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The facetious tech show. Featuring Ezra Olubi, Uzo Olisemeka, Tolu Agunbiade and guests; we bring you our unfiltered opinion on the Nigerian technology ecosystem, and global technology related news that catch our attention. Email: crudcast@cfezra.com
 
Long-form TED level conversations with top thinkers, founders and scientists on how advances in biotech & genomics, space travel, IoT, AI and other exponential tech converge to create our collective future and what we can do, from a research and policy perspective to shape the technology, trends and societal norms for a better world. If in-depth, unscripted conversations with the researchers, startups and future thinkers transforming our future in a Tim Ferriss meets Sam Harris, Kara Swisher ...
 
WELCOME TO THE REMOTE EDITION PODCAST This podcast is all about sharing stories from remote workers who have a successful career whilst travelling the world. If you’re sick of your 9-5, fed up of your commute and want the freedom to travel, this podcast is FOR YOU! There many opportunities for you to live life on your terms AND earn a living. Freelancing, starting a business, becoming a digital nomad, getting a remote job all whilst travelling the world - these are all possible for you. Thro ...
 
Perry Ogwuche who was previously a YC founder talks to other founders from the YC community and beyond with inactive companies to learn from their stories and unique experiences with running a business that they eventually had to shut down. Lessons from a failed startup podcast focuses on the stories of entrepreneurs who have started businesses that are among the 95% of businesses that don’t quite make it to the finish line.
 
As the owner of a travel marketing agency, I've worked with travel businesses for over 10 years and seen what works and what doesn't first hand, learning a lot of lessons along the way. This podcast is here to share the stories of business leaders in the travel industry, from the biggest successes to the hardest challenges and everything in between. And there's a dash of wanderlust thrown in along the way for good measure. You'll get actionable advice, inspirational stories and leading insig ...
 
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The episode starts off with some various stories out of China, including Pinduoduo founder Colin Huang losing billions as Chinese regulators crack down on domestic tech companies. Next, Alex looks at how the popular tech accelerator YCombinator has recently changed to incorporate larger batches of startups and a virtual based workflow. Also covered…
 
Alex kicks off the episode with an in-depth analysis on the market cap of DoorDash rising above Uber despite Uber having multiple offerings outside of food delivery. The show's second topic looks at the recent exposè by Reuters detailing Amazon's abuse of seller data in Inida and the fallout this has caused between Amazon an U.S. regulators. Also c…
 
[2:10] - What was the initial concept with which you started Glovo? [7:44] - How has the tapering down of the pandemic affected your business? [10:17] - How do you deliver groceries in 10 minutes? [17:36] - How profitable is your q-commerce business? [20:50] - How do you build loyalty in this business? [23:23] - What is justifying the huge amounts …
 
Alex looks at recent reports chronicling the growth of platforms in the second hand fashion industry. He highlights the varied niches that these platforms have been able to grow into large verticals spanning a variety of areas in the clothing industry. Next, coverage of two examples of government taking on big tech platforms starting with Australia…
 
[1:42] How did you go from scuba instructor to insect farming? [4:24] I don’t see insect protein based food in the market, why so much funding in this space? [7:17] How do you actually do insect farming? What is the process of farming black soldier flies and creating proteins out of them? [10:31] With the recent Covid pandemic, do you think the per…
 
Applico CTO Tri Tran joins Alex for an opening segment looking at Procore's $500 million acquisition of LevelSet, a company specializing in lien rights management for the construction industry. Next, Alex discusses multiple articles on the current supply chain disruption in the United States. He looks at how the labor shortage has exacerbated the i…
 
[2:05] From where does your fascination for business and entrepreneurship stem from? [3:21] When you met Angela (co-founder), what fascinated you about her work and what made you think that this had commercial opportunities? [7:42] How did you determine which application to develop first? [10:42] If you had to redo the phase of trying to find your …
 
Alex opens the show with a detailed theory on how platforms and the gig-economy could be affecting the current labor shortage in the United States. He highlights a few key factors that draw correlations between tech platform disruptive innovation and the excess of job openings across the states. Next, a look at the Wall Street Journal's multiple ex…
 
