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38 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
#93 Investor Chat: Melissa Pegus - A Few Things - 37 Min
We discussed a number of things including: 1. Melissa's entrepreneurial journey 2. The Techstar application process and its community 3. State of the funding and accelerator market 4. Challenges and opportunities ahead 5. Future trends domestically and globally Melissa is the Managing Director of Techstars Atlanta Powered by J.P. Morgan, startup operator, and early-stage investor. During her tenure as a startup operator, she has spent more than a decade scaling startups from pre-revenue through Series C growth, resulting in seven acquisitions. As an investor, Melissa focuses on startups that are building the future of Commerce, Consumer, and the Creator Economy.
50 minutes | Nov 13, 2022
#92 Entrepreneur Chat: Anthony Frasier + Mike Bisceglia - A Few Things - 49 Min
We discussed a number of things including: 1. Anthony and Mike's corporate and entrepreneurial journeys 2. How Anthony started ABF and its collaborations with corporates 3. State of the podcasting market 4. Challenges and opportunities ahead 5. Future trends Anthony is CEO and founder of ABF Creative, a Webby Award-winning podcast network and production company that bridges the gap between culture and media. A serial entrepreneur with a social mission, the former NPR producer leveraged 10-plus years in the tech industry to create a data-driven storytelling platform that serves multicultural audiences of all ages. Under Frasier’s leadership, ABF has emerged as one of the leading podcast publishers of children’s audio content. Over 5m streams and downloads since its launch in 2019 speak to the platform’s breakthrough success in producing branded, original narrative, and live podcasts that resonate with highly engaged audiences. Their proprietary framework has earned the confidence of Fortune 500 brands and representation from ICM Partners, due to its pioneering use of applying machine learning and AI to make smarter content decisions. Profiled on CNN Money as one of 8 minorities diversifying the tech scene, Frasier is respected for creatively utilizing tech to build real solutions for underserved communities. He notably sought to unlock access to entrepreneurship for the generation most affected by the digital divide as founder of the Phat Startup, which was groundbreaking in how it applied Lean Startup methodology to hip-hop culture. In addition to developing digital courses and resources, The Phat Startup brought together some of the most brilliant minds in tech for its popular guest speaker series and partnered with NYU to present the acclaimed Tech808 conference. Prior to launching the Phat Startup, Frasier created a video game loyalty mobile app called Playd. He also built TheKoalition.com, a gaming site for urban youth that won the 2009 Black Weblog Award for best technology site or blog. A true connector, he also founded Brick City Tech, Newark, New Jersey’s first startup networking community. Frasier’s extraordinary story of going from the streets of Newark to finding success in Silicon Valley has made him a sought-after speaker for audiences including the Congressional Black Caucus, SXSW and TEDx. He is the author of Don't Dumb Down Your Greatness: A Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Thinking mp; Being Great, a guidebook for young entrepreneurs of color. Frasier sits on the Board of Directors for the New York Tech Alliance and served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Newark Venture Partners. His work has been featured in Deadline, Fast Company, BET, CNN Black In America, WIRED, Digiday and more. ----- Mike is an Executive Producer at ABF Creative where he positions the incredible talent around him to succeed. While working at ABF Creative, Mike has produced shows like the Webby award winning African Folktales, The Adventures of Cairo, Into The Mix and Charm Words. His passion for storytelling extends to his hobbies. In his own time he produces sports commentary podcast Bad Weather Fans, in which a Knicks fan and a Nets fan analyze the world of sports. Bad Weather Fans is now recognized as one of Apple's top basketball podcasts and has had on guests like NBA Hall Of Famer Tracy McGrady and NBA veteran Richard Jefferson. While driving for Uber Eats, Mike also captured his daily adventures on the road for the podcast Mike Delivers. Mike is currently a professor of Podcast at Bergen Community College as well.
39 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
#91 Entrepreneur Chat: Jason Portnoy - A Few Things - 38 Min
We discussed a few things including: 1. His entrepreneurial journey 2. How things started to fall apart 3. Coaching and therapy 4. Lessons learned as a #VC and in life 5. Advice for #entrepreneurs and young people Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author Jason Portnoy began his career at PayPal, working closely with technology icons like Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, Max Levchin, and Reid Hoffman. He served as the first Chief Financial Officer of Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR) and later founded Oakhouse Partners, a top-performing venture capital firm. Jason is sought after as a trusted advisor to technology company CEOs and has spoken on topics ranging from executive leadership to the intersections of technology and humanity. He holds engineering degrees from both Stanford University (MS) and the University of Colorado (BS).
