In this episode, Hall is joined by Jason Todd of Thinker Ventures, business development and consulting firm specializing in startups and small to mid-size growth companies. An entrepreneur with a background in sales/marketing, programming, and eCommerce, Jason uses his expertise to grow and develop small companies and startups.
Jason gravitates to companies that have a good idea where they are at and can articulate where they want to be. Jason advises investors to get a good grasp of the space they're investing in before committing. For entrepreneurs, he emphasizes the importance of objective market validation and a flexible approach to development. Jason talks about the startup scene in the Midwest region and the particular challenges and advantages that come with it. Jason also discusses his investment thesis and highlights some companies he's had success with. Jason stresses the importance of a compelling growth story and responsiveness to feedback. Finally, Jason talks about one of the sectors he finds particularly promising - Artificial Intelligence - and provides some advice for investors looking into that space.