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In The Exchange with KB, host Kirill Bensonoff continues his series of interviews with today’s top innovators and business leaders to know. Each episode gives listeners quick actionable takeaways from leaders in technology, entrepreneurship, venture capital, trading, real estate, blockchain, investing and more.

The Exchange with KB Kirill Bensonoff

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In The Exchange with KB, host Kirill Bensonoff continues his series of interviews with today’s top innovators and business leaders to know. Each episode gives listeners quick actionable takeaways from leaders in technology, entrepreneurship, venture capital, trading, real estate, blockchain, investing and more.

    Earning Bitcoin With E-Commerce - The Exchange with Alex Adelman

    Earning Bitcoin With E-Commerce - The Exchange with Alex Adelman

    In The Exchange with KB, host Kirill Bensonoff continues his series of interviews with today’s top innovators and business leaders to know. In today’s episode, KB is joined by Alex Adelman, CEO & Co-founder of Lolli which rewards online shoppers with bitcoin.



    Learn more about our guest:

    Alex Adelman is the CEO & Co-founder of Lolli, a rewards application that lets people earn bitcoin when they shop online. Alex has also served as the CEO & Co-founder of Cosmic, the leading e-commerce gateway, which was acquired by PopSugar in ’15 and then by Ebates in ’17. He has also been listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Retail & E-Commerce.


    Visit: www.lolli.com and follow him on Twitter: @alexadelman and @trylolli




    Timestamps:

    00:00 Welcome and introduction
    01:02 About Cosmic
    03:34 Starting in E-commerce
    05:53 Building the Cosmic team
    09:03 Will remote work scale?
    11:50 Dealing with hiring
    14:13 What is Lolli?
    16:57 How Lolli works
    18:01 Creating accessibility
    20:23 Bitcoin pushback
    23:21 Challenges for Lolli
    25:43 Adding other cryptos
    28:14 Merchants and bitcoin volatility
    28:50 Stance on Libra and stablecoins
    31:54 What’s next for Lolli?
    33:55 Conclusion

    • 31 min
    DeFi, Self-Driving Vehicles and Investing -The Exchange with Arianna Simpson

    DeFi, Self-Driving Vehicles and Investing -The Exchange with Arianna Simpson

    In The Exchange with KB, host Kirill Bensonoff continues his series of interviews with today’s top innovators and business leaders to know. In today’s episode, KB is joined by Arianna Simpson, an early-stage investor and founder of Autonomous Partners, a fund that invests in digital assets and blockchain-based companies.


    Learn more about our guest:

    Arianna Simpson is the founder and managing partner of Autonomous Partners, an investment fund focused on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. She is also an active angel investor and venture partner at Crystal Towers Capital, an early-stage VC fund which Arianna and her partner launched in 2015. Prior to Crystal Towers, Arianna spent time working in sales and product roles at Facebook and BitGo, an enterprise security company for bitcoin and other digital currencies.


    Visit: https://www.ariannasimpson.com/ and follow her on Twitter: @AriannaSimpson


    Timestamps:

    00:00 Introduction and welcome
    00:44 Background
    01:49 Getting started in crypto
    03:25 Believing in bitcoin
    05:20 True bitcoin uses
    07:46 Accepted like gold
    09:02 Promising altcoins
    13:36 Investing outside of blockchain
    14:55 Autonomous vehicles
    15:33 Unusual investments
    18:05 Choosing good founders
    20:23 Conquering fear
    21:25 Investing based on gut
    25:02 Advice for young investors
    26:30 Running operations
    28:44 Lightning Round
    29:26 What’s next for Arianna
    30:20 Conclusion

    • 28 min
    Startups, International Real Estate and Propy -The Exchange with Natalia Karayaneva

    Startups, International Real Estate and Propy -The Exchange with Natalia Karayaneva

    In The Exchange with KB, host Kirill Bensonoff continues his series of interviews with today’s top innovators and business leaders to know. In the next immigrants who kick-ass instalment, KB is joined by Natalia Karayaneva, founder and CEO of Propy.


