Series A - The Podcast
#23 – THE NEW AI-POWERED TOOL PREDICTING STARTUP SUCCESS
While just one in 10 VC investments achieves a successful exit or next stage funding, a small team of upstarts has quietly come up with a way to significantly increase the odds of identifying whether a startup has a decent shot at succeeding.
#22-DISRUPTING ADVERTISING WHILE DOING GOOD – DO GOOD MEDIA/CHICAGO
Can a company change the face of advertising while doing good at the same time? The founders of Chicago-based Do Good Media are doing just that. In this edition of Series A – The Podcast, we visit with co-founders Jerome Shimizu and Michael Sheng duri...
#22 – A DATING APP FOR THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY – JASON SMITH/rMARK BIO
What do you get when you combine a seasoned serial entrepreneur and technologist with a PhD and tenure track cancer researcher at the University of Chicago? One of the most promising startups disrupting the health care industry.
#21 – INTERVIEWING THE INTERVIEWERS – GEEKWIRE/SEATTLE
When Expedia founder Rich Barton was secretly building Zillow, it was Seattle tech news site Geekwire that first uncovered and broke the story. Same with the first tests of Amazon foray into the grocery business and numerous other big tech stories.
#21 – BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS AND BOOSTING DIVERSITY – QUEST MOFFAT/PROJECT UK
When it comes to representation and funding for minorities in the startup world, the numbers are sobering. Less than 3% of venture capital goes to female led startups, while just .02% (you read that right) goes to startups led by women of color.
#20 – TRASH TALKING BOTS AND THE NEW MEDIA LANDSCAPE – ALEX BECKMAN/GAME ON
How do you make watching sports and other events truly social, and build a successful business for major media companies at the same time? For Game On co-founder and CEO Alex Beckman, it’s all about the bots.
#19 – AI, CONTRACTS AND A LEGAL DISRUPTION – ANDY ABBOTT/HERETIK
For every deal, there’s a document. Actually, potentially hundreds of thousands or even millions of them. But thriving Chicago startup Heretik is leveraging AI to help the legal world search, sort through and analyze contracts,
#18-CURIOSITY+COMMUNITY=STARTUP SUCCESS – JESSICA TENUTA/PACKBACK
If knowledge is power, then Chicago-based startup Packback is rocket fuel for college students blasting off into the future (excuse the cheesy analogy, but it’s apropos in this case.) In the latest edition of Series A – The Podcast,
#17 – MAKING CONNECTING SMARTER & BETTER – LISA CARREL/PROXFINITY
Attending a conference, meetup or gathering and coming away without making valuable contacts is an all too common and frustrating occurrence for busy business people. But Chicago-based Proxfinity is shining a literal light on the problem – with a uniq...
#16 – SMART APARTMENTS AND A SMARTER KC – BLAKE MILLER/HOMEBASE
From a smart city to smart apartments, Kansas City entrepreneur Blake Miller has been at the forefront of innovation on the Silicon Prairie. In the latest edition of Series A – The Podcast, we travel to Kansas City for an in-depth look at why America’s...