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Welcome to the DealMakers show, hosted by Alejandro Cremades. Alejandro is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, and cofounder at Panthera Advisors (M&A and fundraising advisory). On this podcast you will find interviews with entrepreneurs that have been very successful at raising capital or getting their company acquired. You will learn what they did right and what mistakes they made through the process of closing the deal. DealMakers is the ultimate guide for entrepreneurs and senior executives that are in the process of fundraising or selling their company.

DealMakers Alejandro Cremades

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Welcome to the DealMakers show, hosted by Alejandro Cremades. Alejandro is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, and cofounder at Panthera Advisors (M&A and fundraising advisory). On this podcast you will find interviews with entrepreneurs that have been very successful at raising capital or getting their company acquired. You will learn what they did right and what mistakes they made through the process of closing the deal. DealMakers is the ultimate guide for entrepreneurs and senior executives that are in the process of fundraising or selling their company.

    Chaitanya Kalipatnapu On Raising $160 Million To Transform The $280 Billion Professional Education Market

    Chaitanya Kalipatnapu On Raising $160 Million To Transform The $280 Billion Professional Education Market

    Chaitanya Kalipatnapu is the cofounder and CEO of Eruditus Group which collaborates with top universities to make executive education accessible globally. The company has raised $160 million from top tier investors which includes sequoia Capital India, InnoVen Capital, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Bertelsmann India to name a few.



    In this episode you will learn:



    * Building an edtech startup

    * Using failure as the stepping stone to success

    * How to get in touch with Chaitanya









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    For a winning deck, take a look at the pitch deck template created by Silicon Valley legend, Peter Thiel (see it here) that I recently covered. Thiel was the first angel investor in Facebook with a $500K check that turned into more than $1 billion in cash.



    Moreover, I also provided a commentary on a pitch deck from an Uber competitor that has raised over $400 million (see it here).



    Remember to unlock for free the pitch deck template that is being used by founders around the world to raise millions below.





    About Chaitanya Kalipatnapu:





    Chaitanya Kalipatnapu has over 15 years of experience in executive education.



    Chaitanya Kalipatnapu spearheads Eruditus’ blended programs’ business line and Latin American operations, besides working on university collaborations.



    Prior to co-founding Eruditus, Chaitanya Kalipatnapu worked at Sun Microsystems and later at INSEAD for their open enrolment programmes in France and Singapore.



    Chaitanya Kalipatnapu graduated in Information Systems from B.I.T.S, Pilani and holds an MBA degree from INSEAD, and currently serves as the President of INSEAD Alumni Association – India chapter. Chaitanya Kalipatnapu is passionate about mentoring startups and in taking ideas to action. He enjoys  learning everyday – not just at work but also from his children, sports and movies.



     







    Connect with Chaitanya Kalipatnapu:



    * Linkedin

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    FULL TRANSCRIPTION OF THE INTERVIEW:

    Alejandro: Alrighty. Hello everyone, and welcome to the DealMakers show. Today we have a very exciting founder. Definitely, a founder that has been able to build something really meaningful, and in fact, it took him quite a bit of time before he went at it and started to raise money. He thought hard and thoroughly about product/market fit and all of those great things that many of you are dealing with today. So without further ado, let’s welcome our guest today,

    • 30 min
    Brad Hargreaves On Selling His Business For $400 Million And Now Raising Over $100 Million To Make Living With Others A Joy

    Brad Hargreaves On Selling His Business For $400 Million And Now Raising Over $100 Million To Make Living With Others A Joy

    Brad Hargreaves is the cofounder and CEO of Common Living which is a community-driven residential company that brings community, convenience, and flexibility to housing. The company has raised over $100 million from top tier investors including 500 Startups, Norwest Venture Partners, Slow Ventures, Maveron, 8VC, and Lowercase Capital to name a few. Prior to this he cofounded General Assembly which was acquired by The Adecco Group in a deal worth over $400 million.



    In this episode you will learn:



    How Common is bringing a new approach to housing

    Using operations and technology as an advantage

    Brad’s top advice for new entrepreneurs









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    For a winning deck, take a look at the pitch deck template created by Silicon Valley legend, Peter Thiel (see it here) that I recently covered. Thiel was the first angel investor in Facebook with a $500K check that turned into more than $1 billion in cash.



    Moreover, I also provided a commentary on a pitch deck from an Uber competitor that has raised over $400 million (see it here).



    Remember to unlock for free the pitch deck template that is being used by founders around the world to raise millions below.





    About Brad Hargreaves:





    Brad Hargreaves is the founder and CEO of Common, the leading residential brand and operator that designs, leases, and manages multifamily properties that appeal to today's renters. Through smart design and tech-enabled property management, Common delivers exceptional experiences across eight cities and 3,000 members in coliving, microunit, and traditional apartments.



    Previously, Brad Hargreaves co-founded General Assembly, a global education institution with campuses in more than 15 cities worldwide. Most recently, he was a Venture Partner at Maveron, General Assembly's lead investor.



