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Investor Connect – Episode 53 – Jeremy Arendt of Cottonwood Venture Partners

Interview with Jeremy Arendt of Cottonwood Venture Partners In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Jeremy Arendt of Cottonwood Venture Partners, a Texas-based venture capital firm partnering with companies that provide digital solutions for the oil & gas industry. They speak about CVP and their investments. They also speak about key sectors […]

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blog-image Published on: December 5, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 52 – Christopher Mirabile of Launchpad Venture Group

Interview with Christopher Mirabile of Launchpad Venture Group In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Christopher Mirabile, Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group. They speak about Launchpad, one of the largest and most active angel groups in the United States. Hall and Christopher also speak about Launchpad’s approach to a sidecar fund, […]

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blog-image Published on: December 4, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 51 – Candice Landry of 10e5

Interview with Candice Landry In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Candice Landry founder of 10e5 Solutions. 10e5 Solutions helps investors, technology firms, and attorneys through the three major phases of the innovation lifecycle. They serve as a bridge between research and development and commercialization. Candice talks about what 10e5 looks for […]

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blog-image Published on: November 6, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 50 – West Monroe Partners

Interview with Mark Huson & Scott Fuzer of West Monroe Partners In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Mark Huson and Scott Fuzer, of West Monroe Partners, a multinational management and technology consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, IL. Mark Huson is a director of Mergers and Acquisitions with West Monroe Partners’ Seattle […]

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blog-image Published on: November 6, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 49 – Andrew Romans of Rubicon Ventures

Interview with Andrew Romans In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Andrew Romans of Rubicon Venture Capital, a fund on the cutting edge of venture capital technology. Andrew talks about the beginnings of Rubicon, and their current portfolio. Andrew talks about what types of investments they like to make, and what stages […]

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blog-image Published on: October 17, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 48 – Bill Feldott

Interview with Bill Feldott In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with angel investor Bill Feldott. Bill talks about his personal experience with angel investing with startups and the lessons he’s learned, in particular with companies with which he has a personal relationship via family or friends. He explains the types of due […]

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blog-image Published on: October 17, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 47 – John Shaw of CTAN

Interview with John Shaw In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with John Shaw of the Central Texas Angel Network. John talks with Hall about recent changes at the CTAN group. He also discusses his work on improving the angel network in Austin, and his work on streamlining the angel investment process. John […]

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blog-image Published on: October 17, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 46 – Doreen Lorenzo of UT School of Design

Interview with Doreen Lorenzo In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Doreen Lorenzo, the Assistant Dean for the School of Design and Creative Technologies at the University of Texas. Doreen talks about the School, what they are doing, and how they prepare students to work in the design and creative technology fields. […]

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blog-image Published on: October 17, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 45 – Duncan Davidson of BullPen Capital

Interview with Duncan Davidson In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Duncan Davidson of BullPen Capital. Duncan talks about how the venture capital community has changed over the past 10-15 years. In particular, he talks about how the increasing need for smaller seed funds drove Duncan and his cofounders to start BullPen […]

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blog-image Published on: October 2, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 44 – Charlie Carr of PwC

Interview with Charlie Carr In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Charlie Carr of PwC. Charlie has been working with family offices for the past 15 years. Charlie talks about family office investments, his experiences with direct investment, and the trends he is seeing in that sector. Charlie talks about the fallout […]

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blog-image Published on: September 11, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 43 – Andrew Goldner of GrowthX

Interview with Andrew Goldner In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Andrew Goldner of GrowthX Capital. Andrew talks about GrowthX’s model, and why they choose the investments they do. GrowthX looks for startups that are capital-efficient, and invests primarily on software. Their primary focus is on market development: bringing their startups to […]

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blog-image Published on: September 11, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 42 – Ross Blankenship

Interview with Ross Blankenship In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Ross Blankenship, Chief Investment Officer & Chairman of Angel Kings. Angel Kings is the leading venture capital fund and angel investing group focused on early-stage investments in biotechnology, drug discovery, and scientific innovation for patients and physicians. Ross discusses his early […]

