Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect Podcast

Hall T Martin interviews angel and venture capital investors on how they invest and talks with CEOs who discuss their sector and what to look for. Hall T Martin also leads the Startup Funding Espresso series in which you can learn about startup funding and investing in the time it takes to have an espresso. https://investorconnect.org/

Episodes

June 27, 2022 2 min

What Is Esg?

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

ESG stands for environmental, social, and governance, and represents the area of focus for socially responsible investors. 

This is often referred to as sustainable investing.

ESG investing incorporates environmental, social, and governance factors as it relates to the mission of the business. 

It’s a se...

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17 Sustainable Development Goals

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Impact investing focuses on social and environmental causes.

The United Nations provides 17 sustainable development goals which serve as the basis for impact investing as follows:

  • No poverty
  • Zero hunger
  • Good health and well-being
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Clean water and sanitation
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    On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Jeffrey Kamys, Chief Investment Strategist and Portfolio Manager at Inherent Wealth Fund.

    Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Inherent Wealth Fund is a registered investment adviser focused on thematic and sector-specific investing and are the investment advisors to the iBET Sports Betting & Gaming ETF, the only actively managed sports betting and gaming ETF. The iBET E...

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    Investor Motivations for Impact Investing

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    Investors fund impact startups.

    Here’s a list of the primary reasons:

    The startup furthers social and environmental causes that align with the investor.

    Investors want to see their investment do more than just generate a return.

    The startup shows strong growth potential and t...

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    Indicators of a Successful Impact Investment

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    Impact investing seeks to fund startups with social or environmental benefits.

    Those running impact companies must do so with the intention of providing a social or environmental impact with a measured result.

    The investment must provide a benefit that is more than what wo...

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    How to Measure Impact

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    Impact startups provide not only a product or service but also a social or environmental impact.

    Impact startups need to know how to measure their impact in addition to their financial return.

    Here are some ways to measure it:

    The startup could measure the impact for each unit sold.

    This works w...

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    On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Gary Acosta, Managing Partner and President at L’ATTITUDE Ventures (LAT VC), and Co-founder and CEO at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP).

    Headquartered in San Diego, California, LAT VC is a purpose-led venture fund that invests in early-stage US Latino-led and owned businesses.

    NAHREP - also headquartered in San Diego, California - is a purpose...

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    How to Find Impact Investors

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    Impact investing continues to expand in scope.

    It covers many industries, including clean energy, food, education, healthcare, housing, clean water, and more.

    For startups looking for impact investors, here are some key steps:

    Determine your area of impact.

    This is important as many inves...

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    On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Candy Messer, President at Affordable Bookkeeping and Payroll, and Host of the Biz Help For You radio show.

    Affordable Bookkeeping and Payroll is different than other payroll services. They offer options to best suit the client's needs as well as schedule tax payments based on the tax filing schedule - according to the IRS’ requirements - rather than debiting taxes when payroll...

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    Startup Boards -- Using Donor-Advised Funds for Impact Investing

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    Donor-Advised Funds (DAF) are funds you set up with your brokerage firm to make tax-deductible contributions to foundations and non-profit organizations you want to support.  

    You receive the tax deduction when you transfer money into your Donor-Advised...

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    Startup Boards -- Impact Measurements

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    Impact is in the eye of the beholder. 

    What impact you see, may not be shared with the investor or company you are working with.

    You must measure your impact. There are several systems you can use, such as:

    GIIRS -- stands for Global Impact Investing Rating System. It rates compa...

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    Startup Boards --  Primary vs. Secondary Impact Investing

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    In impact investing, there is primary impact and secondary impact.

    Primary impact comes from the company pursuing its mission.  

    You measure it based on the effect the business has on the cause it supports.

    For example, how many students improved their scores.

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    On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Justin Breen, Founder, and CEO of BrEpic Communications LLC and BrEpic Network, and author of the No. 1 International Best-Selling Book, “Epic Business”.

    Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, and founded in 2017, BrEpic Communications LLC will run your social media sites, write clicky stories that highlight you or your business, and find the right pitch for multiple media outlets....

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    The Challenge of Impact Investing

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    Impact investing seeks to make the world a better place through its investments.

    As with all investing, it comes with its own challenges.

    Most impact investments underperform the market. 

    The focus on providing social or environmental benefits degrades the financial return.

    Some rese...

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    Startup Boards -- Impact Metrics

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    In raising funding, you need to show your metrics.  

    Startups in the impact space should also show their impact metrics, as investors will look for your results there. 

    A common mistake by impact companies is to focus on the size of the market to be served and the needs in those marke...

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    Key Terms in Impact Investing

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    There are key terms used in the impact investing world.   Here is a list of the ones to know:

  • Below market rate -- an impact investment made with the expectation that the financial return will be less than the market rate of a startup’s investment.
  • Charitable purpose -- the investment’s p...
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    On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Robert Samuelsen, President and CEO at SmallStart Ventures. 

    SmallStart Ventures identifies high-potential entrepreneurs and provides a structured launchpad for their small business dreams. SmallStart Ventures expects to add $315.9M to GDP and 5,500 jobs to the economy.

    A study published in the International Journal of Humanities & Social Studies claims the failure rate of a tr...

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    What Is Impact Investing?

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    Impact investing is an investment in startups that can generate a social or environmental impact in addition to a financial return.  

    It can be done anywhere and at any stage of business.

    Impact investing includes not only angel investors, but also family offices, pension funds, wealth manag...

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    Venture Fund Defaults 

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

    In a market recession, it’s often the case that limited partners - called LPs - are unable to fulfill their capital commitments to venture funds. 

    For venture funds encountering this issue, the first step is to open a dialog with the LPs about the capital needs and the LP’s ability to provide t...

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    This is the Investor Connect KiwiTech 2022 podcast series. In this series, we discuss trends and topics in the startup world. I hope you enjoy this episode.

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