Ryan Breslow has had a tumultuous 2022. It doesn’t slow him down.

Few people outside Breslow’s world even knew his name a year ago. Then Bolt, a “one-click” payments technology company that evolved from an earlier idea of ​​his, announced a Series E funding of $355 million at an $11 billion valuation. Suddenly, the startup was on everyone’s radar, and so was Breslow. The now 28-year-old Miami resident was riding so high that he couldn’t help but do something of a victory lap. Having at one point struggled to win over Silicon Valley investors, he began posting thoughts on Twitter that most might never dare to share publicly, including calling out rival Stripe and famed accelerator Y. Combinator of “mafia bosses” who will pull “every power move imaginable” for squash competitors.

While Breslow found some support for his views online, he was also criticized for the comments – including by powerful investors – and a week later resigned as CEO of Bolt and became its executive chairman.

Breslow, who still owns a major stake in Bolt, told us the development had nothing to do with his antics. But it was hard to believe that Breslow’s eye-catching tweets — which kept coming in — weren’t rattling Bolt investors to some degree. Admittedly, the road has been strewn with pitfalls since then. Additional funding that was reportedly in the works did not materialize. The company has been accused in the press of inflating its customer statistics and exaggerating its technological capabilities. In late May, citing changing market conditions, Bolt announced it was laying off around a third of its employees, or 250 people, some of whom had taken out personal loans from the company in order to exercise their stock options. .

Meanwhile, the partnerships Breslow teased publicly have yet to be announced. Bolt employees are also said to be frustrated that Breslow sold $10 million worth of stock to investors during this Series E in January, despite Bolt’s board not allowing them to sell their own holdings.

Some founders might lay low after so much backlash. Breslow — who is both affable and wary in conversation — is instead initiating several decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) infrastructure projects, including a programmable funding protocol called Juicebox.

He is also at work in several other startups, including one “people-powered pharma” startup called To like which he co-founded and which just announced $7.5 million in seed funding. Love aims to launch a DAO where members, who buy “Love tokens” with Ethereum or another reserve currency, can discuss homeopathic and pharmaceutical alternatives and then vote on which of them should be tested in clinical trials. The DAO will then take charge of the studies.

The idea – and it’s all moot at this point – is to go after big pharma by copying how they operate.

If you think it might be difficult to produce concrete clinical data on homeopathic treatments, Breslow argues that is precisely the point. Right now, he says, it’s “all the stories, and some scientists say some of them are BS and some say it’s true. So we’re finally going to show people the data and let those who believe fund it and see if it actually works.

As for how Love makes money from this whole process, Breslow says he will buy Love tokens himself; it will also “selectively launch different health-related brands under the Love umbrella.”

If everything is pretty squishy right now, Human Capital and MaC Venture Capital don’t seem to care. They provided the seed of Love.

Notably, the two companies are also investors in Bolt, Breslow said when asked, although he suggests that if there is a connection to Bolt, is that leading Bolt for eight years made him think differently about wellness. According to Breslow, he had suffered for many years from chronic back pain that he thought was “incurable” because the “many doctors and established medical experts” he saw only made it worse. Later pointed to an alternative healer who introduced Breslow to yoga, meditation and mental therapy, he says his back pain quickly disappeared.

Even social media, suggests Breslow, remains a therapeutic outlet for him. Indeed, he was asked if he could walk back tweet from the start of this year, considering everything that followed, he says he has “no regrets”.

Said Breslow, “I’m going to continue to be quite active on social media and I think that’s been a net positive in terms of raising Bolt’s awareness. A year ago most people I know don’t didn’t know what Bolt was or is. Now almost everyone does.