How Button is Connecting the World of Payments

Mike Dudas is Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Founder of Button which just raised $12M in Jan 2015. Previously he was Head of Mobile BD at Venmo/Braintree which was acquired by PayPal for $800 million in 2013. Before that he ran business development at Google Wallet. We talked with Mike about his path into payments, specifically what it was like at Google Wallet, Venmo, PayPal and now how he and his team are poised to change the world of mobile commerce as we know it.

The On-Demand Marketplace Economy

This week we (of course) had to chat about Apple's record breaking Q1 earnings report, which was the biggest Q1 income of any company, ever. Mike chats about his trip to Australia and New Zealand undergoing top secret research, aka visiting his brother. The big topic this week was really online marketplaces. We addressed Stripes partnership with Intuit to provide tools for on-demand workers, how the battle of 1099 independent contractors vs. W-2 employees is going and some important aspects about growing a marketplace company.

Apple Watch, 2015 Fundraising, and Immigration Reform

This week Brian discussed news of the Apple Watch, the current state of cryto mining and some secrets for making money on mining in the future. Mike discussed what investments VC's are looking for in 2015 and collectively we all gave our opinions toward the end of the show on the effect of immigration to the U.S. particularly with technologists.

Sony Hack, BTC Regulation, and More…

This week we discussed the implications of the biggest cyber attack in history on Sony and what the future might hold. Faisal enlightens us about the recent Bitcoin regulations, both positive and negative, and how they affect Bitcoin related startups as well as the financial industry as a whole. Lastly we touch on Facebook payments a bit of the magic of Apply Pay.

Total Recap of 2014 Part 2

This week we recapped every episode of the past year and updated you on the current status of each topic. We often make predictions and in this episode we took a step back and recapped how we did, surprisingly it wasn't too bad!

Total Recap of 2014 Part 1

This week we recapped every episode of the past year and updated you on the current status of each topic. We often make predictions and in this episode we took a step back and recapped how we did, surprisingly it wasn't too bad!

The Snapcash Game Changer and how M-Pesa is Crushing it in Africa.

Take away thoughts from Mobile Money & Digital - Faisal 8th Mobile Money and Digital Conference Over 300 attendees Behavioral changes more important than ever M-Pesa Stats Acceptance, closed loop, equally share client base 65,000 merchants - M-Pesa in Kenya 18 M, 80% adults in kenya use 6000 transactions / day 16,000 bank agents accept M-Pesa Snapcash: Snapcash Could Bring Real Identity And Ad Targeting Data To Snapchat American red cross launches bitcoin: American Red Cross To Accept Bitcoin Donations Through BitPay

How to Discover Your Life’s Work

This week Brian and Mike dig into some deep topics this week, particularly how to find your path in life and other general topics. - How Brian relaunched onTwitter - Why Social profile is mandatory - HomeHero retreat brings people together, it’s all about people - How Flowtab and ZingCheckout became an obsession - How to connect life with expertise - Why having 2 roller coasters going is important - Generation gap between WW2, dreams - Sharel Sandberg married David Goldberg, the current CEO of SurveyMonkey - Decisions are not better or worse, they’re just different (Ted) - Steve Jobs cancer / Tim Cook going publicly gay