42 minutes | Oct 13, 2022
#90 Entrepreneur Chat: Waseem Daher + Gillian O'Brien - A Few Things - 41 Min
We discussed a few things including: 1. Waseem and Gillian's entrepreneurial journeys 2. How the pandemic has affected Pilot 3. Vision for Pilot - challenges and opportunities 4. New Founder in Residence role; why should companies consider it 5. Future trends and forecasts in your sector 6. Guidance for entrepreneurs ** Go to www.pilot.com/afewthings for 20% off of Core Services for 6 months Waseem is CEO and founder of Pilot, which specializes in bookkeeping, tax, and CFO services for high-growth technology startups. He is a three-time entrepreneur with two successful exits: his first company, Ksplice, was acquired by Oracle in 2011 and his second, Zulip, was acquired by Dropbox in 2014. He has a degree in computer science from MIT. He was once a contestant on Jeopardy!, where he answered 11 questions correctly, won and promptly lost $8,200, and learned that it really is all about the buzzer. ------ Gillian is Founder in Residence at Pilot.com. Pilot offers the best bookkeeping, tax, and CFO services for growing businesses. As Founder in Residence, she works with founders and accelerators to scale up startup programs among other initiatives. Previously, whe was Chief of Staff at Dover (YCS19), and Founder at Cherry (YCW19).
33 minutes | Sep 30, 2022
#89 Talent Chat: Eric Westphal + Krishna Kumar - A Few Things - 33 Min
We discussed a number of things including: 1. Eric and Krishna's corporate and entrepreneurial journey 2. How Krishna started Quintrix and its collaborations with corporates 3. State of the tech talent landscape 4. Challenges and opportunities ahead 5. Future trends Eric is Associate Vice President, Global Workforce Strategy and Operations at Cognizant. As a senior member of the Global HR Operations team, he is responsible for strategic workforce planning, workforce analytics and intelligence, and economic development. Additionally, he is helping to enhance and protect the company's corporate brand and reputation through programs that drive measurable social change and business value. This includes leading strategic investments in workforce hiring and training programs, broadening the scope and investment in creating more opportunities for learners of all backgrounds to access the education they need to pursue rewarding careers at Cognizant. Eric was responsible for developing and launching the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, a non-profit private foundation created and funded by Cognizant to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and skills initiatives for U.S. workers and students. Announced in February 2018 and launched in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 1, 2018, the Foundation was established with an initial grant of $100 million from Cognizant. As Acting Managing Director of the Foundation, Eric successfully architected the award of over $12M in technology training program grants in 2018, establishing strong career pathways for over 7,000 veterans, women, and individuals from underserved communities. Prior to joining Cognizant, Eric was a Senior member of the workplace consulting and operations team at Deloitte, responsible for the operations management of over 800,000 sq. ft. of real estate and 300 employees within the Northeast Region. Eric earned his bachelors degree in Business Management from Providence College and his MBA from Fordham University with a focus on International Business. ----- Krishna is the Founder and Managing Director of Quintrix, a company that is transforming how enterprises hire, train, and retain early talent. After spending a decade in organizations like Goldman Sachs and State Street bank, Krishna learned that talent shortage, especially in tech, was hindering growth at these company. With a background in both business and technology, Krishna built a talent development model at Quintrix from ground up called ‘recruit-train-deploy’. This model has become the gold-standard for attracting, training, and retaining diverse talent. Krishna coaches CIOs, tech leaders and talent acquisition professionals on how to build a pro-active pipeline of talent that is a cultural fit, motivated, loyal and results driven. Within 3 years of building this recruit-train-deploy model, Quintrix was acquired by one of the largest workforce solutions companies Mindlance. Krishna continues to lead Quintrix to address the growing need of tech talent for Fortune 1000 companies. Krishna is the recipient of the 40-under-40 award, resides in Jersey City and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
47 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
#88 Entrepreneur Chat: Julian Rodriguez - A Few Things - 46 Min
We'll discussed a number of things including: 1. Julian’s entrepreneurial journey 2. How he started Momento NFT 3. Opportunities ahead for the creator economy 4. Insights on the rapidly changing NFT sector 5. Future trends in crypto and web3 Julian, Co-Founder & CEO of Momento NFT, is a serial entrepreneur, product manager, and innovation-focused strategist with a passion for leading teams that build easy-to-use products that solve large problems. Rodriguez was the founder & CEO of a disruptive venture capital-backed tech startup in the B2B food service space and founded and led a super PAC to level the digital playing field against disinformation during the Trump era. In 2013, Rodriguez joined Bitcoin Magazine and worked directly with its co-founder, Vitalik Buterin. Rodriguez went on to become a very early team member and advisor to several successful crypto and blockchain projects including the wildly famous Ethereum project. In 2013, Rodriguez also became one of the first Bitcoin ASIC miners on earth and has been a lifetime member of the Bitcoin Foundation since 2013. Rodriguez currently sits on two non-profit boards that focus on the urban tech pipeline in the South Bronx.
