By Dan Gonzales
Startup MindsetsApr 18, 2022
AI in Recruiting with Rolescale CEO Mehdi Taifi
In this episode of "Startup Mindsets" we dive headfirst into the fascinating notion of how AI is set to change recruiting and hiring with Mehdi Taifi, CEO and founder of Rolescale. We also talk working on Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and quitting a career with a safety net to pursue entrepreneurship.
Mehdi is the Founder and CEO of RoleScale, a SaaS company specializing in AI based solutions in the recruiting tech space. Mehdi is an experienced founder with over 18 years of Wall Street and Silicon Valley experience combined. He was one of the early joiners at Robinhood where he built and scaled operations for their brokerage division. Mehdi also worked on Wall Street for some of the top investment banks including Bank of New York Mellon and Deutsche Bank.
Giving candidates a fairer chance at landing a job.
Conversation Time Stamps:
(5:00) What Rolescale does/inspiration for starting
(12:00) Being data driven, efficient, and automated to save recruiters time/energy (23:00) Moving from wall street to silicon valley (28:00) Carving out a niche in the recruiting industry (31:00) Helping grow a startup to unicorn status (34:00) Making the decision to leave Robinhood and do a startup full time (40:00) discipline, keep motivating yourself
(42:00) Working with the founders of Robinhood. The value of a humanities/nontechnical degree(45:30) Getting a job in tech is tough (49:00) Miami Tech/startup scene (55:00) Writing and publishing a novel on magical realism (58:00) Is getting a degree in the humanities worth it? (60:00) the value of philosophy, today. (62:00) How art and philosophy ties into a business by taking a logical approach (64:00) Leading a company despite the emotional toll (66:00) understanding team member's motivations and pulse check on how the team is feeling.
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AI for Legal with Beagle AI CEO: Sergey Demyanov
About the Guest
Sergey Demyanov is a serial entrepreneur from Russia with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Melbourne. He founded Teleport which Snap acquired and from there worked as a machine learning manager for four years prior to working on his current venture, Beagle.
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Philosophy in Business - Shaun Gold (Part 2)
This is part 2 of my conversation with Shaun Gold. In this part, Shaun talks about how philosophy influenced his multi dimensional career. We also talk going on Jeopardy and his experience being on the game show. Key Points
- You are the opportunity, it doesn't matter how long it takes, how much it costs, you need the ability to go after that goal.
- Nothing is easy, things get easier as you get stronger.
- Philosophy opens up your mind to the resilience that people with harder lives and how it is applicable to daily life. Links Follow Startup Mindsets on Linkedin & Instagram to stay connected on social. Keep up with Shaun Gold on Instagram and Linkedin.
Who is Shaun Gold for 1,000? (Part 1)
We meet interesting entrepreneurs through this podcast and I'd like to introduce you to Shaun Gold, a self described polymath. Shaun's been involved with the bustling nightlife industry as a promoter in Miami, published 4 books, worked in the venture capital industry for Open VC, competed on Jeopardy on ABC, worked as a screenwriter
Throughout the conversation, you'll hear Shaun cite philosophers in response to open ended questions regarding entrepreneurship and his life decisions.
Valuable Life Lessons:
- You have to be able to think and plunge and reflect
- Be reliable, dependable, and able to deliver lessons from being a promoter in Miami.
- Too much reflection and no action so you have to combine being able to reflect
- Bang the wall everyday, the mountain will not be climbed for you.
- "It's not you who's eating the idea, it's the idea that's eating you.
From my count, we recalled Plato, Tolstoy, Gerta, Aristotle
Ways to get in touch and work with Shaun:
Newsletter: Youtopian Journey
Purchase one of his books:
Promoter Mind, Hustler Heart: https://www.amazon.com/Promoter-Mind-Hustler-Heart
Read stuff from OpenVC: https://openvc.app/blog/paris
#102 Learn New Languages with Hallo AI CEO Joon Beh
Joon Beh's advice resonates as he reflects on entrepreneurship's highs and lows. His impactful presence inspires confidence in Hallo AI's potential to transform language learning worldwide.
Throughout our conversation with Joon, we discuss:
How AI is built into their core product.
Hallo provides the opportunity to speak with an interface in dialogue.
Having the idea for Hallo on a roadtrip to LA and talking about creating Hallo with his siblings.
