Investor Connect Podcast

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

An advisory board is a group of three to five people who provide advice on how to grow your startup.

They bring experience, contacts, and domain expertise.

Advisory boards help the company grow and succeed.

In recruiting for your advisory board, consider the following:

Recruit diverse skills, networks, and experiences so they don’t overlap.

Use the advisors to fill in the gaps of the startup team which is most often a skeletal group.

Use advisors to raise the profile of the startup with their reputations.

They can give the startup branding to help position the company with clients.

You can highlight the advisory board for recruiting the team, investors, and customers. 

They are different from a board of directors in that they don’t have any fiduciary roles and work informally with you on growing your business.

An advisory board can improve your odds at success.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Bradford Shepherd, Managing Partner at Sugarhouse Investments.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Sugarhouse Investments is a real estate private equity firm that provides investors with passive investment opportunities in institutional-quality commercial real estate and they help fund cash-flowing commercial real estate projects to move them forward. Together they build long-term wealth and passive income streams.

The deals they fund preserve capital investments, collect consistent cash flow and build equity through future capital appreciation of the assets.

Real estate investing has been part of Brad’s life since his college days. He earned his undergraduate degree in Finance with an eye towards commercial real estate, interning with one of the premier large commercial property portfolio companies in the Northwest. He purchased his first rental property within months of graduating college and quickly added several more. 

His experience includes management of hotel and vacation properties, development of retail and hospitality space, and raising capital from both domestic and international investors. He's been exclusively focused on capital raising for commercial syndications since 2017. Brad and his young family have called Austin home since 2011.

Brad discusses the state of real estate investing and how he sees the industry evolving. He also shares his investment thesis and some of the challenges investors face.

You can visit Sugarhouse Investments at, and via LinkedIn at

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

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