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Episodes

January 06, 2022

Angel Investing: Romeen Sheth, on Growing and Connecting Authentically as an Operator, Investor, and Creator

Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Romeen Sheth (@RomeenSheth), who runs $50M bootstrapped business Metasys Technologies, angel invests regularly, and hosts his own podcast, Square One.

Angel Investing Startup Investing Investors

January 04, 2022

Startup Investing: Trace Cohen of New York Venture Partners on How to Manage Deal Flow, Evaluate Startups, and Partner with Great Founders

Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Trace Cohen (@Trace_Cohen), Managing Director of New York Venture Partners where he manages over 50 direct early stage startup investments.

Angel Investing Startup Investing Investors

December 30, 2021

Future of Work: Leveraging Technology to Provide a Better Employee Experience and Cultivate Healthy Company Culture, with Claire Schmidt of AllVoices

Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Claire Schmidt (@clairecaveny), Founder and CEO of AllVoices, an employee feedback management platform that empowers employees to anonymously provide feedback, ask questions, share positive input, and report har

Future Of Work Founders

December 28, 2021

Angel Investing: Sequoia Scout Ellen DaSilva on Deal Sourcing Via Twitter and Leveraging Your Value Add Beyond Capital as an Investor

Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Ellen DaSilva (@ellenjdasilva), who is an active angel investor and scout with Sequoia Capital, focusing on Seed and Series A consumer tech companies.

Angel Investing Startup Investing Investors

December 23, 2021

Startup Investing: Eva Ho, General Partner at Fika Ventures, on Building a Multi-Firm Franchise, the Shift from Operator to Investor, and Embracing Discomfort

Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Eva Ho (@eva_ho), General Partner at Fika Ventures, an LA-based boutique seed fund that invests in founders solving meaningful, systemic problems through the use of data, related AI-enabled technologies, and aut

Startup Investing Investors

December 21, 2021

Angel Investing: Alexandra Zatarain, Co-Founder of Eight Sleep, on Brand Repositioning, Storytelling as a Growth Strategy, and Angel Investing as a Way of Giving Back

Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Alexandra Zatarain (@a_zatarain), co-founder and VP of Brand and Marketing at Eight Sleep, the world's first sleep fitness company. Eight Sleep designs tech-enabled products, content and services that make peopl

Angel Investing Startup Investing Founders

December 19, 2021

Startup Investing: From VC-Backed Founder to Partner at Gradient Ventures with Wen-Wen Lam

In this episode of The Vitalize Podcast, Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Wen-Wen Lam ((@wenwen)) Partner at Gradient Ventures. Former CEO and co-founder of NexTravel (YC15)- acquired by Travelperk in 2020. Advisor/Investor in awesome early-sta

Angel Investing Startup Investing Founders Investors

December 14, 2021

Startup Investing: Hunter Walk of Homebrew on Launching a Venture Fund, Supporting Underrepresented Emerging Managers, and the Benefits of Writing as an Investor

Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) Partner at Homebrew - Providing early-stage investment, assistance & love to entrepreneurs building companies for the Bottom Up Economy. Investments include ShieldAI, Plaid, Gusto, etc.

Angel Investing Startup Investing Investors

December 09, 2021

Angel Investing: Insights from 70+ Investments with David Chang, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with David Chang (@changds) in this episode. David is an entrepreneur and angel investor who has held operating roles at six startups and invested in 70+ companies. He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of

Angel Investing Startup Investing Investors

December 07, 2021

Future of Work: Providing Childcare as a Benefit with Jessica Chang of WeeCare, the Largest Childcare Network in the U.S.

Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Jessica Chang (@jessicajchang) Co-founder and CEO at WeeCare, a childcare network that provides access to affordable, high-quality childcare while supporting childcare providers in operating sustainable businesses through technology.

