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We interview famous Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, and Leaders in Tech. Learn their secrets and see tomorrow's world today.

The Silicon Valley Podcast Shawn Flynn

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 52 Ratings

We interview famous Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, and Leaders in Tech. Learn their secrets and see tomorrow's world today.

    135 Wealth Beyond Your Startup with Marcel Pfister

    135 Wealth Beyond Your Startup with Marcel Pfister

    135 Wealth Beyond Your Startup with Marcel Pfister


    Marcel is Wealth Advisor at Farther, where he advises startup founders and early-stage employees on holistic wealth management solutions. He enjoys being part of his clients’ wealth-creation journey, from starting a business to navigating a potential exit, as well as strategizing the best and most efficient ways to leave a legacy for the next generation. 

    Prior to joining the Farther team, he spent most of his career as an Investment Advisor at Goldman Sachs, advising entrepreneurs, public executives, and non-profit organizations. He started his career as a Financial Analyst at Blackrock. Marcel was born and raised in Germany. At the age of 19, he moved to the United States to attend Drexel University where he obtained a degree in Finance.


    We talk about

    When should one start to talk about wealth management or tax strategist in the Merger or Acquisition process of their company?

    Are there any rumors of regulation changes that might take place in the next year or so...?

    What are some of the biggest tax issues that founder and early employees at a company face?

    What are some ways that an early employee can sell shares in a private company?

    And much more

    Connect with Marcel Pfister




    • 42 min
    134 Beyond the Beauty Pageant with Wendy Shew

    134 Beyond the Beauty Pageant with Wendy Shew

    134  Beyond the Beauty Pageant with Wendy Shew

    Wendy Shew, Founder of Building Education, experienced early tragedy which became her catalyst for social impact work. She’s served 25 years in community service as a youth advocate, international volunteer, and board member for numerous non-profit organizations.

    Prior to community service work, Wendy attended Southern Illinois University where she studied aeronautical science, aviation management, and learned to fly, logging over 60+ hours in single engine prop planes. She went on to work in international aviation business, managing jet engine consignments while joining Women in Aviation and becoming a board member for Women In Defense, a national security organization affiliated with NDIA. 

    In the same year that her project brought in $5 million for the company, she volunteered at a girl’s orphanage in India which changed the way she saw herself in the world. She realized that if she could bring in $5 million to her then company, she could bring in $5 million anywhere, especially to make a greater global impact. She quit her job 4 months later and left the country to travel the world all across Asia, Europe, and Africa for six years.
    Wendy Shew founded Building Education after volunteering in Nepal for disaster relief during the April 2015 earthquake that damaged over 9,000 schools. Building Education’s mission serves to alleviate extreme poverty by sponsoring education and building schools to spark a legacy of change. Building Education has served to rebuild 3 schools, provide education to 400+ students, build 2 water systems, providing water to over 100+ homes, and launched women empowerment conferences that have provided skills in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and menstruation health.

    Wendy is also an ultramarathon runner, and completed the 58k Cami de Cavalls North island route in Menora, Spain. As an avid runner she has placed 2nd in the Pollenca Half Marathon in Mallorca and 3rd place in the 10k Pokhara Marathon in Nepal. She is a mountain climber who has trekked mountains from the Himalayas to summiting Mount Toubkal, the tallest mountain in North Africa. She was named Top 100 Visionaries in Education in 2021 by GFEL. She is also a fashion enthusiast, model, and the current title holder of The Global Citizen’s Collective, Miss Nepal 2021 vying for the International title of Global Citizen’s Miss 2022. 

    We talk about
    How is scaling a Mountain like scaling a startup?
    What is multidimensional poverty? How does education impact the cycle of poverty?
    How does one go about learning the business culture in another country?
    From winning Miss Nepal, how does building a personal brand help with what you are doing?
    What are some of the hidden benefits of winning a beauty pageant?


    Connect with Wendy Shew



    • 34 min
    133 The Best Communicators Win with Brian Sparkes!

    133 The Best Communicators Win with Brian Sparkes!

    133 The Best Communicators Win with Brian Sparkes!


    Brian Sparkes is an experienced consultant with a demonstrated history of working in higher education, and startup culture. Experienced in high stakes communication, presentation skills, strengthening emotional intelligence in leadership and teams, business development, building business culture, community and social capital.


    We talk about


    How does one emotionally connect with their message?

    How to tailor a presentation with who you are talking to?

    How is it best to tailor the message on each slide of a pitch deck?

    When should one start to practice their communication skill...

    And much more



    Connect with Brian Sparkes



    • 31 min
    132 From For Profit to Non-Profit and everything In-between With Maya Tussing

    132 From For Profit to Non-Profit and everything In-between With Maya Tussing

    Maya Tussing Bio

    Maya is a Partner of Fairlight Advisors which helps nonprofit leaders fulfill their mission with first-class financial and investment solutions honed while working at the most respected institutions in the world. 

