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Jessica Billingsley

Founder | CEO | Public Speaker | Investor | Public and Private Board MemberSona Capital

Denver, CO

Member Since March 2021


Emerging Markets


Jessica is a seasoned executive and innovator with decades of experience in frontier technology. She is named on multiple patents including advancements in supply chain technology and anti-counterfeit solutions using blockchain and NFTs. Her experience includes leading successful public and private companies as CEO and serving on multiple boards of directors. Jessica possesses in-depth expertise in private and public capital markets and has successfully navigated complex transactions to drive growth and business transformation. She is also FINRA securities licensed. Previously, as Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN), a Software as a Service ag-tech company, she successfully publicly listed, completed multiple accretive acquisitions, maintained market leadership for over a decade, and exited via strategic acquisition. Jessica currently serves on the boards of Gryphon Digital Mining (NASDAQ:GRYP), Nu Energy (NASDAQ:NXU), OARO, and the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Entrepreneurship Network Board. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including Inc. Top 100 Female Founder and Fortune’s Most Promising Woman Entrepreneur. Her insights and thought leadership have been featured in numerous prominent media outlets, in addition to her active contribution to Entrepreneur and Rolling Stone publications.

Published content

12 Steps Entrepreneurs Should Take if They Want to Succeed in the Culture Space

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You may have to adapt your current business plan. Much like technology, culture can change at the drop of a hat. People’s tastes, what’s “in” and “the next big thing” are constantly evolving, whether in reaction to current events or the latest innovation in a particular industry. Those entrepreneurs hoping to make it in this space must be able to thrive in a changing environment, adapting their business when it’s needed and sticking to the plan when it’s not.  But this isn’t the only way to get ahead in the culture space. According to the business leaders of Rolling Stone Culture Council, embracing the following habits can give hopeful entrepreneurs a leg up on the competition and ensure they find true success in the culture space and their overall careers.

Money Reimagined: What Is Your Financial Love Language?


Much like the traditional love languages developed by Gary Chapman, financial love languages describe how we derive value and satisfaction from money.

The 2024 Tech Wave: Predicting the Next Big Shifts in Frontier Technology


We're entering an era where agility and foresight aren't just advantageous — they're essential.

10 Tips for Business Leaders Looking to Nail Their Next Interview

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If you’re feeling nervous about a media appearance, consider these tips to help you prepare. Not all business leaders are natural speakers, but they often need to promote their businesses on TV, the radio, podcasts or other media channels. For the inexperienced speaker, this can be a terrifying prospect. After all, the impression you make as a leader will be the first impression many viewers or listeners have of your business. As experienced business leaders themselves, the members of Rolling Stone Culture Council have a few tips to share that can help you prepare for your first media appearance. Follow one or more of their suggestions to not only nail your interview but impress potential customers as well.

10 Effective Ways to Build Buzz Around Your Business

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If you want your business to go viral, then apply these tips to go the extra mile. Whether it’s “going viral” or becoming “the talk of the town,” generating buzz around your business is essential if you want to grow your audience and, consequently, your bottom line. General marketing efforts are a good start; however, you'll need to do more to make a big name for your business. According to the business leaders of Rolling Stone Culture Council, the following 10 strategies can give your brand the boost it needs to really take off. Consider adopting one or more of these tactics to build buzz around your business, get your product in front of more consumers and increase your sales as well as your odds of success.

Beyond Corporate AI: Why We Need an Open-Source Revolution


Broadening the pool of AI development contributors beyond corporate labs is not just ideal — it's essential.

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