey to series a, bootstrapping, creating your pitch deck, receiving a venture capitalist, working with the angel investors, etc!
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B-corps and when startup founders should work with lawyers instead of software automations. By Shayn Fernandez
Shayn Fernandez, Corporate Attorney at Rockridge Venture Law talks about the use of the "B-corp" signature and how to obtain one and if it's even worth it obtaining it. We also discussed how startup founders should interact with their lawyers and when it might be a good idea to use software automation.  Shayn's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaynfernandez/ Rockridge Venture Law website: https://rockridgelaw.com/ Here are the software automation that might help you avoid huge legal fees you'll need to spend on lawyers:  Capbase, helps you with  all cap-table management: https://capbase.com/ Firstbase, helps you create a legal entity in the US no matter where you live: https://www.firstbase.io/ Stripe Atlas, similar to Firstbase but more expensive and includes more features: https://stripe.com/atlas Other episodes of Fundraising Radio on the legal subject: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/category/legal/ For those listeners who are just thinking of starting their companies: I've recently joined an awesome YC-backed startup - Firstabase.io that helps founders create legal entities in the US from anywhere in the world within minutes. Since I work there, you get the sweet 15% discount code! Just go here and use RADIO15 code!
23:46
June 16, 2021
Working at big corporations VS working at startups with less than 20 employees, by Mayank Sanganeria
Mayank Sanganeria, software engineer at Instagram talks about his experience at Instagram and at smaller startups. We discussed how can an early stage startup attract a veteran software engineer like Mayank without going broke and how they should reach out. Mayank also talked about some of the best practices he sees being used at Instagram and some of the great practices he used at smaller startups. Mayank's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/e7mac/  Book that Mayank recommended: The hard thing about hard things. Mayank's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/e7mac/?hl=en
26:15
June 11, 2021
Spotting a Unicorn: Vik Sasi on Being One of the Earliest Investors in Clubhouse.
Vik Sasi, Partner at Dreamers VC—co-founded by Will Smith—talks about spotting unicorns, the epic takeoff of Clubhouse and about the ways founders can be sure that investors see their venture as a future unicorn. We also spoke about partnering up with celebrities (such as Will Smith) while being a founder and how much sense those partnerships make. Vik's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vikramsasi/ Vik's Email: vik@dreamers.vc  Dreamers VC: https://www.dreamers.vc/ Capbase: a super useful tool for cap table management: https://capbase.com/ Section of Fundraising Radio on the legal side of fundraising: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/category/legal/
31:59
June 7, 2021
Getting Started in Startups and Reaching an Acquisition - Eddy Badrina on Buzzshift
Eddy Badrina, CEO of Eden Green, previously the Co-founder of Buzzshift talks about his transition to the startup world and the major lessons he learned along the way. We speak about his first time fundraising and some mistakes that Eddy made. We also speak about the acquisition of Buzzshift and how he got reached that point. Eddy's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eddybadrina/ Elden Green: https://www.edengreen.com/ Buzzshift: https://www.buzzshift.com/ Episode of FR on investing in Ag-Tech with Grant Newlin: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/Grant-Newlin/
36:20
June 3, 2021
Startups in LatAm—How are LatAm Startups Different From Those in The U.S.? With Brian York
Brian York, Co-Founder & CEO at Cubbo, and Founder and GP at Bassin Ventures talks about Latin America and how it differs from the U.S. startup ecosystem. We also talk about exits from LatAm and Brian shares his advice to founders trying to expand their network in a new country. Brian's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yupyork/ Cubbo: https://cubbo.com/ Bassin Ventures: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bassin-ventures/about/ Fundraising Radio episode about the exit of the largest e-commerce in LatAm: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/Marcelo-Franco/
