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Startup of the Year Podcast podcast.

December 28, 2019

Startup of the Year Podcast raises the bar for startups around the world by providing further insight on the emerging companies featured in our Daily Dealflow newsletter, and by highlighting newsworthy stories and global trends affecting the startup ecosystem.

Startup of the Year is a year-long program dedicated to finding the best, most diverse startups from every corner of the country and the world. On this podcast, we discuss the latest companies featured in our newsletter, important startup news, and trends affecting the industry.

Our program discovers amazing companies and amplifies their stories. Because great companies can and are built everywhere, but not all locations have access to equal resources, we shine a spotlight on the best startups, founders, and stories from every part of the country and the world.

Join us as we step out beyond just the major ecosystems and share the stories of the founders and companies that you want to meet.



Episodes with Smash Notes

In this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Larry Berlin, an entrepreneur and angel investor, who teaches and mentors at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Larry also talk about his work with the "New Venture Challenge” every year, where 30 teams compete for a total of $1M for the tops winners.

Frank also catches up with Reed Alexander the Relationship Manager, SMB Partnerships at American Airlines. The two talk about the products and travel programs that AA offers for startups and small business and the AA Business Extra program.

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On this episode, Frank Gruber talks with Lakshmi Shenoy, the CEO of Embarc Collective about startup opportunities in Tampa, Florida.

The two also catch up about Lakshmi's journey and how she became the CEO of a nonprofit that has the goal of helping Tampa Bay startups build bold, scalable, thriving companies.

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On this episode, we hear from two of the finalists from last year's Startup of the Year Summit.

First, Frank Gruber talks with Erik Maltais, the CEO & Co-Founder of Immertec, about their new approach to surgical training that transports surgeons into the surgical suite for real-time training in virtual reality. We also talk with Richard Munassi, the Cohort Director at Tampa Bay Wave, who referred Immertec to the Startup of the Year program.

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Elnaz Sarraf, the founder of wiseHer, discusses her technology platform that provides on-demand expert advice to women in business. She also tells her startup story and talks about the value of having a strong network and support system, and much more...

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On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber checks in with Erica Duignan, the founder of 1000 Angels and co-founder of Reign Ventures.

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In this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Sarah Kunst of Cleo Capital.

The two chat about Sarah's experience working at a startup and then her work as an investor and running an investment fund, where she raised $3.5M, which is the largest first-time fund raised by an African American woman.

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On this special episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast we will be looking back to some of our best episodes of 2019.

Specifically, we will be listening to Frank Gruber's conversation with Mark Cuban the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and one of the main "shark" investors on the ABC reality television series, Shark Tank.

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On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Rich Maloy the VP Engagement at Established talks with Thor Culverhouse, CEO of Lighter Capital, and John Willard the Managing director of Silicon Valley Bank, about revenue-based financing.

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Frank Gruber is joined by co-hosts Jen Consalvo, Rich Maloy, Lori Thiel, and John Guidos from the Established and Startup of the Year team and they discuss the following Startups that would make great 2019 holiday gifts:

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Elnaz Sarraf, the CEO of artificial intelligence startup ROYBI, provides candid stories about running one of the world’s up-and-coming educational companies. ROYBI Robot is the world’s first smart toy robot designed to help children ages three through seven learn multiple languages and STEM skills.

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Silicon Valley Bank's Vice President of Startup Banking, JP Giannini, discusses tips for startup founders to grow an early stage company.

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On the latest episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast our co-hosts Frank Gruber and Lori Thiel provide a recap of the 2019 Startup of the Year Summit that took place in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Each year, Silicon Valley Bank releases an invaluable compendium of insights about the current state of the industry and thoughtful projections for the year ahead. Looking at trends that range from hiring, to raising capital, to general building conditions, it’s a result of meticulous reporting, dedicated analysis, and, most importantly, observations from founders, investors, and partners in the space.

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Most of the Startup of the Year podcast team is already Walkin’ in Memphis in advance of the 2019 Startup of the Year Summit — which is less than a week away — but two of our co-hosts, Frank Gruber and Lori Thiel, are still on hand and on mic to discuss all the exhilarating things attendees can expect at the event; from the raucous kickoff reception at the Hu. Hotel to the awarding of the $100,000 grand prize. They're also proud to announce that over 40% of the founders/co-founders competing this year are women, over 48% are minority, 11% are veterans, and 6% identify as LGBTQ.

