Forward Thinking Founders is a podcast where Mat interviews high potential founders with early stage companies. This allows us to see inside the brain of genius founders before the rest of the world knows they even exist. On this show, you'll learn all about how to start a startup, pros and cons of different verticals, and learn the backstory and vision of tomorrow's billion-dollar companies, straight from the founders. With guests coming from Y Combinator, The Thiel Fellowship, Pioneer, and the f20r.com network, you're sure to get a sneak peek at world-class founders at work, every day. This is Forward Thinking Founders.
Episodes with Smash Notes
In this episode, Anthony explains all things wine, investing, LA, and what it like to leave a company to start another.
Kai is the founder of Kai XR. Kai XR is a kid-friendly virtual reality platform where kids can explore, dream, and create.
Daniel is the founder of Paperchain. Paperchain delivers early access for streaming revenue to artists, management and label teams.
Kirill Zubovsky is the founder of Smashnotes. Smashnotes is a curated collection of podcast notes.
Today, we have Leah Culver, who is the cofounder and CTO of Breaker AND one of the authors of Oauth. Breaker is the best social podcasting app on the internet. Today on the podcast, we talk abut:What is Breaker?The future of audio and podcastingThinking about car ownershipCity living and transportations options Health and fitness options Is Peloton the future?Airpod APIsHow to get started building the future+ Much more!!!! I hope you enjoy this podcast episode of Forward Thinking Founders! Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Dominic Wells is the founder of Onfolio. Onfolio helps more people invest in online businesses around the world.
Chen and Matt are the cofounders of Aquifer Motion. Aquifer helps creators with instant cinematic animation for their videos and media.
David Potter is the co-founder and CEO of Curu. Curu helps lenders improve their lending portfolio by showing applicants the actions they need to take to get approved.
Jo Lynn Clemens is the co-founder and CEO of I've Been Vetted. I've been Vetted helps organizations to boost company culture by creating greater transparency and accountability in the human capital supply chain.
Saoud Khalifah is the founder and CEO of Fakespot. Fakespot helps quickly tells you if a seller is reputable and offers alternatives if they are not to save you time, money, and frustration.
Martel Metellus is the co-founder and CEO of Soko. Soko is the first discovery network for the Black community to connect, collaborate, and find new opportunities.
Ben Dobkin is the co-founder and CEO of Ode. Ode helps podcasters mobilize their fans and turn listeners into new consumers.
Nash is the CEO and co-founder of Undock. Undock allows you to Instantly schedule, host and document meetings with your network.
Stacey is the CEO and co-founder of Law Wurk. With Law Wurk, you get fast legal work done by their network of legal freelancers.
Colm Hayden is the CEO and co-founder of Cadoo. Cadoo is the app that makes it easy to incentivize the people you love to use the apps and services you love
Vanessa Onuegbu is the founder and CEO OF Bawler. Bawler is a social sharing and networking platform for written content, that allows any user to create, share, view, and connect for free.
Ryan is the CEO and co-founder of Impossible Diamond. Impossible Diamond allows people to create diamonds from thin air.
Michelle is the CEO and founder of Life School. Life school is a modern approach to learning life's most important skills
This is a new segment of the show called Sunday Roundup. Every Sunday, we will publish an episode with different cohosts where Mat and whoever is joining him that day discuss current happenings in tech and startups. This is meant to be a more casual segment, as opposed to The founder interviews (FI's). Today's guest is Jack Chapman the managing partner at Alpha Bridge Ventures
Sid Yadav is the co-founder and CEO of Circle. Circle helps creators engage their audience, turn customers into super fans, and offer group experiences.
In this episode, I have on Albrey Brown to chat about a multitude of issues going on in our country today regarding opportunity and diversity, and specifically in tech. Albrey Brown leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts at Airtable, so it was a treat to be able to have him on the podcast to ask him questions relating to where we are as a tech industry on the diversity front (and how we can do better).
Nicholas and Christopher are the founders of WithClutch. WithClutch helps you refinance your car, allowing you to get cash or lower your payments today!
Jomari Peterson is the founder of Finite Games. Finite games is a re-imagining of gaming where scarce game assets and limited durability creates games with real stakes.
Nicholas Donahue is the cofounder and CEO of Atmos. Atmos brings together people, processes, and tools into one seamless, convenient place for homebuyers to design and build the home of their dreams.
Jonathan Siddharth is the cofounder and CEO of Turing. Push a button to hire remote developers , pre-vetted for a Silicon Valley bar
Luke O'Brien is the founder of Journey. From skydiving to knitting, choose from hundreds of communities that support, motivate, and inspire you to accomplish your big dreams.
Masud is the cofounder and CEO of Queue. Queue is your collaborative workflow in sync—from start to finish Upload dailies, stills, scripts, storyboards, work-in-progress, and more to Queue and access securely from anywhere.
Joe Braidwood is the co-founder of Scener. Scener syncs Netflix and other streaming services with friends and lets you video chat together.
Jehron Petty is the founder of ColorStack. Colorstack is increasing the entrance, retention, and success of Black and Latinx students pursuing technical careers.
ason Bade is the founder of Pico. Pico delivers best-in-class conversion rates for both free signups and payments. From newsletters and memberships to virtual events and donations, you can finally manage it all in one integrated platform.
Vitaly Davydov is the founder of Adapty. Adapty helps you grow your in-app subscriptions.
Turner Bohlen is the cofounder of Beagle Learning. Beagle measures the quality of ideas teams choose to focus on and automatically maps thinking to allow for iteration on past work.
This is a new segment of the show called Sunday Roundup. Every Sunday, we will publish an episode with different cohosts where Mat and whoever is joining him that day discuss current happenings in tech and startups. This is meant to be a more casual segment, as opposed to The founder interviews (FI's)
Sean Herman is the founder and CEO of Kinzoo. Kinzoo is a better way to share with loved ones—one that's designed from the ground up for children and their parents.
Galen Wolfe-Pauly is the cofounder of Urbit. Urbit is a clean-slate OS and network for the 21st century.
Vita Benes is the founder of Deprocrastination. Deprocrastination helps you learn 30+ simple techniques to stop procrastinating and go to bed happy.
Everett Berry is the co-founder and CEO of Perceive. Perceive allows you to get the what and how from people interacting in your space.
Tom Uebel is the co-founder and CEO of Command E. The faster way to navigate your workspace. An easy keyboard shortcut to open any document, contact, file or record from the cloud
On this episode of Partner Mondays, Daniel Lobaton (founder) chats with Elizabeth Yin (GP at Hustle Fund) about his startup.
This is a new segment of the show called Sunday Roundup. Every Sunday, we will publish an episode with different cohosts where Mat and whoever is joining him that day discuss current happenings in tech and startups. This is meant to be a more casual segment, as opposed to The founder interviews (FI's).
Samuel is the founder of Tap. Tap helps you find water anywhere.
Justin Jackson is the cofounder of Transistor.fm. Transistor is a simple, yet powerful, podcast hosting platform.
Lauren is the co-founder and CEO of Multitudes. Multitudes provides analytics to unlock inclusive, high performing teams starting by analyzing Github usage.
KP is the founder of Cuppa. Cuppa enables 1-1 virtual coffees ☕️with interesting people from Twitter.
Andrew is the cofounder of Nomi. Nomi is a creature that you feed with your heartbeats
Ali Fardos is the founder and CEO of Loftit. Collect rent. Export rent roll reports. Get valuable insights. Manage your contractors. Fix repairs. Chat with renters.
Marta is the cofounder of KgBase. KgBase helps you build your own knowledge graphs without writing code.
Gaurav and Nupur are cofounders of Arboreum. They are working to creating peer-to-peer lending networks that are more appealing to lenders and borrowers alike, with reduced risk, lower interest rates, and easier access to capital.
