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Your weekly dose of startups and venture capital. Brandon Osian and Sam Gordon prescribe all you'll need to get into the wonderful world of venture. From fundraising news to startup deep dives, you can expect to stay up to date with the most innovative, exciting companies out there.

Venture Pill Sam Gordon, Brandon Osian

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Your weekly dose of startups and venture capital. Brandon Osian and Sam Gordon prescribe all you'll need to get into the wonderful world of venture. From fundraising news to startup deep dives, you can expect to stay up to date with the most innovative, exciting companies out there.

    E128: Fantasy Chess, Ghost Kitchen Twist, and AI gun detection

    E128: Fantasy Chess, Ghost Kitchen Twist, and AI gun detection

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    And now for this week’s prescription:

    On this week’s dose, we start (1:43) with a breakdown on Fantasy Chess, a startup founded by grandmaster Magnus Carlsen and one of Norway’s top businessmen to make chess a true spectator sport, after they checkmate-ed $3M in pre-seed funding. Then (8:17), we discuss Local Kitchens, a startup that’s turning the ghost kitchen model on its head through their multi-brand restaurants with collaborations from beloved chefs, fresh off a recent $40M Series B. Lastly (14:29), we close out this week’s dose with a deepdive on ZeroEyes, an AI-based proactive threat detection startup that aims to stop mass shootings and other gun-related violence in the United States, and their recent $53M Series B.

    Sources:

    https://www.fantasychess.app/
    https://www.fantasychess.app/2023-06-press-release

    https://www.localkitchens.com/ 
    https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/25/local-kitchens-general-catalyst-40m/

    https://zeroeyes.com/
    https://www.axios.com/2024/06/28/zeroeyes-guns-mass-shootings
    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ai-gun-detection-pioneer-zeroeyes-secures-53m-series-b-funding-to-accelerate-growth-and-expansion-302185807.html
    Music Credit: Chapter One by Cole Bauer and Dean Keeton

    https://www.instagram.com/colebauer/
    https://www.instagram.com/deankeeton/?hl=en

    Disclosure:
    The views, statements, and opinions, expressed herein by the hosts and guests are their own, and their appearance on the podcast should not be construed as reflecting the views or implied endorsement of Independent Brokerage Solutions LLC or any of its officers, employees, or agents. The statements made herein should not be considered an investment opinion, advice, or a recommendation regarding securities of any company. This podcast is produced solely for informational purposes and is not to be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy a security.

    • 22 min
    E127: Interview with Meredith Perry, Co-Founder and CEO of Elemind

    E127: Interview with Meredith Perry, Co-Founder and CEO of Elemind

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    And now for this week’s prescription:

    On this week’s dose, we have Meredith Perry, Co-Founder and CEO of Elemind, the startup that helps people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer through their breakthrough wearable device.

    First, we hear about the journey that led Meredith to team up alongside her other co-founders at Elemind several years ago. From there, we dive deeper into the product, how the team at Elemind developed it, and how it works safely to augment and improve sleep tailored to your unique brain and brain activity in real-time. Next, Meredith tells us a little more about their cap table and what she looks for in ideal investors. Lastly, to wrap up this week’s dose, stick around to hear about Meredith’s vision for the future of Elemind, and some valuable advice for all the Pillgrims.

    Sources:
    https://elemindtech.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/meredithellenperry/

    Music Credit: Chapter One by Cole Bauer and Dean Keeton

    https://www.colebauer.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/deankeeton/?hl=en

    Disclosure:
    The views, statements, and opinions,  expressed herein by the hosts and guests are their own, and their appearance on the podcast should not be construed as reflecting the views or implied endorsement of Independent Brokerage Solutions LLC or any of its officers, employees, or agents. The statements made herein should not be considered an investment opinion, advice, or a recommendation regarding securities of any company. This podcast is produced solely for informational purposes and is not to be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy a security.

    • 21 min
    E126: Video Understanding Tech, Creator Economy Innovator, and AI Drug Discovery

    E126: Video Understanding Tech, Creator Economy Innovator, and AI Drug Discovery

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    On this week’s dose, we start (1:47) with a breakdown on Twelve Labs, a startup that’s building a video understanding platform driven by leading perceptual-reasoning research, fresh off a $50M Series A. Then (6:14), we discuss Workweek, a startup that manages creators of widely popular business-related newsletters and podcasts and is launching a niche-focused networking platform for its audience base, hot off a $12.5M Series A. Lastly (11:42), we close out this week’s dose with a deepdive on Enveda, a startup that is revolutionizing drug discovery by combining ancient remedies with AI, and their $55M Series B2. 

