Investor Connect Podcast

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

So how do you know when not to invest in a startup?

Here’s a checklist of show stoppers:

  • There’s no business plan and no plan for an exit.
  • There’s no vision for the company.
  • There’s no growth in the target market.
  • The business doesn’t provide enough of a return on investment.
  • The team has too many holes to stand up.
  • The projected growth rate is too high and is unrealistic.
  • There’s no differentiation over the competition.

Use the process of elimination to remove deals from consideration so you can focus on the ones that can make it.

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 Joseph Edgar, Founder of TenantCloud.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, and founded in 2014, TenantCloud is a cloud-based property management system that allows you to manage up to 75 units for free, accept and manage rental applications, store accounting, collect and track rent, manage visual maintenance requests, get a personal listing website, and much more.

Joe originally hails from Chiloquin, Oregon, and is an experienced entrepreneur and investor who bought his first real estate property at 14 years of age. At age 17 he co-founded Modern Homes Inc., a company in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which he sold in 2001. Joe founded Edgar Investment in 2003 as a property holding company for his investments, which also focused on real estate development of new and renovated residential homes in Eugene, Oregon. In 2007, Joe founded EI Investments, a $10 million venture fund focused on providing debt and equity to early-stage companies in OR and TX.

In 2008, Joe joined Governor Perry’s office and managed $487 million in state authority with a focus on early-stage and emerging companies. In 2011, Joe joined Commissioner Staples in advising, operating, and deploying the J4T Venture Fund, which is a $46.5 million investment fund focused on Texas’ early-stage companies. Joe is also a member of the US Treasury SSBCI Venture Capital Working Group, which works to bring best practices for early-stage investment throughout the U.S.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Economics from the University of Oregon, with high honors, an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, and is a Kauffman Fellow. Joe is also active in the community as a member of the Central Texas Angel Network, volunteers time with the Community Tax Center helping low-income families file their tax returns, and assisted in founding the non-profit organization Texas Pace Authority, which focuses on bringing clean energy to Texas.

Joe advises investors and entrepreneurs, discusses the evolution of the industry post-COVID-19, the housing market in Austin, and shares some of the challenges startups face.

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

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