#145: Attacking Entrepreneurship with Shark, Matt Higgins

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Ever wonder what investors look for in up and coming entrepreneurs?

In this episode we are talking with Matt Higgins! Matt Higgins is a noted serial entrepreneur and growth equity investor as co-founder and CEO of private investment firm RSE Ventures. He is also vice chairman of the Miami Dolphins, an Executive Fellow at the Harvard Business School, where he co-teaches the course “Moving Beyond Direct-to-Consumer,” and was a Guest Shark on ABC’s four-time Emmy-Award-winning TV show Shark Tank seasons 10-11.

Matt co founded New York City based RSE Ventures in 2012, amassing a multi-billion-dollar investment portfolio of leading brands across sports and entertainment, media and marketing, consumer and technology industries – including several of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies. RSE has successfully backed many challenger brands from inception, including RESY, an Open Table competitor that American Express acquired in 2019; the world's premier drone racing circuit, the Drone Racing League; and the International Champions Cup, the largest privately owned soccer tournament featuring Europe’s top clubs. Higgins is also co-owner of VaynerMedia, founded by digital marketing expert Gary Vaynerchuk, and a partner in early-stage venture fund Vayner/RSE.

In today’s episode, we hear about Matt’s childhood and journey to entrepreneurship. We’ll also discuss Matt’s work with NFTs and how he began RSE Ventures. We’ll also hear Matt’s thoughts on “The Great Resignation” during COVID, and what he looks for in entrepreneurs! If you want to level up your entrepreneurial skills, keep listening!

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Timestamps:

00:47- Matt’s Childhood and How It Molded Him

08:39- Matt’s First Job and How He Got There

11:19- The Importance of Quitting

16:46- How Mortality Has Shaped Matt

23:50- Matt’s Journey to Entrepreneurship

27:42- The Future of NFTs and Matt’s Work With Them

35:57- RSE Ventures and How It Began

44:27- How Matt Manages His Investments

50:08- When to Consider an Investor

54:47- What Matt Looks for in Entrepreneurs

01:03:51- Matt on The Great Resignation Post COVID

01:07:75- Matt’s Take on Gen Z

01:11:12- Matt’s Secret to Profiting in Life

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Matt’s LinkedIn: matt-higgins-rse

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