upside

By Jay Clouse and Eric Hornung

Named a top 27 business podcast by Fortune, upside examines startup investing outside of Silicon Valley. Every Wednesday, we speak with an early stage founder. We interview them as if we are angel investors considering the company as an investment opportunity. Each show has three segments: 1.) Intro: independent research of the company 2.) Interview: interview with the founder 3.) Debrief: breaking down the opportunity Sometimes, we share Coffee Chats interviewing venture capitalists, community builders, and later-stage founders. Subscribe and see why Business Insider called our podcast "Almost as Good as Getting an MBA."

  1. 1.
    Tribevest // making it easy for individuals to pool their capital and invest together [UP084]
    57:13
  2. 2.
    Huckabuy // improving your search results with a technology-based approach to SEO [UP083]
    1:01:39
  3. 3.
    Passiv // transforming your brokerage account into a portfolio management tool [UP082]
    44:49
  4. 4.
    Introducing When Pigs Fly [JE021]
    9:33
  5. 5.
    Craftom // making it easy for companies to ship customized gifts, office equipment, and more [UP081]
    56:07
  6. 6.
    Landon Ainge of Assure Syndicates // matchmaking founders with the right venture investors [CC068]
    50:25
  7. 7.
    Between Two Hedges // building companies with one foot in and one foot outside Silicon Valley [CC067]
    1:00:12
  8. 8.
    [REWIND] Intrinio // affordable, real-time financial data [RE005]
    1:38:02
  1. 9.
    [REWIND] Fiveable // social learning for AP students [RE004]
    1:16:41
  2. 10.
    [REWIND] FreshFry // extending the life of frying oil [RE003]
    1:44:08
  3. 11.
    [REWIND] Opendorse // pioneering athlete-driven marketing [RE002]
    1:25:39
  4. 12.
    [REWIND] Balto // AI for contact centers [RE001]
    1:28:09
  5. 13.
    Things we’re actually thankful for in 2020 [JE020]
    13:53
  6. 14.
    Introducing Lay of the Land [JE019]
    4:59
  7. 15.
    Coming soon: the upside podcast network [JE018]
    19:39
  8. 16.
    Healium // self-management of stress using biofeedback and virtual reality [UP081]
    1:02:50
  9. 17.
    SuperRare // creating a tokenized digital art marketplace [UP080]
    1:08:15
  10. 18.
    Nexme // an on demand real estate platform [UP079]
    1:05:20
  11. 19.
    Rob Eloff of Lateral Capital // the history and future of venture capital in Africa [CC066]
    1:06:56
  12. 20.
    John Fein and Chris Marks of Firebrand Ventures // why two venture firms merged to become one [CC065]
    53:40
  13. 21.
    Nathan McDonald of Keiretsu Forum // a global community of angel investors with 53 chapters across four continents [CC064]
    1:06:48
  14. 22.
    Mary Grove of Bread & Butter Ventures // from Google and Rise of the Rest to Minneapolis [CC063]
    54:06
  15. 23.
    Documo // Fax and document management for highly-regulated industries [UP078]
    1:03:16
  16. 24.
    Ashley Flucas of Flucas Ventures // turning 100 angel investments into an AngelList syndicate [CC062]
    56:53
  17. 25.
    Einar Vollset of TinySeed // lessons from the first cohort of the accelerator for bootstrappers [CC061]
    41:21
  18. 26.
    SLP Toolkit // Helping Speech Language Pathologists manage their caseloads [UP077]
    1:12:24
  19. 27.
    Rootine // Personalized daily health using DNA, blood levels, and lifestyle data [UP076]
    1:01:11
  20. 28.
    .CLUB // exclusive rights to sell a generic top level domain name [UP075]
    1:03:24
  21. 29.
    Xendoo // personalized bookkeeping for small businesses [UP074]
    1:00:54
  22. 30.
    Dave Sachse // investing in venture funds and startups as a family office [CC060]
    41:03
  23. 31.
    Will Price of Next Frontier Capital // bringing venture capital to the rocky mountain region [CC059]
    59:58
  24. 32.
    Peter Livingston of Unpopular Ventures // early stage investing through a syndicate [CC058]
    54:25
  25. 33.
    CC057: Saurabh Sharma of Jump Capital // Series A and B capital for cloud infrastructure and enterprise software
    42:24
  26. 34.
    CC056: Chetan Parekh of P&G Ventures // identifying and developing the next generation of billion-dollar brands
    50:24
  27. 35.
    UP073: Pear Commerce // creating a win-win-win for consumers, brands, and retailers
    1:02:30
  28. 36.
    CC055: Jason Illian of Koch Disruptive Technologies // investing in emerging technologies for one of the world’s largest private companies
    52:13
  29. 37.
    CC054: Patrick McKenna of One America Works // helping coastal companies open new offices in the heartland
    52:14
  30. 38.
    CC053: Andrew D'Souza of Clearbanc // revenue-based financing and the 20-minute term sheet
    49:18
  31. 39.
    CC052: Nick Cooney of Lever VC // investing in alternative protein startups
    46:07
  32. 40.
    CC051: Grady Buchanan of OmniValley // connecting startup investors between the coasts
    51:52
  33. 41.
    UP072: Muxy // powering viewer engagement for live streaming
    1:08:34
  34. 42.
    UP071: BackpackEMR // electronic medical records for mobile clinics in remote locations
    1:05:48
  35. 43.
    JE017: "Test City, USA" official release
    11:57
  36. 44.
    UP070: Xena Workwear // stylish steel-toe shoes designed for women
    1:00:07
  37. 45.
    CC050: Matt Hunckler of Powderkeg // connecting talent to startups in the Midwest
    52:20
  38. 46.
    CC049: Alex Lazarow // why the Silicon Valley playbook is outdated
    56:13
  39. 47.
    CC048: Mike Duda of Bullish // the strategic creative and capital partner behind brands like Casper, Birchbox, Peloton, and more
    1:09:21
  40. 48.
    UP069: Relish // relationship coaching in the comfort of your own home
    1:03:54
  41. 49.
    CC047: Elias Torres of Drift // opening offices outside of silicon valley (live from Embarc Collective’s grand opening)
    39:19
  42. 50.
    UP068: Fiveable // live-streaming test prep for AP classes
    1:11:43

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