THE LAUNCH Podcast

A podcast all about tech startups! We discuss everything tech & startup related, giving you an inside look at the journey to building disruptive tech startups, how they can solve global problems and answer big challenges to build a better future.

Is my startup idea crazy?!

Do innovation and curiosity fuel your passion to create change? Tune into this week’s episode to hear Derek Kuhn – CEO of HaiLa – and Bobbi Bidochka, our own Venture Associate, discuss innovation!

Tune in to learn more on how technology is being used for good at HaiLa and how they are shaping the future by adapting pre-existing tech to create sustainable solutions.

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Help, I need a mentor!

How often do you think about your goals and career advancements? Are you stuck in a position, but eager to go further? Wouldn’t it be nice to receive the guidance you need? Tune into this week’s episode to hear Ashley Werhun – CEO and Co-Founder at Mentorly – and Bobbi Bidochka, our own Venture Associate, discuss all things mentorship-related!

Join the discussion to learn more about the path that led Mentorly to pivot the distribution of their product and business model, the market shift towards providing employees with a sense of the direct impact of the company’s success, and how to go about creating a seamless introduction with mentors and investors.

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Insight into VCs: What are they looking for?

As you pour blood, sweat and tears into creating a successful startup, have you ever stopped to think about why you are doing what you are doing? If you answered yes, you are not alone.

Join Scott Loong, Partner at Panache Ventures, as he discusses why people should align their values with their careers, and why it is important. Successful startups always have a clear answer to validate the purpose of their work and use it as a coping mechanism when going through challenging times.

Loong shares that venture capitalists select companies that have an impact on portfolio construction as well as on ideas that can be brought outside a local and even broader national context. Therefore, when startups are thoughtful in their approach when contacting venture capitalists, the process becomes streamlined.

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Bored of your Board: How to leverage your board for success

Ever wonder what a board of directors actually does? Or where to start when looking to build a board? Tune in this week to hear our guest Glenda Dorchak – CEO, Board Director and Operating Advisor – and Bobbi Bidochka, our own Venture Associate, discuss all things board related!

Join their conversation to learn about finding members, culture and diversity, and how to engage with your board of directors.

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Is It My Personality or Product That Interests Investors?

When capital is combined with community, the end product is commercialization and impact. This is exactly what The51 stands for.

The51 is a financial feminist movement for women-led startups to build mutual wealth and share knowledge to become influential innovators and investors. It is all about creating the five wheels of opportunity to unlock the financial feminist economy. Joining the podcast is Judy Fairburn, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of The51, who speaks on why venture capital has historically been male-dominated and how providing a safe and open place to learning helps women pivot their successful startups.

Judy advises that it's not the founders that have the best credentials, the best technology, or the perfect pitch that attracts investors, instead, it is the people who have a real sense of purpose and will make a difference that truly attracts an investor's attention.

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Spiral Up: Women Helping Women Achieve Success

We know that there are not enough women in tech, especially at the leadership level. Tune in this week as Bobbi Bidochka moderates a discussion that focuses on female leadership and the power of authenticity, coaching and diversity. Featured in this episode are 3 trailblazing females:

Mary Anderson – Investor, Advisory, and Board Member                                                                                        Wendy Wallbridge – Principal and Executive Coach of On Your Mark Corporate Coaching and Consulting, and author of Spiraling Upward                                                                                                                        Robin Selden – CMO of Peace by Piece International

They’ll speak to harnessing your authenticity, bringing forward your feminine qualities to lead effectively, as well as strategies for male allies. Get inspired as you hear about their meaningful career journeys and their spiral up to leadership positions! 

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Learn Why Successful Startups Patent Their Technologies

In early-stage ventures, it is important to be able to manage certain risks and optimize the return on investment. How do you build a pipeline of technologies which are likely to succeed? With the help of patents. These intellectual assets are a combination of your team's talent and the legal tools that will allow you to capture and monetize your technology.

Join Julien Lacheré, Partner and Patent Agent at BCF, and Bobbi Bidochka, Venture Associate at TandemLaunch, as they discuss why it is not common for tech startups to think about patenting their technology at the start of their entrepreneurship journey. This episode also includes expert advice on how to handle a situation when a company's invention is not patentable and other common mistakes made by entrepreneurs. Join us as we jam about IP for the season finale of THE LAUNCH!

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The Non-Linear Journey of An Entrepreneur

"Don’t wait! There is no one best time to launch your start-up!"

Have you ever pushed entrepreneurship to the side or never considered the option because of your experience or resources? Then this week's podcast episode is for you!

Samantha Phenix chats with Bobbi Bidochka about the moment she realized that in order to be successful in larger enterprise roles, she would have to take an entrepreneurial approach to her job. Consequently, she became the founder of her own company and has become a trailblazer within the start-up community. Phenix also provides listeners with resources that helped her and can help aspiring entrepreneurs begin their start-up journey.

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Learn How CONTXTFUL Leverages Motion Sensors in Real Time

How can we add a layer of quality on the programmatic inventory we buy from publishers without having to invade privacy or use private information? Let us introduce you to CONTXTFUL!

Guillaume Bouchard, CEO of Receptivity explains that they leverage motion sensors found on mobile devices to determine how attentive a user is to their device in real time. This in turn, helps publishers create more profit and help advertisers buy better inventory in an efficient way that strays away from the norm. Bouchard and Bidochka also chat about the future of marketing technologies and the lean towards the attention economy. This is definitely an episode you don't want to miss!

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Learn What MetaMaterials Are and How They Steer Energy

Be prepared to enter the physics rabbit hole! We know we can't create invisibility cloaking devices yet, (sorry to all the Harry Potter fans out there), but we can definitely use MetaMaterials to steer energy in targeted ways that are just not possible with natural materials. 

Bobbi Bidochka sits down with Chris Alliegro, Managing Partner at MetaVC Capital who explains how he is able to create shapes at different spatial dimensions through interference patterns. More specifically, how putting surfaces in front of energy waves that have microscopic structures smaller than the scale of that energy result in MetaMaterials. 

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