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EP 29: A Business Idea So Good, the VCs Came Knocking on Her Door

11/28/2018
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When DogSpot launched in Brooklyn, Chelsea Brownridge's startup attracted so much media attention that venture capitalists started cold-calling her for investment opportunities. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary Chelsea Brownridge didn't think anyone would notice a couple doghouses newly parked on Brooklyn streets. She was wrong. The press noticed. Passersby noticed. And soon she and her...

Duration:00:27:58

EP 28: Three Things Berkeley Grads Should Know About VC

11/28/2018
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Peter Loukianoff, Managing Partner of Strawberry Creek Ventures, believes Cal grads have a unique opportunity to leverage their Berkeley affiliation to foster and profit from next-generation companies spun out of its ecosystem. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary Peter Loukianoff, Managing Partner of Strawberry Creek Ventures, cut his teeth in venture capital by interning at Kleiner Perkins...

Duration:00:24:56

EP 27: How AVG Provides Access to More and Better Venture Capital Jobs

11/15/2018
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AVG is disrupting the venture capital industry by giving individual investors access to the most competitive venture deals and by creating a career path for aspiring VCs. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Photo: Luke Antal, CMO and founder of AVG's Venture Fellow Program (left), and Weston Moyer, VP of Fellow Program and Digital Outreach (right) Episode Summary The disruption that Alumni Ventures Group is...

Duration:00:30:52

EP 26: Yes, Cryptoassets Can Be Used as Collateral Against Loans. Just Ask BlockFi’s Zac Prince.

10/29/2018
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Banks have been wary to count cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether as solid assets when generating loans, so BlockFi's Zac Prince developed a new kind of lending platform that welcomes alternative assets. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary In 2015, Zac Prince started investing in Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies, and by 2017, cryptocurrency value in aggregate crossed the $100...

Duration:00:24:41

EP 25: How Edrizio De La Cruz Became a Y Combinator Success Story

10/16/2018
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This founder journey is one of persistence and eventual success, as Edrizio De La Cruz took his million-dollar idea from the South Bronx to Silicon Valley. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary Edrizio De La Cruz has always worked hard. From selling guavas on the streets of the Dominican Republic to bagging groceries in the South Bronx, the entrepreneur sought a better life for himself and an...

Duration:00:25:36

EP 24: How a 6-Year-Old’s Challenge Sparked a Multi-Million Dollar Business

10/10/2018
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When Alex Klein's cousin asked for a computer kit "as simple and fun as Lego," Klein responded with a product that is changing the face of computing. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary Some major innovations take shape in boardrooms. Others are cultivated through run-of-the-mill conversations at home. Alex Klein's opportunity to make a dent arose when his 6-year-old cousin began talking about...

Duration:00:31:31

EP 23: How AVG Became One of the Most Active VC Firms in the World

9/26/2018
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Tom "TK" Kuegler, Chief Investment Officer at AVG, explains how venture investing works and how AVG quickly became one of the most active venture capital firms in the world. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary Tom "TK" Kuegler, Chief Investment Officer at AVG, is back on Founders and Funders to explains how AVG became one of the most active VC firms in the world, in just a few short years. He...

Duration:00:25:55

EP 22: Invest in the Right Founders and Returns Will Follow

9/25/2018
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Yale's entrepreneurial chops are sometimes understated, but David Shapiro, Managing Partner of Blue Ivy Ventures, believes the founders in his fund's portfolio could change that perception. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary When David Shapiro, Managing Partner of Blue Ivy Ventures, started exploring colleges to attend, he wanted to go somewhere other than Yale. He grew up in Connecticut, his...

Duration:00:24:44

EP 21: The New Way to Invest in the Next Great Startup

9/25/2018
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Lynn-Ann Gries, Managing Partner of the First Check Fund, invested in Ohio's first "unicorn." Learn what that means and how she intends to find more incredible seed startups with enormous promise. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary Have you ever wanted to be an investor in the next great startup, but didn't know anyone building a company worth writing a check for? Listen to this podcast with...

Duration:00:18:51

EP 20: Dartmouth Alums Bring More Than Dollars to VC Deals

9/2/2018
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Laura Bordewieck Rippy, Managing Partner of Green D Ventures, shares how Dartmouth alumni investors are bringing more than just money to venture-backed businesses. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary When Mike Collins, founder of Green D Ventures and parent company Alumni Ventures Group, began pooling capital from Dartmouth alums to invest in Dartmouth-connected businesses, the goal was to open...

