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Eighty percent of all venture capital is spent on three coastal states. Unfortunately, this statistic often leads founders to think they have to move to places like California or New York to build a high growth company. There are many reasons why fund managers and venture capitalists have concentrated in certain regions, luckily new fund managers are emerging in the middle of the country to close the funding gap and help support early stage entrepreneurs.Today we talked to one of those fund managers. Nathaniel Harding is the Managing Partner at Cortado Ventures, a new Venture Capital Fund in Oklahoma looking to invest in the most promising companies in the state and region. Join us as we talk to him about the dire need to invest in local startups, and the struggles of establishing an early stage fund in Oklahoma.
Eighty percent of all venture capital is spent on three coastal states. Unfortunately, this statistic often leads founders to think they have to move to places like California or New York to build a high growth company. There are many reasons why fund managers and venture capitalists have concentrated in certain regions, luckily new fund managers are emerging in the middle of the country to close the funding gap and help support early stage entrepreneurs. Today we talked to one of those fund managers. Michael Basch is the Managing Partner at Atento Capital, a new Venture Capital Fund in Tulsa, Oklahoma backed by the George Kaiser Family. Prior to moving to Tulsa from NY, Michael founded and invested in startups, ran for Mayor of NYC and even helped in the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016. Join us as we talk to him about what led him to move from NY to Oklahoma, his views on today’s environment and vision for growing the innovation economy in Tulsa.
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In this episode we talk to Brian and Candice Brackeen, Partners at Lightship Capital. Prior to becoming investors and co-founding their venture firm, Brian and Candice were entrepreneurs with first hand experience building, financing and raising funds for their respective companies. Join us as we talk to them about their latest $50 million dollar fund, which is considered to be the largest-ever VC fund to invest in Midwest in underrepresented founders including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color), LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities working on artificial intelligence (AI), consumer packaged goods (CPG), sustainability, e-commerce, and healthcare. You can learn more about the fund and pitch Brian and Candice at www.Lightship.Capital and and by following them on twitter @brianbrackeen and @candicebrackeen.Show Notes and Links:The Grit by Angela Duckworth, Candice book reference.Undock, instantly schedule, host and document meetings with your network.FreshFry, Lightship Capital first investment under new fund. If you enjoy the show please leave us a review on iTunes and let us know which was your favorite part of the show.
Almost 60 million Latinos account for $2.3 trillion in economic activity and are projected to make up 30% of the U.S. population by the end of this year.In addition, the number of Latinx businesses grew 34% over the past 10 years, making them the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the country. Despite these numbers, when it comes to Venture Capital, less than 2% of venture led companies and venture capitalists are Latinx. Fortunately there are several new fund managers emerging and challenging the status quo.To wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month, we invited one of the most badass investors in venture, Samara Hernandez, Founding Partner of Chingona Ventures. As an immigrant struggling with english as a second language, Samara fell in love with numbers, the universal language as she describes it, and became an engineer. Prior to launching her fund, Samara was a partner at MATH Venture Partner and before that she worked at Goldman Sachs where she continually ranked top 5 in her field. As one of less than one percent of Latinas in Venture, Samara actively recruits more women and people of color into STEM fields, venture capital and entrepreneurship. She also co-founded the Latinx Founders Collective, an organization bringing together Latinx founders, investors, and community leaders. Join us as we talk to her about her fund, the story behind the name and her passion for early stage investing. You can find Samara at:www.Chingona.VenturesTwitter: @SamaraMHernandzLinkedin: @samaramejia
In this new series we go behind the scenes of some of the billion dollar industries we often hear about but don't necessarily know exactly how they work and how they impact the way we live, work and play.Prior to the pandemic, the global box office and home entertainment industry surpassed $100 billion dollars for the first time in history according to the Motion Picture Association. Yet, despite being a massive industry there is still a lot of mystery around how the industry actually works.When we think of the film or motion picture industry, we tend to think of California, production companies, animation, film studios, actors and film directors and we fail to recognize the full commercial and technological spectrum. Particularly as the industry moves outside of traditional film hubs.In this episode we talk to Emmy nominated Film Director Lance McDaniel who has worked in 21 feature films, including Oscar winning "Million Dollar Baby." Until recently Lance was also the Executive Director of the Deadcenter Film Festival. Join us as we talk to Lance about the different layers of the industry and its potential impact in emerging film hubs like Oklahoma.Find Lance onTwitter: @lancemcdanielLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lance-mcdanielIMBD: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1590373/
According to the Department of Homeland Security, our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace.In fact, the global cyber security market size was valued at USD 167.13 billion in 2020 and is expected to register a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.9% from 2021 to 2028. This growth can be attributed to the growing sophistication of cyberattacks and the frequency and intensity of cybercrimes that have increased over the last decade and have resulted in huge losses for businesses. As a result, businesses and governments worldwide are channeling their spending to strengthen their in-house security infrastructure, creating a pool of opportunities for industry participants.Join us as we talk to Marcus J. Carey, a cybersecurity advocate and startup founder with more than 25 years of protecting government and commercial sensitive data. Marcus started his cybersecurity career in the U.S. Navy and the National Security Agency (NSA). After his service, Marcus founded a cybersecurity startup Threatcare which he later sold to Reliaquest. Marcus is also the author of Tribe of Hackers, a series of books providing cybersecurity advice from the Best Hackers in the World.Find Marcus onTwitter: @marcusjcareyLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcuscarey/Check out Tribe of Hackers
With a background in government and public affairs, Tom Robins is putting his political knowledge to help Oklahoma grow as a Top 10 place for IT. In the fall of 2019, Robins started the OITA, the Oklahoma Innovative Technology Alliance, to give Oklahoma IT companies a voice in the public policy process.