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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:… read more

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Foodnerd // making nutrient-dense superfoods more accessible through the process of sprouting [UP093]

September 22nd, 2021

53:45

Interview Begins 8:35
Debrief Begins 42:37

Sharon Cryan is the founder and CEO of Foodnerd.


Foodnerd specializes in 100% plant-based superfood products that are designed to increase the world's understanding or …

Sam German of SPMB // recruiting upper management and board members to startups across the country [CC082]

September 15th, 2021

31:11

Interview Begins 5:05
Debrief Begins 25:39

Samantha (Sam) German is a Client Partner in SPMB’s Emerging Markets Practice.


SPMB is one of the fastest-growing retained executive search firms in the country, closing hundreds …

[REWIND] Firebrand Ventures // Closing a new $40M for the merged fund [RE007]

September 8th, 2021

1:36:50

John Fein and Chris Marks are the managing partners of Firebrand Ventures.


John started Firebrand Ventures in 2016, and we interviewed him in 2018.


Prior to founding Firebrand, John served as Managing Director for …

Republic // helping anyone invest in private companies [CC081]

September 1st, 2021

56:59

Interview Begins 8:02

Debrief 50:00


Kendrick (Ken) Nguyen is the co-founder and CEO of Republic.


Republic empowers everyone to invest in the future they believe in by providing access to startups, real estate, crypto, and …

SavvyCal // taking the awkwardness out of scheduling and making it easy [UP092]

August 25th, 2021

1:06:41

Interview Begins 8:16

Debrief 54:58


Derrick Reimer is the founder and CEO of SavvyCal.


SavvyCal wants to take the friction and awkwardness out of …

[REWIND] Rootine // Personalized daily health using DNA, blood levels, and lifestyle data [UP076]

August 18th, 2021

1:02:43

Interview begins: 6:52

Debrief: 44:32


Rachel Sanders is the co-founder and CEO of Rootine.


Rootine was founded in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2018 and creates custom daily vitamins based on your DNA, lifestyle, and blood …

Vint // invest in equity shares of wine collections [UP091]

August 11th, 2021

1:03:29

Interview Begins: 7:25
Debrief Begins: 46:24


Nick King is the co-founder and CEO of Vint.


Vint is the first fully transparent platform for anyone to …

BIG NEWS: We're on Product Hunt!

August 3rd, 2021

8:20

Today we are launching the upside network on Product Hunt! We've put a ton of work in preparing for this campaign, and we'd love for you to check out our campaign.

Just visit https://upside.fm/hunt to leave us feedback, …

Victor Gutwein of M25 // A conversation 200 episodes in the making [CC080]

July 28th, 2021

1:05:12

Interview Begins: 9:01
Debrief: 59:30


Victor Gutwein is the Founder and Managing Partner of M25

M25 is an early-stage venture firm based in Chicago, …

AireXpert // Keeping planes in the air with real-time synchronization for maintenance, tech ops, and flight crews [UP090]

July 21st, 2021

1:00:20

Interview Begins 8:09

Debrief 48:37


Andy Hakes is the founder and CEO of AirExpert.


AireXpert offers maintenance control, quality assurance, base, line, …

Jack Greco of Buffalo Bridge // the co-founder of Buffalo’s first unicorn on giving back to build the ecosystem [CC079]

July 14th, 2021

50:39

Interview Begins : 7:37

Debrief: 45:43


Jack Greco is the co-founder of ACV auctions.


ACV auctions is an online marketplace for used cars. As of November 2019, the company was valued at more than $1.5 billion.


Jack has built …

Karla Gallardo of Viwala // providing revenue-based loans for women entrepreneurs in Mexico [CC078]

July 7th, 2021

41:02

Interview Begins : 6:57

Debrief: 37:08


Karla Gallardo is the CEO of Viwala.


Viwala provides loans for women entrepreneurs who have high-impact businesses as well as a network of mentors and entrepreneurs who aim to reduce …

Reclaim // a smart calendar assistant helping find time for your real priorities [UP089]

June 30th, 2021

1:00:37

Interview Begins 6:53

Debrief 52:25


Patrick Lightbody is the co-founder of Reclaim. Reclaim is a smart calendar assistant that can save you up to 40% of your workweek.


Reclaim aligns your priorities to the time you spend …

John Gannon of GoingVC // helping people break into venture capital [CC077]

June 23rd, 2021

46:14

Interview begins: 6:28

Debrief: 41:25


John Gannon is the co-founder and general partner of GoingVC.


John has mentored thousands of current and aspiring VCs through his VC Careers blog and email list, which counts VCs from …

Revisiting "Test City, USA" // now streaming online for free! [JE022]

June 14th, 2021

16:53

When we filmed Test City, USA in the summer of 2019 about the startup ecosystem in Columbus, Ohio, we knew the timing was special. Little did we know …

Ginger Rothrock of HG Ventures // corporate venture capital investing in heavy construction and materials, environmental services, and specialty chemicals [CC076]

June 9th, 2021

49:53

Interview begins: 7:16

Debrief: 43:38


Ginger Rothrock is a Senior Director at HG Ventures.


HG Ventures supports innovation and growth across The Heritage Group by investing and partnering with private companies developing …

Tom Cottingham of Flyover Future // building a news organization covering innovation in 20+ cities across the midwest. [CC075]

June 2nd, 2021

44:32

Interview begins: 7:00

Debrief: 38:33


Tom Cottingham is the founder and CEO of Flyover Future. 


Flyover Future is a digital newsletter covering innovation and start-ups in the heartland. They cover the investors, the …

William Hsu of Mucker Capital // an accelerator committed to getting to you to your next round of funding [CC073]

May 26th, 2021

44:03

Interview begins: 7:07

Debrief: 38:45


William Hsu is a founding partner at Mucker Capital. He started his career as a founder, creating BuildPoint, a …

Rally // buying & selling equity shares in ultra-rare, collectible assets [UP088]

May 19th, 2021

1:01:49

Interview begins: 5:59

Debrief: 50:11


Rob Petrozzo is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer for Rally.


Rally is a liquid financial marketplace for …

[REWIND] Peter Livingston of Unpopular Ventures // early stage investing through a syndicate [CC058]

May 12th, 2021

54:25

Interview begins: 5:16

Debrief: 43:55

This week we’re revisiting CC058, a coffee chat with Peter Livingston of Unpopular Ventures. In this episode, we …

Venture Capital 101 with Scott Shane of Comeback Capital [When Pigs Fly #10]

May 5th, 2021

54:28

Interview begins: 6:23

Debrief: 50:32


This week we’re hosting an upside feed takeover from When Pigs Fly! When Pigs Fly is a podcast covering the Cincinnati business ecosystem on the upside podcast network. 


And in this …

Michael Cohn and Sean O'Brien of Overline // leading seed stage deals in Atlanta and the southeast [CC072]

April 28th, 2021

42:46

Interview Begins: 6:16
Debrief: 37:03

Michael Cohn and Sean O’Brien are the Managing Directors of Overline.


Overline is an Atlanta-based, founder-operator led venture capital firm focused on investing in seed-stage …

Best Shot // a digital companion for fertility patients [UP087]

April 21st, 2021

1:02:03

Interview begins: 5:49

Debrief: 51:25


Abby Mercado is the co-founder and CEO of Best Shot.


Best Shot is a patient’s companion in fertility treatments, providing medication management & education, streamlining the …

Jackie DiMonte of Chicago Ventures // ascending the venture career ladder and opening an office in Austin [CC071]

April 14th, 2021

1:02:07

Interview begins: 7:15

Debrief: 55:14


Jackie DiMonte is a partner at Chicago Ventures.


