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The VentureFizz Podcast is the flagship podcast of VentureFizz.com, the leading authority for jobs & careers in tech. In this podcast, VentureFizz Founder Keith Cline interviews the top founders and investors in the tech industry.

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The VentureFizz Podcast is the flagship podcast of VentureFizz.com, the leading authority for jobs & careers in tech. In this podcast, VentureFizz Founder Keith Cline interviews the top founders and investors in the tech industry.

    Episode 236: Lori Cashman - Managing General Partner, Victress Capital

    Episode 236: Lori Cashman - Managing General Partner, Victress Capital

    A disproportionate amount of capital invested into companies does not go to gender diverse teams and it’s a problem. It’s a problem and an issue that I’ve brought up multiple times in this podcast as I hope the continuous awareness of this issue creates a positive impact over time.

    Based on Lori’s background and the focus on her firm, it was a perfect opportunity to find out if we are making some level of progress in terms of capital fundraising for gender diverse companies. We kick off our interview on this topic and we address a recent report from Pitchbook that shares some positive statistics from this year in terms of company exits, funding activity, and unicorn valuations for women-led startups… but as you’ll hear… there’s still a long way to go.

    Victress Capital is working to address this issue with a focused on investing in early-stage consumer startups with gender diverse teams. The firm recently announced its second fund and portfolio company examples include companies like Daily Harvest (which was recently valued at over $1B), Droplette, Summersalt, Alyce, and many others.

    In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

    * Lori’s background story and how she transitioned into an investor role, then co-founded a private equity firm called Lineage Capital.
    * What led Lori and her partner, Suzanne Norris, down the path of starting Victress Capital.
    * All the details on the firm in terms of the size of their fund, stage of investing, and how they evaluate startups.
    * Advice on building a consumer company and why you should focus on retention versus paid acquisition.
    * And so much more.

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    • 42 min
    Episode 235: Billy Libby - Co-Founder & CEO, Upper90

    Episode 235: Billy Libby - Co-Founder & CEO, Upper90

    On Upper90’s website you’ll find the following phrase: It’s not how much you raise… it’s how much you own. It’s a very compelling statement that makes a ton of sense, yet every day in the world of tech news, there’s a concentration on the size of the round and company’s valuation.

    Wouldn’t it be cool if they also reported how much of the company the founders still own? Since the entrepreneurs are the ones taking the most risk, shouldn’t we celebrate their ownership stake instead?

    Upper90 is working on solving this exact challenge as the firm aims to help founders keep more of their ownership by potentially delaying or even skipping their Series A round of funding. They do this by leveraging alternative forms of financing, like debt, to provide the capital for the company’s growth.

    The firm is focused on eCommerce and fintech businesses and have been first investors in companies like Thrasio, Clearbanc, and several others.

    In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

    * Common mistakes that founders make as it relates to equity and fundraising.
    * Billy’s background story in terms of time at Wharton and his experience in the financial services industry which focused on building electronic trading businesses and exchanges.
    * What led him and his Co-Founder, Jason Finger, down the path of creating Upper90.
    * All the details on their investment thesis and how their model works.
    * Hiring advice for founders on building out your initial leadership team for a company.
    * And so much more.

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    • 52 min
    Episode 234: Eric Tarczynski - Founder & Managing Partner, Contrary Capital

    Episode 234: Eric Tarczynski - Founder & Managing Partner, Contrary Capital

    If you look across the investing landscape for companies, there are firms that typically specialize in each stage like seed, Series A, growth rounds, etc. Some firms even provide capital through the full lifecycle.

    However, what if the foundation of your firm was even earlier. I mean, even before the entrepreneur has an idea. What if you built your firm on the thesis of taking a long term approach to identify and invest in the world’s top talent by building a community of incredibly bright, driven, and entrepreneurial individuals. In this scenario, you can provide these individuals with the resources and network to push their career and eventually their idea forward with access to capital.

    As a headhunter for several years focused on product management and marketing talent, I have a deep appreciation for Eric’s firm Contrary Capital and their approach to this unique way of thinking and leverage community to build their competitive advantage.