Alex Shrestha is the cofounder of Oqqur. Oqqur. Oqqur helps people experience the world, remotely.
In real-time. And 360 Degrees.
Matt is the founder of Visos. Visos is building the first VR headset designer for healthcare.
Kevin Kim is the cofounder and CEO of Stadium Live. Follow live scores, play, earn & shop around
sports with friends.
Pavel and Saneel are both investors at Contrary Capital, and are both involved in the Berkeley startup scene.
Jason is the founder of Broker Buddha. They help commercial insurance brokers grow sales by simplifying the application and renewal process for you and your clients.
Nathan Baschez is the founder of Divinations. Divinations is a newsletter on business strategy featuring interviews with founders, investors, execs, and academics
This is a segment on the show called "Early Bets". I find young ambitious people who haven't found their startup yet, but might be starting a company soon.
Nina works on various projects in human longevity. Among these projects, one to use gene sequencing to diagnose schizophrenia at an early stage, and another to find phenotypes in the mitochondria of senescent cells. The umbrella company is Biotein.
Robbie Ferguson is the cofounder of Immutable. Immutable produces games with Immutable Assets: player-owned and openly programmable. Anyone can build tools or services around these assets and market them in an open, real-world economy. Freedom to trade.
Jeremy Stern and Michael Mckain are the founders of Loft Radio. Loft Radio is exploring new ways to pay creators online.
Jakub Krcmar is the creator of Veracity Protocol. Veracity Protocol enables any camera to create a tamper-proof Physical Code™ based on an item’s material structure. This secures its authenticity, identity, and security — without special hardware, embedded tags, chips, or markers.
Derek Chiang is the Cofounder of Zelos. Zelos enables you to collect points by finishing in-game missions and trade them for new games or in-game currency.
Nikhil is the founder of Get Real and Out Of Pocket. Get Real is a social experiment in creating more genuine relationships. Out of pocket is a newsletter about healthcare, but funny.
Daniel Shein is the founder and CEO of Agnoris. Agnoris is a guest intelligence tool for great restaurants to position their menus for maximum sales, engagement and profit.
Suril Kantaria is the founder of Savvy. The easiest way to get health benefits for your startup or small business.
Oona is the cofounder of Lance. Lance is your freelancing sidekick. Your finances, legal, and taxes done all in one place, so you can do you.
Chrissy is the cofounder of Stagger. Stagger allows you to have Visual storytelling for your brand to stand out from the crowd of competitors.
Lachlan is a web designer-developer, head of storytelling @ Hack Club, & NYU ’23, studying Interactive Media Arts. Follow him on Twitter.
Carl is the cofounder of Grain. Grain provides you with a line of credit based on your income, using your existing debit card. This is a founder interview (FI).
Henry is the founder of Rocketship Jobs. Rocketship jobs helps ambitious people find jobs at fast-growing, high potential companies! This is a founder interview (FI).
Dilan and Cix are co-founders of YUR. YUR is the VR Fitness Tracking tool that records your progress in some of the biggest VR games on Steam. This is a founder interview (FI).
Jack Altman is the founder of Lattice. Lattice makes performance management software for forward-thinking organizations.
I am starting a new segment on the show called Mat's Thoughts. This is where I talk about a topic that I want to get out to my listeners. I will do these periodically, not every day. Todays' thought is on why you shouldn't use ads, even if they are on a discount.
Didrik is the CEO of Young Sustainable Impact. YSI gathers young talent from all around the world to develop impact startups, with the 17 Sustainable development goals as a framework.
Ian White is the founder of Charthop. Charthop allows you to visualize, plan and understand the past, present and future of your organization — with confidence.
Richard is the founder of MoneyMade. Money made helps you discover online investments from Real Estate, Collectibles, Loans, Farmland, Stocks and more.
Justin is the co-founder and CEO of Avenify. Avenify offers Income Share Agreements (ISAs) as an alternative to student loans. Rather than pay back a fixed principle with interest, borrowers pay a fixed percentage of their income each month.
Jack is a computer science student at Boston College. He is also very involved in the entrepreneurship club, is working on a startup, and investing as a part of the contrary capital network.
Rachel is the founder and CEO of Geosite. Geosite gives organizations with a large desk-less workforce the ability to coordinate and maintain clarity on operations with satellites, drone imagery, and IOT devices.
Sarah is the co-founder of Glisten. Glisten transforms your existing product information and images into workable data, by generating structured attribute information using computer vision and NLP.
Mathew is the founder of Battlecard. Teams use Battlecard to manage their growing playbook and then automate the roleplaying process for effective training.
Michael and Ryan are the cofounders of Arist. Arist helps students Instantly improve learning, training, and reinforcement with text message courses, which have completion and satisfaction rates of over 90%.
Clay is the Cofounder and CEO of Flutter. Flutter is a real-time dating app with matches and messages expiring at midnight to move relationships off the app.
Sara is the cofounder of she256. she256 aims to increase diversity & break down barriers to entry in the blockchain space by broadening the pipeline through increasing accessibility to industry professionals & education specifically to those who are underrepresented.
Mohammed is the cofounder of Tradeplan. Tradeplan is a simple to use Crypto Scanner & Tracker for people who use technical indicator to make buy and sell related decisions and assessments.
Annabel is a senior studying computer science at Brown. She is also a Rough Draft VC, startup founder, and very involved in the East Coast startup scene
Wowa is the founder of Unminus. Unminus provides free premium music for your projects
Mike is the co-founder and CEO of Major League Hacking. Each year, they power over 200 weekend-long invention competitions that inspire innovation, cultivate communities and teach computer science skills to more than 65,000 students around the world.
Rob is the co-founder and CTO of Giraffe. Giraffe is a 3D platform for data-driven collaborative Urban Design.
John is the cofounder and CEO of Art in Res. Art in Res is a marketplace for fine art by independent, working artists. They let you buy art you really want in manageable installment payments.
Thariq is the co-founder and CEO of Multiverse. Multiverse is an online video game platform making it as easy as possible to make, play, stream, and share tabletop role-playing games, with a creator-focused marketplace.
Andrew is the co-founder and CEO of Insured Nomads. Insured Nomads exists to provide the level of coverage needed by those living a global lifestyle, while impacting the lives of vulnerable communities around the world.
Brooke is the founder and CEO of Velour Imports. Velour Imports is on-demand delivery platform of craft beer, wine, hard cider, and spirits for commercial resale. Think Uber Eats for wholesale.
Rusudan and George are the cofounders of Giveinternet.org. This organization enables people to donate Internet access to underprivileged high-school students.
Michael is the co-founder and CEO of Bottomless. Bottomless enables you to get freshly roasted coffee based on your consumption.
Meha is the founder and CEO of Silk + Sonder. We make planning, reflecting, and achieving easy and fun by bringing a new pen to paper experience every month.
Sumukh is a venture fellow at Rough Draft VC and is the founder of Teendemy. Rough Draft is a student-run venture capital firm, backed by General Catalyst. Teendemy is bridging the gap between academic education and professional success.
Ishmael is the cofounder and CTO of Paragon. Paragon gives you the power to visually create production-ready API workflows so you can build, ship, and scale faster.
Alex is the co-founder of MarkUp. MarkUp allows you to turn your website into a dynamic canvas ready for feedback and collaboration. Streamline your feedback with a quicker, easier, and clearer process.
In this episode, Eric Ries and I talk all about COVID-19 and how early-stage founders can weather the storm and come out on the other side even stronger . Specifically in this episode, Eric dives into:
Helena and Brian are the cofounders of Glimpse. Glimpse enables you to have 2-minute, 1-on-1 video chats with friends in the click of a button.
