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Named a top 27 business podcast by Fortune, upside examines startup investing outside of Silicon Valley. Every Wednesday, we speak with an early stage founder. We interview them as if we are angel investors considering the company as an investment opportunity. Each show has three segments: 1.) Intro: independent research of the company 2.) Interview: interview with the founder 3.) Debrief: breaking down the opportunity Sometimes, we share Coffee Chats interviewing venture capitalists, community builders, and later-stage founders. Subscribe and see why Business Insider called our podcast "Almost as Good as Getting an MBA."

Named a top 27 business podcast by Fortune, upside examines startup investing outside of Silicon Valley. Every Wednesday, we speak with an early stage founder. We interview them as if we are angel investors considering the company as an investment opportunity. Each show has three segments: 1.) Intro: independent research of the company 2.) Interview: interview with the founder 3.) Debrief: breaking down the opportunity Sometimes, we share Coffee Chats interviewing venture capitalists, community builders, and later-stage founders. Subscribe and see why Business Insider called our podcast "Almost as Good as Getting an MBA."

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Named a top 27 business podcast by Fortune, upside examines startup investing outside of Silicon Valley. Every Wednesday, we speak with an early stage founder. We interview them as if we are angel investors considering the company as an investment opportunity. Each show has three segments: 1.) Intro: independent research of the company 2.) Interview: interview with the founder 3.) Debrief: breaking down the opportunity Sometimes, we share Coffee Chats interviewing venture capitalists, community builders, and later-stage founders. Subscribe and see why Business Insider called our podcast "Almost as Good as Getting an MBA."

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Episodes

Dave Sachse // investing in venture funds and startups as a family office [CC060]

7/29/2020
Interview begins: 6:49 Debrief: 35:17 Today we're talking with Dave Sachse, the founder, and managing partner of the Sachse Family Fund. The Sachse Family Fund is a family office venture capital fund based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In today’s episode, we’re finally exploring the family office investing model! Key Points: - Family office beginnings - 5:46 - Family offices and VCs - 8:33 - Branding for family offices - 13:02 - Pros and cons - 15:38 - Collaboration between family offices - 22:57...

Duration:00:41:03

Will Price of Next Frontier Capital // bringing venture capital to the rocky mountain region [CC059]

7/22/2020
Interview begins: 6:36 Debrief: 48:89 Today we're talking with Will Price the Founder and General Partner of Next Frontier Capital. Will founded Next Frontier Capital to partner with mission-driven, talented entrepreneurs to build Montana technology companies of impact, utility, value. Will’s career spans venture capital investing as well as operational, transactional, and advisory roles at both public and private companies. They focus on leading seed to early-stage Series A financings in...

Duration:00:59:58

Peter Livingston of Unpopular Ventures // early stage investing through a syndicate [CC058]

7/15/2020
Interview begins: 5:16 Debrief: 43:55 Unpopular Ventures is led by Peter Livingston, whose experience is almost entirely in startups - as both an operator and investor. He was the first engineer at iRhythm (IPO 2016) and was the founder/CEO at Lifesquare (backed by Kleiner Perkins). He has been angel investing since 2013, made >150 investments to date, and has produced investment returns well within the top decile of VC industry performance. Peter founded Unpopular Ventures to keep investing...

Duration:00:54:25

CC057: Saurabh Sharma of Jump Capital // Series A and B capital for cloud infrastructure and enterprise software

7/8/2020
Interview begins: 6:08 Debrief begins: 37:58 Today we are talking with Saurabh Sharma He is a partner at Jump Capital, a thesis led sector-focused and operating centric venture capital firm specializing in series A and B in growth-stage investments, Jump Capital invest in data-driven technology companies within the FinTech, B2B SaaS, IT data infrastructure and media sectors. Saurabh has a diverse background in investing, operations & product management and leads Jump's efforts in Enterprise...

Duration:00:42:24

CC056: Chetan Parekh of P&G Ventures // identifying and developing the next generation of billion-dollar brands

7/1/2020
Interview begins: 6:08 Debrief begins: 42:55 Today our guest is Chetan Parekh. Chetan is the Senior Brand Director & Innovation Portfolio Leader at P&G Ventures. He leads a multi-disciplinary team in charge of creating new businesses and building partnerships to serve the aging consumer and their caregiving ecosystem. His portfolio focuses on building brands behind innovative technologies and business models to shape the rapidly emerging at-home aging space. In this episode, we’re talking...

