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Hosted by Will Little (, Ventures is an audio/video podcast devoted to exploring entrepreneurial stories, market landscapes, and problem spaces to inspire the next generation of venture builders and investors.


Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) :: with Audrey Baedke
In this episode of Ventures, my guest Audrey Baedke ( and I discuss Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST - We talk about the origins of the nonprofit, the impact they have had, the dynamics of the sex trade in general, how humans are enslaved, and how REST provides tangible pathways to freedom, safety, and hope. As a board member and donor myself, I would ask that you **please** consider joining us with a year-end gift.Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.   1:58 - Introduction to the episode. Will’s board involvement. What is REST? 3:00 - How Audrey got involved with REST 4:15 - Describing the problem of sex trafficking in the USA7:43 - Responding to the common idea that selling sex is just among consenting adults and harmless10:17 - Understanding market dynamics here - buyers, sellers, brokers11:17 - Supply and demand dynamics, how “products” are treated12:24 - Modern-day slavery12:39 - How is REST addressing the problem?14:25 - For those considering year-end donations - what amount of money would have a real impact? 16:16 - How many years does it take to help someone leave “the life” within REST’s services?17:37 - REST’s quantitative impact - 4400+ individuals served, Work with more than 600 every year, 300 that enroll in services. 18:12 - An example story of a survivor21:05 - Hearing the stories like this board meeting after board meeting21:39 - REST’s expansion plans beyond the greater Seattle area22:59 - If someone wants to give, where can they go to do this? // Also how to contact Audrey directly.See also a previous episode on this show about REST: For more information about sex trafficking in America, see: Be aware of the National Human Trafficking Hotline (Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week. Languages: English, Spanish) – 888-373-7888
25:39 11/28/23
Fall updates: Prota Ventures, AI Layer, Impact Stream, and REST
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk through a number of updates with my for-profit and nonprofit venture work. I talk about Prota Ventures, our second fund, how we get operationally involved in our portfolio companies, and who we serve. As an example, I discuss my involvement with AI Layer, which is a new company providing AI inference computing services that leverages an upcoming Web3 protocol that will be decentralized and widely available next year. Finally, I talk about updates - and my volunteering involvement - with Impact Stream and Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST). Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here. 0:30 - quick overview of Will’s bio and current activities - check out 1:15 - More about how Prota Ventures services Founders, Investors, and Talent. 2:00 - Investing multiple forms of capital (not just financial capital)2:40 - More about AI Layer - decentralized compute for AI inference3:45 - West Africa work - Impact Stream updates - local people solving local problems 4:35 - Beyond the standard development work, more about the well-drilling business5:15 - More specifically about Impact Stream’s vision of connecting digital communities to IRL impact. Quadratic Voting mechanism. Local projects and funding pool on-chain.6:36 - More about Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) see more from Episode 2 → 
09:09 11/14/23
How to use Web3 technology and financial aid to help (and not hurt) poverty alleviation in West Africa :: with Hans Mulders
In this episode of Ventures, my guest Hans Mulders ( and I recorded a conversation while we were on-site at a demonstration farm in Togo, West Africa. We had just helped dozens of local Togolese people onboard into a progressive web application that we are building with Impact Stream (, a new NGO helping to decentralize poverty alleviation via trust networks and blockchain technology. In our conversation we cover how Hans got involved in Impact Stream and how to smartly use technology and aid to sustainably help lift people out of poverty.Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here. 0:03 - Intro to the episode 1:35 - On-site intro - application we are onboarding Togolese into with Impact Stream1:57 - Who is Hans? Why is he here with Will and the Impact Stream team in Togo? Origin story how Hans and Will met.3:20 - “Can I come”? (Hans asking to come to Togo with us). Productive and effective aid in Africa.3:53 - What kinds of projects does Hans hope to see funded in Togo?4:45 - The need for basic infrastructure5:07 - How do we inject financial aid into projects in Togo that help the local economy? How do we ensure the projects are regenerative and sustainable?6:24 - Impact Stream manages the flow of money. More info about blockchain technology that Impact Stream will be using.