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For the first time in a long time the expected lifespan of American adults is going in the wrong direction, which is why our co-hosts Frank Gruber, Jen Consalvo, Rich Maloy and Lori Thiel have dedicated this 11th episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast to discussing the booming health tech movement and some of the startups attacking this problem in innovative ways. Specifically, Jessie, an on-demand digital clinic for women; Phylomics, which uses routine blood draws to detect multiple types of cancers before symptoms even appear; NeuroFlow, which enables behavioral health access and engagement across the continuum of care; and Etta Epidermis, an artificially intelligent skin cancer detection software program.

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For this tenth installment of the Startup of the Year podcast, host Frank Gruber interviews a very special guest: Tim Draper, founder of Draper Associates and Draper University, inventor of viral marketing, early investor in startups like Skype, Twitch, and Space X, and author of How to be The Startup Hero: A Guide and Textbook for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs.

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In this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, hosts Frank Gruber, Jen Consalvo, Rich Maloy and Lori Thiel — fueled by turmeric ginger and mushroom teas — discuss their experience at INNOConf in New Orleans.

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The Startup of the Year team is back from a whirlwind week that saw them popping up everywhere from the inaugural InnoConf in New Orleans to Las Vegas’ SALT Conference to Florida and Puerto Rico for Revolution's Rise of the Rest Road Trip with Steve Case. In this episode, host Frank Gruber talks with the AOL founder about what he gleaned from those latest tour stops, as well as Rise of the Rest’s overall mission to be a catalyst for those entrepreneurs and startups that aren’t getting attention from mainstream media and coastal venture capitalists. Or, as Steve put it, “to throw a little more kerosene on those fires, so they burn a little brighter and a little faster than they might have otherwise done."

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For this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, hosts Frank Gruber, Lori Thiel, and Rich Maloy of the Established team are joined by Silicon Valley Bank’s Theron McCollough to share some insights about SVB’s Startup Outlook Report for 2019, which details how technology and life science founders and executives in the U.S., the UK, China and Canada are growing their companies, and planning for future growth, amid our current state of economic uncertainty.

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In just over two weeks the Established team will be be heading down to the Big Easy for Startup of the Year New Orleans taking place at INNOConf, so our hosts Frank Gruber, Jen Consalvo, Lori Thiel, Rich Maloy, and Joe Corbett are dedicating this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast to showcasing companies from the greater Gulf Region; many of which have actually competed — and won — past Startup of the Year competitions.

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We just got back from Austin, Texas, and South by Southwest (SXSW), where we hosted an all-day Startup of the Year House — for our 10th year running — and what a weekend it was!

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In this fourth installment of the Startup of the Year podcast, Established’s Frank Gruber, Jen Consalvo, Lori Thiel, and Rich Maloy discuss the man who’s been a true Maverick in every sense of the word, Mark Cuban, beginning with a dexterous exploration of his impressively curated and notably diverse portfolio.

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Our third episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast was produced following Super Bowl LII where the New England Patriots defeated the LA Rams 13 to 3 in what was one of the most boring Super Bowls ever. That said, in this episode we discuss some of the Super Bowl advertising spends and our thoughts on the overall program before we dive into five fresh startups that tackle the following areas: safer medication supply chains to save lives, reducing the $160B in crops wasted each year, improving recycling processes with magnets, making the immigration process more efficient (and empathetic), and an expressive backpack offering unlimited personal expression and marketing potential.

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Our second episode Startup of the Year Podcast was produced during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with the theme of startups from the Startup of the Year program that showcased at CES 2019. Host Frank Gruber is joined by co-hosts Rich Maloy, and Lori Thiel from the Established and Startup of the Year team and special guest Eric Matthews from Start Co an accelerator based in Memphis, Tennessee as they cram into a Tiny House in Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s Airstream Village downtown Las Vegas.

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In the first episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, host Frank Gruber is joined by co-hosts Jen Consalvo, Rich Maloy, and Lori Thiel from the Established and Startup of the Year team to discuss five startups that shined bright in the 2018 Startup of the Year program.

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