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Launching your own company in the financial tech industry is a lot of work! You start with this crazy idea. Maybe it’s a passion project, or something that gives you purpose. Maybe you're building a business based on necessity by creating software or solutions that don’t currently exist. The concept is as exciting as it is terrifying, but it doesn’t have to be. In Alpha Beta Launch we talk to founders and CEO who all started from the exact same place, an idea.
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Listen to wisdom from the true champions of SaaS. Stephen Cummins interviews founders of hyper-growth SaaS ScaleUps with category leading data for customer success & employee success. Interviews are conducted face to face in Dublin, Lisbon, Berlin, Hong Kong & New Orleans (no remote calls). We examine personal histories, learnings & opinions of the world’s most successful SaaS StartUp entrepreneurs. We cover most of these in each episode; short life history, the WHY, day in the life, persona ...
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The Rocking Entrepreneur Podcast | Startup Stories | Indian Entrepreneurs | India | Entrepreneurship | Startups. Rocking Entrepreneur is created for today’s entrepreneur whether you have just started your journey as an entrepreneur/founder/small business owner OR are a serial entrepreneur. Are you ambitious and crafting your next upstart or startup? Then there is no greater place to get quality information and education than The Rocking Entrepreneur. You don’t need to go to business school. ...
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Series A - Startup Stories, host Laurel Touby (mediabistro founder)

Startup Advice on Growing Your Company, from Founders and Venture Capitalists

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The goal of Series A is to provide lessons to early stage startups from New York-based companies that have successfully raised Series A rounds (and beyond). We are focused on founding stories, fundraising lessons, the changing New York tech landscape, and discussions of how companies scale. Subscribe to our podcast to be automatically updated when a new episode is released: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/series-startup-stories-host/id1057261082?mt=2
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Homeownership and wealth inequality remain one of the greatest threats to our society. OwnHome is an Aussie startup solving housing access by helping millions of Aussies get past the initial hurdle of saving for a home deposit. Earlier this year, alongside the Commonwealth Bank, Dan Krasnostein and Casey Flint from Square Peg led the $31m Series A …
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We are now at the season finale of Founder Stories, but don’t worry, we’ll be back with more insightful stories soon! And to mark our last episode of the season, we couldn’t be more excited about our guests. Our founders today are bringing optimism back to small businesses. Both Hasid Malik and Iman Jamal grew up in Pakistan, studied in the UK, and…
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Today’s founder is always looking for inspiration. Steven Vlahos has built two companies from the ground up. His philosophy? Dive in and learn along the way. Steven struggled to find anything motivating about selling municipal bonds or underwriting loans for businesses so he decided to take a leap and start his own business. What he discovered woul…
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Our founder today may sound familiar to those of you who listen to his podcast. Chris Hutchins is a money optimizer who has spent a lifetime building products. He inspired his friends and family by traveling the world on a shoestring budget. He never thought his tricks for getting the most bang for his buck would lead him to being a popular podcast…
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Podcast Episode x Season 2 - FRICH Katrin Kaurov, CEO and co-founder Aleksandra Medina, CPO and co-founder Best friends Katrin Kaurov and Aleksandra Medina are the two founders of FRICH, an app with the stated goal of making money social. As young professionals, they struggled with learning how to deal with money and hated the awkwardness that come…
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Today’s founder knew success at a young age by talking to the right people at the right time. Kane Sarhan burned the candle at both ends working long hours as a personal assistant becoming a jack of all trades. From opening bars, working in tech and launching one of the most successful new hotel brands. With the right connections and a lifelong ent…
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Podcast Episode x Season 2 - Otonomi.ai Yann Barbarroux, co-Founder & CEO Yann spent decades on Wall Street being involved with derivatives and risk management. For a long time, he was thinking about starting a company to modernize insurance given that that industry was lagging. It took the inspiration from a friend and now co-founder to combine Ya…
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Where there is art, there is a collector. Today’s founder is a big name in the NFT space. And even though we don’t know his real name, he’s well respected as an investor, an advocate and a fan of digital art. With a background in investment management, online poker, and fantasy sports, this collector knows a lot about knowing how to play their card…
