The Ecosystem

The Ecosystem

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A podcast exploring the world’s most exceptional entrepreneurs, investors & emerging growth companies who are making a difference in the world.


Dana Wright, MATH Venture Partners, Go-To Market Strategies for startups, B2B, SaaS, What Investors are Looking For
Jan 16 • 46 min
Dana Wright is Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners. She is a leading voice on fundraising strategy, leadership during extreme growth, managing board dynamics, and optimizing for an exit. She believes in the Midwest as a hub for entrepreneurial…
Michael Norton
Jan 9 • 82 min
Michael Norton talks about investment banking, evaluations, and most importantly, how to properly build and manage a valuable network. Is it helpful to go to conferences and get cards from as many people as you can? Referrals are always more helpful and…
Mandy Tahvonen
Dec 23, 2019 • 38 min
Mandy Tahvonen is the Managing Director of Relish Works, the innovation hub of Gordon Food Service, based in Chicago, IL. For the past 19 years, Mandy has worked with a passion for innovation, building new businesses, being the captain of her own ship,…
Todd Connor
Dec 19, 2019 • 34 min
Todd is the CEO and Founder of Bunker Labs, a national entrepreneurship organization dedicated to helping military veterans and their spouses start and grow businesses. Founded in 2014 at “1871” in Chicago, Bunker has grown to locations across the U.S.…
Lisa Magill
Dec 12, 2019 • 48 min
Lisa is the Co-Founder and COO of Aleria. Over the years she has made herself very well known in the ecosystem for commitment to the community and her efforts to create more opportunities for women. With Aleria, she helps founders and companies “take the…
Mark Vargas
Nov 22, 2019 • 58 min
Mark Vargas is a trusted advisor and close confidante to some of the highest profile political and business leaders in America. His work as a tech entrepreneur in health care and political opinion writer and advisor have been featured in the Chicago…
Cayse Llorens
Nov 22, 2019 • 47 min
In this podcast we speak to Cayse Llorens about his background as a venture capital investor now turned entrepreneur. Cayse is building a different type of company-or-fund. Specifically, Cayse raised money for his search firm where he will look to invest…
JD Weinstein
Nov 18, 2019 • 27 min
JD Weinstein heads up Oracle for Startups North America. He helps startups scale through Oracle’s rich enterprise ecosystem, cloud solutions, & global customer network. He previously served as Principal of WPP Ventures, the world’s largest…
Vic Pascucci
Nov 18, 2019 • 39 min
Vic is a former trial lawyer who found entrepreneurship fascinating, and after helping countless entrepreneurs, he decided to become a professional fund manager & investor. Vic talks about his experience in what he looks for in companies, how to properly…
Dujon Smith
Nov 12, 2019 • 39 min
Ever wonder what corporate venture funds do for early stage companies and how they work? In this episode we talk with Dujon Smith, Midwest Lead, Accenture Ventures. Accenture Ventures is on a mission to find the most exciting and scalable companies to…
Desiree Vargas Wrigley
Nov 11, 2019 • 31 min
Desiree is currently building her second company, Pearachute. She has been named Inc’s 30 Under 30, Crain’s 40 Under 40, one of Parents Magazine’s Most Inspiring Moms, one of Forbes Women to Watch, and has appeared on Shark Tank. Desiree has also…
Amos Schwartzfarb
Nov 11, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode, we talk with Amos Schwartzfarb, Managing Director of Techstars in Austin, TX. Among the many things discussed in this interview are Amos’s investment strategy, what it takes to get product-market fit in your startup, what he looks for in…