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Wisdom and truths from the trenches. All things business from seed stage to public companies with Entrepreneurs, CEOs, VC, Corporate Development Gurus, M&A Advisors and more. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

Latest Episodes

18. Brian Goldfarb - CMO/SVP BD @ Chef (M&A)

Brian Goldfarb was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of Business Development at Chef Software, which was sold to Progress Software in October 2020. Prior to joining Chef, Brian was the Chief Marketing Officer at Splunk from 2016 to 2019, leading that business through a major digital marketing transformation. Brian also served as Senior Vice President, Platform and App Cloud Marketing at Salesforce.com, a provider of enterprise cloud computing software, from 2015 to 2016. From 2012 to 2015, Brian served as Head of Marketing of Cloud Platform at Google, launching Google’s multi-billion dollar cloud service provider to compete with Amazon and Microsoft. Previously, Brian served in product marketing and product management roles at Microsoft from 2003 to 2012 across developer tools and platforms, IT infrastructure systems, digital media, and cloud computing. Brian holds an A.B. from Duke University in Computer Science and Economics. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

33 min2 w ago
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18. Brian Goldfarb - CMO/SVP BD @ Chef (M&A)

17. Charlie Newark-French - COO @ Hyperscience

Charlie Newark-French is the COO @ Hyperscience. The company just raised a $80M Series D with Tiger Global Management & BOND! Hyperscience modernizes mission-critical processes and operations for Global 2000 organizations and governments. Previously, Charlie was an Investment Partner @ Fusion Global Capital, a growth stage #VC fund focused on enterprise software. He began investing in the venture space in 2012. Notable investments include: RingCentral (IPO), The Trade Desk (IPO), VeloCloud, Now part of VMware, Instart Logic Inc, & Barefoot Networks (Intel). In 2014 Charlie was President Fuze, a 120-person video conferencing software start-up, where he helped scale the organization and lead the company through its M&A by ThinkingPhones. Charlie began his career in London with McKinsey & Company before moving to Vodafone. Charlie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School & a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

26 minOCT 31
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17. Charlie Newark-French - COO @ Hyperscience

16. Secretary Carlos Gutierrez: Former U.S. Commerce Secretary

Secretary Carlos Gutierrez is the former WhiteHouse U.S. Commerce Secretary, CEO of Kellogg, Vice-Chairman @ Citi, Chair @ Albright Stonebridge Group & now Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of EmPath, a SaaS tech platform that uses machine learning to transform the way talent is managed and grown inside a company! Previously, Secretary Gutierrez served as Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategic advisory firm. Secretary Gutierrez served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President G.W. Bush. Secretary Gutierrez played a key role in the passage of landmark free trade agreements that remove trade barriers, expand export opportunities, and boost global investment. Secretary Gutierrez spent nearly 30 years @ Kellogg Company, becoming President and CEO of Kellogg − the youngest CEO in the company's 100 year history. In 2000, he was made Chairman. Secretary Gutierrez spent nearly 30 years @ Kellogg Company, becoming President and CEO of Kellogg − the youngest CEO in the company's 100 year history. In 2000, he was made Chairman. Current Boards: Boao Forum for Asia, Occidental, MetLife, PwC. Former Boards: TimeWarner, United Technologies, Corning & Colgate-Palmolive. Secretary Gutierrez was born in Havana, Cuba. He is based in Washington, DC. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

26 minOCT 23
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16. Secretary Carlos Gutierrez: Former U.S. Commerce Secretary

15. Ben Smith: From YouTube to CorpDev Ninja

Ben Smith is a serial entrepreneur and the managing partner at Chancebending Ventures, Inc, a digital media investment firm, as well as a full-service digital consulting agency servicing early stage startups to Fortune 500 clients. Ben previously founded Blayze Inc. (acquired by Vobile in Feb 2014). Prior to that, Ben was an early Google and YouTube businessperson behind YouTube’s biggest partnerships and strategic efforts. Ben created many first of its kind social media partnerships on the web, and led YouTube’s efforts with Hollywood for years. He helped bridge the gap between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, leaving YouTube HQ to be the company's first businessperson in Los Angeles in 2008. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

