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Technology leadership at different stages of a growing company, a closer look at COVID-19 antibodies, and three bags for cryptocurrency trading

A newsletter about this week's podcast, rapid antibody tests, and crypto trading.

Growing as a technology leader, engaging value-add investors, and optimizing go-to-market strategies :: with Bill Murphy and Sol Cates

In this episode of Ventures, my guests Bill Murphy (https://www.linkedin.com/in/williamwmurphy/), Sol Cates (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sol-cates-649736/), and I discuss the worlds of private equity and investment banking, how founders should think about engaging strategic investors, the different stages of technology leadership as a company grows, and the services that Cresting Wave (https://www.crestingwave.com/) offers to help tech companies mature operations and execute go-to-market strategies.

Trust and Data

In this newsletter I talk about (1) our latest podcast episode on cybersecurity, and (2) "trust" in the Web 2.0 vs. Web 3.0 worlds.

Cybersecurity, 5G, extraterritoriality, and the dynamic negotiation of trust :: with Tony Rutkowski, Sol Cates, and Tony Sager

In this week’s episode of Ventures, my guests Tony Rutkowski (http://www.circleid.com/members/6809/), Sol Cates (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sol-cates-649736/), Tony Sager (https://www.cisecurity.org/) and I extend last week’s conversation about cybersecurity and Web 3.0. We dive into topics related to international data controls, entrepreneurship in a global landscape, 5G, SSL certificates, and the evolving definition of trust.

The history of the Internet & cybersecurity, and a closer look at rapid antibody tests for COVID-19

In this newsletter I talk about (1) the Ventures podcast episode this week with Sol Cates and Tony Sager, and (2) the rapid antibody tests that my colleagues and I recently took.

The history of cybersecurity & the Internet, and lessons for the Web 3.0 generation :: with Tony Sager and Sol Cates

In this episode of Ventures, my guests Tony Sager (https://www.cisecurity.org/), Sol Cates (https://twitter.com/solcates), and I discuss Tony’s journey through the National Security Agency during the cold war and dawn of the Internet. We talk about how Sol and Tony crossed paths, and how cybersecurity has evolved over the past 50 years, and how the Web 3.0 generation can (and should) learn from the Web 1.0 generation.

Helping fitness instructors in a pandemic, no-code vs. low-code vs. code, and querying blockchains

In this newsletter I talk about this week's podcast with Cheryl Kemp (Indifit.co), the no-code movement, and The Graph.

Starting a company in the pandemic, leveraging no-code solutions, and finding co-founders online :: The indifit.co story with Cheryl Kemp

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Cheryl Kemp (founder of https://indifit.co/) and I discuss her journey of starting a company at the beginning of the pandemic, finding co-founders, leveraging no-code technology to validate her idea, pivoting into a completely different business model, providing software for fitness instructors, experimenting with growth strategies, and raising startup capital in 2021.

HealthTech entrepreneurship, SARS-CoV-2 variants vs. vaccines, and taking back the Internet

In this newsletter I talk about this week's podcast, data from Moderna, and Web 3.0.

HealthTech entrepreneurship, surviving cancer, and starting FertilityAnswers :: with Alice Crisci

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Alice Crisci (https://www.instagram.com/fertilityanswers_/) and I discuss her journey as a cancer survivor and entrepreneur in the medical/fertility space. While many people turn to “Dr. Google” when trying to find answers to their medical questions, Alice and her team have created a more sophisticated and personalized approach for finding answers to fertility-related questions. In addition to talking about MedAnswers and their first vertical, FertilityAnswers, Alice and I also talk about mental health for founders, how to validate an initial entrepreneurial idea, and how to think about smart resource allocations for effective go-to-market strategies.

Social Entrepreneurship, Linting, and Automated System Testing

In this newsletter I write about the podcast from this week with Valerie Groth, and parts 9 and 10 of the technical founder training series.

From social work to social entrepreneurship and starting an inner-city boarding school :: The Ryan Banks Academy story, with Valerie Groth

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Valerie Groth (https://www.ryanbanksacademy.org/) and I discuss the Ryan Banks Academy story, her background in social work and in Chicago Public Schools, resiliency when starting a school and nonprofit, and life for students in a pandemic. With social entrepreneurship gaining increased attention globally, we dive into a number of topics in this conversation to help founders think about relevant issues to address with new ventures.

Automated system testing with Rspec in a Ruby on Rails app :: Full-stack web development "Hello World" tutorials for entrepreneurs: Part 10 of 10

This post is the final part of a 10-part series within a series that is designed to teach full-stack web development for entrepreneurs. Here we’ll introduce the topic of automated testing with Rspec within a Ruby on Rails app. We’ll work through writing “system tests” as an example, which allows us to mimic the behavior of manually clicking through a browser and filling things out. Our system tests will be used to ensure our previously developed forms in Rails, React, and Turbo won’t break with future code commits.

Code Formatting and Linting in Ruby and JavaScript :: Full-stack web development "Hello World" tutorials for entrepreneurs: Part 9 of 10

This post is part 9 of a 10-part series within a series that is designed to teach full-stack web development for entrepreneurs. Here we’ll dive into the topics of automated code formatting and linting to maintain consistent code styles and help us catch bugs before they get committed to our code repository.

Listening to your community

In this newsletter I discuss the latest podcast episode of Ventures with Foxy Davison and discuss more in depth why it's important to architect systems to listen deeply to your customer/user communities.