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A Better Mousetrap

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A Better Mousetrap podcast finds the founders and leaders in New York City's startup and tech community. The host, Marcos Dinnerstein, brings out their insights, industry knowledge and their stories. The highs, lows, and in-betweens that shape us and make us who we are.

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Learning to Live With Ourselves and Our Partners - Therapist Mary J. Giuffra, Ph.D.

March 29th, 2021


In today’s episode I speak with Mary J. Giuffra, a therapist with over 30 years of practice, working with individuals and couples. She has taught in universities in the U.S. and abroad, including tenured positions at …

David Ryan Polgar: A Champion For Responsible Tech

March 11th, 2021


This interview was done in the Fall of last year. For various reasons including a global pandemic and pure laziness, this has been gathering digital …

Privacy-By-Design in a Contact Tracing App: A Conversation with Micha Benoliel, Co-Founder of Coalition App

May 8th, 2020


Nothing like a good pandemic to rapidly teach us new phrases. “flatten the curve”, “shelter in place”, “social distancing”, “asymptomatic”, “herd immunity” are just of few of the many terms we’re all getting to know and …

DigDec InfraTech Teaser

April 30th, 2020


InfraTech encompasses the fields of both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ infrastructure. Traditionally, we thought of infrastructure as roads, bridges, airports, power stations - i.e. physical things that are the underpinnings of a …

DigDec FinTech Teaser

April 30th, 2020


How is FinTech being used in developing markets? Are the trends pointing towards incumbent players adopting digital strategies or are startups entering the consumer and business markets with services that will supplant …

DigDec Conversations: InfraTech

March 22nd, 2020


InfraTech is a shortening or mashup of Infrastructure Technology. It covers physical infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels, energy tech, and …

DigDec Conversations: Financial Inclusion

March 22nd, 2020


Financial inclusion. What do people mean when they use that term? Is it a social movement or is it a business opportunity to address the needs of a vast market of people who have no bank accounts, credit, or access to …

DigDec Conversations: HealthTech in Emerging Markets

March 17th, 2020


We continue our conversation with Prince Street Capital Management's founder, David Halpert. In this episode, we talk about trends in HealthTech in emerging markets where there are both significant opportunities as well …

DigDec HealthTech Teaser

March 16th, 2020


Prince Street Capital Management has a focus on new technologies in the Healthcare industry, among others, in developing nations. What is being done …

DigDec Teaser

March 14th, 2020



More and more of the world economy is going digital. Whether it's buying plane tickets or applying for credit card loans or looking up healthcare prescriptions, the world is shifting toward a more data-driven …

Prince Street Capital Management: A talk with David Halpert on Digital Decolonization

February 22nd, 2020


Digital Decolonization is a term that will reshape how we think of businesses in, and investing in, emerging markets such as in Africa, Latin …

Wonchang Terry Choi: The Start of a Career in Alternative Assets

January 19th, 2020


A Russian, a Columbian, and a Korean walked into a bar. No, this isn't the latest joke that seeks to elevate one group at the expense of others. This …

Linhaus: Lisa Linhardt Creates Unique Jewelry

December 15th, 2019


Can you make artisanal, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry and also scale the production of those works? Does that sound like a contradiction?

That's the question confronting Lisa Linhardt and her team at Linhaus, a …

FD Global Connections Brings FinTech Co's to NYC - Fall 2019

November 24th, 2019


Last year I interviewed the companies that were visiting the US as part of FD Global Connections program and this year I was lucky enough to connect with the latest batch of companies. They don’t …

Kevin Siskar, Co-Founder of EquityToken, A Blockchain-based Cap Table

September 15th, 2019


When a startup is created, a record is created that shows who has a stake in that company - i.e. equity. This is called a Capitalization or Cap Table. Over time,investments are made in that company, employees are …

Ismael El-Qudsi, of SocialPubli, Talks Micro-Influencers and Maximum Returns

August 25th, 2019


Do you know what a micro-influencer is? Regardless of what you think you know, you'll learn much more when you listen to Ismael El-Qudsi talk about the immense return of investment (ROI) that using micro-influencers can …

Daniel Meth, SitParker

August 7th, 2019


Join me in this thoroughly enjoyable conversation with Dan Meth, Founder of SitParker, a platform for restaurants, bars, and other venues to manage events more easily and realize more profit per event. About halfway …

Elusio Zafar Alcalde, Founder of TaxMap

July 27th, 2019


Benjamin Franklin said something like, "There are only two things certain in life, death and taxes" While perhaps a bit fatalistic, it has a ring of truth to it.