Persevering as a founder who was having visa issues but earned a green card to follow an entrepreneurial dream in the USA.
(17:30) The exciting life of an entrepreneur who wears many different hats
Creating a startup as a nontechnical founder and interviewing 1000 cofounding engineers
Key Talking Points
Joon's background and passion for languages
Genesis of Hallo AI
Unique features of Hallo AI
The role of AI technology, including ChatGPT and other APIs, in developing Hallo AI
The unique experiences and roles that come with running a startup compared to established companies
Comparing traditional methods with innovative technology solutions like Hallo AI
How language learning can change lives and open up new opportunities
Joon shares insights on user acquiring 40k users and building a business
Learning from challenges and pivots
Download Hallo on the Apple or Google Play Store and start practicing and speaking a new language today!
Follow Hallo on Instagram/TikTok.
Connect with Joon on Linkedin.
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When Does Your Startup Need a Lawyer? Steven Weigler CEO of EmergeCounsel
We've all heard the Theranos story of how Elizabeth Holmes lied to investors about groundbreaking technology and the lawsuit that followed. Or maybe you watch Silicon Valley and have seen how Hooli filed suit against Pied Piper for creating the software while at Hooli.
Legal work is important to startups especially when looking to create a patent or protect the company from breaking the law.
Key Talking Points
- How to protect and build value in a brand.
- How can I protect my brand from infringement? (a.k.a. Knocked Off)
- Why business sellers should be cautious when international buyers come calling. They could be trying to get your intellectual property, which is very common, and caution will protect you from such buyers.
Steven Weigler is the Founder and Managing Partner of EmergeCounsel, whose mission is to provide a worldwide clientele legal counsel on the protection of intellectual property and business assets at a lower price point than large legal firms.
Steve's received many awards, including being named a Super Lawyer for three consecutive years (2021-2023).
Time Stamps for your convenience
22:00 The lack of structure in entrepreneurship
25:00 The unpredictability of startup life as an entrepreneur
29:00 Comparing and contrasting being an employee to entrepreneur
42:00 Working in a city good for your soul
48:00 Just incredible sound bites on running a business
Learn more about EmergeCounsel at https://emergecounsel.com
RT Custer CEO of Vortic Watch Company ⏱
Today, RT Custer an American entrepreneur stops by the podcast to tell us his story of salvaging and restoring antique American pocket watches expertly preserved into one-of-a-kind wristwatches.
We talk about getting through all the hurdles as an entrepreneur and scaling to seven figures. This included battling a court case against Swatch and winning to keep his company and product alive. RT tells us the company almost failed three times before growing to what it is today.
Don't miss the fascinating story of
- Getting a watch on Mr. Wonderful aka Kevin O'Leary from Shark Tank.
- Marketing advice when it comes to email e-commerce
Learn more about Vortic Watch Company and own a piece of American history : https://vorticwatches.com
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Making 🗺️ Mapquest: Chris Heivly on Building the Fort 🏰
Chris Heivly is an accomplished executive in the information-technology sector with proven experience in marketing, sales, business development, investment finance, and operations. He was a co-founder of MapQuest (sold to AOL for $1.2B), a managing director of 77 Capital (a $25 million venture fund) and has been an executive at five other companies.
Channel your inner 10 year old when approaching creating anything
How to start and scale startup communities in nascent cities
Starting will eventually create a path to work on so stop talking about ideas and work on them
How Mapquest came to be
His new book Build the Fort
Purchase Chris' Book, Build the Fort The Startup Community Builder's Field Guide on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Build-Fort-Startup-Community-Builders/dp/1544542607
WOULD YOU FIRE YOURSELF? 🤯
Entrepreneurship and self-development go hand in hand. We've all likely seen an instagram reel with motivational speaker audio suggesting we can overcome challenges and look cool while doing so. But success is not instant, it takes time, sacrifices, dedication, and hard work.
I also share a lesson in paying monthly sales tax and talk about why not having a boss or immediate consequences can come back to make things harder for you as an entrepreneur. I'm learning how to balance time to recharge with being able to handle the work on my own.
The inspirational story of Ethan A. Poetic Round 2 🏈
The right client will pay you.
Sharing your story is a vulnerable thing but can reap many rewards.
Going from victim to victor.
