Toph Day and Matt Hunckler are both lifelong entrepreneurs. They have started numerous companies in all sorts of verticals and have seen uncommon success.
Today we do a deep dive with two of our hosts of Get IN. to learn more about their entrepreneurship journeys and share actionable insights for thriving in a fast-paced startup environment.
Toph Day is the CEO of Elevate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm and entrepreneurial development partner. Toph has been a community builder, job maker and wealth creator throughout his entrepreneurial endeavors over the last 25 years having co-founded eight businesses in seven different sectors. He has been a part of $600M in transactions and has delivered nearly a 4x cash-on-cash return when exiting for investors.
Matt Hunckler is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, the only private membership network focused on supporting tech companies and executives in communities beyond Silicon Valley. He has covered emerging tech companies around the country for publications like Forbes, VentureBeat, and Inc.com.
Be sure to check out these great clips from the show:
- [5:23] Prepping and planning; thinking 3 steps ahead
- [20:01] Lessons from failure throughout career
- [31:17] Investing and Business Ideas
- [36:14] Research before and after starting a business
- [41:24] Advice for entrepreneurs looking to receive funding
In our conversation with Matt and Toph, you will learn about:
- Why failures are so important throughout your career
- Personal advice for securing your first customer
- The importance of moving on and being transparent
- Why you should be “narrow and deep” when it comes to your product
- The greatest joy in owning a business
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Links and resources mentioned in this episode:
Companies and organizations:
- Elevate Ventures
- Learn Python
- Peep Code
- Demand Jump
- Under Armour
- Rally Innovation
- Feast of the Hunters Moon
- Innovate Map
- Vogue Theater
- Tech Stars
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