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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24 May 2024

Timing a Pandemic Exit: Airside's Exit to Onfido, featuring founder/CEO Hans Miller

Join us as we sit down with Hans Miller, founder of Airside, a pioneering company in the digital identity and travel space, to explore his strategic exit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hans shares how the pandemic reshaped Airside's trajectory, and offers lessons learned for startup founders and his perspectives on the future landscape of digital identity in travel. Hans's candid reflections provide valuable insights for founders and investors alike.

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09 May 2024

A Founder's Ultimate Dilemma: Exploring M&As vs. IPOs, featuring Rob Schwartzberg and Darren Womer

Step into the boardroom with host Paige Soya, seasoned public investor and former investment banker specializing in IPOs Rob Schwartzberg, and investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions Darren Womer as they discuss two paths that founders may ultimately find themselves deciding between: M&A or IPO. Drawing from their extensive experience and expertise, Rob and Darren offer listeners a behind-the-scenes look at both processes, sharing insider tips and practical advice for founders taking their businesses to the next level. 

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25 April 2024

Exit Strategy: Insights from Serial Entrepreneur Rami Essaid

In this episode of High Stakes, host Paige Soya chats with serial entrepreneur Rami Essaid about his journey founding, scaling, and ultimately exiting three successful companies. From paying his way through college selling cell phones in a mall to leading multimillion-dollar ventures, Rami's journey is marked by a series of strategic exits, each offering unique challenges and lessons. He candidly discusses the need for founders to keep doors open, maintain optionality, and prioritize strategic alignment when considering exit opportunities. Whether negotiating with investors, managing expectations, or planning for the future, his pragmatic advice serves as a guiding light for entrepreneurs navigating the complex landscape of exits.

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13 April 2024

From HODL to Hindsight: A Roller Coaster Ride in Cannabis Investing

Explore the intersection of risk and reward in the cannabis industry with Mark Smith's candid account of one of his earliest investments. From early optimism to unexpected challenges, Mark shares the valuable lessons he learned while investing in a rapidly evolving industry and the resilience required to weather the storms of market volatility.

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01 April 2024

Navigating Entrepreneurship: Lessons from Mei Xu's Exit

Mei Xu's inspiring story is one of resilience, determination, and true entrepreneurial spirit. With candor and wisdom, Mei recounts the challenges and triumphs of navigating the sale of her business, providing a poignant glimpse into the emotional and practical complexities she encountered along the way. From managing the demands of chemotherapy to overseeing a high-stakes business transaction, Mei offers a compelling narrative of entrepreneurship as a journey of growth, discovery, and passionate pursuit of excellence.

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18 March 2024

FrontierView's Exit, Featuring Richard Leggett and Tom McCormick

Join host Paige Soya and featured guests, Richard Leggett, former CEO of FrontierView and Tom McCormick, lead investor, as they discuss their highly successful exit after facing unprecedented challenges including the impact of the pandemic and rescuing the company from a potential fire sale offer. Rich and Tom offer candid insights into lesson’s learned and the importance of adaptation, resilience, and strategic decision making in a dynamic business environment.

 

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