30 minSEP 28
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15. Ben Smith: From YouTube to CorpDev Ninja

14. Paul Murphy: Microsoft to Startup Founder to VC

Paul Murphy is a General Partner at Northzone, based in London, and focuses mainly on companies in the consumer, entertainment, and enterprise applications spaces. Paul was Founder and CEO of Dots that recently sold to Take-Two Interactive for nearly $200M... His portfolio includes TIER, Hopin, ThirtyMadison, Klang, and Bunch. Prior to Northzone, Paul founded and was CEO of mobile games company Dots in NYC, and built and invested in companies at betaworks, the startup studio behind companies such as Poncho and Giphy. Before this, he held several roles at Microsoft in the US, UK and India. Paul holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from The IE Business School in Spain, where he is an adjunct professor. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

28 minSEP 28
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14. Paul Murphy: Microsoft to Startup Founder to VC

13. Will Chucawat, M&A, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Will Chuchawat is the Managing Partner of the M&A Practice. He also has led the firm’s A&D Team and the Life Sciences Team. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

29 minSEP 26
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13. Will Chucawat, M&A, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

12. Sam Hodges, Vouch Insurance

12. Sam Hodges, Vouch Insurance --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

24 minSEP 26
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12. Sam Hodges, Vouch Insurance

11. David Moricca: Founder & CEO of Socialive

David Moricca is the founder & CEO of Socialive, an enterprise video creation and live streaming SaaS platform. Trusted by organizations from startups to the Fortune 100, Socialive brings unprecedented ease and scale to high-quality video content creation for teams across the enterprise. With 15 years of leadership and innovation in digital media, David is helping drive and shape the video-first communications revolution in business. Before Socialive, David developed and launched Scholastic’s first digital learning platform and worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company. A New Jersey native, David holds a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

28 minSEP 26
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11. David Moricca: Founder & CEO of Socialive

10. Sonia Weymuller: Middle East VC

Sonia is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq, a UAE-based investment platform focused on global early-stage tech-enabled businesses. Previously, she worked with Microsoft, Viacom and Turner in London and Dubai. She is a Charter Member & Board Director for TiE's Dubai chapter, serves as the UAE Director for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and is a Board Member and Mentor for e7 Daughters of the Emirates. Sonia holds a B.A. from Yale University, a MSc from the London School of Economics and is a Kauffman Fellow. VentureSouq (VSQ) is a UAE-based investment platform focused on early-stage technology companies both regionally and globally. Launched in 2013, we've organically built a network of over 1000 angel and institutional investors, creating one of the largest venture platforms in the GCC with a global portfolio of over 160 companies. VSQ develops rich educational content around venture investing, and delivers it via a number of programs throughout the MENA region. --- Send in a voi...

25 minSEP 26
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10. Sonia Weymuller: Middle East VC

9. Robin Chan: Internet Entrepreneur & Investor

Robin Chan is an internet entrepreneur & investor. Robin was the CEO & Co-Founder of XPD Media, which sold to Zynga in 2010 to become Zynga China before their IPO. He was CEO & Co-Founder of Operator. Robin is General Partner of Goat Capital with Justin Kan. Robin was an angel investor of Twitter, Square, Ramp Financial, Xiaomi Technology, etc... He is best known as a unique bridge between the technology communities of China and the US. He advised Uber in their entry into China, introducing them to DiDi when both companies were below 50 employees. He advised Bird on their China supply chain, negotiating all their supplier agreements in Chinese and built their China team. He also helped Xiaomi expand internationally. Most recently, he founded Operation Masks, a 501c3 non-profit to bring factory-direct PPE supplies from China to the US medical front line. Since March 2020, Operation Masks has delivered over 50MM PPE to governments and hospitals throughout the US, with a goal of disrup...

