Investor Connect Podcast

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

In running a startup there will be upturns and downturns.

Managing a downturn takes a different approach from the upturns.

First, seek advice and guidance from others such as investors, mentors, and CEOs.

Don’t delude yourself into thinking it’s better than it is and that it will turn around soon.

Acknowledge that it’s a bad situation and action must be taken.

Get a little aggressive with those steps that must be taken.

Reconfirm your commitment to your company and mission statement.

You’ll most likely need to take on extra responsibilities which will require more of you.

In an upturn, it’s about increasing your top line, hiring new employees, and increasing market share.

In a downturn, it’s about keeping the lights on, getting more productivity with fewer team members, and living to see another day.

Downturns bring new market opportunities so start looking for them.

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 Patrick Ryan, Founder of Aardvark Research/PSR Lawfirm, LLC.

Patrick is the founder of Aardvark Research for angel investing. His day job is at Tik Tok, where he leads the team of Technical Program Managers for global network security. Before TikTok, Patrick was a Strategy and Operations Principal at Google for 9 years. Patrick has also co-founded companies including Towersource (a search engine for vertical assets) and Fastback Networks (wireless 5G).

In addition to work, Patrick is an academic and author of more than thirty papers about technology policy. He is the former Faculty Director of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at CU-Boulder. Patrick holds a Ph.D. from Leuven (in Belgium), an MBL from the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland), and a JD from the University of Texas. Patrick speaks fluent Spanish, French, and German and is currently studying literature, Chinese and Russian.

Patrick discusses the state of venture capital investing and his investment thesis. He also advises startups and investors.

You can visit Aardvark Research/PSR Lawfirm, LLC, at

Patrick can be contacted via email at and via LinkedIn at You can also access a list of his scholarly papers at  

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