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Named a top 27 business podcast by Fortune, upside examines startup investing outside of Silicon Valley. Every Wednesday, we speak with an early stage founder. We interview them as if we are angel investors considering the company as an investment opportunity. Each show has three segments: 1.) Intro: independent research of the company 2.) Interview: interview with the founder 3.) Debrief: breaking down the opportunity Sometimes, we share Coffee Chats interviewing venture capitalists, community builders, and later-stage founders. Subscribe and see why Business Insider called our podcast "Almost as Good as Getting an MBA."

Episode Date
[Powderkeg] The founding story of Indianapolis darling startup Lessonly
Dec 08, 2021
[When Pigs Fly] #42: Making Medical Bills Bearabill (feat. Lisa Matsuyama & Forest Satterfield of Bearabill)
Dec 01, 2021
[Lay of The Land] #15: Justin Bibb (Mayor-Elect of Cleveland)
Nov 17, 2021
Powerspike // connecting brands and creators on Twitch with a self-serve advertising platform [UP094]
Nov 10, 2021
[Chicago Capital] Ezra Galston of Starting Line on Resiliency, Starting Line Fund II, & the State of Chicago Tech
Nov 03, 2021
[Middle Tech] Symba: Evan Knowles on Building the Only Mobile-First CRM for the Real Estate Industry
Oct 27, 2021
[Fast Frontiers] Scott Dorsey, co-founder and managing partner at High Alpha and former CEO of ExactTarget
Oct 20, 2021
[614 Startups] Sam Baddoo of Fleri
Oct 13, 2021
[Think Like An Owner] Badge Stone – Earning His Badge and Making His Mark in Search Fund Investments
Oct 06, 2021
What’s coming next for the team at upside [JE021]
Sep 29, 2021
Foodnerd // making nutrient-dense superfoods more accessible through the process of sprouting [UP093]
Sep 22, 2021
Sam German of SPMB // recruiting upper management and board members to startups across the country [CC082]
Sep 15, 2021
[REWIND] Firebrand Ventures // Closing a new $40M for the merged fund [RE007]
Sep 08, 2021
Republic // helping anyone invest in private companies [CC081]
Sep 01, 2021
SavvyCal // taking the awkwardness out of scheduling and making it easy [UP092]
Aug 25, 2021
[REWIND] Rootine // Personalized daily health using DNA, blood levels, and lifestyle data [UP076]
Aug 18, 2021
Vint // invest in equity shares of wine collections [UP091]
Aug 11, 2021
BIG NEWS: We're on Product Hunt!
Aug 03, 2021
Victor Gutwein of M25 // A conversation 200 episodes in the making [CC080]
Jul 28, 2021
AireXpert // Keeping planes in the air with real-time synchronization for maintenance, tech ops, and flight crews [UP090]
Jul 21, 2021
Jack Greco of Buffalo Bridge // the co-founder of Buffalo’s first unicorn on giving back to build the ecosystem [CC079]
Jul 14, 2021
Karla Gallardo of Viwala // providing revenue-based loans for women entrepreneurs in Mexico [CC078]
Jul 07, 2021
Reclaim // a smart calendar assistant helping find time for your real priorities [UP089]
Jun 30, 2021
John Gannon of GoingVC // helping people break into venture capital [CC077]
Jun 23, 2021
Revisiting "Test City, USA" // now streaming online for free! [JE022]
Jun 14, 2021
Ginger Rothrock of HG Ventures // corporate venture capital investing in heavy construction and materials, environmental services, and specialty chemicals [CC076]
Jun 09, 2021
Tom Cottingham of Flyover Future // building a news organization covering innovation in 20+ cities across the midwest. [CC075]
Jun 02, 2021
William Hsu of Mucker Capital // an accelerator committed to getting to you to your next round of funding [CC073]
May 26, 2021
Rally // buying & selling equity shares in ultra-rare, collectible assets [UP088]
May 19, 2021
