Funding & Disrupting

Funding & Disrupting

Funder meets Founder. The road to tech funding is always filled will pitfalls. Hear directly from the VC and company founder how they met, found common ground and consummated their relationship.


April 26, 2023 17 mins

Tim Flannery co-founded Passthrough and currently serves as its CEO. He's known for his entrepreneurial spirit and competitive drive. In his 30s, he took up rugby and now enjoys playing the sport with his two children and his work.

Show Notes: 

●      Working as a VC exposed Tim to different business models and leadership styles, but he realized he enjoyed building things more than investing in them.

●      Passthrough...

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Show Notes:

  • How Marco's education and career path led him to venture capital
  • Why Marcos created VamosVentures and their investment thesis
  • The role failure plays in the success 
  • The importance of curiosity 
  • VamosVentures ideal investment, typical involvement, and exit strategy
  • Investing in All Up and how it came together
  • The mindset Marcos looks for in founders
  • An overview of where VamosVentures is with fundraising and investing to...
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In this episode, Keith interviews Kyle York, the Co-Founder, CEO & Managing Partner of York-IE. York-IE invests at the earliest stage through Series A startups. They are exclusively focused on business-to-business (B2B), subscription, and Software as a Service (SaaS) companies. In this discussion you’ll hear about:

  • Kyle’s background and what lead him to create York-IE
  • His experience at Oracle and how it impacts how he invests...
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This episode marks an exciting milestone for Funding and Disrupting with our very first interview of both a female VC Firm Founder and a female Tech Company Founder. Our VC firm guest is Dr. Melody Lang, the Founder of the MPA Learning Fund, and our Tech Company Founder is Vivi Friedgut, the CEO & Founder of Blackbullion

  • Introductions to MPA and Blackbullion 
  • A look into Dr. Melody Lang’s background and what makes her ...
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In today's episode of Funding & Disrupting, host Keith Herman interviews Jose Luis Silva, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Dux Capital, and Brian York, Co-Founder & CEO of Cubbo. Dux is an early-stage VC firm investing in US-based Latinx founders. They provide funding to groups that have been historically underinvested, overlooked, and underrepresented. Cubbo is a Latin American technology company that fulfills e-c...

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This week’s episode of Funding & Disrupting presented by Oura Collective welcomes Daniel Ibri, the Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Mindset Ventures. He discusses what lead him to create the firm, the unique benefits, and challenges of being an international investment group, and talks through Mindset's relationship with PayJoy.

Story Notes

  • What lead Daniel to create Mindset Ventures
  • Mindsets operation structure
  • The fi...
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In this week's episode of Funding and Disrupting, host Keith Herman talks with Brad Yasar, CEO and CoFounder of EQIFI, and Kim Oishi, President of Grand Rock Capital about why they decided to work together, what DeFi is, and the keys to starting a successful business.

Story Notes

  • What is EQIFI
  • How Brad and Kim met
  • What Grand Rock looks for in investments
  • The financial journey of EQIFI
  • Advice for entrepreneurs in their quest for ...
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Upland was founded in 2018 by serial entrepreneurs Dirk Lueth, Idan Zuckerman and Mani Honigstein they raised $18M on $300M Series A in October 2021. The team includes 130 members since their launched in early 2020.

They reached profitable in 2021 as one of the largest blockchain-based metaverse mapped to the real world with over 280k "landowners" with various game engagement points; sold over 4M NFTs. It starte...

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August 11, 2022 30 mins

This week’s episode of Funding & Disrupting presented by Oura Collective welcomes guests Bryson Hearn, the Manager at Village Capital and Eric Chebil, the Founder and CEO of Cher.App. In this episode, Keith Herman interviews Bryson and Eric to know more about Cher.App, a free service helping renters co-own their dream home.

Story Notes:

  • Bryson and Eric Backgrounds
  • Receptivity to Advice and Feedback
  • How do Cher.App Wor...
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This week’s episode of Funding & Disrupting presented by OURA Collective welcomes Mateo Folador, Columbian Founder and CEO of Talentu. In this episode, Keith Herman interviews Mateo Folador to know more about how Adelante is disrupting the Latam Tech ecosystem.

Story Notes:

  • How did Tech Industry in Columbia Evolve
  • Who have Inspired you to Pursue your Journey in Tech World
  • Starting Adelante
  • Biggest Challenge in Adelante
  • Adoption o...
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This week’s episode of Funding & Disrupting presented by Oura Collective welcomes Nathaniel Harding, Managing Partner at Cortado Ventures. Keith interviews Nathaniel to know more about Cortado Ventures. It is an early-stage funding company investing in growth-driven companies. The interview digs deep into the working of Cortado and their investment strategies.

