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  • Yuri Cataldo is an award-winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, best-selling author, and emerging tech strategist who combines the mindsets of an artist and a technologist.

    Named one of the 40 under 40 business leaders in Indiana, Yuri brings years of experience in the arts, design, entrepreneurship, marketing, innovation, and publicity to his advising of founders and startups.

    He is a classically trained set/costume designer (Juilliard/Yale/IU) turned entrepreneur with credits on Broadway, Dance, Film, and Opera, the founder of IndigoH2O, the only multiple award-winning bottled alkaline water in the world and the 2015 best tasting water in the world, the co-author of the internationally best selling book about Bitcoin/ Blockchain: Be Left Behind - Discover Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Before Your Grandmother beats you to it, and a mentor at Yale Tsai City, MassChallenge, Fintech4Good, and Tech Stars.

    The startups he founded have been featured at the Oscars, Golden Globes, the Emmy's, the MTV VMA's, and in 260+ magazines and articles. (Forbes, CNN, PBS, Indy Star, Boston Globe) and the startups he advises are on track to do even more.

    He is also a frequent speaker on Blockchain, PR/Media Relations, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Corporate Innovation at universities, conferences, corporate events, and with high-ranking government officials from all over the world.

    Currently, he is the co-founder/GP of Athenian VC and leads the fund investment strategy within construction, robotics, AI, manufacturing, and


    Speaking Topics:

    • What is Bitcoin and Why does it matter?


    • Artist and AI - A shared vision of the future


    • What are NFT's and why should artists/musicians pay attention to blockchain.

    • A Vision of the Future of Money with AI and Blockchain

    • How To Create An Award-Winning Brand

    • How To Launch An Award-Winning Product and Get a Ton of PR



    Please email me for opportunities.


  • "Yuri is someone I always learn something from and in a positive way. I’m excited to learn and don’t feel small for not knowing. "


    -M. Shipek - Autodesk Research

    "Yuri just gave us a masterclass in how to present a complex idea in a way that is easily understood."

    Wentworth Innovation + Entrepreneurship

    "One of the top 5 speakers we've heard this year out of 120, and the most memorable."

    - MassChallenge Israel

    "Yuri provides clear and specific strategies on how to be a successful artist/entrepreneur, how to generate multiple streams of income, and how to develop a skill set designed to pursue opportunities in both theatre and business."

    -Dr. Lee F. Orchard, (Chair, Department of Theatre, Valparaiso University)



    Draper University/Algorand

    2021 (Oct)

    Speaker: Sales/Marketing for Blockchain startups

    Crypto Current Conference


    Speaker: TBD

    The Juilliard School


    Speaker: TBD



    Suffolk University

    2021 (Oct)

    Lecture: AI, Blockchain, and the Future of Fintech

    2021 (Oct)

    Speaker: What Blockchain and Cryptocurrency and was is the future.

    Draper University

    2021 (Sept)

    Speaker: Sales and Marketing for EdTech

    Chartered Accountants Worldwide

    2021 (Sept)

    Featured Speaker for 2 nights: What is bitcoin/blockchain and what is the future of digital currencies.

    MassChallenge - Mexico

    2021 (Aug)

    Individual startup coaching for 25 LatAm startups

    Goethe Institute

    2021 (July)

    Speaker: Bitcoin, NFT's, and DAO for artists

    Boston Blockchain Association

    2021 (June)

    Speaker: How to get involved in blockchain even if you're not a programmer

    BILT Virtual 2021

    2021 (June)

    Speaker: Why Blockchain is the future of AEC

    MassChallenge - Isreal

    2021 (May)

    Speaker: PR for Startups

    Boston Blockchain Week

    2021 (May)

    Speaker: Speaker: How to get involved in blockchain even if you're not a programmer

    Yale - School of Drama

    2021 (May)

    Speaker: How to create your own path to a rewarding career

    Chainreaction - Boston

    2021 - February + March

    Speaker: Bitcoin 101 (Feb) and 102 (March)

    Suffolk University

    2021 (March)