[REWIND] Peter Livingston of Unpopular Ventures // early stage investing through a syndicate [CC058]
May 12, 2021
Venture Capital 101 with Scott Shane of Comeback Capital [When Pigs Fly #10]
May 05, 2021
Michael Cohn and Sean O'Brien of Overline // leading seed stage deals in Atlanta and the southeast [CC072]
Apr 28, 2021
Best Shot // a digital companion for fertility patients [UP087]
Apr 21, 2021
Jackie DiMonte of Chicago Ventures // ascending the venture career ladder and opening an office in Austin [CC071]
Apr 14, 2021
Jessica Peltz-Zatulove of Hannah Grey // a first check venture fund investing in founders reimagining everyday experiences [CC070]
Apr 07, 2021
Protoball // building a first-person sports shooter indie game [UP086]
Mar 31, 2021
Chris Bergman // building Gylee Games and The Fund Midwest [CC069]
Mar 24, 2021
The Launch Company // building the world’s first multi-user, mobile launch site for this planet and beyond [UP085]
Mar 17, 2021
[REWIND] SuperRare // creating a tokenized digital art marketplace [RE006]
Mar 10, 2021
Splash Financial // helping people refinance their student loans [Lay of The Land #9]
Mar 03, 2021
Tribevest // making it easy for individuals to pool their capital and invest together [UP084]
Feb 24, 2021
Huckabuy // improving your search results with a technology-based approach to SEO [UP083]
Feb 17, 2021
Passiv // transforming your brokerage account into a portfolio management tool [UP082]
Feb 10, 2021
Introducing When Pigs Fly [JE021]
Feb 03, 2021
Craftom // making it easy for companies to ship customized gifts, office equipment, and more [UP081]
Jan 27, 2021
Landon Ainge of Assure Syndicates // matchmaking founders with the right venture investors [CC068]
Jan 20, 2021
Between Two Hedges // building companies with one foot in and one foot outside Silicon Valley [CC067]
Jan 13, 2021
[REWIND] Intrinio // affordable, real-time financial data [RE005]
Jan 06, 2021
[REWIND] Fiveable // social learning for AP students [RE004]
Dec 30, 2020
[REWIND] FreshFry // extending the life of frying oil [RE003]
Dec 16, 2020
[REWIND] Opendorse // pioneering athlete-driven marketing [RE002]
Dec 09, 2020
[REWIND] Balto // AI for contact centers [RE001]
Dec 02, 2020
Things we’re actually thankful for in 2020 [JE020]
Nov 25, 2020
Introducing Lay of the Land [JE019]
Nov 18, 2020
Coming soon: the upside podcast network [JE018]
Nov 11, 2020
Healium // self-management of stress using biofeedback and virtual reality [UP081]
Nov 04, 2020
SuperRare // creating a tokenized digital art marketplace [UP080]
Oct 28, 2020
Nexme // an on demand real estate platform [UP079]
Oct 21, 2020
Rob Eloff of Lateral Capital // the history and future of venture capital in Africa [CC066]
Oct 14, 2020
John Fein and Chris Marks of Firebrand Ventures // why two venture firms merged to become one [CC065]
Oct 07, 2020
Nathan McDonald of Keiretsu Forum // a global community of angel investors with 53 chapters across four continents [CC064]
Sep 30, 2020
Mary Grove of Bread & Butter Ventures // from Google and Rise of the Rest to Minneapolis [CC063]
Sep 23, 2020
Documo // Fax and document management for highly-regulated industries [UP078]
Sep 16, 2020
Ashley Flucas of Flucas Ventures // turning 100 angel investments into an AngelList syndicate [CC062]
Sep 09, 2020
Einar Vollset of TinySeed // lessons from the first cohort of the accelerator for bootstrappers [CC061]
Sep 02, 2020
SLP Toolkit // Helping Speech Language Pathologists manage their caseloads [UP077]
Aug 26, 2020
Rootine // Personalized daily health using DNA, blood levels, and lifestyle data [UP076]
Aug 19, 2020
.CLUB // exclusive rights to sell a generic top level domain name [UP075]
Aug 12, 2020
