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Startup of the Year Podcast raises the bar for startups around the world by providing further insight on the emerging companies featured in our Daily Dealflow newsletter, and by highlighting newsworthy stories and global trends affecting the startup ecosystem.

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Startup of the Year Podcast raises the bar for startups around the world by providing further insight on the emerging companies featured in our Daily Dealflow newsletter, and by highlighting newsworthy stories and global trends affecting the startup ecosystem.

    #0052 - Dave Dworschak of Kamana Explains How to Build a Startup For Acquisition

    #0052 - Dave Dworschak of Kamana Explains How to Build a Startup For Acquisition

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Dave Dworschak, the Co-founder and CEO of Kamana (www.kamanahealth.com), about their recent acquisition by Triage Staffing in 2020.
    Kamana is an alumni of the Startup of the Year program and was an Established Ventures portfolio company. More specifically, Kamana is is customer-centric, feedback-driven software for the healthcare staffing industry and it enables the healthcare workforce to manage their credentials and careers from a single place, and staffing agencies to hire and collaborate with the workforce far more efficiently.
    We also hear segments from some of our Established Team members. Our Co-CEO, Jen Consalvo, shares some words of advice for startup founders on how to tell their story. We also hear from Rich Maloy, our VP of Engagement with Established and part of Established Ventures, who has some tips for startup founders about how to communicate with investors in a segment called the “VC Minute.”
    We’ve also recently been active on the Clubhouse app where we have created our new “Startup Community Club” for our community and we hope that you all will join or follow the “Startup Community Club.” You can find it at est.us/clubhouse.
    We also 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. When you are part of the community you can join our new Startup Slack channel, where you can mix and mingle with our team and other entrepreneurs about various different topics.
    For all of you startup founders out there, we want to let you all know that the Startup of the Year 2021 application is open. So if you are a startup looking for exposure and to become part of an amazing community make sure to apply at soty.link/apply21.
    We are also working with Powderkeg on their 2021 Unvalley event which will take place on May 19 - 20th. We are still in the planning stage, but you will be able to find more info in the near future at powderkeg.com/events. We think it is going to be a really good time with some pretty huge speakers and other activities. More info to come about the event in the future...
    We also give a shout out to Finmark (another one of our portfolio companies). Finmark is financial planning software for startups for revenue forecasting, cash projections, and runway. Check out Finmark and sign up for a 30-day free trial at est.us/finmark.
    Lastly, we want to continue to let our startup listeners know that the NASA iTech program is looking for for startups for their various pitch sessions and you can apply by visiting our link at: est.us/nit
    Thank you for listening, and as always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at www.est.us
    Checkout Startup of the Year at www.startupofyear.com
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year Daily Deal Flow: www.startupofyear.com/daily-dealflow
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year podcast: www.podcast.startupofyear.com
    Subscribe to the Established YouTube Channel: soty.link/ESTYouTube
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    Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource. Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year. The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is

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    #0051 - Tim Draper Tells Stories From His Life As A Venture Capitalist

    #0051 - Tim Draper Tells Stories From His Life As A Venture Capitalist

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Tim Draper at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Tim is a top global venture capitalist, founder of Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds.
    Tim’s investments include Coinbase, Robinhood, TwitchTV, Skype, Tesla, Baidu, Focus Media, YeePay, Hotmail, SolarCity, Athenahealth, Box, SpaceX, Cruise Automation, Carta, Planet, PTC, Ledger and many others.
    Tim is also a leading spokesperson for Bitcoin, Blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrencies. He has served on the California State Board of Education, and led a movement for Local Choice in schools culminating in becoming proponent for a statewide initiative for School Vouchers. Tim also led an initiative to create competitive governance with Six Californias, followed by Three Californias, which was approved for the ballot, but was rejected by the California Supreme Court before the vote.
    We also hear from Rich Maloy, our VP of Engagement with Established and part of Established Ventures, who has some tips about keeping top of mind in a competitive funding landscape in a segment called the “VC Minute.”
    We also celebrate one of our alumni, Blake Hall, and his company ID.me (which is a digital identification platform that simplifies how individuals securely prove and share their identities online) recently raised Nine-Figure Round.
    There is also the upcoming CTA Foundation's 2021 Virtual Pitch Event (sponsored by AARP Innovation Labs) which will take place on March 31st. Join us as eight startups pitch their innovations and engage in Q&A with experts. This year there will also be an audience favorite award, where attendees vote LIVE as startups pitch! You can find out more info and register for the event at: est.us/331EB.
    We’ve also recently been active on the Clubhouse app where we have created our new “Startup Community Club” for our community and we hope that you all will join or follow the “Startup Community Club.” You can find it at est.us/clubhouse.
    We also 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.
    It is also that time of year again when the Startup of the Year 2021 Application is open. So if you are a startup looking for exposure and to become part of an amazing community make sure to apply at soty.link/apply21.
    Lastly, we want to continue to let our startup listeners know that the NASA iTech program is looking for for startups for their various pitch sessions and you can apply by visiting our link at: est.us/nit
    Thank you for listening, and as always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at www.est.us
    Checkout Startup of the Year at www.startupofyear.com
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year Daily Deal Flow: www.startupofyear.com/daily-dealflow
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year podcast: www.podcast.startupofyear.com
    Subscribe to the Established YouTube Channel: soty.link/ESTYouTube
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    Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource. Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year. The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the

