Investor Connect Podcast

In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Roger Chen of Silverton Partners. Silverton Partners has been around for 15 years and currently investing out of their fifth fund. A technology investor prior to joining Silverton, Roger was a Principal with Genacast Ventures in New York, a leading seed-stage VC firm affiliated with Comcast Ventures. He previously spent time with Comcast Ventures and Fontinalis Partners, and has been a consultant to several West Coast VCs. Prior to venture capital, Roger spent time at various tech firms including Google as a Product Manager for Google Maps.

Hall and Roger discuss Roger’s thoughts on entering the VC space and what surprised him the most. They also speak on some of the key skills needed to be successful as a VC and some of the key trends happening.

Direct download: 74_--_Roger_Chen_of_Silverton_Partners_FINAL.mp3
Category:finance -- posted at: 8:29pm CDT

In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Art Shectman of Elephant Ventures. Art is an MIT engineer by training, who founded Elephant Ventures because he had a vision of bringing great people together and giving them the space and means to play and explore. His underlying philosophy in life is also his core philosophy in business – “our differences make us better,” and every day, Art encourages people to tap into their unique strengths to share a new perspective with the people around them.

Hall and Art speak about Art's biggest success: a social impact venture company called Ultra Testing.

Direct download: 72--art_schectman_of_elephant_ventures_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12pm CDT

In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Tahira Dosani, Managing Director of Accion Venture Lab. Hall and Tahira speak about her background in management consulting as well as what Accion Venture lab is and what they do. Accion Venture Lab is an investment initiative that drives financial inclusion globally. They invest capital in and provide support to innovative fintech start-ups that increase access to, improve the quality of, or reduce the cost of financial services for the underserved at scale.

Hall and Tahira talk about seed funds, and what criteria they are looking for in startups and technology.

Direct download: 71--tahira.dosani_AccionVentureLabs_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm CDT

In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Matthew Le Merle of Keiretsu Capital, the world’s largest angel network and most active early stage US venture investor, backing more than 175 companies a year.

Hall and Matthew discuss Matthew’s background prior to becoming an investor as well as how he got started into angel investing. They also speak about blockchain technology and how it affects the investing world.

Direct download: 70--_Matthew_le_Merle_of_Keiretsu-FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

With 20 years’ experience in the technology sector, Andrew manages GrowthX's operations and communications, startup sourcing and the Investment Committee and works closely with GrowthX Corporate clients. Andrew is a Kauffman Fellow, Regional Board Member of Venture for America, and a proud Mentor at Alchemist Accelerator, WeWork, Galvanize and Matter.

In this episode, Andrew discusses his early career as a lawyer for several prominent Tech pioneers including AltaVista, Yahoo, and Salesforce. Andrew talks about GrowthX's mission as a venture platform deploying capital talent and know-how.

Andrew and Hall discuss three important venture capital trends.

Direct download: 73_--_Andrew_Goldner_of_GrowthX_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm CDT

In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Lou Doctor, serial entrepreneur and angel investor. They speak about his background and what he has been doing recently. They also discuss what he looks for in deals as an angel investor.

Direct download: 69--_Lou_Doctor_--_Angel_Investor_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:28pm CDT