Duration:00:50:24

UP073: Pear Commerce // creating a win-win-win for consumers, brands, and retailers

6/24/2020
Interview begins: 8:38 Debrief begins: 51:03 Today we’re talking with Eric Martell, the founder of Pear Commerce. Pear Commerce enables CPG companies to drive real transactions from existing national ads and retailers to build their online channel with new customers and repeat purchases. Pear Commerce is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Eric is a venture partner at Generator. He was the managing director of Generator Minnesota until September 2018. Eric’s foray into startups happened in 2009...

Duration:01:02:30

CC055: Jason Illian of Koch Disruptive Technologies // investing in emerging technologies for one of the world’s largest private companies

6/17/2020
Interview begins: 8:46 Debrief begins: 44:36 This week we're speaking with Jason Illian, Managing Director of Koch Disruptive Technologies. Jason was the founder and CEO of BookShout, the world's leading B2B e-book company. He has presented at the Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference, the Credit Suisse Global Media and Communications Convergence Conference, and hundreds of other organizations. He has been featured on ABC, in The New York Times, and numerous radio interviews. As the...

Duration:00:52:13

CC054: Patrick McKenna of One America Works // helping coastal companies open new offices in the heartland

6/10/2020
Interview begins: 7:40 Debrief begins: 45:20 In this episode, we are discussing the challenges and opportunities of economic growth outside Silicon Valley with Patrick Mckenna, Managing Partner and founder of One America Works; a non-profit focused on addressing the geographic, economic divide across the country. Patrick started as a technology officer for the Army, then continued his career as a mergers and acquisitions banker on Wall Street. After he started his own company, he began his...

Duration:00:52:14

CC053: Andrew D'Souza of Clearbanc // revenue-based financing and the 20-minute term sheet

5/27/2020
Interview Begins: 7:11 Debrief Begins: 42:31 In this episode, we'll be talking with Andrew D'Souza, the co-founder and CEO of Clearbanc. Along with his partners, he has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital. At the same time, they help entrepreneurs to grow their businesses exponentially. He started as a management consultant for a couple of years and then spent the last ten years building a few tech companies leading their sales marketing efforts and leading their...

Duration:00:49:18

CC052: Nick Cooney of Lever VC // investing in alternative protein startups

5/20/2020
Interview begins: 5:50 Debrief begins: 39:35 Nick Cooney is the Founder and Managing Director of Lever VC. Lever VC is a new fund focused in alternative animal products, including alternative proteins, meats, and plant-based dairy products. Their portfolio includes some of the biggest brands in alternative animal products, including Beyond Meat and Impossible Burgers. Nick Cooney has been heavily involved in the alternative animal product industry over the past fifteen years. Today, he...

Duration:00:46:07

CC051: Grady Buchanan of OmniValley // connecting startup investors between the coasts

5/13/2020
Interview begins: 6:11 Debrief begins: 43:23 Grady Buchanan is the founder and CEO of OmniValley. OmniValley is an exclusive online investor network focused on helping you create connections anywhere in the world. They work to showcase and foster under-ventured and emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems by connecting, matching, and introducing all relevant and participatory investor organizations. That includes institutional investors, venture capital firms, accelerators, and ecosystem...

Duration:00:51:52

UP072: Muxy // powering viewer engagement for live streaming

5/6/2020
Interview begins: 6:29 Debrief begins: 51:16 Jared Steffes is the co-founder and COO of Muxy. Founded in 2014 and based in Austin, Texas, Muxy is an online service that develops interactive features for gaming and streaming platforms. Though optimized for Twitch, Muxy's extensions can be used for multiple streaming and video uses. To date, they have had over 120 million interactions through Twitch and are regularly creating new experiences for streamers. Jared has worked in the game design...

