About the Episode:
In today’s episode, we’re talking to Brad Feld and Dr. Sean Wise, co-authors of the best-selling business book, Startup Opportunities, which just released a second edition featuring a foreword written by legendary investor Chris Sacca and commentary from The 4-Hour Workweek‘s, Tim Ferriss.
Brad and Sean, however, are much more than just authors. Both have been in the world of startups and investing for a long time, and each started their first businesses while they were students.
Brad went on to sell his first company, become an angel investor, co-found the startup accelerator TechStars, and is now a venture capitalist at his firm, Foundry Group based out of Boulder, Colorado.
Sean, on the other hand, got his Ph.D. in business, became a lawyer, university professor, venture capitalist, and talk show host.
Now, they’re both incredibly active mentors for young entrepreneurs who want to skip past as many failures as possible and build businesses that tackle big ideas.
In Today’s Episode, we talk about:
[02:13] We find out what book Brad is reading at the moment.
[04:50] What Brad does today.
[07:50] How Brad landed his first and best-paying clients from within his personal network and while he was working.
[12:06] The very first company Brad invested in.
[17:10] The kinds of ideas angels & VC’s like to fund and what Brad looks out for in entrepreneurs he invests in.
[19:13] The best business advice Brad has to share with aspiring entrepreneurs.
[21:33] Brad’s best products, services, and investments.
[29:30] What book Sean is reading at the moment.
[30:35] What Sean does today.
[32:54] The first company Sean invested in.
[34:50] How Sean’s life changed after working for a food chain.
[37:29] How Sean landed his first and best-paying clients
[40:20] Qualities Brad Sean looks out for in founders that he invests in.
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