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This week’s Open Mic guest is Tom Gallagher, CEO of Dairy Management Incorporated. Few commodity groups in the nation have seen greater challenges than dairy farmers over the past several years. The COVID pandemic, higher feed costs, consolidation in the processing industry and drought are just a few of the challenges producers have endured. Yet, p…
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind. As Congress and the White House continue to wrangle with economic stimulus policy and a national infrastructure plan, the Hoosier member of the House Ways and Means Committee is deeply concerned with the direction, price tag and potential tax increases in pending legislation. She supports a…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guests Sumant Sinha, Founder of ReNew Power, and Bob Mancini, CEO of RMG. ReNew Power, India’s leading pure-play renewable energy producer, recently announced a merger with SPAC RMG Acquisition II that valued the company at $8 billion. On the show, Sumant and Bob discuss: - The thesis behind the founding of Re…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome Taboola founder and CEO, Adam Singolda. Taboola is a global leader in powering recommendations for the open web. It recently announced a merger with SPAC ION Acquisition Corp 1 in a $2.6 billion deal. On the podcast, Adam discusses: -What he learned working in the elite-intelligence unit of the Israeli army -The thesi…
 
Today’s podcast features a live, one-hour discussion with a panel of SPAC experts including SPACGuru, SPACInsider and SPACWarrants. On the podcast, we discuss: - Are SPACs back, and is this the start of a new bull market? - The characteristics of recent IPOs - The dynamics of deSPACs rallying post deal vote - Sentiment regarding M&A and business co…
 
On today’s show, we welcome special guests Chris DeWolfe, CEO & Co-Founder of Jam City, and Emil Michael, CEO of DPCM Capital. Jam City recently announced a merger with SPAC DPCM Capital in a $1.2 billion deal. On the podcast, Chris and Emil discuss: - How their experience in the C-suite at MySpace and Uber helped them in their entrepreneurial jour…
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Dan Glickman. After serving 18 years in Congress representing the Kansas 4th district, Glickman served as Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 to 2001. He chaired the Motion Picture Association for six years and recently authored a book, "Laughing at Myself. My education in Congress, on the Farm and at the Movies." As he…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Tony DiMatteo, CEO and founder of Lottery.com. Lottery.com is a leading online platform to play the lottery from your mobile device, offering official state-sanctioned games, like Powerball and Mega-Millions, in the U.S. and around the world. On the podcast, Tony discusses: - His journey as an entreprene…
 
June 1, 2021 - On today’s show, we welcome special guests Matt Crisp, CEO of Benson Hill, and Eric Scheyer, CEO of Star Peak. Benson Hill is a food technology company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants. It recently announced a merger with SPAC Star Peak II that valued the company at $1.35 billion. On the podcast, Matt and Eric discus…
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Jamie Johansson, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation. Johansson is a first-generation olive and citrus grower and well versed in the environmental, regulatory and social obstacles of farming on the West Coast. With a push toward climate-smart agriculture from the state and federal government, Johansson s…
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill. As a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, the subject of funding President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package was before members last week. The Illinois 18thDistrict Representative says the nation’s roads, bridges, railways and inland waterways desperately need an influx of f…
 
On today’s show, we welcome special guests Nino Ciappina, CEO, and Ajay Roy, COO, of PARTS iD. PARTS iD is a technology-driven, digital commerce company focused on creating custom infrastructure and unique user experiences within niche markets such as auto parts. It trades on the NYSE under the symbol ID. On the podcast, Nino and Ajay discuss: -How…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Niccolo de Masi, CEO of dMY Technology Group. dMY Technology Group is focused on sponsoring the success of the next generation of great pioneering technology entrepreneurs onto the public markets. On the podcast, Niccolo discusses: -What was attractive about the SPAC asset class and how it has evolved ov…
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Todd Van Hoose, President and CEO of the Farm Credit Council. An upswing in commodity prices is leading to a better economic outlook for many farms across the nation. Van Hoose suggests higher crop prices have helped the balance sheet of a number of operations but is also challenging livestock and dairy producers. As a…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Clint Carnell, CEO of The HydraFacial Company, a category-creating beauty health company. HydraFacial recently announced a merger with SPAC Vesper Healthcare Acquisition in a $1.1 billion deal. On the podcast, Clint discusses: -The main appeal of the healthcare industry and the aesthetics segment specifi…
 
