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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.

Aug 27, 2021

In this episode, Hall welcomes Neetu Puranikmath, Investor at Chisos.

Chisos provides alternative financing for founders at the earliest stages and fills a massive funding gap by connecting underserved founders to capital sources. Chisos’ key differentiator is its proprietary CISA or Convertible Income Share Agreement. The CISA is a hybrid financing vehicle that essentially combines a personal income share agreement with the founder and a small percentage of equity in the business. Chisos’ flexible funding model enables investors to safely fund pre-traction startups at minimal risk with uncapped upside potential.

The Chisos SaaS platform also provides states, regions, and universities an automated way to safely invest in underserved early-stage founders. The SaaS platform helps funds source, underwrite and service Convertible Income Share Agreement Investments at scale.

Neetu is an experienced investor, operator, and startup advisor. She is a strong believer in alternative funding models such as Chisos and, as a former founder, strongly committed to providing undiscovered founders with capital and mentorship. Prior to joining Chisos, she worked at Alumni Ventures Group as a pre-seed/seed investor where she focused on Fintech and SaaS. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for a Fintech startup and worked in operations at YouTube, Google, and Facebook. She is a former 501(c)(3) founder and has been a mentor for the Clinton Foundation, First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund, and Texas’ NewChip accelerator. She graduated with a Bachelor in Political Science from UC Berkeley and received her MBA from the University of Oxford.

Neetu advises startups and investors and shares how she sees the startup industry evolving. She discusses some of the challenges startups and investors face, alternative financing options in the early-stage ecosystem, and she shares her investment thesis.

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

Neetu can be contacted via email at

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