Everyone Funding Startups

By Grow VC International

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Covering subjects in new business models, angel investing, crowd-funding, venture capital, startups and the entrepreneurs behind them. Get involved in the change at http://www.growvc.com
The Grow VC ”Everyone Funding Startups” Podcast covers subjects in the funding market and entrepreneurship, with a focus on entrepreneurs, startup funding, micro finance, angel investing, venture capital and global developments.
Episodes include discussants, often one guest is invited to join the discussion. The point of which is to provide valuable insight into relevant fields for entrepreneurs, but also early stage investors. Discussants include successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, government representatives, startup incubators etc. The format of the discussion is free in nature and the discussants take an active role in the discussion.
The audience can be seen to include listeners from 200 countries, with the largest demographics of US and Europe based entrepreneurs and early stage investors. Episodes are published via iTunes, on the Grow VC blog and various podcast services on the web.
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Grow Venture Community (Grow VC) is the first global, transparent, community-based platform dedicated to entrepreneurs and their needs.  Grow VC enables great ideas and great teams to get visibility with the right investing audience, funding and support earlier. Grow VC is more than crowd funding, it’s a nurturing ecosystem where entrepreneurs can connect with experts, funders, team members, new customers and partners to realize their ideas. Grow VC can help startups companies secure initial funding of up to 1M USD.
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In this podcast
Jan. 25, 2013
This week on the Everyone Funding Startups podcast we spoke to Dan Martell, founder and CEO of Clarity, which connects entrepreneurs with experts, over the phone, for advice on their business challenges. Dan is a serial entrepreneur who founded Clarity with the goal of positively influencing a billion people within ten years. We asked Dan how he developed the idea for Clarity, how he managed to sign up experts of the caliber of Mark Cuban, Eric Ries and Brad Feld, and how he’s feeling about his mission over the next decade. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here or by subscribing to the Everyone Funding Startups iTunes channel. 00:40 What made you start Clarity? 02:25 How does Clarity work? 03:15 Who do you have in mind as the primary users of the platform? 04:55 How do users go about reaching the most popular experts on your platform? 06:00 What’s in it for the experts? 06:50 How did you manage to attract the caliber of experts you have on the platform? 08:20 Can you point to any significant positive impacts that the platform has had so far? 11:00 What kind of advice are your members typically after? 12:30 Is there a risk that experts will not have enough time on each call to give the right advice? 14:20 How will this change how traditional advisory industries work? 15:48 How many countries have you supported to date? 16:19 Can you really positively influence a billion people? 17:45 How can people sign up? You can look through the experts available to give you advice on Clarity by going to www.clarity.fm, and you can reach Dan on Twitter @danmartell or by email at [email protected] Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of Everyone Funding Startups. Check out our new podcast page at EveryoneFundingStartups.com.
Dec. 21, 2012
This week on the Everyone Funding Startups podcast we spoke to Sara Hanks, founder of the crowdfunding due diligence company, CrowdCheck. Sara is an attorney with 30 years of experience working in the corporate and securities fields. She recently stepped down as the General Counsel of the Congressional Oversight Panel, the overseer of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which was chaired by Professor Elizabeth Warren. Sara brings a wealth of legal expertise in securities and startups to the emerging crowdfunding marketplace, and her new company, CrowdCheck, is designed to protect against fraud by performing due diligence checks on entrepreneurs. She was also a panelist at the SEC’s recent Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, talking about Title III of the JOBS Act. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here or by subscribing to the Everyone Funding Startups iTunes channel. 00:50 How did you originally get involved in working with the SEC? 02:49 What made you start your company, CrowdCheck? 03:59 Could you tell us a bit more about your reports that provide background checks, disclosure, and due diligence for crowdfunding? 05:08 Could you summarize the current state of the JOBS Act as we come to the end of 2012? 07:05 Will the resignation of Chairman Mary Schapiro and others have an impact on the SEC’s implementation timelines for the JOBS Act? 09:00 What do you think the SEC is wrestling with as it implements Title II at the moment? 11:20 What will the everyday American notice when these new regulations come into effect? 13:28 Why do you think crowdfunding will have a significant impact on minority and women-led companies? 15:49 What impact do you think it will have on traditional support industries like accountants, law firms, or consultancies? 19:57 Is the best place to start for people coming into the industry now the various industry associations that have sprung up in the US? 23:18 How can listeners get in touch with you and CrowdCheck? 24:15 End You can get in touch with Sara and the CrowdCheck team at www.crowdcheck.com, and you can follow them on Twitter @crowdcheck and on Facebook. Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of Everyone Funding Startups. Check out our new podcast page at EveryoneFundingStartups.com.
