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

{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

{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

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

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, 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

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

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

Season 2, Ep. 14: Governance, Decentralized Organizations and Valuing Blockchain Technology with Aragon Co-Founder Luis Cuende

Luis Cuende’s interest in the blockchain began in 2011 when he was only 16 years old. After reading the Bitcoin white paper, Luis connected with others drawn to the idealistic implications of cryptocurrency and started working on blockchain pioneer Stampery, a service providing secure and decentralized proof of existence and ownership.

Duration: 00:20:10

Season 2, Ep. 13: Freedom, Global Entrepreneurship and the Possibilities of Cryptocurrency with VC Tim Draper

“Venture capital, to me, is a way that we can raise money to help entrepreneurs who can go out there and do something for the world that just opens it up. I am always pushing for freedom, and I think it’s great to see venture capital be able to support entrepreneurs—wherever they are—to go out there and do something extraordinary for freedom.” -- Tim Draper

Duration: 00:31:42

Season 2, Ep. 12: Helping Scientists Become Entrepreneurs with Arvind Gupta of IndieBio

What happens when you marry a background in genetic engineering with extensive experience in design? A unique skill set that supports life scientists in becoming entrepreneurs, helping PhDs turn benchtop science into applied products with the potential to change lives. Arvind Gupta is the co-founder of IndieBio, the world’s largest seed biotech accelerator. He has over a decade of experience helping startups and Fortune 50 companies launch new tech products, and his thought-leadership has...

Duration: 00:27:28

{Rebroadcast} Season 1, Ep. 9: Billy Draper, Draper Associates

Rebroadcasting the episode of The Boost VC Podcast with Billy Draper. In this week's episode of The Boost VC Podcast, Adam asks his brother Billy Draper from Draper Associates about the nuances of venture capitalism. Adam and Billy explore the many problems of today's marketplaces, and how start-ups can disrupt the flow of big industries using new technology. They talk about the entrepreneurial mindset that VC's appreciate, and go over what attitudes they like to see in their founders. We...

Duration: 00:33:46

Season 2, Ep. 11: State of Crypto & VR with Adam Draper

Your host, Adam Draper, thought it wise to discuss different the hot topics in the Crypto & VR ecosystems. He shares his opinions on the technologies and what it takes to get full adoption. Listen and learn.

Duration: 00:14:18

Season 2, Ep. 10: Investing in Talent and Drive with VC Semil Shah of Haystack

Today we discuss the attributes of Semil’s writing that led VCs to utilize his work as a resource and current themes in the world of venture capital and entrepreneurship. Semil shares his early investing experience, what gets him pumped about financing a project, and how he applies the Saturday 2pm Test to potential investments. Listen in to understand Semil’s take on the role of seed capital versus series A money and his advice for up-and-coming VCs.

Duration: 00:35:22

Season 2, Ep. 9: Using VR to Reverse Alzheimer’s with Jacob Hamman, Founder of Zenjoi

Jacob Hamman graduated from USC with a degree in architecture, where he honed his aptitude for design thinking and creative problem-solving. After seven years with the prestigious Los Angeles firm, Gehry Partners, Jacob pursued a master’s in design studies and technology with a focus on virtual reality from Harvard. Jacob’s mom was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s three years ago. Caught off guard by the diagnosis, he set out to find a way to use VR to reverse the disease. Jacob...

Duration: 00:14:48

Season 2, Ep. 8: Exoskeleton Robots for Real People with Tim Swift, Founder & CEO of ROAM

Today, Tim is on a mission to make people move more, and ensure that the body is not a barrier. On this episode, we address Tim’s journey to becoming an entrepreneur, the reasons why he left Ekso to create his own startup, and his vision of success ten years into the future. We cover the small community that inhabits the human augmentation space and how ROAM is helping people run 10% farther and faster. Listen in to understand how ROAM’s potential customers have become an integral part of...

Duration: 00:28:21

Season 2, Ep. 7: Hamza Siddiqui, CEO and Founder of Casino VR

Hamza Siddiqui has built the #1 social app on the oculus store, it just so happens to be for Poker. On this episode of "The Boost VC Podcast" we Hamza discloses how important data will be to the growth of VR, and that his favorite quote ever is one that I said to him a long time ago. So listen to the latest. Little known fact... we had to record it twice because... why not?

Duration: 00:22:24

Season 2, Ep. 6: Loic Ledoux, CEO and Founder of Shadow (previously named Uraniom)

Loic is an awesome entrepreneur who has built a new story telling medium that puts you in the story. On this episode of "The Boost VC Podcast" we venture deep into the heart of an entrepreneur, with an amazing french founder. We also talk about Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, but the most important thing you can get out of this episode is the who, what, when, where, why of starting a company... also you learn that Loic cannot juggle.

Duration: 00:07:59

Season 2, Ep. 5: Amitt Mahajan, Managing Partner at Presence Capital

Have you ever thought, "how do I start a venture capital fund?" Well, Amitt did just that. We talk about starting a fund and the state of VR. Amitt also created one of the most notorious social games ever created... Farmville. You want to hear what he has to say. Listen to the podcast.

Duration: 00:27:02

Season 2, Ep. 4: Vivian Tan, Founder and CEO of Beast Pets

Have you ever thought, "It would be super cool to have my own pet dragon?" Well now you can! Vivian Tan and the team at Beast Pets have built an incredible VR experience to give you a pet dragon. We talk about startup a company, distribution in VR, and where the world is headed. You should listen.

Duration: 00:10:58

Season 2, Ep. 3: Tipatat Chennavasin, VR Investor for the Venture Reality Fund

The next 3 podcasts are VR focused, and to kick them off, we thought it would be appropriate to have the man who is at the center of all VR/AR, Tipatat Chennavasin, join us to discuss the industry. He is an investor with The VR Fund, and when VR is in the air, he is there. You are going to enjoy what he has to say.

Duration: 00:29:42

Season 2, Ep. 2 : Richard Browning, Founder and CEO of Gravity

Do you know why someone would build a flying exoskeleton? Well Richard Browning, a former oil trader did it, so find out why. Also seeing him fly was literally the coolest thing ever for Adam. So check out this week's podcast to hear the whole story.

Duration: 00:22:01

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