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Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 026: Betsy Hauser Idilbi, Co-Founder of Tech Talent South

9/14/2017
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Today, we welcome Betsy Hauser Idilbi, Co-Founder of Tech Talent South to the show. Betsy is rare success in the startup world. She's a female founder, successful raised money for her startup, and lives in Charlotte. Listening to the podcast you quickly pick up on why. She's smart, energetic, quick on her feet, and persistent. She's grown Tech Talent South from 1 city to 11 and recruited some excellent talent to her team. She's kept Tech Talent South in growth mode as industry competitors...

Duration: 00:25:57


Connection Episode 025: Part II as Kyle Suhan continues our discussion on cryptocurrencies

9/5/2017
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Today we welcome back Kyle Suhan to talk more about digital currencies. You may remember Kyle has been developing the technology behind a new company called Blockade Technologies (www.blockade.cloud). This new company leverages blockchain technology to make data storage safer than before. As such, Kyle has a very good grasp on blockchain and he's local which keeps with our theme of finding companies and experts in Charlotte. Last week, Kyle did a great job providing a framework for...

Duration: 00:28:28


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 023: Crypto Currencies, Blockchain and more with Kyle Suhan, Co-Founder of Blockade Technologies

8/21/2017
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Today we welcome Kyle Suhan to the show to talk some about digital currencies. As you’ll learn throughout this episode and our next Kyle has been toying around in the digital currency space for the last couple of years. Recently, he’s been developing the technology behind a new company called Blockade Technologies (www.blockade.cloud). This new company leverages blockchain technology to make data storage safer than before. This puts Kyle in a unique space where he has been mining crypto...

Duration: 00:27:47


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 023: Amber Lewis, CEO of The Good Kitchen Part II

8/10/2017
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Amber Lewis, Founder and CEO of The Good Kitchen (www.thegoodkitchen.com), rejoins us today to continue our conversation from last week. In this episode, we talk more about her mentors, board of advisors and involvement in Vistage (www.vistage.com) to help her grow as an entrepreneur. We also talk more about the competition - including the two obvious ones of Blue Apron (the first IPO in the food delivery) and Amazon. What has been the impact and how has it actually helped her? We spoke...

Duration: 00:26:20


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 022: Amber Lewis, Founder and CEO of The Good Kitchen

8/3/2017
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This week we are very fortunate to have Amber Lewis, Founder and CEO of The Good Kitchen (www.thegoodkitchen.com) join us. Amber started The Good Kitchen, formerly known as ModPaleo, from her own kitchen after watching Crossfit (www.crossfit.com) members struggle to stick to a Paleo diet after a 30-day Paleo challenge she helped run at her local Crossfit gym. With no experience in a commercial kitchen or running a startup, Amber has guided The Good Kitchen over the last 6 years to a fast...

Duration: 00:36:39


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 021: Matt Potere CEO of Sunlight Financial Part II

7/28/2017
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Matt Potere, CEO of Sunlight Financial (www.sunlightfinancial.com), continues with our discussion from last week. For this episode, though, I wanted to explore some of the Charlotte startup scene with Matt. We talk about the following today: What's the growth path for Sunlight Financial - does the market get saturated soon or do they have a long run? Is lending an area of strength for startups here in Charlotte? Why it's important to celebrate startup failures as much as successes. Matt...

Duration: 00:22:36


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 020: Matt Potere, CEO of Sunlight Financial (Part I)

7/20/2017
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In today's podcast, we get an opportunity to speak with Matt Potere, CEO of Sunlight Financial. Sunlight is successful startup here in Charlotte - having raised more then $900 million - yet you don't hear too much about it. Their business model is to help consumers afford solar panels by "providing simple, affordable solar loans." It's a simple business model - lending money - which has helped build Charlotte into what it is today. And they are growing rapidly both here and in New York. In...

Duration: 00:22:51


Charlotte Angel Connection: Episode 019 Walt Frye

7/14/2017
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Today, we are extremely fortunate to have Walter Frye join us. As you’ll hear in our conversation, I’ve known Walt since early 2016 and have really enjoyed getting to know him – and I think you will too. He’s been a great advocate for all things startup and angel investing in Charlotte and has brought a high level of energy and passion to the scene. I wanted to talk with Walt as he’s the kind of ‘roll up your sleeves’ guy you always want to be around. If he sees a problem or an...

Duration: 00:34:26


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 018: Part II with Justin Witz of Catapult, Jason Aspiotis of Finsophy & John Zettler of Commandiv

6/29/2017
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In today’s session, we continue our interview with three very impressive companies and founders: Catapult (with Justin Witz), Finsophy (Jason Aspiotis) and Commandiv (John Zettler). As a quick reminder from our last episode, we mainly discussed what it’s light to be part of an incubator, what they gave up to move here and what an incubator program offers young founders. Catapult is streamlining the RFP (request for proposals) process using a blockchain environment which secures the...

Duration: 00:13:09


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 017: Justin Witz of Catapult, Jason Aspiotis of Finsohpy & John Zettler of Commandiv

6/14/2017
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In today’s session, we interviewed three very impressive companies and founders: Catapult (with Justin Witz), Finsophy (Jason Aspiotis) and Commandiv (John Zettler). Catapult is streamlining the RFP (request for proposals) process using a blockchain environment which secures the documents sharing process. Finsophy is a platform for transparence and mission oriented banking products. It allows consumers to direct their deposits into the missions they care about rather than being...