May 13, 2021 - On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Githesh Ramamurthy, Chairman and CEO of CCC Information Services, a leading SaaS platform for the property and casualty insurance economy. CCC recently announced a merger with Dragoneer Growth Opportunities in a $7 billion deal. On the podcast, Githesh discusses: -How CCC has evolved over …
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Peter George, CEO of Evolv Technology. Evolv, the leader in AI touchless security screening, recently announced a merger with NewHold Investment in a $1.25 billion deal. On the podcast, Peter discusses: -How Evolv’s scanning and AI technology works to detect threats -The role Evolv can play as the countr…
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Debbie Reed, executive director of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium. ESMC was established in 2017 from the Noble Foundation’s desire to discover market-based solutions to improve soil health. With tremendous energy from the private sector toward reducing greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, Reed says agricultur…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Waleed Jabsheh, President at International General Insurance (IGI), an international specialist commercial insurer and reinsurer that underwrites a diverse portfolio of speciality lines. IGI trades on the NASDAQ under the symbol IGIC. On the podcast, Waleed discusses: Keys to success in insurance underwr…
 
On today’s podcast, we offer a new podcast format. We recorded a live clubhouse discussion, State of the Markets, with Julian Klymochko, Mike Kesslering, Jeff Baker (Common Stock Warrants) and SPACGuru. The hosts discuss and debate the present and future of SPACs, M&A, IPOs, warrants and more.By Accelerate Financial Technologies Inc.
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin. The Illinois Democrat has long been concerned about a changing climate and the challenges it poses for the nation and its farmers. Durbin supports the American Jobs Act and recognizes the agriculture industry’s concerns over tax amendments to pay for the investment. He continues t…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guests, and the first set of brothers on the show, Forest Road’s Jeremy and Zachary Tarica. Forest Road is a specialty financing company that lends against tax credits in the entertainment, real estate, and renewable energy industries, along with having two SPACs trading in the market. On the podcast, Jeremy a…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest David Rosenberg, CEO and Co-Founder of AeroFarms, a certified B Corporation and leader in vertical farming. AeroFarms recently announced a business combination with SPAC Spring Valley Acquisition in an $850 million deal. On the podcast, David discusses: -The evolution of the company and why it is structu…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Danny Rice, CEO of Rice Acquisition Corp. Rice Acquisition recently announced a merger with Aria Energy and Archaea Energy to create a $1.15 billion industry-leading renewable natural gas platform. On the podcast, Danny discusses: -His background of co-founding Rice Energy with his brothers and then sell…
 
