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TOA ON AIR

TOA is a community for tech professionals looking for knowledge exchange and collaboration. Our mission is to help people and organisations become futureproof. Aim high, right?! We connect, grow and inspire technology professionals through media, experiences and educational programs. In this podcast we will give you context around the latest trends so you can make better decisions moving forward. Subscribe for unquarantined ideas and learnings from leaders across the field.

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The evolution of open source. With David Heinemeier Hansson.
David Heinemeier Hansson is a legend among the developer community. As the creator of Ruby on Rails and co-founder of Basecamp and HEY, he has helped revolutionize open-source developing and the software as a service industry. David is also a New York Times best-selling author, antitrust advocate, and startup investor – not to mention a Le Mans and WEC racing driver!  David joins Niko to share the story behind Ruby on Rails and how it went from a simple problem-solving venture to one of the most popular open-source web frameworks – used to create more than one million web apps, including big-name brands like Shopify, Github, Airbnb, Square, Twitch, and Zendesk. The pair also discuss the relationship between open-source ecosystems and blockchain/tokenomics, running a company remotely, and navigating pitching and investing. //Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show
64:58 12/06/2022
Fun and games: exploring the world of immersive entertainment. With Brent Bushnell.
Our latest podcast guest, Brent Bushnell, has worked on everything from the Super Bowl to OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass" music video. Brent is an engineer, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Two Bit Circus, an LA-based experimental entertainment company that creates immersive, social fun for some of the world's top brands, including the NFL, NBA, and Olympic Games.In this episode, Brent talks about some of his most exciting projects and activations, including his "micro-amusement parks" and educational STEAM (STEM + Art) Carnivals for kids. He considers the endless possibilities of VR and the metaverse for all kinds of industries, from fitness to education and therapy, as well as the creative potential of "re-write and own" NFTs.//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show
37:59 12/05/2022
Hackatao: the OG crypto artists. With Sandie Zanini.
Hackatao have been at the forefront of the crypto art world since way back in 2018, when they launched their first NFT: "Girl Next Door". In this episode, we dive into the mysterious world of the pioneering crypto art collective with their spokesperson, Sandie Zanini, Communications Director at Zanini Arte.    Sandie joins Niko to talk about Hackatao's choice to stay anonymous, their recent NFT collaboration with Blondie, why nature is an essential inspiration for their art form, and what's next for the artistic duo. They also discuss Hackatao's vision for crypto art and how their anonymous and decentralized approach to art truly captures the spirit of the Web3 world. //Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show
24:45 11/24/2022
What's next for human civilization? With Peter Ward.
On today's episode, we get existential with Peter Ward, a paleontologist and astrobiologist who studies life on Earth – where it came from, how it ends, and what it means for us. Peter is a professor at the University of Washington and the Sprigg Institute of Geobiology at the University of Adelaide, as well as an award-winning author and adviser to the Microbes Mind Forum.  Peter delves into some of the greatest threats to human civilization – such as the melting of the ice caps, asteroids, and nuclear war – and explains why we as a species need to evolve our intelligence to find solutions to these pressing problems. He talks about mass extinction and what it might look like for our planet, the science fiction movies that come closest to predicting the future, and the prospect of life on other planets. //Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show
42:39 11/10/2022
The future of community investing. With Joyce Yang.
Over the last five years, Global Coin Research (GCR) has transformed from a media platform into a tokenized, decentralized community of learners and Web3 investors. In this episode, we dive into GCR’s impressive evolution with its founder, Joyce Yang – journalist, podcast host, and all-round crypto enthusiast. You’ll hear about the inner workings of a research and investment DAO and how to keep a community engaged in the long run. Joyce and Niko also discuss the benefits of social tokens vs NFTs, GCR’s tech stack, and the current macroeconomic environment. //Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the showSupport the show
40:27 10/20/2022
Startup from scratch in a global recession. With Young Sohn.
