VC Funding & Entrepreneurial Start-Ups (ft. Spark Labs)

Steps you can take now and in the future to enhance your ability to innovate, build your personal brand, and create a business with startup evangelist Brian Park

The coronavirus pandemic is upon us with an unprecedented chain of events unfolding over the past weeks as America and the world adjust their lives in a joint effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In our episode, we examine the current environment and how you can enhance your studies and networking to position yourselves for a career in the startup world. Join Brian Park as he takes you on an unparalleled journey from product development through fundraising and ultimately what it takes to have a successful exit. 

Brian Park Executive Profile: 

Twitter: @brianbpark


Brian is a startup evangelist, advisor, and angel investor.  He is the Managing Partner at the SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain (Formerly AOL Fishbowl Labs), which is the premiere startup accelerator in the Washington DC area and he has helped raised more than $100M in funding for their portfolio companies (MHelpDesk, ThreatQuotient, Xmode,, Curator, Airside Mobile).

He was also formerly the global COO of Startup Grind, which is one of the largest hi-tech startup communities in the world with over 2,000,000 startup entrepreneurs in 600 cities.

He has been featured in Forbes as “17 Top Business Gurus to Follow” and other publications such as Washington Post, Huffington Post, Politico, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Washington Business Journal, and DCInno “50 on Fire” 2017 and 2018

What You Will Learn:

3:08 -What will come out of Coronavirus

12:40 -Scroll is an app that optimizes content from multiple social platforms

18:17 – Michael Stoto’s three variables

19:20 – Covid Projections and Anticipations

24:27 – Impact on Education

32:25 – Connectpreneur networking online

36:30 – VC’s and investments 

41:00- Introducing Brian Parks

42:06- Guest Brian Parks discusses his background

44:59- Three Start-ups created by Brian Parks

45:43- Start-up Grind, the world’s  largest entrepreneur community 

51:23 – Advice from Brian Park, “Go back to basics”

1:01:03- Opportunities in Innovation based on experience

1:10:17 – How Brian Parks got started

1:16:52 – Small Business “set asides”

1:24:00 – Brian Park’s view on Bitcoin

1:40:17 – Wrap Up 


Jason Dodier & Jaret Grossman
Brian Park
Managing Partner at Spark Labs
VC, Entrepeneurship, Funding, Startups
75 Minutes