Somewhat Frank is a podcast hosted by Frank Gruber about technology innovations, startups, and personal life – while also giving you a slice of what’s going on inside the brain of CEO, entrepreneur, author, journalist, personality, and early-stage startup investor, Frank Gruber. It’s produced with the help of his new company Established.
#0024 - Super Bowl LV, Tesla Buys Bitcoin, and Testing the Clubhouse App 👋
On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber) and John Guidos (@JohnGuidos) discuss their thoughts on Bitcoin, Super Bowl weekend, and the Clubhouse App (connect with them on the Clubhouse App - @FrankGruber and @JohnGuidos).
Frank and John also celebrate the following people from their networks:
—Jessica Ewing on her $40M raise for Literati https://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2021/01/27/an-exclusive-look-at-book-club-service-literatis-new-chapter-a-40-million-series-b/?sh=534b25416499
—Erica Minnihan and Reign Ventures and the group of funds here that were invested in by Bank of America https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210126005694/en/
—Mike Jones and Peter Pham on raising a $270M SPAC https://dot.la/science-inc-spac-2650147068.html?fbclid=IwAR1v0OvWHlwPTkknwzwGrONfv5nee6UL8aZuWQB19K306-z6d3TvlsKT0lE
—Josh Williams is back Gowalla after 12 years and just raised funding from Spark Capital, GV, and others https://twitter.com/gowalla/status/1354836611347832836
—Sara Lawhead on the launch of the latest Jetboil stash - https://gearjunkie.com/jetboil-stash-backpacking-stove-review
—Jesse Draper on raising a $21M fund Jesse Draper of Halogen Ventures Closes $21 Million Fund to Invest in the Next Generation of Billion Dollar Businesses Run by Women | Business Wire
—Arlan Hamilton and Christie Pitts at BackStage Capital hit their fundraising goal of over a $1M on Republic in 9 hours! https://twitter.com/frankgruber/status/1357437559991922692?s=21
—Sarah Cone’s venture capital firm, Social Impact Capital, exists to solve all the world's most difficult problems through the medium of venture capital and recently launched www.joincolumn.com.
Frank and John also talk about the following upcoming events:
— SXSW!!! - we’re going to IT THIS YEAR FROM HOME AGAIN - haha --- to be doing some fun events during the week learn more by going to: est.us/sxsw21. The event will be March 16th - 20th (more info coming soon). Watch our fun promo video on our youtube channel: https://soty.link/ESTYouTube
— NASA iTech Ignite the Night Tampa event Do you like SPACE and NASA?
We’re working with them on the NASA iTech Ignite the Night Tampa event on March 9th. Ten tech startups will fast-pitch their innovations to an audience and panel of judges - online. This high energy event connects brands and organizations to the movers and shakers of our space industry. RSVP to the NASA iTech Ignite the Night Tampa event at: https://est.us/NASAiTechTampa21. LEARN MORE HERE: https://www.established.us/nit
We also want to take a moment to invite all of our listeners to get involved with our program by visiting: established.us/programs. This is the best way to get notified of the various startup opportunities that we come across while working with various partner organizations and in a number of ecosystems across the country.
The guys talk about these new books/articles:
When Two Realities Collide
Early to bed, early to seize the day
—The Best Time To Go To Bed Is 8:45
Clubhouse is now valued at $1B, do you use it?
NAVY has some wild UFO Patents
—U.S. Navy Has Patents on Tech It Says Will ‘Engineer the Fabric of Reality’
Tesla Buys Tons of Bitcoin
The guys are also watching the following shows/movies:
—WandaVision on Disney+ https://www.imdb.com/
#0023 - New Year, New Day, New Habits
On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber) and John Guidos (@JohnGuidos) reflect on 2020 and talk about what excites them in 2021. Frank made some of the classic resolutions which included healthier eating habits and exercise routines but also started a new one, where he’s been drawing a new thing every day. Some examples are on his Instagram or Facebook stories (http://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17885120833920189/).
Frank also celebrates the following people from his network:
—Natalie Buford-Young has become the new CEO of Springboard Enterprises (https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/springboard-enterprises-appoints-natalie-buford-young-as-ceo-301192546.html).
—Matt Van Horn on his startup June being acquired by Weber (https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/12/weber-acquires-smart-cooking-start-up-june/).