Ethan A. Poetic LLC, which includes keynote speaking, corporate speaking engagements, poetry workshops and serving as a mental health advocate. To connect with Poetic, he may be contacted on LinkedIn at Ethan Poetic.
SUPPORT Ethan by purchasing and reading his book: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-inspirational-story-of-ethan-a-poetic-ethan-a-poetic/1142654739
E96: Sustainability Sells with Ettitude's President Kat Dey
Ettitude is a material innovation company and sets itself apart from traditional bedding manufacturers.
- Kat Dey joins the podcast to talk about how sustainability can be sexy and profitable. We discuss entrepreneurship
- Starting a business while working a corporate job and in business school
- Meeting consumer demand with a novel solution
- Why bamboo is better for textiles and how Ettitude's product supports sustainability
- Running a an ecommerce brand Kat is a serial entrepreneur and executive, named one of “35 People to Watch in New York Tech” and “EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman” in 2016. Having fallen in love with ettitude's products and mission, Kat joined Ettitude in early 2018 to help expand the company globally. Prior to ettitude, Dey had a decade of experience scaling mission-driven brands. In 2012, Dey founded Try The World, a direct to consumer food subscription company, which disrupted the global artisanal food supply chain. It was named by Crains NY as the #3 fastest growing company in New York before it was acquired in 2017. About Ettitude: Ettitude is a fabric innovation company and a lifestyle brand making the world’s softest, most sustainable materials with our patented and carbon neutral CleanBamboo® fibers. They are on a mission to create next-gen fabrics and products that reduce our impact and support the health of the planet. CleanBamboo is a lyocell made from bamboo, and uses absolutely zero toxic chemicals in the process, unlike all other bamboo fabrics on the market made using viscose or rayon technology. Bamboo made bedwear such as bed sheets, blankets, pillow cases to name a few. Bamboo sheets are cool and breathable, allowing you to get the best and most restful sleep every night. Made from sustainably-sourced bamboo, our bamboo sheets are durable, moisture-wicking and unbelievably soft. Bamboo sheets are also naturally temperature regulating so you’ll sleep comfortably without getting too hot at night, no matter what season it is. While bamboo sheets require more specific care than standard sheets, they’re worth the additional maintenance to ensure your best sleep.
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Building Startup Network 🌍 Europe: Adam Fulham ☘️
Startup Network Europe makes conferences for European Startups, which gather thousands of founders, angel investors, and venture capitalists. SNE Conferences attract thousands of founders and investors from all across Europe. Through our events and our robust online communities, we facilitate startup ecosystem stakeholders to connect with each other, and create exciting new opportunities for all parties involved.
Adam and Startup Network Europe have hosted 20+ events in 15+ countries and cities.
Learn more about Startup Network Europe at startupnetwork.eu
Annexus Health 🩺 on Innovating within the Patient Care Journey with Co-Founder/CEO Joe Baffone
Annexus' goal is to generationally disrupt the way patient access is managed through our
innovative, technology-based solutions—so all patients can receive the
treatment they need without compromising their personal and financial
💡Joe shares valuable lessons on optimizing for scale,
Exceeded $3 billion in patient financial assistance awards secured;
released data confirming our impact on patients, healthcare provider
organizations, and life science companies; and earned the Top Workplaces USA award
Closed a $33 million Series B funding round, surpassed $2.6 billion in
patient financial assistance awards processed, and attained SOC 2 Type 2 certification
Helpful links about Annexus Health
⛏ Breaking the Boundaries to Real Estate with John Green, CEO/Founder of Nada
Tune in to hear John’s expert insights and learn how to navigate the real estate world in an unconventional and unprecedented way.
Go to nada.co to learn more and become an investor in Cityfunds and try out their new platform.
Embracing Remote Work with Ali Greene, Co-Author of Remote Works 🏖
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many companies to quickly adopt remote work, Ali shares her insights on how companies can adapt and thrive in this new environment. We dive into the benefits and challenges of remote work from both employer and employee perspectives, including how to maintain company culture and collaboration among remote teams, staying productive and setting boundaries while working remotely.
Tune in to hear Ali's expert insights and learn how to navigate the new world of remote work.
Purchase Remote Works Book on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Remote-Works-Managing-Freedom-Flexibility/dp/1523003316
Blending the Real and Digital 🌍 with Daniil and David Liberman
We also touch on working at Snap. as product designers where they helped introduce avatars, bitmoji, and animation.