Future Of Work Founders

December 02, 2021

Startup Investing: Building a World-class Network to Support Founders with Anne Dwane of Village Global

Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Anne Dwane (@adwane) Co-founder and Partner at Village Global - an early-stage venture fund backed by some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. From how they invest in startups to how they help founders

Startup Investing Investors

November 30, 2021

Startup Investing: Launching a Rolling Fund, How to Find Investments, and Playing the Early-Stage Game with Andrew Gluck of IrrvrntVC

In this episode of The Vitalize Podcast, Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Andrew Gluck (@irrvrntVC) the GP of irrvrntVC, a firm focused on early-stage companies in the DTC, AdTech, and NextGen Commerce areas. He especially loves partnering with

Angel Investing Startup Investing Investors

November 24, 2021

Angel Investing: Creating Your Thesis, Building Conviction, and Investing in the Future of Work with Stella Garber, Former Head of Marketing at Trello

In this episode, Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Stella Garber (@startupstella) former Head of Marketing at Trello and Angel Investor. Stella invests in the Future of Work and serves as an advisor for Origin Ventures and OpenView. She has inve

Angel Investing Startup Investing Investors

November 22, 2021

Angel Investing: Gale Wilkinson of Vitalize on Building a Portfolio, Identifying Strong Opportunities, and Increasing the Number of Women Investors

In this episode, Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Gale Wilkinson (@galeforceVC) Founder and Managing Partner of Vitalize Venture Capital, a $16M seed-stage fund, and 300+ member angel investing community called Vitalize Angels based in Chicago,

Angel Investing Startup Investing Investors

November 16, 2021

Startup Investing: Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures on Getting Access to Deals, Moats for Startups, and Insights from 70 Angel Investments

In this episode, Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Leo Polovets (@lpolovets) a co-founder and General Partner at Susa Ventures. Leo invests across sectors but mostly focuses on b2b companies. A few specific sectors he's invested in heavily are e

Angel Investing Startup Investing Investors

September 23, 2021

Introducing Vitalize Angels: Angel Investing for Everyone | Episode #013

Vitalize Angels offers "angel investing for everyone" and in this episode, we take you behind the scenes to tell you how we did it. Learn more and join here: https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

Angel Investing Startup Investing

August 02, 2021

Kai Han | Co-Founder of Pallet | Episode #012

Kai Han is the Co-Founder of Pallet. Pallet is building an infrastructure for modern hiring through tools designed for communities and creators. Founded in 2020, Pallet has raised 7 million in funding over 2 rounds.

Future Of Work Founders

July 15, 2021

Wes Kao, Co-Founder of Maven | Episode #011

Wes Kao is the Co-Founder of Maven, a platform for cohort-based and community-driven courses. Maven partners with the world's best instructors to deliver a live and online student experience at scale. Prior to Maven, Wes was the co-founder of the altMB

Future Of Work Founders

July 08, 2021

Austen Allred, Co-Founder & CEO at Lambda School | Episode #010

Austen Allred is the Co-Founder & CEO of the Lambda School, an online coding school that invests in the students by offering free tuition. Founded in 2017, the Lambda School is currently helping graduates land jobs at Fortune 500 companies to some of the

Angel Investing Founders Investors

June 24, 2021

Jarrid Tingle, Managing Partner of Harlem Capital | Episode #009

Jarrid Tingle is Managing Partner of Harlem Capital where he focuses on deal sourcing, organizational strategy, and due diligence efforts. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School (finished top 5% in his class) and is featured on the 2019 Forbes 3

Startup Investing Investors

June 10, 2021

Startup Fundraising Insights from 100s of Founder Interviews | Episode #008

Justin Gordon is the Director of Marketing and Community at Vitalize and has interviewed hundreds of founders throughout his career. In this episode, he breaks down some of the key insights around startup fundraising from a few founders in particular.

Startup Investing

June 03, 2021

Allison Robinson, Founder & CEO of The Mom Project | Episode #007

Allison Robinson is the Founder and CEO of the Mom Project, a digital talent marketplace and community that connects professionally accomplished women with world-class companies. Founded in 2016, The Mom Project is changing the way women work and redef

Future Of Work Founders

May 28, 2021

Sid Pandiya, Co-Founder & CEO of Kona | #006

Sid Pandiya is the Co-Founder & CEO of Kona ( https://www.heykona.com/ ) the EQ platform for teams, that helps companies build their team culture in Slack.

Future Of Work Investors

May 20, 2021

Amanda DoAmaral, Co-Founder & CEO of Fiveable | #005

Amanda DoAmaral is an educator, activist, and co-founder of Fiveable - a social learning network for students. She spent half a decade teaching high school history in Oakland, CA, where her passion for creating equitable educational opportunities was igni

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