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Atlanta Startup Podcast
26 minutes | Jan 15, 2022
2022 Atlanta Venture Capital Trends
Atlanta is the fastest-growing venture capital ecosystem in the country--and the most diverse. Could the VC climate get any hotter? Listen up as insiders Renee Montgomery, Robin Bienfait, Gary Peat, William Leonard and Lisa Calhoun of Valor Ventures help founders and investors get a compass on a new normal.
30 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
The Frontier of AI is Mental Health with Founder Yared Alemu of TQ Intelligence
Atlanta psychologist and entrepreneur Dr. Yared Alemu of TQIntelligence is passionate about improving access to quality mental health care for youth from low-income communities. This visionary founder shares his perspective on the gradual adoption of AI in mental health applications, improved outcomes for underserved youth, and the overall state of innovation within the mental health world. With direct support from the NSF and Google For Startups, the company's core product Clarity AI is moving the needle in the right direction. Tune into this dialogue with host William Leonard of Valor Ventures. Guaranteed to inspire and inform listeners from all walks of life!
36 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
Breaking Into Private Equity With No Investing Experience
Anne Bailey is an MBA student at Emory studying private equity in the popular class hosted by David Panton and Klaas Baks. She fell in love with the topic. In this unscripted and open-hearted episode, hear her ask co-host Lisa Calhoun, founder of leading seed-stage venture capital firm Valor Ventures, everything she wants to know about how to break into private equity in Atlanta. It's a fun, challenging conversation, and if you're curious about a career in private equity or venture capital, this conversation is for you!
33 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Finding Product-Market Fit In the Pandemic with Founder Ryan Jones of Florence Healthcare
Using Florence Healthcare, doctors and nurses save time in clinical trials. Founder and CEO Ryan Jones joins William to talk through key lessons learned as a healthcare founder, finding early product-market fit, and innovation in clinical trials in today's pandemic healthcare environment.
26 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Cooleaf Founder Prem Bhatia's Customer Success Platform Surges To The Inc 5000
How do you improve the employee experience? With today's record unemployment, leaders are learning they better move fast. Atlanta Founder Prem Bhatia has been working the problem of better employee experiences for years. At Cooleaf, he is empowering mid to large enterprises to make data-driven decisions to continuously improve how their teams interact with the company culture. Cooleaf was just recognized on the Inc. 5000 as one of America's fastest-growing firms. Hear Prem's powerful founder story about Cooleaf's early pivot, critical lessons learned while building an HR startup, the importance of founder mentorship, and how employers are winning the talent strategy equation with Cooleaf. Can't miss material--tune in now.
48 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
Atlanta Makeup Mogul Anisa Kaicker, CEO Anisa International
CEO and Founder Anisa Telwar Kaicker and her 500 team members operate global beauty powerhouse Anisa International, the "Apple" of beauty. This visionary shares her perspective on the beauty industry, including her unique definition of what beauty is. Can't miss moments in this heartfelt conversation with host Lisa Calhoun of Valor Ventures include -- her leadership secrets, how she recharges as a founder, how she changes herself to free her company to scale, founder health, and so much more. Listen to the end to hear Anisa share a board position she's recruiting for now. Please share this conversation with a founder who's scaling and could learn more from Anisa right here in Atlanta.
39 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Froth or not? Alana Mann of Cultivation Capital on Early Stage Investing in Atlanta
Enjoy a spirited conversation with Alana Mann about how she broke into VC, her blog series outlining conversations with early stage female founders, and her thoughts on navigating the frothy venture markets. Alana joins host William Leonard, investor at Valor, for Startup Runway this month and the two took the opportunity to dive into what's cooking now in early-stage investing.
37 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Barbara Jones Reframes Retail Returns for the Holidays and Beyond with Lilli RNB
Retail tech veteran and Black female tech founder Barbara Jones is building Lilli RnB, returns-management software that helps retailers solve billion-dollar fraud problems. Barbara shares her story of productizing her consulting business, building resiliency while fundraising, and leveraging the SalesForce to scale Lilli. This is a must-listen for experts who dream of building their expertise into a lucrative software platform.
24 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Learn How UGA Founder Jason Schubert Sold His Startup InBrain
UGA Alum and Inbrain.ai Founder Jason Schubert built and exited his survey platform startup to the world's largest first-party data platform for insights, Dynata. Join us for a conversation every founder should hear, as Jason talks through his thought process of the acquisition and offers his insights for founders considering acquisition offers.