Nov. 16, 2012
This week on the Everyone Funding Startups podcast we spoke to Brad Feld, one of the managing directors at Foundry Group, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage software / Internet companies throughout the United States. He is also the co-founder of TechStars, a mentor-driven accelerator, author of several books and blogs, and a marathon runner. Brad’s latest book, Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City, describes his experiences in supporting the emergence of now one of the world’s most renowned entrepreneurial ecosystems – Boulder, Colorado – over the last 15 years. We asked Brad about the central framework in his book, the ‘Boulder Thesis’, which gives four guiding principles for building a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here or by subscribing to the Everyone Funding Startups iTunes channel. 01:05 What prompted you to write ‘Startup Communities: Building An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your Community’? 01:40 Whom do you have in mind as someone who will read this and immediately go out and do something? 02:10 What is the ‘Boulder Thesis’? 03:00 To what extent can startup ecosystems be planned? 04:10 Are there any prerequisites for starting an entrepreneurial ecosystems? 05:50 What does it mean for an entrepreneur to take a leadership role in a startup community? 07:35 Can ‘feeder networks’ also stifle an ecosystem? How should an entrepreneur react in that situation? 08:40 Does it make sense for ecosystems to be across geographies as well as local? 10:15 How should we measure the success of entrepreneurial ecosystems? 11:15 How should ‘feeder networks’ think about measuring their contributions? 12:00 What part do you think crowdfunding will play in supporting ecosystems? 13:25 What are the other books coming up in the Startup Revolution series? 15:15 How can people find out more? 16:42 End Startup Communities is part of the Startup Revolution series, which also has a blog at www.StartupRev.com. The next book, Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur is available for pre-order now. The following books will cover Startup Boards, Startup Metrics, and the Startup CEO. You can follow the blog on Twitter @startuprev and you can also follow Brad Feld @bfeld. Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of Everyone Funding Startups. Check out our new podcast page at EveryoneFundingStartups.com.
Oct. 26, 2012
This week on the Everyone Funding Startups podcast we spoke to Joe Abraham, author of Entrepreneurial DNA: The Breakthrough Discovery That Aligns Your Business to Your Unique Strengths. Joe has started up, grown and exited three companies of his own and invested in over 20 growing startups. He has been featured on FoxNews, CBS, NBC, CNN, ABC and numerous nationally syndicated radio shows on topics related to entrepreneurship and small business growth – and serves as advisor to  entrepreneurship programs domestically and around the world. He is also a keynote speaker on topics related to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial behavior and free enterprise. We asked Joe what made him start thinking about entrepreneurial DNA and how entrepreneurs can use the B.O.S.I. framework to be more effective in growing their startups. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here or by subscribing to the Everyone Funding Startups iTunes channel. 00:40 What made you start thinking about ‘Entrepreneurial DNA’? 02:15 What was involved in your research? 03:14 What audience do you primarily have in mind for this book? 03:50 What kind of problems are you trying to solve for business owners? 05:45 How would you compare the entrepreneurial DNA of some of the most famous entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Donald Trump? 08:25 What is the B.O.S.I. framework? 11:05 How should entrepreneurs use the B.O.S.I. framework? 13:45 How does B.O.S.I. compare with other tools such as Myers-Briggs or DISC? 15:30 Are all entrepreneurs different in some way to those who prefer to work in a corporate environment? 18:30 How could B.O.S.I. be used in crowdfunding? 20:55 Could B.O.S.I. also have a role to play when finding co-founders? 21:30 What made you choose ‘DNA’ as the analogy for your ideas? 22:50 What does the future look like as B.O.S.I. becomes a standard tool across entrepreneurship? 24:30 What is the entrepreneurship scene like where you’re based, in Chicago? 25:50 How can listeners buy the book and get in touch with you? 28:26 End You can find out more about Entrepreneurial DNA and the B.O.S.I. framework, and take the free online B.O.S.I assessment, by going to www.bosi.in/growvc. You can also reach Joe on Twitter at @bosifounder or by email at [email protected] Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of Everyone Funding Startups. Check out our new podcast page at EveryoneFundingStartups.com. And you can now interact with the show on twitter @growVCpodcast. Let us know what you want to hear…we’re listening.
