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Mar 15, 2018

In our latest episode of Popping the Bubbl, we sat down with Ming Zhao of Proven Beauty to discuss her personalized skin care line. Proven Beauty is building the Beauty Genome Project using AI and machine learning to comb through millions of product reviews that have been published by consumers on beauty products and their effectiveness. Using AI, Ming and her team are optimizing the existing data that has been published as well as analyzing product ingredients to develop advanced skin profiles that Proven uses to create custom beauty lines that work for different ethnicities, age groups and even geographic locations.

#BUBBL #Proven #Podcast

Mar 7, 2018

Emiliano De Laurantiis, Founder and CEO of Knowledge Avatars joined us in this episode of Popping the Bubbl to share his vision for a new type of learning, one that is personalized to the individual, adaptive, scalable through AI and infinitely more effective because the student becomes an active participant in his or her learning process.

#Podcast #BUBBL #AILearning

Jan 17, 2018

Like something in a movie, Melanie Matheu peered into a microscope and saw the future. A time when lasers print organs. This week Sandra and I feature Prellis Biologics. Our guests are a powerhouse duo, Co-Founders CEO Melanie Matheu, Ph.D. and Noelle Mullin, Ph.D., CSO.

Prellis Biologics is another company from the IndieBio accelerator which is tied to SOSV’s efforts to invest in biotech. By their own estimate, transplantable kidneys (or whichever organ they produce first—for this article we’ll use kidneys) will be available in 5 to 8 years.

#tinydinosaurs #alecbaldwin #podcast #birthdaypodcast #BUBBL #3dPrinting #printingorgans

Jan 11, 2018

Today on Popping the Bubbl, Sandra and I feature Mike Seldon of Finless Foods. Mike and his co-founder Brian Wyrwas have a dream that I think we can all get behind. The business they are building allows them to make fish protein in a warehouse creating “Clean Fish.” Fish without contaminates, meat that looks, smells, tastes, and feels the same as the finest pieces of fish available in stores, markets and restaurants.

Fish and other meat-based proteins are going to be created in warehouses; and it’s an incredibly wonderful thing. It means more controls over how our food is created…fewer pathogens, chemicals and poison. Clean fish means greater access to higher quality fish, less waste, essentially no harm to harvested animals, potentially less pollution…and a lot and lots of quality made accessible to anyone on a budget. That’s a plan we can all get behind.

Jan 5, 2018

On this episode of Popping the Bubbl, Sandra and I host Lou Kerner. Lou a Co-founder at Crypto Oracle. Sandra and I have been examining how innovations like crypto, blockchain and “the Tangle”…

…are disrupting the world. Crypto is changing finance, contracts, funding, data…basically, every industry, service and even possessions are being impacted.

We invited Lou because he’s a recognized leader in the world of crypto-currency. Heck, he’s been called by the Wall Street Journal, Wall Street’s Bitcoin expert. He also made headlines in Nov 2017 when Snap Interactive Appoints Wall Street Crypto Expert Lou Kerner to Blockchain Advisory Board

Dec 21, 2017

Serial entrepreneur Richard Titus is our guest on this episode of Popping the Bubbl. His vision on the market is proven through his multiple success starting companies, FRSA establishes bona fides that are unique in the Silicon Valley.  

Pete and Sandra braved the Parrots of Telegraph Hill to sit and chat with Richard. In a conversation that reached as far back as Adam Smith and Gen WT Sherman's time as a banker, the secrets of crypto currency began to reveal themselves. 

#podcast #podcastThursday #crypto #Bubbl

Nov 30, 2017

Kenyatta Leal was sentenced to life in prison. With no expectation of getting out, he graduated from college, focused his life on being who he wanted to be, and started freeing himself. 

Now he works at He's a paid speaker and he sits on the Board of Directors at The Last Mile. Technology continues to change lives, even ones that seemed lost.  

#podcast #TLM #BubblUP

Nov 2, 2017

Vanessa Camones joined us for a 2nd time to talk about the state of the internet, online advertising and more.

Vanessa is the CEO of AnyContext a boutique digital marketing agency that helps clients with their strategic marketing, content and social needs. Vanessa’s been around the tech block and she joined us this episode to wax poetic about some of the most fascinating events of the year, deliver her predictions for the future and generally rant about the state of technology and our Silicon Valley Bubbl.



