Ben Meyer from Outlier Ventures joins me for a deep dive into the world of Web3, decentralization, and the unique challenges startups face in this arena. Outlier Ventures, renowned for propelling the Web 3 movement, boasts a track record of 25 cohorts, partnerships with multiple layer one protocols, and an impressive $350 million raised for their pre-seed portfolio companies.
Ben delves into Outlier Ventures' mission to foster a decentralized economy, outlining the array of challenges that they help startups navigate. These include the technical intricacies of Web 3, issues of scalability, regulatory uncertainties, interoperability, user adoption hurdles, security concerns, talent acquisition, funding, and limitations of infrastructure. He also introduces us to the zero knowledge cohort, a program designed to mentor founders and assist them in exploring diverse design spaces and ecosystems.
We also touch upon the importance of stress-testing projects for endurance through future cycles in the Web 3 industry. We delve into how DeFi can address challenges like transparency, auditability, and privacy, and discuss Ally Adventures' method of evaluating potential projects based on the resilience and adaptability of founders.
Ben shines a light on the Aptos X Outlier Move accelerator program, which focuses on mainstreaming Web 3, enhancing user-friendliness, and boosting scalability. He also shares insights on Outlier Ventures' role in ecosystem development and the exciting convergence of AI and crypto.
Finally, Ben explores the crucial role of zero knowledge in enabling scalability and privacy for Web 3, along with opportunities for infrastructure, tooling, and authentication. Wrapping up the conversation with a book recommendation, Ben invites eager listeners to reach out to learn more.
Join us for this insightful conversation, offering a glimpse into the future of Web 3, the dynamic landscape of decentralization, and the exciting endeavors of Outlier Ventures.
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2524: Co-CEO Leadership in Fintech: A Conversation with Monika Liikamaa of Enfuce
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31:56In this episode of Tech Talks Daily, I sits down with Monika Liikamaa, Co-CEO of Enfuce, for a conversation that takes us from a hotel lobby to a moving taxi—illustrating that innovation never stands still. With operations across Europe and numerous accolades under its belt, Enfuce is at the vanguard of modern payment processing. The discussion kicks off with the audacious strategic decision by Enfuce to move card issuing entirely to the cloud, positioning the company as a trailblazer in a highly competitive industry. However, the episode isn't just a chronicle of tech milestones; it’s also a study in unconventional leadership. With Monika at the helm as Co-CEO—a rarity in any industry, but particularly in fintech—Enfuce is challenging the status quo on multiple fronts. Monika elucidates how this distinctive leadership model has been pivotal for the company, especially in navigating the complex fintech landscape. Amid these business insights, Monika confronts an issue that the tech world often sidesteps: gender imbalance in leadership. With women making up a paltry percentage of CEOs in financial services globally, Monika’s perspective serves as both a wake-up call and a beacon of change. Tune in to discover how Enfuce is not just leading in technology, but also in shaping the future landscape of leadership in fintech.
2523: Atom Computing: How the US can Win the Quantum Race
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34:59Today, I am joined by Rob Hays, the CEO of Atom Computing, a company specializing in the creation of scalable, gate-based quantum computers. In an era where quantum computing is quickly evolving from theoretical research to practical application, Rob Hays comes forward with an impassioned perspective on why the United States needs to lead the global race in this pivotal technology. As we unpack his views, you will discover a detailed roadmap that includes increased public funding, diversified investment strategies, and the essential role of government partnerships. Rob and I also tackle the increasingly important topic of talent acquisition and retention in the burgeoning field of quantum technologies. The conversation illuminates the U.S.'s struggles and opportunities as it attempts to maintain a competitive edge, particularly when pitted against international rivals in the technology sector. However, this isn't merely about a race but the consequences of who crosses the finish line first. We will explore the monumental economic value and the array of industries that stand to benefit from large-scale quantum computing. Moreover, we will touch upon the implications of new rules under consideration by U.S. Treasury officials that could restrict the flow of investments and knowledge to foreign companies, particularly in China, which is making strides in semiconductors, AI, and quantum computing. Join us as we engage in an incisive discussion that goes beyond the headlines to provide a nuanced understanding of the complexities, challenges, and vast opportunities in the world of quantum computing.
