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Introducing our new podcast, Taking Notes with NextGen! In this bi-monthly series, we sit down with someone from the NextGen network to learn more about their background, where they work today, and insights they have from the industries they lead. Whether a founder, a Venture Partner, or a friend of NextGen, we hope to tap into their expertise and share it with you every other Tuesday.
 
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Martin Babinec is a Venture Partner with NextGen and the Founder of TriNet, a $4B outsourced Human Resources company based in the Bay Area. After building TriNet for 20 years, Martin returned to his hometown in upstate New York and focused his energy on revitalizing the regional innovation economy. Martin’s new book, More Good Jobs, reads like a me…
 
In this episode of Taking Notes with NextGen, host and managing partner Dan Mindus chats with Roman Pedan, Founder and CEO of Kasa Living (Kasa). Kasa is similar to Airbnb in offering short-term accommodations but offers a layer of reliability by ensuring things like consistent cleaning, internet, and check-in/out. Dan and Roman discuss the present…
 
Kyle Garman is a Venture Partner with NextGen, SVP, Global Business Development at SAP, and most recently the author of The Entrepreneurial Mindset.In this episode of Taking Notes, Kyle chats with Dan Mindus (Managing Partner, NextGen Venture Partners) about how to prepare today's kids for the future job market through ideas outlined in his new boo…
 
NextGen portfolio company Aceable is working to help people with life’s certification challenges. The company’s first mobile app offers accredited driver’s education courses and it is now expanding into other verticals such as real estate continuing education. NextGen invested in Aceable in 2015, and Blake and his team prioritized building a divers…
 
In this episode of Taking Notes with NextGen, host and Managing Partner Dan Mindus speaks with Tom Griffiths, CEO and Co-Founder of Hone.Hone was launched based on Tom's experience as a Co-Founder and executive of FanDuel. As the company grew, he needed to bring managers up to speed quickly, but couldn’t find any good products to do so. Tom created…
 
In this episode of Taking Notes with NextGen, host and Managing Partner Dan Mindus speaks with Nick Bonfiglio and Neelesh Shastry, Co-Founders of NextGen portfolio company Syncari.Syncari is building a distributed data management (DDM) software platform to help businesses solve data inconsistencies. Syncari uses data synchronization to coordinate t…
 
In this episode of Taking Notes with NextGen, host and Managing Partner Dan Mindus speaks with Dan Abdinoor, the Co-Founder and CEO of NextGen portfolio company Fritz AI (Fritz).Fritz has created a platform that makes it easy for mobile developers to create applications that leverage machine learning. Over time, Fritz also plans to support the full…
 
In this episode of Taking Notes, NextGen Managing Partner Dan Mindus speaks with Diane Strutner, Founder and CEO of one of NextGen's portfolio companies.When someone streaming a video on the internet experiences a failure, the provider of that video often doesn't know that the failure has happened, how often, or if the viewer is leaving because of …
 
In this episode of Taking Notes, NextGen Managing Partner Dan Mindus speaks with David Sullivan, Founder and CEO of Till, one of NextGen's portfolio companies. To date, the home rental space has been poor in data, analytics and tools to help renters pay rent, stay in their homes and create value for landlords. David discusses how Till is addressing…
 
In this special episode of Taking Notes, NextGen Managing Partner Dan Mindus speaks with Taylor Graff, Head of Asset Allocation Research at Brown Advisory. NextGen combined with Brown Advisory two years ago. Dan and Taylor discuss the impact of the novel coronavirus on economic trends and financial markets, and how this relates to investing.…
 
In this episode of Taking Notes, NextGen Managing Partner Dan Mindus speaks with Vinayak Ranade, CEO of Drafted. NextGen recently invested in Drafted which offers software to human resources departments to help them fill open positions by empowering their employee base to find referrals via their own networks. NextGen is excited about the good Draf…
 
