We are kicking off our second entitlement of “Movers and Shakers” with a bang!
Topics this week include the very active investing climate of 2022 and how to be proactive when searching for businesses to partner with, how to find, obtain, and retain skilled, specialized new hires, and the difference between growth-stage and early-stage investing.
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3:34 - Where did Mary grow up and how did this shape her view of the world?
5:05 - Did Mary always think her career would be in Venture?
7:28 - What lessons in “deal-making” did Mary learn during her time at Morgan Stanley?
8:15 - What initially brought Mary to Bessemer in 2018?
10:10 - What are some of the key characteristics you look for when searching for “the next big thing?”
11:52 - How did Mary level up in that way to be able to really effectively evaluate these technical businesses?
13:41 - How do you weigh valuing a company and its team versus the growth of the customer and the metric data?
15:58 - What will continue to evolve within the cloud ecosystem for enterprise SaaS and software companies?
17:34 - What is one company that is changing the way cloud is used or changing the technical ecosystem?
19:02 - How does Mary work with businesses she invests in?
21:10 - Is there a common stumbling block or something that is particularly tricky for new businesses?
24:10 - What advice does Mary have for post-B-level businesses who are struggling to retain talent and hire?
25:50 - How is Mary thinking about 2022 and this current very accelerated pace of investing?
28:53 - What does the future hold for Mary?
29:32 - Who is a woman in Mary’s life that has had a profound impact on her career?
The Room Podcast is sponsored by our friends at Silicon Valley Bank and Cooley.
Season 2 of “Movers and Shakers” continues with a legend in the digital marketing ad space, Zach Coelius, Co-Founder of Triggit and Managing Partner at Coelius Capital. Zach and his sister, Susan, played an instrumental role in modernizing the way advertisers use targeted digital ads. Zach deep dives into “retargeting,” a form of online advertising where the ads are targeted to consumers based on their previous internet behavior. The conversation progresses with the constantly changing legislation on privacy from large companies like Google and Apple. Plus, we further discuss Zach’s take on cryptocurrency, which is very different from the mainstream opinion. For The Room Podcast in your inbox every week, subscribe to our newsletter. 4:03 - Where did Zach grow up and how did this shape his view of the world?4:37 - Did Zach always think he was going to be an entrepreneur? 5:37 - Why did Zach attend five Olympic Games?8:52 - What is Triggit and how did Zach get started founding it?11:34 - What is the core product of Triggit and what was the competitive landscape like in the ad tech space?14:44 - How does Zach feel about the new privacy changes that Google and Apple are implementing?16:35 - Now in 2022, would Zach recommend entering the digital marketing ad space?18:05 - What are Zach’s thoughts on working within digital marketing on the paying side?19:41 - How is Coelius Capital structured? 22:31 - How would Zach describe his fund? 26:14 - Why is Zach not bullish on Crypto? Has ...
In this week’s episode of The Room Podcast, Madison and Claudia cover early stage startup legal needs, an essential part of the startup journey. Oftentimes, the first round of fundraising is the first time founders will interact with lawyers, and this relationship will continue for years beyond just the initial fundraise. They are also joined by Lauren Creel, Early-Stage Partner at Cooley, to help walk us through what the legal side of startup fundraising looks like. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Cooley is an international law firm with one of its specializations in startup and venture capital legal needs. We are proud to be sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank alongside Cooley LLP for Season 3 of The Room Podcast. This week’s key learnings include when to involve a lawyer when you are starting a startup, understanding the common components of a term sheet and what to look out for, and finally digging into the legal implications of company building decisions. Let’s open the door. ...
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