—Andrew Yang is running for Mayor of NYC (https://gothamist.com/news/andrew-yang-enters-mayors-race-scaled-back-plan-universal-basic-income).
—Jen Consalvo, Cat Hernandez, Charles Hudson, Jenny Fielding, Lolita Taub, Mac Conwell, and more for being highlighted in Forbes for investing in underrepresented founders (https://www.forbes.com/sites/allysonkapin/2020/12/10/51-vcs-who-want-to-invest-in-women-black-and-latinx-and-lgbtq-founders/?sh=d8f13c8a6425).
Frank and John also talk about the following upcoming events:
—The Non-Obvious Diversity Summit (https://www.nonobviousdiversity.com/) is coming up January 26 - 29th and I'll be speaking about investing in diverse startups along with Courtney Caldwell of ShearShare, Travis Holloway of Solo Funds, Ash Kumra of Peak Mindful, Marlon Nichols of MaC Venture Capital, and Allyson Kapin of The W Fund. Register at the following link: https://www.nonobviousdiversity.com/.
—NASA iTech is looking for innovators who are interested in sharing their latest with NASA Chief Technologists. If you know anyone interested apply by 1/29, more details here: https://www.established.us/nit.
The guys talk about these new books/articles:
Where in the world is billionaire Jack Ma?
—Jack Ma was China’s most vocal billionaire. Then he vanished - https://www.wired.co.uk/article/jack-ma-disappear-ant-group-ipo
—Wearing someone else's face: Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan - https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN28Q194
Llama inhaler for COVID relief
—Asthma-style inhaler filled with powerful LLAMA antibodies could be used to treat patients with severe COVID-19 - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9079137/Asthma-style-inhaler-filled-powerful-LLAMA-antibodies-treat-COVID-19.html
First-Night Effect = Half Your Brain Sleeps, While Other Stays Awake
—Night Watch in One Brain Hemisphere during Sleep Associated with the First-Night Effect in Humans - https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(16)30174-9
—Ropeless fishing, called ‘crazy’ by some, could be real in five years - https://www.mainebiz.biz/article/ropeless-fishing-called-crazy-by-some-could-be-real-in-five-years
Here's a rabbit hole if you're interested
—UFOs: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Collection - https://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/ufos-the-central-intelligence-agency-cia-collection/
This stuff is getting real
—A Harvard professor says an alien visited in 2017 — and more are coming - https://nypost.com/2021/01/02/a-harvard-professor-says-an-alien-visited-in-2017/
Apple car is coming in 5 years
—The Apple car, briefly explained - https://www.vox.com/recode/22197401/apple-car-explained
Progress for gender equality in pro sports starting with basketball, thank you San Antonio Spurs
—Spurs' Becky Hammon: Being first
#0022 - Celebrating Tony Hsieh, The Great Migration, and Vaccine on the Way
On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber) and John Guidos (@JohnGuidos) talk about the new COVID-19 vaccine that is getting rolled out to address the ongoing pandemic that has taken 300,000+ lives in the US alone. To put that in perspective, WWII took over 400,000 lives, so this vaccine may go down as one of the most important medical breakthroughs in our lifetime. Frank and John also chat about a few ridiculously large IPOs in the tech sector and the trend of migration from big cities.
Frank also shares some stories and remembers the life of his good friend, Tony Hsieh. You can read his article celebrating Tony’s life at: https://tech.co/news/celebrating-tony-hsieh
Frank also celebrates the following people from his network:
Lou Mintzer https://twitter.com/mintzer/status/1330873819809144833 Danica Kombol https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mwwpr-acquires-everywhere-agency-leading-influencer-marketing-firm-301190293.html?tc=eml_cleartime&fbclid=IwAR3ZquaI9FMezgAmN21I30x6aVWQhmY0WQOqQgI6ILW51dvcthZOUzP-3Ag
The guys talk briefly about the 8th annual Startup of the Year Summit that occurred in November. From the startup pitches, to the conversations with folks like Tim Draper, Kara Goldin, and Mike Evans, Lo Toney, and many many more. We also had AMAs with Marc Nager, Carolyn Rodz, Marlon Nichols, NASA, USAF.