Today we’re joined by tech royalty! Young Sohn was President of Samsung Electronics and co-founder of the world’s largest startup competition, Extreme Tech Challenge.We take this golden opportunity to ask some of today’s most urgent questions… How do you start a business in a faltering economy? What are now the biggest challenges of future tech? What are the biggest potentials?Take a listen as Niko and Young discuss everything from sustainability and data privacy to Web3 and AI.Support the show
47:28 10/04/2022
Bank or bust? The current state of NFTs. With Stephen Young.
Crypto crunches and blockchain busts have been dominating Web3 headlines. And yet, our latest TOAOA guest has just taken his NFT company through its best month ever. So what’s the real state of NFTs?Stephen Young is a Web3 native. As a token engineer and smart contract developer, he founded NFTfi, a marketplace for NFT collateralized loans.Stephen is the perfect person to take us through how the latest bear market has affected one of the biggest crypto verticals. How crazy speculative NFT projects have bitten the dust. How quality projects are far from going bust.His assessment might just surprise you!//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the showSupport the showSupport the show
51:44 09/22/2022
Wanting a Web3 world for all creators. With Matt Alston
Making Web3 accessible is a must. But how can we make it easier for the average artist or creator to trade in their canvases for blocks on the chain? Matt Alson’s company, Bonfire, is handing over easy-to-use tools, ready to break down blockchain barriers!Listen to this episode and discover how you can get more utility out of social tokens and NFTs – and why that even matters. Plus, find out how to create that all-important ingredient in any triumphant Web3 recipe: a strong community.Matt also looks back at his career at Uber and his co-founding experiences to give you tips on how to create routines for success.//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the showSupport the show
48:08 09/05/2022
Tech’s most exciting game plan. With Carlos Pereira.
Gaming is worth more than the music or movie industry. And its growth is off the charts. This is THE industry to follow!That’s why we’ve invited Carlos Pereira into the studio. Carlos is a Principal at BITKRAFT Ventures, a global investment platform for gaming, Web3, and immersive technology.He discusses the present and future of gaming – and why tech like Web3 and VR is game-changing. Plus, we dive into how ethical it is to create a purposefully addictive game.//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show
43:42 08/24/2022
How to make money & spread it evenly. With Phil Libin.
Phil’s manifesto: “Everyone should be paid equally and work where they have the best job and live where they have the best life!”Former CEO of Evernote and co-founder of All Turtles and mmhmm, Phil Libin, sits down with TOA founder Niko.Working from home was always supposed to be the “new normal”. But many companies are now going back to their old office ways. Phil Libin explains why that’s wrong.Plus, he tells us why, to earn more money, you should spread it more equally amongst your employees.//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the showSupport the show
57:19 07/27/2022
Rewarding your community with macro tokenomics. With Bradley Miles
It's the toke-onomy stupid!The role of social tokens should not be underestimated. It's an effective tool that can build an engaging community, is a fair way to reward creators, and is a potentially killer business model. Bradley Miles is the Co-Founder and CEO of Roll, a blockchain business that rewards content creators with a fan-based digital currency: "social money". Bradly gives his insights into how tokenomics should be deployed, use cases, and advice for individuals and businesses!//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the showSupport the show
52:46 07/13/2022
The man who tokenized his soul. With Mike Merrill.
Meet the first publicly traded human in history! Meet Mike Merrill.Also known as MKmikeyM, this guest handed his life over to a bunch of shareholders (including ex-girlfriends), who voted and dictated all of his life decisions.Mike explores with Niko what it was like literally selling his soul, the lessons to be learned from tokenization, and what it tells us about the financial-economic model that rules our world.//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the showSupport the show
41:08 07/07/2022
Making Web3 investment everybody’s business. With Ian Lee.
