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On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear an “Ask Me Anything” session from our 2020 Summit, where the Established Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Jen Consalvo, talked with Marlon Nichols, who is a founding managing partner at MaC Venture Capital. Marlon is a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital, with an extensiv…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear an “Ask Me Anything” session from our 2020 Summit, where our team talked with Carolyn Rodz from Hello Alice. Carolyn is the Founder and CEO of Hello Alice, a company that helps small businesses find funding, opportunities and experts. Check out their site at: helloalice.com. Carolyn is an …
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, I talk with Jason Barsema, the Co-founder and President of Halo Investing (haloinvesting.com). Halo is the first multi-issuer technology platform for protective investment solutions. Halo was founded in 2015 with a mission to provide access to impactful investment opportunities previously unavaila…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear an interview from our 2020 Summit, when our Director of Strategic Operations, John Guidos, talked with Natasha Mascarenhas, a reporter at TechCrunch. Natasha covers seed and early stage founders, as well as the networks they take to get their first check. She also focuses on education amid…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Dave Dworschak, the Co-founder and CEO of Kamana (www.kamanahealth.com), about their recent acquisition by Triage Staffing in 2020. Kamana is an alumni of the Startup of the Year program and was an Established Ventures portfolio company. More specifically, Kamana is is cust…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Tim Draper at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Tim is a top global venture capitalist, founder of Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. Tim’s investments include Coinbase, Robi…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Meredith Fineman at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Meredith is an entrepreneur, writer, best-selling author, speaker, podcast host, and women's advocate. She is also the founder and CEO of FinePoint, a leadership and professional deve…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Lo Toney at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Lo is the founding managing partner at Plexo Capital, which is an institutional investment firm he incubated and spun out from Google Ventures. Plexo Capital invests in emerging seed-stage VC…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Dr. Ximena Hartsock at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Ximena is the Co-founder of Phone2Action, the world's leading technology company for civic participation and stakeholder engagement. The platform has empowered millions of advocate…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talked with Suneel Gupta at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Suneel teaches innovation at Harvard University and is the author of the upcoming book, “BACKABLE,” which just came out on February 23rd. The book is rooted in Suneel’s journey from first-time entrepreneur…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Zvi Band, the co-founder CEO of Contactually, a top CRM which empowers professionals in real estate, consulting, and other professional industries to build authentic relationships. He is also the author of the book Success is in Your Sphere. Zvi co-founded Contactually in 2…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with acclaimed author and the CEO of WLJ Advisors, Whitney Johnson. Whitney is a former Wall Street Analyst and is the cofounder of the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen in which they invested in at least one unicorn. She is also an ex…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Rohit Bhargava about business, marketing, and his book “Non-Obvious Mega Trends.” Rohit is an innovation and marketing expert and the founder of the Non-Obvious Company. He is also a Wall Street Journal best selling author of six business books and also teaches marketing an…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast we’re going to hear an interview that Rich Maloy, our VP of Engagement at Established, did with Aaron Froug. Aaron is the Co-Founder and CEO of Grifin, which is a cool new fintech app that makes investing as energizing as buying your morning coffee. Basically, the app allows users to invest a dolla…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Kara Goldin about her journey as an entrepreneur and her new bestselling book “Undaunted,” which was just released in October of 2020. Kara is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., the leading unsweetened flavored water and they also make hand sanitizer She has been named one …
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Mike Evans at our 2020 Summit. Mike shared his story behind starting and taking GrubHub to IPO. He also talked about his new startup Fixer.com, and forthcoming book Hangry. Frank also takes a moment to share that the Established team has been mourning the recent loss of Ton…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we included a recap of highlights from the 2020 Startup of the Year Summit. During the episode, we also hear commentary from some of our Established Team members. Rich Maloy from Established Ventures pitches in with the “VC Minute.” Our Director of Partnerships, Jacqui Dietrich, also provides an u…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we talk with Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene, the Founder & CEO of PopCom, which has developed software to make kiosks and vending machines intelligent through data and analytics at the point of purchase. PopCom uses facial recognition, A.I, and blockchain technology to help retailers collect valuable cust…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we included a recap of our Startup of the Year online pitch event that we hosted, where we featured Black Founders. We had an amazing group of companies presenting their pitches. The startups included: CPRWrap, Freeman Capital, SoLo Funds, Thermaband, and Youth Enrichments Additionally, the event …
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we hear from Polly Rodriguez, the founder, and CEO of Unbound, a sexual wellness company for women. They make and sell vibrators, lubricants, and accessories online along with their digital magazine. Polly and Unbound competed in the 2017 Startup of the Year program and finished in the Top 5 that …
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear some startup wisdom from the Founder and CEO of Blendoor, Stephanie Lampkin. Blendoor is inclusive recruiting and people analytics software that mitigates unconscious bias. Candidates are sourced from hundreds of strategic partners and universities and presented to recruiters without the c…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we catch up with David Aronson, the Founder & CEO of Peanut Butter, a company that helps employers offer student loan assistance as a benefit. David has over 20 years of business experience and has founded 6 ventures as an entrepreneur. He previously served as Senior Director of Business Developme…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we catch up with Cooper Harris, the founder, and CEO of Klickly, an A.I. impulse-payments platform. Cooper invented a payment layer that leverages machine-learning to make purchasing directly within digital UIs possible. This significant innovation creates a huge efficiency in the market – the pla…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast we are featuring our virtual event that we hosted, Honoring U.S. Veteran Founders. We had a great group of veteran-led companies presenting their pitches. The STARTUPS included: Govlia (Fort Lauderdale, FL); Milk Money Kitchens (New York, NY); Target Arm (Ridgefield, CT); TCare (St. Louis, MO); and…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast we are featuring our virtual event that we hosted, Celebrating Female Founders. We had a great group of female-led companies presenting their pitches. The STARTUPS included: Cherry Blossom Intimates (Washington, D.C.); MITO Material Solutions (Indianapolis, IN); Pocketnest (Ann Arbor, MI); Predicti…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear from Courtney Caldwell and Dr. Tye Caldwell, the co-founders of ShearShare, which is the first on-demand salon and barbershop space rental app, which is also of the Startup of the Year Alumni company and Established Ventures portfolio company. During the episode, we hear some interesting i…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, Frank Gruber talks with investor Josef Merrill about investment trends and strategies and his work at Sputnik ATX, an Austin based accelerator that funds makers and founders and helps people reach their full potential by creating an ecosystem to attract hard-working nerds, connect them with invest…
 
