Investor Connect Podcast

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

In choosing a startup to advise, it’s important to find the right fit.

Here are some key points to make sure you are a good advisor to the startup.

Spend time with the startup to really understand if you can add value and if they are ready for an advisor.

Make sure you communicate well with each other and ensure the personal style fits.

Spend as much time on selecting a startup as you would an investment.

If they have other advisors, check with them about their experience.

Find out where they need the help the most.  

Ask what’s slowing them down and where they avoid engaging. That’s an indication they need help.

Avoid the day-to-day minutiae and focus on strategic objectives.

For the day-to-day work, make introductions to people who can solve those issues.

Make clear you will play the role of devil’s advocate and that you will ask a lot of difficult questions as part of your job.

Spend the majority of your time with the startup listening and only talk when you have something important to say.

Get to know the founder and others in the startup outside of work. 

Come to an agreement about the time commitment for your work with the startup.

Give the founder the hard answers as in the end, they will appreciate that more than the kudos.

If the founder seems to be scattered, help them focus on a few key priorities.

If it turns out not to be a good fit, then help the founder close it out.

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

Let’s go startup something today.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes back Matthew Sullivan, CEO and Founder of QuantmRE.  

Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, QuantmRE is a real estate finance platform that originates and funds Home Equity Agreements. This new financial tool enables qualifying homeowners to get a cash lump sum from their home equity with no monthly payments, no interest and no added debt. A Home Equity Agreement is an equity based solution - it's not a reverse mortgage, it's not a loan and it's not a line of credit. Instead of charging interest, they take a share of the current equity together with a share of the appreciation if the value of the home goes up. They also share in the potential downside risk if the home decreases in value

The QuantmRE platform has also been designed to enable a wide range of investors to fund these Home Equity Agreements, including retail investors. Their platform has been designed to be a secondary market exchange where investors can build, model, manage and trade individual portfolios of fractionalized Home Equity Agreements.

Matthew is the founder of real estate crowdfunding platform and is a manager of two real estate funds. He worked with Richard Branson and his corporate finance team and was appointed a director and Trustee of Virgin’s London Air Ambulance service. Matthew went to Westminster School in London, UK and studied Law at Birmingham University before pursuing a career in finance and stockbroking, specializing in the South East Asian markets. He was an early internet pioneer and has founded companies in the United Kingdom, India, Australia and the United States in the finance, telecommunications, technology and real estate sectors.

Matthew shares where he sees the real estate industry going post-COVID-19, and what excites him now in the sector. He also updates Hall on the evolution of the company since his last interview some three years ago. 

You can visit QuantmRE at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at  

Matthew can be contacted via email at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at

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