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blog-image Published on: September 1, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 41 – Jeff Pomeranz of Right Side Capital Management

Interview with Jeff Pomeranz In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Jeff Pomeranz of Right Side Capital Management. Jeff talks about how Right Side’s investment model differs from others. Right Side focuses exclusively on pre-seed stage tech startup investing, a generally underserved sector of the market. Jeff explains why capital efficiency is […]

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blog-image Published on: September 1, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 40 – Erica Lill of Keiretsu Capital

Interview with Erica Lill In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Erica Lill of the Keiretsu Forum. Erica has been an angel investor and entrepreneur of almost 30 years. She talks about her start with the Keiretsu forum, and the ins and outs of starting a new fund. Erica talks about how […]

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blog-image Published on: September 1, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 39 – David Orandella of ORIX

Interview with David Orandella In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with David Orandella, Managing Diretor of ORIX Growth Capital. ORIX is a large, multinational company based out of Tokyo, with U.S. headquarters in Dallas. The Growth Capital division invests primarily in high-growth late-stage venture companies. Typical investments range from 5-50 million, and […]

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blog-image Published on: September 1, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 38 – John Backus of PROOF.VC

Interview with John Backus In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with John Backus of PROOF.VC. John has been an early-stage tech investor for 20+ years. He discusses how Proof.vc’s model differs from typical early-stage funds. Proof.vc partners with 30-40 small early-stage funds, and helps them focus their pro rata on their most […]

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blog-image Published on: September 1, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 37 – Tony Rimas of Fraser McCombs Capital

Interview with Tony Rimas In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Tony Rimas of Fraser McCombs Capital, a fund in series A and seed investment, now focusing on strategic investments in automotive technology. Fraser McCombs has also recently made increased investment in automotive retail, as well as ridesharing. Tony talks about the […]

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blog-image Published on: August 28, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 36 – Nathaniel Houghton of NextGen

Interview with Nathaniel Houghton In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Nathaniel Houghton, formerly of NextGen Venture Partners, a successful fund investor and network of venture partners. Nathaniel focused on working with their portfolio companies and their sales and marketing strategies. Nathaniel speaks to what he is able to do as a […]

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blog-image Published on: August 28, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 35 – Alessandro Piol

Interview with Alessandro Piol In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Alessandro Piol, co-founder of Vedanta Capital, a successful investor in growth stage companies in the information & communications technologies (ICT), life sciences and global commerce industries. Alessandro has been in VC for 25+ years. He talks about his current focus, investment […]

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blog-image Published on: August 12, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 34 – Howie Diamond of Ranch Ventures

Interview with Howie Diamond of Ranch Ventures In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Howie Diamond, the Managing Director for Ranch Ventures, a a progressive, early stage investment firm based in San Francisco. Howie talks about how Ranch Ventures started in the Bay Area. He discusses their investment thesis, which focuses on […]

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blog-image Published on: August 12, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 33 – Sammy Abdullah of Blossom Street

Interview with Sammy Abdullah of Blossom Street In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Sammy Abdullah, the Board Chairman for Blossom Street Ventures, a successful investor group based in Dallas. Sammy talks about what Blossom Street looks for when considering investments. Blossom Street is a numbers-focused investment firm, and are open to […]

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blog-image Published on: August 12, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 32 – Austin Childs of Bay Angels

Interview with Austin Childs of Bay Angels In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Austin Childs, the Investment Manager for Bay Angels, a successful Angel Investor group based in Silicon Valley. Austin describes the Bay Angels deal flow process including their screening program and selection criteria. Founded in 1998 by Roger King […]

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blog-image Published on: August 12, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 31 – Saurabh Khetrapal

Interview with Saurabh Khetrapal In this episode, Hall Martin conducts an interview with Saurabh Khetrapal, a successful Angel Investor. Indeed, he has a history of coming from both sides of “the deal experience” — as an Entrepreneur and also helping entrepreneurs since 1999 in the area of angel investment with guidance in startups. He has […]

