Entrepreneurs in Small Rooms Drinking Coffee

Entrepreneurs in Small Rooms Drinking Coffee

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Entrepreneurs in Small Rooms Drinking Coffee, or #smallrooms, is a live, unfiltered podcast where Rob Kenedi talks candidly with entrepreneurs and investors about the details of starting a tech company. Get into the trenches with founders going through the process of building a technology company in real time.


CrowdRiff
May 29, 2017 • 41 min
CrowdRiff by #smallrooms
Trainer+
Apr 21, 2017 • 47 min
Trainer+ by #smallrooms
Matt Roberts | ScaleUP Ventures
Apr 14, 2017 • 44 min
Matt Roberts | ScaleUP Ventures by #smallrooms
Nudge Rewards Revisited
Mar 31, 2017 • 39 min
Nudge Rewards Revisited by #smallrooms
Collage
Mar 16, 2017 • 44 min
Moore talks about how his past creating an unsuccessful startup and how it affects the way he approaches his current company, how he thinks about attacking an entrenched market with a variety of incumbents and new entrants, and the rationale behind taking…
Michael Kousaie - TSX
Mar 9, 2017 • 43 min
Rob Kenedi sits down for a coffee with Michael Kousaie, Head of Technology Business Development for the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange. Kousaie, discusses not only the traditional path to going pubilc and how the TSX helps companies…
Nudge.ai
Feb 23, 2017 • 38 min
Nudge.ai by #smallrooms
Matt Leibowitz | Plaza Ventures
Feb 10, 2017 • 48 min
Rob Kenedi has a coffee with Matthew Liebowitz, partner at Plaza Ventures. Matthew talks about their approach to growth investing at Series A enterprise-focused SaaS startups, the fact that the fund is always raising capital rather than in huge lump sums,…
PostBeyond
Feb 2, 2017 • 43 min
PostBeyond by #smallrooms
Meta | Acquired by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Jan 27, 2017 • 36 min
In this special retrospective recorded 1 year ago, Rob Kenedi speaks with Sam Molyneux, founder of Meta(at the time known as ScienceScape). Meta is a startup that uses machine learning to look at all of the journals being published in science to uncover…
VM Farms
Jan 13, 2017 • 35 min
Rob Kenedi chats with Hany Fahim, founder of VM Farms, a devops as a service startup, which helps companies focus on developing software rather than managing it. Fahim discusses his decision to bootstrap rather than look for external financing, how to…
Suto
Jan 6, 2017 • 36 min
Host Rob Kenedi has a coffee with Nima Gardideh of Suto, an SMS-based bot that recommends the best product to buy. Gardideh has just pivoted away from this particular business and describes how it worked and why it made sense to move on. He also discusses…
Riipen
Dec 30, 2016 • 37 min
Rob has a chat with Richard of Riipen, a matchmaking system for companies and students that uses experiential learning. The company was recently featured in BetaKit, but Rob had a chance to get behind the scenes with another cofounder. Richard talks about…
SnapTravel
Dec 22, 2016 • 44 min
Rob Kenedi sits down with Hussein Fazal, founder SnapTravel, a SMS, Slack and Facebook Messenger bot-based hotel booking service. Hussein discusses how and when he decided to sell his last startup, AdParlor, and how he is approaching latest endeavour. In…
Blockthrough
Oct 28, 2016 • 38 min
Blockthrough by #smallrooms
Medstack
Oct 17, 2016 • 33 min
Medstack by #smallrooms
Collision 2016 Investors
Oct 6, 2016 • 20 min
Collision 2016 Investors by #smallrooms
Collision 2016 Entrepreneurs
Sep 29, 2016 • 11 min
Collision 2016 Entrepreneurs by #smallrooms
Daisy Intelligence
Sep 15, 2016 • 35 min
Rob Kenedi a coffee with Gary Saarenvirta, founder of Daisy Intelligence, a business insights tool based on artificial intelligence. Gary discusses successfully bootstrapping his company based on his experience by first building a services company, what…
Michelle McBane | IAF
Sep 9, 2016 • 48 min
Michelle McBane | IAF by #smallrooms
