Angel Invest Boston

Through the Angel Invest Boston Podcast we seek to learn more about the creation of world-changing startups. Boston’s unique concentration of academic talent and entrepreneurial culture offer bountiful opportunities for conversations with people who have funded and built innovative companies. By recounting engaging stories, angels and founders convey lessons they have learned. These narratives illustrate the rewards of helping founders commercialize transformative technologies. We hope you too will find our dialogues entertaining and instructive. I’m Sal Daher, host of the Angel Invest Boston Podcast. After immigrating to Boston as a child and attending Belmont High School, I studied engineering at MIT and Stanford. Decades of work in international finance followed. During that time, I invested in a handful of ventures founded by friends and acquaintances. Now, I’m a member of Walnut Ventures and MIT Angels and spend most of my time as an angel investor taking stakes in about a dozen startups per year.
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Jan 31, 2018

The best measure of a founder is how much she can get done with limited resources. By this metric, Bryanne Leeming is outstanding.

A couple of years ago she had a paper prototype and vague hopes for a Kickstarter program. Now she has a sleek physical product that works and is likely to get built. She has the software to make it valuable and she’s completed a successful Kickstarter campaign. 3000 kids have played with Splat, the device and software Bryanne has built to encourage physically active and social play focused on STEM learning.

The interview with Bryanne Leeming left me inspired.

Here’s some of what we talked about:

  • Bryanne Leeming Bio
  • How Bryanne Leeming Decided She Wanted to Be a Founder
  • What Bryanne Leeming Got from Her Babson MBA
  • Balancing Time Between Consulting Gigs & Working on Her Startup
  • How Being an Athlete Affects the Work Bryanne Leeming Does
  • Bryanne Leeming Tells the Unruly Studio Story
  • How Bryanne Leeming Overcame Not Being a Technical Founder
  • Sal Reads a Listener Review – Asks Listeners to Review the Podcast on iTunes
  • Bryanne Leeming Tells About Her Kickstarter Experience
  • Bryanne Leeming’s Tips for Founders on Fundraising
  • How Unruly Studios Is Doing a Lot with Few Resources
  • Unruly Studio’s Go to Market Plans
  • Product Roadmap for Unruly Studios
  • Bryanne Leeming on Taking Advice as a Founder
Jan 31, 2018

Jay Singh co-founded ViralGains which is on Deloitte’s Fast 500 list of North America’s fastest growing tech companies. Still working on the marketing technology space, he has founded Clear Coin, a company hoping to apply distributed ledger technology to making digital advertising more accountable. He chose a token sale as a way of acquiring the resources needed to build his new company and seems to be off to a great start.

Jay Singh’s is the first Founder Focus interview on Angel Invest Boston. This new format is a response to the growing demand from founders to be on the podcast. The interviews are shorter and done via VOIP, allowing for more immediacy while still maintaining good sound quality. These Founder Focus episodes will launch concurrent with our regular podcast to offer listeners a broader choice. I hope you enjoy them.

Jan 17, 2018

The way cancer is treated is about to change.

Close monitoring during treatment will become possible, telling us within days with much greater precision if a treatment is working or not. Long-term monitoring of patients in remission will also be revolutionized by making fewer biopsies necessary and detecting relapses much earlier. All these promises come from the technology developed in the lab of Çağrı [Cha-ree] Savran at Purdue University that is being commercialized in Savran Technologies.

The brilliant and charming Professor Savran was my guest in this laugh-filled episode. He told how he went from a childhood in Turkey to studying in some of America’s most prominent universities. He opened my eyes to the startup-friendly climate at Purdue University and he explained how his invention came about. Don’t miss this accessible and fun report from the most consequential frontier of innovation.

Read the full transcript and see the video at:

Çağrı Savran Episode Page

Here is a list of the topics discussed:

  • Çağrı Savran Bio (Çağrı Is Pronounced Cha-ree)
  • Accident that Took Çağrı Savran from Turkey to Indiana
  • Purdue University’s Remarkable Support for the Commercialization of Faculty Inventions
  • Çağrı Savran: “So, when I say "extremely rare," I mean one-in-a-billion rare.”
  • Çağrı Savran: “Our technology can find those five or six or ten cells that are, among about a billion.“
  • “…from a blood sample, you have a glimpse into the tumor without cutting into the person.”
  • The Promise of Monitoring Cancer Treatment with a Blood Draw
  • “The advantage is if you can do this with a blood sample, it gives you a chance to do this test frequently, right?”
  • Applicable to the Prenatal Monitoring of the Fetus
  • Savran’s Tech Is Simple, Fast and Results in High Purity and Yield – 1000 Times Faster than Typical Microfluidic Systems
  • Like Alexander with the Gordian Knot, Savran Has Loosened One Constraint to Great Effect
  • Bigger Scale and Faster Flow Allows the Fast Separation of Rare Cells
  • Device Seems Amenable to Large Scale Usage – Handling Many Patients at the Same Time
  • How the Invention Came About
  • Why Çağrı Savran Founded a Company
  • Purdue’s New Commercialization Policy Played a Big Role in the Decision to Found the Company
  • Why Turbocharging Cell Separation Is So Important
  • Other Use Cases: People Are Always Suggesting New Ones but Need to Concentrate
  • Savran’s Tech Is a Game Changer because of Throughput and Parallelization
  • Other Techniques Look at Pieces of DNA – Savran’s Tech Is Capable of Finding the Entire Genome
  • Sal Daher Reads the Review by Spizzy Spong on iTunes and Asks for Your Review
  • How Savran Landed Bigwig Advisor Ken Morse
  • How Savran Found Its CEO – Patrick Rivelli
  • "Oh, you have no idea how I wish that somebody would say that about me, that I'm 'quietly competent.'”
  • Savran’s Choice of the Right Patent Attorney Was Crucial – Peter Fasse Helped Way Beyond Patents
  • Patrick Rivelli, CEO Proposed a New Go to Market Approach
  • What Makes the Savran Lab at Purdue so Productive
  • Çağrı Savran Urges Fellow Academics to Bring Their Inventions to Market
Jan 3, 2018

My colleague at Walnut Ventures, Adam de Sola Pool connected me with four promising startups from Poland participating in the MIT Enterprise Forum Poland contest in Cambridge. This created an opportunity to interview four really promising young founders.

Being a founder of a startup in a place like Poland where the infrastructure to support new companies is just starting is really challenging. The four young founders have all demonstrated impressive determination to bring their startup’s products to remarkably advanced stages.

In this inspiring chat you will meet Sergejs (Sergey) who studied economics but is making the oil patch greener, Tomasz who trained in robotics but helped invent a new way to train cardiologists, Rafal whose marketing platform has been adopted by Citibank and brilliant Katarzyna (Kate) who invented a way to make counterfeiting of products nearly impossible.

  • Sergejs Jakimous (pronounced Sergey Yakimov) CEO & Co-founder of Vortex Oil Engineering
  • Tomasz Dziwinski, Ph.D., Co-Founder of Medical Simulation Technologies
  • Rafal Kosno, Co-Founder & CEO of Waywer, a Marketing Platform Using Text with Video & Audio
  • Katarzyna Sawicz, Ph.D., Founder of InnovaLab, a New Way to Make Branded Products Hard to Counterfeit