Prior to joining Chicago Ventures, Jackie was a principal at Hyde …

Jessica Peltz-Zatulove of Hannah Grey // a first check venture fund investing in founders reimagining everyday experiences [CC070]

April 7th, 2021

1:00:48

Interview Begins: 7:12

Debrief Begins: 55:03


Jessica Peltz-Zatulove is a Founding Partner at Hannah Grey, a first check venture capital firm investing …

Protoball // building a first-person sports shooter indie game [UP086]

March 31st, 2021

1:03:33

Interview Begins: 8:19

Debrief 46:25


Zachary Spradlin is a co-creator of Protoball, a futuristic first-person sports game merging basketball, soccer, and high tech style. Players athletically jump, slide, run, and dash …

Chris Bergman // building Gylee Games and The Fund Midwest [CC069]

March 24th, 2021

56:01

Interview begins: 7:58

Debrief: 47:33


Chris Bergman is the founder and CEO of Gylee Games and a General Partner at The Fund Midwest.


Gylee Games believes in building big worlds. They believe in games that can be enjoyed in …

The Launch Company // building the world’s first multi-user, mobile launch site for this planet and beyond [UP085]

March 17th, 2021

1:06:33

Interview begins: 6:51
Debrief: 53:55

Ben Kellie is the Founder and CEO of The Launch Company


The Launch Company is building the world’s first …

[REWIND] SuperRare // creating a tokenized digital art marketplace [RE006]

March 10th, 2021

1:12:59

Interview begins: 11:40

Debrief: 58:48


John Crain is the Founder and CEO of SuperRare.


SuperRare is a marketplace to collect and trade unique, …

Splash Financial // helping people refinance their student loans [Lay of The Land #9]

March 3rd, 2021

39:49

Interview begins: 4:27


This week we’re hosting an upside feed takeover from Lay of The Land! Lay of The Land is a podcast covering the Cleveland business ecosystem on the upside podcast network. And in this episode, Jeff …

Tribevest // making it easy for individuals to pool their capital and invest together [UP084]

February 24th, 2021

57:13

Interview begins: 5:22

Debrief: 41:15


Travis Smith is the founder and CEO of Tribevest. 


Tribevest makes it easy to launch an investor entity, pool …

Huckabuy // improving your search results with a technology-based approach to SEO [UP083]

February 17th, 2021

1:01:39

Interview begins: 6:33

Debrief: 46:48


Geoff Atkinson is the founder and CEO of Huckabuy.


Huckabuy’s Software improves your search results, drives more …

Passiv // transforming your brokerage account into a portfolio management tool [UP082]

February 10th, 2021

44:49

Interview begins: 5:52

Debrief: 34:02


Nick McCullum is the Director of Growth for Passiv.


Passiv turns your brokerage account into a modern portfolio …

Introducing When Pigs Fly [JE021]

February 3rd, 2021

9:33

This week we’re excited to introduce you to the first new show on the upside podcast network: When Pigs Fly.


Hosted by Allie Martin and Patrick Bailey, When Pigs Fly is a podcast that uncovers Cincinnati's rich business …

Craftom // making it easy for companies to ship customized gifts, office equipment, and more [UP081]

January 27th, 2021

56:07

Interview begins: 5:01

Debrief: 40:42

Caleb Musser is the founder and CEO of Craftom. 


Craftom is a B2B gifting and shipping platform that makes it easy to send hyper-designed corporate gifts, products and office equipment …

Landon Ainge of Assure Syndicates // matchmaking founders with the right venture investors [CC068]

January 20th, 2021

50:25

Interview begins: 6:02

Debrief: 42.:02

Landon Ainge is the Managing Director of Assure Syndicates.


Assure Syndicates is a division of Assure. Assure is the pioneering leader in providing comprehensive structuring and …

Between Two Hedges // building companies with one foot in and one foot outside Silicon Valley [CC067]

January 13th, 2021

1:00:12

Trent and Travis Hedge are brothers from Columbus, OH, who left for Silicon Valley. But since that time, both have continued to visit and advocate …

[REWIND] Intrinio // affordable, real-time financial data [RE005]

January 6th, 2021

1:38:02

Today is the final episode in our “Rewind” Series.


Rachel Carpenter is the co-founder and CEO of Intrinio.


Intrinio is a financial data company on a mission to power fintech innovation by providing affordable, …

[REWIND] Fiveable // social learning for AP students [RE004]

December 30th, 2020

1:16:41

Today is the fourth episode in our December series called “Rewind.” 


Amanda DoAmaral is the founder and CEO of Fiveable, which is based in Milwaukee Wisconsin.


Fiveable is an online streaming and content platform helping …

[REWIND] FreshFry // extending the life of frying oil [RE003]

December 16th, 2020

1:44:08

Today is the third episode in our December series called “Rewind.” 


Jeremiah Chapman is the founder and CEO of FreshFry.


We first talked with Jeremiah …

[REWIND] Opendorse // pioneering athlete-driven marketing [RE002]

December 9th, 2020

1:25:39

Today is the second episode in our December series called “Rewind.” 


Blake Lawrence is the founder and CEO of Opendorse.


We first talked with Blake …

[REWIND] Balto // AI for contact centers [RE001]

December 2nd, 2020

1:28:09

Today we are introducing our December series called “Rewind.” 


In this series, we will introduce one of the companies we’ve had on the show, give a quick update, and replay that episode in its entirety.


We think this will …

Things we’re actually thankful for in 2020 [JE020]

November 25th, 2020

13:53

This year has been unlike any other. And this Thanksgiving is likely to be unlikely any other, too. With the difficulties that 2020 has brought …

Introducing Lay of the Land [JE019]

November 18th, 2020

4:59

This week we're excited to introduce you to the first new show on the upside podcast network: Lay of The Land.

Jeffrey Stern is a New York City transplant building companies in Cleveland. And TheTagan is an Atlanta-born …

Coming soon: the upside podcast network [JE018]

November 11th, 2020

19:39

We’re excited to share with you a major project that we’ve been working on behind the scenes! Starting in 2021, the upside podcast network will be launching a growing number of localized business podcasts.


The upside …

Healium // self-management of stress using biofeedback and virtual reality [UP081]

November 4th, 2020

1:02:50

Interview begins: 7:01
Debrief: 45:09

Sarah Hill is the CEO and Chief Storyteller of Healium.


Healium is a virtual and augmented reality tool for the …

SuperRare // creating a tokenized digital art marketplace [UP080]

October 28th, 2020

1:08:15

Interview begins: 6:56
Debrief: 54:04

John Crain is the Founder and CEO of SuperRare.


SuperRare is a marketplace to collect and trade unique, …

Nexme // an on demand real estate platform [UP079]

October 21st, 2020

1:05:20

Interview begins: 6:34
Debrief: 51:42

Vanessa is the Co-Founder and COO of Nexme.


Nexme is an on demand real estate platform that delivers instant …

Rob Eloff of Lateral Capital // the history and future of venture capital in Africa [CC066]

October 14th, 2020

1:06:56

Interview begins: 7:18
Debrief: 59:34

Rob Eloff has spent his career investing, living, and working in developing markets. Prior to co-founding Lateral Capital he was a Venture Partner with Conversion Capital and …

John Fein and Chris Marks of Firebrand Ventures // why two venture firms merged to become one [CC065]

October 7th, 2020

53:40

Interview begins: 8:54
Debrief: 45:54

John Fein and Chris Marks are the managing partners of Firebrand Ventures.


John started Firebrand Ventures in 2016, and we interviewed him in 2018.


Prior to founding Firebrand, John …

Nathan McDonald of Keiretsu Forum // a global community of angel investors with 53 chapters across four continents [CC064]

September 30th, 2020

1:06:48

Interview begins: 8:37
Debrief: 58:58

Nathan McDonald is the CEO and Managing Partner of Keiretsu Capital as well as the Chairman of the Keiretsu Forum Northwest.


Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of …

Mary Grove of Bread & Butter Ventures // from Google and Rise of the Rest to Minneapolis [CC063]

September 23rd, 2020

54:06

Interview begins: 10:30
Debrief: 45:38

Mary Grove is Managing Partner of Bread and Butter Ventures. She brings nearly two decades of leadership …

Documo // Fax and document management for highly-regulated industries [UP078]

September 16th, 2020

1:03:16

Interview begins: 11:02
Debrief: 53:06

Matt Valeo is the founder and CEO of Documo. 


Documo creates document workflow solutions that make working with …

Ashley Flucas of Flucas Ventures // turning 100 angel investments into an AngelList syndicate [CC062]

September 9th, 2020

56:53

Interview begins: 8:44
Debrief: 51:53

Ashley Flucas is an angel investor and syndicate lead with Flucas Ventures.


By day, Ashley is a general counsel/partner at a real estate finance fund (infrastructure, sports arenas and …

Einar Vollset of TinySeed // lessons from the first cohort of the accelerator for bootstrappers [CC061]

September 2nd, 2020

41:21

Interview begins: 9:28
Debrief: 35:09

Einar Vollset is a General Partner at TinySeed.


TinySeed is a year-long, remote accelerator designed for …

SLP Toolkit // Helping Speech Language Pathologists manage their caseloads [UP077]

August 26th, 2020

1:12:24

Interview begins: 8:54

Debrief: 1:02:09


SLP Toolkit™ is a web-based app with built in assessments and tools that give a school-based Speech Language …

Rootine // Personalized daily health using DNA, blood levels, and lifestyle data [UP076]

August 19th, 2020

1:01:11

Interview begins: 6:52

Debrief: 44:32


Rachel Sanders is the co-founder and CEO of Rootine.


Rootine was founded in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2018 and creates custom daily vitamins based on your DNA, lifestyle, and blood …

.CLUB // exclusive rights to sell a generic top level domain name [UP075]

August 12th, 2020

1:03:24

Interview begins: 7:12

Debrief: 48:41


Colin Campbell is the founder and chairman of.CLUB Domains, a domain registry that owns the generic top-level …

Xendoo // personalized bookkeeping for small businesses [UP074]

August 5th, 2020

1:00:54

Interview begins: 6:03

Debrief: 48:54


Lillian (Lil) Roberts is the founder and CEO of Xendoo.


Xendoo is a cloud-based bookkeeping and accounting service …

Dave Sachse // investing in venture funds and startups as a family office [CC060]

July 29th, 2020

41:03

Interview begins: 6:49
Debrief: 35:17


Today we're talking with Dave Sachse, the founder, and managing partner of the Sachse Family Fund.


The Sachse Family Fund is a family office venture capital fund based in Milwaukee, …

Will Price of Next Frontier Capital // bringing venture capital to the rocky mountain region [CC059]

July 22nd, 2020

59:58

Interview begins: 6:36
Debrief: 48:89

Today we're talking with Will Price the Founder and General Partner of Next Frontier Capital. 


Will founded Next Frontier Capital to partner with mission-driven, talented entrepreneurs …

Peter Livingston of Unpopular Ventures // early stage investing through a syndicate [CC058]

July 15th, 2020

54:25

Interview begins: 5:16
Debrief: 43:55

Unpopular Ventures is led by Peter Livingston, whose experience is almost entirely in startups - as both an …

CC057: Saurabh Sharma of Jump Capital // Series A and B capital for cloud infrastructure and enterprise software

July 8th, 2020

42:24

Interview begins: 6:08

Debrief begins: 37:58


Today we are talking with Saurabh Sharma He is a partner at Jump Capital, a thesis led sector-focused and operating centric venture capital firm specializing in series A and B …

CC056: Chetan Parekh of P&G Ventures // identifying and developing the next generation of billion-dollar brands

July 1st, 2020

50:24

Interview begins: 6:08

Debrief begins: 42:55


Today our guest is Chetan Parekh. Chetan is the Senior Brand Director & Innovation Portfolio Leader at …

UP073: Pear Commerce // creating a win-win-win for consumers, brands, and retailers

June 24th, 2020

1:02:30

Interview begins: 8:38

Debrief begins: 51:03


Today we’re talking with Eric Martell, the founder of Pear Commerce. Pear Commerce enables CPG companies to drive real transactions from existing national ads and retailers to …

CC055: Jason Illian of Koch Disruptive Technologies // investing in emerging technologies for one of the world’s largest private companies

June 17th, 2020

52:13

Interview begins: 8:46

Debrief begins: 44:36


This week we're speaking with Jason Illian, Managing Director of Koch Disruptive Technologies.


Jason was …

CC054: Patrick McKenna of One America Works // helping coastal companies open new offices in the heartland

June 10th, 2020

52:14

Interview begins: 7:40

Debrief begins: 45:20


In this episode, we are discussing the challenges and opportunities of economic growth outside Silicon Valley with Patrick Mckenna, Managing Partner and founder of One America …

CC053: Andrew D'Souza of Clearbanc // revenue-based financing and the 20-minute term sheet

May 27th, 2020

49:18

Interview Begins: 7:11
Debrief Begins: 42:31


In this episode, we'll be talking with Andrew D'Souza, the co-founder and CEO of Clearbanc. 

Along with his …

CC052: Nick Cooney of Lever VC // investing in alternative protein startups

May 20th, 2020

46:07

Interview begins: 5:50
Debrief begins: 39:35


Nick Cooney is the Founder and Managing Director of Lever VC.


Lever VC is a new fund focused in alternative animal products, including alternative proteins, meats, and …

CC051: Grady Buchanan of OmniValley // connecting startup investors between the coasts

May 13th, 2020

51:52

Interview begins: 6:11
Debrief begins: 43:23

Grady Buchanan is the founder and CEO of OmniValley.

OmniValley is an exclusive online investor network focused on helping you create connections anywhere in the world.

They work …

UP072: Muxy // powering viewer engagement for live streaming

May 6th, 2020

1:08:34

Interview begins: 6:29
Debrief begins: 51:16


Jared Steffes is the co-founder and COO of Muxy.


Founded in 2014 and based in Austin, Texas, Muxy is an online service that develops interactive features for gaming and …

UP071: BackpackEMR // electronic medical records for mobile clinics in remote locations

April 29th, 2020

1:05:48

Interview begins: 7:50
Debrief begins: 51:01


Lori Most is the founder and CEO of BackpackEMR.


Based in Bloomington, Minnesota, BackpackEMR is a medical EMR software designed for mobile clinics in rural, low-income markets. …

JE017: "Test City, USA" official release

April 27th, 2020

11:57

We've been waiting for today for a long, long time.

Last summer, we filmed and produced a full-length documentary about the startup ecosystem in …

UP070: Xena Workwear // stylish steel-toe shoes designed for women

April 22nd, 2020

1:00:07

Interview begins: 7:50
Debrief begins: 43:06


Anastasia Kraft is the founder and CEO of Xena Workwear.


Xena Workwear is a footwear and soon-to-be apparel company dedicated to designing stylish and safe apparel for women in …

CC050: Matt Hunckler of Powderkeg // connecting talent to startups in the Midwest

April 15th, 2020

52:20

Interview begins: 6:10
Debrief begins: 45:00


Matt Hunckler is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg.


Powderkeg is a platform connecting tech talent in the middle of the country to the Midwest companies they're searching for. …

CC048: Mike Duda of Bullish // the strategic creative and capital partner behind brands like Casper, Birchbox, Peloton, and more

April 1st, 2020

1:09:21

Interview starts: 6:20
Debrief starts: 1:02:12


Mike Duda is a Managing Partner at Bullish.


Bullish is a marketing operating partner focused on the …

UP069: Relish // relationship coaching in the comfort of your own home

March 25th, 2020

1:03:54

Interview starts: 6:15
Debrief begins: 49:25

Lesley Eccles is the founder and CEO of Relish, an app developed to help guild couples create healthy relationship skills and conversations.

