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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

Investor Connect is a community program. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics which you can send to us through the Contact page. No registration is required to use the resources.  Discussion boards are available to post and answer questions about startups and growth company investing through which registration is required.

Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

Oct 28, 2020

In this episode, Hall welcomes Monica Brady, Co-Founder of VUniverse.

VUniverse is a female and minority-founded company headquartered in New York and is a Delaware corporation. VU by VUniverse provides programming recommendations based on individuality as well as engaging, fun, and insightful features that connect users with every corner of the streaming universe. As a subscription app, VU protects user privacy and security, unlike free navigation apps that trade on personal data. VU saves users time and frustration with a convenient platform for discovering and surfacing the best streaming programming available. 

Monica has over 21 years of movie marketing expertise as the Executive Producer and Co-Founder of Trailer Central and The Golden Trailer Awards, which annually recognizes the best in motion picture marketing since 1999. The Golden Trailer Awards is known globally as the “Oscar’s for motion picture marketing” and was nicknamed by the Wall Street Journal as the “Academy Awards for the short attention span”. She has been interviewed by most every major media publication from the Wall Street Journal, to Vice, to The NY Times, CNN, the BBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, for her keen insights into entertainment marketing. Monica studied at Oxford University in England and earned a dual Film and Business degree from NYU’s Tisch School of Film and Television Production. Monica also wrote, directed, and produced her feature film Above All Things, and was recognized as a ‘Director to Watch’ in the Annual New Directors Showcase by SHOOT Magazine in 2017. Driven by her own needs to organize her streaming services, she Co-founded VUniverse in 2019 with Evelyn Watters and Ryan McManus to simplify the streaming experience. Her goal is to save people time and money with VUniverse so viewers know what they have to watch and where they have to watch it all in one easy to navigate app!

Monica shares her thoughts on the growth rate of the sector and how she sees it evolving. She also mentions some of the challenges she has faced and how VUniverse fits into the landscape.

You can visit VUniverse at and on Twitter at

Monica can be contacted via email at and via telephone at 917-994-1245.