Demo Day Podcast

Demo Day Podcast
Demo Day is the podcast for founders, venture capitalists, and anyone who wants to learn more about the top accelerator, incubator, and VC programs across the country. Come hear the top venture capitalists and founders in the game discuss what it takes…

Elizabeth Durand Streisand on Believing In Your Idea, Broadway Roulette
Aug 9 • 76 min
In this episode, Elizabeth explains why there is a bunch of “grey area” when it comes to receiving VC funding, why people who haven’t pursued their own independent business are not the right people to get advice from, and her story about how she was…
Elaine Russell on Finding the Right Fit, Greycroft
Aug 2 • 64 min
In this episode, Elaine talks about why investment banking is an amazing platform to learn a wide set of tools that you will use in any career you go into, mistakes she made in her first startup that she was able to fix in her second startup, and the…
Rick Smith on Making Impactful Decisions, Crosscut
Jul 26 • 84 min
In this episode, Rick discusses why a quick “no” is the second best answer a VC can give to a founder looking for investment, the importance of having faith in your process, and the reasoning as to why you should not only manage down as a CEO, but also…
Chris Hill on Overcoming Challenges, Comcast Ventures
Jul 19 • 39 min
In this episode, Chris talks about his working experience right after graduating from Yale, the importance of clear communication, and where he was able to be challenged, and grow from those challenges.Guest - Chris HillTwitter - @ChillClimberLinkedIn -…
Anuj Varma on Being a New VC, BAM Ventures
Jul 12 • 54 min
In this episode, Anuj talks about his journey as an investment banker, how debate classes in school got him to where he is now, and what it’s like entering the world of venture capital.Guest - Anuj VarmaTwitter - @AnujVarmaLinkedIn - Anuj VarmaFollow…
Jiake Liu on Seeing an Opportunity, Outer
Jul 5 • 44 min
In this episode, Jiake talks about why going through an accelerator program is the best way to build your first company, the process of building a team, and his story behind the successful outdoor furniture company, Outer.Guest - Jiake LiuEmail -…
Jonathan Hung on Network Over Education, Unicorn Venture Partners
Jun 28 • 44 min
In this episode, Jonathan talks about the patience needed in order to execute successfully, who really stands out when times get tough, why getting real life experience and networking is more important than a college degree, and that there is no right…
Kelly Perdew on Entrepreneurship & the Military, Moonshots Capital - Part 2
Jun 21 • 55 min
In this episode, Kelly talks about mentor and mentee relationships, his experience on “The Apprentice” and how he used his leadership skills from the military to guide his team to victory, and what he looks for in founders before investing in their…
Kelly Perdew on Entrepreneurship & the Military, Moonshots Capital - Part 1
Jun 14 • 46 min
In this episode, Kelly talks about what he learned in the military and how he applied it to his life as an entrepreneur, how to watch out for the “spotlight rangers” in your organization, and why you only have so much time to put your best foot…
Divya Narendra on Understanding Market Expectations, SumZero
Jun 7 • 83 min
In this episode, Divya talks about his experience at Harvard, being a good judge of character, why entrepreneurship isn’t just about the money, but more about the impact, and digs deep into knowing what is market for a particular issue.Guest - Divya…
Sam Adams on the Future of Education, dot.LA
May 31 • 37 min
In this episode, Sam talks about how he got into dot.LA, his thoughts on the future of the education system, and the importance of taking the opportunity to try different things that match where you want to be.Guest - Sam AdamsWebsite - dot.LAFacebook -…
Jyri Engeström on Being the Soda Straw, Yes VC
May 23 • 97 min
In this episode, Jyri talks about his mission on fighting COVID-19, angel investing, and what it means to be the soda straw.Guest - Jyri EngeströmWebsite - Yes.VcTwitter - @JyriFollow Us!LinkedIn:…
Andy Bilinsky on the Importance of Communication as a Founder, Lensabl
May 18 • 64 min
