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The Twenty Minute VC takes you inside the world of Venture Capital, Startup Funding and The Pitch. Join our host, Harry Stebbings and discover how you can attain funding for your business by listening to what the most prominent investors are directly looking for in startups, providing easily actionable tips and tricks that can be put in place to increase your chances of getting funded. Although, you may not want to raise funding for a startup. The Twenty Minute VC also provides an instructio ...
 
The Breaking Into Startups Podcast is a platform where we feature stories of people who broke into tech from non-traditional backgrounds. Curious about how startups work, how to get a job without a degree or what technical and non-technical careers are out there? We have news for you - tech fields are booming and you don’t need the best technical degree in information technology to break in and get a six figure job in technology. Our podcast gives you an inside look at the most disruptive st ...
 
Welcome to the ‘Scale Up Your Business’ podcast. In this podcast, we will show you how to go from start-up to scale-up and beyond!; how to significantly grow your business; how to develop the right mind-set for growth and to re-ignite with your purpose; how to create effective commercial plans driving predictable revenues; how to leverage and systemise to free you up from day-to-day operations; how to raise funding and investment, especially from VC’s and PE firms; how to design a lifestyle ...
 
Greentech Media (GTM) is devoted to covering emerging green and clean technologies. As renewable energy becomes an increasingly large sector, the business community needs a source with up-to-the-minute news on solar, smart grid, enterprise energy solutions, wind energy, electric vehicles, biofuels, water, batteries and storage, finance and VC, and policy throughout the sectors. Visit www.greentechmedia.com for more stories, research, webinars, and conferences.
 
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Austen Allred is the Founder & CEO @ Lambda School, the startup that remotely trains people to become a web developer or data scientist and the students pay no tuition until they are hired. Just last month, Lambda's $74M Series C was announced led by Gigafund bringing their total funding to date to over $129M with prior investors including Stripe, …
 
This week sees Nick in conversation with the incredible Steve Sims, a man who’s worked with the likes of Elon Musk, Andrea Bocelli and Elton John in turning dreams into a reality. Known as the “real life Wizard Of Oz”, Steve is a man who can turn the impossible into the possible. In this quite unique show, Steve talks about the art of relationships…
 
Ravi Gupta is a Partner @ Sequoia Capital, one of the world's leading venture firms with a portfolio including the likes of Airbnb, Instacart, Stripe, UiPath, Zoom, the list goes on. As for Ravi, prior to Sequoia, he spent 4 years as COO & CFO @ Instacart playing an integral role in their hyper-growth journey. Before that Ravi spent 10 years as a D…
 
Alex Tew is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO @ Calm, the #1 App for Meditation and Sleep allowing you to find your calm, sleep more, stress less and live better. To date, the company has raised over $143M in funding from some of the best including Lightspeed, Insight, TPG and then some very cool names such as Ashton Kutcher, Harry Styles, Brad Feld and Ja…
 
Nick talks to Chester Elton, author, speaker, founder of The Culture Works, and leading global expert on leadership, culture, and engaging your people. Chester joins Scale Up Your Business to talk about his book, ‘Leading With Gratitude’, and why gratitude in business is so important in effective leadership. If you’re struggling to build great team…
 
Angela Strange is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, one of the leading venture firms of the last decade with a portfolio including the likes of Facebook, Github, Slack, Airbnb, Asana and more. As for Angela, she largely focuses on investments in financial services and is currently a board member of Addi, SynapseFi, and Tally. Prior to a16z,…
 
Alyson Friedensohn is the Founder & CEO @ Modern Health, a one-stop solution for employee mental well-being through evidence-based support and digital content. To date, Alyson has raised over $45M in funding from some of the best in the business including Kleiner Perkins, Founders Fund, John Doerr, 01 Advisors and Katrina Lake to name a few. Prior …
 
This week, Nick is taking a deep dive into the world of venture capital with special guest, Brad Feld, one of the most prolific investors in the world, having marked himself out as an early stage investor since 1987 in such diverse businesses as Fitbit and Guitar Hero! There are few people in the world as experienced in investing as Brad, and on th…
 
Kevin Hartz is Co-Founder & Partner @ A*, a newly listed special acquisition company which raised $200M to acquire and take public a tech startup. Kevin is also the Co-Founder, former CEO, and Chairman Eventbrite (NYSE: EB). Before Eventbrite, Kevin was the Co-Founder & former CEO of online money transfer service, Xoom (acquired by PayPal for $1.1B…
 
