Investor Connect

Investor Connect – Episode 179 – Eric Rosenblum of Tsingyuan Ventures

Eric Rosenblum of Tsingyuan Ventures In this episode, Hall interviews Eric Rosenblum of Tsingyuan Ventures, a technology-focused venture fund based in Los Altos, California. Tsingyuan invests in seed to A-round startups in the United States, and is a successor fund to the TEEC Angel Fund. Eric talks about his start investing in China and how […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 178 – William Chu of SparkLabs FinTech

William Chu of SparkLabs FinTech In this episode, Hall interviews William Chu of SparkLabs FinTech, a global accelerator program focused on helping promising early-stage fintech companies develop and scale in various markets across the globe. After some success in private equity in Hong Kong, William wanted to get more involved in early stage investing. When […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 177 – Terry Koehler, a Golf Industry Entrepreneur

Terry Koehler, a Golf Industry Entrepreneur In this episode, Hall interviews Terry Koehler, a golf industry entrepreneur. Terry talks about some of the characteristics of the golf space, and what led him to become an entrepreneur. Terry discusses the stability of the multi-billion dollar golf industry, and how it an industry that works well for […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 176 – Mike Krilivsky of RageOn!

Mike Krilivsky of RageOn! In this episode, Hall interviews Mike Krilivsky of RageOn!, an online store specializing in revolutionary, one-of-a-kind custom printing. RageOn! has developed a patent-pending, all-over-print technology that allows creators, brands, and artists to customize their own merchandise, from T-Shirts to socks to swim trunks. Their app allows users to upload images directly […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 175 – Kim Folsom of Founders First

Kim Folsom of Founders First Capital In this episode, Hall interviews Kim Folsom of Founders First Capital. Kim is a serial tech entrepreneur for over 20 years, who has founded, grew, and funded six tech companies, exited three, and raised over 30 million in venture. Kim talks about her start investing in the under-served service […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 174 – Jorge Azpe and Samuel Gutierrez of Schok

Jorge Azpe and Samuel Gutierrez of Schok In this episode, Hall interviews Jorge Azpe and Samuel Gutierrez of Schok LLC, manufacturer of retail electronics, including tablets and cell phones. Samuel and Jorge talk about how they got into the mobile device space, and the opportunities they saw there, particularly in the mid-tier of phones. They […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 173 – Michael Zavet of Hyperion Exchange

Michael Zavet of Hyperion Exchange In this episode, Hall interviews Michael Zavet of Canada-based Hyperion Exchange, a platform for trading tokenized financial instruments using blockchain technology. Michael and Hall discuss the current state of the crypto market in general, and the cryptocurrency market for real estate applications. Michael talks about some of the current blockchain […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 172 – Travis Farese of Real AI

Travis Farese 0f Real AI Hall is joined by Travis Farese 0f Real AI. Prior to founding Real AI, Travis had a career in oil and gas services with an engineering and business degree. Travis and his partners then founded a services company. After successfully selling right before the downturn in 2015, he transitioned into […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 171 – Ben Bennett of Omnitude

Ben Bennett of Omnitude Hall is joined by Ben Bennett, the Chief Operating Officer of EMEA at Omnitude. Ben’s background has always been in the commercial side of businesses. He has worked telesales, field sales, product sales, all the way through to more strategic and development roles in business. He eventually launched his own company, […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 170 – Douglas Raggio of Bias and Blind Spots

Douglas Raggio of Bias and Blind Spots In this episode, we are joined by Douglas Raggio of Bias and Blind Spots. As the interview starts, we learn that before joining the VC world, Doug’s background was mostly consumer products and services. After college he worked for publicity firms and then went to high end consumer […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 169 – Yash Thukral and Sam Yaffa of TRITON FUNDS LLC

Yash Thukral and Sam Yaffa of Triton Funds LLC Hall is joined by Yash Thukral and Sam Yaffa of Triton Funds LLC. In this episode we start by learning about Yash and Sam’s backgrounds before investing in early stage startups. They have a combined background of a general love for entrepreneurship and ingenuity. Yash and […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 168 – Jason Cahill of McCune Capital

Jason Cahill of McCune Capital Hall is joined by Jason Cahill of McCune Capital. We kick off this episode learning about Jason’s background before he got into early stage investing and what led him there. Jason is an army veteran and he spent seven years of active duty from 1997 to 2004. Thematically as an […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 167 – Matthew Jordan of Limitless Crypto Investments