32:41
May 30, 2021
Content Generation: What Does it Take and Who Should Try it? With Amos Schwartzfarb and Trevor Boehm
Amos Schwartzfarb, Managing Director at Techstars and Trevor Boehm, Venture Partner at Saturn Five, co-authors of LEVERS - The Framework For Building Repeatability into Your Business talk about writing a book together and their motivation behind it. We also talk about content generation in general and who should consider taking their time to generate content. Amos' LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amosschwartzfarb/ Trevor's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevorboehm/ Levers, a book about creating repeatable processes in startups: https://www.leversbook.com/ Saturn Five: https://www.saturnfive.com/ TechStars: https://www.techstars.com/
30:18
May 26, 2021
First-Time Founders—How To Give Investors the Right Signals - With Alex Luce
Alex Luce, Partner at Creative Ventures, talks about investing in first-time founders, the mistakes they tend to make and the green flags that they can show investors. We also touch on some major red flags that Alex sees and how those can be avoided. Alex's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexluce/ Creative Ventures: Website: https://creativeventures.vc/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Creative_VC Early stage accelerators for scientific founders and hardtech companies mentioned in the episode: https://www.activate.org & their resources at https://www.activate.org/learn https://chainreaction.anl.gov https://innovationcrossroads.ornl.gov https://nmleep.com Endless Frontier Labs: https://endlessfrontierlabs.com https://indiebio.co Creative Destruction Labs: https://www.creativedestructionlab.com
28:06
May 23, 2021
Investing in impact startups: Claudine Emeott Discusses Salesforce Impact Fund
Claudine Emeott, Senior Director at Salesforce Impact Fund talks about investing in impact startups and what qualifies one. We narrow in on what founders of impact startups should and shouldn’t do to benefit the most from their unique position. Claudine's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claudineemeott/ An article that Claudine Emeott co-authored with a few other impact investors: Corporate Impact Investing in Innovation Salesforce Impact Fund: https://www.salesforce.com/company/ventures/impact/ Preethy Padman, Impact investor talks about who qualifies as an impact startup,  what the major benefits of that status are, and how to reach out to impact investors: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/Preethy-Padman/
30:44
May 19, 2021
Investing in Apps since the First iPhone was Released - With Benjamin Narasin
Benjamin Narasin, Venture Partner at New Enterprise Associates talks about changes he’s seen in the VC space over the last decade+, and about the process of taking one of his companies public. We also discussed alternatives to the pitch decks and ways founders can speed up their fundraising process. Benjamin's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bennarasin/ NEA: https://www.nea.com/ Ben's Twitter: https://twitter.com/BNarasin Ben's blog: Ben Narasin's Writings. Sybaritic & Silicon Valley.
30:54
May 14, 2021
Proptech: Investing in Rent-tech Startups - With John Helm.
John Helm, Managing Director at Real Estate Technology Ventures talks about investing in proptech, and details the emerging market of rent-tech. John spoke about the future of this field and where he sees rent-tech going in the U.S. as the pandemic reaches its end. We also spoke about the two companies that John  has sold and how he arrived at and identified his exit points. John's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-helm-00820a1/ Real Estate Technology Ventures: https://www.ret.vc/ Another episode on PropTech here.
32:23
May 11, 2021
Making a Career Pivot Smoothly: Lee Greene of Stairway to CEO and WearAway.
Lee Greene, former founder and CEO of WearAway and current creator & host of the Stairway to CEO podcast talks about making the pivot from startups to airwaves. We also spoke about the acquisition of WearAway and the company got to that point. Lee's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leegreene/ GRIN, the company that acquired WearAway: https://grin.co/ Stairway to CEO podcast: http://stairwaytoceo.com/
20:39
May 7, 2021
Landing BIG Customers as a SMALL Startup: Stacy Stubblefield and The Story of Telesign.
