In this episode, I spoke with Yalda Mousavinia, cofounder of Space Cooperative, about the potential for blockchain to lower the barrier to entry into involvement in funding missions to space. Yalda graduated from Cal with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008, and was working as a Senior Product Manager at Oracle before leaving her job to start Space Cooperative.
Luz Gonzalez is a UC Berkeley alumnus, who graduated from Cal with a B.A. in International Political Economy and then again with a J.D in International Law and Legal Studies from the Boalt School of Law. Her current venture, Konviv, aims to bring financial empowerment to the underbanked populations around the world, in the form of an affordable and mobile money management platform.
Shortly into her career of practicing law, she made a pivot into entrepreneurship, having realized that the potential social impact she could have on the world through building businesses. Luz has also spent time as a Hot Desking team at Skydeck whilst building Konviv in the very early days.
On this episode, we talk about not only Konviv's mission and long term vision, but also the founder's personal journey and lessons she's learned along the way. We touch topics like:
- First discovering Silicon Valley only after graduating law school, despite having been in the Bay Area for so long
- How difficult it is to not only build product, but also the culture of the team
- Using General Assembly to learn as much as she needed to keep the company moving forward
- Women and minorities in technology, not having a role model to look up to
- Her dream to help "bank the unbanked 3.5 billion people" around the globe
- Her top 3 books
- and much, MUCH more!
As always, we hope you enjoy the episode, and find it helpful for your entrepreneurial pursuits. Please like us on Facebook, subscribe on iTunes, and leave a review if you feel generous!
In this episode, Patrick Lu talks about burning through $700k of a $1 million round, the process of going through YC Fellowship, how to take advantage of resources in the UC Berkeley startup ecosystem such as AMPLab or The House Fund, and why to join Google or a startup straight out of university. We also hear about his current venture, Quantfive, which he has bootstrapped to become six figure revenue generating business in the span of just a few months.
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This is a quick introduction to Founder Stories and your host, Jeff Feng. The full episodes will begin with episode 1.
Founder Stories is a podcast series dedicated to documenting the stories of Cal startup founders through all stages of the lifecycle of a startup. We gear these interviews to be especially useful for listeners who are interested in breaking into the startup ecosystem at UC Berkeley, so keep your ears peeled for some keen advice from alumni, candid stories from their startup experiences, and potentially be the first to learn about new job or internship opportunities at a promising Cal startup.
If you've been at Cal for more than a couple weeks, you'll realize the entire campus is buzzing with startups and founders. Don't you wish you could hear from them through all the various periods of their journey to build the next billion dollar company? Well, that's what the How to Start Podcast is bringing to you, right on your phone!
We'll be bringing on Cal founders from the startup ecosystem to hear their stories about starting their startup. Whether they are just starting or have already gone through a huge exit, we will be bringing these members of the Bear community on the podcast to hear their perspectives, some old stories, and hopefully learn some of the tough lessons they had to learn on their own.
Stay tuned for more.