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Kicking off Season Four with a have a look at the long run
Loads has modified since Season three of IBM Blockchain Pulse. We are actually in a time of super uncertainty, transferring right into a future that may look vastly totally different than something we’ve beforehand imagined. And within the midst of a lot change, hope can typically really feel scarce — which is why our host Matt Hooper is thrilled to current at present’s dialog with Harold Hughes, founder and CEO of Bandwagon.
Harold’s journey as a founder is awe-inspiring (and never simply because it led him to the blockchain business)! It’s inspiring as a result of he has constructed a thriving enterprise constructed on actual buyer want, iterating and evolving over the previous six years, becoming a member of an accelerator solely when he thought it may assist him scale — and he’s carried out almost all of this from his hometown in Greenville, South Carolina! Harold has been considerate with every step of his journey and it’s one you received’t wish to miss out on listening to all about.
With our future being formed partly by leaders like Harold, how can one not be hopeful concerning the future?
[:00] An excerpt from at present’s episode.
[:27] About at present’s episode with Harold Hughes.
[2:27] Matt Hooper welcomes listeners to the primary episode of Season 4!
[2:54] Matt welcomes Harold to the present.
[3:14] Harold shares about what his present day-in-the-life seems to be like as a CEO working at house throughout a pandemic.
[4:22] Harold shares his journey into the blockchain ecosystem and the origins of Bandwagon.
[7:31] The analysis Harold carried out previous to launching his enterprise in figuring out his buyer and derisking the thought, the business mannequin, and himself.
[9:15] Harold elaborates on how he started to construct his crew.
[10:53] How Harold and his crew got here collectively to construct the product for his or her envisioned buyer.
[12:37] As a first-time founder, the place did Harold achieve the boldness that he has in trusting in himself and in others that he introduced aboard early on?
[17:27] What’s a fan analytics firm to Harold? And the way did he know that he needed to broaden past a fan analytics firm early on in forming his enterprise?
[19:56] After they first began out, what knowledge was out there close to fan analytics and fan identities? How had been they capable of acquire it?
[22:24] Harold about elevating exterior capital in 2016, a couple of years into operating his enterprise after going fulltime.
[23:33] What was Harold’s introduction to blockchain? What swayed Harold and his crew to combine blockchain into their enterprise mannequin?
[26:07] Have been they all the time making an attempt to resolve the problem of fraudulent ticket gross sales with Bandwagon? Or did they solely change into conscious of it after they moved to blockchain?
[27:10] Final yr, Bandwagon participated in an accelerator in NYC which introduced them additional into the IBM household. What was the aim of that accelerator for a corporation at their stage? Would he advocate the accelerator expertise to others? And the way did it additional cement them as a blockchain ticketing firm/blockchain analytics firm?
[31:11] How many individuals are on the Bandwagon crew presently? What’s it like to guide this crew because the CEO and founder? How is it totally different from the way it existed pre-COVID? And the way does Harold assume it could be totally different post-COVID?
[36:05] What’s the way forward for the stay fan expertise? Harold shares his ideas and predictions.
[38:43] Matt thanks Harold for becoming a member of the podcast!
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“In case you are getting income, traders will observe you.” — Harold Hughes
“After we checked out fan id and fan analytics, these had been issues that had been actually vital to us to assist make a greater expertise.” — Harold Hughes
“I’m an enormous fan of [accelerators]. I feel that the best way to achieve success in accelerators is to be very particular in your ask.” — Harold Hughes
“The one factor that retains me up at night time is making an attempt to be sure that I’m the very best chief that I may be for my crew.” — Harold Hughes
“One factor that Bandwagon has been from the very starting — and I’ve all the time mentioned — we’re a crew, we’re not a household. You’ll be able to’t fireplace your loved ones.” — Harold Hughes
“You’ll be able to enhance transparency and likewise enhance belief — and that’s one thing that we actually wish to usher in. So, we’re taking a look at corporations who wish to have that kind of mentality in order that they will proceed to deliver options to their prospects that emphasize belief.” — Harold Hughes