Simon and David sit down to discuss their personal highlights of Season 1. Following this, they look back at their 10 favourite answers to this season's signature question: "If you could change any one thing in the world over the next ten years, what would it be and why?".
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Jude Gomila is the Founder and CEO of Golden, the world's first self-constructing database, on a mission to map out human knowledge and accelerate discovery and learning, backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, Giga Fund and others. Prior to this, Jude was the founder of Heyzap, a mobile ad network which helps millions of user discover apps that they love, and was acquired by Fyber in 2016 for $45M. Jude is also an investor in more than 200 startups including Gusto, Airtable, Ironclad, Superhuman and many more.
Jude joins us today to speak about the importance of breaking the rules, how Golden are leveraging AI to map out human knowledge, and the mental models of both founders and investors.
Lawrence is the President of SiO2 Materials Science, a company focused on three core segments: Pharmaceuticals, Molecular Diagnostics, and Consumer Healthcare. Given a $143 million investment grant from the U.S. government, SiO2 is on a mission to tackle the vaccine vial shortage. They hold over 300 patents and are known for their unique glass like barrier for application onto any plastic surface so as to increase its durability. Throughout the Covid Crisis, demand for this material has surged, presenting a novel opportunity for SiO2. To date, they have supplied vials for over 100 million Covid vaccine doses. Lawrence holds a Bachelors of Science in Entrepreneurship from Babson College and was previously the CEO of Innoplexus.
Lawrence joins us to discuss the products that SiO2 offer, how SiO2 scaled during Covid, and trends in the Materials Science space.
Kirk is the Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading Information Technology Consulting firm with over 80 offices around the globe. Named as one of the World's Top AI Influencers in 2020, Kirk is a specialist in Big Data, Data Mining, Astronomy and Astrophysics, as well as much more. He obtained a PhD from CalTech and is the co-creator of the field of Astroinformatics.
Kirk joins us today to speak about his research at NASA, experience as a Professor of Astrophysics, and his dedication to Data Science.
Davi is VP of Trust and Digital Ethics at Inrupt. Inrupt, the startup from World Wide Web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is building a new decentralised version of the internet with the aim of shaping a new era of creativity, opportunity, and market-shaping competition for all. With over twenty five years of experience in Cyber Security, Davi has gained a deep understanding of risk assessment, security incident management and software protection. He is the author of the book "Realities of Securing Big Data" and is also an affiliate of the Policy Innovation Lab of Tomorrow at Penn State University where he lectures in consumer privacy and artificial intelligence.
Davi joins us to talk about his days as one of the early internet hackers, his first hand experience of the dot com bubble and how Inrupt is giving users back control of their data.
Dan Salmons is the CEO of Coadjute, a blockchain property technology startup with the aim of enabling the real estate sector by connecting the software platforms used by estate agents mortgage brokers and lenders. Before joining Coadjute, Dan was the Director of Innovation at NatWest Group, where he was responsible for leading the digital transformation of the mortgage business including the Bank’s mortgage API strategy. He has also worked as Global Innovations Director for Barclaycard, where he led the first ever roll-out of Contactless credit card payment in the U.K.
Prior to this he was Managing Director for Mobile & Online at PayPoint Plc, where he led the growth and sale of two FinTech businesses: PayPoint, a pan-European provider of online payment services, and PaybyPhone, a Vancouver-based parking payment app operating in North America, Europe and Australia. Dan gained a BSc ARCS in Physics from Imperial College, where he was sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. He is a regular contributor to panels and speaking events and has made several TV and Radio appearances.
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Alexandra Levit is a best-selling author, Fortune 500 consultant, and a global futurist. Her main goal is to prepare organisations and their employees to be competitive and marketable in the future business world. Alexandra has authored several books, including international bestseller They Don't Teach Corporate in College, and Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future.
In the last several years, Alexandra has conducted proprietary research on the future of work, technology adoption, the millennial generation, gender differences and bias, and the skills gap. She also served as a member of Business Roundtable’s Springboard Project, which advised the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Defence on current employment issues.
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Andrew Zuckerman studied Computer Science at Harvard, where he co-founded the Undergraduate Science of Psychedelics Club. During his time at college, he also ran a YouTube channel, which amassed over 3.8 million views across 18 self-produced videos. He previously interned at Bridgewater Associates, and is now the Executive Director of the Qualia Research Institute (QRI).
The Qualia Research Institute is a nonprofit research group studying consciousness in a consistent, meaningful, and rigorous way. Their projects include Principia Qualia, the first framework for modelling consciousness, and the Symmetry Theory of Valence, a way of quantifying bliss. The QRI is supported by alumni from leading scientific organisations, such as OpenAI, DeepMind and Imperial College London.
