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The Vitalize Podcast
Fostering Authentic Connection in an Over-Networked Society, Building an Extraordinary Life, and Striving to Be the Best, with Pejman Nozad of Pear VC

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 36:05


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Pejman Nozad (@pejmannozad), the Co-Founder and Founding Managing Partner of Pear VC, a firm specializing in seed stage investments that partners with founders at the earliest stages to turn great ideas into category-defining companies. Over the past two decades, he has been a seed investor in some of the most iconic tech companies including Doordash, Dropbox, Applovin, Gusto, Guardant Health, Branch, Aurora Solar, Soundhound, CourseHero, and others.As an immigrant from Iran, Pejman did not take the typical path towards becoming a VC. After arriving in the U.S., he lived in an attic above a yogurt shop and then worked at a rug store in downtown Palo Alto. He immersed himself in the vanguard of technology and slowly, with a few small investments, developed a reputation for both identifying talent and taking promising ideas to the next level.Pejman lives in California with his wife, Mania, and their two children. He was included in the Forbes Midas List in 2021 and 2022 and ranked #1 in the U.S. (#2 in the world) on the Forbes Midas Seed List in 2022.Website: Pear VCLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/pejman/Twitter: @pejmannozadEmail: pejman@pear.vcShow Notes: Pejman's fascinating background and journey from Iranian soccer player to carwash and yogurt shop employee to rug salesman to investor Where Pejman derives his impressive work ethic What compelled Pejman to capitalize on the opportunity to transition from rug salesman to venture capitalist What makes a great sales person How Pejman was able to break into the industry and establish himself as a great investor and partner Fostering authentic connection in an over-networked society Building Pear as an institution to serve founders at the earliest stages Taking 4 years to convince Mar Hershenson to partner with him and start a fund together The process of raising their first fund while building community at Stanford What differentiates Pear Pear's model and building their platform Pejman's big vision for Pear What they look for in founders at Pear Why he prefers to get to know founders in person before investing in them What drives Pejman today What makes Pear a great partner More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

The Vitalize Podcast
The VITALIZE Podcast Presents: Off Topic, with Andrew Gazdecki and Gale Wilkinson Discussing Twitter Trends, AI as the Next Frontier, and Predictions for 2023

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 47:17


The VITALIZE Podcast presents: Off Topic, a special series where we dig into a variety of topics, trends, and current events in the startup ecosystem. In this inaugural episode of Off Topic, Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Gale Wilkinson (@galeforceVC) and Andrew Gazdecki (@agazdecki).Gale is the Founder and Managing Partner at VITALIZE, a seed-stage venture fund and angel community investing in The Work Revolution. Previously, Gale founded IrishAngels, one of the largest angel groups in the world. She has led $65M+ in early-stage deals across 80+ startups. Her experience prior to VC includes founding two failed startups, consulting for new product launches with Nielsen, and strategy with Orbitz. Gale received a BBA with honors from Notre Dame and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She was a founding Board member of the C200 Scholars Network, and she is currently a founding Board member of Chicago Blend, an organization focused on increasing diversity in VC and startups.Andrew Gazdecki is the Founder and CEO of Acquire (previously MicroAcquire), a founder-friendly startup acquisition marketplace. Acquire aims to consolidate the fragmented acquisition market by giving founders and entrepreneurs a single convenient marketplace to meet, coordinate, and close acquisitions. They provide free and instant access to trusted and vetted buyers with total anonymity and are on a mission to turn founder journeys into success stories and foster the next generation of entrepreneurs. They have more than 100,000 registered buyers, more than 2,000 companies listed for sale, and has facilitated more than 500 deals with a combined value of more than $200 million. Andrew has been an entrepreneur for longer than he can remember. He likes to build stuff, mostly companies, and try to tell a story that goes beyond what the company does to how it's changing markets. Prior to founding MicroAcquire, he started two companies, Bizness Apps and Altcoin.io, both acquired. He's been featured in NYT, Forbes, WSJ, Inc.com, and Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as prominent industry blogs such as Mashable, TechCrunch and VentureBeat.Connect with Andrew Gazdecki:Website: Acquire (previously MicroAcquire)LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/agazdecki/Twitter: @agazdeckiConnect with Gale Wilkinson:Website: VITALIZE Venture Capital LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/galevc/Twitter: @galeforceVCVITALIZE Newsletter: Re:VITALIZEVITALIZE Angel Investing Community: VITALIZE AngelsShow Notes: Andrew's pitch to Elon Musk to get the @acquire Twitter handle for his company's re-brand Gale and Andrew's thoughts on Elon's takeover of Twitter How Andrew stays positive and motivational on Twitter ChatGPT, AI as the next tech frontier, and the challenge of differentiating generative content The danger of deep fakes The opportunities they see for the future of AI Acquire's potential Valuation & acquisition trends and predictions in VC Their take on the FTX collapse Trends Gale, Andrew, and Justin are excited about in 2023 More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

The Vitalize Podcast
Narrowing the Wellness Gap, the Power of Thoughtful Brand Building, and the Uncharted Territory of Modern Connection, with Lisa Blau and Amanda Eilian of Able Partners

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 28:59


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Lisa Blau and Amanda Eilian, Founding Partners of Able Partners (@ablepartnersnyc), a health & wellness investment fund focused on supporting visionary, early stage brands in positive living. They aim to support entrepreneurs that are helping to make the daily lives of consumers healthier, happier and more meaningful. They seek to partner with companies that are narrowing the Wellness Gap, and are most focused on overlooked or stigmatized communities that have resulted in underserved markets.Lisa has spent the last decade as an active investor focused on consumer businesses with a particular interest in supporting women-led entrepreneurial ventures. Previously, she co-founded VitalJuice.com, a daily email newsletter on healthy living tips and trends that was acquired by Tasting Table. She also helped build and launch Portero, an online luxury goods auction platform sold to Richemont. Lisa chairs the Investor Group of the Leadership Now Project, a membership organization of business professionals committed to renewing democracy. She is a founding member and leader of the TIME'S UP Care Economy Business Council, a coalition of business leaders and companies committed to building a new American care economy, empowering caregivers, and championing gender equality throughout their workforce. She is a Board Member of The New York Public Library, KIPP New York, and Mt. Sinai's Parenting Center. Amanda has been actively investing in early stage consumer companies for the last decade, drawing on her experience as an institutional investor and entrepreneur. Previously, Amanda was the co-founder of Videolicious, an enterprise video creation platform backed by Amazon, and served as its President until it was acquired by Squarespace (NYSE:SQSP). Under Amanda's leadership, Videolicious grew to over 5 million users in 103 countries, including Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Walmart, SAP, Verizon and GE. Prior to forming Videolicious, Amanda was a founding partner of Capitol Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC) that completed a $265 million initial public offering and became Two Harbors Investment Corp., a $3 billion REIT (NYSE:TWO). TWO grew to over $5 billion of market capitalization (including a spin-off). Amanda began her career in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. Amanda serves on the Board of Directors of the Melanoma Research Alliance and is a member of the Tech:NYC Leadership Council. Website: Able PartnersLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lisa-jacobs-blau-8284133/ & linkedin.com/in/amanda-eilian-13025b6/Twitter: @ablepartnersnycEmail: info@ablepartners.nycShow Notes: Able Partners' focus and investment thesis Investing in primarily women-led companies Why Lisa and Amanda chose to make the jump from founder to investor Able Partners' strong thesis around the wellness gap and some of their investments that embody this Deal flow at a very thesis-driven fund Important soft skills successful founders need to have Trusting your gut on founder red flags The power of thoughtful brand building The importance of creative connection and community in today's world How to diversify the VC asset class and startup ecosystem More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

