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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

On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, I talk with venture capitalist, Mike Asem, from M25, about investing in early-stage startups and championing diversity in investors and founders.

On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we hear from author, Susan McPherson, about her book “The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Relationships.”

On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we hear from investor Chris Deutsch, who is the Founder of Lofty Ventures and the Re-Founder at teaBOT.

On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Erica Duignan Minnihan Returns! Erica is a long-time community member and the Founder and General Partner at Reign Ventures. She was at our 9th Annual Summit and talked with Matt Hunckler from Powderkeg

On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, I talk with my long-time friend, Nick O’Neill, the Co-Founder and CEO of The Nifty (www.thenifty.com). The Nifty is a Web3 metaverse company with an audience of aspiring and existing NFT collectors an

On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we catch up with Courtney Caldwell and Dr. Tye Caldwell from ShearShare about navigating a startup during a pandemic as well as other useful startup topics.

On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear a panel discussion from our last Summit called “Startup Lessons from Accelerating Startups” with Travis Holoway and Rodney Williams of the Established Ventures portfolio company, SoLo Funds (

On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, Jen Lim returns to talk with our very own Jen Consalvo about company culture and leadership.

In this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear a conversation between NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks and Lakshmi Shenoy, the CEO of Embarc Collective, the two will chat about grit, passion, leadership, and legacy at the 9th Annual Startup o

In this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear a conversation between Nick Outman of the law firm Hill Ward Henderson (www.hwhlaw.com) and Lauren Coffey from Tampa Bay Inno and Tampa Bay Business Journal. The two talk about funding and settin

In this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear a conversation between Andrew Nguyen from BARK and Matt Hunckler of Powderkeg, when they talked about product strategy and the “product mindset” at our 9th Annual Startup of the Year Summit.

In this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear a conversation between Jesse Middleton, who is the General Partner at Flybridge and Co-Founder at The Community Fund and Matt Hunckler of Powderkeg, which is a long time partner of Established an