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Join the SVP fam with your host Grace Gong. In each episodes, we are going to have conversations with some of the top investors, super star founders, as well as well known tech company executives in Silicon Valley. We will have a coffee chat with them to learn their way of thinking and actionable tips on how to build or invest in a successful company. SmartVenturePod.com LinkedIn: @GraceGong IG/Tw: @GraceGongGG FB: @SmartVenturePodcast
 
Learn about new Bay Area companies you likely haven’t heard of yet. They could become the next Airbnb or Uber — or they could die before they hit the mainstream. We'll tell you why they matter either way. Hosted by San Francisco Chronicle business editor Owen Thomas and reporter Sophia Kunthara, and Crunchbase News editor-in-chief Alex Wilhelm.
 
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Kristen Corral is a Co-Founder of Tacotarian & Loco Las Vegas and the Founder of Little White Dog Co.. Little White Dog Co. was founded in 2011 as a small business to help friends and family with their pet care needs. Tacotarian is a plant-based Mexican eatery located in Las Vegas. They serve over a 14+ selection of vegan tacos. Loco Las Vegas is a…
 
064 Jeff Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of Uncork Capital (formerly SoftTech VC), one of the original seed VC firms in the Silicon Valley, and has closed 200+ investments since 2004. His portfolio includes Postmates, Poshmark, Fitbit, SendGrid, Mint and many others. He was also a board member of the National Venture Capital Association…
 
Jeff Saling is the Executive Director and Co-founder of StartUpNV, Nevada’s only statewide business incubator. After years of launching, running, and investing in successful startups, Jeff has turned to focus on expanding the business community in his home state of Nevada. His 501(c)3 nonprofit StartUpNV is dedicated to building a vibrant startup e…
 
067 Sanchan S Saxena is the VP of Product at Coinbase. Prior to Coinbase, he was the General Manager at Airbnb where he led a cross-functional team managing product management, engineering, design and other functions for Airbnb Plus. Prior to Airbnb, he spent time at Facebook and Instagram, where he founded and led the Instagram Shopping product, a…
 
B. Taylor is The Global Ambassador of Music & Entertainment for the Military, Veterans, & Family and is the Founder of the 1 Life Organization. Renowned musician, B. Taylor has been deemed “the Stevie Wonder of Hip Hop,” due to his musicianship and ability to play four instruments—piano, drums, guitar and organ. But that’s only the beginning of his…
 
Tom Kovach is President of DonorBasis, LLC, Executive Director of LVMPD Foundation & Project Real, and sits on the Boards of United Way of Southern Nevada, Dignity Health, Nevada School of the Arts, and the Human Rights Campaign. DonorBasis LLC is a firm he founded to help non-profit organizations working in the US and abroad to achieve greater goo…
 
066 Vanessa Liu is a VP at SAP leading the SAP.iO Foundries North America team to invest in women and diverse-led B2B intelligent enterprise start-ups, including AI, Blockchain, data analytics, machine learning, and many others. Prior to that, Vanessa was the COO of Trigger Media Group, a venture studio based in New York City. She holds a JD from H…
 
Jay Wasley is a Cast Member of the hit show Ghost Adventures & Founder of Simple Equations Media. Ghost Adventures is an American paranormal documentary and reality television series that premiered on October 17, 2008, on the Travel Channel before moving to Discovery+ in 2021. An independent film of the same name originally aired on the Sci-Fi Chan…
 
Gary Thompson is the Founder and Owner of the Law Office of Gary Thompson. The Law Office of Gary Thompson practices in areas of Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets, Traffic Accidents, and Business Interruption. Gary graduated from University of Las Vegas Nevada (UNLV) with a business degree. He then went on to earn his law degree from the University …
 
Derek Stonebarger is the Owner & Founder of ReBar & Davey's @ ReBar both located on Main Street in The Art's District. ReBAR was named 10 Best Bars in Las Vegas by USA Today, voted Best Downtown Hangout by Las Vegas Weekly and recognized as Cheap Eats 2017 by Vegas Seven Magazine for its gourmet sausages and vegan kielbasa. ReBAR has a full bar whi…
 
065 Matt Cooper is the CEO of Skillshare, where he leads a community-driven platform for online learning and professional development. Prior to that he was the CEO of Visually, a company he turned around and led to a successful acquisition. Before that, he was the VP of Enterprise Services at Upwork. https://www.SmartVenturePod.com IG/Twitter/FB @G…
 
Adrienne Bragas is the Regional Manager of AO Las Vegas; a branch of the American Income Life Insurance Company. Recently Adrienne was selected as the company's Alan Martin Award winner who receives the honor based on average team returns. Adrienne has built his team as one of the top Life Insurance sales teams in the country. This $1.5T has tons o…
 
