208 episodes

Welcome to The Syndicate, the place where investors and startups combine to create crazy businesses and even crazier returns.



The Syndicate podcast is a deep dive on the angel investors and VCs behind the big name startups. We interview the best and brightest investors, syndicate leads, GPs, limited partners and startup founders to create an original, off the cuff discussion on startup investing.



With a focus on strategies and tactics, mistakes and massive money makers, we hope to help AngelList investors and venture capitalists create unfair advantages in their investment portfolios.



Recurring investment themes include Bitcoin & Ethereum, cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, B2B, AI & Automation, Robotics, Big Data, AdTech, Enterprise SaaS, Healthcare, IoT, Fintech, Biotech, Ecommerce and of course Mobile.



Other topics include lean startup, marketing strategies, growth hacking, business development, startup equity, fundraising, KPIs, incubators and accelerators, hiring, acquisitions, IPOs, ICOs and more.



To date we have had investors from around the globe, NYC, Boston, San Francisco ie SF, Silicon Valley, Berlin, London, Israel, Amsterdam, Singapore, China and more. A bit part of the podcast is exploring the startup ecosystems around the world and helping founders and angels better understand the pros and cons of each major tech hub.



And no tech startup podcast would be complete without continual references to the tech giants of today: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Microsoft. These internet era monsters come up time and time in mergers, acquisitions and overall competitive landscape.



Other great startup, tech and investing podcasts we recommend checking out include: ThisWeekInStartups with Jason Calacanis, the a16z podcast by Andressen Horowitz, The Pitch from Gimlet Media featuring Josh Muccio, the Twenty Minute VC with Harry Stebbings, ThisWeekInTech with Leo Laporte, The Tim Ferriss Show, Ventured by Kleiner Perkins, Nick Moran's Full Ratchet, YCombinator's Startup School, Ben Thompson's Exponent and Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman.



https://thesyndicate.vc



The Syndicate itself is a group of accredited angel investors that focus on early stage tech startups with exponential potential and talented entrepreneurs to raise the bar on pre-seed and seed stage investing.



We only work with the very best and align ourselves with the founders we invest in to push growth and provide tacticals strategies and intros whenever possible to help our portfolio companies shine.



https://thesyndicate.vc/join

The Syndicate Matt Ward

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 81 Ratings

Welcome to The Syndicate, the place where investors and startups combine to create crazy businesses and even crazier returns.



The Syndicate podcast is a deep dive on the angel investors and VCs behind the big name startups. We interview the best and brightest investors, syndicate leads, GPs, limited partners and startup founders to create an original, off the cuff discussion on startup investing.



With a focus on strategies and tactics, mistakes and massive money makers, we hope to help AngelList investors and venture capitalists create unfair advantages in their investment portfolios.



Recurring investment themes include Bitcoin & Ethereum, cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, B2B, AI & Automation, Robotics, Big Data, AdTech, Enterprise SaaS, Healthcare, IoT, Fintech, Biotech, Ecommerce and of course Mobile.



Other topics include lean startup, marketing strategies, growth hacking, business development, startup equity, fundraising, KPIs, incubators and accelerators, hiring, acquisitions, IPOs, ICOs and more.



To date we have had investors from around the globe, NYC, Boston, San Francisco ie SF, Silicon Valley, Berlin, London, Israel, Amsterdam, Singapore, China and more. A bit part of the podcast is exploring the startup ecosystems around the world and helping founders and angels better understand the pros and cons of each major tech hub.



And no tech startup podcast would be complete without continual references to the tech giants of today: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Microsoft. These internet era monsters come up time and time in mergers, acquisitions and overall competitive landscape.



Other great startup, tech and investing podcasts we recommend checking out include: ThisWeekInStartups with Jason Calacanis, the a16z podcast by Andressen Horowitz, The Pitch from Gimlet Media featuring Josh Muccio, the Twenty Minute VC with Harry Stebbings, ThisWeekInTech with Leo Laporte, The Tim Ferriss Show, Ventured by Kleiner Perkins, Nick Moran's Full Ratchet, YCombinator's Startup School, Ben Thompson's Exponent and Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman.



https://thesyndicate.vc



The Syndicate itself is a group of accredited angel investors that focus on early stage tech startups with exponential potential and talented entrepreneurs to raise the bar on pre-seed and seed stage investing.



