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The Chicago Capital Podcast explores the startup and Venture Capital ecosystem in the Windy City. Each episode will feature a prominent founder, Venture Capitalist, or Angel investor who plays an integral part in the city's entrepreneurial story. Join host Matt Castellini as he chats with guests about their career journey, their perspective on a particular market, and their thoughts on the Chicago VC and startup scene.
 
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Join our dynamic discussion with professional Artivists (an artist + an activist) in the midst of the creative process. Learn how they determine targets, tactics, and principles; how they deal with surprise roadblocks, criticism and burnout; how their visions are ever evolving. Each episode culminates in a mission for you, to seek and share knowledge on how to creatively transform society.
 
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We're joined by special guest Pat Arreguin of De Colores Radio, who helps us take it back to our childhoods and dissect the media we consumed in search of...crushes. We also discuss recent representation of Indigenous communities, our For You pages, Halloween and Hacks on HBO. Plus, much more. We have new merch! https://teespring.com/stores/cabrona…
 
On this episode I chat with the Co-owner of La Chingona Taqueira, Jasmine Chacon. The taqueria is located in St. Maarten. We talk about her push to cook on the hot line despite facing opposition due to being a female in the kitchen. We then chat about her Mexican American heritage and the journey to cook and honor the cooking of her father. She sha…
 
On this episode I chat with Laurie Boucher. Laurie is an attorney turned Pasta Instructor. Laurie’s passion is  PASTA  and she teaches all forms of pasta making privately and in local businesses in and around Baltimore, Ocean City and other local seaside venues. Laurie teaches some of her unique pasta classes as an adjunct professor at AACC and is …
 
Patrick Larsen is the CEO and co-founder of ZenLedger.io, a blockchain saas company that delivers tax and accounting services to individual and cryptocurrency investors as well as to CPAs and crypto hedge funds. The company works with Big 4 accounting firms (high net worth practice), crypto whales, CPAs, and everyday traders. Zenledger has integrat…
 
Peter Johnson is a Partner at Jump Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in data-driven software startups in the FinTech, IT & Data Infrastructure, B2B SaaS, and Media industries. They also invest in crypto startups and projects that are redefining what is possible in an open financial and decentralized network future. Jump makes high-convic…
 
On this episode I chat with Laurie Woolever. Laurie Woolever is a writer and editor, and New York Times bestselling author who spent nearly a decade assisting Anthony Bourdain, with whom she coauthored Appetites: A Cookbook and New York Times #1 bestseller World Travel: An Irreverent Guide. She has written about food and travel for the New York Tim…
 
Alyssa Jaffee is a Partner at 7wireVentures, an early-stage healthcare venture fund. She focuses on digital healthcare and technology-enabled services that enable customers to be better stewards of their health in today's shifting healthcare ecosystem. Alyssa serves on the boards of Higi and Ayogo Health, as well as Zerigo Health, NOCD, RecoveryOne…
 
In this episode I chat with the General Manager of Jerk at Nite, Natasha Powell. Jerk at Nite is a Caribbean Restaurant with multiple locations in the DMV. The founder, Denville Myrie Jr., started selling his jerk chicken out of his dorm room in 2013. Since then they have expanded into operating food trucks and brick and mortar locations in Washing…
 
Justin Strausbaugh is the Founder and Managing Director of Lakeshore Ventures, which is part of the Alumni Ventures Group family of funds, one of the most active venture firms in the world with +$500 million AUM, 700+ portfolio companies and a community of 550K alumni from other top tier universities. Alumni Ventures was the #1 most active venture …
 
We talked with Angel Aviles (sher/her) who boldly decided to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. A Bronx native, moved from New York City to Hollywood and landed roles in projects with up-and-coming directors like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and many others. Following her acting career, Angel became an entrepreneur. Today, she's a tra…
 
Troy Henikoff is a Managing Director at MATH Venture Partners, a Chicago-based venture capital business that invests in startups and early-stage companies. In this episode, we covered: Ted Lasso VC as an Ex-Operator MATH 100 Setting Numeric Goals for Founders Early-stage Financial Modeling Techstars in Chicago And much more.... Please Enjoy! You ca…
 
In 2015, Nate and his three close friends co-founded Crafty to help companies create welcoming and healthy workplaces through a thoughtful food and beverage offering. Crafty’s platform provides a full-service food & beverage management experience: their on-site teams streamline daily operations, their Account Management teams regularly evolve their…
 
In this solo episode I dive into two separate topics. I share about my thoughts on the relationship we have with mistakes and how maybe we are not set up properly to work with them efficiently. I then talk about the idea of selling out in food, why more people need to go where they "fit" best as decided by the life they want to live and how the opi…
 
