EPISODE32: The Thin Edge of Angel Investing

Martin Tobias, Angel Investor from the Northwest [7/15/2021]

https://anchor.fm/posi2ive/episodes/Martin-Tobias_E32-The-Thin-Edge-of-Angel-Investing-7152021-e14h01u

Note: References with links are listed at the end of the show notes.

INTRO:

1:00 Talks about his love for things that solve problems, stemming back from his childhood. Talks about the drive Entrepreneurs have to try things that others won’t do. Shares experience with beginnings of downloadable software. Has started over 3 companies. He’s an investor in startups, and also a Limited Partner.

SECTION1: Reducing Friction

3:20 Shares his thesis driven approach to investing in startups that he believe correlate with higher returns…


EPISODE31: Looking back at Earth

Jeff Crusey, Investment Manager at Seraphim Capital in London [7/1/2021]

https://anchor.fm/posi2ive/episodes/Jeff-Crusey_E31-Looking-back-at-Earth-712021-e13pr7m

Note: References with links are listed at the end of the show notes.

INTRO:

1:00 Shares his trajectory in investment banking — seeking something better for the world. Grew up surfing. In 2007 got involved with CleanTech with DTE Energy in Detroit. Talks about growing up in SoCal, and passion for hip hop. Shares his London experience in lockdown, and experience going to The New Forest.

SECTION1: Varifocal

6:00 Shares his startup experience and fascination with the varifocal, after starting on AR / VR…


Romain Diaz, Founder and CEO at Satgana in Lisbon [6–16–2021]

https://anchor.fm/posi2ive/episodes/Romain-Diaz_30-The-Right-Why-6162021-e12u0hi

Note: References with links are listed at the end of the show notes.

INTRO:

1:00 Shares his inspiration for impact, with origins in France, and experience in emerging countries. Talks about Venture Builders / Venture Factories / Venture Studios. Shares background in Fintech and Mobility. Shares his raison d’être for business for good.

SECTION1: The Mercenary

3:00 Talks about Rocket Internet in 2012, and their copycat model in developed and developing countries. Talks about experience with Africa’s first unicorn Jumia. Unpacks his entry into Venture Building via his experience…


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Dan Selz (Impact Director), and Peter Houlihan (VP of Biodiversity and Conservation) at The XPRIZE Foundation in Los Angeles [6/1/2021]

https://anchor.fm/posi2ive/episodes/Dan-Selz--Peter-Diamandis-XPRIZE_E29-Ecosystems-for-Anyone-612021-e120oon

Note: References with links are listed at the end of the show notes.

INTRO:

1:00 Dan shares the history of the XPRIZE Foundation, spanning 25 years, starting with the Ansari XPRIZE — with space flight (see links in Sources). Discusses the size of prizes and length of engagements with participants. Also shares the announcement of The Carbon Removal Prize of $100M, sponsored by Elon Musk — one of the largest private prizes ever launched

SECTION1: XPRIZE

6:00 Shares the…


Tomy Lorsch, GP at Oneness Ventures in The Bay Area [5/17/2021]

https://anchor.fm/posi2ive/episodes/Tomy-Lorsch_E27-Seekers-and-Innovators-5172021-e1134pt

Note: References with links are listed at the end of the show notes.

INTRO:

1:00 We transition from Tommy’s guided meditation. Tomy shares his experience living in Argentina, Madrid, Germany, and living in the Bay Area. Talks about his experience of running his customer experience company working with Fortune 500 companies in Latin America and Europe. Shares his startup experience of starting a company, and the void of uncertainty as a Founder. Shares the stages of his life, and why he transitioned to a healthier lifestyle.

SECTION1: Compassionate…


Emil Davityan, CEO at Bluedot in Austin [5/3/2021]

https://anchor.fm/posi2ive/episodes/Emil-Davityan_E27-Better-GeoSocial-Experiences-532021-e106cgq

Note: References with links are listed at the end of the show notes.

INTRO:

1:00 Emil shares his backstory becoming a CEO at Bludot, with roots in cybersecurity policy in Australia. Talks about his vision of mobility and transport — giving the example of contactless payments through travel. They started with the ideas of parking and gas stations, but decided to narrow in on highspeed triggered replacements for hardware toll devices.

4:00 Talks about the transition to the consumer, and micro-moats. Discusses how the individual is being separated from the asset…


EPISODE26: Every Day Sustainability

https://anchor.fm/posi2ive/episodes/Haley-Kwait-Zollo_E26-Every-Day-Sustainability-4-15-2021-ev03bs

Haley Kwait Zollo, Principle at Starting Line Ventures in Chicago [4/15/2021]

Note: References with links are listed at the end of the show notes.

INTRO:

1:00 Talks about entry into KPMG, and working in M&A diligence with Private Equity funds. Shares family story with Grubhub, and realizing that startups were more interesting. Shares her experience at TrunkClub — with her background in fashion. Talks about early days in strategy and analytics. Shares Mac & Mia experience, with another exit and a few years later started in VC with Starting Line Ventures.

SECTION1: Network in Venture


Welcome to Season 2, Episode 25 everyone. Enjoy!

https://anchor.fm/posi2ive/episodes/Peter-McGraw_E25-Wrangling-World-Changing-Ideas-04012021-eu1sdt

Peter McGraw, Author and Professor at University of Colorado Boulder [04/01/2021]

Note: References with links are listed at the end of the show notes.

INTRO:

2:00 Talks about teaching in Marketing and Psych, and training as a Behavioral Economist. Shares his interest in the question: “What makes things funny?”. Shares about the history of studying this question. Inspired him to crack the “Humor Code”. Discusses the power of science, using data rather than arguments.

SECTION1: What is Funny?

5:50 Shares the general theories of comedy, and how “benign violation” may be…


https://anchor.fm/posi2ive/episodes/Mark-Huang_E24-The-Rise-of-BlueTech-212021-eppvbd

EPISODE24: The Rise of BlueTech

Mark Huang, CoFounder at SeaAhead in Boston [2/1/2021]

Note: References with links are listed at the end of the show notes.

INTRO:

1:00 Shares background in military, cleantech, and naval architecture. Discusses the cost-curve of Lithium-Ion, LED Lighting, and Sustainable Food sector. Introduces BlueTech, and how they believe it will lead to venture scale transformation. Also highlights passion for economic development and creating good-resilient working-class jobs.

SECTION1: Bluetech

7:00 We discuss the OECD’s report on the Ocean Economy (see link below), and how it ties into BlueTech (startups focused on ocean technologies). Mark shares…

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