 Story Notes:

  •  Working with U.S. Air Force
  • Transitioning career jou...
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This week’s episode of Funding & Disrupting presented by Oura Collective welcomes Josh Chapman, Managing Partner at Konvoy Ventures. Keith interviews Josh to know more about Investing in Gaming, Blockchain & NFTs

Story Notes:

  • Working Early on With BlackRock as an Analyst
  • Transition to Venture Capital
  • Video Gaming Industry
  • All About Konvoy 
  • Investing in the Gaming Industry
  • What is Genopets Blockchain Gaming Company
  • Specific Aspe...
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This week’s episode of Funding & Disrupting presented by Oura Collective welcomes Sanjay Prasad. He is a brilliant surgeon with over 30 years of experience and the Founder & CEO of SurgiQuality. Sanjay is also an Assistant Professor at George Washington University and an Author. With so much experience and expertise, Sanjay always looks for ways to achieve more than himself. Keith interviews Sanjay to know more about his un...

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This week’s episode of Funding & Disrupting presented by Oura Collective welcomes Nicholas Cocks, Founder & Managing Partner of Velocity Ventures & Hans Paul, Co-Founder & CEO of Aigens. Keith interviews the two guests to discuss and know more about their journey of funding and disrupting.

In the fascinating double interview, both Nicholas and Hans open up and talk about all things funding. They also share ...

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In this episode, Keith Herman interviews Risto Rossar, Insurance Innovator and Investor discuss The Journey of INSLY Raising Capital and Getting into the Insurance Sector.

Story Notes:

  • Getting into the Insurance Sector
  • Forming a Company in Finland
  • Surfing for Marketing Insurance Platform
  • INSLY Unique Offers
  • Go Digital in Insurance  
  • Raising Capital and Meeting the Financial Obligations 
  • Meeting Concentric 
  • Raising Capatil an A...
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In this episode, Keith Herman interviews Tobias Schwind of FTTF Ventures and Max Gulde of ConstellR discuss funding and their recent partnership.

Story Notes:

  • Evolution of Emerging Technologies
  • About FTTF
  • Fraunhofer Technology
  • Solving the Problem of ConstellR
  • Impression in Meeting MTTF Team
  • Challenging in a Role of a CEO
  • Skill Set for Entrepreneurs to Execute their Business Plan
  • Advice on Working with Tech Founders
  • Process in S...
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In this episode, Keith Herman interviews Naushad Contractor, Founder of Fable Fintech, shares his journey in Fundraising and Offers Global Cross Border Payments with World Class Plug-N-Play Platforms

Story Notes:

  • The 30,000 foot view of Naushad Contractor Career.
  • The Greatest Influence in Growing Up
  • Interest and Hobbies that keeping Life Humorous
  • Choosing the Right Team in Solving a Problem
  • Dealing with Person to Person Remittan...
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In this episode, Keith Herman interviews Tess Cosad, Co-Founder & CEO of Bea Fertility shares her journey in Fundraising and Democratizing Access to Fertility Care.

Story Notes:

  • Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • About Bea Fertility
  • Intracervical Insemination Process
  • Biggest Challenges an entrepreneur
  • Deciding to Approach a Potential Investor
  • Process in Building a List of Investors
  • Meeting with Lead Investor
  • Fundraising Journey
  • Fun...
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In this episode, Keith Herman interviews Kjartan Rist, Founder of Concentric discusses a balanced investment strategy to accelerate sustainable growth.

Story Notes:

  • Path to Concentric
  • What Makes Concentric Unique
  • The Investments of Concentric
  • Investment with Inslee
  • Due Diligence Process to Move Forward
  • Advice on Presenting Tech Project
  • Investing in Concentric

Thank you for joining us on this episode of Funding &...

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In this episode, Keith Herman interviews Marcus Brauchli VC Founder of North Base Media shares his journey on Pitch Presentation and how North Base understands and connects with other cultures before investing. 

Story Notes:

  • Being a Venture Capital and Journalist
  • Importance of Skill Set
  • North Base Investment
  • Types of Investment and Check size
  • Process of Investing in a Company
  • Initial interactions in meeting with Zaiko
  • Challenges in Tra...
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