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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Nisa Amoils: Investor & Venture Capitalist

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My Native Admission Statement: I have a diverse background which makes me a good investor – attorney, entrepreneur, media executive. I am passionate about new technology and enabling gender equality. I break down complex concepts into simpler analogies. I sell and promote ideas with passion. I wrote a book called “WTF is Happening? Women Tech Founders on the Rise” about this.

How did you get into the industry?

I started investing in technology about a decade ago and joined a VC firm to do the same. I started to focus on fintech a few years ago. As a securities lawyer, I was early to see the opportunity in security tokens and decentralized finance. I have been writing about that space in Forbes. I see Blockchain being an evolution that will make traditional finance more efficient, transparent, global, liquid and democratized – that is incredibly exciting.

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Lisa Feria: Stray Dog Capital CEO

My Native Admission Statement: Stray Dog Capital is a mission-driven Venture Capital firm that drives alternatives to the use of animals in the supply chain through investments, expertise and support: Investing for a better future for all animals. Stray Dog Capital wants a world in which all animals live in peaceful co-existence. My aspirations are to o help the world shift into food consumption that is better for you (health wise), has a lighter footprint on the environment and is better for animals. To raise empathetic, driven and caring men that will do the right thing, no matter what others say. To have a strong, long lasting and growing marriage. To have adventures in this world and never stop growing and learning. I saw a video on animal production (slaughterhouses) and immediately became vegetarian – after that it was a quick shift into wanting to align my principals with my everyday work. Stray Dog Capital and I found each other pretty quickly.

Emerging industry trends?:

Plant based is everywhere and ever-growing. The shift into consuming less animal products has been driven by Millennials but followed by other generations (due to health concerns.) It’s great news for the environment, animals – and our business!

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