The Silicon Valley Podcast

The Silicon Valley Podcast

We open a window into the minds of the most successful leaders, investors, creators, and inventors — sharing Silicon Valley business acumen with entrepreneurs around the world. No. 1 Silicon Valley ”Podcast Must Follow in 2022” - Feedspot


November 30, 2022 42 min

Show Notes John Baird

John is Founder of Velocity Coaching and coauthor (with Edward Sullivan) of the recently published book, Leading with Heart (Harper Collins).

John is considered to be one of the premier executive coaches in Silicon Valley, having coached CEOs and Founders for over 25 years. John built his career working with the top leaders at companies ranging from early stage start-ups to Fortune 500 firms like Apple and Nik...

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Show Notes Christopher Nguyen

CEO and Co-Founder of Aitomatic

Hacker, Professor, Builder/Founder w/ successful exits, Leader, Knowledge-First ML Creator @h1st_ai, ex-GoogleApps,


‣ Strategic executive leadership [Google, Panasonic]

‣ CEO/CTO/VP Eng, successful startup+corp experience [Agenda-Asia, Arimo, Aitomatic]

‣ Hands-on software engineering management - built & led teams of '00s

‣ Ma...

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Kevin Gsell is the Managing Director, Company Solutions for Nasdaq Private Market,

NPM is leading the way by bringing private companies, banks and brokers, stakeholders, and investors together to transact in one marketplace.


How have the private markets changed over the years?

What is the history of the Nasdaq private market?

How important is it for liquidity, or a way for people to sell their shares, for these companies that sta...

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Show Notes Michael Brooks

Life is a freelance paradise. How do I know? Thanks to my company's $150 million in freelance payouts. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐈 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐫𝐮𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐎𝐧-𝐒𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤 As the CEO and Founder of GoLance, I have an insider's view of the POWER of the &...

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Show Notes Mike Evans

Mike Evans

I’m building a new company, Fixer. We’re a “right now” handyman service. Using our website, anyone in Chicago can book a fixer in minutes for whatever time is convenient for them. Our fixers are full time employees with benefits, as our company is committed to creating a career path alternative to the “gig” economy. Before Fixer, I went to MIT where I graduated with a pile of degrees and an equally...

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Show Notes Rory Murphy

Rory Murphy is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the US-China Business Council and is based out of Washington DC. Before joining USCBC, Murphy worked as an attorney at Squire Patton Boggs LLP. He previously worked in the policy office of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and as a professional staff member on the trade staff of the Senate Finance Committee under former Chairman Max Baucus ...

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Jim Toth, Managing Partner at Riverside Acceleration Capital I have been investing in enterprise software companies since 2006, both as an individual and as an institutional investor. I am passionate about software and entrepreneurship and strive every day to be helpful as an investor and partner for growth.


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Why should companies think of raising debt when taking outside capital vs equity?

What should one know about...

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Show Notes Jotham Stein

Jotham S. Stein is the principal of the Law Offices of Jotham S. Stein P.C. ( Mr. Stein has more than twenty-five years of experience representing entrepreneurs, C-Suite executives, board members, venture capitalists, private equity principals, investment bankers as well as employees of companies of all types and sizes. Mr. Stein has negotiated numerous employment agreements, separation agree...

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September 20, 2022 45 min

Show Notes Joe Welu

Fiercely committed to building Total Expert into a world class technology company through incredible people and a relentless focus on innovation and getting better every single day. I have dedicated my life to staying ahead of trends and creating incredible value for our customers as CEO of Total Expert. Areas of Expertise: -Digital transformation in financial services -SaaS/Fintech -Sales and Marketing le...

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Show Notes Mani Mahadevan


Mani is the founder and CEO of Valur which takes the tax optimization and asset protection tools of the ultra-wealthy and makes them accessible to everyone. The United States has the most complex tax system in the world. That complexity hurts most Americans and helps only the few who can afford to hire an army of tax professionals to exploit it. At Valur, they believe that the tax planning tools necessar...

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September 9, 2022 34 min

Show Notes Juan Escobar

Head of Intelligence Solutions   Diffbot 

Diffbot is a world-class group of AI engineers building a universal database of structured information, to provide knowledge as a service to all intelligent applications. Whether you are building an app that uses web content, an enterprise business application, or a smart robotic assistant, we've got you covered

We talk about

How do most people do data research...

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It has been an incredible journey.  150 Episodes!!!!   We look back at the last 50 and discuss some of the highlights and key topics that were discussed in these amazing interviews.   About the Speaker:   Shawn Flynn started as a business owner, founding, and growing a successful company in Beijing China before returning to the US to work with companies ranging from fast growing Silicon Valley startups to established overseas pub...
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Show Notes George Parrish

George Parrish who is the Head of the Deal Screening Committee at the Angel Group Bay Angels. He is also the Executive Director of Entrepreneur Lab LLC, Headquartered 90 minutes East of SF/Silicon Valley in the Central San Joaquin Valley with a branch launched in Tracy California. Entrepreneur Lab is located and supported by the City of Stockton, the City of Tracy, WorkVine209, the San Joaquin County Hispa...

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Ep 148 Building Communities with Nicholas Adams


Nicholas E. Adams is a national award-winning publicist, strategist, and advisor. He has served as president and ceo of NINICO Communications® since 2011 and champions the motto Power of Partnership®. For more than a decade, the firm has created campaigns, developed messaging, and served as publicist to some of California’s most storied brands and business leaders. Mr. Adams is a m...

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Ivan Linn is a Taiwanese-American entrepreneur and pianist. He is known for his work in the music production of video games in the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series. He is also the music director and chief conductor of the Assassin's Creed Symphony World Tour. Linn is a production executive of Goldstones Studios and the CEO and founder of web3 music platform Wavv. Linn is a member of the National Arts and Sciences Recor...

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Show Notes Elizabeth Xu


Dr. Elizabeth Xu is a passionate global transformative leader and public company board member. She is a C-level executive with 20+ years of experience & a track record of technology, product and business strategy/execution & customer satisfaction success. She is the CEO and co-founder of A2C Leadership Group, an interactive online education and coaching platform. A2C helps companies to develop...

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145 Secondaries, Selling your Pre-IPO Shares with Bryce Emo

Bryce Emo is the Founder of Sidecar

Sidecar is an advisory service for shareholders in hyper-growth companies. They aid shareholders as they navigate the private liquidity markets to fund the exercise of options and/or gain liquidity. By helping shareholders understand the value of their equity, layout the various solutions (private sale, loan, structured finance, etc.) an...

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Panel 4 Capital Summit and Exit Strategy


Panel 4

  • Tech and the Economy...What will disrupt your business? Is your company on the verge of being disrupted and you don't even know it? What keeps you up at night? Well... we are going to unlock some information on technology that if you are not tracking today your company might fall in, with names like Blockbuster and Kodak.


    Daran Herrman  CEO at Goboto | Host of Estab...

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    Selling Your Business from The Business Capital & Exit Strategy Summit 


    This is the 3rd Panel from the Half Day Summit...Enjoy


    Selling your business, the secrets of the complete process

    What needs to be done, before, during, and after you decide to put your company up for sale? Where are the problems that could cause the deal to fail. In the event of failure, how do you walk away keeping the maximum amount from the transact...

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    Hongyi li 


    Li Hong Yi, is the Director of Open Government Product for Singapore(the SWAT team version of government’s core engineering unit). Hong Yi having worked in Google before returning to Singapore to start and lead his own division from ground up. He is passionate about delivering modern digital solutions to Singapore citizens he has launched some amazing nationwide-adopted consumer services and made huge differences to Si...

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