Investor Connect Podcast

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

While there’s a great number of startups looking for funding, the startup investor needs to set up deal-flow sources.

Your personal network is a good place to start. Contact not only investors in your network but also attorneys and accountants who may see deals seeking funding. 

You can join the local angel network in your area or if you are in a specific sector, join one on a national level. 

Your local university may also be a good source of deals.

There are many online platforms available now where you can source deals both general and sector-specific.

Finally, consider starting your own accelerator/incubator or venture studio in which you bring companies together for coaching and mentoring in advance of funding.

This is a great way to see the company in action before you invest.

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 Carl Grant III, EVP of Global Business Development at Cooley.

Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Cooley is a law practice where clients partner with them on transformative deals, complex IP, regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. 

Carl leads Cooley’s business development team firm-wide, which assists clients in connecting with sources of angel investment, venture capital, and private equity. Team members also connect clients with potential management team members, advisors, independent board members, prospective partners, customers, and other value-add members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Due to an overwhelming volume of deal flow and email traffic during the COVID-19 era, Carl co-founded VentureRaise, a LinkedIn-like platform with the specific purpose of helping entrepreneurs identify investors who are a fit and connecting them through trusted referral sources.

Carl hosts a weekly podcast called Rainmakers, which features top business developers across a variety of industries.

Carl previously served as executive director, technology industry for PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's largest professional services firm where he led the business development in the DC Metro Region and drove unprecedented growth. Prior to joining PwC, he managed the Capital Attraction Program for Fairfax County EDA, an initiative that more than doubled the number of venture capital funds in that county. Immediately before joining Cooley, Carl was on the management teams of two venture capital-backed technology companies in the Northern Virginia area, EYECAST, and cyberCFO. He was also a director in a division of Multimedia, leading up to and through Gannett's $1.7 billion acquisition of the company.

Click here to see Carl’s complete bio.

Carl shares what excites him now, advises entrepreneurs and investors and discusses some of the challenges startups face.

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

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

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