Patrik Hellstrand: by CHLOE. CEO + Founder/Author, thrivewired + Advisor, KingsCrowd

My Native Admission Statement: My passion lies in strategically optimizing customer experiences and unlocking the potential of teams in high-growth businesses. I learned what matters most in people-centric businesses from starting my career cleaning hotel rooms and in various food and beverage positions; the same principles serve me now as CEO.

How did you get into the industry?:

I got into hospitality almost by accident. At the age of 20, I wanted to travel the world and figured that hospitality would be the best way to achieve that, by working on a cruise ship. So I got a job at a small hotel and started cleaning rooms, helping in the restaurant and helping in the bar, which ultimately landed me a job as a bar waiter on a small expedition ship cruising Antarctica. I ended up falling in love with the hospitality industry and stayed with it.

Biggest Success?:

My biggest success is linked to letting go of my ego entirely to succeed. Having mid-career started over from zero and not being able to afford anyone to help with anything, and learning to ‘figure it out’ and finding success in new and different ways without any resources was one of the hardest things I’ve done, and, also one of the most rewarding and valuable things I’ve done.

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Bola Sokunbi: Clever Girl Finance® Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: I’d describe myself as motivated, curious and committed. I love taking on a challenge and solving difficult problems. Once I start working on a problem, I have to figure it out – either on my own or by getting the right people or resources involved. I’m passionate about wellness in all aspects of life. I like to look on the bright side of things and focus on the positive outcomes. Doing this helps me stay focused and keeps my mindset in check. My goal in life is to be a good person (wife, mother, friend, sister etc) and to leverage my opportunities and platform to help others.

Motto?:

Choose to be happy.

Life is unpredictable but you are in control of the perspective you take. I choose happiness.

Favorite People/Role Models?:

Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Sara Blakely

Such incredible women – their life and business stories inspire me.

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Andrew Weinberger: PropertyClub Founder & CEO

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My Native Admission Statement: I’m the founder and CEO of PropertyClub, a real estate startup that’s focused on shaking up the real estate industry by creating a transparent marketplace for real estate listings and rewarding buyers and renters with cash and crypto rebates and rewards. I’m an out of the box thinker and very good problem solver. It doesn’t matter what the problem is or if I have the knowledge to solve it directly as I’ll always be able to find a solution. For example we’ll get close to deadlines for new product launches and might encounter delays in design or development and even though I have no formal training in either field I always find a simple solution.

Any emerging industry trends?

There’s a lot of pressure for change in the industry as the existing models are outdated and don’t serve consumers well. Nobody’s really happy with the overall experience from how you search for real estate to how cumbersome it is to complete a transaction to the high fees involved and there are a lot of companies in the space trying to disrupt different facets of the business. The most exciting to me are companies that are improving the end user experience when it comes to searching for homes as well as those that are lowering costs to consumers either via rewards, commission rebates or flat fee listing services. This means that there are a lot of opportunities out there, but the main challenge is creating a platform with enough marketplace liquidity. It’s easy to build the tech to solve the problem, but for it to be valuable and effective you need enough supply and demand, and the real challenge is in acquiring both. This is really where every real estate startup fails. They might build an excellent product from a technical perspective, but without solving the chicken or egg problem there’s essentially no value in their solution.

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Tom McLoughlin: Founder, SEO Travel

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My Native Admission Statement: I’m the founder of SEO Travel, passionate traveler and father of 3 children. I’m an honest Yorkshireman and passionate about helping small travel businesses grow. I never dreamed of running my own business when I was younger, but this idea seemed too obvious not to follow through when I had it. We’ve grown from being a single freelancer (me!) who helped a few clients whilst travelling, to being the best marketing option out there for travel SMEs (and it takes a lot for a Brit to be so bold!). I now focus my days on making what we offer even better and building a team that I’m proud to be a part of. In my spare time I play football, go running and watch Formula 1, and I even won a dance competition once…

How did you get into the industry?:

I initially worked in PR, then moved into SEO as a planned segway to get into writing. Whilst working at an SEO agency I started a travel blog as part of my writing portfolio, but it ended up becoming more of an SEO testing ground instead. I could see that one of the key difficulties for any SEO agency was specialist knowledge of the industry they were working in, so decided I should use the knowledge I’d picked up in travel to offer that specialized service. The business has grown since then so we can deliver a range of marketing offerings for clients, including PR, website design and SEO. We’re now much more of a one-stoptravel marketing shop for small-medium sized travel businesses who want help getting more customers, wherever they might come from.