Beginning an entrepreneurial journey requires passion, hard work, and time, but too much can lead to rapid burnout. In this week’s ’15 Minutes To Action’, Nick shares some tips that’ll keep that crash at bay. KEY TAKEAWAYS It’s far better to concentrate on five, deep hours of flow, on the key areas that you wish to build on, than it is to spend an …
 
Jennifer Tejada is the CEO @ PagerDuty, the company that provides a real-time operations platform ensuring less downtime for your digital services. Prior to their IPO in 2019 PagerDuty raised funding from some of the best in the business including Accel, a16z, Baseline, Bessemer and Harrison Metal to name a few. As for Jennifer, prior to PagerDuty,…
 
Sahil Lavingia is the Founder and CEO @ Gumroad, the company that helps creators do more of what they love. With Gumroad, Sahil has raised funding from an all-star list of investors including Accel, Kleiner Perkins, First Round and then Max Levchin, Chris Sacca, Ron Conway and Naval Ravikant on the individual side. However, most recently Sahil has …
 
It’s the 100th episode of Scale Up Your Business, and to celebrate this momentous event, Nick has invited a very special guest indeed. Rob Moore, known to the world as The Disruptive Entrepreneur, could be said to have planted the seed that would one day become Scale Up Your Business. As well as being one of Nick’s mentors, he is known throughout t…
 
Ben Rubin is the Founder & CEO @ /talk, the anti-meeting tool for fast, decentralised conversations. Prior to co-founding /talk, Ben was the Co-Founder & CEO @ Houseparty, where he scaled the product to millions of users and raised over $70M in funding from the likes of Sequoia, Greylock and Entree Capital to name a few. In addition over the last f…
 
Sometimes we all need to realign our purpose and our goals in order to reach those outcomes we’re trying to achieve. Clarity gives us focus. With this in mind, what can we do to boost our productivity and performance in order to get there? High performance sales coach, Mike Szczesniak, joins Nick this week to talk you through the ways in which you …
 
Apurva Mehta is the Managing Partner @ Summit Peak Investments, investing in early stage venture capital funds and making direct co-investments. To date they have backed the likes of Raymond Tonsing, Lachy Groom and Josh Buckley to name a few on the fund side and then on the direct side, invested in Airtable, Virta Health and Sourcegraph. Prior to …
 
You’ve built the business and you’ve got the leads. But how can you make sure that you’re nailing your sales conversions at a much higher rate? In this week’s ’15 Minutes To Action’, Nick talks you through eight actionable methods that will send your sales conversion rate skyward! KEY TAKEAWAYS Make sure your team is made up people who are passiona…
 
Anna Khan is a General Partner @ CRV, one of the pre-eminent firms of Silicon Valley stretching over what is now an incredible 18 funds. In their portfolio, they have the likes of Airtable, Doordash, Postman and PillPack to name a few. As for Anna, prior to joining CRV, she spent an incredible 6 years at Bessemer investing in the likes of Intercom,…
 
Not only a true believer in the power of networking, Erik Torenberg definitely walks the talk. Erik is big on community building and networking. He is known for organizing huge events as well as intimate meetups called On Deck, where they allow people to get to know each other on a personal level instead of a professional level.Back in Michigan, Er…
 
Philip Thomas is one of only a handful of people to have truly made a lasting impact upon the business journey of Nick himself, and in this very special episode, you’ll find out exactly why. Philip’s is an iconic name in publishing, media and marketing; the man behind such prestigious brands as Cannes Lion, FHM and Empire. During his association wi…
 
Dev Ittycheria is the President and CEO @ MongoDB, recognized as the world's most popular next-generation database and the first database company to go public in over 26 years. Prior to their IPO, MongoDB raised from some of the best in the business including Sequoia, USV and NEA to name a few. As for Dev, before Mongo Dev was Managing Director at …
 
After start-up and then scale-up, what comes next? The level above these places is an empire; a concern that thrives and grows naturally, and which allows us to make a more meaningful impact on the world. In this week’s show, Nick talks you through the six peaks of value creation, one of the best ways of reaching this destination in your business l…
 