    Prior to Fairlight, Maya was the Head of BlackRock’s Institutional Index Allocation Group, where her team managed over $200B across all asset classes, investment styles and vehicles. Over the last 20 years, Maya has held senior risk management roles at firms such as BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors, Visa, and GE Capital. Additionally, she has coached hundreds of men and women at all levels of corporate and non-profit organizations to achieve personal and professional success and satisfaction. Maya is a graduate of Pomona College and holds an MBA in international finance from the University of Washington.


    We talk about


    Has Silicon Valley become risk adverse?

    How does interest rates impact fundraising for companies in Silicon Valley?

    What lessons can founders of for-profit companies take from non-profits and vice-versa?

    What happens when multiple nonprofits collide?


    And much more



    Connect with Maya Tussing




    • 48 min
    131 Technology beyond Government with Dimitri Kusnezov

    131 Technology beyond Government with Dimitri Kusnezov

    131 Technology beyond Government with Dimitri Kusnezov


    Dr. Dmitri Kusnezov received A.B. degrees in Physics and in Pure Mathematics with highest honors from UC Berkeley. Following a year of research at the Institut fur Kernphysik, KFA-Julich, in Germany, he attended Princeton University earning his MS in Physics and Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. At Michigan State University, he conducted postdoctoral research and then became an instructor.

    In 1991, he joined the faculty of Yale University as an assistant professor in physics, becoming an associate professor in 1996. He has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities around the world. Dr. Kusnezov has published over 100 articles and a book.

    He joined federal service at the National Nuclear Security Administration in late 2001 and is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is also a Visiting Researcher at Yale. He currently serves as Deputy Under Secretary for A.I. and Technology. 



    We talk about


    How did culture have to evolve to be conducive for discovery to take place?

    How is technology being utilized in decision making at all levels in the government?

    How does one make complex decisions?

    How can a young company get access to Washington DC resources and connections?

    And much more



    Connect with Dimitri Kusnezov 



    • 51 min
    130 Creating the Microprocessor and beyond with Marcian ”Ted” Hoff

    130 Creating the Microprocessor and beyond with Marcian ”Ted” Hoff

    Marcian Ted Hoff

    130 Creating the Microprocessor and beyond with Marcian "Ted" Hoff



    Dr. Marcian Edward "Ted" Hoff was born in Rochester, New York.  His degrees include a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York,  (1958) and  an MS (1959) and a Ph.D. (1962), both in Electrical Engineering, from Stanford University, Stanford, California.  In the 1959-1960 time frame he and his professor, Bernard Widrow, co-developed the LMS adaptive algorithm which is used in many modern communication systems, e.g. adaptive equalizers and noise-cancelling systems.


    In 1968 he joined Intel Corporation as Manager of Applications Research and in 1969 proposed the architecture for the first monolithic microprocessor or computer central processor on a single chip, the Intel 4004, which was announced in 1971.  He contributed to several other microprocessor designs, and then in 1975 started a group at Intel to develop products for telecommunications.  His group produced the first commercially- available monolithic telephone CODEC, the first commercially-available switched-capacitor filter and one of the earliest digital signal processing chips, the Intel 2920.  He became the first Intel Fellow when the position was created in 1980.


    In 1983 he joined Atari as Vice President of Corporate Research and Development.  In 1984 he left Atari to become an independent consultant.  In 1986 he joined Teklicon, a company specializing in assistance to attorneys dealing with intellectual property litigation, as Chief Technologist, where he remained until he retired in 2007.


    He has been recognized with numerous awards, primarily for his microprocessor contributions.  Those awards include the Kyoto Prize, the Stuart Ballantine Medal and Certificate of Merit from the Franklin Institute, induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, the George R. Stivitz Computer Pioneer Award, the Semiconductor Industry 50th Anniversary Award, the Eduard Rhein Foundation Technology Award, the Ron Brown Innovation Award, the Davies Medal and induction into their Hall of Fame from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.


    He has been recognized with several IEEE awards including the Cledo Brunetti Award (1980), the Centennial Medal (1984), and the James Clerk Maxwell Award (2011).   He was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 1982 "for the conception and development of the microprocessor" and is now a Life Fellow.  He is a named inventor or co-inventor on 17 United States patents and author or co-author of more than 40 technical papers and articles.




    We talk about


    How do you see the value of IP?

    what should investors be thinking when they are studying a company’s IP?  

    What technologies were developed long ago that we are just now starting to see or as a society to adopt?

    What was it like being one the inventors of the microprocessor?

    How did Intel grow after the invention of the 4004

    How have “Innovation” in Silicon Valley Changed over the decades


    And much more...


    Connect with Marcian “Ted” Hoff

    Best to connect through Mike, President of Intel Alumni

    (2) Mike Trainor | LinkedIn


    • 57 min

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