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Ross Baird

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Episode 67 - Putting Money Into Places with Ross Baird

Faith Driven Investor

Ross Baird co-founded Village Capital in 2009 with the goal of investing in entrepreneurs building successful businesses, and also making a difference in their communities. After making some initial investments in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he realized something: local businesses built by local capital have a great effect on local communities. Today, he’s the Founder and CEO of Blueprint Local where he’s working to create the best way for people to thoughtfully invest in their communities. On today’s episode, he’s going to teach us a new word—topophilia—and why that concept motivates his work.

39mins

7 Jun 2021

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Ross Baird, Blueprint Local

Good Neighbors

An interview with Ross Baird, founder of Village Capital and now Founder/CEO of Blueprint Local

35mins

4 Mar 2021

Similar People

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Prioritizing For Relationships With Ross Baird

More Than Profit

On this episode, Bryce talks with Ross Baird, Founder of Blueprint Local and Co-Founder of Village Capital. Ross and Bryce have been friends for a long time. They talk about the importance of friendships and different experiences from childhood that have informed life trajectory in some capacity. Ross talks about how he is driven by a desire to create communities that allow people to flourish and therefore allow the community itself to flourish. Through the ups and downs of his career, Ross has learned that relationships are what remain constant and it’s important to put work into maintaining them. Learn more on this episode of More Than Profit, Prioritizing For Relationships With Ross Baird. Learn more about our work at Access Ventures

32mins

7 May 2020

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Learning To Make Your Arguments With Integrity | Ross Baird

The Eric Koester Creator Institute

It's easy to put your ideas out there -- we're one click away from posting a tweet, sharing a video or publishing a blog post.  But in a world where it's so easy to create content, how do you create the depth to make your voice count. On this episode we go inside Ross Baird's journey to make 'Arguments with Integrity.'  As he shared, good ideas don't always win; but shared ideas will.  Hear how he intentionally used his venture firm and his book to build a community behind some powerful shared ideas he's convinced will change the world. Ross developed the Village Capital concept in 2009, and has led the development of programs worldwide.  He's the author of The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas—and What to Do About It (includes forward by Steve Case). Before launching Village Capital, he worked with First Light Ventures, a seed fund focused on impact investments. Prior to First Light, Ross worked on the development of four education-related start-up ventures: the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India, the National College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and two ventures using technology to promote civic participation. He has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.

39mins

16 Oct 2019

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How Opportunity Zone Legislation Can Be Leveraged to Unlock Potential in Your Community w/ Ross Baird

Austinpreneur

Like a lot of entrepreneurs, Ross Baird, Founder at Blueprint Local, has been creating businesses from the very beginning. But what sets Ross apart is his passion for social entrepreneurship. Most people separate the world into two pockets: Making money and doing good.But Ross knows that a business can actually be a great, financially sustainable way to do something that you care about. So, on this episode of the Austinpreneur podcast, Ross joined us to talk about lifting up your community through social entrepreneurship, partnering with others in your region, and leveraging the new opportunity zone legislation.

22mins

31 Aug 2019

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CI 151 - Making Non-Trophy Property Shine with Ross Baird

The Commercial Investing Show

Jason Hartman talks with Ross Baird, President at Village Capital Group and author of The Innovation Blind Spot, about where all the startup money is going these days. Venture capital is flowing to tech and everyone's trying to hit a home run, not a bunch of singles. Ross discusses the danger of our current "winner take all" mentality, some options for what to do with the big companies like Google and Facebook, and why sometimes looking in your back yard for an investment is the way to go. Key Takeaways: [2:48] Where is all the startup money going? [5:57] Most people in positions of power and influence are unintentionally leaving out entire swaths of the population [8:47] We're living in a "winner take all" type society right now [11:18] The 3 options for what needs to happen to these big public companies [15:04] You don't always have to look for the next big thing, sometimes you just have to look at what's going on right around your home town [19:06] Everyone goes for location in real estate, but the better yield is in the non-trophy property Website: www.VilCap.com

22mins

23 Nov 2018

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AMA 245 - The Winner Take All Society with Ross Baird

American Monetary Association

Jason Hartman talks with Ross Baird, President at Village Capital Group and author of The Innovation Blind Spot, about where all the startup money is going these days. Venture capital is flowing to tech and everyone's trying to hit a home run, not a bunch of singles. Ross discusses the danger of our current "winner take all" mentality, some options for what to do with the big companies like Google and Facebook, and why sometimes looking in your back yard for an investment is the way to go. Key Takeaways: [2:48] Where is all the startup money going? [5:57] Most people in positions of power and influence are unintentionally leaving out entire swaths of the population [8:47] We're living in a "winner take all" type society right now [11:18] The 3 options for what needs to happen to these big public companies [15:04] You don't always have to look for the next big thing, sometimes you just have to look at what's going on right around your home town [19:06] Everyone goes for location in real estate, but the better yield is in the non-trophy property Website: www.VilCap.com

22mins

12 Nov 2018

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Ross Baird

Building Books Podcast

Ross Baird is President and founder of Village Capital, a venture capital firm that takes a unique philosophy and approach to choosing the entrepreneurs they fund. He has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in over 50 countries and has visited over 100 cities worldwide in an effort to find new entrepreneurs and help the people supporting them.

