Martin Villig is co-founder of Taxify, a leading ride-hailing platform in 40 cities across Europe and Africa. Taxify has over 10M riders and 120K drivers worldwide. Martin is passionate about community initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and help people in Baltics and Estonia to build tech startups. On this episode you'll learn: Having raised just 2 Million Euro before Taxify's latest fundraise, how does Martin think about capital efficiency vs. speedy growth into international markets? What is Martin's secret sauce when it comes to launching a successful community hub for Estonia's startup ecosystem? How did Martin and Taxify approach market research when approaching their expansion strategy into Africa?
Allie Burns is the Managing Director at Village Capital and brings more than 16 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and innovators at the intersection of tech and social change. Allie works across Village Capital's program in emerging markets including Nairobi, Bangalore, and Mexico City. She previously ran Communications for Startup America, Revolution, the Case Foundation, and AOL.
On this episode you'll learn:
-Why are we seeing a resurgence of funds reentering the Cleantech market?
-Why do CEO's need to spend more time early on in recruiting top talent?
-Why does Village Capital conduct their due diligence process differently than traditional venture capital?
Donna Harris is co-founder of 1776, a major initiative which convenes and accelerates startups from around the world by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financial capital that make Washington, DC unique. Donna is also a Founding Member of the K Street Capital angel network and is an active angel investor. She is a Board Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a Board Member of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University and an alumna of Springboard Enterprises.
On this episode you'll learn:
-What did Donna see while traveling to startup ecosystems around the world?
-What advantages do early stage entrepreneurs in emerging markets have over entrepreneurs in the US?
-What was the vision for 1776 when Donna and Evan first started?
This panel session is recorded from the ecosystem summit at Collision in New Orleans a couple weeks ago. The topic of the panel was around strategies for small and mid-sized cities to foster and support the growth of their startup ecosystem. Joined by Stanfield Gray, the CEO and Founder of Dig South, Tiffany Linke-Boyko, the CEO of Startup Edmonton, and Matt Wolfe, the Brand and Marketing Director for Greater New Orleans inc. Here is Stanfield, Tiffany, and Matt talking ecosystem building strategies, tips, and tools for small and mid-sized cities. On this episode you'll learn: What metrics does edmonton focus on in quantifying the growth of its ecosystem? How does a large conference like Collision in New Orleans benefit the cities startup scene? What are some strategies Stanfield used to make Dig South one of the largest tech conferences in the South East?
Eghosa Omoigui is the founder and Managing General Partner of EchoVC Partners. Before this, Eghosa was with Intel for nearly 10 years and his last role was as Intel Capital Director, Strategic Investments, Consumer Internet & Semantic Technologies, where he acted as a senior investment professional focused on platform-agnostic consumer web services and digital media-based investment opportunities. Omoigui also drove ICap's investment focus on next generation semantic technologies, smart data and the realtime web. Eghosa was personally responsible for (developing supporting theses for and) sourcing investment opportunities in various companies including AdMob, Jaiku, Powerset, Facebook, LinkedIn, Teracent and Pandora. Prior to this role, Omoigui was Chief of Staff to the President of Intel Capital (the largest global tech corporate VC), and, before that, Chief of Staff for Intel’s Treasury organization, helping oversee an $18B cash platform. On this episode you will learn: What are some of the biggest obstacles faced by early stage startups in Africa before they grow to the size where they can raise a large growth round? What are the big questions entrepreneurs must ask corporate VCs when entering into discussions with them? And what are the big red flags entrepreneurs should look for in their dialogue? Coming from the Silicon Valley bubble into different African markets, how do you think differently about valuations?
Jon Atkinson serves as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development at Loyola University New Orleans, a program he helped found. In this role, he leads Loyola's efforts to provide nationally recognized entrepreneurship education that will help build an innovation-ready workforce that serves New Orleans and the Gulf region. Jon believes that professionalization of local early stage capital, focus on developing a local innovation-ready workforce and connecting entrepreneurship to the Gulf region's legacy industries can have a profound impact on our local economy and community. Jon also serves as the Administrator for Lagniappe Angels, LLC. In this role, Jon manages day to day operations of the investment group and is responsible for pipeline development, coordination of due diligence, and general administration of the group. On this episode you'll learn: What it takes to train an innovation ready workforce? What are a few challenges faced by the startup ecosystem in New Orleans? What are some recent improvements in the City's startup ecosystem?
