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July 27, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am PDT


How to Succeed as a Crypto Startup with Ioannis Giannaros


July 27, 2022
9:30 am - 11:30 am PDT


Founders Network
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Ioannis Giannaros will share his founder’s journey with Founders Network members and guests during our July global keynote presentation.

In April, ecommerce platform Bolt announced an agreement to acquire cryptocurrency infrastructure provider Wyre. The acquisition promises to be the largest crypto acquisition in history. It comes nearly a decade after Wyre was founded in 2012, when the cryptocurrency market was still in its infancy.

“We got into crypto super early. In 2012, crypto was absolutely a trash bin. A lot of companies dived and it took a lot for us to stay in,” says Wyre co-founder Ioannis Giannaros. “We were extremely resilient and we were nimble in the face of change. We wouldn’t be here today if we didn’t make pivots and think long term.”

On July 27, 2022, Giannaros will share his founder’s journey with Founders Network members during our July keynote presentation. As part of the event, he’ll detail his experience founding a crypto startup and the lessons he’s learned about revenue, product-market fit, and fundraising.

In his keynote, Giannaros will also cover:

The reasons Wyre succeeded where other crypto startups failed

  • How VC-backed startups are different from traditional businesses
  • The importance of fundraising strategy
  • How to find product-market fit
  • The keys to managing early revenue


Opening Remarks & Chapter Launch @ 9:30am PT

Join us for opening remarks with Kevin Holmes, Founder & CEO @ Founders Network, to get the latest updates from the Network and opportunities for getting involved.


Keynote Speaker @ 9:40am PT

Ioannis Giannaros

Ioannis Giannaros is the CEO of Wyre, a leading fiat-to-cryptocurrency and payment infrastructure company for the cryptocurrency ecosystem. He has been involved in the management and growth of Wyre since founding the company in 2013. He has led the company through multiple fundraising rounds and has overseen all accounting, foreign exchange operations, risk management, banking, and compliance operations at Wyre since early 2013.


Stage-Based Roundtables @ 10:30 am PT


Community Partners

Blake Caldwell

Dec’13 Cohort Blake Caldwell is the CEO & Founder of FoundersBoost. He has 350 alumni, 100 new startups a year, 8k newsletter readers. He’s driven by his passions to create and build community. He’s also the founder of 2332 Collective (music production & festivals with the goal of bringing music to West LA) & The MoGuard (consumer product cup attachment protecting glorious mustaches).

FoundersBoost is a free pre-seed & seed stage mentorship driven pre-accelerator helping promising tech-startups with accelerators, investment, and revenue.


Max Shapiro

Max Shapiro founded PeopleConnect in 2000 to help early-stage high-tech companies find the talent they need to succeed. PeopleConnect’s clients are in technology, biotech, cleantech, apps, services, medical devices, and consumer products.

Their team of outstanding recruiters finds C-level executives, talented managers and experienced leaders who will bring their client companies to the next level. They provide traditional contingency searches as well as their one-of-a-kind ‘Employees Without Paychecks’ program, which he created after the dotcom bust to help promising companies find top-level talent willing to work for equity only until the company gets their funding.

As you can tell by the name of his company, Max likes to connect people and would love to know if there is any way that he and his team can help you add some fantastic, startup experienced people to your team, like PeopleConnect has been doing for 20 years.


Jeff Erickson

Jeff leads the Partnerships Team at Forecastr — a leading FP&A software company that helps startups create kick-butt financial models to impress investors, confidently raise capital, and effectively run their businesses better.

Jeff serves on the advisory boards of several startup companies and is an active angel investor. He’s passionate about startups and enjoys working with founders and mentoring entrepreneurs.

Jeff is an experienced entrepreneur and was the founder and CEO of a successful consumer goods company that he rapidly grew from $1M in sales its first year to over $40M in annual revenue in its fourth year of operations and was ranked #138 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies.

Prior to founding his own company, Jeff was a partner at Beanstalk Partners where he led the sales and business development activities. He also served as the National Sales Director for a venture-backed tech startup where he generated over $45M in client contracts and developed the company’s channel partner program.

Jeff has a degree in accounting and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah. After receiving his MBA in Finance from the University of Utah he served as the Vice President of Investments for Sentry Financial Corporation.


Cathy Keeler

Cathy is the Managing Partner at FullScope Growth, a global consortium of elite Fractional Executives and Business Acceleration Partners that provide the exact combination of experts that organizations require.

She has cross-functional experience in sales, management, marketing and business planning, client services, network development and operations. Delivers strong results within highly competitive markets.


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About Founders Network:

Founded in 2011, Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 600 tech startup founders globally. Our platform, programs and high-touch service facilitate authentic experience sharing, warm introductions and long-term professional relationships. Additional benefits include over $500k in startup discounts and promotion to 2,000 newsletter readers. Members are located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and other tech hubs. Each month our Membership Committee admits a new cohort of full-time tech founders who are nominated by an existing member. Learn more about us here

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July 27, 2022
9:30 am - 11:30 am PDT


Founders Network
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