Mon, 15 February 2021
In this episode, Hall welcomes Tom Wallace, Managing Partner at Florida Funders.
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Florida Funders is a hybrid between a venture capital fund and an angel investor network that discovers, funds and builds early-stage technology companies in Florida. They exist to evolve Florida from the Sunshine State to the Startup State by ensuring there is as little friction as possible in the ecosystem, that investors have access to meaningful deal flow and entrepreneurs have access to a wide range of accredited investors. Florida Funders educates and ignites its community of investors and network of partners to drive investment in the most exciting startups Florida has to offer. Their one-of-a-kind angel investor network provides transparency, fosters communication, and empowers strategic relationships between the investor network and the founders. Their team is composed of serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and experienced angel investors singularly focused on uncovering Florida’s next breakout technology company.
Tom is a 40 year veteran of technology startups, both as a founder and an investor. After multiple successful exits, most recently selling VectorLearning for $268M, he is now the Managing Partner at Florida Funders. As an angel investor for the last 25 years, Tom has learned how rewarding investing in early-stage technology companies can be...and how challenging. The mission at Florida Funders is to provide better and broader access to tech investments for new and existing angel investors and to turn Florida from the sunshine state into the startup state.
Tom shares with Hall how he sees the industry evolving. He discusses his investment thesis and some of the challenges both startups and investors face.
Music courtesy of Bensound.