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Times are tougher for startups. Raising money in 2022 is a different beast than early to mid 2021. During the pandemic, people were more eager to make deals and make investments. Now, startups need to prove that their growth is sustainable and be willing to do this through new metrics like ‘burn multiple’, says Christina Cacioppo, CEO of Vanta, a startup that raised initial seed funding in 2021 and surged forward in 2022 despite a more difficult VC landscape.Christina provides valuable insights into how to attract funding, meet metrics, hire staff and more in this fascinating chat with Andrew Reed, partner at Sequoia Capital.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
We are very much at the end of the beginning for self-driving vehicles, says Gavin Jackson, CEO of autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica. What does he mean by this?Well, Gavin thinks that an autonomous future is on the horizon but it won’t happen exactly as we imagined. Rather than single occupancy robo-taxis zipping around cities, what will be mainstream first are self-driving industrial vehicles working in mining, construction, energy plants and so on. Keep listening to hear more about this and how Oxbotica is aiming to be an operating system for all autonomous vehicles, working across all use cases from urban shuttles and self-driving trucks to off road delivery pods and more.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
Part of tackling climate change is educating people about global efforts in this space. But how can the United Nations reach as many people as possible and grab their attention when it comes to the seemingly inaccessible topic of NDCs or Nationally Determined Contributions - these are long term goals various countries agreed to on the back of the Paris Agreement.The answer is mini mobile games. Find out how the UN worked with PlayMob to develop Mission 1.5, an educational game with a reach of 3.5 billion people or 40% of the global population.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
What does Gen Z want from their favourite brands? Not celebrity endorsements or value for money. A younger generation with purchasing power are choosing to spend money on companies that align with their personal values, ranging from racial justice to gun control.Ty Montague and Rosemarie Ryan, co-founders and co-CEOs of CO Collective, talk about how concern for environmental and social justice issues is driving younger consumers to choose brands that care. And they explain how this is an opportunity for companies to get involved in the growing market for conscious capitalism.Thanks for listening to the Next Stage. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Or so the old adage goes, at least. In an age when it's just as easy to work remotely in Timbuktu as in Toronto, opportunities are similarly limitless for entrepreneurs – no matter where a person lives or what their background may be. Where (and how) can founders catch a break in today's competitive startup landscape?Leading investors – Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet, Overlooked Ventures general partner Janine Sickmeyer and Renegade Partners co-founder Renata Quintini – give their take on where to find tomorrow’s talent. Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet, Overlooked Ventures general partner Janine Sickmeyer and Renegade Partners co-founder Renata Quintini were in conversation with Harvard Business Review editor Amy Bernstein on Centre Stage at Collision 2022.Image: Stephen McCarthy/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
People are getting paid in it, and governments are regulating it. Blockchain is officially mainstream. How did that happen and what does it mean? While blockchain enthusiasts have been bullish the past few years, signs of a recent collapse have many re-examining the technology. Nicolas Cary, co-founder and vice chairman of Blockchain.com, is an early blockchain adopter, having snapped up the blockchain.com domain name more than 10 years ago. Here, he shares his insights on the road ahead, from fintechs to sports sponsorships. Nicolas Cary, co-founder and vice chairman of Blockchain.com, was in conversation with Forbes’ blockchain and crypto editor, Micheal del Castillo, on Centre Stage at Collision 2022.Image: Sam Barnes/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
It might seem like a mystery to gen X and elder millennials that younger social media users have fallen for TikTok, a platform that seems to be more about dance moves and viral challenges than anything else. But TikTok celebrity Josh Richards explains that gen Z prizes TikTok for its focus on authenticity in a world where influencers Facetune, Photoshop and filter their lives for followers.Josh talks about his journey to success – all the way from filming duds in his mom’s basement to the moment when he went viral on TikTok – and discusses what his next ventures will be.CrossCheck Studios founder and CEO Josh Richards was in conversation with Style Canada editor-in-chief Elise Gasbarrino on Centre Stage at Collision 2022."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
