Beta Business

Grant Gurtin & Nick Spiller

Learn how to start up smart. Grant Gurtin and Nick Spiller have earned their start up stripes and are helping others do the same. They'll talk you through the early stages of an idea, and walk you through what it really takes to push your business forward and jump into the funding avenues you need to pursue. It's about the struggles you're facing today, the decisions that need to be made in the current economy, and the insights you need to survive the long haul. It's literally worth it to listen. Beta Business with Grant Gurtin and Nick Spiller.

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What is a pivot? It’s when you make small changes to your business after learning from data or following your own intuition. Today you'll learn why pivots can help your company grow and take off, when you should be pivoting, and the difference between pivoting and doing a reset. Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Dec 1

25 min 3 sec

Recruiting is one of the most important parts of being an entrepreneur. In today's episode, we break down the best ways to build your team and what to avoid doing. Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Dec 1

24 min 36 sec

We sat down with Caroline Tosbath, the Program Director at Techstars Austin. She is focused on growing her career in the Austin startup scene and supporting founders by making meaningful connections every day.

Nov 28

32 min 20 sec

Matt Doyle is the CEO of Array, a no-code platform whose mission is to improve on traditional methods of doing business by a product designed for the way we capture any form of information. Matt has worked on projects that included platform and usability development. Application development, public usability and website sales.

Nov 21

39 min 12 sec

Since 1993, the experiences Tarek Morshed has gained has given him an acute sense of Austin’s dynamic economy and the challenges of buying and selling across multiple types of real estate. Today, Morshed is a purpose-driven luxury specialist who delivers value in ways that clients often don't expect. Rather than sell, Tarek Morshed shares his passion for real estate, architecture, and his deep understanding of the local market.

Nov 17

43 min 51 sec

JD Weinstein helps startups scale through Oracle’s rich enterprise ecosystem, cloud solutions, & global customer network. He previously served as Principal of WPP Ventures, the strategic venture capital fund for WPP, the world's largest marketing communications company. He focused on venture investments in tech-enabled companies in MarTech, big data & market intelligence, RetailTech, AdTech, and content. Prior to WPP, JD worked with Capital Factory as a Venture Associate, where he was responsible for deal sourcing & due diligence for the CF Accelerator & venture fund. Outside of the startup ecosystem, JD is a certified paddleboard yoga instructor and diehard Texas Longhorn Basketball fan!

Nov 14

41 min 48 sec

As Venture Principal, Jill manages the Capital Factory Venture Fund and new investment opportunities. Prior to becoming Principal, Jill was a Senior Associate at Capital Factory, where she sourced and invested in startup companies for their Ventures portfolio and Investment Fund.Prior to Capital Factory, Jill launched her career in venture capital at Loeb Enterprises, billionaire Michael Loeb's private family office in NYC. At Loeb Enterprises, Jill evaluated new investment opportunities and worked extensively with portfolio companies such as Thnks and AllTheRooms. Jill's passion for venture capital is fueled by her desire to help historically underrepresented groups have access to capital in order to build the future of our world.Outside of her role as Venture Principal at Capital Factory, Jill is an angel investor and member of Beam Angel Network. Current angel investments include ZenBusiness and Tabella.If you are a founder, investor, or limited partner looking to get involved with Capital Factory, please reach out to Jill via email jill@capitalfactory.com or via Twitter @jillklinvex.Follow Beta Business on IG: @BetaYourBusinessJoin us at our next in-person event. More info at betayourbusiness.com

Nov 10

32 min 49 sec

Alex is the National Director of Business Development  at Tack Advisors, a full-service consulting agency helping the world’s most influential and innovative companies elevate administrative talent and leverage their success.

Nov 8

41 min 26 sec

Learn all about moonlighting with Larry Chiang.Follow us on Instagram: @BetayourbusinessJoin us at our next in-person meet up. More at betayourbusiness.com

Nov 4

26 min 12 sec

Selling as a founder is without a doubt an essential skill to learn. Listen in on Larry Chiang's advice on how to work up the confidence and courage to do so.

