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Season 3 Ep. 3: Leveraging VR for Product Design and Marketing with Tony Parisi of Unity Technologies

4/19/2018
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Tony joins us to discuss Unity’s storied background in extended reality and how the company is expanding beyond gaming to support product design, medical and data visualization and non-gaming entertainment applications. He shares his interest in AR and VR that touches the consumer, the factors that have made immersive marketing scalable, and how Unity is working with brands to explore possibilities in the space. Listen in as Tony speaks to Unity’s potential collaborations with developers...

Duration:00:24:49

Season 3 Ep. 2: Building the Future with Venture Capital with Kira Noodleman of Bee Partners

4/12/2018
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What gets Kira Noodleman excited about her job as an investor with VC firm Bee Partners? The opportunity to paint a picture of what the future looks like—and then back it up with money and resources for startups in the early stages.

Duration:00:28:28

Season 3 Ep. 1: Returning the Power of the Internet to Its Users—Via Cryptocurrency with a16z VC Chris Dixon

4/5/2018
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Chris joins us today to discuss the megatrends in technology of the last 15 and next 15 years, explaining how the current controversy around cryptocurrency stems from a dramatic misunderstanding of the space. He shares his insight on how blockchain technology has evolved and the ongoing work involving data ownership. Listen in for Chris’ profound take on our transition from the physical to the digital world and learn why cryptocurrency is a political movement intent on shifting the power...

Duration:00:39:52

Season 2 Ep. 29: Earning Cryptocurrency Through a Microtask Marketplace with Simon Yu of StormX

3/29/2018
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Simon sits down with us today to tell his story, explaining his path from Food Truck to crypto startup. He walks us through the intense process of a crowd sale, discussing the long hours he spent in preparation and offering his advice for entrepreneurs considering an ICO. Listen in for Simon’s insight around the shift in his business now that cryptocurrency has become mainstream and how Storm Play helps individuals enter the space without risking their own money to buy tokens through an...

Duration:00:25:40

Season 2 Ep. 28: Entrepreneurs in Space with Max Haot of Launcher

3/22/2018
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Max is joining us today to share the inspiration behind Launcher, discussing how SpaceX shifted the perception that only governments could achieve orbital flight. He walks us through the timeline of space technology to date and explains how the miniaturization of satellites, growing connectivity and decrease in the cost of launch is further opening space to entrepreneurs. We talk about the feasibility of Earth-escape technology, and Max shares his take on humanity’s need to become...

Duration:00:19:13

Season 2 Ep. 27: Investing Nerdy and Early in Smart Hardware with VC Sunil Nagaraj of Ubiquity Ventures

3/15/2018
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Sunil sits down with us today to share his background as an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He explains the idea behind his startup, Triangulate, discussing the challenges he faced in A/B testing and why he ultimately decided to shut the company down. We discuss the benefits of smart hardware and its ability to ‘increase the velocity of the scientific method.’ Listen in for Sunil’s insight on understanding the world through the lens of a coder and his meaningful definition of success.

Duration:00:24:01

Season 2 Ep. 26: The Basics of Bitcoin Mining with Chris Shepherd of HashRabbit

3/8/2018
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Today Chris joins us to share his journey into the world of cryptocurrency. He walks us through the basics of Bitcoin mining, explaining how the computers involved process transactions—without bias. Chris offers his insight around the biggest opportunity in mining today, and we look at the longevity of the blockchain.

Duration:00:24:23

Season 2 Ep. 25: Leveraging VR to Make Ads an Experience with Ara Parikh and Michael Rucker of OmniVirt

3/1/2018
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Ara and Michael join us today to explain how OmniVirt helps brands and publishers distribute and monetize immersive media experiences. We discuss the OmniVirt’s competitive advantage, exploring the reasons why publishers are increasingly investing in their own sites. Ara and Michael share their first VR experiences and explore the significance of creating compelling VR content. Listen in to understand the top use cases for VR in advertising and learn the value in making ads an experience.

Duration:00:26:30

Season 2 Ep. 24: Design Thinking for the Blockchain with Dan Elitzer of IDEO CoLab

2/22/2018
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Today Dan joins us to share how IDEO came to explore emerging technology in the blockchain space. We discuss his introduction to cryptocurrency as well as IDEO CoLab’s current projects. Listen in for Dan’s advice around the application of design thinking to blockchain technology and his definition of success in his role at IDEO.

Duration:00:24:28

Season 2, Ep. 23: The Drone Market, Future Thinking, and Candy for Fat Kids with Jonathan Nutzati of Mothership

2/15/2018
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Today Jonathan joins us to explain what sets Mothership apart from other drone technologies. We discuss the lessons Jonathan has learned as an entrepreneur and the challenges around communicating with investors when your market size is somewhat intangible. Listen in for Jonathan’s insight around the evolution of the drone market and the value of future-thinking.