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Podcast Episode x Season 2 - getBamboo Blake Cassidy, CEO getBamboo’s mission is to make crypto investing as easy as possible by using round-ups to the next dollar to feed your crypto portfolio (“micro investing”). They are a successful business in Australia, about to launch in the US. Hear from Blake Cassidy about how different the regulatory envi…
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Our founder today is bred by resilience and persistence. And on his chosen path – through the notoriously unforgiving fashion industry – he needs both. Having celebrities wear his eponymous line is a thrill, but his real success, he says, stems from the fiercely loyal customers who love his brand. With immense competition and a constantly changing …
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No one could have predicted the path of today’s founder. Emily Rasmussen may have grown up in a log cabin in the Sierras, but that didn’t stop her from having big city dreams. Her love of dance brought her to New York with the hope of becoming a ballerina. 9/11, coupled with an injury forced Rasmussen to rethink her path and so she opted to slip of…
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Podcast Episode x Season 2 - Lithic Bo Jiang, Founder & CEO Bo started Lithic with 2 childhood friends in a basement. Hear how the pandemic came just as they were scaling from 25 up to 100 people. While it was very stressful, moving out of a shared office and transitioning to a remote work environment forced the firm to be crisper in communication …
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Podcast Episode x Season 2 - Wedge.us Billy Roberts, co-Founder & CEO When the two co-founders had the idea for what would eventually become Wedge.us, they were convinced a Google search would tell them of other companies already doing it. It took a while to sink in that their idea was a novel one. Hear how they built their business out of a garage…
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Today’s founder, Kalsoom Lakhani, is a force to be reckoned with. She’s lived all over the world and before launching her current company, she worked for a defense contracting firm, started her own current affairs blog, and has been featured in numerous media outlets including the BBC and The Washington Post. Never taking no for an answer, she has …
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Stephen Lemon, Co-founder, VP, Strategic partnership and corporate development. With Currencycloud having been acquired by Visa late in 2021, you know this episode is going to be different. Hear from Stephen how he co-founded the company and the early-day struggles that he and his team had to overcome. Even after many financing rounds, “there is al…
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Our founders today ventured from across the Atlantic to start a new life in the U.S. Born and raised in Pakistan, Sidra Qasim and Waqas Ali are modern day examples of the “American Dream.” Their company soared during the pandemic thanks to their innovation and adaptability. Their masks are ubiquitous, and their shoes are as popular as they are comf…
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Podcast Episode x Season 2 - BluePallet Patrick Salome, co-Founder & CEO Patrick always thought that e-commerce doesn’t live up to its potential because of a lack of trust about who’s on the other side of the deal. He had started his own companies but finally saw an opportunity to realize his vision through a merger with another firm; negotiating, …
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Our founder today may be Canadian, but she honed her craft in New York’s gritty, competitive media world. Verena Von Pfetten has worn many hats, including one at the Huffington Post in the early days of internet blogging. But it was the cannabis industry that had the creativity, the flexibility, and the culture, that ultimately caught her eye. Whil…
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Podcast Episode x Season 2 - Eden David Wolfenden, Founder & CEO David was always perplexed by the fact that most of his peers could talk for hours about video games and get really excited in the process, but showed no interest in discussing investment strategies and wealth building. Even though the latter will have an oversized impact on their liv…
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Today’s founder Andrew Krumholz was headed down a path any parent would dream of. Harvard undergrad. A first job at Goldman Sachs, followed by a gig at the Carlyle Group, one of the most prestigious asset managers in the world. But through all that, he felt drawn to a very different calling: flipping burgers. With his brother at his side, they left…
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Victor Unda, Co-Founder & CEO: https://okyapp.com/ If you live and work in one country but your family resides in another, sending money is how you stay in touch and support them. Sending money is expensive, so you do it in a lump sum once a month. Transfer fees are high. You have no control over how the money is spent. Loved ones might have to tra…
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Welcome back to Season 2 of Alpha. Beta. Launch - Fin Tech Founder Stories, launching Tuesday March 1! This season we interview even more incredible Founders with industry shaping companies. Subscribe and rate the show today! This podcast is produced by Rainbow Creative & Wild Boer Media with Matthew Jones as Senior Producer and Katie Boer as Produ…