Host Andrew Berkowitz moderates an All Things Crypto panel session at the Blockchain, Crypto, and Beyond conference in Arlington, Virginia. BCBcon is a full-day conference focused on blockchain technology and crypto. Panelists include Akin Sawyerr, CEO of RocRemit, Jenny Q. Ta the CEO / Founding Partner of VCNetwork.Co as well as the Founder & CEO of Squeaky, Joshua Boles, Senior Managing Director, Savage Funding, and Paul Mcneal the Founder of CryptoMarkets360 and the President of The Sturgeon Group. On this episode you'll learn: What countries are best positioned to be a leader in the crypto revolution, what smart contract platforms are leading, and what cryptocurrencies are best positioned to win the emerging market remittance industry.
Alexandre Vallieres is the Vice-President of AIWorx. AIWorx uses artificial intelligence to help generate data, understand what’s hidden in the data and act on it to unlock its potential. They simplify work and generate value by providing strategic insights and opportunities to optimize productivity. They master the four axes of artificial intelligence: perception, reasoning, learning and action. On this episode you'll learn: What does the talent pool for AI engineers in Quebec look like? How has the Quebec Startup Ecosystem developed since Alexandre started AIWorx? What exactly is Artificial Intelligence?
Sébastien Tanguay is the General Manager of Le Camp, Québec International's incubator. Le Camp is an incubator-accelerator dedicated to tech businesses growth and mentorship, and offers a diversity of services adapted to a company’s development stage, from pre start-up to internationalization. Sébastien oversees all activities in this sector, including entrepreneurship competitions such as Devtech 50, individual coaching meetings and business financing initiatives. He strives to place his expertise and experience at the service of local companies. He co-authored the book Mobile Persuasion, published by Stanford University Press in California, as well as cofounded MyFoodPhone, Inc. On this episode you will learn: How does Le Camp fit into Quebec's startup ecosystem? How active is American venture capital in the Quebec ecosystem? What startup verticals primarily make up the Le Camp incubator community?
Charles Boulanger is the CEO of LeddarTech. LeddarTech is the developer and owner of Leddar, a patented solid-state LiDAR sensing technology that constitutes a novel approach in light detection and ranging. Developed over 10+ years of R&D, Leddar is a unique combination of advanced light wave digital signal processing and software algorithms that enable the production of solid-state LiDARs delivering superior performance and reliability at the highly competitive price. LeddarTech’s sensors are used in multiple mobility-related markets including automotive, intelligent transport systems, drones, and industrial vehicles. LeddarTech technology contributes to improving our safety and our quality of life through applications minimizing the risks of accidents, reducing traffic congestion, and improving transport efficiency. On this episode you will learn: What's it like scaling a company to 100 employees from 30 in just a little over a year? How does the full stack of self driving car technology play out? What advantages do founders have starting a company in Quebec City?
Toyin Umesiri is the CEO and Founder of Nazaru and the convener of the Trade with Africa Business Summit. After over a decade working in corporate America; at Fortune 1 (Walmart) & Fortune 150 (Whirlpool Corporation), she made the leap to full time entrepreneurship to follow her passion for Africa. Following a trip to Africa in 2015 she committed to using her skills and global networks built as leverage in empowering people on the African continent. As CEO of Nazaru (www.nazaru.com), she leads a U.S. based company that drives increased U.S. commercial interest in Africa by not only fostering Business to Business (B2B) dialog that leads to mutually beneficial arrangements but also showcasing Africa's exporters and brands. On this episode you'll learn: What are some of the biggest trade constraints between the US and Africa? What are the strengths and core competencies of each African region? How is Nazaru solving the information problem in African markets?
Viola Llewellyn is the co-founder and President of Ovamba Solutions. Ovamba is an award winning African “FinTech” company that creates culturally attuned technologies to serve African SMEs with innovative Sharia compliant finance products, eCommerce, and logistics services to promote growth. Ovamba’s technology gives global accredited and institutional investors the opportunity to invest in the fast-growing African private sector. On this episode you'll learn: The difference between Francophone and Anglophone African markets. Why African SME's face such a challenge in access to growth capital. What is the current growth trajectory in the Cameroon tech ecosystem?
Phin Mpofu is a globally connected entrepreneurship evangelist. He is the Founder & Chairman of Global Symbiotic Partnerships a venture firm founded to create strategic partnerships with various stakeholders across all sectors. It's portfolio of ventures and affiliations include HOMESPLACE, a FinTech startup working to provide a hybrid residential mortgage leveraging crowd funding ; Tech Beach Retreat, an annual gathering of 250 tech influencers held in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Startup Grind, the largest entrepreneurial community in the world designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs, The Centre for Corporate & Startup Partnerships (CASP) and The Centre for Government & Startup Partnerships (GASP), Think Tanks and consultancies that facilitate and champion strategic partnerships between Corporates/Governments and startups. On this episode you'll learn: How Thames Valley's tech ecosystem complements London's ecosystem. What peaked Phin's interest when getting involved in helping build the caribbean's startup ecosystem? How to accelerate partnerships between corporates and startups.
