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Posted on 14th April 2023 by Harry
David Marcus is the co-founder and CEO of Lightspark, building infrastructure that extends the capabilities and utility of Bitcoin. Prior to Lightspark, David led all payment and crypto efforts at Facebook/Meta and scaled Messenger to 1.5BN users. David previously founded three other companies: Zong (acquired by eBay/PayPal for $240M), Echovox (acquired by MBO), and GTN (acquired by World Access).
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In Today’s Episode with David Marcus We Discuss:
1. From Losing Everything to Becoming Changing the World of Fintech:
How did seeing his family lose everything lead to David starting his first company, GTN?
Does David believe that great companies can be built in Europe?
What are the biggest mistakes David made with Zong? How did they impact his mindset?
2. The Secret to Building a Great Company from Mark Zuckerberg’s ex-Right Hand Man:
Where does David think Paypal lost its way?
How did David “brutally” change PayPayl’s company culture when he came in?
What worked and what didn’t in scaling Messenger to 1.5BN users?
Why did Diem (formerly Libra) fail? How did David know when to give up that fight?
What is David’s biggest lesson from working with Mark Zuckerberg?
3. Crypto & AI’s Ripple Effect on The Rest of The World: