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Episode Description

Kurt Davis Co founder/CEO of Biteline and author of "Navigate the Lighthouse" and the BD aSaaSin, joins the show to talk about:

  • International deal making and how Kurt approached doing large carrier BD deals in the early days at Boku.
  • The process of crossing the second "chasm". What is the second chasm and how founders should approach it.
  • Navigating the lighthouse and when a company should make their first BD hire.

Episode Transcript

Kurt Davis

Co founder and CEO of Biteline and Author of Navigate the Lighthouse

Kurt Davis is a technology entrepreneur, world explorer, and well-being aficionado. The first 20 years of his career were spent between the San Francisco Bay Area and Asia working with technology startups in finance and business development roles. He chronicles his learnings in Navigate to the Lighthouse: A Silicon Valley Guide to Executing Global Deals.

In 2017, he took a gap year -- if you will. With an interest to explore an unexplored part of the world, he went to Africa and volunteered at emerging business accelerators and non-profits. This experience resulted in starting a business accelerator in a refugee camp, Kakuma. The website is here: www.kakumaventures.com. He wrote a book about it called Finding Soul: From Silicon Valley to Africa.

He returned to the US in 2018 and launched a media company, KDAlive LLC (www.kdalive.com). This platform shares his experiences with those who are mapping their careers and lives with a focus on well-being, travel/culture, and self-employment/entrepreneurship.

Originally from South Carolina, he has a B.S. in Economics from Davidson College and an MBA from Duke Fuqua Business School.