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December 3, 2018

The VentureFizz Podcast: Steve Kokinos - CEO of Algorand

For the 59th episode of our podcast, I interviewed Steve Kokinos, CEO of Algorand.

Steve is the definition of a serial entrepreneur, and one who has seen tremendous success.

His company-building roots go back to when he was in college where he launched a company called WebYes, which was acquired. He was then a Co-Founder of BladeLogic, a company that went public and was later acquired by BMC for $800M.

The next company he co-founded was Fuze, one of the anchor tech companies in the Boston tech scene that disrupted the way companies communicate by removing those clunky old PBX systems to a cloud-based offering for enterprises.

Algorand is another highly disruptive company, as they have built a first-of-its-kind blockchain and cryptocurrency that is built specifically for business. The company recently announced a $62M round of funding, along with the appointment of Steve as their CEO, plus the addition of Sean Ford as its COO. You might recognize Sean’s name, as he is the former CMO of LogMeIn and was a guest on our podcast back in March.

In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

  • How he built his first company and got traction with major customers while still in college.
  • The story behind BladeLogic, and what it was like scaling to the point of going public.
  • The aha moment behind Fuze, and why challenging market conditions ended up working to their advantage.
  • All the details behind Algorand and what excites him about the company’s technology and how they are bringing cryptocurrency and the blockchain to the enterprise.
  • Advice for entrepreneurs on figuring out sales and pricing.
  • How to manage your company’s culture and keeping the bar for talent high through hypergrowth mode.
  • Plus, a lot more.

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Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.