Its been a few months since our last episode. Things with CustomerDiscovery.co and LeanDiscoveryGroup.com have picked up so I have been working hard to keep up with the workload and fundraising. We will be doing our best to maintain at minimum 1 episode per month and optimally 1 mini episode per week of Q and A's if you send your questions to ethan…
 
[1:59] How did you come to focus on women-led businesses? [3:20] What do you think Europe has done to encourage women-led businesses and what more can be done? [5:06] What are the main barriers women face in attracting investments? [7:32] From an investor perspective, how do you balance the business objectives of revenues and scale when the founder…
 
Alex starts the show with a look at data highlighting how private equity firms have been investing in deals typical of venture capital firms. As a result, venture capital money has now been moving into earlier stage investments than what we've typically seen over the past 5 years. Next, a look at Coinbase and how its linear business model is being …
 
[2:18] How did you come to joining Bramble as employee #1? [6:12] How did you organize yourselves with three founders, in terms of responsibilities, in the beginning, and how that has evolved now? [8:16] What is the right time for ideas coming out of research institutions and universities to spin out on their own? [11:01] What is the funding journe…
 
We get started by looking at news that Reddit is hiring advisors to start the IPO process. Alex discusses a possible Reddit initial public offering and looks into some recent issues that arose between Reddit management and the platform's users. Next, a look at Vetcove, an under the radar B2B veterinarian supply company that's being sued by Chewy. A…
 
Alex kicks off the show with a look at PitchBook's new Greater China Venture Report. With a focus on the decline in first financings, he gives insight into why early stage venture investment is trending down. Next, details on China's new bans that will limit weekly video game time for minors and Uber's acquisition of transportation management softw…
 
[2:14] What does ESG really mean and where are we today? [10:27] What can startups do for ESG? [13:11] What triggered you to start Net Purpose? [20:11] How do you ensure businesses don’t make false claims about their environmental policies or make token gestures but have very little impact? How much can the data be trusted? [23:47] How did you figu…
 
Modern Monopolies co-author Nick Johnson hops on the episode to discuss OnlyFans backpedaling on its decision to ban explicit content. Also covered in this episode, investors selling off Alibaba stock amid the Chinese tech crackdown, Walmart's activities in India with Flipkart, and Discord's continued valuation growth after declining a $15 billion …
 
Alex sits down with Randy Altschuler, the CEO and co-founder of Xometry. Xometry is a publicly traded on-demand industrial parts marketplace based in Derwood, Maryland. Xometry's platform connects customers like BMW, NASA, Bosch, Dell and General Electric with contract manufacturers, which are often small domestic machine shops. The two discuss the…
 
The show opens with a look at the announcement that the platform OnlyFans will be banning explicit content, AKA the type of content the site is known for. Next, a look at China investing a fake Swiss scientist quoted in news media and Beijing gaining a board seat at tech company ByteDance. The second half of the show covers a Wall Street Journal re…
 
Alex opens up the show looking at Spotify's continued growth of its podcasting platform and data that shows listener numbers on Spotify are surpassing Apple. Next, Alex's reaction to Keith Rabois discussing China on CNBC and a look at two stories concerning censorship, Apple's announced scanning of photos on user's iPhones, and PayPal engaging in f…
 
Eugene Volokh is founder and coauthor of The Volokh Conspiracy, a leading legal blog. His law review articles have been cited by opinions in eight Supreme Court cases and several hundred court opinions in total, as well as several thousand scholarly articles. Eugene sits down with Alex and Nick to discuss his recent article in the Journal of Free S…
 
Mike Matthys is co-founder of the 1st & 14th Institute, a non-partisan champion for free speech, free press, and due process. Matthys joins Alex on Winner Take All for a discussion on the current landscape of online speech and what can be done to prevent censorship by big tech arbiters like Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon. The two discuss the 1st & 1…
 
Alex opens the episode with a look at Netflix's recent earnings report where it was announced that a digital movie studio would move into the gaming space. Next, a look at Robinhood's tumultuous first two weeks as a public company and some promising data from alternative tech platforms focused on user privacy and free speech. The second half of the…
 