Humi
Sep 1, 2016 • 44 min
Rob Kenedi has yet another coffee with Kevin Kliman, founder of his latest venture, Humi, a free, all-in-one HR cloud-based platform. In a first for #smallrooms, a former guest returns as the founder of his latest venture. Kevin describes what he learned…
JobHubble Revisited
Aug 26, 2016 • 40 min
JobHubble Revisited by #smallrooms
OnCall Health
Aug 11, 2016 • 36 min
OnCall Health by #smallrooms
Flipgive
Aug 1, 2016 • 43 min
Flipgive by #smallrooms
Tylio
Jul 29, 2016 • 31 min
Tylio by #smallrooms
Ubios
Jul 29, 2016 • 38 min
Ubios by #smallrooms
Tunestars
Jul 29, 2016 • 32 min
Tunestars by #smallrooms
ZoomAI
Jul 29, 2016 • 32 min
ZoomAI by #smallrooms
Gatsby
Jul 22, 2016 • 32 min
On a special version of Entrepreneurs in Small Rooms Drinking Coffee, the #smallrooms team recorded episodes live at StartupFest 2016 in Montreal. Rob Kenedi chats with Aaron Jun of Gatsby, a event planning solution for groups. Aaron focuses on messaging…
Fans Unite
Jul 22, 2016 • 32 min
On a special version of Entrepreneurs in Small Rooms Drinking Coffee, the #smallrooms team recorded episodes live at StartupFest 2016 in Montreal. Rob Kenedi chats with Darius Eghdami of Fans Unite, a fantasy sports betting platform that enables…
Parlay
Jul 22, 2016 • 31 min
On a special version of Entrepreneurs in Small Rooms Drinking Coffee, the #smallrooms team recorded episodes live at StartupFest 2016 in Montreal. Rob Kenedi chats with Bobby McDonald of Parlay, a student engagement education platform, on when his…
HelloMD
Jul 22, 2016 • 35 min
On a special version of Entrepreneurs in Small Rooms Drinking Coffee, the #smallrooms team recorded episodes live at StartupFest 2016 in Montreal. Rob Kenedi chats with the StartupFest investment prize winner, Pamela Hadfield of San Francisco-based…
Daniel Klass | Klass Capital
Jun 30, 2016 • 48 min
Rob Kenedi has a coffee with Daniel Klass, managing partner of Klass Capital. Daniel details his non-standard approach to investment, including not co-investing with other funds, acquiring companies to grow them further, the avoidance of a specific thesis…
Borrowell
Jun 23, 2016 • 45 min
Rob Kenedi shares a coffee with Andrew Graham, founder of Borrowell, a marketplace lending platform. Andrew and Rob discuss why Borrowell does not do peer-to-peer lending, how they got their initial capital to lend, and how he thinks about potential…
Sam Ifergan | iGan Partners
Jun 16, 2016 • 54 min
Rob Kenedi sits down with Sam Ifergan, managing partner of iGan Partners & Rowanwood Ventures. Sam discusses iGan’s multiple forms of investment - syndicate and early stage venture capital, their focus on B2B businesses, especially SaaS, as well as…
Brice Scheschuk | Globalive Capital
Jun 9, 2016 • 57 min
Rob Kenedi has a coffee with Brice Scheschuk, CEO of Globalive Capital and co-founder of Wind Mobile. Brice details the history of Globalive, including what it was like to start Wind against a strong set of mobile competitors and then ultimately sell the…
Jane Podbelskaya | Georgian Partners
Jun 2, 2016 • 45 min
Rob Kenedi chats with Jane Podbelskaya, senior associate at Georgian Partners. Jane describes Georgian Partners’ thesis-driven, unique hands-on approach to later stage startup investment in such notable companies as Shopify, Freshbooks, Top Hat and Vision…
Unata Revisited
May 21, 2016 • 42 min
Rob Kenedi sits down again with Chris Bryson, founder of Unata, a grocery/retail-focused startup that creates personalized experiences for shoppers. Chris and Rob follow up their pre-traction discussion from 2014 to better understand how Unata’s…
Andrew Peek
May 6, 2016 • 48 min
Rob Kenedi sits down with Andrew Peek, founder of Pilot, a note-taking startup scooped up alongside Jet Cooper when it was acquired by Shopify, who describes his strategy to start his next company. Andrew recounts his startup experience while building a…
Tab Revisited
Apr 21, 2016 • 49 min
