On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our two guests Nate Williams & Chris Kim Co-Founders and Managing Partners at UNION Labs to discuss, “Deep Tech Investing at the Early-Stage”Nate & Chris both have an incredible experience in building and scaling deep-tech startups given their mutual background at August Home where they both met back in 2015 and helped grow the company to over $75mm in sales before being acquired.Nate's career originally started at Intel in the Digital Home Group and eventually went on to lead BD at 4Home and Motorola before it was acquired by Google in 2011. Nate eventually became the Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Partnerships at August Home where he led deals with AirBnB, Walmart and Amazon.Chris started his career as a Product Manager at Bank of America and then moved on to eBay and then CSAA and eventually joined August Home as VP of Product when it launched in 2012. Chris became CTO of August and led the product development team of new smart locks for homes and offices.On today's talk, we ask Nate & Chris why they decided to launch a hard-tech fund that both backs and builds early-stage startups vs just creating a venture studio or traditional VC fund. We dig into the areas of deep-tech they are most excited about today and what areas of consumer deep tech they are already invested in and where they see the industry going.Nate’s Book Recommendations:High Output ManagementThe Score Takes Care of ItselfChris’ Book Recommendations:The Hard Thing About Hard ThingsQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingNate’s words of inspiration - “Be authentic, life is too short to be something you are not and invest in yourself first!”Chris’ words of inspiration - “Startups are hard but they can be a huge amount of fun! Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Uri Pomerantz, Venture Partner at Jackson Square Ventures to discuss, “The Truth About Anti-Hype Investing”Uri has an incredible background as a former Mckinsey consultant, Startup Founder and Venture investor. As a founder, Uri built a startup that was acquired by a Fortune 500 company (John Hancock), and went on to launch a fintech savings app within John Hancock called Twine which was awarded the best overall Fintech mobile app in 2019. Uri went on to lead strategic partnerships and new ventures at John Hancock, to invest in, partner with, and incubate new fintech startups globally. Prior to founding his first company, Uri also founded Jozoor Microfinance, as a non-profit microfinancing company focused on providing loans to help unemployed Palestinian and Israeli youth create new businesses in their communities in his early days.On today's talk, we ask Uri how Jackson Square Ventures defines “Anti-Hype Venture Investing” and why it is such a focus for the firm which has backed amazing companies like DocuSign, Strava and UpWork? We discuss how Uri sees the future of Venture Capital changing as more first time founders are rethinking moving to the Bay area and his views on emerging markets as it relates to venture capital. Uri’s Book Recommendations:- Man's Search For Meaning- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less- Nonviolent Communication (A Language of Life)- The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond YourselfUri’s words of inspiration - “Get to the best place you can personally and internally before you go out to do great work with others .”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Saurabh Sharma, General Partner at Jump Capital to discuss, “The Democratization of Data Analytics & Machine Learning”Saurabh has a diverse background in investing, operations & product management and leads Jump's efforts in Enterprise Software and IT Infrastructure.Prior to joining Jump, Saurabh led various roles at Groupon in product, marketing & operations. Previously, he was an early stage investor at Lightbank, an Investment Banker with Barclays Capital, an algo trader with Lehman Brothers, and was a founding team member of Benchprep (a venture-backed digital learning platform).On today's talk, we ask Saraubh his views on the Democratization of Machine Learning and Data Analytics. We discuss his investment thesis on Cloud & Data Infrastructure, CyberSecurity, and the industries he believes have been most affected by COVID and where AI and ML are needed most to uplift humanity.Saurabh’s Book RecommendationsMindset The New Psychology Of SuccessThe World Is FlatSaurabh’s words of inspiration - “There is no one shape or form that entrepreneurs come in. It's up to you to look inside yourself and determine what drives you and what's your passion and drive towards making that happen.”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Dr. Haley Perlus, PhD, Peak Performance Coach to discuss “How CEOs Can Handle Adversity Like a High-Performance Athlete”Since the age of 12, Dr. Perlus aspired toward a career in Sport and Exercise Psychology after competing nationally in downhill ski racing. Within one year of earning her PhD. at the age of 28, she became a professor, public speaker, and consultant to the US national team. Dr Perlus has written four books on peak performance and how athletes can continue to achieve their highest potential long into the future.Sport Psychology has been coined the Science of Success because it studies how successful people optimize their psychological and emotional states for maximum results. On today's talk, you will get to hear Dr. Perlus’ thoughts on how CEOs can cope with their fear of failure and how to use stress to enhance peak performance. She shares her best tricks on how to get motivated to exercise after a long day of work, and how to avoid burnout as a young entrepreneur.Haley’s Book Recommendations:Way of The Peaceful Warrior by Dan MillmanThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark MasonLove is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald JampolskyStillness is the Key by Ryan HolidayHaley’s words of inspiration - “As we are proceeding through life, give yourself some grace for where you are at and accept who you are while you’re striving to be better.”