Find out what made Snoop Dogg drop it like it's Web3!Ian Lee is co-founder of Syndicate, a revolutionary new platform which can help anyone become a Web3 investor.Syndicate has made it big through ingenious simplicity and a handful of celebrity endorsements (including by the Doggy Dogg).TOA founder, Niko, picks Ian’s brains about the future of Web3 investment. Why traditional VCs make sense, but raising from your users also does. How you could invest in Web3, in a “club”. And finally, why, as an investor, money isn’t everything.//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to choose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)Support the showSupport the show
41:22 06/30/2022
Looking at economic problems through a macro lens. With Claudia Sahm.
Inflation, inequality, climate change, and Covid – just a few problems with the current economic landscape. So, is there any cause for optimism?As the Director of Macro-Economic Research at the Jane Family Institute and a former Federal Reserve Economist, there is no one better to help answer the most pressing economic questions of our time than Claudia Sahm.Claudia brings along a contagious passion for macroeconomics in our discussion about a whole host of crucially topical economic affairs. Amongst other things, we dive into that unpleasant buzzword of the moment: ‘inflation’.Whilst Claudia doesn’t hold back on her honest views of governments and financial institutions, she might leave you feeling more positive than you’d expect!//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)Support the show
72:39 01/31/2022
The hard truth about the global art market. With Magnus Resch.
The art market is broken – so how can we fix it?Magnus Resch is a trailblazing art market economist, serial entrepreneur, and best-selling author. He's well-known for his bold takes on how the art world operates, many of which were highlighted in his book, "How to Become a Successful Artist." Additionally, he holds the unique distinction of having the most-watched TOA talk of all time.In this episode, Magnus joins Niko Woischnik to discuss the challenges facing up-and-coming artists, whether it's a good idea to start collecting art, and the role that NFTs might play in disrupting the industry. //Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
45:52 01/24/2022
Investing in the tech of tomorrow. With Albert Wenger.
“The only scarcity left for humanity is our own attention”, Albert Wenger.In this episode, we sit down with Wenger, the Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures (USV) – one of tech’s most important venture capital firms. USV is not only responsible for today’s household names like Twitter and Etsy but sets a precedent for the technological trends of tomorrow.Together, we pick apart USV’s investments in climate and fusion tech, the future of Web3 and current market cycles.We also get Wenger to spell out what makes a good founders' pitch!//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)Support the show
51:21 01/11/2022
How beauty shapes our cities. With Lorenza Baroncelli.
Even if we don't realize it, art and architecture impact our lives every day.Lorenza Baroncelli is an architect, curator, and the artistic director at renowned design and art museum Triennale Milano.  She has worked as a researcher for some of the most famous exhibitions and galleries in the world, including the Serpentine Galleries in London and the Long Museum in Shanghai.On this episode, Lorenza joins Niko Woischnik to explore the value of beauty in culture, the impact of NFTs in the art world, and the industry's welcoming attitude toward tech disruption. Then she details the rise and fall of the "archistar," and what it means for architecture around the world today.//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
45:17 12/14/2021
The promise (and potential problems) of genetic engineering. With Francoise Baylis.
Genetic engineering may sound like the stuff of sci-fi, but is in fact more relevant than ever.Francoise Baylis is a leading bioethicist, research professor at Dalhousie University, and author of "Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing." Her work is renowned for challenging of how we think about health, science, and biotechnology. On this episode, Baylis joins Niko Woischnik to discuss the current state of genetic modification technologies in humans, the limits of what it can accomplish, and the ethical questions surrounding designer babies. Additionally, she stresses the importance of considering what our future world should look like before employing any sort of technology that may help us enjoy longer, more fulfilling lives.//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
50:52 12/07/2021
The state of crypto in the brave new (decentralised) world. With Lasse Clausen.
