Welcome to Mintz’s From the Edge, a podcast geared toward helping entrepreneurs thrive by learning from the experiences of executives in the technology, biotech and finance fields.  On this podcast, Mintz partners who work with growing companies raising capital, building great management teams and achieving successful liquidity events will discuss with investors and entrepreneurs the key reasons that they were able to build successful companies and important lessons learned along the way.  Mintz is a nationally leading law firm focused on helping emerging growth companies achieve success.  


Employment Law Basics in California

Jennifer Rubin, a Member in the Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, and Sebastian Lucier, a Member in the Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice, discuss employment law related matters for companies operating in the state of California, including the challenges relating to characterizing an individual as an employee rather than an independent contractor.

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MintzEdge 101: IP Strategies for Start-ups - Sean Grygiel (Mintz)

Sam Effron, a Member in the Mintz Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice and co-editor of MintzEdge, sits down with Sean Grygiel, a Member in the Mintz Intellectual Property Practice, to discuss key IP considerations and strategies for new companies.

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MintzEdge 101: Optimizing the Sale of Your Company - John Rotchford (SASI)

John Rotchford, founder of SASI, a boutique investment banking firm, discusses how to prepare your company for sale, how buyers will value your business, and how to achieve a favorable and timely outcome.

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MintzEdge Entrepreneur Perspective: “Reinventing the Resume” - Co-Founders of Skillist

Ben Stone – an attorney at Mintz Levin and a former founder, CEO and General Counsel – talks with Ananth Kasturiraman and Caroline Fay, the co-founders of Skillist, an innovative job application platform connecting untapped talent to in-demand jobs, about their efforts building a mission-driven business and “reinventing the resume.”

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MintzEdge Entrepreneur Perspective: Building a Strong IM Business – D. Pfister (AlphaCore Capital)

In this podcast, Dick Pfister, the founder of investment management firm AlphaCore Capital and one of the founders of Altegris Investments, explains how he built successful investment management businesses.

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MintzEdge 101: How Passion Can Make Your Business Successful – George Daou (Daou Winery)

In this podcast, Georges Daou, founder of a number of successful technology companies and of the Daou Winery, explains why entrepreneurs need to develop and convey to investors the passion they have for their businesses in order to succeed.

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MintzEdge 101: Best Practices for Building a BoD - Jeff Belk (Qualcomm)

In this podcast, Jeff Belk, an early employee of Qualcomm and serial entrepreneur and investor, explains why it is important to build a great board of directors and how to communicate to your board most effectively.

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MintzEdge 101: The Ins and Outs of Fundraising for Startups – Blaise Barrelet (Analytics Ventures

Jeremy Glaser, Co- chair of the Mintz Levin Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice,  talks to Blaise Barrelet, a successful serial entrepreneur and founder of Analytics Ventures, about how and when companies should raise money. 

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MintzEdge 101: Why Your Startup Needs a CFO – Jeff Gilford (BlackFord Partners)

Jeremy Glaser, co-chair of Mintz Levin’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice, discusses the role of the CFO in growing companies with Jeff Gilford, co-founder and principal of BlackFord Partners, Inc.

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MintzEdge Entrepreneur Perspective: Going Public - John Creelman (Serial CFO/COO)

In this podcast, Jeremy Glaser, Co-chair of the Mintz Levin Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice, discusses with John Creelman, a serial CFO/COO in leading technology companies such as Western Digital, Copper Mountain Networks, ID Analytics and RT Oncology, John’s journey as a veteran CFO and his experiences funding numerous successful companies in both the private and public markets. John also discusses the balance between good financial management in building and growing technology companies against the pace and urgency required to be successful in that same environment.

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MintzEdge Entrepreneur Perspective: Building for Success - John Sarkisian (Motion Ventures)

John Sarkisian, founder of sports and lifestyle venture capital fund Motion Ventures, explains how he built and funded numerous companies in the real estate, restaurant, sports and technology industries and guides entrepreneurs on how to raise money and get successful exits in each of these varied industries.

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MintzEdge Entrepreneur Perspective: Exiting Successfully - Jon Sundt (Altegris)

Jon Sundt, Founder of Altegris, explains how he built one of the largest alternative investment advisory firms in the country and how he achieved a hugely successful exit.

