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Startups for Good is a podcast exploring high-growth, high-values ventures. Join us to hear how startups can be a force for good. Guests include founders of mission-driven companies, creators of startup nonprofits, and their investors/donors plus other inspiring thinkers and doers. Your host is founder turned investor Miles Lasater.

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Startups for Good is a podcast exploring high-growth, high-values ventures. Join us to hear how startups can be a force for good. Guests include founders of mission-driven companies, creators of startup nonprofits, and their investors/donors plus other inspiring thinkers and doers. Your host is founder turned investor Miles Lasater.

    Slava Solonitsyn, CEO & Co-Founder of Mighty Buildings

    Slava Solonitsyn, CEO & Co-Founder of Mighty Buildings

    Slava Solonitsyn is an accomplished investor, entrepreneur, inventor, co-founder, and CEO of Mighty Buildings, a construction technology company creating beautiful, affordable, and sustainable homes using 3D-printing, advanced materials, and robotic automation. Mighty Buildings is based in Oakland, CA and is backed by several notable International and Silicon Valley tech investors, including Khosla Ventures, Zeno Ventures, and Y Combinator.
    Mighty Buildings has a near-zero waste production process, preventing 1,100 - 2,000 kg of CO2 emission per 3D-printed home. We are committed to achieving Net-Zero by 2028 - making our company 22 years ahead of the construction industry.
    Not only are we certified under California's Factory Built Housing program to build units using 3D-printing, but we are also the first company to achieve certification under the UL 3401 standard for evaluating building structures and assemblies.
    “Tolerance to risk in Silicon Valley is absolutely one of the key advantages”
    - Slava Solonitsyn


    Today on Startups for Good we cover:
    New innovations in 3D printing homes
    How to select the first market to enter with an new invention
    Managing former founders differently than start up employees
    The difference between the Silicon Valley ecosystem and other ecosystems
    Cultivating innovation is a regulated industry
    How to level up as a founder
    Admitting you’re wrong
    Lean culture
    Discussing mission internally
    Building partnerships


    The books that were discussed on today’s episode were:


    https://www.amazon.com/No-Rules-Netflix-Culture-Reinvention/dp/B0845Z14DX/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1USR7EG99V5RLanddchild=1andkeywords=no+rules+rules+netflix+and+the+culture+of+reinventionandqid=1631137527andsprefix=no+rules+rule,aps,229andsr=8-1 (No Rules Rule) by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer
    https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Candor-Hardcover-1st-Scott/dp/B08QMJ39MX/ref=sr_1_4?crid=YBQ9UP580DMDanddchild=1andkeywords=radical+candor+by+kim+scottandqid=1631137624andsprefix=radical+can,aps,233andsr=8-4 (Radical Candor) by Kim Scott
    Books byhttps://www.jimcollins.com/ ( Jim Collins)
    Connect with Slava at https://mightybuildings.com/ (mightybuildings.com)


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    Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of Startups For Good with your host, Miles Lasater. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on your favorite podcast listening app.
    Don’t forget to visit ourhttp://startupsforgood.com/ ( website), connect with Miles onhttps://twitter.com/Startups4Good ( Twitter) or https://www.linkedin.com/in/mileslasater/ ( LinkedIn), and share your favorite episodes across social media. For more information abouthttps://www.startupsforgood.com/giving-circle/ ( The Giving Circle)

    • 51 min
    Anna de Paula Hanika, CEO and Founder Uno Health

    Anna de Paula Hanika, CEO and Founder Uno Health

    Anna de Paula Hanika is the Co-Founder and CEO of Uno Health. Uno Health unlocks financial equity for low-income seniors so millions can afford better health. Uno enrolls and re-certifies the Medicare members in all state and federal programs they are eligible for - putting thousands of dollars in their pockets and creating direct revenue and savings for their insurance company. Anna has raised a successful seed round from Floodgate and Cowboy Ventures. She also worked in product and operations and product and marketing at places like Google, Clover, mHealth, and Sum. She has also been a fellow at HITLAB Healthcare Innovation Lab. Bachelors from University of Oxford in Psychology and Neuroscience.
    On knowing when to expand your team - “So it’s a combination of, data driven, but also a good amount of gut that gets you to identify when you need to actually hire someone and give your hat to them.” - Anna de Paula Hanika