Watch the full episode to gain insight into some of their favorite features including filters and lenses as well as their contribution in pushing the boundaries of Augmented Reality by creating experiences that blend the real world with digital elements.
(1:26) Doing business with family
(5:10) Creating Kernel AR which was sold to Snap. Inc for 40M USD
(10:57) Working as Product Directors at Snap.
(24:07) Working with their family members on multiple companies
(26:09) Letting people buy shares in other people via Humanism
(36:58) Product Science
🔋 Energy is Everything with⚡️Simon Alexander Ong: Author of Energize
Simon Alexander Ong is an award winning life coach and author of the book Energize published by Penguin UK.
Today, we spoke about why energy is everything, key points Simon made in his book, and fascinating ideas 💡 that have to do with our Energy. Some of the important topics we discussed were: How does working out give us more energy, when we are lazy to start working out in the first place? How do you recommend people get out of energetic blocks or manage their energy properly? Why people feel exhausted and what they can do to feel energized. The journey from heads to our hearts Selling yourself to yourself before you can sell to others
Grab your copy of the book Energize: www.amazon.com/Energize-Find-Spark-Achieve-Better-ebook/dp/B094F5D3BZ
Co Own a Home 🏡 Using Cher: Eric Chebil CEO/Founder
In this podcast, Eric talks about what led him to create this company and what drives him to continue. We also talk about taking out a credit card to fund your company and hear how Cher had helped someone living in a van become a homeowner in the town of Long Beach.
Find out more about Cher at cher.app
Everyone can be a homeowner. Shared homeownership now made affordable and simple.
#90 How Ideaflow Fuels Problem Solving with Author Jeremy Utley (Director of Executive Education at Stanford's Design School)
What if I told you, every problem is an idea problem? Today's guest is the co author of Ideaflow alongside Perry Kleiban, former COO of Patagonia.
Jeremy has also spent over a decade at Stanford in Education as the Director of Executive Education at the Haaso Platner School of Design.
Jeremy Utley graduated the Stanford GSB the same year Earl did, 2009 and we are excited to have him on the podcast for a conversation about why "Ideaflow" is an important way of thinking in today's work environment.
- I know kung fu moments (8:21)
- Experience is a Liability
- The Obsessive Pursuit that characterized the months before Bill Bowerman's waffle maker moment for Nike (13:55)
- Keep a bug list (15:50 )
- Experience is a liability (19:50)
- Why Jeremy wrote a book (23:17)
Purchase your copy of Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric that Matters on Amazon.
Want to meet a couple quintessential masters of ideaflow? Check out the free bonus chapter, How to Think Like Bezos and Jobs
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Chat GPT Onfolio Yury Byalik on remote work, SEO, and adopting new technology in business
Changing Careers as a Public Health Advocate to Tech Career Coach: Dr. Ghaz Samandari
Happy New Year! 🎊 Ghaz aka Ghazaleh joins Startup Mindsets to discuss how her 2 decades in public health traveling the 🌍 left her burnt out and seeking a new career as a personal coach.
We talk best country chips, how one can get involved in humanitarian efforts, and what it’s like working in Paris.
As the Founder of 9 Paths Development, Dr. Ghaz Samandari, PhD is a Health Behavior Scientist, ICF-certified Integral Development coach and trauma-informed practitioner who has worked with communities of women, government leaders and a variety of organizations in over 30 different countries. With a PhD in Health Behavior Science and extensive experience in the Humanitarian field, Dr. Ghaz Samandari combines health science and evaluation methods with her training in leadership coaching to provide whole-system solutions for organizations seeking to make an impact. How the Humanitarian field can help tech companies build inclusive workplace cultures for everyone to thrive. (Dr. Ghaz Samandari has worked in 30 countries across the world as a Health Behaviour Scientist supporting teams on the ground helping rebuild communities after war, famine
🌳 Grass to Saas: The Story of Drop Delivery with CEO Vanessa Gabriel
Innovation in a highly regulated market such as cannabis can be tricky to navigate. Enter, Drop, the software solution that empowers cannabis businesses to deliver more and manage less. They provide you with the essential tools to take control of your business – from delivery logistics to powerful marketing and inventory management.
