About Founders and FundersWelcome to the Founders and Funders podcast, a forum where we discuss how entrepreneurs and investors work together to build great new companies. In this first episode, Mike Collins, CEO and Founder of Alumni Ventures Group (AVG), shares how he came up with the idea to start the business and how it’s unlocking venture capital for people eager to invest in promising young companies.
Listen: Ep. 1 – The Genesis of AVG with Mike Collins
About Mike Collins and AVGOver the past 30 years, Mike Collins has been involved in nearly every aspect of venturing from angel investing and venture capital to new product launches and business incubation. Mike is the Founder of Alumni Ventures Group. The company creates and manages venture capital funds, offering accredited investors a smart, simple way to invest in a key asset class that has until now largely been inaccessible for individuals. AVG offers a variety of diversified and focused funds and is currently one of the most active venture firms in the world. Learn more about Alumni Ventures Group.
Episode HighlightsAs Mike points out, “Entrepreneurship is a very unusual career. It’s typically some kind of cross section of somebody’s passion, somebody’s expertise, and things they’re really good at.” But there’s no traditional career path to becoming an entrepreneur, and becoming a venture capitalist is even more challenging. Mike found his way to becoming both—and marrying the two. In fact, his entrepreneurial venture firm, Alumni Ventures Group, is disrupting the traditional VC industry.
Three TakeawaysThough he has launched and sold several businesses, Mike considers AVG to be the crown jewel of his career. In addition to sharing how he developed AVG and why he believes this business is about more than just helping successful people increase their wealth, Mike explains the following:
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