We also hosted 500+ Curated Office Hours during the summit, not to mention all the interactions and conversations that attendees set up on their own. We also had an amazing Top 100 semi-finalists this year! Here are a few fun stats:
OVER half of our startups have a female on the founding team 74% of teams have a founder of color nearly 20% were Veteran-led companies SoLo Funds was named the 2020 Startup of the Year and Jeenie won the .US Veteran Startup of the Year. The Top 5 finalists included SoLo Funds, Jeenie, Finmark, GLASS, and Hoy Health. We also named Grifin as the People’s Choice Award winner. As always, remember to register for your free .us domain offer at est.us/SummitUS.
We hope to see you in 2021! Sign up now to get notified about our 2021 application and upcoming events at: established.us/programs and startupofyear.com
Up next, Established will be helping to host the Unvalley 2020 conference on December 17th and 18th. Our team at Established is the Production sponsor and some will be conducting the interviews at the event. This is not only an opportunity to see great speakers it is an opportunity for anyone looking to find a job that best fits their culture or vibe outside of the valley. Register for Unvalley at the following: https://est.us/unvalley20
Unvalley is a two day virtual conference to connect attendees with the biggest opportunities in tech between the coasts. Speakers include the following:
Steve Case from Revolution and Rise of the Rest. Arlan Hamilton from BackStage Capital Rand Fishkin from Moz Mary Grove from Bread and Butter Ventures and many many more. The guys also discuss the following things they are reading/watching:
Do you know the origin story of Monopoly? Monopoly Was Designed to Teach the 99% About Income Inequality. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/monopoly-was-designed-teach-99-about-income-inequality-180953630/?fbclid=IwAR0Uzcy2c-GkxVwiLSmnBCirgo8lPp12YIh5wKJreyoHHd439G5czv2dtyw Movie night is going to be at home in 2021. Warner Bros. Smashes Box Office Windows, Will Send Entire 2021 Slate to HBO Max and Theaters. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warner-bros-smashes-box-office-windows-will-send-2021-slate-to-hbo-max-and-theaters Wonder Women on Merry Christmas!!! Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on HBO Max the same day it’s in theaters for no extra cost. https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/18/21504152/wonder-woman-1984-release-delay-new-date-war
#0021 - Friday the 13th, Zoom Towns, NASA and SpaceX Launch, and the Startup of the Year Summit
On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber) and John Guidos (@JohnGuidos) talk about Friday the 13th and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. They also talk about the following current trending topics:
#WorldKindnessDay #FridayMotivation #Elon #PS5 Frank also celebrates the following people from his network:
Ari Newman has launched a new seed fund, The Fund Rockies - https://arinewman.medium.com/launching-the-fund-rockies-54a575411ed9 Josh Williams has relaunched the geo-location app, GoWalla - https://go.gowalla.com/ Matt Van Horn has launched the Gen3 June Oven, just in time for the holidays. - http://juneoven.com/ Matt Haggman joined the Beacon Council as EVP. - https://www.beaconcouncil.com/matt-haggman-joins-the-miami-dade-beacon-council/?fbclid=IwAR1bqk1ufKsR5s1Q2Di6Poh63XZrgh4Ja-iUuVFwHQxKNczxPX99eeLkx6E Kira M. Newman for editing the new book, The Gratitude Project (https://amzn.to/2Hs6KGA), the result of a multiyear collaboration between the Greater Good Science Center and Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis. Courtney and Tye Caldwell of ShearShare have raised $2.3M more funding (Note: I’ve invested in ShearShare through Established Ventures). - https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/26/dallas-shearshare-has-a-marketplace-connecting-stylists-with-available-seats-at-salons-and-2-3-million-in-funding/ Mac Conwell on the launch of RareBreed VC. - https://technical.ly/baltimore/2020/10/29/mckeever-conwell-rarebreed-vc/ Susan McPherson on her book, The Lost Art of Connecting, due out next year. - https://amzn.to/3eWUiuI Ron Klain of Revolution on being named President-Elect Joe Biden's Chief of Staff. - https://twitter.com/FrankGruber/status/1327054751691894788
This weekend we'll be watching the first NASA launch of astronauts from US soil since 2011. They will be headed to the International Space Station. This launch will be in partnership with SpaceX and is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 14th at 7:49 PM ET from Florida. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/11/12/spacex-launch-scheduled-saturday-expected-draw-many-spectators/6268327002/
The guys once again chat about the 8th annual Startup of the Year Summit (https://startupofyearsummit2020.eventbrite.com/?aff=FrankVIP). We vetted thousands of startups down to the Top 100 that will compete at our 8th annual Startup of the Year Summit for a shot at a potential investment, prizes, and the championship. If you have a moment next week, please tune into this “Shark Tank” style pitch competition. We will stream this special event for free, online on November 16th - 18th. I'll also be conducting the following interviews:
Tim Draper, venture capitalist and founder of Draper Associates; Kara Goldin co-founder and CEO of Hint Water and author of Undaunted (order the book today) - https://amzn.to/3lN5lsQ Mike Evans co-founder of GrubHub and Fixer.com, and author of forthcoming book Hangry Lo Toney venture capitalist and founder of Plexo Capital Rohit Bhargava author of Non-Obvious Mega Trends (https://amzn.to/3dB741t); Meredith Fineman author of Brag Better (https://amzn.to/3iVDh4E); Ximena Hartsock co-founder of Phone2Action Marc Nager, venture capitalist of Greater Colorado Venture Fund Sarah Evan, marketing & digital PR at Sevans Digital PR Whitney Johnson will teach you how to Disrupt Yourself (https://amzn.to/377g5xZ), and many more.