We only work with the very best and align ourselves with the founders we invest in to push growth and provide tacticals strategies and intros whenever possible to help our portfolio companies shine.



https://thesyndicate.vc/join

    Announcing The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Podcast

    Announcing The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Podcast

    Are you a climate or impact startup looking for funding? Are you an investor looking for interesting world-positive companies to invest in?







    Then let me introduce you to The Startup Tank presented by 4WARD.VC, the ultimate startup investor pitch contest where top climate tech and impact founders pitch to a panel of VCs looking to fund world-positive cleantech, sustainability, health and impact startups looking to move the world forward.







    If you’ve ever wanted a chance to pitch your company or get in front of VCs and angel investors, now is your time to shine.







    Learn more and apply at thestartuptank.com















    Subscribe to The Startup Tank on your favorite podcasting platform of choice:







    Apple Podcast | Spotify | Youtube | Google Podcast | Stitcher | Anchor















    TODAY’S PRESENTING STARTUPS INCLUDE:







    * wiCow: Reducing cow birthing deaths from 6% to 1%.* Bomway: The Alibaba of sustainable product/supplier sourcing* DOTS: Soil sensing to stop billions in fertilizer runoff pollution* Materials Nexus: Harnessing AI to develop sustainable new materials* Foodsquared: Upcycling food and drink by-products into plant-based proteins* Voltiris: Transforming greenhouses into renewable solar powerplants







    Investor Panelists:







    * Sven Meyer – Investor at 4Impact VC* Madeline Lawrence – Investor at Peak Capital* Ricardo Camarinha – Investor at Teal Impact







    About 4WARD.VC’s Angel Syndicate:







    4WARD.VC’s angel group invests in mission-driven pre seed and seed stage startups moving the world forward by tackling big problems in the areas of commerce/ecommerce, platforms/marketplaces, consumer tech, fintech, cleantech & climate change, B2B/enterprise, hardware-as-a-service and of course software/SaaS.For more information on 4WARD.VC and our angel syndicate:







    4WARD.VC/syndicate















    About The Startup Tank:







    YCombinator popularized the demo day. Shark Tank revolutionized the investor pitch. We take the best of both worlds combined with the Covid-fueled remote nature of everything to bring you The Startup Tank Demo Days presented by 4WARD.VC, the startup pitch fest where founders get to pitch to prospective investors, possible cofounders and the tech ecosystem as a whole. If you’ve ever wanted a chance to pitch your company or get in front of VCs and angel investors, now is your time to shine. 







    About the host:







    Matt Ward is a serial entrepreneur & startup advisor, lead’s 4WARD.VC’s angel syndicate focused on early-stage climate and impact companies that move the world forward and Ve...

    Announcing The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Podcast

    Announcing The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Podcast

    Are you a climate or impact startup looking for funding? Are you an investor looking for interesting world-positive companies to invest in?







    Welcome to The Startup Tank presented by 4WARD.VC 4WARD.VC angel group, a special Swiss-focused startup pitch competition where founders pitch their project to our investor panel including the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC), Sparrow Ventures and Wingman as well as investors and VCs tuning in from across the globe.







    If you’ve ever wanted a chance to pitch your company or get in front of VCs and angel investors, now is your time to shine.







    Learn more and apply at thestartuptank.com















    Subscribe to The Startup Tank on your favorite podcasting platform of choice:







    Apple Podcast | Spotify | Youtube | Google Podcast | Stitcher | Anchor















    PRESENTING STARTUPS INCLUDE:







    * Voltiris: Transforming greenhouses into renewable solar powerplants* Potiio – Soft drink flavor, 30% less sugar – no artificial flavoring.* Zario – Free yourself from your phone and get on with your life.* Raush: Your travel recommendations bookable directly via social media* Footsnap: Foot scanning to ensure online shoes shopping always fits* Kapsly: An all-in-one startup services for equity platform* Blue Salmon: Aquacultured sustainable Swiss salmon







    Investor Panelists:







    * Thomas Ackermann – Director of SICTIC* Antonia Albert – Investor at Wingman Ventures* Claudius Stammbach – Investor at Sparrow Ventures







    About 4WARD.VC’s Angel Syndicate:







    4WARD.VC’s angel group invests in mission-driven pre seed and seed stage startups moving the world forward by tackling big problems in the areas of commerce/ecommerce, platforms/marketplaces, consumer tech, fintech, cleantech & climate change, B2B/enterprise, hardware-as-a-service and of course software/SaaS.For more information on 4WARD.VC and our angel syndicate:







    4WARD.VC/syndicate















    About The Startup Tank:







    YCombinator popularized the demo day. Shark Tank revolutionized the investor pitch. We take the best of both worlds combined with the Covid-fueled remote nature of everything to bring you The Startup Tank Demo Days presented by 4WARD.VC, the startup pitch fest where founders get to pitch to prospective investors, possible cofounders and the tech ecosystem as a whole. If you’ve ever wanted a chance to pitch your company or get in front of VCs and angel investors, now is your time to shine. 