Vanessa previously co-founded Greenlight Technologies, a leading order-ahead and digital loyalty software in the cannabis industry, which was acquired in 2018. She’s been recognized by Forbes Next 1000, Marijuana Venture 40 under 40, and is a part of the Rolling Stone Culture Council.
Choosing Entrepreneurship over college in a Filipino family
How entrepreneurship led to getting a better job
📒 Fostering Valuable Change: Author Brendon Baker (Part 1)
🎉 Creating Unforgettable Team Building Experiences with Confetti: Lee Rubin CEO/Founder
We hear Lee's experience fundraising up to series A with Correlation Ventures participating. Lee tells us what it’s been like scaling this operation, her mindset as an entrepreneur, and so much more. Confetti's platform allows companies to seamlessly book fully-customizable, multi-vendor virtual gatherings for their employees in just a few clicks. From online games and hosted game shows to shippable experiences, our platform contains dozens of interesting and unique virtual experiences to support our customers’ desire for fresh and fun ideas.
Their platform is already loved by 2,500+ companies such as Google, Facebook, Spotify, and many other startups, firms and agencies
Disability is not Inability 👟 Billy Price CEO of Billy Footwear
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How VCs Analyze Investment Opportunities in AI/Big Data ~ Kenn So
On the episode we dive deep into how venture capitalists assess early stage startup investments.
Our friend, Kenn So, drops in to provide insight into being an associate at a top tier VC Firm, Shasta Ventures. We uncover how to assess startup deals and what truly goes into making a million dollar investment in early stage startups. Kenn also talks about landing an ultra competitive hard to get associate position at a Venture Capital firm, how VCs can diligence markets and prospective deals, and an overview on the AI and Big data industry. Kenn talks about growing up in Manila, being in a family of restaurateurs, going to Kellogg for his MBA, and charting his own trail in America as an immigrant.
Read Kenn's blog on startups at https://www.quild.xyz/
Crypto to Skincare: Jeremy Gardner Founder of Mademan, Augur, Blockchain Education Network
WE also discuss a variety of topics such as masculinity, handling fame and money, and how to be a successful entrepreneur. Jeremy is one of the most well-known early entrepreneurs and evangelists in the crypto space. In 2014, while in college, he founded the Blockchain Education Network (BEN), a global educational nonprofit. Shortly after, Jeremy cofounded Augur, the decentralized prediction market platform, the first ever ICO, “utility token,” and DeFi app on Ethereum.
Growing Remote Development Teams with Insquad Alex Svinov Founder/CEO
We also talk about how to make difficult decisions, is entrepreneurship more art or science, and startup mindsets.
Scale your team 4x faster with remote Insquad Startup developers
Curated senior remote results-driven talents
Interview tomorrow, hire in two weeks
Keep it lean: legal, tax, and payments covered
Laughter 🤣 at Work with Paul Osincup, Professional Humor Strategist
It turns out that Paul is a former Director of Conflict Resolution at my alma mater UC Riverside and on the show he shares funny stories from being a dean, doing standup comedy, to using humor to create favorable outcomes.
Paul uses his experience in improv and stand-up comedy to entertain and engage audiences, while delivering research-based best practices. Make sure you check out Paul's content and services to find out how he can benefit your organization.
Sweeping Floors to Founding India’s Largest Design Agency: Lollipop
From humble beginnings sweeping classroom floors to founding and scaling Lollypop Design to India's best design studio with offices around the globe, Anil speaks about his life story and how a passion for creating art coupled with patience took him far. His simplicity and goodness with a mix of humour can leave you hypnotized for a lifetime
We hear how anyone can become a good designer and discuss, technology ethics, and the struggles/perseverance required in entrepreneurship.
We also talk about whether entrepreneurship is art or science.
Founding Lollypop Design, first customer stories to how Lollypop achieved the success it has today. Some stats on Lollypop: One Billion+Lives Touched, 30+ Global Awards, 300+ Clients
Karissma Yve CEO/Founder of Gildform on Creating a Jewlery Startup, Meeting Richard Branson, and Finding Inspiration
Gildform is the all in one jewelry 3D print on demand jewelry design technology and manufacturing platform empowering creators to create jewelry products from concept to creation.