Xendoo // personalized bookkeeping for small businesses [UP074]
Aug 05, 2020
Dave Sachse // investing in venture funds and startups as a family office [CC060]
Jul 29, 2020
Will Price of Next Frontier Capital // bringing venture capital to the rocky mountain region [CC059]
Jul 22, 2020
Peter Livingston of Unpopular Ventures // early stage investing through a syndicate [CC058]
Jul 15, 2020
CC057: Saurabh Sharma of Jump Capital // Series A and B capital for cloud infrastructure and enterprise software
Jul 08, 2020
CC056: Chetan Parekh of P&G Ventures // identifying and developing the next generation of billion-dollar brands
Jul 01, 2020
UP073: Pear Commerce // creating a win-win-win for consumers, brands, and retailers
Jun 24, 2020
CC055: Jason Illian of Koch Disruptive Technologies // investing in emerging technologies for one of the world’s largest private companies
Jun 17, 2020
CC054: Patrick McKenna of One America Works // helping coastal companies open new offices in the heartland
Jun 10, 2020
CC053: Andrew D'Souza of Clearbanc // revenue-based financing and the 20-minute term sheet
May 27, 2020
CC052: Nick Cooney of Lever VC // investing in alternative protein startups
May 20, 2020
CC051: Grady Buchanan of OmniValley // connecting startup investors between the coasts
May 13, 2020
UP072: Muxy // powering viewer engagement for live streaming
May 06, 2020
UP071: BackpackEMR // electronic medical records for mobile clinics in remote locations
Apr 29, 2020
JE017: "Test City, USA" official release
Apr 27, 2020
UP070: Xena Workwear // stylish steel-toe shoes designed for women
Apr 22, 2020
CC050: Matt Hunckler of Powderkeg // connecting talent to startups in the Midwest
Apr 15, 2020
CC049: Alex Lazarow // why the Silicon Valley playbook is outdated
Apr 08, 2020
CC048: Mike Duda of Bullish // the strategic creative and capital partner behind brands like Casper, Birchbox, Peloton, and more
Apr 01, 2020
UP069: Relish // relationship coaching in the comfort of your own home
Mar 25, 2020
CC047: Elias Torres of Drift // opening offices outside of silicon valley (live from Embarc Collective’s grand opening)
Mar 18, 2020
UP068: Fiveable // live-streaming test prep for AP classes
Mar 11, 2020
CC046: Lakshmi Sarah // Storytelling in Virtual and Augmented Reality (live from CES 2020)
Mar 04, 2020
CC045: Elizabeth Galbut of SoGal Ventures // the first female-led millennial venture capital firm (from CES 2020)
Feb 26, 2020
CC044: Doug Clinton of Loup Ventures // exploring frontier technologies (from CES 2020)
Feb 24, 2020
CC043: James O’Connor of the Pittsburgh Knights // operating a professional esports team (from CES 2020)
Feb 19, 2020
UP067: eFuse // connecting gamers to professional opportunities & esports scholarships
Feb 19, 2020
CC042: Jordan Davis of Smart Columbus // Looking into the future of smart cities (from CES 2020)
Feb 12, 2020
CC041: Bryan Darr of Ookla // demystifying the 5G revolution (from CES 2020)
Feb 10, 2020
UP066: Locomation // commercializing autonomous trucking with convoy technology (from CES 2020)
Feb 05, 2020
CC040: Recapping CES 2020 with fellow Media Trailblazers Hayden Field (Entrepreneur) and Lindsay Bjerregaard (Aviation Week)
Feb 03, 2020
CC039: Catharine Dockery of Vice Ventures // investing in good companies operating in “bad” industries
Jan 29, 2020
UP065: Renewlogy // Turning plastic waste into fuel through chemical recycling
Jan 22, 2020
CC038: Casey Allen // building the Twin Cities enterprise SaaS community
Jan 15, 2020
UP064: Fitt // curating health and wellness recommendations for your city
Jan 08, 2020
UP063: Visible // powering communication for founders and investors
Jan 01, 2020
JE016: 12 episodes of Christmas
Dec 25, 2019
