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The iSelect Focus: Resource Efficiency

Energy is an incredibly complex sector. There's an abundance of conventional fossil fuel available that is relatively inexpensive, but it is meeting with consumer revolt at some level on the basis of its impact on climate change. You've got essentially three primary...

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What Is the Future of iSelect?

When I conceived of iSelect I conceived that it would initially be a series of small, individual funds focused on individual communities. We would go and set up maybe iSelect St. Louis, iSelect Kansas City, iSelect Cleveland, and we'd have a small portfolio that we...

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What Is the iSelect Diligence Process?

Our diligence is pretty extensive. It's about a 60-day process. We have a dual path of both business and legal diligence. From a business standpoint, once the internal review's over and we made a decision to go forward, we engage an outside group of advisors....

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What Is the Appeal of iSelect to Investors?

I spent my career representing companies that were raising capital and funds that were investing capital in those companies. And, I think the key thing that was the light bulb that came on for me, for iSelect, and what was the fundamental discovery that gave rise to...

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Sorry Chicken Little, the Sky Isn’t Falling

Last weekend I was in Grayling, Michigan for the famous canoe marathon, a 14-hour, non-stop race through the night. The Ausable, known as the Holy Waters, is a beautiful river with many naturally fallen trees, obstacles, and tight bends. Given the obstructions, some...

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iSelect and Agriculture: Why We’re Investing

So we're focused on four sectors: agriculture, healthcare, energy, and technology. We've picked those four because we really do think that they have the ability to be game-changing globally for the world. If we look at agriculture, we are at one of the most complex...

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Dr. Todd Mockler on Plant Science, Genomics, and the Future of Food

Dr. Todd Mockler is one of the world’s leading experts on plant genetics and has dedicated his career to better understanding how the genetic code of different types of plants impacts their behavior and responses. As a member and principal investigator with the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, his research has focused on the development of plant genomic tools, with the end goal of improving crop performance and yield.

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Inside the iSelect Fund Product

  iSelect is a very unique product, but when you break it into it's parts it's fairly easy to understand. On the front end, we're a traditional venture capital fund. We have a diligence process, we have an investment process, we have certain categories of...

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7 Steps to Building Client Relationships That Last

Customers aren’t just important to the success of your business. They’re the only thing that really matters. In fact, success in business -- whether it is in financials services, sales, manufacturing, or any other industry -- relies on clients that are happy, engaged...

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The Role of Diversification in Venture Investing

A key component of venture capital is diversification. Some people have made investments in startups, and they’ve taken off for a while, and then failed. If you invest in one or two companies, you have a high risk that you are going to lose your money. If you look at...

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Part-Time Labor: A Feature or a Bug?

iSelect just completed an investment round in Popbookings, a company that is working to streamline the temporary employment market. Its first focus is in the event-staffing segment, and its tools automate the entire hiring, scheduling, attendance, payroll, and...

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What Can iSelect Do For You?

Silicon Valley is famous and successful for some very good reasons. It attracts some of the best talent in the world, is a nexus for billions in available funding and is a one-stop shop for customers in need of any sort of IT technology. But that focus is also one of...

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10 Common Mistakes Made When Investing in Startups

For new venture investors, selecting a startup to invest in can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of different industries to focus on, companies to research and CEOs to get to know. The rewards of venture investing can be great, but the barriers to entry as nearly...

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How iSelect Got Its Start

I conceived of iSelect the day that Congress passed the JOBS Act. What the JOBS Act said is that, in the past when people were raising money for private deals for new startup companies, they couldn't advertise or solicit to broad audiences. You had to have a...

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Resistant Hypertension: Ending the Death Sentence

Physicians have been fascinated with blood and the circulatory system for hundreds of years. Records dating back to early Roman times prove that bloodletting was in wide use as a treatment for disease at least 2,000 years ago, and leeches have been used in medicine...

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Better Weekdays: The Future of Hiring Is Here

On today's podcast we discuss how startup company Better Weekdays is reducing friction in the talent acquisition process. With their interactive platform that provides tools and services, improving the hiring process for students, colleges, and employers. Carter...

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What Is iSelect?

iSelect is a venture firm. What that means is we look at hundreds and hundreds of different companies as potential investments and we chose the best of those to invest in.

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