Kelsey and Dan are the co-founders of AlgenAir. They develop a product that removes carbon dioxide and produces oxygen as effectively as 25 house plants for a fraction of the cost, time, and space.
Chris is the creator of Jetboost. Jetboost enables real-time search, dynamic filtering, and more for Webflow — without writing code.
Jas and I talk about logistics and how to help pharmacies compete with Amazon's Pill Pack w/ his company, CabTreks!
This is a new segment on the show called "Early Bets". I find young ambitious people who haven't found their startup yet, but might be starting a company soon. We'll be interviewing these people on a recurring basis so we can keep up with their journey. If you are an investor or journalist, these are the episodes to watch to meet young founders to support before they are on the radar.
Kyle is the co-founder and CEO of Punch List. Punch List makes it easy for contractors and homeowners to work together.
Will gives us a glimpse into the struggles the events industry is going through right now, as well as shares how he is pivoting his own company to meet the new demand for virtual events.
In this episode, you get to overhear a real founder-investor conversation. Mariam El Sheikha and Adin Roemer, cofounders of neXST Rehab are talking to Elizabeth Yin from Hustle Fund for the first time, trying to get a 2nd meeting from her. None of this is staged, so I hope you learn a lot from this episode. This episode is perfect for:
Founders wanting to understand what actually happens in an investor conversation.
Founders wanting to know what types of questions an investor might ask in a first meeting
How a preseed investor thinks about first meetings
Hope you enjoy this edition of Partner Mondays on Forward Thinking Founders.
I am starting a new series on the FTF network called Forward Thinking Founders Save The World. In this series, I will be talking about ways the Forward Thinking Founders of the world can build solutions to help solve serious problems in their households, communities, states, and countries. We will be diving into topics such as:
- Thinking ahead of the market
- Making essentials from raw materials
- Building platforms with no code apps
- How to educate your kids and yourself
- And tons more
I cannot do this alone. This is isn't Mat saves the world. It's Forward Thinking Founders save the world. This is all of us. We're in this together, now let's get through it together.
DM me on Twitter if you want to take an idea and need help with the specifics.
In this episode, we talk to Max about the power no-code and what using that technology to build a product does to an agency competition with traditional dev shops. Hope you enjoy!
On this episode of Forward Thinking Founders. I talk to Jeanna about her company and how she willed her idea into existence with no resources going into it. This is a great story about the resilience of an amazing founder.
On this episode of Forward Thinking Founders, we talk about betting, what makes it such a regulated industry, and how Nick is tackling the challenge with Balto.
In this episode, we go deep into the neurology of the brain and get an insight into what it's like being a student and remote team. Hope you enjoy this episode of Forward Thinking Founders.
In this episode, John and I jam on all things design, freelancing, and future of work/gig economy. I also enjoyed this because Plato reminded me a lot of PubLoft! Hope you like it :)
In this episode, Ammon and I jam on all things Triplebyte, a hush hush new product launch, and we cover a variety of topics around homeschooling and credentials!
In this episode, you get to overhear a real founder-investor conversation. Dave from Wavechat is talking to Elizabeth Yin from Hustle Fund for the first time, trying to get a 2nd meeting with her. None of this is staged, so I hope you learn a lot from this episode.
In this episode, Susanne and I go deep into the rabbit of Healthcare, mental illness, and why our own doctors compete against eachother. I hope you enjoy this episode of Forward Thinking Founders!
Arjun and I jam all about tools for industrial workers. We go all over the place in this one in the best way, so I really hope you enjoy this episode of Forward Thinking Founders.
In this episode, Mishka and I dive into the world of code snippets, as well as do a deep dive on access/credentials. Hope you enjoy!
In this episode, John, Micheál, and I go very deep on one singular topic; Farming! This is one of the most fascinating topics I have ever learned about, as this is basically a primer on farming. Hey you enjoy!
In this episode, we jam all about paint to Forbes 30 under 30, and everything in between. I hope you enjoy this insightful conversation with Matthew and Aashay.
Joseph has to be the world's foremost expert on machine vision if I had anything to say about it! Listen to this insanely eye-opening conversation with Joseph, which goes deep into tons of topics.
Zak and I jam all about portfolio construction, what he looks for in a founder, and why he doesn't care for Harvard grads. Hope you enjoy this episode of Forward Thinking Founders on Partner Mondays!
In this episode, Ariel jam on all sorts of topics around medical databases, working too hard, and how to hire when you're company is scaling. I hope you get some value out of this!
In this episode, we're talking about how to build the Stripe of Pakistan...And why that is even a business opportunity. This is an insightful conversation with Ziyad! I hope you enjoy :)
David and I talk about what happens to important information after you pass away. This is a very interesting conversation! I hope you enjoy.
Vidy and I jam HARD on the future of podcasting and audio. This one will go down in history for the best predictions about the future. Hope you enjoy!
In this episode Matthieu and I jam all about pricing strategy, the New York tech scene, and pivots! Hope you enjoy this episode of Forward Thinking Founders.
Vera, Hayley, and I jam on all things health, SF tech, and fundraising from investors.
We have Gelt VC GP Turner Novak on the podcast to talk about the other side of the table. Hear this episode to get the VC's point of view.
Andriy and I talk all about OKRs, managing a team, and how to set a great vision
In this episode, Paran and I jam on saving colleges from wasting food, being a college student in the bay area, and tons more. Hope you enjoy this episode of Forward Thinking Founders.
Landon and I jam on solutions to climate change with his company, Wren.
Pranay and I dive all over the place from single-user analytics, credentials, and the future of education. I hope you enjoy this episode of Forward Thinking Founders!
Ben and I jam all about Makerpad, the no-code movement, and how no one knows what they are doing so may as well aim to figure it out! Hope you enjoy :)
In this episode, Ben and I go deep into the world of compliance for financial products. We also go deep into building a team during growth mode.
Farhan and I jam about raising a pre-seed round, journalism, and instagram for graphs
In this episode, Jason and I talk about giving felons 2nd chance. This may be one of the deepest episodes we've done, so I hope you enjoy!
Steve and I talk all about building systems to maintain a high level of personal growth. Steve is an incredibly impressive individual, I hope you get as much value out of this podcast as I did.
Rachel and I talk all things data. How to access yours and how to protect yourself from people misusing it. Hope you enjoy!
Andrew and I talk about all things data, and how he's planning on creating a new asset class by taking on Google and Facebook. Hope you enjoy!
Jille and I jam all about light and the power of being a first-time founder. Hope you enjoy this one! :)
Sean and I talk about the future of earning what you're worth and dive into what he's building at placement
Grayson and I jam on all things fences that can be locked/controlled by a smart phone! Really interesting conversation here. Hope you enjoy!
David and I jam on all things CO2 emissions and talk about building a company in China. Hope you enjoy!
Mehak and I jam on all things education and marketing in this episode. I hope you enjoy! :)
Ricky and I go deep into the products that he's working on and how he got here. I hope you enjoy this episode of Forward Thinking Founders.
Edouard and I jam on the future of mentorship + education is this wide-ranging conversation. Hope you enjoy!
In this episode, Bruna and I jam all about her company, hardware, being an international founder, and tons more. I hope you get some value out of this episode!
In this episode, I sit in the guest's seat and reflect on 2019 with my good friend, Ethan Naluz. I hope you enjoy this episode and my crazy journey of 2019.
In this episode, Andy and I talk all about what he's building at Lensabl. It's an innovative solution to an age-old problem. Hope you get some value out of the episode!
In his episode with David Booth, we dive into his company, On Deck, and what the future looks like for the tech industry in SF and beyond! I hope you get some value out of this episode.
Valentin and I jam on the future of education and learning in this awesome episode of Forward Thinking Founders.
