Startups Playing to Win

Ron Miller is a self-described “entrepreneur’s entrepreneur” who has visualized, founded, built, and sold five companies. Speaking in rapid-fire sentences, he gracefully guides the listener through the river of his ideas, and always with a passion for cause-based entrepreneurship. (Ron holds the trademark on the phrase “Doing well by doing good.”) He and Howard Marks founded StartEngine in 2014, originally as a startup accelerator. Since then, it has become one of the best-known sites online to raise money for startups using equity crowdfunding.

You Must Deliver a Message to Win

“My partner and I are both serial startup guys, and we raise capital in just about every form you could imagine—venture capital, private equity, angels, commercial banks, credit cards; I mean, we’ve done it all,” Miller said, “and when we saw this opportunity, we thought it was probably the greatest advancement for entrepreneurship in our generation. Because what makes America great is that we’re innovators, but the thing that holds innovators back is capital, and I think there needs to be a fair and reasonable way where people can …

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Cult/Tech Podcast with Rob Vickery of Stage Venture Partners

Joining us today on the podcast is Rob Vickery, co-founder of Stage Venture Partners. Stage Venture Partners is a seed fund in Los Angeles that invests in software startups with defined and creative technology. They concentrate on new platforms – new forms of media, new forms of transportation, new ways to analyze and make use of data and new software to solve old problems.

In the podcast, Rob discusses some of his favorite recent investments and technologies, explores the role of the investor, and gives some valuable tips to startup founders who are preparing to pitch to investors.

Read a complete transcript of this podcast with Rob Vickery.

Key Takeaways:

“What is your definition of a new platform?” listen at :30 “There is not one tried and tested process or acid test before you make an investment”  Rob at 4:10 “The beauty is that with a venture fund all investment decisions lie with myself or my cofounder” Rob at 5:32 “An area we find fascinating on the frontier is computer vision” Rob at 9:20 “How far do …

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