Episodes

Nov. 28, 2020

Aaron Michel (1984.vc) on the investment in Fairmarkit, the destructive nature of monopolies, views on board seats and investment vehicles at pre seed/seed

Welcome back! Aaron has a super interesting background so we spend a while talking about his investment strategy and thoughts on investment dynamics at the pre seed/seed levels. He's a former operator ( PathSource ) so has a deep understanding of the mindset of founders and all of the qualitative KPIs that help investors make great decisions. Aaron is now a partner at 1984 Ventures based in San Francisco. Here are 3 things we spoke about that I found super interesting: 1. Why Aaron doesn't take…

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Nov. 20, 2020

Michelle Killoran (OMERS Ventures) on her investment in Landed

Super excited to share this one - Michelle Killoran joins me to chat about her investment in Landed . Landed is an alternative financing option for buying a home. As you'll hear, many millennials want to buy a home but struggle with the high upfront costs associated with such a large purchase. Michelle was able to identify this gap in the market and find her way to discover what Landed was working on. Prior to her role as a principle at OMERS, Michelle worked at Deloitte in their financial advi…

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Nov. 16, 2020

Charlie O'Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures) on his investment in SinglePlatform

WOW are you in for a treat. Charlie O'Donnell joins me in this one and we dive into his background, quantitative decision making, strategy for a $10 - $20 MM fund, and Charlie's investment in SinglePlatform . Charlie has an awesome background stemming from his early days at the General Motor's pension fund and then learning at Union Square Ventures as well as First Round Capital. He is currently raising and deploying his third fund at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures . In this episode we mention Charli…

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Nov. 13, 2020

Jenny Friedman (SupernodeVC) on New Age Meats

Jenny Friedman is a General Partner @ SupernodeVC in NYC. Prior to her role at Supernode, Jenny primarily invested in early stage, mobile first tech at Eniac Ventures. Prior to that she worked at e-commerce startup, Minibar Delivery, focusing on analytics and business development. She graduated with honors from both the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Business School. More info on New Age Meats: https://www.newagemeats.com/ More info on Jenny and Supernode: https://supernode.vc/team Jen…

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Sept. 2, 2020

Todd White - founder @ Dry Farm Wines

Todd White is a serial entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and founder of Dry Farm Wines which addresses the hidden issues with the wine industry. During this episode, we'll chat about the issues Todd noticed that led to him building his business as well as other key factors that have led to their success. Find more info on Dry Farm Wines here: https://www.dryfarmwines.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conor-robbins/message

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Sept. 2, 2020

Colin Keeley - founder @ Avocado Audio

Colin Keeley is a Chicago based early-stage investor and founder. His venture studio is currently working on Avocado (audio course platform), FinanceFuel (small business lending), and Automic (a Robotic Process Automation monitor). He is also the host of a podcast called Tech in Chicago, where he interviews Chicago's top founders and investors. The blog post we mention can be found @ https://colinkeeley.com/ . Keep up to date with what Colin is working on via Twitter @ColinKeeley --- Send in a …

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Aug. 27, 2020

Matt McGowan - Director and GM @ Snapchat

Matt McGowan is currently the director and GM at Snapchat. He is also a partner at C2 Ventures, on the board of CPA Ontario, and a mentor at Adweek. Matt started his career on Wall Street and quickly left to join the emerging tech scene. We chat about 2 notable experiences Matt had at PropertyRoom.com and Incisive Media. https://twitter.com/matt_mcgowan / mattmcgowan@gmail.com / Snapchat @McGowanMatt --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conor-robbins/message

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Aug. 26, 2020

Kimberly Steward - K Period Media

Kimberly Steward is an American film producer known for such films as Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. She also produced Manchester by the Sea in 2016 through her production company, K Period Media, in which she was nominated for an Academy Award. https://www.instagram.com/kperiodmedia/?hl=en -> K Period Media's Instagram. https://www.kperiodmedia.com/home -> K Period Media's website --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conor-robbins/message