Favorite Places/Destinations?:

Seville. We lived there for a while whilst were establishing the business and loved every minute. We’re now settled back in the UK, but would love to go and be based there again at some point. Incredible food, great value and beautiful surroundings.

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Burunda Prince: Managing Director of The Farm, a Comcast NBCUniversal startup accelerator

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My Native Admission Statement: I connect with all kinds of people, embracing their journey and am eager to understand their story so that I can help them be their best selves.  My love of the written word has cultivated a love of reading and writing which also means that I’m constantly being exposed to new ideas and learning. And we know that practice makes perfect so through that love has grown a certain competency of written expression whether it be business, journalistic, or reflective writing.  It’s one of my greatest gifts and assets.I aspire to help others, make the world better and relish the journey.  I’ve already accomplished the greatest feat possible by giving the world three amazing people.  So, I have nothing to prove but much to give and share. That allows me to use my considerable experience to help others unlock their power and pursue their dreams.

How did you get into the industry?:

My journey to the world of tech innovation was non linear and somewhat unexpected. Yet, the narrative fits.  The role of The Farm Managing Director combines three of my passions — technology, a joy of learning and helping others– with three of my superpowers — intelligence, relational leadership and the ability to forge new paths. It’s been reinforced that disruption and innovation have long been part of my career narrative.  I traveled from Atlanta to Cambridge to become one of eight African Americans in my class to graduate in Chemical Engineering from MIT. As a young engineer at Procter & Gamble, I piloted the continuous manufacturing process to commercialize PertPlus. An MBA from Harvard Business School was followed by becoming the first woman consultant of color at Bain and Company.  That led to a career at Rohm & Haas, an entrepreneurial venture in leadership of high performing teams and educational consulting and even eight years in civic leadership as a publicly elected official. You get the picture. I excel at disrupting, leading disparate groups and leveraging synergies for exceptional outcomes. So, while being a Baby Boomer woman of color may not fit the traditional tech influencer model, I can’t think of a better illustration of disruption at its best than me and technology. Technology first of course!

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Suze Yalof Schwartz: CEO/Founder, Unplug Meditation, Author, "Unplug: A Simple Guide To Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers", Creator, Unplug Meditation App

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My Native Admission Statement: You know how people are really stressed, have anxiety and can’t sleep at night? Well I do, because I used to be one of those people. I’m on a mission to make meditation so easy and inspirational that you will actually WANT to meditate every day. I opened upUnplug, the world’s first drop-in meditation studio, so that I could I help busy people with busy lives (like myself) stress less, feel good and enjoy the present moment. We offer short, meaningful guided meditations and meet people where they are, whether it’s in-studio, or 24/7 on the Unplug: Guided Meditation app, or flying around the world to teach corporate sessions in Fortune 500 companies.

How did you get into the industry?:

I was stressed out on a trip in NYC and my mother-in-law (who is a therapist) taught me a 3-minute breathing and visualization technique that instantly shifted me from stressed to calm. It was so simple and powerful and I wanted more! She suggested I learn how to meditate. This was November 2012. When I Google searched for a place to learn, I realized that there was no easy way. All of the options were either a major time commitment or too expensive. I am a mother of three, so I was looking for a quick fix. Think the Drybar (a blow dry hair salon) experience – walk in feeling icky and walk out feeling great in only 30 minutes. It turned out that not only was there no place to easily learn to meditate in Los Angeles, but there wasn’t even a single drop-in studio exclusively for meditation in the world. I couldn’t believe it! I told my husband that I was going to quit my job as a fashion editor and be the first to open up a meditation studio. He suggested that I learn to meditate first. That is honestly how it all began. The idea for Unplug came to me in a flash – the look, the concept, and the mission was consuming. The more I learned about the power of meditation, the more I realized that this is what I want to do with my life. Now, I not only have a place for myself to study with the best teachers, but I am delivering meditation to the world in a much more accessible way than previously existed. People thought that I was crazy and that no one would come but today Unplug Meditation gets over 5,000 visits per month. We are amazed on a daily basis by the positive effect our classes are having on people, from cancer patients to their surgeons, writers, professional athletes, CEOs, stressed-out lawyers, mothers and even children. People travel from all over the country and world to experience Unplug. As of now, we have two physical studios in LA, a book called Unplug: A Simple Guide To Meditation For Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers that is published in 14 languages, and the Unplug: Guided Meditation app that is being used in 82 countries and was featured in iTunes’ New Apps We Love.