Originally from Scotland, Lesley is …

CC047: Elias Torres of Drift // opening offices outside of silicon valley (live from Embarc Collective’s grand opening)

March 18th, 2020

39:19

Interview begins: 5:29

Elias Torres is the co-founder and CTO of Drift.

Jay recently had the chance to talk to with Elias Torres at Embarc Collective …

UP068: Fiveable // live-streaming test prep for AP classes

March 11th, 2020

1:11:43

Interview begins: 7:02
Debrief begins: 51:37

Amanda DoAmaral is the founder and CEO of Fiveable.

Fiveable is an online streaming and content platform …

CC046: Lakshmi Sarah // Storytelling in Virtual and Augmented Reality (live from CES 2020)

March 4th, 2020

39:18

Interview starts: 6:05
Debrief starts:m 33:22

Lakshmi Sarah is the co-founder of Tiny World Productions. An educator and journalist, Lakshmi covers the intersection between VR/AR and storytelling, and she recently …

CC045: Elizabeth Galbut of SoGal Ventures // the first female-led millennial venture capital firm (from CES 2020)

February 26th, 2020

49:38

Interview starts: 6:10
Debrief starts: 43:34

Elizabeth Galbut is the Founding and Managing Partner of SoGal Ventures.

SoGal Ventures is the first female-led millennial venture firm, and they are leading the way in …

CC044: Doug Clinton of Loup Ventures // exploring frontier technologies (from CES 2020)

February 24th, 2020

38:52

Interview starts: 6:38
Debrief starts: 32:46

Doug Clinton is the managing partner of Loup Ventures. A Midwest-based venture firm, Loup Ventures was founded in 2017, and to date, they have made exciting investments …

UP067: eFuse // connecting gamers to professional opportunities & esports scholarships

February 19th, 2020

1:00:57

Interview starts: 7:22
Debrief starts: 45:18

Matthew Benson is the founder and CEO of eFuse, a new platform used to connect anyone in or interested in the gaming world to other opportunities, talent, and people in the …

CC043: James O’Connor of the Pittsburgh Knights // operating a professional esports team (from CES 2020)

February 19th, 2020

48:17

Interview starts: 6:09
Debrief starts: 39:07

James O'Connor is the cofounder and president of the Pittsburgh Knights, a global esports team of 30+ players and streamers, headquartered in one of the most well-branded …

CC042: Jordan Davis of Smart Columbus // Looking into the future of smart cities (from CES 2020)

February 12th, 2020

1:03:43

Interview starts: 6:24
Debrief starts: 58:09

Jordan Davis is the Director of Smart Columbus for the Columbus Partnership, leading strategy and …

CC041: Bryan Darr of Ookla // demystifying the 5G revolution (from CES 2020)

February 10th, 2020

45:44

Interview starts: 7:25
Debrief starts: 38:48

Bryan Darr is the Executive Vice President of Smart Cities at Ookla, the company behind Speedtest.net.

Bryan began his career in wireless communication back in 1985 selling car …

UP066: Locomation // commercializing autonomous trucking with convoy technology (from CES 2020)

February 5th, 2020

57:49

Interview begins: 5:25
Debrief begins: 46:38

Tekin Meriçli is the cofounder and CTO of Locomation, a company focused on developing autonomous trucking. Founded in 2018, Locomation hopes to implement autonomous driving …

CC040: Recapping CES 2020 with fellow Media Trailblazers Hayden Field (Entrepreneur) and Lindsay Bjerregaard (Aviation Week)

February 3rd, 2020

53:54

Interview begins: 4:02

This episode begins our coverage of CES 2020.

Lindsay Bjerregaard is a Digital Editorial Producer with Aviation Week and Hayden Field is an Associate Editor at Entrepreneur.

Lindsay and Hayden, …

CC039: Catharine Dockery of Vice Ventures // investing in good companies operating in “bad” industries

January 29th, 2020

41:57

Interview starts: 5:40
Debrief starts: 32:25

Catharine Dockery is the founding partner of Vice Ventures, an NY-based early stage venture firm focusing …

UP065: Renewlogy // Turning plastic waste into fuel through chemical recycling

January 22nd, 2020

1:00:52

Interview begins: 7:00
Debrief begins: 47:40

Priyanka Bakaya is the founder and CEO of Renewlogy. Founded in 2011, Renewlogy has the technology to …

CC038: Casey Allen // building the Twin Cities enterprise SaaS community

January 15th, 2020

1:01:53

Interview starts: 7:15
Debrief starts: 54:23

Casey Allen is the founder of Enterprise Rising, a Minneapolis-based conference specific to SaaS startup …

UP064: Fitt // curating health and wellness recommendations for your city

January 8th, 2020

1:04:20

Interview starts: 6:25
Debrief starts: 49:00

Anthony Vennare is the cofounder and CEO of Fitt, a discovery platform that broadcasts different health and wellness opportunities and locations in different cities. Fitt …

UP063: Visible // powering communication for founders and investors

January 1st, 2020

1:03:28

Interview starts: 7:45
Debrief starts: 49:27

Mike Preuss is the co-founder and CEO of Visible, an investor reporting platform for startups. Beginning in 2014, Visible is a completely remote company used by over 2,000 …

JE016: 12 episodes of Christmas

December 25th, 2019

26:27

Happy Holidays from the upside team!

Last year, we shared an episode called: JE006: eight crazy months of upside. This year, we're back and sharing …

CC037: Neal Bloom of Fresh Brewed Tech // uncovering the past and building the future of San Diego

December 18th, 2019

56:05

Interview starts: 5:50
Debrief starts: 47:39

Neal Bloom is the founder of Fresh Brewed Tech and the host of the podcast, Tacos & Tech.

Fresh Brewed Tech is a media company dedicated to raising awareness of local tech …

UP062: Mainvest // helping anyone invest in Main Street businesses

December 11th, 2019

1:02:39

Interview starts: 6:07
Debrief starts: 49:30

Nick Mathews is the CEO and cofounder of Mainvest.

Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Mainvest began in 2018 with the incentive to provide investment opportunities to smaller …

CC036: Matt Cordio of Skills Pipeline // Getting a lay of the land in Startup Milwaukee

December 4th, 2019

44:26

Interview starts: 6:32
Debrief starts: 38:33

Matt Cordio is the founder and president of Startup Milwaukee.

Startup Milwaukee is a community dedicated to encouraging and growing Milwaukee's startup environment. They offer …

JE015: Thanksgiving 2019 // strikes, turkeys, and three things we're thankful for

November 27th, 2019

10:07

This Turkey Day, we want to take the time to express our gratitude. We are so thankful for you, our listeners, for the startup movement happening …

CC035: Kim Jefferson and Lydia Beechler of BLASTmedia // building a holistic PR strategy for startups

November 20th, 2019

52:26

Interview starts: 6:00
Debriefs starts: 44:11

Kim Jefferson is the Senior Vice President and Lydia Beechler is the Director of Accounts at BLASTmedia.

BLASTmedia is a nationally recognized PR agency that concentrates on …

UP061: The Bee Corp // using infrared to measure colony size to support beekeepers and growers

November 13th, 2019

1:03:29

Interview begins: 6:49
Debrief begins: 47:27

Ellie Symes is the co-founder and CEO of The Bee Corp.

The Bee Corp is a startup focusing on improving and …

CC034: Greg Robinson of 4490 Ventures // leading Series A/B rounds in underserved markets

November 6th, 2019

51:23

Interview starts: 6:38
Debrief starts: 43:48

Greg Robinson is the Managing Director of 4490 Ventures.

