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Forward Thinking Founders

Mat Sherman

This is a podcast about startup founders, their visions for the future, and how the two collide.

22:49 | Apr 17th

In this episode, I am VERY excited to have on Austen Allred, CEO of Lambda School. In this action packed 25 minute conversation, we cover a lot of ground. Some of the questions Austen answers are: - What is Lambda School? - What is an ISA and how it ...Show More

22:13 | Aug 6th

In this fantastic episode of Forward Thinking Founders, I interviewed Paul from Keeper Tax. Keeper Tax helps freelancers save as much as possible by maximizing the tax writeoffs they get. In this future of work certified episode, we talk a… Read More...Show More
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32:52 | Jul 29th

It's such a fun time when i get to jam about a whole bunch of different tech topics with other smart people. Kashish is 100% one of these people. He's the founder of Carry, which is a travel planner software that lives in your Slack. Need to book a f...Show More

32:11 | Jul 23rd

Wow, it was such an honor to talked to Nick Soman about his vision for Decent, the startup he founded and is leading. Decent helps self-employed people get health insurance. Nick is a former exec of growth at Gusto and is one of the nicest guys I've ...Show More

43:16 | Jul 15th

My oh my, what a fantastic episode this was. I'm SUPER EXCITED to bring this episode with Isaac Morehouse, CEO of, to you all. Isaac has to be one of the most knowledgeable people  I know on the topic of work and education. Of the WIDE RANGE...Show More

28:05 | Jul 9th

I had an awesome conversation with Cadran Cowansage, who is the cofounder and CEO of Elpha, an online community for women In tech. Elpha is going through the current YC batch. In today's enlightening episode, we dive into: - What is Elpha? - What pr...Show More

29:56 | Jul 1st

Today, I got the pleasure of talking to Daniel Gross. Daniel is one of the smartest people I know of and you'll likely agree by the end of the podcast. Daniel is the founder of, former Y Combinator Partner, former director of AI at Apple,...Show More

27:22 | Jun 17th

Today, we had a  very insightful conversation with Kristen, who is the COO and Cofounder of Catch. Catch is the company that provides benefits to people who don't get benefits from their employer. Today we dive into all types of topics and answer que...Show More

22:41 | May 30th

This is was an awesome conversation with Shaan Hathiramani about the future of education. Shaan is the CEO  of Flockjay, the school that teaches you sales and helps get you job. Did I mention that you only pay once you get a job? Amazing. In this epi...Show More

20:21 | May 22nd

This week, I jammed with Alex Bouazi, the CEO of Deel. Deel is a product that helps companies pay their freelancers in one click. They also handle compliance, which most remote companies aren't thinking about right now. In this episode, Alex and I ta...Show More

17:42 | Apr 29th

Today, I talked to the founder and CEO of Curious Fictions. Curious fictions is a way to discover new authors and readers who enjoying writing or consuming fiction.  What is Curious Fictions? The role of AI in the creative process Universal basic in...Show More

31:11 | Apr 22nd

Today, we have Leah Culver, who is the cofounder and CTO of Breaker AND one of the authors of Oauth. Breaker is the best social podcasting app on the internet. Today on the podcast, we talk abut: What is Breaker? The future of audio and podcasting Th...Show More

21:40 | Apr 7th

In this episode with the insightful and thoughtful Laura Behrens Wu, CEO of Shippo, we talk about a varsity of far ranging topics. A few of them include: - The future of Logistics and Shipping - The evolution of a startup CEO - The API Economy - Mach...Show More

32:49 | Mar 27th

In this insightful episode with the Jonathon Barkl, CEO and co-founder of AirGarage, a parking operating company built for the 21st century. In this episode, we talk about: - The difference between Phoenix and SF - Parking operating software - The fu...Show More

25:15 | Mar 18th

Today, we talk with Cooper Harris (CEO of Klickly) about the future of online shopping, AI,  education, the sharing economy, and more! Listen into this insightful conversation from one of the smartest (and nicest) people i've ever talked to. I hope y...Show More

21:03 | Mar 3rd

In this awesome episode with Andrew, we talk about his company, Papa, which he explains as Grandkids on demand. He wants to reimagine how elder care and general care is delivered...and he's starting with college students. Other than Papa, we dive int...Show More

31:49 | Feb 24th

In the episode, we talk about everything from the future of work to different models of healthcare for freelance workers. I'm excited to bring you this awesome episode of Forward Thinking w/ Mat Sherman.