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What's Your Ask? with Stephanie Sims

Feb 24, 2021

Today, I’m excited to talk to Kim Raath, the co-founder and CEO of Topl, an ESG technology company with a purpose-built blockchain that empowers businesses to prove and monetize ethical and sustainable practices. 

Before university, Kim worked in 18 developing countries to rebuild and strengthen communities by implementing innovative forms of technology. She has since given numerous talks about how technical innovation empowers communities to improve quality of life and access to opportunities. 

Kim was the first student at Rice University to simultaneously complete a Masters in Economics and PhD in Statistics, and additionally holds a BS in Mathematics. While at Rice, Kim met her Topl co-founders James and Chris and found a common mindset and desire to build systems to create a better world. 

As CEO, Kim innovates around every problem that arises and continuously finds ways to grow the entire Topl ecosystem using her connections and resources in the mining and agricultural industry, creating an even more valuable company.

In this episode…

Kim Raath talks about how your customers care about your global impact. This is more and more important with the flow of information and how easily someone can quickly search and learn more about your company than ever before.

She also discusses how actively bringing in VC during the pandemic changed - the virtual space created allowed for closer relationships with more distant investors. 

In meeting with potential investors, it is important to have case studies, to be able to show investors how people use your product. Getting people to buy into your process and what the capabilities are vs. the history of the product. 

Kim talks about how critical it was to bring her teaching experience into the process of teaching investors to understand how her process works. The education piece was extremely useful in making better relationship-building with investors.

Listen in as Kim explains how she, and her team, had to simplify the processes of their product to help people understand the process. The core of the team was to create a new environment to break down barriers to make it more accessible to a larger audience. Sharing the story and take it from a concept to a commitment in a mindful and transparent way.

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