4490 Ventures is an early stage venture fund based in Madison Wisconsin that invests in Midwest, tech based companies. …

UP060: Perceive // using spatial recognition to measure consumer behavior in the real world

October 30th, 2019

1:02:43

Interview begins: 6:15
Debrief begins: 47:49

Everett Berry is the CEO and founder of Perceive, an experience-analysis computer vision software designed to give companies an automated method for analyzing business in a …

CC033: Alex Rubalcava of Stage Venture Partners // investing in early-stage enterprise software

October 23rd, 2019

57:23

Interview starts: 6:23
Debrief beings: 48:05

Alex Rubalcava is a General Partner and Co-Founder of Stage Venture Partners, an L.A.-based VC firm that …

UP059: WorkHound // workforce retention via direct feedback from the frontline

October 16th, 2019

1:05:06

Interview begins: 6:13
Debrief begins: 52:10

Max Farrell and Andrew Kirpalani are the co-founders of WorkHound.

WorkHound is a platform that allows frontline workers to provide feedback to the companies for whom they work. …

CC032: Kate Shillo Beardsley of Upslope Ventures // scaling early stage investments across the country

October 9th, 2019

52:38

Interview begins: 7:10
Debrief begins: 44:55

Kate Shillo Beardsley is the Managing Partner of Upslope Ventures.

Formerly known as Galvanize Ventures, Upslope Ventures is committed to investing in early stage startups. …

UP058: Audience Awards // creating opportunity for filmmakers through contests, festivals, and distribution

October 2nd, 2019

1:06:40

Interview begins: 7:35
Debrief begins: 48:15

Paige Williams is the founder and CEO of Audience Awards.

Audience Awards is an online platform that organizes contests and film festivals in hopes of providing more opportunity …

CC031: building a network of generous entrepreneurs in the Midwest // a coffee chat with Joni Cobb (Pipeline Entrepreneurs)

September 30th, 2019

53:47

Interview begins: 5:20
Debrief begins: 43:15

Joni Cobb is the founding President and CEO of Pipeline Entrepreneurs.

Pipeline is a network of high-performing entrepreneurs who call the Midwest home. Their entrepreneurs and …

JE014: the update issue three // Test City, USA preview

September 25th, 2019

8:27

A short episode this week discussing our latest issue of the update. The update is a quarterly publication that usually features editorials, trends, and stories happening outside of Silicon Valley.

We had big plans for …

UP057: OROS Apparel // making outerwear obsolete with NASA-inspired technology

September 18th, 2019

1:03:32

Interview begins: 6:05
Debrief begins: 45:15

Michael Markesbery is the co-founder and CEO of OROS apparel, an outdoor and sportswear company that has …

CC030: investing in socially responsible, high-growth companies // a coffee chat with Rose Maizner (RenewableTech Ventures)

September 16th, 2019

50:47

Interview begins: 5:30
Debrief begins: 44:38

Rose Maizner is a partner at RenewableTech Ventures and a co-founder of Womenpreneurs.

RenewableTech Ventures is a Salt Lake City based venture capital fund focused in …

UP056: Kush.com // a budding B2B marketplace for legal hemp and cannabis transactions

September 11th, 2019

1:05:41

Interview begins: 5:30
Debrief begins: 48:09

Chase Nobles is a co-founder and co-CEO of Kush.com.

Seattle-based company Kush.com is a platform that allows entities within the hemp and cannabis industries to interact and …

CC029: providing equal access to the Triangle startup community // a coffee chat with Molly Demarest (American Underground)

September 9th, 2019

51:53

Interview begins: 6:30
Debrief begins: 47:37

Molly Demarest is the General Manager of American Underground.

The American Underground is based in the …

JE013: Happy Labor Day // don’t work too hard

September 4th, 2019

2:54

We want to wish all of the listeners a happy Labor Day and thank you all for their continued support. Thanks to all of the support to date, the upside podcast will have some exciting updates in the coming months, so be …

CC028: building turnkey programs for entrepreneurs and creatives // a coffee chat with Joe Kirgues (gener8tor)

September 2nd, 2019

50:40

Interview begins: 05:49

Debrief begins: 41:15

Joe Kirgues is a co-founder of gener8tor. 

One of the top companies in its field, gener8tor offers accelerator programs whose missions are to promote local investors and …

JE012: the fourfront // four trends we are watching develop

August 28th, 2019

23:22

On today's episode, we analyze four predominant themes we've encountered lately in the startup and investing arena. Our four on the fore includes:

1.) hiring talent
2.) the growing trend of remote work
3.) frustrations …

UP055: Hurry Home // enabling renters to become owners of affordable homes

August 21st, 2019

1:04:15

Interview begins: 07:16
Debrief begins: 47:49

Jada McLean is the co-founder and CEO of Hurry Home.

Hurry Home finances houses through shared ownership, enabling renters to become homeowners and offering a streamlined …

CC027: raising an opportunity fund for a mission driven accelerator // a coffee chat with Barbara Bickham (WIF AX)

August 19th, 2019

44:59

Interview begins: 06:02
Debrief begins: 39:50

Barbara Bickham is the co-founder and Managing Director of WIF AX.

WIF AX (Women’s Innovation Fund Accelerator) is a Qualified Opportunity Fund building women-balanced and …

UP054: AdAdapted // serving smarter ads for CPG companies

August 14th, 2019

1:11:50

Interview begins: 07:15
Debrief begins: 55:46

Michael Pedersen and Molly McFarland are the co-founders of AdAdapted.

AdAdapted is a digital engagement …

CC026: matching top talent with startups between the coasts // a coffee chat with Kaleb Dumot (Integrity Power Search)

August 12th, 2019

51:12

Interview begins: 07:06
Debrief begins: 43:11

Kaleb Dumot is the founder and CEO of Integrity Power Search.

Integrity Power Search (IPS) is a recruiting …

UP053: emocha // improving medication adherence through remote video observation

August 7th, 2019

1:01:40

Interview begins: 08:26 
Debrief begins: 49:12

Sebastian Seiguer is the Co-Founder and CEO of emocha Mobile Health. 

emocha is a mobile health platform that saves lives by connecting remote patients to health care …

UP052: Seek // augmented reality on the web for eCommerce

July 31st, 2019

1:26:01

Interview begins: 04:40
Debrief begins: 1:11:09

Jon Cheney is the founder and CEO of Seek.

Seek is Augmented Reality on the web for eCommerce. SeekView allows a consumer to visualize a product in their life before they buy …

UP051: UbiQD // making low-hazard quantum dots

July 24th, 2019

1:22:43

Interview begins: 08:48
Debrief begins: 1:05:44

Hunter McDaniel is the founder and CEO of UbiQD.

UbiQD is a cleantech materials company that manufactures low-hazard quantum dots (QDs) and nanocomposites. The company …

UP050: opendorse // helping athletes share more content (feat. Braxton Miller of the Philadelphia Eagles)

July 17th, 2019

1:20:29

Interview begins: 09:02
Insight begins: 58:13
Debrief begins: 1:01:59

Blake Lawrence is the founder and CEO of opendorse.

opendorse is the athlete-marketing platform that helps the biggest brands in sports share content on …

UP049: Zive // freeing you from the browser with desktop applications

July 10th, 2019

1:02:30

Interview begins: 08:39
Debrief begins: 48:25

Eric Shashoua is the founder and CEO of Zive, makers of the app, Kiwi for Gmail.

Kiwi for Gmail turns …

CC025: impact investing and reversing demographic trends // a Coffee Chat with Robert Zulkoski (Vermont Works)

July 8th, 2019

1:00:03

Interview begins: 06:34
Debrief begins: 49:48

Robert Zulkoski is the Chairman and Managing Partner of Vermont Works.

Vermont Works is an Independent …

JE011: happy July 4th // the update issue two

July 3rd, 2019

6:05

Happy US Independence Day from the upside team!

Per our holiday tradition, we're keeping it short and sweet this week so we don't take you away from …

CC024: investing in the picks and shovels of esports and gaming // a Coffee Chat with Josh Chapman (Konvoy Ventures)

July 1st, 2019

1:04:47

Interview begins: 05:19
Debrief begins: 55:13

Josh Chapman is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Konvoy Ventures.

Konvoy is an early-stage venture fund focused exclusively on esports & video gaming. They are …

UP048: Balto // selling sales software to salesmen (feat. David Geiger of TeamDynamix)

June 26th, 2019

1:24:32

Interview begins: 07:44 
Insight begins: 54:30
Debrief begins: 1:06:20

Marc Bernstein is the CEO of Balto. Balto helps sales, service, and accounts receivable reps win as much revenue as possible from every phone call. …

CC023: connecting recent college grads to startups // a Coffee Chat with Amy Nelson (Venture for America)

June 24th, 2019

58:34

Interview begins: 06:33 
Debrief begins: 51:26

Amy Nelson is the CEO of Venture For America (VFA). 

VFA is a two-year fellowship program for recent grads who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities. …

UP047: Momentous // supplements used by professional athletes and available to you (feat. Tenika Seitz)

June 19th, 2019

1:26:27

Interview begins: 09:33 
Insight begins: 1:00:43 
Debrief begins: 1:08:09

Matt Wan is the founder and CEO of Momentous.

Momentous is a nutritional supplement company driven by science, consumed by transparency, and grounded …

CC022: connecting the coasts to the heartland // a Coffee Chat from the Comeback Cities Tour

June 17th, 2019

42:07

Interview starts: 06:15

This conversation took place on the third Comeback Cities tour on May 15, 2019, aimed at connecting venture capitalists from the East and West Coasts with investment opportunities in the …

UP046: MITO Material Solutions // chemical additives for tougher composites

June 12th, 2019

1:09:26

Haley Keith is the co-founder and CEO of MITO Material Solutions.

MITO Material Solutions developed a nano-additive named the “MITO T-Series.” The …

UP045: GTI Fabrication // scaling modular construction through pre-fabrication

June 5th, 2019

1:03:54

Interview begins: 09:04
Debrief begins: 49:12

Rich Stapleton is the co-owner and CEO of GTI Fabrication.

GTI Fabrication creates modular containerized …

UP044: Semtive // building a peer-to-peer power grid using wind turbines (feat. Benjamin Stafford of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota)

May 29th, 2019

1:36:52

Interview begins: 07:30
Insight begins: 58:56
Debrief begins: 1:21:22

Ignacio Juarez is the Founder and CEO of Semtive.

Semtive is a Clean Energy startup that was born in Argentina. They believe that access to clean energy …

UP043: inKind // redesigning restaurant financing with House Accounts (feat. Kevin Tien of Himitsu and Hot Lola's)

May 22nd, 2019

1:26:47

Interview begins: 07:12
Insight begins: 57:53
Debrief begins: 1:05:28

Johann Moonesinghe is the co-founder and CEO of inKind.

inKind has invented a new …

CC021: thinking big, fearing less, and listening deeply in Madison // a Coffee Chat with Scott Resnick (StartingBlock)

May 20th, 2019

43:22

Interview begins: 05:12
Debrief begins: 39:24

Scott Resnick is the founder and former executive director of StartingBlock Madison.

StartingBlock is a 50,000 sq foot entrepreneurial hub which opened in 2018. Scott led …

UP042: Threatcare // automated third-party threat detection

May 15th, 2019

1:06:51

Interview begins: 07:55
Debrief begins: 52:27

Marcus Carey is the founder and CEO of Threatcare.

Threatcare allows organizations to better defend …

CC020: bootstrapping the world’s largest real estate community to over 1m members // a Coffee Chat with Josh Dorkin (BiggerPockets)

May 13th, 2019

1:14:53

Interview begins: 07:00
Debrief begins: 1:04:20

Josh Dorkin is the founder and former CEO of BiggerPockets. BiggerPockets.com is the nation’s largest and most active real estate investing social network, designed to …

Library Magic Pt. 2 // Jay's one year reflection

May 8th, 2019

8:03

Hey guys, welcome to part two of Library magic.


Eric and I are celebrating one year of upside, and as he mentioned last week in part one, we were …

CC019: take two // a surprise Coffee Chat with Nathan Todhunter (editor)

May 6th, 2019

4:59

We've had a lot of success in our first year of upside.

Or at least it seems that way, through the magic of post-production!

A few weeks ago, our …

Library Magic Pt. 1 // Eric's one year reflection

May 1st, 2019

7:19

On upside, failure hasn’t really been the default. Most initiatives have come naturally and been met with, at worst, mildly positive reception. For …

CC018: building the front door to #StartupCincy // a Coffee Chat with Eric Weissman (Cintrifuse) (Live from Cincinnati Podcast Festival 2018)

April 29th, 2019

36:10

This episode comes from the Cincinnati Podcast Festival on November 1, 2018.

Eric Weissman is the Vice President of Communications, Community & Economic Inclusion at Cintrifuse.

Cintrifuse has one clear mission: to …

UP041: HoloMe // human holograms made easy with augmented reality

April 24th, 2019

1:12:31

Interview begins: 07:10
Debrief begins: 55:08

Janosch Amstutz is the Founder and CEO of HoloMe. 


HoloMe creates life-sized, high definition, real humans …

CC017: building a world class venture firm in Chicago // a Coffee Chat with Ezra Galston (Starting Line)

April 22nd, 2019

54:30

Interview begins: 05:47
Debrief begins: 47:55

Ezra Galston is the Founding Partner at Starting Line. Starting Line is a thematic early stage venture capital fund focused on investing in consumer services and products that …

UP040: Plus One Robotics // solving the cluttered pile problem with vision-based robotics (feat. Nick Solaro of Drive Capital)

April 17th, 2019

1:38:10

Interview begins: 07:58
Insight begins: 1:03:34
Debrief begins: 1:20:42

Erik Nieves is the Founder and CEO of Plus One Robotics. Plus One Robotics develops computer vision software to enable robotic automation in supply …

CC016: a new source of funding and optionality for early stage founders // a Coffee Chat with Tyler Tringas (Earnest Capital) and Kevin McArdle (SureSwift Capital)

April 15th, 2019

1:09:49

Interview begins: 06:02
Debrief begins: 58:45

Tyler Tringas is the General Partner at Earnest Capital. 

Earnest Capital provides early-stage funding, resources and a network of experienced advisors to bootstrappers, indie …

UP039: Backtracks // data analytics for podcasters (feat. Meb Faber of Cambria Investment Management)

April 10th, 2019

1:51:03

Interview begins: 07:29
Insight begins: 1:15:07
Debrief begins: 1:28:18

Jonathan Gill is the founder and CEO of Backtracks.

Backtracks is an analytics and hosting platform that helps podcasters know & grow their …

JE008: consume, contribute, create // how founders, VCs, and community builders should podcast

April 3rd, 2019

24:28

Nearly a year into publishing weekly episodes of the show, we have a lot of thoughts about the world of podcasting and specifically how startup founders, VCs, and community builders can leverage podcasting.

So this week, …

UP038: Clever // lowering real estate transaction costs by connecting sellers to agents (feat. Erik Berg of Rev1 Ventures)

March 27th, 2019

1:26:55

Interview begins: 08:30
Insight begins: 54:18
VC debrief begins: 1:04:14
Host debrief begins: 1:13:06

Ben Mizes is the founder and CEO of Clever Real Estate.

Clever Real Estate is a nationwide referral service that helps you …

CC014: connecting the Air Force and innovation // a Coffee Chat with Vince Pecoraro and Luis Cordova (AFWERX)

March 25th, 2019

53:41

Interview begins: 06:46
Debrief begins: 47:02

Vince Pecoraro is the Capability Lead of Agile Contracting for AFWERX.
Luis Cordova is the Liaison of Public Affairs and Marketing for AFWERX.