    About the host:







    Matt Ward is a serial entrepreneur & startup advisor, lead’s 4WARD.

    • 2 hr 7 min
    Objectivity is a Fictitious Thing We Like to Pretend Exists | Charles Arthur

    Objectivity is a Fictitious Thing We Like to Pretend Exists | Charles Arthur

    Charles Arthur (@CharlesArthur) is a former technology editor of the Guardian and the author of Cyber Wars: Hacks That Shocked the Business World covering some of the world’s biggest cyber attacks. He also played a large role in the UK’s Free Our Data campaign to persuade the government to make non-personal government data available for free reuse.







    In today’s episode we discuss:







    * Thoughts on data-powered totalitarianism

    * A deeper dive into social media’s ability to influence us, and democracy

    * How data privacy and surveillance have changed in the last ten years

    * Why open-sourcing government data is a good thing

    * How mission-driven journalism both helps and hurts the world

    * A bold proposal to improve democratic outcomes

    * How to avoid heading towards 1984

    * Just how bad is the surveillance economy today

    * Which of the tech giants Charles is most worried about and why

    * Charles thoughts on COVID contact tracing







    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.Charles Arthur (@CharlesArthur) is a former technology editor of the Guardian and the author of Cyber Wars: Hacks That Shocked the Business World covering some of the world’s biggest cyber attacks. He also played a large role in the UK’s Free Our Data campaign to persuade the government to make non-personal government data available for free reuse.







    In today’s episode we discuss:







    * Thoughts on data-powered totalitarianism

    * A deeper dive into social media’s ability to influence us, and democracy

    * How data privacy and surveillance have changed in the last ten years

    * Why open-sourcing government data is a good thing

    * How mission-driven journalism both helps and hurts the world

    * A bold proposal to improve democratic outcomes

    * How to avoid heading towards 1984

    * Just how bad is the surveillance economy today

    * Which of the tech giants Charles is most worried about and why

    * Charles thoughts on COVID contact tracing







    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 50 min
    Investing in Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics for a Better Mental Health Future | Charlie Hartwell

    Investing in Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics for a Better Mental Health Future | Charlie Hartwell

    Charlie Hartwell (@ShiftIt_Inst) is an Operating Partner at the Bridge Builders Collaborative, a consumer health tech investment group that invested early in Pear Therapeutics, Insight Timer and Headspace, in addition to being a “Change Agent” focused on igniting consciousness, mindfulness, and creating a more connected human world.







    In today’s episode we discuss:











    * Where are headed with consumer health tech and consciousness

    * Why Charlie’s afraid our collective ability to live together

    * How mindfulness and meditation can help us get through this COVID crisis

    * The role of psychedelics in shifting mental health

    * Why meditation may just be the next best medic

    * Which alternative health practices hold the most promise for the future of healthcare

    * What Charlie thinks we should do for a more mentally-sound world

    * Why we’re treating patients and health all wrong

    * How investment dollars drive innovation

    * Why the psychedelic movement of today is much more than a fad

    * What’s the future of wearable tech











    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.Charlie Hartwell (@ShiftIt_Inst) is an Operating Partner at the Bridge Builders Collaborative, a consumer health tech investment group that invested early in Pear Therapeutics, Insight Timer and Headspace, in addition to being a “Change Agent” focused on igniting consciousness, mindfulness, and creating a more connected human world.







