Bettina Warburg-Johnson is a blockchain enthusiast, researcher, and educator. She is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Animal Ventures, a venture studio, and consultancy firm. The company focuses on tech companies operating in verticals such as blockchain technology, digital platforms, Artificial intelligence, Augmented intelligence, and the Internet of Things.
In addition, she is a radio producer and has participated in the production of several shows. She is the Executive producer of Tech on Politics a show where people interview thought leaders in the fields of technology, media, venture capital, and government about the evolution of tech and politics.
Early Life & Education
Warburg earned her Bachelor's degree at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She later received her Master's degree from Oxford University, forming a keen interest in global governance and cultural diplomacy.
While pursuing her undergraduate degree at Georgetown, Bettina started her career with Worldwide. Working out of their headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a Productions Assistant, Warburg spent time customizing their Berlin radio station program with weekly specials in alliance with the American Academy of berlin.
After graduating in the summer of 2008, Warburg began her post-collegiate career in Berlin, Germany)as an apolitical scientist. She received a research stipend to write a chapter on German national identity for Jewish Museum Berlin's anthology entitled Power and the Past: Collective Memory and International Relations. The chapter in the book, "Germany's National Identity, Collective Memory, and Role Abroad," was eventually published by the Georgetown University Press in 2010.
American Academy in Berlin
In June 2008, Bettina became a Radio Consultant and Assistant Editor of the Berlin * Journal, a biannual magazine, and radio show. While there, she also piloted and produced a Berlin-specific cultural radio program called The Berlin Stories.*
content from Berlin to help capture the unique emerging international culture and perspective of the city. Both shows -- Berlin Stories and the Berlin Journal -- are still on-air.
World Health Organization
For six months, Warburg interned for the World Health Organization. She assisted the Director of General of WHO Brussels.
Institute for the Future
In 2012, Warburg moved to Palo Alto, California. From then until 2016, Bettina Warburg worked as a public foresight researcher at the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank. While there, she focused on creating strategic initiatives with corporations, education institutions, and city governments.
Moreover, she also developed an interest in the future of philanthropy, as well as governance research practices. This led her to reimagine society as a whole, particularly through the lens of resolving worldwide challenges through human responsibility and accountability.
Tech on Politics
In 2015, while she was still working as a Public Engagement Lead at the Institute for the Future, Bettina Warburg became an Executive Producer for <em>Tech on Politics</em>. The show's host interviews thought leaders in the fields of technology, media, venture capital, and government about the evolution of tech and politics.
In June 2016, Bettina co-founded Animal Ventures with Tom Serres. As the Managing Partner, she spends most of her time incubating new startup ideas and advising executives from Fortune 500 companies, governments, and universities. Her strategies revolve around blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Digital distribution platforms.
Bettina Warburg has given several speeches and curated many conferences revolved around blockchain. One of her most notable ones was in 2016 when gave a TED Talk about how blockchain technology will revolutionize the economy. She was one the first speakers ever to unpack the topic of blockchain to a global audience.
She has also delivered presentations at the Salzburg Global Seminar, Personal Democracy Forum, <strong>Skoll World Forum</strong>, <strong>City Innovate Summit, Transparency '18</strong>, and numerous universities around the world.
Bettina’s work has been cited in publications such as The Atlantic, <strong>Center for Public Impact</strong>, ICMA, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Basics of Blockchain (Course)
Warburg recently co-launched a Blockchain education course called "The Basics of Blockchain." She aims to help inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and get more people ready for a decentralized revolution.
They will be able to understand and define blockchain in their own words, how it can potentially impact businesses and industries, and get a strong foundation for where it is going.
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