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Today, we welcome Blake Wood, co-founder of APAY, to the podcast.Blake reached out to me back in 2018 to discuss the beginnings of what would become APAY and asking for advice. At that point, Blake and his co-founder, Owen Brady, were still working in the bank and trying to figure out how to build their company. They had a little bit of seed money …
 
Today we welcome Justin Adams and Pat Morrell, co-founders of Anduin. Many of you know this is their second startup together as they sold Digitize.ai back in 2019 – which is now part of Waystar. So, this is our first podcast dealing with co-founders in Charlotte who have built and sold and are now building again, together.For that reason, we get to…
 
Today, we welcome Haley Sutton, Founder of Box Babe Gift Co., to the podcast. I first met Haley when she was an intern for Packard Place a few years ago. She was regularly at Packard Place as we recorded podcasts and showed up for startup/investing events. So it was awesome to have her on the podcast to talk about her own startup and the path she h…
 
Today we welcome Ben Boyer, co-founder and Executive Chairman of R-Zero Systems, to the podcast. Prior to March 2020, Ben had worked in Venture Capital – getting his feet wet with Lehman Brothers as he came out of college.After the Lehman bankruptcy, he went to work for Tenaya Capital which was spun out of Lehman Brothers. At Tenaya, Ben focused on…
 
Today we welcome Noam Mani, Co-Founder of Quartix. Quartix is a company combining technology with institutional cash to transform vendor early payments into a true win-win for both the buyer and the vendors. I met Noam several years ago when he was participating in the QC Fintech Accelerator program (run by RevTech Labs).The company has come a long…
 
Today, we welcome Jim Roberts to the podcast. Jim is a familiar name in the Charlotte area startup and investor ecosystem. Today, Jim runs the Wilmington Angels for Local Entrepreneurs (WALE), Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington (NEW), and his own consulting firm, Rojo Octo Ecosystem Consulting.Yet, in 2000, he started a non-profit ecosystem in…
 
Today we are pleased to welcome Luke Wilcox, CEO and founder of Ethos, to the podcast. Luke was part of the most recent RevTech Labs program and we got the chance to sit down with him and a few of his classmates to talk about their experience with the world class program as well as learn more about their businesses.Ethos is a first-of-its-kind FinT…
 
Today we are pleased to welcome Nish Krishna, CEO of Lend-Grow, to the podcast. Nish was part of the most recent RevTech Labs program and we got the chance to sit down with him and a few of his classmates to talk about their experience with the world class program as well as learn more about their businesses.Lend-Grow is an online lending marketpla…
 
Today we are pleased to welcome Lennox McNeary, CEO of ArchiveCore, to the podcast. Lennox was part of the most recent RevTech Labs program and we got the chance to sit down with her and a few of her classmates to talk about their experience with the world class program as well as learn more about their businesses.ArchiveCore is a creating a simpli…
 
Today, we are fortunate to have Nat Clarkson and Dan Roselli join us on the podcast to talk with us about CFV Ventures. We all know Dan and Nat from their work at RevTech Labs/QC Fintech.We wanted the opportunity to sit down and explore what CFV Ventures has been up to since closing their first fund. Since this is our first time talking with Nat on…
 
Today, we are fortunate to have Jonathan Kite join us on the podcast to talk with us about Rent Ready. Jonathan and the Rent Ready team (including co-founders Ryan McMillan and Will Brugh) completed a $10 million Series A in March 2021 - another great raise for a Charlotte based company.Jonathan grew up in Charlotte and attended the University of N…
 
Today, we welcome back Matt Potere, CEO of Sunlight Financial, to the podcast. Matt joined us early in the days of the podcast with Episode 20 and Episode 21. Back in these days, Sunlight Financial was growing rapidly and in the process of moving into their new office space as they 'graduated' from the halls of Packard Place. Fortunately, Matt and …
 
Today we welcome Mike Murphy, CEO and Co-Founder of ProctorFree and Kevin Eckert, Partner with TFX Capital to the podcast.Mike served in the Army and later worked as a defense contractor. Prior to starting ProctorFree, Mike worked as marketing director for Everblue Training Institute, a startup focused on marketing environmental sustainability and …
 
Today, Juan Garzon jumps back on the Charlotte Angel Connection – his second time and first since his appearance as the 4th guest (listen to Juan’s first podcast here). Juan is the Executive Director at Innovate Charlotte.Most of us have known Juan, or known of Juan, for nearly a decade now as he has been an integral part of the startup ecosystem. …
 
Today, Eric Mager and Marco Burgarello, of Bundle join the podcast. I’ve been a fan of Marco’s since I met him while he was working with Dan Roselli at Packard Place. And when I saw Eric pitch Bundle at a Charlotte Angel Fund meeting I knew he was a founder and Bundle was a company worth watching. Bundle sits at the crossroads of privacy, technolog…
 