Oh My Fraud
Fruitcake Is a Crime

Oh My Fraud

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 88:55


Thank you to our sponsor, XeroTo learn more go to  http://ohmyfraud.promo/xeroThank you to our sponsor RuBook Creative Use PROMO CODE - OHMY at checkout to receive 10% off your next orderhttps://www.ohmyfraud.promo/rubookHOW TO EARN FREE CPEIn less than 10 minutes, you can earn 1 hour of NASBA-approved accounting CPE after listening to this episode. Download our mobile app, sign up, and look for the Oh My Fraud channel. Register for the course, complete a short quiz, and get your CPE certificate.Download the app:Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/earmark-cpe/id1562599728Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.earmarkcpe.appQuestions? Need help? Email support@earmarkcpe.com.CONNECT WITH THE HOSTSGreg Kyte, CPATwitter: https://twitter.com/gregkyteLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregkyte/Caleb NewquistTwitter: https://twitter.com/cnewquistLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/calebnewquist/EMAIL : ohmyfraud@earmarkcpe.comSources: The Sandy Jenkins Embezzlement Scandal [Collin Street Bakery, March 2022]IN THE MATTER OF THE MARRIAGE OF KAY JENKINS AND SANDY JENKINS [Navarro County Texas]Sticky Fingers/Life in the Fraud Lane [American Greed]Kay Jenkins seeks divorce [Corsicana Daily Sun, August 15, 2013]Just Desserts — Texas Monthly 01/2016Diamond Sandy: Jenkin's jewelry bills were out of this world — Corsicana Daily Sun 11/13/2013Corsicana home of Sandy Jenkins goes on market — Corsicana Daily Sun 02/21/2014Jenkins details luxury lifestyle — Corsicana Daily Sun 05/06/2014Ex-fruitcake executive sentenced for embezzling $17 million — Daily Mail 09/19/2015The $50,000-a-year bakery employee who stole $16M from from work — Daily Mail 03/14/2024Former Collins Street Bakery Executive and Wife Sentenced — FBI 09/16/2015Wife of Former Executive at Collins Street Bakery Pleads Guilty — DOJ 06/01/2015Ex-Texas Fruitcake Executive Sentenced for $16.6 Million Fraud — NBC News 09/17/2015$17 million stolen from famous fruitcake bakery — Weatherford Democrat 07/25/2013Fruitcake executive sentenced to 10 years — NY Daily News 09/17/2015Collin Street Bakery — WikipediaUtah Wage Garnishment Laws — NOLO

WorkCompAcademy | Weekly News
WorkCompAcademy News - December 12, 2022

WorkCompAcademy | Weekly News

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2022 31:00


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court Rules on "Contentious" Med-Legal Associates Litigation With QME. Proof of "Prejudice" Required for Laches to Bar 20 Year Old Lien. Unused Portion of SJDB Voucher Expires 2 Years After Issuance. Employer's Arbitration Motion Fails for Poor Documentation. Twice Convicted SoCal Insurance Agent Sentenced for Theft. Dignity Health and Tenet Healthcare Agree to Pay $22.5M for False Claims. Essilor Laboratories Resolves Kickback Case for $23.8M. DWC Opens Registration for 30th Annual Educational Conference. Environment, Health & Safety Conference Set for January in Long Beach. Six Major Pharmacies Settle WC Prescription Overcharge Claims for $16M.

The Vitalize Podcast
Community-Powered Venture Capital, Expanding with Intentionality, and Distinguishing Good from Great, with Jenny Fielding of The Fund

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 42:40


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Jenny Fielding (@jefielding), General Partner at The Fund, a first-of-its-kind venture fund fueled by a community of brilliant founders & operators. The Fund invests in mission-driven, technology-enabled companies at the earliest stages. They are a generalist fund with a focus on the basic stuff we need to live: money, health and work, and have invested in the pre-seed rounds of 200+ companies in 4.5 years. They've pooled capital, networks, and expertise to help grow startup ecosystems around the globe in a radical new way, and unlike traditional venture capital, they involve their community in everything they do.Jenny is a 2x entrepreneur and knows how challenging it is to build great products, inspire a team, and keep the lights on. She spends her time working to surround founders with the resources they need to survive + thrive. She has been the first check into 200+ startups including: Chainalysis, Alloy, Latch, Tempo Automation, Headway, Supergreat, Dash, Contra, Particle Health, Bloomscape, Simple Health, Pair Eyewear, Solo Funds, Halp, Minded, Rupa Health, Morty, Wagmo, Smarthop, Solid, PathSpot, Remesh, Cube, OnePipe, Union Crate, Season, Parsley Health and many more. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University where she spent many years as a student.Website: The FundLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jennyfielding/Twitter: @jefieldingEmail: J@thefund.vcShow Notes: What Jenny is working on today at The Fund and their “by founders for founders” model The logistics of expanding to ten cities and deciding where to launch The Fund's structure and the strategy behind it The evolution of The Fund's growth from fund I to fund III The Fund's investment thesis Their portfolio-to-portfolio model and how they're approaching growth strategically How they leverage their diverse community to execute diligence The Fund's venture partners What distinguishes good CEOs from great CEOs Jenny's thoughts on valuations in the current 2022 market Jenny's advice for becoming a better investor Innovation in highly regulated industries Trends Jenny is excited about in the Future of Work The value of in-person activity and events Merging the experiences of being a founder and investor as a GP at a micro fund More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

The Vitalize Podcast
Deep Dive: How Gale Wilkinson Conducts Founder Calls

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022 33:36


In this episode, Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks again with Gale Wilkinson (@galeforceVC), Founder and Managing Partner at VITALIZE, a seed-stage venture fund and angel community investing in The Work Revolution. In this round with Gale, we dig into how she conducts initial founder calls for VITALIZE.Previously, Gale founded IrishAngels, one of the largest angel groups in the world. She has led $65M+ in early-stage deals across 80+ startups. Her experience prior to VC includes founding two failed startups, consulting for new product launches with Nielsen, and strategy with Orbitz. Gale received a BBA with honors from Notre Dame and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She was a founding Board member of the C200 Scholars Network, and she is currently a founding Board member of Chicago Blend, an organization focused on increasing diversity in VC and startups.Website: VITALIZE Venture Capital LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/galevc/Twitter: @galeforceVCVITALIZE Newsletter: Re:VITALIZEVITALIZE Angel Investing Community: VITALIZE AngelsShow Notes: What Gale looks to get out of initial founder calls Gale's secret to running founder calls The general script Gale uses and how she tailors it contextually What helps founders stand out How Gale takes notes during the call Gale's mindset in initial evaluation of founders and the process for a founder to make it through to diligence How these calls differ for Gale as a VC fund manager vs as an angel investor Behavioral red flags from founders How Gale has adjusted to remote founder calls Process and company red flags to look out for Factors to consider when determining ownership terms How founders/investors should prepare for calls with investors/LPs The importance of showing up authentically Gale's thoughts on giving feedback on calls What founders should ask VCs More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

La Galère
Sadek Drobi - Prismic : Lever 16M€ pour révolutionner la création de site web

La Galère

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 81:38


Ecoutez l'épisode sur Apple Podcast, sur Spotify , ou trouvez votre lecteur préféré ! Cette semaine au micro de la galère on a eu le plaisir de recevoir Sadek Drobi qui nous a raconté le parcours de Prismic.