We invite you to join me next week by registering today at: http://startupofyearsummit2020.eventbrite.com/?aff=FrankVIP
Frank also discuss the following things that he is reading/watching:
Trendspotting: Zoom towns - https://www.fastcompany.com/90564796/zoom-towns-are-exploding-in-the-west 'Zoom towns' MTV is back! Kind of… - https://variety.com/2020/music/news/apple-music-tv-launch-videos-1234809088/ Welcome to cry
#0020 - Cleaning up the Earth, Kiss The Ground, Space Junk, and Fall COVID Spike
On this Episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber and John Guidos talk about enjoying the cooler temperatures and the fall harvest and about the Earth and what we're doing to it. Specifically, they discuss the new documentary Kiss The Ground, which talks about a global movement of regenerative agriculture, balancing our climate, replenishing our vast water supplies, and feeding the world. Additionally, the problem is further reaching than just the Earth, out in space there is apparently a mass of space junk that needs to be taken care of as well.
Frank also celebrates the following people in his network:
Lolita Taub and Jesse Middleton are teaming up to launch The Community Fund. NOTE: Investing in early-stage Community focused or powered startups. Ben Metcalfe has launched a fund and made his first investment. Benoit Wirz at Brighteye VC has raised a new fund. J.D. Vance has his book Hillbilly Elegy is soon to be a movie on Netflix (Nov 24th). Andrew Song at Whisper has developed a new kind of hearing aid and have raised funds. Mike Levins on the launch of this startup in the insurance tech space!
Frank also suggests that everyone try and attend the 8th annual Startup of the Year Summit! We will stream this special event for free, online for your viewing pleasure, on November 16th - 18th. Also featured during the Summit are a number of exciting speakers including Tim Draper, venture capitalist and founder of Draper Associates; entrepreneur and author Kara Goldin will discuss her journey in starting Hint Water and her new book Undaunted (order the book today) entrepreneur Mike Evans will share his candid story behind starting and taking GrubHub to IPO plus his new startup Fixer.com, and forthcoming book Hangry; author and entrepreneur Rohit Bhargava will share learnings from his latest book Non Obvious Mega Trends; author Meredith Fineman will teach us tips from her new book Brag Better; author Whitney Johnson will teach you how to Disrupt Yourself, and more. Register now.
The guys also talk about the following books/article they’ve read recently:
Loneliness is at an all-time high with the isolation caused by the global pandemic - AI system detects loneliness in natural speech patterns It's about damn time! - Airbus Unveils Hydrogen Designs for Zero-Emission Flight Clean energy could be in our future - Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest Stay cool. - The Arctic hasn’t been this warm for 3 million years 1 Tree, 2 Trees, 3 Trees… - Satellites could soon map every tree on Earth How is space already filled with garbage? And how do we fix it? - Over 75% of space debris detected in new survey is unknown objects Trendspotting: Diversity is now being rewarded at Starbucks - Starbucks Ties Executive Pay to 2025 Diversity Targets This is what parents are going through everywhere. - Op-Ed: Working Moms Like Me Are at the Coronavirus Breaking Point The theater industry is quite stressed out by the pandemic. - AMC Will Rent Out Entire Theater for $99 Either way, there's a 50/50 chance we live in a simulation. - A Study Shows There's a 50% Chance We're Living In A Simulation Frank and John also chat about the new Shuffle app that is like Instagram for podcasts. It allows you to make 60-second clips of your favorite podcasts and then post them you would on your Instagram stories and profile. Thus, enabling you to discover and share parts of podcasts.