Today we welcome Gunner Cuevas, CEO and Co-Founder of CARL. I met Gunnar a few years ago as he was coming through the QC Fintech Accelerator Program. His desire to bring unique quantitative strategies to a broader population caught my attention.CARL is the first to provide easy access to hedge funds through a simple to use mobile app. By taking adv…
 
Today, we welcome Chris Langford, a Partner at IDEA Fund Partners, to the podcast. Chris has been active in the Charlotte startup scene since at least 2015 when I joined the Charlotte Angel Fund. His education events, support of local founders, and availability to the ecosystem at large has been helpful getting the Charlotte startup community to wh…
 
Today we welcome Daniel Gouldman, CEO and Co-Founder of Ternio, to the podcast. Daniel is a big picture CEO who has the skillset to get down into details and who very much understands where his business is and where they are going to take it.Ternio is a global fintech platform built on blockchain. Their global banking platform, BlockCard, is fundam…
 
Happy 2021!On today's podcast, we have John Dillard, founder and CEO of Threatswitch, joining us. In addition to John, we brought Paul Clark from VentureSouth as they have been an investor in Threatswitch for the last couple of years.As you'll hear John discuss, they just closed a $1.7 million capital raise in late 2020 and VentureSouth - in the mi…
 
On today's podcast, we are fortunate to have Bianca L. Padilla and Jonathan Magolnick, co-founders of Carewell. Carewell is a Charlotte-based, family-led ecommerce company with a mission to improve the lives of caregivers and their loved ones.Their story began with one goal: to find a way to provide better care for loved ones through easy, personal…
 
Trent Hawthorne, COO at Rabbu, joins us on the podcast today.Trent is a Charlotte native, and he thinks of himself as a builder, who always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Early in his career he worked for Kyck because he knew he wanted to start his own startup one day and was looking to learn while doing it with another company. Kyck's founder, Mac …
 
Anya Johnson and Will McGuire with CrowdfundNC join us for the podcast today.Will joined us a few years ago to talk about crowdfunding and his own company, CrowdfundNC. I wanted to circle back around and talk with Will and Anya about the crowdfunding initiatives in North Carolina as well as what the industry in general looks like. I have long been …
 
Today we welcomed Alex Smereczniak, co-Founder and CEO of 2ULaundry, to the podcast. Many of you know the story of 2ULaundry as they have been operating out of Charlotte since 2016 (and we had his co-founder, Dan D’Aquisto as a guest on episode #7).Click here for the video version of the podcast.Yet, this was our first-time having Alex on the podca…
 
This week we welcome Desmond Wiggan, a co-founder and CEO BatteryXchange to the podcast. Like many entrepreneurs Desmond’s business model was disrupted as a result of Covid19. As an African American entrepreneur, he also engaged in the community promoting equality for minority founders and changing the narrative for minorities in technology. He’s a…
 
Lee Farabaugh and Joe Maxwell join me on the Charlotte Angel Connection today to discuss Core10.Lee Farabaugh is the Co-Founder and President of Core10. She is a technology design, operations and innovation expert with over a decade of experience in fintech and health care IT – and she’s been fortunate to call Charlotte home before!Joe Maxwell is t…
 
We are really pleased to have Jordan Schindler, CEO and Founder at Nufabrx (previously known as Textile-Based Delivery, Inc) on the podcast today (watch our podcast on Youtube).Much like our last podcast with Chris Wright from Whystle (click here), Jordan had to deal with a big change to his business model during March. While he was in the midst of…
 
Chris Wright, founder of Whystle, joins us today on the podcast.Chris is an entrepreneur obsessed with learning and relentless personal improvement. Chris is from Indiana, grew up in upstate New York and attended University of South Carolina. After college he had a job with Deloitte and was fortunate to have a few months prior to his official start…
 
We are exploring the world of video podcasting so please feel free to watch today's podcast here - https://youtu.be/Fn4NpldmZhQ Scott Pope and Eric Kirsch join the podcast today to discuss Mito Station and the health care startup space in Charlotte. Mito Station is a co-working space built specifically to meet the needs of innovative healthcare sta…
 
Today, we welcome Hall T. Martin to the podcast. Hall is the Founder and CEO of TEN Capital Networks, formerly known as the Texas Entrepreneurial Network. He has been involved in the Texas angel investors community since at least 2006 when he became the director of the Central Texas Angel Network. Since then, Hall has gone on to start or run the Wi…
 
Today Don Rainey, Partner with Grotech Ventures, joins us on the Charlotte Angel Connection. Don is an experienced venture capitalist with a track record of successful enterprises. He has been involved with internet-based companies building large audiences and businesses for over 20 years. Over that time, he has made investments in ecommerce, finte…
 
