A podcast exploring the world's most exceptional entrepreneurs, investors & emerging growth companies who are making a difference in the world.
Patti Glaza, see what the Executive Vice President and Managing Partner of Invest Detroit Venture Partners sees in the best entrepreneurs, and listen to what makes her the best in her city.
What is turning Detroit's ecosystem around? What does the investment scene look like? Listen to the passion and dedication Patti has for helping those who are underserved in the ecosystem. She stopped counting after she invested in her 60th company, and over half of the companies she invested in were led by women, minorities, or immigrants. She is truly making a difference in the world, and you'll hear how.
Big Thanks to our co-host for Women's History Month, Claudia Saric from Relish Works
Amy Volas, what determines a good salesperson? Founder of Avenue Talent Partners
On today's episode, Amy Volas, founder of Avenue Talent Partners, talks sales with RJ, how startups are messing up in hiring sales people and how they can fix their hiring process. She tells how she is able to determine a good sales person right off the bat, and at what point it should be noticeable that the sales person hired is or is not a good fit. She mentions the importance for founders to actually know their customers and sales process so they know who is right to hire, and where recruiting starts
Tamim Abdul Majid, OCA, Investment Decisions, Passion and Volatility
Tamim came on this episode to talk about his beginnings as an entrepreneur and how he is able to use his skills learned as an opportunity to help other entrepreneurs who are a part of the OCA fund. He speaks of the important things venture funds look for from startup founders other than how much money they've made and how it's always company based, not leaning towards the founder or their market. Volatility can be a better sign than consensus, because being part of the contrary can be more interesting.
Why I invest over 50% of my fund in women CEO’s.
Samara earned an Industrial and Operations Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Samara tells us about her start at Goldman Sachs, how she got into venture, and how different investment criteria helped launch her fund, C******a Ventures.
She talks about what's important to look for in early stage companies, and how the tech ecosystem affects everything.
Andrew Boyer talks about what to do when you hit an inflection point, media communications and how communications can go badly in situations like the BP oil spill and Target database breach.
Andrew is EVP and General Manager of Reputation Partners' Chicago Office and serves as one of the firm’s top client counselors. Andrew works with clients on strategic communications, thought leadership and executive positioning, proactive and reactive crisis and issues preparedness and reputation management program
Dana Wright, MATH Venture Partners, Go-To Market Strategies for startups, B2B, SaaS, What Investors are Looking For
Dana Wright is Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners. She is a leading voice on fundraising strategy, leadership during extreme growth, managing board dynamics, and optimizing for an exit. She believes in the Midwest as a hub for entrepreneurial activity and investment. Dana joined MATH in April 2015 and has more than 20 years of investing and operating experience.
Great topic range
Really enjoying the Ecosystem, love the range and diversity of not just the guests, but the topics of conversation covered. Looking forward to more!
Fantastic podcast. RJ is a really skilled interviewer.