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blog-image Published on: July 11, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 30 – Interview with David Wieland of the Irish Angels

Interview with David Wieland of the Irish Angels. In this episode, Hall Martin conducts an informal interview with David Wieland, who was a co-founder of the Irish Angels–an affiliated, but separate, group with the University of Notre Dame. The growth of this Chicago-based network with members and with capital provides a strong success story. As […]

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blog-image Published on: May 26, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 29 – Will Szczerbiak of Greycroft Partners

Hall Martin interviews Will Szczerbiak of Greycroft Partners. In this episode, Hall Martin, the principal of the TEN Capital Group for Texas Entrepreneurs, as well as the host of the Podcast series, INVESTOR CONNECT, interviews Will Szczerbiak, a Senior Associate of Graycroft Partners. After a discussion of the mission and accomplishments of Greycroft Partners, the […]

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blog-image Published on: May 25, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 28 – Jay Zeidman Interview

In this episode, Hall Martin interviews Jay Zeidman of RESOLUTE VENTURE PARTNERS. Here, the discussion is about the Digital Health Space, and how Jay’s group focuses on tools and technologies for hospitals. Their deal flow has aspects that are looking for PROOF OF CONTENT with experience in sales in this specific industry. They look at […]

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blog-image Published on: April 25, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 27 – Chris Burney of the San Antonio Angel Network

In this episode, Hall Martin of Investor Connect.com interviews Chris Burney, the Executive Director of the San Antonio Angel Network — which is a network of accredited Investors, high-growth startups and service providers as sponsors. http://traffic.libsyn.com/angelconnect/27-ChrisBurney-Feb2017-final-mp3.mp3 ____________________________________________________ Copyright (c) 2017, Hall Martin and investorconnect.org. All rights reserved. NOTE:  Investor Connect is a program under the […]

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blog-image Published on: April 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 26 – Mike Troy of www.geekdomfund.com

In this episode, Hall Martin interviews Mike Troy at geekdomfund.com After Mike describes his interesting background, from his experience in the IBM Services Consulting group to his actions in funding in Texas, he discusses his CRITERIA FOR INVESTMENT in the following “fertile” areas: – The STAGE of the firm and the quality of the Entrepreneur(s) […]

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blog-image Published on: February 15, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 25 – Family Investor Office Environments Today

In this episode, Hall Martin interviews Rohit Seth, General Partner at Duchossois Technology Partners, about the concept and best practices for the trend of Family Investor Offices In this interview, Hall and his experienced guest, Rohit Seth, describe the roles of the family investor offices vs. the institutional side of investing–including the present approach vs. the past strategies. If […]

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blog-image Published on: February 15, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 24 – John Paulos on what entrepreneurs miss

In this episode, Hall Martin interviews JOHN PAULOS, who is an Austin-based Consultant and Angel Investor   The theme of this audio episode is “What are today’s Entrepreneurs missing when they have an opportunity to present or “pitch” to an Angel Investor? In other words, what are the things that Entrepreneurs don’t “get” or understand as they go […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 23 – Bryan Hancock on how crowdfunding can help angel investors

In this episode, Hall Martin interviews Bryan Hancock of www.realstarter.co; a firm that develops strategies and invests within the real estate market. Bryan mentions his background with ifunding and gives his perspectives of the differences and difficulties with the Angel Investing and Real Estate investment worlds. Bryan is now learning more about Angel Investing, and he is developing and […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 22 – Bill Mearse and his criteria for investing

In this audio episode, Hall Martin conducts an interview with Bill Mearse of the Baylor Angel Network   A Baylor University graduate, Mr. Mearse has extensive experience —  with emphasis on oil, gas, mining, metals, utilities, etc., during his time in Corporate America with Accenture. For the last 5 years, Mr. Mearse has been involved with the Baylor […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 21- William Morgan on due diligence

In this episode, Hall Martin speaks with William Morgan of Campa Investments on Due Diligence   In the area of angel investors, the factors for success rely on investigation, research and facts. The process of DUE DILIGENCE comes to mind, but many do not know how to start or how much resource and effort to […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 20 – Kevin Castello and Chris Lowrimore on Exits

