#25 'Paul F. Tompkins, The Mayor of Podcastland'  

Comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins joins Brittany to discuss his prolific podcasting career. Also, Paul explains why he loves playing characters and hates "lazy comedy."

**Warning, this episode contains adult language**

Episode #25 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website for links to all episodes):

Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 303: Puttering Around"

Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 31: Happy Black Friday"

Ice-T: Final Level, "Episode 2: Coco's Butt, the Secret to Success & Advice for Bieber"

Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 91: Garry Marshall Presents"

Spontaneanation, "Episode 0: Paul F. Tompkins Presents Spontaneanation"

Spontaneanation, "Episode 68: Paris with Nathan Lee Graham"

Mental Illness Happy Hour, "Episode 34: Paul F. Tompkins"

The Facts:

This episode was produced by Kate Parkinson-Morgan, Sarah Abdurrahman, Rose Reid and Brittany Luse.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney.

Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.

Additional music in the show was by TakStar.

The show was mixed by Haley Shaw and Bobby Lord.

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Arthur 010  

It's sherry time! In this episode of Arthur - the big 10! - it's back to the Skype machine for a nice conversation with funnyman Paul F. Tompkins. We talk about his new standup special Laboring Under Delusions, what it's like being a guest on lots and lots of podcasts, the difference between standup and sketch, working on Mr. Show, how social media is really cool!, and other stuff. Paul is one of the funniest guys around, and if you're not familiar with his work, what is wrong with you and frankly how have you found this podcast without knowing about it.

Small audio disclaimer: I have a new mic and a new mixer board, and I don't really know how to use them yet, so my audio sounds slightly off. Also, Skype decided to mess with the quality of Paul's voice towards the end of our conversation. I don't know why. But it's not that bad, honestly.

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Paul's new comedy special, Laboring Under Delusions, is available on DVD and on iTunes. If you have Comedy Central you can also watch it there. Buy Paul's albums Impersonal and Freak Wharf from AST Records. Listen to Paul's podcast, The Pod F. Tompkast. Follow Paul on twitter and tumblr

Follow Martin on twitter. If you know Swedish (or even if you don't!), visit Martin's blog and Weird Science.

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#160 Tompkins Square Park  

Central Park has frequently been called 'the people's park," but we think Tompkins Square Park may have a better claim to that title.  From its inception, this East Village recreational spot -- named for Vice President Daniel D Tompkins -- has catered to those who might not have felt welcome in other New York parks. Carved from the marshy area of Peter Stuyvesant's old farm, Tompkins Square immediately reflected the personality of German immigrants who moved here, calling it Der Weisse Garten.  With large immgratns groups came rallies and demands for improved working conditions, leading to more than a number of altercations with the police in the 19th century. Progressives introduced playgrounds here, and Robert Moses changed the very shape of Tompkins Square.  But the most radical transformation here took place starting in the late 1950s, with the introduction of 'hippie' culture and infusion of youth and music. By the 1980s, the park became known not only for embodying the spirit of the East Village through punk music and drag shows, but also as a haven for the homeless.  Clashes with police echoed the altercation that happened here one century before.  The park still maintains a curfew left over from the strife of the late 1980s. FEATURING:  Lillian Wald, the Grateful Dead, Charlie Parker, Lady Bunny ... and Chevy Chase? 

TDF Ep 5 - Paul F. Tompkins and Janie Haddad Tompkins  

Paul F. Tompkins is a great stand up comic and actor and OBVIOUS accessory dork. As long as I've known him, he has always been a snappy dresser. I thought his wife was a "magic dork" but we will find out - because, Paul's wife, an actress and lovely human being herself, Janie Haddad (Tompkins for family purposes) has a love of the unknown perk. A perk you didn't know was there... hence her love of LA's Magic Castle and other restaurants and bars and venues that are little known gems out in the world. We talk of these things... and fashion. It's a good one - enjoy. Credits:Mike Ruekberg  did the intro and outro music (that Mexican Hat Dance just makes me happy to listen to, so I'm closing the show with it for now). Patrick Brady, friend of comedy and TDF knows how to use audio software and fixed the audio. I'm hoping to learn how to do it myself, but he said he LIKES doing it. So thank you and FUN!