Matthew Jordan of Limitless Crypto Investments Hall is joined by Matthew Jordan of Limitless Crypto Investments. Before entering the crypto space, Matthews background was developing healthcare solutions for doctors and patients. He purchased his first Bitcoin in 2013 unsure of the technology and followed the same route as many others. He bought his first bitcoin […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 166 (Part 2) – William Santana Li of Knightscope

William Santana Li of Knightscope (Part 2) In the second part of a three-part interview, Hall is joined by William Santana Li of Knightscope. Bill is a seasoned entrepreneur, intrapreneur and former corporate executive at Ford Motor Company. He was founder and COO of GreenLeaf, which became the world’s 2nd largest automotive recycler (now part […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 166 (Part 1) – William Santana Li of Knightscope

William Santana Li of Knightscope (Part 1) In the first episode in a three-part series, Hall is joined by William Santana Li of Knightscope. We kick off the episode learning about Bill’s past before joining Knightscope. Bill is a seasoned entrepreneur, intrapreneur and former corporate executive at Ford Motor Company. He was founder and COO […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 165 – Aaron Michaels of 1984 Ventures

Aaron Michaels of 1984 Ventures In this episode, we are joined by Aaron Michaels of 1984 Ventures. Hall and Aaron kick of this episode learning about Aarons background before investing in early stage companies. Aaron has seen both sides of investing both from the startup angle as well as a CEO, he shares advice he’d […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 164 – Christian Kameir of Sustany Capital

Christian Kameir of Sustany Capital In this episode, Hall is joined by Christian Kameir of Sustany Capital. Sustany Capital is a blockchain venture fund headquartered in Newport Beach, CA. Aside from investing in blockchain-related projects, the firm lends its expertise to existing companies interested in ‘security token offerings As the episode begins, you learn about […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 163 – David Mes of OTG Ventures

David Mes of Off the Grid Ventures In this episode, Hall interviews David Mes of Off the Grid Ventures. OTG focuses on early-stage investment in ‘off the grid’ entrepreneurs – women and foreign founders – specializing in B-to-B technology companies. David talks about his background and what led him to early-stage investing, and how dealing […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 162 – Paul McNeal of The Crypto Curator

Paul McNeal of The Crypto Curator In this episode, Hall interviews Paul McNeal of The Crypto Curator. Paul talks about his varied background before coming to the crypto space. He and Hall talk about the state of investing in blockchain, and how the industry is evolving, and future regulatory influences. Paul discusses how the industry […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 161 – Andrey Voronkov of Voronkov Ventures

Andrey Voronkov of Voronkov Ventures In this episode, Hall interviews Andrey Voronkov of Voronkov Ventures. Voronkov Ventures is an investment and consulting company working in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and provides services on ICO analytics, investment and consulting. Leaning on the its own ranking system, the company gives detailed analysis of ICOs to […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 160 – Tim Enneking of Digital Capital Management

Tim Enneking of Digital Capital Management In this episode, Hall interviews Tim Enneking, Director of Digital Capital Management. DCM focuses on managing investment portfolios of digital currencies and related assets through fund structures designed for investment by US and Non-US high net worth individuals and institutional investors, including strategic investments in promising early-stage blockchain projects. […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 159 – Brett King of Moven

Brett King of Moven In this episode, Hall interviews Brett King of Moven. Brett and Hall discuss some of the fintech challenges that startups can pursue, including the growth of mobile payments, and how the bank branch model is being disrupted by startups that can provide a different experience. Brett talks about how startups are […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 158 – Eric Bahn of Hustle Fund

Eric Bahn of Hustle Fund In this episode, Hall interviews Eric Bahn of Hustle Fund. Before his start in early stage investing, Eric worked in technology in Silicon Valley, as a founder, and as a product manager at Facebook and Instagram. Eric talks about his start as an investor, and his advice for new investors […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 157 – Allan May of Life Science Angels

Allan May of Life Science Angels Hall is joined by Allan May of Life Science Angels. Hall and Allan kick off this episode talking about Allens journey into angel investing that he began in 1997. They speak about Life Science Angels approach to investing in both the wet and dry science. Biology, genomics, tools and […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 156 – Sarah E. Brown of Power to the Startup People

Sarah E. Brown of Power to the Startup People Hall is joined by Sarah E Brown, author of Power to the Startup People. Currently, Sarah is the Director of Content Marketing at BuildingConnected, the leading cloud-based pre construction bidding platform that enables owners, general contractors and subcontractors to communicate easily and efficiently throughout the bidding […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 155 – Michael Berolzheimer of Bee Partners