Oct 31

27 min 1 sec

Rachel Holtin is the founder of @AustinFoodstagram, a food, style and travel blog based in Austin, TX. Holtin moved to Austin in 2010 to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in Communications. She has since run social media & influencer marketing programs for Favor Delivery as well as starting her own Influencer Marketplace for bloggers and brands to connect called Trend.io In 2018, Holtin went full-time on her blog, and focuses her attention on creating content for brand partners and local restaurants.Follow us on Instagram: @BetaYourBusinessJoin us at our next in person event!

Oct 27

27 min 54 sec

Larry Chaing explains why you need to get off of zero.

Oct 24

20 min 8 sec

We sat down with Claire Hansen, a venture capitalist focused on early funding stages who has worked in the Austin ecosystem since 2015. Claire serves as Principal at Firebrand Ventures, a Seed stage fund with General Partners based in Boulder and Kansas City. Claire's prior experience includes working with investors and startups at Capital Factory, Central Texas Angel Network, and the U.S. Army.Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our website and join us for a future in-person event!Follow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Oct 20

35 min 45 sec

Need help thinking through compensation in your start up? We got you covered in today's episode.Join us for an in-person event and keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Oct 18

21 min 24 sec

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Tina Dai for this episode. Tina joined Silverton Partners in 2020 to invest in and support founders as they build the companies that will shape the future. At Silverton Partners, Tina board observes for Self Financial, Ontic, The Helper Bees, InsiteFlow, and RoundUp App. Previously, Tina held roles at First Round Capital, Intuit, and McKinsey & Company. Tina is passionate about elevating female investors and founders: she is the National Co-Lead for AllRaise’s Principal Cohort program to accelerate women’s careers in venture capital, is a founding member of the Beam Angel Network, and helps make angel investing more accessible with The Council. She is an active angel investor with a personal portfolio of 20+ startups.

Oct 13

36 min 25 sec

Today's episode is for students, faculty, alumni, and anyone else starting a company within the proximity of a university campus. Grant and Nick both started their entrepreneurial journeys on campus and understand the great resources that can come from these communities.Follow us on InstagramJoin us at an upcoming event where you can meet future business partners in an informal, social environment.

Oct 10

39 min 58 sec

Whether you want to generate brand buzz, get influencer-generated content, increase sales, or grow your own brand on social media, Influencer Marketing is a great option for your business.Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Oct 5

15 min 56 sec

One of the least pleasant parts of being an entrepreneur: letting an employee go. Nick and Grant talk you through tips on how to make the uncomfortable a little less uncomfortable in today's episode.Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Sep 27

21 min 29 sec

Whether you need to cultivate more space for yourself, spend more time with your family, or re-evaluate your goals, it's important to know if it's time to quit or pause your entrepreneurship journey. In this episode, Nick and Grant share their tips on how to know when/if it's time to exit a project and do so in a in a less painful manner.Join us at our next in-person event. Visit betayourbusiess.com for infoJoin us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Follow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Sep 20

22 min 9 sec

Learn how Jordan launches projects and impacts change from within the federal government as an intrapreneur. Jordan and Nick grew up together and Jordan now represents the representative from their hometown.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Sep 16

31 min 28 sec

Back with our final pillar to complete our Wellness for Entrepreneurs series. As entrepreneurs, our minds have to be sharp in order to face the day-to-day challenges we face. Nutrition and diet directly affects how our brains function and we want to make sure we all well-equipped for what comes our way. Listen in to find out Nick and Grant's tips/tricks for what has worked for them.

Sep 12

31 min 48 sec

Rest & Relaxation, part 3 of our Wellness Series. Nick and Grant dive into how turning off your mind and body is key for long-term success. They also share their favorite ways on how to reset.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Sep 5

22 min 7 sec

Introducing Movement, part 2 of our 4 Pillars of Wellness Series. Nick and Grant dive into how keeping your body active can build a sharp mind, and tips on how to commit to a movement routine.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Aug 29

20 min 3 sec

Arguably the most important pillar of wellness for entrepreneurs. Today, Nick and Grant dive into tools for being successful in the long run, how to tackle crisis situations, and what they wish they knew early on in their careers.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Aug 22

26 min

Samantha Lewis is a Principal at Mercury Fund, where she focuses on investments across the firms’ themes, with a specific interest in democratization of wealth and knowledge through fintech and transparency, impact and sustainability. On today's episode, we cover the lack of diversity when it comes to investing dollars, launch rounds and fundraising advice.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Aug 18

