Forward Thinking Founders

Mat Sherman

Forward Thinking Founders is a podcast where Mat interviews high potential founders with early stage companies. This allows us to see inside the brain of genius founders before the rest of the world knows they even exist. On this show, you'll learn all about how to start a startup, pros and cons of different verticals, and learn the backstory and vision of tomorrow's billion-dollar companies, straight from the founders. With guests coming from Y Combinator, The Thiel Fellowship, Pioneer, and the Growthmeter network, you're sure to get a sneak peek at world-class founders at work, every day. This is Forward Thinking Founders.

All Episodes

Oscar Pedroso is the founder of Thimble. Thimble teaches kids STEM skills through weekly 1-hr classes taught by tech professionals. Kits are shipped every 3 months. Invest in Thimble here.★ Support this podcast ★

Dec 7

14 min 36 sec

Neel Ganu is the founder of Finch. Finch is an all-in-one account that seamlessly integrates the benefits of investing and the flexibility of checking.★ Support this podcast ★

Dec 6

12 min 58 sec

Cory Hoffart is the cofounder of Stylez. Stylez is an educational community and modern marketplace that promotes beauty and trust.★ Support this podcast ★

Dec 5

12 min 2 sec

Yevgen Kotukh & Daniil Tretiakov are the cofounders of UnlinkVR. UnlinkVR enables Wireless data transmission solution for VR sets based on laser radiation.★ Support this podcast ★

Dec 2

14 min 9 sec

Evalyn Oloo is the founder of Manyactive. With Manyactive, track, book, or deliver fitness and mental health services close to you.★ Support this podcast ★

Dec 1

11 min 44 sec

Marko Hozjan is the cofounder of Taia. With Taia, self-translate your documents up to 3x faster or simply outsource them to their highly skilled team of professional translators.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 29

9 min 17 sec

In this bonus episode, I talk through the pros and cons of going through an accelerator. This episode will be most helpful for first time founders who are evaluating going through an accelerator.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 27

10 min 56 sec

Victoria Duben is the founder of Viewst. Viewst is the workspace that allows you to create, collaborate, and launch ads at scale.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 24

9 min 35 sec

Kareem Abukhadra is the founder of Relentless. Relentless enables its customers to get 10+ interviews a month at your favorite companies with no effort.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 23

14 min 23 sec

Dornubari Vizor is the founder of GroupApp. GroupApp gives you the tools to build and launch your learning community, create online courses, host your content and monetize your knowledge.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 23

8 min 44 sec

Madi Rifkin is the founder of Mount. Mount provides tools for property owners to rent or list amenities, from scooters to golf clubs to e-bikes — and beyond.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 23

10 min 46 sec

Adi Diner is the founder of iFocus Health. iFocus is using eye-tracking technology combined with a proprietary AI algorithm to provide data-based treatment efficacy measures.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 11

7 min 23 sec

Josh Kline is the founder of HaveNeed. HaveNeed is a free mobile app that enables you to trade for goods and services like never before! HaveNeed also makes it easy to donate items directly to members of your community.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 11

13 min 50 sec

Andrew Gluck is the founder and GP of irrvrntVC. irrvrntVC has a tight thesis around DTC, AdTech, and NextG. Generally, they invest $150k-$350k and are very comfortable committing without a lead in place and galvanizing the round.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 11

23 min 39 sec

 Ivan Huerta is the cofounder of Parabeac. Parabeac is the only Sketch to Flutter and Figma to Flutter Continuous Integration (CI) tool that integrates app design and development workflows for faster & more.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 10

11 min 11 sec

Jake Aronskind is the cofounder of Pepper. Pepper is streamlining the process of finding your next meal, sitting down at the dinner table after cooking it, and sharing with your family & friends when you’re done!★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 10

14 min 22 sec

Viet York is the founder of Lectron. Lectron protects the metaverse, game server, and any online application from DDoS attacks. Then supercharge it with 210+ anycast edge locations around the world to enhance your end user experience★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 10