Marketing campaigns can be a successful shot in the dark or a misfired attempt to replicate previously famous campaigns. But when viral works, boy does it work. That’s something Exploding Kittens’ Elan Lee and Eric Lang learned from their experience marketing the unusual card game at games conventions and on Kickstarter.The secret to their success has been, as they put it, a result of cultivating surprise and joy – not only for their audience, but also for themselves. A case in point is the eight-foot high fuzzy vending machine they exhibited at several conventions.The machine dispensed random items while, in the background, staff were busy creating weird and wonderful gifts for the hordes of curious attendees. When someone dressed as Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen got in line, they swiftly bedazzled a watermelon, creating a magic moment for Exploding Kittens fans that soon went viral online.Exploding Kittens CEO Elan Lee and game designer Eric Lang were on the creatiff stage at Collision 2022.Image: Diarmuid Greene/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
Can journalists be too cautious and too prone to protecting vested interests? Where should we draw the line between censorship and what people need to know, and who decides where it’s drawn and how it’s enforced? ProPublica editor-in-chief Stephen Engelberg and  Yahoo News editor-in-chief Daniel Klaidman discuss news censorship in the era of misinformation.Stephen Engelberg, editor-in-chief of ProPublica, and Daniel Klaidman, Yahoo News editor-in-chief, were speaking on the Fourth Estate stage at Collision 2022.Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your favourite podcast platform. Get your Early Bird tickets to Web Summit 2022 before prices increase.Image: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
Designing meaningful and modern brands for a world that demands more and more of our attention every day is undoubtedly a major challenge. Sairah Ashman, CEO of brand consultancy Wolff Olins, explores the roles of brand and experience, unpacking how combining these two elements could have a more conscious impact on businesses and people.Sairah Ashman, CEO of Wolff Olins, presented on the creatiff stage at Collision 2022.Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on your favourite podcast platform. Get your Early Bird tickets for  Web Summit 2022 before prices increase.Image: Seb Daly/Web Summit (CC BY 2.0)"The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
You may have heard of facial recognition technology but what about face recognition for cells in your body? This is one of the many technologies that Recursion Pharmaceuticals uses as part of its industrialisation of drug discovery. Deep learning algorithms can tell the difference between health and diseased human cells and use this to identify new medicines.“The opportunity is to industrialise drug discovery,” says  Recursion Pharmaceuticals’ president Tina Larson. “The best of the tech industry and the best of all of these tools - like CRISPR - that are in the life science industry now, to really change the way we discover medicine.”Tina Larson, President, Recursion Pharmaceuticals was in conversation with Ashley McKimm, Editor-in-chief of BMJ Innovations at the British Medical Journal on the HealthConf stage at Web Summit 2021. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
“We are very bad at predicting the consequences of our inventions,” says Rebecca Parsons, CTO of global tech consultancy company Thoughtworks. The problem with technologists, she says, is that they look at a problem and how to solve it - but it’s done with a laser focus to the exclusion of other effects it might have, like environmental impact or worsening of economic inequality.In this episode we explore the notion of responsible tech, and how it can prevent a dystopian future complete with killer robots and a planet damaged beyond repair."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
Drones have been around for a while now. Why is it that they haven’t become mainstream yet? Skydio’s Martin Brandenburg says the reason is that they are dumb. Cue plenty of YouTube clips of drones doing silly things and getting into many accidents. So what’s the missing ingredient? Autonomy. Skydio’s drones are completely autonomous, have omnidirectional high resolution vision, nine realtime neural networks, and will figure out how to get to a destination on their own. Just tell them where you want them to go. Is this the future ordering takeaway, capturing video of family holidays, collecting your dry cleaning?Martin Brandenburg, VP of international business development at Skydio, gave a speech on the Auto/Tech  stage at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
FaZe Clan COO Jaci Hays shares how focusing on three critical pillars in order to reach today's youth made the esports organisation a cultural phenomenon. Jaci answers two big questions: Why is Gen Z different than any generation before it, and what does it take to build authentic connections?Jaci Hays, COO at FaZe Clan, delivered a keynote speech on ContentMakers at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
