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November 4, 2020
#99 The Friends & Family Gap
In VC, before you pitch investors, you’re expected to get some initial cash from friends and family. Getting this money is a critical first step for a new startup. But what if your friends and family aren’t wealthy? Two founders tell us what that experience is like, and how it’s shaped the way VC investors view their companies.
June 16, 2017
Life After Startup
May 25, 2018
Arlan Hamilton 4: Hacks
December 14, 2017
StartupBus 4: Thursday
The Story Every day this week we’re following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all while on a bus. If you haven’t heard Monday’s episode, start there. It’s Thursday, day four on StartupBus. The bus has finally arrived in New Orleans, where teams from all six buses will go up against one another and pitch for a spot in the f...
April 21, 2016
Twitch 2: Gaming the System
May 27, 2016
October 1, 2018
Groupon's Andrew Mason: Pt. 1, The Rise
When Andrew Mason started Groupon 10 years ago he was in his mid-20s, fresh out of grad school, and running a company for the first time ever. Within 2 years Groupon was called the fastest growing company in history.
December 11, 2017
StartupBus 1: Monday
The Story This summer, 20 strangers got on a bus headed from New York to New Orleans. For five days, they had one goal: to build and launch companies while on the bus. We’ll be telling this story as it unfolded — with one new episode, every day, over the next five days. Today’s episode: Monday. Day One. The Facts David Herman and Ian Scott mixed the episode. Mark Phillips wrote and performed our or...
September 28, 2018
Twitch 2: Gaming The System
May 15, 2019
Wait, Your App Does What Exactly? (#65, WeDo)
Spencer Shulem wants people to learn from their mistakes. Also, he wants to help them organize their time. Oh, and he wants to gather data on everything they do. All this is packed into a single pitch for his startup, WeDo. Can the investors dig through all the parts of his business in time to decide if they want to put their cold, hard cash behind it?
October 13, 2017
July 1, 2020
#92 Who Did the PPP Actually Save?
We talk to three startup founders who got money from the Paycheck Protection Program and try to find out, what did the PPP money actually do?
September 17, 2014
Gimlet 3: How To Divide An Imaginary Pie
The Story Alex decides that he can't build the company by himself. There's too much emotional turmoil, and too much work to get done. As one of the
September 21, 2018
Twitch 1: Almost Famous
The Season Welcome to the first episode of Season 3! This season, we’re doing something new. Instead of following one company over many episodes, we’ll be telling the stories of a bunch of different companies. This season, you’ll meet entrepreneurs from different parts of the world, in all sorts of businesses. We’ll follow prisoners, tailors, smugglers, and tech geeks. And these founders all have s...
June 26, 2019
Fighting the 24/7 Startup Grind
Back in 2018, Margot Schmorak pitched our investors on Hostfully. It’s a startup that ushers old-style vacation-rental companies into the digital age. Margot ginned up a lot of excitement in the room that day. But then, she had to put her fundraising on hold. A year later we’ll find out whether she was able to get the ball rolling again.
April 15, 2016
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