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Mark Suster is an entrepreneur, angel investor, blogger, Techstars mentor, and partner at Upfront Ventures. Nearly seven years into his career in venture capital, he’s seen some amazing returns this year. AOL acquired Gravity for $90 million. Apple picked up Burstly, and Disney acquired  Maker Studios for $500 million! In this conversation from Startup Grind's Los Angeles chapter, Mark discusses how to recognize disruptive opportunities, build outstanding teams, and avoid the common pitfalls that stand in the way of startups getting funding. 

 

Direct download: 19_Episode_19_Mark_Suster_Upfront_Ventures.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Over 99% of privately held companies in the U.S. never receive venture capital financing. Danae Ringelmann, the co-founder of IndieGoGo, aims to change that number. Danae, who Fast Company Magazine recently named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology, launched IndieGoGo with the mission of democratizing fundraising. IndieGoGo has since become the largest crowdfunding platform on the planet.

Danae is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge to raise money, and she speaks often on the topic with engagements at SXSW, TEDX Dubai, MAD Hong Kong, and Big Omaha. 

In this talk from Startup Grind's 2014 global conference, Danae discusses the future of crowd funding and how entrepreneurs can leverage non-traditional means to get their business off the ground. 

Direct download: 18_Episode_18__Danae_Ringelmann_IndieGoGo.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Theodore John "Ted" Leonsis has done it all, truly defining what it means to be an entrepreneur. He's been a venture capital investor, filmmaker, author, and philanthropist. He's a former senior executive with America Online (AOL) and the majority owner of several sports franchises including the  Washington Capitals, the Washington Wizards, and the Washington Mystics. Here, Ted discusses how to follow your dreams, achieve your goals and most importantly achieve true happiness. This interview was conducted in 2014 by Brian Parks, the Chapter Director of Startup Grind Washington DC. 

Direct download: 17_Episode_17_Ted_Leonsis_AOL.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Mike Maples Jr. is the managing partner at FLOODGATE, a venture capital firm that specializes in micro-cap investments in start ups.  Named as one of 8 Rising VC Stars by Fortune Magazine, he was the co-founder of Motive Inc from raw startup through their 2004 IPO. In this talk from Startup Grind's 2013 global event, he discusses his biggest regrets, greatest triumphs, and how to identify and seize opportunities. 

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Direct download: 16_Episode_16_MIke_Maples_Jr_Floodgate.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 7:20pm EDT

Jessica Herrin is the CEO and founder of Stella & Dot, a direct-sales jewelry business that allows women all over the country to sell bracelets, necklaces, rings and other accessories to friends and acquaintances. 

Jessica believes that an entrepreneur's most precious resource is time, and she certainly doesn't waste any of it. A graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Jessica co-founded WeddingChannel.com when she was only 24. In this talk, she gives her take on how to maximize your time, and live with passion and purpose. 

Direct download: 15_Episode_15_Jessica_Herrin_Stella_and_Dot.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 8:28pm EDT

Deena Varshavskaya is the Founder and CEO of Wanelo (a contraction of Want, Need, Love), a social shopping platform used by millions of people to find and buy products they love.

Deena hails from Siberia, and she launched Wanelo in 2010 after realizing how frustrated she was with the traditional shopping experience in malls. She wanted to know which stores and products her friends liked and decided to create a social platform dedicated to shopping.

In this chat with Startup Grind's founder Derek Andersen, she discusses her thoughts on the future of social discovery. 

 

Direct download: 14_Episode_14_Deena_Varshavskaya_Wanelo.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 8:10pm EDT

David Cohen is the Founder, CEO and Managing Partner of Techstars, a mentorship-driven seed stage investment firm. In this discussion from the Startup Grind 2014 global conference, David discusses the role and responsibilities of mentors, the importance of building and maintaining strong relationships, and what he looks for in the DNA of great companies. 

Direct download: 13_Episode_13_David_Cohen_on_Mentorship.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 7:33pm EDT

Charles Huang founded Red Octane in 1999 along with his brother, Kai. Humble but incredibly tenacious, constantly bootstrapping and never taking VC funding, Charles guided Red Octane through many pivots to become the company responsible for Guitar Hero, one of the top video game franchises of all time. Guitar Hero eventually became a multi-billion dollar business, and was acquired by Activision in 2006. In this talk, Charles discusses this remarkable journey, and his "never say die" philosophy towards running a business (and life.) 

Direct download: 12_Episode_12_Charles_Huang_on_Bootstrapping_and_Never_Saying_Die.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 5:56pm EDT

Alex Ljung launched SoundCloud in 2008, and today an average of 12 hours of audio is uploaded to their site every minute. In this discussion from Startup Grind's 2013 global conference, Alex discusses the democratization of creativity, how to be a good manager, and his theories on maintaining a healthy co-founder relationship (hint: it involves Street Fighter.)

Direct download: 11_Episode_11_Alex_Ljung_on_Co_Founder_Relationships_.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

Matt Rogers is the co-founder of Nest Labs, a home automation company headquartered in Palo Alto, California that designs and manufactures sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled, self-learning, programmable thermostats and smoke detectors. Nest was recently acquired by Google for $3.2 billion. In this 2013 talk, Rogers discusses working for Steve Jobs, landing (and leaving) his dream job, and inspiring incredible talent to join your mission. 

Direct download: 10_Episode_10_Matt_Rogers_on_Dream_Jobs_and_Inspiring_Great_Talent.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT