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The VentureFizz Podcast is the flagship podcast of VentureFizz.com, the leading authority for jobs & careers in tech. In this podcast, VentureFizz Founder Keith Cline interviews the top founders and investors in the tech industry across Boston and New York City.

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The VentureFizz Podcast is the flagship podcast of VentureFizz.com, the leading authority for jobs & careers in tech. In this podcast, VentureFizz Founder Keith Cline interviews the top founders and investors in the tech industry across Boston and New York City.

    Episode 159: Kyle York - Co-Founder, CEO & Managing Partner, York IE

    Episode 159: Kyle York - Co-Founder, CEO & Managing Partner, York IE

    Kyle and I are from the same hometown, that being Manchester, NH. Growing up, I used to purchase my gear from his family’s sporting good store called Indian Head Athletics, so it is definitely a small world.

    After graduating from Bentley, Kyle worked in the tech and went on to be part of the core leadership team that built Dyn, one of the most successful companies to come out of New Hampshire. Not only did they scale revenue to $100M in ARR, but Dyn also became one of the most important tech companies in the world as thousands of the top websites counted on the company for internet performance and security. Dyn was acquired by Oracle in 2016.

    After investing in over 70 startups over the past decade and building companies as an operator, Kyle is leveraging this experience to help other entrepreneurs succeed through his firm called York IE (Investment Enterprise). This is a new value-add investment firm and operating company with a commitment to reshape the way startups are built, scaled, and monetized. In addition to York IE, Kyle is actively involved with several other companies as either an investor, operator, or board member.

    In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

    * Kyle’s background and some reminiscing about Manchester.
    * All the details in terms of how he led corporate strategy, growth, and go-to-market at Dyn.
    * How a massive DDoS attack at Dyn turned into a positive.
    * Kyle’s experience as an angel investor.
    * The details on York IE and how they differentiate from other investors.
    * Advice for founders on building out an initial sales strategy.
    * And more!

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 158: Claire Fauquier - Principal, Highland Capital Partners

    Episode 158: Claire Fauquier - Principal, Highland Capital Partners

    I once read a blog post that stated an interesting fact. The number of professional athletes in the U.S. is equal to the number of positions in venture capital. Needless to say, positions are scarce in the VC industry and they are highly sought after.

    For Claire, she was determined to land a position in venture capital after getting her MBA at Wharton. She devoted months of her time sitting in coffee shops researching and learning the industry, while creating a recruiting plan, cold emailing VC firms, and offering her research to investors in hopes of landing an open position.

    Well - Her determination paid off when she joined Corigin Ventures and she recently joined Highland to help the firm built out its New York office. Highland has a long history of success as a leading VC firm and their track record speaks for itself to the tune of 46 IPOs and 127 acquisitions.

    In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

    * How living in Kenya for six months influenced her career.
    * Her experience working in investment banking during the economic crisis.
    * How dedication and commitment through cold emailing landed Claire a position in the VC industry.
    * All the details on Highland Capital Partners and what she is targeting for investments.
    * How to get investors to respond to cold email pitches.
    * What first-time founders can expect during the process of raising capital.
    * And more!

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    • 46 min
    Episode 157: Semyon Dukach - Managing Partner, One Way Ventures

    Episode 157: Semyon Dukach - Managing Partner, One Way Ventures

    Semyon’s professional journey started out in a rather unconventional manner. As one of the members of the famed MIT Blackjack team, he’s always had an incredible knack and drive for mastering whatever challenge was in front of him.

    After living the life of a high roller, Semyon went on to become a successful founder of multiple tech companies but he found his true calling when he started angel investing and running the Techstars Boston program. He realized that his passion was really centered around helping other entrepreneurs succeed.

    Today, Semyon is the Founder and Managing Partner of One Way Ventures, a venture fund that is focused on investing in immigrant founders.

    In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

    * Semyon’s own story as an immigrant who migrated to the U.S. from Moscow.
    * How he became a member of the MIT Blackjack Team, which has been featured in movies, books, and documentaries.
    * His experience as an entrepreneur and the companies that he founded.
    * How he got into investing, where he made over 100 angel investments, plus his involvement with Techstars.
    * All of the details on One Way Ventures and how they are helping immigrant entrepreneurs.
    * Advice on generating interest from investors.
    * Common mistakes made by entrepreneurs.
    * And more!