The Pursuit of Scrappiness
Mikus Opelts (Giraffe360) on how “No” is a natural part of the journey, networking tactics, fundraising tips & getting geographical expansion right. Ep.97

The Pursuit of Scrappiness

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 52:04


Mikus Opelts is the  Founder and CEO of Giraffe360 - the company that makes real estate listings look amazing with their camera and visual tools. Mikus has been working with virtual tours technologies for 10+ years and has solved painful problems in the real estate market with some pretty cool products. We record this as Mikus and his team have just raised $16M round lead by Founders Fund.In this episode we talk about:Getting geographic expansion rightConquering big markets like the UKBuilding hardware productsHow to maximize quality of your investors“No” as a checkpoint to “Yes”===Find other episodes on >  https://www.pursuitofscrappiness.co/ Watch select full-length episodes on our YouTube channel > https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP6ueaLnjS-CQfrMCm2EoTA ===Connect with us on Linkedin > https://www.linkedin.com/company/pursuit-of-scrappiness/ Questions/suggestions? Join our Telegram group > https://t.me/pursuitofscrappiness Find developers in just a few weeks instead of searching for months!It's fast, it's smooth, it's cost efficient. They take care of all the paperwork, provide office space and other ancillary services. Go check out Gegidze.comAnd don't forget to mention that you heard about them from us using the promo code Pursuit50 for 50% off the recruitment fee!

The Vitalize Podcast
Lessons for Emerging Managers and How to Evaluate Founder Passion, with Richard Kerby of Equal Ventures

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 27:35


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Richard Kerby (@kerby), Co-Founder and General Partner at Equal Ventures, a seed stage focused fund backing the founders and businesses transforming society and industry. Prior to Equal Ventures, Richard was an investor at Venrock, where he led seed stage and Series A stage investments in 6Sense, Amino Apps, Beckon, Burner, Luxe Valet, and Salsify. Prior to joining Venrock, Richard was an investor at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), where he focused on identifying and evaluating later-stage investments. While at IVP, Richard worked with IVP portfolio companies such as Dropbox, FleetMatics, PopSugar, Shazam, and Yext. Previously, Richard worked in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse. Richard is a proud Georgetown alum and is a rabid Hoyas basketball fan. He is also the founder of Stealth Mode, a community of more than 1,500 African American founders, operators and investors.Website: Equal VenturesLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/richardkerby/Twitter: @kerbyEmail: kerby@equal.vcShow Notes: Equal Ventures' investment thesis and the strategy behind being generalists Deciding to start a fund instead of joining an existing one Richard's key learnings as an emerging manager What being hands-on with their founders means at Equal Ventures Their all “hands on deck” approach to building the Equal Ventures team Running the Emerging Managers Circle and deciding to host summits Trends Richard is excited about Richard's view on remote vs. in-person How Equal Ventures evaluates founders Richard's advice for emerging managers More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

The Vitalize Podcast
The Real Impact of Augmented Reality and the Metaverse on the Future of Work, Learning, and the World, with Enklu Founder Ray Kallmeyer

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 26:19


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Ray Kallmeyer, CEO and Founder of Enklu (@ExperienceEnklu). After a decades-long career in the AAA video games industry, Ray founded Enklu in 2016 and built and deployed the first wave of spatial apps in augmented reality for the Microsoft HoloLens globally. He now helps enterprises accelerate their spatial transformation with an end-to-end solution which empowers today's workforce with tomorrow's technology.Enklu's mission is to empower creators with transparent technology. Ray believes in a future where technology fades into the background and people can become more present with each other and their environment.Ray is an entrepreneur, startup advisor, patent author, featured artist, and public speaker at universities such USC, Stanford, and MIT.Website: EnkluLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/raykallmeyer/Twitter: @ExperienceEnkluShow Notes: Enklu and its origin story that stems back to Ray's childhood Why Ray chose entrepreneurship The “reality distortion field” and building innovative technology Identifying Enklu's ideal customer profile and use cases The realities of how the metaverse and AR will impact the future of work and the world Enklu's big vision More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

Tank Talks
How to Build Resilient Companies, Supporting Mental Health to Prevent Founder Flight, and Running a Concentrated Portfolio with Matt Cohen of Ripple Ventures

Tank Talks

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 30:30


It's always great to visit another podcast, and we wanted to share Matt's guest spot on the Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit tanktalks.substack.com

The Vitalize Podcast
Growing Organically via Twitter, Building Remote-First Company Culture, and Taking on Legacy Brands, with Vowel's CEO and Co-Founder Andrew Berman

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 42:31


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Andrew Berman (@berman66), Co-Founder and CEO of Vowel, the world's first complete meeting solution designed to make every meeting more inclusive and worthwhile – before, during, and after. Vowel is a collaboration platform that makes meetings searchable, shareable centers of knowledge for your business. By redefining what data capture is capable of, they are optimizing the potential of every team.They are a remote-first company whose 20+ employees span four continents. Their team is made up of engineers, designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and security experts – from leading organizations like Google, Bridgewater, Nanit, Airbnb, Casper, Recombine and others. They're building both an inclusive product and an inclusive team that celebrates diverse cultures and backgrounds. Andrew's inspiration is to apply new technology to build products that can touch millions of people in ways that were impossible before. He is also the founder of Nanit, the first camera to track human behavior (the leading baby monitor), an experienced investor from seed to LBO stages (Silicon Valley, NY and other markets), and an active and experienced angel investor (with investments in SaaS, Security, Healthcare, Consumer and CV/AI).Website: VowelLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/aberman/Twitter: @berman66Use coupon code: JUSTGOGRIND for 3 months free of unlimited seats on Vowel'sPro plan (monthly only)!Show Notes: How Vowel is creating instant searchable, shareable knowledge through a modern video conferencing tool Andy's journey to founding Vowel How the idea for Vowel stemmed from Nanit's pain points as a distributed team Early distribution and organic growth through Twitter How Vowel's original use-cases have expanded naturally and leaning into user-led product development Giving their users a 10x improved media experience through their next generation video platform The challenges of building Vowel Recruiting the original founding team Building remote-first company culture The fundraising process and Vowel's powerful cap table of operator- angel investors How to vet investors Their B2B growth strategy Developing their freemium business model How they view competition and taking on legacy brands Learnings as a multi-time founder and former VC What motivates Andy to challenge the status quo and build innovative companies Andy's thoughts on the future of work and running remote teams Snagging the vowel.com domain name More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

