The #MakerZone | Fintech & Corporate Innovation Podcast
Could Blockchain Help Solve the Gun Crisis? ⎜#MakerZone EP.54

Could Blockchain Help Solve the Gun Crisis? ⎜#MakerZone EP.54

January 4, 2020

No matter where you stand on gun safety, gun control, gun violence or guns in general, this article presents some fresh thinking material, by addressing an intractable societal problem through the neutral lens of technology. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with David Noble, Director of UConn Werth Institute for Innovation and Co-Founder at GunClear. This team founded out of UConn’s innovation space envisions a world in which we actually have privacy in the internet. To them, GunClear is even bigger than gun safety. It is about personal privacy and freedom. 

My name is David Bruno, I build things as entrepreneur and startup coach.

Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno

Music by Melvins - "Youth of America" .

To learn more, see:

- The Trace "ATF Non-searchable databases"

- ABC news "Here's Why the Government Can't Study of Gun Violence"

- GQ "Inside the Bureau of Way Too Many Guns"

Video version of this episode available at https://youtu.be/8hFdHXRP6ec

Should you quit your job to start a business? ⎜#MakerZone EP.53

Should you quit your job to start a business? ⎜#MakerZone EP.53

November 26, 2019

Summary: People in their 40s and 50s inside corporations have built up tremendous domain expertise and in combination with new technologies and business models they are well-positioned to still do some pretty incredible things. This article will help manage your Professional Pivot like a boss.
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Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno
LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno

Startup Funding Options: How to Find first Angel Investors and Venture Capital ⎜#MakerZone EP.52

Startup Funding Options: How to Find first Angel Investors and Venture Capital ⎜#MakerZone EP.52

December 13, 2018

What is the path to raising funding for your startup? How can you find suitable angel investors? How does the founder and angel team transition into venture capital investment? Business transformation expert and startup coach Matt Lanfear, PhD takes us through the process, from your first founding capital (family & friends) to angel investors (local networks and stages) to your first venture capital round.
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This is the MakerZone podcast with more than 50 episodes to-date, a colourful look at what's happening in FinTech and how we are building a new world of finance. Subscribe to get new monthly episodes in 2019 - I feature real makers, founders and wisdom in 10-minute digestible lessons.
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Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno
LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno
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Music: “Back to da Awe” by Luc and Doc via Freemusicarchive

How to start a Startup from inside a Corporation: Staying Positive! | #MakerZone EP.51

How to start a Startup from inside a Corporation: Staying Positive! | #MakerZone EP.51

November 28, 2018

How to start a Startup from inside a Corporation: Staying Positive! | #MakerZone EP.51

In 2016 senior insurance executive Kai Kunze was told he was part of the past and would have to seek another job. By 2018 he was being called startup hero and CEO of the future company. What happened in only two years that could make such a personal turnaround possible? Kai's story is one of positivity, of staying ahead of change, and ultimately of forming a talented team and listening very carefully to customers to create an entirely new market for one of the world's oldest products. Here are Kai's key lessons learned in building Lings, the fastest-growing insurance company in Switzerland.

Here's the truth: Corporations can be a fantastic source of innovation and startups. It's the job of senior management to strip away layers of complexity, blockers, politics and to create a safe environment culturally to unlock that potential. Your talented people will shine through and do the rest for you!

Here’s what Banks and FinTechs need to know about working together in the Cloud⎜#MakerZone EP.50

Here’s what Banks and FinTechs need to know about working together in the Cloud⎜#MakerZone EP.50

November 21, 2018

Today I am joined by Marcel Holdener, Head IT Innovation & Digital and Henrik Czurda, Head Bank driven Innovation, both at SIX Group. Their views crystallise the key things FinTech founders need to know about working with banks and choosing which cloud services to use for what parts of their business.
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If you like what you heard - please Subscribe to MakerZone! I am a venture builder advising Fintech startups on working with banks, and with banks who are accelerating their pace of change by leveraging new business models.

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You are most welcome to connect with me on LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno
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Music: Chris Zabriskie “There’s Probably No Time” via FreeMusicArchive

EP.49 How Programmers can use APIs to create New Web Services in Banking and Finance ⎜#MakerZone

EP.49 How Programmers can use APIs to create New Web Services in Banking and Finance ⎜#MakerZone

November 15, 2018

How are APIs, Open Interfaces and Personal Data Regulation Changing the Future of Banking and Financial Services? An interview with Dejan Juric, ETH Computer Scientist and Head Connectivity at SIX Banking Services - Europe's largest financial services infrastructure provider.
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My name is David Bruno and I am an entrepreneur, startup coach and investor.
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Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno
LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno

Startup Couples: Should you Start a Business together? Important Relationship Advice for Founders⎜#MakerZone EP.48

Startup Couples: Should you Start a Business together? Important Relationship Advice for Founders⎜#MakerZone EP.48

November 7, 2018

EP.48 Should you Startup a Business as a Couple?⎜#MakerZone

They met in France
They moved to Poland
They started a business
They got engaged
They traveled the world 
They lived for months in a van
All while running a business
…What Happened Next?

I don’t know exactly when "Couples Who Do Startups" got to be a thing but it seems to be pretty commonplace. Today’s episode explores the phenomenon - Are Startups a warmup to kids? What titles should you give each other? How (or should you even) separate business and personal life?  This and more with a young couple who lived through the highs and lows and survived it: Together.

EP.47 Pitching vs. Presenting (for Startup Founders)⎜#MakerZone

EP.47 Pitching vs. Presenting (for Startup Founders)⎜#MakerZone

May 16, 2018

To All Startup Founders! At some point you will be on a stage and have to make a "pitch". This is not a "presentation" as you learned in school or see on TEDx talks, its a sales opportunity. You need to understand who is sitting there, what their organization and personal goals are - and directly make a pitch to them to do something specific that you've thought through / researched beforehand. Here's how to win that next sales meeting - in only 6 minutes.
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My name is David Bruno. I create jobs by building new companies. I currently work at SIX (Swiss Stock Exchange) as Head Company Builder and as a hands-on Coach at F10, a startup Accelerator in Zurich. I also work with nViso, an AI startup based in Switzerland with offices in US, Australia and Japan. I formerly was Head Innovation at the world's largest wealth manager.
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Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno
LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno
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Music by Jahzzar - "Please Listen Carefully" via https://freemusicarchive

EP.46 Why and how to create your own online community⎜#MakerZone

EP.46 Why and how to create your own online community⎜#MakerZone

March 15, 2018

What does "Creating an Audience" mean?: its the platform from which you can launch new products, companies, and change people's lives (including your own). This 9-minutes give you the basics and catalyst to get started - putting your thought leadership online in 2018!
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My name is David Bruno and I am an entrepreneur, startup coach and investor.
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Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno
LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno
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Music by Jahzzar - "Wall" via https://freemusicarchive

EP.45 Switzerland’s Missing Challenger Bank⎜#MakerZone

EP.45 Switzerland’s Missing Challenger Bank⎜#MakerZone

February 20, 2018

What's Inside: Today I explain why we don't have a Challenger Bank in Switzerland (history/culture), why its unlikely we will get a home-grown one (blockers/complacency), whether an outsider should come here (size/scale), and who it would most likely be (N26). There is a podcast / youtube episode as well as the feature-length blog in LinkedIn under my profile David Bruno. Hope you enjoy!
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Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno
LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno
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Music by Ryan Little - "Heartless" via https://freemusicarchive