14 min 51 sec

Cristina Vanko is the founder of Arrow. Arrow is a swipeless, audio dating experience that feels personal. See someone you like? Shoot your shot with a voice note. ★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 4

11 min 23 sec

With TIKI, see what data you share online and make informed decisions on who else can see it. ★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 4

14 min 55 sec

Tim Connors is the cofounder of Pearl. Text Pearl your interests, they'll intro you to founders who are hiring.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 2

14 min 2 sec

Nicholas Hinrichsen is the cofounder of Clutch. We had him on the podcast almost a year ago and since then, his company has refocused, raised from a16z, and is not in full scale mode. Listen to his learnings in this episode. ★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 2

18 min 3 sec

Sébastien Robaszkiewicz is the cofounder of Jitter. Jitter is the easiest motion design tool on the web.★ Support this podcast ★

Nov 2

8 min 22 sec

 Lorea Coronado-Garcia is the cofounder of Spoor. Spoor is building next generation biodiversity monitoring that enables industry and nature to coexist.★ Support this podcast ★

Oct 18

10 min 26 sec

Alex Pennington is the cofounder of Finish and Feast. Finish & Feast is on a very simple mission: to bring fine dining to everyone, anywhere in the UK. To achieve this mission, they have created the UK’s premier fine dining meal assembly kit platform, which allows people across the UK to enjoy food from some of the best chefs and restaurants on offer. ★ Support this podcast ★

Oct 14

11 min 53 sec

Sagnik Ghosh is the cofounder of Worqhat. Worqhat aims to create a better life and a better future for University Students and Graduates.★ Support this podcast ★

Oct 14

10 min 46 sec

Rohan Agrawal is the cofounder of Incentify. Incentify is fostering a community that engages around music, and make connections with people who share your same music taste.★ Support this podcast ★

Oct 6

7 min 53 sec

Ken Babcock is a cofounder of Tango. With Tango, create process or product documentation on-demand.★ Support this podcast ★

Oct 5

11 min 35 sec

Joshua Salins is the founder of The Hobby Tribe. Hobby Tribe believes everyone should have the ability and chance to learn something new In this ever-expanding world of opportunity.★ Support this podcast ★

Sep 26

10 min 24 sec

Abu Bakr Kamal is the founder of Let's Dunch. They helping like-minded professionals collaborate over food and events around the globe. ★ Support this podcast ★

Sep 21

9 min 57 sec

About Chris McCannChris McCann is a general partner at Race Capital, entrepreneur, and community builder. Prior, Chris founded and led the community program at Greylock Partners, a San Francisco based venture capital firm with $3.5 billion under management which led investments in Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Coinbase, among others. Chris has an angel portfolio of over twenty investments within the fintech and blockchain verticals including: Binance, Solana, Serum, among others.Before he joined the firm, he was the co-founder and CEO of StartupDigest – of the earliest technology focused publications – which he grew from zero to over one million subscribers before being acquired by Techstars. He was an early advisor for the Thiel Fellowship & StartX at Stanford University. He also writes a newsletter covering the fintech & tech sectors and reaches 15,000 entrepreneurs, engineers, and investors on a weekly basis.★ Support this podcast ★

Sep 20

25 min 27 sec

Matt Caplan is the cofounder of Biscuits n Groovy. They partner with artists to debut exclusive music and album art to their most devoted fans.★ Support this podcast ★

Sep 18

11 min 22 sec

Diana Chen runs the Unstoppable Domains podcast and works on their content team to spread the word about their company, web3, and the greater blockchain ecosystem. This episode is an early bet on Diana.★ Support this podcast ★

Sep 15

18 min 45 sec

Daniel Lewis is the cofounder of Winno. Winno helps people understand the world better. Want to learn more about Wino? Look them up on Seedscout.★ Support this podcast ★

Sep 15

12 min 42 sec

Rebecca Jones is the founder of Clutch. Clutch is a crypto wallet built by women, for women, to invest in digital currencies.★ Support this podcast ★