Michael Berolzheimer of Bee Partners Hall is joined by Michael Berolzheimer of Bee Partners. Bee Partners was founded in 2008 by Michael who has a Haas MBA with undergraduate degrees in business and computer science. Michael speaks about how he got into early stage investing. He started his journey in New York, with both investment […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 154 – Michael Smerklo of Next Coast Ventures

Michael Smerklo of Next Coast Ventures Hall is joined by Michael Smerklo, Co Founder and Managing Director of Next Coast Ventures. Hall and Michael kickoff this episode learning about Michaels background before investing in early stage companies. Michaels background includes being a CPA and investment banker before attending business school. Once he completed school, Michael […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 153 – Brent Martin of In Focus Brands

Brent Martin of In Focus Brands In this episode, Hall interviews Brent Martin, who manages Revenue Growth opportunities at In Focus Brands, a brand agency, business management consultancy, and capital funding firm focused on executing strategies that launch and accelerate client’s needs and goals. In Focus works with startups, turnarounds and growth initiatives, and use […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 152 – Brenda Irwin of Relentless Pursuit Partners

Brenda Irwin of Relentless Pursuit Partners In this episode, Hall interviews Brenda Irwin of Relentless Pursuit Partners. Brenda talks about her start in healthcare venture funding in Canada in drug development, diagnostics, and biotech companies. Brenda now runs Relentless Pursuit Partners, which focuses on health, sport fitness, and nutrition. Relentless focuses on marrying the network […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 151 – Michael Noel of Blockchain Weekly

Michael Noel of Blockchain Weekly Hall is joined by Michael Noel of Blockchain Weekly. In this episode, you learn about Michael’s background before entering the blockchain space. Michael also shares his views on the state of Investing in blockchain and how the industry is currently evolving. Michael also shares his thoughts on the direction the […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 150 – Eric Desai of Greenhouse Capital Partners

Eric Desai of Greenhouse Capital Partners In this episode Hall is joined by Eric Desai of Greenhouse Capital Partners. We start out this episode learning how Eric got into early stage investing. Eric joined Greenhouse Capital Partners over four years ago when he found there was a gap in the type of investing they do, […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 149 – Duke Rohlen of Ajax Health

Duke Rohlen of Ajax Health In this episode Hall is joined by Duke Rohlen of Ajax Health. The interview starts off with Duke speaking about how he got into medical technology investing for over the last fifteen years. It became a passion between his love for technical innovation, as well as healthcare. Hall and Duke […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 148 – Wayne Wu of VMG Partners

Wayne Wu of VMG Partners In this episode Hall is joined by Wayne Wu of VMG Partners. We kick off this episode learning about Waynes background before VMG Partners. Wayne offers his advice on entering the CPG space as an angel or VC who has not been previously. He speaks about investors being able to […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 147- Anish Sheth

Anish Sheth In this episode Hall is joined by Anish Sheth. Anish started his career as finance lawyer before jumping into the CPG space. He decided to follow his passion and started a healthy snack food company called World Peas based out of Austin. He gives his views on what he would tell a prospective […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 146 – Michael Gord and Rasheed El-Hindi of MLG Blockchain

Michael Gord and Rasheed ElHindi of MLG Blockchain In this episode, Hall T. Martin is joined by both Michael Gord and Rasheed El-Hindi of MLG Blockchain. MLG Blockchain is a global consulting and development firm that builds solutions using blockchains and smart contract technology. We are headquartered in Toronto and New York City with a […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 145 – Lisette Tellez of Ocean Azul Partners

Lisette Tellez of Ocean Azul Partners Hall T. Martin is joined by Lisette Tellez of Ocean Azul Partners. In this episode, Lisette speaks about the Dorm Room Fund, a student run venture fund that invested in student startups. The Dorm Room Fund invested in twelve student run startups per year. Lisette currently works with Ocean […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 144 – Matthew Sullivan of QuantmRE

Matthew Sullivan of QuantmRE Hall T. Martin is joined by Matthew Sullivan of QuantmRE. The interview begins with Matthew speaking about his background before engaging in the blockchain sector. Matthew has been involved in technology and finance since the late 90’s, when the internet began its mass adoption. Matthew speaks about what led him to […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 143 – Daniel Cawrey of Pactum Capital