08:42 8/15/23
Web3 & Poverty Alleviation in Togo, West Africa: Impact Stream progress update
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk through the current progress of a new NGO called Impact Stream ( I and fellow team members were able to travel to Togo, West Africa this month to help onboard dozens of local people into a progressive web app we are building to facilitate proposals, on-chain voting, and funding via cryptocurrency. Importantly, these proposals are submitted by local people to be built by local vendors/workers and prioritized by their own community (and not outside influencers). In this episode I share plenty of footage from our trip, so be sure to watch the video via the link below if you happen to be on your podcast player.Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here. 0:03 - Episode setup, more information about Impact Stream, where to do audio and video, etc.. 0:34 - Overview of Impact Stream - transparent streams of impact between digital communities and real-life communities. 1:12 - Promise of Web3 - Banking the unbanked, financial equity, etc..1:33 - The Impact Stream team and partners2:16 - Local people proposing public goods / infrastructure, with funding from around the world.3:07 - Visiting both the rural area and Lomé (capital city of Togo)3:55 - Walking through the offramp plan into the local CFA currency5:09 - Overview of first proof of concept round this year5:50 - Jump into our Discord server to get involved → 
07:45 7/26/23
How to buy crypto and participate in an NFT mint (using Alphi’s June 29, 2023 mint as an example)
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk through how to buy crypto on a centralized exchange, move it to your own crypto wallet, and participate in an NFT mint. I use the upcoming Founders Collection mint for Alphi (, June 29th, 2023) as a practical example. Most NFT communities require some kind of process to be added to their allowlist, so I walk through how to do this, step-by-step, with Alphi. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here. 0:03 - Tee-up for the episode, background/scope, helping onboard you into Web3, buy ETH, and participate in Alphi’s mint. 0:43 - About the allowlist, and the 333 mint – Mint page → https://mint.alphi.xyz1:27 - Disclaimers and disclosures1:49 - Sign up for Twitter first if you don’t have one. Also go to Metamask’s site and get a crypto wallet.2:50 - Alphi founder NFT 3:00 - How to obtain ETH and export it to your Metamask account4:00 - How to participate in Alphi’s mint. // 5:10 - What is Alphi? 6:03 - How to reach out to Will if you are having any trouble getting setup.
07:55 6/27/23
What pre-seed investors actually care about
In this episode of Ventures, I ( discuss early stage startup pitch decks and what VCs/angels really want to hear when founders ask for equity financing. I talk about how the culture around the traditional deck has not been as helpful as it could be to clarify why traction (and forecasts of traction) are - in my opinion - the most important aspect of the initial pitch process that warrants deeper diligence.  Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here. 0:03 - Tee-up for the episode, screencast, motivation0:45 - Background of the pre-seed vs. seed pitch deck article → 2:08 -  What investors really want to hear (traction, forecasts, and that you are the right team to do it) 3:30 - A better way to train entrepreneurs 4:14 - What is traction, really? Example from Uber’s pre-seed pitch
07:43 6/20/23
Blockchains and AI are both Web3 tools. Crypto isn’t dead.
In this episode of Ventures, I ( discuss the recent lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase brought by the SEC. There is no lack of FUD on crypto right now, and it seems like everyone is moving over to AI. Still, both AI and Blockchains are important tools to make a better Internet for us all, and this is the goal of Web3. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here. 0:03 - Episode tee-up, where to view/watch, FUD in Crypto0:43 - More information about the lawsuits and commentary on the space. See also  // // 4:10 - Are people just switching from Crypto to AI? How do these tools benefit humanity?6:05 - More about Impact Stream – creating transparent streams of impact between digital and IRL communities. Check it out → 7:10 - Donate to impact stream at impactstream.eth 7:30 - Do I think crypto is dead? No. Just like relational databases aren’t dead. Regulatory clarity will be good. 