Established in 2017 by the …

UP037: Preteckt // real-time vehicle prognostics using machine learning

March 20th, 2019

1:26:16

Interview begins: 06:44
Debrief begins: 1:06:15

Ken Sills is the co-founder and CEO of Preteckt. 

Since developing the initial prototype of this …

CC013: how Pittsburgh leverages state funding to spur innovation // a Coffee Chat with Terri Glueck and Leah Simoncelli (Innovation Works)

March 18th, 2019

1:00:08

Interview begins: 06:32
Debrief begins: 51:53

Terri Glueck is the Director of Communications at Innovation Works. Leah Simoncelli is the Coordinator of the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup.

As Director of Community Development …

UP036: Periodic Edibles // getting into the weeds of building a cannabis brand

March 13th, 2019

1:14:39

Interview begins: 05:52
Debrief begins: 56:32

Wayne Schwind is the founder and CEO of Periodic Edibles. Periodic Edibles creates cannabis-infused caramels with consistent and repeatable effects.

Wayne graduated from …

JE007: why we created the update, issue one

March 6th, 2019

19:22

Last Friday, March 1, we released issue one of the update. In this week's episode, we explain why and go behind the scenes of how it came together.

At upside, we focus on startups, startup communities, and startup …

UP035: Exaeris // pulling drinkable water out of thin air (live from CES 2019)

February 27th, 2019

1:10:29

Interview begins: 06:52
Debrief begins: 53:28

John Galbraith (CEO) and Michael Joyce (COO) are the co-founders of Exaeris Water Innovations. 


Exaeris developed a patent-pending atmospheric water generator based on …

CC012: how Cleveland is rallying their community around a new tech movement // a Coffee Chat with Bernie Moreno (Blockland)

February 25th, 2019

1:01:35

Interview begins: 06:26
Debrief begins: 51:58

Bernie Moreno is the President of the Bernie Moreno Companies. He has 20+ years in the retail automotive …

UP034: Testcard // at-home medical diagnostic using urinalysis and your smart phone (live from CES 2019)

February 20th, 2019

1:09:41

Interview begins: 07:09
Debrief begins: 49:20

Luke Heron is the co-founder and CEO of Testcard.


TestCard is a medical diagnostic test contained within a traditional postcard. The unique, patent-pending ‘flat-pack’ product …

CC011: making the startup ecosystem bigger in Texas // a Coffee Chat with Bryan Chambers (Capital Factory)

February 18th, 2019

58:10

Interview begins: 07:03
Debrief begins: 48:43

Bryan serves as Capital Factory’s Vice President of Accelerator and Investment Fund.

Bryan is a business …

UP033: SOMAVAC® Medical // improving outpatient recovery from major surgeries

February 13th, 2019

1:31:57

Insight begins: 08:27
Interview begins: 15:00
Debrief begins: 1:14:32

Esra Roan is the co-founder of SOMAVAC® Medical Solutions. Prior to her role with …

CC010: the pros and cons of angel funds // a Coffee Chat with Todd Federman (North Coast Angel Fund)

February 11th, 2019

1:12:24

Interview begins: 06:10
Debrief begins: 1:00:45

Todd Federman is the Manging Director for the North Coast Angel Fund.

Todd has served as the Executive Director of North Coast Angel Fund since its founding in 2006. Prior …

UP032: Astral AR // drones that stop bullets and prevent tragedy (live from CES 2019)

February 6th, 2019

1:18:13

Interview begins at 07:40
Deal Memo begins at 58:25

Leah La Salla is the co-founder and CEO of Astral AR.


Leah is a self-taught, polyglot software …

CC009: building a collaborative startup ecosystem in Memphis // a Coffee Chat with Katie Milligan (Start Co.)

February 4th, 2019

1:03:20

Katherine (Katie) Milligan brings the power of public policy to building entrepreneurial communities. She serves as Chief of Staff at Start Co. where …

UP031: Woobo // a fuzzy, interactive robot companion for child development (live from CES 2019)

January 30th, 2019

1:21:27

Feng Tan is the co-founder and CEO of Woobo.

Feng is a graduate of Tsinghua University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics. He also received a Ph.D. in Robotics from MIT.

Woobo was founded with one goal …

UP030: Sense Arena // professional hockey IQ training using VR technology (live from CES 2019 feat. Shane Darrow of Forecheck, Backcheck, Paycheck)

January 23rd, 2019

1:30:27

Bob Tetiva is the founder and CEO for Sense Arena.

Sense Arena is a unique, powerful, and innovative tool for developing hockey players, improving …

CC008: the first startup accelerator designed for bootstrappers // a Coffee Chat with Rob Walling (TinySeed)

January 21st, 2019

1:08:37

Rob Walling is a General Partner of TinySeed.

He has bootstrapped multiple startups to exit, most recently Drip. He runs MicroConf, co-hosts Startups …

UP029: CareAlert // helping seniors live independently with in-home sensor technology (live from CES 2019)

January 16th, 2019

1:26:47

Anand Krishnan is the co-founder and head of platform engineering for CareAlert.

Anand is an entrepreneur and technologist with over 20 years of …

CC007: the rise of platform in venture capital // a Coffee Chat with Stephanie Manning (Lerer Hippeau)

January 14th, 2019

1:03:14

Stephanie Manning is the Director of Platform for Lerer Hippeau.
 

Lerer Hipeau is an early-stage venture capital fund based in New York City. As founders and operators themselves, Lerer Hippeau see returns in …

UP028: Summersalt // a direct-to-consumer travelwear brand for women (feat. Karen Howland of CircleUp)

January 9th, 2019

1:34:23

Lori Coulter is the Founder, CEO and President of Summersalt. Prior to Summersalt, Lori owned and operated Lori Coulter Swimwear for 11 years. 

UP027: ShearShare // an on-demand marketplace for stylists who need work space

January 2nd, 2019

1:40:57

Dr. Tye Caldwell is the Co-founder and CEO of ShearShare. Tye holds a Doctorate of Professional Barbering and is a #1 best-selling author on how to …

JE006: eight crazy months of upside

December 26th, 2018

27:35

Happy holidays from the upside team!

We're keeping it short and sweet this week so we don't take you away from what really matters.

So we don't have an …

UP026: Bark // predictive software for keeping children safe online

December 19th, 2018

1:29:08

Titania Jordan is the CMO and Chief Parent Officer of Bark.us. She is also host of CONNECT with Titania Jordan, and former host of NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA’s weekly television show Atlanta Tech Edge.

//

Bark is an …

CC006: tackling the Series A/B capital gap in Ohio // a coffee chat with Bill Baumel and Jill Raderstorf (Ohio Innovation Fund)

December 12th, 2018

52:03

A conversation with Bill Baumel and Jill Raderstorf of the Ohio Innovation Fund live from The Starting Line by the Ohio State University College of …

CC005: getting into venture and startup ecosystems // a coffee chat with Monique Villa (ModernCapital)

December 5th, 2018

1:06:52

Monique Villa is the founder of Modern Capital in Nashville, Tennessee. 

ModernCapital is a collective of creative thinkers from the private, public, …

UP025: Vlipsy // a search engine for short form videos as an alternative to gifs

November 28th, 2018

1:48:42

Chris Nickless is the founder and CEO of Vlipsy.

Chris has introduced brands to the concept of emojis and stickers, and worked with 30+ messaging companies to launch expressive new products during the chat boom. He …

JE005: happy Thanksgiving from upside

November 21st, 2018

11:59

Happy Thanksgiving! Jay and Eric spend some time talking about what we are thankful for this year, and share a preview of what is to come in 2019.

UP024: Intrinio // powering fintech innovation with access to financial data

November 14th, 2018

1:33:36

Rachel Carpenter is the co-founder and CEO of Intrinio.