Heavy Rock Lifting, Building Your Own "Water Charging" Station, Biomechanical Fixes, Plant Medicine Journeys & More With Paul Chek. When I was a fledgling fitness professional, one of the first books I ever read was "How To Eat, Move & Be Healthy", by Paul Chek. So it was a bit of a surreal experience to get to knock on Paul's front door a few weeks ago and join he and his family for an epic weekend of conversation, workouts, nature immersion, Paul's crazy daily habits (which you'll discover in this podcast episode). Who is Paul Chek, and I why would I travel all the way to the hilly backcountry of San Diego, California to interview him? Paul is an internationally-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology. For over twenty-five years, his unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless people worldwide – many of his clients, his students and their clients. By treating the body as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has been successful where traditional approaches have consistently failed. Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute, based in California, USA and the P~P~S Success Mastery Coaching Program. He is a sought-after presenter and has consulted for organizations such as the Chicago Bulls, Australia’s Canberra Raiders, New Zealand’s Auckland Blues, the US Air Force Academy and other elite organizations. He has produced over 60 DVDs and 17 advanced-level home study courses designed for the fitness and clinical professional. He is a strong believer in the essential role provided by practical training and has developed four Advanced Level Training programs to provide hands-on instruction for the exercise and health industries. Paul's CHEK Exercise Coach program introduces fitness and exercise professionals to an integrated approach to conditioning; the C.H.E.K Practitioner Program is a two to four year advanced level program teaching corrective exercise and high-performance conditioning; the Golf Performance Series focuses on functional conditioning for golfers; the Optimal Health and Fitness Through Practical Nutrition and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching Program contains three levels and shows how to reach optimal health from the inside out. Thousands of people worldwide have been trained in one or more of these challenging and elite level certification programs. Paul has also accrued three US patents for posture calibrating, hydrotherapy and equipment inventions, and has also designed several pieces of functional exercise equipment. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Paul uses rocks and a stone circle for his morning workouts and meditations...[6:30] -Paul's water charging tower and exactly how he built it so that the water is charges from the rocks...[11:40 & 14:50] -The intriguing reason why you need to buy a lunar calendar...[22:30] -Why Paul found the 82nd Airborne Division to be easy...[26:40] -How you can use a smokeless vaporizer to vaporize mixes of teas, tobaccos and essential oils...[32:40] -Paul's morning meditation routine...[40:50] -The three extremely unique exercise patents that Paul holds...[46:45] -What Paul calls "the King of all stabilization exercises", and where you can find it...[62:40] -How Paul was the first person to begin the now popular practice of putting butter into coffee...[66:45] -Paul's unique combination of art therapy and plant based medicine...[72:45] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -All of Paul Chek's books -Chek Institute -Victor Schauberger -Lunar Calendar poster -A Cool, New Way To Scan, Interpret & Fix The Human Body’s Electrical Field. -Volcano Vaporizer -Robert Peng's Qi Gong teachings on Amazon [envira-gallery id="36649"] Show Sponsors:  -Kimera Koffee - Go to and use code 'BEN' to get 10% off! -Organifi - Go to Discount code BEN for 20% off your order! -Antrantil - For all of your  Bloating, SIBO, IBS, Leaky Gut issues, go to Use code "BEN" at the checkout to get 15% off your order.   Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Paul or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!

IWTT Classic: There Will Be Blood with Paul F. Tompkins  

Matt Gourley digs back into the classic I Was There Too vault to bring out the very first episode with the King of Podcasting Paul F. Tompkins. Paul F. Tompkins joins Matt to discuss his role as Mr. Prescott in the film There Will Be Blood. Paul tells us how he got to know Paul Thomas Anderson through the Largo comedy scene and about the strange noises Daniel Day-Lewis makes in between takes. Plus, Matt talks about the people who were originally cast in There Will Be Blood in a segment called I Wasn’t There Too.

IWTT Classic: There Will Be Blood with Paul F. Tompkins  

Matt Gourley digs back into the classic I Was There Too vault to bring out the very first episode with the King of Podcasting Paul F. Tompkins. Paul F. Tompkins joins Matt to discuss his role as Mr. Prescott in the film There Will Be Blood. Paul tells us how he got to know Paul Thomas Anderson through the Largo comedy scene and about the strange noises Daniel Day-Lewis makes in between takes. Plus, Matt talks about the people who were originally cast in There Will Be Blood in a segment called I Wasn’t There Too.

