The Equity podcast is growing

Equity is celebrating its fourth birthday in a few weeks and closed 2020 with its biggest quarter to date. To celebrate and say thank you to our wonderful listeners who tune into us each and every single week, we’re growing upward and outward!

First, as many of you have noticed, we’ve expanded the Equity team. Grace Mendenhall joined the production crew this year, initially helping cover for Chris Gates while he was out on paternity leave. But now Chris is back and so we’ve doubled our producer team.

In classic startup fashion, a bigger team means we can make more swings at R&D, or in this case, add on a new show to our semiweekly cadence.

Today, the whole Equity team — Chris, Grace, Danny, Natasha and Alex — are super proud to announce that we’re expanding the podcast’s show lineup. We’re going to add a new show each week, which will rotate around a particular theme, geography or supermassive news event. It’s your midweek chance to listen to a show about one trend, whether that’s space tech or the growth of community as a competitive advantage. Sometimes it will be an exact topic you’ve cared about for so long (insert Alex and SaaS joke here) and sometimes it will be about a topic you know nothing about. We’re here to convince you to care anyway. Regardless, you can depend on the Equity trio to give you a trifecta of shows that helps you stay up to date on startup and venture capital news in a consumable way.

Starting, well, now, here’s what Equity looks like:

  • Equity on Monday: Our weekly kickoff show is not changing. Except Alex has promised to learn how to speak with better diction.
  • Equity on Wednesday: Our midweek show focused on a single topic or theme. Expect to hear from other TechCrunch reporters about their beats, investors on what they are seeing in the market and reporting on countries and cities where startup activity is blowing up.
  • Equity, now on Friday: The main Equity episode is not changing, other than that we’re going to tighten it up a little bit and release it Friday mornings like we used to. While it was a blast to get out the door Thursday afternoon, we’re going to give Equity Wednesday a little more time to breathe. And since so many of you listen to this episode on Friday anyway, most folks won’t notice a change.

As COVID-19 fades thanks to the rollout of vaccines around the globe, we’ll eventually get back into our studio. That could mean more video down the pike. And we’ll still do the odd Equity Shot for big events that we can’t help but chat about.

Our goal was to double-down on what we think is the best part of Equity: A group of friends hammering through the news as a group, learning, joking and having fun with the world of startups and venture capital.

So, we’ll see you one more time each week. Cool? Cool. Hugs from here and chat soon. — The Equity Team

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EU-Startups Podcast / Episode 15: The status quo and future of sextech – with the founders of Emjoy and Beducated

From banishing taboos, to improving mental wellbeing and health education, perceptions of the sextech industry are changing. Offering evermore inclusive and holistic products, the European sextech startups of today are heading into unknown, but promising, territory. It is not just the general public that are reaching into their pockets in support either. Investments into European…

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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 17: A Conversation with Burton Heiss

Welcome to an all-new episode of “Everything Borrowed,” a podcast hosted by Andrew Blake! On this episode, Andrew welcomes Burton Heiss, CEO of Buddy’s Pizza. Burton joined Buddy’s Pizza as CEO in July 2019, with over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

During the show, Blake and Burton talk about how he is focused on taking the Detroit-based brand outside of Michigan during the pandemic, as well as how he balances his life and business!

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Podimo, the podcast and short form audio subscription service, picks up €11.2M in new funding

Podimo, the Copenhagen-founded subscription service for short form audio stories and podcasts, has raised an additional €11.2 million in funding.

The round is led by Chr. Augustinus investment fund, and comes just 8 months after announcing its €6 million Series A. Existing investors, and the Spanish VC Aldea Opportunity Fund also participated.

Founded in 2019, Podimo is a podcast and short-form audio platform which offers personalized recommendations to listeners, while offering creators a share of revenue via premium subscriptions.

Premium members gain access to over 600 shows that are exclusive to Podimo and membership fees are shared directly with the podcast creators they listen to each month. The service is currently live in Germany, Denmark and carious Spanish speaking markets.

Co-founded by Morten Strunge, who has a track record in subscription media products via audio books service Mofibo (which he sold to Storytel), more broadly, Podimo is hoping to capitalise on the rise in consumption in podcasts. The startup’s other founders are Nikolaj Koppel, Andreas Sachse and Sverre Dueholm.

“Our dream is to address two challenges in the developing podcast industry,” explains Strunge. “The first is discoverability, where we intelligently match listeners to the content they love. And the second is monetization, where we provide a new stream of revenue for creators, allowing them to focus on creating and invest into great storytelling”.

By offering a freemium model, where a paid version provides unlimited listening and features, Strunge believes there is an opportunity to work closely with podcast creators to strengthen the podcast ecosystem and make it less reliant on advertising revenue.

“We want to become the preferred partner for creators, by both working closely with their content, curate and match it with each individual user, but also by offering a superior monetisation model,” he said when Podimo announced its Series A. The hope is that a more robust revenue stream will enable new content producers to enter the market and allow existing ones to earn more. In turn, that would provide the financial headroom to invest even more time and effort into high quality content.

“We have seen strong traction on our podcast and short form audio subscription service… and now more than 50% of our growth comes from our international markets,” Strunge tells me. “Our exclusive catalogue has grown to more than 600 exclusive productions, and our vision of building out revenue streams to creators of short form content really seems to be getting traction”.

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StartupNation’s ‘Key Moves’ Podcast: John Ezzo (Episode 3)

Welcome to another episode of StartupNation’s “Key Moves” podcast, hosted by Jeff Sloan!

In this podcast, Jeff goes beyond the mere backstory of business success and dives into the key moves made by the leaders and founders of successful companies that put them on the trajectory toward significant success.


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On today’s episode, Jeff chats with John Ezzo, president and CEO of New Image Building Services.

Ezzo shares his background and why he started his business, how his company has pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how he’s set himself apart by becoming a thought leader in his field.

Tune in to “Key Moves” with John Ezzo below!


Previously on “Key Moves”: Jayson Waller

Stay tuned for a brand new episode of “Key Moves” coming soon!

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The Flip podcast: Building a savings culture in Nigeria with PiggyVest’s Odunayo Eweniyi – How we made it in Africa

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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 16: A Conversation with Mark Hackel

On this episode of “Everything Borrowed,” Mark Hackel, County Executive for Macomb County, joins Andrew to talk about a few of the topics we are currently facing on the home front.

Mark explains his thoughts and feelings on his job as a politician, the current issues surrounding COVID-19 and his belief to focus on the “people and not the party.”

Mark is a great guy and guest, who has gathered support from both Democratic and Republican voters by just being honest, open and having some common sense.

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EU-Startups Podcast / Episode 14: Interview with Limehome founder Josef Vollmayr

For episode 14 of the EU-Startups Podcast we interviewed Josef Vollmayr, the co-founder and co-CEO of Limehome. Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Munich, the fast-growing hospitality startup LimeHome turns commercial spaces into stylish apart-hotels and lists them on the Limehome tech platform. Limehome already secured about €36 million in funding and was recently featured by us as…

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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 15: A Conversation with Darren McCarty

Four-time Stanley Cup champion, former Red Wings enforcer, host of “Grind Time with Darren McCarty” podcast and a true Detroit gem, Darren McCarty joins Andrew for episode 15 of “Everything Borrowed.”

Darren is an advocate for the legalization of cannabis, which is on a list of things that helped his recovery from alcoholism, along with love, faith and family.

Andrew and Darren also discuss his passion to help connect Detroit through Woodward Sports Network, where he hosts “Grind Time with Darren McCarty.”

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