28 min

Wellness is critical to a sustainable and enjoyable entrepreneurial journey. Keeping your mind, body and soul nourished will make your decisions sound and energy steady. Tune in for this episode introducing our pillars of wellness.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Aug 17

19 min 30 sec

Learn about Morgan Flager’s three decade long career in venture capital and startups. We go from wrestling at Stanford through raising money in 1997, IPOs on Wall Street before ending on a discussion of the future of Austin in this special episode.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Keep up with all things Beta Bizz on our websiteFollow us on IG @BetaYourBusiness

Aug 11

42 min 23 sec

Managing your pipeline of investors and customers is difficult with so many people and conversations to track. Tune in to hear Grant and Nick's tips for how to make maintaining a CRM part of your work day.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Instagram: @BetaYourBusinessLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusiness

Aug 8

16 min 58 sec

Email is a critical communication channel when starting your company. Discover email tools, tactics and no-nos in this Beta Business podcast episode.

Aug 1

26 min 36 sec

Track down the right angel investor for your round using Grant and Nick’s top research tactics discussed in this episode.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Instagram: @BetaYourBusinessLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusiness

Jul 25

29 min 13 sec

Cut through the noise and find the right VC for your round using our favorite research methods shared in this episode.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Instagram: @BetaYourBusinessLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusiness

Jul 18

16 min 46 sec

Tune in to learn about SAFEs and Convertible Notes,Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Instagram: @BetaYourBusinessWebsite: betayourbusiness.com

Jul 11

15 min 3 sec

Launch events are a great way to propel your business in the right direction, if executed with intention and strategy.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Website: betayourbusiness.com Instagram: @BetaYourBusiness

Jul 4

17 min 57 sec

Swag can be a game changer or bank breaker. Listen to this episode to make sure your swag purchase has high ROI.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Instagram: @BetaYourBusinessLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusiness

Jun 27

18 min 9 sec

Land early customers and investors by being intentional about your confidence and charisma.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Instagram: @BetaYourBusinessLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusiness

Jun 20

21 min 1 sec

Why should you start a business in the first place?Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Instagram: @BetaBusinessPodLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusiness

Jun 6

21 min 7 sec

Let's talk investor feedback.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Instagram: @BetaBusinessPodLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusiness

May 30

19 min 43 sec

Learn the basics of revenue based financing (RBF) with Grant and Nick in this episode of Beta Business. Keep hustling!Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Instagram: @BetaBusinessPodLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusiness

May 23

14 min 23 sec

Learn key concepts for closing investment from wealthy individuals, aka angel investors, for your startup.Join Beta Business on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week @Nick_Spiller and @Ggurtin host.Instagram: @BetaBusinessPodLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusiness

May 16

22 min 43 sec

This exciting form of financing has really taken off which is why today we're covering all things crowdfunding.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Instagram: @BetaBusinessPodLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusiness

May 9

18 min 35 sec

Today we talk about the real dynamics of venture funds and how they work.Join us on Clubhouse to stay in the know via the multiple rooms per week we host.Instagram: @BetaBusinessPodLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusiness

May 2

17 min 32 sec

Why should you start a business in the first place?https://www.instagram.com/betabusinesspod/https://www.linkedin.com/company/betabusinessJoin the Beta Business room on Clubhouse@ggurtin and @Nick_Spiller on Clubhouse

Apr 11

19 min 10 sec

Learn how to raise money from people you already have relationships with.

Mar 29

17 min 46 sec

From advisors, to teammates, to culture, Nick and Grant walk through how to build a team for your company.Instagram: @BetaBusinessPodClubhouse: @Nick_Spiller & @ggurtin

Mar 21

16 min 52 sec

Is an accelerator program right for your company? How do you choose which accelerator to join? What are the benefits of joining an accelerator program? Nick Spiller and Grant Gurtin discuss all this and more on this week's episode.Follow @BetaBusinessPod on Instagram

Mar 14

25 min 21 sec

Today is all about Lean Startup Methodology. Nick Spiller and Grant Gurtin talk through three concepts: the Build/Measure/Learn cycle, customer discovery interviews, and the lean canvas.Follow us on IG: @BetaBusinessPod

Mar 8

20 min 34 sec