Daniel Cawrey of Pactum Capital Hall T. Martin is joined by Daniel Cawrey of Pactum Capital. In this episode, you’ll learn how Daniel got into investing and how he landed in the crypto sector. Daniel has been into cryptocurrency since 2013 and was previously a writer at CoinDesk. Daniel gives his advice on what investors […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 142- James Sowers an Angel Investor, and Co-Host of Exploring the Block

Investor Connect – Episode 142- James Sowers an Angel Investor, and Co-Host of Exploring the Block In this episode, Hall T. Martin is joined by James Sowers an Angel Investor, and Co-Host of Exploring the Block. Before James got into early stage investing, he was always interested in buying and selling, even as a child […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 141- Nikolai Oreshkin of Elysium Venture Capital

Nikolai Oreshkin of Elysium Venture Capital In this episode, Hall T. Martin is joined by Nikolai Oreshkin of Elysium Venture Capital . After Nikolai sold his first company, one of the first private internet providers in Belarus, he moved to Silicon Valley and began to primarily focus on venture capital investment in blockchain. Nikolai shares […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 140- Wendy Nunnelley Angel Investor

Wendy Nunnelley, Angel Investor In this episode, Hall T. Martin is joined by Angel Investor, Wendy Nunnelley. We kick off the interview learning about Wendy’s background and how she got into investing in early stage startups. Wendy offers her own personal take and advice to people who are just starting to invest in the CPG […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 139- Abe Minkara of Mark Cuban Companies

Abe Minkara of Mark Cuban Companies Hall T. Martin is joined by Abe Minkara of Mark Cuban Companies. In this episode Abe speaks about his current role as Managing Director at Mark Cuban Companies and what they do. He is part of a group that manages Marks early stage investments. Most of the early stage […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 138 – Pedro Anderson of Winding Tree

Pedro Anderson of Winding Tree Hall T. Martin is joined by Pedro Anderson of Winding Tree. In this episode, you’ll learn about Pedros background and what he did before Winding Tree, a decentralized distribution platform for the travel industry. Pedro speaks about his first hand experience raising funding and launching an ICO, the groundwork for […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 137- Glenn Argenbright of Quake Capital

Glenn Argenbright of Quake Capital In this episode, Hall T. Martin is joined by Glenn Argenbright of Quake Capital. As we kick off the interview, you learn Glenn’s background and how he got into early stage investing as well as what led him to Quake Capital. Glen has been on both sides of the table […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 136 – Brian Axelrad of Beyond Capital

Brian Axelrad of Beyond Capital In this episode, Hall T. Martin is joined by Brian Axelrad of Beyond Capital. Brian is the Chief Investment Officer of Beyond Capital, he oversees the investment decision-making process, guides the investment due diligence process and coordinates overall investment, portfolio and fund strategy with Beyond Capital’s CEO. A little about […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 135 – Jonathan Heiliger of Vertex Ventures

Jonathan Heiliger of Vertex Ventures In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Jonathan Heiliger of Vertex Ventures. A little about Vertex Ventures: They seek founders who want to tackle fundamental challenges. People who identify with a problem or concern that’s kept them up late at night — broken tools, broken lines of […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 134 – Miles Lasater of Purpose Built Ventures

Miles Lasater of Purpose Built Ventures Hall is joined by Miles Lasater of Purpose Built Ventures. Purpose Built Ventures works with driven founders to help build pre/seed companies by providing capital, advice and connections. Miles is a successful serial entrepreneur and investor. He founded Higher One and helped scale it to over $200mil in revenue […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 133 – Fraser Hall of VFF

Fraser Hall of VFF Hall is joined by Fraser Hall of VFF. Fraser is a lifelong entrepreneur, activist, and technology leader who brings order and calm to fiery situations. He has a wealth of experience founding and operating both bootstrapped and venture-backed businesses – most notably: Article.com and Recon Instruments. Fraser is also a longstanding […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 132 – Alexander Varvarenko of ShipNEXT

Alexander Varvarenko of ShipNEXT In this episode, Hall is joined by Alexander Varvarenko of ShipNEXT. ShipNEXT is a digital, automated, shipping Marketplace and a Blockchain based eco-system. It not only allows an instant matching of Cargo with Ship/Transport mode, but allows for freight-auctioning, Contract management (including Smart-contracts), freight exchange, and eventually tracking. ShipNEXT now welcomes […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 131 – Mark Mullen of Bonfire Ventures

