In Conversation With… is an interview series where Bullpen's founder, Clint Vojdinoski, navigates through the startup and emerging tech ecosystems, with a keen eye on the sports, fitness and gaming company ecosystems, by talking to the people who are building companies and developing fascinating technologies.
The mantra running through the series is simple: "You should know about them." You should know about these companies, these startups, these founders.
Episode 025 - LaSource
In episode 025 of In Conversation With... I spoke to Samuel Westberg, CEO of La Source.
Based out of France, La Source has a unique agency model where they provide acceleration, business development and account management to a select group of leading sports startups who are attempting to break into the European market.
I started the interview by asking what is LaSource and moved into their unique agency model, working with startups in a fragmented continent and also asked Samuel what inspires him.
Episode 024 - Campaignware
In episode 024 of In Conversation With... I spoke to Adam Mussa, founder of Campaignware.
Campaignware is a multi-channel, audience engagement tool that helps organisations, clubs and SMB’s acquire first party user data. They used to be called Benchvote, but no more.
The bootstrapped Australian tech startup has worked with major sports clubs, organisations and brands both home in Australia and around the world for their sponsorship activation campaigns. But their software platform is for any business big or small.
Episode 023 - Ronen Ainbinder
In episode 023 of In Conversation With... I spoke to writer and podcaster Ronen Ainbinder.
For 90 editions Ronen has produced a weekly newsletter called Sports-Tech Biz which tackles fascinating topics at the intersections of yep you guessed it, sports, technology and business.
His excellent weekly podcast, which I’ve appeared on, The Halftime Snacks, features interviews with major players in sports, business, technology, media and venture capital.
In this conversation I asked Ronen about the process of developing and creating content, staying consistent and inspired, and his writing and creation process. But we both reflected on our work and journeys to this point.
Episode 022 - Ludis Capital
In episode 022 of In Conversation With… I spoke to Matilda Sung from Ludis Capital.
They’re a sportstech venture capital firm with their portfolio taking in companies like Pumpjack Dataworks and FOOTYLIGHT to name just a couple.
Matilda is Ludis Capital’s general partner.
In this conversation we learn about her work – she has a background in investment banking and portfolio management while in sport she ran the NFL’s digital strategy group – but we also learn how she considers the sports and technology spaces, what she is bullish on in the industry, we even touched on the use case of crypto in sport.
Episode 021 - Fan+
In episode 021 of In Conversation With… I spoke to Rod Harys from Fan+.
Fan+ is a marketplace where fans, clubs, businesses and sponsors can connect with athletes to receive messages, experiences, training and more.
Covid-19 forced the company to rethink its proposition like the establishment of a new arm to the business called Fan+ for Business.
Episode 020 - Antourage
In episode 20 of In Conversation With... I spoke to Johan Junker from Antourage.
Antourage’s vision is to propagate authentic media and reward participation, and their technology helps develop creator-driven networks and communities. This is all rooted in making sure rights holders, clubs, owners and individuals own their first-party data, their audience, and to build meaningful relationships.
One of the major talking points in this episode was the future of the creator-fan relationship.