    Today on Startups for Good we cover:
    Helping consumers on the enrollment side
    How company ideas evolve throughout the startup process
    Differing CEO roles for product based business vs service based
    Knowing when to expand your team
    Testing your hypothesis
    How to create a good relationship with your co-founder
    Vulnerabilities
    Some of the books that Anna discussed were:
    https://www.amazon.com/VOSS-Never-Split-Difference-%E3%80%902018%E3%80%91/dp/B07HD58PJQ/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?dchild=1andkeywords=Best+Seller+Never+Split+the+Difference:+Negotiating+as+if+Your+Life+Depended+on+It+Never+Split+the+Difference:+Negotiating+as+if+Your+Life+Depended+on+Itandqid=1630532675andsr=8-1-fkmr0 (Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss)
    https://www.amazon.com/Team-of-Teams-audiobook/dp/B00UVW4RV0/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1andkeywords=Team+of+teamsandqid=1630532717andsr=8-1 (Team of Teams) by Gen. Stanley McChrystal
    https://www.amazon.com/Getting-More-Stuart-Diamond-audiobook/dp/B004HFPET6/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1andkeywords=getting+moreandqid=1630532761ands=audibleandsr=1-1 (Getting More) by Stuart Diamond
    And Chris Voss does have ahttps://www.masterclass.com/classes/chris-voss-teaches-the-art-of-negotiation ( Masterclass)
    Connect with Anna:https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-de-paula-hanika-15550922/,%20https://twitter.com/annadph, ( LinkedIN) and on thehttps://www.unohealth.com/ ( UnoHealth Website)


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    Don’t forget to visit ourhttp://startupsforgood.com/ ( website) startupsforgood.com/, connect with Miles onhttps://twitter.com/Startups4Good ( Twitter) https://twitter.com/Startups4Good or https://www.linkedin.com/in/mileslasater/ ( LinkedIn) https://www.linkedin.com/in/mileslasater/, and share your favorite episodes across social media. For more information abouthttps://www.startupsforgood.com/giving-circle/ ( The Giving Circle) https://www.startupsforgood.com/giving-circle/

    • 44 min
    Summer Break Message 2021

    Summer Break Message 2021

    We are taking a short break here at Startups For Good. Miles will return in September with new guests to inspire. In the meantime please revisit some of our earlier guests that you may have missed and check out our website and other links found below for more information. Thank you for listening.
    Subscribe, Rate and Share Your Favorite Episodes!
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    Don’t forget to visit ourhttp://startupsforgood.com/ ( website), connect with Miles onhttps://twitter.com/Startups4Good ( Twitter) or https://www.linkedin.com/in/mileslasater/ ( LinkedIn), and share your favorite episodes across social media. For more information abouthttps://www.startupsforgood.com/giving-circle/ ( The Giving Circle)

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    Atif Javed, Executive Director of Tarjimly

    Atif Javed, Executive Director of Tarjimly

    Atif is the Executive Director of Tarjimly, a tech nonprofit with the mission of eliminating language barriers for refugees. He served as an interpreter for his own refugee and immigrant family and graduated from MIT during the height of the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2017, his team joined Y Combinator and launched Tarjimly, an app that enables bilinguals to volunteer as translators for refugees and NGOs which has helped 25,000 people overcome language barriers globally. He was awarded Forbes 30 Under 30, Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 Under 40, the Echoing Green Fellowship, and MIT Martin Luther King Service Award.
    Atif joins me today to enlighten us on the refugee crisis around the world and what his company Tarjimly can do about it with the help of micro volunteers. We discuss how web based translators are sometimes unsuccessful in certain scenarios. Atif talked about revenue as well as B2B and B2C models. He also shares the reasons why they chose to build their non-profit like a for profit tech start up.
    “As populations grow around the world, I think the United Nations expect us to break 100 million displaced people around the world quite soon. So it's a sad reality, but there's a lot of things we can do to help.” - Atif Javed


    Today on Startups for Good we cover:


    -How volunteers can help from across the world
    -How quickly volunteers are matched and offer assistance
    -Maintaining quality given the variety and scale of Tarjimly
    -Selecting the non-profit structure
    -Vanity metrics vs. metrics that matter


    Connect with Atif on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/atifmjaved/


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    Don’t forget to visit ourhttp://startupsforgood.com/ ( website) startupsforgood.com/, connect with Miles onhttps://twitter.com/Startups4Good ( Twitter) https://twitter.com/Startups4Good or https://www.linkedin.com/in/mileslasater/ ( LinkedIn) https://www.linkedin.com/in/mileslasater/, and share your favorite episodes across social media. For more information abouthttps://www.startupsforgood.com/giving-circle/ ( The Giving Circle) https://www.startupsforgood.com/giving-circle/

