Matt Castellini


The Chicago Capital Podcast explores the startup and Venture Capital ecosystem in the Windy City. Each episode will feature a prominent founder, Venture Capitalist, or Angel investor who plays an integral part in the city's entrepreneurial story. Join host Matt Castellini as he chats with guestsRead more

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Abhinaya Konduru @ M25 on Life as a Junior VC, Chicago Collaboration, and Early-Stage Analysis

Jul 29 • 46:58

Abhinaya Konduru is a Senior Associate at M25, a Chicago-based early-stage venture capital firm that focuses on Midwest-based startups. Abhinaya is also a Board Observer at Mission Control GG and an Associates & Analyst Moderator at Women in VC....

Founder Friday: Ari Perlin @ Vaizian

Jul 23 • 37:00

Gale Wilkinson @ Vitalize Venture Capital on Angel vs VC Investing, Future of Work & Education, and Increasing Diversity in Tech

Jul 21 • 40:40

Gale Wilkinson is the Founder & Managing Partner at Vitalize Venture Capital,  a seed-stage investment firm focused on the future of work and education. Gale is also a Board member at Chicago:Blend, a NFP dedicated to increasing diversity in tech & VC. She contributes to a YouTube series named Talking Venture & even offers office hours for founders and aspiring VCs....

Founder Friday: Leo Mindyuk @ ML Tech

Jul 16 • 31:33

Leo Mindyuk is the CEO & Founder of ML Tech, a FinTech startup building the next-generation trading platform within the crypto asset space. ML Tech's vision is to combine colocated trading infra speeds with cloud intelligence into a single “package” and make it accessible to seasoned quant researchers worldwide. Their platform leverages cutting-edge AI solutions and allows...

Brian Luerssen @ Draftbit & LongJump on Founder-Led VC, The Chicago Startup Ecosystem, and Low-Code/No-Code

Jul 14 • 53:37

Brian Luersson is the Co-Founder of Draftbit & General Partner at LongJump. Draftbit is a Chicago Startup that helps create, customize, and launch mobile apps all from a browser, with source code included. LongJump is a Chicago-based founder-led fund that invests in the next generation of entrepreneurs. They offer funding, connections, and community to help creators take t...

Founder Friday: Sebastian Rivas @ Andes STR (2021 NVC Winner)

Jul 10 • 44:35

Prashant Shukla @ Origin Ventures on Seed v. Series A, Cameo's Ascendance, & the Future of Chicago Tech

Jul 7 • 51:11

Prashant is a Vice President at Origin Ventures, joining the firm as Senior Associate in May 2017. He serves as a board director for Origin portfolio company BlackCart and board observer for 15Five, Blueboard, Glimpse, Everee, Pronto, Measured Insurance, and Trala....

Founder Friday: Dip Majumder @ Neural Trend

Jul 2 • 28:28

Neural Trend is on a mission is to help retailers manage products that maximize sales while reducing go-to-market time....

Ezra Galston @ Starting Line on Resiliency, Starting Line Fund II, & the State of Chicago Tech

Jun 30 • 48:43

Ezra Galston is the Founding Partner at Starting Line, a Chicago-based early-stage venture capital firm that invests in leading consumer products and brands....

Founder Friday: Alex Jones & Alessandro DiSanto @ Hallow

Jun 25 • 44:54

Hallow is a Chicago-based startup building a Catholic prayer & meditation app to help you find peace, deepen your relationship with God, and sleep soundly every night....

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