If you want to learn what it takes to build and run a highly successful startup - this is the podcast for you. Host Tomer Federman is a Stanford-educated entrepreneur, angel investor, and ex-Facebook executive. Join Tomer as he talks with the most prominent entrepreneurs and investors who are building and funding the companies that transform our world.
#29 Evan Kuo, CEO of Ampleforth: Addressing the Correlation Problem in Crypto
Guest: Evan Kuo, Founder and CEO of Ampleforth.
What they do: Ampleforth develops digital currency that adjusts supply daily based on market conditions. They operate at the intersection of technology and economics.
Funding amount: $18M.
Key insights shared by Evan: What’s the biggest challenge in the crypto ecosystem and how is Ampleforth trying to address that? Could Bitcoin replace the US dollar in the future? What surprised him about the fundraising process?
#28 John Linden, CEO of Mythical Games: New Business Models in Gaming
John Linden, the Co-Founder and CEO of Mythical Games, talks with Tomer about what makes the gaming industry different from other industries, why gaming isn’t about one size fits all, and the opportunity to create new game economies via digital assets. Plus, John explains how they raised $35M from venture capitalists in just over 2 years, why blockchain technology is a core component of their company strategy, and shares his thoughts on how the “new normal” might look like for startups post-pandemic.
#27 Emin Gun Sirer and Kevin Sekniqi of Ava Labs: The Digitization of Assets
The Co-Founders of Ava Labs, Emin Gun Sirer (CEO) and Kevin Sekniqi (COO), talk with Tomer about how Ava differs from Bitcoin and Ethereum, why their team is focused on digitization of assets that are not yet on the blockchain, Ava's consensus algorithm and their approach to building a developer ecosystem around their protocol. Plus, they discuss the opportunities and challenges of working remotely and what compelled them to jump from academia to entrepreneurship.
#26 Arthur Breitman, Co-Founder of Tezos: Why Blockchain Is About Winner Takes All
Arthur Breitman, Co-Founder of Tezos and one of the most prominent founders in crypto, joins Tomer for a lively and fascinating discussion. In this conversation, Arthur explains why he views Bitcoin and Ethereum as direct competitors? What drew him to leave his lucrative job in finance to start working on Tezos? Why so many ICO projects failed and what makes Tezos different? Why Arthur doesn’t think savings are necessarily tied to price appreciation? And, what Arthur sees as the big promise of crypto?
#25 Evan Shapiro & Izaak Meckler from Coda: Building Lightweight Portable Blockchain
Evan Shapiro (CEO) and Izaak Meckler (CTO) from O(1) Labs, developers of the Coda Protocol, join Tomer to discuss blockchain scalability and portability. During the discussion the Coda team explain the opportunities presented by zk-SNARKs and why it’s such an important technology, share how the blockchain ecosystem in the Bay Area has evolved over time, and reveal how adding cartoons to their deck helped them communicate their vision and secure over $18 million from investors.
#24 Ray Youssef, CEO of Paxful: Developing a Peer to Peer Bitcoin Marketplace
Ray comes on the show to talk about all things Bitcoin. In conversation with Tomer, Ray shares the current challenges in wiring money internationally using the legacy financial system, explains how peer to peer Bitcoin marketplaces can help, and breaks-down the opportunities in emerging markets. Plus, Ray reveals why he considers himself underbanked, how he grew Paxful to 250 employees, and why they decided to bootstrap.
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Great niche STO and Blockchain content
Super informative and useful. This is the future.
Amazing talk ! I have already invested XTZ.
Pocket Network’s CEO, Michael O’Rourke brought me here. Bring him on the show!