33 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Accelerator or Not? Meet Derrick Barker, Nectar founder + new Techstars grad
Meet Derrick Barker, CEO of Nectar, an Atlanta startup providing upfront cash for short-term rental operators and unlocking real estate cashflows for investors. Hear Derrick's story of exiting his first venture during undergrad, building a 4500+ unit real estate portfolio with his payout, and his strategic advice for early-stage founders thinking of participating in an accelerator. Derrick just graduated from Techstars in Atlanta.
26 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Why Anthony Maley Wants to Unlock Your Car With Startup Vouch.IO
Honored among the Top 40 Tech Companies in Georgia, Vouch.io unlocks digital keys for carmakers. Tune in to hear Vouch.io Cofounder Anthony Maley share leading edge innovation in the automotive industry. Learn if blockchain really is the future of your car!
22 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Meet CEO Garrett Langley of Atlanta's Latest Unicorn Flock Safety
As one of Atlanta's newest unicorns, Flock Safety equips neighborhoods and police departments in over 1200 cities with machine learning tools to mitigate crime. Founder and CEO of Flock Safety Garrett Langley openly shares how he navigates growth roadblocks and his mindset for building excellence. You don't want to miss his practical fundraising advice for founders in Atlanta.
37 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Founder Jeff Gold of Nexus Fuels
After spending a decade to perfect their process, Atlanta-based Nexus Fuels created a profitable and environmentally sustainable way to recycle plastics. Led by industry veteran Jeff Gold, Nexus has truly hit a gold mine--diverting 2.7M lbs of plastic from landfills. Jeff joins William to share more about finding product-market fit during the early days of Nexus Fuels and his thoughts on the future of cleantech in the US.
29 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Scientist CEO Candace Mitchell Harris of Myavana Transforms Hair Care with AI
Learn about the founder's journey to a multi-million dollar startup from Candace. She's a Georgia Tech grad, a computer scientist, and an entrepreneur transforming the hair care industry with engineering. Hear her journey to building a tech platform for hair. Myavana uses artificial intelligence to recommend the perfect products --and some of the largest brands in the world are on board.
24 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Nick Santora on Custom Company Cybersecurity Training with Curricula
The increasingly frequent occurrence of cyberattacks and ransomware has led to a more pressing need for proactive cyber awareness. Nick Santora and the Curricula team are bringing customization to cybersecurity training by allowing companies to generate modules that address firm-specific security concerns. Meet Nick and understand why Curricula's brings fun and fluidity to cybersecurity training.
28 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Modernizing Healthcare for Women of Color with Mohamed Kamara
Inovcares Founder and new Atlanta resident Mohamaed Kamara is modernizing healthcare for women of color. The tragic death of his sister in childbirth catalyzed him to take on changing the world. Hear Mohamed's insights around choosing the right business model, customer discovery tips, and why he feels Atlanta is the perfect city to build a healthcare startup.
43 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
What Are Seed VCs Investing In Now? Atlanta VCs like Softbank and Valor weigh in.
In this interview hosted by William Leonard of Valor Ventures with De'Havia Stewart of Softbank, Vernon Lee of Marathon, and Maria Velissaris of SteelSky Ventures, you'll hear what seed-stage VCs are looking for right now. If you're a founder, this is a can't-miss episode. Over half a billion of capital ready to invest right now is sharing their perspective on how to raise from them--listen now.
37 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Real Fundraising Trends for Southeast Startups
Hear two of Valor Ventures' team, general partner Lisa Calhoun and investor William Leonard, dive into trend for startups in the Southeast. This fast-paced conversation will help you get your arms around the valuations, the terms and the trends founders can expect raising a round right now. Listen in as two investors detail their craft and the insights they get from dozens of weekly founder interviews.
31 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Unpacking Founder Kristina Williams Backed By Beyonce To Power Diversity
Founder Kristina Williams joins the Atlanta Startup Podcast to share about her journey of building Unpacking, a data-driven, gamified platform powering the future of diversity training. She's been backed by Beyonce and others to change DEI for better. After recently moving her business to Atlanta from the West Coast, she breaks down why she chose Atlanta (where else!?!) and why Unpacking's gamified approach to diversity training will change culture in a positive direction.
26 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Freeing Up First Checks For Founders - Meet Mecca Tartt Startup Runway Executive Director
First investor checks--that's the mission of the Startup Runway Foundation, backed by presenting sponsor Cox Enterprises and founding partners Truist, Georgia Power, Avanta Ventures, and Innovator's Legal. Meet the dynamic first executive director of the Startup Runway Foundation Mecca Tartt, interviewed by co-host Lisa Calhoun of Valor Ventures.
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