In this episode, the Director of the Texas Entrepreneur Networks, HALL MARTIN, interviews both Kevin Castello and Chris Lowrimore, who are the officers of the firm called BEST FIT CAPITAL   This entity has a mission of guiding startups through all phases needed for a successful exit. Their tag line is: “Leading the Way to […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 19B – Victor Elgohary on successful strategies for angel investing

In this episode, Hall Martin interviews over the Skype Network Mr. VICTOR ELGOHARY   Victor has been involved with Angel investing for nearly a decade. As an attorney, an engineer, a CPA and Valuation professional, he also has experience as a CFO. In this audio episode, you will hear Victor describe the hard work and […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 19A – David Reid talks about the Baylor Angel Network

In this episode, Hall Martin (the Director of the Texas Entrepreneur conducts an interview with Mr. David Reid of the Baylor Angel Network (i.e., BAN)   As Executive Director, Mr. Reid provides strategic and operational oversight for this Angel Investor Network. Conducted over the Skype Network, this interview takes a deeper look into the success […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 18 – Pat Horner on launching an angel network at a university

In this episode of the ANGEL CONNECT Podcast show, we deliver an interview with Pat Horner, a Board member of the BAYLOR ANGEL NETWORK   Conducted by Hall T. Martin the key themes discussed in this interview are: – What does it take to start an Angel Investor Network at a University? and – What are some […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 17 – Ed Fiske shares his 7 Criteria for Investment

In this episode, Hall Martin of the Austin Angel Network interviews Ed Fikse of the Baylor Angel Network (BAN)   As a member of the board of the BAN, Ed delivers his seven points of criteria for investment opportunities. As you will hear in this audio episode, the seven key points highlighted are: 1. Look […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 16 – Bob Knorr talks about Successful Strategies for investing in the Healthcare industry

In this episode of the ANGEL CONNECT podcast series, we deliver an interview by Hall Martin with Robert Knorr, who is a Board Advisor and member of the Baylor Angel Network Mr. Knorr has spent 25 years in the Health Care / Life Sciences. He has also formed his own medical services company which he saw a […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 15 – Barrett Wood talks about tech investing

In this episode, Hall Martin of www.AngelConnect.info, interviews Barrett Wood, an investor who began as an attorney in what was a family-owned private investment venture. In helping his father, he learned investment strategies. Also, his background as a lawyer helped him immensely in the investment arena — particularly in the area of RESEARCH. His key […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 14 -Thomas Williams talks about Investing in Consumer Goods and Restaurants

In this episode, Hall Martin of www.AngelConnect.info, interviews Thomas Williams, an investor of consumer product goods and restaurants He is especially interested in micro-breweries, beer and good food as a growing environment. The cases-in-point which he describes in this discussion are Zilker Brewery in Austin, Texas and Haymaker. Mr. Williams stresses that what is important […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 13 – Shane Kelly talks about the Wolverine Angel Network

In this audio episode, Hall Martin interviews SHANE KELLY, the Executive Director of the WOLVERINE ANGEL NETWORK The theme of this discussion centers around the area of connecting the University of Michigan alumni for investment opportunities. As you may know, this educational institution has had one ofthe largest CONSISTENT student bodies in size – between 35,000 to 40,000. And, as such, it has […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 12 – Jared Slosberg talks about finding good deals

In this episode, Hall Martin discusses the criteria for successful Angel Investing and selecting “good DEALS” with Jared Slosberg. Jared has been a professional investor, and his background includes investing with Yodle, advising HOT or NOT, and founding Profitfuel. He also worked earlier in his career at Findlaw and Esko Bionics, as well as KLD Energy Technologies and DistilNetworks. As a successful entrepreneur, Jared shares his CRITERIA for […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 11 – Vinod Keni of PeachTree from TieCon Silicon Valley 2014

