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Ep099 – Jules Miller (Partner – IBM Blockchain Ventures) on the importance of owning a niche

My guest for Episode 99 of The Startup Playbook Podcast is 3 times entrepreneur and investor, Jules Miller.

Jules co-founded and led two legal tech companies: Evolve Law which was acquired by Breaking Media/Above the Law and Hire an Esquire, a venture-backed tech startup providing attorneys on-demand to law firms and in-house legal teams.

She also co-founded Carbonado Group, an environmental sustainability consulting firm that helped companies including EY, Salesforce and Tiffany & Co. to launch and grow new business units around environmental and social responsibility. 

Jules now spends her time on the other side of the table. She helped to create the new IBM Blockchain Ventures group, where she now runs the IBM Blockchain Accelerator  and is a Partner of IBM Blockchain Ventures. She is also the co-founder and managing partner of Prose Ventures, the first independent VC fund investing in legal and compliance technologies.

We covered a wide range of topics in this interview including:

  • The benefits of focusing on a niche
  • The value add of vertical specific funds
  • What startups should look for in accelerator programs and VCs
  • The importance of networking
  • How to expand and get funding in the US

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Show notes:
Prose Ventures
IBM Blockchain accelerator
Hire an Esquire
Evolve Law
Above the Law
Brava Ventures
Nathalie Molina Nino
Howard Buffett
Gugenheim Partners
LunaCap Ventures
Holly Liu (podcast episode)
Invest in lines not dots – Mark Suster blog
Ian Gardiner (podcast episode)
Jules Miller (LinkedIn)

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