31 Oct 2018

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UP022: Concur // mission-driven skincare for a healthy microbiome (feat. Ross Baird of Village Capital)

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Lindsey Moeller is the founder of Concur, formerly known as Balm Skincare. Lindsey is also the founded of Botavi Labs and holds a degree in biology and molecular genetics from the Ohio State University. Concur creates holistic skincare products that agree with our natural biology and protect the microbiome. Concur focuses on getting to the core of skin issues using natural science. Concur, formerly known as Balm Skincare, was founded in 2016 and based in Columbus, OH.learn more about Concur: https://shopconcur.com/learn more about Balm Skincare: https://balm-skincare.com/follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm//Ross Baird is the President of Village Capital and the author of the Innovation Blind Spot.Ross developed the Village Capital concept in 2009, and has led the development of programs worldwide. Before launching Village Capital, he worked with First Light Ventures, a seed fund focused on impact investments. Prior to First Light, Ross worked on the development of four education-related start-up ventures: the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India, the National College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and two ventures using technology to promote civic participation. He has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.follow Ross on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rossbairdlean more about Village Capital: https://vilcap.com

1hr 12mins

17 Oct 2018

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Ross Baird, Author & Founder of Village Capital on The Innovation Blind Spot

Unconventional Genius

While it seems like the key to becoming a successful entrepreneur is having a great idea, you also have to have money. But If you’ve got a winning idea, getting financing should take care of itself, right? As you’ll find out during my conversation with Ross Baird, Founder and President of Village Capital, and author of the book “The Innovation Blindspot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas and What to Do About It," it is not always that simple. In order to raise capital, you have to be able to connect with investors. And that means avoiding innovation blind spots that are common with venture capitalists. Ross Baird wants to help investors see the vast opportunities available outside of their typical, limited scope. In this episode, Ross sits down with me to discuss his new book and to share how he’s making a lasting impact by helping investors eliminate some of those innovation blind spots in their approach to Venture Capitalism. You don’t want to miss this conversation. How innovation blind spots create limited opportunities for entrepreneurs As I was talking with Ross, I found myself thinking back more than 10 years ago to when I founded the Max Borges Agency. I had some reservations about growing a consumer tech PR agency in Miami because our offices were not in Silicon Valley or New York City. Ross says that's a concern too many entrepreneurs face because of the innovation blind spots many investors have. "80 percent of venture capital goes to New York, California, and Massachusetts," he says.. "Professional investors have trained their minds to think good ideas only come out of a few locations and industries. We think in society that resources flow to their best and most productive uses.” As I discovered in our conversation, that is not always the case. Be sure to listen as Ross explains why this is a huge problem for entrepreneurship. Investing should be more like college sports recruiting Ross shared with me that he believes too many investors approach their jobs like stock pickers - they're only looking for the next sure thing based on historical trends. This type of innovation blind spot causes many investors to miss out on star entrepreneurs that could really make an impact. He thinks they should instead model their approaches after college basketball and football coaches."If you go to any neighborhood anywhere in the U.S., whether it's rural North Dakota or inner-city L.A., if there's are kids with the potential to be an athlete. That’s why by the time they are ten years old, college recruiters know their names. There's a multi-billion-dollar industrial recruiting complex to discover athletes. Investors need to spend the same amount of time investing in their pipelines," says Ross. Hear about this unique approach to investing and how Ross is applying it to his own business in this week’s episode. 3 qualities of successful entrepreneurs Ross and his colleagues are working to eliminate innovation blind spots and widen the narrow lens that professional investors use to identify entrepreneurs. He does not want location, education, or economic backgrounds to disqualify anyone with a great idea from pursuing his or her dreams. He shares with me three qualities common to most successful entrepreneurs that he recommends anyone thinking of starting a business should embrace. These three characteristics can help entrepreneurs better position themselves for investment and success. Be sure to listen to our conversation to hear about these three unique characteristics. Removing innovation blind spots opens up a world of new possibilities The Max Borges Agency is a consumer tech PR agency, but we do not limit ourselves to partnering only with companies based in the Valley. We know we would be shutting ourselves out of the opportunity to work with some amazing companies. That's the same line of thinking Ross had when he founded Village Capital almost ten years ago. Ross Baird is leading Village Capital to find and invest in great entrepreneurs with great ideas who most investors are not paying enough (or any) attention to. And he’s trying to help other investors identify and reduce their innovation blind spots so that a more diverse group of entrepreneurs have a shot at success. Hear all about this and more during our conversation on this week’s episode of Unconventional Genius. If you are with a consumer technology company planning to launch a new product at CES, or are even looking ahead to CES 2019, the Max Borges Agency can help you succeed. To learn more, check out: www.maxborgesagency.com. Topics Featured In This Episode [3:11] Ross Baird’s accomplishments and the genesis of Village Capital [5:20] The blind spots of the current venture capital investing culture [10:19] What are the personality traits of a successful entrepreneur [12:27] How Village Capital chooses businesses to invest in and examples of success [16:48] Why Ross Baird’s wrote his book “The Innovation Blindspot” [20:44] Village Capital’s commitment to finding entrepreneurs outside the mainstream [23:26] Ways venture capitalists should change their approach to investing [27:37] The future of Village Capital and how Ross Baird envisions its ongoing impact Resources & People Mentioned MPOWER Connect with Guest Name https://vilcap.com/ Connect With Max Borges www.MaxBorgesAgency.com LinkedIn Subscribe to Unconventional Genius onApple Podcasts, Otto Radio, Player FM, Soundcloud, or Spotify

31mins

14 Nov 2017

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