    Lecture: AI, Blockchain, and the Future of Fintech

    Bryant University

    2021 (Feb)

    Speaker: Entrepreneurship and Funding Your Project (VC, Bootstrapping, ICO's/Crowdfunding

    Draper University/Tezos

    2021 (Feb)

    Speaker: DeFi

    Draper University

    2021 (Feb)

    Speaker: Marketing and Entrepreneurship

    World Boston

    2021 (Jan)

    Speaker: Open Innovation

    Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle - NYC

    2021 (Jan)

    Speaker: Open Innovation

    Babson University/CES Boston

    2020 (Dec)

    Speaker: Open Innovation

    Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle Boston.

    2020 (Nov)

    Speaker: Open Innovation and the future of work

    Draper University

    2020 (Oct)

    Speaker: Business Strategy

    Suffolk University

    2020 (October)

    Speaker: The Future of AI in Finance

    Draper University

    2020 (July)

    Speaker: Marketing 101

    Accelerate Yale

    2020 (June)

    Panelist - Transformative Technologies: How COVID-19 Forced Change in Technologies Old and New




    2020 (June)

    Panel Speaker: Emerging Technolgy: Asia vs the US

    Masschallenge - isreal

    2020 (June)

    Featured Speaker: PR/Marketing


    2020 (May)

    Speaker: Personal Branding

    Yale University

    2020 (Feb)

    Entrepreneurship event - Build It and They Will Come.


    Panelist - Finance

    Innovation Leadership Panel

    2020 (February)

    Panelists speaking on corporate innovation to executives from Mitsubishi.

    SEA Conference

    2020 (Feb)

    Featured Speaker

    Tufts - Innovative Social Enterprises

    2020 (Feb)

    Guest Lecturer - Social Enterprises

    Malta Ai AND Blockchain Summit

    2019 (Nov)

    Making widespread adoption a reality. How start-ups should design their business model to attract users and investors.

    longy school of music

    2019 (Oct)

    Startup Coach


    2019 (Oct)

    Speaker: Future of Work

    Accelerate, Wentworth Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center

    2019 (Sept)

    Featured Luminary Speaker  



    Judge and Mentor

    135 Startup Battle, Boston



    Syracuse University - School of architecture

    2019 (April)

    Master Class lecture: Materiality: From Frocks to Fabrication

    Syracuse University - School of architecture

    2019 (April)

    Speaker: Inside-out Innovation - The Future of the Design, Building, and Construction Industries

    Tufts - Innovative Social Enterprises

    2019 (March)

    Speaker: Social enterprises and why startups fail.




    PRSA Boston Social Media Summit

    2018 (May)

    Speaker: Cryptocurrency Marketing Strategies

    Longy school of music

    2018 (March)

    Startup Judge

    tufts - Innovative Social Enterprises

    2018 (Feb)

    Speaker and Substitute Professor

    Bryant University

    2018 (Feb)

    Guest Lecturer - PR/Marketing strategies for launching an award-winning product


    Future of our Cities: Converging Generations

    2018 (Feb)


    yale - Entrepreneurship initiative

    2017 (Nov)

    Speaker: How artist can connect the dots between art and entrepreneurship

    Venture Café

    2016 (April)

    Lead Panel of 5 women on a discussion of Artistic Innovation and the struggles they face in the workplace.



    Featured Panelist about the Boston creative economy and education


    SEA Conference

    2015, 2016 (Feb)

    panelist and speaker on the following subjects:


    -Speaker – Shift Happens: What do you do when your plans fall apart

    - Panelist: How to find and work with clients

    -Panelist: Faculty Best Practices

    -Round Table leader: How to make money in Independent Film

    -Panelist: 1st steps in starting an artist business

    -One-on-one mentoring leader



    Art Entrepreneurship Educators Conference

    2015 (Sept)

    Speaker: How to use fear setting as a way to boost the productivity of your students.

    Princeton Univesity

    2015 (April)

    Speaker: Creative Entrepreneurship and How to Build an Incubator with Design Thinking

    Stanford University


    Speaker: Creative Entrepreneurship