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Charles Hudson

Investor on The Pitch

Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies.

Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, Charles was a Partner at SoftTech VC. In this role, he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure.

Dec. 9, 2020

#100 When Investors Take the Hot Seat

This week, we've got a show like no other. Instead of startup founders asking for money to grow their business, we hear investors…

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Nov. 4, 2020

#99 The Friends & Family Gap

In VC, before you pitch investors, you’re expected to get some initial cash from friends and family. Getting this money is a crit…

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Nov. 4, 2020

Disrupting Venture Capital

Why does so little venture capital money go to women, Black, and Latinx founders? In this Spotify exclusive, investors Charles Hu…

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Sept. 30, 2020

#97 Secret Sauce or Snake Oil?

Today's founder had everything going for him: a huge market, loads of experience, and $70k in monthly revenue. But then, everythi…

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June 10, 2020

#91 “If We Don’t Get the Money by Friday …”

In 2018, founder Cody Candee raised $150,000 on our show. He went on to raise over a million dollars in funding that led to extra…

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May 6, 2020

#89 A Big Bet on an Ex-Trucker

For years, Pierre Laguerre worked as a truck driver. During those years he saw one of the biggest inefficiencies in the industry …

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April 22, 2020

How I Saved My Startup

Investors are giving founders everywhere an ultimatum: just find a way to survive the next few months. This had us concerned abou…

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April 15, 2020

#88 How Startups Can Succeed in a Pandemic

In the last few weeks, COVID-19 has changed just about every business in the country. Investors everywhere are scrambling to help…

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April 1, 2020

#87 Uber for Pets

Last year, investors woke up to the fact that the biggest ridesharing companies still struggle to make money. But today’s founder…

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March 25, 2020

#86 If the Suit Fits, Invest.

Founder Ray Li says he can make you a custom suit, out of a quiz. And his company, Sene, is already making a profit. Ray wants to…

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March 11, 2020

#85 Will Coronavirus Kill This Deal?

There’s a tried and true playbook in tech: get a ton of users, then figure out how to monetize them. Today’s founder, Ofo Ezeugwu…

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March 4, 2020

#84 The Napkin Pitch

Tiffany Walling McGarity called in to the show and you, our listeners, voted her on to pitch the investors. But from the moment s…

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Feb. 19, 2020

#83 Can Small Bras Be a Big Market?

In VC, investors want to win big — that’s why they love highly scalable tech companies so much. But today’s founder, Jaclyn Fu, i…

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Feb. 12, 2020

#82 A Deal Too Perfect to Pass Up

This is how much of a go-getter Bobbie Racette is: when she got laid off, she started a business to help thousands of other peopl…

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Jan. 29, 2020

#81 Jillian to the Rescue

During our last call-in show, Thor Wood wowed us with his 30-second elevator pitch for SnapShyft, a company that matches workers …

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Jan. 22, 2020

#80 Can This App Silence The Trolls?

Ben Trenda thinks he can stop the trolls on Twitter and other social spaces. He’s building Goodtalk, where famous people can have…

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Jan. 8, 2020

#79 The Anti-JUUL

“Move fast and break things” is a mantra for a lot of startup founders — but what if the federal government is slowing you down? …

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Nov. 13, 2019

#78 Got Goals? Grab a Cru

Tiffany Dufu has spent her career uplifting women and girls. Now, she’s turning a lifetime’s worth of expertise into a venture-ba…

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Nov. 6, 2019

#77 Sell Online or Go Door to Door

Kate Flynn has a plan to make her healthy snack bites stand out: skip the grocery stores, and find potential customers when and w…

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Oct. 9, 2019

#75 “I Want Bro Money Too”

The 2.4 trillion dollar fashion industry is due for a makeover, according to Andrea Madho. She says her company, Lab141, will be …

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Oct. 2, 2019

#74 Stop Killing Your Plants

Ryan Lee says he has a better way to buy plants, on his website, Rooted. To conquer the market, Ryan has a big, audacious plan, a…

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Sept. 25, 2019

#73 Enough Sales Calls Already!

For businesses, the process of buying software is brutal. Founder Andrew Hoagland launched his company to make it a breeze. In fa…

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Sept. 18, 2019

#72 How Niche Is Too Niche?

Orion Brown is very early in her journey as an entrepreneur. In fact, this is her first pitch to venture capitalists! At this ear…

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Sept. 11, 2019

#71 Raising Kids Is Hard. So Is Raising a Startup.

When founder Jen Saxton landed a partnership with a big name retailer in the baby industry, she thought her startup, Tot Squad, w…

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Sept. 4, 2019

#70 What Is Michael Phelps Jamming to Right Now?

What if you could listen to the exact same music as your favorite celebrities, at exactly the same time? That’s the question that…

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Aug. 14, 2019

#69 When Less Is Not More

Founder Rahul Jindal might be the king of bootstrapping. And when investors see similarities between his startup, Hyde Closet, an…

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Aug. 7, 2019

#68 Dogs & Dating: A Match Made in Heaven?

Back in May we asked entrepreneurs to call in and give us their best pitches. The winner was Leigh Isaacson and her startup Dig —…

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July 17, 2019

I’ve Looked Death in the Eye

When he came on the show two years ago, Amado Guloy said his startup would change the business of animal agriculture. And the inv…

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June 5, 2019

#66 Does Anyone Really Want Your Product?

Dennis Meng’s first company was a major flop. So he started another one that could’ve saved the first. It’s called User Interview…

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May 15, 2019

#65 Wait, Your App Does What Exactly?