Oct 5, 2017

Martha Hernandez is a powerhouse Latina in tech. She is the force behind madeBOS, which is a platform that helps low wage workers break the cycle of poverty by helping them take control of their careers.

Today, Martha is applying that same spirit to supporting people in achieving their dreams. Having worked her way up the corporate ranks from a career in retail that led to sales and eventually recruiting, she realized that if she hadn't had a manager that recognized her natural talents with people and sales abilities, she may never have made the career moves she did. It was this realization, combined with her work in talent management and development that led to the foundation of madeBOS.

Oct 4, 2017

It's been just over a year for Sandra and Pete. The two of them take a moment to celebrate what the show has meant to them...and look forward to the future.  

#podcast #anniversary #podcastfriday

Sep 27, 2017

Seasoned warrior/philosopher/entrepreneur William Mankins is starting a new university.  Bill vision was born on the side of a mountain. As he worked in support of military units, he recognized his unique skill set was impossible to replicate while working on the ground in zones of conflict.

The only way to increase the number of people who could navigate social and cultural pathways, was to pull away from STEM based learning and start developing educated warriors that saw the world in systems.  This approach is the foundation for Mankins Academy, which will be a 4-year degree granting university. Mankins grads will work in support of those seeking to create stability in zones of conflict.  They'll work to reduce western distractors and inhibitors...and they'll tackles cultural challenges with more clarity and reliability than is currently possible. 

Bill's school is currently in a funding cycle as they gear up for 2018.  If you are interested in contributing to their success click here to visit their site, invest and learn more.

Bill is truly changing the world.

Sep 21, 2017

Nick Pashos and William Heim operate bio-tech form Bio-Aesthetics. Their mission is to improve breast reconstruction for cancer survivors by providing replacement nipples from donors.

Currently breast reconstruction focuses on options that are less responsive and pleasing. By using donated nipples, the survivor is able to recover more completely, with greater confidence in their appearance and with a nipple that is fully functional--and genetically their own.

#podcast #bubbl #nipplereplacement #cancersucks


Sep 1, 2017

Fatma Kaplan and her husband/co-Founder are changing the world's need for pesticides. By using the nematode's natural response to pheromones, crop killing bugs haven't got a chance.

Fatma is serving up the science that makes nematodes want to eat.

Aug 18, 2017

Attila Hajdu's company Stelvio Oncology is changing how we approach cancer treatments.  By leveraging machine learning, Stelvio is gaining access to millions of new potential treatment protocols. The volume of potential combinations contained in the Big Pharma mountain of data is such that only computers can solve the problem.

Taking decades of work in the industry, and a number of previous successful ventures, Attila is climbing to a place where cancer is solved with one subcutaneous shot.

Popping the Bubbl hosts Sandra Ponce De Leon and Pete A Turner sit with Attila on this episode and get inside the world of cancer treatment.

Jul 5, 2017

Mark Anderson is the CEO of Speak Music. a company that features a voice search activated music assistant.  The product Melody is designed to keep us mobile, free and surrounded by the Music we love. 

Mark sits with Pete A turner and Sandra Ponce De Leon and discusses how the music consumption world just got a lot more personal. 

Jun 13, 2017

Vanessa Camones, CEO of AnyContext,, #LatinaGeek and boss lady extraordinaire joined us on the latest episode of Popping the Bubbl.

She realized early on a passion for writing and telling people’s stories during her college years where scored an amazing internship that got her high visibility experience with media channels like Telemundo and a number of  high profile tech PR agency (Cunningham Communications) that gave her the opportunity to with Pixar, even sitting in on meeting with the Steve Jobs when he was Pixar CEO. As one of the 1st students to participate in this program, it really catapulted her into the place she is today, developing a strong consumer internet focus and participating in early online channels such as podcasting, blogging and social, which at the time were the early intersections to the online age we are in today. Beyond that, it is clear that at an early age Vanessa demonstrated an ambitious desire to learn and grow. It is kind of amazing to think back to being a recent graduate and how those early decisions can impact your future and life.


Jun 8, 2017

The Quallcomm XPrize Tricorder challenge has given humanity a powerful tool to improve a patients ability to diagnose their medical condition.  Inspired by the tricorder from Star Trek, the ultimate winner of the challenge was a machine called DxtER from the New Frontiers Medical Devices group.

