It Pays to be Curious
The Founder Roundup Ep. 25
It Pays to be Curious
By embracing our curiosity, we open ourselves up to new possibilities, opportunities for growth, and a more fulfilling life.
The fact is, our lives can be limited by the imaginations of others, but only if we allow it to be. We have the power to shape our own lives, and that power comes from our ability to dream and question, to think and reconsider. It's time to take action and make the most of the opportunities that exist within our reach.
The first step is to start asking questions, to challenge assumptions, and to seek out new perspectives. This means being proactive in our learning and development, taking the time to read, watch, listen, and engage with others who can broaden our horizons. It means being willing to step outside of our comfort zone and embrace new experiences.
In short, it pays to be curious, and it's time to start making the most of that curiosity. Don't let other people's imaginations limit you. Take control of your life, embrace your curiosity, and see where it takes you.
Entrepreneurship isn’t just about running quickly. It’s about knowing where your next steps could take you, and being open to the possibility but not attached to the outcome.
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The Backseat Startup Podcast
On the latest episode of the Backseat Startup Podcast, we had Guillermo Fernandes, Founder of Blockpliance, on the show.
A Reddit user was nervous they committed a “founder faux pas” by asking a fellow founder for introductions to investors. Guillermo and I gave our thoughts on the topic– as well as the best etiquette when following up on emails that go unanswered.
The Founder Roundup
Gabby Lubin, Founder of Spark this Day
If your employees are suffering from burnout, would you know it? Spark this Day is helping build workplaces where burnout is the exception, not the norm.
Spark this Day was founded on the first day of the pandemic. As a fitness instructor, Gabby was exploring for herself what true wellness looked like.
What started as a mindful HIIT class transformed into a recipe for the corporate setting: A platform that provides employees the tools they need to combat burnout, and HR departments with the data to understand their workforce.
Employees will get a ping to their phone or email with a Buzzfeed-type quiz which asks them to reflect on what their expectations and tasks are for the next month.
This quiz is fun and relatable- Are you a Tigger, Eeyore, or Pooh Bear?
Your employees are burnt out 🥵 Here’s what to do about it 👆 #startupidea #startuptiktok #foundertok
The questions dive deeper and assist the platform in assigning pathways and resources to help employees manage their well-being. All personalized to the individual's needs.
On the HR side, it provides anonymous employee data to increase staff well-being. This data can help companies identify mental health shortcomings across departments, geographic locations, and other segmentations.
Let Spark this Day help you build a workplace where burnout is the exception, not the norm. Head over to their website to learn more.
Guillermo Fernandes, Founder of Blockpliance
Crypto has cost banks billions in fines. Blockpliance helps banks manage their exposure.
The opacity and pseudonymity of crypto makes it difficult for banks to comply with anti-money laundering and know-your-customer laws. Even though banks don't accept crypto deposits, they are often the originators or recipients of crypto-derived transactions.
This has led some banks to close all accounts that engage with known virtual asset service providers. But, this is not a viable long-term business decision.
Using AI/ML algorithms, Blockpliance allows institutions to identify the sources and degree of risk exposure resulting from blockchain transactions. All without complex investigations or time investment.
Crypto has cost banks BILLIONS in regulatory fines. Blockpliance is changing that. 🚀 #startupidea #startuptiktok #foundertok
A tenured banker with a decade of experience in crypto, Guillermo’s career has focused on helping Latin American clients preserve their wealth and invest in the U.S. Now, he's leveraging his experience at scale.
Within the past year, Blockpliance has:
Launched in beta
Processed over 2 billion crypto flows
Screened 730 million bitcoin addresses
Was awarded "Emerging Blockchain Analytics & Compliance Innovators of the Year" 🤯
Guillermo is joined by a team of top-notch developers and crypto researchers led by machine learning professor, Don Patterson, serving as the company’s CTO.
Blockpliance brings simple and easy to understand analytics to institutions to de-risk transactions and promote compliance. Head over to their website to learn more.
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