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Launch Pad: January 16, 2019

Hosts Rob Coneybeer and Karl Ulrich are joined by Robert Jakobi (Founder and CEO, BOU), Charles Chang (Co-Founder & Advisor, Lubn Inc.), Evan Rosenbaum (Co-Founder/ CPO, Genies Inc), and Andy Fang (Co-founder & CTO, DoorDash) on the Wednesday, January 16, 2019 edition of Launch Pad.

Air Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Evan Rosenbaum

Air Time: 7:00 pm
Featuring: Evan Rosenbaum

Andy Fang

Air Time: 8:00 pm
Featuring: Andy Fang

Robert Jakobi

Air Time: 8:30 pm
Featuring: Robert Jakobi

Charles Chang

Air Time: 7:30 pm
Featuring: Charles Chang

Featured Guests

Robert Jakobi

Founder and CEO, BOU

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Robert is a food entrepreneur. He is the Founder and CEO of BOU and the former CEO and Co-Owner ofMetcalfe’s skinny and Metcalfe’s Food Company.
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Charles Chang

Co-Founder & Advisor, Lubn Inc.

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Charles Chang is a seasoned business and marketing executive with over 20 years of various strategic marketing experiences working in organizations from a diverse set of industries, and of all sizes, from large global enterprises like Microsoft & Diageo to startups like Lubn Inc. Charles has successfully led both global and country-specific Category Management, Product Strategy & Planning, Product Marketing, and Channel Development teams in various Retail and B2B/Commercial channels to deliver unique/transformative experiences that deliver tangible business results. Charles has a proven track record to unite and leading cross-functional teams, build effective internal and external partnerships to create strategies that maximize business results while delivering unique value propositions. Charles has won numerous leadership awards across companies in the Consumer Electronics, Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Beverage Alcohol industries.
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Evan Rosenbaum

Co-Founder/ CPO, Genies Inc

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Evan Rosenbaum fully expect his tech startup – Genies, Inc. – to drive Bitmoji to obselence in the not-too-distant future. In Dec. 2017, they launched a beta version of Genies, a novel mobile app for Millennials and Gen Zers to create personalized avatars of themselves. Unlike Bitmoji, where most users look the same, Genies creates differentiated emoji identities — unique in both physical appearance and personality. Such online uniqueness is possible because Genies provides more than 1,000 tools for users to create their avatar identities, express how they’re feeling in real time, and in an industry first, talk to one another through their avatars. With Genies beta, users reacted to news developments and holidays, sharing their emotions and personalities via their avatars on Instagram, iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and other social media. In just four months, through the end of the test phase in April 2018, more than 1 million avatars were created. In that period, users spent an average of nearly 20 minutes to build their avatars. The two-month retention rate was over 80%. Given the success of Genies beta, the company will roll out of beta with a V1 version of Genies in November 2018. Already, 2 million people have registered on the waitlist (in addition to the original 1- million user base). Genies V1 will break new ground as the first platform to prioritize real-time chat between avatars, underpinned by artificial intelligence that deciphers each user’s personality traits and real-time mood shifts – in turn directing the actions and facial expressions of individual Genies. It’ll also be the first app to support avatar-to-avatar chat. Genies’ vision is to mainstream avatars as a widely accepted new form of communication. Genies, Inc.’s market valuation is north of $130 million. To date, the company has raised over $25 million from an eclectic group of investors — from CAA Ventures, NEA, former Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull, BoxGroup, and Foundation Capital to The Chainsmokers, basketball star Russell Westbrook, musician Shawn Mendes, pop culture’s favorite rap group Migos, Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri, and Hall-of-Fame QB Joe Montana, among hundreds of others from all over the world.
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Andy Fang

Co-founder & CTO, DoorDash

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Andy Fang is the co-founder and chief technical officer of DoorDash, a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in more than 850 cities across the United States and Canada. Andy leads the engineering team, and is responsible for the overall product vision, technology road map and architectural direction of the DoorDash platform. Andy holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he met fellow co-founders Tony Xu and Stanley Tang whereupon the concept for DoorDash was born.

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