CryptoArtNet logo, a colorful letter C with prominent striations.
CryptoArtNet logo, a colorful letter C with prominent striations.

Just wrote a new Medium piece about my newest project, CryptoArtNet, a directory of artists making cryptoart:

Our Story So Far: CryptoArtNet, A Directory of CryptoArtists

Check it out!

Disney is a fascinating company with a rich history of both incredibly successful changes over time as well as some monumental failures. In the early years (1), the Disney brothers worked out of a rented back office but they soon began construction on their own studio in Los Angeles. Fourteen years after they first rented that back office, they debuted “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and, at this point, one might say the rest is history. …

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Transforming The Game is a periodic column by Clyde F. Smith about business transformation. Every week or two I will share an interesting tale of a business that transformed itself, finding new growth and, sometimes, life itself in the process.

Such transformations range from Disney’s creation of Disneyland to Google’s introduction of the Search Ad. Bridges become housing and bookstores become community centers. Open source makes money and cassettes reappear on merch tables. Bootstrappers and hackers build new empires from limited means. Superfunds build super engines for super profits.

Transformation comes in many forms and Transforming The Game will explore them all, one at a time!

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“Binoculars in the classroom!” (Photo courtesy Laura Gilchrist)

When Nico Perez first discussed “Where Mixcloud’s Founders Turn When They Have Startup Questions”, the Mixcloud co-founder also shared some tips for non-technical founders on building a team and finding a technical co-founder.

It’s the kind of advice he might share in his advisory role at the Founder Institute or at General Assembly. In fact, he’s currently helping a somewhat surprising advisee:

“The company I’m an advisor to is now live: they’re called Keap, their mission is to make better candles for the youth market, with a focus on ethical and social values. …

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Nico Perez of Mixcloud

I recently spoke with Nico Perez about how Mixcloud shares CEO duties among three co-founding board members and where they turn when they need help. It’s the second in a series of interviews in which startup CEOs or those in related roles discuss how they learned to do what they do with an emphasis on their information sources.

The series began with an interview with Shehzad Daredia, CEO of which has since been acquired by Lifelock.


Mixcloud is a streaming music company that features radio shows and dj mixes. I first wrote about them at Hypebot when I discovered that EDM artists had embraced Mixcloud in the same way as they and other musicians had embraced SoundCloud, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, as a basic tool in an active artist’s toolkit. …

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“A Dilemma” (Photo courtesy Julia Manzerova)

One might expect a Thiel Fellowship mentor to answer a prospective entrepreneur’s question, “College or startup?”, with an automatic reply of “Startup!” But CEO Shehzad Daredia holds that leaving college for startup life is not always the best choice as he explained in a recent interview.

Daredia’s own path to entrepreneurship took what may seem a long, meandering route in today’s heated startup environment. He describes it as an “incremental path to entrepreneurship” that began at the University of Pennsylvania and continued at multiple jobs, including one at a venture capital firm and two at startups. After developing a solid base of skills and relationships, he then co-founded …

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Shehzad Daredia at Le Web (Photo courtesy Kmeron)

Shehzad Daredia is CEO of, a music tech startup with a music player that allows one to share music while giving the listener the ability to listen on the music streaming service of their choice. Daredia and cofounder Stefan Gomez (CTO) successfully built on a journey that has taken them through Y Combinator and on to receive $2 million in funding and media partnerships with such companies as Billboard and Twitter.

I recently spoke with Daredia about his learning process from student days at the University of Pennsylvania, where he began his education in entrepreneurship in earnest, to the present, where he has experienced investors to whom he can turn for advice. It’s the first of a series of interviews I’m conducting focused on how startup CEOs learn to do what they do in an often chaotic environment absent the long grooming period of established corporate CEOs. …


Clyde F. Smith

Clyde F. Smith, founder of, can be found @fluxresearch or at

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