A Critical Mass  - Audio  

A Critical Mass - powerful prophetic message for our hour from Paul Cain. Paul Cain has has been in the ministry for over 60 years, and has led a life marked by the supernatural. While still in his mothers womb, an angel appeared to his mother with a message from the Lord: "The fruit of your womb is a male child. Name him Troas Paul. He will preach the gospel as the Apostle Paul of old.... and he will prophesy to Kings and Presidents." All of this came to pass exactly as it was told, and is continuing to unfold even now...... At the age of 17, Paul began to hold citywide salvation and healing campaigns in tents, civic auditoriums and churches where supernatural and documented healings took place. He became one of many prominent preachers in a move of the Spirit known as the "Healing Revival" which lasted from 1947 to 1958. During the great healing revival, Paul's ministry reached international proportions. In 1954, his manager purchased the world's largest gospel tent from Jack Coe, having a capacity to hold 8,000 people. Paul toured the country, filling it with thousands wherever he went. In the 1950's, Paul's meetings in Switzerland and Germany were attended by more than 30,000 people each night. There were many salvations and healing miracles as the Lord confirmed His word with signs and wonders. Paul Cain's meetings were often punctuated by his calling out several people from the audience and giving very accurate and detailed information about their lives, always with the intention of revealing the love of God. During those days, the Lord began to speak to Paul about the excesses of the healing-revival movement. Paul became greatly dismayed at the hype and greed that he saw in the ministry arena. By 1958, Paul had become totally disheartened. At age 29, he was disillusioned and burned out. In the midst of Paul's despair and repentance, God told him that if he kept himself from corruption and remained content with living a humble life marked by Scripture study and prayer, one day he would be allowed to stand before a new breed of men and women leaders. These would be marked by simplicity, purity and remarkable manifestations of power. Paul's obedience to God would result in him retreating from public ministry for some 25 years... a true desert experience. Paul calls these his "almost silent" years. Though he was not at the forefront during this time, he was never totally out of the ministry. Paul re-emerged in 1986 to begin a new phase of supernatural healing and prophetic ministry. He has since traveled around the world, ministering to many national and international leaders - kings, presidents, senators, and spiritual leaders as well. (During the Clinton administration Paul was sent to Iraq to meet with Saddam Hussein.) Today, Paul Cain is acknowledged as one of the most prominent leadership figures in the Christian "prophetic" movement, and is known as a spiritual father to thousands. He continues to move in the supernatural, and to share about the forgiveness, love, and mercy of God.

34. Paul F. Tompkins (Comedian) – A Tiny, Cosmic Threat  

Shockingly well-dressed comedian Paul F. Tompkins, host of Spontaneanation and the television show No, You Shut Up! joins host Jason Gots for improvised singing and conversation on subjects ranging from supervillains to presidential debates.

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75: The Great Wits/Thrilling Adventure Hour Crossover with ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster and Rhett Miller: Too Much For Radio  

We had such a great time taping our show with Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Weird Al Yankovic, and Rhett Miller that we lost track of ourselves and made way too much material for the radio. So we are sharing this bonus material as an extra TOO MUCH FOR RADIO episode. Hear Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster battle Rhett Miller for “Weird Al” Yankovic’s affection. Check out the new #1 single, Guacamole Heart. And swoon to Rhett’s croons.

Paul F. Tompkins - Part 2  

Oh hi! It's part two of the special two-parts-in-one-week episode of ARIYNBF featuring your and my favorite Paul F. Tompkins! (Those other Paul F. Tompkins don't even compare.)

Episode 37 the Return of Paul F Tompkins  

Paul F Tompkins returns! Jimmy's the leader. Twitter is explained to Jimmy. We wonder if it's OK for your therapist to fall asleep... In the middle of your session. Todd also begs for an intern. Don't miss Best Week Ever with Paul F Tompkins returning Friday April 10th on VH1.

159-The Mozart of Mathematics  

Mathematician Paul Erdős had no home, no job, and no hobbies. Instead, for 60 years he wandered the world, staying with each of hundreds of collaborators just long enough to finish a project, and then moving on. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll meet the "magician of Budapest," whose restless brilliance made him the most prolific mathematician of the 20th century.

We'll also ponder Japanese cannibalism in World War II and puzzle over a senseless stabbing.


Elbert Hubbard published 12 blank pages in 1905.

A duck spent 18 months in the U.S. 2nd Marine Division in 1943.

Sources for our feature on Paul Erdős:

Paul Hoffman, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, 1999.

The magisterial biography of Erdős. The first chapter is here.

Bruce Schechter, My Brain Is Open, 2000.

Béla Bollobás, "Paul Erdős (1913-96)," Nature, 383:6601 (Oct. 17, 1996), 584.

Melvin Henriksen, "Reminiscences of Paul Erdős," Mathematical Association of America (accessed June 10, 2017).