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Samir Kaji, Senior Managing Director @ First Republic Bank, to discuss “Breaking Through the Crowd as an Emerging Manager”Samir is a well known voice in the venture capital ecosystem having started his career at Silicon Valley Bank at the beginning of the tech boom in 1999. Samir started out as an Analyst and eventually made his way up to Managing Director of the Menlo office where he completed over $5 billion in debt transactions with over 500 companies.Samir later joined First Republic Bank in 2012 to lead their VC and tech banking efforts with a particular focus on early-stage venture capital startups and emerging managers focused at the Seed & Series A stage.On today's talk you will get to hear Samir's thoughts on how emerging managers can differentiate themselves when pitching institutional investors in a crowded fundraising environment. In addition, Samir shares his tips on building the perfect pitch deck and his thoughts on the issues with LP pattern recognition. Finally, Samir discusses the importance of mission statements for emerging venture funds and why he decided to launch his own venture podcast after such a successful venture blog series.Samir’s Book RecommendationsThe Success EquationBlink - The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingThe Advantage - Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In BusinessEleven Rings - The Soul of SuccessSamir’s words of inspiration - “If you want to do something, go do it right now cause there's no better time than the present”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
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On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Fabrice Grinda, Founding Partner of @ FJ Labs to discuss “Investing in Marketplaces Before It’s A Marketplace”Before starting FJ Labs, Fabrice was an incredibly successful entrepreneur having launched several startups before and after the dot-com bust in early 2000. His first startup Aucland was started by Fabrice at age 23 which grew into one of the largest auction sites in Europe. Next, Fabrice started Zingy in 2001 and grew it to $200 million in sales in four years. After selling Zingy, Fabrice launched OLX or the Online-Exchange as the Craigslist alternative for the world outside the US and grew it to over 300 million monthly unique visitors.On the investing side, Fabrice has over $300 million in exits across 150 companies and has made over 500 angel investments in total, with an impressive track record as an early investor in Alibaba, Lending Club, Delivery Hero and Brightroll among many others.Today you will get to hear Fabrice's tips and tricks on how marketplace startups should tackle challenges. You will hear his thoughts on supply/demand dynamics, SaaS tools in a marketplace, Payment infrastructure and the importance of frequency in building a marketplace.Fabrice’s Book RecommendationsLoonshots - Safi BahcallWhy We Sleep - Matthew Walker, PhDLifespan - Why We Age and Why We Don't Have - David A. Sinclair, PhDFabrice’s words of inspiration - “Whatever you think you can, begin it, boldness is magic and genius to it.”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Elaine Zelby, Principal & Director of Growth @ SignalFire to discuss Product Led Growth Strategies for Startups.Before joining SignalFire, Elaine spent the early part of her career at Capriza, an enterprise software startup backed by a16z, and Charles River Ventures as one of the first employees building out many of the go-to-market strategies where she learned how to incentivize internal teams as well as external partners.Elaine later joined slack to lead the enterprise product marketing team but quickly realized she had a passion for blockchain technology and eventually moved over to Consensys, a blockchain-focused venture studio. While there, she built the Product Marketing and Growth teams working across the 50+ incubation companies and learnt the art of storytelling as a startup.Today you will get to hear Elaine's tips and tricks on how and when startups should think about product-led growth strategies and her own passion for podcasting and conversational AI.Elaine’s Book RecommendationsAwareness - Anthony De MelloNever Split the DifferenceHow to Win Friends & Influence PeopleElaine’s words of inspiration - “Happiness is an underrated commodity”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks on Twitter here! Or check us out on LinkedIn & Instagram!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Ade Ajao, Managing Partner @ Base10 Partners to discuss Investing in Automation & AI tools for the real economy.Before starting Base10, Ade is best known for being the Co-Founder and CEO of the startup Tuenti, also known as the ‘Spanish Facebook” which he stared back in 2005 in college with some friends. The company eventually went on to be acquired by Telefonica for $100mm 5 years later.In his next act, Ade moved on to Co-Found Identified, a data and analytics company which started his obsession with machine learning and AI solutions. After 3 years of building Identified, the company was acquired by Workday. Ade joined Workday and helped launch workday ventures, the first Applied AI-focused fund. That is where Ade met his current Base10 partner TJ and after two years at Workday, TJ and Ade left to launch Base 10 Partners with over $400mm in assets across two funds.Today you will get to hear how Ade thinks about investing in Automation and AI Startups for the Real Economy and how his investments in Docsend, DollarShave Club, and Instacart among countless others as an angel investor started his passion for investing.Ade’s Book Recommendations:What is Life? - SchrodingerThe Ethics - Baruch SpinozaThe Power Broker - Robert A. CaroAde’s words of inspiration - “Anything is possible but not everything is possible. That is the definition of focus.”
