The Exchange with KB Podcast

Arianna Simpson – Episode 22

DeFi, Self-Driving Vehicles and Investing  -The Exchange with Arianna Simpson

In The Exchange with KB, host Kirill Bensonoff continues his series of interviews with today’s top innovators and business leaders to know. In today’s episode, KB is joined by Arianna Simpson, an early-stage investor and founder of Autonomous Partners, a fund that invests in digital assets and blockchain-based companies. 

Learn more about our guest:

Arianna Simpson is the founder and managing partner of Autonomous Partners, an investment fund focused on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. She is also an active angel investor and venture partner at Crystal Towers Capital, an early-stage VC fund which Arianna and her partner launched in 2015. Prior to Crystal Towers, Arianna spent time working in sales and product roles at Facebook and BitGo, an enterprise security company for bitcoin and other digital currencies. 

Visit: and follow her on Twitter: @AriannaSimpson


00:00 Introduction and welcome

00:44 Background

01:49 Getting started in crypto

03:25 Believing in bitcoin

05:20 True bitcoin uses

07:46 Accepted like gold

09:02 Promising altcoins

13:36 Investing outside of blockchain

14:55 Autonomous vehicles

15:33 Unusual investments

18:05 Choosing good founders

20:23 Conquering fear

21:25 Investing based on gut

25:02 Advice for young investors

26:30 Running operations

28:44 Lightning Round

29:26 What’s next for Arianna

30:20 Conclusion


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