28 episodes

The Tech Optimist podcast focuses on the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation. True to our name, we are passionate about technology and its potential to drive positive change. We explore our lane through interviews with startup founders, VCs, and futurists; discussions of new innovations; and reviews of trends in tech and venture.

The show is produced by Alumni Ventures, which has been recognized as a "Top 20 Venture Firm" by CB Insights ('24) and as the "#1 Most Active Venture Firm in the US" by Pitchbook ('22 & '23). Alumni Ventures is a disruptive startup, founded in 2014 to democratize venture capital, and was built from the ground up to make this asset class more accessible for individual accredited investors. We have raised $1.25B+ from 10K+ individuals, invested in 1,300+ companies, and built a 625K network of supporters. Our community is our secret sauce.

To learn more, visit us at www.av.vc.

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The Tech Optimist podcast focuses on the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation. True to our name, we are passionate about technology and its potential to drive positive change. We explore our lane through interviews with startup founders, VCs, and futurists; discussions of new innovations; and reviews of trends in tech and venture.

The show is produced by Alumni Ventures, which has been recognized as a "Top 20 Venture Firm" by CB Insights ('24) and as the "#1 Most Active Venture Firm in the US" by Pitchbook ('22 & '23). Alumni Ventures is a disruptive startup, founded in 2014 to democratize venture capital, and was built from the ground up to make this asset class more accessible for individual accredited investors. We have raised $1.25B+ from 10K+ individuals, invested in 1,300+ companies, and built a 625K network of supporters. Our community is our secret sauce.

To learn more, visit us at www.av.vc.

    #27 - Life-Changing Brain–Computer Interface Technology

    #27 - Life-Changing Brain–Computer Interface Technology

    Explore the frontiers of medical technology in this episode of the Tech Optimist, as Alumni Ventures' Managing Partner Ludwig Pierre Schulze sits down with Michael Mager, CEO and Co-Founder of Precision Neuroscience. They delve into the revolutionary development of brain-computer interfaces that could dramatically change lives for those with neurological conditions. Michael shares insights into Precision Neuroscience's pioneering technology, which includes a minimally invasive method for integrating advanced computing directly with brain activity. This conversation highlights how their work is pushing the boundaries of medical science and opening new possibilities for restoring function and enhancing life quality for people affected by paralysis, stroke, and other serious conditions. 
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    Alumni Ventures (AV)AV LinkedInAV Healthtech FundTech OptimistPrecision NeuroscienceSpeakers:
    Ludwig Pierre Schulze - Guest Michael Mager - Guest Chapters:
    (00:00) - Intro

    (08:50) - Interview

    (33:45) - Michael's Ask

    (36:38) - Closing
    Legal Disclosure:
    https://av-funds.com/tech-optimist-disclosures

    • 37 min
    #26 - Three Breakthroughs: Chevron and the Startup Space, Bridge Gene Editing Breakthrough, and AI Arms Race

    #26 - Three Breakthroughs: Chevron and the Startup Space, Bridge Gene Editing Breakthrough, and AI Arms Race

    Join the latest episode of the Tech Optimist, 'Three Breakthroughs,' as Mike Collins and Managing Partner Matt Caspari delve into three significant developments reshaping technology and regulation. The session starts with a discussion on the implications of the Chevron ruling and its potential to reduce regulatory hurdles for startups, fostering greater innovation across industries. Next, they explore a groundbreaking gene editing technique called bridge editing, which could revolutionize medical therapies and agricultural practices with its unprecedented precision. The episode concludes with a deep dive into the AI arms race, discussing the competitive push among global tech giants to advance AI technologies, which are rapidly becoming crucial tools in both business and personal contexts. 
    To Learn More:
    Alumni Ventures (AV)AV LinkedInAV Deep Tech FundTech OptimistSpeakers:
    Mike Collins - Host Matt Caspari - Guest Chapters:
    (00:00) - Intro

    (02:06) - Chevron and the Startup Space

    (09:13) - Bridge Gene Editing Breakthrough

    (12:12) - AI Arms Race

    (25:14) - Closing
    Legal Disclosure:
    https://av-funds.com/tech-optimist-disclosures