    Brad Hargreaves has been named to Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment”, Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, and Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100”.



     







    Connect with Brad Hargreaves:



    * Linkedin

    * Crunchbase

    * Twitter



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    FULL TRANSCRIPTION OF THE INTERVIEW:

    Alejandro: Alrighty. Hello everyone, and welcome to the DealMakers show. Today we have another full-cycle entrepreneur that has done it multiple times, so I think that we’re going to learn quite a bit – many,

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    Benjamin Miller On Raising $1.5 Billion Via Crowdfunding To Break The Status Quo In Real Estate

    Benjamin Miller On Raising $1.5 Billion Via Crowdfunding To Break The Status Quo In Real Estate

    Benjamin Miller is the cofounder and CEO of Fundrise which offers an alternative to investing in stock and bonds, the first low-cost, and direct private market investment built. The company raised initially from Camber Creek, Renren, and Guggenheim Partners. The company later crowdfunded $1.2 billion.



    In this episode you will learn:



    Balancing your technical and creative talent

    Clickbait versus what really resonates with customers

    Embracing one of the most regulated markets

    Raising money in China









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    For a winning deck, take a look at the pitch deck template created by Silicon Valley legend, Peter Thiel (see it here) that I recently covered. Thiel was the first angel investor in Facebook with a $500K check that turned into more than $1 billion in cash.



    Moreover, I also provided a commentary on a pitch deck from an Uber competitor that has raised over $400 million (see it here).



    Remember to unlock for free the pitch deck template that is being used by founders around the world to raise millions below.





    About Benjamin Miller:





    Benjamin Miller is the CEO and co-founder of Fundrise, an investment platform on a mission to build a better financial system by empowering the individual.



    Right now, that means making real estate investing simpler, smarter and more effective for investors of all sizes.Fundrise is the first investment platform to create a simple, low-cost way for anyone to unlock real estate’s historically consistent, exceptional returns. By combining innovative technology with world-class active, opportunistic real estate private equity management, Fundrise delivers access to a level of investment performance that only the wealthiest investors have enjoyed — until now.



    Founded in 2012, this DC-based startup has now transacted on nearly $5 billion of real estate and manages more than $1 billion in assets for its more than 130,000 investors.



    Benjamin Miller has nearly 20 years of experience in real estate and finance, spending time as Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners and President of Western Development Corporation, prior to founding Fundrise. Benjamin Miller would love to discuss real estate, real estate investing, macroeconomics, private equity, and entrepreneurship.



     







    Connect with Benjamin Miller:



    * Linkedin

    * Crunchbase

    * Twitter

    • 33 min
    Jonathan Langer On Raising $50 Million To Protect Every Connected Device In Hospitals

    Jonathan Langer On Raising $50 Million To Protect Every Connected Device In Hospitals

    Jonathan Langer is the cofounder and CEO of Medigate which owns and operates a medical device security platform that protects all connected medical devices on health care provider networks. The company has raised $50 million from investors like US Venture Partners, Partech, Blumberg Capital, YL Ventures, and Maor Investments.



    In this episode you will learn:



    Company culture and choosing to move to NYC

    Successful product launches

    How big Medigate is today









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    For a winning deck, take a look at the pitch deck template created by Silicon Valley legend, Peter Thiel (see it here) that I recently covered. Thiel was the first angel investor in Facebook with a $500K check that turned into more than $1 billion in cash.



    Moreover, I also provided a commentary on a pitch deck from an Uber competitor that has raised over $400 million (see it here).



    Remember to unlock for free the pitch deck template that is being used by founders around the world to raise millions below.





    About Jonathan Langer:





    Jonathan Langer is the Co Founder & CEO at Medigate. Jonathan Langer leads the vision and strategic direction for the company. Jonathan Langer brings nearly two decades of cybersecurity experience to Medigate. Formerly a leader in the Israeli Defense Intelligence Corps, Jonathan Langer commanded a team of technical analysts focused on the research of cyber-related domains.



     







    Connect with Jonathan Langer:



    * Linkedin

    * Crunchbase

    * Twitter



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    FULL TRANSCRIPTION OF THE INTERVIEW:

    Alejandro: Alrighty. Hello everyone, and welcome to the DealMakers show. Today we have another founder from Startup Nation, and I think that we’re going to be learning quite a bit. So, without further ado, Jonathan Langer, welcome to the show.



    Jonathan Langer: Thank you very much. Thanks for having me, Alejandro. 



    Alejandro: So, originally born and raised in Israel, so how was life there?



    Jonathan Langer: Life was tremendous. Israel is a fantastic country – lots of sun and lots of good vibes. I learned a lot from growing up there, and I think it was a big part of my turning into an entrepreneur.



    Alejandro: And talking about turning into an entrepreneur, you had that in the genes in the family. Your father was also in the tech scene. Is that right?

