124 episodes

Hosted by Will Little (wclittle.com), Ventures is an audio/video podcast devoted to exploring entrepreneurial stories, market landscapes, and problem spaces to inspire the next generation of venture builders and investors.

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Hosted by Will Little (wclittle.com), Ventures is an audio/video podcast devoted to exploring entrepreneurial stories, market landscapes, and problem spaces to inspire the next generation of venture builders and investors.

    Low-code/no-code vs. traditional code for building Minimal Viable Products (MVPs) :: with Nick Wilger

    Low-code/no-code vs. traditional code for building Minimal Viable Products (MVPs) :: with Nick Wilger

    In this episode of Ventures, my guest Nick Wilger (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-wilger/) and I discuss all-things low-code/no-code from the perspective of an aspiring tech entrepreneur. We talk about Nick’s background getting into the space, what founders need to know about tools like Bubble, how to think about “product” setups and roles, working with Figma, and more about Nick’s accelerator (https://effycientaccelerator.com) for training low-code/no-code developers.   
    Visit https://satchel.works/@wclittle/ventures-episode-124 for detailed notes and links to resources (videos, articles, etc…) mentioned. 
    You can watch this episode via video here.  
    1:33 - Intro/setup for the show, Nick’s background getting into low-code/no-code
    3:37 - Previous show w/ Josh Hass (co-CEO of Bubble) → https://satchel.works/@wclittle/ventures-episode-63 // What was Nick’s story as a non-software engineer coming in to low-code/no-code?
    7:40 - From an education standpoint, describing the various parts of the tech stack when building a Web app
    9:00 - Webflow for front-end
    11:16 - Thoughts from Will about whether founders want to build the app themselves or outsource it (or find a CTO).
    13:33 - Wireframes/Mockups and product skills needed to get it ready for Bubble
    17:23 - Instead of finding an “engineer” co-founder, now in the modern era it’s all about finding a product/UX co-founder to tee up the Bubble engineering (which is 10x lower cost than traditional software engineers)
    19:30 - Nick’s thoughts about Figma, working with visual designers as part of the MVP build process
    21:50 - “Product things” create inefficiency. More info about an Overview Story and a UI Spec (and a flow chart) and why that’s important for communication between the visionary and the product person.
    23:40 - UX flow charts and project plans
    24:40 - Analogy of building a house from pictures that you take of a house. 
    25:26 - More information about https://effycient.com/ and https://effycientaccelerator.com // Contact Nick at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-wilger/ 

    • 30 min
    NFTs, NFL Rivals, Mythical Games, and the future of Web3 gaming :: with Billy Schautz

    NFTs, NFL Rivals, Mythical Games, and the future of Web3 gaming :: with Billy Schautz

    In this episode of Ventures, my guest Billy Schautz (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bschautz/, https://mythicalgames.com/) and I discuss Mythical Games’ new NFT drop and upcoming game, NFL Rivals (https://nfl.rivals.game/). We discuss Billy’s background in gaming, NFT market conditions, Mythical’s tech stack and NFT dynamics, and the future of Web3 gaming.
    Visit https://satchel.works/@wclittle/ventures-episode-123 for detailed notes and links to resources (videos, articles, etc…) mentioned. 
    You can watch this episode via video here.  
    1:36 - More about Billy’s background and how he got into Web3/games. 
    2:34 - Why would Billy leave Amazon/Twitch and go to Mythical games? 
    4:17 - What's the background/story of Mythical? 
    5:12 - More details about the NFT drop for NFL Rivals → https://nfl.rivals.game/ 
    7:40 - Thoughts about the bear market for launching an NFT collection. 
    9:37 - Is this an official partnership with the NFL? Nuances between EA/Mythical licenses. (Simulation vs. Blockchain arcade football)
    12:17 - Features of the NFL rivals game
    13:38 - More about the tech stack and how these NFTs work on Mythical’s internal blockchain w/ bridging capabilities to Ethereum mainnet.
    16:34 - More about the in-game marketplace for the game
    18:07 - Matthew Ball’s book about The Metaverse - thoughts on interoperability between games
    20:54 - Instagram/Reddit/Starbucks w/ Polygon NFTs
    21:13 - How is Billy/Mythical thinking about the value-add for the NFT community and the partnership with the NFL. 
    24:53 - Where does Billy see the Web3 Gaming industry heading? (incl. Mythical’s roadmap)
    27:35 - People can take action → https://nfl.rivals.game/ (find social media links there)
    29:30 - Check out https://alphi.xyz // What is the NFT drop mechanisms // https://RarityLeague.com 