Duration: 00:20:52


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 016: Curu Co-Founders David Potter and Abb Kapoor

6/6/2017
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As you may remember, we are continuing our interview with Curu Co-Founders David Potter and Abb Kapoor today. Last week, we learned about their decision to leave the University of Maryland at College Park to come to Charlotte for QC Fintech and pursue their startup. We learned they have clear vision to focus on the task at hand and we also learned the mentorship program at QC Fintech has been tremendous for these young founders. This week we turned our attention to Curu...

Duration: 00:12:45


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 015: Curu Co-Founders David Potter and Abb Kapoor

5/24/2017
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In today’s session, we interviewed two very impressive founder of Curu (www.curucredit.com) who are entrepreneurs in this years’ QC Fintech class (www.qcfintech.co). Abb Kapoor and David Potter are young entrepreneurs who left the University of Maryland at College Park earlier this year to focus on their startup and join the impressive Class 6 of QC Fintech. And focus is a word you will hear them mention numerous times in our two part interview with these two impressive young men. Once...

Duration: 00:13:54


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 014: Venture for America Part II with Niki and Natalie

5/17/2017
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Welcome back to the Charlotte Angel Connection – the Charlotte Area Podcast linking entrepreneurs, investors, and the broader Charlotte community. Our goal is to interview the individuals who are building, shaping, and influencing entrepreneurship in the Charlotte region so you can be invested in Charlotte’s growth. We pick up where we left off last week with Niki Chimburg and Natalie Vick – two Venture for America Fellows (www.ventureforamerica.org). Remember in our last episode we...

Duration: 00:13:59


Charlotte Angel Connection: Episode 013 with Venture for America Fellows, Niki Chimburg and Natalie Vick

5/10/2017
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In today’s session, we interviewed two very impressive recent college graduates who are working with startups in Charlotte as part of the Venture for America program (www.ventureforamerica.org). If you are not familiar with Venture for America, be prepared to become educated on this fast growing initiative across the country with a growing presence in Charlotte. Today you will learn how this impressive set of college graduates are and will continue to shape Charlotte’s future. Niki...

Duration: 00:12:15


Charlotte Angel Connection: Episode 012 with Steven Groves, Partner with ProRelevant Marketing

3/27/2017
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In this episode with Steven Groves (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevengroves/), we covered a range of topics. The first area I really wanted to explore with Steven was his involvement with 1 Million Cups in Charlotte. Steven was new to Charlotte and almost immediately sought to bring in the areas first 1 Million Cups. It’s a national ‘pitch’ platform with over 100 chapters across the country. It’s unique because after a 6 minute pitch it solicits the input of the audience to help...

Duration: 00:49:32


Charlotte Angel Connection: Episode 011 with Aaron Galloway

3/20/2017
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Today’s episode of the Charlotte Angel Connection features young entrepreneur, Aaron Galloway. To give you an idea of the type of go get ‘em mentality Aaron has he is the only entrepreneur to date who sought me out and asked to be on the podcast. He’s got a fire to create a successful business and is smart enough to do it. Keep your eyes on him as he develops InfiniGift over the coming quarters. In this episode, we learn Aaron has been writing business plans since the age of 8 – his first...

Duration: 00:28:57


Charlotte Angel Connection: Episode 009 with Erica Madden

3/13/2017
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You are in for a real treat today with Erica Madden who is now the Executive of Launch LKN – an initiative started by Mark McDowell and brothers Chris and Jon Boggiano to bring founders, mentors and investors together in Lake Norman area. While new to the Startup and investment world, Erica has spent years working with non-profits who also display a high level of passion and run on a tight budget. Once it was announced that Launch LKN was getting off the ground, I thought it was important...

Duration: 00:45:27


Charlotte Angel Connection: Episode 009 with Mark McDowell (Entrepreneur and Investor)

2/27/2017
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Episode 009 with Mark McDowell touched on a broad range of important topics. Mark’s experience as a telecom entrepreneur in the late 90s set him up to become an angel investor over the last nearly two decades. Now residing in the Lake Norman area with his wife and family, he has great insight into the startup and investing community. Our interview with Mark touched on the following items: 1) Whether or not it is necessary to have been an entrepreneur in order to be a good angel investor....

Duration: 00:34:21


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 008: Rob Cummings Co-Founder of Deal Cloud

12/4/2016
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Join us for the final episode in a three part series exploring the path of a startup. We've spoken with Ramy Serageldin of Honeyfi and Dan D'Aquisto of 2ULaundry. This week we dive into a great discussion with Rob Cummings of DealCloud who just finished a $5.3 million Series B in December 2015. Our focus here is to talk about the opportunities and struggles each company faces along the startup journey. Where have they been and what lies ahead? What’s the path they took and how did they do...

Duration: 00:27:35


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 006: Ramy Serageldin Co-Founder of Honeyfi

11/21/2016
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Join us for the first part of a three part series exploring the path of a startup. We've lined up Ramy Serageldin with Honeyfi - who is just releasing their beta product as we speak. Next, we spoke with Dan D'Aquisto from 2U Laundry who just raised a $400,000 seed round. We will wrap up the three part series with a great interview with Rob Cummings from DealCloud to talk about their $5.3 million Series B round in December 2015. Our focus here is to talk about the opportunities and...

Duration: 00:27:13

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