Yesway’s Compliance Manager, Melissa Davis, spoke about the company’s partnership with Titan Cloud and how Titan’s solutions have made an overall positive impact on their business. With business operations in nine U.S. states, many local regulations to follow and different insurance guidelines to meet, Yesway faces daily challenges. “The biggest challenge we have is our rapid growth,” Davis said, noting that the solution they had been using was no longer adequate to meet the needs of an expanding business. “We had numerous spreadsheets and different databases,” Davis said. “We did not have departments synced up. We needed real-time knowledge of our compliance and access to all our data. Our tank monitor connectivity and feedback had delays, and our alarm management system was costly.” Davis and her team at Yesway realized they needed a new solution to manage compliance more efficiently and effectively. “We needed to find a platform that was cost-effective, worked with our existing portfolio of c-stores and equipment, and could both grow and adapt to regulatory changes as well as adding vendors and staff,” Davis said. "Yesway needed something flexible and customizable.” That platform was Titan Cloud. Listen in to find out more about how Titan helped Melissa solve these challenges and more during this episode of Tank Talk. “Switching compliance platforms can be daunting,” Davis said. “But Titan cloud was there to walk us through every step of the way and provide the customization we required.”
Director of Environmental and Fuel Services Terry Harrah, of CEFCO Convenience Stores, knows firsthand the benefits Titan Cloud’s solutions can bring to a business. Harrah’s responsibilities include fuel storage compliance, maintaining fuel quality and EMV software, and managing the work order systems. And he’s come to rely on Titan’s offerings to make things run smoothly. “We find Titan gives us an advantage over other systems that we’ve used in the past,” Harrah said. “Everything’s cloud-based. You can customize your alarms. And you’re not just tied to your computer. Titan’s a powerful tool that we use when we’re out in the field or on weekends. It will send us an alarm, an email, to let us know something is wrong that needs our attention. And, if you need to make a work order, it’s all cloud-based, so you can make that order off your phone.” Harrah mentioned CEFCO is using a new work order system through Titan Cloud, which makes the ability for a store to resolve issues faster than ever. It also gives stores more inventory management control and the ability to re-route work dispatches. With operations in six states, CEFCO needs to comply with various rules and regulations depending on location. “With Titan, we can customize each store, and the system will let us know through a dashboard of when certain requirements are due depending on which state the store is in,” Harrah said. This type of access and flexibility comes in handy when tank inspections come up. Not only will the system let a store know when a tank inspection is due, but it can also help schedule the inspection and get all the necessary documentation in place so it can be done quickly without the hassle or extra work. Catch up on every episode of Tank Talk here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Ryan Freeman, Head of Enterprise Partnerships @ DoorDash to discuss Managing Enterprise Partnerships as a Startup.On today's Talk, we ask Ryan about his operator journey starting out in Consulting at Accenture where he worked his way into a global group focused on international expansion. Ryan explains how his experience at Accenture helped shape his views on how startups can deal with ambiguity and strong competencies around specific markets and technologies when working with enterprises.We get Ryan to dig into his transition to the startup world as a VP of Partnerships at Turnstyle where he had to learn the hard way on how to get a seat at the table when he had no brand name behind him. After spending time at Yelp in San Francisco, Ryan explains why he took on the role at DoorDash to head up their Canadian offices last year. We learn what startups should do to avoid being taken advantage of during partnership conversations and key items to look out for when starting partnerships negotiations.Ryan’s Book RecommendationsHow the Mind Works - Steven PinkerGuns, Germs and Steel - Jared DiamondExpecting Better - Emily OsterRyans’ words of inspiration - “Don't think about the next step in your career journey as a linear set of steps that try to fit a mould. Try to solve for the most interesting next set of experiences to set you up for future success.”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Wes Tang-Wymer, Co-Founder & General Partner @ Rucker Park Capital.On today's Talk, we ask Wes about his investor journey starting out in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and his unconventional path towards Wall St. Next, we ask Wes about his transition to the hedge fund world where he landed a role as a long/short equities analyst at Steve Cohen's family office, Point 72 Asset Mgmt, focusing on technology investments. We dig into the extremely fast- paced and high-pressure environment of working at such a notable firm like Point72. Wes explains the lessons he learned about risk management and portfolio construction.Moving on, we dig into Wes’ transition to venture capital as a founding member of the global investment team at Softbank in 2015 where he invested in some of the biggest unicorns of the last decade including Uber, Lemonade, Kabbage, SoFi, DiDi and countless others. We ask Wes about some of the mistakes he’s seen later-stage companies make after raising massive funding rounds that existing early-stage founders should try to avoid.Next get into Wes’ current role as co-founder of Rucker Park Capital w/ his former Softbank colleague Marrisa Campise and the firm's focus on early-stage investments. We ask Wes what he takes from his experience at SoftBank leading mega deals and the characteristics he looks for in founders he backs today.This Tank Talk really makes you appreciate the role luck, randomness and persistence plays in people's lives and how investing in yourself is the first step into taking you to where you eventually want to be in life.Wes’ Book Recommendations:Churchill: Walking with Destiny (Andrew Roberts)Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond)The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. (Evan Ratliff)Wes’ words of inspiration - “Embrace the role of luck and randomness while maintaining openness towards opportunities”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
Episode 13 of Tank Talk we are joined by @OrangeAquaman one of the host of @Fins_Addicts We discuss what he's looking for this season with the Miami Dolphins and he answers my Q&A. Would like to give a shoutout to @BallerT78 from @MidwesternFins for his childhood cancer charity. Please visit their twitter accounts for more information. Reminder show is live streamed every Wednesday at 8pm EST over on twitch.tv/tanktalklive