Joe Thomas is the Founder & CEO @ Loom, the startup that helps you get your message across by making it easy to record instantly shareable videos. To date, Joe has raised over $68M from some of the valley's leading firms including Sequoia, Kleiner and Coatue as well as individuals such as Mathilde @ Front, Kevin & Mike @ Instagram and Dylan Field @…
 
Sebastian Bates, the founder of The Warrior Academy among others, talks to Nick about the ways in which you can face down the challenges being presented to us these days, and pivot rapidly towards a more online business model. Over the past four months, Sebastian has helped countless entrepreneurs and business owners to make the change and thrive, …
 
Steve Jurvetson is the Co-Founder @ Future Ventures who announced their debut and flagship $200M Fund in 2019. Steve's incredible portfolio includes the likes of SpaceX, Tesla, Planet, Memphis Meats, Hotmail, and the deep learning companies Mythic and Nervana. Steve also sits on the board of both SpaceX and Tesla. Prior to founding Future, Steve wa…
 
Most of us never get to do the things we truly want to do in life because fear holds us back. This is especially damaging in business, where the results of this fear can be seen in many ways. But how can we turn powerful fear into power itself? In this week’s 15 Minutes To Action episode, Nick talks you through the ways in which you can transform f…
 
Clay Wilkes is the Founder & CEO @ Galileo, the API standard for card issuing and digital banking, powering many of the leading global FinTech companies including Chime, TransferWise and Monzo to name a few. Prior to their reported $1.2Bn acquisition by SoFi, Clay raised just $86M in funding with Galileo from the likes of Accel and Ryan Smith @ Qua…
 
It’s a duo of growth experts this week, as Nick talks to entrepreneur, speaker and business growth expert, Jay Allen, in a show dedicated to growing and scaling your business successfully! Jay and Nick discuss the true meaning behind the term “ethical growth”, why a whopping 80% of business owners are doing it wrong, and how you can take an invalua…
 
Jake Schwartz is the co-founder and chief executive officer of General Assembly, a global company advancing the future of work. Jake leads GA's growth, creating sustainable talent pipelines for businesses, and building transparent career pathways to the most transformational work. In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, about 33 million Americans have …
 
Brad Feld is a Co-Founder and Managing Director @ Foundry Group, one of the most successful venture firms of the last decade with a portfolio including the likes of Zynga, Fitbit and Sendgrid to name a few. Brad is also a co-founder @ Techstars and prior to Foundry, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital. Tracy Lawrence spent the last 8 years as Foun…
 
This week, Nick looks at Verne Harnish’s book, ’Mastering The Rockefeller Habits’, a guide to increasing the value of your business by following steps that have proved successful for some of the world’s largest companies over the past hundred years. KEY TAKEAWAYS Goals are essential, but without action they are insubstantial. A clear vision and the…
 
Lisa Cumes is a freelance copywriter and StoryBrand Certified Guide, dedicated to helping business owners develop their own unique brand story, one of the most powerful tools in developing a narrative around the work you do. In this week’s show, Lisa talks to Nick about the power of telling your own business story, the importance of teams who belie…
 
Steve Blank is one of the leading luminaries of Silicon Valley, credited with being foundational to the creation of The Lean Startup movement and having spent the last 9 years at Stanford University as a professor and the last 8 as a Senior Fellow @ Columbia University. Steve is the author of "The Four Steps To The Epiphany" and "The Startup Owner'…
 
Paul Akers is an expert in the concept of Kaizen - the art of continuous improvement - and has since authored several works on the benefits of Lean Living, building a multi-million dollar business along the way. Paul joins Nick today to talk about how continuous improvement can strengthen and improve your life and business, how to nurture and devel…
 
Chamath Palihapitiya is Founder & CEO @ Social Capital, the organisation on a mission to transform society by using technology to solve the world’s hardest problems. Social's portfolio includes the likes of Slack, Yammer, Front, Intercom and Carta to name a few. As for Chamath, prior to founding Social, he spent an incredible 4 years at Facebook in…
 
In order to make sure your marketing strategies are effective, you need to focus on who your ideal customer is. Many entrepreneurs form their businesses around a product or idea, and then try to find the customer to fit. But as Nick explains in this week’s '15 Minutes To Action', it might be time to flip that thinking... KEY TAKEAWAYS A business fo…
 