Mark Mullen of Bonfire Ventures In this episode, Hall is joined by Mark Mullen of Bonfire Ventures. You’ll learn about Mark’s start into early stage investing. Mark grew up in Colorado with his family and father who was an entrepreneur with many different businesses and a successful career. In the late 80’s after college, Mark […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 130 – Justin Newton of Netki

Justin Newton of Netki A little about Justin and Netki: Justin is an early Internet pioneer and technology startup veteran. His last four companies: AboveNet, NetZero/United Online, Demand Media and Blackline Systems have all exited with $1 Billion + IPOs. He was responsible for architecting each company’s platform for global scale and preparing their data […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 129 – Andrew Gaiziunas of Turbadium

Andrew Gaiziunas of Turbadium In this episode, Hall is joined by Andrew Gaiziunas of Turbadium. Andrew is a first-generation American technologist, aviator, and high-tech visionary. He has spent the last two decades creating new billion-dollar business units at Fortune 100 companies including IBM and Hewlett Packard. He is currently one of the Co-Founders and Chief […]

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Investor Connect- Episode 128 – Robert Crea of K&L Gates

Robert Crea of K&L Gates In this episode, Hall is joined by Robert Crea of K&L Gates. Robert is a financial and legal professional specializing in private equity fund formation, startup/emerging companies, corporate governance, investment adviser compliance and cryptocurrencies. As the interview kicks off Hall and Robert speak about his background and what led him […]

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Investor Connect- Episode 127 – Jonathan Crowder of Intelis Capital

Jonathan Crowder of Intelis Capital In this episode, Hall is joined by Jonathan Crowder of Intelis Capital. Jonathan is a founding partner of Intelis Capital and a member of its investment committee. Jonathan serves in all aspects of the firm’s operations, with particular focus on developing investment theses, creation of internal processes and systems, sourcing […]

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Investor Connect- Episode 126 – Jeff Stewart of Urgent VC

Jeff Stewart of Urgent VC In this episode, Hall welcomes Jeff Stewart of Urgent VC. Jeff is an inventor, entrepreneur and investor, focusing on technology enabled business. He’s also a blockchain enthusiast. Urgent VCs mission is to accelerate the growth of technology companies through capital investment, global expansion and opportunistic venture co-creation. Urgent is a […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 125 – Breanna Faye of Rloop Incorporated

Breanna Faye of Rloop Incorporated In this episode, Hall welcomes Breanna Faye of Rloop Incorporated. Breanna is a trained architect, designer and Experience Design Lead at rLoop, a SpaceX award-winning, globally-distributed organization currently developing the Hyperloop. With a background in MIT’s Media Lab and Department of Advanced Urbanism, her research emphasizes the link and impact […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 123 – Amos Schwartzfarb of Techstars

Amos Schwartzfarb of Techstars In this episode, Hall interviews Amos Schwartzfarb, managing director of Techstars Austin, a horizontal accelerator that focuses on the founding team and their ability to build a big business. Amos talks about the importance of finding a CEO that has a track record of “getting things done” and is passionate about […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 122 – Daniel Curran of Silicon Valley

Daniel Curran of Silicon Valley Daniel is a well-known prolific Silicon Valley SuperAngel/advisor in 115+ seed to A round startups who has invested alongside the most successful and famous Angels and VCs alive today, enjoying exclusive access to the next Valley unicorn and decacorn deals. Daniel talks about his background working for Northrup Grumman, Lockheed, […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 121 – JP Bauman of Altira Group

JP Bauman of Altira Group In this episode, Hall T. Martin interviews JP Bauman of Altira Group. JP is a Principal at Altira Group, a Denver-based venture capital firm that works closely with entrepreneurs to provide funding for emerging software and technology companies that are helping meet the increasingly complex digital and operational challenges of […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 120 – Shruti Gandhi of Array Ventures

Shruti Gandhi of Array VC In this episode, Hall T. Martin welcomes Shruti Gandhi of Array Ventures.Shruti is the founder and managing partner of Array Ventures. Array invests in enterprise deep tech early stage companies. Shruti spent her early career as a developer on mainframe security, collaboration tools, and data analytics. Post engineering, she was […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 119 – Erica Duignan Minnihan of 1000 Angels

Erica Duignan Minnihan of 1000 Angels In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview Erica Duignan Minnihan of 1000 Angels. Erica is the Managing Partner at 1000 Angels, a private digital venture investment network. They provide a platform for high net worth individuals, family offices, and Venture Funds to make direct investments in a […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 118 – Cain McClary of KdT Ventures