Spencer Shulem wants people to learn from their mistakes. Also, he wants to help them organize their time. Oh, and he wants to ga…

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May 8, 2019

#64 Startup Sale! 80% Off

Ramya Possett and Rachel Lee founded BlueFoot to make tracking the competition easy for massive companies. And they think that wh…

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April 10, 2019

#63 Can A Startup Solve Homelessness?

Jonathan Kumar pitches his startup, Samaritan, which aims to help people who’ve lost their homes. But can he convince the investo…

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April 3, 2019

#62 Pivot or Die

Ben Walters came on the show to sell the investors on Feedback, an app that lets restaurants change their prices on the fly. But …

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March 13, 2019

#61 Can a Zebra Survive in a Unicorn World?

Jennifer Brandel of Hearken is pitching a new kind of business. She calls it a zebra: a company that’s driven by a mission — but …

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March 6, 2019

#60 Is This the Amazon Prime of Airline Tickets?

Rama Poola is here pitching his airline ticket business, SkyHi, where customers pay a monthly fee to access tickets on the cheap.…

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Feb. 27, 2019

#59 Disrupting Work Happy Hour

Ryan Husk wants to take your workplace culture up a notch. His startup, Culture Force, matches companies to “experiences” designe…

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Feb. 20, 2019

#58 Park Your Pooch Here

Chelsea Brownridge wants to help dog owners keep their pooches safe when they’re out running errands together. Her startup, DogSp…

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Feb. 13, 2019

#57 Where Losers Go To Win

After losing his shirt on sports betting sites DraftKings and FanDuel, Adam Weinstein decided to flip the script on daily fantasy…

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Jan. 30, 2019

#56 Shark Tank vs. The Pitch

Zahra Kassam has been on the road in a major way, pitching her startup, Monti Kids. A few months before our show, she pitched on …

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Jan. 23, 2019

#55 A New Spin on VR

Tom Impallomeni is here to pitch Tribe XR, a VR app that teaches people to DJ. He’s got a vision for using virtual reality to tea…

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Jan. 16, 2019

#54 Is Selling in Walmart a Good Thing?

Debbie Wei Mullin is pitching her pour-over Vietnamese coffee startup, Copper Cow Coffee . The company is already doing well on W…

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Oct. 31, 2018

#52 Fitbit … for Dogs

Susan Sierota wants to help dog owners keep their furry friends healthy with her pet-tech startup, Waggit . Can she convince the …

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Oct. 10, 2018

#49 Nuts Can Kill. Are Seeds the Answer?

Blake Sorensen has a deathly nut allergy — one that's led to some harrowing trips to the ER. But then he decided that enough was …

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Sept. 26, 2018

#47 Can This Tiny Gadget Keep Kids in College?

The college dropout rate is high, and schools are paying the price... to the tune of billions of dollars every year. Marquett Bur…

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Sept. 19, 2018

#46 Never Get Lost Again

Somewear founder James Kubik thinks going off the grid shouldn’t have to mean going out of cell phone range. That’s why he create…

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Aug. 29, 2018

#43 Get This Party Startup in Here

Entrepreneur Julie Roth Novack says her party planning platform is exactly what event professionals have been missing. And it all…

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Aug. 22, 2018

#42 How Much Do You Trust Your Barista?

Cody Candee believes his company, Bounce, is the key to freeing us from the stuff we lug around all day. But can he convince inve…

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Aug. 15, 2018

#41 Can This Startup Help Retailers Take on Amazon?

Amazon is on track to grab nearly HALF of all online retail sales this year. But not if Chelsie Lee’s startup Shipsi has a say in…

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June 13, 2018

#39 This Pitch is Damn Near Perfect

Stefan Loble wows the room with his near perfect pitch for Bluffworks, a company that makes travel-business attire. But is his co…

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June 6, 2018

#38 A Beauty Industry Veteran Goes Rogue

Tina Hedges believes the future of beauty is all-natural, organic products. But the investors aren’t sure what to make of her foo…

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May 30, 2018

#37 Can Tech Solve America’s Drug Crisis?

Founder David Sarabia’s experience with drug addiction inspired him to build an app, called inRecovery. It’s meant to help people…

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May 9, 2018

#34 Can Storytime Become Big Business?

Max Tuchman is on a roll with Caribu, an app that lets parents and kids read together virtually. But can she convince investors t…

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Feb. 8, 2018

#25 Rex

When scientist Amado Guloy saw an opportunity to combine farm animals and big data, he traded the laboratory for the boardroom an…

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Jan. 31, 2018

#24 unGlue

The apps on our smartphones seem to be engineered for addiction. Alon Shwartz wants to fight this with an app of his own: unGlue.…

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Jan. 17, 2018

#22 Investor FOMO: Lunar Wireless

Hunter Rosenblume is pitching Lunar Wireless, a company he co-founded as an answer to pricey cell phone plans. But getting invest…

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Jan. 10, 2018

#21 Metabrew

Romy Raad and her cofounder have created Metabrew, a healthy beverage they believe could replace your morning coffee. But can the…

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Dec. 20, 2017

#20 Harper Wilde

The founders of Harper Wilde want to take the B.S. out of bra shopping. That means convincing our investors that they’ve found a …

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Dec. 6, 2017

#18 ROWViGOR

Co-founders Kevin Allen and Moses McCall think rowing is the next big trend in fitness. To cash in on their hunch, they need to c…

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