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Sandeep Bhadra, Partner @ Vertex Ventures.On today's Talk, we ask Sandeep about his operator journey starting out in engineering and product management roles at Texas Instruments. Sandeep explains the lessons he learned around building next-gen technologies and trying to sell his visions internally while navigating around the politics at such a large company. Next we ask Sandeep about his transition to corporate development at Cisco Systems where he made over 5 acquisitions and invested over $400mm into strategic investments during his two years there.Moving on, we dig into Sandeeps transition to venture capital as a Principal at Menlo Ventures and the struggles he faced trying to stay focused while figuring out how to convince Partners at the firm to see things his way. We ask Sandeep why he decided to lead the series B investment into Signifyd and the lessons he learned after passing on the company at the series A.Next, we get into Sandeeps current role at Vertex Ventures and the firms focus on early-stage investments into enterprise SaaS companies. We ask Sandeep what he’s most excited about when it comes to Microservices and his views on cloud infrastructure companies and where he is looking to invest next.Finally, we ask Sandeep what he looks for when investing in cloud and cyber focused startups who have limited traction but massive market opportunities.This Tank Talk really makes you appreciate the vision and excitement investors like Sandeep bring to startups at the early-stage. You will also hear how Sandeep thinks about the future of cloud infrastructure and who he believes will win in the end.Book Recommendations:2666 - Roberto BolañoOn Beauty - Zaide SmithThe Three-Body ProblemLove in the time of CholeraSandeep’s words of inspiration - “Great teams build great companies, so treat your people well and you will be rewarded on the other side”
Episode 12 of Tank Talk w/ @EdgarWoo_ A Miami Dolphins Photographer. He shares his stories behind the lens and capturing some of our favorite dolphins moment, then we peel back the hat and he answers questions as a dolphins fan that he also is. Great episode! As a reminder the show is live streamed every Wednesday at 8pm EST over on twitch.tv/tanktalklive
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Reid Christian, General Partner @ CRV (Charles River Ventures).On today's Talk, we ask Reid about his journey starting out on the investment banking and private equity side at RBC Capital Markets and Symmetric Capital in Boston. Next, we dig into his transition to venture capital with his role at Battery Ventures and the challenges he faced moving from the corporate banking side over to traditional venture capital. We dig into his lead investment into OpsGenie’s $10M Series A raise and his role in the quick acquisition that followed by Atlassian two years later for almost $300M.Up next, we ask Ried about his decision to join CRV as a Partner at the 50-year-old Venture fund and how the firm is investing in SaaS for the next 50 years. We discuss his predictions for SaaS over the next decade and what areas he’s most excited about that he has yet to invest in. Finally, we ask Reid about his firm's thoughts on holding investments post-IPO and the recent push towards Direct Listing and SPACs in the tech space.This Tank Talk really makes you appreciate the long-term vision firms like CRV have towards investing and their ability to stay focused on early-stage ventures while seeing half of their portfolio companies go on to be public or get acquired.Books Mentioned In The Show:- The Four - The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google- Startupland - How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea into a Global Business- Good to Great - Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don'tReid’s words of inspiration - “There’s almost no better time to be an entrepreneur”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
Episode 11 of Tank Talk with guest @Ballert78 We listen to Taylor's stories of being a Fins Fan, his famous soy sauce on spaghetti (soyghetti) and many more things! Reminder show is live streamed every Wednesday at 8pm EST over on twitch.tv/tanktalklive
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Lo Toney, Founding Managing Partner @ Plexo Capital.On today's Talk, we ask Lo about his operator journey starting out in product & marketing leadership roles at firms like Nike, eBay & Zynga and the lessons he learned around empathy and compassion. Next, we ask Lo about his transition to venture capital with his first job at Comcast ventures where he worked on the catalyst fund as part of their minority-oriented venture program.Moving on, we dig into Lo’s time as a Partner at Google Ventures where he focused on marketplaces, media, gaming & enterprise investments and the lessons he learned about portfolio construction. We ask Lo about how he came up with the idea for Plexo Capital while still at GV and how his mission evolved until the time he spun it out. Next we ask Lo for his thoughts on how emerging fund managers can balance long-term success vs short term gains in venture capital.We get Lo to share his thoughts on seed funds who lead rounds vs angel funds who follow-on and how funds can demonstrate their internal processes and value-add skill sets beyond just quantifiable metrics when pitching institutional LPs.Finally, we ask Lo how emerging managers can stand out from the pack when they are still in the early days of building a fund and what firms like Plexo Capital look for beyond mark-ups.This Tank Talk really makes you appreciate the passion and commitment Lo has applied to his life's work at Plexo Capital in helping under-represented entrepreneurs and fund managers navigate the complicated and often unfair world of venture capital.Books Mentioned In The Show:Why should white guys have all the fun?Lo’s words of inspiration - “persistence overcomes resistance”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Villi Iltchev, Partner @ Two Sigma Ventures.On today's Talk, we ask Villi about his journey into technology investing after starting his career at HP on the corporate development side and then moving over to Salesforce during the last crisis. We ask Villis' about his time as Vice President of Corp Dev at Salesforce Ventures and about some of the amazing startups he invested in like BOX, Hubspot, Zapier and countless others.We dig into Villi’s experience moving from corporate venture into traditional venture roles as a Partner at August Capital where he made his investment into unicorn startup Gitlab as the Series B lead and his reasons behind that investment even after 100 Venture firms already passed on them. Next, we ask Villi to explain why Two Sigma Ventures was the best fit for him for his next journey in venture and how their quantitative approach to investing on the public side has shaped their investment strategy on the venture side. Finally, we ask Villi what he looks for when investing in emerging areas and how he manages timing risk and avoids being too early into an emerging market. This tank talk really helps you think about the ways in which venture investors are forced to think outside the box and into the future sometimes decades ahead in order to place bets on startups at the early stage today and how founders should approach these kinds of investors.Now please welcome today's guest to the Tank, Villi Iltchev.Books Mentioned In The Show:- The Brothers Karamazov- The Death of Ivan IlychVilli’s words of inspiration - “Have a truthful life, do things that are meaningful and do things that matter.”
