In our discussion, we cover an introduction bitcoin, ethereum and stablecoins, and discuss strategies for fundraising, building a team, recovering from failure, how the Biden Administration's stance on bitcoin regulation, the S.E.C, Winklevoss twins, Tesla, water, inflation, and much more.
Kyle Hill is a serial entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio, who studied Economics at Pomona College. He won the Lorne B Cooke Memorial Award in Economics in 2009 for his research on wind energy potential in South Africa. He worked as an analyst and financial advisor at Robert W. Baird & Co for five years, completing both his Series 7 and Series 66 exams, and finally left world of finance in 2010 to start his first company. Hill first founded Flowtab, which raised $150,000 and shut down after two years.
In 2011, Hill and cofounder Mike Townsend founded HomeHero, a tech-enabled home care marketplace, which raised $23 million in 2016 and became one of the largest home care agencies in California — with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego areas. The Santa Monica-based home care company faced regulatory pressure from the Department of Labor over the 10-99 classification of the caregivers, and was eventually shut down. The technology behind HomeHero was sold in 2018 to William Yarmouth, the CEO of public home care agency Almost Family, for an undisclosed amount. In 2016, in addition to the $23 million fundraise, Hill was named to Forbes 30 Under 30, Los Angeles Business Journal 20 in their 20s, and he was asked to give a Ted Talk on the future of healthcare innovation in the home. Hill founded Redeeem a few days after the acquisition, and he continues to be focused on bitcoin today.
Fans of the Bachelor franchise by ABC might remember MOVES host Marquel Martin from Andi Dorfman's season 10 of The Bachelorette and season 1 of Bachelor in Paradise. He wooed bachelorette Andi Dorfman on night one by presenting her with a plate of cookies, and survived for four weeks on the show before being eliminated.
Marquel met the true love of his life, Kari Kaisner, in 2014, who has been by his side through thick and thin. In 2016, Martin learned he had a genetic heart disease that threatened his life. "One minute I thought I was this hot young bachelor, and then the next I had suffered all these setbacks and lost all my confidence," he said to People Magazine, "but she pulled me out of my depression. She showed me love, she prayed with me, and lifted my spirits any way she could," he said.
A few years later, in 2019, tragedy struck again for Marquel and his family. His father, who battles diabetes, had a stroke and ended up having his leg amputated in an emergency surgery. It was a wakeup call for Marquel, but as always, Kari was there. "It was such a hard time for all of us. But watching Kari console my mom throughout all of that, that’s when I knew she had to become my wife,” Marquel explained, “While my mom broke down in the ER, Kari assured her that everything would be okay. She is literally an angel, the biggest blessing in my life. I don’t know what I’d do without her.”
“No matter who you are or where you’re from, 2020 has been tough on everyone. But it’s also taught us the importance of health, family, and having love in your life,” Marquel said, “Kari embodies all those things for me, which is why I knew I needed to lock it down before the year ended.”
Co-host Miles Loupé is a Senior Account Executive at Siemens and currently lives in Long Beach, California. He has a passion for clean renewable energy.
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