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Long-form TED level conversations with top thinkers, founders and scientists on how advances in biotech & genomics, space travel, IoT, AI and other exponential tech converge to create our collective future and what we can do, from a research and policy perspective to shape the technology, trends and societal norms for a better world.



If in-depth, unscripted conversations with the researchers, startups and future thinkers transforming our future in a Tim Ferriss meets Sam Harris, Kara Swisher, a16z and Joe Rogan Experience type no-holds-barred interview show is your cup of tea you’ve come to the right place. Some episodes feature Intelligence Squared esque lively debates and Planet Money like in-depth discussions on health and intermittent fasting, automation and unemployment, healthcare, the economy, etc... while others would fit right in with a Kevin Rose or Jason Calacanis casual fireside chat.



We cover EVERYTHING, from artificial intelligence, the ethics, economics and leadership of our coming century, futurism, combatting climate change, fixing blockchain and redesigning democracy and politics from the ground up. Longevity, virtual reality, surveillance capitalism and social media... we got it all.



Past guests including Douglas Rushkoff of Team Human, Isaac Arthur of SFiA, Cory Doctorow, Nikola Danaylov of SingularityFM, Fraser Cain of Astronomy Cast, Aubrey de Grey, presidential advisors, top economists, venture capital investors and more...



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Long-form TED level conversations with top thinkers, founders and scientists on how advances in biotech & genomics, space travel, IoT, AI and other exponential tech converge to create our collective future and what we can do, from a research and policy perspective to shape the technology, trends and societal norms for a better world.



If in-depth, unscripted conversations with the researchers, startups and future thinkers transforming our future in a Tim Ferriss meets Sam Harris, Kara Swisher, a16z and Joe Rogan Experience type no-holds-barred interview show is your cup of tea you’ve come to the right place. Some episodes feature Intelligence Squared esque lively debates and Planet Money like in-depth discussions on health and intermittent fasting, automation and unemployment, healthcare, the economy, etc... while others would fit right in with a Kevin Rose or Jason Calacanis casual fireside chat.



We cover EVERYTHING, from artificial intelligence, the ethics, economics and leadership of our coming century, futurism, combatting climate change, fixing blockchain and redesigning democracy and politics from the ground up. Longevity, virtual reality, surveillance capitalism and social media... we got it all.



Past guests including Douglas Rushkoff of Team Human, Isaac Arthur of SFiA, Cory Doctorow, Nikola Danaylov of SingularityFM, Fraser Cain of Astronomy Cast, Aubrey de Grey, presidential advisors, top economists, venture capital investors and more...



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About the host: Matt Ward is a serial entrepreneur, investor, futurist, startup advisor and business consultant whose built and sold 3 companies, created multiple top podcasts and is focused on building a better world through innovation and entrepreneurship.



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    Announcing The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Podcast

    Announcing The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Podcast

    Are you a climate or impact startup looking for funding? Are you an investor looking for interesting world-positive companies to invest in?



    Then let me introduce you to The Startup Tank presented by 4WARD.VC, the ultimate startup investor pitch contest where top climate tech and impact founders pitch to a panel of VCs looking to fund world-positive cleantech, sustainability, health and impact startups looking to move the world forward.



    If you've ever wanted a chance to pitch your company or get in front of VCs and angel investors, now is your time to shine.



    Learn more and apply at thestartuptank.com



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    TODAY'S PRESENTING STARTUPS INCLUDE:







    wiCow: Reducing cow birthing deaths from 6% to 1%.



    Bomway: The Alibaba of sustainable product/supplier sourcing



    DOTS: Soil sensing to stop billions in fertilizer runoff pollution



    Materials Nexus: Harnessing AI to develop sustainable new materials



    Foodsquared: Upcycling food and drink by-products into plant-based proteins



    Voltiris: Transforming greenhouses into renewable solar powerplants





    Investor Panelists:







    Sven Meyer - Investor at 4Impact VC



    Madeline Lawrence - Investor at Peak Capital



    Ricardo Camarinha - Investor at Teal Impact





    About 4WARD.VC's Angel Syndicate:







    4WARD.VC's angel group invests in mission-driven pre seed and seed stage startups moving the world forward by tackling big problems in the areas of commerce/ecommerce, platforms/marketplaces, consumer tech, fintech, cleantech & climate change, B2B/enterprise, hardware-as-a-service and of course software/SaaS.





