BUILDUP Radio Podcast Special Episode – Interview with Rev. Jesse Jackson On Diversity and Inclusion In Tech

BUILDUP co-hosted a Diversity and Inclusion in Tech roundtable with Rev. Jesse Jackson at Galvanize. Prior to the roundtable, BUILDUP General Partner Wayne Sutton had the opportunity to interview Rev. Jesse Jackson. During the interview Rev. Jackson discussed everything from Selma, why is he involved in tech space and Black History Month. You can watch the video interview here, Interview With Rev. Jesse Jackson On Diversity And Inclusion In Tech, Politics And Black History Month

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BUILDUP Radio Episode 3 – What Angel Investors Look For In Founders with Manny Fernandez

“Ask for money, and get advice
Ask for advice, get money twice”
-- PitBull

One of BUILDUP goals is to connect founders with angel investors. One of the rising stars in the angel investment community is the highly connected Manny Fernandez. Many is the Co-Founder/ CEO of DreamFunded. DreamFunded is the only equity based platform that delivers top quality deals with completed due diligence reports to accredited investors, using proprietary algorithms to match member preferences to deal flow.

Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor and a serial [...]

BUILDUP Radio Episode 2 – Semil Shah on How Can Underrepresented Minorities In Tech (URM) Can Build Bridges With Investors

As the conversation about Underrepresented Minorities In Tech (URM) continues to evolve from meritocracy, to work force numbers, to can you name more than five African-American tech founders in Silicon Valley/ San Francisco Bay Area some investors acknowledge they haven't been pitched from a "URM" and some wonder what can they do to about it. One such investor is Semil Shah, Venture Advisor to Bullpen Capital and GGV Capital and direct investor with his fund called Haystack. Semil wrote about "minorities in tech, startups, and investing via his blog and since then curated a URM Twitter list [...]

BUILDUP Radio Episode 1 – Characteristics of A Startup Founder with Tommy Leep of Rothenberg Ventures



For the first episode of BUILDUP Radio we talk with Tommy Leep of Rothenberg Ventures on the his path to becoming a venture capitalist, characteristics of a startup founder and the process for entrepreneurs to network with investors. Listen and subscribe.

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Michigan: A Growing Hotbed for Venture Capital Investment – infographic

Earlier this year the city of Detroit filed Chapter 9 Municipal Bankruptcy but that hasn't broken the spirit of Detroit and other Michigan entrepreneurs from staying motivated. For example my friend Hajj Flemings launched +redetroit a site to magnify the 'Re-building, Reinvention, and Re-branding' story that is fueling Detroit's revitalization.

Not only do entrepreneurs like Hajj have high hopes for the future of Detroit and Michigan as a whole but according to Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, Michigan is a is a growing hotbed for venture capital investment. Take a look at the report [...]

PDF – WilmerHale 2013 Venture Capital Report

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New Reports find IPOs on the Rise in California, Venture Capital Down Slightly

Two new reports find the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) in California grew in 2012 and is likely to continue strong in 2013, with six new IPOs already in 2013. At the same time, venture capital (VC) investing declined slightly but the state is expected to maintain its leadership role, as the No. 1 source for VC-backed companies.

For more on California and national trends, please see the 2013 IPO Report (p. 8) and the 2013 Venture Capital Report (p. 6).

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