Interested in angel investing and like podcasts? You’re in the right place — our annotated guide to podcasts about angel investing in the southeast.
Angel investing is not a one-size-fits-all activity: angel investing in San Francisco and Clubhouse is not the same as angel investing in Spartanburg and Charlotte. Many people cover angel investing nationally, but material focused on the southeast is hard to find. Nationally-renowned angels’ opinions are fun, but we value those that really understand early-stage funding reality in the southeast even more.
We have never seen a good guide to audio content from southeastern angels — so here is our attempt!
Venture in the South
One of the newest podcasts to hit the market, Venture in the South, was launched in 2021 by VentureSouth Managing Director Paul Clark and GP of RollingSouth David Grisell. Venture in the South podcast covers everything angel investing from angel education, to interviews with startup CEOs, and so much more!
Charlotte Angel Connection
The OG of southeast angel investing podcasts is William Bissett’s Charlotte Angel Connection. Through over 100 episodes exploring the challenges and potential of the Charlotte entrepreneurial ecosystem, William is one of the few hosts truly interested in funding startups. Guests from Wolfpack, Grotech, Frontier, Charlotte Angel Fund, QC Fintech and others provide a range of viewpoints and knowledge about angel investing in the Carolinas.
William has also been generous enough to invite the VentureSouth team on, so naturally we recommend the episodes with Paul and John Dillard of Threatswitch at this link, Mac Lackey at this one, and several VentureSouth members across the series.
A newer addition to the podcast scene, Tim McLoughlin launched his First Check podcast to share his views as the GP of Cofounders. We enjoyed the first episode with Donald Thompson and suggest subscribing for future content — though fair warning that Charlie will be on this soon.
That’s it, just two recommendations?
Well, few content creators focus just on angel investing in the southeast. On the plus side, though, many in the wider startup and tech scenes here feature cameos from angel investors. Here are some of our favorites, with episodes featuring early-stage investors highlighted.
Pete Meets by Pete McEntegart, Managing Editor of GrepBeat, covers tech entrepreneurs, investors, and entrepreneurial leaders — and has a high percentage of investor guests. Robbie Hardy of xElle Ventures and VentureSouth’s own Matt Dunbar in episode 6 kick things off from the angel perspective. (Brian Handly, CEO of VentureSouth portfolio company Reveal Mobile, entertains in episode 7.)
Back to Charlotte for John Aspey at Defiance.ai covering more from the Charlotte startup scene. Notable angel investor guests include Charlotte Angel Fund, QC Fintech, Jim Roberts and WALE (Wilmington), and our Charlotte group leader, Juan Garzon, covering his other work at Pitch Breakfast in this episode. (This episode might be the highest concentration of smart pitching advice in any podcast we’ve heard.)
Atlanta Startup Podcast
The Atlanta Startup Podcast covers a lot of conceptual ground while covering Atlanta. Early-stage investors appear fairly often: VCs are organized in this handy playlist (and this for “young VCs”); others take a bit more finding, but individual angels like Mike Ross and Lauren Kane bring some southeastern angel focus.
Southeast Tech Podcast
Sticking in Atlanta, Morris Manning & Martin’s Southeast Tech Podcast casts a wide net, but episodes with investors, especially from Atlanta, appear periodically. Recent examples include Silicon Road, BIP Capital, Valor Ventures, and Bull City Ventures (from the Triangle) — plus Anthony Herrera, Executive Director at Furman Innovation & Entrepreneurship and our partner on VentureSouth Furman, in episode 109.
Continuing with attorneys, this time the team at Hutchison Law, which has long supported the entrepreneurial ecosystem in North Carolina. The Founder Shares podcast delivers what its name suggests; for those seeking the investors’ perspective, this episode also featuring Robbie Hardy gives hope for future angel-related content.
Donald Thompson Podcast
Donald Thompson’s podcast imparts advice from successful business leaders, with a particular focus on diversity. Not focused exclusively on angel investing, we included Donald as one of the few podcasts delivered by a self-professed angel investor from the Triangle. Episodes with other investors like David Gardner and Tim McCloughlin (returning the favor, we notice) provide some investors’ input.
Karen Rands’ Compassionate Capitalist Podcast
Experienced angel investor Karen Rands’ Compassionate Capitalist Podcast frequently covers early stage and angel investing topics, as part of a wider remit of business advice and assistance. Local investor episodes include Cliff Holekamp at Cultivation Capital earlier in 2021, Shac Oren at Sound Media Ventures in Atlanta, and Skip Boudreaux at Arcadian in Louisiana.
Another pod from the GrepBeat team and an investor, this time Kevin Mosley of Jurassic Capital, Exit Stories hasn’t featured many investors so far, but does cover the critical subject of exits. Angel investing only works if companies can exit; most entrepreneurs have not been through an exit; so this collection of episodes fills a particularly critical subject gap.
Chris and Caleb at Next Level Income focus on real estate investing, but feature other asset classes — including occasionally forays into VC and angel investing — too. As well as accidentally letting Paul onto the pod last year, other episodes include Bridger Pennington on PE/VC and Isaac Pinto on alternative assets more widely. Plug also for the episode with Chris Mailander, good friend of, and board representative for, VentureSouth.
There are, of course, a wide variety of angel investing podcasts from other regions and nationally. Some of our favorites include:
If you find something you really like that’s not on this list, we’d love to hear your suggestions!