    For more information on 4WARD.VC and our angel syndicate: 4WARD.VC/syndicate





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    About The Startup Tank:





    YCombinator popularized the demo day. Shark Tank revolutionized the investor pitch. We take the best of both worlds combined with the Covid-fueled remote nature of everything to bring you The Startup Tank Demo Days presented by 4WARD.VC, the startup pitch fest where founders get to pitch to prospective investors, possible cofounders and the tech ecosystem as a whole.







    If you’ve ever wanted a chance to pitch your company or get in front of VCs and angel investors, now is your time to shine.







    About the host:

    Matt Ward is a serial entrepreneur & startup advisor, lead's 4WARD.VC's angel syndicate focused on early-stage climate and impact companies that move the world forward and Venture Partner with Climentu...

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    The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Podcast – Swiss Startup Edition

    The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Podcast – Swiss Startup Edition

    Are you a climate or impact startup looking for funding? Are you an investor looking for interesting world-positive companies to invest in?



    Welcome to The Startup Tank presented by 4WARD.VC 4WARD.VC angel group, a special Swiss-focused startup pitch competition where founders pitch their project to our investor panel including the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC), Sparrow Ventures and Wingman as well as investors and VCs tuning in from across the globe.



    If you've ever wanted a chance to pitch your company or get in front of VCs and angel investors, now is your time to shine.



    Learn more and apply at thestartuptank.com



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    PRESENTING STARTUPS INCLUDE:







    Voltiris: Transforming greenhouses into renewable solar powerplants



    Potiio - Soft drink flavor, 30% less sugar - no artificial flavoring.



    Zario - Free yourself from your phone and get on with your life.



    Raush: Your travel recommendations bookable directly via social media



    Footsnap: Foot scanning to ensure online shoes shopping always fits



    Kapsly: An all-in-one startup services for equity platform



    Blue Salmon: Aquacultured sustainable Swiss salmon





    Investor Panelists:







    Thomas Ackermann - Director of SICTIC



    Antonia Albert - Investor at Wingman Ventures



    Claudius Stammbach - Investor at Sparrow Ventures









    About 4WARD.VC's Angel Syndicate:







    4WARD.VC's angel group invests in mission-driven pre seed and seed stage startups moving the world forward by tackling big problems in the areas of commerce/ecommerce, platforms/marketplaces, consumer tech, fintech, cleantech & climate change, B2B/enterprise, hardware-as-a-service and of course software/SaaS.





    For more information on 4WARD.VC and our angel syndicate: 4WARD.VC/syndicate





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    About The Startup Tank:





    YCombinator popularized the demo day. Shark Tank revolutionized the investor pitch. We take the best of both worlds combined with the Covid-fueled remote nature of everything to bring you The Startup Tank Demo Days presented by 4WARD.VC, the startup pitch fest where founders get to pitch to prospective investors, possible cofounders and the tech ecosystem as a whole.







    If you’ve ever wanted a chance to pitch your company or get in front of VCs and angel investors, now is your time to shine.







    About the host:

    Matt Ward is a serial entrepreneur & startup advisor, lead's 4WARD.

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    REPLAY: Frans von der Dunk – Space Law, Piracy, Profit and Militarization in Age of Star Wars

    REPLAY: Frans von der Dunk – Space Law, Piracy, Profit and Militarization in Age of Star Wars

    Frans von der Dunk is a Professor of Space Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Director of Black Holes Consultancy, and is generally recognized as one of the world’s leading space law experts. Franz has served as an adviser to a number of governments, the European Commission, ESA, the United Nations, the OECD, various national space agencies, the Association of Space Explorers, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, and a number of companies. He is Director Public Relations of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), Member of the Board of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), and Member for the Netherlands in the International Law Association's (ILA) Committee on Space Law. He is also Member of the International Editorial Board of 'Space Policy' and many other long acronyms, incredibly important organizations and initiatives focused on space.

