Eric Hornung is a corporate financial advisor and co-host of the podcast upsidefm.
Interview begins: 7:15 Debrief: 55:14 Jackie DiMonte is a partner at Chicago Ventures. Prior to joining Chicago Ventures, Jackie was a principal at Hyde Park Venture Partners, working with portfolio companies such as RoadSync, Podchaser, Fixer, FactoryFix, and PartySlate. Before that, she worked at Silver Spring Networks (now Itron), an IoT company for critical infrastructure, driving development and pilot projects for emerging smart city technology. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Starting Block Madison and Chicago:Blend and a Venture Partner at Republic. We discuss: - Feedback Loop 13:54 - Evolution in a Venture Firm 17:14 - What Level is a Deal Flow Done? 21:46 - Get a Deal Through 24:17 - Programmatic Venture 26:35 - Working Virtually from Austin 31:13 - Partner at Chicago Ventures 35:27 - Inbound Pitches 42:43 - Fragmenting Markets 48:53 - Personal Goals for the role 50:26 Chicago Ventures was founded in 2012. Learn more about Chicago Ventures: Follow Jackie on Twitter:
Interview Begins: 7:12 Debrief Begins: 55:03 Jessica Peltz-Zatulove is a Founding Partner at Hannah Grey, a first check venture capital firm investing in customer-centric founders reimagining everyday experiences to improve work and life. She is also the co-founder of Global Women in VC, the world's largest and most active community for women investors, empowering women VCs around the world to better find each other to connect, collaborate, and create a sense of community. We discuss: - Disconnect in large and a small companies 11:29 - Find the right stakeholder 13:23 - Working with Startup Founders 18:33 - Coming out of Corporate VC 23:19 - Women in VC 30:04 - Hannah Grey 36:33 - What does Hannah Grey Support? 35:51 - Economic Trends 44:13 - Pre Seed Fund 48:39 Haannah Grey was founded in 2020 and based in New York City. Learn more about Hannah Grey This episode is sponsored by SavvyCal. SavvyCal is the most intuitive and powerful scheduling tool on the market. In fact, we just started SavvyCal to book interviews with our guests! You can create personalized links in seconds and even allow recipients to overlay their calendar on top of yours. You really gotta see how this works, and you’ll wonder why it wasn’t always this easy. Sign up to create a free account at and when you're ready to test out a paid plan, use the code UPSIDE to get your first month free. Follow upside on Twitter Advertise with an upside classified
Interview Begins: 8:19 Debrief 46:25 Zachary Spradlin is a co-creator of Protoball, a futuristic first-person sports game merging basketball, soccer, and high tech style. Players athletically jump, slide, run, and dash around the arena trying to pass the Protoball through the opponents goal. We discuss: - Failed Kickstarter Campaign 10:22 - Protoball and the concept behind it. 12:42 - Unreal Engine 16:26 - Needing a Hit Game 19:15 - Creating Protoball 20:49 - Game Jam 22:25 - What makes a good game 23:52 - Scenes from Protoball 26:02 - Scoring 30:37 - Protoball as eSports 32:15 - Unserved Audience 33:31 - Free to Play 35:12 - Funding the game 38:05 - Game Development vs. Business Development 41:16 - Protoball open to public 43:50 Protoball was started in 2018 and based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Learn more about Protoball This episode is sponsored by Fundboard. You can build a tailor-fit list of startup investors in minutes with FundBoard. Learn more at Follow upside on Twitter Advertise with an upside classified
Interview begins: 7:58 Debrief: 47:33 Chris Bergman is the founder and CEO of Gylee Games and a General Partner at The Fund Midwest. Gylee Games believes in building big worlds. They believe in games that can be enjoyed in smaller chunks, not requiring hundreds of hours, but a delightful experience in short bursts. Gylee Games creates games for PC, Console and VR. The Midwest Fund was born from The Fund, an NYC-based venture capital group. Founded in 2018 by an all-star cast of Jenny Fielding, Scott Hartley, Katie Hunt, Adam Carver and Matthew Brimer, The Fund has since expanded with micro-funds in Los Angeles, London and the Boulder/Denver region. And with each expansion, local founders and investors are tapped to lead each region. We discuss: - ChoreMonster 9:26 - Gylee Games and The Fund Midwest 10:19 - Chris Bergman as a game developer and creator 11:56 - Surrounding yourself with people that are really good 13:35 - Funding a gaming studio 16:59 - Game Studio Aspects 18:41 - Gaming and Venture Capital 19:51 - Pre-release marketing 23:27 - Pressure on the first game 29:03 - Strategy on acquisition model 30:46 - Twitch to become stakeholders 32:04 - Entering The Fund Midwest 32:56 - Investment Thesis 38:31 - Funded by founders, run by founders 39:50 - Raising as an operator vs as a VC 44:50 -- Learn more about The Fund Midwest: Learn more about Gylee Games: Follow Chris Bergman on Twitter: This episode is sponsored by Fundboard. You can build a tailor-fit list of startup investors in minutes with FundBoard. Learn more at Follow upside on Twitter: Advertise with an upside classified:
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