Jez San is the CEO and Cofounder of Funfair, a developer of smart contract based real money games & the platform to run them. Funfair has developed technology to enable new classes of realtime games on top of the Ethereum network utilising smart contracts, state channels and advanced RNG's. The games that funfair are producing are some of the first that are fully realtime and are competitive with existing online games, yet are provably fair and lower cost to operate.
Oscar Chang is the co-founder and CEO of Alchema, a smart home connected fermenter to empower anyone to turn fruits into his or her favorite alcoholic beverage with ease. Oscar and his company have been featured in Forbes, Techcrunch, ELLE, Engadget, The Spoon, Mashable, and medias outside of the U.S. including UK, France, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, etc. This past year he was selected by Forbes on 30 under 30 Asia lists for his work in the smart home fermentation space. On this episode you'll learn: What is the investor sentiment towards hardware startups in Taiwan? What's the typical international strategy for Taiwanese entrepreneurs? Is Oscar more excited about in store sales or the e-commerce opportunity? Should hardware startups elect to use Kickstarter to raise funds instead of venture capital?
Jeremy is responsible for the packing, presentation, and strategy of LBRY, as well as some design aspects. He is a longtime supporter of decentralized technology and freedom of information. Jeremy founded TopScore, a startup that processes millions of dollars monthly in event and activity registrations. On this episode you'll learn: Has a specific niche taken on the role of early adopter for the content platform? What's the difference between the LBRY protocol and application layer? What does Jeremy's 2018 roadmap look like?
Anne Driscoll is a seasoned Silicon Valley executive and a leading figure in the startup ecosystem space. She is currently the founder of The Ecosystem Summit, an annual gathering of startup ecosystem leaders from all over the world, as well as the COO for Launchpad, a network of co-working and incubator spaces across the US. On this episode you'll learn: What does Anne see as the biggest challenge startup ecosystems around the world face. What comprise a nascent startup scene vs. a more mature one? Who should take the leadership role in an ecosystem? What's the story and motivation behind the ecosystem summit's founding?
Kushal is the Chief Financial Officer at Aspada Investment Advisors. Kushal is passionate about working with organizations in their formative phase and is closely involved with portfolio companies in their strategic and financial planning, process implementation, performance management and risk management. He currently serves on the Boards of Schedulers Logistics and Allfresh Supply Management. On this episode you'll learn: From a venture capital perspective what kind of disparity is there in investment opportunity between rural india and middle and upper class regions of country? How realistic is it for companies building solutions for the rural parts of India to raise Venture Capital as opposed to more so capital impact investor and economic development grants? How has VC dogma from the US and China affected the innovation ecosystem in India? What are the sexy verticals in India right now that all the VC’s are talking about?