March 1, 2021

Episode 9 - Startups, Surprise Meetings & Blockchain with Brittany Laughlin

Episode 9 - Startups, Surprise Meetings & Blockchain with Brittany Laughlin
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Episode 9 - Startups, Surprise Meetings & Blockchain with Brittany Laughlin

👋 Hey! Thanks for checking out the GoingVC Podcast: Uncovering new paths into VC, diving deeper into alternative models, and addressing areas of weakness every second Monday with Austin and JJ MacLean (@jjmaclean) from the GoingVC team. 

We're really excited to be bringing to you today our conversation with Brittany Laughlin (@br_ttany) the Stacks Open Internet Foundation. As always, if you've got any questions, feedback, guest ideas, or just want to say hey, don't hesitate to shoot us a message at!

Episode Chapters:

  1. Introduction — 0:00
  2. Brittany’s Origin Story — 2:10
  3. A Surprise Meeting with Fred Wilson — 11:04
  4. A Fantastic Learning Experience — 14:45
  5. Founding Lattice Ventures — 21:25
  6. There’s Plenty of Smart People Tinkering Around — 27:55
  7. Diversity in the Ecosystem. Great Strides, Still A Work-in-Progress — 37:41
  8. Closing Thoughts — 43:08
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Brittany Laughlin

Managing Director at the Stacks Foundation

Brittany Laughlin is the Managing Director of the Stacks Foundation. She's spent the last decade working at the intersection of community, capital, and internet collaboration.

Over the past five years she's worked in the blockchain industry as an operator and venture investor. Most recently working at Blockstack PBC to help conduct the first US-qualified Reg A offering, grow the Blockstack ecosystem in Asia, and create partnerships to further access to STX.

Prior to joining Blockstack PBC, Laughlin worked at Union Square Ventures. She got involved in the development of Web 3 through work with Coinbase, Blockstack, IPFS, Mediachain, and OpenBazaar. In 2016, Laughlin co-founded her own VC firm, Lattice Ventures, which focused on network effect businesses. Lattice Ventures is in investor in a number of blockchain companies, including Blockstack, Filecoin, SOV Global, and Stronghold.

Laughlin's previous work MongoDB, StackOverflow, Twilio, and Firebase provide great lessons for supporting Blockstack's open-source technology and developer communities.

Laughlin is an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School, teaching about blockchain. A serial entrepreneur, she's built 3 companies, including gtrot which sold to Groupon.