Mamma we made it! Checking in with the community to recap that last year personally and professionally, discuss new opportunities, and what is just on the horizon. |JakeGallen| -Instagram -Twitter -Facebook -Linkedin |LISTEN and SUBSCRIBE to the platform of your choice| -Apple Podcasts -Spotify -Google Podcasts -Amazon Podcasts -Youtube (VIDEO RECO…
 
Elijah Bilel joins Harry to talk about their new course, Maximum Delivery Profits. Elijah has been a delivery driver since 2017. He started with Uber Eats, then branched out into other apps. You might have seen him on Youtube: He makes delivery videos for The Rideshare Guy! "We went all in on this course. It has everything I’ve learned in my 4 year…
 
Bree & MJ are the Co-Hosts of the Keeping it Casual Podcast. Join MJ and Bree every Wednesday wherever you listen to podcasts for a sex positive relationship advice show with a dash of comedy. MJ is married with kids while Bree navigates the dating world. Laugh and relate with them each week as they share their own drama, and wild listener stories!…
 
Derek Hendrickson is #23 World-Wide Ranked Competitive Eater. AKA "Adventures of Heavy D" began his journey as a 315 LBS overweight male upon graduation. There he decided to change the trajectory of his life and thereafter lost nearly 150 lbs. After finding a new fit life Derek jumped into the world of competitive eating and never looked back. He c…
 
063 Robin Daniels is the CMO at Matterport, a leading 3D technology company that enables professionals to edit and share 3D models of physical spaces. Prior to that he served as the CMO at WeWork and worked as a marketing executive at multiple tech companies like LinkedIn, Box, and Salesforce. He is also the founding member, advisor and investor at…
 
Siloh Moses is a Social Entrepreneur who is the Founder of #ServingHopleLV, 5 Overlook Avenue Real Estate, and Author of Better Than This. #ServingHopeLV is a 100% community based organization that practices the act of giftism. 5 Overlook Avenue is a local real estate company that focuses on Apartment & Condo Sales. Better Than This is journal of S…
 
Angela Martinez is the Host of the Faded Truth Podcast & Kannabis Talk Radio. Wanna hear what it takes to be a pro fighter? Or the struggles entertainers face on the daily? Ever wonder what women are REALLY thinking? Faded Truth Podcast is an open format platform where Angela speaks on everything from cannabis to creatives. Watch as she dig deep wi…
 
Kelsey Moreira is the Founder of Doughp, an edible Cookie Dough business that was featured on ABC's Shark Tank! Serving up nostalgia with every scoop and curating moments of self-love, Doughp burst onto the dessert scene in 2017 and has since served more than 250,000 cookie dough lovers! Kelsey started a career in tech at 16 years old and hustled f…
 
062 Craig Newmark is the founder of Craigslist. Beyond founding Craigslist he also founded Craig Newmark Foundation where he funded and promoted investment in organizations to effectively serve the communities. His philanthropy work focuses on helping build trustworthy journalism. He is a founding funder and executive committee member of the News I…
 
Tiffany Stiles is the Owner of Tiabi Coffee & Waffle and Jolt Coffee Co. Tiabi Coffee & Waffle was founded in 2013 and is located on 3961 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, Nevada 89119 . Jolt Coffee Co. takes an environmentalist approach to their coffee creating by attempting to change the way coffee is roasted in Nevada. Jolt Coffee Co. uses a Bellwet…
 
Mazi VS is a Professional Sports Bettor, Handicapper, and featured on SpikeTv's "Cappers". Mazi VS is regarded as one of the elite Sports Betters of this era, having set numerous records for analyzing sports data. Today he is a consultant, providing powerful membership packages for anyone interested in making money in Sports. Currently Mazi is on a…
 
061 Gautam Gupta is a Partner at M13 Ventures where he invests in consumer tech companies. M13’s portfolio includes Pinterest, SpaceX, Snapchat, Lyft, just to name a few. Prior to M13 Gautam was the founder and CEO of NatureBox, and an early stage investor at General Catalyst. He invested in more than 30 companies including BigCommerce, Honest Comp…
 
Coltyn Simmons the the Founder & CEO of Custom Fit Construction and CustomFit Real Estate Group. CustomFit Construction builds & remodels properties by fusing construction with Real Estate making sure you are getting the most value for your money. CustomFit Real Estate has been dedicated to serving the real estate needs of clients all over Las Vega…
 
Vinny Grosso is a Magician, Author of " Exposed and Fearless", and has current show in Downtown Las Vegas called "Totally Mental." Vinny has been on hit shows like America’s Got Talent, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Vinny has been viewed by millions of people around the world and, amongst the laughter, won over the judges and fooled Penn & Teller. As ent…
 
Jolene Mannina is the current President & Co-Founder of SecretBurger.com and the Founder of Vegas Test Kitchen. Jolene Mannina has been in the hospitality industry for 20+ years. Since starting her hospitality career at Commanders Palace in New Orleans Jolene’s journey has been substantial. Proprietor and Chef of Sloppi Jo’s, Head of Culinary for t…
 
