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Launch Pad: May 15, 2019

Host Karl Ulrich is joined by Ty Haney (Founder and CEO, Outdoor Voices), Steve Polsky (Founder and CEO, Juvo), and Ben Nelson (Founder, Chairman and CEO, Minerva Project) on the Wednesday, May 15, 2019 edition of Launch Pad.

Air Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Ty Haney

Air Time: 7:00 pm
Featuring: Ty Haney

Steve Polsky

Air Time: 7:30 pm
Featuring: Steve Polsky

Ben Nelson

Air Time: 8:00 pm
Featuring: Ben Nelson

Featured Guests

Ty Haney

Founder and CEO, Outdoor Voices


As the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices, Ty Haney is on a mission to get the world moving. A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City, Haney grew up in Boulder, Colo., where spending time outdoors and doing all kinds of activities is a natural part of life. Haney believes that Doing Things – freeing fitness from performance and focusing on moving your body and having fun with friends – is the surest, most important, way to a happy and healthy life. Outdoor Voices is building The Resource for Recreation through a global community of Recreationalists that bring Doing Things to life daily and versatile product that makes you feel strong and makes it easy to participate. OV believes in bringing play back into everyday life and continues to grow as the next great activewear brand with retail locations across the country.

Haney has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Forbes’ 30 Under 30, VOGUE’s Vanguards Young Entrepreneurs, and WWD’s 40 of Tomorrow.

Twitter- @outdoorvoices
Full Profile

Steve Polsky

Founder and CEO, Juvo


Steve Polsky founded Juvo Mobile with the goal of providing basic financial services to people worldwide. He leveraged the ubiquity of mobile service and the rapid adoption of smartphones to enable global financial inclusion.

Steve’s career has centered on founding, launching and managing early stage technology ventures, including Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes, Amber Networks, VoicePlex Corporation and Edusoft. Steve is a lecturer for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate course in Entrepreneurship, and he holds five patents in telecommunications network architecture. Steve is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Management and Technology Program with degrees in Computer Science from the Moore School of Engineering and Finance from the Wharton School.

Steve Polsky’s unique career history allowed him to not only see the problems facing cash-based societies firsthand, but also to recognize the powerful opportunity available through the mobile operator connection. Financial inclusion is one of the most pressing global concerns, as it represents the barrier to everything from education to health to gender equality.


Twitter- @juvo_mobile
Full Profile

Ben Nelson

Founder, Chairman and CEO, Minerva Project


Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, and a visionary with a passion to reinvent higher education. Prior to Minerva, Nelson spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, where he helped build the company from startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service. With over 42 million transactions across 22 countries, nearly five times greater than its closest competitor, Snapfish is among the top e-commerce services in the world. Serving as CEO from 2005 through 2010, Nelson began his tenure at Snapfish by leading the company’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300 million.

Prior to joining Snapfish, Nelson was President and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for American communities.

Nelson’s passion for reforming undergraduate education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics. After creating a blueprint for curricular reform in his first year of school, Nelson went on to become the chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at the University of Pennsylvania.


Twitter- @minervaproject
Full Profile

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