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    In today's episode we discuss:









    * The issue of ownership and sovereignty in space

    * How regulation helps and hurts our the future of space

    * Why current space treaties are anything but adequate for space exploration

    * What you need to know about asteroid mining and space settlements

    * The brewing issues in space which could provoke war

    * Why solving the Kessler crisis NEEDS to be a top priority for space operators

    * Thoughts private enterprises role in space exploration

    * What Frans thinks about Trump's Space Force

    * The realities of extraterrestrial space life and the law

    * What technologies most worry Frans most

    * Why social media and data privacy are such big issues to contend with

    * The scary truth about cyber, and space













































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    REPLAY: Russell Gold – Energy, Infrastructure, Fracking and the Future of Journalism

    REPLAY: Russell Gold – Energy, Infrastructure, Fracking and the Future of Journalism

    Russell Gold (@russellgold) is an author and award-winning investigative journalist and energy reporter at The Wall Street Journal best known for covering the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. They were awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for best business story of the year and were finalists for the Pulitzer. He's the author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World and his new book, Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform Energy tells the story of Michael Skelly, who helped created the wind energy industry in the US in a push for sustainability.

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    In today's episode we discuss:









    * How to speed the transition to renewable energy

    * The pros and cons of fracking and why it has a bad rap

    * Why the energy industry is so fragmented in the US

    * What we need MOST to see renewables replace the grid

    * How batteries are holding back cleantech

    * The pros and cons of monopolies in public infrastructure

    * Why Silicon Valley doesn't invest much in energy

    * How one innovator can change the course of history and energy consumption

    * What we NEED to do to combat climate change

    * Why Andy thinks going public is the way to go

    * Thoughts on Elon, Tesla and the future of transportation

    * What will journalism look like in ten years

    * Are billionaire-owned media corporations a net positive



































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    • 50 min
    REPLAY: Dr James Canton – The 5 Most Impactful Technologies of 21st Century

    REPLAY: Dr James Canton – The 5 Most Impactful Technologies of 21st Century

    Dr. James Canton (@futureguru) is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, author, and visionary business advisor. He is the CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business, the Global Fortune 1000 (like IBM, GE, HP, Boeing, Intel and more) and many governments on future trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change, and globalization. In addition, James is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Research in Innovation at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, on the advisory board of the Corporate Eco Forum and has advised three White House Administrations, the National Science Foundation and MIT’s Media Lab, Europe. Dr. Canton is the author of the following books:



    * The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century (2006)

    * Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends That Will Transform Your World (2015)

    * Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Technology Will Transform Business in the 21st Century (2004)



    And James is no stranger to media. He was named “the Digital Guru” by CNN and “Dr. Future” by Yahoo, is a commentator on CNN and has been featured on/in CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, CEO, CIO and CFO Magazines. And finally, Dr. Canton serves as Co-chairman of the Futures and Forecasting Track at Singularity University.

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    Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube You can listen right here on iTunes In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:



    * How the pace of technology acceleration is accelerating

    * The 5 most impactful areas of tech

    * How government surveillance and privacy as balanced in the future

    * Why James is optimistic about the future

    * The future of work, even including AI

    * How humanity needs to reinvent healthcare

    * What it is like working in a governmental think tank

    * Why quantum computing will change the world

    * How James advises government and corporations about change and the future

    * What James learned working at Apple Computer

    * How systems thinking changes can solve most of the world's problems

    * Why our education system is broken and how to fix it



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    • 58 min
    REPLAY: Geoff Ralston – How YCombinator is Working to Save the US Education System from Collapse

    REPLAY: Geoff Ralston – How YCombinator is Working to Save the US Education System from Collapse

    Geoff Ralston (@gralston) is the founder of Imagine K12, an education-focused vertical within the super successful startup accelerator YCombinator. Collectively, Y Combinator and Imagine K12 have backed over 100 education technology startups. In addition to his work with YC, Geoff's a prolific angel investor, with over 80 portfolio companies and 18 exits to date.



    Prior to joining YC as a Partner, Geoff was the CEO of Lala Media, a music startup which was acquired by Apple for $80M in 2009. He also spent 9 years at Yahoo and was the Former Chief Product Officer a decade before the company became irrelevant.



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    In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:



    * The major problems with America's education system

    * How startups and YC are working to redesign education

    * Is college still necessary?

    * How venture capitalists can make outsized differences in the world

    * Why education and healthcare as so expensive and slow to adapt

    * What angel investors need to know to avoid losing money

    * How Geoff thinks about industries and investment philosophies

    * Why Geoff started an edtech accelerator and merged with YCombinator

    * The reason Geoff is incredibly optimistic about biotech and AI

    * The ethical issues of education and access and how we can fix them

    * Why education NEEDS to be personalized

    * How to hone your craft and becoming worldclass

    * Which industries Geoff is most excited about











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