The CTO Show with Mehmet Gonullu & Andrew Ryan: The Future of Tech Funding

In a recent episode of the CTO Show, I had the opportunity to share my insights and experiences in the ever-evolving world of technology and startup fundraising. As the founder of Newchip (ASTRALABS), I’ve navigated the turbulent waters of fundraising, building a startup, and failure, and this podcast was a chance to delve deep into these experiences.

During the episode, we explored the current challenges in the investment landscape, especially in the context of startups scrambling for capital amidst a significant downturn in investments. I discussed the role of AI in transforming the competitive and investment environment, and the diverse strategies founders are adopting, ranging from bootstrapping to seeking support from angel investors.

We also examined the distinct approaches of venture capitalists and angel investors, reflecting on the pitfalls associated with VC investments, such as unsustainable growth and inflated valuations. Drawing from the experience of’s move away from VC reliance, we talked about how investment decisions can critically influence a company’s path and the complex interplay between investors and founders post-funding.

A crucial part of our discussion was the personal challenges faced by CEOs, a topic often overshadowed by business-centric conversations. I shared some of my own struggles, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing health and well-being in the high-stakes realm of tech leadership. It was a reminder that self-care is not just a luxury, but a necessity for enduring success.

Here’s a snapshot of the topics we covered:

  • The state of tech fundraising in 2024 and the impact of economic conditions on startups.
  • The changing landscape of venture capital and the challenges associated with working with VCs.
  • The significance of accelerators in today’s startup ecosystem.
  • The personal battles of CEOs, particularly under the strains of global crises like the pandemic.
  • The future of AI in the tech industry and the role of platforms like Twitter in networking.

I invite you to listen to this insightful conversation on the CTO Show with Mehmet Gonullu. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, a seasoned investor, or simply interested in the intersection of technology and business, there’s something in this episode for everyone.

Check out the podcast here:
#284 The Future of Tech Funding: Angel Insights and VC Shifts with Andrew Ryan

Tune in for an eye-opening journey into the world of tech innovation and investment!

more insights