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Spanx, Facebook, Apple, Starbucks - we know their stories like the back of our hand. But what about the innovative companies that are changing the world without us even knowing it? Founder Stories delves into their trials, tribulations and routes to success. This is your chance to peek behind the curtain of organizations, enterprises, entrepreneurs…
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As a child, Fabien saved money in a piggy bank and already donated some of it to charities. Now an adult, realizing that online fundraising could be made better, he founded bunny.money, the better way for nonprofits to raise money in that it lets them keep 100% of their donations. Unfortunately, it’s common for nonprofits to have to pay between 3 a…
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Across the globe, unemployment is currently one of the worlds big issues. Statistically speaking, it's at the same level as it was back in WWII. No one understands this more than Isabelle Bichler-Eliasaf who founded Retrain.ai - technology that uses data to help organisations find the best talent and prepare their employees for the jobs of the futu…
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Links https://www.facebook.com/qyontech https://www.linkedin.com/company/qyon/ https://www.instagram.com/qyontech/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFdoDwF_N2LvJPUkmGiCU0A Website for Services https://www.qyon.com/en/ This podcast was created by Sila and is hosted by Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Katie Boer. Sila is a fintech software pla…
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Links https://www.facebook.com/flipfactoryapp/ https://twitter.com/flipfactoryapp/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/flipfactoryapp/ https://www.instagram.com/flipfactoryapp/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1L1_R-aj22CowsSJzgQnCA/videos Website for Services https://flipfactoryapp.com/ This podcast was created by Sila and is hosted by Emmy-award wi…
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We are searching for a new Head of Talent here at Square Peg! The exceptional candidate will build the talent practice, and be instrumental in ensuring that the founders we invest in have the best talent, advice and support at their disposal. To celebrate this new role, we bring you this special episode where we talk to experts and entrepreneurs ab…
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Links https://www.facebook.com/funneldash https://twitter.com/funneldash https://www.linkedin.com/company/funneldash.com/about/ https://www.instagram.com/funnel_dash/ Website for Services https://www.funneldash.com This podcast was created by Sila and is hosted by Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Katie Boer. Sila is a fintech software platfo…
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One out of 4 Americans has a student loan, is a co-signer, or is affected by one in other ways. That’s roughly 45 million people. These are individuals like Bryan Harris, CEO and co-founder of SLOAN. He noticed that while it had gotten way easier to get paid (Zelle, Venmo, others), paying down a debt has remained very difficult as if debt collector…
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Rob Philpot was a builder and Leigh Jasper an engineer when they founded Aconex back in the early 2000s. The business was an ASX listed public company that revolutionised the way the construction industry collaborated through technology, long before SaaS was a big deal. In this episode, we talk to these two Aussie larrikins about the time they almo…
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This podcast was created by Sila and is hosted by Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Katie Boer. Sila is a fintech software platform that provides payment infrastructure as a service, a business-critical element for companies whose software has to integrate with the US banking system and blockchain quickly, securely, and in full compliance wit…
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Links https://www.fabrica.land/ https://twitter.com/fabricaland https://www.linkedin.com/company/fabricaland/ Website for Services https://www.fabrica.land/ This podcast was created by Sila and is hosted by Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Katie Boer. Sila is a fintech software platform that provides payment infrastructure as a service, a bu…
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This episode coincides with the announcement that Square Peg is proud to be funding Zeller again in 2021. Zeller is an innovative payment terminal now taking on the Big Four Banks. We talk to founder Ben Pfisterer about his family ties to finance, what it was like working with Jack Dorsey and the team at Square Payments, and the night that a few be…
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This podcast was created by Sila and is hosted by Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Katie Boer. Sila is a fintech software platform that provides payment infrastructure as a service, a business-critical element for companies whose software has to integrate with the US banking system and blockchain quickly, securely, and in full compliance wit…
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In this episode we talk with Ricardo Sims, CEO of Constitution Lending. Real Estate credit opportunities can be very lucrative, but are usually restricted to few market participants. Constitution Lending was founded by a team and advisors with Wall Street experience and a track record of generating returns across asset classes. Their vision is to i…
