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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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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08 September 2023

Future Technologies for Capturing Attention & Building Relationships

This episode focuses on future technologies for capturing attention and building relationships, with insights from two industry leaders from the K Street ecosystem: Sara Fagen, founder and CEO at Tunnl and K Street Capital investor; and Michael Barnett, CEO at InGo, a K Street Capital portfolio company. The conversation emphasizes the essential role of technology in capturing attention and creating authentic connections in today's digital world. This episode offers a comprehensive look at the event tech domain, bridging innovation and VC.

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25 August 2023

Prop Tech Solutions for Decarbonization

This episode explores property technology (proptech) solutions for decarbonization in commercial real estate. Featured in this episode are three industry experts from the K Street ecosystem: Aaron Block, Founder and CEO of Allumia, a K Street Capitalportfolio company; Alan Cohn, a K Street Capital investor, and Rich Thometz, also a K Street Capital investor. Join us as we delve into the latest technology advancements and practices that can help reduce carbon emissions in the real estate sector. 

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11 August 2023

NFTs, Blockchain, and Web3: Key Insights for Founders and Investors

This episode explores the groundbreaking technologies of NFTs, Blockchain, and Web3. Featured in this episode are our expert guests Chris Brummer, law professor at Georgetown University; Robby Greenfield, CEO at Umoja Labs, a K Street portfolio company; and Amanda Wick, CEO at the Association for Women In Cryptocurrency and KSC member. Listen in as Chris, Robby, Amanda, and host Paige Soya demystify complex concepts; highlight how NFTs, Blockchain, and Web3 are shaping investment avenues and pivoting business strategies; and provide key insights for both newcomers and enthusiasts.

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28 July 2023

Tech Policy - AI Regulation

This episode dives into the topic of generative AI regulation. Featured in this episode are guests Jason Oxman, President and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and K Street Capital investor; and AdamBoskovich, founder and CEO of WowYow, a K Street Capital portfolio company. Jason, Adam, and host Paige Soya discuss the impact of generative AI on VCs and startups, then go over the current landscape of generative AI policy initiatives, and also get into what investors and founders need to know when it comes to AI regulation.

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14 July 2023

The Rise of Climate Fintech

This episode brings together founders and investors in climate fintech, a rising star in the venture capital ecosystem which operates at the intersection of climate, finance, and technology. Featured in this episode are guests Zach Axelrod, a K Street investorand founder/CEO at Redball Energy; and Ravi Mikkelsen, co-founder at Atmos, a K Street portfolio company.

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