Cain McClary of KdT Ventures In this episode, Hall interviews Cain McClary, MD is the founder and Managing Partner of KdT Ventures. Cain talks about how he started a VC fund focused on the intersection of healthcare/science and computation. Cain discusses the three enablers of biology: 1. The ability to read the DNA code 2. […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 117 – Andrey Morozov of FinHub VC

Andrey Morozov of FinHub VC In this episode, Hall interviews Andrey Morozov, founder of FinHub Global Ventures in San Francisco, CA. Andrey is technology entrepreneur and investor, who has been a founder and CEO of several successful payment companies before becoming an angel investor and startup mentor. He is a regular speaker at the biggest […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 116 – Cliff Hinrichs of Steele VC

Cliff Hinrichs of Steele VC In this episode, Hall interviews Cliff Hinrichs of Steele VC. Cliff talks about what Steele ventures invests in, and provides some examples of high quality investments such as MyRepublic and AgFunder. Cliff and Hall discuss what angels starting out should look for, including: -Revenue growth of 100% YOY -Capital efficient […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 115 – John Hinckley of Modern Message

John Hinckley of Modern Message In this episode, Hall interviews John Hinckley, CEO and co-founder of Modern Message, creator of an online resident engagement platform for apartment communities. Since its inception in 2012, Modern Message has seen average growth of 79 percent year over year, and works with nearly 2,500 apartment communities and allows more […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 114 – Morgan Simon of Candide Group

Morgan Simon of Candide Group In this episode, Hall interviews Morgan Simon, founding partner of Candide Group. Morgan has close to two decades of experience making finance a tool for social justice. In that time she has influenced over $150B and is a regularly sought out expert on impact investing. Her first book, Real Impact: […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 113 – Gaurav Chakravorty of qplum

Gaurav Chakravorty of qplum In this episode, Hall interviews Gaurav Chakravorty, co-founder and CIO of qplum, wealth management powered by A.I. Prior to qplum, Gaurav built one of the most profitable high-frequency trading operations at Tower Research Capital. He holds a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Kanpur, India and a Masters in Computer Science from […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 112 – Don Plotsky of Uinta Partners

Don Plotsky of Uinta Partners In this episode, Hall interviews Don Plotsky, Founder and Managing Partner at Uitna Partners. Don was Head of Product Development and Product Management Western Asset Management from 2002, and prior to WAM, Mr. Plotsky was Head of Global Client Service and Marketing at CDC Investment Management (now part of Natixis) […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 111 – Navroop Sahdev – Connection Science Fellow at MIT

Navroop Sahdev, a Connection Science Fellow at MIT In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Navroop Sahdev, a Connection Science Fellow at MIT. Navroop works at the cutting edge of the Financial Services industry, vertical technologies (like Blockchain) and Economic theory (drawing upon Innovation, Networks theory and Complex Systems), creating valuable Business […]

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Episode 110- James Donnellan of Lusso Capital

James Donnellan of Lusso Capital In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with James Donnellan of Lusso Capital. James is currently focused on launching several start-ups within the luxury travel, entertainment, technology, lifestyle and apparel industries. Also assisting in raising capital for many others too. Another focus is working with off-market investment opportunities […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 109 – Andrew Heintzman of InvestEco

Andrew Heintzman of InvestEco In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Andrew Heintzman of InvestEco. InvestEco’s main focus is investing in expansion-stage companies in North America that promote health and sustainability in the food and agricultural sector. Their companies typically have between $1 – 30M in revenue at the time of their […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 108 – Isaac Babbs of Handmade Ventures

Isaac Babbs of Handmade Ventures In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Isaac Babbs of Handmade Ventures. Handmade is a mobile and software executive advisory and angel investor group that assists great entrepreneurs and new start ups in a co-founding partnership. Handmade helps teams by adding expertise, relationships, and capital from inception […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 107- Mark Casady of Vestigo Ventures

Mark Casady of Vestigo Ventures In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Mark Casady of Vestigo Ventures. Vestigo Ventures invests in early-stage financial technology companies from seed to “A” round. Vestigo’s senior staff and their twelve-member advisory board possess the unique mix of disciplines and experience needed to spot the most promising […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 106 – Mark Peter Davis of Interplay VC

Mark Peter Davis of Interplay VC In this episode, Hall interviews Mark Peter Davis, venture capitalist and managing partner of Interplay VC. Interplay is a foundry and venture capital firm that builds, incubates and invests in companies. Mark talks about the birth of Interplay, and how they are split into two sides – a more […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 105 – Tamim Abdul Majid of OCA Ventures