We interviewed actor, writer and director Alexandra Swarens! You may know her from LA Web series, City of Trees (2019) and Spring (2021), but we know her as the homie. Join us to talk about all of her work and inspirations and astrological signs? We have new merch! https://teespring.com/stores/cabronasychingonas Subscribe to our Patreon https://www…
 
Samara Mejia Hernandez is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Chingona Ventures, a Venture Fund that focuses on rapidly changing sectors and founders with experiences that uniquely position them to build startups in underserved growth markets. In this episode, we covered: Salsa Dancing to VC The COVID Effect The Growing Interest in VC Chi…
 
Konrad Waliszewski is the CEO & Co-Founder of Tripscout - the #1 ranked trip planning app and a Top 5 content app in the AppStore with millions of users, 15M+ Instagram followers, and $6m raised in venture capital. He has visited approximately 100 countries and Forbes named him “the modern day Marco Polo.” Positioned at the intersection of consumer…
 
Vic Pascucci is the Managing Partner of Energy Capital Ventures, a Venture Fund dedicated to the natural gas industry's ESG imperatives and digital transformation. They provide the newest ideas and technological advances to the natural gas market by investing in category-defining companies. In this episode, we covered: State of ESG Investing Transi…
 
Join our dynamic podcast discussion with artivist Joseph Amodei @mx.skreejee (IG). In the episode, Joseph mentions… - One of their recent projects “My Mouth is a Queer Time Machine,” co-created with Lyam B. Gabel and Jean-Luc DeLadurantaye, which you can find at mymouthisaqueertimemachine.hotglue.me - Their work with Free the Vaccine (freethevaccin…
 
On this episode I chat with food critic Hanna Raskin. Hanna Raskin is the editor and publisher of The Food Section, a newsletter covering food and drink in the American South. She previously served as food editor and chief critic for The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C. Her work has been recognized multiple times by The James Beard Foundation, …
 
We have hit the official 6-month mark on the show. We decided to round up the most downloaded episodes and my personal favorite moments from each of those episodes. I think the following excerpts do a good job of encapsulating the amazing and brilliant people that I have been lucky to interview in the past 6 months. This episode features: Ezra Gals…
 
On this episode I chat with Hanalei Souza (aka @ladylinecook). She is the face behind the memes and silly videos that give a glimpse into kitchen life. She is also the author of the memoir, "Nice Work, Boys!" which is about her time working and leading in male dominated workplaces. In the show we chat about her introduction into cooking, building t…
 
Yelena Shkolnik is a Partner at Jump Capital, a venture capital firm concentrating in Series A/B and growth stage investments, with a thesis-driven and sector-focused approach. Jump makes data-driven technology investments in the FinTech, B2B SaaS, IT Infrastructure, and Media industries. In this episode, we covered: Her Dreamworks background and a…
 
Carolina Acosta is a Latina entrepreneur from Queens NY with a background in graphic design. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design. Carolina launched a game dedicated to Latinos and she’s making history in the process since the gaming industry is white, cisgender, male-dominated, and often overlooks people of color and women…
 
Steve Sanger is the General Partner of Evolv Partners, a $100 million corporate venture fund that invests in early-stage digital businesses that are changing the food sector. In this episode, we covered: Scaling GrubHub Business Development within Startups State of Foodtech Corporate VC Breaking into VC And much more.... Please Enjoy! You can find …
 
On this episode I chat with Ashten Garrett. Ashten is a Senior Culinary Arts Manager at Marriott International. He is the ACF Young Chefs Club National President and a WACS Young Chefs Ambassador. He has also been seen on Guy's Grocery Games and is a Food Sustainability advocate. In the episode I chat with Ashten about his career and where it has t…
 
We're back with two hilarious and anxiety filled pieces about amazing women. Starting with Shiva Baby (2020) on HBO Max, a stressful representation of a Shiva and complicated relationships, and ending with We Are Lady Parts (2021), a Peacock original about punk rock Muslim women in a band that took over our hearts and souls. We have new merch! http…
 
buddhi is the digital platform reimagining support for people coping with cancer. The company bridges the disconnects caused by cancer through content, community and curated products. They are on a mission to support healing across your entire cancer experience — regardless of time, diagnosis or geography. Because everyone could use a bud.…
 
On this episode I respond to the question I have gotten most often over the past few months: Any advice? As we manage this new world I have gone on my own journey of learning and navigate through the industry. Although I am still within the first 15 years of my career I think it is important to offer insight during those starting in food right now.…
 
Sean Johnson is the Founding Partner of Manifold Group, a Chicago-based venture holding company. He is also a Partner at Founder Equity and an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business. In this episode, we covered: The Studio Model of Manifold Finding Operational Leverage in Startups Marketing Through Podcasts And …
 
