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The Twenty Minute VC takes you inside the world of Venture Capital, Startup Funding and The Pitch. Join our host, Harry Stebbings and discover how you can attain funding for your business by listening to what the most prominent investors are directly looking for in startups, providing easily actionable tips and tricks that can be put in place to increase your chances of getting funded. Although, you may not want to raise funding for a startup. The Twenty Minute VC also provides an instructio ...
 
Welcome to the ‘Scale Up Your Business’ podcast. In this podcast, we will show you how to go from start-up to scale-up and beyond!; how to significantly grow your business; how to develop the right mind-set for growth and to re-ignite with your purpose; how to create effective commercial plans driving predictable revenues; how to leverage and systemise to free you up from day-to-day operations; how to raise funding and investment, especially from VC’s and PE firms; how to design a lifestyle ...
 
Greentech Media (GTM) is devoted to covering emerging green and clean technologies. As renewable energy becomes an increasingly large sector, the business community needs a source with up-to-the-minute news on solar, smart grid, enterprise energy solutions, wind energy, electric vehicles, biofuels, water, batteries and storage, finance and VC, and policy throughout the sectors. Visit www.greentechmedia.com for more stories, research, webinars, and conferences.
 
The Breaking Into Startups Podcast is a platform where we feature stories of people who broke into tech from non-traditional backgrounds. Curious about how startups work, how to get a job without a degree or what technical and non-technical careers are out there? We have news for you - tech fields are booming and you don’t need the best technical degree in information technology to break in and get a six figure job in technology. Our podcast gives you an inside look at the most disruptive st ...
 
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Vlad Tenev is the Co-Founder & CEO @ Robinhood, the company that provides commission-free investing, plus the tools you need to put your money in motion. To date, Vlad has raised over $2.2BN with Robinhood from some of the very best in the business including Sequoia, Greenoaks, Index, DST, Ribbit, IVP, Thrive, NEA, GV and more incredible names. Bef…
 
In this week's edition of '15 Minutes To Action', Nick talks about the true meaning of private equity, and how it can help you recognise exactly what it is, and why it's important to understand it when it comes to your scale-up plans. KEY TAKEAWAYS Private equity is a concept that sits within the financial landscape, known primarily as the private …
 
We often hear about the power of our network and the value it can bring, but how true really is this? It doesn't matter which stage of your business journey you're at right now, your network can help you, whether you're in start-up phase, scale-up, or exit mode. In this week's show, Nick talks to networking guru, and founder of Switch Events, Sid V…
 
Sarah Tavel is a General Partner @ Benchmark, one of the most successful funds of the last decade with a portfolio including the likes of Uber, Twitter, Dropbox, WeWork, Snapchat, StitchFix, eBay and many more. As for Sarah, prior to joining Benchmark, she was a General Partner at another globally renowned firm, Greylock, where she led deals in Son…
 
In this week’s edition of ’15 Minutes To Action’, Nick talks through the sometimes mystifying subject of how to best buy and sell a business. it’s a question he’s asked often, and so in this show, Nick shares with you the six insights that have taken him to the top of his game over the past fifteen years. KEY TAKEAWAYS In the world of business acqu…
 
Alexis Ohanian is the Founder @ Seven Seven Six, his new fund which just recently announced their first investment leading the $4M seed round for Dispo. Prior to founding Seven Seven Six, Alexis was the Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Initialized Capital, where he backed many a unicorn including Ro, Flexport, Patreon, GOAT just to name a few. Alexi…
 
This week, Nick revisits his Alma Mater, INSEAD, the world-renowned business school, in the company Dr Sameer Hasija, Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD, who joins the podcast to discuss his latest research, based upon the question of what happens to business models in the wake of new technologies, as well as the way in whi…
 
When the Nobel committee awarded its 2020 peace prize to the UN’s World Food Programme, it wanted to “turn the eyes of the world to the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger”. The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize recognizes the WFP’s “efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon … ”. In the 1930’s Joseph Stalin used hunger to st…
 
Stewart Butterfield is the Founder & CEO @ Slack, the leading channel-based messaging platform, used by millions to align their teams, unify their systems and drive their businesses forward. Prior to their direct listing in June 2019, Stewart raised over $1.3Bn from the likes of Accel, Thrive, Softbank, Kleiner, IVP, T Rowe, GV and a16z to name a f…
 
In this high-energy episode, Nick talks about the massive amount of overwhelm he’s seeing out there. We all experience that feeling of losing control, of impending failure, which generally drives us to work harder and worry more. But as Nick explains, by using a simple technique, you can easily take back the control and dominate rather than suffoca…
 
Dan Levine is a Partner @ Accel, one of the world's leading venture firms with a portfolio including the likes of Facebook, Slack, Qualtrics, UiPath and Deliveroo. As for Daniel, he actually joined Accel in 2010 before leaving to join Dropbox. At Dropbox, he worked on the platform team helping open the platform to third-party developers and launche…
 