62 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
#87 Innovation Salon: Rita McGrath + Fred Dust - 62 Min
This vibrant discussion held in the summer of 2022 focused on innovation, design, strategy and communication. Rita Gunther McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s Top 10 management thinkers. As a consultant to CEOs, her work has had a lasting impact on the strategy and growth programs of Fortune 500 companies. Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage and Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen. ----- Fred Dust is the founder of Dust&Co and works at the intersection of business, society and creativity. As a designer, author, educator, consultant, trustee, and advisor to social and business leaders, he is one of the world’s most original thinkers, applying the craft and optimism of human-centered design to the intractable challenges we face today. Using the methodology in his book Making Conversation, he has been working with The Rockefeller Foundation to explore the future of pressing global needs. As a former Global Managing Partner at the acclaimed international design firm IDEO, Fred works with leaders and change agents to unlock the creative potential of business, government, education, and philanthropic organizations.
63 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
#86 Investor Salon: Marik Hazan + Ellyn Ito + Avani Kanubaddi - 62 Min
This vibrant panel discussion held in the spring of 2022 focused on medical psychedelics and the trends, opportunities and challenges facing the industry. Marik Hazan is the Founding Partner of Tabula Rasa Ventures, the premiere accelerator fund for early stage psychedelic companies and is the CEO of Energia Holdings Inc., an organization building the future of health by turning healthcare’s blindspots into preventative care solutions. He is an engineer, advocate, entrepreneur, and investor who has worked across “counter culture” industries. He founded the first incubator focused on psychedelic startups and runs the world’s largest psychedelics conference, Psyched. ----- Ellyn Ito is the cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Within Health/Innerstill. She has over 25 years of experience with disruptive technologies, including electroceutical medical devices. Her previous experience includes the scaling of business-to-business and direct-to-consumer operations in technology, healthcare, and service operations. Ellyn serves on the Board of Redeemer Health Systems and is a member of the Gail Birenbaum’s Women’s Leadership Council at Rider University. ----- Avani Kanubaddi is President and COO of Enveric Biosciences. As the former CEO of Welmedix, he led brand sale to a PE back healthcare company in 2019. He was a former Director at BMS/ConvaTec and Wyeth/Pfizer in Medical Device and Consumer Health segments.
61 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
#85 Entrepreneur Chat: Pavel Stuchlik, NOA | AON - A Few Things - 60 Min
NOA|AON aka Pavel Stuchlik is an expert in self-realization technique + application, international conscious DJ/Producer, serial impact entrepreneur & investor, certified Ambassador of Peace and Wim Hof Instructor. NOA means movement; AON is 'all or none'' With #noamovement NOA|AON is bringing people back to their center in union with others. He created the BMD method to combine all of the most effective tools and wisdom from around the world to share with others.