CC037: Neal Bloom of Fresh Brewed Tech // uncovering the past and building the future of San Diego
Dec 18, 2019
UP062: Mainvest // helping anyone invest in Main Street businesses
Dec 11, 2019
CC036: Matt Cordio of Skills Pipeline // Getting a lay of the land in Startup Milwaukee
Dec 04, 2019
JE015: Thanksgiving 2019 // strikes, turkeys, and three things we're thankful for
Nov 27, 2019
CC035: Kim Jefferson and Lydia Beechler of BLASTmedia // building a holistic PR strategy for startups
Nov 20, 2019
UP061: The Bee Corp // using infrared to measure colony size to support beekeepers and growers
Nov 13, 2019
CC034: Greg Robinson of 4490 Ventures // leading Series A/B rounds in underserved markets
Nov 06, 2019
UP060: Perceive // using spatial recognition to measure consumer behavior in the real world
Oct 30, 2019
CC033: Alex Rubalcava of Stage Venture Partners // investing in early-stage enterprise software
Oct 23, 2019
UP059: WorkHound // workforce retention via direct feedback from the frontline
Oct 16, 2019
CC032: Kate Shillo Beardsley of Upslope Ventures // scaling early stage investments across the country
Oct 09, 2019
UP058: Audience Awards // creating opportunity for filmmakers through contests, festivals, and distribution
Oct 02, 2019
CC031: building a network of generous entrepreneurs in the Midwest // a coffee chat with Joni Cobb (Pipeline Entrepreneurs)
Sep 30, 2019
JE014: the update issue three // Test City, USA preview
Sep 25, 2019
UP057: OROS Apparel // making outerwear obsolete with NASA-inspired technology
Sep 18, 2019
CC030: investing in socially responsible, high-growth companies // a coffee chat with Rose Maizner (RenewableTech Ventures)
Sep 16, 2019
UP056: // a budding B2B marketplace for legal hemp and cannabis transactions
Sep 11, 2019
CC029: providing equal access to the Triangle startup community // a coffee chat with Molly Demarest (American Underground)
Sep 09, 2019
JE013: Happy Labor Day // don’t work too hard
Sep 04, 2019
CC028: building turnkey programs for entrepreneurs and creatives // a coffee chat with Joe Kirgues (gener8tor)
Sep 02, 2019
JE012: the fourfront // four trends we are watching develop
Aug 28, 2019
UP055: Hurry Home // enabling renters to become owners of affordable homes
Aug 21, 2019
CC027: raising an opportunity fund for a mission driven accelerator // a coffee chat with Barbara Bickham (WIF AX)
Aug 19, 2019
UP054: AdAdapted // serving smarter ads for CPG companies
Aug 14, 2019
CC026: matching top talent with startups between the coasts // a coffee chat with Kaleb Dumot (Integrity Power Search)
Aug 12, 2019
UP053: emocha // improving medication adherence through remote video observation
Aug 07, 2019
UP052: Seek // augmented reality on the web for eCommerce
Jul 31, 2019
UP051: UbiQD // making low-hazard quantum dots
Jul 24, 2019
UP050: opendorse // helping athletes share more content (feat. Braxton Miller of the Philadelphia Eagles)
Jul 17, 2019
UP049: Zive // freeing you from the browser with desktop applications
Jul 10, 2019
CC025: impact investing and reversing demographic trends // a Coffee Chat with Robert Zulkoski (Vermont Works)
Jul 08, 2019
JE011: happy July 4th // the update issue two
Jul 03, 2019
CC024: investing in the picks and shovels of esports and gaming // a Coffee Chat with Josh Chapman (Konvoy Ventures)
Jul 01, 2019
UP048: Balto // selling sales software to salesmen (feat. David Geiger of TeamDynamix)
Jun 26, 2019
CC023: connecting recent college grads to startups // a Coffee Chat with Amy Nelson (Venture for America)
Jun 24, 2019
UP047: Momentous // supplements used by professional athletes and available to you (feat. Tenika Seitz)
Jun 19, 2019
CC022: connecting the coasts to the heartland // a Coffee Chat from the Comeback Cities Tour
