14 episodes

*Welcome to the Founder & Funder Experience.* Brought to you by Valence Advisory & Matter Made. This podcast brings to light the different journeys select founders and funders took to get where they are today. We hope their lives and their learnings continue to inspire both present and future innovators!

Founder & Funder Experience Valence Advisory

    • Entrepreneurship

*Welcome to the Founder & Funder Experience.* Brought to you by Valence Advisory & Matter Made. This podcast brings to light the different journeys select founders and funders took to get where they are today. We hope their lives and their learnings continue to inspire both present and future innovators!

    The Business of Powerfully Caring.

    The Business of Powerfully Caring.

    “It was wonderful to understand that there was so much you can do

    when you can just figure out if you set your mind to it.”

    *— Celine Ivari (Co-Founder & CEO, WholyMe)*

    Today’s guest is Celine Ivari ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/celine-ivari-077278b2/ ) , Co-Founder & CEO of WholyMe ( https://wholyme.com/ ) , a company focused on delivering the healthiest, effective relief solutions for an active lifestyle. Along with Co-Founder & COO, Quitterie de Rivoyre ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/quitterie-de-rivoyre-4385b324/ ) , Celine is on a mission to empower people to make the best decisions for their well-being and the planet.

    Before co-founding WholeMe, Celine co-founded and operated Meshkati hair center— a high-end hair loss clinic in London. Celine holds a Master’s Degree in Genetics, and worked in the medical educator sector, helping big pharmaceutical companies launch new medicine globally.

    *Celine possesses an incredibly mature and youthful approach to leadership, building a sustainable business, and placing customers at the center of all commercial efforts.* Any founder, seasoned or emerging, will enjoy listening to her speak! :)

    “If you believe in yourself, and if you have faith in your project and your ambitions, and the bigger mission, then you can weather every single storm.”

    *— Celine Ivari*

    • 19 min
    The Timeless Principles of Human-Centric Design: Jean Anne Booth of UnaliWear

    The Timeless Principles of Human-Centric Design: Jean Anne Booth of UnaliWear

    “The difference to me, between an engineer and a scientist, is that an engineer builds things for people— scientists investigate things because they're trying to answer questions.”

    *— Jean Anne Booth*

    Today’s guest is Jean Anne Booth ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanannebooth/ ) , CEO at UnaliWear ( http://unaliwear.com/ ). UnaliWear is a tech company focused on extending independence with dignity. She has 30 years of experience in technology, spanning all facets of business— management, product engineering & development, marketing, engineering, and operations.

    Prior to founding UnaliWear, Jean Ann founded, built, and sold multiple companies, one of which was sold to Texas Instruments (Luminary Micro) and the other sold to Apple (Intrinsity). She holds a BSEE from the University of Texas and an MSCE degree from National Technical University.

    *Jean Anne* *possesses an incredibly deep, acute understanding of how to define, prototype, and develop truly customer-centric technology products.* As a well-renowned pioneer of the semiconductor revolution, Jean Anne’s thinking is something entrepreneurs of all backgrounds can learn from.

    If you are looking to absorb the first-principles of product-led entrepreneurship, Jean Anne is someone you MUST pay attention to :)

    “What are the real things behind products that help extend your independence? And that was when we came up with our tagline— extending independence with dignity.”

    *—Jean Anne Booth*

    • 37 min
    Moments-of-Inception: Going Where Investors Aren't...

    Moments-of-Inception: Going Where Investors Aren't...

    You can't fight your way through extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds.” (on investing) *— Mike Edelhart*

    Today’s guest is Mike Edelhart ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeedelhart/ ) , Managing Partner for Joyance Partners & Social Starts Venture Capital ( http://socialstarts.com/ ) — investing in the emerging science of health and happiness. The funds have achieved great success, effectively investing in multiple unicorns and companies exceeding 100MM in valuation.

    Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was the original Executive Editor of PC Magazine and was later an executive vice president at Ziff Davis. He has also been CEO at many startups, including Olive Software, Inman News, and Zinio.