    • 25 min
    #25 - Squads of AI Agents Acting on Your Behalf

    #25 - Squads of AI Agents Acting on Your Behalf

    Join the Tech Optimist as Mike Collins delves into the cutting-edge world of AI with Ron Bodkin, Founder and CEO of ChainML (builder of Theoriq.AI). Explore how ChainML is revolutionizing the use of AI agents to autonomously perform tasks, potentially transforming how businesses operate and individuals manage daily activities. Ron shares insights on the decentralized approach to AI, which offers a compelling alternative to current models dominated by big tech companies. Tune in to hear how ChainML's innovative strategies are reshaping industries, redefining career paths, and setting the stage for the next wave of AI integration across various sectors.
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    Alumni Ventures (AV)AV LinkedInTech OptimistAV AI FundChain MLTheoriq.AISpeakers:
    Mike Collins - Host Ron Bodkin - GuestChapters:
    (00:00) - Intro

    (01:34) - Interview

    (08:59) - Ron's Ask

    (21:00) - Closing
    Legal Disclosure:
    https://av-funds.com/tech-optimist-disclosures

    • 21 min
    #24 - This Startup Is Making Your Daily Products Safer

    #24 - This Startup Is Making Your Daily Products Safer

    Join Alumni Ventures' Managing Partner Greg Baker on the Tech Optimist podcast as he chats with Charlie Silver, co-founder and CEO of Ruby Bio. Charlie shares how his company is redefining the chemical industry by replacing harmful petrochemicals with more sustainable alternatives. Ruby Bio uses a revolutionary platform to transform sugar into high-performance chemicals used in everyday products like detergents and shampoos. These innovations not only aim to enhance product quality but also significantly reduce environmental impact. Tune in to learn how Ruby Bio is paving the way for a cleaner, safer future, tackling some of the largest markets in the world with their sustainable solutions.
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    Alumni Ventures (AV)AV LinkedInAV Seed FundRuby BioTech OptimistSpeakers:
    Greg Baker - Guest Charlie Silver - GuestChapters:
    (00:00) - Intro

    (01:34) - Interview

    (28:13) - Charlie's Ask

    (30:23) - Closing
    Legal Disclosure:
    https://av-funds.com/tech-optimist-disclosures

    • 30 min
    #23 - Three Breakthroughs: Regulatory Pushback, Glassy Gels, and the Year of the Drone

    #23 - Three Breakthroughs: Regulatory Pushback, Glassy Gels, and the Year of the Drone

    Join Alumni Ventures' Mike Collins and Managing Partner Matt Caspari in this enlightening episode of the Tech Optimist as they delve into three significant breakthroughs. First, explore the recent U.S. appeals court decision that crucially impacts venture capital and private equity by pushing back on regulatory overreach. Next, discover the revolutionary 'glassy gels,' a material innovation that blends the hardness of plastics with the flexibility of gels, promising advances in robotics, healthcare, and sports equipment. Lastly, learn why this year could be labeled the year of the drone, as these versatile machines extend beyond military uses to solve real-world commercial challenges. Tune in to see how these breakthroughs are reshaping industries and potentially transforming our daily lives.
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    Alumni Ventures (AV)AV LinkedInAV US Strategic Tech FundTech OptimistSpeakers:
    Mike Collins - Host Matt Caspari - Guest Chapters:
    (00:00) - Intro

    (02:08) - Regulatory Pushback

    (13:15) - Glassy Gels

    (22:28) - The Year of the Drone

    (28:08) - Closing
    Legal Disclosure:
    https://av-funds.com/tech-optimist-disclosures

    • 28 min
    #22 - Is Your Solar ROI as Bright as Promised?

    #22 - Is Your Solar ROI as Bright as Promised?

    In this episode of the Tech Optimist, join Alumni Ventures' Managing Partner Greg Baker as he explores the transformational impact of Enact Systems with CEO Deep Chakraborty. Learn how Enact is revolutionizing the solar energy sector by automating and simplifying the consumer journey for solar and battery storage projects. The discussion reveals how Enact's innovative platform not only assists providers in efficiently designing and selling solar projects through advanced satellite imagery but also enables homeowners and businesses to precisely track the financial performance of their investments. Tune in to grasp how this forward-thinking SaaS company is catalyzing solar adoption amid the rise of electric vehicles and escalating energy costs, driving forward sustainability and consumer empowerment.
    To Learn More:
    Alumni Ventures (AV)AV LinkedInAV Deep Tech FundEnactTech OptimistSpeakers:
    Greg Baker - Guest Deep Chakraborty - GuestChapters:
    (00:00) - Intro

    (01:34) - Interview

    (22:14) - Deep's Ask

    (25:19) - Closing
    Legal Disclosure:
    https://av-funds.com/tech-optimist-disclosures

    • 25 min

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