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Fundraising Radio is the largest podcast about fundraising for early stage startups in the US. We focus on helping founders understand how they can raise the first institutional round outside of friends and family. How to appeal to investors and how to make sure that they see in your company what you see there. We interview experienced founders who sold their companies in the past and raised hundreds of millions, we talk with active angels, managers of rolling funds, corporate venture capita ...
 
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In episode #21, Nick Desai (host) speaks about the health Impacts of Overturning Roe v. Wade Subscribe for future updates with Nick's Notes. Sponsored by: HeyRenee - your care concierge. For more information, be sure to follow Nick's Notes on all social channels: - Website - Facebook - LinkedIn - Twitter - YouTube This podcast is produced by Slice …
 
Sharmin Ali, Founder and CEO of Instoried tells her story of helping others write good stories. In this episode we go in-depth into the reasons why Instoried build all their tech in-house from scratch and how they use it as their competitive advantage to secure funding for the expansion. Sharmin's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharmin-ali-5…
 
Russ Wilcox, Partner at PillarVC talks about his experience running startups himself. Throughout his career he raised 10 times and 3 times these were down-rounds. In this episode Russ explains what down-rounds are bad, how they happened to him and how he managed to survive and thrive! Russ' LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/russ-wilcox-2005/ Pi…
 
Tae Hea Nahm, Managing Director and Co-Founder at Storm Ventures in this episode talks about his experience working as an attorney and helping startup founders raise money for their companies, and eventually starting a VC fund of his own. We also spoke about his book "Survival To Thrival", why he wrote it and what was the affect on his fund. Tae's …
 
In episode #20, Nick Desai (host) rolls solo to discuss DCE becoming ACO reach - lip service or real reform? Subscribe for future updates with Nick's Notes. Sponsored by: HeyRenee - your care concierge. For more information, be sure to follow Nick's Notes on all social channels: - Website - Facebook - LinkedIn - Twitter - YouTube This podcast is pr…
 
Koby Conrad, Head of Growth at Rupa Health and Founder of Channels of Growth talks about his experience building a company and pivoting 3 times. He also explains what growth management looks like and who should be dealing with that field. Koby's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kobyconrad/ Subscribe to Channels of Growth here: https://channels…
 
Jeremy Neilson, CEO and Co-Founder of Assure in this episode explains how SPVs work and what they are, how founders can use them to make their rounds easier and what are the expected costs of creating an SPV and syndicating your own round. Assure's site: https://hubs.li/Q015d7j-0 Jeremy's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyneilson/ Assure'…
 
Nick Desai - Founder and CEO at HeyRenee in this episode talks about how he started 5 companies and how many of them actually made it. He also explains why he chose to raise money from VCs for all his companies and how that decision affected the business. HeyRenee site: https://www.heyrenee.co/ Nick's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickdesai…
 
Dylan Kendall - candidate for Los Angeles City Council District in 2022 and a Founder of a for-profit and non-profit in this episode shares her experience of being a founder in Los Angeles. She explains how did it happen that fundraising for a non-profit turned out to be easier than for a for-profit company and how she got into politics. Learn more…
 
Jeb Banner, CEO and Co-Founder of Boardable explains how the governing boards really work and how founders can make sure that they don't get fired from the companies that they have started. He also spoke about the first steps that early stage founders should take to establish the board and explained the legal requirements around the board managemen…
 
Today's Guest: Aneesh Chopra, Co-Founder & President at CareJourney. Subscribe for future updates with Nick's Notes. Sponsored by: HeyRenee - your care concierge. For more information, be sure to follow Nick's Notes on all social channels: - Website - Facebook - LinkedIn - Twitter - YouTube This podcast is produced by Slice of Healthcare LLC.…
 
Anthony Zhang, Co-founder and CEO at Vinovest talks about how his company helps "regular" people invest in wine - an asset class that was previously only accessible to the wealthy people with free time on their hands. He also spoke about their most recent Series A and how they had to change their business model to close the round successfully. Anth…
 
Jordi Hays, Co-Founder & CEO at Party Round in this episode talks about the legal side of fundraising and how it looks like now VS what it actually should be. We've also discussed the need for actual lawyers in some fundraising rounds and the importance of friends and family round in a life of a startup. Jordi's email for those who want to skip the…
 
Duy Vo, Founder and CEO at Productfy talks about being a sole founder and yet having great Co-Founders (in a way) who have helped him lead the company to the success instead of selling early on. He also explains how Productfy works and how it can transform any organization into a complex financial organization in a span of a few weeks. Duy Vo's Lin…
 
Today's Guest: Nicole Rodrigues, Founder & CEO at NRPR Group In this episode, Nicole discusses with Nick: Is PR the best investment a new startup can make? How does PR help a small company build their brand? What does a PR firm do that’s different from an entrepreneur doing their own PR? Awards vs. Revenue – what is more important for good PR? How …
 
