Startup Showdown Podcast

Startup Showdown Podcast

The Startup Showdown Podcast gives you an in-depth look into pitching, raising your first round of funding, and scaling a startup. Join us as we discover how you can take your startup to the next level by listeningto interviews of Startup Showdown winners, mentors and advisors, and our guest investor judges. We discuss everything from web2 to web3 trends, fundraising 101 to signing the term sheet, and how to navigate startup life.! Tune in for a behind-the-scenes look at raising capital, from both sides of the table. Just in-case you’re new here, Startup Showdown is a monthly $120,000 pitch competition for early-stage tech startups to present to well-known investors and innovators in the tech ecosystem. To learn more and apply, visit


January 12, 2023 24 mins
Jeremiah Smith, CEO and Cofounder at Edison Marks Jeremiah brings more than 15 years of diversified marketing and sales leadership experience and a documented history of creating hyper-growth in technology driven environments – ranging from SaaS, B2B tech, cybersecurity, and machine learning. For him, it's all about authentic communication of your story and just the [...]
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Stefanie Diaz is the Creator and Host of She Conquers Capital podcast. Disrupting the future of healthcare at Catalyst by Wellstar. Amplifying Women in VC through She Conquers Capital. Sought-after advisor for founders in tech for Atlanta Tech Village and the greater ecosystem. Connect with Stefanie on LinkedIn and Twitter. What You'll Learn In This [...]
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December 29, 2022 27 mins
Yash Daftary is the CEO & Co-Founder of FanBasis, the first Content Creator Monetization Ecosystem & Social Equalizer, designed to eliminate the barriers separating content creators from their fans. Yash is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business when he was 16 and has been fascinated with entrepreneurship since he was young. Prior to [...]
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December 22, 2022 22 mins
Robert Daniel received his Bachelor of Science in Management at Georgia Institute of Technology and is an MBA candidate at Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech for the class of 2022. He is a seasoned executive in financial services, management consulting, hedge funds, payment operations, wealth management, and fintech. He's current focus is on [...]
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December 15, 2022 19 mins
Anthony Gantt, a 22+ year Marine Major, founder & CEO at At Ease Rentals, Distinguished Combat Veteran w/ Bronze Star Medal with Valor from Fallujah Iraqi. Degreed Electrical Engineer with experience in leading diverse teams in accomplishing assigned tasks and missions. Since 2004 he has led the nation's best. Today, he is fixing a huge [...]
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Anastassia Laskey has spent her career helping startups and entrepreneurial teams make better and faster decisions by effectively applying customer insights to the way they operate. She has a unique perspective on all things entrepreneurial. She has held leadership roles at multiple startups, founded multiple companies, worked with venture capital and private equity on due [...]
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December 1, 2022 18 mins
Madison Long is the CEO and Co-Founder of Clutch where she drives the company's vision of building a world where authentic, engaging work supports a more sustainable, equitable lifestyle. Her passion for entrepreneurship and helping the next generation thrive began in childhood including spending her high school summers creating a math mania programmatic instruction class [...]
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November 17, 2022 18 mins
Kelly Anne O'Neill has a passion for connecting great people, helping entrepreneurs, and serving the local community. With a diverse background in non-profits, healthcare, and tech startups, she is currently working with Dualboot Partners in Atlanta. Previously, she spent the last 5 years building programs to serve entrepreneurs and bringing in strategic partners such as [...]
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November 10, 2022 17 mins
Serge Kadjo, Founder at PERSA. Born and raised in Africa, Serge is tech-savvy with expertise in hardware development. From renewable energy to IOT Devices, Serge has invented, founded, led and co-develop advanced technological devices like MOONA in Sleep Tech, Nanonap in Brain Enhancement and Presso in AI and Robotics. Today Serge is making a pivot [...]
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November 3, 2022 17 mins
Alla Adam is a VC Coach at Biohack.yourself. She helps humans solve problems before they happen. Alla is the author of 3 Playbooks: Million Dollar Coach Playbook Million Dollar Investor Playbook Million Dollar Negotiator Playbook She has been successfully future-proofing humans across the globe since 2003. The service portfolio includes Lean Life | Career | [...]
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October 27, 2022 17 mins
Rita Brooks is a dynamic leader, speaker, and tech founder. Through her personal faith journey and years of serving in ministry, she and her husband, John recognized a need for people to build authentic relationships both inside and outside of the church. They also recognized the opportunity for churches to leverage technology to make a [...]
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October 20, 2022 19 mins
Kathryn O'Day is a partner at Atlanta Ventures where she empowers entrepreneurs to learn, build, and grow. She has been scaling Atlanta tech companies for over a decade as employee #9 at Pardot (acquired by Salesforce) and COO at Rigor (acquired by Splunk). Kathryn lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons. She is [...]
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October 13, 2022 20 mins
Joe Dupriest, Managing Partner at NextUp Ventures. Senior sports executive with 15+ years of progressive leadership experience driving market penetration and business growth. With an engineering degree from Georgia Tech coupled with an MBA from Duke University, he served as CMO for Monumental Sports & Entertainment during a period of explosive growth and change. Joe [...]
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October 6, 2022 26 mins
Steve Gilman, Co-Founder & CEO at Range Steve graduated Yale University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and was elected captain of the baseball team. He spent several years as a closing pitcher after being drafted in 2008 by the Detroit Tigers. Following baseball he spent time as an Intelligence Officer for the Department of [...]
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September 29, 2022 17 mins
Dennis Li is a credentialed actuary, ex-insurance business leader, and co-founder of Reeske. He strives to challenge the status quo and accelerate change. Dennis delivers a positive impact through innovation & technology, in a sustainable, meaningful, and scalable way. Connect with Dennis on LinkedIn What You'll Learn In This Episode About Reeske and how it [...]
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September 22, 2022 23 mins
Larry McHugh, Executive Committee at Atlanta Technology Angels. After over four decades of a successful career in marketing, advertising and sales, it's time to pay it forward. Larry McHugh now focuses on supporting startup entrepreneurs with mentoring, leading seminars, making connections, and facilitating angel investments. His professional career demonstrated a consistent record of achievement in [...]
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Shawn Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of 1 True Health - Care Management. He has over 35 years of experience in corporate operations, executive management, sales/marketing, and business development, primarily in the healthcare, public health, emergency response, humanitarian aid, and information technology industries. Shawn has a proven ability to understand market requirements and to [...]
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September 8, 2022 21 mins
Marcus Cooksey, CEO and Founder at, has 25 years of software development experience, along with a broad range of expertise related to embedded systems design and software development of real-time applications. Previous roles included, Applications Engineer for TI's VoCable, IPPhone, ThinClient and Automotive Infotainment product lines and Business Development Manager (China/Taiwan) for Texas Instruments' [...]
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September 1, 2022 21 mins
Joel Cahill is a co-founder and GP of Calano VC. Prior to forming Calano, he spent 10 years on Wall Street as a global macro portfolio manager and co-founded INFIMA Cybersecurity. He now splits time between supporting portfolio companies and hanging out with his 1 year old son. Connect with Joel on LinkedIn. What You'll [...]
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August 25, 2022 22 mins
Igor Gorlatov is the Founder of Traction5 He is an experienced marketing expert, a partner at health tech software agency Kepler Team, and Founder of Charlotte Fractional CMOs. Connect with Igor on LinkedIn What You'll Learn In This Episode Get started with a SaaS product Sales expectations to be checked Funding SaaS and consulting Pursuing [...]
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