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Neal Bloom of Interlock Capital on the Importance of Community and Raising Fund I The Capital Stack

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Today, David is talking to Neal Bloom. Neal Bloom is the CEO ofhttps://www.risingtidepartners.co/ ( Rising Tide Partners), a communications firm, and the co-founder and Managing Director ofhttps://interlock.capital/ ( Interlock Capital), a venture investment firm. He is Chair Emeritus of Startup San Diego.
Neal graduated with an undergraduate engineering degree from UCSD and went to work on NASA's Space Shuttle program, launching astronauts to the Space Station. He has since obtained an M.B.A. with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and marketing.
Neal later co-founded Portfolium to help new grads brand themselves with existing classwork as work experience in a visual format. Portfolium was acquired by Instructure ($INST) in 2019. He then went to work building an investment community of domain expert operators to close the gap between capital and subject matter experts. This group, Interlock Capital, has deployed $3.6M into 17 companies in 17 months.
Mr. Bloom has focused on a variety of
· Build a multi-cityhttps://freshbrewedtech.com/ ( media company) and a marketing agency that focuses on economic development, sustainability, and evangelism of the SoCal tech ecosystem, winning multiple awards along the way
· Amplify the story of dozens of local governments and special districts in connecting with their communities
· Interviewed hundreds of leaders for tens of thousands of downloads throughhttp://tacosandtechpodcast.com/ ( his podcast)
· Helping create anhttp://sandiegostartupweek.com/ ( annual conference) to inspire entrepreneurship
· Mentor dozens of founders to either leap and/or to keep building quality businesses
· Advising stakeholders in multiple regions on the changing needs for talent and capital in the technology space
· Angel investing into 50+ early-stage companies while inspiring more entrepreneurs to become investors as well
· Recruit 250+ operators to begin their angel investing journey with Interlock Capital
· Raising a venture fund to double down early-stage investing in dynamic technology leaders

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/nealbbloom/ ( /in/nealbbloom)
TWITTER:https://twitter.com/NealBloom ( @NealBloom)
What You’ll Learn:
Angel Investing to Raising Fund I
Understanding of the marketplace model
Building community prospective
How to educate the community to get out of their bubble as a company
The necessity of a founder to be a talent scout
Importance of being active in sharing an opinion
Community understanding that everyone is after the same thing
Importance of connecting talent to talent
Fund structure
Social media presence growth



Favorite Quote:
“Show up! And do not wait to start!”


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The Capital Stack
All Things Tech Investing and Value Creation
Early growth investor David Paul interviews the world's greatest ecosystem, learns how to start and scale your own business, and finds an edge in today's capital markets. To connect with David, visit:

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DISCLAIMER:
David Paul is the founder and general partner at DWP Capital. All opinions expressed by David and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinions of DWP capital. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for decisions. David and guests may maintain positions in the securities discussed on this podcast.

Today, David is talking to Neal Bloom. Neal Bloom is the CEO ofhttps://www.risingtidepartners.co/ ( Rising Tide Partners), a communications firm, and the co-founder and Managing Director ofhttps://interlock.capital/ ( Interlock Capital), a venture investment firm. He is Chair Emeritus of Startup San Diego.
Neal graduated with an undergraduate engineering degree from UCSD and went to work on NASA's Space Shuttle program, launching astronauts to the Space Station. He has since obtained an M.B.A. with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and marketing.
Neal later co-founded Portfolium to help new grads brand themselves with existing classwork as work experience in a visual format. Portfolium was acquired by Instructure ($INST) in 2019. He then went to work building an investment community of domain expert operators to close the gap between capital and subject matter experts. This group, Interlock Capital, has deployed $3.6M into 17 companies in 17 months.
Mr. Bloom has focused on a variety of
· Build a multi-cityhttps://freshbrewedtech.com/ ( media company) and a marketing agency that focuses on economic development, sustainability, and evangelism of the SoCal tech ecosystem, winning multiple awards along the way
· Amplify the story of dozens of local governments and special districts in connecting with their communities
· Interviewed hundreds of leaders for tens of thousands of downloads throughhttp://tacosandtechpodcast.com/ ( his podcast)
· Helping create anhttp://sandiegostartupweek.com/ ( annual conference) to inspire entrepreneurship
· Mentor dozens of founders to either leap and/or to keep building quality businesses
· Advising stakeholders in multiple regions on the changing needs for talent and capital in the technology space
· Angel investing into 50+ early-stage companies while inspiring more entrepreneurs to become investors as well
· Recruit 250+ operators to begin their angel investing journey with Interlock Capital
· Raising a venture fund to double down early-stage investing in dynamic technology leaders

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/nealbbloom/ ( /in/nealbbloom)
TWITTER:https://twitter.com/NealBloom ( @NealBloom)
What You’ll Learn:
Angel Investing to Raising Fund I
Understanding of the marketplace model
Building community prospective
How to educate the community to get out of their bubble as a company
The necessity of a founder to be a talent scout
Importance of being active in sharing an opinion
Community understanding that everyone is after the same thing
Importance of connecting talent to talent
Fund structure
Social media presence growth



Favorite Quote:
“Show up! And do not wait to start!”


--
The Capital Stack
All Things Tech Investing and Value Creation
Early growth investor David Paul interviews the world's greatest ecosystem, learns how to start and scale your own business, and finds an edge in today's capital markets. To connect with David, visit:

Twitter -https://twitter.com/davidpaulvc ( CLICK HERE)
Substack -http://davidpaul.substack.com/ ( CLICK HERE)
LinkedIn -http://linkedin.com/in/Davidpaulvc ( CLICK HERE)
IG -https://www.instagram.com/davidpaulvc/ ( CLICK HERE)


DISCLAIMER:
David Paul is the founder and general partner at DWP Capital. All opinions expressed by David and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinions of DWP capital. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for decisions. David and guests may maintain positions in the securities discussed on this podcast.

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