09:30 6/14/23
The bullish case for building out AI as fast as possible
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk briefly through Marc Andreessen’s recent article “Why AI Will Save the World” ( and discuss why I tend to agree the time to build aggressively with AI is *now*, at the very least in order to compete on the global landscape for the common good. I also talk about the upcoming GenAI summit I’m hosting in Seattle on June 9th, and why the immediate future with AI is ripe for “co-pilots” across multiple markets and disciplines.  Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here. 0:03 - Episode Tee-up - where to listen and watch. 0:45 - Walking through the outline of Marc’s article → - The future belongs to AI-powered co-pilots 3:10 - More information about June 9th GenAI summit Will is hosting in Seattle on June 9th → 
05:50 6/6/23
Introducing Impact Stream: A new non-profit that helps digital communities create IRL impact
In this episode of Ventures, I ( introduce a new non-profit called Impact Stream (, which is all about creating transparent streams of impact between digital communities and real-life communities. Our first project - in partnership with Gitcoin, Supermodular, Prota Ventures, International Literacy and Development, and Primordia - will create a software application to onboard 100 Togolese (West Africa) into Web3 and allow them to create, submit, and vote on proposals to fund public goods in their community with a global matching pool. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here. 0:03 - Tee-up for the episode, audio/video options.0:29 - Introduction to Impact Stream - creating transparent streams of impact between digital communities and real-life communities. 1:45 - Local solutions to local problems -- with strategic injection of help from the global community2:18 - Starting in Q3 we will onboard 100 Togolese into Web3 and allow them to submit proposals, vote on them, and get them funded by the global community. 3:11 - Quadratic voting as our mechanism for prioritizing projects 3:40 - Future vision about creating fractions of validator rewards to stream into IRL impact4:15 - Give (impactstream.eth) and join our community on Discord -->
06:26 5/30/23
Airchat: A new AI-enhanced social media platform
In this episode of Ventures, I ( reflect on my initial experiences with Airchat (, a new social media app that leverages AI/audio/video to mimic “rooms” at a dinner party by stitching together moderated clips (which they call “chits”). I walk through my impressions, hopes, and reflections on 20+ years of social media…discussing where we may be heading in the overall conversational metaverse landscape. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here. 0:03 - Tee-up for the episode, why AirChat (  – 1:12 - Walking through the screenshots, background, comparing to other social media platforms as they come along. 3:19 - Getting rid of the group call - going async in Airchat “rooms” 3:54 - Naval’s original tweet helping to announce it: 4:20 - Naval’s page 5:00 - Reflections after investing in (and building) technology companies - the latest WooWoo → 6:50 - Follow me at 
08:58 5/23/23
ChatGPT vs. Bard vs. HuggingChat vs. BingChat for startup books and front-end code
In this episode of Ventures, I ( compare ChatGPT, Bard, HuggingChat, and BingChat regarding their recommendations for startup books and front-end code for a standard startup landing page. I compare the user experience of each LLM, the limitations of each for these use cases, and show how ChatGPT and Bard seem to be current leaders in these examples.Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here. 0:03 - Tee-up for the episode, talking about the 4 LLMs I’ll be comparing, and where to find the audio/video of this episode. 1:14 - Talking about startup books, starting with ChatGPT’s list: "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries"Zero to One" by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters"The Startup Owner's Manual" by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf"Founders at Work" by Jessica Livingston"The Hard Thing About Hard Things" by Ben Horowitz"Venture Deals" by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson"Disciplined Entrepreneurship" by Bill Aule"Crossing the Chasm" by Geoffrey A. Moore2:47 - Talking about Google Bard’s list: The Lean Startup by Eric RiesZero to One by Peter ThielThe Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben HorowitzThe Mom Test by Rob FitzpatrickThe Startup Owner's Manual by Steve BlankThe $100 Startup by Chris GuillebeauFounders at Work by Jessica LivingstonLost and Founder by Rand FishkinThe Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton ChristensenThe Art of Startup Fundraising by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf3:25 - HuggingChat’s “list” - which was just The Lean Startup4:12 - Bing Chat’s list: Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin, The Startup Checklist by David S. Rose, and The Lean Startup by Eric Ries1. Other books recommended for startup founders include The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman, Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor, and Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters1. According to Benzinga, the best startup books for beginners are “Zero to One,” “Creativity Inc.” and “The Lean Startup”1. “The Startup Owner’s Manual” by Steve Blank is also recommended as one of the best startup books2. Other books that are recommended for business startup include “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield, “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferris, and “Purple Cow” by Seth Godin1.6:06 - Diving into front-end code with the 4 LLMs, including asking it for the CSS for the recommended HTML code that Bard and ChatGPT put out (HuggingChat and Bing weren’t able to generate code for me). 