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    #0050 - Meredith Fineman Teaches Us How To Brag Better

    #0050 - Meredith Fineman Teaches Us How To Brag Better

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Meredith Fineman at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Meredith is an entrepreneur, writer, best-selling author, speaker, podcast host, and women's advocate. She is also the founder and CEO of FinePoint, a leadership and professional development company with a focus on visibility and voice.
    Meredith is also the author of Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion. It’s an Amazon Bestseller and has been mentioned in outlets from The New York Times to FastCompany and more. You can purchase the book on Amazon at https://amzn.to/30VWA7o.
    We also hear from Rich Maloy, our VP of Engagement with Established and part of Established Ventures, who has some tips for startup founders with a segment called the “VC Minute”
    Frank also talks about our SXSW Serendipity & Innovation events, where we had two really interesting programming segments. One of the sessions was for Government Funding Opportunities for Startups, which featured some of our partners from NASA, SBA, NSF, NIH, and the DOE. The second segment was a Venture Capital Reverse Pitch, where investors actually pitched their funds to startups. Both sessions were fantastic and we will be posting recap videos of each in the near future on our Youtube channel at soty.link/ESTYouTube.
    We also utilized the Clubhouse app both days so that audience members could interact with some of the speakers in an additional Q&A session. The Clubhouse rooms were hosted in our new “Startup Community Club” and we hope that you all will join or follow the “Startup Community Club.” You can find the club at est.us/clubhouse.
    We also 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.
    It is also that time of year again when the Startup of the Year 2021 Application is open. So if you are a startup looking for exposure and to become part of an amazing community make sure to apply at soty.link/apply21.
    Lastly, we want to continue to let our startup listeners know that the NASA iTech program is looking for for startups for their various pitch sessions and you can apply by visiting our link at: est.us/nit
    Thank you for listening, and as always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at www.est.us
    Checkout Startup of the Year at www.startupofyear.com/
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year Daily Deal Flow: www.startupofyear.com/daily-dealflow
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year podcast: www.podcast.startupofyear.com
    Subscribe to the Established YouTube Channel: soty.link/ESTYouTube
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    Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource. Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year. The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.
    Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with innovation, startup, and communication strategies. It is the power behind Startup of the Year. Created by the talent responsible for building the Tech.Co brand (acquired by an international publishing company), we are leveraging decades of experience t

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    #0049 - Lo Toney Details Various Venture Capital Investment Opportunities

    #0049 - Lo Toney Details Various Venture Capital Investment Opportunities

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Lo Toney at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020.
    Lo is the founding managing partner at Plexo Capital, which is an institutional investment firm he incubated and spun out from Google Ventures. Plexo Capital invests in emerging seed-stage VCs led by diverse teams and invests directly into companies sourced from the portfolios of VCs where Plexo Capital has an investment.
    Prior to founding Plexo Capital, Lo was a Partner on the investing team at Google Ventures where he focused on marketplaces, mobile and consumer products. Before Google Ventures, Lo was a Partner with Comcast Ventures where he led the Catalyst Fund and worked with the main fund where he focused on mobile messaging and marketplaces.
    Lo also worked with Zynga as the GM of Zynga Poker with full P+L responsibility for Zynga’s largest franchise at that time. He has also held executive roles with Nike, eBay, as well as startups funded by top tier investors.
    On another note, we have a very exciting SXSW event planned on March 15 - 20. Our programming will also include a segment for Government Funding Opportunities for Startups and a Venture Capital Reverse Pitch, where investors will actually pitch their funds to startups...which everyone is really excited about. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved visit: www.est.us/sxsw21.
    We also 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. It is also that time of year again when the Startup of the Year 2021 Application is open. So if you are a startup looking for exposure and to become part of an amazing community make sure to apply at https://www.startupofyear.com/application.
    We also want to congratulate Kamana Health (Established Venture Portfolio & 2019 Top 100) for announcing that they've been acquired by Triage. Kamana is a software platform connecting healthcare providers and staffing agencies with traveling nurses and other medical professionals. Learn more at the following: https://www.kamanahealth.com/an-open-letter-to-our-customers/.
    Lastly, check us out on the Clubhouse App, where we are planning a bunch of new rooms and sessions coming out regularly and we will also have some rooms during our SXSW festivities. Follow our Club - Startup Community Club.
    Thank you for listening, and as always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at www.est.us
    Checkout Startup of the Year at www.startupofyear.com/
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year Daily Deal Flow: www.startupofyear.com/daily-dealflow
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year podcast: http://startupoftheyear.libsyn.com/
    Subscribe to the Established YouTube Channel: https://soty.link/ESTYouTube
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    Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource.
    Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year.
    The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.
    Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with innovation, startup, and communication strategies. It is the power behind Startup of the Ye