Alex Mather is the Founder & CEO @ The Athletic, the startup bringing you in-depth sports stories you won't hear anywhere else. To date, Alex has raised over $139M with The Athletic from some of the best in the business including Founders Fund, Bedrock, Y Combinator and Emerson Collective to name a few. Before founding The Athletic, Alex spent an i…
 
Mike “C-Roc” Ciorrocco’s mission is to find out what you’re made of. It’s a mission he’s working towards each day by using the art of "people building", and by establishing himself as one of the great business leaders out there. Having recently been voted as one of the Top Business Leaders To Follow In 2020 by Yahoo Finance, Mike joins the podcast …
 
Joe Lonsdale is a General Partner @ 8VC and in the past has invested in many notable companies including Wish, Oculus, Oscar and Guardant Health. As a result, in both 2016 and 2017, Joe was the youngest member of the Forbes 100 Midas List. Prior to 8VC, Joe co-founded Palantir, one of the world's most impactful multi-billion dollar software compani…
 
In this week’s ‘15 Minutes To Action’ episode, Nick talks you through the best ways to find that initial burst of funding for your business that can set you off on the road to success. KEY TAKEAWAYS Remember not to be afraid to use your own cash at the beginning instead of investor capital. By spending your own cash, the fate of your business remai…
 
Julia DeWahl is one of the rising stars of the Silicon Valley angel investor community with a portfolio including the likes of Linear (Sequoia-backed), Modern Fertility (USV backed) and Primer (Founders Fund backed). Prior to angel investing Julia was one of the first 10 employees at Opendoor seeing their hyper-growth first hand in many different r…
 
David Cote is the business mastermind who took industrial giant Honeywell from a valuation of $20 billion to $120 billion during his tenure as CEO! David joins Nick today for a very special discussion about his incredible new book, the power of mind-set, how to maximise short term performance while still planning for the long term, and the challeng…
 
Oren Zeev is the Founding Partner @ Zeev Ventures, one of the best and most under the radar firms in the early stage Silicon Valley landscape. Over the past decade, Oren has backed the likes of TripActions, Tipalti, Audible, Houzz, Chegg and Hippo Insurance to name a few. Prior to crushing it with Zeev Ventures, Oren spent 12 years as a General Par…
 
Many start-ups are keen to begin scaling up, but what’s the best way to make sure you business is ready to do so? In this week’s ’15 Minutes To Action’ episode, Nick talks you through the areas you need to look at in order to make sure your business is fit and ready for growth. KEY TAKEAWAYS The fundamental elements to making sure your start-up is …
 
Lo Toney is the Founding Managing Partner @ Plexo Capital, a very unique firm making both direct investments and fund investments. They have invested in Precursor, Boldstart, Female Founders Fund and WorkBench on the fund side and then PlayVS, Replicated and StyleSeat on the direct side. Prior to Plexo, Lo was a Partner @ GV (Google Ventures) and b…
 
The number one question that Nick finds himself asked each day, is “How can I raise money?”, and “How can I increase the value of my business through investment?”. Today’s guest is Tim Koller, a partner at McKinsey & Company and an expert on value creation and corporate strategy, who’s joined the show to discuss the all-important topic of valuation…
 
Andrew Wilkinson is the Managing Partner @ Tiny, a vehicle that buys, builds and invests in wonderful internet companies. Within their family of companies is Dribble; home to the world's best design professionals; MetaLab and Supercast to name a few. Tiny does also make venture investments in the likes of Superhuman, SpaceX, Pitch and Buffer. Today…
 
There are few scarier words in business than “plateau” which is generally associated with a lack of momentum and slow stagnation of progress. In this week’s 15 Minutes To Action, Nick provides a short, sharp shock of advice that can make sure that line keeps moving upwards! KEY TAKEAWAYS Stagnation and plateauing are not signals that your business …
 
Sean Callaghy is an entrepreneur, a world-renowned speaker, philanthropist, one of America’s top trial attorneys, and the creator of various peak performance technologies. Remarkably, Sean has achieved all these things while being legally blind. Sean has joined Nick to talk about his incredible life, his endless resilience and strength of will, and…
 
David Sacks is the Co-Founder @ Craft Ventures, one of Silicon Valley's leading early-stage funds with David's portfolio including the likes of Facebook, Tesla, SpaceX, Palantir, Affirm, Airbnb, Slack and Bird to name a few. David started his career in tech as the first product leader and COO @ Paypal, growing payment volume from $0-$500M per month…
 
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