[1:21] Your journey from VC to accelerator head [3:02] What stage does Malmo focus on? [3:59] What trends are you seeing in the fundraising landscape - on what’s working and what is not? [12:36] The problem of pre-seed funding in Europe and what can be done to fix it [25:58] How can people find the right angels if they don't have the network?…
 
The episode starts off with a look at updated numbers from the various streaming service providers as the competitive landscape enters a new phase post COVID pandemic. Next, a look at an interesting Wall Street Journal article that details how Amazon will take equity from its suppliers. Also covered, Zipline, a startup that can deliver blood to doc…
 
The show kicks off with a look at CB Insights new State Of Venture Q2’21 Report, which details the runaway valuations of tech startups over the past year. On that thread, Alex looks at the recently IPOd platform, Xometry, and Nextdoor's plan to go public via SPAC. The second half of the show covers Etsy's next M&A move acquiring Elo7, regulatory co…
 
[2:02] What inspired you to start CLUBZERØ? [6:42] How did you determine the market opportunity and feasibility? [10:37] How has your background in architecture helped you become an entrepreneur? [15:16] How did you prioritize what to do in the early days? [24:35] In 2018 and 2019 you were raising money, but had also had a baby. How was that experi…
 
Alex opens the show looking at the recent debacle surround Chinese ride sharing app DiDi's initial public offering. Investors saw $DIDI shares drop 20%+ after the Cyberspace Administration of China announced the app would be removed from app stores for illegally collect personal data. Next, a look at Shopify's announcement that they will waive fees…
 
Alex kicks off the show looking at DuckDuckGo, an internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers' privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results, and their recently announced $100m secondary investment. The episode also takes a look at claims that the COVID pandemic has accelerated the shift to eCommerce by 5 yea…
 
[1:18] Why do you feel so strongly about this vision of creating friendships between customers and agents and where does this vision come from? [7:28] As a company, what was the process you undertook to define the category that you want to be in? [19:29] How do you convince your customers to switch from an established vendor? [24:27] What are some …
 
Applico CTO and former Munchery CEO, Tri Tran, joins the show to discuss Instacart's playbook to build a $1 billion ad business and what this revenue stream could mean for the delivery platform's highly anticipated IPO. Tran discusses how he sees the online grocery and delivery landscapes playing out over the next few years while highlighting some …
 
On Veriff [01:20] Could you tell a little about how and why you started Veriff? [03:53] What shortcoming did you notice in the current solution that made you think you could do something different and better than what existed? [6:42] How are fintech companies with their legacy systems able to use your new advanced verification system? Growing your …
 
The first half of the episode contains a deep dive into 5 new bills to curb the power of big tech and dominance of their platforms. Alex takes a look at the American Choice and Innovation Online Act, the Ending Platform Monopolies Act, The Platform Competition and Opportunity Act, the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act, and The Augmenting Compatib…
 
Alex sits down with Marc Polymeropoulos, a former senior intelligence officer in the CIA overseeing clandestine operations in Europe and Eurasia. Marc retired after 26 years of service as one of the CIA’s most decorated field officers. The two discuss how the tech landscape has impacted CIA operations over the past 3 decades, the United States faci…
 
[2:02] - What led you to start Greyparrot and what did you do in your early stage? [10:47] - How did you figure out who your buyer in the value chain is? [12:17] - What was your process for validating the problem statement? What did you do well and what could you do better? [20:19] - How did you fund the venture in the early stages? What was your f…
 
Alex opens the show with two Applico announcements, the public release of Dot Food's press release detailing Applico's advisory of the ShopHero acquisition, and MDM featuring Applico's B2B Top 50 report. Next, Alex's take on whether or not inflation is coming to the USD and content platforms flipping their stance on COVID origin discussions. Also d…
 
[1:22] What is the pain that Outfunnel is trying to solve and who is your target market? [3:28] Can you tell me a little about your journey to starting Outfunnel? [4:30] How did you validate the problem you were solving? [8:03] How did you determine if the problem is a feature or something you can build a business around? [9:22] What are the challe…
 
