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The Global Startup Movement - Startup Ecosystem Leaders, Global Entrepreneurship, and Emerging Market Innovation

Host Andrew Berkowitz interviews startup founders, ecosystem builders, investors, emerging market players, and economic development thought leaders about the startup ecosystems in their cities.
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Now displaying: April, 2017
Apr 27, 2017

Say hello to Nina Achadjian and Alicia Garabedian of HIVE Ventures. HIVE invests in and partners with early stage startups worldwide, from Silicon Valley to Armenia. Their mission is to help catalyze the global Armenian tech ecosystem by investing in Armenian founders or companies that hire talent in Armenia. They provide funding, operational guidance, and access to their network of world-class talent and advisors. HIVE also promotes innovation and entrepreneurship among the next generation of aspiring Armenian founders through events and workshops. HIVE offers seed and early-stage equity investment. In addition to capital, HIVE partner's with their entrepreneurs to build stronger and more impactful startups.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

What is Hive Ventures investment philosophy?

How can Armenia best engage with it’s diaspora?

How has deal flow evolved in Armenian tech over the past few years?

What technology verticals are Nina and Alicia most excited about?

Apr 25, 2017

Meet Pegor Papazian, CEO and cofounder of Bazillion Beings. Pegor was formerly the CEO of the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia. He was head of project development at the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to his position with USAID, he was Vice President of Strategy and Product Development at Prosum Inc., which was ranked among the United States' top 200 fastest growing private companies by Inc500. Before joining Prosum's founding team, Pegor was a founding partner at Design Technologies Consulting, a business simulation and geographic information systems company in Barcelona, Spain. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Beirut.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

How does Pegor think the future of bot discovery will play out?

Why does Armenia have such high quality of techical talent?

What industries are the future of the Armenian economy?

How did Armenia’s startup scene development in the 2000’s?

Apr 18, 2017

Meet Luis Cuende, co-founder and project lead of Aragon. Aragon is everything you need to run your company on Ethereum. Cap table, governance, fundraising, payroll, accounting, bylaws, etc. Aragon companies are extremely customizable, and you get everything in a unified, beautiful interface. Aragon was born to disintermediate the creation and maintenance of companies and other organizational structures. They are inspired by Nobel prize Ronald Coase and his paper "The Nature of the Firm" and Yochai Benkler's "Linux and the Nature of the Firm." Both explore the concept of company. They believe that the blockchain and the Internet are changing the incentives for companies to exist, and are building tools for the next generation of companies that will take advantage of these changes. Luis has been awarded as the best underage European programmer in 2011, is a Forbes 30 Under 30, a MIT TR35 and was an Advisor to the VP of the European Commission. He cofounded the blockchain startup Stampery. Prior to founding startups, he created the world's first Linux distribution with facelogin.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

How does Luis see the growing trend in the centralization of computing with the rise of the cloud clashing with the growing trend of blockchain?

Why did Luis feel he needed to leave Spain in order to raise capital for Stampery?

What has Luis’s experience been moving from Madrid to Barcelona?

What cryptocurrency is Luis excited about that most people have never heard of?

Apr 11, 2017

On this episode we meet with Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman of Startup Junkie Consulting. Startup Junkie Consulting is a globally proven social venture. Along with working with startups, they also work in depth with existing ventures up to approximately $15MM in annual revenue, from all industry verticals. They help with all aspects, from starting up, to scaling up. Startup Junkie's goal is to provide services to entrepreneurs and venture leaders that are higher quality than if they were to pay for them. They’ve helped build venture communities from Canada to South America. They specialize in supporting ventures innovating around and within retail, consumer packaged goods, supply chain (transportation and logistics), food, and data analytics. However, they also provide in depth support, consulting, and assistance to new ventures and existing ventures from all industry verticals. Startup Junkie is led and operated by veteran and women entrepreneurs.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

What traditional industries is Northwest Arkansas known for that laid the foundation for this wave of growing tech companies?

What advice would Jeff give to startup leaders in other towns and cities throughout the midwest?

Jeff has given a TedX talk on the IDEA framework for a startup ecosystem, how has that framework played out in Fayetteville?

What sort of pipeline has the University of Arkansas created to funnel student entrepreneurs into the Fayetteville startup scene?

Apr 4, 2017

On this episode, you'll meet Simon Cant of Reinventure, and Danielle Szetho from FinTech Australia. Simon is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Reinventure Group. Simon has spent his career working on innovation, both through venture and corporate innovation. As an innovation specialist at CANTT Associates and before that, WhatIf! Innovation, with a focus on disruptive innovation, he advised clients such Tennis Australia, UBS, NAB, Suncorp, AMP, Fairfax, News Limited and APN News & Media and Transport for NSW. Prior to that he worked with entrepreneurs, in both commercial startups, at TiNSHED Angel Group and social ventures at Social Ventures Australia. Over Danielle's 12+ year career she's cultivated a diverse set of skills from leadership roles in functions such as Strategy/Transformation, Business Development, Product Management, Data Analytics, Advertising/Marketing and Design/UX. Her career goal is to lead innovative, high performing teams to deliver projects and products that improve the way people live, work and play. In doing so, be a strategic, collaborative leader that drives transformational change - and has fun along the way!

On This Episode You'll Learn:

How are Australia’s banks approaching innovation?

Where in the Fintech Stack from Mobile Device to Bank Account do Simon and Danielle think is the most defensible position?

What gaps in Australia’s financial services industry are currently being pursued by Fintech startups?

How have Australian banks evolved since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis?

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