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Silicon Valley Bank Collapse: What should Startups do? w/ David Oldham – Investor & Entrepreneur

By March 29, 2023September 10th, 2023No Comments

In this episode of Make Sense, I sit down with David Oldham, a serial entrepreneur, investor and startup advisor based in Salt Lake City. He’s Managing Partner for Formyl, his own consulting firm. We talk about the Silicon Valley Bank collapse and how it affected pre-seeds.

Show Notes

00:00 – Hot Take

1:45 – What in the world happened with Silicon Valley Bank?

19:30 – Are people going to turn their backs on the social media algorithm

25:22 – The super apps like Google and Meta still exist. What’s going to happen to them?

29:30 – Are VCs going to stop hunting unicorns?

35:02 – How does this Silicon Valley Bank affect the pre-seed, seed, series A startups?


Make Sense is a weekly series dedicated to talking about startup stories from the past, hysterical or mind-numbing blunders, how to do better. We also discuss how tech impacts us and how we can raise the bar when it comes to the ethics, morals, and standards in the tech industry.

David has started six companies, sold three, shut down two, and is currently building a sixth. He’s have worked with over 45 CEOs and their companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 enterprises, helping them with their growth strategy, creating & refining their products, improving their marketing and sales results, hiring and building their leadership teams, and raising investor funds or forming strategic partnerships to take their companies to the next level.

He’s been a CEO and Founder of bootstrapped and VC-Funded companies, and been on the executive team of publicly-traded companies. David love’s building cool stuff with cool people, and is passionate about helping growth-minded CEOs overcome the obstacles preventing them from achieving their loftiest goals.

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