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A weekly podcast that looks inside the minds of entrepreneurs and at the crossover of startups, enterprise, finance, technology and life as we know it, hosted by early-stage startup investor Pete Townsend.

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A weekly podcast that looks inside the minds of entrepreneurs and at the crossover of startups, enterprise, finance, technology and life as we know it, hosted by early-stage startup investor Pete Townsend.

    249: Bridging the Gap | Connor Murphy | One Problem, Two Ventures and Bridging Networks

    249: Bridging the Gap | Connor Murphy | One Problem, Two Ventures and Bridging Networks

    This week’s guest is Connor Murphy, the CEO of Bridge. I met Connor at a Techstars event in Dublin in 2019 as he was just getting his latest venture off the ground in Bridge, and I started using the Bridge app within seconds of meeting him to help me bridge my network.

    Connor Murphy is an all-around good guy, and in every conversation I have with with him, I end up connecting way more dots than I ever could have expected.  Connor has a background in computer science, startups, venture capital, and management consulting.  He was previously the Managing Director of the Techstars SAP.iO program in Berlin and he has invested in 30 pre-seed technology ventures that have an enterprise value greater than $1bn. The undercurrent for all of this was Connor’s founding of DataHug back in 2009, a collaborative forecasting and pipeline management solution that he sold to Callidus Cloud (now owned by SAP) back in 2013.  

    In this episode, Connor and I riff on his DataHug founder experience, investing through Techstars and beyond, his journey as CEO of Bridge, and how all of these experiences are linked by the common threads of building relationships, trust as a currency, and kicking your network into hyperdrive.  We also talk through some of his time-tested lessons learned from his time as a startup founder and investor that guide his path and that of the founders he’s invested in as well.

    BOOK REFERENCES:

    ‘The Four Steps to the Epiphany’ by Steve Blank 

    ‘The Mom Test’ by Rob Fitzpatrick

    LINKS:

    Learn more about Bridge and see here for a quick insight on the power of Bridge

    Follow Connor Murphy on LinkedIn, X/(Twitter) and check out his blog

    Episode title inspired by ‘Bridging the Gap’ by Nas

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    248: Venture Investing and Connecting the Dots [Double Episode Replay]

    248: Venture Investing and Connecting the Dots [Double Episode Replay]

    We've remastered and packaged up two of our most popular episodes from 2023 that were originally going to be one episode looking at the venture capital mantra of ‘investing in lines and not dots’.

    Both of these episodes were recorded in March 2023, after my team and I had just completed another 12 investments through Techstars, and I was itching to share some of the lessons learned. 

    Eoin Fitzgerald set the stage for me to do just that, and then we brought Patrick Pinschmidt from Middlegame Ventures onto the show two weeks later to dig deeper into this idea of investing in lines and not dots.

    LINKS:

    Learn more about MiddleGame Ventures on their website

    Follow Patrick Pinschmidt on LinkedIn and Twitter

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    247: Money Talks with Mai Santamaria | Digital Identity, Trust, Risk and Blockchain (or not)

    247: Money Talks with Mai Santamaria | Digital Identity, Trust, Risk and Blockchain (or not)

    Mai Santamaria joins me once again as guest co-host as we riff on the intersection of digital ID, digital wallets, blockchain, CBDCs, and how the political regime under which an individual lives influences your senses of trust and risk. We also blow to bits my expectation that the new EU digital identity wallet will have anything to do with blockchain, contrary to what we’re seeing with digital identity frameworks in Latin America. 

    Mai is one of the most helpful people I know and always has a uniquely incisive insight or two on what’s going on at the crossover of finance and emerging tech.  Mai originally featured on episode 5 of MoneyNeverSleeps back in 2018, she made a cameo on our 200th episode last year, she’s a Techstars mentor, and she recently helped me make sense of the crossover of blockchain and AI in episode 241. Mai is the Head of the Financial Advisory Unit for the Department of Finance in Ireland.

    In this episode, Mai and I riff on the topic of digital identity through the lens of the new European Digital Identity Wallet brought forth by the eIDAS2 legislation, and look at digital identity regimes in Latin America through the latest news on Nubank’s expansion. With the investments I’m making right now in early stage ventures in blockchain, topics like decentralization, over-centralization, and the elements of trust and risk when it comes to how individuals feel about who has access to their data are also a focal point of this chat.


