Surviving as an artist in SF today is no small feat. Flourishing as an artist and getting quality work that is globally recognized yet another impressive accomplishment. Krystal Lauk has managed to do both, as an illustrator that helps tech companies tell their stories through the power of illustration.
As the founder of her own SF based boutique agency Krystal Lauk Studios she specializes in tech-orientated illustration and visual design, and has worked with a multitude of tech companies including Facebook, Uber, Google, Intercom, and The New York Times. Her work has been recognized by American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, and 3×3 magazine.
Jamie Finn Co-founder and President of Securitize joined us at the recent Start Engine Summit in LA to share his thoughts on digital securities and the mission of Securitize. Jamie has an impressive record of managing and spotting innovative trends in tech. Prior to founding Securitize, he ran innovation and data for numerous large global Telco’s and led the acquisition of several companies for Sequoia Israel.
His track record led him to work with a global advertising mobile network. The nature of the advertising business is such that you are exposed to new businesses coming to market and looking to reach new audiences. He noticed that blockchain was becoming a huge phenomenon and many blockchain companies were looking to reach new audiences through the advertising platform
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Ori Brafman author of The Starfish and the Spider and lecturer at UC Berkeley’s business school. The book has been a big influence on the new wave of blockchain businesses inspired by the unique differentiators a decentralized organizational structure can offer. The name of the Starfish Mission, where we recorded our conversation is even inspired by his book, which is a collaborative workspace for SF based companies in the blockchain space.
When Ori wrote The Starfish and The Spider in 2006, he wrote it as a metaphor for business decentralization, meaning an organization without a top-down structure. If you liken a traditional corporate structure to a spider, if the head is chopped off - the organization like a spider will die. A starfish, however (or decentralized organization) does not die if one of its arms is chopped off, as it has no head and can regenerate, its arm will simply grow back.
On the latest episode of Popping the Bubbl, we had Jeremy Streich, the founder of Podsource on and got all meta talking about podcasting, while on a podcast. Apparently, we also have a fan in Jeremy, who is building out the world’s first search engine for audio, starting with podcasts.
Jeremy’s founding story is quite interesting. Fresh out of college, he knew that he wanted to take the entrepreneurial route and start his own company, but had only inklings of an idea when he took a trip out West to move to the epicenter of tech innovation, San Francisco.
Miko Matsumura - Pete and I had a fascinating conversation with crypto pioneer, founder of EverCoin Exchange and General Partner of Gumi Cryptos, Miko Matsumura with whom we met up at Start Engine Summit.
Since our first time visiting Start Engine Summit event last year, the blockchain market has changed significantly fromfast-movingg ICOs bringing in millions for yet to be built technology platforms to one that is now adhering to a more regulatory value set in the form of STOs (Security Token Offerings).
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Anu Bhardwaj is a serial entrepreneur, blockchain influencer, speaker, and founder of various organizations including Women Investing Women Digital, and Qrypto Queens. We were excited to meet up with Anu while at the amazing StartEngine Summit in Santa Monica, which is a favorite blockchain gathering of ours. She joined us to talk about her passion for blockchain technology and how she came to focus on empowering women to start investing in cryptocurrency.
Anu’s ingenuity and determination paved her path to an extensive, global education with scholarships and grants to live, work and travel abroad, and pursue her master’s degree in communication, culture and technology, an M.B.A at the Stockholm School of Economics and yet another Fulbright scholarship in India. Wow, listen in as we pop the Bubbl with Anu.
Jeremy Gardener is a serial entrepreneur and investor who work and invests primarily in the blockchain cryptocurrency space. Always outside of the box in college, Jeremy created his own major with designs on becoming a political operative. The best-laid plans however rarely survive first contact.
Gardner had his moment when the Mt. Gox story broke after he'd started an organization called the Blockchain Education Network. The network was ready when college students flooded into the marketplace looking to learn more about how blockchain was changing the world.
During our recent visit to Starfish Mission, we spoke to some of the most impressive and innovative blockchain startups coming to market today. One of those was Lumeos.IO whose founder and CEO Ali Ayash gave us the scoop on how the company plans to use its blockchain technology to allow individuals to protect and monetize their own data and earn Lumeos tokens in the process.
This conversation was another enlightening view into the future and infinite possibilities blockchain technology offers. Ali’s mission to empower us to own and monetize our own data has the power to truly revolutionize the way people make passion income. Have a listen here and you can check them out on their site and social channels, Facebook, Twitter and Telegram.
We spent some quality time recently at Starfish Mission, and got to speak to co-founder Matt Quinn and core team member Jon Connors about their work. Starfish originally opened as a coworking space to serve the blockchain community, but it has quickly evolved into an innovation hub for blockchain projects of all kinds.
This was one of the more colorful conversations we’ve had with the juxtaposition of Jon Connors, a proud and self-proclaimed Anarchist (he even has a tattoo!) with the more diplomatic and soft-spoken Matt Quinn. Starfish’s other co-founder Alicia could not join us, but we look forward to bringing her on at a future date.
Paul Hainsworth, CEO of Open Garden joined us on this episode of Popping the Bubbl to talk about his vision to completely change the game in communications by disrupting traditional mobile networks and introduce a new way to connect to the internet using blockchain technology.
Paul’s story is quite fascinating. He worked in the mobile communications world for approximately fifteen years where he honed his product management skills at different traditional mobile operators such as Blackberry and Sprint. During his time at Blackberry, he became unsatisfied with the manner traditional operators conducted business, which sparked a desire to try something different, something that would alter the communications business and completely disrupt the established centralized approach.