    Learn more about our guest:

    Natalia Karayaneva is the founder and CEO of a proptech company Propy, an advisor to Arrington XRP Capital, and noteworthy Forbes Contributor. Natalia boasts an impressive twelve-year track record in international real estate and real estate development prior to launching Propy, including work in blockchain. Natalia also holds qualifications in software engineering.


    Visit: https://propy.com/ and follow her on Twitter: @NataliePropy


    Timestamps:

    00:00 Introduction and welcome
    00:18 Background
    01:00 Starting Propy
    03:20 Propy and blockchain
    06:33 The potential of real estate
    07:50 International real estate
    08:30 The US vs the world
    12:08 Blockchain in developing countries
    13:37 Local vs international transactions
    15:23 CEO focus
    17:43 Challenges of blockchain
    20:43 Industry resistance
    23:51 Industry costs
    27:10 Startup reception
    28:14 Comparisons to the US
    30:58 What’s next for Propy?
    31:50 Conclusion

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    • 29 min
    Blockchain, Crypto-Backed Loans and BlockFi -The Exchange with Zac Prince

    Blockchain, Crypto-Backed Loans and BlockFi -The Exchange with Zac Prince

    In The Exchange with KB, host Kirill Bensonoff continues his series of interviews with today’s top innovators and business leaders to know. In this latest episode, KB is joined by Zac Prince Founder of BlockFi.


    Learn more about our guest:
    Zac Prince is the founder of BlockFi, which provides access to high-interest crypto accounts and low-cost credit products to clients worldwide. His experience also includes leadership roles at multiple successful tech companies. Prior to starting BlockFi, he led business development teams at Orchard Platform, a broker-dealer and RIA in the online lending sector, and Zibby, an online consumer lender. Zac also holds qualifications from Texas State University and holds a BA in International Business.


    Visit: https://blockfi.com/ and follow him on Twitter: @BlockFiZac


    Timestamps:

    00:00 Introduction and welcome
    00:36 Background
    02:58 Starting BlockFi
    05:13 The BlockFi business model
    06:58 BlockFi cards
    09:16 Crypto-backed loans
    11:00 Bitcoin beyond the hype
    14:00 The challenge in finding VC’s
    16:00 Roadblocks to crypto adoption
    18:14 What is crypto really?
    20:22 BlockFi and stablecoins
    22:00 Tokenizing other assets
    24:00 Globalization of crypto
    27:25 Savings on the blockchain
    28:36 Regulation in flux
    31:05 Sovereign cryptocurrencies
    31:48 Regulatory clarity
    34:27 What’s next for BlockFi?
    35:00 Conclusion

    • 35 min
    Achieving Affordable Healthcare - The Exchange with Nick Soman

    Achieving Affordable Healthcare - The Exchange with Nick Soman

    In The Exchange with KB, host Kirill Bensonoff continues his series of interviews with today’s top innovators and business leaders to know. In this latest episode, KB is joined by Nick Soman, CEO of Decent.


    Learn more about our guest:

    Nick Soman is the founder and CEO, of Decent, a company that is charting a new path forward for affordable health insurance in America. Nick is also a serial entrepreneur who scaled his first company to millions of users and successfully sold it to Napster prior to becoming Growth Lead at Gusto. Along with his vast experience as an entrepreneur, Soman also holds degrees from Harvard Business School and Stanford University.


    Visit: www.decent.com and follow him on Twitter: @decent


    Timestamps:

    00:00 Introduction and welcome
    00:42 Background
    03:30 Founding Decent
    07:28 Healthcare for all
    08:51 Decent in detail
    12:17 Eligibility
    13:25 Delivering lower-priced insurance
    17:27 Decent reception
    20:33 Direct primary care
    23:05 The concierge option versus others
    26:03 The US healthcare system
    28:20 What’s driving healthcare costs?
    34:33 Motivations for healthcare workers
    36:29 Utilizing blockchain
    39:48 Plans for Decent
    41:47 Seeking allies
    42:05 Conclusion

    • 42 min

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