Dan Mindus (Managing Partner at NextGen) and Immad Akhund (Co-Founder and CEO of Mercury) discuss building a bank from scratch that is specifically built for tech startup entrepreneurs. Immad shares why he started Mercury, and how it is benefitting his large and growing client base.By NextGen Venture Partners
 
In this episode of Taking Notes, Dan Mindus (co-founder and managing partner of NGVP) speaks with Venture Partner John Duncan (Principal at Meridian Research Group and Capital Point). Capital Point provides analysis to institutional investors and corporate executives with a heavy focus on the technology industry. The two discuss the potential impac…
 
In this episode of Taking Notes, NextGen Managing Partner Dan Mindus speaks with Carter McJunkin. Carter is a Venture Partner with NextGen and was the COO at Grindr for nearly 8 years, from employee # 1 to exit. Grindr describes itself as the largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans and queer people.Dan and Carter discuss growth at Grindr t…
 
In this episode, Dan Mindus (managing partner at Nextgen) chats with Jason Yeh (co-founder at Tape - video tool for sales/NextGen portfolio company) about pursuing the opportunity to productize innovations in mobile video for the enterprise. "Mobile video has given the consumer world a lot in terms of a natural way to communicate, a way to present …
 
In this episode of Taking notes, Dan Mindus (managing partner at NextGen) and Ajay Kori (co-founder and chairman at UrbanStems) discuss the broken flower industry and Ajay's motivations for entering the space, why Amazon is unlikely to compete here and why he handed off his position as UrbanStems' chief executive officer.…
 
In this episode of Taking Notes, NextGen Managing Partner Dan Mindus speaks with Andrew Yang. Andrew founded Venture for America (VFA), a fellowship program for recent college graduates who want to become entrepreneurs. VFA trains its fellows then sends them to work at early-stage growth companies and startups in Detroit, Baltimore, Cleveland and o…
 
In this episode, product guru Ben Foster shares the (sometimes counterintuitive) lessons he has learned. Ben was the vice president of marketing at Opower, now a publicly traded company. He has also advised over 50 startups on product over the years, including four currently. Today, Ben is the chief product officer of GoCanvas, a startup with a tea…
 
Ben Sardella is the co-founder & Chief Revenue Officer of OutboundWorks, which is an automated sales development platform that deliver customers ~1.5x the average output of the best performing sales development reps at ~65% of the cost. Ben shares how his experience as a sales leader as VP of Sales at Kissmetrics and co-founder of Datanyze helped h…
 
In this week's episode of Taking Notes with NextGen, Managing Partner Dan Mindus speaks with Venture Partners Angela Han and Jamey Jeff in a conversation surrounding Customer Success. Both Angela and Jamey have deep customer success experience. Angela held customer success roles in a number of different technology companies prior to her most recent…
 
Max Wessel, former VC at Sapphire Ventures, leads the effort to createnew startups from within the ranks of SAP employees. Max discusses howSAP creates startups from scratch, and compares and contrasts thestartup studio model to traditional venture capital.By NextGen Venture Partners
 
Fran Hauser, angel investor in 20 companies, and recent author of the book, The Myth of the Nice Girl, discusses what she sees as the false tradeoff between kindness and strength in the workplace, and how she incorporates her background from book keeper for her immigrant parents' businesses at age six to President of Time Digital into her startup i…
 
Ray Pawlikowski is the CEO of OPTii Solutions. In this podcast, Ray shares how OPTii Solutions is revolutionizing housekeeping functions across global hotels and resort, delivering greater profitability and enhanced guest experience. Ray explains how his experience founding and leading HotSchedules led him to see a big opportunity for OPTii, and di…
 
Matt Alexander is the founder and CEO of Neighborhood Goods. In this podcast, Matt shares his vision for Neighborhood Goods, what he describes the "App Store for retail," which is creating a compelling offline shopping experience. Matt explains why digitally native brands are investing in offline channels and shares why, despite the headlines, he b…
 
