Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

After the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, investors look to see if you have made your business COVID-19-proof.

Here are some steps to COVID-19-proof your startup.

Ensure your startup can continue day-to-day operations by working remotely, even when everyone is in lockdown in their own homes.

Setup remote work tools such as Google Drive, Asana, Trello and other systems.

Update your cybersecurity measures as a remote workforce bring new challenges.

Create backup and redundancy plans to cover for those who fall ill or must step out to take care of others.

Choose partners, suppliers and others who have COVID-19-proof businesses. 

Secure the supply chain for your operations as well as for product/service delivery.

Pursue customers who are also COVID-19-proof and whose operations will continue in the case of a lockdown.

These businesses include:

Those who can run some portion of their business online.

Those who can continue operating using existing workers in remote locations.

Those who don’t require large numbers of people to deliver and support a product/service.

Those who have a flexible workforce and can shift duties from one team member to another seamlessly.

Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Tony Jeff, President and CEO of Innovate Mississippi & Mississippi Angel Network who accelerate startups and drive entrepreneurship throughout the state. They strengthen and grow the culture of innovation in Mississippi.

Tony is a technology evangelist who speaks regularly on emerging trends and strategies in technology and innovation commercialization. Tony has overseen the coaching of more than 1,200 entrepreneurial ventures and he’s consulted with companies that have successfully raised more than $175 million in private-equity financing. 

He is excited by the breadth of the companies that Mississippi is seeing, especially out of young entrepreneurs. He explains where he sees the state of investing in angel-level deals, early-stage companies, how the industry is evolving and the changes he sees coming up.

Tony gives advice to both investors and startups, gives his thoughts on the challenges they face and he speaks about Innovate Mississippi’s investment thesis.

Visit Innovate Mississippi at

Tony can be contacted via LinkedIn at and via email at

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