13:23 5/16/23
How to build a startup using Generative AI and
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk through the 2.0 software startup framework within Startup Rocket ( using Generative AI, specifically Bing Chat (which is currently free). I discuss how to ideate a startup, conduct surveys/interviews, create prototypes, and launch private and public MVPs with AI assistance.Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.   0:03 - Tee-up for the episode - walking through frameworks of 1:31 - Walking through the Startup Rocket Framework 2.0 - a circular process that constantly refines the idea as you go from surveys/interviews to a public MVP. 3:28 - Walking through the details of each section of the framework 4:21 - Using your favorite LLM/GPT tool to ask questions along the way through frameworks. Ideate/validate/create/grow/fund.6:04 - Asking the LLM how to test demand for your startup idea6:40 - Drilling in more to the factors in the ideation section of the startup with a 24/7 tutor / mentor with GPT. – Bing GPT → 
10:08 5/9/23 updates, how to DYOR in the NFT space, and leveling up your Web3 leadership skills :: with Jesse Bryan and Mike Anderson
In this week’s episode of Ventures, my guests Jesse Bryan (, Mike Anderson ( and I discuss updates about their startup, Alphi ( We talk about why digital asset ownership is important, how/why Alphi is helping to organize information in the metaverse, how/why to contribute, and how/why to participate in their Leadership Academy to level up your skills in the Web3 space. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.  2:10 - Why is digital asset ownership important? (Jesse’s commentary on this)5:08 - Mike’s commentary on digital asset ownership6:35 - 10% of global GDP tied up in digital assets. 6:59 - Jesse’s dad’s story working at a car dealership - importance of “owning” the real estate. 8:42 - What is Jesse/Mike’s response to the crypto/NFT skeptics?13:07 - More about - (previous episode was - Why does Alphi exist? 19:27 - How can someone contribute to Alphi if they know information (new or old) about a collection? 22:58 - What is the incentive mechanism for contributors?26:30 - Impact, Human Flourishing, and Alphi’s new Leadership Academy. Follow along on Twitter (@alphixyz) to get access to the academy if you are interested. 
32:31 5/3/23
Will Generative AI widen or narrow productivity gaps in the labor market?
