The Angel Nest helps connect business founders with strategic investors, advisors and customers.
Each episode provides a compact snapshot of the business, traction with customers and the long term vision of its founders. Hosted by angel investor David Hemenway, The Angel Nest examines the company’s value proposition as seen through the vision of early investors, advisors and even customers.
Episode 18 - Here’s Why Veterans Make Great Entrepreneurs
It stands to reason that entrepreneurs with military backgrounds have many of the same qualities investors look for in founders. And yet, they are 30% less likely to find venture capital.
In this episode of the Angel Nest podcast, we welcome Darren Burrell, of Veteran Ventures Capital. Darren served in the U.S. Air Force which gave him discipline, focus and mental agility – all skills he would later use to succeed in business. His fund, Veteran Ventures, invests exclusively in entrepreneurs with military background. That’s not only to support those that served but also because they have unique domain expertise. And, because Darren knows why veterans are a good bet.
Bill Reny, an U.S. Air Force vet and founder/CEO of SEE ID, also joins us. Veteran Ventured backed his company which provides real-time IOT asset tracking to government and private sector clients. Thanks in part to that funding and mentorship, SEE ID is seeing explosive growth.
We’ll discuss how SEE ID and other veteran-led companies are turning their unique experiences into new business success.
You can learn more about Veteran Ventures at https://VeteranVentures.us.
And, find SEE ID online at at https://seeidinc.com.
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Episode 17 - New North Ventures Propels New North Ventures Propels Firms with Proven Dual-Purpose Technologies
Where do prudent investors turn in uncertain times? The team at New North Ventures has found a niche leveraging their industry and national security connections to advance technologies that can serve both. They provide capital and connections to companies with proven technologies that are ready for new markets.
New North's "sweet spot" is AI, Cybersecurity and next generation communications.
New North Ventures partners Jeremy Hitchcock and Brett Davis join us for a conversation on the Angel Nest along with Steven Witt of Anno AI, a New North Ventures portfolio company. Anno uses AI to leverage data generated by sensors - taking the value of that data to a whole new level
Learn more about New North Ventures at newnorthventures.com.
And, find more about Anno AI at anno.ai.
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XIRA Helps Consumers Find Lawyers and Helps Lawyers Manage Their Practice
Where do you find a good lawyer? And, if you’re a lawyer, where do you find clients if you’re not part of a big firm? Many consumers are intimated when choosing a lawyer and price sensitive to the large law firms which often have to charge big fees.
Enter Xira, a platform designed to connect independent lawyers and clients. Xira seems to be well-positioned for this current moment. After the Covid pandemic, more clients seem to be willing to work online and more lawyers are looking to be independent, making this a potentially great time for Xira to grow.
In this episode, we speak with company founder Reza Ghaffari and one of his first investors Bob Leggett, who envisions a future for Xira well beyond just the current platform. We’ll also hear from attorney Joseph Semartino who has used the platform to help grow his practice.
Learn more about Xira at https://xira.com.
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Aerogami Improves Customer Service by Turning Key Documents into Digital Assets
Aerogami helps companies access today’s “mobile” customers with tools like their Digidoc platform. The app allows traditional insurance companies, for instance, to quickly go mobile in order to appeal to younger consumers who use their phones for absolutely everything.
Companies use Digidoc to translate their material to easily accessible digital files without coding, saving time and money. Consumers can then access all those important documents like insurance policies and contact info right on their home screen whenever needed.
On this issue of the Angel Nest podcast, we talk with Aerogami president Bradley Adams and customer Ariel Wiley from On Call International which uses the app to serve college clients around the world.
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Event for StartUps in Providence to Teach Marketing
Marketing Your StartUp?
Nick Cianfaglione gives a preview of his free event April 28 at Venture Cafe Providence on how to market at every stage of the startup and program manager Reilly Kons talks about meeting investors at Venture Cafe.
Learn more and reserve your spot at VentureCafeProvidence.org
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New App Lets Users Turn Change from Purchases into Crypto
There’s a new way to get in on the cryptocurrency investing craze and it is as easy as shopping. The Roundly X app gives small savers access to cryptocurrencies by letting them round up their purchases and applying that amount to their choice of more than 70 crypto assets.