Anyone who has been following this podcast knows that Pete and I are fascinated by all things Blockchain, so it was a wonderful treat to chat with Chelsea Rustrum, Founder of Blockchain for Good and Blox 7 and David Sneider, CEO of Deconet on this very topic. Together, they are moving the needle when it comes to evangelizing blockchain technology and paving the way for a more sovereign entrepreneurial system.
We know Chelsea from her work and advocacy with Blockchain for Good, where she has created a community that values the important societal changes blockchain technology can actualize. She met David who is also an entrepreneur, friend, and client at a blockchain event where they started discussing the topic of collaborative ownership and distributed value. Chelsea was immediately swept up by the idea and they decided to come together and collaborate on this project.
Pete and I spent a day at The Vault SF interviewing some of the most promising up and coming startups of Silicon Valley. John Singleton, COO and cofounder of Watchful.io is a charismatic guy that comes across as fearless and fun. He has the entrepreneurial spirit through and through and shared his non linear path from studying biotech at the University of Texas, to founding a Fin-tech startup to moving to India and suffering the blows of startup failure.
If there is one word to describe Maria it would be courageous. After losing her job in Brazil, Maria on a whim decided to move to California to pursue new challenges and start fresh. Yet, as soon as she landed in California she met with tremendous adversity and almost became homeless.
Life took a turn for the better when she got accepted into Singularity University exactly a year ago to participate in the Global Solutions program with a focus on climate change. She credits her approval to participate in this program to Paul Hawken, author and environmentalist who had just published his book called Draw Down.
Brian Solis - The incredibly prolific, talented and sought after futurist and author Brian Solis joined us for a surprising and thought provoking conversation. Brian is a three time author and speaks around the world on topics such as digital transformation, the future of work, and innovation.
Innovation and disruption isn’t only true for companies, as individuals we also have to constantly reinvent ourselves, like Madonna… and like Madonna, Brian is entering a new phase, his Like a Virgin phase.
We sat down for a fun chat with Kris Duggan who is founder the Badgeville, BetterWorks and an investor in many companies. After going through several fund raising rounds and exits with his previous startups and raising almost $100 million in capital from top tier venture firms, Kris has recently embarked on a new journey… to help other founders by sharing his lessons learned and helping to guide new founders in the right direction
Stevon grew up in a rough neighborhood of San Francisco. Kids in his neighborhood dreamed of becoming famous, looking up to sports players and seeing stardom as their only legitimate career option. The other option for making quick money...selling drugs and stealing cars. Given, this, it’s no surprise that most of the kids from Stevon’s neighborhood ended up becoming pimps, drug dealers, and prostitutes. Except that's not what Stevon did...
Fernando Figueiredo, Founder and CEO of Oaktech and member of The Vault, SF who left Brazil to study marketing in America and unexpectedly became an entrepreneur. Fernando’s story is a unique one. Fernando left his native country Brazil in 1996 and came to the US to study marketing. As an international student, he struggled trying to find work and had to settle for a job at the campus’ bookstore. It was around this time that Amazon was just starting to get traction...
When Paul realized that the small business he was working on wasn’t going anywhere, he decided to do something bigger and more important for humanity. He was inspired by Simon Sinek’s TED talk, The Power of Why and he wanted his next venture to be centered around his own Why. Paul had found his "Why", Battling Climate Change.
Marina Bay, from BeFastTV’s helps founders tell their stories in a simple and easy to digest manner and efficiently reach their target audiences. While still residing in Hong Kong, she noticed that startups received little to no media attention, so she founded BeFastTV as video channel dedicated to promoting startups. She describes BeFastTV as the MTV channel for startups. BeFastTV is an integrated content creation and production company with offices based in Hong Kong and San Francisco.
Greg’s entrepreneurial journey began fairly early, when as a second year law student, he started and sold a company which lifted him out of some financial troubles. This success led him to continue on this path, making a small profit with each business he started and sold. All was going well until the company he was building after law school collapsed. His fall back luckily, was to start practicing corporate law for technology and entertainment companies specializing in intellectual property.
Pete and I had the pleasure of chatting with Yumi Alyssa Kimora on our podcast recently. Yumi shared her incredible story, including the the many trials and tribulations she endured as a ambitious young female in the male-dominated corporate world of Japan and her inspiring journey into entrepreneurship in America.
Peter Pakalski's entrepreneurial drive started during his college years, where he and his brother started a paddle-board company selling and renting boards in Wisconsin and California. While in college he participated in an accelerator program where he learned how to build a company from the ground up and applied that learning to start a supplement company and gain more experience in online marketing. He also connected with some angel investors and founded a venture capital group. Pretty impressive!
Kevin Smith describes The Vault as an experiment founded with an original idea to create a better place for startups to grow and accelerate. The space itself is beautifully designed with a sophisticated retro speakeasy feel. You walk downstairs into The Vault and are surrounded by exposed brick and beams in a building that itself goes back before the big SF earthquake of 1906. Now in its 4th year of operation, The Vault has grown into a full stack innovation ecosystem with hundreds of events and thousands of people flowing through its spaces every year. The focus is on helping startups accelerate their growth by creating an intentional space that creates opportunities for collaboration as well as hosting a robust platform of events, workshops, boot camps, founder happy hours, and invite only events for investors.
Lingrove makes wood without trees and that’s a very good thing because 87% of trees are gone forever due to our insatiable appetite for wood and making things like furniture, boats and houses out of old growth wood which is one of the strongest natural materials in market today. Due to that, the black market for illegally poached wood is around $50 million dollars and deforestation is one of the biggest contributors (20%) to CO2 emissions contributing to climate change. Lingrove wants to change that by making a composite material that acts and looks like wood, only better.
Great work Pete A Turner and Sandra Ponce De Leon