The competition's advisor is Dr. Erik Viirre. Doctor Viirre is a MD PhD who specializes in neuro science, surgery and cognitive studies. His blend of medicine, and experience in the start-up world makes him the right mentor to over see the technical aspects of the competing tricorders.

The challenge was sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation who is lead by Paul Jacobs. Their mission, among other things, is to provide health regardless of where a person lives. The combination of communication, portability and access make the tricorder a perfect answer to the foundation's goals.

Give Guest host Jon Leon Guerrero, of the Break It Down Show and Pete A Turner a listen as they pop into the XPRIZE world with Dr. Viirre.

May 11, 2017

Basil Leaf Technologies founded by Dr. Basil Harris and his brother George won the top QUALCOMM Tricorder XPrize Competition. Dr. Harris and his team built a functioning tricorder, YES! like the one from Star Trek this one tests for 34 different medical criteria. The information Dr. Harris sought was created through his own desires for knowledge as an ER doctor. The Tricorder is real!  We're excited to share the story of Dexter (the tricorders name).


Apr 25, 2017

We recently had a conversation with John Coulson founder of SIDOG / Seti entertainment who is developing technology that would allow for truly immersive virtual experiences that enable a live, real-time social interaction while in a virtual setting. What that means, is that anyone with the technology could insert themselves into live events and places that enable them to interact with the actual experience.

Imagine being able to swing at a pitch from your favorite baseball pitcher or playing in a concert with your favorite rock band, going on virtual dates with someone in another country, the possibilities for how to extend the experience are endless.

Apr 7, 2017

SenSay leverages bots to find humans that need to interact with one another.  Need a recommendation on where to go in New Orleans? Do you have a deep knowledge of Opera that you'd like to share with people longing to appreciate the art form?  

SenSay will find the people that have the questions...OR the answers.  Check out Sandra Ponce De Leon and Pete A Turner as they look inside the SenSay Bubbl with co-founders Ariel Jalali and Crystal Rose.  

Apr 1, 2017

Jonathan Kim has a fascinating background intersecting various business verticals such as AI, Venture Capital and mobile with an impressive career holding down executive positions at Samsung, JPL, Crosslink Capital and Qualcomm.

During his time at JPL, Jonathan saw an opportunity for AI and in an early learning environment. He realized that even though the tools we are using today in the classroom have changed, the fundamentals behind how we teach kids haven’t. According to Jonathan, we are living in a post AI world and he wanted to build something that would help both parents as well as kids.  He asked himself 2 main questions: What are we teaching kids today and how do we teach them?  While much of the focus of AI today revolves around the frightening prospect of computers taking our jobs and being something to fear, he wanted to make sure AI is leveraged as tech tool that can better help parents become involved in their child's’ education.


Mar 16, 2017

It was wonderful to sit down recently with Lala Castro of Latina Geeks whose own story of triumph over hardship and of pushing through stereotypes serves as an inspiration to us all. LatinaGeeks is a media company Lala started with partner Tanya Salcido with a focus of inspiring and empowering more Latina women to be involved in the tech industry and to embrace their inner geek.

Mar 1, 2017

Jim Burke is the co-found of PopUpsters a company created to improve the interaction between event organizers and artisans, brands, non-profits, pretty much anyone seeking to get infant of their customer base and interact offline. 

Pete A Turner and Sandra Ponce De Leon sit down with Jim discuss his company and what it's like to trust your co-founders in an emerging company. 



Feb 7, 2017

We recently interviewed Steve Ardire, Merchant of Light and AI guru. Steve has been an advisor to over 40 startups in the last 20 years. In recent years, he has focused his efforts on the AI space having positioned himself for the coming wave. True to form, AI or artificial intelligence has become a sizzling red hot industry.

We started by establishing a baseline definition for artificial intelligence which is a broad term that has actually been around 40 plus years. Modern AI now uses more sophisticated techniques such as applying deep learning to data, images, or video and leveraging algorithms to discover the who, what, how and why - which is the hardest question a machine can answer.


Dec 9, 2016

The title search marketplace has changed. Nobody picks titles as a place to innovate, but that’s the point. Don saw an industry comfortable and complacent; he stalked opportunity and struck. Within weeks NextAce went from a bar napkin to a working model backed by investors. Now as Next Ace sits in the driver’s seat, Don is looking to push the market to be faster, more ubiquitous with more value. In the brilliant idea Hall of Fame, Don sits by Fred Smith among the guys who went to a bar for drinks and came out with an idea of a lifetime.

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