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Helping Founders Break Through Geographic Barriers - Interview with Grant Newlin

In this episode of If Not Now Wen, we are so excited to welcome special guest, Grant Newlin. Grant is a founder and general partner of Newlin Ventures, investing at Pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A across both North and South America.


Grant began his career as a process improvement / strategy Consultant for Ernst & Young where he aided the nation’s largest financial institutions in the post-financial crisis, Dodd-Frank world. He then worked in M&A sell-side and buy-side transactions for Waller Helms Advisors in Chicago, leading middle-market deals often as the sole junior banker. During the merger of Kraft Foods and Heinz, Grant worked with 3G Capital as the Lead, Senior Finance Manager to spearhead the finance and operations post-merger integration; he reported directly to the CFO and President of the US. And before Newlin Ventures, Grant was Head of Dealflow at New Stack Ventures, leading inbound and outbound dealflow strategies, owning all phases of diligence, and supporting LP engagement.


Grant is also a staunch supporter of non-profit Surge for Water where he manages the US endowment. He was Chair of the Minnesota chapter and has served on both the Governing and Associate Boards. Grant also plays Advisor / Mentor to Techstars, Gener8tor, the University of Virgina iLab, and several other leading innovation hubs across the country.


In this episode we talk about:

🔹 The key things investors are looking for from founders seeking funding

🔹 Secrets for a performing fund

🔹 Why South America is the next frontier for venture

🔹 Bridging the gap between the Americas

🔹 Advice for the early-stage entrepreneur who may be feeling stuck


Grant is such an inspiration, connecting and uniting the Americas and helping all the amazing dreamers live their global dream. He has so much insight to share, and I know you will enjoy this episode as much as I do

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