Investor Connect Podcast

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

Investors seeking more deal flow should look to their own network.

Here are some steps to find deals from your contacts:

Identify the type of startup you want to fund. 

Search for contacts related to that sector and domain. 

You’ll find experts with deep knowledge of the technology, as well as those who know the major players in the industry.

Follow-up with them to learn more about the up-and-coming companies in the industry.

Talk with other investors for any deals they’ve seen, both those they invested in, and those they’ve passed on.

Seek out business brokers, M&A advisors, and investment bankers who see deal flow on a regular basis for potential deals to pursue.

Talk with those who hold business development and corporate development titles as they often see early-stage startups.

From these contacts, identify common references to startups in your sector.

Follow the funding news for your area or sector to see who is getting investment and then research those companies to find where they came from.

Trace them back to the source which could be employees coming from a large company, a university, or other.

To attract more deals you can build out a blog, website, or online portal.

You can run an event series to bring people together for networking, education, or funding.

This lets you tap into your network in an ongoing consistent way.


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 Karen Vandiver, Owner of New Healthworks and Founder of Mindful Meditation Training Institute.

New Healthworks services include corporate and executive coaching, professional telehealth services, and mindful meditation training. She provides in-office therapy in Harker Heights and in Austin, Texas.

Karen is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Texas-approved supervisor with extensive experience. Karen served as an Academic Advisor for Graduate Assistantship for undergraduate students while earning her Master’s Degree at Baylor University, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She served as a regular guest lecturer at the University of Texas Doctoral Theories class. She has trained in Systemic, Strategic, and Bowen Family Systems. 

Training in EMDR added to her already successful outcomes with trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. As a certified hypnotherapist with the National Guild, she has had success with behavioral issues along with peak performance. Her ability to utilize a unique and creative approach is individualized for each person and has led to real results.

Karen has created inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for psychiatric hospitals and outpatient treatment centers. She has provided numerous presentations at multiple military bases on PTSD and combat stress. She also provided annual guest lectures on Jungian Psychology at the University of Texas in Austin's Doctoral Counseling Theories Class and annual lectures to the LMFT Supervisor Training Class at Texas A&M Central Texas.

She has written articles for Military One Source, Austin M.D. Magazine, Enjoy Whole Health as a psychology columnist, and the Santa Fe Sound Board Music Magazine.

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Karen advises investors, discusses some of the challenges in the space, and how New Healthworks fits in this landscape.

Karen can be contacted via email at, via her website at, and via LinkedIn at

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