    • 33 min
    Play-to-Earn, Metaverses, and the Future of Web3 Gaming :: with Beau Button

    Play-to-Earn, Metaverses, and the Future of Web3 Gaming :: with Beau Button

    In this episode of Ventures, my guest Beau Button (https://www.linkedin.com/in/beaubutton/) - President and CTO of https://atlasreality.com - and I discuss play-to-earn, Web3, and the Atlas Realty story. We dive into Beau’s background as a technologist and entrepreneur, about Atlas Realty’s two successful games, their upcoming game next year with a Web3 component to it, gamer experiences, metaverses, Polygon, and the future of the Web3 gaming industry. 
    Visit https://satchel.works/@wclittle/ventures-episode-122 for detailed notes and links to resources (videos, articles, etc…) mentioned. 
    You can watch this episode via video here.  
    Also, check out Bird Buddy → https://mybirdbuddy.com (AI-powered Bird Feeder; A portfolio company of Prota Ventures) // See this episode w/ the CEO → https://satchel.works/@wclittle/ventures-episode-23 
    1:37 - Beau’s background and story, software, entrepreneurship, eCommerce, content management, and ultimately in the video game industry
    2:06 - Is there a Web3 component of what Atlas Reality is working on?
    2:42 - What is Beau’s crypto story? How did he get involved in it?
    5:24 - More information about the two games…who is the audience?
    7:10 - What is Beau’s story as a founder / startup exec?
    9:22 - What technology stacks are they using to build these games? 
    10:14 - Is Beau more management or hands on keyboard?
    12:01 - What are the principles of Web3 that Beau is excited about / thinking about?
    15:19 - Commentary of Matthew Ball’s book on The Metaverse  (https://www.amazon.com/Metaverse-How-Will-Revolutionize-Everything/dp/1324092033) … commentary on interoperability. 
    17:09 - Deciding on interoperability protocols - how game makers would/could/should be approaching it.  
    18:30 - Focusing on the gamer…are we seeing sparks/interest in NFTs? 
    20:42 - Polygon getting a ton of attention (Reddit, Instagram, Starbucks) // https://polygon.technology/ // Commentary on blockchains/gaming. 
    22:22 - What are the things Beau sees coming in the future of the industry? Negative and positive. 
    26:10 - More information about Atlas Reality and their roadmap. (Atlas Empires / Atlas Earth)
    27:23 - Learn more at AtlasReality.com – and check out LinkedIn for Metaverse Mondays → https://www.linkedin.com/in/beaubutton/ 

    • 29 min
    Web3 marketing, emerging technology, and timeless advice for founders :: with Gordon Meyer

    Web3 marketing, emerging technology, and timeless advice for founders :: with Gordon Meyer

    In this episode of Ventures, my guest Gordon Meyer (https://twitter.com/gordonmeyerjr) and I talk about marketing, community building, and the effect that emerging technologies like Web3 will have on the future of growing startups. We talk about the aspects of Web3 that Gordon is most excited about, power shifts and disintermediation, the attention economy, and advice for entrepreneurs starting from the ground up.
    Visit https://satchel.works/@wclittle/ventures-episode-121 for detailed notes and links to resources (videos, articles, etc…) mentioned. 
    You can watch this episode via video here.  
    Also, check out SUPLMNT →  https://suplmnt.com/ (A portfolio company of Prota Ventures)  // Hydration meets culture; amazing water bottles for holiday gifts and more. See this episode w/ the CEO → https://satchel.works/@wclittle/ventures-episode-69
    1:50 - What is exciting about emerging technology? (Also background/introduction to Gordon)
    4:47 - More about the Web3 revolution 
    11:15 - Power shifts - power to the people - different types of artists. 
    12:10 - Attention economy - how does Gordon process the attention economy and value creation (from the perspective of entrepreneurs). 
    18:04 - What’s Gordon’s advice for someone to build a following if they don’t have a network? (Build a community or find a community)
    22:16 - How does Web3 change the game from a marketing and community building perspective?
    25:20 - What is Gordon excited about in the near-term future here?
    31:00 - Where can people find Gordon and Mamoru online? // https://twitter.com/gordonmeyerjr // https://twitter.com/MamoruDigital //  https://www.linkedin.com/in/gordonmeyer/ 