László Babai, Carl Pomerance, and Péter Vértesi, "The Mathematics of Paul Erdős," Notices of the AMS 45:1 (January 1998).

László Babai and Joel Spencer, "Paul Erdős (1913–1996)," Notices of the AMS 45:1 (January 1998).

Ronald L. Graham, Jaroslav Nesetril, Steve Butler, eds., The Mathematics of Paul Erdős, 2013.

Rodrigo De Castro and Jerrold W. Grossman, "Famous Trails to Paul Erdős," Mathematical Intelligencer 21:3 (January 1999), 51–53.

Bruce Torrence and Ron Graham, "The 100th Birthday of Paul Erdős/Remembering Erdős," Math Horizons 20:4 (April 2013), 10-12.

Krishnaswami Alladi et al., "Reflections on Paul Erdős on His Birth Centenary," Parts I and II, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 03/2015, 62:2 and 62:3 (February and March 2015).

Béla Bollobás, "To Prove and Conjecture: Paul Erdős and His Mathematics," American Mathematical Monthly 105:3 (March 1998), 209-237.

"Information About Paul Erdős (1913-1996)," Oakland University (accessed June 13, 2017).

Calla Cofield, "An Arbitrary Number of Years Since Mathematician Paul Erdős's Birth," Scientific American, March 26, 2013.

Béla Bollobás, "Obituary: Paul Erdős," Independent, Oct. 2, 1996.

N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős, Kanopy Streaming, 2014.

"Paul Erdős," MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive (accessed June 10, 2017).

Above: Erdős teaching 10-year-old Terence Tao in 1985. Tao is now recognized as one of the world's finest mathematicians; he received the Fields Medal in 2006.

Listener mail:

Wikipedia, "Chichijima Incident" (accessed June 23, 2017).

Charles Laurence, "George HW Bush Narrowly Escaped Comrades' Fate of Being Killed and Eaten by Japanese Captors," Telegraph, Feb. 6, 2017.

James Bradley, Flyboys, 2003.

This week's lateral thinking puzzle was contributed by listener Waldo van der Waal, who sent this corroborating link (warning -- this spoils the puzzle).

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20VC: How Entrepreneurs Should Manage Their Board & Why Time Constraints Are Always The Key To Progress with Paul Berberian @ Sphero  

Paul Berberian is the CEO of Orbotix, the company that created Sphero, the robotic ball controlled from your smartphone. They have investment from our friends in Boulder, Brad Feld and David Cohen. Prior to Sphero, Paul was the co-founder of Raindance Communications (NASDAQ: RNDC). Paul also founded Market Force Information, an emerging information company with a vision to provide retailers. As well as, LINK-VTC, a video teleconferencing company, which was sold in 1995 to Frontier Communications. 

In Today’s Episode with Paul You Will Learn:

1.) How Paul came to be CEO @ Sphero?

2.) Paul has founded and run 7 businesses, How has Paul seen his style of leadership change over the past decade or so?

3.) Question from Brad Feld: When Paul disagrees with his board, how does he resolve it? What have been Paul's learnings in maintaining a happy board environment?

4.) Sphero have raised, at last count, $80m? How has Paul seen investor sentiment to hardware alter over the 5-6 years? How did he meet his investors? What did Paul do well and what would Paul like to improve upon for next time?

5.) Question from Brad Feld: ‘Sphero looks like a massive success but every startup has had failures, so what have Paul's failures been and what did he learn from them?

Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:

Paul’s Fave Blog and Newsletter: Quora

Paul’s Fave Book: The Black Box

As always you can follow Harry, The Twenty Minute VC and Paul on Twitter here!

Likewise, you can follow Harry on Snapchat here for mojito madness and all things 20VC.

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OMR Podcast #16 Marteria-Fotograf und Instagram-Ikone Paul Ripke  

