Today’s guest is Vanessa Colella, Chief Innovation Officer of Citi. Vanessa is tasked with incubating and accelerating innovations that give Citi, a 200-year-old financial institution, a competitive edge. Before becoming Chief Innovation Officer, Vanessa led venture investing and previously ran marketing for Citi’s North American Consumer Bank. Prior to joining Citibank 10 years ago, Vanessa was an entrepreneur-in-residence at U.S. Venture Partners, SVP of insights at Yahoo!, and a Partner at McKinsey & Company
On today's show, we are joined by Jesse Walden, Founder of Variant, an early-stage venture firm investing in crypto networks & platforms building the ownership economy. Prior to founding Variant, Jesse worked as an investor on a crypto education program at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to that, Jesse co-founded an early blockchain startup called Mediachain Labs, which was acquired by Spotify.
Today’s guest is Scott Belsky, founder of the social media channel for creatives, Behance. In 2006, Behance was acquired by Adobe where Scott now serves as Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President. Scott is also an active investor and advisor to companies like Pinterest, Uber, Sweetgreen, Carta, Cheddar, Flexport, Airtable, and Periscope, and many more. Scott is also an accomplished author, having written two international bestselling books Making Ideas Happen, and The Messy Middle.
Ryan Holmes, the Founder and CEO of the social media management platform HootSuite. Ryan has grown HootSuite from a lean startup to a global leader in social media with 5 million users, including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies. A college drop-out, he started a paintball company and pizza restaurant before founding Invoke Media, the company that developed HootSuite in 2009.
In this episode of The Way Work Should Work, we are joined by Ian Lee, Managing Director of IDEO CoLab Ventures. Ian invests in early-stage startups and entrepreneurs, working with them to build a more open, distributed internet—one that's better for humans all over the globe—using blockchains, crypto-networks, and other decentralizing technologies. Prior to joining IDEO, Ian was a Director at Citigroup's venture capital and venturing arm. And before that, Ian spent 8 years as a management consultant, co-founded two startups, and worked in investment banking and asset management. Ian is also an Adjunct Faculty Member in cryptocurrency courses at UC Berkeley, where he helped launch the college's cryptocurrency curriculum in 2016.
In today's brand new episode, we are joined by Hunter Walk, Founder & Partner at the Venture firm Homebrew, which has invested in a variety of successful companies including Chime, Plaid, Cruise, and Gusto. Prior to founding Homebrew, Hunter led consumer product management at YouTube and managed product and sales efforts for Google’s contextual advertising business. Hunter is a proud husband and father residing in San Francisco.
Today’s guest is the founding developer of WordPress, the open-source software used by over 35% of the web. Matt is also the CEO of Automattic, which is now the force behind WordPress.com, Jetpack, and many other products.
Matt has built a 1200-person company with no offices and with employees scattered across 68 countries. We’re really excited to talk to him today about the distributed teams, the future of work, and the opensource movement.
We welcome Robert Leshner, Founder and CEO of Compound to the podcast. Compound is an algorithmic, autonomous interest rate protocol built for developers, to unlock a universe of open financial applications. Founded in 2017, Compound is the largest decentralized lender. Adam, Gabe, and Robert discuss the power of ownership and cryptonetworks, programmed incentives, tokenized networks, and how blockchain is the future of global business. We hope you enjoy the show and make sure to follow Braintrust on all social platforms for more awesome future of work content!
Today's guest is Stacy Brown-Philpot who currently serves as the CEO of TaskRabbit, a marketplace that matches freelance labor with local demand, allowing consumers to find immediate help with everyday tasks. In this in-depth discussion, we cover the future of marketplaces and the ethics of the gig economy. Stacy is also on the board of HP and Nordstrom, and most recently was announced as a founding member of Softbank’s $100M Opportunity Growth Fund dedicated to investing in black and minority-owned businesses. Prior to joining TaskRabbit in 2013, Stacy spent nearly 10 years at Google, and before that, PwC and Goldman Sachs. Enjoy the podcast, and make sure to follow Braintrust across all platforms!
As COVID is ravaging across the globe, companies in every industry are faced with shifting the way they build and deliver value. In our season premiere episode, we welcome Joseph Fuller, Professor of Management at Harvard Business School. During our discussion, we cover hot topics like which business trends have been accelerated by COVID, the attributes of companies that will be winners and losers in the future of work, and the emergence of marketplaces and platforms that match talent and clients.
Joseph is also the leader of the Harvard University’s Future of Work initiative and co-host of the podcast Managing the Future of Work. A 1981 graduate of HBS himself, he is currently researching the evolution of the role of the CEOs and the C-suite in public companies.