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Any society that allows itself to become radically unequal eventually collapses into an uprising or a police state—or both. Join venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and some of the world’s leading economic and political thinkers in an exploration of who gets what and why. Turns out, everything you learned about economics is wrong. And if we don’t do something about rising inequality, the pitchforks are coming.
 
Backstage Capital is venture investment fund that backs underrepresented tech startup founders. Since inception in September 2015, Backstage has deployed nearly $2m into 40+ startups around the U.S. that are led by women, POC, and LGBT founders. This podcast takes you behind the scenes to show you what it's like to build a fund from scratch and give you deep insights into what investors are REALLY looking for. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You might steal a donut. But that'll have nothing to do ...
 
Design is Everywhere features stories of people and organizations using design to make an impact and change the world. Host Sam Aquillano discusses topics with guests across the Design Museum’s 12 Impact Areas: Vibrant Cities, Healthcare, Social Impact, Workplace Innovation, Play, Sustainability, Education, Data Visualization, Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Business, and Civic Innovation.
 
Build The Future shares the compelling visions of the future and the stories of those building it. We explore frontier technologies, innovative research, and ambitious projects from around the world that will shape our future. Our guests are entrepreneurs, thought leaders, researchers, and anyone else actively working to build the world we want to live in.
 
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In this episode of CRYPTO 101, brought to you by Otis, we talk to Anthony Georgiades about how the development of the NFT went from being security tokens to taking over the creative spaces of art, music, and much more. Sponsored link:www.withotis.com/crypto101www.withotis.com/legal/disclaimerGuest Links:https://pastel.network/https://twitter.com/Pa…
 
In most states, tipped workers are not subject to the minimum wage. Why? Because it’s legal to pay tipped workers a subminimum wage as low as the federal minimum of $2.13 per hour. As long as any worker in the country can be paid less than the minimum wage, the minimum wage is meaningless. Saru Jayaraman, a leader in the national fight for one fair…
 
In this episode of CRYPTO 101, brought to you by Masterworks.io, we talk to Derek Alia of Futureswap about being a decentralized maximalist, why building on Ethereum is like the Manhattan of crypto, and how his company is navigating the world of rising gas fees and other swift changes. Sponsored link:www.masterworks.io/crypto101www.masterworks.io/a…
 
This episode originally aired on July 8, 2021. What role does design play in policing? In this episode, Sam is joined by Jennifer Rittner, a writer, educator, and Principal at Content Matters. Jennifer was the guest editor of our latest Design Museum Magazine Issue, The Policing Issue, which explores how one of the most powerful institutions functi…
 
In this episode of CRYPTO 101, brought to you by Masterworks.io, we talk to Neil Zumwalde of Credmark about DeFi 1.0 vs DeFi 2.0, and how to be risk averse in the growing world of crypto.Sponsored link:www.masterworks.io/crypto101www.masterworks.io/about/disclaimerGuest Links:https://credmark.com/https://twitter.com/credmarkhqShow Links:https://CRY…
 
When the Federal Reserve makes money, where does it go? Turns out, the Fed’s hands are tied—it can’t do anything other than assume that the new money will trickle down into the hands of ordinary Americans through Wall Street’s coffers. And according to journalist Christopher Leonard, that’s put the United States’ economic stability at risk and acce…
 
In this episode of CRYPTO 101, brought to you by LinkedIn Jobs, we dissect Web 3 with Matt Cutler of the Blocknative Corporation, along with highlighting the parallels between cryptocurrency and the early days of the internet. Sponsored link:www.linkedin.com/cryptoGuest Links:https://twitter.com/mcutler?lang=enhttps://twitter.com/Blocknativehttps:/…
 
This episode originally aired on July 1, 2021. What does it look like to brand for a community? You may be familiar with the impact of branding, but what does it look like when a brand can help connect a community to their mission? In this episode, Sam meets with Nadia Husain, Design Director at Trollbäck+Company to learn how their team collaborate…
 
In this episode of CRYPTO 101, brought to you by Otis, we kick off 2022 and our biweekly podcast release schedule by talking to two legends in the crypto space; Adam Back of Blockstream and Arnab Naskar of STOKR. Sponsored link:www.withotis.com/crypto101www.withotis.com/legal/disclaimerGuest Links:https://twitter.com/adam3ushttps://twitter.com/arna…
 
If it seems to you like the ultimate goal of the most extreme conservatives is to undermine democracy and cripple democratic institutions—well, according to historian Nancy MacLean, you’re right. This week, MacLean unpacks the meteoric rise in popularity of the radical right’s ideas, and offers a way forward for progressives, based on lessons from …
 
Pabel Martinez, Global Account Director at Tik Tok, founder of Plurawl, and podcaster at ¿Quién Tú Eres?. In this conversation, he talks about his journey to work in his dream company and how he overcame imposter syndrome. We discuss the importance of therapy, navigating corporate America as a Latinx in tech. Pabel also shared the skills he develop…
 
Meet the team from Design Museum Everywhere! In this episode, Sam is joined by the staff of Design Museum Everywhere. Sam chats with the team about their 2021 accomplishments and what they’re looking forward to in the new year for the Design Museum. For links to resources we discuss on this episode, visit our show page: Design Museum Everywhere: Ye…
 
In this episode of CRYPTO 101, brought to you by Otis, we talk to Dan Reecer of Acala Network about navigating the competition, attracting developers and the integration of multiple crypto sectors into one unique product. Sponsored link:www.withotis.com/crypto101www.withotis.com/legal/disclaimerGuest Links:https://acala.network/https://twitter.com/…
 
The 2017 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act included a little-known provision establishing something called opportunity zones. The plan, which was lauded as a way to direct investments into under-developed communities in the U.S., created 8,764 tax havens that were almost immediately exploited by the wealthy to gobble up capital gains tax breaks. Pulitzer Prize-w…
 
How can change be designed to be easier, better, and more effective? In this week’s episode, we learn about the role of design in change management. Sam is joined by Tim Creasey, an author, researcher, and change expert. As Chief Innovation Officer at Prosci, Tim enables change teams to catalyze adoption and usage to deliver results and outcomes. T…
 
Henry Quintana, Operations Manager at Capsule in New York, shares the skills and resources that helped him develop professionally. He talks about his experience at different startups, how he overcame challenges, and how companies could develop more inclusive cultures. Learn about his story and connect with Henry via LinkedIn.…
 
In this episode of CRYPTO 101, brought to you by Otis, we talk with Rob LoCascio of LivePerson about how his company is building up the future of the crypto customer experience, along with how his time developing on Web 1 has lead to a career of steady innovation over the last several decades. Sponsored link:www.withotis.com/crypto101https://www.wi…
 
In the U.S., inequality is often framed as the 99% versus the wealthiest 1%. But that’s not quite the right matchup. While the bottom 90% has done dramatically worse over the last several decades and the top 0.1% has done dramatically better, the 9.9% in between those groups still controls more than half of the wealth in the United States. Author a…
 
Cuco Vega is the founder of Bexi, the tool that helps people who have never run a digital marketing campaign or run their digital marketing for their business according to the goals they want to accomplish. Cuco talks about his journey as a co-founder and how to inspire others to follow the same path or learn from some of the challenges and opportu…
 
How do venture capital firms inspire design with a point of view? In this week’s episode, we learn about the intersection of venture capital and design. Sam is joined by Irene Au, Design Partner at Khosla Ventures. Irene breaks down how venture capital firms work and design that is critical for success. Later on in the show, they are joined by Jame…
 
In this episode of CRYPTO 101, brought to you by Masterworks.io, we talk to Robert Materazzi of Lukka about how his essential company solves some of the most challenging data solutions within the entire crypto industry… and how they address these issues with in-house innovative technology.By Bryce Paul & Pizza Mind: Bitcoin Blockchain Cryptocurrency Ethereum Advocates
 
How can we center the role of race in our economic policy and in our politics in a way that will drive real change? Kyle Strickland, the deputy director of race and democracy at the Roosevelt Institute, explains how our leaders have fallen under the sway of racial liberalism, which focuses solely on disavowing personal bigotry and overt discriminat…
 
