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Summary

Interview begins: 06:26
Debrief begins: 51:58

Bernie Moreno is the President of the Bernie Moreno Companies. He has 20+ years in the retail automotive business. In 2005, he purchased what has become the largest volume Mercedes-Benz dealership in the Central US. At one point, he owned 21 dealerships.

He is on the board of Dryver, a personal driver company and owns Hotcards, an online print broker.

He also founded Ownum, which is an incubator for blockchain and other technology companies. One of those first companies is Champ, which digitizes car titles.

His was the first Mercedes-Benz and Porsche dealership in the US to accept virtually all kinds of crypto currency.

Bernie helped start the Blockland Cleveland Blockchain Solutions Conference, an effort to make Cleveland the epicenter of blockchain technology for business and government applications.

The Blockland initiative exists to educate and promote real-world blockchain applications, while establishing and leading a blockchain ecosystem with support from private, public and philanthropic individuals and organizations.

The Solutions Conference took place in Cleveland December 1-4, 2018, with over 2000 attendees, 149 speakers, and more.

Learn more about Blockland Cleveland: https://www.blocklandcleveland.com
Join the Blockland Cleveland Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/932341216950947
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Show Notes

Interview begins: 06:26
Debrief begins: 51:58

Bernie Moreno is the President of the Bernie Moreno Companies. He has 20+ years in the retail automotive business. In 2005, he purchased what has become the largest volume Mercedes-Benz dealership in the Central US. At one point, he owned 21 dealerships. 

He is on the board of Dryver, a personal driver company and owns Hotcards, an online print broker. 

He also founded Ownum, which is an incubator for blockchain and other technology companies. One of those first companies is Champ, which digitizes car titles.  

His was the first Mercedes-Benz and Porsche dealership in the US to accept virtually all kinds of crypto currency. 

Bernie helped start the Blockland Cleveland Blockchain Solutions Conference, an effort to make Cleveland the epicenter of blockchain technology for business and government applications.  

The Blockland initiative exists to educate and promote real-world blockchain applications, while establishing and leading a blockchain ecosystem with support from private, public and philanthropic individuals and organizations.

The Solutions Conference took place in Cleveland December 1-4, 2018, with over 2000 attendees, 149 speakers, and more.

Learn more about Blockland Cleveland: https://www.blocklandcleveland.com
Join the Blockland Cleveland Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/932341216950947
Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm
Subscribe to the update: https://upside.fm/update

What is upside?

Named a top 27 business podcast by Fortune, upside examines startup investing outside of Silicon Valley.

Every Wednesday, we speak with an early stage founder. We interview them as if we are angel investors considering the company as an investment opportunity.

Each show has three segments:

1.) Intro: independent research of the company
2.) Interview: interview with the founder
3.) Debrief: breaking down the opportunity

On Mondays, we share Coffee Chats interviewing venture capitalists, community builders, and later-stage founders.