Paul Ripke ist abseits von Fashion-Bloggern, Youtubern und Promikickern einer der wenigen deutschen Instagram-Stars mit einer eigenen Stimme und eigenem Charakter. Wie ist „der Dicke mit dem Bart“ (eigene Bezeichnung) vom Knipser für Aldi-Prospekte zu einem der bekanntesten Fotografen Deutschlands und dann zur Social-Media-Ikone geworden? Im Rockstars Podcast gewährt er einen Einblick hinter die Kulissen. Alle Themen vom Rockstars Podcast mit Paul Ripke im Überblick: Die Paul Ripke-Story – Vom ALDI-Knipser zum Marteria- und WM-Fotograf (ab 04:00) Storytelling und Authentizität als Erfolgsfaktor für Hip Hopper im Social Web (ab 6:00) Welche Plattformen sind für Musiker, Labels und insbesondere Marteria relevant? (ab 9:00) Authentizität von Musikern lässt sich in sozialen Netzwerken nicht fälschen (ab 11:00) Ist Paul Ripkes ganze Karriere wirklich an der Bar entstanden? (ab 11:45) Deshalb lohnt es sich für Sony Music, Videodrehs auf den Färöer-Inseln zu bezahlen (ab 13:30) Welche Fehler hat Paul Ripke in der Kommunikation des letzten Albums von Marteria gemacht? (ab 15:30) Gibt es einen Social-Media-Berater, der Posts für Marteria und Paul Ripke schreibt? (ab 16:00) Wie viel Zeit investiert Paul Ripke in die Arbeit mit Marteria und was hat seine Tätigkeit bei einem ALDI-Zulieferer mit dem Foto vom Finale der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft 2014 in Brasilien zu tun? (ab 16:30) Warum lässt der DFB immer noch enormes Reichweiten-Potenzial liegen? (ab 18:30) So hat Paul Ripke Oliver Bierhoff überzeugt, das Team beim WM-Finale fotografieren zu dürfen (ab 19:15) Paul Ripke begründet seine ganze Karriere mit Glück – auch den so erfolgreichen Bildband „One Night in Rio“ (ab 20:30) „Es ist für mich das größte Wunder, dass es dieses Buch je gab.“ (ab 23:30) Produktion, Druck, Preisfindung – Daran hätte eine Veröffentlichung von „One Night in Rio“ scheitern können (ab 24:30) Zahlen und Fakten – So viele Exemplare vom WM-Fotoband wurden verkauft und das hat Paul Ripke daran verdient (ab 26:30) Drei Tipps von Paul Ripke an junge Fotografen, die einen Bildband veröffentlichen wollen (ab 29:30) Wo kommt der Traffic auf seine Homepage her? (ab 31:30) Paul Ripke bezeichnet sich selbst als Schnappschusstyp, der gar nicht so gut fotografieren könne gar nicht so gut fotografieren (ab 34:30) Deshalb macht Paul Ripkes Vortragsreihen zu seinen Veröffentlichungen (ab 35:30) Warum zieht Paul Ripke bald nach Amerika? (ab 38:30) Die Ripkedemy: 3.000 Dollar für einen siebentägigen Ripke-Workshop in Kalifornien (ab 42:00) Nur wenige Fußballprofis haben den Dreh in Social Networks so richtig raus. Wird Paul Ripke jetzt Social-Media-Berater? (ab 46:00) Welche internationalen Brands, Stars und Sportler haben Social Media verstanden? (ab 48:00) Warum verlangt Paul Ripke nicht wie andere für Sponsored Posts 2.000 Euro? (ab 50:30)

Ep 11. Combining Vision and Implementation with Paul Higgins  

Paul is an absolute mastermind of efficiency in business and timesaving techniques. Having spent 18 years working at Coca-Cola where he rose to General Manager, Paul had to take a step back and change his lifestyle due to the impact of an inherited kidney disease. He set out on a new business venture, removing himself as the “bottleneck” and surrounding himself with an incredible, high-performing team at Bollo Empire. Thanks to Paul’s genius and tenacity, he’s been a riot success and now helps others to maximise their resources by bringing together people and tech. And while Paul works with entrepreneurial businesses, he also deals with some serious players including NASA, Apple and BMW.    
Outsourcing, organising and optimising team performance is critical to success in business, but often overlooked by the founder. Paul’s system and the techniques that he employs allow entrepreneurs to focus on core business and profit drivers, and less on admin.

He totally blew my mind with his tips on the inner-machinations of team optimisation, and was kind enough to share some awesome new tech systems that I’d never heard of. I’ve included all those as links below, but seriously listen to the show because it’s an absolute crash course in increasing revenue and saving time, whether you’re running an established business or just starting out.