In this episode of Ventures, I ( discuss cases for and against the skill/productivity gap widening in light of Generative AI such as ChatGPT and Midjourney. On the “for” side, I discuss a YouTube video showing how to go from MidJourney to Figma to Code, and I show how this - and tools like GitHub CoPilot - enhances the work of already-skilled programmers. On the “against” side, I show a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) that demonstrated GenAI most greatly enhancing the productivity of novice and low-skilled workers. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.  0:03 - Tee-up for the episode, where to find the audio and/or video for this screencast, talking about the skill gap and GenAI0:39 - Case for the skill gap being widened: Examples from a YouTube video ( and GitHub Copilot ( 3:14 - Case for the skill gap narrowing: // Study showing that the skill gap is narrowing. 14% increase in productivity for all workers, and even more for novice and low-skilled workers. 4:36 - Link to McKinsey’s article: 4:48 - Access GPT-4 for free with Bing. Example using Bing Chat to ask about Satchel.Works 
08:11 4/25/23
Using Generative AI for Startup Landing Pages: From to
In this episode of Ventures, I ( discuss options for startup founders at the earliest stages of their journey using, Wix’s Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI),, and I discuss how rapidly advancements in this field are happening that are disrupting the “old-guard” of Wordpress and more recently Webflow. With Mixo, you can prompt an AI with a single sentence and within 30s it will generate a complete landing page for you, including standard subscriber management tools. From there, you can modify as needed and publish. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.  0:03 - Tee-up for the episode, low-code/no-code for quickly building landing pages for your startup idea0:53 - Generative AI and Builder IO for more sophisticated projects. Headless CMS. Visual CMS. // 2:53 - Looking at Wix’s Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI) → 3:48 - Content Bot → - Mixo → (referral link, as I talk about in the episode)
10:30 4/18/23
The Internet of Places :: with Greg Gallimore, Joel Fariss, and Mike Anderson
On this episode of Ventures, my guests Greg Gallimore (Digital Experience Design (DXD) Leader for Gensler’s Northwest region), Joel Fariss (Gensler Strategy Director), and Mike Anderson (CoFounder of, and I sat down for a conversation exploring how Web3 will transform the built environment. Physical places are now inextricable from the Internet. Our buildings have become “smart,” collecting, sharing, and applying intelligence to the “user experience” of the built environment. The metaverse has opened the door to entirely immersive virtual experiences of a place. With internet mediated communication, physical proximity is no longer a precondition for access to community and knowledge. What does all this mean for the future of human experience, collaboration, and community? We discuss multiple aspects of this at length in this episode. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.  For a fuller write-up of the notes and transcript, see: Will, start by defining what Web3 is, and how we should understand it?Greg, what have you been seeing in terms of how these technologies are beginning to shape the environment?Mike, what are you seeing on the horizon, in terms of what’s next and what clues are these use-cases giving us regarding what might be farther down the road?What’s the difference between a building intelligence model (BIM) and a digital twin?Will Little: Talk about digital twin. Joel, where do you see the digital environment, the digital and physical coming together?Do you see digital experiences and tools as improving the workplace and face-to-face time at the office? If so, what kinds of experiences are at the forefront and have the least friction to adopt?Call to action is to think about entrepreneurship in terms of social impact. What can we do to help lift each other up? The more of us who are thinking that way and applying all these technologies, the better.
57:29 4/11/23
Using ChatGPT as a guide to build an example startup: “Text to Startup”
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk through asking ChatGPT how to help me start building a startup called “Text to Startup”. I share my screen and show the live chat session where it not only tells me generally how to build the startup, but - when I prompt it to give me specifics - I’m able to all the way to having it print out Ruby on Rails code and HTML/CSS for a landing page. Along the way, it also gives me specific examples about how to do user testing and it gives me taglines and a 1-paragraph description for the startup, which I used to generate a logo with for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.  0:03 - Continuing the product and code series. Setting up the episode. Training ChatGPT to help me build an example startup called “Text to Startup”1:10 - Using the free version of ChatGPT, walking through all the prompts I gave it to help me get the idea started. 2:43 - “ChatGPT can be programmed” - what does this mean?3:22 - Can ChatGPT help me pump out the Ruby on Rails code? 4:14 - This could involve conducting market research. I asked it which service it would recommend. Learn more at: 5:36 - Can ChatGPT design me a logo? I asked it to give me the prompt. Taglines. 7:00 - // Asked for a description - so I asked ChatGPT to give me a 1-paragraph description (it did!)8:17 - Asking ChatGPT me the code step-by-step to build the code in Rails.9:00 - What to do when ChatGPT stops in the middle of a response (example of having it give me the remaining CSS).  9:45 - Walking through the Ruby on Rails files for this example.10:25 - Wrap up, this will be a significant value-add as Generative AI gets more advanced.
