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Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 033: Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA

11/17/2017
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Today on the Charlotte Angel Connection, we welcome Thom Ruhe - the CEO and President of NC IDEA for the first of a two part interview. Thom has been at NC IDEA since February 2016 and has already made great strides into continuing to develop and enhance entrepreneurship in North Carolina. Many in Charlotte see a favoritism to the Triangle from NC IDEA so I wanted to talk with Thom to figure out who he was, what NC IDEA is doing and how it impacts Charlotte. What ended up happening was a...

Duration: 00:54:08


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 032: Part II QC Fintech Class 7 Accelarator Companies Capway, Qbrics, and Qoins

11/16/2017
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Today we have the second part of the two part series with three companies from Class 7 of QC Fintech. Sheena Allen from Capway, James Safran from Qbrics, and Christian Zimmerman and Nate Washington from Qoins joined us to discuss their startups and life inside of Class 7. If you want to see the companies after they have wrapped up you can come to the Southeast Fintech Venture Conference on November 20th (an all day event at Barings new headquarters in Charlotte) or just come out to listen...

Duration: 00:16:14


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 031: QC Fintech Class 7 Accelarator Companies Capway, Qbrics, and Qoins

11/10/2017
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Today we have the first part of a two part series with three companies from Class 7 of QC Fintech. Sheena Allen from Capway, James Safran from Qbrics, and Christian Zimmerman and Nate Washington from Qoins joined us to discuss their startups and life inside of Class 7. This was recorded in late September and I had a chance to talk with two of them again in early November. These companies are developing at a rapid pace. I'm really impressed with both the quality of the founders who are...

Duration: 00:23:46


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 030: Dan Roselli and Sarah Smith discussing the Southeast Fintech Venture Conference

11/2/2017
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Today we welcome back Dan Roselli, Co-Founder and Managing Director of QC Fintech, and Sarah Smith, Program Manager for QC Fintech and a 2016 Venture for America Fellow. Dan, Sarah and the rest of the team at QC Fintech are bringing Charlotte its’ first venture conference - the Southeast Fintech Venture Conference on November 20, 2017. The event will be hosted at Barings brand new global headquarters which is right across the street from Packard Place - home of QC Fintech. Our conversation...

Duration: 00:32:58


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 029: Yamile Nesrala, Managing Director of Charlotte for Venture for America

10/24/2017
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This is the second part of our podcast with Yami Nesrala, Director of Miami and Charlotte for Venture for America. In our interview last week, we spoke a lot about the fellows – who they are, how they are selected and more. This week I wanted to address the benefits the companies and the community get out of Venture for America and then focus on how the community can support VFA in Charlotte. As such, today’s podcast with Yami covers the following: What does the company get out of hiring a...

Duration: 00:10:19


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 028: Yamile Nesrala, Managing Director of Charlotte for Venture for America

10/12/2017
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Today we are very fortunate to have Yamile Nesrala, Director of Miami and Charlotte for Venture for America. Much like the Venture for America Fellows we will talk about shortly, Yami has an extraordinarily impressive background. She graduated with an economics degree from Harvard, received her Masters in Philosophy from University of Cambridge, and completed her law degree back at Harvard in 2013. She has spent time in the consulting world, with legal firms, and more recently with a...

Duration: 00:13:31


Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 027: Betsy Hauser Idilbi, Co-Founder of Tech Talent South Part II

9/28/2017
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Today, we welcome back Betsy Hauser Idilbi, Co-Founder of Tech Talent South to the show. Last week, Betsy spoke about Tech Talent South and how it got off the ground on so many different levels. This week we wanted to change the direction of the conversation and talk about the future for Tech Talent South, Charlotte and Betsy. It's even better than Part I and I hope you enjoy it as we discuss the following: The placement rates of coding schools - how they are 'ranked' - and Tech Talent...

Duration: 00:25:05


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

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