Tamim Abdul Majid of OCA Ventures In this episode, Hall discusses blockchain technology with Tamim Abdul Majid, principal at OCA Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on equity investments in companies with dramatic growth potential, primarily in technology and highly-scalable services businesses. OCA invests in many industries, with a preference for technology, financial services, […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 104 – Jouko Ahvenainen of Grow VC

Jouko Ahvenainen of Grow VC In this episode, Hall interviews Jouko Ahvenainen, entrepreneur and co-founder of Grow VC Group, a pioneer in new funding solutions, including equity p2p investments and crowdfunding. Jouko is a founder, partner and board member in several innovative digital finance companies. Jouko is also an advisor for US, European and Asian […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 103 – Craig Cummings of Moonshots Capital

Craig Cummings of Moonshots Capital In this episode, Hall interviews Craig Cummings, co-founder of Moonshots Capital. West Point graduates, Craig and his co-founder Kelly Perdew form close working relationships with the companies they back to help them achieve their critical milestones and frequently take on board seats or formal advisory roles. Moonshots often backs companies […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 102 – Jefre Outlaw of Sprout Tiny Homes

Jefre Outlaw of Sprout Tiny Homes In this episode, Hall interviews Jefre Outlaw of Colorado-based Sprout Tiny Homes. Jefre talks about how he got into real estate investing, and more specifically the tiny home industry. Jefre explains how the tiny house market has developed, and where he sees the future of that market heading. Hall […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 101 – Jorge Newbery of AHP Servicing

Jorge Newbery of AHP Servicing In this episode, Hall interviews Jorge Newbery of AHP Servicing, the world’s first crowdfunded distressed mortgage platform. Jorge and AHP got into early stage investing as a new source of capital to buy loans. Jorge talks about their move to a Regulation A+ fund, that would promotes small company capital […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 100 – Nicholas Smith of SMU

Nicholas Smith of SMU In this episode, Hall interviews Nicholas Smith of Southern Methodist University. Nicholas was selected for SMU Maguire Energy Institute’s “Spindletop Fund” Investment Program 2017-2018, and is one of 30 students that analyze, track, pitch, and invest part of the SMU Endowment in energy equities each year. Nicholas talks about how he […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 99 – Venk Shukla of Monta Vista Capital

Venk Shukla of Monta Vista Capital In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Venk Shukla of Monta Vista Capital. Monta Vista Capital is the only institutional investor that truly lives by the concept of putting the entrepreneur first. They focus on early stage B2B companies that possess strong industry transforming IP, as […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 98 – Vic Pascucci of Lightbank

Vic Pascucci of Lightbank In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Vic Pascucci of Lightbank. Lightbank is a seed and series A venture capital firm known for its entrepreneurial DNA, proprietary investment opportunities and track record of outsized returns. Lightbank is sector agnostic and entrepreneur driven but I focus on fintech, insurtech, […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 97 – Erika Hersh of PeopleFund

Erika Hersh of PeopleFund In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Erika Hersh of PeopleFund. PeopleFund provides small business loans as well as business assistance and education to people with otherwise limited access to such resources. Since being founded in east Austin in 1994 as Austin Community Development Corporation, PeopleFund’s financial and […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 96 – Jake Ryan of Tradecraft Capital

Jake Ryan of Tradecraft Capital In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Jake Ryan of Tradecraft Capital. Jake Ryan is the founder and portfolio manager of Tradecraft Capital, which was formed in January 2018.  Prior to the formation of Tradecraft, Mr. Ryan had 20 years of professional experience in developing software technology, as […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 95 – Brad Zapp of Connetic Ventures

Brad Zapp of Connetic Ventures In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Brad Zapp of Connetic Ventures. Hall and Brad talk about how Brad got into venture capital. They also discuss what Connetic Ventures looks for an invests in when funding deals. In their talk, you’ll also learn about angel groups in […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 94 – Gleb Davidyuk of iTech Capital

Gleb Davidyuk of iTech Capital In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Gleb Davidyuk, managing partner of iTech Capital. Hall and Gleb speak about about Gleb’s entrance into venture capital. Gleb has almost 20 years of private equity experience in both Western and Eastern European private equity funds. Prior to founding iTech […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 93 – David Arcara of Laconia Capital Group