In this episode, Zack and I jam about branding, launching to products, and everything in between. Hope you like this episode of Forward Thinking Founders
This is a new segment on the show called "Early Bets". I find young ambitious people who haven't found their startup yet, but might be starting a company soon.
Nathan and I dive deep into the realm of personal CRMs and product development.
Mark and I dive into parenting as well as forming a community around your company. Hope you enjoy!
In this episode, Dave and I go deep into the world of audio. Dave has an amazing product mind and I hope you get as much value out of this podcast as I did.
In this episode, Teague and I jam on Starting 11, his fantasy sports app, as well as dive deep into different ways to break into regulated markets.
In this episode, Michael and I jam on topics ranging from sport officiating apps all way to recruiting users for your startup. I hope you enjoy this podcast!
Emily and I dive into Arch Rift, which is her product for the space industry. We also talk about the art of pitching. Hope you enjoy hearing from this very bright founder!
In this episode, Vlad and I go deep down the Webflow and No Code rabbit hole. Vlad is a pioneer in this budding indsutry and this episode is worth a listen by anyone in technology. I hope you enjoy!
Rahul and I jam on topics such as cryptocurrency all the way to building MVPs. I hope you enjoy this episode!
Yuval and I have a great conversation on sales and building a world-class sales team
In this episode with Braden, we talk all about Voiceflow and where the industry is going. Hope you enjoy!
Are you interested in the healthcare industry or want to get into Y Combinator, learn how to build a great product and hear a great success story from a repeat entrepreneur? This podcast is for you!
In this episode, Shanif and I jam out about hiring technical talent and tons more!
In this episode, Sahil and I jam on the future of education and how to come up with a good idea pursue them.
In this episode, Tomas and I jam on how to get a fundraise done. Hope you enjoy!
In this episode, Katia and I talk about User Research and how to make important strategic decisions.
In this conversation with Mark Lutter, we dive deep into the world of Charter City development. Hope you enjoy this podcast!
In this episode, we talk to Travis Hedge, co-founder of Vouch. We dive into business insurance and how he raised a seed round for Vouch through storytelling.
Greg is the former CMO of Infusionsoft and ACT, so he knows a thing or two about scaling companies to unicorn status. I hope you enjoy this exciting conversation on the stages of growth for a startup!
I read one of the short essays I've written on my blog in this audio snippet. To get more of my writing, head over to my Substack: callmemat.substack.com. I write free posts, as well have most posts gated behind a paywall. Would love to see you over there.
In this episode, François and I dive into the world of hardware and we look back on his time in Y Combinator and replayed some fond memories. Hope you enjoy this episode of Forward Thinking Founders!
In this episode, Sara and I dive deep into the realm of what it's like to have product-market fit and how everything feels like its on fire (but that's a good thing). Hope you enjoy this episode with Sara, Cofounder of Winnie.
In this episode, I talk to John Xie, the CEO and cofounder of Taskade.
In this episode with Austin, we jam on everything enterprise software and community. I hope you enjoy!
In this episode, Kevin and I talk about what it's like building a personal CRM, plus we go into a bunch of high-level questions about humanity, You'll get a kick out of this one!
In this episode, Peer and I jam out about Magic the Gathering as a whole market, as well as his whole strategy to build the Apple for nerds.
In this episode, Jijo and I jam out about the Passion economy and talk more about his platform to help makers get paid at the end of the day, Buy Me A Coffee.
In this episode, Daryna and I talk about what's possible with a phone number and technology. The outcome is me learning about some incredible things that can be done with a phone number.
Chandan and I jam on the future of cryptocurrency and talk about his company, Cointracker.
In this episode with Andy Sparks, CEO of Holloway, we dive into all about book authorship, what books look like in 2020, and all sorts of different topics. Hope you enjoy!
In this episode with the CEO of Zensports, Mark Thomas, we dive into the future of sports betting, using technology like blockchain and cryptocurrency. Hope you enjoy!
In this episode with Greg, CEO of Goodly, we dive into all sorts of topics around student loans, employee benefits, early days at Rippling, and more. Hope you enjoy!
In this episode, I talk to Rent The Backyard Cofounder Spencer Burleigh, who dives deep into all things real estate, SF housing market, personal branding, and tons more.
Today we have Veronika Riederle on the podcast, who is the CEO of Demodesk, a platform to help your sales meetings run more smoothly. If you're in sales (or not), you need to check out this episode!
Bhav is an incredibly talented technologist. He's spent time at Google and Niantic, and now he's building his own company, Nuron Labs.
In this episode, we talk to Amos Gewirtz, the CEO of Carve. Carve helps you book idle cars sitting in dealership lots.
This was an incredible episode with Domm, the CEO of Fast. Fast is the world's fastest one-click log and payment. Fast may be one of the highest potential seed-stage startups to come onto the show so I hope you take a listen and try out Fast.co!
When I learned about Canairy, I was amazed by what I was looking at and had to get to know one of the founders. After talking to Emily, Cofounder and COO, I was not disappointed. Canairy is a product that's able to tell is someone has a respiratory illness by getting an input of just a cough. This wide-ranging conversation is not one to miss.
Francis is the founder of Ascen, which is a modern online staffing firm for remote talent. In this episode, we cover tons of ground in regards to remote work, recruiting, and learn all about building and selling companies.
This was a fantastic conversation with Jay Patel, who is a co-founder of Midtype. As described on their website, Midtype "provides a hosted backend with user login, payments, a database, and much more built-in. Focus on your core product without reinventing the wheel." I think you'll love this episode if you're working on any type of software product.
Krish is the co-founder and CEO of Fireflies.ai, the company that will record your meetings and transcribes them without you even noticing its presence. Fireflies recently raised 4M to grow their market to win in this category, and I needed to catch up with Krish to hear about the big vision for it.
In this episode, I talk to Abhi CVK about Hutsy, which is a technology company in the real estate space. This feels like a masterclass on what's going in within the real estate market, and I learned a ton and I'm sure you will too.