In this episode, Andy talks about the entrepreneurial experiences of his early life and how they molded him into the man he is today, the importance of being as communicative as possible when starting a company with a co-founder, his advice on…
Selina Troesch Munster on Being Clear with Expectations, Touchdown Ventures
May 11 • 57 min
Selina Troesch Munster, Principal at Touchdown Ventures, talks about how dancing helped her understand the comfort of uncertainty, being clear of what expectations are in a startup and in chaos (economic downturn situations), giving people the freedom…
Karl Alomar on Fighting the Fight in Today’s Environment, M13 Ventures
Apr 30 • 58 min
Karl Alomar, Managing Partner at M13 Ventures, talks about how humans will interact with technology in the future and how things are going to change, why you have to find the “offense” in the current situation, and how fortitude pushes us through the…
Best of Demo Day - Advice For Early Stage Founders
Apr 27 • 15 min
In this episode, we cover what makes a great leader, the value of going through accelerators, and the mindset VC’s look for.Demo Day Guests Featured in this Episode:Ben SmithLucas PolsEric NetschAnthony KelaniLaurent GrillFollow Us!LinkedIn:…
Brett Munster on Conducting Due Diligence, Sway Ventures
Apr 19 • 64 min
Brett Munster, Principal at Sway Ventures, talks about his passion for VC and early-stage tech, why Los Angeles is a more collaborative environment than San Francisco and the correlation between baseball and venture capital. Guest - Brett MunsterTwitter…
Howard Ko on How to Cope with Current Circumstances, Morpheus Ventures
Apr 13 • 87 min
In this episode, Howard talks about how you should be using this time to your advantage and utilizing your resources while being quarantined, what makes a great principal at a VC fund, and his advice for other VC’s on how to make decisions based off…
Best of Demo Day- Tips and Inspiration You Need to Power Through Difficult Times
Apr 6 • 32 min
On this special episode of Demo Day, we review some of the best moments from Season 1 and Season 2 to give you some of the best advice to power through these difficult times.Overcoming ChallengesMike SuBrendan RogersEric NetschDan FlaneganSean…
Carolyn Yashari Becher on Finding Your True Potential, HopSkipDrive
Mar 30 • 63 min
Carolyn Yashari Becher, Co-Founder at HopSkipDrive, talks about her journey of becoming a co-founder, how having a diverse team in today’s society is highly profitable, and what it takes to be the best possible you.Watch the…
Warren Shaeffer on the value of accelerators - Knowable
Mar 22 • 34 min
Warren Shaeffer, Co-Founder & CEO at Knowable, talks about persistence being a key factor in entrepreneurship, how to choose the right co-founder for your company, and the value of accelerator programs.Watch the video…
Miki Reynolds on being comfortable with the uncomfortable, Grid110
Mar 13 • 43 min
Miki Reynolds, Executive Director at Grid110, talks about the challenges that come with entrepreneurship and how leaders must learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Watch the video out our…
Luke Armour on starting your own fund, Chaac Ventures
Mar 6 • 43 min
Luke Armour, Founder and Managing Partner at Chaac Ventures, talks about the entrepreneurial spirit of starting your own fund.Watch the video out our website! - Luke Armour…
Brendan Rogers on building personal brands, Wag!
Feb 29 • 69 min
Brendan Rogers, Co-Founder of Wag!, talks about the importance of proving real value to your network when growing your personal brand.Watch the video out our website! - Brendan…
Joe Wilson on Combining Business & Bio-Technology, Mars Bio
Feb 21 • 67 min
Joe Wilson, Venture Partner at MarsBio, talks about the rise of bio-technology businesses.Watch the video out our website! - Joe WilsonEmail: joe@marsbio.vcTwitter:…
Ashley Ramirez on finding the right VC for your startup, Halogen Ventures
Feb 14 • 33 min
Ashley Ramirez, Chief of Staff at Halogen Ventures, talks about the importance of finding the right VC firm to partner with as a startup.Watch the video out our website! - Ashley…
Mike Su on the importance of structure in startups, Yellow at Snap Inc.
