with Sean Goldfaden

Demo Day is the podcast for founders, venture capitalists, and anyone who wants to learn more about the top accelerator, incubator, and VC programs across the country. Come hear the top venture capitalists and founders in the game discuss what it takes to go from seed to exit.

Jun 27 22

EP:84 – Carlos Alonso Torras


Ep: 84 – Carlos Alonso Torras on Entrepreneurial Culture & Advice on Hiring and Firing


Carlos reveals the differences of entrepreneurial culture between the US and Latin America, gives crucial advice on hiring and firing within a startup, and shares traits that startup founders need when seeking VC funding

Jun 15 22

EP:83 – Brett Brewer


Ep: 83 – Brett Brewer on Myspace and the Three Golden Rules of Business, Crosscut Ventures


Brett Brewer reminisces about the unexpected early success of Myspace and shares his three golden rules of business and entrepreneurship.

May 31 22

EP:82 – Anna Barber


Ep: 82 – Anna Barber on Post-Pandemic Evolution & Mental Health and Hustle Culture, M13


Anna shares the essential traits needed in a startup founder, key differences in pre-seed, seed, and Series A investments, and the correlation between mental health and hustle culture.

May 9 22

EP:81 – Mark Mullen


Ep: 81 – Mark Mullen on Founder Relationships and Investment Strategies, Bonfire Ventures


Mark Mullen shares how to form and maintain a strong relationship with startup founders and the origin story of Bonfire Ventures.

Apr 25 22

EP:80 – Eva Ho


Ep: 80 – Eva Ho on Valuable VC Partnerships and Investing In The Mainstream, Fika Ventures


Eva Ho shares the attitude one needs to succeed in VC, the key foundation essential to a valuable VC partnership, and the core principles of a high quality investment.

Apr 11 22

EP:79 – Mark Linao


Ep: 79 – Mark Linao on The Metaverse and Raising a VC Fund, Progression Fund


Mark Linao shares advice on raising a venture fund, his theories on the Metaverse and gaming investments, and red flags in startups that VCs don’t want to invest in.

Mar 21 22

EP:78 – William Hsu


Ep: 78 – Will Hsu on the Guaranteed Approach for VCs and Entrepreneurs to Win, Mucker Capital


Will shares how Mucker Capital rapidly iterated $100 into $300 million and the top characteristics VCs seek in a startup founder.

Mar 7 22

EP:77 – Alex Rubalcava


Ep: 77 – Alex Rubalcava on The J-Curve and Essential Qualities for Junior VC Analysts, Stage Venture Partners


Alex shares mental models on investment insights, what the J-curve means to VC funds, and crucial questions that VCs must ask junior analysts and startup founders they invest in.

Sep 13 21

EP:76 – Thomas Wisniewski


EP:76 – Thomas Wisniewski on the pros and cons of angel investing as well as key advice for startup founders, Newark Venture Partners.


Thomas shares his personal experience transitioning from angel investing to VC investing, as well as his advice for early stage startup founders.

Sep 6 21

EP:75 – Vanessa Larco on Breaking Free from Golden Handcuffs and Advice for Aspiring Startup Founders


EP:75 – Vanessa Larco on Breaking Free from Golden Handcuffs and Advice for Aspiring Startup Founders.


Vanessa and Sean talk about the pros and cons of working at a big corporation prior to starting your own company, as well as advice for those who feel tied down by golden handcuffs.