It was so nice to reconnect to Jack Morrison to talk about his company, Scythe Robotics. Scythe builds autonomous lawnmowers to sell to commercial lawn care companies. Jack and I first got connected at Boulder Startup week in 2016, and three years later, here we are. On this episode, we dive into questions like:What are you building at Scythe?What fundamental problems does Scythe help solve?Is the lawnmower owned by the city, a family, or a commercial company?What knowledge did you have going into Scythe?What goes into building an autonomous lawnmower?What is Lidar and Radar, and which one did you pick for Scythe?Do you have plans to go beyond commercial neighborhoodsWhat is the sales process for Scythe’s lawnmowers?Do you see other companies using autonomous robots in different verticals? What do you think about Boston Dynamics?How do you see cities using parking lots in the future?What do you think about Tesla?Tips for starting a companyAnd more!!!Learn more about Jack on his website here. Thanks for tuning in!What is Forward Thinking Founder?Welcome to Forward Thinking Founder (f20r)! f20r is a podcast and publication where I interview high potential startup founders, usually before they hit their Series A. Past guests include Austen Allred, Daniel Gross, Leah Culver, Laura Behrens Wu, and many more.Consider it the opposite of “How I Built This”. Instead of interviewing someone after they are successful, we interview early founders with a little traction and a big vision, and hear what they want to will into the world and why. This is Forward Thinking Founder. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
This was a fascinating conversation with Justin who is the creator of Matrix, which is a venture-backed ESports team. This was a deep dive into this space, and it was super interesting to talk to a pro like Justin who is on the ground floor making it happen. He answers questions such as:What is Matrix?What are Esports?How are Esports growing so quickly?How did you get into Esports?How does someone make a team within Esports?What elements make up a team? Coaches, players, sponsors? What else?How do you use democracy within the Matrix team?How far off are we from playing and watching Esports in virtual reality?Can Esports teams be venture-backed or is it entirely sponsorship based?What interests you about interplanetary inhabitation and cryptocurrency?How do you think about innovation in the crypto space? Is being a first-mover too risky?What do you think of Libra?What advice do you have for someone who wants to start a company?Find Justin on Twitter here and find Matrix on Twitter here. Thanks for tuning in and see you next week! :)What is Forward Thinking Founder?Welcome to Forward Thinking Founder (f20r)! f20r is a podcast and publication where I interview high potential startup founders, usually before they hit their Series A. Past guests include Austen Allred, Daniel Gross, Leah Culver, Laura Behrens Wu, and many more.Consider it the opposite of “How I Built This”. Instead of interviewing someone after they are successful, we interview early founders with a little traction and a big vision, and hear what they want to will into the world and why. This is Forward Thinking Founder. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
I had a great time talking to Hamza Zia, who is the CEO of GitStart. They are creating a whole new way that companies can recruit technical talent + a new way to engage developers looking for work. He also has many insights on the future of education in this awesome conversation. Today, we dive into: What is GitStart?How does the model work for companies? For developers?Is GitStart considered a coding competition?How do you pay fort coding tasks within GitStart?Your model feels ripe for blockchain technology. Have you thought about implementing blockchain?Does GitStart feel like an agency to the companies?Where did the inspiration for GitStart come from?Are you going horizontal or keep it vertical for near to mid future?What’s the master plan for GitStart?Who’s innovating on the social side of the college experience?What does the future of education look like in next 50 years?What advice do you have on starting a company?Learn more about GitStart here. Thanks for tuning in! See you tomorrow.What is Forward Thinking Founder?Welcome to Forward Thinking Founder (f20r)! f20r is a podcast and publication where I interview high potential startup founders, usually before they hit their Series A. Past guests include Austen Allred, Daniel Gross, Leah Culver, Laura Behrens Wu, and many more.Consider it the opposite of “How I Built This”. Instead of interviewing someone after they are successful, we interview early founders with a little traction and a big vision, and hear what they want to will into the world and why. This is Forward Thinking Founder. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
This was a great conversation with Elena Nadolinski, who is the CEO and founder of Beanstalk. She is a whiz and super insightful person when it comes to blockchain, crypto, and all the way to remote work. She is also a Pioneer, like many of my other guests. ———Quick note - You’ll hear a sound in the background for the first third of the video. This will go away in the middle of the recording.—————In this conversation I ask her some of the following questions: Can you dive into your background?What is Beanstalk?What is the difference between Ethereum and Bitcoin?What are some practical use cases of blockchain and cryptocurrency? Why does privacy matter in cryptocurrency?How are you making your own blockchain?When’s the killer app coming? Why hasn’t it come yet?What is Libra and will Libra matter in a century?Is it too early to build on blockchain technology or is it perfect timingWhat do you think about when you’re not thinking about Beanstalk?What is the remote ecosystem missing to help it breakthrough?If you had $100,000,000 to invest, what areas would you invest in first?Will investors be more remote-friendly in the future?What advice do you have for early professionals who want to have a great career?What tips do you have for someone who wants to start a company but doesn’t know the best step?Thanks again for tuning in. You can catch Elena on Twitter here. You can find Beanstalk right here. Thank all for tuning in and I’ll see you tomorrow :) And if you haven’t subscribed yet, you know what to to do. 👇 What is Forward Thinking Founder?Welcome to Forward Thinking Founder (f20r)! f20r is a podcast and publication where I interview high potential startup founders, usually before they hit their Series A. Past guests include Austen Allred, Daniel Gross, Leah Culver, Laura Behrens Wu, and many more.Consider it the opposite of “How I Built This”. Instead of interviewing someone after they are successful, we interview early founders with a little traction and a big vision, and hear what they want to will into the world and why. This is Forward Thinking Founder. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Neal is a legend at growth. Period. He co-founded Bell Curve, a premiere agency to help startups with growth that have worked with Outschool, Clearbit, Envoy, and many others. From there, he co-founded Demand Curve, a company aimed to teach founders how to do growth themselves, for a fraction of the cost of an agency. On this episode, we dive deep into many topics, including: What is Demand Curve?What is the origin story of Demand Curve?What was it like transitioning from an agency to a tech startup. Is there a difference?Is Demand Curve good for CEOs who want to hire for a growth lead, or is it better for founders who want to grow their company themselves? What space would you consider Demand Curve In?What’s the 10-year vision for Demand Curve?Steps to think about growth as a startup founder:Where should a founder focus on first if they want to grow their company?How would you invest $100,000 into growth for a startup? How does someone evaluate when to push the pedal on growth for their company?What is the biggest mistake that early-stage startups make around their growth?What tips do you have for a first-time founder?This was such a fun episode to do with Neal and I hope you learned something new about startup growth. I know I sure did! As a reminder, find Demand Curve right here and you can find Neal on Twitter right here.What is Forward Thinking Founder?Welcome to Forward Thinking Founder (f20r)! f20r is a podcast and publication where I interview high potential startup founders, usually before they hit their Series A. Past guests include Austen Allred, Daniel Gross, Leah Culver, Laura Behrens Wu, and many more.Consider it the opposite of “How I Built This”. Instead of interviewing someone after they are successful, we interview early founders with a little traction and a big vision, and hear what they want to will into the world and why. This is Forward Thinking Founder. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