Locked On Dodgers – Daily Podcast On The Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw Back, Tyler Anderson Gets QO + Justin Turner Option Declined

Locked On Dodgers – Daily Podcast On The Los Angeles Dodgers

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 35:15


The Dodgers extended qualifying offers to Tyler Anderson and Trea Turner, are close to re-signing Clayton Kershaw and declined Justin Turner's $16M option. Kershaw's return should be celebrated, but should the Dodgers run it back with Anderson as well? Lastly, would Justin Verlander be a viable option for the rotation? Locked On Dodgers, the daily podcast about the Los Angeles Dodgers with hosts Jeff Snider and Vince Samperio, is part of the Locked On Podcast Network. Be sure to subscribe to Locked On Dodgers in the Audacy podcast app or wherever you get your podcasts, and come back every weekday morning and spend your morning commute with two of the biggest Dodger fans you'll ever meet. Thanks for making Locked On Dodgers your first listen every day, and please tell your friends! Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! SimpliSafe With Fast Protect™️ Technology, exclusively from SimpliSafe, 24/7 monitoring agents capture evidence to accurately verify a threat for faster police response. There's No Safe Like SimpliSafe. Visit SimpliSafe.com/LockedOnMLB to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Paint ED Podcast
How To Build A Leadership Team: Contractor Evolution

Paint ED Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 72:17


Assemble Your Team Thoughtfully. Do you have a leadership team? Do you let them lead? I'm sure you've probably heard that you need to hire a leadership team who will allow you to take a step back from the grind. But rarely do you hear HOW to nurture that leadership team to a point where you feel comfortable letting them take over. In this episode of Contractor Evolution, I meet with Dan Young of Kingdom Roofing Systems of Marion Indiana. In just 3 short years (2018 to 2021) Dan grew Kingdom from 3 million in revenue to over 16 million. His Executive Leadership team, which he has assembled and trained with care and purpose, contributes massively to this explosive growth. I wanted to have Dan on to talk about where he found these people and nurtured under-appreciated talent into truly exceptional leaders. If you've been wondering what it actually takes to build a leadership team that will allow you to step back, watch the full episode. Episode Highlights: -How the leadership team is organized in this 16M contracting company. -How to recruit a high-end leadership team from outside your industry and the attributes you should watch for in the people you interact with daily. -One way to nurture under-appreciated talent as opposed to expecting you'll have all the skills you'll need in everyone you bring in. -How your role as a leader evolves as you go from 3M to 16M (hint - it's both easier and harder) -Striking the balance in a 'family vibe company' when you're running corporate systems -The value of hiring women in the trades and what they bring to the organization that the men typically don't Watch the episode on PCA Overdrive PCA Overdrive is free for members. Not a member? Try our 30-day, free trial; $5.99/mo after. Download the app on the Apple Store or Google Play. Become a PCA member

Hoop Heads
Eric Horstman - Founder & President of the Flyin' To The Hoop High School Basketball Invitational - Episode 710

Hoop Heads

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 71:28


Eric Horstman is the founder of the Flyin' to the Hoop High School Basketball Invitational in Dayton, Ohio. The inaugural year for the event was 2003. The event is currently ranked as the #2 Basketball Showcase for high school basketball nationwide per CBS Sports / MaxPreps. 20,000+ fans, college coaches and media attend the event each year which annually pumps over $1.9M into the local Dayton economy. 87 alumni of the event have been drafted into the NBA (or NFL). In March of 2020, the first TOP GUN Showcase was held at Vandalia Butler HS. This event is a sister event of the nationally ranked Flyin' to the Hoop Invitational that involves national powerhouse prep teams at the high school level in a 2-day showcase of games for the public. In 2002, Eric founded Sports Image®. a sports marketing company targeting school athletic departments and other grassroots organizations across the country to help them acquire new equipment for free and much-needed revenue for their programs. Currently, Sports Image® has helped by donating over $16M in equipment and $2,500,000 in revenue to schools in states nationwide. If you're looking to improve your coaching please consider joining the Hoop Heads Mentorship Program. We believe that having a mentor is the best way to maximize your potential and become a transformational coach. By matching you up with one of our experienced mentors you'll develop a one on one relationship that will help your coaching, your team, your program, and your mindset. The Hoop Heads Mentorship Program delivers mentoring services to basketball coaches at all levels through our team of experienced Head Coaches. Find out more at hoopheadspod.com or shoot me an email directly mike@hoopheadspod.com Follow us on social media @hoopheadspod on Twitter and Instagram and be sure to check out the Hoop Heads Podcast Network for more great basketball content. Grab your notebook as you listen to this episode with Eric Horstman, the founder of the Flyin' to the Hoop High School Basketball Invitational in Dayton, Ohio. Website - https://flyintothehoop.com/ (https://flyintothehoop.com/) Email - eric@flyintothehoop.com Twitter - https://twitter.com/flyintothehoop (@flyintothehoop) Visit our Sponsors! https://www.drdishbasketball.com/ (Dr. Dish Basketball) Mention the Hoop Heads Podcast when you place your order and get $300 off a brand new state of the art Dr. Dish Shooting Machine! http://www.fastmodelsports.com/ (Fast Model Sports) FastModel Sports has the most compelling and intuitive basketball software out there! In addition to a great product, they also provide basketball coaching content and resources through their blog and playbank, which features over 8,000 free plays and drills from their online coaching community. For access to these plays and more information, visit http://fastmodelsports.com (fastmodelsports.com) or follow them on Twitter @FastModel. Use Promo code HHP15 to save 15% https://unitedbasketballplus.com?aff=222 (United Basketball Plus) United Basketball Plus has over 3,000 plays, 45 Deep Dive Courses with some of the best minds in the game including Tyler Coston, Paul Kelleher, Tobin Anderson, Dave Love and more. You can also view United Basketball Clinics, and receive 50% off in-person clinics. United Basketball Plus partnered with Jordan and Joe Stasyzyn from Unleashed Potential to create their Skill Development Curriculum. United Basketball Plus is a one stop shop to help you grow as a coach, leader and culture builder. Use the code 'clinic' and receive an annual membership for $50.   https://www.coachingportfolioguide.com/hoopheads (The Coaching Portfolio) Your first impression is everything when applying for a new coaching job.  A professional coaching portfolio is the tool that highlights your coaching achievements and philosophies and, most of all, helps separate you and your abilities from the other applicants. Special...