On this episode, we hear highlights highlights from our Virtual Office Hours, where we answered questions from multiple startups. The office hours were hosted by Rich Maloy from our team and also included commentary from Jen Consalvo and Frank Gruber. We plan to do more of these virtual office hour events in the future so keep a lookout for upcomin…
 
On this episode, we hear highlights from the Startup of the Year virtual event, where we learned about various efforts by startups in the Startup of the Year community that are doing great work to help during this COVID 19 pandemic. The startups that participated in the event were involved were Aperiomics, Fiveable, Kamana, Lazarus 3D, and OneMilo.…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Rafiq Ahmed and Mitul Patel about their new fund at Dipalo Ventures and about their experiences developing products. Rafiq Ahmed is the Managing Director at DiPalo Ventures, an early-stage investment fund interested in connected hardware and hard tech. Rafiq also has experi…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with US veteran startup founders Blake Hall and Kimberly Citizen about how their military experience helped them with their roles as startup entrepreneurs. Blake Hall is the founder of ID.me, a digital identification platform where individuals can verify who they are online and …
 
In this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Larry Berlin, an entrepreneur and angel investor, who teaches and mentors at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Larry also talk about his work with the "New Venture Challenge” every year, where 30 teams compete for a total of $1M for the tops winners. Frank…
 
On this episode, Frank Gruber talks with Lakshmi Shenoy, the CEO of Embarc Collective about startup opportunities in Tampa, Florida. The two also catch up about Lakshmi's journey and how she became the CEO of a nonprofit that has the goal of helping Tampa Bay startups build bold, scalable, thriving companies. They also talk about Embarc Collective'…
 