Nick Kershaw is the founder of Impact Marathon, an organisation that uses the power of running to uplift communities and empower runners all over the world. Since 2015 they have raised $1.2m for grassroots organisations where they tackle The Global Goals in those communities, and have organised races in 5 different countries and built a community o…
 
Scott Barrows jumps on Winner Take All to discuss his chemical market network startup, BluePallet, coming out of stealth to launch its online marketplace backed by The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD). Scott and Alex discuss BluePallet's formation, a merger between echosystem and B2B FinTech engine Velloci, and securing BluePall…
 
Melvin is the founder of TravelDudes, a global community of experienced travelers who dig deep to find the best travel tips to share with the world. Travel Dudes has amassed a Twitter following of more than 250,000 people and has similarly huge numbers on Facebook, Instagram and other social media channels. Melvin is at the forefront of the convers…
 
Alex opens the show with a look at Florida's newly proposed law to protect social media users from being unjustly banned from platforms. Next, a look at how Facebook has internally been classifying user's "vaccine hesitancy" levels and the Cyberspace Administration of China citing 105 apps for allegedly violating privacy laws. Also covered in this …
 
Alex kicks off the show with news of the Cathie Wood led ARK Next Generation Internet ETF selling off shares of Netflix and buying into Disney. Alex pulls a WTA clip from a month ago where he warned that Wood's decision to "buy the dip" on Netflix was a bad move. Next, discussion on AT&T's decision to sell its WarnerMedia assets and TikTok CEO Zhan…
 
[1:40] What about your experience working in the Japanese geriatric residential made you start Farewill? [06:15] What is the current experience for consumers who want a Will, probate, or funeral service? [14:12] How did you build trust in this industry and get your first few customers? [17:46] What impact has Farewill made on customers? [22:20] How…
 
Alex opens up the episode by announcing Applico's new partnership with Laz Parking, one of the nation's largest parking companies operating over 1.3 million parking spaces in 35 states and 439 cities across the United States. Next, a look at Amazon possibly utilizing malls as last mile fulfillment centers and two stories out of China detailing Meit…
 
Tiny Capital Co-founder Andrew Wilkinson calls into the show to discuss his approach to buying wonderful internet business, taking WeCommerce Holdings public on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and what he thinks the future could be for crypto and NFTs. Andrew is Co-founder of Tiny, a technology holding company using a simple one-month acquisition proce…
 
[1:34] - Why did you leave Oracle to join Celonis? [3:20]] What does Celonis do? And what is Execution Management System (EMS)? [8:00] How would you describe what it takes to be an ecosystem strategy officer? [9:35] When time is best to build a partner or ecosystem strategy? Is this something that you would recommend all companies to do? [14:13] Wh…
 
Ben Simpson is the co-founder of Easol, an e-commerce platform specially designed for selling experiences and made specifically for experience creators. Before this he grew and sold an events business, worked at an ad agency and ran adventure travel experiences before founding Easol, successfully taking it through the YCombinator accelerator progra…
 
[1:10] Andy’s background and how he came to be known as ‘the growth guy’. [3:20] What does ‘growth’ actually mean these days? What is expected of a person when hired as VP of growth? [6:17] How should a growth team be structured in a startup for it to be set up for success? [9:56] Typically, what are a growth team’s responsibilities? What KPIs woul…
 
Sam Mcmanus is the founder of YellowWood Adventures, who offer small group adventures to exceptional destinations, from far flung places like Ethiopia and Mongolia to options closer to home like Spain and Romania. He is so passionate about what he does and that shines through in bucket loads through this conversation. Whether discussing the adventu…
 
Alex analyzes some excerpts from Berkshire Hathaway's 2021 Annual Shareholders Meeting that touch on changes in top market cap companies over the past 30 years, Apple's innovation, how inflation impacts asset prices, Charlie Munger's thoughts on SPACs and Robinhood. To close the show, Alex touches on Elon Musk's upcoming SNL appearance. 00:00 - Sub…
 
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