Jun 17, 2019
UP046: MITO Material Solutions // chemical additives for tougher composites
Jun 12, 2019
UP045: GTI Fabrication // scaling modular construction through pre-fabrication
Jun 05, 2019
UP044: Semtive // building a peer-to-peer power grid using wind turbines (feat. Benjamin Stafford of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota)
May 29, 2019
UP043: inKind // redesigning restaurant financing with House Accounts (feat. Kevin Tien of Himitsu and Hot Lola's)
May 22, 2019
CC021: thinking big, fearing less, and listening deeply in Madison // a Coffee Chat with Scott Resnick (StartingBlock)
May 20, 2019
UP042: Threatcare // automated third-party threat detection
May 15, 2019
CC020: bootstrapping the world’s largest real estate community to over 1m members // a Coffee Chat with Josh Dorkin (BiggerPockets)
May 13, 2019
Library Magic Pt. 2 // Jay's one year reflection
May 08, 2019
CC019: take two // a surprise Coffee Chat with Nathan Todhunter (editor)
May 06, 2019
Library Magic Pt. 1 // Eric's one year reflection
May 01, 2019
CC018: building the front door to #StartupCincy // a Coffee Chat with Eric Weissman (Cintrifuse) (Live from Cincinnati Podcast Festival 2018)
Apr 29, 2019
UP041: HoloMe // human holograms made easy with augmented reality
Apr 24, 2019
CC017: building a world class venture firm in Chicago // a Coffee Chat with Ezra Galston (Starting Line)
Apr 22, 2019
UP040: Plus One Robotics // solving the cluttered pile problem with vision-based robotics (feat. Nick Solaro of Drive Capital)
Apr 17, 2019
CC016: a new source of funding and optionality for early stage founders // a Coffee Chat with Tyler Tringas (Earnest Capital) and Kevin McArdle (SureSwift Capital)
Apr 15, 2019
UP039: Backtracks // data analytics for podcasters (feat. Meb Faber of Cambria Investment Management)
Apr 10, 2019
JE008: consume, contribute, create // how founders, VCs, and community builders should podcast
Apr 03, 2019
CC015: geography and investing, should location matter? (live from SXSW 2019) // a panel with Andy Sparks (Holloway), Rachel Carpenter (Intrinio), and Brandon Bryant (Harlem Capital)
Apr 01, 2019
UP038: Clever // lowering real estate transaction costs by connecting sellers to agents (feat. Erik Berg of Rev1 Ventures)
Mar 27, 2019
CC014: connecting the Air Force and innovation // a Coffee Chat with Vince Pecoraro and Luis Cordova (AFWERX)
Mar 25, 2019
UP037: Preteckt // real-time vehicle prognostics using machine learning
Mar 20, 2019
CC013: how Pittsburgh leverages state funding to spur innovation // a Coffee Chat with Terri Glueck and Leah Simoncelli (Innovation Works)
Mar 18, 2019
UP036: Periodic Edibles // getting into the weeds of building a cannabis brand
Mar 13, 2019
JE007: why we created the update, issue one
Mar 06, 2019
UP035: Exaeris // pulling drinkable water out of thin air (live from CES 2019)
Feb 27, 2019
CC012: how Cleveland is rallying their community around a new tech movement // a Coffee Chat with Bernie Moreno (Blockland)
Feb 25, 2019
UP034: Testcard // at-home medical diagnostic using urinalysis and your smart phone (live from CES 2019)
Feb 20, 2019
CC011: making the startup ecosystem bigger in Texas // a Coffee Chat with Bryan Chambers (Capital Factory)
Feb 18, 2019
UP033: SOMAVAC® Medical // improving outpatient recovery from major surgeries
Feb 13, 2019
CC010: the pros and cons of angel funds // a Coffee Chat with Todd Federman (North Coast Angel Fund)
Feb 11, 2019
UP032: Astral AR // drones that stop bullets and prevent tragedy (live from CES 2019)
Feb 06, 2019
CC009: building a collaborative startup ecosystem in Memphis // a Coffee Chat with Katie Milligan (Start Co.)