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    #0048 - Dr. Ximena Hartsock Discusses Ideas That Change The World

    #0048 - Dr. Ximena Hartsock Discusses Ideas That Change The World

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Dr. Ximena Hartsock at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020.
    Ximena is the Co-founder of Phone2Action, the world's leading technology company for civic participation and stakeholder engagement. The platform has empowered millions of advocates to make over 40 million connections with elected officials. She is passionate about education and about empowering people to take action to make this world a better place. In addition to running her own companies, Ximena is a member of the board of directors of Consumer Technology Association which produces CES and she is also on the Forbes list of Women Crushing it in Technology.
    When we heard from her at our Summit in the Fall of 2020 she was still working with Phone2Action, but after eight years, she announced that she left the Arlington-based civic tech company to pursue a new venture and launch a new technology product. We are excited to hear more about her new endeavor when more details are available.
    We also hear from Rich Maloy, our VP of Engagement with Established and part of Established Ventures, who has some tips for raising capital with a segment called the “VC Minute.”
    As many of you may know, we’ve had a long tradition of heading down to Austin, Texas every March for SXSW and we want to quickly let you all know we have something brewing again this year in mid-March. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved visit: www.est.us/sxsw21.
    We also 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.
    Lastly, check us out on the Clubhouse App, where we are planning a bunch of new rooms and sessions coming out regularly and we will also have some rooms during our SXSW festivities. You can follow us at @frankgruber, @jenconsalvo, @johnguidos or we will be updating our Clubhouse calendar in our weekly newsletter.
    Thank you for listening, and as always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at www.est.us
    Checkout Startup of the Year at www.startupofyear.com/
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year Daily Deal Flow: www.startupofyear.com/daily-dealflow
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year podcast: http://startupoftheyear.libsyn.com/
    Subscribe to the Established YouTube Channel: https://soty.link/ESTYouTube
    ***
    Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource.
    Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year.
    The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.
    Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with innovation, startup, and communication strategies. It is the power behind Startup of the Year. Created by the talent responsible for building the Tech.Co brand (acquired by an international publishing company), we are leveraging decades of experience to help our collaborators best further (or create) their brand & accomplish their most important goals. Connect with us on Twitter - @EstablishedUs and Facebook - facebook.com/established.us/.

    • 42 min
    #0047 - Suneel Gupta Explains How To Be "BACKABLE"

    #0047 - Suneel Gupta Explains How To Be "BACKABLE"

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talked with Suneel Gupta at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020.
    Suneel teaches innovation at Harvard University and is the author of the upcoming book, “BACKABLE,” which just came out on February 23rd. The book is rooted in Suneel’s journey from first-time entrepreneur to being named “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange, and explores how to get people to believe in your ideas.
    "BACKABLE" can be purchased at the following link: https://amzn.to/3aPtRab
    Suneel’s ideas have been backed by firms like Greylock and Google Ventures, and he served as an Entrepreneur in Residence inside Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He has personally backed startups including Impossible Foods, AirBnB, 23&Me, Calm, and SpaceX. In 2019, Suneel established the Gross National Happiness Center of America in partnership with the Kingdom of Bhutan.
    We also hear from Rich Maloy, our VP of Engagement with Established and part of Established Ventures, who has some tips for raising capital with a segment called the “VC Minute.”
    As many of you may know, we’ve had a long tradition of heading down to Austin, Texas every March for SXSW and we want to quickly let you all know we have something brewing again this year this year in mid-March. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved visit: www.est.us/sxsw21.
    We also 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.
    Thank you for listening, and as always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at www.est.us
    Checkout Startup of the Year at www.startupofyear.com/
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year Daily Deal Flow: www.startupofyear.com/daily-dealflow
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year podcast: http://startupoftheyear.libsyn.com/
    Subscribe to the Established YouTube Channel: https://soty.link/ESTYouTube
    ***
    Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource. Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year. The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.
    Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with innovation, startup, and communication strategies. It is the power behind Startup of the Year. Created by the talent responsible for building the Tech.Co brand (acquired by an international publishing company), we are leveraging decades of experience to help our collaborators best further (or create) their brand & accomplish their most important goals. Connect with us on Twitter - @EstablishedUs and Facebook - facebook.com/established.us/.

    • 42 min

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Industry Knowledge

This podcast has evolved from just focusing on startups to introducing more people and orgs from across the tech industry. Keeps me up to date on new trends and what's happening across the country regarding tech, startups, funding and more.

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A Fun Listen.

Always insightful and good to hear the conversations that are relevant today. Well done guys.

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Fun & Informative

Great resource on startups, founders, and how these incredible companies are addressing issues and enhancing lives.

I also love the fun the co-hosts have - makes the podcast lively and extra-enjoyable.

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