Rob Kenedi once again has a coffee with Adam Epstein, founder of Tab, a restaurant payment and reservation system, recently acquired by Velocity. Rob and Adam chat about the difficulty raising capital in the Valley, managing interest from potential…
Wealthsimple Revisited
Apr 14, 2016 • 44 min
Rob Kenedi sits down again with with Michael Katchen, founder of Wealthsimple, an automated investment manager for consumers. Rob and Michael discuss building trust with your customer in a trust-based business, scaling a company when you get a rapid $30…
Four Walls
Apr 7, 2016 • 38 min
Rob Kenedi speaks with Michael Van, founder of Four Walls, a startup that enables consumers and small businesses to buy fully furnished rooms with one click on the web. Michael and Rob discuss Four Walls’ experience in an pre-accelerator, Techstars…
Big Terminal
Mar 18, 2016 • 42 min
Rob Kenedi talks to Adam Rabie, a big data fintech platform that uses machine learning to sort and filter the news to help investors make better decisions. Adam and Rob chat about finding the need for his startup while working at a corporate job, finding…
Roger Chabra | Rho Ventures
Mar 10, 2016 • 54 min
Rob Kenedi has a coffee with Roger Chabra of Rho Canada Ventures, an entrepreneur turned investor who discusses his views on investing in Canada versus the Valley, what value a VC adds to the startup and how to pick one and candid insight regarding how…
StackAdapt
Feb 4, 2016 • 37 min
Rob Kenedi speaks with Vitaly Pecherskiy of StackAdapt, a branded content native advertising platform. Fresh of their Series A, Vitaly explains how the team bootstrapped their way to finding a product, getting a $1 million seed followed shortly thereafter…
OpenChannel
Jan 28, 2016 • 37 min
OpenChannel by #smallrooms
Nicole Verkindt
Jan 21, 2016 • 38 min
In this episode, the first #smallrooms Investor Edition, Rob Kenedi sits down with Nicole Verkindt, founder of the OMX and angel investor via CBC’s Next Gen Den, a tech-focused version of Dragon’s Den. Nicole reflects on being an early stage angel…
Rubikloud
Dec 31, 2015 • 37 min
Rubikloud by #smallrooms
Trulioo
Dec 17, 2015 • 32 min
Trulioo by #smallrooms
PopRx
Nov 24, 2015 • 40 min
PopRx by #smallrooms
Venzee
Nov 19, 2015 • 23 min
Venzee by #smallrooms
Flixel
Nov 12, 2015 • 39 min
Flixel by #smallrooms
Wave
Nov 5, 2015 • 39 min
Wave by #smallrooms
Tiny Hearts
Oct 22, 2015 • 37 min
Tiny Hearts by #smallrooms
BlancRide
Oct 15, 2015 • 34 min
BlancRide by #smallrooms
Zeitdice
Sep 24, 2015 • 37 min
Zeitdice by #smallrooms
Mediazoic
Sep 17, 2015 • 37 min
Mediazoic by #smallrooms
Instaradio / Raur Revisited
Sep 3, 2015 • 35 min
Instaradio / Raur Revisited by #smallrooms
MakerBloks
Aug 27, 2015 • 27 min
MakerBloks by #smallrooms
Sampler Revisited
Aug 20, 2015 • 35 min
Sampler Revisited by #smallrooms
Tunestars
Aug 13, 2015 • 19 min
Tunestars by #smallrooms
Hykso
Aug 6, 2015 • 27 min
Hykso by #smallrooms
Turnstyle Revisited
Jul 30, 2015 • 37 min
Turnstyle Revisited by #smallrooms
Nymi
Jul 27, 2015 • 39 min
We sit down with Carl of Nymi, creators of the Nimy Band
Contract Cloud
Jul 14, 2015 • 39 min
Contract Cloud by #smallrooms
Dealflicks
Jul 14, 2015 • 40 min
Dealflicks by #smallrooms
Kiddom
Jul 14, 2015 • 34 min
Kiddom by #smallrooms
Instaradio / Raur
Jul 2, 2015 • 57 min
Our first episode in an echoey room with Kevin Kliman, founder of Raur / Instaradio.
Upverter Revisited
Jul 2, 2015 • 39 min
We reconnect with Zak 10 months later to see how far Upverter has come. Check out Episode 5 for part 1!
Meta (formerly Sciencescape)
Jun 29, 2015 • 36 min
Rob sits down with Sam, cofounder of Sciencescape, a startup that helps academics stay on top of their fields by delivering research to them in real time in an intelligent manner.
Forewards Revisited
Jun 24, 2015 • 32 min
Rob follows up with Jason of Forewards now that the startup has effectively closed down. Check out Episode 7 for part 1!