Oct. 12, 2012
This week on the Everyone Funding Startups podcast we spoke to Tim Wright, Director and Co-Founder of Twintangibles. Twintangibles is the organizer behind the Crowdfuture conference in Rome on October 27th 2012. Tim has worked as a consultant, practitioner and senior manager with a number of global  commercial organisations including Egon Zehnder International and McKinsey & Co. For five years he was part of the executive management team of ITI Scotland – a £500M innovation programme based around a highly collaborative open innovation model. Crowdfuture is the first conference in Italy dedicated entirely to crowdfunding. With national and international speakers, including GrowVC’s global COO, Markus Lampinen speaking on Crowdfunding as an Asset, Crowdfuture will illustrate some of the best and most successful cases in the short history of crowdfunding, highlighting issues and challenges, dispelling some myths, and offering an insight into the future of this movement. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here or by subscribing to the Everyone Funding Startups iTunes channel. 00:45 Where did the name Twintangibles come from? 01:30 What kind of organisations do you help? 02:34 When did you realise that crowdfunding would become important for your business? 03:45 Could you give some examples of how Twintangibles gets involved in crowdfunding? 04:44 What goes into a crowdfunding business audit? 06:45 Are B2C companies likely to be more appropriate for crowdfunding than B2B? 08:20 How should entrepreneurs use social media during a crowdfunding campaign? 10:27 What do you hope to achieve with the Crowdfuture event in Rome? 11:50 How would you assess the current state of crowdfunding in Italy? 12:53 Who do you hope will attend the event? 15:54 How can people find out more about the event and register to attend? 16:25 How can you and Daniela be reached at Twintangibles? 17:26 End For full details about Crowdfuture in Rome on October 27th 2012 and for information on how to attend please visit www.crowdfuture.net. For more information about Twintangibles you can get in touch with Tim Wright and Daniela Castrataro at www.twintangibles.co.uk or on Twitter @twintangibles. Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of Everyone Funding Startups. Check out our new podcast page at EveryoneFundingStartups.com. And you can now interact with the show on twitter @growVCpodcast. Let us know what you want to hear…we’re listening.
Oct. 5, 2012
This week on the Everyone Funding Startups podcast we spoke to Lukas Biewald, CEO of CrowdFlower, the leading microtask crowdsourcing platform and also the company behind the CrowdConf crowdsourcing industry events. CrowdFlower solves problems ranging from product categorization to business lead verification to content creation. With its crowd of millions of contributors CrowdFlower claims to make up the world’s largest workforce. We asked Lukas how he’s perceived the growth in the crowdsourcing industry since the term was first coined by Jeff Howe in 2006. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here or by subscribing to the Everyone Funding Startups iTunes channel. 00:45 How did you get started with CrowdFlower? 02:55 What is a typical case at the moment for using crowdsourcing? 04:55 Who makes up your crowd of contributors? 05:50 What made you want to get involved in running events and conferences for the crowdsourcing industry? 09:10 What are your expectations for your CrowdConf 2012 event in San Francisco on October 23rd? 09:55 To what extent are companies using crowdsourcing for innovation rather than just processing high volumes of microtasks? 11:03 How do your clients look at building crowdsourcing competency as an area of in-house expertise? 12:20 How has the crowdsourcing sector in general grown over the last few years? 14:30 What do you think will be the longer-term consequences of crowdsourcing for employers? 15:50 What is the implication for employees? 18:00 How Skout (backed by Andreessen Horowitz) started out using crowdsourcing 20:15 Will any industry remain unaffected by crowdsourcing? 22:20 How should people get in touch with you and how can they attend the CrowdConf 2012 event? 23:31 End For full details about CrowdConf 2012 in San Francisco on October 23rd 2012 and for information on how to attend please visit www.crowdconf.com. The conference is primarily for company innovators and decision makers, Enterprise Data Managers, Marketing Directors, Entrepreneurs, Investors and VCs, and will cover topics such as: How to take a business idea from launch to profit with the power of the crowd Microtasking solutions to moderate content, optimize search results, measure social media sentiment, and handle big data Self-service crowdsourcing solutions you can start using today For more information about CrowdFlower you can get in touch with Lukas Biewald at [email protected] or by going straight to their website, www.crowdflower.com. Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of Everyone Funding Startups. Check out our new podcast page at EveryoneFundingStartups.com. And you can now interact with the show on twitter @growVCpodcast. Let us know what you want to hear…we’re listening.
