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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2013 Venture Capital Financing and Exit Annual Report via CB Insights

In 2013, venture capital financing hit $29.2 billion across 3354 deals. Behind the continued surge in early-stage seed venture capital deals, 2013 marked the fifth straight year of record venture capital deal levels. On the funding front, venture capital funding levels increased in each successive quarter in 2013 and hit $8 billion in Q4 2013 across 849 deals – the highest quarterly funding mark since Q2’12 and a sign of potentially growing confidence throughout the venture ecosystem. Compared to 2012 and 2011, 2013 saw venture capital deals rise 3% and 9%. Funding increased 3% from [...]

What is PitchTo and How Can Founders and Investors Use It?


Today I'm pleased to announce the public beta release of PitchTo. PitchTo is a dedicated platform for managing and rating founder pitches and provides a way for entrepreneurs to get feedback on their product or pitch.

While working with founders on their pitch deck either preparing for demo day or investor meetings I saw an ongoing theme. While in person feedback is great, founders would also like a better way to get feedback on their pitch from their network. Two more areas where I saw an opportunity for PitchTo is talking with investors about how they keep track of all their companies [...]