On The Just Go Grind Podcast, host Justin Gordon, an entrepreneur, USC MBA alum and Director of Marketing and Community at Vitalize Venture Group, interviews entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors, and other go-getters to pull out the tips, tactics, strategies, and insights to help you build your company.
#290: Jesse Draper, Founding Partner at Halogen Ventures, on Her Unique Journey From Actress to 4th Generation Investor, Challenging Imposter Syndrome as a Female in VC, and Supporting Women in Consumer Tech
Jesse Draper is a mother of 2 boys, founding partner of Halogen Ventures as well as creator and host of Emmy nominated television series, The Valley Girl Show. Jesse is a 4th generation venture capitalist focused on early stage investing in consumer technology companies led by female and co-ed teams. Among her 55 portfolio companies are the Skimm, Glamsquad, Carbon38, HopSkipDrive, The Flex Company, Eloquii (recently sold to Walmart) and This is L (sold to P&G).
#289: Sandro Roco, Founder and CEO of Sanzo, an Asian-Inspired Sparkling Water, on the Ins and Outs of Building a Successful CPG Company and How They're Making the Industry More Inclusive
Sandro Roco is the Founder and CEO of Sanzo, an Asian-inspired sparkling water company on a mission to bridge cultures by connecting people to authentic flavors. Sanzo uses real fruit, not "natural flavors," and has no added sugar. Sandro, a Queens-born Filipino American, had a simple goal in founding Sanzo: celebrate high quality Asian flavors that for decades have been masked by added sugars, artificial flavors and preservatives.
#288: Gal Ringel, Co-Founder and CEO of Mine, the Smart Data Assistant, on Creating the Future of Data Ownership, How to Manage Your Cyber Security, and VC as a Practical MBA
Gal Ringel is the Founder and CEO of Mine, a smart data assistant on a mission to create a new global privacy standard where people can manage their data and minimize online risks without changing their behavior. They are bridging the gap between people and companies by making regulations accessible to everyone. Gal is an accomplished leader with a rare fusion of technology, entrepreneurship, VC experience, strategic thinking, and unique business skills.
#287: Hadley Harris, Co-Founder and General Partner of Eniac Ventures, on Raising Five Funds, Giving a Thoughtful Rejection, and Advice for Founders and Investors
Hadley Harris is a Co-Founder and General Partner of Eniac Ventures, leading seed rounds in bold founders who use code to create transformational companies. Eniac has recently announced it's fifth fund, of $125M, and their portfolio now includes more than 120 companies, with 50-plus exits. Their team's combined 80 years of experience founding and operating over 10 venture-backed startups and their belief in a strong community are at the heart and soul of their investment approach.
#286: Tony Jamous, Founder and CEO of Oyster, a Distributed Talent Enablement Platform Removing Barriers to Cross-Border HR, on Raising a $20M Series A and Creating the Future of Work
Tony Jamous is the Founder & CEO of Oyster, the remote work employment platform. The company is on a mission to remove the barriers between talented people and great full-time jobs globally. They believe it should be easy for any company to hire any person, no matter where either is located in the world. Oyster's software platform is created to solve for the complexities of giving full-time, full-fledged employment to anyone in the world, while providing a delightful experience to employers and employees.
#285: Marlon Nichols, Managing General Partner at MaC Venture Capital, on Building a World Class Venture Firm to Span Generations, Identifying Emerging Behavioral and Cultural Trends, and What it Takes to Merge Venture Funds
Marlon Nichols is a founding managing partner at MaC Venture Capital (formerly Cross Culture Ventures), which finds the entrepreneurs who are building the future for the rest of America. He’s an industry veteran – a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital, where he launched Intel’s $125M diversity fund. Marlon, with an extensive background in technology, private equity, media and entertainment, has a unique eye for global trends and shifts in consumer behavior.
Knack for asking questions
About 2-3 times each episode I find myself asking the interviewee a question in my head and Justin follows through by asking that exact question every time. He has a great understanding of how to fill in gaps of information to give the audience a holistic picture of the interviewee’s background, process, goals, etc.
Just go grind-episode 127 with Peter Peng
Justin did a fantastic job in hitting all the keypoints I would have asked. He never interrupted and was very professional.
Learn and Grow with Justin
Motivational. Inspirational. Great way to start the day.
Justin has done a great job of bringing on top talent individuals that are paving the way for our future. Great chance to get a look into their day to day, understand how they think, and get ideas for how to be better in your everyday life.