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MintzEdge Entrepreneur Perspective: Fundraising in the Life Sciences Industry - Ken Cohen

Ken Cohen discusses how raising money for life sciences companies is different than for technology companies and gives entrepreneurs advice on how to finance and grow their life sciences company.

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MintzEdge 101: Token Talk - Joe Wallin and Michael Schneider (The Law of Startups

Joe Wallin and Michael Schneider of The Law of Startups chat with Dan about the securities law implications of token sales, as well as other fun and exciting securities law compliance issues.


MintzEdge 101: Venture Funding for Startups – JD Davids (SmartMoney Startups)

JD Davids of SmartMoney Startups explains how to identify and close the best venture fund for your company.

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MintzEdge 101: How to Attract Venture Capital – Jeremy Glaser (Mintz)

In this podcast, Mintz Levin's Jeremy Glaser is interviewed by Startup 101's Priscillia Seelan and shares his insights and advice about what makes start-ups successful, how to think like a VC investor, and how to recognize potential issues in your startup's pitch to angel investors. 


MintzEdge Entrepreneur Perspective: Raising Angel & VC Money – C. Boro (Entrepreneur; Investor)

In this podcast, Cliff Boro, a serial entrepreneur and investor, shares his insights and experience to help entrepreneurs best position themselves to raise money from angels and venture capitalists.

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MintzEdge 101: Getting Your Financial House in Order - Walter Tendler (Mission Ventures)

In this podcast, Walt Tendler discusses the importance of having sophisticated financial advice when preparing your company for a financing and the challenges that entrepreneurs face when they fail to take care of the financial side of the house.

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MintzEdge 101: Why Your Management Team is so Important - Carrie Stone (cStone & Associates)

In this podcast, Carrie Stone discusses the importance of management in the financing process and how venture capitalists assess management teams prior to making an investment decision.

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MintzEdge Entrepreneur Perspective: Digging Out of the Dotcom Crash - Charlie Silver (RealAge)

In this podcast, Charlie Silver, the founder of RealAge, a big data email marketing company, discusses how he turned his company around during the dotcom crash and successfully sold it to The Hearst Corporation. Mr. Silver also discusses the future of online marketing and the role of blockchain and how his newest company, Algebraix, is changing the way consumers share and get paid for their data. 

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MintzEdge Entrepreneur Perspective: Bootstrap Your Way to a Successful Exit – D. Taylor (CineForm)

In this podcast, David Taylor, the founder of CineForm, a digital media company that was successfully sold to GoPro, discusses how he built a successful company and the many challenges he faced along the way.

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MintzEdge 101: Create a Winning Elevator Pitch and Raise VC Money – G. Kenney (Shepherd Ventures)

Jeremy Glaser, Co-Chair of the Mintz Levin Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Practice, discusses with George Kenney, Founder and Managing Director of Shepherd Ventures, a successful Tech, Software and Life Sciences Venture Capital Fund, the challenges in raising venture capital and how to grab the attention of venture capitalists with your pitch deck and thirty second elevator pitch.

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MintzEdge 101: Sourcing the Best Investors for Your Startup – JD Davids (SmartMoney Startups)

In this Podcast, Jeremy Glaser, Co-Chair of the Mintz Levin Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Practice, discusses with JD Davids, the Founder and Managing Partner of SmartMoney Startups, practical steps that entrepreneurs can take to identify, approach and close the best investors for their companies.

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MintzEdge 101: VC Pitch and Executive Summary Best Practices – M. Krenn (San Diego Venture Group)

In this Podcast, Jeremy Glaser, Co-Chair of the Mintz Levin Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Practice, discusses with Mike Krenn, President of the San Diego Venture Group, how Mike advises entrepreneurs to identify and approach angel investors and venture capitalists and his recommended best practices for writing pitch decks and executive summaries.

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MintzEdge 101: Running a Growing and Evolving Company - Patrick Henry (QuestFusion)

Jeremy Glaser, Co-Chair of the Mintz Levin Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice, discusses key lessons for entrepreneurs running growing with companies with Patrick Henry, the CEO and Founder of QuestFusion. 

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MintzEdge Perspective: Meet Mintz - Jeremy Glaser and Greg Chin (Mintz)

Jeremy Glaser, Co-chair of the Mintz Levin Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Practice, and Greg Chin, a member of the Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Practice, give insights on what to expect on upcoming episodes of From the Edge and share some stories that explain how certain of their clients have achieved financial success and lessons learned along the way that would benefit any entrepreneur.

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