High Stakes

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Podcast by Paige Soya

High Stakes

Join seasoned investors and successful start-up founders as they weigh in on topics and trends currently dominating the venture capital space. Each episode brings together a founder and an investor to provoke a deepened understanding of the topic at hand. If you want to learn about how early-stage venture capital investing works, this show is for you.

Latest episodes

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01 March 2024

Axios Exit to Cox Featuring Roy Schwartz

In this Season 2 premiere, host Paige Soya sits down with Roy Schwartz, exited founder/CEO of Axios, to discuss his journey through exits and entrepreneurship. The conversation highlights the complexities of acquisition deals, the rollercoaster of negotiations, and the importance of finding the right fit for both parties involved. Roy sheds light on the pivotal decisions that are made during the exit process, when to say no, when to say yes, and how to keep dialogue open and communication transparent so that acquirers and founders can align. His exit experience with Axios exemplifies how rewarding it can be to stay in the game until you find just the right buyer. 

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17 November 2023

Marketing Frontiers: Consumer Engagement with Venture Insights (featuring Shizu Okusa and Sahil Rahman)

Join us in the final episode of Season 1 of High Stakes as we delve into the vibrant world of Consumer Marketing and GTM strategies. Hear firsthand insights from Shizu Okusa, the visionary behind Apothekary's wellness journey; and Sahil Rahman, the co-founder of Rasa, who's charting new territories in the restaurant industry. Together with host, Paige Soya, they'll shed light on the challenges, innovations, and foresights of today's dynamic venture landscape. 

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03 November 2023

Dos and Don’ts for Founders from the KSC Diligence Committee

In this episode, we dive into the do's and dont's founders should know while fundraising. To help dig into this topic are two members of the K Street Capital team, Nick Duafala, Principal, and James Culver, Associate. Tune in to gain the knowledge and strategies that can make a real difference in your startup's fundraising efforts. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting your journey, this episode provides essential guidance from the experts at K Street Capital.

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23 October 2023

Ep. 18: The New Epoch of ClimateTech (Featuring Kiran Bhatraju & Logan Soya)

In this episode of High Stakes, Paige Soya sits with Climate Tech pioneers Logan Soya and Kiran Bhatraju of Arcadia. Dive into an enlightening discussion about the confluence of Climate Tech and VC. Explore the intricacies of atoms vs bits investing and the burgeoning world of Climate Fintech. Discover the concept of transforming buildings into power plants and dissect the rise of SPACs in the sector. As both seasoned investors and groundbreaking founders, Kiran and Logan offer a unique dual-perspective on the challenges and opportunities of the current exit landscape. Tune in for a conversation packed with insights, trends, and expert advice.

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06 October 2023

Tools for C-Suites: Getting a Handle on Employee Sentiment in Real Time

In this episode of High Stakes, seasoned investors Ed Ingle and Jonah Seiger join Selena Strandberg, founder of "The Know", to delve deep into the realm of real-time employee sentiment analysis. As they weave through the intricate tapestry of venture capital, they shed light on the pivotal role such tools play for C-Suites, VCs, and startups. The discussion offers invaluable insights for both budding founders and astute investors. A must-listen for those eager to grasp the pulse of modern VC trends and the tech shaping them.

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22 September 2023

Are Startups Dying?

This episode addresses a question that we’ve seen come up in popular media lately: Are startups dying and VCs backing away? To help answer this question are two members of the K Street Capital team, Nick Duafala, Principal, and James Culver, Associate. In their conversation, Paige, Nick, and James reflect on K Street Capital's unique investment philosophies and share insights from their firsthand experiences. Listeners will gain insights into whether startups are in fact facing challenges and if VC firms are becoming more cautious in their investments. 

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