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Aug. 24, 2020

How to get a job with David Meltzer - with Jake Fleshner

Episode #2 of this new series... this one is with Jake Fleshner who works extremely close with David Meltzer. Jake's story of getting his role is something a lot of people should take to heart and it was great getting his insights on the matter. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conor-robbins/message

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Aug. 19, 2020

Brian Wong on Mentors, The Cheat Code, and Education

Brian Wong is the founder of Kiip, author of The Cheat Code, and now managing partner of BW Growth Ventures. As mentioned in the discussion, the link to find Brian's blog posts is brianwong.co --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conor-robbins/message

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Aug. 19, 2020

Sarah Evans on Social Strategy, Personal Branding, and Life Advice for GenZ

Sarah Evans is the founder and CEO of Sevans Strategy and Sevans Digital PR. She has worked with brands such as SAP, PayPal, Cox Communications, Adobe, and Shorty Awards. You can follow Sarah on Twitter @prsarahevans, IG @sarahevans and her website sevanspr.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conor-robbins/message

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Aug. 19, 2020

Alex Taub on Upstream, Mentorship, and Online Professional Groups

Alex is an entrepreneur currently building Upstream, the best professional groups product. He previously founded Social Rank (acquired) and worked for Dwolla & Aviary. You can follow Alex on Twitter @ajt and Upstream @JoinUpstream... Upstream is also currently available for download on the App Store. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conor-robbins/message

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Aug. 8, 2020

Martin Bryant on helping tech and media companies with communications and strategy

Martin Bryant is the founder of Big Revolution where he takes the skills he developed as a journalist into the world of helping tech and media companies with communications and strategy. Martin and I chat about how he does this and where the value in being a good writer is in the startup space. You can find Martin on Twitter @MartinSFP --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conor-robbins/message

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Aug. 2, 2020

Spike Brehm on Culture, Computer Science, and Airbnb

Spike was one of the first 50 hires at Airbnb where he is still at today. We talk about the culture of the company in the early days and how that carried them through multiple stages of growth. We also talk about advice for young people in creating a unique path for yourself. You can read the article we talk about, "Don't Fuck Up the Culture", by Airbnb CEO and Founder Brian Chesky here: https://medium.com/@bchesky/dont-fuck-up-the-culture-597cde9ee9d4 and follow Spike on Twitter @spikebrehm --…

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July 31, 2020

Bernard Moon on Venture, International Markets, and SparkLabs Global

Bernard Moon is co-founder and partner at SparkLabs Group, a network of global accelerators and venture capital funds. He has a ton of experience in the world of startups and evaluating emerging markets. Barnard and I chat about how SparkLabs works, how they started, and where they're looking next. Follow Bernard on Twitter @bernardmoon or follow SparkLabs on their website http://www.sparklabsglobal.com/ - they're been running free webinars so definitely take a look at those as well. --- Send i…

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July 30, 2020

Christian Hoff on Sales, Story Telling, and Pursuing your Passion

Christian has a really diversified background ranging all the way back into his childhood when he decided to become an actor. He's been on Broadway twice, taking away a Tony award for his performance in Jersey Boys. He has also been involved in the Hollywood scene and has engaged in many business ventures. Christian has a ton of value to share in taking his acting skills into the business world through many strengths, two very important ones being the art of story telling and the ability to sel…

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July 30, 2020

How to get a job with Brandon Steiner - with Jesse Kay

This episode is going to be a bit different... after interviewing several successful individuals, I realized it would also help a ton to get advice from people who had just landed stellar first jobs that set them up for future success. Jesse and I chat specifically about how he got his job with Brandon Steiner and what opportunities he had afterwards. I want to thank Jesse for being my first conversation for this new series and hope everyone gains something from his incredible experience. --- S…

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July 25, 2020

Tobias Jaeger on the Process of Film Making, What a Producer Does, and the Importance of Good People

Tobias is currently the CFO of Colibri Studios and host of the Media CFO podcast. This was a super interesting conversation where we talk a lot about the process of making a film and how it relates to building a business. While many people think about what a career in film would look like, there is very little talk about what it actually look likes and how to get there. If you're interested in learning more about this space, I highly encourage you to check out Media CFO. Follow Tobias on social…

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