Duration:01:08:34

UP071: BackpackEMR // electronic medical records for mobile clinics in remote locations

4/29/2020
Interview begins: 7:50 Debrief begins: 51:01 Lori Most is the founder and CEO of BackpackEMR. Based in Bloomington, Minnesota, BackpackEMR is a medical EMR software designed for mobile clinics in rural, low-income markets. BackpackEMR is the sustainable, portable, non-internet dependent solution for electronic data recording in internationally underserved areas. Lori Most has been in technology, coding, and design before coding was cool, having worked for prominent companies such as Target...

Duration:01:05:48

JE017: "Test City, USA" official release

4/27/2020
We've been waiting for today for a long, long time. Last summer, we filmed and produced a full-length documentary about the startup ecosystem in Columbus, Ohio. The film is called Test City, USA and is now available for you to watch online. The film premiered at Film Festival of Columbus in September 2019, and was the subject of our third issue of The Update. The film took home "Best Ohio Feature" at that festival, and we began throwing our hat in for other festivals. With festivals going...

Duration:00:11:57

UP070: Xena Workwear // stylish steel-toe shoes designed for women

4/22/2020
Interview begins: 7:50 Debrief begins: 43:06 Anastasia Kraft is the founder and CEO of Xena Workwear. Xena Workwear is a footwear and soon-to-be apparel company dedicated to designing stylish and safe apparel for women in STEM. Based in Milwuakee, Xena Workwear's first products launched less than a year ago, and since then, they already have impressive supporters and plan to soon expand their apparel to include other items. Originally from Kazhakstan and Germany, Anastasia first realized her...

Duration:01:00:07

CC050: Matt Hunckler of Powderkeg // connecting talent to startups in the Midwest

4/15/2020
Interview begins: 6:10 Debrief begins: 45:00 Matt Hunckler is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg. Powderkeg is a platform connecting tech talent in the middle of the country to the Midwest companies they're searching for. Founded in 2017 after emerging from Verge, one of Matt's earlier companies, Powderkeg has more than 10,000 active members, all with the goal of staying connected to startup communities outside of Silicon Valley. An Orr Fellow from Indiana University, Matt has had a hand in a...

Duration:00:52:20

CC049: Alex Lazarow // why the Silicon Valley playbook is outdated

4/8/2020
Interview begins: 7:32 Debrief begins: 50:16 Alex Lazarow is the author or "Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley." Alexandre (Alex) Lazarow has spent his career working at the intersection of investing, innovation, and economic development in the private, public, and social sectors. He is a venture capitalist with Cathay Innovation, a global firm that invests across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Alex is an adjunct...

Duration:00:56:13

CC048: Mike Duda of Bullish // the strategic creative and capital partner behind brands like Casper, Birchbox, Peloton, and more

4/1/2020
Interview starts: 6:20 Debrief starts: 1:02:12 Mike Duda is a Managing Partner at Bullish. Bullish is a marketing operating partner focused on the growth business and has helped develop companies like Birchbox, Peloton, Casper, and Harry's. Through both investment and creative services, Bullish helps early-stage companies progress in their market. Mike has extensive experience in marketing and advertising, having served in numerous director positions at Deutsch. Our conversation today dives...

Duration:01:09:21

UP069: Relish // relationship coaching in the comfort of your own home

3/25/2020
Interview starts: 6:15 Debrief begins: 49:25 Lesley Eccles is the founder and CEO of Relish, an app developed to help guild couples create healthy relationship skills and conversations. Originally from Scotland, Lesley is also known as a cofounder of the sports fantasy service, FanDuel. Just three months after leaving FanDuel, Lesley founded her own startup, Relish, with the hopes of giving back to others and exploring how technology can improve and preserve relationships. Today, Relish is...

Duration:01:03:54

CC047: Elias Torres of Drift // opening offices outside of silicon valley (live from Embarc Collective’s grand opening)

3/18/2020
Interview begins: 5:29 Elias Torres is the co-founder and CTO of Drift. Jay recently had the chance to talk to with Elias Torres at Embarc Collective in Tampa Bay. Having worked in software all his life, Elias has been a part of impressive businesses, including IBM and Hubspot, and has founded two software based companies. A Nicaraguan native, Elias discusses his story of immigrating to America and the opportunity he commits to in other LatinX founders and in his home town, Tampa Bay. With...

Duration:00:39:18