It was such a blast to have Chris, the CEO of Trainual, on the podcast. Chris is a friend from the Phoenix startup scene and is one of the nicest guys out there. He is also one of the most successful, with Trainua being one of the hottest companies in the valley. In our conversation, he answers some of these questions:What is Trainual? How does Trainual work for users?How did you get the idea?How did you get your first users? What is it like building a rocketship in Phoenix?How do you think about fundraising vs. bootstrapping when starting a startup? What have been some of the biggest learnings from this journey so far?What advice to you have for future business owners?And tons more!Chris is such a smart guy and it was so fun having him on the podcast. If you want to learn more about Trainual, check it out here. Want to catch Chris on Twitter? Find him right here. What is Forward Thinking Founder?Welcome to Forward Thinking Founder (FTF)! FTF is a podcast and publication where I interview high potential startup founders, usually before they hit their Series A. Past guests include Austen Allred, Daniel Gross, Leah Culver, Laura Behrens Wu, and many more.Consider it the opposite of “How I Built This”. Instead of interviewing someone after they are successful, we interview early founders with a little traction and a big vision, and hear what they want to will into the world and why. This is Forward Thinking Founder. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Hannah was a blast to talk to. She is the Founder and CEO of YC backed company, Localyze, which helps international employees relocate without needing to deal with dozens of websites to stay compliant. Localyze does it all. In this conversation, we dive into:What is Locayze?What is the current way that people relocate for a job?How does Localyze improve the process?What’s the origin story?What is your big vision for Localyze?What industries interest you outside of what you’re actively working on?What was it like scaling from Founder to now becoming a CEO and manager?What tips do you have for people wanting to start their own company?And tons more! I hope you enjoy this episode with Hanna. Find her on Twitter here and learn more about Localyze here. What is Forward Thinking Founder?Welcome to Forward Thinking Founder (FTF)! FTF is a podcast and publication where I interview high potential startup founders, usually before they hit their Series A. Past guests include Austen Allred, Daniel Gross, Leah Culver, Laura Behrens Wu, and many more.Consider it the opposite of “How I Built This”. Instead of interviewing someone after they are successful, we interview early founders with a little traction and a big vision, and hear what they want to will into the world and why. This is Forward Thinking Founder. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Ashutosh is a startup CEO monk if I ever met one. What an insightful conversation all about productivity, tying in his company perfectly. Sunsama is one of the cleanest and most helpful tools I use to plan my day, and It was super interesting to dive into a lot of the “why” behind it hearing straight from the CEO. In this conversation, we dive into questions such as:What is Sunsama?What is the backstory for Sunsama?Can you explain the user flow for a Sunsama user?How do you advice startup founder users to get the most out of SunsamaDo you tie mindfulness into Sunsama and what do you think of the mindfulness boom in the tech scene today?Where did you get the name for Sunsama? How do you balance reactive activities (Putting out fires) and proactive activities (planning out your day and doing things that you plan)Where do you see Sunsama going in the next decade Does Sunsama replace Asana or Todoist?What are some general tips for productivity?And more!I really hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. And with that, this week is a rap! Hope you all have a great weekend and see you on Sunday with a roundup of the last week on f20r (Forward Thinking Founder). Not on the email list? Think again! Sign up below :) Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
James is one of the smartest people I’ve ever talked to on the podcast, and he’s also one of the youngest! Right now, he’s a researcher at CareerKarma, writing long-form posts about all things future of education and work. I have no doubt he’ll be a very successful founder one day, but I didn’t want to wait to have him on the show.Please PLEASE listen to the episode if you have any interest in learning about Income Share Agreements. I feel as if there is no one more knowledgeable on the topic than James. On this episode, some of the questions James answers are:What are ISAs?What happened historically to allow ISAs to occur?What did they only get popular in the last 5 years?Are ISAs going to put universities out of business or will they compete?Is it possible to have ISAs for people with potential? Who are some of the leaders in ISAs right now?What was it like going through Pioneer and being one of the first winners?What tips do you have for other young people to use the internet to break into startups?And tons more!Follow James on Twitter here and make sure to watch him on his career journey. He’s doing big things in life! Thanks for tuning in and see you next time :)- Mat Sherman Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
It was such a pleasure to talk to Stefania Olafsdottir, who is the CEO of Avo. Avo is a tool that product leaders can use to track the right data in their app at the same speed that that code is being shipped. Avo recently went through Y Combinator in their W19 batch. We had a really insightful conversation about tons of different topics, including but not limited to:What is Avo?What is the relationship between shipping code and tracking the right data?What happens when startup don’t track their data properly?What have you learned while building Avo?What industries interest you outside of tracking data?We dive deeper into remote workGlobal warmingSan Francisco What makes San Francisco so special?What are channels with San Francisco?What tips do you have for someone wanting to start their own company?And tons more!You can learn more about Stefania on Twitter here. Thanks for checking out today’s episode. If you have subscribed to the pod yet, there’s no time like the present :)That’s it for me. See you next time! Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Joshua Browder has built one of the coolest products I have ever used, DoNotPay. What started as a way to fight parking tickets has grown into an app the waits in phone lines for you when calling companies, cancels trials for you automatically, and can get through legal matters that you don’t want to spend time on. Funded by Founders Fund, a16z, Index Ventures and more, this is a unicorn in the making. On this show, Joshua and I dive into:What is DoNotPay? Why did you start DoNotPay?What are some of the use cases for DoNotPay?How do you trick companies to treat DoNotPay users like gold?How do you get the word out about DoNotPay?How do you help your users find hidden money?What does the future of DoNotPay look like in a decade?What are the plans for future features for DoNotPay?What movements in the tech world interest you as a technologist?Is AI taking our jobs? Are you helping this move faster?What advice would you have for someone wanting to start their own company?And tons more!I really appreciate you tuning in to today’s show with Joshua. If you want to learn more about DoNotPay, check it out here. Find Joshua on Twitter here. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
I got the chance to talk to the CTO of Glide, which is a powerful platform that enables you to build mobile apps with Google Sheets. Yes, you heard me correctly. Apps powered by Google Sheets. Fresh out of Y Combinator, Glide is one of the leaders in the no-code space right now, as their simple interface but powerful functionality enables creatives to build whatever they want. When I sat down with Mark, I asked him several questions, including topics like:What is Glide?What is the big vision for GlideWhy is now the time the #nocode is getting so big?How did you come up with the idea for Glide/what is the backstory?What are some of the coolest apps that have been built with Glide?Do you have any idea you wish someone built?Where do you think the #nocode movement is going?What tips do you have for someone wanting to start a company?And more!!!Learn more about Glide here and learn more about Mark here. Thanks for tuning in and see you for the next episode! Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
In today’s episode, we talk to Rajiv Ayyangar, who is the CEO and Cofounder of Tandem. Tandem is a virtual office for remote teams. Fresh out of YC and coming off a big raise from a16z, Tandem is on a tear building tools for the ever-growing remote world. In this conversation, we talk about:What is Tandem?Is remote work actually growing? If so, why?What does a typical user get when they use Tandem?How does he think about replicating the office experience, but onlineWhat are other companies pushing Remote Work forward?What other industries interest you other than remote work collaboration? What does the future of work look like in 100 years?What advice would you give to a first-time founder who wants to get started?And plenty more!I also wanted to note, Tandem is hiring. Check out their job board and if anything looks interesting to you, email me and i’d be happy to make an intro if it makes sense. (Mat at Matsherman.com). Also, if you want to join Pioneer, the game I mentioned at the beginning of the recording, you can do that here.Alright, I’m signing off. See you next episode! Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
I had the pleasure of speaking to Sankaet Pathak, who is the CEO of Synapse. Synapse provides building blocks to build financial software products. They enable anyone to compete with Chase Bank or Bank of America on top of Synpase’s infrastructure. With funding from a16z and Trinity Ventures, this is a rocketship in the making. Some of the questions I asked are:What is Synapse?What can a startup build on top of Synapse?What is wrong with the current system of banking?What are some of the companies are Synapse poweringWhat have you learned while building Synapse?What is the big vision for Synapse?What advice do you have for new founders wanting to start a company?Learn more about Synapse here and learn more about Sankaet here. Thanks for tuning into another episode of Forward Thinking Founders. See you next week :) Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
It was a pleasure to speak to Jude Gomila about his company, Golden. Golden is building a smart knowledge base that is easily searchable of topics in the realms of technology and science. Jude has raised money from the likes of a16z, FoundersFund, SV Angel, and tons more where that came from. In this wide-ranging interview, some of the questions I ask Jude are:What is Golden?How did you get into tech?Where did he get the idea for Golden?What is the user experience like on Golden? How do you think about getting all the world’s knowledge onto Golden?How does Golden use AI to help with the efficacy of information?What makes Golden have perfect timing in the markets? How does Golden know what to listen to in the world to document?What does Golden look like in a decade?What problems interest him in the world?What about Golden makes him so excited to work on it every day?What advice does Jude have for aspiring founders?You can learn more about Golden at Golden.com. You can find Jude on Twitter @judegomila. This was one of the coolest interviews i’ve done and I hope you really enjoy it too. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
