Welcome to episode 268 of the Startup Junkie's Podcast!
Jeff Amerine, Davis McEntire, and Caleb Talley spend time with Jesse Randall, CEO and Founder of Sweater. This platform allows everyday investors to access the most exclusive asset class, Venture Capital. This episode will cover Jesse's journey as a tried-and-true entrepreneur. Sweater aims to disrupt the way venture capital is done.
In other words, you'll want to tune in!
(1:36) Introducing Jesse Randall
(3:52) How is Sweater different?
(6:41) Sweater's Venture Capital Structure
(8:28) Stage Focus within Sweater
(9:27) Syndicating, Leading, or Following?
(13:00) Identifying Strategic Partners
(17:31) How did Sweater Come About?
(22:13) Being a Public Investment Company
(28:54) The Next 5 Years for Sweater
(31:44) Day To Day Challenges
(34:24)Advice to Younger Self
(36:33) Wrap Up
"People have this desire to be entertained and they want something to brag about on the weekends, and have something to talk about with their friends, and being an investor is an element of their personal brand and a little bit of status associated with it."
(3:34) Jesse Randall
"They are great businesses and I'm grateful that they have the opportunity to raise money... They just typically don't qualify to raise money for VC funds."
(5:36) - Jesse Randall
"[On advice to younger self] I would say, freaking learn how to sell. Number one rule, learn how to sell something."
(34:46) - Jesse Randall