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2522: Mypinpad and the Tech Behind Secure Payments on the Move
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24:31In this episode, I am joined by Barry Levett, the CEO of Mypinpad, a B2B SaaS enterprise making remarkable strides in the sector. Headquartered in Cardiff, UK, but with a presence in over 20 countries, Mypinpad aims to be the go-to solution for seamless and secure mobile transactions. Fresh from securing a $13 million investment led by the respected fintech investor Crossfin Holdings, Barry joins us to shed light on Mypinpad's ambitious goals and innovative technology. He will share how the company actively pursues financial inclusion in emerging markets, helping individuals access and manage their financial resources. Given the current global economic landscape, it's an initiative that feels particularly timely, and we'll dive deep into how technology can make a difference in these communities. Beyond its laudable mission, Mypinpad is also setting the industry standard when it comes to security. We explore the company's emphasis on bank-grade security protocols that have undergone rigorous testing. Barry's insights offer much-needed reassurance for anyone concerned about the safety of financial transactions in a digital-first world. Navigating the regulatory waters of the fintech industry is a complex task, and this is where our conversation takes an intriguing turn. We'll delve into the challenges surrounding PCI compliance, a crucial aspect of data security in the payment card industry. This is a realm where partnerships are invaluable, as Barry will illustrate. Collaborations not only help companies like Mypinpad meet stringent regulatory requirements but also enable them to augment their offerings, thereby providing additional value to customers. In a time when the payments landscape is continuously evolving, Barry and his team at Mypinpad are keenly attuned to the shifting needs of their customer base. The company is not just reacting to changes in the market but actively shaping it, looking ahead to what secure mobile transactions could and should look like in the future.
2521: Menlo Security: Why We Should Be Embracing the Realm of AI
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31:30Tom McVey, Senior Sales Engineer EMEA at Menlo Security, joins me in a layered discussion about the complexities and potentials of artificial intelligence (AI). Drawing on Tom's extensive background in cybersecurity and AI, this episode serves as a comprehensive guide on how to boldly embrace AI's disruptive power while being vigilant about its ethical and security implications. The episode starts with Tom addressing the increasing proliferation of AI-generated images, videos, and voices and the threats these pose regarding misinformation and false flag operations. We examine the urgent need for verification tools to discern human-created content from AI-generated material, marking this as an essential line of defense against AI-based threats. Tom discusses the delicate balancing act of implementing ethical frameworks while not stifling the innovative potential of AI technologies. They also explore the concept of AI models controlling other AI models—what Tom refers to as the 'sci-fi reality' of multi-intelligence-based systems. We delve into Menlo Security's latest product, HEAT Shield, and its machine learning capabilities to thwart these complex cyber threats. The conversation also brushes upon how Menlo's unique architecture isolates user interaction from potentially harmful web content. Towards the end, Tom dismisses the idea of halting AI development, comparing it to the societal transformations unleashed by Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the printing press. He argues that pausing progress would be both impractical and counterproductive, giving adversaries an unfair advantage.
2520: Dimitra: Bridging Tech & Agriculture for a Sustainable Future
40:44Today, I am joined by Jon Trask, CEO of Dimitra, a trailblazing agtech company. Dimitra is revolutionizing the agricultural sector through its blockchain-based platform, designed to empower smallholder farmers across 18 countries. From combating deforestation to leveraging technology for sustainable agriculture, this episode offers a unique glimpse into how emerging technologies can address pressing global challenges. As an agtech pioneer, Jon outlines how Dimitra's flagship product, Connected Farmer, harnesses cutting—edge technologies— from blockchain and IoT sensors to satellite imagery—to offer a holistic solution to smallholder farmers. The platform equips them with the necessary tools to optimize yields, reduce costs, and secure financial assistance to foster sustainable agriculture. Jon shares how Dimitra's use of blockchain AI and machine learning can mitigate issues like deforestation while guaranteeing agricultural products' provenance. The dialogue emphasizes the critical role of education and training for farmers, elucidating how the adoption of these emerging technologies can redefine the agricultural industry. With an eye on the European Union's sustainability goals and a closing note on Jon's aspiration to meet with Bill Gates, this episode serves as a comprehensive guide to understanding technology's untapped potential in advancing sustainable agriculture and combating climate change. If you're a stakeholder in agriculture, an environmentalist, or simply someone intrigued by the interplay of technology and sustainability, this episode is a must-listen.