It was so fun to chat with Pavle about what he is working on with Mine VR. Mine VR is a VR Adventure Game for the Blind. Pavle was also one of the first Pioneer winners. which is the game that Daniel Gross started over a year ago. Fun stuff! On this episode, we talk about:What is Mine VR?What problem does it address in the world?What was it like playing and winning Pioneer?What has he learned while working on Mine VR?Why didn’t he use haptic gloves when developing Mine VR?How does he think about VR headset distribution?Thoughts on how to start a company if you have an idea?And tons more! Relevant links:Mine VR’s website KaleidoscopePavle’s TwitterPrune Games’ Twitter I hope you enjoyed this episode as much as I did! See you for the next episode :) Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
It was a treat to interview the CTO and co-founder of Lunchclub, Scott Wu. Lunchclub is a brilliant platform that helps connect like-minded people together for lunch meetings or coffee conversations in select cities. They also just announced a $4M raise from a16z as well, so congrats to them. It’s invite-only right now, but click the link above and you’ll get access. In this dynamic conversation with Scott, we cover topics like:What is Lunchclub?Why are they focusing exclusively on meeting in person?What was the path leading up to Lunchclub?What category does Lunchclub put themselves in, or are they making a new category? How does Lunchclub democratize opportunity and how does that tie into their vision?What other industries interest Scott?How did Scott become the world-leading competitive programmer?What is the vision for Lunchclub?And what are Scott’s top tips to start your own company?I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Get access to Lunchclub here and learn more about Scott here. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
There are few people more knowledgable about the future of work and education than Ruben Harris, CEO of Career Karma. Ruben is a wealth of knowledge on all things future of work and I was thrilled to get the chance to sit down and talk with him about some of topics like:What is Career Karma?How did the coding bootcamp era get started Where is the coding bootcamp era headed?What does Ruben see as the future of work?How does the democratization of opportunity matter in the future of work?What are Ruben’s 100-year predictions on where work will end upWhat tips does he have to get started building the futureAnd tons more!!!!Learn more about Ruben on Twitter here and check out his podcast, breaking into startups, here. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
I am so excited to publish this episode. My guest today, Julia Enthoven, is the CEO of Kapwing. Kapwing makes it simple to create videos for the internet and social media platforms. Recently coming off a big series A, Kapwing is growing rapidly. I am thrilled to get the chance to ask Julia tons of questions about what she’s building, why, and how. We talked about topics like:What is Kapwing?What makes Kapwing different from iMovie?What did she learn from Google before starting Kapwing?Use cases for a tool like KapwingHow did they come up with the name, Kapwing?Where did your “first principles” thinking come from?What do workers expect in software in the next decade?What tips does Julia have as a first-time and younger founder?And way more! Listen to the podcast to hear the rest of the topics! Learn more about Kapwing here and chat with Julia on Twitter here. Thanks to our sponsor, Crash. Crash is the most effective and fun way to find a job. On the job hunt? Throw out your resume, fill out your Crash profile, and launch your job hunt on Crash. Startups, if you’re looking to hire high aptitude employees, Crash should be your first stop. Thanks to Crash for being a sponsor! Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
If there’s one movement I’m most excited about right now, it’s the #nocode movement. One of the companies powering this is Adalo, a platform to build mobile and web applications without coding. Today, I talked to Jeremy Blalock about Adalo and several other topics, including:What does Adalo do?How did Jeremy get started on Adalo?How does one build a platform to allow someone else to build anything?What is Adalo’s place in the no-code movement?What does no code mean for entrepreneurship and access?What are the apps you wish were built on Adalo that haven’t been built yet?What advice would you have for someone trying to build the future?And tons more!Learn more about Adalo here and find Jeremy on Twitter here.Thanks to our sponsor, Crash. Crash is the most effective and fun way to find a job. On the job hunt? Throw out your resume, fill out your Crash profile, and launch your job hunt on Crash. Startups, if you’re looking to hire high aptitude employees, Crash should be your first stop. Thanks to Crash for being a sponsor! Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
I had an incredible conversation with Yoshi Yokokawa, who is the CEO and co-founder of Alpaca. Alpaca is building an API to let anyone start their own version Robinhood, anywhere in the world. Exciting stuff! In this episode, we talk about:How Alpaca worksWhat did Yoshi get started on itWhat’s happening in the world to allow Alpaca to exist He explains the shift of power from East to West in the financial markets Yoshi has some predictions for the financial markets He gives tips to anyone wanting to break into businessAnd much more!Learn more about Yoshi on Twitter here.Thanks to our sponsor, Crash. Crash is the most effective and fun way to find a job. On the job hunt? Throw out your resume, fill out your Crash profile, and launch your job hunt on Crash. Startups, if you’re looking to hire high aptitude employees, Crash should be your first stop. Thanks to Crash for being a sponsor! Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Immad Akhund is my next guest, who is the founder and CEO of Mercury. Immad is a 4x founder, was a part-time YC partner, and is an investor in over 100 tech startups. Mercury is a bank for startups, simple as that. As a customer myself, I am so excited with what Mercury is building, as I have had horrid experiences with other banks in the past. In this episode, we talk about:What is Mercury?Why did he start Mercury?What is the typical banking experience for a startup likeIs working 12 hours a day the right decision?Is it easier starting a startup now than as a first time founder?What areas interest Immad as an investor?What is Immad’s big vision for Mercury?What tips would he have for anyone just getting started in business building.Learn more about Immad on Twitter here.Thanks to our sponsor, Crash. Crash is the most effective and fun way to find a job. On the job hunt? Throw out your resume, fill out your Crash profile, and launch your job hunt on Crash. Startups, if you’re looking to hire high aptitude employees, Crash should be your first stop. Thanks to Crash for being a sponsor! Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
I had a really great conversation with Kate Swanson who is the CEO of Ensembl, which pioneering a new type of cookware system. On the podcast, we covered a range of topics, including:What is Ensembl?The history of pots and pans ngWhat is the actual use of a handle in the kitchen?What is the vision for Ensembl?Thoughts on co-livingThoughts on ChinaThoughts on FintechWhat advice she has for people wanting to start a company.If you haven’t yet, you gotta check out their website and look at the design of these pots and pans. Too cool! Learn more about Kate here and find Ensembl on Twitter here. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
In this episode, I talk to Jack Forbes, CEO of PadPiper. Yes, you read that right. The name is a spin off of Silicon Valley “unicorn”, Pied Piper. PadPiper is a platform that helps you find a place to live in a new city, hooks you up with roommates, and helps you find places to hang out around town. Jack and I cover many topics on this episode, including but not limited to these topics:What is PadPiper?What differentiates you from Airbnb?What are some of the use cases for PadPiper?What generational forces at at play that allow PadPiper to exist? What is work integrated learning and why does it matter?What about mental health is important to founders and what does happiness mean in startup life?Startups Jack is betting on in the future to help create the futureTips Jack has for people wanting to build the futureAnd more!Learn more about Jack on LinkedIn here. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
On this episode of Forward Thinking Founders, Mat Vogels, the CEO and Founder of Zestful comes onto the podcast. Zestful is a company that rethinks how startups offer company perks. In this episode, we go deep into:What is Zestful?What was the first version of Zestful?How did Mat get through the darkest times before Zestful found product market fitThoughts on how founders should handle adversity Rethinking the incentives of employees and how founders can be aware about what incentivizes their teamTips for listeners wanting to build something impacting the future Find Mat on Twitter @matvogels. Thanks for tuning in and we will catch you next week 👌 Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Today, I had the pleasure of talking to Cofounder and President of Postscript, Alex Beller. Postscript is like Mailchimp for SMS. In this episode, we go deep into several different areas. This includes, but isn’t limited to:What is Postscript?What does this team see in the SMS market that other don’t? What was their experience like in the recent batch of YC?We go into other sectors of the SMS market and the biggest gaps in itWe talk about what it’s like to build a remote teamWe get Alex’s top bets in startups that other’s haven’t heard of beforeWe get his advice on how to build the futureLearn more about Postscript here. Find Alex on Twitter here. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
In this fantastic episode of Forward Thinking Founders, I interviewed Paul from Keeper Tax. Keeper Tax helps freelancers save as much as possible by maximizing the tax writeoffs they get. In this future of work certified episode, we talk about:-All about Keeper Tax - Why Keeper Tax needs to exist?-Why is the system rigged against freelancers?-What is the OS of the future of work?-What makes finance such a hard industry to build for- Tips on how to build the future Learn more about Keeper Tax here. Find Paul on twitter here. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