In a new mini-series of more intimate discussions, Nick settles in for a “fireside chat” with Carey Ransom, the founder of OC4 Venture Studio, dedicated to investing in, and helping to develop, high-growth software companies. Nick and Carey discuss the importance of collaboration and involvement, how including everyone can supercharge your scale-up…
 
Derek Zanutto is a General Partner @ CapitalG, Alphabet’s independent growth fund with investments in the likes of Stripe, UiPath, Looker, Robinhood and Lyft to name a few. At CapitalG, Derek has led investments in Collibra, Dataiku and Armis as well as sitting on numerous boards. Prior to CapitalG, Derek spent a decade investing in such companies …
 
It’s 15 Minutes To Action time again, and this time the focus is on markets. Many businesses stall in terms of growth and scale because they haven’t been specific enough about the market they choose to play in. With this thought in mind, Nick asks the question, where do you play? KEY TAKEAWAYS If your message is failing to land, if your story is no…
 
Zach Weinberg is a Co-Founder of Operator Partners, operators funding operators, with no outside LPs, just their own capital. Fun fact, 20VC Fund has actually invested with them in 3 companies from Alt, Dooly.ai and Boom Pay. Prior to founding Operator Partners, Zach was the Co-founder/COO of Flatiron Health (acq @Roche for $2b) and before Flatiron…
 
In this week’s show, Nick talks to fellow Aussie, and author of ’Systemology’, David Jenyns, about the importance of processes and systems in order to achieve scale and success. Through his incredible insights and experience, David has developed a system that helps you create time, reduce errors, and scale your profits with proven business systems,…
 
Barry Eggers is a Founding Partner @ Lightspeed Venture Partners and currently Chair of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Board of Directors. Lightspeed is one of the premier funds of the last decade with homeruns including Snapchat, Affirm, Mulesoft, Nutanix and Stitch Fix. Prior to LSVP, Barry spent close to 6 years as @ Cisco devel…
 
Scaling and growing in business is not just about the practical things we do to develop our business. It’s also about the ways in which we develop ourselves. With this in mind, Nick offers a different episode today, a personal edition, and one that centres around loss, and the positives that we can take from the darker moments of life. KEY TAKEAWAY…
 
David Helgason is the Founder @ Unity, the company that gives content creators the tools to create innovative RT3D experiences and deliver better processes for almost every industry. Prior to their IPO in 2020, Unity raised from the likes of Sequoia, Thrive, DFJ, SilverLake and then individuals including Max Levchin and VMWare's Diane Greene. If th…
 
In this very special show, Nick talks all things money with guest, Catherine Morgan, the host of the In Her Financial Shoes podcast, and multi-award winning financial coach and trainer. Nick and Catherine discuss the best ways in which we can juggle the delicate balance of money in our lives, where our relationships with money begin and how they ar…
 
Roleof Botha is a Partner @ Sequoia Capital, one of the world’s leading venture firms with a portfolio including the likes of Airbnb, Instacart, Stripe, UiPath, Zoom, the list goes on. As for Roelof, at Sequoia he has led rounds into the likes of YouTube, Instagram, Eventbrite, Square, MongoDB, 23andMe and Unity Technologies to name a few. Before j…
 
The key to building and scaling successfully is to structure your business around systems, processes and predictability, and one of the most valuable ones you can build is sales. How can you make sure you’re converting strangers to clients every time? In this week’s ’15 Minutes To Action’, Nick talks you through the importance of having a sales pro…
 
Eoghan McCabe is a technology entrepreneur. He's started a number of companies, the most notable of which is Intercom, the conversational relationship platform. He was CEO of Intercom for nearly 10 years, during which he grew the company to hundreds of millions in annual revenue, nearly 700 employees, and raised nearly $250M from the likes of Klein…
 
In this episode, Nick talks to Ryan Tansom, the president of Arkona, who help business owners and entrepreneurs increase the value of their business with the end in mind. Ryan’s is a story of value creation, having turned around his family business, resulting in a sale that netted an eight-figure sum. Since then, Ryan has taken the lessons learned,…
 
Cyan Banister is one of the most successful and renowned early-stage investors of the last decade. Her portfolio includes the likes of SpaceX, Uber, Affirm, Opendoor Postmates, Niantic and Thumbtack to name a few. Today Cyan is a Partner @ Long Journey Ventures, joining the team there following a 4-year stint @ Founders Fund where she led deals in …
 
In this week’s ’15 Minutes To Action’, Nick talks you through five proven ways in which you can add value by growing your revenue and accelerating your profits by focusing on pricing and leveraging. KEY TAKEAWAYS Growing your business and scaling it successfully is just as much about your mind-set as it is about your skill-set. It is about who you …
 
Spike Lipkin is the Founder & CEO @ Newfront Insurance, the modern insurance brokerage empowering risk management experts with advanced technology to deliver innovative solutions to their clients'. To date, Spike has raised from some of the best in the business including Founders Fund, Meritech and 20VC Fund. Prior to founding Newfront, Spike was o…
 