In this episode we really get into:

How to find highly talented and affordable people anywhere in the world
How Paul uses collaboration software and tools to organise and optimise team performance
The importance of balancing value and quality when building your team
Why Paul chooses Podio as his go-to organisational platform
The importance of time optimisation, particularly in terms of profit

And if that wasn’t enough…

Paul’s journey to the top, working at Coca-Cola for 18 years
His experience running teams at billion dollar business levels
His work with entrepreneurs
How Paul goes about helping businesses style themselves globally
The importance of the global business network
Paul’s research into web-based, collaboration platforms
Paul’s work with the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) charity
Which apps Paul uses to improve his efficiency and why
How and why Paul trains his clients in inbox management
Easy ways to triple your revenue through organisational strategy
Which is the best internal team chat software
The importance of having an assistant as a business owner and entrepreneur


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EXTRASODE: A Phone Call For Mr. Tompkins  

From The Paul F. Tompkins Show 10th Anniversary Special: "A Phone Call For Mr. Tompkins," featuring Brian Whalen.

Ep.46 How Paul Lindley Grew His Business from an Idea to $120 Million Annual Revenue in Under Ten Years  

If you’re how wondering how to develop your brand so that it can scale rapidly and take on competitors, no matter what their size, then you’re definitely going to want to check out this episode of the Dent Podcast. I talk with Paul Lindley, founder of the iconic brand, Ella’s Kitchen. Paul’s business has grown at an astonishing rate, now occupying 30% of the market share in the UK and selling in 40 countries worldwide.

Paul himself is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, having been named in Management Today’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs to watch, and winning the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year prize in 2011. Since exiting his business, he’s gone on to write Little Wins, a book on how adults can unlock their creative potential, and set up the charity, Key is E. Listen to this episode to find out how you can harness your creative spark and apply it to entrepreneurial success.


In this conversation, we get into all of this...

Why Paul left his top career to become an entrepreneur
The methodology Paul followed in setting up his business - how he focused on a business plan from a financial point of view and brand from a consumer point of view
How Paul pitched to some of the biggest retailers in the country to get his first deal
The big mistakes that many entrepreneurs make when pitching to big corporate businesses
The steps that Paul went through to doubling the business’ turnover year-on-year for the first six years
Paul’s attitude towards risk as an entrepreneur and understanding the consequences of failure
How to avoid being taken advantage off when getting your product onto retailers’ shelves
Paul’s tips on hiring and motivating staff - how you can use more than just monetary incentives to energise your team
The importance of listening to your consumer and keeping an eye on what’s happening in the marketplace
The thought-process that Paul went through when selling his business and the important steps he followed while exiting

Paul will also be sharing his success story at the London Brand Accelerator on Friday, 31st March. He will be going through how entrepreneurs can build a business which has formalised assets and how you can ensure your business retains it's value if you exit it. Click here to get tickets


Paul’s book: Little Wins: The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler

The Key is E


Ella’s Kitchen

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20VC: Investing In Sectors That Were Cool 2 Years Ago, What Accel's Facebook Fund Taught a Generation of LPs & Why LPs Need A New Discovery Process with Paul Martino, Founding Partner @ Bullpen Capital  

Paul Martino is a Co-Founder and General Partner @ Bullpen Capital, the fund that finds overlooked companies by understanding biases in venture capital. Paul has led several of Bullpen’s key investments including FanDuel, Namely, Ipsy, SpotHero, Classy, and Airmap. Prior to forming Bullpen, he was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, TubeMogul, and uDemy. Before becoming an investor, Paul was the founder of four companies including Ahpah Software (a computer security firm acquired by InterTrust); Tribe (one of the world’s first social networks), and Aggregate Knowledge (a big data advertising attribution company acquired in 2014 by Nuestar). 

In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

1.) How Paul made his way into early stage investing from founding and exiting 4 companies? What was the data that made Paul excited for venture?

2.) First has Paul witnessed the Series A Crunch? What does the crunch mean for founders? How should they navigate it and approach burn rates? How does this affect the fundraising time horizon? How does this affect how much startups should raise?

3.) How does the crunch affect valuation? How does this affect investor expectations of startups pitching them? How does Paul respond to Mike Maples' statement, 'bridge rounds are often because startups have simply not hit the metrics for Series A'?

4.) What would Paul most like to see change in the venture ecosystem? Why does Paul not believe there are enough innovative funds? Why is it so hard for innovative funds to raise from traditional LPs?

5.) What would Paul most like to see change in the LP ecosystem? What was the affect of Accel's Facebook fund on the LP community? Why is that such a problem?

Items Mentioned In Today’s Episode: 

Paul’s Fave Blog: Matt Ocko

Paul’s Fave Book: The New Thought Police

Paul's Most Recent Investment: Cleanify

As always you can follow The Twenty Minute VCHarry and Paul on Twitter here!

Likewise, you can follow Harry on Snapchat here for mojito madness and all things 20VC.

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