SL #14: A VC That is Part of the Solution

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Welcome to SL #14! In keeping with the StartupLounge way of tearing down barriers and artificial walls, we were pleased to be joined by Jason Caplain, a co-founder and General Partner with Southern Capitol Ventures out of Raleigh, NC. Jason is a guy that breaks the stereotypical VC mold in a lot of ways (i.e. we think he’s a part of the solution, not the problem.)

In this show (recorded just hours before our first Capital Connections event), we chat with Jason about their fund strategy, some of the things that they are doing differently to engage entrepreneurs, as well as what he thinks about the Atlanta market. And a nice batch of your emails as well. Good stuff!

As an added bonus we have our first “Look who gets it!” segment.

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This was a very strong show with a compelling guest. What was it like trying to raise an inaugural venture fund? What are the things that they like to see from entrepreneurs? What are some good strategies for engaging investors? Should entrepreneurs bother to write business plans? What does the Atlanta market look like right now to a regional technology VC?

On the email front, we had one particular email that led to a great discussion on why investors don’t sign NDAs. Bonus time, baby!

Enjoy! To play it, use the tools at the top of this post – you can play it via the embedded Flash player by pressing the big play button at the top, or download it to play on your computer or MP3 player.

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Podsafe music used within this episode:

  • Sundial by Bill Derome
  • Dead Nintendo by Possible Oscar
  • All the Money in the World by Hutch

Tune in and find out!

Our format is a little out of the norm as far as podcasts go. We treat our efforts as a true “show” rather than a super-concise (limited) vehicle for delivery of information. Therefore, the podcasts can run a bit long (actually, it is largely driven by the guests and their responses.) While we try to have very substantive discussions, we also try to have a lot of fun along the way (and that tends to elongate the programming a wee bit.) :) Our theory is that if we are having fun during the show, hopefully, you will be having a little fun listening as well.

Here is the breakdown for the show, in case you want to hop around.

Intro 00:00 to 01:36
Smalltalk and introductions: 01:36 to 05:54
Look Who Gets It! 05:54 to 08:29
Announcements/Mailbag: 08:29 to 17:58
Commercial/Comedy Break: 17:58 to 21:53
Main Discussion Topic 21:53 to 46:25

A special thanks to Jason for coming in and hanging out with us!

We’ve got a ton of great guests lined up for the show – we’re going to take a bit of a break, but we’ll be back soon with Andy Monin, the founder and CEO of Vendormate, a very hot ATDC-based startup and one of Scott’s sleeper picks.

We welcome your continued feedback as well! If you have an interest in appearing on the show, becoming a show sponsor (hint, hint), have some suggestions for topics, have feedback, or would just like to email us and tell us to “shove off”, we invite you to contact us.

And don’t forget – the message forums are up and running. If you need help with any aspect of your venture, we welcome you to jump in and get the help you need!



1 Comment so far »

  1. KPO-Dan said

    on June 1 2007 @ 7:55 pm

    Bravo! I’m glad to see some vc’s getting in the mix here on your podcast. Great content again!

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