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Season 3, Ep. 20: Designing AI, VR and AR for Social Good with Sean White of Mozilla

8/16/2018
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We’re familiar with product/market fit, but have you ever considered product/person fit? Having empathy for the end user is what differentiates the companies that design technology for the benefit of humans from those that are simply out to make a profit. So, how do we design AI, VR and AR products that promote social good—and truly change people’s lives?

Duration:00:30:46

Season 3, Ep. 19: ‘Hell Yes’ Hiring for the Decentralized Business Model with John Yi of Coinbase

8/9/2018
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John Yi is the Group Product Manager for Services at Coinbase, a digital currency platform where merchants and consumers can transact with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin. Based in San Francisco, Coinbase is on a mission to champion economic freedom through innovation in digital currency. John’s role is to manage the teams that build the infrastructure for consumer products.

Duration:00:24:23

Season 3, Ep. 18: Branding, Booty Calls & Banking on the Blockchain with Ameen Soleimani of SpankChain

8/2/2018
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Ameen is the co-founder and CEO of SpankChain, a startup set to revolutionize the adult film industry using blockchain technology. The team has launched its Camsite Beta program and is working to ship SpankBank and SpankPay in the very near future. Prior to SpankChain, Ameen served as Decentralization Lazer Gun for ConsenSys and co-founder of Filter, a Twitter news aggregator.

Duration:00:20:29

Season 3, Ep. 17: Leveraging Social Networks to Make Everyone a VC with Dan Finlay of MetaMask

7/26/2018
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Today, Dan sits down with us to explain how the CryptoKitties phenomenon fit his theory around the first viral crypto application. He speaks to his entry into the blockchain space as a natural extension of his interests in technology and governance. Dan describes the genesis of MetaMask and its aim to provide a gateway to P2P technology and provide the tools necessary to make usable apps. Listen in for Dan’s insight on social collateral and learn how social networks could be leveraged to...

Duration:00:25:29

Season 3, Ep. 16: The Intersection of VR & Cryptocurrency with Esteban Ordano of Decentraland

7/19/2018
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Esteban is the founder and CTO of Decentraland, a virtual reality platform powered by the Ethereum blockchain where users can purchase land and build on it, limited only by their imaginations. Using a VR headset or web browser, Decentraland users become completely immersed in a 3D, interactive world where they can watch live music, shop with friends or even visit an underwater resort. Prior to Decentraland, Esteban worked as a software engineer at Google and BitPay.

Duration:00:19:25

Season 3, Ep. 15: Using Decentralized Tech to Mobilize Unused Resources with Julian Zawistowski of Golem Network

7/12/2018
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Today, Julian joins us to explain why Golem was the right kind of project for a token sale. He covers the evolution of Golem, from its inception to the current use case in CGI rendering. Julian offers insight around delivering a decentralized product, and we talk scalability—the biggest problem in the token space. Listen in as Julian shares how Golem might expand to include other use cases and learn about the blockchain’s potential to solve for the crisis of trust.

Duration:00:20:12

Season 3, Ep 14: Pioneering Blockchain Investment with Paul Veradittakit of Pantera Capital

7/5/2018
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Today, Paul sits down with us to share his Bitcoin origin story and discuss the evolution of the market since 2014. He offers his take on how the crypto market is changing, explaining why the best talent is coming into the space right now. Listen in as Paul speaks to the tokens that get him up in the morning and addresses the lack of standardization around how entrepreneurs utilize capital.

Duration:00:20:38

Season 3, Ep. 13: Investing in Thunder Lizards to Build Compounding Luck with VC Mike Maples of Floodgate

6/28/2018
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Today, Mike joins us at Boost to share the concept of the ‘Thunder Lizard,’ and explain why he prefers to work with Prime Movers. He discusses how he got involved with venture capital, who he goes to for advice, and his approach to cultivating humility. Mike offers insight around the time value to decision-making and the idea of progress by way of competing alternatives. Listen in to understand cryptocurrency’s potential to make trust free and get Mike’s advice for aspiring VCs.

Duration:00:32:09

Season 3, Ep. 12; Princesses Who Smash Computers & Women in VC with Jesse Draper of Halogen Ventures

6/21/2018
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Today, Jesse joins us at Boost to share her path to becoming a venture capitalist and offer insight around women in VC. She explains the impetus behind The Valley Girl Show, discussing the hustle required to launch and sustain a long-running tech talk show in the broken media industry. Listen in to understand how Jesse eventually came to see herself as a capable VC and learn how to raise girls who aren’t afraid to build jetpacks or take apart computers.

