Oct 13, 2022 • 1HR 10M

TIKI Talk Ep. 34! TIKI's Barry O'Connor!

Blockchain Barry Joins Us for a Bonkers Bodcast

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Shane Faria
Barry O'Connor
TIKI Talk is a series of podcasts broadcast from Pineapple Studios in Nashville, Tennessee! TIKI Talk: Take a behind-the-scenes look and listen to what's going on at TIKI with founders Mike Audi and Shane Faria. Your Data, Your Story: In our guest segment, tune in for great stories from great guests, hosted by Shane.
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TIKI Talk Episode 34 continues the theme of internal TIKI interviews with our own Commercial Lead “Blockchain Barry” O’Connor flying all the way into Nashville from Dublin exclusively for this 70-minute edition of the TIKI Talk podcast.

Kidding; he was here for two weeks to get into the nitty gritty of the TIKI DAO (which we’ll dig into in a future podcast, I’m sure).

Barry was brought into this world sometime in the Middle Paleolithic era where he was a housecavehold name as a renowned hunter-gatherer. A short period later, he came as an advisor in the blockchain space for TIKI after getting connected with Mike on AngelList, and soon after joined the team full time, working predominantly on the commercialization of TIKI’s data marketplace.

Join Shane and Barry as Barry discusses his previous business endeavors, including investment banking, equity trading, working with ISPs, e-business, mobile CEM, independent consultancy, and collecting berries and nuts for the long, harsh winter.

We also dive into why Barry wanted to get involved with TIKI, his everlasting curiosity, his love for his wife and daughters, his reflections on his past, and Barry gives advice to his younger self.

The episode wraps up with Shane and Barry discussing the enormous opportunity at our fingertips.


0:00-2:08 Shane intro / sheep dip
2:08-4:43 Barry intro / how Barry joined TIKI
4:43-27:33 Barry backstory / investment bank / money broker / equity trading on screens / ISPs / live milk quotas / IBM + “Mr. E-Business” / South Africa ISP / mobile content at IBM / mobile CEM / blockchain Masters / independent consulting
27:33-41:27 Why a start-up now? / Barry’s curiosity / reflecting on early days / what Shane and Mike might expect / taking chances / advice to younger self / proudest moment
41:27-57:04 Cold water & distance swimming / Barry’s Russian friends / What is Barry looking forward to? / Barry’s daughters / TIKI surprises / Barry’s dream concert / what it means to be Irish / favorite place in Ireland
57:04-1:05:53 Where Shane wants TIKI to go / Barry’s reaction to the TIKI opportunity / journey, not destination
1:05:53-1:10:27 Song association / outro