Stacy Stubblefield, Co-Founder and CIO at TeleSign talks about landing their first big customer, which started a chain reaction that brought in even more. We spoke about the value of implying who your customers are without disclosing their names and how it can lend you validity in the eyes of potential customers. We also spoke about the acquisition of TeleSign by BICS in 2017.  Stacy's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacystubblefield/ TeleSign: https://www.telesign.com/ What kind of questions should you ask your future pre-seed investor? All in this episode of Fundraising Radio: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/Scott-Krivokopich/
27:40
May 5, 2021
Fundraising Without Pitching—Why Not? A New Way to Raise Money: CAFE. With Thibauld Favre
Thibauld Favre, co-founder and CEO of Fairmint talks about a new way to raise money from your customers on an ongoing basis. CAFE stands for Continuous Agreement for Future Equity—continuous being the key word—and this new form of fundraising is on the rise. Fairmint's website: https://fairmint.co/ For those who aren’t very familiar with standard SAFEs, here's an episode with Phil Nadel where we discuss them: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/Phil-Nadel/ CAFE of Opengrants: https://invest.opengrants.io/signin Thibauld's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thibauld/
30:20
May 3, 2021
Choosing Between Small Law Firms, Big Ones, and Automated Alternatives: Which Is Best For You? With Anil Advani
Anil Advani, founder and managing partner at Inventus Law and founding member and legal advisor at Excelerate talks about choosing the legal support that best suits your startup. We compare pricing of small and big law firms and some automated software that can help startups avoid working with lawyers altogether. Anil also talked about how lawyers should be open to working with such software and supporting startup founders even when things go south. Anil's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anadvani/ Inventus Law: https://www.inventuslaw.com/ Excelerate: https://excelerate.it/ Other episodes of Fundraising Radio related to law: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/category/legal/
33:27
April 28, 2021
Corinne Riley on the Importance of an Investment Thesis
Corinne Riley, Investor at Greylock talks about how an investment thesis strengthens a VC fund and a founder’s ability to pitch to that fund effectively. We discuss how much time you should spend trying to fit into an investment thesis and if you can expect a fund to make an exception to their thesis on your behalf. Corinne's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/corinne-marie-riley/ Corinne's Twitter: https://twitter.com/CorinneMRiley Greylock: https://greylock.com/ An overview of investment theses 
27:34
April 26, 2021
Validation Capital—What is it, and Who Needs it? - With Emily Zheng
Emily Zheng, Growth Investor at Brookfield Technology Partners, Proptech Vertical lead at EVCA and Board member at Nittany Lion Fund talks about what validation capital is and what it means to raise validation capital. We also discuss late-stage investing and the difference between growth investing and seed investing. Emily's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ezheng3/ Brookfield Asset Management: https://www.brookfield.com/ EVCA: https://www.evca.org/3e7a2f0cac74410cab05b76216846cf4 Nittany Lion Fund: https://www.smeal.psu.edu/nittany-lion-fund Our Article on SPACs - written by Luis Bravo, based on Joe Tannos' episode: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/blog/joe-tonnos-on-spacs-and-more/
22:38
April 23, 2021
“Broccoli in your teeth” How Do You Choose the Right Partners? - With Andrew Unger
Andrew Unger, Founder and Managing Partner at High Slope and Co-Founder of Better.com talks about early-stage fundraising,  and how Better.com has managed to raise so much money. Andrew also speaks about finding the right partners for your venture and what qualifies a good partner. Andrew's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewunger/ Better.com: https://better.com/ High Slope: https://www.highslope.com/ For those who already forgot what an ICO is and how fun it can be, click here.
31:14
April 21, 2021
Venture Debt, the Los Angeles Ecosystem, and Big vs. Small Firms in Early-Stage Investing - With Petra Griffith
Petra Griffith, Founder & Managing Director at Wedbush Ventures talks about venture debt as an alternative to venture capital, key resources that founders can utilize in their ecosystem, and about Wedbush and what they invest in. Petra also explains staying ‘focused on the product’ and her own experience with product development. Petra's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/petragriffith/ Wedbush Ventures: https://www.wedbushventures.com/ Another episode on the LA ecosystem and resources for startup founders can be found here.
30:35
April 19, 2021
Selling his Company, Starting a New One, and Becoming an Investor - Armando Biondi on his Journey with AdEspresso.
