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With millions of listeners a month, Building the Future has quickly become one of the fastest rising nationally syndicated programs. With a focus on interviewing startups, entrepreneurs, investors, CEOs, and more, the show showcases individuals who are realizing their dreams and helping to make our world a better place through technology and innovation.
Ep. 488 w/ Lak Ananth CEO & Managing Partner at Next47
Lak Ananth is an Indian American venture capitalist who has spent much of his career focused on identifying industry changing disruptions and acting on them as an investor or acquirer. He is the author of Anticipate Failure: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Navigating Uncertainty, Avoiding Disaster, and Building a Successful Business, a practical guide for business leaders on the most common patterns of failure in innovation, featuring never-before-heard stories on how some of the most successful founders and executives in the world have navigated failure to get to success. He is the founding CEO and Managing Partner of the global venture capital firm Next47 which is backed by Siemens AG and partners with the best entrepreneurs to help them build companies that will change how the world works. Lak has spent his career in service to the entrepreneurial pursuit. In addition to running Next47, he serves on the board of several companies that he has helped to grow beyond $1B valuations. As an investor and board member, he believes in establishing mutual trust with founders so when critical business decisions need to be made, he can support them in making the best choices for building world-class new businesses. Lak holds an MBA from INSEAD and The Wharton School of Business. He is also a Kauffman Fellow (Class 12).
Lak Ananth is CEO and Managing Partner of global venture capital firm Next47 and serves on the board of several companies that he has helped to grow beyond $1B valuations. He is the author of Anticipate Failure, a practical guide for business leaders on common patterns of failure in innovation.
Ep. 487 w/ Taha Elraaid CEO at Lamah
Lamah is one of Libya's leading information technology companies. We provide solutions to better connect and improve the lives of Libyans, and beyond.
Makani, Lamah's application, is the country's first digital addressing system, and now has 1 million+ registered addresses.
Ep. 486 w/ Kris Constable CEO & Co-Founder at COINOS
Coinos is an open source bitcoin web wallet, point of sale, ecommerce marketplace and exchange platform. Development started in Vancouver in September 2012 as a way to provide local merchants with a convenient way to accept bitcoin payments.
The feature set has grown over the years to accomodate a wide variety of use cases with the goal of making it as easy as possible for anyone to get started using Bitcoin quickly, cheaply, and securely.
Anyone can download the source code and host their own instance of the platform backed by their own bitcoin, liquid or lightning nodes, or reach out and we'll gladly set this up for you.
Once signed in, you can create both custodial and non-custodial wallets within your account. The default custodial wallet allows funds to be deposited on any of the bitcoin, liquid or lightning networks and seamlessly withdrawn over any other network without any conversion process or fee.
Using a non-custodial wallet means keys are generated client-side in your browser so we never have access to the funds. Transactions from these accounts are subject to on-chain transaction fees and Lightning Network payments are not supported but we advise using this account type or a paper wallet for storing larger amounts.
Accounts denominated in USDt and LCAD stablecoins and other Liquid assets are also supported.
Intra-account transfers between custodial wallets of different users on our server are completely free, instant, and unlimited.
Ep. 485 w/ Robert Materazzi CEO at Lukka
Founded in 2014, Lukka is a trusted, blockchain-native technology company that delivers leading products for the crypto asset ecosystem. Lukka bridges the gap of traditional finance and the crypto world and is actively working with the world's largest financial institutions to help institutionalize crypto. The Lukka team provides retail investors and traders with essential tools and resources such as tax reporting software, portfolio management tools, and educational databases and research and offers insight into how both institutional and retail traders navigate the crypto ecosystem. Lukka’s premier solutions enable the transformation of distributed and decentralized data into auditable information within a highly scalable and secure SOC 1 Type 2 infrastructure.
Robert Materazzi is the CEO of Lukka. Prior to joining Lukka, he served as Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in large risk, regulatory, and cybersecurity driven technology implementations for traditional financial institutions and foreign banking organizations. Robert also led the PwC Advisory Veterans Recruiting and Mentorship Initiative. Prior to PwC, Robert served in the United States Marine Corps for nine years as an Officer and AH-1W Super Cobra Pilot.
Ep. 484 w/ Victor Hogrefe Co-Founder & CBO EonLabs
EonLabs is a fintech startup that focuses on the intersection of artificial intelligence and digital finance, specifically in the blockchain space. It is developing the Enigma trading system, which integrates with existing exchange APIs, and leverages the power of machine learning models to autonomously trade in various financial markets. This trading system is then licensed out to fund managers who use it to achieve above average gains for their investors.
Ep. 483 w/ Chet Kapoor Chairman & CEO at DataStax
DataStax is the open, multi-cloud stack for modern data apps. DataStax gives enterprises the freedom of choice, simplicity, and true cloud economics to deploy massive data, delivered via APIs, powering rich interactions on multi-cloud, open source and Kubernetes.
DataStax is built on proven Apache Cassandra™ and the Stargate™ open source API platform. DataStax Astra is the new stack for modern data apps as-a-service, built on the scale-out, cloud-native, open source K8ssandra™.
DataStax powers modern data apps for 500 of the world’s most demanding enterprises including The Home Depot, T-Mobile, Intuit and half of the Fortune 100.
It’s definitely worth your time if you are trying to stay informed.
Kevin does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!
If you’re currently an entrepreneur (or want to be one in the future) then this podcast should absolutely be a core part of your content diet. It’s obvious that Kevin puts extraordinary effort into finding guests that truly care about leveraging business and technology to make a positive difference in the future of our world. I'm a fan!