Randy Altschuler is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded three successful companies, including Office Tiger in 1999, CloudBlue in 2001, and mostly recently Xometry in 2013. Randy is currently CEO of Xometry, an advanced manufacturing company with investors including Highland Capital Partners. In this episode, Randy discusses how he transitioned…
 
Christian Seale is the Founder and GP of Startupbootcamp Miami. In this episode, Christian discusses the opportunities presented by the US healthcare industry for startups leveraging emerging technology from other industries to shift the paradigm in how we deal with care. He also explores how Startupbootcamp positions itself to provide value to its…
 
Ken Nguyen is the co-Founder and CEO of Republic. In this podcast, Ken discusses how Republic is at the center of emerging trends around inclusive innovation and startup funding, and the company's vision for a more mission-driven and people-driven economy. Ken explains the benefits for an early stage company to leverage the crowdfunding model. He a…
 
Marc MacLeod is the founder and CEO of Stoplight, which provides a suite of products that cover the entire pre-production API lifecycle and is a NextGen portfolio company. Marc discusses how he initially developed Stoplight to serve his consulting clients, and why he decided to build Stoplight full-time.…
 
Ivan Zhou is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mayhem (https://www.mayhem.gg/), the world's first platform for synced real-time gameplay reviews. Ivan discusses where the idea for Mayhem originated and how they knew they were onto something. Ivan also explains how Mayhem supports a global user base, how the eSports industry has evolved, and what's next for…
 
Kara Weber and Lizzie Francis, Founding Partners of Brilliant Ventures and Venture Partners with NextGen, discuss how years of experience working as marketing leaders at growth stage companies informed their firm's investment thesis. They also share why they believe that their efforts to invest in founders with diverse backgrounds will lead to bett…
 
Jerry Brito is the Executive Director of Coin Center, a non-profit research and advocacy center focused on cryptocurrency technologies. Jerry discusses how he got involved in currencies as well as the functionality behind them. Additionally he describes the legal issues surrounding aspects such as taxation and potential pitfalls with the technology…
 
Tom Adams, Co-Founder and CEO of Smartly discusses how his experiences in the interactive education space helped lead him to create a free online MBA course for top candidates. Tom also explains how active engagement is key to increasing outcomes in online education and how other top business school programs compare.…
 
Martin Babinec is the Founder and longtime CEO of TriNet Group, a cloud-based professional employer organization for small and medium-sized businesses. He is also the founder and chairman of Upstate Venture Connect, a non-profit seeking to grow the startup ecosystem in Upstate New York. Martin discusses why he became an entrepreneur, how cross-coun…
 
Over $1 trillion in independent contractor income annually in the U.S. is locked in a 30, 60 or 90 day invoicing cycle. Johnny Reinsch, co-founder and CEO of Qwil, founded the company to offer financial products to individual contractors, freelancers, and small businesses. Qwil participated in the 500 Startups Fintech Accelerator in 2016, as well a…
 
Jacob Hodes is the Head of Private Equity at Brown Advisory, a 55 billion dollar asset management firm and investor in NextGen's fund. Jacob discusses what limited partners look for in their venture capital investments and discusses the challenges and opportunities of working over the lifespan of a fund.…
 
Robin Heffernan is Founder and CEO of Circulation, a NextGen portfolio company. By reducing barriers to care, Circulation is improving the patient experience and reducing costs for the entire healthcare system. In our conversation, Robin shared Circulation's founding story and how the team identified a bigger opportunity after working with Uber to …
 
Alexis Juneja is VP of People and Culture at Vox, a NextGen Venture Partner, and the co-founder of media company Curbed Network, which was acquired by Vox Media in 2013. In this podcast, Alexis speaks to the origins of Curbed Networks as an “aggressive hobby,” Vox’s acquisition, transitioning into her role at Vox and scaling the media company, and …
 
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