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

EP 33: Ali Byrd Has Seen All Sides of M&A. Now He’s Leveraging That Experience for Duke Alums at Towerview Ventures.
January 15, 2019 Ali Byrd | Managing Partner of Towerview Ventures

A former member of Microsoft’s Venture Integration team, Ali Byrd shares how his experience managing companies through acquisition is helping him build a winning venture capital portfolio for Duke alumni.

EP 32: OpenInvest Ensures Your Money Backs the Issues You Care About
January 3, 2019 Josh Levin | Co-Founder of OpenInvest

Josh Levin, Co-Founder of OpenInvest, explains how his business simplifies and amplifies values-based investing.

BONUS EPISODE: Sounds and Scenes from Spirits & Startups, AVG’s Investor Appreciation Event
December 21, 2018 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.

EP 31: How a Former Rock Guitarist Invented the Digital Media Supply Chain of the Future
December 17, 2018 Arjun Mendhi | Founder and CEO of MTonomy

Arjun Mendhi stopped playing music professionally several years ago, but he never stopped studying the space. Now he’s the founder of MTonomy, a blockchain company that's disrupting the digital media supply chain.

EP 30: Former NASA Engineer Launches His Own Rockets to Protect Our Planet
December 7, 2018 Payam Banazadeh | CEO and Founder of Capella Space

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the ensuing confusion deeply troubled Payam Banazadeh, a Stanford grad and former NASA satellite engineer. So he created Capella Space.