2519: Delinea - The Business of Cybersecurity
29:03Join me in conversation with Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist at Delinea, where we delve into a critical but often overlooked aspect of cybersecurity: its alignment with business metrics. Based on alarming statistics from Delinea's Global CISO research, this episode urges cyber decision-makers to reframe their perspective and underscores the pressing need for integrating cybersecurity with business objectives. We explore the challenges stemming from the traditional cybersecurity-focused approach, emphasizing a seismic shift towards holistic business security. The statistics from Delinea’s Global CISO research set the tone: 89% of survey respondents reported experiencing at least one negative business impact in the past year due to the absence of alignment between cybersecurity and business strategies. This underscores the importance of the conversation and the pressing need for structural changes. We discuss the art of communicating the value of cybersecurity initiatives to executive boards. Joseph argues that merely focusing on technical or activity-based metrics such as the number of prevented attacks isn't enough. These metrics must be integrated into strategic business objectives, helping to break down the conventional silos within organizations and positioning cybersecurity as a crucial enabler of business growth. Joseph shares why businesses need to prioritize the most critical assets and incorporate security considerations early in project development phases. He underscores the significance of a symbiotic relationship between the CIO and CISO roles for better alignment and fortification against looming cyber threats. Whether you are a CISO, a business leader, or an executive, the discussion renders invaluable insights into aligning cybersecurity strategy with business goals to gain consensus, appropriate budgets, and, ultimately, a seat at the executive table.
2518: Qualcomm: Navigating the Future of Connectivity with Wi-Fi 7
35:50In this episode, I am joined by Ganesh Swaminathan and Javier del Prado from Qualcomm Technologies. We discuss Qualcomm's exclusive Wi-Fi 7 Day event in San Diego, exploring the latest initiatives and technologies shaping the future of connectivity. The conversation ranges from Wi-Fi 7's advanced features to its seamless integration with Fiber and 10G networks. We kick off the episode with an introduction to Qualcomm's Wi-Fi 7 Day event, which Ganesh and Javier describe as a seminal moment for the tech industry. Here, we delve into the advanced features of Wi-Fi 7, including its adaptability and remarkably higher connection speeds. Within the first ten minutes, you'll be up to speed on how Wi-Fi 7 is poised to revolutionize internet access with enhanced speed, low latency, and optimized interference management. We also take a deeper dive into Wi-Fi 7's breakthrough features. We cover how these attributes, such as interference puncturing, multiple connectivity, and high band simultaneous multi-link, promise to improve not just internet speed but also latency and interference management. Whether you're at home or part of a sprawling enterprise network, Wi-Fi 7 offers benefits that are both wide-ranging and substantial. Around the 18-minute mark, we shift gears to discuss the confluence of Wi-Fi 7 technology with fiber connectivity and 10G. We underline this integration's tremendous benefits to end-users, particularly in terms of ultra-low latency and high reliability in applications like 4K gaming and ultra HD streaming. From a tech implications standpoint, the capability of Wi-Fi 7 to integrate with other technologies like Fiber and 5G points to a future where user experience is seamless and high-quality, irrespective of the device or access type. Additionally, Qualcomm's Service-Defined Wi-Fi holds the potential to transform the broadband industry fundamentally, thanks to its application-level granularity in quality of service. So tune in to this episode for an expansive, thought-provoking discussion that offers a multi-faceted look at the future of connectivity technologies like Wi-Fi 7.
2517: How Manna Drone Delivery is Redefining Last-Mile Deliveries
33:16I explore the world of drone delivery with Bobby Healy, the experienced inventor and technology entrepreneur behind Manna, the world's first aviation-grade B2B drone delivery 'as-a-service' company. The episode provides an enlightening look into Manna's journey to revolutionize last-mile delivery, with exclusive insights into their European operations, technology, partnerships, and future plans. We explore the genesis of Manna. Taking us down memory lane, Bobby shares how Manna was born and the early days of experimentation involving quirky methods like parachutes and cherry pickers. Here, Bobby brings to light the significance of their unique license, positioning Manna as a trailblazer in the European drone delivery landscape. Manna's collaborations with the Irish government and the healthcare sector show how technology can be leveraged for the greater good. The episode delves into Manna's poignant role during the pandemic, ensuring that medication reached vulnerable individuals when needed. The episode takes an interesting turn when Neil and Bobby discuss Manna's strategic partnership with Hillwood in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Bobby elaborates on how partnerships and collaborations are fundamental for scaling a tech business while delivering tangible benefits to local communities. This episode serves as a blueprint for how transformative technologies like drones can redefine industry norms. The success Manna has achieved in Europe signals the expansive potential that lies ahead, yet it also underscores the challenges that accompany rapid innovation, such as safety and regulatory hurdles. From a business standpoint, the episode accentuates the symbiotic nature of strategic partnerships. Aligning with real estate development companies like Hillwood is not just about corporate growth but also about creating value for end-users. This episode offers a comprehensive yet nuanced perspective for anyone interested in the intersection of technology, logistics, and social impact. As we venture deeper into the 21st century, last-mile delivery is emerging as a critical touchpoint for consumers and businesses. Manna seems to be at the forefront of this transformation.