How are campuses using space differently? In this week’s episode, we learn how institutions are designing equity into their decision-making process. Sam is joined by Linsey Graff, a Senior Campus Planner at DLR Group, a global, integrated design firm with a core practice in architecture, engineering, interiors, and planning. Linsey chats about the …
 
In this episode of CRYPTO 101, brought to you by Otis, LinkedIn Jobs and LadderLife.com, we talk to Al Morris of Koii Network about how his million-plus users are accessing the decentralized platform to mint and scale NFTs, storing media assets on-chain. Sponsored link:www.withotis.com/crypto101www.linkedin.com/cryptowww.ladderlife.com/crypto101Gue…
 
The average family earning $25,000 a year in the U.S. spends about $2,400 on financial transactions. Whether it’s the astronomical interest rates of a payday loan or the costs that come with being unbanked, the extractive practices of the financial services industry are effectively keeping the poor in poverty. Lawyer and author Mehrsa Baradaran and…
 
How does design influence how we make the difficult decisions after a loved one passes? In this week’s episode, we learn about the role of design to improve the decision-making process after a death. Sam is joined by Lisa deBettencourt, Founder and Principal at Forge Harmonic, an innovation and strategic design firm that works with digital health a…
 
Jennifer Garcia is the founder of Fluential Leadership and the COO of the Latino Business Network (LBAN). Through her company, she provides individual solutions for personal and professional growth, equipping individuals to uplevel their leadership ability. In this episode, we talk about Leadership shift, personal development shift, and passion shi…
 
In this episode of CRYPTO 101, brought to you by Masterworks.io, we talk to Paul Gambill of Nori about how his company is using blockchain technology to help tackle climate change by incentivizing companies and individuals to pull carbon out of the air. Sponsored link:www.masterworks.io/crypto101www.masterworks.io/about/disclaimerGuest Links:https:…
 
Until very recently, the prevailing wisdom cautioned that transitioning to a clean energy economy would be extremely expensive, and therefore only possible if undertaken slowly. New research upends that thinking—when it comes to going green, the faster we go, the cheaper it will be. University of Oxford professors Eric Beinhocker and Doyne Farmer t…
 
Jennifer Garcia is the founder of Fluential Leadership and the COO of the Latino Business Network (LBAN). Through her company, she provides individual solutions for personal and professional growth, equipping individuals to uplevel their leadership ability. Fluential Leadership also supports small businesses with growth strategies, retaining top ta…
 
What makes a toy design memorable, fun, and interactive? In this episode, Sam is joined by Mike Hoeting, President of Bang Zoom Design, to learn how toy designers generate new ideas to create a product that is fun and imaginative. Mike explains how he discovered toy design in college after a childhood of loving toys. Later on in the show, Sam and M…
 
In this episode of CRYPTO 101, brought to you by StopSIMSwaps.com, we talk to Yenwen Feng of Perpetual Protocol about how his company transitioned into a decentralized exchange enabling the use of leverage and providing users with zero gas fees.Sponsored link:https://stopsimswaps.com/Guest Links:https://twitter.com/tempofenghttps://www.perp.fi/Show…
 
The number of unhoused Americans is at a historically high rate right now. This podcast is produced in Seattle, a city with the third highest homeless population in the U.S. Though many Seattleites identify as progressive, we can’t reach a consensus on how to help our most vulnerable populations—or even find agreement on the root causes of the hous…
 
What is the process and design of a rebrand and how is it different from a relaunch? In this week’s episode, we learn about the process of revitalizing and invigorating brands. Sam is joined by John Roescher, co-founder and CEO at handsome, a holistic experience design agency. John explains how a holistic design agency helps a brand think about eve…
 
Cristina Trujillo talks about her path to becoming a founder of REEM. REEM Media is a full-service bilingual MediaTech agency owned and operated by Women of Color, leading a diverse talent pool of high-caliber creatives in media and tech. https://www.reemmedia.org/By Adriana Flores-Ragade
 
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