    In today’s episode we discuss:











    * Where are headed with consumer health tech and consciousness

    * Why Charlie’s afraid our collective ability to live together

    * How mindfulness and meditation can help us get through this COVID crisis

    * The role of psychedelics in shifting mental health

    * Why meditation may just be the next best medic

    * Which alternative health practices hold the most promise for the future of healthcare

    * What Charlie thinks we should do for a more mentally-sound world

    * Why we’re treating patients and health all wrong

    * How investment dollars drive innovation

    * Why the psychedelic movement of today is much more than a fad

    * What’s the future of wearable tech











    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 40 min
    REPLAY: Cory Doctorow – Political Fallout of COVID-19, Possible Economic and Healthcare Changes, and Why It’s Time for a New Deal to Overcome Late-Stage Capitalism

    REPLAY: Cory Doctorow – Political Fallout of COVID-19, Possible Economic and Healthcare Changes, and Why It’s Time for a New Deal to Overcome Late-Stage Capitalism

    Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) is the best selling science fiction author, blogger, and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing), a contributor to many magazines, websites, and newspapers and a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards, and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also an MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Head of Zeus (UK), Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK). He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. Several of his award-winning novels include:



    * Little Brother

    * Homeland

    * Pirate Cinema



    Cory also co-founded the open-source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola and serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the Clarion Foundation, the Open Technology Fund and the Metabrainz Foundation.



    Listen and Learn:



    * Possible geopolitical consequence of the COVID-19 epidemic

    * New ways to consider the role of economics and market forces post Corona

    * Why Cory thinks much of Europe will push further left after the world normalizes

    * The reason Cory isn’t worried about a post-COVID new Patriot Act

    * Why today feels a lot like post-WWII oligarchy capitalism

    * The five new horsemen of the battle for individual privacy

    * How to avoid self-destructive late-stage capitalism

    * Why Coronavirus death and fallout may swing the future of US politics

    * Why the US is WAY more socialized than citizens think

    * How we could fund a successful Green New Deal

    * What were the true impacts of Edward Snowden

    * Are we headed toward a constant location-based tracking and surveillance

    * What worries Cory most about today’s epidemic climate



    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) is the best selling science fiction author, blogger, and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing), a contributor to many magazines, websites, and newspapers and a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards, and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also an MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Head of Zeus (UK), Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK). He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. Several of his award-winning novels include:



    * Little Brother

    • 51 min
    The Divergence of AR and VR and Connectivity, Collaboration and Entertainment in a Post COVID World | Tony Parisi

    The Divergence of AR and VR and Connectivity, Collaboration and Entertainment in a Post COVID World | Tony Parisi

    Tony Parisi (@auradeluxe) is a virtual reality pioneer, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor. He co-created several, 3D graphics standards, is Head of AR/VR Ad Innovation at Unity Technologies, and author several O’Reilly Media books on virtual reality and WebGL.



    Today, Tony is has a leading spokesman for the immersive industry and was recently named one of Next Reality’s 30 People to Watch in Augmented Reality in 2019.



     

    Listen and Learn:



    * Where are we on the AR and VR adoption cycle

    * What the future of AR/VR holds and why they will diverge

    * How COVID-19 is pushing us towards an immersive future

    * The big differences between consumer and enterprise VR adoption

    * Why Facebook and Oculus are well-placed to dominate virtual reality

    * Which sci-fi inspirations are most realistic for augmented and virtual reality

    * What’s the future look like for the entertainment industry

    * Why Tony isn’t all that worried about any future tech

    * How tech life cycles are accelerating and what it all means

    * Why we have reached a tipping point in consumer VR adoption



     











    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.Tony Parisi (@auradeluxe) is a virtual reality pioneer, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor. He co-created several, 3D graphics standards, is Head of AR/VR Ad Innovation at Unity Technologies, and author several O’Reilly Media books on virtual reality and WebGL.



    Today, Tony is has a leading spokesman for the immersive industry and was recently named one of Next Reality’s 30 People to Watch in Augmented Reality in 2019.



     

    Listen and Learn:



    * Where are we on the AR and VR adoption cycle

    * What the future of AR/VR holds and why they will diverge

    * How COVID-19 is pushing us towards an immersive future

    * The big differences between consumer and enterprise VR adoption

    * Why Facebook and Oculus are well-placed to dominate virtual reality

    * Which sci-fi inspirations are most realistic for augmented and virtual reality

    * What’s the future look like for the entertainment industry

    * Why Tony isn’t all that worried about any future tech

    * How tech life cycles are accelerating and what it all means

    * Why we have reached a tipping point in consumer VR adoption



     











    Are you an accredited investor? Apply to join our angel syndicate if you’d like to access our deal flow.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Matt, host of the Syndicate podcast, highlights all aspects of investing and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as a technology innovator and investor, or just getting started on your journey as an entrepreneur - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Matt does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a high-leverage life that you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

Lara'sReviews ,

Informative podcast

The podcast has great interviews, provides a thorough but easy to digest overview of tech trends and what’s happening in venture/angel investment. If you are into this space, I would highly recommend!

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