23 minSEP 25
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9. Robin Chan: Internet Entrepreneur & Investor

Latest Episodes

18. Brian Goldfarb - CMO/SVP BD @ Chef (M&A)

Brian Goldfarb was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of Business Development at Chef Software, which was sold to Progress Software in October 2020. Prior to joining Chef, Brian was the Chief Marketing Officer at Splunk from 2016 to 2019, leading that business through a major digital marketing transformation. Brian also served as Senior Vice President, Platform and App Cloud Marketing at Salesforce.com, a provider of enterprise cloud computing software, from 2015 to 2016. From 2012 to 2015, Brian served as Head of Marketing of Cloud Platform at Google, launching Google’s multi-billion dollar cloud service provider to compete with Amazon and Microsoft. Previously, Brian served in product marketing and product management roles at Microsoft from 2003 to 2012 across developer tools and platforms, IT infrastructure systems, digital media, and cloud computing. Brian holds an A.B. from Duke University in Computer Science and Economics. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

33 min2 w ago
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18. Brian Goldfarb - CMO/SVP BD @ Chef (M&A)

17. Charlie Newark-French - COO @ Hyperscience

Charlie Newark-French is the COO @ Hyperscience. The company just raised a $80M Series D with Tiger Global Management & BOND! Hyperscience modernizes mission-critical processes and operations for Global 2000 organizations and governments. Previously, Charlie was an Investment Partner @ Fusion Global Capital, a growth stage #VC fund focused on enterprise software. He began investing in the venture space in 2012. Notable investments include: RingCentral (IPO), The Trade Desk (IPO), VeloCloud, Now part of VMware, Instart Logic Inc, & Barefoot Networks (Intel). In 2014 Charlie was President Fuze, a 120-person video conferencing software start-up, where he helped scale the organization and lead the company through its M&A by ThinkingPhones. Charlie began his career in London with McKinsey & Company before moving to Vodafone. Charlie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School & a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

26 minOCT 31
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17. Charlie Newark-French - COO @ Hyperscience

16. Secretary Carlos Gutierrez: Former U.S. Commerce Secretary

Secretary Carlos Gutierrez is the former WhiteHouse U.S. Commerce Secretary, CEO of Kellogg, Vice-Chairman @ Citi, Chair @ Albright Stonebridge Group & now Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of EmPath, a SaaS tech platform that uses machine learning to transform the way talent is managed and grown inside a company! Previously, Secretary Gutierrez served as Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategic advisory firm. Secretary Gutierrez served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President G.W. Bush. Secretary Gutierrez played a key role in the passage of landmark free trade agreements that remove trade barriers, expand export opportunities, and boost global investment. Secretary Gutierrez spent nearly 30 years @ Kellogg Company, becoming President and CEO of Kellogg − the youngest CEO in the company's 100 year history. In 2000, he was made Chairman. Secretary Gutierrez spent nearly 30 years @ Kellogg Company, becoming President and CEO of Kellogg − the youngest CEO in the company's 100 year history. In 2000, he was made Chairman. Current Boards: Boao Forum for Asia, Occidental, MetLife, PwC. Former Boards: TimeWarner, United Technologies, Corning & Colgate-Palmolive. Secretary Gutierrez was born in Havana, Cuba. He is based in Washington, DC. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

26 minOCT 23
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16. Secretary Carlos Gutierrez: Former U.S. Commerce Secretary

15. Ben Smith: From YouTube to CorpDev Ninja

Ben Smith is a serial entrepreneur and the managing partner at Chancebending Ventures, Inc, a digital media investment firm, as well as a full-service digital consulting agency servicing early stage startups to Fortune 500 clients. Ben previously founded Blayze Inc. (acquired by Vobile in Feb 2014). Prior to that, Ben was an early Google and YouTube businessperson behind YouTube’s biggest partnerships and strategic efforts. Ben created many first of its kind social media partnerships on the web, and led YouTube’s efforts with Hollywood for years. He helped bridge the gap between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, leaving YouTube HQ to be the company's first businessperson in Los Angeles in 2008. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