It's such a fun time when i get to jam about a whole bunch of different tech topics with other smart people. Kashish is 100% one of these people. He's the founder of Carry, which is a travel planner software that lives in your Slack. Need to book a flight and get a hotel? Just ping Carry and it's done. Amazing! This conversation took us well past Carry, though. Some of the topics we covered are:- How to build trust within your product- Why trust is so important to compete in 2019- What does Kashish think about Libra, and how it will affect the travel industry - A deep dive into self driving cars and the brands that will lead the charge- A look into robots that can make food, and what that means in the future- Top companies he knows about that most people are sleeping on- AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!!You can find Kashish here: https://twitter.com/kashgupta_You can learn more about Carry here: https://carry.travel/ Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Wow, it was such an honor to talked to Nick Soman about his vision for Decent, the startup he founded and is leading. Decent helps self-employed people get health insurance. Nick is a former exec of growth at Gusto and is one of the nicest guys I've talked to! On the podcast, we cover: - What is Decent?- What shifts in regulation happened which opened up an opportunity for Decent?- Why is getting health insurance so dang hard for the self employed?- What does he think of Libra and it's implications on Decent and the whole industry. - How does he plan on using blockchain technology within Decent- Why does Nick do what he does- Why Nick things you should SAVE the world, not change it 🔥- What advice would you have for people aiming to change the world, just like you are?And many other questions!!!Nick can be found on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/nicksomanYou can learn more about Decent here - https://decent.com Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
My oh my, what a fantastic episode this was. I'm SUPER EXCITED to bring this episode with Isaac Morehouse, CEO of Crash.co, to you all. Isaac has to be one of the most knowledgeable people I know on the topic of work and education. Of the WIDE RANGE of topics we cover, some of the include:- What is Crash and is it comparable to Product Hunt?- What broke down in the system to have a need for Crash in the first place- Why Isaac wants to turn the job hunt into an "event"- How the degree has cheapened and how the thing taking its place is accessible to anyone- For kids skipping college, how do they get that social experience that college provides?- What freedom means to Isaac and why its important for him to help others to live free as well- He gives some killer advice on how to start building the future. - And much more!You can learn about Crash at https://www.crash.co and you can find Isaac on Twitter @isaacmorehouse. Until next time! Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
I had an awesome conversation with Cadran Cowansage, who is the cofounder and CEO of Elpha, an online community for women In tech. Elpha is going through the current YC batch. In today's enlightening episode, we dive into:- What is Elpha?- What problems does it address?- Is Elpha a movement more than a product? - How can founders can think about making sure there is equal representation among applicants?- What are the benefits and downsides of not having a diverse company?- Is the goal to have a 50/50 workforce or is it something else entirely? - How can male CEOs like myself be part of the solution?- What advice would you have for people aiming to change the world, just like you are?And many other questions!!! Cadran can be found on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/cadran_c You can learn more about Elpha here - https://elpha.com/ Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Today, I got the pleasure of talking to Daniel Gross. Daniel is one of the smartest people I know of and you'll likely agree by the end of the podcast. Daniel is the founder of Pioneer.app, former Y Combinator Partner, former director of AI at Apple, and it all started with his first startup, Cue. In today's episode, we cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:- What is Pioneer?- What has he learned about people since starting pioneer (and how does it affect product decisions)- What does he want Pioneer to be?- Is Pioneer a game? Why?- Is Pioneer starting a new way to develop games?- How big could Pioneer get?- Why did he start working on Pioneer?- Why Yellow?- Does he plan on implementing VR and AR into Pioneer - The best advice for changing the world that i've ever head at the very end. Daniel can be found on Twitter @danielgross and you can learn more about Pioneer at www.pioneer.app. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Today, we had a very insightful conversation with Kristen, who is the COO and Cofounder of Catch. Catch is the company that provides benefits to people who don't get benefits from their employer. Today we dive into all types of topics and answer questions, including but not limited to:What is Catch?What types of people need Catch?Is Catch like Gusto for contractors? What is the "employment stack" and how is it changing?What role does lifelong learning play in the future?Why do millennials change jobs so often?What benefits does Catch have in the Pipeline?Who else is building the future other than CatchDoes being a contrarian help you build the future?And more!Catch can be found at www.catch.co and Kristen can be found on Twitter @Kristentyrell. I hope you enjoy this episode. If you do, share it with a friend or two 🙌 Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
This is was an awesome conversation with Shaan Hathiramani about the future of education. Shaan is the CEO of Flockjay, the school that teaches you sales and helps get you job. Did I mention that you only pay once you get a job? Amazing. In this episode, we dive into:What is Flockjay?How do they fund the education ?The role of ISAs(income share agreements) in the futureThe stats of college success stories (or lack thereof)Making the case for traditional collegeAn analysis into student debtA look into longevity and elder-techWhat the future of K-8 looks likeAnd much more!Learn more about Flockjay here ---> https://flockjay.com/ Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
This week, I jammed with Alex Bouazi, the CEO of Deel. Deel is a product that helps companies pay their freelancers in one click. They also handle compliance, which most remote companies aren't thinking about right now. In this episode, Alex and I talk about:- All about Deel- The process of payments and compliance in the future of work?- Dive into the mission of Deel- How crypto ties into the future of work - What does the future of work 20 years from now look like?- How people like Alexis Ohanian and Austen Allred are becoming role models- And many more topics!!!I hope you enjoy this episode of Forward Thinking Founders Learn more about Deel at www.letsdeel.com Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Today, I talked to the founder and CEO of Curious Fictions. Curious fictions is a way to discover new authors and readers who enjoying writing or consuming fiction. What is Curious Fictions?The role of AI in the creative processUniversal basic income and single payer healthcareWhy every company will turn into a tech companyAutomation vs. augmentationThe value of "eyeballs" on the internetAnd many more topics!!!I hope you enjoy this episode of Forward Thinking Founders Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
In this episode, I am VERY excited to have on Austen Allred, CEO of Lambda School. In this action packed 25 minute conversation, we cover a lot of ground. Some of the questions Austen answers are:- What is Lambda School?- What is an ISA and how it affects education in the future?- What do you tell anxious parents when they heart about Lambda School and their kid not wanting to go down the traditional path?- Do you see yourself as an investor?- What advice would you have to people building the Lambda School for for X.- Why did you partner with Pioneer? - What synergies do you and Daniel Gross have?- How can anyone start to build the future, just like you are doing?- And plenty more!!!!You can find Austen on Twitter @Austen and learn more about Lambda School at LambdaSchoo.com. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
In this episode with the insightful and thoughtful Laura Behrens Wu, CEO of Shippo, we talk about a varsity of far ranging topics. A few of them include:- The future of Logistics and Shipping- The evolution of a startup CEO- The API Economy- Machine/brain interfaces - The impact of Sci Fi Novels- Black Mirrors Bandersnatch and that type CYOA entertainment avenues- AND SO MUCH MOREI hope you enjoy the episode! Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
In this insightful episode with the Jonathon Barkl, CEO and co-founder of AirGarage, a parking operating company built for the 21st century. In this episode, we talk about:- The difference between Phoenix and SF- Parking operating software- The future of real estate- Scooters and other forms of transportation- How education will evolve into a an Uber model- The future of hospitals - And more!! 🚀🚀🚀I hope you enjoy the episode! Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
Today, we talk with Cooper Harris (CEO of Klickly) about the future of online shopping, AI, education, the sharing economy, and more! Listen into this insightful conversation from one of the smartest (and nicest) people i've ever talked to. I hope you enjoy :) Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
In this awesome episode with Andrew, we talk about his company, Papa, which he explains as Grandkids on demand. He wants to reimagine how elder care and general care is delivered...and he's starting with college students. Other than Papa, we dive into:- The future of healthcare and how Papa plays a role in that- How Apple is a leader in healthcare- How companies like BOOM Supersonic are reimagining transportation- How any person can get started on building the future Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com
In the episode, we talk about everything from the future of work to different models of healthcare for freelance workers. I'm excited to bring you this awesome episode of Forward Thinking w/ Mat Sherman. Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com