17 episodes

It’s not what you know.
It’s not who you know.
It’s knowing how to put it all together.

Execution is King.

Founders-turned-investors Ryan and Rob Weber go in search of success to investors, founders, and builders, seeking insights and lessons from where the rubber meets the road in the innovation industry.

Hosted by Josef Siebert, each episode features a Weber brother and a guest who can offer best practices to startup founders building the next great global startups from wherever they may be.

As former founders, successful operators, and disciplined investors, we think execution is the key to success. Learning to identify it, and to do it, can help founders and investors scale and profit.

Great North Ventures is an early-stage venture fund founded by the Webers that invests in startups using technology to innovate industries dominated by analog processes, with partners in the Midwest and Silicon Valley.

Learn more at https://greatnorthventures.com/

Execution is King Great North Ventures

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    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

It’s not what you know.
It’s not who you know.
It’s knowing how to put it all together.

Execution is King.

Founders-turned-investors Ryan and Rob Weber go in search of success to investors, founders, and builders, seeking insights and lessons from where the rubber meets the road in the innovation industry.

Hosted by Josef Siebert, each episode features a Weber brother and a guest who can offer best practices to startup founders building the next great global startups from wherever they may be.

As former founders, successful operators, and disciplined investors, we think execution is the key to success. Learning to identify it, and to do it, can help founders and investors scale and profit.

Great North Ventures is an early-stage venture fund founded by the Webers that invests in startups using technology to innovate industries dominated by analog processes, with partners in the Midwest and Silicon Valley.

Learn more at https://greatnorthventures.com/

    Interview with Mike Schulte, Principal at Great North Ventures (Part 2)

    Interview with Mike Schulte, Principal at Great North Ventures (Part 2)

    This is the second of a two-part deep dive where we cover the most common concerns startup founders run into, with Great North Ventures’s in-house legal expert. Mike Schulte is Principal at Great North Ventures, and holds a JD/MBA from St. Thomas University.
    In this episode, we talk about fundraising, liquidation preferences, SAFE notes, and board structure. 
    Who does Mike see executing? Brian Schoenborn, Attorney and Shareholder at Moss & Barnett, P.A.; and Dave Winkler, Shareholder at Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O.; and Darren King, General Partner at Unbridled Ventures.

    • 37 min
    Interview with Mike Schulte, Principal at Great North Ventures

    Interview with Mike Schulte, Principal at Great North Ventures

    This is the first of a two-part deep dive where we cover the most common concerns startup founders run into, with Great North Ventures’s in-house legal expert. Mike Schulte is Principal at Great North Ventures, and holds a JD/MBA from St. Thomas University.
    In this episode, we talk about picking a name, choosing between an LLC and a C-corp for incorporating your company, and the benefits of 1202 Qualified Small Business Stock. 
    Listen to the next episode where we dive into fundraising!

    • 28 min
    Interview with Orazio Buzza, Founder and CEO of Fooda

    Interview with Orazio Buzza, Founder and CEO of Fooda

    In this episode, we talk about management styles and goal setting, and uncover some gems about granting equity and hiring from our guest, Orazio Buzza, Founder and CEO of Fooda.
    Orazio has taken the startup ride from early on through exit twice already, before founding Fooda. Fooda is a food technology platform that connects restaurants to people while at work, has received $45M in funding, and currently has 250 employees in 20 cities. 
    He has a great take on goal setting that keeps people accountable, brings transparency to the entire organization, and keeps the team moving in the same direction. 
    Orazio's milestone approach to managing growth (vs. a calendar-based approach), makes sure that expenses don't outpace revenue as Fooda scales to new locations. 
    Who does Orazio see executing? John Bauschard, at Darwin AI.

    • 42 min
    Interview with Eric Martell, Founder of Pear Commerce

    Interview with Eric Martell, Founder of Pear Commerce

    In this episode, we talk about early-stage scaling. What it looks like, how to think about it, and what it takes to generate growth.
    We are joined by Eric Martell, Founder of Pear Commerce. Eric is a former founder of EatStreet, and a former Managing Director and Venture Partner at gener8tor. 
    With a background as a founder and as an investor and startup mentor, Eric has a lot of perspective on early-stage growth. He talks about what it takes to succeed: being obsessed with solving a problem (not with the solution), getting traction by creative means, and good old-fashioned hustle.
    He also shares how to land VC money: by demonstrating the aforementioned traction, hustle, and creativity; being willing to swing for the fences by taking risks; and understanding that the math that drives VCs means your business needs to be capable of reaching a tremendous valuation.
    Who does Eric see executing? Adam Choe, a former Managing Director at Gener8tor, current VC, and professor at University of St. Thomas.

    • 33 min
    Interview with Tipatat Chennavasin, General Manager and Co-Founder of The Venture Reality Fund

    Interview with Tipatat Chennavasin, General Manager and Co-Founder of The Venture Reality Fund

    In this episode, Josef and Rob talk about the Metaverse, and how important it is for founders and investors to learn about it.  They are joined by Tipatat Chennavasin, General Manager and Co-Founder of The Venture Reality Fund. Tipatat is a former founder, creative innovator, and VR/AR developer. His background in Metaverse runs deep, including the gaming industry, the first VR/AR-focused incubator, and his six-year old venture fund. He talks about the developing Metaverse, the idea of "the third place", and the economic opportunity presented. Tipatat paints a picture of what the future will bring, and explains where the opportunity will lie for founders (and investors).
    Who does Tipatat see executing? Jadu, a company that creates and sells utilitarian NFTs- virtual items that can be used in the Metaverse. 

    • 47 min
    Interview with Atif Siddiqi, Founder/CEO of Branch

    Interview with Atif Siddiqi, Founder/CEO of Branch

    In this episode, Rob and Josef talk about the newly launched venture studio project that's a social app for trading card collectors. 
    They are joined by Atif Siddiqi, Founder and CEO of Branch. Atif is a former EIR of Idealab, a venture studio that has generated multiple unicorns. Branch came out of Atif's time at Idealab, and has grown substantially after relocating to Minneapolis. Branch helps businesses modernize their payment methods to empower working Americans. Atif shares the insight that led to Branch's successful pivot, and gives operating and fundraising advice.
    Who does Atif see executing? Marc Lore.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Jskind26 ,

Helpful insights for any founder

As a first time founder, I appreciate learning first hand from the experiences of fellow founders, startup employees, and venture partners. Excited to keep listening!

patricknevels ,

Amazing for entrepreneurs

As someone with no shortage of ideas, this podcast focuses on what happens after that. It’s great content for early and seasoned entrepreneurs. Also, it’s hosted by a great team!

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Great podcast

Learning from actual practitioners is the best