Carl Viel is the CEO of Québec International, the economic development agency in Québec City's region. The agency contributes to the economic development in the Quebec City metropolitan region and enhance its international status. It fosters business growth and development, supports key clusters and attracts talent and investment to the region.
Originally from Quebec City, Carl Viel received his bachelor's degree in economics and a corporate governance certificate from Laval University. He also completed training programs in entrepreneurship (MIT), leadership (NTL Institute) and coaching (Niagara Institute). After nearly 20 years in the private sector, he held managerial positions with various economic organizations, including as vice-president of Montreal International and general manager of Montreal InVivo, prior to joining Québec International as CEO in 2008.
On this episode you'll learn:
Is there a single event or catalyst you can point to that has driven the biggest change in the ecosystem?
Quebec has been great at capturing economic data on their ecosystem, what methodologies or advice does Carl have on economic reporting and strategic monitoring?
What are Quebec's strongest tech verticals?
What's the best resource to stay up to date on the Quebec ecosystem?
Alice Schutt is the General Manager for Metta. Metta was created by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, with the purpose of driving knowledge sharing, innovation, and business. After working for Goodyear Tires in Shanghai for two years, Alice left the corporate world and began working in the F&B industry, managing boutique restaurants and events in both Shanghai and Hong Kong. She particularly enjoyed the entrepreneurial energy she found in this competitive and engaging environment. She later joined a Hong Kong fintech SME, marketing financial analysis tools for two years, before moving to TIE, a global non-profit, which organizes mentorship programmes for start-ups.
Host Andrew Berkowitz reflects on 2 years of traveling around the world meeting with and interviewing startup ecosystem leaders. Andrew also announces his upcoming travel schedule which includes Quebec, Lagos, New Orleans, and more!
Luis Cuende returns to the show to give us an update on Aragon. Aragon is everything you need to run your company on Ethereum. This includes cap table, governance, fundraising, payroll, accounting, bylaws, and more. 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." 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 previously cofounded the blockchain startup Stampery. What does the concept of about the concept of governance mean in a decentralized, blockchain world? Can Luis break down some of the different organizational governance models that would function best on the Aragon platform? How does Aragon's decentralized court system that utilizes peer to peer conflict resolution work? What does Aragon's tech stack and partnerships look like? What are the most pressing solutions needed when it comes to the basic tools for developers in the Ethereum ecosystem?
Kwangu-Kwako works with local people to provide opportunities to invest in and improve their own communities. Their precast concrete panel solution benefits the home owner, the landlord and the tenant, everybody wins. They provide a safer, simple, cost effective alternative to Mabati structures (corrugated iron sheet & bush pole). The concept is a self-generating upgrade of the slums, through a robust investment argument it produces a win for owner/occupiers, landlords and the tenant families. On This Episode you'll learn: What are the sources of capital for social impact startups in Kenya? What does small business entrepreneurship mean in the slums of Africa? What are the current challenges facing the slums in Nairobi? What are the challenges of scale in social impact?
Chika Umeadi is a partner at Tiphub, an impact driven investment manager built upon a community of entrepreneurs in Africa and the African Diaspora. Tiphub's mission is to support the launch of the next generation of African and African Diaspora ventures. On this episode you'll learn: Outside of access to capital, what are the common challenges for Nigerian entrepreneurs Chika works with? How has deal flow coming out of Nigeria evolved since Chika started Tiphub? Has Chika seen an uptick in startup activity outside of Lagos? Whats the balance of Venture vs. Angel capital in Nigeria?
Joe Urgo is a cofounder of district0x, where he is helping to decentralize the world's marketplaces. He previously founded Sourcerers in 2016 with the goal of supporting the top minds and teams building Ethereum-based projects. He was an early employee at Coinbase, serving as a Support Operations Manager.
Simon Galpin has over 25 years experience of economic development and a track record of delivering thousands of foreign direct investment projects. From Scotland to Hong Kong and now in Bahrain. Simon is hoping to replicate the energy and success of the StartmeupHK campaign in Bahrain in order to attract more angel investors, founders and entrepreneurs to the Middle East. On this episode you'll learn: How Bahrain has become a significant fintech player in the MENA region -In Simon's experience in economic development across the world, has he found proximity to encourage collaboration or competition between countries? -How should a city’s economic development organization think about crafting policies for the global expat community? -Is their a single policy change or an initiative Simon has been a part of that he can point to and say this was the single best catalyst in attracting foreign investment capital?
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?