The appetite for content has never been bigger, says Shutterstock CEO Stan Pavlovsky. In fact, we spend seven hours a day consuming online media, according to research firm DoubleVerify. It’s never been a better time to be a content creator but trying to find the right image or video can be difficult with millions of assets to wade through.Stan says this has shifted Shutterstock’s strategy to include content discovery using artificial intelligence. Tune into this episode of the Next Stage to hear more about current trends in content creation including an explosion in interest around 3D imagery.Stan Pavlovsky, CEO of Shutterstock, was in conversation with Alexandros Ntolgkov, partnership manager at BeinCrypto, on the Creatiff stage at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
As more data emerges about the potentially grim fate of our planet, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that we need new solutions to the climate change crisis. How is AI facilitating the advancement of sustainability? What innovations and systems look set to change the energy landscape? We hear from Dan Jeavons of Shell, Hege Skryseth of Kongsberg and Junta Nakai of Databricks about how AI can be a gamechanger.Shell VP of computational science and digital innovation Dan Jeavons, Kongsberg chief digital officer Hege Skryseth, and Databricks VP of sustainability and financial services Junta Nakai, were in conversation with Xinhua News Agency business correspondent Martina Fuchs at Web Summit 2021.Web Summit – the event Bloomberg calls “one of the top world tech conferences” – is returning to Lisbon in November. Our Early Bird tickets are going on sale on June 30. Save money by pre-registering for your ticket now."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
Unicorn founders Florian Otto and Michele Romanow share their insights on how to address pressing issues in our society. What does it take to drive a paradigm shift, and what are the key learnings these founders have grown from – collectively and individually?Cedar co-founder and CEO Florian Otto and Clearco co-founder and CEO Michele Romanow were in conversation with Grit Daily executive editor Jordan French on Startup University at Web Summit 2021. "The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
Between the January 6 insurrection, so-called ‘vote audits’, gerrymandering, social media polarisation, two impeachments, and accusations of voter suppression, the four years of the Trump presidency were tumultuous to say the least. Join Obama Foundation CEO David Simas, ACLU president Deborah Archer, and Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub to find out if American democracy is on its last legs – or if it’s beginning a long overdue revival.US Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, Obama Foundation CEO David Simas and ACLU president Deborah Archer were in conversation with Steve Clemons, editor-at-large for the Hill, at Web Summit 2021.Web Summit – the event Bloomberg calls “one of the top world tech conferences” – is returning to Lisbon in November. Our Early Bird tickets are going on sale on June 30. Save money by pre-registering for your ticket now."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
What does the future of healthcare look like? In some cases, it’s almost like science fiction has become a reality. Mental health and wellness is entering this realm with therapeutic chatbots like Woebot Health. Founder Alison Darcy talks about the importance of clinical validation and how studies have shown that Woebot can not only engage deeply with users but also develop a bond of trust with them, often allowing them to broach topics they may not feel comfortable discussing with a human therapist.Meanwhile, the ultrasound machine is getting a makeover. Nevada Sanchez, co-founder of Butterfuly network talks about shrinking it down into a device that plugs into an iPhone, making medical imaging more affordable and accessible. This device is a  little like the medical tridcorder from Star Trek in that it can scan the entire body and, with AI on board, it can make sense of the scan in minutes.Nevada Sanchez, co-founder & VP of core technology at Butterfly Network and Alison Darcy, founder of Woebot Health, were in conversation with Rob Pegoraro of USA Today on the HealthConf stage at Web Summit 2021."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
DreamWorks Animation is home to some of the world’s most beloved franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, The Boss Baby, The Croods, and How to Train Your Dragon. But none of these award-winning films would be possible without cutting-edge film technology. We speak to Kate Swanborg, DreamWorks’ SVP of technology communications, to explore how technology is fuelling our imaginations and creating all-time-great productions.Kate Swanborg, SVP of Technology Communications at DreamWorks Animation, delivered a keynote speech on Centre Stage at Web Summit 2021.Are you feeling inspired by this episode? Web Summit is returning to Lisbon this November with lots more exciting speakers. This is your last chance to grab 2 tickets for the price of one, so sign up now for the 2 for 1 sale on May 19."The best technology conference on the planet". Join us in Lisbon this November.
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