How Niche Is Too Niche? (#72, The Black Travel Box)
Orion Brown is very early in her journey as an entrepreneur. In fact, this is her first pitch to venture capitalists! At this early stage, the investors are listening for something a bit different. They just want to know, is this a good idea in a large, untapped market? Find out if Orion can convince the investors that she’s got her finger on the next big thing. Today's investors are Jenny Fielding, Elizabeth Yin, David Goldberg, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.
Raising Kids Is Hard. So Is Raising a Startup. (#71, Tot Squad)
When founder Jen Saxton landed a partnership with a big name retailer in the baby industry, she thought her startup, Tot Squad, was on the way to startup stardom. But five years into the deal, things just weren’t working out. In fact, they were a disaster. But that’s a good thing if you ask her. Jen says a stronger company has risen out of the ashes of that fiasco and she’s here to convince the investors that her new plan is worth the price of admission. Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, Jillian Manus, Michael Hyatt and Phil Nadel.
Introducing The Journal
From Gimlet and The Wall Street Journal comes The Journal. A podcast about money, business and power.
What Is Michael Phelps Jamming to Right Now? (#70, EarBuds)
What if you could listen to the exact same music as your favorite celebrities, at exactly the same time? That’s the question that drove NFL lineman Jason Fox to build an app for that. An app called Earbuds. Now if Jason can just cash in enough star power to secure the bag. Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Jillian Manus, Michael Hyatt and Phil Nadel.
After the Pitch: When You Grow Too Fast (Boundless)
A little over a year ago, Xiao Wang came on the show to pitch his startup, Boundless. He told investors that his company was going to help immigrants cut through all the bureaucracy and paperwork required to get legal status. Today, the stakes around immigration are even higher than they were a year ago, so we wanted to see how Boundless is faring in this new world. Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.