18 episodes

The tech media loves a splashy funding announcement - millions of dollars injected into a hot startup primed to become a unicorn. But what about the work behind those headlines? Host Jason Yeh, a former VC and venture-backed startup founder, talks with entrepreneurs about how they raised the capital to launch world-changing startups. Their conversations uncover incredible stories including cautionary tales, inspirational memories, and even some insightful tips. Keep up with us on social @fundedpod to learn more.


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The tech media loves a splashy funding announcement - millions of dollars injected into a hot startup primed to become a unicorn. But what about the work behind those headlines? Host Jason Yeh, a former VC and venture-backed startup founder, talks with entrepreneurs about how they raised the capital to launch world-changing startups. Their conversations uncover incredible stories including cautionary tales, inspirational memories, and even some insightful tips. Keep up with us on social @fundedpod to learn more.


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    The Foreign Language of Fundraising

    The Foreign Language of Fundraising

    Parker Treacy created his first successful company in the United States without raising ventures capital. For his second company, he would need to learn two completely foreign languages to be successful as he set out to launch a company in Brazil and fundraise. Eventually, Parker became fluent in both Portuguese and the language of venture capital as he built his business Cobli and raised over $40MM dollars.

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    • 52 min
    Learning the Fundraising Dance

    Learning the Fundraising Dance

    Erin Carpenter grew up focused on becoming an entertainer with classical training as a ballerina. Along the way, an embarrassing uniform mishap as a young dancer and continued frustrations throughout her career drove her to embrace an entrepreneurial fire that led to starting Nude Barre. For this professional dancer, learning the fundraising dance was a struggle. After 10 years of bootstrapping and failing to raise money, she finally figured out the steps and eventually raised Seed capital from the likes of Serena Williams, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Jason Calacanis, and Freestyle Capital.

    Listen to learn what helped her find the way and launch the next phase of growth in her business.

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    • 54 min
    Investor Psychology 101

    Investor Psychology 101

    Nicole Emrani Green's journey from the rambunctious daughter of Persian immigrants to venture-backed CEO has had many twists and turns. Surprisingly, her first career in psychotherapy gave her some of the tools to help advance herself as a leader and successfully close a $4MM Seed round for her company Givingli. Listen to the story as she describes the way she's learned the startup ropes as an outsider and the feeling of a past funding rejection she's now grown to be proud of.

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    • 55 min
    Stayin' Alive 🎶

    Stayin' Alive 🎶

    Matt Pohlson, co-founder and CEO of Omaze, has had one of the most death defying startup journeys ever. Time and time again, his company has been on the brink of death, only to be saved by Matt’s persistence and never-quit attitude. While most involved nearly running out of funds, one experience involved his own near death experience as he flatlined on an ER bed with his family surrounding him. Persistence brought him back from the brink and eventually back to Omaze where he used an even stronger belief in their mission to lead a Series B fundraise in March of 2020 just as COVID began impacting the world.
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    • 44 min
    Networking hard or hardly networking?

    Networking hard or hardly networking?

    Zach Bruhnke, co-founder and CEO of HMBradley, had a shot at startup glory with his first fintech company Spout. After investor skepticism caused him to throw in the towel, he vowed not to have his own convictions be swayed in future companies. Zach shares how a crazy commitment to the vision with HMBradley as well as a natural approach to building relationships led to both company and fundraising success.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    From YC darling to fundraising powerhouse

    From YC darling to fundraising powerhouse

    For the three years between her graduation from Y-Combinator to her splashy $50MM Series A raise from Sequoia, Christina Cacioppo and her company Vanta kept a low profile. Back in 2018, they had been working in a space few people were talking about around Silicon Valley. SOC2 compliance for startups hardly got people excited. Then, almost out of nowhere, came the announcement that Vanta had raised $50MM from Sequoia Capital. Christina shares how she got to this point and how much impact YC had on the process.
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

F.U.L.L. ,

A Startup Founder Must Listen!

When someone knows the space, it makes them a much better interviewer. Jason has a wealth of knowledge and it shows with the way he approaches each and every interview. Super recommend! Some of the best nuggets I’ve found on any podcast, anywhere.

Darrel Frater ,

A must listen for any founder seeking funding

I've learned so much from listening to these interviews. The insight has been tremendously helpful in my fundraising journey. Jason is also very helpful on social media as he has provided founders with additional resources to aid in their fundraising. Keep up the amazing work Jason!

Hmb7x ,

Actionable advice for founders (and investors)

Jason is a masterful interviewer, great at getting useful information out of his guests and helping them structure it to be actionable for listeners. I love that the podcast builds in a post-show analysis, diving deeper into areas that listeners might be interested in. There’s also clear intention to support a diverse array of founders. Excited to continue listening and to share this podcast!

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