In this recorded live conversation crypto heavyweight Lasse Clausen joined Niko Woischnik for an important fireside conversation, followed by a live Q&A with questions from the audience.The cryptospace has developed exponentially in only a few, but monumental, years. Important developments in the crypto economy are forever changing so it’s important to constantly keep in the know… including who the front-runner is in the race to decentralise the world.Lasse is the founding partner of 1kx, an early-stage token fund with a mission to be the most founder-friendly and helpful source of early-stage capital for tokenised projects. He started out as a software entrepreneur and through exploring, curiosity and making an early leap from Bitcoin to Ethereum, he’s a key player in the crypto industry.1kx has made multiple investments in soon-to-be key players, for instance, NIFTEX raised $500k Seed Round led by 1kx and more recently Nym (valued at $6m) and Connext (valued at $12m).//Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)Support the show
60:23 11/10/2021
Examining the history – and uncertain future – of sand. With Vince Beiser.
The three natural resources humans consume most are water, air... and sand.  Vince Beiser is an award-winning journalist and author who has been featured in Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone. His first book, The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization, illustrates why sand is so crucial to modern life. It's the ingredient that makes possible our cities, our science, our lives – and our future.Beiser joins Niko Woischnik to talk about sand's profound importance across the globe and the serious human and environmental costs caused by our dependence on it. Additionally, he delves into some of his past reporting, including on soldiers training for the Iraq War and pop-up clinics in Mexico offering psychedelic therapy. //Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)Support the show
47:27 11/01/2021
Transforming financial distribution from human to digital. With Lex Sokolin.
In addition to providing an infrastructure for countless FinTech services, blockchain technology has forced us to reconsider the notion that online media is worthless.Lex Sokolin is a writer, artist, and the Head Economist at ConsenSys, a leading Ethereum blockchain software company. He joins Niko Woischnik on the podcast this week.Sokolin talks about his background in investment banking, the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on his entrepreneurial journey, and how blockchain and cryptocurrency changed the very nature of the internet. Additionally, he dives into the recent NFT craze, examining both the technological and artistic implications it has had on the media industry. //Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show
59:30 10/05/2021
The demise of the nation state through technology and blockchain. With Pia Mancini
The world is leaning towards a new jurisdiction, one that shares commons of the planet on a global scale. Is the nation state becoming redundant?The narrative of the nation state works on the theory that it is necessary, however with collectives issuing currency and people wanting change and demanding agency - this may upturn the axis.Pia Mancini, democracy activist, open source sustainer, co-founder & CEO at Open Collective and Chair of DemocracyEarth Foundation, joins Niko Woischnik on the podcast this week.She talks about how she got to tackle the worlds toughest problem: voices and change in the government. How she used tech to support citizen participation in government, created an app that explained jargon to allow people to discuss, voice and vote their opinion, and how technology and blockchain are tackling the global subjects to lead to a world with a more direct citizen participation in democracy.Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
54:59 09/20/2021
Goodbye traditional education system... hello accessible cohort-based courses. With Wes Kao
The rise of cohort-based learning, and why traditional education systems can’t weather the tech evolution storm forever.Education has always been cohort-based, however, when the internet arrived this disrupted community-driven learning into an asynchronous field.Digital cohort-based courses are redirecting education back around to the start in order to better develop, challenge, and build on ideas together. How is it different from MOOCs? They’re miles apart. Zoom lectures and monologues aren’t allowed, it needs to be engaging and invite active participation and learning to the forefront.Wes Kao, co-founder of Maven, joins Niko on the podcast to talk about the future of learning, cohort-learning (our favourite topic) and key variables to scrutinise when starting any business (not just a cohort). Maven is THE successful online platform that ​​empowers creators to build live courses and deliver an engaging student experience at scale. Wes is an incredibly impressive entrepreneur,  engaging speaker, and pure inspiration for education. Listen to the full episode to find out how Wes found her way into education through tech startups and Udemy, why credentials are not so important anymore and proof of building things is, and genuine takeaways to take forward in both work and life. Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show
60:20 09/13/2021
The nonprofit newsroom taking back the power to realign the future of journalism. With Julia Angwin
Investigative journalism and reporting are under threat. The future of journalism looks bleak without the reinforcement of the truth and the realignment of power and technology.One of the largest negative impacts of technology is on the media. Facebook effectively controls public discourse on a global scale and is legally self-regulatory in service. How can the truth prevail if this is the baseline?Julia Angwin joins Niko in this episode to discuss technology, data, and the impact of technology on society. Julia is incredibly impressive. She is a Pulitzer prize winner, winning investigative journalist, and the co-founder of The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates how powerful institutions are using technology to change our society.They discuss why bringing precise facts to the debate rather than hot takes is necessary to bring powerful conglomerates to justice, how using scientific journalism is raising the stakes and the future of media and technology at large.Technology has a bias that is used to the advantage of the elite. Julia and The Markup team are armed with a scientific approach and an open book policy on their data to help restore faith and support in investigative journalism.Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show
47:12 09/06/2021
Investing in groundbreaking tech to change the world. With Katie Rae.