Intrinio is a financial data platform with a marketplace for financial data APIs and analytics applications built with those data feeds. Their mission is to …

UP023: Super Dispatch // an automated back office for the car hauling industry

November 7th, 2018

1:31:51

Bek Abdullayev is the founder and CEO of Super Dispatch.

Super Dispatch is a platform that enables automotive logistics companies to eliminate …

CC004: Tampa’s Emerging Entrepreneurial Hub // a coffee chat with Allie Felix (Embarc Collective)

October 31st, 2018

44:17

Allie Felix is the Director of Programming & Partnerships at Embarc Collective.

Embarc Collective is a physical innovation hub in Tampa Bay, …

CC003: Opportunity Funds // a coffee chat with Peter Brack (Hypothesis Ventures)

October 24th, 2018

1:08:35

Since this recording, the US Treasury has released new guidelines as it comes to Opportunity Zones. Click here to read the press release, or here to download a PDF of the new guidelines.


Peter Brack is a Founding Partner …

UP022: Concur // mission-driven skincare for a healthy microbiome (feat. Ross Baird of Village Capital)

October 17th, 2018

1:12:19

Lindsey Moeller is the founder of Concur, formerly known as Balm Skincare. Lindsey is also the founded of Botavi Labs and holds a degree in biology …

UP021: GenoPalate // personalized nutrition recommendations from your DNA

October 10th, 2018

1:29:38

Sherry Zhang is the founder and CEO of GenoPalate. She has a PhD in molecular biology from Marquette University and has used DNA technologies to …

UP020: Three Firefighters // airflow control and personnel accountability for burning buildings

October 3rd, 2018

1:13:24

Michael Maher is the Founder and CEO at Three Firefighters. He has 17 years of public service experience as a career firefighter and paramedic.

Three …

UP019: Wicked Sheets // bed sheets for the fight against night sweats

September 26th, 2018

1:17:01

Alli Truttman is the President and CEO of Wicked Sheets.

Wicked Sheets provides moisture-wicking and cooling sleep products for people suffering from …

CC002: Kansas City rising // a Coffee Chat with John Fein (Firebrand Ventures)

September 19th, 2018

37:55

John Fein is the founder and Managing Partner at Firebrand Ventures, a venture fund that invests in the greater Midwest. Prior to founding Firebrand John served as Managing Director for Techstars where he ran three …

CC001: Silicon Valley to Nashville // a coffee chat with Andrew Goldner (GrowthX)

September 12th, 2018

55:52

Andrew Goldner is a Founding Partner of GrowthX. He has been in the technology sector since 1998, based in New York City, Hong Kong, Singapore, and …

UP018: Cuddle Clones // creating plush replicas of your pet

September 5th, 2018

1:26:46

Jennifer Williams is the co-founder and Chief Cloning Officer of Cuddle Clones. Previous to founding Cuddle Clones, Jennifer spent 10 years as a …

UP017: Set Scouter // simplifying residential film location scouting

August 29th, 2018

1:26:03

Alex Kolodkin is the founder and CEO of Set Scouter. Alex has a master of arts in media production and a bachelor of arts in radio & television …

JE004: four myths for investment outside of silicon valley

August 22nd, 2018

31:15

people have been talking. we've heard gossip, complaints, and excuses when it comes to raising capital outside of silicon valley. 

this week, we have a 1-on-1 episode talking about four of the common myths we hear as it …

UP016: mobius // finding wonder in waste

August 15th, 2018

1:30:01

Tony Bova is the co-founder and CEO of mobius. Tony is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Energy Science & Engineering at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Lab, where he studied the production of …

UP015: Mixtroz // putting connection back into "networking"

August 8th, 2018

1:39:37

Ashlee Ammons is the cofounder and COO of Mixtroz. previously, Ashlee began in a career as an Events Producer working with an impressive list of people  including Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jay-Z and large …

JE003: listener feedback episode

August 1st, 2018

37:49

you've given us a ton of feedback over the last three months. on this episode, we discuss live on air the themes we've identified in listener feedback and how we plan to address that feedback moving forward.

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do you …

UP014: 10XTS // building an enterprise blockchain ecosystem (feat. Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano)

July 25th, 2018

1:41:25

Michael Hiles is the founder and CEO of 10XTS, which builds transparent, decentralized, secure solutions for industry and governments using public …

UP013: Local Crate // localized supply chain to decentralize meal delivery

July 18th, 2018

1:30:22

Local Crate is a locally-sourced meal-delivery service. Local Crate delivers fresh, delicious, seasonal meal kits in partnership with award-winning chefs, local farmers, and passionate makers. easy-to-make recipes and …

UP012: FreshFry // frying oil purification through the magic of chemistry

July 11th, 2018

1:37:12

The FreshFry Pod is a safe and easier way to replenish and extend your frying oil life. The Pod works overnight by capturing and removing the impurities that make your oil look dark, smoke and taste bitter. FreshFry is …

JE002: happy July 4th

July 4th, 2018

3:26

no interview or full length episode this week due to the July 4th holiday. but, we did want to share a couple of quick notes and updates for you!

UP011: ParqEx // real estate technology solving a parking problem

June 27th, 2018

1:26:53

ParqEx is a platform that helps to "unlock" the value of privately owned parking spots, which are often underutilized and/or difficult to manage. The …

UP010: Upsie // a cheaper way to protect your stuff

June 20th, 2018

1:30:49

Upsie is a mobile app platform that provides an easier & better way to protect your stuff. You get the same warranties and coverage offered by other companies, but at an affordable price. Upsie is an alum of the …

UP009: BYBE // the first legal way to discount alcohol purchases

June 13th, 2018

1:23:34

BYBE is the first legal way to discount alcohol purchases by embedding beer, wine and spirits rebates inside retail applications and websites. BYBE …

UP008: Loop Returns // creating the perfect ecommerce customer returns experience (live from Columbus Podcast Festival)

June 6th, 2018

1:17:07

Loop helps you retain customers through one of the most fragile interactions they'll have with your brand: returns.

By providing complete returns …

UP007: Kaleidoscope Group PBC // unlocking new private scholarships and creating the "uncommon app" to apply for them

May 30th, 2018

1:29:30

Kaleidoscope Group is a public benefit corporation that designs, administers and hosts private scholarships based in minneapolis, minnesota.


the …

UP006: Swannies // creating an apparel brand for the modern golfer (feat. Web Smith of 2PM)

May 23rd, 2018

1:40:39

Swannies is a lifestyle golf apparel and footwear brand. focused on creating golf wear for anywhere at an affordable price, starting with the …

UP005: F13 Works // extending the aisle in ecommerce

May 16th, 2018

1:32:54

F13 Works bridges the gap between manufacturers and e-commerce websites. It provides manufacturers, drop-shippers and order fulfillers of all types …

UP004: ScriptDrop // improving prescription medication adherence

May 9th, 2018

1:38:18

ScriptDrop focuses on providing an in-workflow prescription delivery solution for pharmacies. no apps to download. no cost to the patient.

they …

UP003: LawnGuru // on demand outdoor services

May 2nd, 2018

1:31:42

LawnGuru provides on-demand lawn care and snow removal services for clients in metro detroit, atlanta, cleveland, chicago, houston, philadelphia & washington dc areas. through its mobile and web-based applications, …

UP002: Rapchat // empowering a hip hop community

May 2nd, 2018

1:31:31

Rapchat is the best way for today's rap enthusiasts to create, collaborate, and connect with tomorrow’s stars. 


Rapchat partners with award-winning …

UP001: tilr // skills-based job hiring

May 2nd, 2018

1:34:42

tilr is a first-to-market, on-demand recruitment technology that empowers workers and companies alike. tilr’s proprietary technology matches based on …

JE001: upside // a podcast about startups outside of silicon valley

May 2nd, 2018

3:23

the startup investment landscape is changing, and world-class companies are being built outside of silicon valley. 


we find them, talk with them, and discuss the upside of investing in them. 

these entrepreneurs are …

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