Aug 23

8 min 33 sec

Paul Gross is the cofounder of Remora. Their device captures the carbon emissions from a semi-truck. They sell the captured carbon dioxide to concrete producers and greenhouses, helping companies earn new revenue while meeting their climate commitments.★ Support this podcast ★

Aug 13

12 min 13 sec

I am very excited to be chatting with Elizabeth Yin, who is the co-founder of Hustle Fund. The following is a bio I pulled from her persona website:Elizabeth Yin is a co-founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund, a pre-seed fund for software entrepreneurs. Previously, Elizabeth was a partner at 500 Startups where she invested in seed stage companies and ran the Mountain View accelerator. In a prior life, Elizabeth co-founded and ran an adtech company called LaunchBit (acq 2014). Elizabeth has a BSEE from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.Elizabeth has reviewed over 20k startup pitches from around the world in the last few years and has helped numerous portfolio founders raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Her work and writing on startup fundraising has been featured in numerous publications including TechCrunch, Forbes, Huffington Post, BetaKit, and more.★ Support this podcast ★

Aug 9

24 min 36 sec

Hunter Wagenaar is the founder of Idea. Idea is creating interactive, comprehensive health education modules that are inclusive of all identities & medically accurate for parents, students, and organizations.★ Support this podcast ★

Aug 9

6 min 32 sec

 Sergey Kulinkovich is the cofounder of Timestripe. Get super focused on your goals every day! Boost your productivity with a beautiful calendar, shared to-do lists & powerful notes with Timestripe.★ Support this podcast ★

Aug 9

9 min 2 sec

Julie Kaplan is a senior at Arizona State University studying Global Politics and Finance. This is an early bet.★ Support this podcast ★

Aug 9

22 min 3 sec

Zach Coelius is a four-time entrepreneur and now investor in early-stage technology companies. Learn more about his rolling fund here or follow him on Twitter here.★ Support this podcast ★

Jul 29

21 min 50 sec

Miriam Dorsett is the founder of QUOKA. QUOKA is an anonymous messaging exchange designed to improve the mental health of founders.★ Support this podcast ★

Jul 27

11 min 57 sec

Kirby Winfield is a seasoned startup operator and investor, and is currently the Founding General Partner at, a pre-seed stage venture fund investing in marketplace, e-commerce/DTC, and B2B software startups in the Pacific Northwest.★ Support this podcast ★

Jul 10

22 min 1 sec

Prateek Srivastava is the cofounder of Terraview. Terraview is a complete operating system for vineyards. Improve yield, reduce costs, and run your operations from one dashboard.★ Support this podcast ★

Jul 10

10 min 24 sec

Shiv Thakker is the cofounder of Fleetbase. Fleetbase is an API-first logistics platform for developers and businesses.★ Support this podcast ★

Jul 10

11 min 5 sec

Artavazd Yeritsyan is the founder of Podcastle. Their AI-powered, production-quality tools can help bring your stories to life.★ Support this podcast ★

Jul 10

10 min 21 sec

Wallace Torres is the founder of Sidha Health. Sidha Health is bringing respiratory care into the home.★ Support this podcast ★

Jul 10

9 min 50 sec

Lars Vågnes is the founder of Personate. With Personate, get a 20-second promo-video automatically from any url.★ Support this podcast ★

Jul 10

8 min 32 sec

Gordon Hempton is the cofounder of Spot. Spot is the virtual hub for your organization– bringing the spirit and utility of being in the same physical office to a digital experience.★ Support this podcast ★

Jul 10

9 min 2 sec

Edvarts Gaigals is the cofounder of Roibox. Their data-driven marketing tool will beat your Google Ads results in 30 days.★ Support this podcast ★

Jul 10

9 min 13 sec

Nick Vantzos is the founder of LeagueDay. LeagueDay is bringing the audio experience to gaming to a new level with a live Esports radio with content gamers need and want.★ Support this podcast ★

Jul 10

13 min 48 sec