    Sources:

    https://www.twelvelabs.io/
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-06-04/nvidia-s-latest-investment-is-an-ai-startup-focusing-on-video-search?srnd=homepage-asia 
    https://www.twelvelabs.io/blog/series-a-announcement 

    https://workweek.com/membership/ 
    https://www.axios.com/2024/06/13/workweek-raises-125m

    https://www.envedabio.com/
    https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/14/enveda-raises-55m-to-combine-ancient-remedies-with-ai-for-drug-discovery/
    https://pragmaticdlt.com/news/enveda-biosciences-raises-55m-to-revolutionize-drug-discovery-with-ai-and-ancient-remedies/
    Music Credit: Chapter One by Cole Bauer and Dean Keeton

    https://www.instagram.com/colebauer/
    https://www.instagram.com/deankeeton/?hl=en

    Disclosure:
    The views, statements, and opinions, expressed herein by the hosts and guests are their own, and their appearance on the podcast should not be construed as reflecting the views or implied endorsement of Independent Brokerage Solutions LLC or any of its officers, employees, or agents. The statements made herein should not be considered an investment opinion, advice, or a recommendation regarding securities of any company. This podcast is produced solely for informational purposes and is not to be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy a security.

    • 18 min
    E125: Credit-Building Debit Cards, Revolutionized Plant-Based-Meat, and AI-Generated Content Detection

    E125: Credit-Building Debit Cards, Revolutionized Plant-Based-Meat, and AI-Generated Content Detection

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    And now for this week’s prescription:

    On this week’s dose, you’ll first hear about Fizz (1:48), a startup that is helping young adults boost their financial literacy and build credit through their reward-earning debit card, hot off a $14.4M seed round led by Kleiner Perkins. 

    Next, we’ll talk about Tender (6:33), a startup that’s revolutionizing the plant-based meat industry with their innovative fiber spinning technology, fresh off an $11M Series A funding led by Rhapsody Venture Partners.

    And lastly, we’ll close out this week’s dose with a breakdown on GPTZero (11:21), the leading platform for AI-generated content detection and responsible AI adoption, and their $10M Series A led by Footwork Co-founder Nikhil Basu Trivedi.

    Debit cards, plant-based meat, and AI-detection; another diverse spread of startups for this week’s dose.
    Sources:

    https://joinfizz.com/ 
    https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/06/kleiner-perkins-leads-14-4m-seed-round-into-fizz-a-credit-building-debit-card-aimed-at-gen-z-college-students/ 
    https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/17/tender-food-plant-based-alternative-protein/
    https://vegconomist.com/investments-finance/investments-acquisitions/tender-food-11m-replace-extrusion-animal-ag-appoints-oatly-president/
    https://gptzero.me/
    https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/13/gptzero-profitable-ai-detection-startup-10m-series-a/
    https://www.ctol.digital/news/gptzero-ai-startup-achieves-rapid-profitability-and-secures-10m-funding/
    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gptzero-announces-10-million-series-a-funding-round-to-revolutionize-responsible-ai-adoption-302172340.html

    Music Credit: Chapter One by Cole Bauer and Dean Keeton

    https://www.instagram.com/colebauer/
    https://www.instagram.com/deankeeton/?hl=en

    Disclosure:
    The views, statements, and opinions, expressed herein by the hosts and guests are their own, and their appearance on the podcast should not be construed as reflecting the views or implied endorsement of Independent Brokerage Solutions LLC or any of its officers, employees, or agents. The statements made herein should not be considered an investment opinion, advice, or a recommendation regarding securities of any company. This podcast is produced solely for informational purposes and is not to be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy a security.

    • 21 min
    E124: AI Task Manager, Software for Golf Clubs, and E-Bike Subscriptions for Last Mile Delivery

    E124: AI Task Manager, Software for Golf Clubs, and E-Bike Subscriptions for Last Mile Delivery

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    And now for this week’s prescription:

    On this week’s dose, we start (1:45) with a breakdown on Hoop, an AI-powered productivity startup that aims to revolutionize task management for professionals in today’s age of remote work, and their recent $5M seed round. Then (8:30), we discuss Whoosh, a startup that provides intuitive operations software designed specifically for golf and tennis clubs, hot off a $10.3M Series A. Lastly (13:33), we wrap up this week’s dose with a deepdive on Whizz, an e-bike subscription platform for last mile delivery drivers in NYC (for now), and their $12M Series A. 