Sid Viswanathan Co-Founder & President at Truepill talks about raising a Series D and how it is different from earlier rounds. We've also touched onto the story of how prior to Truepill, Sid founded CardMunch, a business-card scanning app that was acquired by LinkedIn soon after its founding. Sid's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sidviswanath…
 
In this episode, Nick discusses: The state of Covid-19 What's going wrong? What needs to happen? Some examples of things that need to change Subscribe for future updates with Nick's Notes. Sponsored by: HeyRenee - your care concierge. For more information, be sure to follow Nick's Notes on all social channels: - Website - Facebook - LinkedIn - Twit…
 
Stephen Cobbe, co-founder and CEO at Opal talks about his journey with Opal, ups and downs and how to handle them. He also shares some recommendations on how to find a good co-founder and shares his personal experience in that field along with two great books. Stephen's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scobbe/ Opal's website: https://opal.dev/…
 
In this episode, Nick talks about his top 9 hot takes for 2022. Subscribe for future updates with Nick's Notes. Sponsored by: HeyRenee - your care concierge. For more information, be sure to follow Nick's Notes on all social channels: - Website - Facebook - LinkedIn - Twitter - YouTube This podcast is produced by Slice of Healthcare LLC.…
 
Alex Simon, CEO Co-Founder of Elude in this episode talks about the new strategies that modern founders can employ while fundraising for their startups. We also spoke about some key things that founders should have on hand before starting to raise and about other things that I forgot to write down. Alex' LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexns…
 
Today's Guest: Lee Shapiro, Managing Partner at 7wire Ventures In this episode, Nick Desai speaks with Lee about: Lee's background The recent flurry of M&A in digital health What's driving this activity? His thoughts on healthcare financing in 2022 Why big companies like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Best Buy (non-traditional healthcare companies) are …
 
Brett Goldstein, Co-Founder at Launch House talks about focusing on the new values instead of pushing old shit through accelerators and how exactly he approaches it. We spoke a lot about how the fundraising field has changed over the past years and why many accelerators are going obsolete with founders needing a better alternative. We also discusse…
 
Amy Malin, Co-Founder at Trueheart talks about how by making simple search requests you give money to non-profits instead of monopolistic corporate giants. We spoke about how fundraising for non-profits looks like and how is it different from fundraising for for-profit companies and how should one approach fundraising for such projects. Amy's Linke…
 
Russ Heddleston, Co-Founder and CEO talks about the story of DocSend and how the decision to increase their prices led to an increased conversion rate for their customers and how exactly this magic worked. We've also discussed how DocSend became so essential for the startup founders and how was the product taking shape. In this episode Russ touched…
 
Today's Guests: Alison Greenberg, Co-Founder & CEO & Audrey Wu, Co-Founder & COO at Ruth Health In this episode, Nick Desai speaks with the guests about: Their backgrounds How they met What is Ruth Health? Where do they want to be in 3-5 years? ...and much more! Subscribe for future updates with Nick's Notes. Sponsored by: HeyRenee - your care conc…
 
Michel Tricot Co-Founder at Airbyte talks about raising capital for an open-source startup. We talked about how Airbyte plans to monetize and how they managed to get into Y-Combinator. We also touched onto the effect that a good background in a relevant field has on your fundraising efforts (spoiler: it makes fundraising too easy) Michel's LinkedIn…
 
In this episode, Nick Desai speaks about: Keeping people out of hospitals The importance of monitoring your vitals at home The potential of remote patient monitoring (RPM) Preventing health issues with RPM Home-based care ...and much more! Subscribe for future updates with Nick's Notes. Sponsored by: HeyRenee - your care concierge. For more informa…
 
Bryan Clayton, CEO and Cofounder at GreenPal talks about how his company outlived dozens of his competitors by NOT raising money from investors. We also discussed the future plans of the company and why their strategy might change and actually include fundraising in some form. But the major focus of the interview is on the reasons to not fundraise …
 
Karl Hughes, Founder and CEO at Draft.dev talks about content marketing, specifically focused on targeting developers. We discussed some strategies that can be applied and budget for good content marketing along with some use-cases. Karl's personal site: https://www.karllhughes.com/ Promotion checklist: https://draft.dev/learn/promotion Low-cost co…
 
Today's Guest: Dr. Shantanu Nundy, Chief Medical Officer at Accolade & Author of the book "Care After Covid" In this episode, Nick Desai speaks with Dr. Nundy about: Dr. Nundy's book, "Care After Covid" Opportunity to reimagine care 3 D's of Healthcare What makes Dr. Nundy most hopeful about healthcare ...and much more! Subscribe for future updates…
 
Kirk Marple, Founder and CEO at Unstruk Data talks about their fundraising round and how they doubled their valuation in less than 4 months. We also spoke about some useful techniques that can help founders fundraise. Kirk's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirkmarple/\ Unstruk Data: https://www.unstruk.com/…
 