30 minSEP 28
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15. Ben Smith: From YouTube to CorpDev Ninja

14. Paul Murphy: Microsoft to Startup Founder to VC

Paul Murphy is a General Partner at Northzone, based in London, and focuses mainly on companies in the consumer, entertainment, and enterprise applications spaces. Paul was Founder and CEO of Dots that recently sold to Take-Two Interactive for nearly $200M... His portfolio includes TIER, Hopin, ThirtyMadison, Klang, and Bunch. Prior to Northzone, Paul founded and was CEO of mobile games company Dots in NYC, and built and invested in companies at betaworks, the startup studio behind companies such as Poncho and Giphy. Before this, he held several roles at Microsoft in the US, UK and India. Paul holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from The IE Business School in Spain, where he is an adjunct professor. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

28 minSEP 28
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14. Paul Murphy: Microsoft to Startup Founder to VC

13. Will Chucawat, M&A, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Will Chuchawat is the Managing Partner of the M&A Practice. He also has led the firm’s A&D Team and the Life Sciences Team. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

29 minSEP 26
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13. Will Chucawat, M&A, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

12. Sam Hodges, Vouch Insurance

12. Sam Hodges, Vouch Insurance --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

24 minSEP 26
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12. Sam Hodges, Vouch Insurance

11. David Moricca: Founder & CEO of Socialive

David Moricca is the founder & CEO of Socialive, an enterprise video creation and live streaming SaaS platform. Trusted by organizations from startups to the Fortune 100, Socialive brings unprecedented ease and scale to high-quality video content creation for teams across the enterprise. With 15 years of leadership and innovation in digital media, David is helping drive and shape the video-first communications revolution in business. Before Socialive, David developed and launched Scholastic’s first digital learning platform and worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company. A New Jersey native, David holds a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andreas-penna/support

28 minSEP 26
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11. David Moricca: Founder & CEO of Socialive

10. Sonia Weymuller: Middle East VC

Sonia is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq, a UAE-based investment platform focused on global early-stage tech-enabled businesses. Previously, she worked with Microsoft, Viacom and Turner in London and Dubai. She is a Charter Member & Board Director for TiE's Dubai chapter, serves as the UAE Director for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and is a Board Member and Mentor for e7 Daughters of the Emirates. Sonia holds a B.A. from Yale University, a MSc from the London School of Economics and is a Kauffman Fellow. VentureSouq (VSQ) is a UAE-based investment platform focused on early-stage technology companies both regionally and globally. Launched in 2013, we've organically built a network of over 1000 angel and institutional investors, creating one of the largest venture platforms in the GCC with a global portfolio of over 160 companies. VSQ develops rich educational content around venture investing, and delivers it via a number of programs throughout the MENA region. --- Send in a voi...

25 minSEP 26
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10. Sonia Weymuller: Middle East VC

9. Robin Chan: Internet Entrepreneur & Investor

Robin Chan is an internet entrepreneur & investor. Robin was the CEO & Co-Founder of XPD Media, which sold to Zynga in 2010 to become Zynga China before their IPO. He was CEO & Co-Founder of Operator. Robin is General Partner of Goat Capital with Justin Kan. Robin was an angel investor of Twitter, Square, Ramp Financial, Xiaomi Technology, etc... He is best known as a unique bridge between the technology communities of China and the US. He advised Uber in their entry into China, introducing them to DiDi when both companies were below 50 employees. He advised Bird on their China supply chain, negotiating all their supplier agreements in Chinese and built their China team. He also helped Xiaomi expand internationally. Most recently, he founded Operation Masks, a 501c3 non-profit to bring factory-direct PPE supplies from China to the US medical front line. Since March 2020, Operation Masks has delivered over 50MM PPE to governments and hospitals throughout the US, with a goal of disrup...

23 minSEP 25
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9. Robin Chan: Internet Entrepreneur & Investor
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