David Acara of Laconia Capital Group In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with David Arcara, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Laconia Capital Group. David has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and general manager of young high-growth and turnaround media and marketing businesses, both digital and traditional. David has raised, […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 92 – William Davis of LDJ Capital

William “Bill” Davis of LDJ Capital In this episode, Hall interviews William “Bill” Davis, Managing Director of Technology and Investments with LDJ Capital. William is an advisor to funds and individual investors in New York City, and has held positions of Senior Advisor, CIO, COO and President of emerging technology firms globally. He draws some […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 91 – Rob Schultz of Serra Ventures

Rob Schultz of Serra Ventures In this episode, Hall interviews Rob Schultz, Managing Partner with Serra Ventures and Serra Capital. Rob is a seasoned business executive with over 25 years of experience as a consultant, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Previously, Rob was a Managing Director at Illinois Ventures, and is a founding member of the […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 90 – Praveen Varshney of Varshney Capital

Praveen Varshney of Varshney Capital In this episode, Hall interviews Praveen Varshney of Varshney Capital, a venture capital, merchant banking, and corporate advisory services firm with a specialization in public venture capital. Praveen has been a driving force in the Vancouver business world. He is a long-time member and past President of the Vancouver chapter […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 89 – Henry Yoshida of Rocket Dollar

Henry Yoshida of Rocket Dollar In this episode, Hall interviews Henry Yoshida of Rocket Dollar. Henry is Founder and CEO of Rocket Dollar, which helps people invest retirement income in start-ups, real estate, peer-to-peer, and more. A successful entrepreneur and certified financial planner, Henry was the founder of the venture capital backed robo-advisor retirement plan […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 88 – Nathan McDonald of Keiretsu Capital

Nathan McDonald of Keiretsu Capital In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Nathan McDonald of Keiretsu Capital. Nathan is is a Managing Partner and CEO of Keiretsu Capital. Nathan brings a unique entrepreneurial business and organizational development background developed during many years of hands-on, active leadership and operational experience. As one of […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 87 – Marius Ghenea of 3TS Capital Partners

Marius Ghenea of 3TS Capital Partners In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Marius Ghenea of 3TS Capital Partners. Marius talks about he got into investing with his start as a serial entrepreneur. 3TS Capital Partners is one of the leading European technology focused private equity and venture capital firms. 3TS provides […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 86 – Tamim Abdul Majid of OCA Ventures

Tamim Abdul Majid of OCA Ventures In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Tamim Abdul Majid of OCA Ventures. Tamim has over seven years of experience in technology, finance and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining OCA Ventures, Tamim worked at a private strategic advisory firm helping companies secure international contracts with foreign national […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 85 – Clint Korver of Ulu Ventures

Clint Korver of Ulu Ventures In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Clint Korver of Ulu Ventures. Clint is a Managing Director and co-founder of Ulu Ventures, a $50m seed stage venture firm investing in enterprise IT companies from Stanford and Silicon Valley. An active supporter of entrepreneurship within the Stanford community, […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 84 – Kari Sulenes of Project Atlas

Kari Sulenes of Project Atlas In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Kari Sulenes of Project Atlas. Project Atlas is an expression of Kari’s passion and doctoral work in holistic wellness and authentic leadership. She contributes 10 years of experience working with organizations and program development and a doctorate in clinical psychology […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 83 – David Gold of Access Venture Partners

David Gold of Access Venture Partners In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with David Gold of Access Venture Partners. David is a Managing Director at Access Venture Partners. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with Special Honors from the University of Colorado and was a National Science Foundation […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 82 – Graham Foreman of Edovate Capital

Graham Foreman of Edovate Capital In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Graham Forman of Edovate Capital. Edovate Capital is a seed and early stage venture capital company whose leadership invests in companies that lead innovation in the education market. They know firsthand the pains and gains of growing early-stage companies into […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 81 – Greg Beaufait of Dundee VC

Greg Beaufait of Dundee VC In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Greg Beaufait of Dundee VC. Greg joined Dundee VC in 2013 and now leads their investment efforts in Minneapolis. Greg started out as an intern at Dundee VC , before graduating from the Heider College of Business at Creighton University […]

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Investor Connect – Episode 80 – Sarah Millar of City Light Capital

Sarah Millar of City Light Capital In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Sarah Millar of City Light Capital. Sarah is an Investment Associate at City Light Capital, where she focuses on early stage investments in education, energy, environment, and safety and security. Sarah joined City Light after completing her MBA and […]

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