Feb 7 • 65 min
Mike Su, Director at Yellow, the accelerator program from Snap Inc. talks about the importance of structure and leadership in early-stage startups.Watch the video out our website! -…
EP: 020 - Sean Goldfaden - Founder & CEO - CoEfficient Labs - Part 2
Nov 25, 2019 • 63 min
Sean Goldfaden, Founder & CEO of CoEfficient Labs - Part 2 - Demo Day EP 020
EP: 019 - Sean Goldfaden - Founder & CEO - CoEfficient Labs - Part 1
Nov 16, 2019 • 64 min
Sean Goldfaden, Founder & CEO of CoEfficient Labs - Part 1 - Demo Day EP 019
EP: 018 - Brian Garrett - Co-Founder & Managing Director - Crosscut Ventures
Oct 28, 2019 • 58 min
Brian Garrett on wellness and success, Crosscut Ventures - Demo Day EP 018
EP: 017 - Brandon Maier - Founder - LvlUp Ventures
Oct 20, 2019 • 57 min
Brandon Maier on the importance of traction for early startups, LvlUp Ventures - Demo Day EP 017
EP: 016 - Minnie Ingersoll - Partner - TenOneTen Ventures
Oct 14, 2019 • 57 min
Minnie Ingersoll on raising your first round of funding, TenOneTen Ventures - Demo Day EP 016
EP: 015 - Justin Welsh - Founder - The Official Justin
Oct 6, 2019 • 54 min
Justin Welsh on the process of recruiting, The Official Justin - Demo Day EP 015
EP: 014 - Abha Nath - Investor - Wonder Ventures
Sep 27, 2019 • 49 min
Abha Nath on jumping into venture investing, Wonder Ventures - Demo Day EP 014
EP: 013 - Nicole Clark - Founder & CEO - Trellis
Sep 22, 2019 • 54 min
Nicole Clark on turning problems into thriving businesses, Trellis - Demo Day EP 013
EP: 012- Yipeng Zhao - Co-Founder & Managing Partner - Embark Ventures
Sep 13, 2019 • 51 min
Yipeng Zhao on deep tech and market demand, Embark Venture - Demo Day EP 012
EP: 011 - David Turkell - Digital Director - Scale LA
Sep 6, 2019 • 44 min
David Turkell on the intersection of entrepreneurship and community building
EP: 010 - Obi Onyejekwe - CEO - Unomi
Aug 30, 2019 • 44 min
Obi Onyejekwe on how to get the most out of your accelerator experience
EP: 009 - Kareem Aly - Principal - Thomvest Ventures
Aug 23, 2019 • 35 min
Kareem Aly on getting up to speed at a new job, Thomvest Ventures
Ep: 008 - Shaun Arora - Managing Director - MiLA Capital
Aug 18, 2019 • 27 min
Shaun Arora tackles the insecurities that come with entrepreneurship, the importance of co-founders, and why now is the best time to be starting hardware companies.
Ep: 007 - Dan Flanegan - Co-Founder - Butter App
Aug 9, 2019 • 65 min
Dan Flanegan / How to maximize your time in an accelerator program
Ep: 006 - Laurent Grill - Lead Investor - Luma Launch
Aug 4, 2019 • 62 min
Laurent Grill and Sean Goldfaden discuss the true meaning of being a conviction investor.
Ep: 005 - Ben Smith - Managing Partner - Chancebending Ventures
Jul 26, 2019 • 52 min
Ben Smith discusses his thoughts on what separates the best founders from the average ones.
Ep: 004 - Lucas Pols - Managing Partner - Amplite Capital
Jul 21, 2019 • 42 min
Lucas Pols, Managing Partner of Amplite Capital.
Ep: 001 - Anthony Kelani - Managing Partner - Quake Capital
Jul 15, 2019 • 35 min
Anthony Kelani, managing partner at Quake Capital.
Ep: 002 - Anna Barber - Managing Director - Techstars LA
Jul 15, 2019 • 37 min
Anna Barber, managing director at Techstars LA.
Ep: 003 - Eric Netsch - Founder & CEO - Tapcart
Jul 15, 2019 • 77 min
Eric Netsch, founder and CEO of Tapcart.
Demo Day Podcast Trailer
Jul 11, 2019 • 0 min
Come hear the top venture capitalists in the game discuss what it takes to go from seed to exit.