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Kicking off Season Four with a take a look at the long run
Rather a lot has modified since Season three of IBM Blockchain Pulse. We at the moment are in a time of great uncertainty, shifting right into a future that may look vastly completely 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 right now’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 trade)! 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 might assist him scale — and he’s carried out practically 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 gained’t need to miss out on listening to all about.
With our future being formed partially by leaders like Harold, how can one not be hopeful concerning the future?
[:00] An excerpt from right now’s episode.
[:27] About right now’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 appears to be like like as a CEO working at dwelling throughout a pandemic.
[4:22] Harold shares his journey into the blockchain ecosystem and the origins of Bandwagon.
[7:31] The analysis Harold performed 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 staff.
[10:53] How Harold and his staff 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 arrogance 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 develop past a fan analytics firm early on in forming his enterprise?
[19:56] Once they first began out, what information was out there with reference to fan analytics and fan identities? How had been they capable of accumulate it?
[22:24] Harold about elevating exterior capital in 2016, a couple of years into working his enterprise after going fulltime.
[23:33] What was Harold’s introduction to blockchain? What swayed Harold and his staff to combine blockchain into their enterprise mannequin?
[26:07] Have been they all the time making an attempt to unravel the difficulty of fraudulent ticket gross sales with Bandwagon? Or did they solely change into conscious of it once 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 an organization 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 staff presently? What’s it like to steer this staff because the CEO and founder? How is it completely different from the way it existed pre-COVID? And the way does Harold suppose it might be completely 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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“If you’re getting income, buyers will comply with you.” — Harold Hughes
“After we checked out fan identification 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 believe 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 might be for my staff.” — Harold Hughes
“One factor that Bandwagon has been from the very starting — and I’ve all the time stated — we’re a staff, we’re not a household. You’ll be able to’t hearth your loved ones.” — Harold Hughes
“You’ll be able to enhance transparency and in addition enhance belief — and that’s one thing that we actually need to usher in. So, we’re taking a look at firms who need to have that sort of mentality in order that they will proceed to carry options to their clients that emphasize belief.” — Harold Hughes