Our Future

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

29 episodes of Our Future since the first episode, which aired on April 30th, 2020.

  • Episode 29: DocuSign Domination βœοΈπŸ“ˆ

    July 14th, 2020  |  17 mins 52 secs

    In Episode 29, listeners hear from Dan Springer, CEO of DocuSign, the e-signature pioneer that has become one of the most successful companies in the post-pandemic economy. He talks about his vision for DocuSign's future with new β€œagreement cloud” services, the way DocuSign verifies signor identity and looks to contend with its growth, and his advice to future business leaders.

  • Episode 28: Gaming Financial Literacy πŸ•ΉπŸ’°

    July 10th, 2020  |  12 mins 33 secs

    In Episode 27, listeners hear from Angel Rich, Founder & CEO of Wealthy Life, a Financial Education Technology Company that designs games to increase financial literacy. Angel made waves around the world when she invented CreditStacker, a game resembling Candy Crush that allows users to learn about credit types and improve their credit scores. It was coined the best financial literacy product in the country by The White House, Department of Education, and JP Morgan Chase, and Google named it one of the Top 10 Apps in the world of 2017.

  • Episode 27: Storytelling in Hollywood πŸΏπŸ“–

    July 8th, 2020  |  15 mins 19 secs

    In Episode 27, listeners hear from Scott Alexander, an acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter who has penned works like "The People vs. Larry Flynt", "Ed Wood", "Man on the Moon", "Dolemite is my Name", and his first TV series, "American Crime Story - The People vs. OJ Simpson" won four Primetime Emmys after airing on FX in 2016. He discusses getting hired by 21st Century Fox as a professional screenwriter at age 22, his upcoming movie with Netflix about Nike founder Phil Knight based on his memoir "Shoe Dog", and his advice to young people who want to notch a career in entertainment.

  • Episode 26: Heading HBR βœ’οΈ πŸ“ˆ

    July 6th, 2020  |  16 mins 18 secs

    In Episode 26, listeners hear from Adi Ignatius, Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Business Review, about his time as a WSJ Bureau Chief overseas, how he rebranded HBR, and his advice to young people interested in media and journalism.

  • Episode 25: Engineering Instagram πŸ› πŸ“±

    July 3rd, 2020  |  15 mins 24 secs
    careers, engineering, facebook, google, innovation, instagram, internships, jobs, social media, technology

    In Episode 25, listeners hear from Samir Patel, Director of Engineering at Instagram, about his experience launching the Google Play Store, the complex challenges in building user trust on social media platforms, and his advice to students who to work in Big Tech. Join Our Future on Instagram @ourfuturerpodcast and Twitter @ourfuturepod.

  • Episode 24: Pepsi to Plant-Based Proteins πŸ₯€πŸŒ±

    July 1st, 2020  |  15 mins 28 secs

    In Episode 24, listeners hear from Brian Swette, President of Sweet Earth Natural Foods, former CMO of PepsiCo from 1990-1997 and COO of Ebay from 1997-2002, and former board director of iconic companies like Burger King, Jamba Juice, Shutterfly, and Care.com. He discusses accidentally creating the Starbucks Frappuccino, how he missed a flight to be the first COO of Ebay, and why a culture that embraces failure is key.

  • Episode 23: Social Network for Sports Cars πŸš˜πŸ“²

    June 29th, 2020  |  16 mins 27 secs
    business, car, disruption, drakogte, drakomotors, ed bolian, electric, electric vehicle, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, ev, lamborghini, startup, startups, supercar, technology, vinwiki

    In Episode 23, listeners hear from Ed Bolian, Founder and CEO of VINwiki Inc., former Cannonball Run record holder, and ex-Sales Director of Lamborghini Atlanta. He discusses why he started an exotic rental car company in college, how his VINwiki youtube channel went viral overnight, and his advice to young people who aspire to be shrewd negotiators.

  • Episode 22: Simplifying Healthcare πŸ₯ πŸ”Ž

    June 26th, 2020  |  14 mins 19 secs
    changing, consumer, disruption, healthcare, innovation, medical, ribbon, simplifying, technology

    In Episode 22, listeners hear from Stephanie St. Thomas, Head of Marketing for Ribbon Health, a VC-backed startup looking to simplify healthcare. She discusses the companies pivot from a B2C to B2B model, the keys to marketing healthcare products, and her advice to students excited about the business of healthcare.

