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Innovation Economy Series Trailer
As startups scale, they need resources to support them – and a growth capital partner that grows with them. Learn the secrets of scaling success as these exceptional entrepreneurs of the Innovation Economy share their stories, struggles and triumphs.
Tapping Into Authenticity to Gain Consumer Trust with Bernadette Butler, Co-Founder and CEO of StoryTap
In the business world, it’s never been more important for companies to build a brand that’s trustworthy, credible and authentic. Considering realness is the basis for her business model, StoryTap co-founder Bernadette Butler lives and breathes by this maxim. StoryTap turns consumers into evangelists—not by using fancy, high-quality video content, but through videos that consumers submit themselves. Offered now in nine countries, the patented video platform is revolutionizing the online customer journey, bridging the gap between the in-person experience and the online experience. In this episode, Bernadette explains why she believes the secret to StoryTap’s success is applying authenticity to the business model every step of the way.
Why Focusing on Efficiency and Measured Growth is Key with Jager McConnell, CEO at Crunchbase
Since it spun out from the wildly popular online media company TechCrunch in 2015, Crunchbase has been blazing its own trail. The company recently raised $50 million in a Series D round, and it comes at a difficult time for raising funds—not just for B2B software as a service, but for the industry as a whole. Nobody knows that better than Crunchbase’s CEO, Jager McConnell. In this episode, Michael and Jager explore how he managed to raise the funds, how he managed the uncertainty, and how his experience at Salesforce helped him drive Crunchbase to the level of success it's seen so far. Michael and Jager discuss the company’s latest funding round, the importance of giving back to the community, and some of the toughest lessons he’s learned while building an enterprise product.
Lessons from the past two years from a venture capitalist with Impression Ventures Founder and Managing Partner Christian Lassonde
Although some venture capital firms snapped their wallets shut during the first few months of the pandemic, it quickly became apparent that the startups who were able to pivot their business model and go fully digital would not just survive this time period, but thrive. In this episode, Michael sits down with Christian Lassonde, the Founder and Managing Partner of Impression Ventures, to discuss lessons learned from the pandemic and why there’s hope for the future yet. As an entrepreneur himself, Christian applied the knowledge he gained from past experiences working in the video game and tech industry to his role as a venture capitalist today. He shares how the lessons he’s learned throughout his career have informed his work as a venture capitalist, why he’s not interested in a high profile, the importance of playing the long game in business, and much more.