IdeaBoost Graduation
Jun 24, 2015 • 11 min
IdeaBoost Graduation by #smallrooms
Sensassure
Jun 24, 2015 • 31 min
Rob chats with Jeremy, founder of Sensassure, a wearables startup that helps manage incontinence for the elderly.
MyBestHelper
Jun 24, 2015 • 33 min
Rob speaks with Alex, founder of MyBestHelper, a startup that helps families connect with people who can help them accomplish tasks such as babysitting, school pickups, and more.
Edusight
Jun 24, 2015 • 33 min
Rob sits down with Vikram Somasundaram, founder of Edusight, an education platform for teachers.
Honk Mobile
Jun 24, 2015 • 37 min
Rob talks to Michael Back, founder of HonkMobile, an app that lets you pay for parking with your phone.
Vantage Analytics
Jun 24, 2015 • 37 min
Rob chats with Aran Hamilton, founder of Vantage Analytics, an insight and action platform for retailers.
Wattage
Jun 24, 2015 • 46 min
Rob talks to Jeremy Bell, founder of Wattage, which allows you to build and ship hardware via the web.
ChargeSpot
Jun 24, 2015 • 34 min
Rob chats with Mark Goh, founder of ChargeSpot, a wireless charging startup.
WealthSimple
Jun 24, 2015 • 37 min
Rob talks startups and finance with Michael Katchen, founder of Wealthsimple, a technology platform that manages your investments.
Tab
Jun 24, 2015 • 36 min
Rob sits down with Adam Epstein, founder of Tab, a platform that provides mobile payments for dining.
Raise Your Flag
Jun 24, 2015 • 34 min
Rob has a conversation with Ryan Porter, founder of Raise Your Flag, a career path platform for those without a college or university degree.
Gallop
Jun 24, 2015 • 30 min
Rob talks to Alkarim Nasser, founder of Gallop, a prescriptive mobile marketing plaform.
SnapEDA
Jun 24, 2015 • 36 min
Rob chats with Natasha Baker, founder of SnapEDA, a electronic design community centered around a free, collaborative CAD library.
ShopLocket
Jun 24, 2015 • 38 min
Rob kicks off the new season with Katherine Hague, founder of The Blueprint / Shoplocket, which is now a discovery platform for the next wave of consumer electronics.
Turnstyle
Jun 24, 2015 • 36 min
Rob talks to Chris Gilpin, founder of Turnstyle, a customer engagement platform for retailers.
Canopy
Jun 24, 2015 • 36 min
Rob chats with Shannon Fox, founder of Canopy, a community curated Amazon storefront.
JobHubble
Jun 24, 2015 • 36 min
Rob talks with to Mark Bailey, founder of Job Hubble, which rewards people for job referrals.
Unata
Jun 24, 2015 • 37 min
Rob chats with Chris Bryson, founder of Unata, a retail marketing platform.
BuzzBuzzHome
Jun 24, 2015 • 37 min
Rob interviews Matthew Slutsky, founder of BuzzBuzzHome, a website which improves the way people find new construction homes.
Nudge Rewards
Jun 24, 2015 • 35 min
Rob speaks to Dessy Daskalov, founder of Nudge Rewards, a platform that uses smartphones to increase employee engagement.
Organics Live
Jun 24, 2015 • 34 min
Rob talks to Michael Budd, founder of Organics Live, a local, sustainable organics delivery franchisor.
Sampler
Sep 29, 2014 • 33 min
Rob speaks with Marie Chevrier, founder of Sampler, the social platform that allows marketers to revolutionize how they target consumers with samples.
Wondereur
Sep 29, 2014 • 35 min
My chat with Olivier Berger, founder of Wondereur, the art platform that grants access to intimate photojournalistic stories behind the work of worldwide artists, and you can buy the art itself.
Upverter
Sep 29, 2014 • 37 min
Rob talks to Zak Homuth, founder of Upverter, a collaborative hardware engineering platform.
Forewards
Sep 29, 2014 • 32 min
Rob speaks with Jason Dea, founder of Forewards, a referral platform for Shopify sellers.
Rayku
Sep 29, 2014 • 36 min
Rob speaks with Donny Ouyang, founder of Rayku, the online math tutoring platform that connects students to expert tutors.
PressureNet
Sep 29, 2014 • 35 min
Rob chats with Jacob Sheehy, founder of PressureNet, which uses smartphones to predict weather.