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Creative Director and Head of Foundation at Blackbird Ventures, worked in the music industry before that (and burned CDs even before that). Joel believes in the endless power of play, curiosity and creativity in backing the wild ideas of tomorrow. He also has an epic crochet jumper.

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Paradigm Shifters

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