37 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
#84 Entrepreneur Chat: Neal Conlon + Louis Kim - 37 Min
We discussed a few things including entrepreneurship, sales strategies, wellness, and the upcoming Business Summit on September 30 - October 1 in Tampa. https://marketingmadeeasy.my.canva.site/press-forward-business-summit/ Neal Conlon is a visionary serial entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and the Founder and Chief Facilitator of Press Forward. Neal has followed his heart through a wild career spectrum as a tech entrepreneur, sales and marketing expert, coffee roaster, military veteran, and plant medicine facilitator. Today he works mostly with men and works to build mental fitness and resilience in emotionally healthy ways. Neal works with high performing executives and organizations that are looking to bridge gaps between culture and metrics and have a competitive advantage in strategy and performance. ----- Louis Kim is a serial entrepreneur and the cofounder of Beltway Mergers & Acquisitions as well as the Managing Partner of Yusan Capital Management.
46 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
#83 Education Chat: Anya Kamenetz - A Few Things - 45 Min
We discussed a few things including: 1. Anya's career journey 2. Her books: Generation Debt; DIY U; The Test; The Art of Screen Time 3. Her current focus and book on the pandemic's affect 4. What can we do to help our students, children 5. Future trends and forecasts Anya is an education correspondent for NPR. She’s been a senior staff writer for Fast Company magazine, contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, New York Magazine, and has won multiple awards for her reporting on education, technology, and innovation. In her new book, THE STOLEN YEAR Anya follows five diverse families from around the country from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021. She also dives deep into the political history that brought us to this point: Why we have no childcare system to speak of, how children became the group of Americans most likely to live in poverty, how we over police and separate families of color, and how we are content to let the unpaid and underpaid labor of women, especially women of color and immigrants, stand in for a void of public and collective concern for children. https://www.amazon DOT com/Stolen-Year-COVID-Changed-Childrens/dp/1541700988 She is the author of four books: Generation Debt, DIY U, The Test, and The Art of Screen Time. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
46 minutes | Aug 11, 2022
#82 Education Chat: Jonathan Finkelstein + Michelle Van Noy - A Few Things - 45 Min
We discussed a number of things including: 1. Jonathan's and Michelle's education career journeys 2. How the pandemic has disrupted education sector 3. The role credentials play - past, present and future 4. Credly: challenges and opportunities; vision 5. Future trends and forecasts Jonathan is founder and CEO of Credly, a leading digital credential service provider which enables organizations to recognize, reward and market skills, competencies and certifications. Previously, as founder of LearningTimes, Jonathan helped mission-driven organizations produce and launch innovative online programs, products and platforms that impacted the lives of millions of learners. Previously, Jonathan was a co-founder and led product strategy at HorizonLive (acquired by Blackboard). He is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley), co-author of a report for the US Department of Education on the potential for digital badges, and a frequent speaker on digital credentials and the future of learning and workforce development. The son of New York City public school teachers, Jonathan graduated with honors from Harvard University. ----- Michelle is the Director of the Education and Employment Research Center at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She has over 20 years of experience conducting research on education and the workforce focused on credentials, community colleges, and connections between higher education and the labor market. She is currently leading studies on technician education and economic development, quality in community college noncredit education non-degree credentials, student decision making about programs and careers, higher education labor market alignment, and effective practices in workforce education. Before joining EERC, Michelle conducted at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Mathematica Policy Research. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology and education from Columbia University, a M.S. in public policy from Rutgers, and a B.A. in psychology and Spanish from Rutgers.
22 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
#81 Entrepreneur Chat: Daniel Mangena - A Few Things - 22 Min
We discussed a few things including: 1. Daniel's entrepreneurial journey 2. Why many of us need to stop meditating 3. What alignment really means 4. His book, The Money Game Daniel is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, Broadcaster and Coach. He is best known for his highly successful Micro2Millions program, being the author of Stepping Beyond Intention and his Do it With Dan and Beyond Success podcasts. He is completely self-made and has spent decades perfecting his world-class coaching methodology. Daniel seeks to share his vision of empowerment and joy with the world. Using his podcasts (available on all major platforms), frequent blogs, guest articles and a series of worldwide workshops; he has built an ever expanding community. Named in the Wall Street Journal as a “Master of Success” and listed as one of the top 10 life coaches to watch for in 2021. Daniel also offers coaching and consultations in groups and in one-on-one sessions. Each of these sessions honors his mission and helps his clients find abundance, meaning and joy in their lives.