Armando Biondi is the Co-founder and CEO at BreadcrumbsIO and has invested in 150+ startups. Previously he served as Co-founder and COO of AdEspresso which has since been acquired by Hootsuite. In this episode he spoke about his experience with AdEspresso and how his approach to building a company changed for his second venture. Armando's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/armandobiondi/ BreadcrubsIO: https://breadcrumbs.io/pricing/ 62 acquisition stories shared on Fundraising Radio: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/category/acquisitions/
26:08
April 16, 2021
Business Development at Large Corporations vs. Small Startups #2 - With Daniel Gould
Daniel Gould, Alexa Business Development Principal at Amazon, Angel Investor , Band of Angels member and Partner at DV Collective Syndicate speaks on how business development at large corporations differs from small startups and what kind of tools and strategies each should use. We also talk about what Daniel likes to invest in and what DV Collective does. Daniel's LinkedIn  DV Collective Syndicate Band of Angels Daniel's email: Waxorchard@gmail.com  Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing The Sale— mentioned in the pod
34:41
April 15, 2021
How Does The Government Support Early-Stage Startup Founders? With Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill — strategic advisor at Retina AI, angel investor, and board observer for the city of Los Angeles talks about government support for the startup process, angel investing, and major mistakes founders make on their pitch decks. We also talk about some free resources that founders frequently forget to utilize and about the ways universities support early-stage founders. Christophter's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherahill/ Our interview with the founder of a free accelerator in Los Angeles - Miki Reynolds: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/Miki-Reynolds/ Some useful free resources can be found here: https://www.sba.gov/
29:15
April 12, 2021
How Do You Evaluate an Investor Without Losing Them? With Scott Krivokopich
Scott Krivokopich, Managing Partner at 1982 Ventures talks about qualifying questions that you need to ask your investors in order to understand who they are, how they work with other founders, and what to expect from them when hard times come. We also speak about 1982 Ventures, what they invest in and what their decision making process looks like. Scott's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/skrivokopich/ 1982 Ventures: https://1982.vc/
43:47
April 9, 2021
Raising $100 Million while beating COVID-19 - the story of Lloyed Lobo and Boast.ai
Lloyed Lobo, co-founder and president of Boast.ai talks about his bootstraps story and how he raised VC funding. We talk about Boast.ai’s recent $100 million funding round, which Lloyed secured while battling COVID-19. For those interested in grant funding: https://www.opengrants.io/ Boast.ai is hiring. Check out the open positions here: https://boastcapital.com/careers/ Check out some hackathons here. Lloyed's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lloyedlobo/
29:30
April 8, 2021
Jeff Ransdell of Fuel Ventures on Investing In Music-Tech, Robotics, IoT, Space Tech, and Big Data.
Jeff Ransdell, founder and managing director at Fuel Ventures talks about how investor outreach works with few or no connections to the world of venture capital. We also debate different approaches to "cold outreach" and much more. If you work in music tech, robotics, IoT, space tech, marketplace, or big data startups, make sure to reach out to Fuel Ventures: https://fuelventurecapital.com/  Jeff's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffransdell/ Confluence, a community for VCs: https://www.confluence.vc/
29:56
April 5, 2021
Investing in Ag-Tech in the American Midwest and how it differs from other industries - with Grant Newlin
Grant Newlin, Founder and General Partner at Newlin.vc tells us about investing in ag-tech and cross-border investing. We discuss how founders in ag-tech should approach fundraising and how their startup strategy should be different from SaaS startups. Newlin.vc: https://newlin.vc/ Grant's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grantnewlin/ The Full Ratchet: https://fullratchet.net/
31:19
April 2, 2021
Building and selling an e-commerce empire to become a VC in the US - the story of Marcelo Franco.
Today’s guest is Marcelo Franco, founder at Verve Capital and previously the co-founder of Sacks.com - the largest e-commerce company in South America at the time that it was acquired. Marcelo explains how his company managed to survive the dot com bubble burst and how he eventually sold Sacks.com. We also discuss what Verve Capital is investing in and why Marcelo likes to invest in founders from outside the United States. Marcelo's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcelofranco70/ Verve Capital: https://www.vervecapital.us/ Fundraising Radio's official website: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/
25:47
March 31, 2021
IP rights, NDAs and starting early - the story of Physna by Paul Powers.
Paul Powers, Founder & CEO of Physna talks about the beginnings of his career in startups and the challenges he faced. We talk a lot about NDAs, IP rights and how important those are for startup founders. We also touch on how deep-tech startup founders can prevent their IP from being stolen without involving or bothering investors. If you are a deep-tech founder, this episode is for you. Physna: https://physna.com/ Find 3D things on thangs: https://thangs.com/ Paul's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/techlab/
34:53
March 29, 2021
Educational episode #8 - how do you construct financial models? By Rami Essaid, CEO of Finmark.
