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SN 2 - #5B Investing in Innovation: Opportunities in Dual-Use Tech

Sherman Williams is the co-founder and Managing Partner of AIN Ventures, which invests in dual-use technology subsegments, such as space and healthcare technology.

Sherman has been the VC-in-Residence to several Techstars programs and is also a Kauffman Fellow (’26).

Prior to becoming an early-stage investor, Sherman gathered six years of financial transaction experience as a Healthcare Technology M&A Investment Banker.

Sherman started his career as a Naval Intelligence Officer and he holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy.

In this episode, Zack Ellison and Sherman Williams discuss:

1. Big Investment Opportunities in Dual-Use Technologies

2. Reasons that Military Veterans Make Great Founders

3. In-the-Box Experience for Out-of-the-Box Thinking

4. Venture Debt as a Founder-Friendly Complement to Equity Financing

5. The Importance of Founder Leadership, Resourcefulness, and Grit

6. Why Adaptability is Imperative for Success

7. The Significance of Technical Expertise in Founding Teams

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A venture debt investment manager focused on providing financing solutions to innovative, high-growth startups in recession-resistent sectors and underserved regions in North America.