Feb 04, 2019
UP031: Woobo // a fuzzy, interactive robot companion for child development (live from CES 2019)
Jan 30, 2019
UP030: Sense Arena // professional hockey IQ training using VR technology (live from CES 2019 feat. Shane Darrow of Forecheck, Backcheck, Paycheck)
Jan 23, 2019
CC008: the first startup accelerator designed for bootstrappers // a Coffee Chat with Rob Walling (TinySeed)
Jan 21, 2019
UP029: CareAlert // helping seniors live independently with in-home sensor technology (live from CES 2019)
Jan 16, 2019
CC007: the rise of platform in venture capital // a Coffee Chat with Stephanie Manning (Lerer Hippeau)
Jan 14, 2019
UP028: Summersalt // a direct-to-consumer travelwear brand for women (feat. Karen Howland of CircleUp)
Jan 09, 2019
UP027: ShearShare // an on-demand marketplace for stylists who need work space
Jan 02, 2019
JE006: eight crazy months of upside
Dec 26, 2018
UP026: Bark // predictive software for keeping children safe online
Dec 19, 2018
CC006: tackling the Series A/B capital gap in Ohio // a coffee chat with Bill Baumel and Jill Raderstorf (Ohio Innovation Fund)
Dec 12, 2018
CC005: getting into venture and startup ecosystems // a coffee chat with Monique Villa (ModernCapital)
Dec 05, 2018
UP025: Vlipsy // a search engine for short form videos as an alternative to gifs
Nov 28, 2018
JE005: happy Thanksgiving from upside
Nov 21, 2018
UP024: Intrinio // powering fintech innovation with access to financial data
Nov 14, 2018
UP023: Super Dispatch // an automated back office for the car hauling industry
Nov 07, 2018
CC004: Tampa’s Emerging Entrepreneurial Hub // a coffee chat with Allie Felix (Embarc Collective)
Oct 31, 2018
CC003: Opportunity Funds // a coffee chat with Peter Brack (Hypothesis Ventures)
Oct 24, 2018
UP022: Concur // mission-driven skincare for a healthy microbiome (feat. Ross Baird of Village Capital)
Oct 17, 2018
UP021: GenoPalate // personalized nutrition recommendations from your DNA
Oct 10, 2018
UP020: Three Firefighters // airflow control and personnel accountability for burning buildings
Oct 03, 2018
UP019: Wicked Sheets // bed sheets for the fight against night sweats
Sep 26, 2018
CC002: Kansas City rising // a Coffee Chat with John Fein (Firebrand Ventures)
Sep 19, 2018
CC001: Silicon Valley to Nashville // a coffee chat with Andrew Goldner (GrowthX)
Sep 12, 2018
UP018: Cuddle Clones // creating plush replicas of your pet
Sep 05, 2018
UP017: Set Scouter // simplifying residential film location scouting
Aug 29, 2018
JE004: four myths for investment outside of silicon valley
Aug 22, 2018
UP016: mobius // finding wonder in waste
Aug 15, 2018
UP015: Mixtroz // putting connection back into "networking"
Aug 08, 2018
JE003: listener feedback episode
Aug 01, 2018
UP014: 10XTS // building an enterprise blockchain ecosystem (feat. Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano)
Jul 25, 2018
UP013: Local Crate // localized supply chain to decentralize meal delivery
Jul 18, 2018
UP012: FreshFry // frying oil purification through the magic of chemistry
Jul 11, 2018
JE002: happy July 4th
Jul 04, 2018
UP011: ParqEx // real estate technology solving a parking problem
Jun 27, 2018
UP010: Upsie // a cheaper way to protect your stuff
Jun 20, 2018
UP009: BYBE // the first legal way to discount alcohol purchases
Jun 13, 2018
UP008: Loop Returns // creating the perfect ecommerce customer returns experience (live from Columbus Podcast Festival)
Jun 06, 2018
UP007: Kaleidoscope Group PBC // unlocking new private scholarships and creating the "uncommon app" to apply for them
May 30, 2018
UP006: Swannies // creating an apparel brand for the modern golfer (feat. Web Smith of 2PM)
May 23, 2018
UP005: F13 Works // extending the aisle in ecommerce
May 16, 2018
UP004: ScriptDrop // improving prescription medication adherence
May 09, 2018
UP003: LawnGuru // on demand outdoor services
May 02, 2018
UP002: Rapchat // empowering a hip hop community
May 02, 2018
UP001: tilr // skills-based job hiring
May 02, 2018
JE001: upside // a podcast about startups outside of silicon valley
May 02, 2018