Today, Tana Greene shares her story as a successful entrepreneur and mentor.At the age of 17, she wrote a goal on a piece of paper: “own my own business by the age 30.” It was a far cry from where she was but you’ll hear why it wasn’t a long shot at all. With each passing year, her purpose beat louder and grew stronger. Along the way, the business …
 
Today we welcome the Principals of Dualboot Partners to the Charlotte Angel Connection.Dualboots mission is to partner with seasoned business leaders and entrepreneurs to build and transform businesses. If you’ve been to any startup event over the last 12 months you’ve seen someone from the dualboot team there. seasoned technology veterans with a l…
 
Today we have Brett Danforth, Managing Director of the Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN), and Ghazale Johnston, WIN member/investor, joining us to discuss angel investing.“The Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN) brings together the NC State entrepreneurial community, NC State alumni network, and innovative private companies to empower the businesses that…
 
Today, we have Richard Maclean joining us on the podcast. Richard is a co-founder of Frontier Capital – a Charlotte area growth equity firm he co-founded in 1999 with Andrew Lindner.Richard has seen Frontier Capital grow quickly over the years. Their second fund raised $115 million in 2007 and Fund V raised $700 million in 2017. They have started t…
 
Today, we have Jarod Latch and Tim Baier joining us on the podcast. Jarod and Tim are co-founders of Spiracle Media – a video content agency working with businesses to craft a better story to share.Jarod and Tim started Spiracle Media in 2011 while still working at different local news stations. They lived in a house together with a couple of other…
 
Today, we have Jason Tuttle joining us on the podcast. Jason is a Principal and a co-founder of Nova Capital Partners – a local real estate investment firm.Jason is a different guest for us. At Nova Capital Partners, they’ve spent the last 8 years (2011 – 2019) identifying under-appreciated real estate in the Carolina’s and raising money from inves…
 
Today, we have David Stunja joining us on the podcast. David is the COO of Petscreening.com which recently completed a Seed Round led by Grotech Ventures.Many of you know David, but for those that don’t he took the corporate America route before he joined Petscreening.com.David spent most of his career in Washington, DC before relocating to Charlot…
 
Today our guests are Evan Rozantes and Chris Heivly. By the end of the podcast, you will clearly understand their passion and the importance of building a strong innovation ecosystem in the Charlotte and Raleigh areas.Chris Heivly began his career in DC, then Lancaster, PA then Chicago and moved to the Raleigh/Durham area in 2005. Chris is an entre…
 
Today we welcome Will McGuire and Mark Easley to the Podcast. Will and Mark are building CrowdfundNC – an investment crowdfunding ecosystem in North Carolina. North Carolina is one of 38 states who have enacted legislation allowing for anyone to become an angel investor.Will McGuire has been an investment crowdfunding investor and advisor since 201…
 
Tyson Baber went to college at the University of North Carolina. Early in his career he worked for IBM as an M&A Business Development Executive. In 2014, he relocated to Toronto and became a Partner at Georgian Partners. Georgian Partners is a growth-stage fund focused on companies who provide unique business value through machine learning and arti…
 
Greg Brown is the President of Cardinal Finance, LLC, and Administrator at Charlotte Angel Fund. Mark McDowell is a Partner at RealVentures, Co-Founder at Acta Wireless Capital and Chairman at LaunchLKN. LaunchLKN is a collaborative community of entrepreneurs, mentors, and community leaders dedicated to sharing knowledge and motivating growth in th…
 
AJ Ratani grew up in Dubai and came to America to attend college in Arkansas.His first experience in the US was flying in a propeller plane and seeing a lot of green as he landed in Arkansas – something new to someone living in a desert. After his college years in Arkansas and Florida, he began his career with a company in Virginia, but he was not …
 
Keith Luedeman is the Executive Director for Innovate Charlotte and a name you’ve heard a lot of over the last 12 months (if not before as he also was the founder of GoodMortgage.com).When Keith and I sat down to this interview I told him I had a very simple concept for it. In our interview last spring, he indicated he wanted to take a year to get …
 
Brian Pope is a Managing Direct for Barings Alternative Investments. Barings is a name you have heard more from over the last couple of years here in Charlotte. They have hosted the 1st and 2nd Southeast Fintech Venture Conference on the 26th Floor of the Barings building in downtown Charlotte. They have also been active in the community from a com…
 
Emir Dukic purchased a home with a detached garage. He wanted a man cave but his wife thought differently. Naturally, the man cave lost and as a result the seed for Rabbu was born. The alternative was to rent it out through Airbnb and it didn't take long for them to realize the power of Airbnb and passive income. The room above their garage was ess…
 
Today we share Sam Smith’s story. Sam came to our first Charlotte Angel Connection event last February (where we first met) and has been back to each one since. She has a thirst to be part of and leading the Charlotte entrepreneurial scene. It’s led her to start Vishion, Collective Hustle and put on the 1st Seed the South event in January 2019. All…
 
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