This educational episode is about constructing financial models on early stages - what exactly do you need to have, what do your investors expect to see on the pitch deck and what are the major mistakes that founders make while constructing financial models? All this is discussed in this short educational episode with Rami Essaid from Finmark. If you are one of those who need to get a decent financial model for your startup, here is the link to Finmark: https://finmark.com
16:37
March 26, 2021
Silicon Valley Show in real life? Sure! Epic story of Distil Networks by Rami Essaid
Rami Essaid, CEO at Finmark, venture partner at Pioneer Fund and partner at IDEA fund partners and previously the founder of Distil Networks that was acquired for over $100million tells the story of Distil Networks. Absolutely insane similarities between the story of Distil Networks and Silicon Valley show, great advice from Rami to early stage founders and much more in this episode. Rami's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ramiessaid/ Pioneer Fund: https://www.pioneerfund.vc/ IDEA fund partners: https://www.ideafundpartners.com/ For those who need to build a financial model for their startup, Finmark: https://finmark.com/ sxsw pitch competition we discussed in the first episode: https://www.startupofyear.com/
29:38
March 26, 2021
The most active VC of Midwest - Founder of M25 gives advice to founders based in Midwest. By Victor Gutwein
Victor Gutwein, Founder and Managing Partner at M25 talks about startup ecosystem in the Midwest and how it changed recently due to the pandemic and where will it go once the pandemic is over. He gave a ton of valuable advice to founders located in Midwest and we've touched onto Victor's own experience of starting a scooter company before scooters were a thing. Victor's email: victor@m25vc.com  M25: https://m25vc.com/ Awesome, extremely detailed book on breaking into VC by Ayushi Sinha: https://docsend.com/view/dvufhb27r5bzrpym
31:19
March 24, 2021
Student-led Venture Capital, how is it different from other VCs? Story of Atland Ventures by Hunter Babcock
Hunter Babcock, Managing Partner at Atland Ventures talks about the structure of Atland Ventures, their fundraising and their major differences from other VC firms. Hunter also spoke about who should really try to work with student-led organizations and who should aim for standard funding sources. Hunter's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hunter-babcock/ Atland Ventures: https://www.atlandventures.com/ Gen Z VC slack: https://www.genzvcs.com/
23:12
March 22, 2021
User acquisition and African startup ecosystem - why are US investors interested in it? By Henry Pray.
Henry Pray, Director of Product Management at UpKeep talks about user acquisition for early startups and about the African startup ecosystem and why he personally likes it and sees so much potential in it. We've also talked about the major takeaways that Henry has from his experience in the startup world and what mistakes he made in the past while running his own company. Henry's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/henrypray/ UpKeep: https://www.onupkeep.com/ Join Clubhouse: https://www.joinclubhouse.com/ and find Henry Pray and Konstantin Dubovitskiy (your host) there.
25:53
March 19, 2021
Changes in VC landscape over the past 20 years. By Steve Miller
Steve Miller, Founding Partner at Origin Ventures talks about the changes that he saw in the VC landscape over the past 20 years that he had spent running the fund. Steve also talks about investing nationally without focusing heavily on the coastal regions and the benefits of that. Steve's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-miller-220ab62/ Origin Ventures: https://originventures.com/ Book that Steve recommended - innovation stack.
31:55
March 17, 2021
Building and funding ventures with relatives and selling startups. By Rob Weber
Rob Weber, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Great North Labs talks about his path into VC, how he managed to build and sell multiple businesses with his twin brother and how it affected their ability to raise money in the past. We've also discussed the startup ecosystem in Midwest and Rob's advice to founders there. Great North Labs: http://www.greatnorthlabs.com Rob's Twitter: http://twitter.com/robertjweber Book on sales that I've mentioned - very old school examples, but very applicable to this day.
29:17
March 15, 2021
Founder VS Investor POV - answering the same questions from different perspectives. By Val Gui and Brittany Yoon.
Val Gui, VP of Automotive Lending at Upstart and Brittany Yoon, Principal at NFX talk about investor outreach, company valuation and early fundraising from two different perspectives - Val from the founder perspective, Brittany from the investor perspective. See how much overlap there is! Val's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valentingui/ Brittany's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittanyyoon/ NFX: https://www.nfx.com/
39:56
March 12, 2021
How do you pitch yourself to an investor? The essentials of talking to investors by Alyson DeNardo
Alyson DeNardo, partner at Mac Venture Capital, founder and CEO of Alden and partner at M Ventures talks about first time chats with investors, what kind of mistakes does she see founders making the most and what you, as a founder should pay attention to prior to the meeting. Alyson's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alysondenardo/ Mac Venture Capital: http://macventurecapital.com/ Alden: https://www.alden.work/ M Ventures: https://m.ventures/ Alyson's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlysonDenardo
35:17
March 10, 2021
Operator, angel, advisor - Nick Cobb about investing as an operator through syndicates.
