Founders & Funders

A podcast about leveraging venture capital to build great companies, brought you by host Shelley Hunter (Gift Card Girlfriend) and producer Ryan Burleson (New York Times, Boston Globe)

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Most Recent Episodes

BONUS EPISODE: Sounds and Scenes from Spirits & Startups New York City
February 19, 2019 Ryan Burleson | Producer, Founders & Funders

Producer Ryan Burleson attended Spirits & Startups, AVG’s quarterly investor event, and he returned with great tape from the founders, funders, and AVG team members who were there. He also sipped cocktails made with Heaven’s Door, Bob Dylan’s new whiskey label. Subscribe to Founders and Funders on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, and Android […]

EP 37: Former College Kicker Tees Up the Future of Corporate Training with VR
February 18, 2019 Derek Belch | Founder and CEO of STRIVR

Derek Belch, founder and CEO of STRIVR, started out simply helping athletes improve performance through the use of virtual reality. Now the company is using VR to improve preparation that leads to better performance, regardless of the job.

EP 36: Andy Palmer Has Worked for 50+ Companies. Now He’s All In with Tamr.
February 13, 2019 Andy Palmer | CEO and Co-founder of TAMR

Andy Palmer has oscillated between investing in and operating startups for many years. Now he plans to dedicate the rest of his career to Tamr. Palmer appeared on Founders & Funders to tell us why. 

EP 35: How AVG Taps Its Unparalleled Network to Benefit Founders — And Investors
February 5, 2019 Peter MacEwan | VP of Portfolio Services

Funding is just one layer of AVG's relationship with its portfolio companies. Founders also get white glove treatment by the firm's VP of Portfolio Services, Peter MacEwan, who helps startups leverage AVG's vital network of job candidates, marketing opportunities, and so much more.

EP 34: How ParkWhiz Leveraged VC to Diversify and Expand Its Business Model
January 31, 2019 Yona Shtern | CEO of ParkWhiz

When a business becomes venture-backed, leadership and company ambitions often change. Yona Shtern, the new CEO of ParkWhiz, shares his side of a successful transition story.