Please listen to Frank’s interview with Polly Rodriguez from Unbound on the latest edition of the Startup of the Year Podcast, where she shared her rollercoaster ride bootstrapping her sexual wellness startup to success. We hope you enjoy the candid conversation, and maybe pick something up to apply to your life. Listen here.
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#0019 - Enjoying the Fall Season in 2020
On this Episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber and John Guidos talk about enjoying the splendors of Fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also take a virtual moment of silence for the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who recently passed away and was a force who fought for freedom and equality in America.
Frank also celebrates the following people in his network:
Tamar Weinberg survived COVID-19 and wrote about it a few times on medium (http://medium.com/@tamar) - She also started a fragrance https://medium.com/@tamar/my-journey-into-wellness-2bb18686548d Genevieve Thiers founder of SitterCity has had it acquired - https://www.americaninno.com/chicago/inno-news-chicago/sittercity-acquired-by-child-care-firm-bright-horizons/ Kara Goldin on raising $25M for Hint and her new book Undaunted - https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200818005305/en/Hint-Closes-25-Million-Investment-Led-Springboard#.Xzw3ekQdbhc.twitter Ben Parr on his up and down startup journey with Octane AI - https://www.forbes.com/sites/martyswant/2020/08/21/from-celebrity-chatbots-to-new-life-in-e-commerce-octane-ai-raises-425-million/#60f66f1b4795 Neal Sales Griffin on joining MATH Ventures as a Venture Partner- https://www.mathventurepartners.com/in-the-news/2020/9/21/math-venture-partners-brings-on-neal-sales-griffin-as-venture-partner?fbclid=IwAR3ePYMi52kW5JuoOtTCnGNijD-5ZuQLNKVl7zblVwvIi-ffSnYIXzySgvY The guys also talk about the following books/article they’ve read recently:
The greatest software IPO of all time just happened with Snowflake.
Warren Buffett backed Snowflake's value doubles in stock market's largest software debut - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-snowflake-ipo/buffett-backed-snowflakes-value-doubles-in-stock-markets-largest-software-debut-idUSKBN2672VA Would you want to live forever? - Frozen in time: Inside the facility preserving the dead through cryonics. https://flip.it/kNOAjZ How do they live so long in blue zones? - Longevity nutrition tips from Blue Zones communities. https://flip.it/GQxMbn Maybe you should try cold showers instead.- Here’s What Taking a Cold Shower Does to Your Body, According to Experts. https://flip.it/ViG39W If you could live anywhere would you stay in Silicon Valley? - How Remote Work Could Destroy Silicon Valley. https://marker.medium.com/amp/p/761b398dc9fb Some think cities like NYC will bounce back, while others do not. - NYC is Dead Forever … Here’s Why. https://jamesaltucher.com/blog/nyc-is-dead-forever-heres-why/ Digital nomads your time to shine is now! - https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexledsom/2020/07/18/digital-nomads-are-new-travel-winners-as-entire-countries-open-doors-to-work-tourism/ Want to work remotely from a Caribbean Island for a year? - Barbados offering 12-month remote-work stay incentive to attract visitors. https://nypost.com/2020/07/08/barbados-offering-12-month-remote-work-incentive-to-attract-visitors/ Get ready. - Pentagon Has ‘Off-World Vehicles Not Made on This Earth.’ https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/research/amp33413777/pentagon-ufo-program-materials-vehicles/ This blows my mind! - Elon Musk to show off working a brain-hacking device. https://flip.it/Xw2pkB Plastic pushed on us by big oil? - How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled. https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/897692090/how-big-oil-misled-the-public-into-believing-plastic-would-be-recycled?utm_source=davidhauser.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_newsletter Quibi - After 6 months and $1.8 billion, Quibi wants a new owner. That will be a hard sell. https://flip.it/LFi86q LinkedIn lists the 50 top U.S. startups on the rise in 2020: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedin-top-startups-2020-50-us-companies-rise-jessi-hempel/
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Great way to stay informed and a nice easy listening style, very natural
Always good insight.
Somewhat Frank pods are a great way to check the pulse of the startup community.
Frank the Tank
Frank always talks with the best and brightest. Good stuff!