On this episode, we hear from two of the finalists from last year's Startup of the Year Summit. First, Frank Gruber talks with Erik Maltais, the CEO & Co-Founder of Immertec, about their new approach to surgical training that transports surgeons into the surgical suite for real-time training in virtual reality. We also talk with Richard Munassi, th…
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber checks in with Erica Duignan, the founder of 1000 Angels and co-founder of Reign Ventures. Erica chats about her long-time involvement as a judge at the Startup of the Year pitch competitions and her work as an investor with a focus on technology, and much more...…
 
In this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Sarah Kunst of Cleo Capital. The two chat about Sarah's experience working at a startup and then her work as an investor and running an investment fund, where she raised $3.5M, which is the largest first-time fund raised by an African American woman. Sarah also talks about …
 
On this special episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast we will be looking back to some of our best investor interviews of 2019. Specifically, we catch Frank Gruber's conversation with Mark Cuban the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and one of the main "shark" investors on the ABC reality television series, Shark Tank. Frank chats with Steve Case, …
 
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Rich Maloy the VP Engagement at Established talks with Thor Culverhouse, CEO of Lighter Capital, and John Willard the Managing director of Silicon Valley Bank, about revenue-based financing. They also discuss alternative capital opportunities and structures and ways to finance your startup that ar…
 
Frank Gruber is joined by co-hosts Jen Consalvo, Rich Maloy, Lori Thiel, and John Guidos from the Established and Startup of the Year team, and they discuss the following Startups that would make great 2019 holiday gifts: Gift Guide: Pix - A first backpack which appearance can be controlled from the IOS/Android app. YogiFi - Powered by a unique dig…
 
Elnaz Sarraf, the CEO of artificial intelligence startup ROYBI, provides candid stories about running one of the world’s up-and-coming educational companies. ROYBI Robot is the world’s first smart toy robot designed to help children ages three through seven learn multiple languages and STEM skills. Elnaz also discusses ROYBI being featured on the c…
 
On the latest episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast our co-hosts Frank Gruber and Lori Thiel provide a recap of the 2019 Startup of the Year Summit that took place in Memphis, Tennessee. They also talk about all of the festivities, best startup pitches, and interview this year’s Summit winner Samantha Snabes and talk with her about her company…
 
Each year, Silicon Valley Bank releases an invaluable compendium of insights about the current state of the industry and thoughtful projections for the year ahead. Looking at trends that range from hiring, to raising capital, to general building conditions, the survey is a result of meticulous reporting, dedicated analysis, and, most importantly, o…
 
Most of the Startup of the Year podcast team is already Walkin’ in Memphis in advance of the 2019 Startup of the Year Summit — which is less than a week away — but two of our co-hosts, Frank Gruber and Lori Thiel, are still on hand and on mic to discuss all the exhilarating things attendees can expect at the event; from the raucous kickoff receptio…
 
For the first time in a long time the expected lifespan of American adults is going in the wrong direction, which is why our co-hosts Frank Gruber, Jen Consalvo, Rich Maloy and Lori Thiel have dedicated this 11th episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast to discussing the booming health tech movement and some of the startups attacking this problem…
 
For this tenth installment of the Startup of the Year podcast, host Frank Gruber interviews a very special guest: Tim Draper, founder of Draper Associates and Draper University, inventor of viral marketing, early investor in startups like Skype, Twitch, and Space X, and author of How to be The Startup Hero: A Guide and Textbook for Entrepreneurs an…
 
In this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, hosts Frank Gruber, Jen Consalvo, Rich Maloy and Lori Thiel — fueled by turmeric ginger and mushroom teas — discuss their experience at INNOConf in New Orleans. Specifically, the event they held there that showcased 36 startups from around the globe and which hosted an exhilarating live pitch comp…
 
The Startup of the Year team is back from a whirlwind week that saw them popping up everywhere from the inaugural InnoConf in New Orleans to Las Vegas’ SALT Conference to Florida and Puerto Rico for Revolution's Rise of the Rest Road Trip with Steve Case. In this episode, host Frank Gruber talks with the AOL founder about what he gleaned from those…
 
For this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, hosts Frank Gruber, Lori Thiel, and Rich Maloy of the Established team are joined by Silicon Valley Bank’s Theron McCollough to share some insights about SVB’s Startup Outlook Report for 2019, which details how technology and life science founders and executives in the U.S., the UK, China and Can…
 
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