13:01 4/5/23
Product: Magic Link for Web2 & Web3 Product Managers. Code: GitHub Copilot
In this episode of Ventures, I ( introduce for Web2 & Web3 product managers the company and why you should consider using their products to onboard customers in Web2&3. I also introduce GitHub Copilot ( as a must-use tool when both learning to code and writing code professionally.Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.  0:03 - Tee-up for the episode, where to listen/watch, motivation and background. Continuing the product and code series: 1:00 - Magic Link - // Walking through their different product offerings and why it’s a big deal. 3:27 - GitHub CoPilot – // Why if you aren’t using it then you are already behind. 
06:41 3/28/23
Banking woes, Balaji’s bet, mooning BTC, and Midjourney prompts
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk through why BTC is getting more attention, Balaji’s tweets about our banking system, the current Discount Window, MidJourney prompts, and what this means for the world of venture-building and investing. I also have a call to action - a friendly challenge - for website landing page generation via AI and translating these into HTML/CSS/JavaScript using LLMs. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.   0:03- Intro to the episode, what we’ll be covering (Bank situation + Balaji material + MidJourney prompts)1:02 - BTC up 50% in the past 6mo - why? What’s going on? SVB tanking. 2:12 - No lack of attention being given to the current Discount Window (banks allowed to borrow)2:42 - Balajis’ bet that 1 BTC will be worth more than 1m USD. This may be the time to understand more about Web3 narratives. 5:41 - Texas new BTC-friendly policy5:46 - @FollowMarcos’ MidJourney prompts → // Call to action. I’d like to see more prompts for landing pages AND these turned into CSS/HTML/JavaScript. 
09:16 3/21/23
Product: GPT-4 released today (yes, it is scary smart). Code: React vs. Turbo
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk through today’s GPT-4 announcement ( with a couple of important examples from Twitter (i.e. image-to-HTML/CSS and describing an image). I also introduce a 10-part series that I've written comparing React with Ruby on Rails’ Turbo. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.   0:03 - Intro to the episode and diving right into the GPT4 announcement: // // And why this is important for Product Managers, or really anyone building a web product. Twitter links: // 3:22 - 10-part series comparing / contrasting React vs. Turbo :: 
06:34 3/15/23
Product: How to build in Web3 with Ceramic & ComposeDB. Code: Introducing JavaScript
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk through recent updates about the Ceramic Network, specifically the launch of their ComposeDB product ( and why Web3 product managers should know about it. Ceramic is a great example - especially for learning purposes - of the type of Web3 organization that offers tools for entrepreneurs and builders to create valuable products for the world. At the end of this episode I also introduce JavaScript into our code series and where to learn more about it. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.   0:03 - Introduction to the episode (Ceramic and JavaScript), and you can follow along here 1:15 - About Ceramic // // and the stack, Lit Protocol ( // 4:24 - Gitcoin passport → - Orbis as a social protocol → - Learn JavaScript. Check out // and 
08:45 3/7/23
Product: Text to UI Designs w/ Galileo AI, Code: An introduction to CSS
In this episode of Ventures, I introduce as a hint of what is coming on the “text to UI design” front (within Generative AI), which will be a game-changer for product designers. On the code front - as we continue our Web2&3 Product & Code Series ( - I introduce CSS and how to begin learning how to style your own HTML. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.   0:03 - Tee-up for the episode, Galileo AI, Web 2&3 Product and Code Series0:41 - Demo and discussion about Galileo AI ( 2:33 - CSS demo, adding code to the codebase that we’ve been working with in this series. Check out Follow along w/ the Product and Code series here →
07:10 3/1/23
Product: How to train your own LLM with OpenAI. Code: Adding HTML elements to your welcome view
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk through a screencast of how to begin learning how to train your own LLMs (like ChatGPT) to be applicable for your own products and customers. On the coding side of things, I also walk through how to begin adding HTML elements to your welcome page in the Rails app that we spun up together in previous episodes of this series (follow along here: Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.  0:05 - Tee-up for the episode, continuing the Web 2&3 Product & Code series (which you can follow along with here: 0:50 - Product: Walking through and how to begin training your own LLM3:38 - Code: adding HTML to your Rails app welcome view, learning and borrowing from 