Supporting big tech and breakthrough technologies that will have a beneficial impact on society should be no.1 in getting investment and support. Our next guest is pushing this to the forefront.Katie Rae joins us on the podcast this week, the CEO and managing partner at MIT’s The Engine. The engine was launched to offer a secure and supported pathway to ‘tough tech’ innovators working on solutions to serious and difficult challenges that would help to change the world. Rae has a very impressive resume from building significant internet businesses to being hailed ‘the veteran’ of investing and tech innovation. She also founded two companies in Boston and Cambridge as the icing on the cake.  They spoke about the unprecedented interest in tech, climate change, and ultimately entrepreneurship because of the pandemic. She also reveals the three things for what she looks for when helping a company at The Engine - the founding team and standing by their product is number one. Rae's optimism and devotion to the innovative field to fund programs and founders to create a high impact change is incredible. They also discuss The Engine’s accountability for representing underrepresented founders, market dynamics, and corporate innovation.Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show
40:51 08/30/2021
Who Gives a Crap?! You should. Impacting investing and entrepreneurship. With Simon Griffiths.
The brand that gives back. Who Gives a Crap was THE hottest brand of 2020 because of its beauty, ethical business model, and quite frankly... necessity.The scalable, social toilet paper brand produces environmentally friendly paper and donates 50% of its profits to help build toilets in less developed countries.Simon Griffiths, Co-Founder, and CEO of Who Gives a Crap joins Niko Woischnik on the TOA OA podcast this week. Simon trialed career paths of engineering to banking before settling on a direct-to-consumer business to help the developing world.Simon and Niko discuss Who Gives a Crap’s rise to the top shelf through word-of-mouth marketing and how half a million people were on their waitlist during the 2020 lockdown.Simon also reveals top entrepreneurial tips on acquiring new customers, why it’s now easier to develop a brand but so much harder to scale, and how customer-focused brands will prevail.A rational and emotional love of a brand is needed when there is so much choice. Who Gives a Crap is no doubt a brand that can deliver on both.Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
47:45 08/23/2021
A dog’s life… to be continued?! On prolonging life, biotech, and female founders. With Celine Halioua
The future of ageing (and how to stop it), notes on being a female founder, and a deep dive into the biotech industry.Did you know that dogs are considered the best model of human ageing? What if we could make human’s best friend live longer (and whilst we’re at it, get insight to prevent age-related diseases in humans too).Celine Halioua has a background in neuroscience and experience in a venture capital firm. And she loves dogs. These combined have got her to where she is today - the founder and CEO of Loyal, a biotech startup developing drugs to extend a dog's lifespan.In this podcast with Niko Woischnik, founder of TOA, they discuss how to get ahead in the Silicon Valley biotech world (with a very detailed tech framework on her website - link below), why she’s focussing on dogs for age prevention, and the strengths you need to become a founder.She also discusses her difficulties in her career up to here including difficulty dropping out of Oxford University, how balancing work and life is near to impossible in the Valley, and working out how she best works (on instinct rather than process).Notes and Links:https://loyalfordogs.com/ - Improving life span and health of dogshttps://www.celinehh.com/ - how to build a biotech company (and so much more)Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl),  follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show
48:24 08/16/2021
Notes on tech realism and changing our 'Evil AI' narrative for survival. With Om Malik
We’re starting to reach the limit of human scale. Technology is our saving grace to help us understand the complexities of the planet. How to think of the future of AI without losing sleep? Augmented intelligence. And we need it to survive.This week, Om Malik is on the podcast, a renowned journalist, founder, investor, and luminary of the tech world. He’s a true entrepreneur and is a master at writing and talking about big topics in simple terms. Oh, and he’s an expert juggler of x1987 side hustles.Om joins Niko, founder of TOA, to discuss his impressive life, work, and sound opinions on the future of tech.Founders, listen closely... Om shares what he looks for when investing in companies, and what you need to succeed. First on the list is passion and devotion to your idea. It’s a cliche, but it’s getting harder to find in new founders.They also discuss Uber’s colossal growth, the future of silicon valley, and why we need to start asking questions about tech before it’s too late.Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl),  follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show
50:30 08/09/2021
Idea, invention, innovation, and failure. Life lessons from the master of all. With Nathan Myhrvold.