Paul Martino, founder at Bullpen capital talks about investing in founders who are "falling out of pattern", making post-seed investments and how such investments are different from bridge rounds. We also spoke about how founders should view such post-seed rounds and how to approach them. Paul's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pauljmartino/ B…
 
Today's Guest: Zak Holdsworth, Co-Founder & CEO at Hint Health In this episode, Nick Desai speaks with Zak Holdsworth and discusses: What is direct primary care? Why is it important in American healthcare? New Zealand healthcare vs. U.S. healthcare Which of these companies will impact healthcare the most: Amazon, Google, Apple, or Walmart? Walmart'…
 
Taylor Burton, Co-Founder of Till Financial talks about the creation and fundraising of it and how they have gathered analyzed and later presented the feedback to the investors. Taylor also touched onto the major problems that they faced while building the company and some mistakes they've made early on. Taylor's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/…
 
Casey Fenton, co-founder at the legendary Couchsurfing and currently founder and CEO at Upstock.io talks about what RSUs are and how are they different from standard stock options. We also discussed why exactly Casey hates stock options so much and what is so wrong about them. And of course we talked about Casey's experience with couchsurfing and i…
 
Today's Guest: Morgan Livermore, Partner at Quiet Capital In this episode, Nick Desai speaks with Morgan Livermore and discusses: His background Quiet Capital Their portfolio ...and much more! Subscribe for future updates with Nick's Notes. Sponsored by: HeyRenee - your care concierge. For more information, be sure to follow Nick's Notes on all soc…
 
Thomas Li, Co-Founder and CEO at Daloopa talks about explaining complicated tech in simple terms and selling it to investors and buyers. We also discussed deep tech in greater detail and who are the primary targets for fundraising in these cases. We also touched onto the importance of listening to your customers and how that can directly affect you…
 
Omry Ben David, General Partner at Viola talks about investing in Israel and Israeli founders all over the globe and why it seems to be working than most other demographics. We also discussed how does Viola Ventures work and why is it spread over 4 funds and how do they cooperate. Omry's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/omry-ben-david-2436371/…
 
Andrew Milich, Co-Founder at Skiff talks about the importance of college education while building a company and raising funding. He also talked about how investors reacted to him as the first time founder and how it affected his fundraising efforts. Andrew's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amilich/ Skiff's website: https://www.skiff.org/ Skif…
 
Today's Guest: Amit Garg, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Tau Ventures In this episode, Nick Desai speaks with Amit Garg and discusses: What a first-time entrepreneur needs to do to get a VC's attention and money How an A team with a B idea is better than a B team with an A idea Things that make a VC "think this is a good person/investment" The la…
 
Christopher Lustrino, Founder & CEO at KingsCrowd in this educational episode talks about equity crowdfunding, what are the major pitfalls in it and how to avoid them. He also gave a brief step-by-step guide on raising money through equity crwodfunding and shared some of the knowledge about the process that he gained while raising money for KingsCr…
 
Christopher Lustrino, Founder & CEO at KingsCrowd talks about his experience raising 100% of the funding for his company online. We discussed what are the major pros and cons of equity crowdfunding and how he maneuvered through them. Crhistopher also spoke about the repeat investor and their importance in any type of fundraising process and he expl…
 
Akeel Jabber, Investment director at Horizen Capital talks about rules of growing a SaaS business and later on selling it. He explained how Horizen Capital makes its investment decisions and how a startup founder can get closer to an acquisition. Akeel's podcast - SaaS district: https://horizencapital.com/saas-podcast/ Akeel's LinkedIn: https://www…
 
Tanvi Gupta, Founder and CEO at SwoonMe talks about how she left Facebook and stability that it provides in order to build her own company. We also spoke about building a startup in a crowded space (online dating) and how she managed to stand out from the crowd and get her pre-seed round oversubscribed. Tanvi's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in…
 
Hussein Kanji, co-founder at Hoxton Ventures who presents himself as an analyst on LinkedIn to avoid spam messages from dozens of founders (I just find it hilarious that those messages go so out of hand, this kind of measures have to be taken so decided to mention it here). We spoke about the way Hoxton got to such a high rate of IPOs per investmen…
 
Billy Libby, Co-Founder & CEO at Upper90 talks about what the term "hybrid fund" implies and how is it different from a "regular" fund. We talked about who should try raising debt and how can a startup separate the part of their business that is safe and raise debt backed by that chunk of their business. We also discussed what kind of companies sho…
 
We got to the 300th episode and decided to celebrate with a bit of extra fun for our listeners. This episode is about the mistakes that were made during the creation of this podcast - it includes the stories of the team and some random bloopers that were removed from the original episodes and saved "for later use" and the day for that "later use" c…
 
Today's Guests: Ankit Patel, President & Gabriel Drapos, Chief of Staff at Pearl Health. In this episode, Nick Desai and his guests discuss: Pearl Health What is direct contracting? What is its potential? How disruptive is direct contracting to Medicare Advantage? Some predictions ...and much more! Subscribe for future updates with Nick's Notes. Fo…
 
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