  • Episode 21: Future of Fantasy Sports πŸ“±πŸ†

    June 24th, 2020  |  10 mins 58 secs
    athletes, athletics, business, digital, draft, entrepreneurship, fans, fantasy, football, nfl, players, sports, technology

    In Episode 21, listeners hear from Sandy Plashkes, Co-Founder at Owners Box, a sports tech startup determined to disrupt the multi-billion dollar fantasy sports industry through a key advantage: social engagement. Sandy discusses how Owners Box's game plan for taking on giants like Draft Kings, the need for a comprehensive fantasy sports experience, and how he loves the sports tech space.

  • Episode 20: Driverless Cars πŸš™πŸ€—

    June 22nd, 2020  |  14 mins 18 secs

    In Episode 20, listeners hear from Kristy Rasbach, Chief Engineer of Autonomous Vehicles at GM, about her focus on integrating AV technology with vehicle hardware, the competitive and cultural advantages of the Cruise acquisition, the future business models of self-driving cars, and her advice to college students who want to build the self-driving future.

  • Episode 19: Business of Music πŸŽ§πŸ“Š

    June 17th, 2020  |  13 mins 56 secs
    apple music, artists, business, disruption, dj, independent, label, music, spotify, streaming

    In Episode 19, listeners hear from David Dann, Founder & CEO at Mind of a Genius Records, an independent label home to artists like ZHU, THEY., Gallant, and Klangstof. Dann discusses the importance of creative freedom, how artists get paid through streaming, working with mega-labels, and his advice to students interested in music business.

  • Episode 18: Talent Agents for CEOs πŸ‘”πŸ€©

    June 15th, 2020  |  15 mins 12 secs
    advertising, change, disruption, headhunting, innovation, marketing, raines, revolution, talent

    In Episode 18, listeners hear from Matt Seiler, a three-time CEO of multi-billion dollar ad agencies, who’s now looking to reinvent the executive search industry as Managing Director and Executive-in-Residence of Raines International. Seiler is masterminding the Raines Talent Marketplace, a digital exchange where SVPs and C-Suite executives tease out their personal brand to companies seeking their next change-maker. We discuss the evolution of advertising agencies, the flawed status quo in executive search, and how he loves helping people wield the power of their personal brand.

  • Episode 17: Diversity in Cosmetics πŸ™‹πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ’„

    June 11th, 2020  |  13 mins 41 secs
    beauty, blm, business, cosmetics, diversity, entrepreneur, innovation

    In Episode 17, listeners hear from Eunice Cofie-Obeng, CEO and Chief Chemist of Nuekie, a DTC beauty company with skincare products designed for dark skin tones. She discusses why she launched her game-changing beauty brand, the strengths of the DTC business model, and how she believes empowering entrepreneurs of color can change the world.

  • Episode 16: Buzzing Alcohol Startups πŸ“²πŸΈ

    June 9th, 2020  |  15 mins 2 secs
    alcohol, disruption, drinks, dtc, happy hour, innovation, investment, technology, venture capital

    In Episode 16, listeners hear from Carlton Fowler, Managing Partner of Goat Rodeo Capital, a venture firm focused on making investments in the alcoholic beverage space. He notes the emergent success of DTC alcohol brands, the surge in acquisitions by big suppliers, and his advice to students who want to start their own fund one day.

  • Episode 15: Companies & Social Missions πŸ‘ŠπŸΎβš–οΈ

    June 8th, 2020  |  14 mins 27 secs
    airbnb, business, change, disruption, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, fake i.d.s, future, government, law firm, laws, lawyer, policy, technology

    In Episode 15, hear from Rob Chesnut, Advisor and former General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer at Airbnb, about his company’s 500k donation to Black Lives Matter + NAACP, the importance of companies aligning with social missions, and his advice to students about how to affect change in the new war on racism and inequality.

  • Episode 14: The NBA Returns πŸ€πŸ”™

    June 5th, 2020  |  14 mins 9 secs

    In Episode 14, listeners hear from Eric Hutcherson, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at the NBA, about when the NBA will resume play, the growing role of technology in fan experience, and his advice to students who want to work in the business of sports.