    In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

    * Key factors that people are looking for when starting to build out a career.
    * Eric’s background growing up, including his time at Northeastern and a look at the startups he worked on while there - one of which was a Toast competitor.
    * How Eric came up with the idea for Contrary Capital and a deep dive into the firm’s unique model and how it all works.
    * The details on their second fund and the stage of investments they are targeting, as well as portfolio examples.
    * How the firm has been able to achieve a high level of diversity of cohorts.
    * And so much more.

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    • 45 min
    How The Great Resignation Will Shape The Future Of Work

    How The Great Resignation Will Shape The Future Of Work

    Dr. Meisha-ann Martin, Director, People Analytics at Workhuman, joined us to discuss how the great resignation will shape and impact the future of the workforce.

    As part of this webinar, we covered:

    * What is The Great Resignation and why does it matter?
    * Details from Workhuman's survey & Bureau of Labor statistics.
    * Why are people looking for a new opportunity?
    * More details on the type of flexibility employees are looking for these days.
    * Impact on DEI
    * What can companies do to reduce turnover?
    * And more!

    • 28 min
    Episode 233: Ryan Neu - Founder & CEO, Vendr

    Episode 233: Ryan Neu - Founder & CEO, Vendr

    The negotiation dance… some might enjoy it, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most people probably don’t, especially when it comes to purchasing software. It’s like a known fact that if you wait until the end of the quarter, you’ll likely get a better rate versus if you purchase the same product at the beginning of the quarter.

    It was Ryan’s experience in sales that opened his eyes to this challenge in the industry and realized that there must be a better way. A better way with transparent pricing and a frictionless buying experience which also saves you money.

    Enter Vendr, the SaaS buying platform that is changing how companies buy and renew SaaS. With over $300+ million in SaaS purchases across over 1,000 suppliers, the Vendr SaaS buying platform enables the world’s fastest-growing companies to purchase SaaS, without friction and at a fair price. The company recently announced a $60M Series A round of funding led by Tiger Global.

    In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

    * Why is it important for entrepreneurs to think big about their business starting day one.
    * How Ryan transitioned into a career in sales at SCVNGR, then HubSpot where he worked his way into a leadership role and then led enterprise sales at InVision.
    * All of the details on Vendr including their massive growth, hiring, culture, and funding.
    * What his experience at Y Combinator taught him.
    * Advice for entrepreneurs on hiring and structuring their sales team.
    * And so much more!

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 232: Tiffany Kelly - Co-Founder & CEO, Curastory

    Episode 232: Tiffany Kelly - Co-Founder & CEO, Curastory

    The world of sports and media has been radically changing. Not to date myself, but I remember back in college, it seemed like ESPN was continuously on. It was our go-to for breaking news and SportsCenter gave us the scores and highlights from the day prior. Now, you go to Twitter and other social media outlets if you need to find out what happened or to catch the highlights from a game.

    As part of this evolution, athletes are building their own personal brands and engaging with their fans through social media. Even college athletes can now earn money from their name, image, and likeness.

    Tiffany’s experience in the sports industry gave her a front row view of where things were heading. She discovered a need in the market to build a company around this trend. If athletes are now content creators, they need an easy way to create this content and once they build up a following, they need an easy way to monetize it.

    Thus, Curastory was born. A video creation and monetization platform that is initially targeting athletes, but the company certainly has ambitious plans to eventually grow to other categories. Curastory recently announced a new $2.1M round of funding which included Lightspeed, Techstars, Randi Zuckerberg, and others.

    In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

    * A discussion around the evolution of sports and media.
    * Tiffany’s background growing and how she discovered the world of sports analytics.
    * All the details on her role as part of the Sports Analytics team at ESPN and the origination of the Fan Happiness Index.
    * The aha moment that led Tiffanny down the path of starting Curastory and the company’s progress to date.
    * Advice for diverse founders on raising capital.
    * And so much more.

    If you like the show, please remember to subscribe and review us on iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play.

    • 46 min

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