42 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
#80 Entrepreneur Chat: Seth Berger + Dana Kim - A Few Things - 42 Min
We discussed a number of things including: 1. Seth's career journey 2. How he landed at Sixers Innovation Lab 3. State of the sportstech sector 4. Innovation lab investing outlook 5. Dana's Highlight startup MANAGING DIRECTOR, SIXERS INNOVATION LAB Seth Berger earned his MBA in 1993 from the Wharton School and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Seth has been the CEO of four businesses in the consumer space, and his fifth “venture” has been to build an elite high school basketball program as Head Coach. In these ventures, Seth has started with a hyper focus on the understanding of the target consumer, with the philosophy that every consumer business must meet and communicate a specific consumer need to survive. After that, he has worked to create branding and marketing strategies to drive messaging that sticks in a world of constant consumer messaging. AND 1 — 1993-2000, 2002-2005 As Founder and CEO of AND 1, he ran an upstart basketball sneaker, apparel and entertainment company. After starting out selling screen printed tee shirts in 1993, the Company moved into the broader apparel and footwear market. AND 1 reached its height it 2001, when it attained the No. 2 spot in the US basketball footwear market. At its peak, AND 1 had revenues of $285 million, including its licensees. In addition, AND 1’s entertainment division created the Mix Tape tour and Streetball, an ESPN series that was the No. 1 rated show among male teens, eclipsing SportsCenter. AND 1 also donated more than 5 percent of its annual profits to youth-based charities. In 1999, the partners sold a stake in the business to TA Associates, a venture firm out of Boston. In 2005, the company was sold to American Sporting Goods, a private shoe company based in Irvine, Calif. HOOPSTV.COM — 1999-2001 Seth served as CEO of HoopsTV.com from 1999-2001. He helped raise $15 million in financing for the business, hired its staff, and launched a site dedicated to basketball fans all around the world. Despite negotiating a partnership deal with ESPN.com, the business was unable to generate enough revenues to continue, largely because broadband capabilities were not strong enough to sustain its business model. Seth shut the business down in 2001. LIGHTNING GAMING — 2005-2006 In the fall of 2005, Seth took on a part-time CEO role for another start up, Lightning Poker. This business was the brainchild of Brian Haveson, former CEO of Nutrisystem. Brian was traveling the country as a professional poker player, and he approached Seth with his idea and patent. Seth helped raise $1 million in financing, hired a staff, created an automated poker table, and negotiated an international distribution deal with Shufflemaster, a public company. After 12 months, he turned the Company back over to Brian, as part of their original agreement for his term of service. Lightning Gaming now holds many slot machine licenses, in addition to its original product, and is a non-traded public company. More information can be found at www.lightningpoker.net. GRAVY TRAIN — 2011-2012 Seth self-funded a small venture in the mobile gaming space. GravyTrain created a Facebook game, “imthnkgof” (I am thinking of), and launched it in December of 2011. Although the idea was executed well, the market for these games started to crash, led by Zynga, and Seth shut down the business before wasting too much money. THE WESTTOWN SCHOOL, WESTTOWN, PA, 2007-PRESENT Seth is currently the Head Boys Basketball Coach at The Westtown School, in Westtown, PA. He has had this role for 15 years, and was an assistant for two years before that. His teams have a 73 percent winning percentage, and they won their league title nine times. The team won the state championships in 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2022. ---- Dana Kim is founder and CEO of Highlight (letshighlight.com), an agile in-home product testing platform. Dana spent 5 years at a boutique insights agency as a qualitative and mixed-method researcher for years, where she saw firsthand the difficulty of product testing. Determined to build a solution, Dana then got her MBA at The Wharton School, where she built Highlight: a high-growth research tech startup disrupting the in-home usage test and physical product research space. Highlight's platform streamlines everything from recruit to data set, including all the logistics of getting your product to your target customers. It boasts 90% survey completion rates, can get product in hands in days, and seamlessly collects targeted feedback at scale.