The Vitalize Podcast
How to Build Resilient Companies, Supporting Mental Health to Prevent Founder Flight, and Running a Concentrated Portfolio, with Matt Cohen of Ripple Ventures

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 29:29


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Matt Cohen (@mattybcohen), Founder and Managing Partner at Ripple Ventures, an early-stage venture fund seeking investments in B2B SaaS Startups in various industries ripe for disruption with a focus on workflow automation and data & analytics platforms. As serial entrepreneurs, they are actively involved with all their investments and aren't scared to roll up their sleeves and get dirty. They support entrepreneurs who seek to revolutionize the most competitive global industries by solving difficult problems with the most unique solutions. Their industry focuses include: enterprise software, healthcare technology, and industrial technology. Matt founded Ripple Ventures in 2018 to help entrepreneurs and start-ups learn from his experiences while giving them more than just capital to succeed. With their 'Operators-First' approach, they work with companies every day not just every quarter. Matt Cohen is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist focused on early-stage technology. He knows the risk entrepreneurs take when starting a company, and understands what helps them succeed at the earliest stage. He has hands-on experience in selling enterprise SaaS solutions to the top financial institutions globally, and sees the importance of working with trusted advisors and partners early to help scale a business faster. Website: Ripple VenturesLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/matt-cohen1/Twitter: @mattybcohenPodcast: Tank TalksShow Notes: How the many facets of Ripple were developed How to build resilient companies The decision to build The Tank – a physical incubator space How the pandemic impacted The Tank How Matt is supporting their founders with mental health Building strong infrastructure to withstand unstable markets Transparency in their relationship with LPs Their concentrated portfolio and deployment strategy through Fund III Their Ripple Fellowship Program to support underrepresented founders and future funders Matt's perspective on the future of Web3 Matt's family office and how he began investing as an LP More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

The Vitalize Podcast
Building True Community in Venture, the Power of Authentic Expression, and How to Handle Difficult Conversations, with Brandon Brooks of Overlooked Ventures

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 27:52


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Brandon Brooks (@OfficialBBrooks), tech entrepreneur, founder & founding partner at Overlooked Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on transparently supporting and investing in early-stage tech and tech-enabled startups with one or more historically ignored founder that are building for humanity, wellness, and in industries lacking innovation.Brandon has partnered with organizations such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Players Coalition on various social justice initiatives. With his experience as a bootstrapped tech founder, he looks to share his experiences and insights with other overlooked founders so their startups can excel. Keep an eye out for Brandon's next project, to be announced in 2023!Website: Overlooked VenturesLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/inventrify/Twitter: @OfficialBBrooksEmail: brooks@zinsu.coShow Notes: How Brandon is serving founders in the ecosystem through Inventrify, the first black-owned crowdfunding platform in U.S. and Overlooked Ventures, which he founded with Janine Sickmeyer Why Brandon feels a responsibility to solve the problems he's tackling How Brandon's community approach to venture stems from his upbringing The early days of launching Overlooked Ventures The role audio spaces played in enabling Brandon to build a network and being a very early Clubhouse user Developing the thesis for Overlooked Ventures and discovering their value-add as investors Making the democratization of VC a reality by intentionally not taking warm intros How Brandon found direction for his next project and how he stays true to his vision and beliefs How to handle difficult conversations How Brandon is approaching things differently as he builds his newest venture More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

AI and the Future of Work
Mona Akmal, outspoken CEO of Falkon, discusses how to use data to help sales reps "make the best deal the typical deal"

AI and the Future of Work

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 33:36


Mona Akmal, CEO of sales intelligence platform Falkon, is the outspoken co-founder behind an emerging leader in a hot space. Mona migrated to the United States at age 20 with a CS degree and little else. She had an impressive 12-year run as a product leader at Microsoft where she helped scale OneDrive and Office. She subsequently led product and technology organizations at places like Code.org and Amperity. Two decades later, Mona's the CEO of Falkon AI, an intelligence platform for go to market teams. Falkon recently raised $16M from a group of A-list investors that includes Greylock and Madera among others.Listen and learn...Why Mona's philosophy revolves around two words: "efficiency" and "excellence"What makes a standout sales rep great.How do find signal in noisy sales and marketing dataHow many touches are required from stage one to closing a B2B dealHow to fix the CRM data hygiene problemWhy econometrics approaches perform better than machine learning to solve the "small data problem"Why "everyone needs to be coached and nobody needs to be managed"Mona's (legendary) mental health advice to entrepreneursReferences in this episode...Barr Moses from Monte Carlo on AI and the Future of WorkDerek Steer from Mode on AI and the Future of WorkPeter Fishman from Mozart Data on AI and the Future of WorkStephen Messer from  Collective[i] on AI and the Future of Work Kamal Ahluwalia on AI and the Future of WorkLeading scientists fear AI could lead to nuclear war by the end of the century

Locked On Dodgers – Daily Podcast On The Los Angeles Dodgers
Should Justin Turner Return?, Gold Glove Finalists + Aaron Judge to LA?

Locked On Dodgers – Daily Podcast On The Los Angeles Dodgers

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 39:04


Justin Turner has a team option worth $16M for 2023 and it's fair to question if they should bring him back. Jeff breaks down the fit and if the Dodgers should pick up the option. The Dodgers had two Gold Glove finalists and that sounds about right. Lastly, there's lingering rumors that the Dodgers may be interested in pursuing Aaron Judge. Is that something they should do? Locked On Dodgers, the daily podcast about the Los Angeles Dodgers with hosts Jeff Snider and Vince Samperio, is part of the Locked On Podcast Network. Be sure to subscribe to Locked On Dodgers in the Audacy podcast app or wherever you get your podcasts, and come back every weekday morning and spend your morning commute with two of the biggest Dodger fans you'll ever meet. Thanks for making Locked On Dodgers your first listen every day, and please tell your friends! Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! SimpliSafe With Fast Protect™️ Technology, exclusively from SimpliSafe, 24/7 monitoring agents capture evidence to accurately verify a threat for faster police response. There's No Safe Like SimpliSafe. Visit SimpliSafe.com/LockedOnMLB to learn more. Rhone The Commuter Shirt can get you through any work day and straight into whatever comes next. Head to rhone.com/LOCKEDON and use promo code LOCKEDON to save 20% off your entire order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The Vitalize Podcast
Pricing for Value Unlock, Amplifying Human Connection through Video, and the Leap from Professional Ballerina to Tech CEO, with Rachel Cossar of Virtual Sapiens

