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Starting a business, and reflections on why it matters

In this newsletter I talk about this week's podcast and general reflections on why starting businesses is important.

How to start a business :: with Dave Parker, Troy Henikoff, and Alex Giannikoulis

In this episode of Ventures, we pull clips from Ep43 (Dave Parker), Ep14 (Troy Henikoff), and Ep47 (Alex Giannikoulis) to dive into the specific topics surrounding ideation, validation, creation, and early growth of a new business. We talk about market-first vs. team-first, finding a co-founder, financial modeling, and practical advice from the perspective of investors and entrepreneurs on how to build a company from the ground up.

A dedicated podcast to Web 3.0, and a brief note about why Web 3.0 matters

In this newsletter I talk about this week's podcast and, high-level, why Web 3.0 is such a big deal.

What is Web 3.0? :: With Tony Sager, Sol Cates, Lorien Gabel, Andrew Cronk, Tony Little, and Spencer Graham

In this episode of Ventures, we’ve pulled together clips from Episodes 2, 18, 31, and 48 to describe specifically the definition of Web 3.0...what it is, why it’s important, and what the vision is for its future. Along the way we talk about the history of Web 1 & 2, blockchains, scaling trust, and the Web 3.0 stack from the perspective of a Web 3.0 product manager and entrepreneur.

One-year anniversary of the Ventures Podcast (and onward to Season 2)!

In this newsletter I talk about this week's podcast episode and list out the ten, high-level categories from the previous 51 conversations.

Web 3.0 and agricultural supply chains; connecting farmers and startups via scaled trust :: with Joni Kindwall-Moore

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Joni Kindwall-Moore (https://www.linkedin.com/in/joni-kindwall-moore-rn-57a81014/) and I continue our conversion from episode 49 and focus this time on supply chain issues in agriculture and consumer packaged goods companies (CPG, like Joni’s startup, https://snacktivistfoods.com/). We talk about how a Web 3.0 future would make her life easier, help growers, cut out needless people and systems in the middle, and help buyers find more reliable products and sellers around the world.

Loving customers, and keeping up with "news"

In this newsletter I talk about this week's podcast and how to think about and consume "news".

The Amare Wave, love vs. war in business, and uplifting customers :: with Moshe Engelberg

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Moshe Engelberg (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mosheengelberg/) and I discuss his book The Amare Wave: Uplifting Business by Putting Love to Work. From an entrepreneurial lens, we cover topics including loving customers, helping customers love your business, example case studies from a new founder perspective, and the existential purpose of every for-profit and nonprofit organization on the planet.

Startup historians and continuous glucose monitoring

In this newsletter I talk about this week's podcast and my new N=1 experiments with a Dexcom G6.

Navigating geopolitics, startup lawyers, and the parallels between the 1920s and 2020s :: with Larry Little

In this episode of Ventures, my father (Larry Little, https://www.kitsapsun.com/opinion/columnists/) and I discuss entrepreneurship through the historical lens of the past 100 years. We talk about the arc of history for him personally and his family, and for the global political and economic situation at large. We cover how to find a great startup lawyer, advice for entrepreneurs, thoughts about navigating political polarization, and hope in entrepreneurs - in general - to help bring about a better world.

Soil science, grains, technology, and the future of health care

In this week's newsletter I talk about my podcast with Joni Kindwall-Moore and about STAT NEWS' recent eBook they released with IBM.

Soil science, microbiomes, and loving grains again :: with Joni Kindwall-Moore

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Joni Kindwall-Moore (https://www.linkedin.com/in/joni-kindwall-moore-rn-57a81014/) and I discuss the science behind grains, soils, and microbiomes. We also talk about the story of her startup (https://snacktivistfoods.com/) and how her team is helping to regenerate healthy soils and grains to improve human health.

Web 3.0. Buckle Up.

This special edition of the newsletter is going to be short and sweet. I’m going to focus on helping you get up to speed on the Web 3.0 world, which is coming faster than you think.

How are blockchains creating value for humanity? Why is Web 3.0 important? :: with Andrew Cronk

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Andrew Cronk (https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewcronk/, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at https://figment.io/) and I discuss Web 3 and blockchains beyond price hysteria, energy-usage debates, and influencer shenanigans. While everyone has been distracted by current events, the Web 3 builders continue to push the technology forward in a way that is genuinely compelling for our future. We talk about Proof-of-Stake, building a Web 3 developer community, technologies that exist today for decentralized apps, NFTs, Helium Network, what the rest of this year looks like for Figment, and much, much more.

A VC's perspective on being a founder again, decentralized clouds, and the future of extended reality (XR)

In this newsletter I talk about this week's podcast, Akash, and use-cases for XR that I'm excited about.