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Jessamyn Stanley: Award Winning Yoga Instructor, Body Positivity Advocate & Author of 'Every Body Yoga.'

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My Native Admission Statement: As a fat, black, queer yoga practitioner, I’m very familiar with the obstacles which prevent most people from feeling as though yoga is accessible. As a teacher, author, tech entrepreneur, and thought leader, I use my voice and platform to democratize the yoga experience. My mission is to make space for all people to authentically experience their Truth, and I travel around the world sharing my own journey towards self-acceptance. My greatest success thus far has been learning that I don’t always have to know everything and I don’t always have to know the right answer. Because there’s usually no right answer.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business? 

My inspiration for The Underbelly, my digital yoga studio platform, was to create an online yoga space that celebrates practitioners who are frequently excluded from the mainstream yoga world. My vision is for The Underbelly to serve as a safe haven for anyone who has ever felt as though they don’t “fit in.”

Favorite People/Role Models?:

Michelle Obama, Oprah, and Dr. Maya Angelou

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John Ban: Grass Fed Coffee Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: My name is John Ban, Founder of Grass Fed Coffee. We make a ready-to-drink Butter Coffee with MCT Oil that is sold in most of the natural grocers in Southern Californiaas well as on Amazon & Grassfedcoffee.com. I’m a Korean-American that grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. I became one of the top DJ’s in my city at the age of 17. I was spinning in all of the top night clubs and also the hip-hop radio station Hot 96.3FM. I also launched the first food truck in Indianapolis in 2010, which created a huge food truck culture in that city. After selling 2 of my food truck businesses, I moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to start Grass Fed Coffee.

How did you get into the industry?:

In 2014 I learned about the concept of adding grass-fed butter and MCT coconut oil to coffee. I bought all the ingredients and tried it out for a few days. I instantly felt my usual morning brain fog evaporate. A nice mental clarity came over me and I had lasting energy without a crash. I was surprised by how good it tasted without any sugar. I continued drinking this daily and then noticed that I was also losing fat. I discovered the Keto diet and learned how these fats in the butter were helping my brain function and metabolism. I saw an opportunity in the coffee/beverage industry for the first ready-to-drink butter coffee. This is how it all began.

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Timothy Draper: DFJ Capital Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: I am a hardworker with a mission to spread entrepreneurship and venture capital around the world. Since I have succeeded to some degree. I have a mission to decentralize the world to where borders become meaningless.

Industry opportunities and challenges?:

Yes. Crowdfunding, tokenization, and transparency are changing things. The business is becoming more automated and the money is getting to be more direct to the entrepreneur. I imagine a time when a VC raises money in Bitcoin, they invest in Bitcoin, and the startups pay their employees and suppliers in bitcoin, and the relationship with the LP is through a smart contract. In effect, our business could take place without a lawyer on either side, an accountant, a transfer agent, a custodian, an escrow agent, a bookkeeper, or any of the bureaucracies who regulate all of this.

Career advice to those in your industry?:

Meet 4 new people a day and ask them what they do for a living. You will have a much better understanding of the world, and be far less frustrated when things aren’t working the way you want them to.

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Ann Garnier: Lisa Health Founder & CEO

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My Native Admission Statement: Ann Garnier, founder and CEO of Lisa Health, is a seasoned healthcare leader, helping to create, launch, and scale innovative tech companies and products that have improved patient outcomes and access to care. At Lisa Health, Ann leads the team to enhance the well-being of midlife women. She is passionate about women’s health and advancing research beyond pregnancy and fertility to reduce the serious and costly health risks that women face as they age and help them celebrate the start of something great. Her entire career has been spent in healthcare as an entrepreneur/executive/advisor to venture-backed companies in femtech and healthcare technology and services. Helping to improve patient outcomes and the patient experience through technology isenormously rewarding. Waking up every day with the intention of improving people’s well-being is a good way to spend your life.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?:

My inspiration came through my own menopause transition. I was one of those eighty-five percent of women who were struggling with symptoms. Like most women, I went to my doctor to understand what I could do to make the symptoms go away or at least be less impactful. And, like most women, the experience was very disappointing. The only solution she had to offer me was hormone therapy, which I am not opposed to, but I prefer holistic solutions whenever possible. Most physicians are not trained in lifestyle medicine and are too busy to spend time with women to review the options. As someone who has created many healthcare products for complex and chronic conditions, I knew there had to be a way to manage my symptoms using lifestyle interventions. After extensive research into the scientific literature, I started experimenting with different lifestyle changes and after a few weeks noticed that my symptoms either disappeared or were significantly reduced. Then, the lightbulb went off, and I decided to create a modern science-based digital app for menopause and midlife health. Our north star is to make midlife women visible, eliminate the shame and silence around menopause, and help every midlife woman get the well-being she deserves.

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Stefanie Barboza: Barboza Method Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: The Barboza Method is a full body, no impact workout all done on the floor—no machines, no weights, it’s you fighting gravity and your own body weight. The studio is in Hollywood, and it is designed with mirrors on the ceiling so when you lay on a yoga mat you can see yourself, so you can keep your body in proper alignment and proper form. I use epic music which will sound familiar because they come from movie and tv and video game scores—music that makes you think and keeps you motivated to keep your head in the game. I think I’m a good problem solver. You never know what you’re gonna get and I always think of a solution and keep moving forward. I care a lot. Whenever I do anything I put my all into it.

Any emerging industry trends?

Everything is going app. Online. I don’t like that because as a teacher my job is not just what you do, but how you do it. The job of a teacher is to make sure you do the thing you’re supposed to be doing correctly. If you do it incorrectly, you will get injured. My goal as a teacher is to get you out of the house so we can do the class together, meet the people in class with you, and have the one-on-one support and be part of a team and a community.  Also I think functional fitness and isometric workouts are coming back. I think there was a trend recently about more intense, body builder-type workout classes—and now we’ve shifted back to the basics, the— “I just need to be healthy and live an active life”—which my class, which is about posture and alignment, exemplifies.

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David Bancroft: Acre Restaurant Executive Chef/Partner

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My Native Admission Statement: A San Antonio, Texas native with permanent roots in Auburn, AL, Bancroft is a self-taught chef, farmer, and forager committed to showcasing sustainable ingredients and local harvests. In August 2013, Bancroft and his wife opened Acre restaurant in Auburn, AL. The seasonally-influenced menu reinterprets the rich heritage of Alabama cuisine and celebrates sustainable ingredients sourced from the on-site gardens & local bounty of the surrounding community. In November 2018, Bancroft opened his second restaurant concept, Bow & Arrow, an interpretation of a South Texas smokehouse juxtaposed with the communal and casual dining approach of an Alabama potluck. Bancroft is a 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: South” award and winner of Food Network’s “Iron Chef Showdown” competition in 2017.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the business? 

I have so many vivid memories of my Grandpa Kennedy out on his south Alabama farm. His life was the embodiment of farm to table, sustainability, and most of all, survival. He utilized every single inch of land to his advantage. Acre is my continuation of his life and his legacy. Acre is set on one full working acre of land and is wrapped in an edible landscape, from peaches and plums to watermelon patches and corn fields.

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Lane Moore: Bestselling author, award-winning stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and musician

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My Native Admission Statement: When I was a little kid, I told everyone I wanted to be “an actor and comedian and writer and musician and director” and people told me to pick one. I have not, I will not, I do not. I do them all and I do them well and I’m so proud I did right by little kid me. Creator of comedy show Tinder Live. Author of How To be Alone: If You Want To And Even If You Don’t. Frontperson in the band It Was Romance.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?  

