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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

The Great Computing Power Chase: Why It Matters and How We'll Win


Yes, the demand for computing power is skyrocketing. But so too are our solutions for meeting this demand sustainably.

The Power of the 4 PS Framework: How To Have More Effective, Strategic 1:1s


Rather than complicating the leadership dialogue with excessive details and metrics, this approach can help streamline the conversation.

Nine Reasons Why Business Leaders Need a Growth Mindset to Succeed

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Your willingness to learn and grow has a major impact on your ability to win in business. The business world is full of ups and downs. One day you’re succeeding, and the next day you’re not. This can be especially true of the culture space, where trends can change daily and consumers’ opinions evolve equally as fast. Entrepreneurs who develop a growth mindset — or the belief that persistence and effort lead to success — are more likely to thrive in this type of environment, making it an essential trait to cultivate for culture space leaders. As leaders in the culture space themselves, the members of Rolling Stone Culture Council know what it takes to succeed in today’s marketplace. Here, they discuss the top reasons why business leaders need a growth mindset and the impact that mindset has on their ability to lead well.

11 Mistakes Businesses Commonly Make When It Comes to Public Relations

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Building the brand image you want starts with smart PR moves. In business — and especially the culture space — what the public thinks of your brand is everything. Do they find you trustworthy and reliable? Do they think of you as innovative, cool or luxurious? Controlling the narrative around your brand is key to ensuring you create the image you’re after — and to ensuring you’re reaching your desired target audience.  However, public relations is an art as much as it is a science, and many businesses that don’t have experience in this particular area can end up making mistakes that could damage their reputation in the short and long term. To avoid these same blunders, consider this list of common mistakes as outlined by the business leaders of Rolling Stone Culture Council. Below, they detail why these mistakes can be detrimental to your brand goals and advise what actions you should take instead.

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.

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