We hear about pearls of wisdom from going on a bike ride with Richard Branson in the Virgin Islands to her operating style as a CEO. She also speaks about bringing innovation to the jewelry industry and creating opportunities for jewelry creators and jewelry CAD designers to monetize their passions
Karissma's passionate about helping all jewelry creators transform their ideas into reality with clients like the Detroit Pistons. Karissma speaks about how she practices having a startup mindset by focusing on progress over perfection.
Thinking about all of the things that can get in your way of achieving your goal and asking what's going to stop you, 9 out of 10 times the answer is yourself.
Enjoy and don't forget to follow Gildform or find out how you can be a user.
Ukrainian Founder Anna Stepura on Following your heart, business, and AI Sport
Ethan A. Poetic's Inspirational Comeback Story
Ethan tells us how he went from "victim" to "VICTOR."
Creating the Creator and Business Marketplace with Madison Long CoFounder/CEO of Clutch
Madison shares invaluable advice for new entrepreneurs. She says to embrace the chaos and uncertainty.
Sign up for Clutch and Transform the future of work by empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs to launch, market, and grow their side-hustles.
Clutch is a side-hustle marketplace that connects the next generation of creators to small businesses looking for affordable digital marketing services. Gen-Z (18-24-year-old) creators have a natural aptitude for social media and graphic design. Still, these companies don't have a central place to seek them out. We bridge that gap while empowering students financially. If you want to hit your target audience, hire your target audience.
Serendipity Meets Tech? Clyx CEO - Alyx Van Der Vorm
Alyx tells Dan how the team is making this a reality and how she manages the tasks getting Clyx off the ground.
Find all your friends’ plans in one place by making sure to follow Clyx on social and download the app to try them out.
Founding Freefuse - Mike Liu on Lessons Along The Way From PhD to SASS Startup
Mike Liu started freefuse off an idea when a good friend called him about a breakup. Mike wanted to help his friend’s music career and started creating software to do so. Today we learn about how his time at UC Riverside and Texas A&M shaped his career path.
Register to use FreeFuse and tell them Startup Mindsets sent you.
Connect with Mike on Linkedin
Rami Essaid CEO of Finmark on Being a Serial Entrepreneur, and Financial Modelling for Startups/SMBs
Rami had a goal of helping founders have a better sense of what their company's future financial picture looks like.
Finmark integrates with your accounting software and CRMs to give a better understanding of current expenses and allows for accurate forecasts of growth.
Rami details pitching 120 investors before getting Finmark's first check and eventually raising a seed round with Bessemer Venture Partners and Draper Associates. We also hear about early entrepreneurship tales like selling shoe polish as a kid and creating a startup with friends.
If you're a founder tired of managing your financial projections with spreadsheets, sign up for Finmark.
Being a Lawyer and Entrepreneur- Brian Potts: Partner at Perkins Coie, Founder of Goods Unite Us & Creator of Legal Keyboard
Thoughts on the Economy, Startups, and Podcast
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Mental Health is Wealth: Tamar Blue Founder of Mental Happy YC'18
Tamar talks about what led her to create Mental Happy and what truly taking care of your emotional wellness looks like using Mental Happy's platform. We hear how support groups are a solution to people's mental struggles and why they are worth exploring.
If you're interested in trying Mental Happy, they have a 14 day free trial and can be found: www.mentalhappy.com
Tamar also tells us how she prioritizes her mental health with the demanding role of CEO of a startup, why the demand for mental health care has risen recently, being part of YCombinator, and where she wants to take the company in the future.
Become an investor in Mental Happy for as low as $500 via www.startengine.com/mentalhappy
Invest in Startups via Wefunder with VP of Fundraising Jonny Price
Investing in startups was traditinally reserved for the rich or people with access to capital such as VCs. But enter Wefunder, founded by Nick Tomarello in 2013 in an apartment in Noe Valley.
Today we sit down with Jonny Price VP of Fundraising at Wefunder and learn what it's like helping startups raise Community Rounds, persevering internally at Wefunder despite growth challenges. We also learn more about how the public can invest as low as $100 in startups on the platform. Notable companies who've raised on Wefunder include Mercury, Checkr, and Zenefits to name a few.
If you're a startup thinking about a community round, DM Startup Mindsets and we can consult you for free.