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 34:14


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Rachel Cossar (@rachelonpointe), Co-Founder and CEO of Virtual Sapiens, a machine learning SaaS platform leveraging AI to help client-facing professionals measurably improve their comfort and confidence in order to master communication skills over video. Like a virtual coach, Virtual Sapiens leverages expert knowledge in body language and presence and provides convenient avenues for receiving personalized feedback and coaching. Users can benchmark their video presence and improvement in their own time with their Virtual Presence Assessment. Users can also use their in-call communication coach, the Sidekick, to receive in-call coaching nudges and encouragements to ensure every call is a success. Both solutions come with progress tracking analytics, so you can actually see your progress over time. Virtual Sapiens amplifies human connection, builds human skills, and leverages cutting edge technology to do so at scale over time. Virtual Sapiens is a VITALIZE portfolio company.Rachel Cossar is a leader in the field of nonverbal communication and leadership presence facilitation. As a former nationally ranked athlete and professional ballet dancer, Rachel has a knack for translating unique skills into relatable business competencies. Virtual Sapiens, Rachel's most recent venture, comes as an evolution of her combined work as founder of Choreography for Business, a nonverbal communication consulting firm, as well as a faculty member with Mobius Executive Leadership and as a leadership presence facilitator with Ariel Group. Rachel has worked with leaders from GE, BCG, Pfizer, Accenture, McKinsey, HBS and more.Rachel believes in the power of leveraging unique channels of communication in their own ways. Whether it is in person, on stage, or on video, human connection is the key to organizational impact. At Virtual Sapiens and in all endeavors, Rachel is known to lean in to the future, to uncertainty, and to strengthening human experiences in business and beyond. Rachel's thought leadership has been featured on the TEDx Northeastern stage, Harvard Business Review, The Boston Globe, Psychology Today and more.Website: Virtual SapiensLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rachel-cossar/Twitter: @rachelonpointeShow Notes: What Virtual Sapiens is Rachel's background as a professional ballet dancer and how it led her to found Virtual Sapiens How Rachel leveraged the pandemic transition to a virtual world to get Virtual Sapiens off the ground The question of bringing on a technical cofounder vs. outsourcing How Rachel connected with her technical co-founder, and deciding to work together Product development from original vision to today How early feedback provided validation and informed product development Their ideal customer and how that profile shifted since inception How Rachel envisions Virtual Sapiens fitting into the Future of Work The decision to go through an accelerator and choosing the Roux Institute chapter of Techstars Virtual Sapiens' business model and pricing strategy Lessons from the first 2 years of running a tech startup The big vision for Virtual Sapiens More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

Five & Thrive
October 20th's Weekly Update

Five & Thrive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 5:08


Introduction: Welcome to Five & Thrive: a weekly podcast highlighting the Southeast's most interesting news, entrepreneurs, and information of the week, all under 5 minutes.  My name is Jon Birdsong and I'm with Atlanta Ventures. This week it seems like so many representatives across the country of the investor community come to Atlanta for VentureAtlanta, what better way to start this week's podcast than with Raises of the Week.  Raise a Glass:  First is MileAuto out of the ATDC. CEO Fred Blumer raised $4M from existing investors including Ulu Ventures, Emergent Ventures and Sure Ventures. MileAuto provides auto insurance to low-mileage drivers through the use of computer vision and ML technology. That brings their total funding to $16M. Congrats to Fred and team.  Another announcement in funding is Greenzie with an $8M round that includes the strategic investment of Bobcat. This one is right in Atlanta Ventures' backyard as Founder and CEO, Charles Brian Quinn or CBQ started it out the Atlanta Ventures Studio just over 4 years ago. Today, there are mowers coming off the lot from manufacturers that are air quotes Robotic Ready to be activated by Greenzie's software to make them autonomous. This funding provides Greenzie resources to partner with several more manufacturers so in a not too far distance there will be dozens and then hundreds of mowers coming out of the productions lines ready for Greenzie's software to be turned as simply as Sirius radio, but instead of the Elvis Presley channel, it's autonomous mowing all the time. Congratulations to CBQ and team!  Product of the Week: This product is headquartered out of Birmingham, Alabama and designed to be your digital vault for all the key family documents in your nuclear and extended family. The company is called Prismm and it was founded by Martha Underwood. Think of all the important documents that are either saved on an external hard drive or in the cloud – most likely email or a desk drawer – that should be in a safe and secure location. Prismm is the place that keeps all of these documents organized, safe, and secure. Examples include documents around property & assets, financial accounts, and more. Say good by to the security deposit box and hello to the Prismm. Try the free trial today.    Hot Market of the Week: Last week Hypepotamus highlighted a product doing close to $10k MRR in the content marketing space called SuperCopy. Their CEO, Richard Lee from Georgia Tech has built a technology that takes a large part of the work load off of generating copy through what the industry and market it calling it “AI Content.” SuperCopy combines intent, tone of voice, demographic, and keywords for endless unique content. As that product was plastered across inboxes via Hype last week, just this week Jasper an AI Content software solution raised $125M at a unicorn priced valuation to generate content for blog articles, social media posts, website copy and more. And it was just released via Twitter but Lex.Page which has a waitlist of over 25,000 folks for Nate Baschez's new product. We put a link to his product demo in the show notes. So what is the excitement around content, AI, and marketers? The fight for eyeballs and ears is vivacious and any edge to produce more content in less time while maintaining, or enhancing the quality is going to produce substantial buzz. Check all of them out in the show notes below.  Companies Worth Applying Too: The popular pizza joint, Glide Pizza, started by Rob Birdsong (my older brother) is looking for an Ops Manager. They just opened their second location in Decatur and have plans to continue growth on the West Side and hopefully, eventually Buckhead or Brookhaven. With all that expansion on the horizon, they are looking for someone who makes sure all the trains or dough is tossed on time and nuts and bolts are as tight as possible around the early processes defined. If you're an operationally focused individual who loves physical locations and food, check out Glide Pizza and their growing enterprise.   Annnnd, that's 5 minutes. Thank you for listening to Five and Thrive. We provide 5 minutes of quality information, so you can thrive in the upcoming week. Please subscribe to the show and spread the good word!    Resources discussed in this episode: Raise a Glass: MileAuto Greenzie   Product of the Week: Prismm   Hot Market of the Week: SuperCopy Jasper Lex.Page - Demo Lavender    Companies Worth Applying Too: Glide Pizza

Game Theory Podcast
The 2022 NBA Rookie Extension Omnibus Podcast with Danny Leroux, Kelly Iko and Brad Rowland

Game Theory Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 102:28


The NBA's rookie extension window has come and gone. So for that, we've got a three-part episode. First, I chatted with Danny Leroux about what we can take away from this year's window, a strange one at the nexus of a draft that hasn't established a normal amount of stars yet and a television deal that everyone expects but has yet to be signed. Should we think much of the players not extended like Cam Johnson, Grant Williams and P.J. Washington? What should we take away from guys like De'Andre Hunter and Keldon Johnson getting extended? All that and more. Then, I chatted with Kelly Iko about the wild Kevin Porter extension, a deal unlike any extension we've seen in history for a rookie scale player. It has 16M guaranteed on a 4 year, 82.5M deal. We talk about it. Then, I chat with Brad Rowland about the De'Andre Hunter extension. Why has Hunter, outside of the injuries, not quite reached his full potential yet? And is 4/90M an overpay? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Behind The Mission
BTM90 - Mark Harper - We Are the Mighty

