PODCAST EPISODE

Interview with Erik Bullen, Startup Advisor, Early Stage Investor, COO, Board Member

ATLalts

Aug 1 2021 • 55 mins


00:00 Intro - Erik Bullen discusses importance of execution and self awareness for Founders/CEOs 4:47-9:52 Erik Bullen's background and journey to VC and the corporate innovation space 11:14 Erik Bullen talks about his portfolio approach and making the transition from the corporate arena to the startup/angel investment/VC space 16:20 Erik Bullen discusses why he is focused on pre-seed and seed stage companies 19:09 Erik Bullen discusses his investment approach and mindset of founders/CEOs he looks for when investing 24:40 Erik Bullen discuses building teams at early stage companies 27:09 Erik Bullen talks about why startups fail and founders having a learning mindset and asking for help 30:04 Erik Bullen talks about The Founders Toolkit and how it was created 33:23 Erik Bullen shares his motivation behind doubling down on diversity, equity, and inclusion and making a difference through his actions 35:49 Erik Bullen discusses the state of the VC industry including valuations 40:13 Erik Bullen discusses crowdfunding platforms like Republic, WeFunder and increase in individual investors appetite for early stage investing 43:44 Erik Bullen discusses importance of financial education for retail investors interested in early stage investing 45:47 Erik Bullen discusses his approach to managing so many activities, roles, and what a typical day looks like 49:42 Erik Bullen discusses his favorite things to do outside of work 50:21 Erik Bullen looks ahead 20-30 years and shares some thoughts on what the VC and technology industry looks like 52:57 Erik Bullen shares some of his favorite books 54:14 Conclusion