Duration:00:24:08

Season 2 Ep. 22: VR Voice Interaction and Developer Advocacy with Michael Ludden of IBM Watson

2/8/2018
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Today Michael joins us to share IBM Watson’s utility as an AI platform, explaining how its VR Speech Sandbox provides a toolkit for developers to build products that incorporate Watson’s services. We discuss the best methods to incentivize developers, and Michael offers insight around converting developers into advocates. Listen in to understand how IBM Watson plays into the rise of digital assistants like Alexa and Siri, and learn how you might use its services to build your own custom VR...

Duration:00:25:02

The Evolution of the Crypto Ecosystem with Sebastian Serrano of Ripio Credit Network

2/1/2018
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Today Sebastian joins us to share his journey down the crypto rabbit hole, explaining how his background in programming and computer science led to an interest in the space. We discuss the evolution of the ecosystem from 2012 to 2018, and Sebastian offers insight on the legitimization of Bitcoin via government regulation. Listen in and learn Sebastian’s take on current needs in the cryptocurrency space and how RCN built a community through its token sale.

Duration:00:26:17

Season 2, Ep. 20: Design Tools, Standalone Headsets and the Future of VR with Peter Le Bek of Sketchbox

1/25/2018
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Today Peter joins us to share his initial skepticism toward VR, explaining how live motion controllers made him a believer. He offers his best advice for VR designers and shares some of his favorite experiences. We discuss the value in finding a co-founder with a complementary personality and what sets Sketchbox apart from competing design tools. Listen in and learn why Peter believes that standalone headsets will eliminate the barriers to entry and usher in a new era inVR.

Duration:00:17:55

Season 2, Ep. 19: Distributed Teams, Crypto Product Design and Bad Decisions with MyEtherWallet Founder Taylor Monahan

1/18/2018
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Today Taylor shares how she fell into the crypto rabbit hole and the experience that inspired MyEtherWallet. We discuss ICOs, the potential for bad decisions in the emerging crypto tech space, and the value of struggle—for individuals and companies. Listen in for Taylor͛s insight around managing a remote team and keeping your team happy when money doesn't matter!

Duration:00:40:37

{Rebroadcast} Season 1, Ep. 19: Kathleen Breitman, Co-Founder of Tezos

1/11/2018
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{Rebroadcast} Season 1, Ep. 19: Kathleen Breitman, Co-Founder of Tezos The people have spoken and they want more crypto! The rise of the prices in the industry have led us to interview someone who has an upcoming ICO, Kathleen Breitman with Tezos. We challenge other currencies and discuss governance structures.

Duration:00:24:07

{Rebroadcast} Season 1, Ep. 1: Investing in Early-Stage Frontier Technologies with Greg Castle of Anorak Ventures

1/4/2018
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{Rebroadcast of our very first episode with Greg Castle from July 22, 2016} Bay Area VC Greg Castle is the managing partner of Anorak Ventures. An early-stage investor in frontier technologies, Greg was a seed investor in Oculus, and that experience afforded him a deep knowledge and a strong network in the VR space.

Duration:00:20:20

Season 2, Ep. 18: 3D Data Analytics for Virtual Reality with ObserVR CEO, Lucas Toohey

12/28/2017
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Lucas Toohey is the CEO of ObserVR, an analytics platform for virtual reality that tracks user actions throughout their experience to identify patterns over time, giving developers data-driven insights around user engagement with their VR products. Lucas founded the company with fellow California Polytechnic students Jacob Copus and Justin Cellona, and together they are intent on helping to define the standards and benchmarks for VR as the technology gains traction.

Duration:00:19:31

Season 2, Ep. 17: Venture Capital in the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem with Bart Stephens of Blockchain Capital

12/21/2017
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Bart Stephens has always been on the cutting edge of new technologies. He began his career with E*TRADE, pioneering online stock trading in the early 1990’s. Bart went on to become an entrepreneur, founding Oncology.com, the internet’s largest cancer-related website, before selling it to Pfizer in 2001. Then he joined forces with his brother to form Stephens Investment Management, a hedge fund and VC firm that broke new ground in the area of Nanocap investing.

Duration:00:24:59

Season 2, Ep. 16: Sidechains, Stable Coins, and What’s Wrong with the ICO with Charlie Lee of Litecoin

12/14/2017
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Charlie Lee created Litecoin in 2011 while he was working as software engineer for Google. Litecoin is ‘the silver to Bitcoin’s gold,’ functioning as a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that complements Bitcoin. In the long-term, Charlie sees Litecoin becoming a payment currency used at both physical and online stores, and he is currently working to promote widespread merchant adoption.

Duration:00:23:27

Season 2, Ep. 15: Privacy, Security and Selective Transparency on the Blockchain with Linda Xie of Cryptoasset Fund Scalar Capital

12/7/2017
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Linda currently serves as the co-founder and managing director of Scalar Capital, a cryptocurrency hedge fund. An expert in the areas of privacy and security, she is passionate about crypto as an ‘unseizable asset’ that governments cannot control. Today Linda shares her take on where we should be storing our Bitcoin and what is stopping cryptocurrency from mass adoption.

Duration:00:24:16

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