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Elizabeth Yin, Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Hustle Fund.On today's Talk, we ask Elizabeth about her journey in leaving Google during the last crisis to start Launchbit, an ad-tech platform that she eventually sold to BuySellAds and how she eventually made her way onto the investment side with 500 Startups. We dig into Elizabeth's time in running the 500 Startups Mountain View office and how she was able to select founders to back after reviewing over 20,000 pitch decks. Next, we discuss the reason she started Hustle fund with her partner Eric and what their mission is for the next 25 years. Finally, we ask Elizabeth to explain what hustle means to her as an early-stage investor and how she assesses hustle when meeting founders for the first and sometimes only time before deciding on backing them with a $25,000 investment.This tank talk really helps you think about what characteristics and qualities to look for when making early-stage investments.Books Mentioned In The Show:- The Lean Startup- The Hard Thing About Hard Things- Predictable RevenueElizabeth’s words of inspiration - “Building a startup is tough, so make sure you dig deep and decide why you want to do it, besides the money, because it can really be your north star when moving through difficult times”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Darrell Heaps, Founder & CEO @ Q4 Inc.On today's Talk, we ask Darrell about his journey as an Elite Mogul Skier on the World Cup stage and his transition to Founding and Leading Q4 Inc. for the last 15 years. We discuss the bumps and bruises Darrell experienced both on the mountain and in the boardroom. We also dig into Darrell's ability to overcome adversity as an Elite Athlete and how his competitive nature in sports has helped him build Q4 into a market leader in the investor relations space while raising over $90M in financing and completing 5 acquisitions. Finally, we discuss Darrell's plans for Q4 in the future and how his team's culture has played a vital role in managing these uncertain times during COVID.This tank talk really makes you appreciate the hustle, determination and no bullshit attitude Darrell brings to his company each and every day.Books Mentioned In The Show:- Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice- That Will Never Work - the Story of Netflix- American King Pin - the story of Silk Road- Billion Dollar WhaleDarrell’s words of inspiration - “Don’t believe your own bull-shit!”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
Episode 5 of Tank Talk with guest @Travisbrunk We chat about his famous Miami Miracle video, Dolphins and other random things to get to know why he's a great fan. Reminder show is live streamed every Wednesday at 8pm EST over on twitch.tv/tanktalklive
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Tony Conrad, Partner @ True VenturesOn today's Talk, we ask Tony about his humble beginnings of growing up in a rural farming community in Indiana and how he made his way around the world living in places like Paris, New Delhi & Jakarta. We dig into Tony’s experiences of Co-Founding two startups that both exited to AOL and what he looks for when backing founders. We also ask Tony why he backed specialty coffee brand Blue Bottle Coffee and how it became a billion exit for the fund. We also ask Tony about his passion for Community based investment like Wordpress, Voiceflow & Zero Fasting and the experience in watching Wordpress grow to power over 30% of all internet websites. Finally, we ask Tony about his incredible 16 year career at True Ventures and the firm's people-first approach to investing.This tank talk really makes you appreciate the empathy, passion and patience Tony brings to his investments and everyday life.Books Mentioned In The Show:- The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz- Bird Lives!- Shackleton's Boat JourneyTony’s words of inspiration - “Everyone should take a step back from their day jobs and make sure you are taking a more holistic experience as a human and figuring where you side on the societal and economic issues facing our world today and take a stand.”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Mimi Lam & Drummond Munro, Co-Founders of Superette, Canada’s Most Awarded Cannabis Startup.On today's Talk, we ask Mimi & Drum about how they originally entered the Cannabis industry before teaming up to start Superette. We dig into how they came up with the unique concept for Superette’s brand and how they differentiated themselves in the already crowded retail cannabis space. We discuss their ability to recruit passionate and talented employees who are not necessarily interested in the cannabis industry and what that has done for company culture. Finally, we ask them how staying private has helped them navigate the volatile cannabis markets and if they have any plans to go public soon. This tank talk really makes you appreciate the passion and commitment Mimi and Drum have towards building the most loved and respected cannabis company in the world.Books Mentioned In The Show:- Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World- How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind- Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NikeDrum’s words of inspiration - “Stick to your vision and commit to that...its the only way to truly succeed”Mimi’s words of inspiration - “Have a vision, but focus on execution. It’s easy to have ideas, but how that shows up in the real world and how you build a company and a team around that is what matters.”Follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
This week the boys discuss the apparent landmark elections deal in the city of Mostar, the bizarre campaign trail antics of Serbia's Deputy PM, the (re)arrest of war criminal Fikret Abdić, and - at long last! - the return of TANK TALK. All this and our views on donkeys, nature's most noble ungulate on this week's Sarajevo Calling.Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the Western Balkans. Hosted by journalist Aleksandar Brezar and political scientist Jasmin Mujanović, and with graphics provided by Boris Stapić, Sarajevo Calling posts new episodes every two weeks.This time we were without the services of our sound editor Esad Rebihić, who usually makes us sound so much better than in real life. Please admire his other work here.Remember to check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, and TuneIn, while also visiting our Patreon page.