Duration:00:25:52

EP 19: Why MIT Alums Have a Competitive Advantage in VC

8/31/2018
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Chris Sklarin, Managing Partner of Castor Ventures—a fund investing for and in MIT alumni—shares why VC deals are so competitive and how being MIT-connected gives entrepreneurs and investors newfound access. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary According to Chris Sklarin, Managing Partner of Castor Ventures, the best deals are competitive. Though Castor Ventures often writes the smallest check in...

Duration:00:22:44

EP 18: Seasoned CEO Revolutionizing At-Home Hair Coloring

8/24/2018
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Amy Errett walked into a drug store, bought 30 boxes of permanent hair color solutions, and left on the verge of discovering a gaping hole in at-home hair coloring options. Now her venture-backed business is challenging beauty brand titans like L’Oreal and Clairol, but she's not intimidated at all. Photo Credit: Christoper Michel Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary Although Amy Errett has years...

Duration:00:29:38

EP 17: Every Minute Counts for This CEO

8/15/2018
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Michael Martin and the team at RapidSOS are building technology that will soon be integrated into the iPhone. When that happens, having the latest iOS upgrade could literally save your life. (Listen) Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android Podcast Players. Episode Summary: When Michael Martin got mugged in New York City, he gained instant and first-hand knowledge of the inadequacies of our current 911 Emergency Response System....

Duration:00:25:19

EP 16: What Legacy Will You Leave Behind?

8/2/2018
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The entrepreneur Sanjay Gupta made a bold career move after realizing he’d earned a great education but almost no real-world experience. Now he’s a prolific inventor and a mentor to the next generation of consumer electronics developers in the Penn and MIT networks and beyond. (Listen) Episode Summary: Sanjay Gupta spent several years getting advanced degrees (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.) and had his work and research published more than 40 times in academic journals. Despite his renown, however,...

Duration:00:28:09

EP 15: Reinventing an Overly Processed Category–One Scoop at a Time

7/13/2018
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Frustrated that ice cream manufacturers valued shelf life more than taste and quality, this Stanford MBA graduate set out to freshen up an overly industrialized category. Nearly a decade later, she figured it out. (Listen) Episode Summary: Robyn Sue Fisher, CEO and Founder of Smitten Ice Cream, is on a crusade to create the "best ice cream in the world with the touch of one or two buttons." Using her love of ice cream and head for technology, this woman whom Silicon Valley Magazine called a...

Duration:00:20:34

EP 14: Why Founders Should Avoid Outside Money for as Long as Possible

7/3/2018
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Listen to this interview before you take venture capital, angel investments, or anything more than "friends and family" money. Mike Collins, experienced founder and VC, says there's only one good reason to take institutional money for your business. (Listen) Episode Summary: Mike Collins, CEO and Founder of Alumni Ventures Group (AVG), discusses business owners and outside capital — when they should consider taking institutional money and when they should reject it. Born from his own...

Duration:00:22:03

EP 13: The Most Important Class You Didn’t Take

6/8/2018
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This experienced venture capitalist says you must be good at sales to succeed in any type of business. Here's TK's advice on how to become an effective salesperson and why that skill relates to VC. (Listen) Episode Summary: While many of his 15-year-old peers worked at fast food restaurants and mowed lawns to make a little money, Tom "TK" Kuegler started a landscaping company that he sold for a quarter of a million dollars during his senior year in high school. Though TK has since started...

Duration:00:31:29

EP 12: How an MIT Grad Is Using Old Science to Build Futuristic Technology

5/21/2018
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His product has been compared to a sci-fi device, but the founder of Consumer Physics says the technology he's using has been around for years. Now he's using VC to make it accessible to everyone. (Listen) Episode Summary: Though the product Dror Sharon developed is so innovative that it has been compared to the tricorder on Star Trek, this former farm boy says the underlying technology has been around for at least half a century — Sharon even studied it at MIT years ago. He calls his new...

Duration:00:25:41

EP 11: How Penn Alumni Are Profiting from Venture Capital

5/11/2018
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For this venture capitalist, connecting with former Penn classmates is more than just a social occasion. She helps Penn alumni invest in great businesses founded by fellow Penn graduates. (Listen) Episode Summary: When Gail Gilbert Ball enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania, she didn't know which field of study would hold her interest. She tried a few different areas before finding her passion in a newly introduced major called "econometrics." Now, years later, she is on the forefront...

Duration:00:23:27

EP 10: Finding a Recipe for Success in Business and VC

4/27/2018
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When she hit a roadblock in her career, this future VC enrolled in Kellogg’s top-tier Executive MBA Program and ended up with a successful business and a career in an entirely new industry. (Listen) Episode Summary: Mellie Chow hit her limit as a successful IT consultant and wanted a change. Unsure if she needed to develop new skills or just get into a new environment, she enrolled in an EMBA program that gave her both. Now, a few years later, Mellie is an angel investor, venture capitalist,...

Duration:00:23:00