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Angelneers: Insights From Startup Builders

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This podcast is brought to you by Angelneers, a community of startup builders. We interview founders, operators, and technologists who have founded or helped built game-changing companies in the enterprise space.

You'll hear the guests sharing stories insights about how they got started, the lessons that they had learned, and the challenges they had to overcome during their journey that ultimately led them to success or failure. We believe that mapping the reasons for failure is no less valuable as it helps mitigate a survivorship bias of success stories that we all admire.

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35 Episodes
Our guest of this episode is Ryo Koyama, a co-founder and CEO of, a company that helps telcos, ISPs, and enterprises to secure their Internet connectivity. We are talking with Ryo about the finer points of securing IoT devices and access to cloud resources while building a better Internet for all.
Our guest today is Arjun Mendhi, a co-founder and CEO of Molten, a cloud platform that streamlines core operations of media and entertainment enterprises. In this episode we are going to talk with Arjun about media-tech and why is it a huge opportunity for innovation right now.
Mark Kofman is a co-founder and CEO of Import2, a software company that helps to transfer business or personal data between cloud apps. In this episode, we are talking with Mark about the risks and dangers of data lock-ins.
Ron Berman is a professor of marketing at Wharton. He focuses his research on online marketing, marketing analytics, and the marketing actions of startup firms. Back in 2011, as part of the group of collaborators composed of Berkeley and Stanford faculty members, Ron co-authored the Startup Genome report, in-depth research about what makes Silicon Valley startups successful. In this episode, Ron talks about the findings of this seminal research project.
Ryan Howard is the founder and CEO of 100Plus, the fastest-growing Remote Patient Monitoring platform for doctors and their patients. He is a social entrepreneur with a focus on saving lives through the delivery and use of technology. He is the founder, former CEO, and Chairman of Practice Fusion. He founded Practice Fusion in 2005, and as the CEO, grew it into the largest Electronic Health Record Platform for doctors and patients in the US. In this episode, Ryan talks about how founders should protect common shareholders and themselves.
Harshil Goel is a co-founder and CEO of Dyndrite, a manufacturing software company that aims to unlock the promise of emerging fabrication technologies within production-oriented environments. He has extensive experience in fluid dynamics, orthopedic biomechanics, thermodynamics, finite element analysis, aerodynamics, Lagrangian/Hamiltonian mechanics, and mechanisms design. In this episode, we are going to talk with Harshil about unlocking the promise of emerging fabrication technologies within production-oriented environments.
Pradeep Padala is an entrepreneur who likes to solve hard infrastructure problems. He is a co-founder and CEO of Fylamynt, a cloud workflow automation platform. In the past, Pradeep led efforts to modernize and run Cisco Jasper SaaS in the public cloud. He came to Cisco via the acquisition of ContainerXinc, which he co-founded. In this episode, we are discussing with Pradeep the importance of automation for operating any large-scale service in the cloud. 
Benjy Weinberger is a veteran software engineer with over 20 years of experience at Google, Twitter, Foursquare, and Checkpoint. He is a co-founder and CEO of Toolchain Labs and a long-time contributor to the Pants OSS build system. In this episode, we are discussing with Benjy how to address slow, broken, and inconsistent builds with the Toolchain cloud-centric build system.
Sean Byrnes is a Co-Founder and CEO of Outlier, which automates business analysis for some of the largest consumer businesses in the world. Outlier was the 2017 Strata Audience Choice Award Winner and was named 2018 Cool Vendor in Analytics by Gartner. Previously, Sean founded Flurry, a leader in mobile analytics and advertising which was sold to Yahoo! in 2014. In this episode, we are going to talk with Sean about the learnings and insights that he gathered on his journey as a serial founder.
Matthew Schmidt is a Founder and CEO of, a platform that helps make better decisions around building stronger high-performing teams. Before founding Peoplelogic Matt had spent 14 years as VP of Engineering, CTO and President at Devada, a comprehensive knowledge sharing and community management platform. In this episode, we are talking with Matt about how the learnings and insights that he gained at one company has led him to start another. 
Bob Johnston is the founder of the Executive Council, a global community of corporate leaders, startup founders, and investors. In addition, Bob advises and invests in startups, and hosts a podcast interviewing business, sports, entertainment, and cultural leaders. He also co-founded and was CEO of SponsorHub, a SaaS marketing platform that provided advertisers with measurement of their sponsorships. In 2015 the company got acquired by Rentrak. In this episode, Bob talks about his experiences bringing efficiencies to the sponsorship industry.
Kumar Saurabh co-founded and was a VP of Engineering at Sumo Logic, a next-generation log management and analytics company that went public in September 2020 at a $2B+ valuation. Currently, he is CEO and co-founder at LogicHub, an intelligent security automation platform that combines alert triage, incident response, and threat hunting. In this episode, Kumar shares his insights about what gets founders into trouble.
Dmitriy Rokhfeld is the co-founder and CEO at Machinio, a search engine for buying and selling new and used industrial equipment and machinery, that is trusted by millions of global users. Machinio’s standout growth and success led to its acquisition by Liquidity Services in July 2018. In this episode, we talk with Dmitriy about his experiences of starting, building, and selling Machinio.
Hersh Tapadia is a CEO and co-founder of Allstacks, the leading predictive analytics platform for software development. In this episode, we talk with Hersh about the finer points of delivering actionable insights and business outcomes to software engineering managers.
Steve Viarengo is an accomplished software executive with over 20 years of experience. Throughout his career, he has held senior positions at CommerceOne, Oracle, and Capsilon. In addition, he co-founded a SaaS startup that got acquired 3 years later, and served as an Operating Partner at Andra Founders Fund. In this episode, we're discussing the implications that startups should consider when targeting enterprise customers.
Pree Kolari is an accomplished design leader who has held positions at eBay, Motorola Mobility, Google, and Microsoft. Today Pree enables numerous startups to achieve rapid human-centered product-market fit and build dynamic design organizations, processes, and systems. In this episode, we are discussing with Pree how to create a durable moat with the product design.
Gene Linetsky is a true techie and serial entrepreneur with several exits. He's currently a CTO at TrueAccord where he helps transform the debt collection industry leveraging ML, behavioral analytics, and an omni-channel digital approach to collections. In this episode, we are discussing with Gene how technology-based competitive advantages can be compounded over time to create an enduring moat.
George Elfond is CEO and co-founder of Rallyware, a top-notch eLearning and business engagement platform recognized for effective training, talent development, and empowerment of distributed workforce. In this episode, we are going to talk with George about various aspects of supercharging a distributed global workforce.
Jordan Ritenour is a former Army Captain, and founding CEO of Clearlaw, a contract review and management company that helps businesses close deals faster by using ML. In this episode, Jordan discusses various aspects of building international remote teams.
Chris O'Neill is an operator, advisor, and investor with over 20 years of experience. His most recent operating role was as the turnaround CEO and Chairman of Evernote. Over the course of his career as a technology operator, Chris has seen his share of storms — from the dot-com bust to the financial crisis of ‘08-’09, as well as the turnarounds of some iconic brands. In this episode, we talk with Chris about the lessons learned and mistakes made from operating in previous downturns and turning around Evernote.
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