CLAY RISEN (New York Times Op-Ed Editor) and ROBERT HAASTRUP-TIMMI (serial entrepreneur and blockchain expert)
Clay Risen, the deputy op-ed editor at The New York Times, is the author of several popular American histories, including: "A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination", "The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act", and the newly published, "The Crowded Hour: Teddy Roosevelt, the Rough Riders and the Dawn of the American Century".
Clay is also the author of "Single Malt: A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland" (October, 2018), and the spirits bestseller "American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit". Now in its sixth printing with more than 100,000 copies sold, his groundbreaking guide has quickly become the bible on American whiskey and placed Risen at the top of authorities on the history, business, and diversity of U.S. spirits. Risen has given numerous talks, appeared on television, and served as a judge on multiple spirit award committees. Risen has written widely about spirits for newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post.
Clay grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two young children.
Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - award-winning serial entrepreneur and blockchain expert - Robert Haastrup-Timmi!
Robert Haastrup-Timmi is a serial Startup Entrepreneur with several years innovating and founding MVP's in a diversified media & digital asset portfolio.
As an early adopter of 4th IR Technologies, Robert founded Blockchain Company - http://www.blockchaincompany.info in April 2017 as a new ecosystem that aims to help bring blockchain, 4th industrial revolution technologies and cryptocurrencies closer to everyone as a unified media utility platform. The startup has identified up to 30 strong use case applications for roadmap development within its diversified portfolio. Blockchain Company consequently raised 2.5m Euros at a valuation of 25 million Euros, through a top Family Office investor in Spain.
Following his brief work experience as a Prime Broker at Merrill Lynch in London, Robert went on to work as an Equity Compensation Analyst for Macromedia in San Francisco, before the company was acquired by Adobe.
While working at Macromedia through web 1.0, Robert launched Blackworld.com as a media and technology platform aiming to connect the world with Africa. The site has run numerous media campaigns for Fortune 500 Companies and won an MBA proposal competition to help find a solution for the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship program, of US graduating students from Africa in December 2014.
In the same year, Robert's startup PromotedApp won a Top '3' Award out of 113 startups in the EU, competing through a 12 week programme called EMMINVEST. Robert enjoys helping and advising startups wherever he can.