Michelle is the CEO and co-founder of FLIK, a community dedicated to connecting and empowering driven women at all stages of the female founder pipeline through meaningful apprenticeships, helping founders to scale their businesses. Founded just one year ago, FLIK has already facilitated apprenticeships for over 2,000 women - a number which is increasingly growing.
By combining the forces of media, social impact, and entrepreneurs, FLIK is passionate about inspiring and empowering young women to become the next wave of entrepreneurs and helping them navigate the barriers and challenges specific to women in business. During the challenging times of COVID-19, FLIK is supporting female-founded businesses with free access to the FLIK platform, giving businesses that sign up verified helping hands on their company at no cost.
Zoltan is a journalist, futurist, author and leader of the Transhumanist Movement, which believes humans can use technology to transcend our current physical and mental limitations. Having graduated from the University of Columbia with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Zoltan is an Amazon best seller with this book 'The Transhumanist Wager' where he explores many of the themes that are at the core of the movement he leads today. Zoltan recently became an endorsed Libertarian candidate for California Governor and also ran as a Republican against Donald Trump for the US Presidency in 2020, coming 6th in the GOP Primaries.
Doug obtained a PhD from University of Colorado Boulder in Biochemistry, and he is now the founder of BioLoomics, a synthetic biology startup with the aim of accelerating protein drug discovery through biosensor arrays and discovery partnerships. Taking a novel approach, BioLoomics aims to improve the success and lower the cost of traditional drug development.
Prior to founding BioLoomics, Doug was an integral team member in the DARPA Rapid Threat Assessment project at The University of Colorado, Boulder, where he gained expertise in proteomics, metabolomics, and phenotypic microscopy screening. He has also authored over 16 academic research publications.
Peter McCormack is the host of What Bitcoin Did, a podcast he started back in 2017 which has gone on to become one of the most listened to podcasts across the crypto, business and investment space. Through this, he's had conversations with some of the industry’s most influential minds, such as the Winklevoss twins, Anthony Scaramucci and Gary Vee. Prior to podcasting, he ran an advertising agency in the UK and more recently, Peter launched a media brand called Defiance.
Sammy Rubin is the CEO and co-founder of the life insurance company YuLife, which is redefining our understanding of traditional life insurance. By rewarding users who complete healthy tasks such as meditation or physical activity with financial incentives, YuLife has inspired endless amounts of individuals to live their best and most fulfilled lives.
Prior to starting YuLife, Sammy was the youngest director of a publicly listed financial services company in the UK and was also the founding CEO of Vitality Life. A veteran in the insurance industry, Sammy joins us to talk about how he has leveraged both his professional experience in this space and his spiritual learnings, to reinvent life insurance.
Nick Donahue is the co-founder and CEO of Atmos, a Summer 2020 YC-backed company that provides an all in one platform to build the home of your dreams. With the aim of making building a house a one-click effort, Atmos intends to massively simplify the way homes are built, and in the process democratise customisation to more home owners.
With backing from Sam Altman, former YC president and now head of OpenAI, and Adam Nash, former president and CEO of Wealthfront, Atmos wants to take both the big decisions and the sundries of construction and combine them onto one platform where selecting a design and moving forward is as simple as clicking through a Shopify shopping cart.
Gabi Hakim is the CEO and co-founder of VacTrack, a free digital health app which manages all aspects of you or your family's immunity. The app allows you to store records of your past vaccines, get reminded about future vaccines, and even gives you the ability to book vaccines directly from your phone - giving users access to anything related to vaccines or travel, all in one place. Featured in Finito World, VacTrack is on a mission to solve one of the biggest problems surrounding global health.
Download VacTrack from https://www.vactrackportal.com/
Pablo Viguera is the co-founder and CEO of Belvo, an Open Banking and financial information API platform for Latin America that has recently come through Y Combinator's Winter 2020 batch. He started his career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in London, after which he went on to become Interim COO at one of Rocket Internet's e-commerce ventures.
Belvo has raised a total of $13M to date, and their latest funding round was led by Founders Fund and Kaszek Ventures. Operating in Latin America, with HQs in Mexico City and Barcelona, Belvo have experienced massive growth over recent months, adding about 10-15 new financial institutions to their platform every month.