My recent conversation with TaxMap founder, F. Elusio …

Josh Goldenberg of Clarifai Talks Computer Vision

June 29th, 2019


Before his senior year at high school started, Josh Goldenberg had taken all the math courses offered at his high school.  That year was spent …

RoninAI, A Place to Trade Cryptocurrencies

June 9th, 2019


In this episode, Peter Borovykh, founder of RoninAI takes us through how his company lets cryptocurrency owners trade for profit. Hear how the …

Livekick Delivers Certified Trainers for Personalized Sessions

May 26th, 2019


Shayna Schmidt, Co-Founder (left) and Michele Ross,  (right) Head of Business Development talk about Livekick, their online fitness and wellness company, Livekick enables one-on-one, interactive fitness training and …

Bob Bennett, A Smart City Leader Helping Cities Better Serve

May 15th, 2019


When people hear the title Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) they typically think of someone employing the latest cutting edge tech to solve a big …

Noel Hidalgo: BetaNYC Helps NYC Better Serve the Public

May 4th, 2019


Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC has been a driving force in good government in New York City for over 10 years. The work that BetaNYC …

Chris Gillespie, Subspace: Swarm Building Software

April 27th, 2019


It’s tempting and facile to say that Subspace is trying to “…boldly go where no one has gone before” but in this case it’s true. They are building a …

John Mullin, Founder of Chrgr, Ads You Want to Hold On To

April 21st, 2019


"So Chrgr is fundamentally an advertising company. And what we're doing is we're defining a new sort of level of advertising, which we're calling advertising as a utility

We produce these credit card sized batteries. We …

John Liu, Fusion - A Blockchain-based Finance Platform

April 13th, 2019


This informative conversation with John Liu, Chief Product Officer of Fusion was great. The crypto-anarchist future where nation states are a thing …

Evren Ay, Co-Founder of MotaWord, A New Translation Platform

April 9th, 2019



Evren Ay, Founder of the translation platform, MotaWord, is good company. Recently, I've been crashing at his office recently and churning out content for him. He usually has a good story to tell and I’ve heard …

In Conversation: Brightsky Ventures - Diego Berrio

April 9th, 2019


Diego Berrio, Partner at Brightsky Ventures and Starta Ventures are partnering to offer their LATAM EXPANSION TRACK to support high growth, early stage companies expanding into Latin America. In addition to a structured …

Disruptivo Looks to Empower Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs

March 30th, 2019


Everything about Juan Del Cerro is big. His size, his voice, his warm, enthusiastic manner and most of all his goal of inspiring people, especially young people to start social enterprises. Listen to him talk about the …

Bonmo founders Stephanie Huong and Gideon Klein

March 23rd, 2019


Marketing is a competition for people's attention and humor is a consistently winning way to capture and keep attention. Bonmo has created a platform to connect comedians with marketers so together they can make more …

Qri - with Brendan O'Brien & Rico Gardaphe

March 11th, 2019


 (L to R) Rico Gardaphe, Operations & Business Development and Brendan O’Brien, Founder & CEO of Qri.

Qri's website reads:

Qri ("query") is …

Raz Choudhury, Founder of SAM AI

March 3rd, 2019


Finding myself at WeWork on W. 57 Street I bumped into Raz Choudhury, founder of SAM AI  who I've known for a few years. Of course that meant catching up had to be memorialized.