All of my projects really focus on my lifelong want to make art that really connects people and makes them feel happier and lighter and less alone, less weird or less “other” because that’s the only kind of art I’ve ever loved and to be able to make that as well is the best. Tinder Live was born out of an extreme frustration with modern dating, dating apps, and shitty hookup culture. Every Tinder Live show is so cathartic for people, not only because it’s totally improvised, so anything can happen, but also because it’s so so funny, which is its own huge release, and because so many people are frustrated by online dating and feel like the last person on earth who wants something great. Even if you’ve been married a long time you remember how awful dating was, so it’s this great combination of improv comedy, laughing til you’re crying, and realizing you’re not alone because lots of people are coming across the exact same weirdos online that you are. How To Be Alone came about because I had never seen myself reflected truly in books before. Most people’s stories of hardship included their family being so supportive, or them getting married and that fixing everything, and neither is true for me. I wanted to write a book that talked about not having the perfect, or any, family, and going through life without any safe support systems or love or fallback plan or place to turn, because I hadn’t seen that talked about before. And I took a leap of faith that there were other people who were desperate to know they weren’t the only ones who were facing that, and I found out I was right. We’re out there.

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Conchita Cruz: Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) Co-Director & Co-Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: I am a relentless advocate. When presented with a problem, I see it as a challenge to come up with a creative solution. My goal is to use the power that comes along with my U.S. citizenship and my education to fight for the rights of refugees and immigrants.

How did you get into the industry?:

I am the daughter of a formerly undocumented Guatemalan immigrant, and a Cuban asylum seeker who came to the United States as an unaccompanied minor. From a young age, immigration issues were all around me as family members and friends struggled with whether to get on a raft to flee Cuba, or travel to the Mexico-U.S. border to cross the Rio Grande in search of a better life. That experience led me to the immigrants’ rights movement, where I worked as an organizer, interpreter, and on one occasion as a Spanish-language radio personality in South Carolina. I thought I could make a difference in government, and worked at both the federal and state level to advance immigrants’ rights issues. But after it became clear that large scale reform of our immigration system was many years away, I decided to go to law school to work on cases one at a time, help families navigate our broken immigration system, and change the law through the courts.

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David Alain Bloch: Legartis CEO & Co-founder

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My Native Admission Statement: I am the CEO and Co-founder of Legartis with the objective to make legal work faster, easier and more efficient. Being an Attorney at Law, I sensed the potential of an AI-powered contract intelligence software to alleviate and speed up repetitive legal work and allow lawyers to focus on what matters. I have gained experience as a lawyer in South Korea as well as in Switzerland and saw many different angles of legal challenges in my attorney work for various clients. As I am also an entrepreneur at heart, I co-founded a think tank on foreign policy in 2009, and currently am a member of its board. In the past 5 years, I have additionally highlighted my pioneering spirit and inventive talent as a Global Shaper and curator of the Zurich Hub, an initiative by the World Economic Forum. With Legartis, me and my team have been stirring up the legal tech startup scene since 2017.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?:

In my former work as a lawyer, I often had to browse through extensive dossiers to find specific pieces of information. Repeatedly, the search turned out to be tedious and highly time-consuming. I often questioned myself whether there was no better way to perform this kind of task. When I was contacted by an accelerator in Switzerland, I knew what I had to do. After a deep market research and finding the right partners, the foundation stone for Legartis was laid.

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Greg Thomas: 375 Park Associates Managing Director

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My Native Admission Statement: What do I do? I’m a plumber – in a metaphysical sense. I help clients solve their challenges in their portfolios. This ranges to everything from providing valuation opinions on current or planned assets, performing due diligence on targeted acquisitions, linking clients with much-needed customers or capital, and helping formulate and execute strategies to win big in the market.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?:

I spend a lot of time in Asia, up to 10-months per year. When we started 375 Park Associates, we started with a simple question. ‘What does Asia need?’ The answer, at least for us, was access to better healthcare, energy security, and water security. This could be achieved by connecting disruptive technology companies in the U.S. and Europe with customers and capital from Asia. My future desire for 375 Park Associates? Actually, I just like solving problems. Be it helping a client to value a dynamic investment portfolio, to formulating a winning strategy. The satisfaction of solving problems for my clients (for a charge of course) and riding my bike in every country I go to is about as good as it gets.

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Jim Hornthal: Parallel entrepreneur, angel investor, philanthropist, & entrepreneurship educator

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My Native Admission Statement: I grew up in a suburb of Chicago in a room covered in black-light posters. In addition to classic images of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Beatles, there was a poster with a quote that was originally said by George Bernard Shaw, but popularized later by Robert Kennedy, which became my life motto;

‘Some men see things as they are and say, why?

I dream things that never were and say, why not?’

My motivation has always been about innovation and has guided my personal, professional and political life since I was a child. It fueled my entrepreneurial tendencies, even at an early age, where I was constantly creating new ventures in my grammar school, high school, and college. Creating uncommon things and helping others to fulfill their inspiration drives me daily. I fall in love with individuals with a passion for what they do, and as an active angel investor, I have supported scores of entrepreneurs and artists in pursuit of their dreams.”

Biggest Success?:

Creating new channels for communication between business leaders across known areas of conflict. The Peace Action Network within YPO (Young Presidents Organization) has helped cultivate constructive dialog, hundreds of collaborative investments, and helped create millions of new jobs in the Middle East.

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Dan Gardner: Code and Theory Co-Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: I am first and foremost a husband and father of 5. (Ages 10,8,6,5 &3). I am second, the founder and CEO of a 500 person company called Code and Theory. Between the 2, which consumes most of my time, I appreciate the chaos and challenges that is my life. With that said, my personal interests for my very limited extra time in my life include anything that has a competitive spirit or creative perspective.

How did you get into the industry?:

I went to school at University at Buffalo for Computer Art and did a lot of experimental artwork and design through programming. During school I interned and worked for some various boutique agencies which all exploded during the dot com bubble and upon graduating had a short stint at a traditional agency.  Having the polarity of those experiences gave me the inspiration to start my own company with a culture and skill set focused on the use of digital capabilities to help grow businesses. When we started Code and Theory, from its early conception, part of our culture was always pushing the boundaries. What fueled our success in those early days was based on my interest of how to use creativity and technology to make experiences better.  We went from a small apartment in the Lower East Side to our current headquarters on the 62nd floor of the World Trade Center, with additional offices in San Francisco, London, LA, Atlanta, and Manila. Our company and those offices are still rooted in the DNA and culture of how we try and solve problems.

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Laila Mintas: Bet.Works Chairwoman of the Strategic Advisory Board

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My Native Admission Statement: My work has always been my hobby – I love the intersection of sports and technology, including the sports betting, digital sports and fan engagement sector. My focus is on the use of emerging technologies and developments and how those are changing sports, society and the consumer behavior while simultaneously creating new revenue streams. I have worked in this capacity on an international level in different executive positions. I am recognized as an international expert in my space and was awarded last year for my personal achievements with the Leaders in Sports U 40 Award, the SBJ Game Changers Award and the International Award for Women in the Gaming Industry – Inspiration of the Year and named one of 25 executives to watch in 2019 by the Global Gaming Business magazine.

Biggest Success?:

Difficult to say – I always try to be successful with everything I am doing. I am incredibly honored to have received three awards last year for my personal achievements in the industry – the Leaders in Sports U 40 Award, the SBJ Game Changers Award and the International Award for Women in the Gaming Industry – Inspiration of the Year. Nevertheless, I hope the biggest success is still laying ahead of me!

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Laura Citron: London & Partners CEO

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My Native Admission Statement: I’ve heard an old Jewish saying that says: “It is not your duty to complete the work, but nor are you free to desist from starting it.” I think that’s great, as just because you can’t fix something that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Promoting a city like London can feel like an infinite task, so this is comforting! I’m very interested in the blurring of professional and personal lives, and what that means for the way people – especially millennials – have a relationship with London. That’s especially important for us, as London & Partners works with tourists, students, talent and entrepreneurs – often the same people having different relationships with the city over their lifetimes. We know that young people are motivated not only by money and career status, but also by making a difference, a sense of purpose, balance and wellbeing. London isn’t just a great place to grow a business or career – it’s also a fantastic place to pursue your passions and meet like-minded people from around the world – whether you are here for a week or ten years.

How do you motivate others?:

Luckily for me, everyone I work with absolutely loves London – so that’s motivating! Many of us, like me, are Londoners born and bred, but many are not. I think that mirrors one of the city’s greatest strengths: being a Londoner is not a birthright – it’s about belonging – anyone can be a Londoner. Other than that, I try to create an environment where everyone can bring their whole selves to work. I have a 1-year old daughter and I try to be honest about the challenges of being a working parent. I hope it makes it OK for everyone to admit they have a life outside the office.

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