Learn more at https://www.belvo.com/
Scott Vincent is the CEO and founder of Digital Futures, a platform for graduates looking to enter the digital economy. Prior to starting this, Scott was recognised as one the U.K.'s Top 50 Entrepreneurs by The Telegraph for his first venture, Parker Fitzgerald, a risk management consultancy he started in 2009. With clients such as UBS, Credit Suisse and Citi Group, they were subsequently acquired by Accenture. After taking some time out to reconnect with his family, we caught up with Scott to learn more about his latest venture, Digital Futures.
Applications to join the 2021 Digital Futures Graduate Academy are now open. You can register on their website, https://digitalfutures.com/
Anthony Rose is the CEO and co-founder of SeedLegals, a legal automation platform which addresses all of a start-up's possible legal needs. He's been cited as the man behind the BBC iPlayer, and has founded numerous successful companies in the past. Loved by over 20,000 start-ups, 1 in every 6 U.K. companies have used SeedLegals at some point in their journey. With Index Ventures as their lead investor, SeedLegals have propelled themselves to being the #1 closer of funding rounds in the U.K.
Gaby Hersham is the CEO and co-founder of Huckletree, a unique co-working space which brings together a diverse community of startups, innovators and entrepreneurs - all powered by a shared belief in collaboration as a key business principle. With multiple offices in London, Manchester and Dublin, Huckletree has grown into an ecosystem which continues to empower the modern workforce. Huckletree has raised over £8M and is inspiring change across the co-working industry. Having been featured in Sky News, the Evening Standard and other news outlets, Gaby is leaving a legacy as a female entrepreneur.
Taylor Nieman is the co-founder and CEO of Toucan. Having graduated from Cornell University, Taylor joined Headspace as an early employee in Strategic Partnerships. After that, she went on to work as Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Fair.com. She joins us today to talk about Toucan, the chrome extension which helps you learn a language.
With their latest seed round led by GSV Ventures and other VC firms, along with angel investors such as Baron Davis, two-time NBA All-Star, and Jeff Weiner, former CEO of LinkedIn, Toucan (JoinToucan.com) is completely revolutionising the way we browse the web. It is a free Chrome extension which serves you up with micro-moments of learning as you browse the web, currently focused on teaching you a language. It's almost like a browser-based version of language flashcards, which integrates seamlessly into your everyday browsing.
Having graduated from Cambridge with a Double First Class Honours in Economics, Sam Franklin worked at Morgan Stanley as an investment banking analyst as well as McKinsey as a consultant. He then moved to Nested.com to head up the Business Operations team, which is where he met his cofounders for Otta.
Sam is currently the CEO of Otta, an online platform which helps job seekers find roles at the world's most innovative companies. With their most recent pre-seed round led by LocalGlobe, a VC firm which focuses on impact investments, Otta provides bespoke job recommendations, tailored for each user, all from a simple survey which takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Otta has had an impressive 75,000+ candidate sign ups in the past year.
Investment associate Dan Pinchasi has a wealth of experience under his belt, including working as an analyst as Bank J. Safra Sarasin, to starting his own payroll lending platform in Panama. Currently a full-time technology investor with TPY Capital, an early-stage VC company based out of Tel Aviv, Israel, Dan is also studying for his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University.
Co-founder and CEO Jacob Wedderburn-Day (Forbes 30u30) completed his undergraduate studies at Oxford University followed by a masters at University College London before founding Stasher, the world's first on-demand luggage storage network.
Since then Stasher has won the prestigious Pitch@Palace competition, Travolution's Startup of the Year and was named Expedia's Travel Startup in 2018.
Annabel studied Computer Science at Brown University, interned at Insight Venture Partners as a VC analyst and currently works as a Rotational Product Manager at Facebook. Eliana is studying Business and Psychology at Northeastern University. In the past, she co-founded a non-profit organisation, Golden Heroes, that creates and delivers chemotherapy kits to children with cancer across the US.
They've come together to create Envision - a fully online accelerator for the next generation of diverse student founders.
Ashu Savani and Ben Spring are the co-founders of TryHackMe, an online platform making cybersecurity more accessible for all to learn. In less than 2 years, TryHackMe has registered almost 250K users, provided a customisable service for schools to use, and has hosted numerous Bootcamps and CTF events.
Co-founder and CEO Aaron Morris completed his masters at Oxford university in Mathematics after which he joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in London, trading equity derivatives with a focus on event-driven strategies.
Aaron then left the world of finance to start his first venture, PostEra, a bio-tech company that's been funded by the likes of Y Combinator and other top bay area investors. They use machine learning to accelerate the drug discovery process and have assembled a world class team from the likes of Harvard and Yale to tackle the problems surrounding this space.