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As an ESA WorkTech StartUp Advisor there is no obligation beyond offering feedback to mid-stage and late-stage WorkTech StartUp companies who are ready to scale. This is your opportunity to not only know about new Tech before others, but also help accelerate the growth of these StartUp companies by providing targeted feedback on their offering. Feedback is the most important thing you can do for these startups. In addition, you will gain insights on how these Next Gen WorkTech solutions are rapidly driving aspects of the Future of Work and influencing Culture, Technology and Talent.

  • Bitwage is the leading provider of Bitcoin, cryptocurrency & stablecoin payroll, invoicing & benefits. They have processed $150MM in payroll transactions with 50,000 registered users and 2,000 registered companies. Since April 2020, Bitwage has grown almost 300%, having been profitable since 2019. Bitwage closed a $2.5MM seed round in October 2021 with top investors on the cap table, including Draper Associates, Plug & Play Ventures, Gaingels, 10x Capital & Overton VC.

  • Kona ( is the burnout/attrition prevention platform for culture-focused teams. We help managers build high-EQ habits to fight burnout and attrition. Our first habit is emotional vulnerability through daily check-ins in Slack. Kona has helped improve attrition and engagement at 200+ teams at top companies like,, GoodRx, Vonage and more.

The format of the meeting is simple. Each startup will have 15 minutes to present followed by a 10-minute facilitated Q&A. Fast paced and exciting!

Feb 16, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)


  • Jeff Wald (Writer, Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Board Member)

    Jeff Wald

    Writer, Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Board Member

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  • Jonathan Chester (CoFounder, CEO of Bitwage)

    Jonathan Chester

    CoFounder, CEO of Bitwage

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  • Sid Pandiya (Co-Founder / CEO of Kona)

    Sid Pandiya

    Co-Founder / CEO of Kona

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  • Corine Tan (Co-Founder of Kona)

    Corine Tan

    Co-Founder of Kona

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