Nick Cobb, Senior Software Engineering manager at Aurora, active angel investor and an advisor to multiple startups talks about operators as angel investors and why most operators join syndicates/funds rather than investing by themselves.  Nick's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/loyaltyarm/ Nick's book recommendation: Angel, by Jason Calacanis. Aurora: https://aurora.tech/ Nick's Twitter: https://twitter.com/loyaltyarm?lang=en Nick's blog: http://cobbservations.com/
25:39
March 8, 2021
Angel investing, advising and unicorns - advice for first time founders from an angel investor, Ashish Bhatia.
Ashish Bhatia, software engineer, active angel investor and an advisory board member of 5 different startups talks about the journey of the first time founders. In this episode we've discussed what are the major mistakes that founders tend to make, what kind of advice they can expect from mentors like Ashish and how to get in front of investors. Ashish's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashish-b/ More about Ashish: https://ashishb.net/about/ Tool that can really simplify cap table management and fundraising in general: https://capbase.com/ Tool to help you set up your legal structure: https://www.jumpdocs.com/
28:53
March 5, 2021
1 day delivery anywhere in the world - how is DASH doing it? By Joel Ifill
Joel Ifill, Founder and CEO at DASH Systems talks about their unique technology, how they manage to protect it without shoving NDAs in everyone's face and how they managed to prove such a complicated concept. For everyone in deep tech - this is an episode for you. Joel's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joel-ifill-3149a06b/ DASH Systems: http://www.dash.aero/ DASH Twitter: https://twitter.com/DASHSystems
26:12
March 3, 2021
Rolling funds and how they are different from regular funds. By Jonathan Wasserstrum
Jonathan Wasserstrum, CEO and Co-Founder at SquareFoot and lead of a syndicate and a rolling fund talks about running a rolling fund, how it is different from a regular VC or a syndicate and also what difference does it make for the founder which entity invests in them. We also discussed Jonathan's own fundraising experience and where he believes the PropTech industry is headed. Jonathan's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-wasserstrum-8a77533/ SquareFoot: https://www.squarefoot.com/ Link to Jonathan's rolling fund: https://angel.co/v/back/jonathan-wasserstrum Jonathan's syndicate: https://angel.co/jonathan-wasserstrum/syndicate Zach Aarons, Co-Founder and Partner at MetaProp.vc talks about PropTech on Fundraising Radio: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/Zach-Aarons/
20:55
March 1, 2021
How to get top talent from large firms on your cap table. By Alessandro Gnoli, Engineering Manager at Google
Alessandro Gnoli, Engineering Manager at Google talks about getting talent from top firms to get in your startups. In this episode we spoke about raising money from top tier employees of large corporations, what are the pros and cons and how a startup founder can catch their attention. Alessandro's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alessandrognoli/ Another episode from this series: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/Nick-Miceli/
32:23
February 26, 2021
Founder as a first time manager - what are the major challenges? By Simon Gong
Simon Gong, Senior Manager, Capacity Engineering & Analysis at Facebook talks about startup founders being the first time team managers. We spoke about the major problems that they face as team managers, how they can prepare themselves for what's coming up and how to solve some of the issues that appear on your manager's path. Simon's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simongong/ Book on being the first time manager. 
22:48
February 24, 2021
Building the team - how, where and when do you start? By Nick Miceli.
Nick Miceli, Senior Tech Lead/Engineering Manager at Google talks about assembling the right team, choosing to go remote or hiring within your city, going through a dev-shop or contractors and other choices that the startup founder has to make while building the product. We also spoke about the major problems team managers face and how to deal with them. Nick's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-miceli-59078a85/ Interesting book on team management: Leaders Eat Last
31:47
February 22, 2021
How to break into VC and how Array ventures invests in solving big problems. By Shruti Gandhi
Shruti Gandhi, General Partner and Founding Engineer at Array Ventures talks about how she managed to get into the VC space and what are the most valuable skills needed to do so. We also discussed investing in Deep tech and the big problems that it's solving and how Shruti approaches it. Shruti's SubStack: ShrutiGandhi.substack.com Shruti's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shrutigandhi/ Array Ventures: https://www.array.vc/#/ How Shruti broke into the VC field: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6739646432044711936/ Extremely detailed book on becoming a VC from the ground up: https://docsend.com/view/dvufhb27r5bzrpym
29:08
February 19, 2021
How to accelerate the due-diligence process? By Michael Proman.