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Devon Wright, General Manager at Yelp! In San Francisco & former Co-Founder & CEO of Turnstyle Solutions.This talk is a special one for me personally as I owe a lot of my entrepreneurial and venture investing career to Devon. Not only was Devon the first person I wrote my initial angel check into back in 2012 to help start Turnstyle before it was even a company, but Devon has become one of my closest friends and supporters to push me to leave my cushy job on wall st and start my own venture fund. I could go on and on, but you will hear more about that and more on the show.On today's Talk, we ask Devon about the humble beginnings of starting Turnstyle in 2012 along with my initial capital investment that in hindsight was truly based on a ridiculous idea. We also dig into what it was like trying to find a Venture Fund let alone one to pitch to in Toronto during the first few years of the company. We learn how Devon found a way to beg, borrow and hustle his way through the early years at Turnstyle with limited capital and supporters. Finally, we dig into Devon's journey building Turnstyle into a profitable 40 person company with some amazing talent around him even after all the VC funds turned him down and why he decided to eventually sell to Yelp in 2017. Devon's entrepreneurial journey is one of hustle, persistence and the desire to prove others wrong in the face of adversity.Books Mentioned In The Show:- Loonshots - How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars - by Safi Bahcall- Brick by Brick - How Lego Rewrote The Rules Of Innovation - By David C. Robertson- The Perfect Store - Ebay’s Story - By Adam Cohen- Teams of Teams - New Rules of Engagement for Complex Worlds - By Gen. Stanley McChrystalDevon’s words of Inspiration “Be fair and be generous to everyone on your team when it comes to equity. It is really easy to get sucked into the capital side of your balance sheet. But don’t forget your role as an employee. And how important those people are to your success every day. Do what you can to give your employees ownership of the company. To make sure they win from the upside of your success. “You can follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Tony van Marken, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of First Ascent Ventures.Tony is not only a successful businessman and venture capitalist but has an extremely accomplished mountaineering career having become the first South African to climb all Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the world’s seven continents.On today's Talk, we ask Tony about his experience climbing Mount Everest in 2005 and his battle with the mountain, poor health and the worst weather seen on Everest for decades and his final steps to the summit on June 2, 2005. We also talk about his own personal business and other expedition experiences and the lessons learned that he has applied in building and investing in startups. This tank talk sure was a cliffhanger!Now please welcome today's guest to the Tank, Tony Van Marken.Books Mentioned In The Show:- Annapurna Paperback - by Maurice Herzog- Touching My Father's Soul: A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest Paperback – by Jamling T. Norgay- Into Thin Air - by Jon Krakauer- Seven Summits - by Dick Bass, Frank Wells & Rick Ridgeway- High Altitude Leadership - by Chris Warner & Don SchminckeTony’s words of Inspiration "If you dream of doing something, stop dreaming, get out and make it happen" by Sir Chris BoningtonYou can follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest John Ruffolo, Founder & former CEO of OMERS Ventures and Co-Founder & Vice Chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators.John is well known around the VC and Tech ecosystem for starting the Ontario Municipal Workers Pension Funds Venture arm in 2011. John has been instrumental in helping develop some of Canada’s biggest tech companies and was an early investor in some of the biggest exits in Canadian tech. Johns portfolio includes companies such as Hootsuite, Hopper, PasswordBox (which sold to Intel), Shopify (which IPOd 2015), Wave (which sold to H&R Block) and countless others.On today's Talk, we ask John about his views on Venture and Growth Capital and how investors should be thinking about valuations during the crisis. We also talk to John about his views on the Canadian tech landscape and how founders should be thinking about building world class companies for the next decade.You can follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Michael Hyatt, Co-Founder of Hyatt Family Office.Michael is well known in the Canadian tech ecosystem as a serial entrepreneur turned angel investor and is regularly seen on TV providing his advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. Before Michael started his first company, he was President & CEO at Dyadem which sold to IHS a US public company in 2011. Michael went on to co-found BlueCat Networks with his brother and eventually sold the business to private equity firm Madison Dearborn for a reported $400mm in 2017On today's Talk, we ask Michael about his family office and their focus on wealth preservation vs wealth creation during the crisis. We also talk to Michael about his operator first approach to investing and what he looks for when backing early-stage founders or fund managers.You can follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Houman Haghighi, Partner at Menlo Ventures.Houman has spent the last decade of his career investing and building startups. Prior to joining Menlo, Houman was the Director and Head of Business Development at Qualcomm Ventures for over 7 years and was a Senior Product Manager and engineer at Qualcomm Corporate before