Ep21: Tom Walpole (StockTwits)-Getting in Tune with Blues Musician and Journeyman Internet Entrepreneur

Tom was a founding member and guitarist for the San Diego based blues band: West Of Memphis. The band won Best Blues Band in San Diego in 2009 at the SDMAs, released 2 award nominated albums, traveled internationally and held tenure as the house band for the House of Blues, San Diego for 5 years.

When not playing the Blues, Tom Walpole is Lead Engineer at StockTwits, which is a social media platform designed for sharing ideas among investors, traders, and entrepreneurs. Previously, he was the CTO at SparkFin, which was acquired by StockTwits in January 2017.

Ep20: Carlos McCray (The DOJO Cafe) – “Sometimes you have to break it down to build it back up!” // community engagement via social enterprise

This week we’re taking a journey away from the glass and steel boxes that house San Diego’s tech founders, investors, and supporters and going deep into a racially diverse and underserved community in City Heights. Our tour guide is social entrepreneur and community beacon, Carlos McCray.

Carlos McCray is Co-Founder & CEO of The DOJO, a more-than-coffee spot where young people and underserved communities can go to express themselves, improve themselves, and buy culturally reflective drinks, food, and fresh DOJO apparel that they can call their own. Even more awesome, they will do this with a 85% solar powered vintage travel trailer completely retrofitted as a Coffee Trailer! Prior to The DOJO, he created The Fresh, a mobile food truck that serves hot meals to homeless while accepting CalFresh. The Fresh continues to run and is making profit, and two more have launched serving the aging population. In order to pursue The DOJO, Carlos currently teaches Social Work at Cuyamaca Community College part-time.

Ep:19 Monique Williamson (DeskHub) – Was: NFL Cheerleader; Now: Staunch Advocate and Connector of Startups in San Diego

Monique Williamson is Executive Director at DeskHub, which is the premier coworking destination for San Diego’s brightest entrepreneurs, VCs, corporations, non-profits, and social enterprises. She is one of San Diego’s most promising young leaders, renowned for her expertise in curating communities that operate at the intersection of technology, culture and social entrepreneurship. Previously, Ms. Williamson held business development and project management positions in the media, gaming, and technology sectors.

Ep18: Nick Venti/Brian Karscig (BLKBOX)–Touring w/The Killers, Louis XIV, Republic of Letters…Now…Music Made Social via App

Brian Karscig was signed to a record deal by Sony Music right out of SDSU and his song ‘Finding Out True Love Is Blind’ from Louis XIV was covered in concert by The Killers with Brian on guitar. Nick Venti’s debut album, “Painted Hour”, by his group The Republic of Letters was described in a review as “pretty much as perfect as a debut album can be”. #MusicUniversalLanguage

Brian and Nick are also cofounders of BLKBOX, an app that connects life’s moments through a combination of music, photo, and video. Imagine the Instagram of music. Music fans have infinite possibilities with music streaming but no social media platform dedicated to music. Brian is a touring musician, record producer and mixer for the last 16 years with bands LOUIS XIV, The Nervous Wreckords, and also The Killers. Nick is a songwriter and singer for Nicky Venus and also the drummer and manager for Republic of Letters.


Ep17: Sabrina Martucci Johnson (DARÉ Bioscience) – Paving the Future of Women’s Healthcare

Women’s Reproductive Health Innovation does not make headlines. WHY NOT? The global market for contraception was over $19 billion in 2015. IT’S COMPLICATED. Sabrina Martucci Johnson, CEO & Founder of DARÉ Bioscience, pulls back the cover and explains why and what her healthcare company is doing about it. Hint: Perhaps it’s because contraception is believed to be a 3rd world problem. Or perhaps there’s not enough women with investment authority at VC funds.

Sabrina Martucci Johnson is a life sciences executive with a record of achievement in capital formation, business development, and commercial leadership. Sabrina’s unique background spans finance, global marketing, product development and bench research. Sabrina is committed to advancing innovations in women’s health. In 2015 she founded DARÉ Bioscience to bring novel technologies that clearly address unmet needs to the clinic so that the latest concepts in women’s health make it to market.

Ep16: Adam Arthur (inBrain LLC) – Startup Burnout…Failure…Litigation…Exit…and Book Deal?

Startup Failure. Founder Burnout. Litigation. These are difficult topics. Adam Arthur was bluntly open and so real with us on this episode of Startup Talk with Millard & Andrew Moss. Our podcast is generally light-hearted, but this episode shines a light on one entrepreneur’s negative startup experience. It isn’t a pity party and Adam is not terminally bitter. On the contrary, Adam currently mentors entrepreneurs, is writing a book on his experiences, and is the s/w development track co-captain for San Diego Startup Week in June.

Adam Arthur is founder of Revive Self Checkout, a new wave of vending machines that provides the solution to the vending location that wants a wider selection of items that just would not vend well out of a traditional vending machine. Not only the founder, Adam also coded and bootstrapped for the company for almost 3 years! Prior to his time at Revive Self Checkout, Adam was the president of Revolution Vending, which he sold in 2014. Adam is currently writing a book, “How Not To Run A Business,” giving entrepreneurs advice on how to avoid the pitfalls of running a startup.

Ep15: Hannah Simon (Incubate Ventures) Side-Hustling Her Way From Nebraska Into the San Diego Startup Ecosystem

How does a young lady from Nebraska break into the Southern California startup scene? SIDE HUSTLES!

Hannah Simon is the Operations Manager at the Tech Coast Angels San Diego. While not only working with the Tech Coast Angels, Hannah also holds positions with Incubate Ventures, The Startup Garage, and Provision San Diego. Hannah is from the Midwest, graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in International and Global Studies.

Ep14: John Baez (The Behemoth) – Frustrated Architect Mortgages His Home to Start Videogame Company. As One Does.

Frustrated Architect Mortgages His Home to Start Videogame Company. As One Does. John Baez cofounded The Behemoth, a successful, profitable, San Diego video game company.

John Baez is the President and Co-Founder of The Behemoth, an award winning independent console development company that has been in business for over 14 years. Previously to co-founding The Behemoth, John worked at various video game studios in San Diego, so he is well versed in the gaming industry.

Ep13: Cheryl K. Goodman (Athena SD) #LetHerSpeak #WomeninSTEM #DudeIJustSaidThat

“Athena San Diego is the coolest group of badass [STEM and business] chicks out there…the founders did not actually say it like that…”

Cheryl K Goodman is Executive Director at Athena San Diego, which is is the premier leadership organization for women executives in the San Diego science, technology, healthcare, defense, energy and clean-tech sectors, and the services firms that serve these industries. As a seasoned, award-winning tech executive with solid operational skills and a keen sense of ROI marketing, Cheryl has a deep understanding of mobile ecosystems, SAAS, marketing (B2B, B2C) media networks, social media, STEM and how to build and motivate teams.

Ep12: Neal Bloom (Tacos and Tech) $1.5B = Cost to Send Astronauts on Space Shuttle. Priceless = Value of Helping Others Discover Their Calling. Dude’s Done Both.

Neal Bloom launched 84 astronauts into space on $150M Rocketdyne engines while working on the Space Shuttle program. He described NASA perks. Not to be outdone, Startup Talk gave Neal an 8oz water for talking with us. Along with his college buddy, he ideated his first startup, Portfolium, Inc., while they both worked on rockets

Today, Neal is SoCal lead for Hired, Inc., a software company that connects the right talent with the right opportunity. He also volunteers as an analyst at Tech Coast Angels – San Diego. As a board member of Startup San Diego, he is helping to scale the most impactful convener and catalyst of startup activity in the region.