Episode 31

#31 The ‘Lightbulb Moment’: Aileen Gemma Smith on How Crisis Compelled Her to Found Vizalytics

Aileen Gemma Smith recognized opportunity as she watched her community recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  She believed in her business idea so strongly that she sold her house in order to fund it. Smith is cofounder and CEO of Vizalytics, and creator of Mind My Business, an app now helping over 3,000 local business owners get critical data specific to their geo-location. Continue reading “#31 The ‘Lightbulb Moment’: Aileen Gemma Smith on How Crisis Compelled Her to Found Vizalytics”

Episode 30

#30 Kara Nortman, Co-founder of Seedling and VC Partner at Upfront Ventures Comes Full Circle

What does a venture investor with operating experience look for in the entrepreneurs she funds? Kara Nortman, a VC partner at LA-based Upfront Ventures, shares some inside baseball with BroadMic host, Kelly Hoey. Nortman, a former co-founder of Seedling, a family activities startup, claims her previous experience as a founder has improved her ability to support founders as a VC investor.
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Episode 29

#29 Jeanne Sullivan on Why Women Can Dominate the $5.4Bn Cannabis Industry

Venture capitalist Jeanne Sullivan is taking the cannabis industry by storm. Formerly, a co-founder of StarVest Partners, Sullivan is an advocate for cannabis legalization and adviser to investors in this new high growth industry. Jeanne tells host, Kelly Hoey, why cannabis presents such a massive business opportunity for women.
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Episode 28

#28 Find the Problem You Were Meant to Solve, Then Go Solve it: Christina Lomasney, Co-founder and CEO of Modumetal

As an early stage entrepreneur, how do you balance having a big vision with staying narrowly focused on a product’s proof of concept? Meet Seattle-based nanotechnologist, Christina Lomasney, whose startup uses electrochemistry to “grow” metals. Continue reading “#28 Find the Problem You Were Meant to Solve, Then Go Solve it: Christina Lomasney, Co-founder and CEO of Modumetal”