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118. The Youngest Dragon’s Den Investor on Future of Ecommerce and Entrepreneurship | Michele Romanow

Michele Romanow

Michele Romanow (@micheleromanow) is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, the youngest Dragon on Canada’s famed Dragon’s Den and one of the most badass women in tech. Before that, she co-founded SnapSaves (acquired by Groupon in 11 months), Buytopia.ca and Clearbanc (a transformational funding company to help startups avoid giving up equity). Michele is ranked on WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada” and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes magazine’s “Millennial on a Mission” list. Michele is a prolific angel investor and the winner of Angel Investor of the Year award. She co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative with Richard Branson to encourage entrepreneurship and is a director of Shad International, a transformational program that develops the entrepreneurial potential of exceptional Canadian youth.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • What it was like as world’s youngest Dragon’s Den investor
  • The future of ecommerce and entrepreneurship
  • Why venture capital is so messed up and how to fix it
  • How to get more women in tech and more female-led businesses
  • The reason today’s startup landscape is unsustainable
  • How to redesign education for the future
  • Why all monopolies eventually fall
  • What Michele thinks about the reason crop of tech IPOs and economic future
  • How to rethink ride sharing and what it may mean
  • What’s off with universal basic income
  • Why San Francisco isn’t necessarily the best place to build a startup
  • What Facebook and Google’s advertising economy has done to all of us
  • The risks of social media and cell phones
  • Why Michele is worried about the risk of AI

 

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