09:53 2/22/23
The Internet of Places: Discussing our upcoming webinar on March 7th, 2023 4-5pm PST :: with Joel Fariss and Mike Anderson
In this episode of Ventures, my guests Joel Fariss (, Mike Anderson ( and I discuss the topics of our upcoming webinar on the Internet of Places (register here for free →, it will take place March 7th, 2023 4-5pm PST). We talk about how the Future of Work, cities, real estate, and architectural design will interact with and espouse Web3, NFTs, XR, and other emerging technologies and use-cases to help humans flourish. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.  2:20 - Tee-up for the episode, talking about the upcoming Internet of Places webinar // 2:38 - Joel explaining the background and motivation for the conversation6:00 - Mike’s thoughts, exploring the possibilities of the future where the digital and physical are merging8:00 - Will’s thoughts, Tron/Snowcrash/Inception/Snowcrash/Matrix/ReadyPlayerOne - what is “real” and why does it matter? How does this help humans flourish? How do blockchains help?10:43 - Joels’ thoughts about how Web3/Internet of Places can help humanity. Design and Real Estate. 15:02 - Mike’s perspective - based on starting/scaling multiple companies - about this unique moment of history. ChatGPT, city changes, new landscapes, new technologies.17:52 - Details - March 7th, 4-5pm PST - register here to get the calendar invite: - Summarize: people who are curious about *what* should tune into this webinar (Future of Work, real estate, cities, technology will continue to transform our future, Web3 and emerging use-cases) 
21:09 2/14/23
Product: Learning from Lens Protocol and Farcaster. Code: Models and Migrations
In this episode of Ventures, I ( continue our Product and Code series to talk about Web3 protocol design and Ruby on Rails model/migration construction. I bring up the protocols Farcaster and Lens as examples for product managers to be aware of and learn from when approaching how to build value for the modern web. I also detail how to create a User model in Ruby on Rails, its associated “migration” file, and examples from the Rails Console how to create a user to store in the database.Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.  0:03 - Intro, Product and Code series tee-up, see the curriculum here → - Product: Learning from and 3:30 - Code: walking through how to build a User model and associated “migration” in Ruby on Rails. 
09:45 2/8/23
Product: How to use public blockchains and NFTs. Code: How to instantiate a controller variable
In this episode of Ventures, I ( continue my Product and Code series to discuss first - on the product side - why and how blockchains can be used to create digital products. I also show - on the code side - how to instantiate a variable in a Ruby on Rails controller to display it in an associated view file. In the product section I discuss Yuga Labs’ and explain why you - as a Web3 product manager - should be following Yuga’s strategies carefully to learn how to apply similar principles for your own products.Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.  0:03 - Tee-up for the episode, product and code things, curriculum doc → 0:27 - Product: What product managers need to know about Web3 - why build on a blockchain? Difference between Yuga Labs and an airline (e.g. NFTs vs. airline miles)  3:11 - Code: Ruby on Rails controllers, setting a variable in a method, adding it in a index.html.erb view to change our “Hello World” to “Hello, World”
07:37 1/31/23
Product and Code Series: Gathering early product feedback, and understanding the application.html.erb file
In this episode of Ventures, I ( continue the Product and Code series that I started in Episode 128 to talk about how to best collect feedback on your initial idea and what the application.html.erb file is in a Ruby on Rails app. I walk through the head tag, briefly discuss the Content Security Policy (CSP) and Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) tags, and then showcase different parts of how the application layout file constructs the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to be sent to a requesting browser.Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.   0:00 - Recap the series that started back with Episode 128 ( 0:40 - Product tip - get feedback from friends of friends that fit your target customer2:20 - Walk through the application.html.erb file in a Ruby on Rails app. Talking through Content Security Policy ( and Cross-Site Request Forgery ( 5:12 - Walking through the “View Source” that the application.html.erb file outputs to the browser. 