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The Troperial Story: Over the past years, we have witnessed a large disruption in mobile international money transfers. Transacting business got easier, although at a high cost to individuals. This is where Troperial says 'I'm here to help'. Troperial was created to reduce high transaction costs and to provide a personal trading experience. Troperi…
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The Idea for this company came from when Jeff Spencer pitched a March Madness style fundraising technique to his kids’ school PTA. It got rejected... That pushed him to come up with his own strategy that now fundraises for all kinds of nonprofits. When working as a technology consultant for nonprofits, he witnessed their struggles firsthand. His vi…
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This show was created by Sila, Inc. Sila is a fintech software platform that provides payment infrastructure as a service, a business-critical element for companies whose software has to integrate with the US banking system and blockchain quickly, securely, and in full compliance with US regulations. To learn more visit www.silamoney.com #Poweredby…
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Using maggot robots to tackle the worlds big issues sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it's a reality for Goterra founder Olympia Yarger. We talk to Olympia about how Goterra works, the struggles of being an unconventional entrepreneur, and how loss can be a primary motivator to take transformative action in combating the most substan…
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In this episode we talk to Vaughan Fergusson about the importance of culture, timing and breaking down ego to help build a successful venture. His company Vend is a breakthrough POS system which was sold for $350 million in March this year. We also talk to Ana Wight, newly appointed CEO about her background and how to not only run a business in a p…
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In this episode we talk to Alice Williams, the founder of Ovira, the TED device used to conquer the symptoms of period pain that has changed the lives of thousands of women worldwide. Listen in to hear about how she overcame her own personal struggles with physical pain and self doubt to come out the other side victorious with one of the most innov…
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On today’s episode, we hear from Daniel Danilatos, Karamvir Singh, and Jack Curtis, the founders of Square Peg’s newest portfolio company, Neara. Neara is being utilised by major infrastructure companies around the world to help manage utilities like power lines and phone towers - systems that you might not notice in your every day life, but would …
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On today’s episode, we hear from Natali Tshuva, the Co-Founder and CEO at Sternum. With billions of IoT devices active today and the industry only looking to expand, one of the biggest concerns is how to keep these smart devices secure. Especially when it comes to devices used in hospitals and infrastructure that people’s lives depend on. Listen in…
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On today’s episode, we hear from Ruslan Kogan, the founder of Kogan.com. While we hear a lot of founders talk about their inspirations in starting their companies, not many stories draw that inspiration from mini fridges, McDonalds, and rap music, to name a few – but Ruslan’s does. Listen in to hear how these inspirations came about, how Ruslan pic…
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On today’s episode, we hear from Elad Gil, the co-founder of Mixer Labs and Color Genomics, investor and advisor to a multitude of companies, and author of “High Growth Handbook”. Listen in to learn about Elad’s biggest takeaways from working at Google and Twitter, and his answers to some of the tougher questions around founding and investing, like…
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On today’s episode, we hear from George Peppou and Tim Noakesmith, the co-founders, and CEO & CCO at Vow. In 2019 Vow became the world’s first company to make a food product from the cells of an undomesticated animal, in the form of a Kangaroo Dumpling. Yes just the cells, meaning no animals were harmed to create that new form of sustainable food –…
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While serving as an officer in the IDF, Captain Ziv Shilon lost his left arm and severely injured his right in an IED explosion. Since then, Shilon has competed in the most challenging physical competitions on Earth, including the Berlin Marathon and Iron Man, while inspiring thousands as a volunteer, mentor and lecturer. Today, Shilon is Co-founde…
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On today’s episode, something a bit different! We have just closed our fourth generation of funds; an AU$600m pool of capital to back exceptional founders across our investment regions in Australia and New Zealand, Israel and Southeast Asia. On today's episode, hear from Paul Bassat in Australia, Tushar Roy in Singapore and Dan Krasnostein in Tel A…
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While working a concert backstage a sound engineer, Mordechai Braunstein accidentally turned up the amplifier too high and felt the sound wave vibrations shake his muscles and even his teeth. That experience inspired Braunstein to invent visual music machines that translate live music into a tactile musical experience, and launch CyMagic to show te…
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