EP 41: Why Rob Bibow (CBS ’96) Took the Helm at Fission Ventures
March 21, 2019
Rob Bibow, Managing Partner at Fission Ventures, is a fourth generation graduate of Columbia University. His family's story there dates back to the 1890s, when…
 
 
EP 40: Gender-Lens Investing is More Than Just Backing Women-Owned Businesses
March 7, 2019
For many people, gender-smart investing simply implies backing women-owned businesses. However, according to Suzanne Biegel and Gail Gilbert Ball, making an impact and uncovering financial…
 
 
EP 39: How One Globetrotting Princeton Alum Became Managing Partner of Nassau Street Ventures
March 7, 2019
Tom Meyer is Managing Partner at Nassau Street Ventures, which enables alums of Princeton University to access top-tier, diversified venture portfolios. Meyer details his close…
 
 
EP 38: Former Yale Bulldog Blitzes the Auto Industry with 3D Printing
February 26, 2019
Kevin Czinger holds the Yale record for single-season and career sacks, was named First Team All-Ivy League, won the Ivy League MVP, and led the Bulldogs…
 
 
BONUS EPISODE: Sounds and Scenes from Spirits & Startups New York City
February 19, 2019
In mid-January 2019, AVG held the second edition of its investor appreciation event—Spirits & Startups—in Manhattan's Langham Hotel. Founders & Funders sent producer Ryan Burleson…
 
 
EP 37: Former College Kicker Tees Up the Future of Corporate Training with VR
February 18, 2019
While a graduate assistant and football coach at Stanford University, Derek Belch started working in a virtual reality (VR) lab at the school. Belch hoped…
 
 
EP 36: Andy Palmer Has Worked for 50+ Companies. Now He’s All In with Tamr.
February 13, 2019
Employees of large organizations know too well the pain of working on multiple systems. Disconnected data is costly and operationally inefficient, and it prohibits businesses…
 
 
EP 35: How AVG Taps Its Unparalleled Network to Benefit Founders — And Investors
February 5, 2019
AVG writes relatively small checks and doesn't take board seats, so it's able to both invest widely and smartly. This novel approach has proven successful for…
 
 
EP 34: How ParkWhiz Leveraged VC to Diversify and Expand Its Business Model
January 31, 2019
The idea for ParkWhiz came to Aashish Dalal one day when he wanted to get a prime spot near Fenway Park in Boston. The app…
 
 
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
Working with Microsoft's Venture Integration group, Ali Byrd performed due diligence on prospective companies. Naturally, he became acquainted with a variety of startups and learned what…
 
 
EP 32: OpenInvest Ensures Your Money Backs the Issues You Care About
January 3, 2019
OpenInvest helps people buy a collection of stocks that align with their personal interests and causes they care about, all without involving a fund manager and…
 
 
BONUS EPISODE: Sounds and Scenes from Spirits & Startups, AVG’s Investor Appreciation Event
December 21, 2018
In late-September 2018, Alumni Ventures Group held its inaugural Spirits & Startups event in Boston's Langham Hotel. The evening brought together the entrepreneurs behind AVG portfolio…
 
 
EP 31: How a Former Rock Guitarist Invented the Digital Media Supply Chain of the Future
December 17, 2018
According to Arjun Mendhi, the current music industry is broken because it was built for physical media. That's why he founded MTonomy, a digital media…
 
 
EP 30: Former NASA Engineer Launches His Own Rockets to Protect Our Planet
December 7, 2018
As Payam Banazadeh will tell you, Capella Space builds sophisticated satellites, but it's not a "satellite company." His company designs and launches rockets, but he insists…