SL #19: A Conversation with Chrysalis Ventures

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Welcome to SL #19! In this show, we are pleased to be joined by Wright Steenrod of Chrysalis Ventures. We discuss a number of topics, including their investment model, their view of the Southeast and Midwest markets, and things they look for as they filter deal flow.

As an added bonus, we provide a double dose of “Under the Bus”: Mike tosses some alcoholic StartupLounge haters under the bus, and Scott piles on and “gently nudges” some regional VCs into oncoming traffic. We also have a nice batch of your emails and a great Thanksgiving comedy bit to round out a lengthy, but great show!

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What types of deals do the Chrysalis partners look for? What are the key characteristics of their portfolio companies? What is the unique value proposition that Chrysalis brings to the table? What are some of the lessons that he’s learned as a VC? How does Chrysalis get most of their deal flow? Does emailing a business plan to a VC really work? How can entrepreneurs get their deal as “clean” as possible for a VC? How does the Chrysalis due diligence process work? Can military training prepare someone to be an entrepreneur or a VC? What is Chrysalis’ view of the Atlanta/Southeast market? Watch as we do a very admirable job of trying to bribe a VC on air. And so much more!

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
    • I Heart Thanksgiving by Robert Lund
    • By the Hammer of Thor, Ben Base
    • 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 02:00
    Smalltalk and introductions: 02:00 to 07:24
    Under the Bus: 08:35 to 25:35
    Mailbag: 25:35 to 34:27
    Capital Connections Update: 34:27 to 36:52
    Commercial/Comedy Break: 36:52 to 40:49
    Main Discussion Topic 40:49 to 1:34:36
    Commercial/Comedy Break: 1:34:36 to 1:35:40
    Analysis/Wrap-up: 1:35:40 to 1:41:15

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

    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!



3 Comments so far »

  1. dlion said

    on November 17 2007 @ 11:25 pm

    I still haven’t stopped laughing at this one guys! Great show keep up the good work!

  2. Brian Oravetz said

    on November 19 2007 @ 11:08 am

    WELL DONE! You’ve won a new listener! This is the first podcast I’ve listened to from you guys, and it was well worth the time; not to mention funny as hell! I can’t wait to hear more.

  3. MK said

    on March 7 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    Awesome! Inspiring and funny! Can’t ever find the combination.

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