Episode 12

#12 What the Heck is Blockchain? Joanne Wilson & Jalak Jobanputra on Unicorns, Convertible Notes, Blockchain, and MBAs

Is the startup unicorn over? What is blockchain? This week on BroadMic Bonus Cuts, listen to Joanne Wilson & Jalak Jobanputra answer these questions and more…

Joanne Wilson on

  • Unicorns in today’s funding environment
  • A cautionary story about investors and cram downs
  • Convertible notes versus equity

Jalak Jobanputra on

  • Why blockchain is the next ‘internet’
  • Whether an MBA is necessary for women to succeed in business
  • How she views entrepreneurs who crowdfund


Gilt Groupe Was A Different Type of ‘Unicorn’ by Dan Primack, Fortune

The Silliness Of Recapping Seed Rounds FeldThoughts

Open Sourced Model Seed Financing Documents Techstars

How The Blockchain Can Unshackle Us by Jalak Jobanputra, The Barefoot VC

Additional Reading

CrunchBase Unicorn Leaderboards CrunchBase

Meet The 14 Unicorn Startups That Have Created 25 Billionaires by Kate Vinton, Forbes

The Unicorn Era for Tech Startups is Over by Therese Poletti, MarketWatch

Comparing Equity, Debt And Convertibles For Startup Financings by George Deeb, Forbes

The Pre-money vs. Post-money Confusion With Convertible Notes FeldThoughts

Startup nightmares: Help, my VC won’t re-invest by Nikesh Parekh, GeekWire

Federal Reserve Speaks Up on Blockchain BI Intelligence, Business Insider

Barclays Used Blockchain Tech to Trade Derivatives by Arjun Kharpal, CNBC

Blockchain Applications for Healthcare by Peter B. Nichol, CIO

Despite What Sheryl Sandberg Says, MBAs Still Matter by Olivia Vanni, BostInno

Does getting an MBA make someone a better entrepreneur? Quora

The Value of a Degree: Why Silicon Valley Startups Need More MBAs by Jawad Khan, Business.com

How Crowd-Funding Is Changing Everything and What That Means for Your Startup  First Round Review

Guest bios & transcripts are available on www.broadmic.com.



JOANNE WILSON has had many careers. She started out in retail, eventually moving to the wholesale arena. She then transitioned to the media side of the technology world, before reinventing herself as an investor. She is currently an active angel investor with a portfolio of over 85 companies such as Food52, Catchafire, Vengo, Nestio, Captureproof, Makers Row, Le Tote, and Little Borrowed Dress. She has been involved in numerous real estate transactions from beginning to end and continues to make investments in that world. She is also an investor in a few restaurants in the New York area. In addition to these endeavors, Joanne has been involved in various education projects and served as chairperson at Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit committed to increasing access to the culinary industry for woman and minority entrepreneurs. She also sits on the board of The Highline. Joanne has maintained her very popular blog, www.gothamgal.com for over 10 years. She loves to bake, cook, throw a good party, travel, read, collect art, do the crossword and stay on top of what's happening around the globe and in NYC. Her most successful venture is being married to her best friend, Fred and raising their three kids- Jessica, Emily and Josh.


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