Duration:00:34:16

Season 3, Ep. 11: Using AI to Redefine the Way We Experience Music with Ryan Groves of Melodrive

6/14/2018
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Today, Ryan sits down with us at Boost VC to offer his insight on the future of music and explain how Melodrive is working to change the way we consume it. He also explains the concept of ‘uncanny valley’ and shares his take on how long we have before AI takes over the world. Listen in to understand how Melodrive allows users to create audio content that adapts to its interactive environment in real time and learn how this technology might redefine the way we experience music.

Duration:00:18:25

Season 3, Ep. 10: Launching a Successful Career by Way of the Third Door with Alex Banayan

6/7/2018
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Today, Alex joins us on Boost VC to share his journey to becoming a published author, discussing the highly unconventional way he funded the writing of his book. Alex offers insight around what he learned in the process of interviewing the highly successful, how the idea of ‘the third door’ plays into all their stories, and why his personal priorities have changed as a result of recent experience. Listen in for his epic story of chasing Larry King through Whole Foods and learn how Alex’s...

Duration:00:33:23

Season 3, Ep. 9: Pitching the Story of Your Startup to the Media with Teddy Schleifer of Recod

5/31/2018
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Today, Teddy joins us to discuss his transition from DC to Silicon Valley, sharing the similarities and differences between politics and venture capital. He offers insight around how entrepreneurs should approach the media, describing how relationships and referrals drive the stories he tells. Listen in for Teddy’s approach to identifying the macro trends behind the ‘bread and butter’ stories and learn how to go about pitching your story to the right journalist.

Duration:00:19:34

Season 3, Ep 8: Unlocking the Intimacy Between People Through VR with Peter Rubin of WIRED

5/24/2018
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Peter sits down with us to share his long-time interest in VR that began with watching films like The Lawnmower Man and reading Snow Crash as a teen. He discusses the theme of his book, Future Presence, describing VR’s unique ability to facilitate connection among people. We cover the differences between the internet and virtual reality, why people feel more accountable in the VR space, and how regulation might work in virtual communities. Listen in for Peter’s insight on the future of XR...

Duration:00:31:39

Season 3 Ep. 7: Leveraging VR to Get People in a Room Together with Philip Rosedale of High Fidelity

5/17/2018
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Philip joins us to discuss opportunities in the VR ecosystem and share his vision for shared spaces. He discusses the intersection of cryptocurrency and virtual reality, explaining how High Fidelity is using the blockchain to hold currency, store asset certificates and secure digital identity. Listen in for Philip’s insight around the value of synchronous communication in VR to ‘get people in a room together’ and learn how the blockchain would allow people to meet in a virtual...

Duration:00:46:11

Season 3, Ep 6: Pro-Blockchain Policy on Capitol Hill with Perianne Boring of the Chamber of Digital Commerce

5/10/2018
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Perianne joins us to discuss the Chamber’s work in shifting the rhetoric around digital currency in Washington, explaining how sentiment has changed in DC over the last four years. She walks us through the conflicting views of cryptocurrency established by FinCEN versus the IRS and the challenge in complying with tax law as it is currently written. Listen in for insight on how the Chamber of Digital Commerce’s current policy proposal would treat digital currency as an alternative to the US...

Duration:00:18:17

Season 3 Ep. 5: Solving for Crypto Security Through Hardware Wallets with Thomas France of Ledger

5/3/2018
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Thomas sits down with us to explain why he was drawn to solving for Bitcoin security via crypto hardware wallets and how his startup grew out of The Bitcoin Center in Paris. He shares the basics of Ledger, discussing how its tools secure crypto assets in an offline environment. Thomas speaks to his initial interest in Bitcoin’s resistance to censorship and offers an overview of the crypto environment in France, the US and hubs around the world. Listen in as Thomas describes how Ledger...

Duration:00:18:13

Season 3 Ep. 4: Open-Source Blockchain Technology, Private Ledgers and the Right to Fork with Brian Behlendorf of Hyperledger

4/26/2018
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Brian joins us to explain the relationship between the Linux Foundation and Hyperledger, describing the venture’s subscription-based business model and several of the projects being built with its open-source blockchain technology. He walks us through the benefits of Hyperledger over public blockchains, discussing the business community’s preference for anonymity and the right to fork if data is misused. Listen in for Brian’s insight around measuring the progress of community-building and...

Duration:00:23:21

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