How technology is changing the world around us
36: Electronic skin and the future of robotics with Zaki HusseinTimestamps:2:00 Touchlab - making skin for robots6:00 Uses in manufacturing and logistics10:00 The state of manufacturing13:00 Is Touchlab building deep tech or a product?22:00 Reverse engineering nature26:00 Robots: To be feared?30:00 How do Deep Tech companies get funded?37:00 Finding amazing people in Deep Tech
35: Creating a new product category with Darina Garland from Ooni Pizza OvensTimestamps:2:15 A bit about Ooni and where the idea came from6:45 The true value of a £7.5k crowdfunding campaign12:30 Enabling communities to do cool stuff16:30 Creating a new product category and iterating on hardware24:00 Staying innovative and understanding customers 28:30 The difficulty of productising the Tartine and working with influencers41:15 Impact led entrepreneurship - what drives it?
34: Vertical farms with David FarquharTimestamps:3:00 Big trends in AgriTech from the last 13,000 years8:00 What are vertical farms? 12:00 The economic benefits19:00 Emerging business models - farms-as-a-service 21:30 Investment in vertical farms and areas of innovation26:00 Local food supported by global innovation29:00 The market - just how big are farms?35:00 The software behind AgriTech - how do farmers feel about FaaS?41:00 AgriTech adoption - where we are on the S curve44:30 Cybersecurity in AgriTech50:00 What does the competition look like?
33: William Nuttall and the hydrogen economyTimestamps:2:00 Bill’s intro, and his interest in scientific policy3:30 The future of hydrogen, both green and blue11:00 Is blue hydrogen really environmentally friendly?21:00 Building innovation into EnergyTech31:00 What opportunities are there? 35:00 The macro optimism of VC mapped to energy and why energy companies need to innovate45:00 Renewables and/or carbon capture52:00 Can we become the decarbonisation capital of the world?57:00 Where should people look to learn more / train in this new world?
32: NFTsTimestamps:2:00 What are NFTs?6:00 Creating scarcity in digital 11:15 How this affects real life scarcity15:30 Why bother adding scarcity to digital? 22:00 Conspicuous consumption25:00 The fungibility of art29:00 Why do we care so much about how art is made?35:00 Who’s driving this change?42:00 The fractional participation hellscape46:00 Whataboutism53:00 Other collective fictions
31: The future of social with Michael MacLeodTimestamps:1:00 Michael - from local news to nationals to codeclan to instagram to conde nast to beams7:00 Beams - building communities on social media11:00 How do you build a community product in 2021?20:30 Clubhouse as a platform for VCs and German hip hop30:00 Old media vs Substack38:00 Curation45:00 Building in values to a product
30: Zara ZamanTimestamps:3:30 Introducing Zara and EdVenture 7:30 What’s involved on the EdVenture programme12:00 The role of business schools, knowledge transfer partnerships, etc. 20:00 How student debt is holding back the entrepreneurial ecosystem24:30 Risk in entrepreneurship at University28:00 What EdVenture is looking at - VC and Impact31:00 Gen Z and the future of startups37:00 Building things that should exist42:00 How VCs are learning about the world46:30 Gender in student ventures55:00 Finding your entrepreneurial energy
29: Breaking free from VC with Daisy Ford-DownesTimestamps:1:00 A bit about Daisy.3:55 Zebras and Unicorns 10:00 Do current playbooks solve the right problems?14:00 Where innovation in finance will come from17:00 Bankification20:30 The role of PE in the future28:00 Where is money getting pumped from in the future?34:00 Expanding local maxima40:00 Infusing positivity into a movement that criticizes the old way48:00 The opportunity to be ahead of the game in Scotland50:45 Are Zebras also just following SV playbooks?52:00 Memesis54:15 Is VC changing?55:30 What does success look like for a Scottish entrepreneur? 1:00:00 Being communitarian
28: Gabi MaticTimestamps:2:00 The current Boeing accelerator programme5:30 Innovation in aerospace, and lack of playbooks for sustainability10:00 What drives innovation in aerospace?11:30 What makes an industry specific accelerator successful?15:15 CVC in aerospace17:00 VCification21:00 How should an incumbent support startups?26:00 Education in corporates29:30 Where is industry 4.0 heading?35:00 Contrasting failure in startups vs incumbents41:00 Do companies need to move at the pace startups do?47:00 Industrial ecosystems reinventing themselves53:00 Missing institutions57:00 Iterating around hardware
27: Brad Feld0:45 The origin of the word accelerator, and the origin of the Edinburgh tech ecosystem3:00 The early days of VC blogging9:30 The Boulder Thesis and creating startup ecosystems16:00 Complexity in communities25:00 Playbooks vs Complex Systems30:00 Topophilia and the love of place38:00 Is there a need for a new institution within ecosystems to help understand complexity?40:30 Inclusivity in ecosystems