    • 28 min
    Ramu Sunkara On Selling His First Business For $150 Million And Now Taking On Google, Apple Or Amazon

    Ramu Sunkara On Selling His First Business For $150 Million And Now Taking On Google, Apple Or Amazon

    Ramu Sunkara is the cofounder and CEO of Alan AI which has pioneered Spoken Language Understanding for enterprises to build, deploy, and manage voice experiences in their apps and IoT devices. Prior to this he cofounded Qik which was acquired for $150 million by Microsoft.



    In this episode you will learn:



    * Building a brilliant founding team

    * Choosing the best investors to fund your startup

    * The ingredients of a successful startup that can weather the storms









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    For a winning deck, take a look at the pitch deck template created by Silicon Valley legend, Peter Thiel (see it here) that I recently covered. Thiel was the first angel investor in Facebook with a $500K check that turned into more than $1 billion in cash.



    Moreover, I also provided a commentary on a pitch deck from an Uber competitor that has raised over $400 million (see it here).



    Remember to unlock for free the pitch deck template that is being used by founders around the world to raise millions below.





    About Ramu Sunkara:





    Ramu Sunkara is the CEO and Co-Founder of Alan. Alan adds voice to any application in the Enterprise. Customers and Employees can talk to the applications and get synchronized voice and visual responses and complete their daily activities using voice. The Voice AI service supports the domain language for any enterprise to improve the speech-2-text accuracy, spoken language understanding to determine the intents and entities and stream the voice and visual elements back to the application. Alan is named after Alan Turing.



    Before Alan, Ramu Sunkara led the mobile products for Skype, when the company he co-founded, Qik–the leader in the mobile video–was acquired by Skype for $150M in 2011.



    Ramu Sunkara started Qik in his garage in 2006, engineered its survival during the 2008 financial crisis, and evolved Qik to become the #2 paid application in Apple’s App Store and worked out pre-load agreements for Android devices with 13 operators in the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.



     







    Connect with Ramu Sunkara:



    * Linkedin

    * Crunchbase

    * Twitter



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    FULL TRANSCRIPTION OF THE INTERVIEW:

    Alejandro: Alrighty. Hello everyone, and welcome to the DealMakers show. Today we have a full-cycle entrepreneur, someone that has done it! Has been there, done it, and now he’s doing it again.

    • 37 min
    Daniel Hegarty On Raising $80 Million To Create The Easiest Mortgage Solution

    Daniel Hegarty On Raising $80 Million To Create The Easiest Mortgage Solution

    Daniel Hegarty is the cofounder and CEO of Habito which is a digital mortgage brokerage services company that offers a personal and modernized approach to the home buying experience. The company has raised $80 million Atomico, Ribbit Capital, Mosaic Ventures, SBI Group, Loric Ventures, and Mojo Capital to name a few.



    In this episode you will learn:



    Managing through COVID lockdowns

    The challenges facing mortgage startups who want to deliver better experiences

    Daniel’s top two pieces of advice for other entrepreneurs









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    For a winning deck, take a look at the pitch deck template created by Silicon Valley legend, Peter Thiel (see it here) that I recently covered. Thiel was the first angel investor in Facebook with a $500K check that turned into more than $1 billion in cash.



    Moreover, I also provided a commentary on a pitch deck from an Uber competitor that has raised over $400 million (see it here).



    Remember to unlock for free the pitch deck template that is being used by founders around the world to raise millions below.





    About Daniel Hegarty:





    Daniel Hegarty founded Habito, the free online mortgage broker in 2015. Daniel Hegarty the opportunity to transform the mortgage market after a frustrating and protracted experience getting his own mortgage and decided to use technology to create a better way.



    Daniel Hegarty has extensive fintech experience that took an unusual route, having spent the early part of his career as a professional musician. Daniel Hegarty was a songwriter, session musician, composed for TV and film and toured internationally for many years. In 2007, Daniel Hegarty became increasingly interested in the tech and startup scene and joined a fledgling fintech company, Wonga as Head of Product. Daniel Hegarty went on to hold several other positions as the business grew and became global including Head of Decision Science, Head of Strategy & New Ventures and Managing Director of Business Lending & Retail.



     







    Connect with Daniel Hegarty:



    * Linkedin

    * Crunchbase

    * Twitter



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    FULL TRANSCRIPTION OF THE INTERVIEW:

    Alejandro: Alrighty. Hello everyone, and welcome to the DealMakers show. Today we have a founder joining us from London, and definitely a very interesting story here that he has to shar...

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243 Ratings

mafeburg ,

Absolutely Valuable

I happily stumbled upon this podcast by chance, when I was doing some researching about funding. From that day, I am a follower because I find incredible value on all the information that is shared. As a rookie entrepreneur, I can’t thank Alejandro enough for creating and sharing this content. Everyday I listen to a new episode, I learn, and that is priceless!

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Well done

Alejandro, nice work your doing here. Interview style, and knowledge you bring to the community is a must listen

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Great insights!

This podcast is very helpful for some like me that is at the starting stage. Great insights, advices and interesting prospectives. The host is asking the right questions and he is almost reading my mind as I listen and thinking of the same question. Thank you for your hard work! You are changing lives and inspiring people with every episode! Keep up the great work!

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