In this very special episode, Nick is joined by Matt Clark, founder of The Virtual Edge, and the architect of the ground-breaking “Rainmaker” system, for a masterclass discussion on generating leads using the power of LinkedIn, and the strategies you need to consider in order to scale your business. KEY TAKEAWAYS Context and positioning are key. Th…
 
It was quite common for a boy growing up in the region of Rimouski, Quebec in the 1880s to want to become a Catholic priest. But Francois Jean, would answer a calling to serve Ukrainian Catholics. He would join the Ukrainian rite. Along the way he would even change his given name to Josephat. Today, we bring you his story and the dream Ukrainian se…
 
George Zachary is a General Partner @ CRV, one of the nation's oldest and most successful early-stage venture capital firms with a portfolio including the likes of Airtable, DoorDash, Dropbox, Niantic and many more. As for George, today at the firm he focuses on advancing health through revolutionary computer science, centred around bio-engineering…
 
In this week’s 15 Minutes To Action, Nick covers the three things you need in order to achieve success in business, or indeed life, when it comes to any goal, and the practical ways in which you can implement them immediately! KEY TAKEAWAYS You need to have a clear goal. The more unclear and ambiguous your goal is, the less likely you are to achiev…
 
David Lawee founded CapitalG, Alphabet’s independent growth fund, in 2013, drawing on his experience both at Google and as a serial entrepreneur. Since then, he has helped transform high-potential startups into some of the most highly valued businesses of our generation, including Airbnb, Lyft, Snap, Robinhood, Credit Karma, Oscar, Lending Club and…
 
Growing your social media reach is one of the most powerful ways to reach your audience, and increase sales! In this episode, Nick talks to Travis Huff, the founder of Real-Time Outsource, about the best way to get results through social media growth, how to wield this phenomenal tool to transform your own empire, and why storytelling should be at …
 
Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner @ Backstage Capital, the seed fund that has paved the way investing exclusively in startups that are led by underrepresented founders. Backstage Capital also expanded their model and now have Backstage Accelerator working with companies across 4 cities. Last month, Mark Cuban gave Arlan $6M to inve…
 
There are two types of pain in life - the pain of discipline and pain of regret. In this week’s ’15 Minutes To Action’, discipline is the focus, with Nick explaining why although we may find it hard to talk ourselves into better habits now, the rewards down the line will be far greater if we do. KEY TAKEAWAYS Discipline is a short-term pain. Overco…
 
Katherine Boyle is a Partner @ General Catalyst, one of the leading venture firms of the last decade with a portfolio including the likes of Stripe, Snapchat, Airbnb, Canva, Cazoo, the list goes on. As for Katherine, at GC she has led deals in game-changing companies such as Anduril, Nova Credit, Spring Discovery and Airmap to name a few. Prior to …
 
This week, Nick talks to Chris Gronkowski, a former professional athlete who’s made a huge impact in the world of business with the revolutionary Ice Shaker. As seen on ABC's Shark Tank, Ice Shaker has exploded in popularity. From a 1-bottle company to over 80 different SKU's, Ice Shaker has grown from $80,000 in sales before Shark Tank, to over $3…
 
Palmer Luckey is the Founder @ Anduril Industries, founded on the premise of radically transforming the defence capabilities of the United States and its allies by fusing artificial intelligence with the latest hardware advancements. To date, Palmer has raised over $385M with Anduril from Founders Fund, a16z, Elad Gil, Spark Capital, Lux Capital, G…
 
In this week’s ’15 Minutes To Action’ episode, Nick talks you through the process of getting your business ready for sale, and how to achieve “exit readiness”. It’s all about preparation, and in this show, Nick talks you through the best ways of maximising your company’s value along the way. KEY TAKEAWAYS If you want to achieve something amazing, t…
 
Shishir Mehrotra is the Founder & CEO @ Coda, the startup that brings all of your words and data into a flexible all-in-one doc. To date, Shishir has raised over $140M from some great names including Greylock, Kleiner Perkins, General Catalyst, NEA and Homebrew to name a few. Prior to founding Coda, Shishir spent an incredible 6 years at Google in …
 
This week, Nick is joined by Michael Solomon and Rishon Blumberg, the co-authors of ‘Game Changer: How To Be 10x In The Talent Economy’, a work designed to help you "identify, attract, vet, employ, manage, and retain—or become—the game-changing talent that will make a difference in the work world of tomorrow”. Now more than ever, there has never be…
 
Alex Pall and Drew Taggart are the Founders of The Chainsmokers and Mantis. The Chainsmokers are one of the most sought after musical acts of our time. As for Mantis, just last week they announced their first $35M venture fund and have backing from Ron Conway, Mark Cuban and Keith Rabois. They have already invested in hotly contested rounds for Fit…
 
One of the most important factors in your success will be the voices that guide you through your journey. No matter what stage you’re at in business, you can always benefit from the wisdom of those who’ve trod the path before you. In this week’s ’15 Minutes To Action’, Nick pays tribute to the incredible people who have helped him to ascend to the …
 
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