By Gregory Galant
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What does it take to start a successful business? We are working the phone to find the answers by calling entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and their friends and foes. This podcast features our conversations.
||CleanVV Show #60 - Larry Kramer of MarketWatch||Download the MP3. Today's media executives plotting to charge for their content would do well to hear how Larry Kramer beat Jim Cramer's TheStreet.com by resisting pressure to put most content behind a pay wall while not relying entirely on advertising||9/27/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #59 - Barry Silbert of SecondMarket||Download the MP3. Any shareholder in a startup can tell you there's a big difference between paper wealth and cash. Short of an IPO or outright acquisition, there are few options to cash out for the shareholders of even the most thriving private compan||8/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #58 - Siamak Taghaddos and David Hauser of Grasshopper||Download the MP3. "Dial 1 for sales, dial 2 for support..." Ten years ago it cost over $10,000 to get a phone system with the advanced options we're used to hearing when we call big companies. Having a professional-sounding phone system was a surprisin||5/20/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #57 - Fabrice Grinda of OLX||Download the MP3. Craigslist seems unbeatable. It's often blamed (or celebrated) for destroying the classifieds business that helped keep American newspapers afloat. Now second-time Venture Voice guest Fabrice Grinda is seeking to dominate online class||4/27/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #56 - Joel Spolsky of Fog Creek Software||Download the MP3. Joel Spolsky first came on Venture Voice over three years ago to discuss his company which he launched in a very different way from most entrepreneurs. Rather than start with the big idea and pay lip service to building a great team,||4/13/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #55 - Graham Hill of TreeHugger||Download the MP3. Graham Hill started the blog TreeHugger to cover green issues in 2003. After a steady climb in traffic and advertising, Graham sold the company to Discovery Communications in 2007 for $10 million. Since launch and even after the acqui||3/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #54 - Tim Westergren of Pandora||Download the MP3. It takes only a few seconds to customize a radio station on Pandora. Its founder Tim Westergren has been struggling for almost a decade to make it that way. Pandora was five years in the making before it streamed a single song to a us||3/9/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #53 - David Cohen of TechStars||Download the MP3. The title financier conjures images of mahogany desks and million dollar checks for most. But for anyone pitching to David Cohen's TechStars, the outcome is getting accepted to what's essentially a summer camp for entrepreneurs in Col||1/28/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #52 - Sam Wyly of Maverick Capital, Green Mountain Energy, Michaels Stores and Sterling Software||Download the MP3. Not to be called a one trick pony, Sam Wyly's turned himself into a billionaire by starting and growing companies in technology, oil, retail and even in the restaurant industry. Coming from a modest upbringing, Sam worked in sales at||12/3/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #51 - Jeff Stewart of Mimeo, Monitor110 and Urgent Career||Download the MP3. Jeff Stewart needed that done yesterday. Jeff became an entrepreneur when he founded the web consultancy Square Earth in 1995. Only three years later he became a serial entrepreneur by starting Mimeo, a service that lets you send a fi||11/10/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #50 - Derek Sivers of CD Baby and Muckwork||Download the MP3. Last time Derek Sivers was on Venture Voice three years ago he told us he had to "whack 'em [investors] off with a stick". Now we know why. Derek announces on our show for the first time the amount he sold his company for this past su||10/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #49 - Rafat Ali of paidContent and contentNext||Download the MP3. Attention entrepreneurs dealing with the current economic downturn: This interview is for you. After working as a journalist for Jason Calacanis at Silicon Alley Reporter, Rafat Ali ended up broke in a market with a dearth of employme||7/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #48 - Frank Addante of The Rubicon Project||Download the MP3. Whether working with market trends or against them, Frank Addante has found entrepreneurial success. Before he was 29 years old, one of Frank's companies went public and two were acquired. At his worse, he returned capital to investor||4/7/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #47 - Tom Perkins of Kleiner Perkins||Download the MP3. The name Tom Perkins is now almost synonymous with venture capital, but it's clear that he cut his teeth as an entrepreneur. Educated at MIT and Harvard, Perkins first made his mark by managing the initial growth of Hewlett-Packard’||12/12/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #46 - Jeremy Stoppelman of Yelp||Download the MP3. Jeremy Stoppelman is the co-founder and CEO of Yelp, a site where users can write and share reviews of local businesses. Everyone's now a restaurant critic. However, local reviews were not the original focus, but just one of several f||6/24/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #45 - Kevin Ryan of Panther Express, ShopWiki and Music Nation||Download the MP3. Not many entrepreneurs have a motor like Kevin Ryan's. Kevin is best known for his work as CEO at the on-line advertising firm DoubleClick, which he grew from a 20 person start-up to the largest Internet company in New York at the hei||4/27/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #44 - Venture Voice Startup Workshop Coverage (part 2)||Download the MP3. Marketing a startup is tricky business. Every entrepreneur faces the dilemma between allocating time to improving the product and marketing the product. If the two can be mixed just right, then perhaps sterile marketing can go viral.||3/8/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVV Show #40 - Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn||Download the MP3. Real business networking takes place in the country club, at the chamber of commerce and on the golf course. After all, the Internet is just for friending strangers on MySpace and poking friends on Facebook. If you said all that to Re||11/3/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
Great 'real-time' look at tech
I've really enjoyed many of these podcasts and especially appreciate the insight into "Web 2.0" companies like 37signals. Keep it up.
Not just for business people
Greg Galant weaves a tale that'll interest not only entrepreneurs, business people, and investors - but also anyone who's curious about what goes on behind the scenes of new businesses. This show has great content, interesting guests, and high production values.
You will be inspired
Greg Galant's webcast is smart, interesting and inspiring. Greg is smart, but asks very simple open-ended questions. This allows his guests to really think and talk and talk. It is like you are at a good party and the guy your talking to is actually interesting. Great insight from people who have tried, failed, succeeded, tried again. You will learn a lot. It will get you juiced about starting your own business. Best PodCast on the iTunes.
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