joining the venture team in 2011.On today's Talk, we ask Houman about his outlook on Venture as a top tier VC and his tips on managing business development opportunities and partnerships as a startup. We also talk to Houman about his investment in Zooms Seed round and what Menlo is looking at investing in during the crisis.You can follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Lawrence Mandel, Director of Production Engineering & Developer Acceleration at Shopify. Prior to Shopify, Lawrence spent time at Mozilla as a Director of Engineering where he oversaw the release of the Firefox browser & before that he spent time at IBM as a Senior Product Manager.On today's Talk, we ask Lawrence about running remote engineering teams and some best practices on how to keep developers engaged and on time during COVID. We also talk to Lawrence about life at Shopify and what it's like working for one of the world's fastest-growing technology companies while going head to head with Amazon.You can follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Rob Kazzahm former General Manager of Uber Canada.Rob was one of the first launchers in Central & Eastern Europe and was at the frontlines of trying to onboard drivers and users on to Uber while managing the regulatory environment. We discuss growth tactics that worked and didn't work while assessing the proper way to attract new users with constrained resources.Rob’s experience building the Uber brand in Europe and then managing the Canadian office provides listeners with a behind the scenes viewpoint into the good and the bad side of rapid growth.You can follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On today’s Tank Talk! We welcome our guest Chris Rasmussen, Founder & Chairman of Doxim.Chris founded Doxim in 2000 with a vision to develop and deliver software that helps customers automate and digitize processes that enhance customer engagement. Through the last two decades he has lived through the ground zero of transformational change in business communications, information management, and document automation. Chris is a charismatic and approachable leader, and under his careful guidance Doxim has grown to become a leading supplier of SaaS customer engagement software to the North American Financial Services marketplace. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from Western University.On today's Talk, we ask Chris about his experience building and managing Doxim during the last few crisis periods, and suggestions on transforming legacy paper-based industries.You can follow Matt Cohen and Tank Talks here!
On this episode of Tank Talk, a Titan Cloud podcast, host Daniel Litwin was joined by Titan Cloud Software’s Director of Product Management Clay Moore to discuss the ever-evolving world of retail fuel operation and the challenges and logistical pain points associated with the industry. Moore said retail fuel operators have plenty on their plates, including new regulations and compliance requirements, shifting customer expectations, and the impact of social media on the customer experience. “Needs in the industry are constantly changing…The customer fueling experience really drives the market regarding your business and sales,” Moore said. “And social media impacts every industry – years ago, it was all about who had the cheapest gas prices. Now, it’s all about [sharing] the customer experience.” Without proper oversight and tools to help make sense of vast amounts of data, operators are exposed to significant risk of regulatory violations, inefficiencies, inadequate release detection, and slow response to problems that do arise. Titan Cloud’s platform provides the visibility, insights, and reliability that help owners and operators address all these issues proactively. “In today’s world, having the latest information is key for making decisions,” Moore said. “One of the main factors in fuel management is having fast, dependable, and reliable visibility into inventories… [Our solution] is also able to provide analytics not just for fuel forecasting, but in better tank charts, root-cause analysis on alarms, and the ability to filter out the noise.”
What are the cloud solutions driving the retail and commercial fuel industry? How can fuel providers keep up with the latest information and trends and get advice from leaders in the field? Titan Cloud Software proudly introduces a new podcast designed to do just that, as Tank Talk will tackle these topics and the issues surrounding the fuel industry. David Freese, CEO and CPO at Titan Cloud Software, kicked off the first episode. Freese brings 20-plus years of experience improving and scaling technology businesses to Titan Cloud Software, and he approaches his role as Chief Product Officer (CPO) with equal enthusiasm to that of CEO. As Freese put it, Titan Cloud is a pure-play SaaS firm focused on facilities that have fuel. “We’re focused on high-ROI software solutions to improve end-customer fueling experiences, to minimize fuel variance and loss, and to reduce environmental risk,” he said. One of Freese’s goals is to get the industry as a whole to adopt more technology around analytics and provide best-in-class solutions to help them in these efforts. “There’s a lot of machine-to-machine, IoT data available,” Freese said. How to collect the data and analyze it effectively is where companies such as Titan Cloud come into play. What does Freeze look forward to on future episodes of Tank Talk? “Topics that drive the end-customer fueling experience will be valuable,” Freeze said. How providers can reduce environmental risk and cost is another vital topic worth discussion. Fuel variance, loss and leak detection was a third subject Freeze believed would generate great talks on future episodes.
