Investor Connect Podcast

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

Once you decide you need an advisor, you’ll need to find and select one.

Here are some key points to consider:

Start with your network and expand out from there.

Hold several conversations with the candidate advisor before making a decision.

If you need to raise awareness for your startup, consider a thought leader in the industry.

Find a mutual connection who can make an introduction.

Look for someone who compliments your skills.

If the candidate does not come from a trusted source, consider running a background check.

Focus on those who understand your strategic vision and at some level, support it.

Discuss their time availability to see if they can commit to your company.

See if they can take their experience and apply it to your business.

Avoid the war stories advisor who tells about his experience but relates nothing to your company.

Finally, look for an advisor who has some empathy for your work.


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In this episode, Hall welcomes Elio Assuncao, Founder and Director at Venture Capital World Summit.

Venture Capital World Summit is a global community for investors and investees where they help businesses get more capital and expertise as they need to scale up and grow internationally with the support, if required, from their trusted network. Their message to international businesses and entrepreneurs is simple: attend their international conferences and get in touch well before. 

Elio has an exquisite vision of life and continuous development focused on quality as a driven entrepreneur, combining a multitude of science tech with an academic background. He has over 15+ years of experience in technology analysis and artificial intelligence. Elio has been organizing events and conferences since 2012 and thus helped many businesses and entrepreneurs to develop and grow both local, national and international markets.

Elio discusses the state of startup investing and shares what he thinks, in five years, will be the most significant change. He discusses some of the challenges entrepreneurs and investors face and also advises them.

You can visit Venture Capital World Summit at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at    

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

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