Episode #140 Neil Bergquist

This week we chat with Neil Bergquist, the Co-Founder & CEO of Coinme and UpToken.org. 

Episode #139 Rahul Sood

This week we chat with Rahul Sood, the CEO of Unikrn (check out https://unikrn.com/). We talk about crypto, esports and other interesting and fun things. Thank you for being on the show Rahul!

Episode #138 Richard Burton

This week we chat with Richard Burton about cryptocurrency and his wallet company, Balance.io.

Episode #137 Shahid Buttar

This week we chat with Shahid Buttar, a progressive Democrat running against Nancy Pelosi in Calfornia's 12th congressional district.  Shahid is immigrant, Muslim, non-profit advocate, community organizer, constitutional scholar, poet, musician, columnist, and policy geek.  He is also an advocate for open access to technology, having worked with the EFF protecting civil liberties in the digital world.  We need more voices like his in our government.  If what he says resonates with you, please spread the word, donate and/or volunteer.  You can find more information about Shahid and his campaign at www.shahidforchange.us.  

Episode #136 Cliff Webster

This week we chat with Cliff Webster, an Olympia lobbyist, who is called in various news stories ‘one of Washington’s most sought after and successful lobbyists’ and one of a handful of ‘lobbyists to call to get things done.’  After 35 years lobbying in the state capital, Cliff has great stories to tell about how Olympia works.

Episode #135 Chris Hopen

This week we chat with Chris Hopen, a Co-Founder and the CEO of fintech startup Switch, Inc. (www.switchme.com). Chris and his team are tackling some big and interesting problems with credit cards. We hope you enjoy the conversation we had with Chris.

Episode #134 Katrina Glogowski

This week we chat with Katrina Glogowski.  Katrina is an active investor in the Washington State cannabis space and the founder of Green Flower Investments.  We chat about the current state of the cannabis industry.

Episode #133 Bonnie Foley-Wong

This week we chat with Bonnie Foley-Wong. Bonnie is an impact investor and the author of “Integrated Investing: Impact Investing with Head, Heart, Body and Soul.”

Episode #132 Matt McIlwain

This week we chat with Matt McIlwain, the Managing Director of the Madrona Venture Group. Matt has been a long-time member of the Seattle startup community. We talk about Madrona, the Seattle ecosystem, public policy, taxes, and what the future might hold. Thanks for being on the show Matt!

Episode #131 Lowell Ricklefs

This week we chat with Lowell Ricklefs, the Managing Partner of Traction M&A. In this podcast, Lowell shares some great advice on how to best position your company for sale, sharing insight on why companies buy. 

Episode #130 Dan DeWolf

This week we chat with Dan DeWolf, a securities lawyer with Mintz Levin in New York City. Dan has been involved in some great securities law projects, including the SEC no action letter for Citizen VC . Dan is also a law professor at NYU Law School where he teaches venture capital law.  We chat with Dan about the securities law implications of token sales, as well as other fun and exciting securities law compliance issues. Thank you for being on the show Dan! 

Episode #129 Bryan Brewer

This week we chat with Bryan Brewer. Bryan is a long-time active participant in the Seattle startup community, helping companies with their business plans and marketing strategies.  On this podcast, Bryan shares his advice on what not to do when raising funds from angel investors. 

Episode #128 Lou Kerner

This week we chat with Lou Kerner, a Co-Founder and Partner at the VC firm CryptoOracle.io. Lou is a widely read writer on crypto on Medium (https://medium.com/@loukerner) and other places.

Episode #127 Kevin O'Keefe

This week we chat with Kevin O'Keefe, the Founder & CEO of LexBlog. LexBlog is the world’s largest and most comprehensive legal news and information network, drawing on the contributions of bloggers worldwide. Over 15,000 legal professionals use LexBlog’s digital design and publishing platform.

Episode #126 Sam Teden

This week we chat with Sam Teden, a Director of Business Development for Frontier Capital. Frontier Capital is a growth equity firm based in Charlotte, NC. Frontier exclusively focuses on investing as a minority or majority partner in B2B, SaaS, and Tech Enabled Business Service companies. Today, they are investing out of Fund V, which is a $700M fund. They invest in companies ranging between $5-$30M of revenue and check sizes range from $15-$75M.


Sam spends a good amount of  time in the Pacific Northwest, and is responsible for maintaining and developing strategic relationships to source investments for the firm.

Episode #125 Mikaela Kiner

This week we chat with Mikaela Kiner, the Founder and CEO of uniquelyHR. Mikaela launched uniquelyHR in 2015 offering flexible HR to startups and scale-ups. She and her team love helping startup leaders who care about investing in their people.

Episode #124 Christina Cyr

This week we chat with Christina Cyr, CEO, CTO and Founder of dTOOR, makers of The Cyrcle Phone.

Her education is in physics and biochemistry with a master's degree in from what is now known as the Human Centered Design & Engineering department at the University of Washington. Christina's work experience includes being a biochemist, a software engineer and a hardware engineer, with an unrelenting passion for electronics.

Episode #123 Mark Mueller-Eberstein

This week we chat with Digital Transformation expert Mark Mueller-Eberstein. Mark is an investor, a well-known public speaker and best-selling author. He teaches at Rutgers Business School and soon through Coursera.

Episode #122 Stock Option Taxation

This week Joe and Mike talk about stock option taxation issues.

Episode #121 Katie Chase

This week we chat with Katie Chase. Katie is long-time member of the Seattle startup community and currently the COO of Package Guard. After walking the Camino de Santiago last year (a 500 mile pilgrimage) in Spain, she combined her study and work of almost 20 years in performance and movement (Alexander Technique) with Executive Coaching and founded WalkingKata. By combining Leadership and Movement Coaching her belief is that self-awareness and noticing (mindfulness) can improve performance, stress, and building teams - the latter being one of the top reasons startups fail. It gets to the heart of finding and doing our right work. You'll find her online at walkingkata.com.