Welcome to Tank Talk, a weekly podcast series centered around the San Jose Sharks NHL hockey team. For our sixth episode, we opened up with the news that dropped right before the show, Deboer is fired. We talked in depth on the effects the new coaching staff will have on the team, the 5 game losing streak, and looked back at our successful November. We broke down the games that happened in the last week, went in depth on our garbage powerplay, talked about the struggles of Kane in the penalty box, and discussed issues with streaky players or players playing injured. If you like the content, feel free to subscribe to us on YouTube and leave a comment calling us idiots or whatever.
Welcome to Tank Talk, a weekly podcast series centered around the San Jose Sharks NHL hockey team. For our fifth episode, we spent time talking about the Shark's last 8 games, the key factors to those wins, and the players that stepped up. We talked about Jones and Karlsson finding their game after slow starts, discussed the problems with the 4th line, and went into detail on Debeor's decision for 11 forwards and 7 defensemen. Also we talked about the struggles that Burns has experienced all year and went through hot takes made on the Sharks Facebook page.If you like the content, feel free to subscribe and leave a comment calling us idiots or whatever.Check us out on youtube, search Sharks Tank Talk!
Welcome to Tank Talk, a weekly podcast series centered around the San Jose Sharks NHL hockey team. For our fourth episode, we spent time talking about the Shark's 5 game win streak, the key factors to those wins, and the players that stepped up. We talked the drama of Kane and Don Cherry, broke down the offense and defense pairings, the goaltending struggles, and went through hot takes made on the Sharks Facebook page.If you like the content, check us out on youtube and subscribe to our content.
Chad and Nolan discuss the Sharks performance since the All-Star game, continued goaltending issues, Vlasic/Karlsson pairing, trade deadline stuff including the addition of Haley, and a preview of today’s game vs DET which starts right after our show.
CTH, Episode 56 To Tank or Spank, That is the question Welcome to the DDO Cocktail Hour where we discuss the social aspects of Dungeons and Dragons Online, Eberron Unlimited. This week we welcome special guest Tobril to the show! The team talks about what it means to be a tank in DDO (their version of it at least) as well as the different ways you can be tank and some basics of building, feats, and playstyle. Listen as Lessah repeatedly picks fights with Samius Gurobo over feats and starting stats! Alsoany time Lessah uses the phrase I am a fan you must take a drink if you are over 21 and NOT DRIVING! ! Thanks so much for listening! 01:10:5600:01:00 Intro: The Mantle of the Worldshaper is Mine, by 00:02:10 A rant about Netflix (I guess we wont get the sponsorship then eh)00:04:15 Samius and Tobrils Power Point Presentation regarding their End Of The World Exit Strategy (This time with Zombie footnotes!)00:05:38 Adan Maskerys Alcoholic Apothecary Clankys Mojohttp://happyduelingddo.blogspot.com/ 00:08:24 Beckets Massive Online gamer covers Lessahs Static Group http://www.beckettmedia.com/magazine-subscriptions/promotions/massive-online-gamer/promo-2600:09:05 Completionist, Sorcs make Samius Gurobo want to set himself on fire. 00:10:25 Spoiler: Next show Caster Focused and a public plea for Kudesnik and Jupiterspinning to be on the show. 00:11:38 Twitter Question: What is your Go-To weapon? (For the record: Pork Sword may or may not be related to the Club of The Holy Flame, from Deleras.)A half-orcs Intimidate score is directly related to status of his pants. 00:18:52 The Friendly Necro takes Lessah to the Candy Shop 00:23:38 Twitter Question: What is your preference Class/ Race, for building a tank.Tank Talk! 00:29:50 Starting Stats Opinions: 32 Point Bld vs 28 pt Bld, Int/ Dex (+Lessah picks a fight with Samius over her controversial opinion on wisdom... muhahaha)00:36:30 What is more important Str vs Con (goals)00:41:45 Hot bar 1/2/3/4/5/6 What are they? (How you play is important and Lessah picks a BIG fight with both guys about Improved Trip.)00:50:42 Inventory Management. (You need more than weapons.)00:57:31 Intimidate Score: Goal 69 baby! (Not as easy as it sounds)00:58:34 AC to do it or not to it. 01:00:49 Shield debate do it or dont 01:02:53 Final Thoughts, Words of Wisdom, Save the Cheerleader, Save the World (Also known as: Control the Aggro, Control the Fight) Forums: Junts Guide to Creating Paladins http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?p=2611600#post2611600 Sublime, Immovable Object Permadeath Build Otherwise known as the poo-mans AC tank! (Thanks Chai!)http://thesublimeguild.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=1992 Lessahs Blog of stuff you should be carrying! (For what its worth...) http://my.ddo.com/lessah/2011/03/03/notes-from-a-professional-tank-4/ Quickndirty, another gimp intimitank! http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=245032 IntimDC Thread davidcampa http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=245254 What the DDO Wiki has to say about HATE! http://ddowiki.com/page/HateOtherwise known as the Haters Gonna Hate page! 01:06:30 Reach us at: 90IPWNU00/ 904-796-8001 Follow us on Twitter@Lessah http://twitter.com/Lessah@SamiusGurobo http://twitter.com/SamiusGuroboEmail Us! Lessah@ddococktailhour.comSamius@ddococktailhour.com