The Balancing Act through the Ups and Downs: Growth Stories Podcast

Updated: Aug 30


On this episode of Growth Stories, Gaurav hosts one of his mentors, Cliff Sirlin, Managing Director at LaunchCapital. Cliff talks about the strong entrepreneurial spirit he had growing up which led him to being a founder, operator and now, venture capitalist. He jokes that everything he's learned refers back to his dry cleaning startup!


Cliff shares that there's no such thing as a linear path up and to the right - you need to be a combination of patient and aggressive in problem solving, know that personal relationships are critically important, and a 'do or die' attitude will help you persevere through the challenges.


Hear what Cliff says he looks for in a founding team or entrepreneur, and which mistakes should be avoided. This episode is full of great content, be subscribe to Growth Stories on your favorite platform so you don't miss a single episode!


Mr. Sirlin is the Managing Director of LaunchCapital, an early-stage venture capital fund that is part of The Pritzker Vlock Family Office. LaunchCapital provides early-stage companies with their first institutional capital. Prior to his role at LaunchCapital, Mr. Sirlin was a career entrepreneur and early stage investor who has founded, invested in and operated a portfolio of high growth businesses. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Sirlin has focused on creating marketplaces and disrupting inefficient supply chains.

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