40 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
#79 Innovation Chat: Michael Horn - A Few Things - 40 Min
We discussed a few things including: 1. Michael's education career journey 2. How the pandemic has disrupted sector 3. Remote and hybrid: innovations + best practices 4. Mental health and apathy issues 5. Future trends and forecasts Michael strives to create a world in which all individuals can build their passions and fulfill their potential through his writing, speaking, and work with a portfolio of education organizations. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns; Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools; Choosing College; Goodnight Box, a children’s story; and the forthcoming From Reopen to Reinvent: (Re)creating School for Every Child, which will be released in July 2022. Michael is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank. He cohosts the top education podcasts Future U and Class Disrupted. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and writes the Substack newsletter The Future of Education. Michael also serves as an executive editor at Education Next, and his work has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, and NBC. Michael is a senior strategist at Guild Education, which partners with leading employers and organizations to help offer education and upskilling opportunities to America’s workforce. He serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations, including Imagine Worldwide, Minerva University, and the LearnLaunch Institute and is a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners. Michael was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Michael holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
18 minutes | Jul 7, 2022
#78 Investor Chat: Lou Kerner - A Few Things - 18 Min
We discussed a number of things including: 1. Lou's entrepreneurial career journey 2. State of crypto and web3 sectors 3. Importance of community 4. Davos insights 5. Future forecasts Lou is a Partner at Blockchain Coinvestors, a #crypto fund-of-fund invested in 40 of the leading crypto #VCs around the world. He is also the CEO of Blockchain Coinvestors Acquisition Corp. 1, a publicly traded #SPAC. Lou is also the Head Crypto Analyst at Quantum Economics, a crypto advisory firm. He has been a crypto enthusiast, investor, and thought leader since 2013, when the Wall Street Journal called Lou "Wall Street’s #Bitcoin Expert''. Lou is ranked among the most influential crypto bloggers on Medium, regularly keynotes major crypto industry events, and often appears on TV or in print talking about crypto. He also regularly hosts conference calls with crypto industry innovators attended by hundreds of crypto enthusiasts and investors. Previously, Lou was a Founding Partner of CryptoOracle, a VC focused on building, growing, and engaging decentralized communities. At CryptoOracle, he started CryptoMondays, the largest crypto meetup group in the world, with chapters in 70+ cities around the world. Prior to CryptoOracle, Lou was a Partner at the decentralized VC, Flight, where he managed The Israeli Founders Syndicate. Prior to Flight, Lou was the Managing Partner of The Social Internet Fund (SIF), which invested in shares of rapidly growing tech companies. Prior to SIF, Lou was an angel investor, best known for investing in Facebook and writing the first Wall Street style research report on the company in 2010. Before angel investing, Lou ran two digital companies, Bolt (the largest social network before MySpace), and .tv (which commercialized the top-level domain .tv licensed from the tiny island nation of Tuvalu). .tv was acquired by VERISIGN. Prior to .tv, Lou had a distinguished career as an equity analyst following media and tech companies for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. He has a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
25 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
#77 Entrepreneur Chat: Christina Hawatmeh - A Few Things - 25 Min
We discussed a number of things including: 1. Christina's entrepreneurial journey 2. Scopio's growth and pivots 3. State of NFT marketplaces 4. Paying artists in crypto and NFTs 5. Launch of first global photo book of 2020 pandemic Christina Hawatmeh, as cofounder and CEO of Scopio, overseas vision and growth. Scopio is a community-based platform and marketplace where anyone can share images and stories from around the world. With the goal of elevating human stories told by people from underrepresented communities and regions, the vision of Scopio is to distribute the world’s images so they can make their place in history. Scopio has over 25k businesses who use millions of images and hire more than 14k artists from 150 countries in photography, art, illustration and more. Christina is the founder of the first female founded NFT marketplace, and first photography focused NFT marketplace. The Year Time Stopped audiobook: https://open.spotify.com/show/2McXu7NT7MoIniSwXibt1R?si=t3R7kWsxT0Ss1yAe1cbfKg She was named Top Entrepreneurs to Follow by NY Finance. She has her BA in International Affairs from the Elliott School at GW and MA In International Affairs from Columbia University. She has been featured in CNN, Entrepreneur, and Scopio on Forbes30u30.