060 Rebecca Minkoff is the founder of a global fashion brand named after herself, Rebecca Minkoff. The brand has retail stores in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Korea, and is distributed in over 900 stores worldwide. Beyond fashion, she hosts The Superwomen Podcast With Rebecca Minkoff with guests like Jessica Alba and m…
 
Butch Bradley is a Comedian, Writer, Producer, & Actor. Butch Bradley is one of the most popular stand-up comics on today's comedy circuit. A veteran of The Laugh Factory, The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Tropicana Comedy Stop, Comedy Cellar, The Comedy Connection, and Comic Strip NYC, Butch's extensive experience has earned him opening spots for …
 
JB Spisso is the Founder of JBS Leadership Consultants, LLC & a 26- year Army Ranger Veteran (Sergeant Major), & Author of Warrior Leadership. The objective of JBS Leadership Consultants is to inspire, motivate, and educate the "leaders on the ground". The men and women moving a group of people towards achieving a common goal. JB Spisso is a vetera…
 
059 Dylan Casey is the Chief Product Officer of the Engineering Division at Goldman Sachs. As a professional cyclist he competed in the Olympics and rode alongside Lance Armstrong on The USPS Pro Cycling Team. Then he pivoted his career to lead product teams at tech companies like Google, Path, Yahoo and Fair. He's also an LP at Next Ventures, and …
 
Tarby Bryant is the CEO and Chairman of Sweetwater Capital & Founder and CEO of The Gathering of Angels. Sweetwater Capital Corporation, Henderson NV, provides executive level leadership with full accountability for the operation aspects of a private equity capital company, offering finance, valuation & seed capital to Entrepreneurs. The Gathering …
 
Abdel Rodriguez is the Founder of Kronis and The Goalkeeping Coach for The Las Vegas Lights & Men's UNLV Soccer Team. Kronis' main product is a Goalkeeper's Glove with patented technology and also offers coaching and training services through their prestigious Kronis Academy, which is one of the most prestigious invite-only Goalkeepers Camp in the …
 
058 Dan Kimball is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Yelp. Prior to Yelp, he was the SVP of Global Marketing at Eventbrite, where he led marketers in 8 different countries. And before that he led many marketing teams in various sectors such as real estate, banking, and healthcare. https://www.SmartVenturePod.com IG/Twitter/FB @GraceGongGG L…
 
Elyza Elio is a Cannabis-Infused Chef. Elyza offers catering services to groups of all sizes and some of her popular meals include Lobster Rolls, Seafood Boil, French Toast, Prime Rib Roast, and much more. In 2019 she was voted "Best Female Cannabis Chef" in Las Vegas as she continues to grow every year. She also offers CBD infused meals through he…
 
G6 is the Founder of Money Train Management and Studio Head at Billion Schmidt Studio. Money Train Management focuses on talent management, consulting, and integrating high level press releases with social media. Billion Schmidt Studio is driven by creativity and innovation. Las Vegas's premiere film studio. G6 has been involved with the entertainm…
 
Kelley Nimero is the Founder of Wellness By Kelley. The WBK way makes healthy plant-based eating and low impact movement effortless and enjoyable. It incorporates mindfulness and connection to your purpose to feel grounded and create meaning in your life and connection with others. Kelley is a certified Hollistic Health Coach, Nutrition Coach, & Pi…
 
057 Jim McKelvey is the Co-founder of Square. Prior to founding Square he was a glassblowing artist, recovering computer scientist, Twitter and Square’s co-founder Jack Dorsey’s former boss and long time friend. Currently he is the founder of Invisibly, LaunchCode and Third Degree Glass Factory and Co-founder and General Partner at FINTOP Capital. …
 
Scott Muelrath is the President & CEO of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, which is dedicated to the growth and progress of the community of Henderson, Nevada. The Henderson Chamber of Commerce help build businesses and community commerce every month and prove it in writing every month to their members. Which currently stands at 1700+ members and …
 
Jason Griggs is the Founder of Griggs Teams Real Estate & Movin Up Lacrosse. Griggs Team Real Estate attained over $8M in sales across 25 deals, 4 rentals, and 2 flips in 2020. Movin Up Lacrosse is the #1 Lacrosse program in Henderson with over 200 athletes in the program. Jason Griggs is originally from New York and graduated from the University o…
 
056 Nicole Quinn is the General Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. She invested in companies like Calm, Cameo, Lunchclub, HAUS, Zola, Girlboss and many others. Her investments are among the most competitive deals to get into, and a few of her portfolio companies are started by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Lady Gaga. Prior to venture sh…
 
Monica Garcia is the Founder of the Love Yourself Foundation. The Love Yourself Foundation (LYF) creates a bridge of healing for people, aiding them to increase self-love. By incorporating the arts, LYF creates a compassionate online and in-person platform through workshops, events and digital content that encourages the healing of an individual, t…
 
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