    • 48 min
    Victor Hwang, Founder & CEO of Right to Start

    Victor Hwang, Founder & CEO of Right to Start

    Victor is an economic growth expert. His ideas have shaped the economic lives of millions of people worldwide. His work has helped over 300 communities, cities, states, companies, and even entire countries in creating greater economic prosperity.
    His economic development clients have included the World Bank, Ford Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has also worked with corporate clients seeking to grow entrepreneurial innovation, including Accenture, IBM, and Microsoft.
    He is founder and CEO of Victor and Company, an economic growth consultancy.
    He is founder and CEO of Right to Start, a campaign fighting to rebuild the economy by making entrepreneurial opportunities available to all.
    Previously, he was Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, the world’s leading philanthropy supporting entrepreneurs with an endowment of $2 billion. At Kauffman, he led initiatives that impacted over 200,000 entrepreneurs, including efforts in catalyzing capital formation, transforming economic development practices, launching a national policy roadmap, and breaking barriers for underserved entrepreneurs.
    Victor has created two leading conferences on unleashing innovation and entrepreneurship: Global Innovation Summit and ESHIP Summit. The Global Innovation Summit became Silicon Valley’s leading conference on building innovative economies, with over 1,000 delegates from 50 nations. The ESHIP Summit, during Victor’s term at the Kauffman Foundation, became the nation’s leading conference on building entrepreneurial communities, with over 1,200 attendees from all 50 states and over 100 mayors and key staff.
    Victor was co-founder and CEO of the startup Liquidity, a Silicon Valley venture-backed firm making safe drinking water filtration based on nanotech manufacturing. He led the company through product launch, early revenues, and winning the TechCrunch Disrupt startup competition.
    He was CEO and co-founder of T2 Venture Creation, a venture firm that built startup companies and designed ecosystems that fostered entrepreneurial innovation in dozens of countries and cities.
    He was President and Chief Operating Officer of Larta Institute, an organization commercializing technology from key government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
    He was chief strategy officer of Veatros, a video startup where he led the company’s acquisition by a public company.
    Victor practiced corporate and technology law with the firms of Mayer, Brown and Platt and Irell and Manella.
    He has been a contributing columnist to Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and Entrepreneur, and his opinions have been cited in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
    National Public Radio named his graduation address to Austin Community College one of “the best commencement speeches ever.”
    Victor pioneered the use of the metaphor “rainforest” in a business context. He applied it to show how communities can replicate the historical innovation dynamics of Silicon Valley. His co-authored book, The Rainforest, was awarded Book of the Year, Gold Medal, by ForeWord Reviews for “a big idea that defines a way of thinking.”
    Victor received his bachelor's degree (with honors) from Harvard University, where he studied Government, plus additional studies in Computer Science. He received his law degree from the University of Chicago.


    Victor joins me today to share the differences and benefits of high tech startups and small businesses. We discuss the importance of company culture and how to foster the values of the corporation with the employees. Victor tells us about the aspects that make one economic ecosystem better than another. We talk about the cache of being an angel investor and if that expands b

    • 43 min
    Danielle Pensack, CEO and Co-founder of Rightfoot

    Danielle Pensack, CEO and Co-founder of Rightfoot

    Dani Pensack is the CEO and Co-founder of Rightfoot. With over a decade of experience working in the financial technology space, she started her career leading API strategy for IBM's banking clients. At Stanford's MBA program, she and her co-founders dug deep into the problem of student debt, collaborating with professors and classmates. Rightfoot's leadership team have all taken on student loans and understand the real challenges it presents for millions of Americans. The team started Rightfoot to break apart the American debt crisis, starting with student debt.
    Dani joins me today to explain why there is so much student debt and how her company, Rightfoot, is attempting to help college graduates pay it off. She enlightens us with the demographics of the average student debt holder. Dani tells us about her three types of customers and their specific needs. She shares with us her founder story and what she values in her co-founders.


    “Find co founders who you trust, respect, believe in, and who will challenge
    you to be the best leader possible.” - Danielle Pensack


    Today on Startups for Good we cover:


    -Changing product focus midstream
    -Building trust with competitors to parlay them into customers
    -The benefits and values of being a mission driven company
    -Lean Startup methodology
    -How specificity can generate more generosity
    -Selling to developers vs. selling to human resources
    -The importance of transparent pricing


    The book that Danielle mentioned:


    The One Minute Manager, Ken Blanchard - https://www.amazon.com/New-One-Minute-Manager-Manager-updated/dp/8172234996/ref=sr_1_3?crid=14LKGFMICEV5Kanddchild=1andkeywords=the+one+minute+managerandqid=1626279729andsprefix=the+one+minute+manager%2Caps%2C237andsr=8-3


    Connect with Dani at danielle@rightfoot.com, find more information about Rightfoot athttp://www.rightfoot.com/ ( www.rightfoot.com) and contact them at info@rightfoot.com.


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    Don’t forget to visit ourhttp://startupsforgood.com/ ( website) http://startupsforgood.com/, connect with Miles onhttps://twitter.com/Startups4Good ( Twitter) https://twitter.com/Startups4Good (https://twitter.com/Startups4Good) or https://www.linkedin.com/in/mileslasater/ ( LinkedIn) https://www.linkedin.com/in/mileslasater/, and share your favorite episodes across social media. For more information abouthttps://www.startupsforgood.com/giving-circle/ ( The Giving Circle) https://www.startupsforgood.com/giving-circle/.Sh

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randal_man ,

Love the anti-orthodoxy!

Mr. Lasater brings a wide-open curiosity to his interviews, and invites his guests to take contrary positions -- and defend them without judgment. He asks great questions, and typically gets great answers. Also: he provides transcripts on the podcast site, which is great for that time when you want to find that killer insight. Thank you!

----Jeremy---- ,

Unique and insightful

This is one of the best sources of thought and history on civically-minded and non-profit start-ups. It is accessible for less-knowledgeable people (like me) but also has a lot of content that experienced veterans would benefit from. I highly recommend it.

CarolineTSmith ,

Thoughtful approach!

Appreciate the thoughtful, heart-driven conversations. Bravo Miles!

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