SAM AI is a CRM (Customer Relationship …

Charlie Oliver, Founder of Served Fresh Media and Tech 2025

February 23rd, 2019


Feb. 23, 2019: This past week I caught up with Charlie Oliver, founder of Served Fresh Media and, recently, Tech 2025. The latter is a platform for …

A Conversation with Philip Delvecchio

February 21st, 2019


In this talk with Marcos Dinnerstein in June 2018, Philip reveals his interest in making the NYC tech community more equitable and inclusive, his continued support of international entrepreneurs who come to the U.S. and …

Ash Kaluarachchi, StartEd

February 18th, 2019


Ash Kaluarachchi has seen the power that education has to shape and alter the trajectory of a person's life. While growing up in Sri Lanka Ash's …

David Ryan Polgar, Tech Ethicist - Part II

February 9th, 2019


In the second part of my conversation with David Ryan Polar, we spoke about how tech creates challenges in the areas of free speech, privacy, and …

David Ryan Polgar, Tech Ethicist - Part I

February 4th, 2019


Ethics in tech is on the minds of so many people and organizations from governments to watchdog groups to media outlets and, of course, on the minds …

Youssef Kalad, NYCx, in the Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer

January 28th, 2019


If you looked only at the national level, it would be easy to be jaded about government and it’s ability to be responsive to the needs of the …

A Conversation with Rhonda Binda, Co-Founder of Venture Smarter

January 19th, 2019


In this episode of A Better Mousetrap podcast Rhonda Binda, co-founder of Venture Smarter is our guest. Venture Smarter is technology company focused …

Yale Fox, Rentlogic: How to fairly assign grades to residential buildings

January 11th, 2019


Rentlogic assigns letter grades to residential rental buildings. Just as New York City's health department does for restaurants. What makes …

Victoria Yampolsky, Founder of The Startup Station

January 7th, 2019


If you are building a business you had better understand finance and how to best position your company to raise money. Victoria Yampolsky has created …

Rebecca Lima: The Lieu, Supporting Women's Beauty & Self-Care Needs in the Workplace

January 4th, 2019


Rebecca Lima is a serial founder and someone who I can honestly say has the entrepreneur’s itch. She has that indefinable character trait in the people I recognize as common to many company founders. (I’m not one of …

In Conversation with Caitlin Pearce, Exec. Dir. of the Freelancers Union

December 14th, 2018


Eight years ago Caitlin Pearce left the world of academia to join The Freelancers Union. She worked her way through the ranks and now heads this non-profit organization dedicated to supporting contract workers in the …

Lisa Diaz talks Smart Cities, Resiliency and Dreams of Better Airports

December 8th, 2018


Lisa Diaz is Managing Partner and Founder of Turf Advisory. Her firm specializes in smart infrastructure, resiliency, and human centered design. As …

Zack Woods: Reflections on Innovation

December 1st, 2018


Marcos Dinnerstein sat down with Zack Woods for an extended conversation on large, fuzzy topic of Innovation. Among other roles, Zack has worked in …

A Conversation with Sissel Hansen, Founder of Startup Guide

November 26th, 2018


Startup Guide New York, a book on NYC’s startup ecosystem, was published in October of 2018. It's been received as an excellent overview of New York City’s startup scene and a great way for founders and tech workers …

Magis Industries: Build It Fast. Spend Less

November 26th, 2018


In October (2018) at the Ascent Conference 2018 I had a chance to interview Victoria Gregory of Magis Industries. Along with her co-founder, Gabriel Alba-Rivera, their company creates products and brings them to market …

Josh Weinstein, CannaGather: Building Community Around a Controlled Substance

September 3rd, 2018


This week we caught up with Josh Weinstein, founder of CannaGather, New York City's largest monthly cannabis event. The United States in in the midst …

Prasant Sudhakaran, Aingel July 8, 2018

July 8th, 2018


A Conversation with Prasant Sudhakaran, of Aingel. How do early stage venture capital funds and angel groups choose companies they believe will succeed and make their investors money? It can look more like art than …

Max Stein - Balanc3

April 30th, 2018


Max Stein, a cryptoeconomist and Blockchain business architect talks with Marcos about the Balanc3 blockchain-based accounting platform.

For more great content like this and to keep up on the NYC startup scene subscribe …

Interview with Alex Manea - CSO at Blackberry

March 24th, 2018


You are listening to ‘A Better mouse Trap’ Podcast. A joint production by Marcos Dinnerstien and Far From TV. Our goal is to bring you the listener …

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