2516: XYO CEO and Co-Founder Discusses Self-Sovereignty & Market Trends
24:55As the boundaries between the digital and physical worlds blur, I sit down with Arie Trouw, the visionary CEO and Co-Founder of XYO Network, to dissect the labyrinthine world of geo-spatial technology within the blockchain universe. Known for their pioneering role in anonymously collecting and validating over 3 million IoT devices' geospatial data, XYO is also breaking ground in the metaverse and Web3. Key Topics: Mapping the Future with XYO World 4.0: Arie unveils XYO’s ambitious 2023 product roadmap, with a spotlight on their forthcoming XYO World 4.0. Learn how XYO aims to make geographical staking more granular and accessible than ever, all stored on the Ethereum blockchain. Self-Sovereignty in a Digital World: Navigate the idea of self-sovereignty and digital asset ownership as Arie outlines the ethos behind XYO’s mission. If personal data is the new oil, how does XYO plan to return the well to its rightful owners? Unlocking Geo-Tokens and NFTs: Get introduced to Geotokens, the unique NFTs that are integral to XYO World. Arie and Neil unpack how these tokens democratize digital real estate ownership and pave the way for user-generated rules and gameplay. State of the NFT Market: From oversaturation to value proposition, the conversation takes a hard look at the current trends and future predictions in the NFT marketplace. Is this the next bubble or the dawn of a new digital asset class? Challenges and Opportunities in Web3: Diving into the technicalities, the dialogue explores the limitations of shared ledgers and the untapped potential of decentralized technologies. How does XYO envision overcoming scalability issues to unlock a more functional Web3? Arie Trouw, with his wealth of experience and insights featured in various high-profile platforms like Yahoo Finance and BeinCrypto, provides an invaluable perspective on the evolving nexus of geospatial technology, blockchain, and NFTs. Whether you're a Web3 developer, a C-suite executive navigating digital transformation, or simply intrigued by the blockchain's real-world applications, this episode promises to be a treasure trove of insights, offering both micro and macro-level understanding of these game-changing technologies.
2515: PA Consulting - Navigating the AI Labyrinth With Alwin Magimay, Global Head of AI
30:26In an era where AI's transformative potential oscillates between allure and ambiguity, I sit down with Alwin Magimay, a three-decade veteran in digital and data science and currently the Global Head of AI at PA Consulting. Known for his interdisciplinary acumen, Alwin serves as a strategic guide at the intersection of academia, business, and innovation. His vast experience provides a multilayered lens through which we examine the disruptive influence of AI on financial services, among other sectors. Key Insights from our conversation: The Boardroom's AI Agenda: Alwin's latest research unlocks the mysteries of AI for board members, setting the stage for what every C-suite executive should know. Learn why a company's "AI IQ" is as essential as its bottom line and why an "AI manifesto" might be the cornerstone of future business ethics. The Annual Report 2.0: Explore Alwin's provocative assertion that the next evolution of annual reports will mandate the explication of AI usage and ethical frameworks. Transparency isn't just a buzzword; it's becoming a regulatory imperative. Unveiling AI's Double-Edged Sword: From hacking to deepfakes, the conversation delves into the darker potentials of AI. The key takeaway? Trust and ethical considerations aren't secondary; they're foundational to AI's mainstream acceptance and utility. Bridging Ivory Towers and Marketplaces: Alwin argues for a tighter symbiosis between academic rigor and market pragmatism in AI applications. He shares his own criteria for evaluating the potential of AI startups, offering a roadmap for innovators and investors alike. The Multi-Industry Impact of Generative AI: Get a panoramic view of how AI technologies, including generative models, are revolutionizing industries as diverse as healthcare, transport, and retail. What opportunities do they offer, and what vulnerabilities do they expose? This episode is a must-listen for anyone tasked with navigating the AI labyrinth—whether you're a board member, a startup founder, or an academic. Alwin's insights offer not just a compass but also a detailed map, replete with pitfalls and treasures, for those journeying through the ever-changing landscape of artificial intelligence.