Northstar: Enabling Employee Financial Wellness with Will Peng Founder/CEO
Our guest today is Will Peng born in Taiwan and immigrating to the U.S. he went to Princeton University. It was at his first job out of college that he realized it was hard to understand compensation packages from his employer on top of his personal challenges around student debt.
Will's worked at Red Swan Ventures an early investor in Oscar, Warby Parker, Coinbase prior to creating Northstar. Since 2016 Will has made it his mission by founding Northstar to guide people in their financial journeys.
Everyone deserves the best financial advice to make the best decisions for themselves. Employers who use Northstar give their employees access to certified financial planners. There's this unique intersection of financial advice and compensation/benefits from work.
We talk about landing top clients like Zoom, Snap, Serviceitan, and Nerdwallet to his first customer in the early days. Will also sheds light on what it was like founding the company doing uncomfortable sales calls and how design and sales are closely related.
Bootstrapping and Selling Your Startup for an Exit - MicroAcquire CEO Andrew Gazdecki
Ukraine Startup Feature: Alyona Mysko CEO of FuelFinance
Alyona describes working from a bomb shelter and managing a team while trying to move the needle forward as a founder. Alyona talks about the importance of following a mission during a crisis and what's being done to look out for the team as they navigate Russia's attack.
If you're a startup exec and want the value a CFO can bring without having to hire one, check out Fuelfinance's product as they were also feature #1 on ProductHunt.
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Neurodivergent/Autistic Entrepreneur & Investor Greg Shepard Founder of BOSS Capital on Pushing Passed Internal & External Barriers
Meet Greg Shepard, he's been featured on TedX talks and university lectures worldwide. Founder of BOSS Capital Partners, a boutique investment firm focused on Series Seed through Series B technology businesses.
We uncover his mindset which is unique because he is neurodivergent. Not being able to land a job led him to become an entrepreneur, finding out he could make money from an early age, he chose entrepreneurship. This included selling a snake and doing interesting things.
He's also former CTO at Pepperjam.
Greg's been able to achieve some wild feats like being the heaviest person to base jump, meeting Obama, dead-lifting 500lbs on his 50th birthday, running a marathon with asthma and we learn what made all this possible. Every year he does an annual challenge which are pretty gnarly.
Greg is a 20 year startup veteran and serial entrepreneur with 14 liquidity events under his belt in BioTech, TransitTech, AdTech and MarTech industries, two of which were sold as part of a $925M transaction that won 4 private equity awards for transactions between $250M-$1B
Greg recommends starting with the end in mind so you'll be able to back into your goals.
Hip Hop Artist to Attorney: Jim Narvios
Information Security as a Service: Girish Redekar CEO of Sprinto (Backed by Accel)
Meet Girish Redekar, he founded Sprinto to ensure software companies meet information security compliance requirements like GDPR, HIPPA, SOC2 without having to hire a consultant. Sprinto’s software does most of the work. We find out how security can be a sales asset in that it can allow deals to be approved faster and enhance a product's overall performance.
We hear about Sprinto raising from Accel, Blume Ventures, and Elevation Capital as well valuable tips for startups like going from months to days to get something done or enhance a product.
Girish talks about how his mindset towards business changed once he became a founder, learning that startups actually grow the size of the economic pie.
Quitting Google to Be a Content Creator & Entrepreneur Stefanie Pinsley: Roadmap to Rise
Currently Stef is an personal branding coach for her own company Roadmap to Rise and you can check it here.
We have thought filled discussion on the content creator lifestyle, building a personal brand, being a coach, and most importantly finding happiness and fulfillment in her career. Follow Stef @stef.pinsley on TikTok and Instagram. We learn that the value of your self worth doesn't come from what school you went to or what company you work for but instead how you align your passion with your purpose.
We also touch on the emotional cycle of change and what you can do to make great content.
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Mendoza Ventures’ Senofer Mendoza on investing in minority entrepreneurs
Senofer founded the first LatinX venture capital firm on the East Coast in 2016 and has since been leading the charge for investing in more diverse founders ever since! She is a former enterprise sales executive selling into large brands including Marriott, Fairmont, and Starwood. On today's show we catch up on market trends and have a thought based discussion on why there is a lack of real diversity in the tech industry and why women and minorities don't receive funding as easily.
*What you can do to invest in women without being a VC
* That the ideal pie chart for diversity looks like the census
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