09:32 1/25/23
Product and Code Series: Creating an Overview Story and a “Hello World” with Ruby on Rails
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk through - as a screencast - the concept of creating an “Overview Story” for your digital product and I also dive into creating a simple “Hello World” with Ruby on Rails. In this “Product and Code” series this year - in each episode - I’ll be introducing a simple product thing and code thing and then pointing people to our curriculum doc ( ) for further reading and study. Join us within BanyanDAO’s Discord server to follow along: Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.   0:05 - Intro, Product and Code Series, going to be touching on both product and code things for each episode. Jump into Discord to join us: Outline of the curriculum doc → 2:22 - Product: Overview Story //  // 6:08 - Code: Walking through a Ruby on Rails “App” folder and doing a quick “Hello World” by creating a controller, a view, and a route. 
13:28 1/18/23
Introduction to Web2/2.5/3 Product and Code :: A curriculum for technical entrepreneurs
In this episode of Ventures, I ( walk through the initial curriculum doc ( ) for the free Product and Code cohort I’m leading this quarter. I talk about how the cohort is setup, what we’ll be covering in terms of building Web2/2.5/3 products, writing code to bring things to life, how to get involved (, and what to expect moving forward.Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.   0:05 - Introduction to the Product and Code cohort for Q1 here. Jump into Discord to join us: 0:50 - Outline of the curriculum doc → 1:15 - Web1/2/3 from a product perspective2:19 - Article series on starting digital startups 3:07 - Product things 4:45 - Code things, starting with the GoRails page6:35 - Office hours, peer learning 
08:51 1/11/23
Low-Code/No-Code vs. ChatGPT-assisted Ruby on Rails development for new startups
In this episode of Ventures, I ( discuss both a Reddit conversation I posted recently about Low-Code/No-Code vs. ChatGPT-assisted code-from-scratch, and an overview of the curriculum we’re planning to walk through in our Product and Code cohort (learn more and apply here: I talk about Rails vs. Bubble, learning with LLMs, and a wide range of web developer topics - from installing necessary software on your computer to caching strategies - that anyone needs to know in order to become a proficient engineer for the modern web. Visit for more information. You can watch this episode via video here.   0:06 - Tee-up for the conversation, teaching product and code (Learn more and apply here → 0:20 - Low-code/no-code vs. build from scratch w/ ChatGPT – // Episode w/ Josh from Bubble → 2:50 -  Product and Code cohort → // Apply: 4:36 - Curriculum overview walk-throughKnow your computer/OS well enough to install and run Ruby/Rails/Postgres/Redis/etc... locally (e.g. w/ Homebrew for MacOS)Shell / command lineIDE (VSC, Rubymine, etc..)Git / Github (PR & code review etiquette and such)Linting / PrettierCI / CDBasic DevOps w/ a cloud provider (like AWS + Relay or Heroku)Monitoring (Sentry/Scout/etc..)RubyCore HTML / CSS / JavaScript things of courseCore Rails things (routing, controllers, models, views, etc...)Testing w/ RspecStimulusViewComponentTurboA go-to CSS framework (I'm suggesting new devs quickly learn enough CSS to jump into Tailwind vs. Bootstrap these days, but ideally both and knowledge of BEM/SMACSS/OSS/ACSS)DockerCachingHow to best look up things w/ Google and ChatGPT (and others?) when you are stuck
10:23 1/4/23