Episode 6

Stefano Bernardi - Taking the leap to Silicon Valley & How crypto governs organizations of the future


July 26th, 2019

35 mins 22 secs

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About this Episode

Stefano Bernardi (@stefanobernardi) is an active italian angel investor on AngelList and at “Mission and Market”, a silicon valley startup founder of a Y Combinator alumni (Kickpay), and employee nr. 1 of Betable (backed by Greylock, Founders Fund). More recently he is also a part of Atomico's angel programme, where he focuses exclusively on investing in "planet+" companies, with teams that are trying to save the planet from the imminent climate crisis.

Furthermore, he is strongly involved in the crypto community as the executive director of AragonProject, as well as an author for the popular token economy newsletter.

Stefano Bernardi was born in 1986, and after spending a few years in San Francisco, now resides with his wife and son in a small town in the italian alps.

Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Website, where I post new episodes, share cool stuff & interesting articles I found, and blog occasionally!

Show notes:
02:52 -- Who is Stefano
03:55 -- Moving from Italy to San Francisco and entering the silicon valley startup ecosystem
07:16 -- Advice on how to get a job in a silicon valley startup
09:16 -- How Stefano met the Collison brothers - founders of $22.5bn fintech startup Stripe
11:10 -- What it’s like to work in a tech startup in San Francisco
13:50 -- Stefano’s move to start his own company
14:55 -- Tips for fundraising from VCs and angels & entering Y Combinator
17:00 -- Advice for applying to Y Combinator’s accelerator program
20:03 -- Why Stefano left San Francisco and returned to Europe
21:28 -- Aragon - description of the project and how it can help other startups
26:46 -- Favorite knowledge resources of Stefano
29:55 -- Most worthwhile investments
30:40 -- Advice to younger self
31:35 -- Unusual hobbies
32:45 -- What does courage mean to Stefano

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