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 54: Why Catherine Lu Fast-Tracked Her Path into VC
July 22, 2019 Catherine Lu | Principal at Spike Ventures

This successful entrepreneur, product manager, and software engineer found something in an opportunity with Spike Ventures that didn't exist with more traditional VC firms.

EP 53: How Mission Bio is Helping Physicians Beat Cancer
July 21, 2019 Charlie Silver | CEO and Co-founder of Mission Bio

It’s critical for cancer patients to get accurate diagnoses and effective treatment plans as quickly as possible. Yet, doctors often spend precious time trying to discern exactly which form of the disease they are dealing with because they can’t see the individual cells involved. Charlie Silver, CEO of Mission Bio, hopes to change that with more precise, comprehensive DNA testing.

EP 52: How Dartmouth Grads Leveraged Tech to Clean the Laundry Business
July 20, 2019 Ajay Prakash | CEO and Co-founder of Rinse

For years, Rinse Co-Founders Ajay Prakash and James Joun wondered how to increase sales in the static dry cleaning industry. They developed a solution that uses tech to facilitate laundry and dry cleaning pickup with smart scheduling and predictability for everyone involved. Within a few short years, the company updated an industry and increased business for local dry cleaners.

EP 51: How Kelsey Hunter Learned That Messaging is the Future of E-Commerce
July 18, 2019 Kelsey Hunter | CEO and Founder of Paloma

To prove she could generate conversions through Facebook Messenger, Kelsey Hunter spent six weeks interacting with customers on the platform as though she were a chatbot. During this time, she discovered that people were more likely to engage with the chatbot if she asked questions. This prompted her to build an e-commerce tool that helps businesses turn Messenger into a new sales funnel.

EP 50: An Answer to the Country’s Student Loan Crisis
July 10, 2019 David Klein and Veena Ramaswamy | CommonBond

After working in corporate America, David Klein attended business school with the goal of starting a company before he graduated. Ironically, the cost of attending business school exposed the very problem he would develop CommonBond to solve. He explains how the company is aiming to help fix the student loan crisis by addressing high interest rates, complex processes, and poor customer service.

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