Interview/podcast Archive

Michelle Scarborough, NACO Chair

Posted September 25, 2013 By Frank

Key Findings

Michelle Scarborough

Michelle Scarborough

She’s the managing partner of an early-stage fund, SMART Seed Ventures, which focuses on energy startups, of which there are many in Calgary. She’s also the Chair of NACO, the Canadian National Angel Capital Organization; meet Michelle Scarborough.

NACO has just published their 2012 Key Findings on Angel Investing in Canada. Sometimes reports like these can be dreadfully boring, but this report is load with lovely infographics and Michelle and I walk through it as a way to dissect the state of early-stage investing in Canada. Download your copy and follow along.

Join Michelle at the upcoming Summit scheduled for Nov 20-22 in Banff.


Show #426 Stream, flash player or iTunes



Basil Peters, Now Appearing in Banff

Posted September 18, 2013 By Frank

Basil Peters

Basil Peters

No relation, but he does call me “Brother” – arguably, for angel investors he’s written the book of the decade.

Welcome back author and angel investor, Basil Peters.

What’s been the impact from Early Exits and how has the concept evolved over the last 3 years?

Listen as he shares his insights into how venture capital is changing to address the new entrepreneurial economy.

He’ll be speaking in Banff in November at the 2013 National Angel Summit, hosted by NACO, the National Angel Capital Organization of Canada. His favorite topic: getting your money back!

Early Exits

Join Basil and me as we network and share at the upcoming NACO Summit in Banff.



Show #425 Stream, flash player or iTunes


Joe Wallin, SEC Rule Changes

Posted August 28, 2013 By Frank

Joe Wallin

Joe Wallin

Seems like it was only a couple of years ago that Angel Capital Association became interested in public policy; now it seems not a minute too soon.

Joe Wallin volunteers on the ACA’s Public Policy Committee and Marianne Hudson nominated him for this discussion.

Joe’s a Partner in the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he focuses his practice on startups and growth stage companies.

We cross paths each year at the NW Regional Angel Conference hosted by Dan Rosen and the Alliance of Angels.

Check out Joe’s very timely post, “The changing SEC rules on fundraising and what they mean for startups” at PandoDaily and follow his frequent musings at StartupLawBlog.


Show #424 Stream, flash player or iTunes


Dusan Stojanovic, True Global Ventures

Posted August 14, 2013 By Frank

Dusan Stojanovic

Dusan Stojanovic

He’s the 2013 EBAN Business Angel of the Year. Meet True Global Ventures‘ Dusan Stojanovic.

I caught up with Dusan while he was on vacation a few weeks ago in the south of France.

There’s no such thing more local than angel investing.

That’s what skeptics told Dusan as he began TGV. He’s worked hard and enjoyed some good luck, to prove his critics wrong.

Dusan introduced me to Bountysource‘s Warren Konkel last month; listen to that interview here.


Show #423 Stream, flash player or iTunes


Signe Viimsalu, EstBAN

Posted August 7, 2013 By Frank

Signe Viimsalu

Signe Viimsalu

She’s an attorney turned early-stage investor. We met at the recent EBAN Congress in Vienna. Signe runs the almost brand new Estonia Business Angels Network in Tallinn, Estonia.

Many of us come from well-established, mature angel groups, so I was thinking we may forget the issues related to starting out fresh.

It’s early going, but as of the interview she has 41 members, but what’s deal-flow like?

She’s the first point of contact when entrepreneurs apply — she’s the meeting organizer, the accountant — she’s doing it all.


Show #422 Stream, flash player or iTunes




Amy Cortese, Shared Workspaces

Posted July 31, 2013 By Frank

Listen #421 Amy Cortese

Locavesting's Amy Cortese

Locavesting’s Amy Cortese

Micro breweries as economic development?

Back to the theme started by my recent interview with Paul Silva, President of Click Workspace, a Coworking space in relatively small Northampton, MA then followed by my interview with Impactory founder, Hedda Pahlson-Moller in Luxembourg, today we loop back to New York Times writer and Locavesting author, Amy Cortese to catch up on where she’s been and what she’s seeing in many small cities across the country.

My audience tends to be a lot of economic developers lately, they’re all competing with one another to attract entrepreneurial talent, so they’re thinking a lot about — What do young people want?


Today’s show is all about building sustainable communities through Makerspaces, Coworking sites, accelerators and Impactories.


Show #421 Stream, flash player or iTunes