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    • 50 min
    Episode 156: Ben Jones - Founder & CEO, Ohi

    Episode 156: Ben Jones - Founder & CEO, Ohi

    Sometimes in life, you need to turn negatives into positives. Ben suffered a back injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down for a period of time. While recovering from surgery for over a year, he had to purchase everything online and it was his constant usage and dependency of eCommerce that sparked his idea.

    Ohi was built to solve the problem for other eCommerce retailers who are trying to accomplish the same delivery expectations that consumers have based on the Amazon Prime experience and that is next day or same-day delivery. Ohi’s micro-warehousing strategy not only allows up and coming brands to compete, but this strategy is also much better for the environment, which was interesting to learn about as I wasn’t aware of how much of a negative impact that next day or two-day delivery has on our environment.

    In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

    * Ben’s early background in the Financial Services industry and why he decided to go back to business school.
    * Advice on the application process at Stanford.
    * How a back injury influenced the creation of Ohi.
    * All of the details on Ohi’s strategy and how their business model is helping the environment.
    * Advice on recruiting for your team.
    * And more!

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    • 40 min
    Episode 155: Russ Wilcox - Partner, Pillar VC

    Episode 155: Russ Wilcox - Partner, Pillar VC

    To kick off the new decade we have an amazing episode for you today that has everything a great Hollywood movie should have - a groundbreaking idea that changed our lives, a team of risk-takers, the dramatic ups & downs of building a company to the point of potential failure, and of course... the heroic outcome.

    I’m talking about the story of E Ink and my guest today is Russ Wilcox, Partner at Pillar. Russ is a venture capitalist these days, but he was a Co-Founder of E Ink and later on, he led the company as its CEO and growth to $200M in revenue.

    E Ink commercialized electronic paper which was invented at the MIT Media Lab and was the technology that changed how we read, as it made the Amazon Kindle and lots of other devices a major success. Russ and I get deep into the weeds of this story which is ultimately a 15 year journey that ended in a very successful acquisition.

    In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

    * Russ background story.
    * How E Ink got started and the early days of the company.
    * The story of how the first launch of their product was a failure, but somehow this failed product ended up on Jeff Bezos’ radar.
    * Scaling the company and what the Oprah effect can mean.
    * Why Russ decided to become a venture capitalist and all the details behind Pillar and the type of investments he is making.
    * Advice for founders who are looking to commercialize technology.
    * And more!

    If you like the show, please remember to subscribe and review us on iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play.

    • 56 min
    Episode 154: Mona Bijoor - Entrepreneur, Advisor, Author, and Investor.

    Episode 154: Mona Bijoor - Entrepreneur, Advisor, Author, and Investor.

    As her intro suggests, Mona has accomplished a lot throughout her career. She always knew that someday she wanted to start a company and it was her experience working in the fashion industry which led her to start JOOR. She recognized an opportunity to start a company that brought the antiquated wholesale buying process between brands and buyers into the digital era with an online marketplace.

    In addition, Mona recently authored a book titled Startups and Downs: The Secrets of Resilient Entrepreneurs which was published back in September.

    In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

    * What its like writing and getting a book published.
    * Mona’s background story and what led her down the path of starting a company.
    * All of the details on JOOR and how they modernized and disrupted the fashion industry.
    * Her current role as a Partner with her investment firm, Kings Circle Capital.
    * Hiring advice for first-time founders.
    * When is the right time to raise venture capital funding.
    * And more!

    If you like the show, please remember to subscribe and review us on iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

changds ,

Thoughtful interviews and in-depth conversations

Keith Cline does an excellent job of drawing out insightful commentary from his guests. Really enjoy the podcast.

ZachinBoston ,

Awesome show

Keith does a great job getting guests to share their career journeys and unique perspectives on the tech scene. A great podcast for people early in their careers!

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Not Your Average Joe

I truly enjoy learning about what's going on in the tech industry, but find most of the dialogue around it to be less than interesting. The VentureFizz has changed all that. Funny, engaging, and packed to the brim with only the best guests! I highly recommend you take a listen. Thanks for putting out such a spectacular show Keith - keep up the great work!

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