    Sources:

    https://www.hoop.app/blog/the-future-of-task-management
    https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/05/hoop-frees-you-from-managing-your-to-do-list
    https://www.indexventures.com/perspectives/ai-powered-productivity-startup-hoop-announces-5m-in-seed-funding-for-to-do-list-that-updates-itself/

    https://www.whoosh.io/
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikmatuszewski/2024/06/06/larry-fitzgerald-andy-roddick-among-investors-in-golfs-whoosh-platform/?sh=234875ff119a 

    https://getwhizz.com/
    https://www.leta.vc/news/leta-capital-leads-12m-series-a-round-for-whizz-an-e-bike-subscription-platform 
    https://www.flashpointvc.com/post/flashpoint-participated-in-a-12-million-series-a-funding-round-by-whizz 

    Music Credit: Chapter One by Cole Bauer and Dean Keeton

    https://www.instagram.com/colebauer/
    https://www.instagram.com/deankeeton/?hl=en

    Disclosure:

    The views, statements, and opinions, expressed herein by the hosts and guests are their own, and their appearance on the podcast should not be construed as reflecting the views or implied endorsement of Independent Brokerage Solutions LLC or any of its officers, employees, or agents. The statements made herein should not be considered an investment opinion, advice, or a recommendation regarding securities of any company. This podcast is produced solely for informational purposes and is not to be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy a security.

    • 20 min
    E123: Eye Exam Kiosks, Whoop for Fertility, and Elon’s xAI

    E123: Eye Exam Kiosks, Whoop for Fertility, and Elon’s xAI

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    And now for this week’s prescription:

    On this week’s dose, we start (1:58) with a breakdown on Eyebot, a startup that’s building AI-powered kiosks that provide 90-second vision exams without the need for on-site optometrists, and their recent $6m funding round. Then (9:04), we discuss Natural Cycles, a company that provides women with an innovative, FDA cleared birth control option, hot off a $55M Series C. Lastly (15:27), we wrap up this week’s dose with a deepdive on xAI, Elon Musk’s new AI startup that plans to compete against other major players in the space, and their massive $6B Series B.  

    Sources:

    https://eyebot.co/
    https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/06/eyebot-raised-6m-for-ai-powered-kiosks-that-provide-90-second-eye-exams-without-optometrist/
    https://www.aoa.org/news/advocacy/federal-advocacy/part-of-the-solution-optometry-groups-join-aoa-in-submitting-actionable-solutions-for-workforce-shortages?sso=y

    https://www.naturalcycles.com/ 
    https://athletechnews.com/birth-control-app-natural-cycles-lands-55m-womens-health/ 

    https://x.ai/
    https://x.ai/blog/series-b
    https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/26/elon-musks-xai-raises-6b-from-valor-a16z-and-sequoia/
    https://techcrunch.com/2024/03/05/openai-response-elon-musk-lawsuit/
    https://www.techopedia.com/news/elon-musks-xai-raised-6b-in-latest-fundraising-round

    Music Credit: Chapter One by Cole Bauer and Dean Keeton

    https://www.instagram.com/colebauer/
    https://www.instagram.com/deankeeton/?hl=en

    Disclosure:
    The views, statements, and opinions, expressed herein by the hosts and guests are their own, and their appearance on the podcast should not be construed as reflecting the views or implied endorsement of Independent Brokerage Solutions LLC or any of its officers, employees, or agents. The statements made herein should not be considered an investment opinion, advice, or a recommendation regarding securities of any company. This podcast is produced solely for informational purposes and is not to be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy a security.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

jeremy_638527 ,

This Pod Will Hit 1m Followers in a Year

As someone who listens to 23 podcasts a day, I can confidently say this is the work of a top notch podcasting team. An absolute underdog podcast waiting to be discovered by the masses.

vik1997 ,

Very relevant

Sam and Brandon do a great job of not only picking exciting & edgy topics in VC, but condensing the information in a fun & digestible way. Thanks guys!

-a happy pillgrim

Elliott1234567900 ,

Incredibly insightful

Brandon and Sam are a joy to listen to. I listen daily on my commute and they are both so knowledgeable about the space. A must listen for anyone in VC !!!

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