This week’s Open Mic Guest is Sen. Mike Braun. In barely more than two years of serving Hoosiers on Capitol Hill, the Indiana Republican has partnered with Senate Ag Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. to bring the Growing Climate Solutions Act through the committee. Braun is optimistic as the bill is postured for floor debate in that over 40 membe…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Tom Tomlinson, CEO of Holley, the largest and fastest growing platform in the enthusiast branded performance automotive aftermarket category. Holley recently announced a business combination with SPAC Empower that valued the company at $1.55 billion. -On the podcast, Tom discusses: -How one of the nation…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Chuck Cohn, Founder and CEO of Nerdy, a leading direct-to-consumer, curated gig economy platform for live online learning benefiting both learners and experts. Nerdy recently announced a merger with SPAC TPG Pace Tech Opportunities in a deal that valued the company at $1.4 billion. On the podcast, Chuck …
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest SpacGuru, a widely followed pseudonymous Twitter account. SpacGuru is a Wall Street veteran and an expert on the SPAC market. On the podcast, SpacGuru discusses: -His career background and why he wants to help out individual investors -What the overly negative media gets wrong about SPACs -Why SPACs are …
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Dr. Sally Rockey, executive director for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. Born from the 2014 Farm Bill, FFAR is tasked with finding matching funds for research in the food production system from the nation’s farms to consumer’s plates. While research is targeted in six different challenge areas, Rockey…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Luke Schoenfelder, Founder and CEO of Latch, the maker of the full-building enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform LatchOS. The company recently announced a merger with SPAC TS Innovation Acquisitions in a deal that valued Latch at a $1 billion enterprise value. On the podcast, Luke discusses: …
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Justin Oh, who provides investment research through his website and YouTube channel A Couple Cents. On today’s podcast, Justin discusses: -His career journey in investment banking and hedge funds, then as a CFO prior to starting A Couple Cents -What his research platform A Couple Cents provides -The most…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guests from Origin Materials, Co-Founder and Co-CEO John Bissell and Co-CEO Rich Riley. Origin Materials is the world’s leading carbon negative materials company and recently merged with Artius Acquisition Inc, trading on the NASDAQ under the symbol AACQ. On the podcast, John and Rich discuss: The founding of …
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Julie Anna Potts, president and CEO of the North American Meat Institute. Few segments of the food industry were forced to adapt as quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic to meet consumer demand as members of the North American Meat Institute. Now, Potts says, the meat industry is looking forward to a new normal and embracin…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Carl Daikeler, CEO and Co-founder of Beachbody, a worldwide leader in health and fitness, with a 22-year track record of creating innovative content and powerful brands. Beachbody recently announced a merger with SPAC Forest Road Acquisition and Myx Fitness in a $2.9 billion deal. On the podcast, Carl di…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Ben Kohn, CEO of Playboy, one of the largest and most recognizable lifestyle brands in the world. Playboy recently went public through a merger with SPAC Mountain Crest Acquisition and currently trades under the symbol PLBY. On today’s podcast, Ben discusses: How Playboy transformed from a magazine compa…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Alex Shahidi, Managing Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer at Evoke Advisors and ARIS Consulting, a $19 billion registered investment advisor. Alex helps manage the RPAR Risk Parity ETF, which seeks to generate positive returns during periods of economic growth, preserve capital during periods of eco…
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Corey Rosenbusch, president and CEO of The Fertilizer Institute. The United States accounts for a little over a tenth of the global nutrient market while maintaining a leading producer of agriculture products in the globe. Rosenbusch says fertilizer prices have moved higher into the U.S. planting season, but supplies a…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Louis Summe, CEO and Co-Founder of LiveVox, a leading cloud-based provider of customer service and digital engagement tools. LiveVox recently announced a merger with SPAC Crescent Acquisition in an $840 million deal. On today’s podcast, Louis discusses: What it’s like to be owned by private equity and th…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guests Paul Vendrinsky, portfolio manager at SIA Wealth Management, and Chris Fryer, associate portfolio manager at SIA Wealth Management. SIA is a Canadian independent investment management firm that helps investors grow and safeguard their wealth over the long-term through financial technology. On the podcas…
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill. As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and chairwoman of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, Bustos is encouraged by President Joe Biden’s commitment to agriculture, renewable fuels, climate and rural issues. The Illinois Democrat says the 117th Congress h…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Tyler Page, CEO of Cipher Mining, a newly formed U.S.-based Bitcoin mining operation. Cipher Mining recently announced a business combination with SPAC Good Works Acquisition in a $2 billion deal. On today’s podcast, Tyler discusses: -What initially attracted him to bitcoin and his outlook for the asset …
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Pat Roney, CEO and Founding Partner of Vintage Wine Estates, one of the fastest growing wine producers in the U.S. Vintage Wine Estates recently announced a business combination with Canadian SPAC Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp in a deal that values the business at an enterprise value of US$690 million…
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Barron Segar, president and CEO of the World Food Program USA. In a week where the nation celebrates the productivity of the nation’s farms and ranches, the focus of this interview is the daunting challenge of the millions of men, women and children that are malnourished and regions where famine is a looming threat. Th…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Robert Blake, CEO of Achronix, the only independent supplier of high-performance FPGAs used in high-growth applications including AI, cloud computing, 5G and autonomous vehicles. Achronix recently announced a merger with SPAC ACE Convergence Acquisition at a $2.1 billion equity valuation. On the podcast,…
 
On today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Ajay Kochhar CEO and Co-Founder at Li-Cycle, North America’s largest lithium-ion battery resource recycling company. Li-Cycle recently announced a merger with SPAC Peridot Acquisition at a $1.1 billion enterprise value. On the podcast, Ajay discusses: -How he co-founded the company and grew the business …
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Dave Puglia, president and CEO of Western Growers. Few industries have been challenged more than produce growers and shippers during the COVID pandemic. In addition to “senseless regulation,” challenges from reduced water supplies and a lack of adequate labor, Puglia says some growers are looking outside the U.S. for o…
 
In today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Kurt Workman, Co-Founder & CEO at Owlet Baby Care, the connected nursery ecosystem that delivers data-driven technology to modern parenting. Owlet recently announced a going-public transaction through SPAC Sandbridge Acquisition in a $1.1 billion deal. On the podcast, Kurt discusses: -Co-founding a start…
 
In today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Ben Volkow, Founder and CEO of Otonomo, the provider of a platform and marketplace for vehicle data that’s positioned at the epicenter of the data revolution in the automotive and mobility space. Otonomo recently announced a going-public transaction through SPAC Software Acquisition II in a $1.4 billion …
 
This week’s Open Mic guest is Rob Larew, President of the National Farmers Union. Along with other farm groups in this pandemic season, the NFU held its 119th annual meeting virtually with an impressive display of political leaders discussing issues facing the industry in the year ahead. Larew says there was a tone of optimism in the membership ran…
 
In today’s podcast, we welcome special guest Andrew Pascal, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Playstudios, an award-winning developer of free-to-play casual games for mobile and social platforms that offer real-world rewards to loyal players. Playstudios recently announced a going-public transaction through SPAC Acies Acquisition in a $1.1 billion deal…
 
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