In this episode of the AngelConnect, Hall Martin interviews Vinod Keni of Peachtree from the TieCon Silicon Valley 2014 conference Vinod is part of Indian Angel Network, which is India’s largest Angel group,which takes on investments from 100,000 dollars to 500,000 dollars.Although the investments range across the board, the specialties include technology, services and retail. His involvement has […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 10 – Dick Benckendorf Talks about TIPS Investment

In this episode of the Angel Connect Podcast show,Hall Martin interviews Dick Benckendor on the topics of creating a deal and the criteria for investments Mr. Benckendorf does favor investments in technology. In addition, he strictly enforcing what he calls“the 6-Quick Investment Criteria”  that he describes. However, 80 per cent entering the analysis of the these criteria are not qualified — especially when only 2 per […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 09 – James Comeaux talks about Execution

In this episode of the Angel Connect Podcast show, Hall Martin interviews James Comeaux, who is both an entrepreneur and Angel Investor in the Tech, Sports and Consumer environments. What is important to James is the EXECUTION of the strategy, not just the product or the idea. As you will hear in this audio episode, […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 08 – Mahesh Shetty of TiECon South 2014

In this episode of the Angel Connect Podcast show, Hall Martin continues the discussion of mentorship with Mihesh at the TiECon-South conference In this brief interview, Hall Martin discusses the aspects of Angel Investment in: Economic gains Mentoring an entrepreneur with guidance How it should be money-making and do good Mihesh also speaks about recommendations […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 07 – Nick Mysore of TiECon South 2014

In this episode of the Angel Connect Podcast show, Hall Martin continues the discussion of mentorship with Nick Mysore. As you will hear in this audio episode, Nick will outline how to create what he calls “customer delight.” He explains: How to create a quality “pitch” as an entrepreneur How to grow a brand and […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 06 – Nilesh Naik at TiECon South 2014

In this episode of the Angel Connect Podcast show, Hall Martin discusses with Nilesh Naik the importance of “giving back” to the TiE community as Angel Investors, as well as the value of mentorship. As you will hear in this audio episode, Nilesh mentions that past experiences can be shared with new entrepreneurs. The challenge will be to align one’s self to values. Also, the key for […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 05 – George Brodie at TiECon South 2014

In this episode of the Angel Connect podcast show, Hall Martininterviews George Brodie at the TiECon South conference in Texas This interview deals with the TiE Mentorship program,including examples with potential Angel Investors, as well as suggestions.  In fact, the mentorship values rely on the pro-active networking and participation of the mentee.  He also recommends how to recruit the “right” mentor by an aspiring mentee — […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 04 – Suhas Patil at TieCon Silicon Valley 2014

In this episode of Angel Connect, we deliver a discussion as Hall Martin interviews Suhas Patil of TiE  at the TiECon 2014 conference in Silicon Valley In particular, a difference is clarified in obtaining Angel Investor funding — for it is the individual members of TiE that will participate in Angel Investing, not TiE itself as an organization. Suhas has been […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 03 – Naren Bakshi of TiECon Silicon Valley 2014

In this episode, Hall Martin of Angel Connect(TM) interivews Naren Bakshi to explore topics of Angel Investing at the TiECon 2014 conference in Silicon Valley In particular, Naren explains: What an Angel Investor Group is required to have for success How to start one His own experiences in creating a TiE chapter — especially in […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 02 – Keith Larson at TiECon Silicon Valley 2014

In this episode of the Angel Connect podcast show, Hall T. Martin interviews Keith Larson of the TiE Rocky chapter The discussion deals with the TiE growth in Colorado, as well as Mr. Larson’s experience in networking and mentoring or education. For a summary of Mr. Larson’s biography, select this link. In addition, Mr. Larson is also the author […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017

Investor Connect – Episode 01 – Subu Kota at TieCon 2014 Silicon Valley

In this episode, Hall Martin speaks with Mr. Subu Kota of Boston Consulting Group about what he looks for in an entrepreneur Mr. Subu Kota joined the Boston Consulting Group in 1992 after spending 17 years at Data General Corporation where he held a number of positions including managing the company’s global technical support and […]

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blog-image Published on: January 3, 2017