Michael Proman, Managing Director at Scrum Ventures talks about the due-diligence process and why some investors like to "take their time" while doing it. We also discuss what should founders do if an investor is already 2 months into "due-diligence" and still didn't give a definite response. Michael's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-proman-a2a52b7/ Scrum Ventures: https://scrum.vc/ Debt financing for startups: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/Reza-Sabahi/
31:31
February 17, 2021
Testing out the idea for market disruption - how FidoCure made it. By Christina Lopes
Christina Lopes, Founder and CEO at FidoCure talks about how she came up with an idea, how she tested it out and raised her first rounds of funding. She also explained how she managed to get the attention of such notable investors as a16z, Tau ventures, YC and Lerer Hippeau. Christina's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-lopes-8679455/ FidoCure: https://www.fidocure.com/ Episode of Fundraising Radio with the founder who had multiple exits in pet-related field.
27:40
February 15, 2021
SPACs, how they work and where is the consumer space headed. By Joe Tonnos
Joe Tonnos, principal at Mistral Equity Partners and Co-Founder at Ketch Ventures talks about his experience of creating SPACs and how founders can benefit from them. We also spoke about the general structure of SPACs and how they differ from other options of going public. We also discussed the future of consumer startups and how it looks like with the new vaccines being distributed. Joe's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joetonnos/ Mistral Equity Partners: https://mistralequity.com/ Ketch Ventures: https://www.ketchventures.com/ Article about SPACs.
31:02
February 12, 2021
Fair insurance - fundraising in InsureTech. By Carey Anne Nadeau Co-CEO of Loop.
Carey Anne Nadeau, Co-CEO of Loop talks about what it means to be a Co-CEO and how that works, how Loop managed to raise over $3 million in such a short time and what led her into this field. We also spoke about diversity (the lack of it) amongst founders and specifically founders in the InsureTech and how founders can use it to their advantage. Carey's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/careyannenadeau/ Carey's Twitter: https://twitter.com/canadeau?s=20 Loop insurance: https://www.loopinsure.co/ Episode by Katelyn Johnson, investor in InsureTech: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/Katelyn-Johnson/
32:50
February 10, 2021
How to choose the right growth investor and difference between early and growth stages. By Mary D'Onofrio.
Mary D'Onofrio, Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners (the oldest VC firm in the US) talks about choosing the right growth investor for your company and about the preparation to that stage (explaining how to get in touch with growth investors early). We also spoke about the major differences between fundraising on early and growth stages. Mary's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-d-onofrio-a125b2154/ Mary's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcadonofrio?lang=en Bessemer Venture Partners: https://www.bvp.com/ 10 laws of the cloud, by Mary D'Onofrio: https://www.bvp.com/atlas/10-laws-of-cloud
21:18
February 9, 2021
What do you do after you raise your Pre-Seed round vs Seed round? By Jonathan Anderson
Jonathan Anderson, Co-Founder & CEO at Candu talks about what happens after each round of fundraising and what are the major differences between the pre-seed and seed rounds. We also spoke about how Candu came up with its pricing and discussed the ways founders of startups can price their products. Jonathan's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathankanderson/ Candu: https://www.candu.ai/ Techcrunch on Candu: https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/10/candu-raises-5m-to-help-software-companies-onboard-users-intelligently/
22:22
February 5, 2021
When technical risk outweighs the market risk it's the true deep tech investing. By Ryan Li.
Ryan Li, Co-Founder at Deep Ventures talks about the deep tech investing and how he sees it. We also spoke about how he managed to raise and run a syndicate while being a college student and how investors reacted to this. And we discussed what Deep Ventures' team looks at while evaluating a startup. Ryan's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-d-li/ Deep Ventures: https://angel.co/deepventures/syndicate Slack channels Ryan recommends:  Altum (deep tech focused, started by Jai Malik of Countdown Capital) Gen Z VC (name self-explanatory) - I'm personally part of this one too, great place!
28:08
February 3, 2021
Where is AI getting us and how deep-tech investing works? By Amit Garg
Amit Garg, Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Tau Ventures talks about deep tech investing and the AI field. We discussed how VCs make their decisions while evaluating complicated deep-tech startups. We also discussed how AI is used now, where it is going and what are the major misconceptions that people have about this field (hint: Terminators won't kill us any time soon). Tau Ventures: https://www.tauventures.com/ Amit's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amgarg/ Is Silicon Valley Dying - article by Amit about the future of SF: https://medium.com/datadriveninvestor/is-silicon-valley-dying-no-and-why-it-still-makes-sense-for-entrepreneurs-84c276cae104
32:50
February 1, 2021