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Embedded below is the latest from chain reactionour new and awesome crypto-focused podcast hosted by Luke and Anita† You will also find Found ita long piece that goes deep into the real saga of business formation from Jordan and darrell† There is an audio-only version of businesstraverse.com Live, hosted by Mat with founders and investors discussing successful pitch decks. Finally there is Equitybusinesstraverse.com’s long-running, Webby-award-winning podcast focused on venture capital and the latest startup news, hosted by Natasha† Mary Ann and Alex†
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Episode 6: Lightspeed’s Web3 Guru on Consumer Crypto Startups and the Metaverse (with Mercedes Bent)
Welcome back, this week Lucas and Anita discuss the lingering ramifications of the wider market crash and how life is going for crypto giants in the public markets. We’re talking about FTX’s 30-year-old billionaire CEO buying up much of Robinhood, which is pumping the gas on crypto even as the market cools. We also discuss issues at Coinbase and the lingering fallout from Terra’s collapse.
In their interview this week, Lucas and Anita chat with Mercedes Bent. Bent is a venture capitalist at Lightspeed Venture Partners where she places bets on consumer products in crypto land. Before joining Lightspeed, Bent spent some time in the VR world, so we got her brains sorted out where crypto fits into this metaverse future everyone is clamoring for.
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Episode 57: Justin Intal, Forage
Justin Intal of Forage joined the Found crew live. He talks about how profound struggles in her personal life motivated him to create a way for online grocers to accept EBT and SNAP benefits. He also spoke about the importance of vulnerability and transparency as CEO. Every failure teaches, so he’s not about hiding his failed businesses or ideas from the past – he’s even written them down on his Linkedin.
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Episode 518: A Twitter Bot Wrote This
The whole team was back together this week which was pretty good as there was a lot to get through. Alex Wilhelm, Natasha Mascarenhas and Mary Ann Azevedo were on the microphone, with Elegance handle production.
What have we started? A better question might be: what have we done? not react to:
- We kicked off with an update to the businesstraverse.com Mobility event, thanks to Natasha who is on site and in the air.
- From there it was time to discuss deals as the crew analyzed the latest round of Arrived and why Kolkata Chai was taking some outside capital but very much on its own terms.
- Then it was time to chat with Zenly’s new mapping news, and why startups are crucial when it comes to hiring incumbents.
- From there, we had to ask if Elon Musk really wants to buy Twitter (seemingly not?), and how tired we are about the topic itself.
- Then we talked through the recent unicorn vibe check the market got, and the fact that most unicorns aren’t real IPO candidates. (Along with news from SpotOn and Unit!)
- And to conclude, we asked about the responsibilities of tech platforms in the wake of some mass shootings in the United States; where should our expectations for content moderation on platforms begin and end?
Hugs from us to you, and we’ll talk to you on Monday!
Episode 517: Is There Hope for Digital Healthcare Startups After Roe?
This is our Wednesday show where we focus on a single topic, think about a question and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha asked: How are digital health startups building in a post-Roe world?
The question comes after Natasha’s recent Startups Weekly column, “When your startup’s core mission is destroyed.” The piece examines the ripple effects of the looming Roe v. Wade cover, particularly in how it affects startups. But let’s not make any assumptions. we raised Kiki Freedmanthe CEO and co-founder of hey jane, to answer our big questions about build, nurture, and exist when so much regulatory oversight weighs on your business. Hey Jane, a direct-to-consumer health company specializing in the supply of abortion pills, is about to begin its fundraising process, sparking some interesting suspense. The startup — especially today — is really in the midst of two intense moments: an overthrow of Roe v. Wade would threaten all of its work, and a tougher, risk-averse VC market could be a hurdle to its next funding.
Enjoy the show and let us know if you like this interview format. Also, here is the found interview which we also referenced during the show!
Episode 516: What’s Next for Crypto Startups?
Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we dig into the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Every Monday, Elegance and Alex browse the news and take notes on what’s going on to start the week.
What went through our minds this morning? The following:
It was a terrible weekend in America, which leaked somewhat into the show. Take care of each other.
A few housekeeping notes before we go: This isn’t a live show week, so Equity just comes out on Wednesday and Friday mornings. And this week is our TC Sessions: Mobility event, which you can read more about here
And that’s the overview of the week: send us a tweet if you have any suggestions or questions. Forward!