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Investor Connect – Richard May of Invest in Texas Initiative

In this episode, Hall welcomes Richard May Executive Director at Invest in Texas Initiative. The Invest in Texas Initiative is a statewide non-profit industry trade association of economic development officials, attorneys, consultants, developers, business owners, and other related service providers. Their mission is to promote the Texas investment landscape internationally. Before joining Invest in Texas […]

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Finding a Lead Investor

Look for the right investor to lead your deal, not just the first investor Today, we’ll talk about finding a lead investor for your deal. I’m often approached by a startup who has several investors interested in their deal but no one wants to lead it. This is not surprising given how much work goes […]

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Investor Connect – Kirk Otis of Merger Partners

In this episode, Hall welcomes Kirk Otis of Merger Partners. Hall and Eric talk about how companies can move their marketing function from a startup stage to a growth stage company. Merger Partners, a mid to lower market Investment bank, focuses on connecting entrepreneurs, business leaders, and management teams with the PE Capital market in […]

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Use the Rule of 4 to Value Your Startup

Today, we’ll talk about how to value your startup. Since startups don’t have significant revenue then how do you value your startup when fundraising? Traditional tools such as discounted cash flow, book value, and other standard accounting techniques don’t work for early stage companies. For startup valuations we use the rule of 4. For each […]

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Investor Connect – Gale Bowman of IrishAngels Ventures

In this episode, Hall welcomes Gale Bowman of IrishAngels. IrishAngels was formed in 2012 as an angel investment network affiliated with the University of Notre Dame. Investors in the network all have ties to the university and they currently have over 230 investors in their active network. IrishAngels focuses on seed-stage investing. They look at […]

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What Documents do you Need for your Fundraise?

Today, we’ll talk about the documents you need for your fundraise. The pitch deck, the terms sheet, and the projections The first document is the pitch deck.This is usually ten to fifteen slides introducing your deal to the prospective investor. It should cover the basics of the business including the problem you are solving, the […]

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Investor Connect – Ed Pearce of Paragon Digital

In this episode, Hall welcomes Ed Pearce of Paragon Digital. Before investing in early-stage companies, Ed was an attorney for many years. He was general counsel of two publicly-traded companies. When both companies sold, he went to work for a venture capital firm in Dallas. Ed has a love for starting companies and coaching people […]

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The Investor Types for your Startup

Today, we’ll talk about the different type of investors you will find in the startup world. There are four type of investors for your startup — Venture Capital, Angel Investors, Family Offices and High Networth Individuals. There are lenders who provide debt financing but that’s a topic for another day. Venture Capitalists are professionals with […]

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Investor Connect – Eric Bielke of GE Ventures

In this episode, Hall is joined by Eric Bielke with GE Ventures. After working with one of the early firms in Data Science, and a foray as an entrepreneur in the solar energy space, Eric joined the VC space focusing initially on energy investments. More recently, Eric has been focusing on aerospace and space tech. […]

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Deal Structures

Today, we’ll talk about the deal structure you should use for your fundraise. There’s equity, and then there are convertible notes and SAFE notes. If you want a straight loan, then you should use a promissory note. Equity agreements set the valuation for the company and various terms of governance, preferences, voting rights and more. […]

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Investor Connect – Jeff Canin of E8 Angels

On this episode, Hall welcomes Jeff Canin of E8 Angels and Element 8 Venture Fund. Element 8 Ventures is focused on entrepreneurial ideation, experimentation, research and education. They are investing in entrepreneurs that are tackling grand challenges, pushing the boundaries of innovation, and disrupting age-old practices, whilst creating new industries to drive socio-economic development. After […]

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Should you Raise Funding?

Today, we’ll talk about should you raise funding and if so, how much should you seek. – Funding accelerates what you already have going in your business today. You should have a core process for acquiring customers and providing a service. If you don’t have it then funding at this stage will only hurt your […]

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Investor Connect – Ben Faubion of Reactive Canvas

On this episode, Hall welcomes Ben Faubion of Reactive Canvas, and Austin-based digital design firm specializing in startups. He talks about how design has evolved over the years into a more strategic, problem-solving service. He explains how design is often becoming more and more integrated into a startup’s vision, and a focus throughout the various […]

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Investor Connect – Jonathan Olsen of Unorthodox Ventures

In this episode, Hall welcomes Jonathan Olsen of Unorthodox Ventures. Unorthodox Ventures partners with founders who demonstrate disruption and discipline. Dreamers who do something. Tinkerers who create solutions to real-world problems. Jonathan has focused his career on tackling problems that are too quirky to fit into an existing mold. As an investor Jonathan has now […]

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Investor Connect – Gabriel Jarrosson of Leonis Investment

In this episode, Hall welcomes Gabriel Jarrosson, founder of Leonis Investment. Gabriel was an entrepreneur at an early age, creating his first company while in engineering school. He then created his second company, Le Vin de France, a community marketplace for French winemakers, after leaving school. When he began investing, Gabriel quickly realized the benefits […]

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Investor Connect – Kevin Van Eekeren of Fulcrum Investing

In this episode, Hall welcomes Kevin Van Eekeren, Founder and CEO of Fulcrum Investing. Fulcrum Investing is a private investment group focused on making seed to Series B investments in startups across the United States. Kevin is not only an investor but also an entrepreneur and a farmer. Before Fulcrum, Kevin worked as a civilian […]

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Investor Connect – Kevin Koym of Tech Ranch Austin

In this episode, Hall welcomes Kevin Koym Founder & CEO of Tech Ranch Austin. Tech Ranch provides accelerators for pre-seed and seed-stage technology companies of Central Texas entrepreneurs. Kevin has developed a combination of training and web-based systems designed to create a local culture of success and entrepreneurship. Kevin’s mission is to help solve world […]

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Investor Connect – Phil Nadel of Forefront Venture Partners

In this episode, Hall welcomes Phil Nadel, Founder and Managing Director of Forefront Venture Partners. Phil is an angel investor, author, and frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. Before he came to early-stage investing, Phil was a serial entrepreneur. His experience in starting and selling several companies led friends and family to look to […]

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Investor Connect – Emlyn Scott of CP Ventures

In this episode, Hall welcomes Emlyn Scott, Managing Partner of CP Ventures. Emlyn has over 25 years of financial and business development experience in Australia and Europe. He has made 15 early-stage investments personally since 2012. CP Ventures has built high growth businesses and has invested in over 100 startups. They look to invest in […]

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Investor Connect – Namek Zu’bi of Silicon Badia

In this episode, Hall welcomes Namek Zu’bi Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Silicon Badia. Before investing in early-stage companies, Namek has always been fascinated with technology. He moved to the US to pursue a degree in computer science at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh PA. He then went into financial services and wanted to work with […]

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Investor Connect – Cole Harmonson of Far West Capital

In this episode, Hall welcomes Cole Harmonson, the President and co-founder of Far West Capital. Before Far West Capital, Cole was the founder and senior vice president of State Bank’s Working Capital Finance Group (WCFG), the asset-based lending and factoring division of State Bank. In 1996, Cole joined State Bank to start the WCFG, where […]

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Investor Connect – Gina Luna of Luna Strategies

In this episode, Hall welcomes Gina Luna of Luna Strategies. Gina is a recognized leader with invaluable business insight. She is a trusted advisor to CEOs and business owners. As CEO of Luna Strategies, Gina counsels companies and their leaders on complex strategic issues and growth initiatives. She has established a reputation for partnering with […]

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