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The Maverick Show with Matt Bowles

Apr 27, 2019

Ben Lakoff takes us on his journey of becoming a Division 1 Golfer, getting into corporate finance, and then becoming an entrepreneur and helping build one of Thailand’s most popular Cryptocurrency exchanges. He shares his experience helping to raise $2 million dollars through an ICO (Initial Coin Offering), and becoming the CEO of Intelligent Trading Foundation which develops sophisticated tools for cryptocurrency investors. He then shares insights on making the entrepreneurial leap, the work ethic required to build a start-up, cash-flow management strategies, scaling and hiring, and tips for communicating with and managing a distributed team. He also talks about being an angel investor, how he evaluates investment opportunities and the most important thing for him to invest in a company. He then explains his overall personal investment portfolio strategy, including alternative investments like Indie-films, and what he sees for the future of cryptocurrency. He also talks about becoming an Under Armor sponsored athlete and being named “Thailand’s Fittest Man”. Ben then shares his experiences traveling to over 60 countries and living outside the U.S. for 8 of the last 10 years. He tells stories about hiking the Himalayas to Mt. Everest base camp, scuba diving around Komodo Island (Home of the Komodo Dragons) in Indonesia, Racing a Moto-Taxi down the World’s Most Dangerous Road in Bolivia, and participating in the “Running of the Bulls” in Pamplona, Spain. He also gives his tips for staying fit while traveling the world, reducing stress and optimizing productivity. Full Show Notes Available at