Sept. 21, 2012
This week on the Everyone Funding Startups podcast we spoke to Wolfram Kosch, a German entrepreneur who raised a crowdfunding round in the seed stage of his business, LuduFactur, before going on to run a second crowdfunding campaign in Germany. Ludufactur offers the customisation of board and card game classics through a web interface (www.luudoo.de). Once customised, Ludufactur produces the game as a high quality single edition and sends it to the customer. Customers could for example chose to create a “Ludo” for their parents with the pictures and names of their children on gaming pieces, gaming board and packaging, or a set of “Trump cards” comparing your friendship circle on creativity, age and fun factor. We asked Wolfram about his experiences in raising investment through crowdfunding on two different crowdfunding platforms in Germany, his advice on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign, and his thoughts on the long-term impact of these new online investment models in Germany. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here or by subscribing to the Everyone Funding Startups iTunes channel. 00:45 Tell us about your background and about your company, Ludufactur 04:12 How did you first come across crowdfunding? 05:15 When did you run your first crowdfunding campaign and what were the options in Germany at that time? 08:38 Which crowdfunding models did you look at? 09:15 What is ‘silent equity’ and why is it important when crowdfunding in Germany? 10:40 What made you want to raise investment for equity instead of for a reward or on some other model? 12:20 How would you describe your experiences before, during, and after your first campaign? 13:30 What sort of materials did you create to support the campaign? 15:00 What would you say is the one thing that everyone should do for their crowdfunding campaigns? 16:00 How much did you end up raising in your first crowdfunding round? 16:30 What made you decide to raise a second crowdfunding round? 22:35 How do you deal with having hundreds of small investors? 23:30 How far do you think crowdfunding can get you as your business grows? 26:00 What do you think the long-term impact of crowdfunding will be in Germany? 31:00 How can people find out more about your products? 32:45 End You can personalize and order your favorite board and card games at www.luudoo.de and you can also follow Luudoo on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube. You can also see Ludufactur’s page at Companisto for more information about the company and the team. Ludufactur currently focuses on the German market but will address international markets very soon, offering an English version of the website latest by Christmas 2012. Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of Everyone Funding Startups. Check out our new podcast page at EveryoneFundingStartups.com. And you can now interact with the show on twitter @growVCpodcast. Let us know what you want to hear…we’re listening.