Polymath. Multitalented. It’s hard to capture our next guest’s triumphant accolades in one word. Nathan Myhrvold really is a master of all.This jam-packed episode explores a multitude of layers. Nathan claims that his success comes from not specialising in one thing (despite that this is what the modern world rewards). “Failure is always an option” and we have to be better at bouncing back from it and looking towards the next opportunity.Nathan’s bio reads like a novel. From having a master’s in mathematical economics and space physics, working with the best names like Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates, founding a company called Intellectual Ventures then pursuing his interest in photography and food science to found Modernist Cuisine.Nathan and Niko Woischnik, founder of TOA, unpack his astonishingly impressive CV and inquisitive outlook on life, business, success, why it’s a problem to be wrapped up in human superiority, and why the pandemic should revolutionise change in our self-interest. Did someone say… free vaccinations for the disadvantaged?Calling all foodies, this is an episode to listen to keenly until the end. Featuring a deep dive on ’traditional’ food from China to Italy, including where THE BEST pizza is… salt, reputation, and experience are key ingredients.Notes and Links:Modernist Cuisine: https://modernistcuisine.com/Modernist Pizza is out on October 5th!Looking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: toaklub.comSubscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
81:12 08/02/2021
Toys teaching empathy and failure for 6-year-olds to CEOs. With Ilana Ben-Ari.
How do we evoke empathy and understand failure in business if we stopped learning the tools to develop them in kindergarten? We need to put play back on the agenda.Ilana Ben Ari joins Niko Woischnik, founder of TOA, on the podcast this week. Ilana founded Twenty One Toys in 2012 and was included in 2020’s top female founders for showing that play is the route to emotional intelligence and commended for reshaping the future of learning in TIME magazine.Twenty One Toys is not your average toy company, it’s a training and development company aiming to teach what textbooks can’t; empathy and failure.Both award-winning toys are used worldwide in classrooms and boardrooms in 50+ countries in a bid to reframe failure and recognise different perspectives and self-awareness.Ilana and Niko discuss her journey to a social entrepreneur and founder, how getting investors as a female founder is harder, and understanding your rhythm as a founder is key - night owls have just as much success as 5am early birds.Bootstrapping a business from the bottom up? Make sure that resilience, curiousness, and blind faith are on your radar.Notes and Links:Twenty-One Toys - https://twentyonetoys.com/SHEEO - https://sheeo.world/Are meetings getting in your way? Makers schedule - http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.htmlLooking to level up or enter a new field? Join TOA Klub for cohort-based learning. Four Klubs to chose from, each including Masterclasses, AMA’s, and peer-to-peer learning. Apply now: go.toaklub.com/539a53Subscribe to our NL (go.toaklub.com/toaoa-nl), follow us on Instagram (@toaberlin), Twitter (@toaberlin), Linkedin (toa-berlin) and Facebook (TechOpenAir).Support the show (https://paypal.me/TechOpenGmbH?locale.x=en_US)
52:53 07/26/2021