54 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
#76 Innovation Chat: Tejpaul Bhatia - A Few Things - 54 Min
We discussed a number of things including: 1. Tej’s career journey 2. How he landed at Axiom 3. Opportunities ahead for the space industry 4. Insights on the changing tech ecosystem 5. Future trends (startup and investing) With 25 years of startup and strategic leadership experience at some of the world’s biggest companies and three investor-backed, high-growth startups, Tejpaul leads revenue generation and future monetization strategy for the commercial development of space as Chief Revenue Officer at Axiom Space. Prior to joining Axiom, he led External Strategic Narrative for the Office of the CIO at Google, where he met with C-suite executives at Fortune 100 corporations to discuss the future of work, supporting over $4B in sales pipeline. Tej first joined Google as the Startup Ecosystem Manager in New York to establish and grow Google Cloud’s presence with startup founders, venture capital firms, and family offices; he previously was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Citi Ventures. As a startup founder for 10 years prior, Tej served as Chief Operating Officer for an educational technology company, Explain Everything, CEO of video chatting platform Chatwala, and CEO of Kaptur, an app that enables users to instantly aggregate all photos taken at any event in seconds. Before founding Kaptur, Tej was Senior Manager of Product and International Strategy for ESPN, where he launched ESPN3 in the US, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe. Tej holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University. He has served in non-profit leadership and board positions at the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Startup Leadership Program.
45 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
#75 Talent Chat: Vanessa Feliberti + Kobie Hatcher - A Few Things - 45 Min
We discussed a number of things including: 1. Vanessa and Kobie's leadership and entrepreneurial journeys 2. How the tech industry sees the talent pipeline 3. Talent challenges and opportunities 4. Diversity initiatives and best practices Vanessa leads the Substrate Engineering team which fuels a simple, delightful and personal experience, assisting our customers to be the most productive across work and life; by helping them get started, get back to and get the most out of Microsoft 365. Her purpose is to create capacity in the M365 cloud fabric and engineering systems through Innovation and Savings to enable business growth while safely unlocking access to entities, signals and insights that reside in Substrate to enable “speed of thought” experimentation and innovation for 1st party and 3rd party developers and data scientists. Substrate is Microsoft’s essential and intelligent productivity services platform to enable delightful, trustworthy, agile, and cost-effective user and group experiences by delivering on the Substrate pillars of Fundamentals, Compliance, and Intelligence. Alongside product impact, Vanessa exemplifies our Microsoft values and culture particularly as a leader who builds diverse teams, drives adoption of inclusive behaviors and creates programs to foster innovation and opportunities for talent in new ways. ----- Kobie Hatcher is the President and Founder of Cyborg Mobile, a Seattle-based, technology and management consultancy specializing in solving their client’s most pressing challenges. A certified B-Corp, Cyborg Mobile works with both private and public sectors. Kobie’s work centers around driving impact. He leads digital transformations that deploy technology to bring about positive change and views business growth as a means to create opportunity and promote equity. Kobie created a career accelerator called the New Technologists Academy focused on solving the diversity pipeline challenge in big tech and empowering those who are structurally disadvantaged. Since beginning his career as an early childhood educator, Kobie’s passion for education has played an ongoing role in his work. In addition to helping various school systems improve their technology infrastructure, Kobie also built Digital Training Solutions, an EdTech platform designed to support leaders with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) change initiatives. As a recognized thought leader, Kobie has been invited to speak at hackathons, conferences and orientations to talk about his hands-on expertise in DEI, Inclusive Thinking and the Future of Work. He’s been recognized by Inc Magazine as “Best In Business, DEI Advocacy.”
33 minutes | May 19, 2022
#74 Innovation Chat: Maryam Banikarim - A Few Things - 32 Min
We discussed a number of things including: 1. Maryam’s career journey 2. How she landed at Nextdoor 3. Opportunities ahead for Nextdoor 4. Nextdoor 100 - super amazing neighbors initiative 5. Industry trends Maryam has more than 25 years of marketing experience, managing global brands and international teams. She was most recently the Global #CMO of Hyatt Hotels, repositioning the Hyatt brand as purpose driven by putting the guest at the center of the business. Her brand work at Hyatt resulted in increased brand awareness and organic user acquisition across online and offline channels. Prior to Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Maryam was SVP & CMO of Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK. She also sits on Adweek’s Women Trailblazers Council Board, Fast Company’s Impact Council, and is the U.S. Board Chair of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
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