Sept. 3, 2012
This week on the Everyone Funding Startups podcast we spoke to Nora Palladino, Business Development Manager of Nextperience Labs (NXTP Labs), a Buenos Aires-based accelerator seed fund. NXTP Labs seeks to invest and provide hands-on support and community to entrepreneurs with passion for starting up and growing their companies. They provide seed funding, mentoring, community and office space to entrepreneurs with great ideas and execution capabilities. They also invest up to US$ 25,000 as a seed investment in companies (US$ 10,000 per startup, plus US$ 5,000 per founder, up to three founders), in return for small stakes (usually between 5 to 10%). Nextperience Labs will be running a Demo Day in Silicon Valley to showcase the best Latin American startups alongside the Brazilian startup accelerator, 21212 on 6th September 2012. We asked Nora about the emerging technology entrepreneurship hubs in Latin America and how startups from that region are perceived by outside investors. We also found out about the strong execution of startups like WeHostels – see their press release about joining the NXTP Labs programme. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here or by subscribing to the Everyone Funding Startups iTunes channel. 00:10 Introduction to Nora Palladino and Nextperience Labs 00:45 What is the Nexperience Labs programme and what does it offer for entrepreneurs? 03:45 How does membership of the Global Accelerator Network support the programme? 05:20 What are some examples of successful startups that have gone through the NXTP Labs programme? 08:30 What do you look for in founder teams when you receive applications to the programme? 12:30 What are your expectations for your upcoming Demo Day in Silicon Valley on 6th September? 14:10 How many companies will be presenting? 14:50 What is the reputation of Latin American startups in places like the US? 17:00 What were you looking for from the GrowVC Networks beta programme when you joined up with us earlier this year? 19:15 How would you assess the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Argentina and in South America more generally? 23:45 How can potential applicants or investors get in touch with you at NXTP Labs? 25:21 End NXTP Labs will be showcasing their startups for investors worldwide at their GrowVC Network here: https://www.growvc.com/networks/nxtp-labs. Click here to get started with your own GrowVC Network. You can find out more about how to apply to NXTP Labs and about the upcoming Demo Day at the NXTP Labs website. Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of Everyone Funding Startups. Check out our new podcast page at EveryoneFundingStartups.com. And you can now interact with the show on twitter @growVCpodcast. Let us know what you want to hear…we’re listening.
Aug. 3, 2012
This week on the Everyone Funding Startups podcast we spoke to Boaz Vinagradov of Navocate, which provides business sales and acquisition services for entrepreneurial companies. Dealing with valuations in an early-stage company is one of the most common issues we hear from entrepreneurs looking to raise capital through crowdfunding. It is and important issue not only in the short-term, because the amount of equity you’re looking to give away in your round can determine whether you successfully raise capital or not, but also in the long-term, as you think about scaling up in future funding rounds. We asked Boaz how he helps entrepreneurs think about different methodologies for valuing their companies. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here or by subscribing to the Everyone Funding Startups iTunes channel. 00:10 Introduction to Boaz Vinogradov and Navocate 01:20 What are the main principles behind valuing emerging companies and how do they differ from valuing publicly-listed companies? 09:20 Which methodology did Facebook had in mind when it valued Instagram? 12:00 Is there a place for ‘soft’ factors such as the team’s experience or the strength of culture in startup valuations? 19:55 What kind of additional data can help the valuation process for startups? 25:10 How can the ‘crowd’ learn how to invest in the new asset class of startups? 31:10 How can our listeners get in touch with you and with Navocate? 31:45 End You can read more on valuation models by reading Boaz’s blog post entitled Business Valuation: Sell-Side, Buy-Side, and Soft-Side, and by going to Navocate’s website, www.navocate.com. You can also reach Boaz directly at [email protected] and +1 (888) 900-5866, Ext. 2. Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of Everyone Funding Startups. Check out our new podcast page at EveryoneFundingStartups.com. And you can now interact with the show on twitter @growVCpodcast. Let us know what you want to hear…we’re listening.
June 23, 2012
Click Image to Play Episode This week’s episode of the Grow VC Everyone Funding Startups podcast explores the Facebook IPO fiasco and discusses what the disappointing offering says about the state of the U.S. capital markets. You can listen to the podcast by clicking the image to the right or by subscribing to the Everyone Funding Startups iTunes channel. Joining us for this episode is Dara Albright, founder of NowStreet Journal – the voice of the private company marketplace. Dara explains why Facebook’s IPO is symptomatic of a broken public market system and how retail investors are “no longer willing to serve as the exit strategy for the privileged.” Dara also brings hope. She discusses how the the JOBS Act will democratize capital formation and return the public markets to their rightful place as the engines of economic growth. Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of Everyone Funding Startups. Check out our new podcast page at EveryoneFundingStartups.com. And you can now interact with the show on twitter @growVCpodcast. Let us know what you want to hear…we’re listening.

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