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Author: Alejandro Cremades

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Welcome to the DealMakers show, hosted by Alejandro Cremades. Alejandro is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, and cofounder at Panthera Advisors (M&A and fundraising advisory). On this podcast you will find interviews with entrepreneurs that have been very successful at raising capital or getting their company acquired. You will learn what they did right and what mistakes they made through the process of closing the deal. DealMakers is the ultimate guide for entrepreneurs and senior executives that are in the process of fundraising or selling their company.
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Chaitanya Kalipatnapu is the cofounder and CEO of Eruditus Group which collaborates with top universities to make executive education accessible globally. The company has raised $160 million from top tier investors which includes sequoia Capital India, InnoVen Capital, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Bertesmann India to name a few.
Brad Hargreaves is the cofounder and CEO of Common Living which is a community-driven residential company that brings community, convenience, and flexibility to housing. the company has raised over $100 million from top tier investors including 500 Startups, Norwest Venture Partners, Slow Ventures, Maveron, 8VC, and Lowercase Capital to name a few. Prior to this he cofounded General Assebly which was acquired by The Adecci Group in a deal worth over $400 million.
Benjamin Miller is the cofounder and CEO of Fundrise which offers an alternative to investing in stock and bonds, the first low-cost, and direct private market investment built. The company raised initially from Camber Creek, Renren, and Guggenheim Partners. The company later crowdfunded $1.2 billion.
Jonathan Langer is the cofounder and CEO of Medigate which owns and operates a medical device security platform that protects all connected medical devices on health care provider networks. The company has raised $50 million from investors like US Venture Partners, Partech, Blumberg Capital, YL Ventures, and Maor Investments.
Ramu Sunkara is the cofounder and CEO of Alan AI which has pioneered Spoken Language Understanding for enterprises to build, deploy, and manage voice experiences in their apps and IoT devices. Prior to this he cofounded Qik which was acquired for $150 million by Microsoft.
Daniel Hegarty is the cofounder and CEO of Habito which is a digital mortgage brokerage services company that offers a personal and modernized approach to the home buying experience. The company has raised $80 million Atomico, Ribbit Capital, Mosaic Ventures, SBI Group, Loric Ventures, and Mojo Capital to name a few.
Sandeep Akkaraju is the cofounder and CEO of Exo which is a medical device startup which develops handheld ultrasound devices and AI for imaging and therapeutic applications. The company has raised $100 million from top tier investors such as Intel Capital, Applied Ventures, Sony Innovation fund, Rising Tide, Bold Capital Partners, Creative Ventures, Raimagined Ventures, and OSF Ventures to name a few. Prior to this he built and sold IntelliSense for around $750 million.
Keith Richman is a serial entrepreneur and currently the cofounder of Boosted Commerce. The company has raised $87 million from investors such as Crosscut Ventures, Spencer Rascoff, Torch Capital, and Elie Seidman to name a few. Prior to this he has also cofounded VOI Technology, Break Media, and OnePage.
Felix Reinshagen is the cofounder and CEO of NavVis which is a global provider of indoor spatial intelligence solutions for enterprises. The company has raised over $60 million from top tier investors such as European Investment BAnk, Target Partners, BayBG, MIG, Digital+ Partners, Cumulus Ventures, and Kozo Keikaku Engineering to name a few.
Lynn Seely started Myovant Sciences which delivers innovative women's health and prostate cancer solutions by efficiently advancing new medicines to market. The company has raised $1 billion from investors such as Danippon Sumitomo Pharma. Myovant Sciences was one of the largest biopharma IPOs in 2016.
Peter Briffett is the cofounder and CEO of Wagestream which is a financial services firm that allows employees to stream their earned wages into their accounts through an instant app. Between lines of credit, equity, and debt, the company has raised $79 million with investors such as Balderton Capital, Northzone, QED investors, London Co-Investment Fund, Village Global, Firestartr, and Latitude to name a few.
Kara Goldin is the CEO and cofounder of Hint which is a beverage startup that produces natural flavored unsweetened essence water. The company has raised over $50 million from top tier investors such as The Perkins Fund, Verlinvest, GingerBread Capital, and Springboard Growth Capital to name a few.
Patrick Burns is the co-founder and CEO of Spruce Holdings which aims to improve title insurance assessment and issuance to reduce the time needed to close a real estate deal. The company has raised over $50 million from investors like Bessemer Venture Partners, Omidyar Network, Scale Venture Partners, and Collaborative Fund to name a few.
Trevor Martin is the cofounder and CEO of Mammoth Biosciences which develops novel CRISPR applications for disease detection, research, agriculture, biodefense, and more. The company has raised over $75 million investors from top tier investors such as Mayfield Fund, 8VC, or NFX to name a few.
Milind Mehere is the cofounder and CEO of Yieldstreet which is an investment platform that is changing how wealth is created by connecting investors to asset-based alternative investments. The company has raised $85 million from investors such as Greycroft, FJ Labs, Edison Partners, Greenspring Associates, and Expansion Venture Capital to name a few. Prior to this is, Milind Mehere cofounded Yodle which he sold for $342 million.
Amrit Acharya is the cofounder and CEO of Zetwerk which is an online marketplace that connects buyers and suppliers for manufacturing jobs. The company has raised over $60 million from top tier investors such as Accel, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital India, InnoVen Capital, and Kae Capital to name a few.
Bill Barhydt is the cofounder and CEO of Abra which is a digital wallet that supports bitcoin and over 50 fiat currencies. The company has raised over $35 million from investors such as First Round Capital, RRE Ventures, Lerer Hippeau and Digital Currency Group to name a few. Prior to this, Bill Barhydt founded three other companies.
Ryan Smith is the cofounder and CEO of LeafLink which is a wholesale management platform for the cannabis industry. The company has raised $300 million from top tier investors including Lerer Hippeau, Thrive Capital, Fairhaven Capital Partners, Muse Capital, Casa Verde Capital, TIA Ventures, Phyto partners, Canopy Rivers, Brand New Matter, Wisdom VC, Nosara Capital, and L2 Ventures to name a few.
Ilir Sela is the cofounder and CEO of Slice which transforms independent pizzerias with the tech, data, marketing, and shared services needed to serve today’s digital-minded customers. The company has raised over $80 million from top tier investors like GGV Capital, KKR, Primary Venture Partners, or RiverPArk Ventures to name a few.
Brian Powers is the cofounder and CEO of TemperPack which manufactures insulated packaging solutions that meet the needs of all industries that ship perishable items. The company has raised over $80 million from investors like Revolution, SFJ Ventures, Harbert Growth Partners, Tao Capital Partners, Third Prime, Interplay Ventures, Haas Portman, and Dolik Ventures to name a few.
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SatWiz

Fascinating journey of Paul from Belfast👍

Jun 6th
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Rohit Gandhe

I love this podcast in general, but this seems episode sounds more like an ad.

Jun 28th
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Richard Ottley

awesome interview 👍

Feb 6th
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