    Mike is filled with incredibly rich experiences, insights, and learnings from serial company-building, venture-investing, and technology. ** By combining the best of people with the best of technology, Mike and the team have been able to effectively analyze and evaluate companies at the earliest stages — inception.

    ANYONE who is actively involved in building the future will enjoy this :)

    “If you just look at historically, a lot of really great companies started during recessions. Why? Because big companies are wide open to new things during recessions.”

    *—Mike Edelhart*

    **********
    Highlights
    **********

    * Scientific-investing— pipedream or reality?
    * What’s ‘love’ got to do with successful investing, really?
    * Combining the best of people and the best of technology to secure opportunities others can’t see.
    * The merits of 'meritocracy (and other positive side-effects).

    • 24 min
    Democratizing Startup Fundraising & Investing: Kendrick Nguyen of Republic

    Democratizing Startup Fundraising & Investing: Kendrick Nguyen of Republic

    “I could see the potential for a more democratized venture ecosystem.”

    *— Kendrick Nguyen*

    Today’s guest is Kendrick Nguyen ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/kendrick-nguyen-7145bb5/ ) , Co-founder @ Republic ( https://republic.co/about ) , an investment platform where everyone can invest as little as $10 in cutting-edge startups. Kendrick is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded two fintech startups prior, and his business experience spans the disciplines of fundraising, ops, product strategy, and investing. He also served as General Counsel at AngelList.

    Kendrick is part of an existing, emerging wave of entrepreneurs transforming the platforms of old industries to make the world a more accessible, equitable, and wealthy place to live. More importantly, they are doing it by aligning stakeholders, old and new, and bringing everyone along.

    In this podcast interview ( https://youtu.be/qJ2hJLoPXpg ) , Kendrick candidly shares his journey as a founder, his life (and business) philosophies, and his love for building teams with an inherently positive attitude towards everything they do. Anyone can enjoy this! :)

    • 23 min
    Enabling High-Octane Founders From Day 0 and Beyond: Manan Mehta of Unshackled Ventures

    Enabling High-Octane Founders From Day 0 and Beyond: Manan Mehta of Unshackled Ventures

    Today’s guest is Manan Mehta ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/mananm/ ) , co-founder and General Partner @ Unshackled Ventures ( http://unshackledvc.com/ ). Manan has experience as both an investor and a founder. In this post, he talks about identifying the need to unlock immigrant founder talent, and professionalizing a leading venture capital firm to deploy capital with speed, intelligence, and discipline.

    Founder talent finds its way from all across the globe. However, not all of them have the right networks and resources to go from great idea to effective implementation. That’s where Unshackled VC comes in.

    Manan and the Unshackled VC team bring a high-performing approach to investing. They take the best, timeless practices of VC and make them even better!

    We believe this podcast episode will be a breath of fresh-air for founders and emerging fund manager talent!

    • 20 min
    Anatomical Insights On Early-Stage Venture Investing: Greg Sands of Costanoa Ventures

    Anatomical Insights On Early-Stage Venture Investing: Greg Sands of Costanoa Ventures

    Today’s guest is Greg Sands ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregsands/ ) , Founder and Managing Partner at Costanoa Ventures ( http://costanoavc.com/ ) , a boutique, early-stage VC firm. Before starting Costanoa Ventures, Greg worked at Sutter Hill Ventures as their Managing Director. To date, Greg has over 20 years of experience in VC. Before becoming a professional investor, Greg also worked at multiple technology companies, Netscape included.

    *Interesting fact:* Greg was the first product manager at Netscape and coined the name for the company!  In this podcast episode, Greg shares his decades-worth of learnings and discoveries in tech. This interview is perfect for you if:

    * You are a founder looking to scale your company.
    * You are looking to launch your career in venture capital.
    * You love hearing stories about bold people building great things in the world.

    Greg is a clear and engaging communicatory— you’ll enjoy this! :)

    • 21 min

Top Podcasts In Entrepreneurship