Matt Silver is the founder and CEO of Forager, a logistics tech company that simplifies the process of shipping goods between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Before founding Forager in late 2018, Silver spent over a decade at Coyote Logistics where he led the expansion of their business in Mexico and Canada. Now with purpose-built technology and indu…
 
On this episode I chat with Chef Iain Jones, Pastry Chef of the 3 Michelin Star Restaurant The Inn at Little Washington. We talk about his career, maintaining a high level performance at the restaurant, managing teams in a way that offers a life outside of food, how he creates desserts, following your passion and much more. A lot of great insight f…
 
Jason Heltzer is the Managing Partner at Origin Ventures, a Digital Native economy-focused early-stage venture capital firm that invests in software and marketplace startups. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In this episode, we covered: Mixing Disciplines as a VC Origin’s Inv…
 
On this episode I talk about the idea of making mistakes in the food industry. In an industry so fast paced the opportunity to make mistakes is extremely high. We are also taught that any mistake made is a dire event. I shared a post recently stating how we need to see food as just food in order to keep moving forward in our lives and the response …
 
Kurt Johnson is the Managing Partner, CEO, and Founder at 11.2 Ventures, LLC, a Venture builder studio specializing in artificial intelligence startups. Kurt is also the Managing Partner & Founder at Trivium Fund and a Venture Partner at Purple Arch Ventures. In this episode, we covered: Transferable Sales Skills for VC His Passion for Writing 11.2…
 
Ira Weiss is the General Partner at Hyde Park Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on high-growth, mid-continent technology startups. Ira is also a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Accounting at The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. In this episode, we covered: From Shoe Salesman to VC Developing a …
 
On this episode I take the time to just sit back with my friend Kole and discuss long held food opinions. A podcast literally about the most random food topics such as Hot Pockets, Ranch Dressing, Taylor Ham/Pork Roll and more. After the last few months sitting down to talk about nonsense in food was much needed. Let me know what are some irrationa…
 
We talked with Majo Molfino (she/her), a Latinx author, designer, and women’s leadership expert. She is the author of Break the Good Girl Myth and host of the HEROINE podcast featuring top female leaders, creatives, and visionaries. She has a master’s in learning, design, and technology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology…
 
Valqari's patented intelligent mailbox that accepts manned and unmanned deliveries, such as drones and autonomous vehicles. Valqari Features and Benefits: Vault feature allows traditional deliverers to make theft-free deliveries Allows customers to make direct returns to shippers. Valqari's mobile application allows for customers to digitally sign …
 
On this episode of the podcast I take a step back from food interviews and topics and spend some time sharing about the idea of self doubt and how many in my community have shared about it in the past few months. The pandemic shook up a lot of our perceptions of our career paths and who we should be in food. I share in this how self doubt and anxie…
 
We're covering the trilogy that took us by storm! Netflix delivered 3 straight weeks of horror greatness, queer and POC led so lets talk about Fear Street 1994, 1978, and 1666! We have new merch! https://teespring.com/stores/cabronasychingonas Subscribe to our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/cycpodcast Full show notes are on our website https://www…
 
Abhinaya Konduru is a Senior Associate at M25, a Chicago-based early-stage venture capital firm that focuses on Midwest-based startups. Abhinaya is also a Board Observer at Mission Control GG and an Associates & Analyst Moderator at Women in VC. In this episode, we covered: From YouTube to VC Her Life Thesis M25’s Scoreboard Analysis Collaboration …
 
Nopal Kweenz started as an Idea in a parking lot three years ago. We had no idea that we would still be here in the community three years later with all of you! We are excited to enter a new season and invite y'all to check out this episode to learn more about what we are doing and where Nopal Kweenz is headed. We have so many sueñitos for this pod…
 
Gale Wilkinson is the Founder & Managing Partner at Vitalize Venture Capital, a seed-stage investment firm focused on the future of work and education. Gale is also a Board member at Chicago:Blend, a NFP dedicated to increasing diversity in tech & VC. She contributes to a YouTube series named Talking Venture & even offers office hours for founders …
 
We talked with Leandro Senna (he/his), a former Designer Lead at Apple where he worked for 7 years, Senna also has a huge experience in graphic design working for agencies. In the beginning of his career, Senna worked at Volkswagen assembling cars when he was based in São Bernardo, Brazil. In this episode, we’re talking about sabbatical. This is a …
 
Leo Mindyuk is the CEO & Founder of ML Tech, a FinTech startup building the next-generation trading platform within the crypto asset space. ML Tech's vision is to combine colocated trading infra speeds with cloud intelligence into a single “package” and make it accessible to seasoned quant researchers worldwide. Their platform leverages cutting-edg…
 
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