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    246: Evan Miyazono | Atlas Computing | Overcoming AI Risks

    246: Evan Miyazono | Atlas Computing | Overcoming AI Risks

    Evan Miyazono is founder and CEO of
    Atlas Computing, a non-profit formed late last year to help scale human control over risky AI capabilities.  I seem to be falling into a number of serendipitous situations recently where I find myself at the intersection of AI and blockchain. This week’s chat with Evan took place at that same intersection, but more at the conceptual level rather than at the hardcore technical level.

    After finishing a PhD in Applie Physics at Caltech, Evan Miyazono jumped into blockchain with Protocol Labs in 2017 on a mission to build systems that affect real people.  After years as a researcher and then Head of Network Goods, Evan recently launched Atlas Computing with his co-founder with the goal of building an international standards organization of provably safe AI.

    In our chat, Evan and I look at both the intended and unintended consequences of AI, how society’s own actions makes it hard to define good behavior for humans, some of the crossover points between blockchain and AI, and how Evan’s thinking about aligning stakeholders for the funding of Atlas Computing.

    LINKS:

    Learn more about Atlas Computing

    Follow Evan Miyazono on LinkedIn and X(Twitter)  

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    245: Simon Brown from Consensys | Spot Crypto ETFs and Overcentralization

    245: Simon Brown from Consensys | Spot Crypto ETFs and Overcentralization

    Blockchain ecosystem advisor and researcher Simon Brown from Consensys joins me as guest co-host this week. Consensys is a leading blockchain and web3 software company whose products like MetaMask and Infura are well known to the blockchain and crypto community.

    While overjoyed that spot Bitcoin ETFs finally launched, I felt like something was not quite right about it, and I wanted to go deeper. 

    There is an element of over-centralization of crypto happening, and I wanted to get an expert opinion.  Through the latest news on Spot Bitcoin ETFs, the Besu outage in the Ethereum ecosystem not reported by media outlets, the creation of the PBS (or Proposer-Builder Separation) Foundation, and speculation on the next wave of Spot ETFs with ETH, Simon helps me to make sense of over-centralization of crypto and where we might go from here.

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    STORIES WE COVERED:

    Spot Bitcoin ETF

    Gensler sees bitcoin ETF irony in light of Satoshi's mission, says he respects Sen. Warren and the law (The Block, 12-Jan-24)

    BlackRock on pace to become largest bitcoin holder in the world (The Street, 15-Jan-24)



    Ethereum Execution Client Outage (Besu)

    Hyperledger Besu Incident Report (11-Jan-24)

    X/Twitter Scenarios From Hanniabu on Geth Potential Outage (5-Jan-24)

    ClientDiversity.org dashboard of consensus and execution clients 

    Project Sunshine dashboard measuring the health of Ethereum decentralization



    PBS (Proposer-Builder Separation) Foundation

    Buterin, Coinbase and more to fund Ethereum decentralization grants (Blockworks, 21-Dec-23) 

    PBS Foundation Notion site

    PBS Guild Proposal with credit to Simon Brown for his contributions



    LINKS:

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    Learn more about Consensys and follow them on X(Twitter) 

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    • 48 min
    244: Money Talks w/ Alejandro Gutierrez | Spot Bitcoin ETF Approved | Messari’s Crypto Theses 2024 Roundup

    244: Money Talks w/ Alejandro Gutierrez | Spot Bitcoin ETF Approved | Messari’s Crypto Theses 2024 Roundup

    Alejandro Gutierrez and I recorded this episode 10 hours before the SEC finally approved Spot Bitcoin ETFs, so we start with a quick update on what happened over the last few days.  We then get into the meat of this episode, which is a roundup of Messari’s Crypto Theses for 2024. We riffed on our respective Top 5 out of the 100 or so predictions from Messari CEO Ryan Selkis’s 194-page super-insightful read on key trends, people, companies and projects to watch in 2024.


    Alejandro Gutierrez is the CEO of ⁠Defactor Labs⁠, providing all the required technological and financial tools for traditional companies to tap into alternative sources of financing using tokenized Real World Assets as collateral. 


    LINKS:

    Read Messari’s Crypto Theses for 2024

    Follow our guest co-host Alejandro Gutierrez on X(Twitter) and LinkedIn

    Learn more about Defactor Labs and follow them on X(Twitter) 

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