Behind The Mission

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 24:21


About Today's GuestMark Harper is CEO of We Are The Mighty (WATM), a digital publisher and entertainment lifestyle company creating authentic content that celebrates the military community. WATM's website receives more than 16M monthly page views, and has over 1.5M followers across social media platforms. Additionally, WATM provides a range of agency services for major Hollywood studios, Fortune 500 companies, veteran-backed businesses and nonprofits reaching the military community.Harper joined the U.S. Air Force after commissioning through ROTC from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. For most of his Air Force career, Captain Harper was the Video Flight commander of the 1st Combat Camera Squadron deploying twice for OPERATION IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. At Combat Camera, he led combat-ready photojournalists providing the world insight into military operations, contingencies, exercises, weapons tests, and humanitarian relief operations.After leaving the Air Force in 2007, Harper held numerous marketing and business development positions in the entertainment industry, including for Paramount Pictures where he developed digital marketing campaigns for Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Star Trek, and at Technicolor providing marketing and business development for various business lines including their Animation & Gaming department. Harper earned his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management where upon graduation he co-founded Audeze, a high-growth consumer headphones startup funded by Warner Music Group. After leaving Audeze, Harper joined We Are The Mighty for the launch of the company in 2014.Harper lives near Joshua Tree National Park with his Marine veteran wife Natasha and is an active member of the Television Academy (Emmys).Links Mentioned In This EpisodeWe Are The Mighty Web SiteMilitary Influencer Conference Web SiteWe Are The Mighty on FacebookWe Are The Mighty on InstagramWe Are The Mighty on TwitterPsychArmor Resource of the WeekThe PsychArmor Resource of the Week is the PsychArmor course Leadership Skills that Drive Impact.This course is designed for community leaders interested in learning how to use collective impact principles to foster collaboration and increase impact for service members, Veterans, their families, and their caregivers You can find a link to the resource here: https://learn.psycharmor.org/courses/leadership-skills-that-drive-impactThis Episode Sponsored By: This episode is sponsored by PsychArmor, the premier education and learning ecosystem specializing in military culture content. PsychArmor offers an online e-learning laboratory with custom training options for organizations.Contact Us and Join Us on Social Media Email PsychArmorPsychArmor on TwitterPsychArmor on FacebookPsychArmor on YouTubePsychArmor on LinkedInPsychArmor on InstagramTheme MusicOur theme music Don't Kill the Messenger was written and performed by Navy Veteran Jerry Maniscalco, in cooperation with Operation Encore, a non profit committed to supporting singer/songwriter and musicians across the military and Veteran communities.Producer and Host Duane France is a retired Army Noncommissioned Officer, combat veteran, and clinical mental health counselor for service members, veterans, and their families.  You can find more about the work that he is doing at www.veteranmentalhealth.com  

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Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants will give Carlos Rodón the $19.65M qualifying offer—but will they give one to Joc Pederson?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 29:46


Carlos Rodón is a slam-dunk qualifying offer candidate for the San Francisco Giants. Rodón will decline his $22.5M option, then the SF Giants will give him the one-year, $19.65M QO, which he'll also reject (since it's worth less than the option he'll already have declined). But what about a far more borderline case: Joc Pederson? Pederson's value, according to what teams spend per Win Above Replacement in free agency, was roughly $15M to $16M in 2022. On first glance, $19.65M being so close to those numbers makes it seem like the Giants might give the offer to Pederson. But they almost certainly will not. The reason? It seems highly unlikely that the Giants will lock themselves into nearly $20M, early in the offseason, to a defensively challenged platoon player, even though they may ultimately want him back and his production may be worth roughly that price. The SF Giants must improve dramatically this offseason, and locking up so much cash into a lateral move that doesn't improve the defense seems like it would be a huge risk. Pederson would likely accept the Giants' qualifying offer if they gave it to him, which could be viewed as a positive in some respects. The San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies advancing to the NLCS proves the point host Ben Kaspick made when Juan Soto was acquired by the Padres at the trade deadline: the Giants don't need to concern themselves so much with what the other teams in their division are doing. The Phillies finished in third place, with 87 wins, behind two teams that won 101 games (the Mets and Braves). Both of those teams are eliminated, and the Phillies are the last team standing from the NL East. Clearly, having two powerhouses in your division doesn't mean you're necessarily doomed. Lastly, we learned over the weekend that Bruce Bochy interviewed for the Rangers' managerial opening. What would it mean for SF Giants fans to see Bochy managing another team after he "retired" a few short years ago? It would certainly be tough to see, but Gabe Kapler has brought a lot of positive change to this organization, specifically with his cutting-edge coaching staff that has helped players improve and fostered a culture of perpetual development at the major league level. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

The Vitalize Podcast
Propelling Founders to Success, Gen Z's Impact on the Future of Work, and Being a Lifelong Learner, with Anna Barber of M13

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 46:06


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Anna Barber (@annawbarber), partner at M13, a venture firm accelerating businesses in the future of consumer behavior with four pillars: Health, Money, Work and Commerce. M13 is building a team of industry-leading operating executives to help founders make better decisions and win in their category. They believe founders deserve an investor who propels them on their mission of transforming an idea into a successful company, while staying out of their way. This is why they are building a Venture Engine, a full-service venture firm that provides the right people, platform, and partnerships for founding teams to build high-velocity businesses. M13 injects capital to fuel high-growth, while helping founding teams fill gaps in their businesses through their Propulsion Team, which provides strategic counsel, operational expertise, and a constellation of talent, experts, and resources to accelerate growth. Where they see whitespace in an industry, their Launchpad develops the right founding teams, products, and practices to incubate and launch an idea from inception.An investing partner at M13, Anna is focused on Series A and seed. Previously, she was the managing director of Techstars LA and also a partner in The Fund LA. A certified executive coach, Anna has been a corporate lawyer, McKinsey consultant, product exec, talent manager, film producer, round-the-world traveler and outdoor adventurer. As an entrepreneur, she has been a founder, co-founder and early employee at e-commerce, media and ed tech startups. She serves on the Advisory Board of PledgeLA and is a member of AllRaise.Website: M13LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/annawbarber/Twitter: @annawbarberShow Notes: M13's investment focus Anna's path to becoming a partner at M13 The learning process and adjustment from investing at pre-seed and early stage to Series A How M13's studio arm, Launchpad, supports their core investing strategy M13's structure and Launchpad's unique incubation strategy Areas Anna is excited about investing in and some of her recent investments (including AllVoices, Northstar and WeeCare) Anna's reflections on tech for working mothers Anna's insights on how Gen Z trends will affect the future of work and commerce How Anna approaches supporting founders The M13 team's Propulsion model of portfolio support Anna's experience creating community and inclusion through The Fund LA and Pledge LA and LA Tech Week Evaluating founders for Series A investments at M13 Anna's fascinating Air Guitar era How Anna embodies her mom's fierceness More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

Contractor Evolution
77. How To Build A Leadership Team & Step Back - Dan Young

Contractor Evolution

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 71:16


To apply for a Breakthrough Academy Business Assessment click here: https://trybta.com/PCEP77 Do you have a leadership team? Do you let them lead? I'm sure you've probably heard that you need to hire a leadership team who will allow you to take a step back from the grind. But rarely do you hear HOW to nurture that leadership team to a point where you feel comfortable letting them take over. In this episode of Contractor Evolution, I meet with Dan Young of Kingdom Roofing Systems of Marion Indiana. In just 3 short years (2018 to 2021) Dan grew Kingdom from 3 million in revenue to over 16 million.   Contributing massively to this explosive growth is his Executive Leadership team, which over the years, he has assembled and trained with care and purpose.   I wanted to have Dan on to talk about where he found these people and nurtured underappreciated talent into truly exceptional leaders.   If you've been wondering what it actually takes to build a leadership team that will allow you to step back, listen to the full episode. Episode Highlights: How the leadership team is organised in this 16M contracting company How to recruit a high-end leadership team from outside your industry and the attributes you should watch for in the people you interact with daily One way to nurture under-appreciated talent as opposed to expecting you'll have all the skills you'll need in everyone you bring in How your role as a leader evolves as you go from 3M to 16M (hint - it's both easier and harder) Striking the balance in a 'family vibe company' when you're running corporate systems The value of hiring women in the trades and what they bring to the organization that the men typically don't See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Vitalize Podcast
VITALIZE Throwback: Mastering G2M, Eliminating Marketplace Friction, and Unlocking Economic Opportunity for Moms, with Allison Robinson of The Mom Project