    • 34 min
    Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) for the Crypto/Web3 community: The Endaoment.org story :: with Robbie Heeger

    Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) for the Crypto/Web3 community: The Endaoment.org story :: with Robbie Heeger

    In this episode of Ventures, my guest Robbie Heeger (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rheeger/) - President and CEO at https://endaoment.org/ - and I talk about how Endaoment allows crypto holders to create Donor Advised Funds (DAFs). We talk about how Endaoment works from both the donor side and the nonprofit side, the (very reasonable) fee structure, new token models in Web3 philanthropy, and the general practice of donating to DAFs in order to not rush the process of subsequently donating to nonprofits/NGOs. 
    Visit https://satchel.works/@wclittle/ventures-episode-120 for detailed notes and links to resources (videos, articles, etc…) mentioned. 
    You can watch this episode via video here.  
    1:20 - Tee-up for the episode. Why does Web3 matter? Why does venture building/investing matter?
    1:44 - Robbie’s self introduction and intro to https://endaoment.org/ 
    4:35 - How does Endaoment work (from the perspective of the donor)? 
    9:55 - Not all DAFs are created equal. How are Endaoment DAFs different? What types of organizations can be given to via Endaoment? 
    14:29 - How will Endaoment add additional coins/tokens to support internal DAF investing?
    18:23 - What is the fee structure for Endaoment? 
    21:20 - Dollars sitting in DAFs - Over $200B ($160B in 2020) → https://www.wealthmanagement.com/philanthropy/wealthy-use-loophole-reap-tax-breaks-and-delay-giving-away-money 
    23:30 - Does Endaoment allow impact investing? 
    26:30 - Whole new set of toys/tools to work with in Web3 regarding giving/philanthropy. New token models, etc…
    29:19 - Corgi in the video :) 
    34:10 - REST (https://iwantrest.com/) and ILAD (https://ilad.ngo) – as examples – what do nonprofits need to know to accept crypto via Endaoment? 
    39:39 - How does Endaoment KYC their nonprofits to ensure money is going to the right place?
    40:57 - Where can people find more? It’s giving season → https://endaoment.org/ // https://discord.gg/endaoment // https://twitter.com/endaomentdotorg 

    • 43 min
    Venture-building as a venture capitalist, and insights into Web3 for customer acquisition and retention :: with Jonathan Hung

    Venture-building as a venture capitalist, and insights into Web3 for customer acquisition and retention :: with Jonathan Hung

    In this episode of Ventures, my guest Jonathan Hung (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanhung/) and I discuss all-things venture building/investing, his work as a venture capitalist, and the story of his startup, Kitchen Data Systems (https://kitchdata.com/). We talk about advice for emerging fund managers, how founders and startup investors should be thinking about the current state of the market, the potential for Web3, interesting startup markets for investing, and general advice for entrepreneurs today. 
    Visit https://satchel.works/@wclittle/ventures-episode-119 for detailed notes and links to resources (videos, articles, etc…) mentioned. 
    You can watch this episode via video here.  
    0:56 - Tee-up for the episode, venture building/investing
    1:19 - Jonathan’s background and story, taking over the family business, investing, then becoming a founder (Kitchen Data Systems)
    4:03 - What sparked Jonathan’s interest in getting into the startup game himself?
    7:40 - For emerging fund managers listening in - first time fund managers - what advice does Jonathan have for them?
    10:35 - What’s Jonathan’s take on the current state of the market? How should we (founders/investors) be thinking about it?
    12:24 - How does Web3 change the game regarding community and customer acquisition?
    14:19 - How disruptive does Jonathan think that blockchains will be to change the game?
    15:47 - Is Jonathan thinking about a Web3 angle for his B2B kitchen business? See: https://www.harmony.one/ 
    17:22 - Are merchants allowed to extract customer data from credit cards? 
    19:03 - What areas/markets are Jonathan interested in from an investor perspective?
    21:23 - Where should people go to learn more about Jonathan and Kitchen Data Systems. https://jonathanhung.com/ // https://kitchdata.com/ 
    21:53 - What advice does Jonathan have for entrepreneurs starting out their journey?
    24:14 - Best way to get a hold of Jonathan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanhung/ 

    • 26 min

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