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 51:22


This is a special episode pulled from the VITALIZE vault—back when The VITALIZE Podcast was Talking Venture! Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Allison Robinson (@mrsrobinson_a), CEO and Founder of The Mom Project, a VITALIZE portfolio company. The Mom Project is a digital talent marketplace and community that connects professionally accomplished women with world-class companies for rewarding employment opportunities. They are changing the way women work and redefining career structures by providing women with real work opportunities that are in balance with their personal goals. This evolution will keep more talented, professionally accomplished women in the workforce. As of September 2022, The Mom Project hit a major milestone: their talent community is now home to over 1 million moms, dads, and allies. After having her son Asher in 2015, Allison identified how universally challenging it can be for American mothers to juggle the demands of motherhood with a full-time career and decided to tackle the issue on a national scale. Prior to founding The Mom Project, Allison spent 7 years at Procter and Gamble working on go-to-market strategies for leading household brands with a special focus on moms during her tenure on the Pampers brand.Website: The Mom ProjectLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/allison-m-robinson/Twitter: @mrsrobinson_aEmail: allison.robinson@themomproject.comShow Notes: How The Mom Project is connecting talented women with world-class employers as a marketplace matchmaker and their growth plans for the future Allison's journey from joining Procter & Gamble at the age of 19 to founding The Mom Project The customer discovery process and steps Allison took to build an MVP Deciding to partner with an agency to build their product Leveraging their mission to pitch and onboard companies for The Mom Project's marketplace From bootstrapping to VC fundraising What has fueled The Mom Project's growth Their three-pronged go-to-market strategy and scaling by minimizing friction Developing their business model What moms want from work The pandemic's impact on working moms and how it further validated The Mom Project's mission Acquiring Werk and Glassbreaker and how they approached integration Launching their 501c3 Rise to elevate women of color The platform's user experience for moms How they've solved the supply-demand matching challenge by strategically engaging moms beyond job placement Building out The Mom Project's team How Allison's role as CEO and founder has evolved since the early days Allison's view on the Future of Work, particularly for moms How she views the potential of the creator economy How Allison stays inspired More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

The Vitalize Podcast
Authentic and Engaging VC Marketing, Transitioning from Angel Investor to Fund Manager, and Avoiding Common Failure Patterns, with Dan Kimerling of Deciens Capital

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 40:35


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Dan Kimerling (@dkimerling), Founder and Managing Partner of Deciens Capital, a venture capital firm that supports early-stage founders building the next generation of enduring companies in financial services.Deciens Capital exclusively focuses on financial technology investments with interests in payments, lending, insurance, regtech, risk management, capital markets, trade finance, personal finance, savings, marketplaces, and much more. They seek visionary founders at the earliest stage of their company's life. They support their founders with advice, expertise, relationships, and, yes, capital.Dan Kimerling is a start-up veteran with three exits, an angel with 30+ deals, an experienced GP, LP, and CxO. He is focused on the future of Financial Services in the US and abroad. Educated at the University of Chicago, YCombinator, and Kauffman Fellows.Website: DeciensLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dkimerling/Twitter: @dkimerlingShow Notes: Deciens' investment thesis How hard criteria, soft criteria, and timing must align to get a yes from Deciens Why leading deals is key to their thesis The reality of the transition from angel investing to running a fund The parallels between enterprise sales and raising a fund The challenge of how to market Deciens authentically and learning to tell their story engagingly Deciens' Venture Partner role dedicated to capital partnerships and capital formation The importance of partnering a great product with successful sales marketing as a VC fund How Dan's experience as a founder/operator has influenced how he works with founders as an investor Common failure patterns among VC funds Deciens' investment in Sydecar Key traits to look for in a founder Deciens' investment in Chipper Cash What's next for Deciens More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

The Vitalize Podcast
Democratizing and Diversifying the VC Industry and the Impact of VC Policymaking Trends on the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, with Bobby Franklin of NVCA

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 36:05


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Bobby Franklin, the President and CEO of the National Venture Capital Association (@nvca) and Board Chair of Venture Forward. Since 2013, Bobby Franklin has led the venture community's preeminent trade association focused on empowering the next generation of transformative American companies. As president and CEO of NVCA, he champions public policy that supports the American entrepreneurial ecosystem, making NVCA the dominant voice of the U.S startup ecosystem.In 2020, Franklin led the launch of Venture Forward, NVCA's connected organization which drives the industry's human capital by promoting a strong, diverse, and inclusive venture community that will fuel the economy of tomorrow. Through its VC University program, Venture Forward has educated more than 1500 aspiring and early career VCs, many from historically underrepresented communities.In 2022, he started hosting NVCA's first-ever podcast called Venture Capitol. The show provides listeners a unique look at public policy through the eyes of America's venture capitalists who are investing in the high growth companies of tomorrow. The podcast brings together VCs, policymakers, and policy influencers to discuss and debate issues that impact our nation's economic future.Prior to joining NVCA, Franklin spent ten years at CTIA, representing the entire wireless industry. Before CTIA, he served as Vice President, Federal Government Affairs and head of Alltel's Washington, D.C. office. Franklin began his professional career with eight years of experience on Capitol Hill working for Senator David Pryor (D-AR). Franklin earned his B.S.B.A. in Finance and Banking from the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Julia, have three young adults and reside in Arlington, VA. Websites: NVCA & Venture ForwardNVCA's Podcast hosted by Bobby: Venture CapitolLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/bfranklindc/Twitter: @nvca  Show Notes: NVCA: lobbyists for the entrepreneurial ecosystem Recent policy trends and updates affecting the VC/startup ecosystem and the potential impact they'll have NVCA membership as a resource for keeping up with VC policy changes How NVCA determines which policies to prioritize and the balance between playing offensively and defensively in policymaking Where NVCA is currently focusing their energy and what changes Bobby wants to see in the industry How Venture Forward is diversifying the industry by democratizing access to information and education about being a VC The 2022 VC Human Capital Survey as the definitive resource on VC demographics Bobby's thoughts on the LP-GP dynamic and the long game nature of the industry The challenge of policy-makers' disconnect from the VC industry Bobby's observations from a decade in VC policy What can be done to advance the industry beyond the JOBS Act Industry trends Bobby is excited about Why you need to pay attention to and engage with VC policy-making More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/