‘Unicorn Hunters’ Might Be the New ‘Shark Tank’ With Famous Hosts

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Apr. 26 2021, Published 2:39 p.m. ET

If entrepreneurs don’t want to jump into a certain Shark Tank, perhaps they’ll want to step into the “Circle of Money” on the new reality series Unicorn Hunters

That’s what producers are calling the panel of Unicorn Hunter hosts, the likes of which include former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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In the new series—premiering on May 10 on Amazon Prime and other platforms—the panelists hear pitches from “emerging growth companies looking to hit the coveted $1 billion  "unicorn’ valuation mark" and decide whether to invest.

While you wait for the show to debut, read on for more information on the hosts.

Rosie Rios was the 43rd Treasurer of the United States.

Rios served as U.S. Treasurer from 2009 to 2016 and became the longest-serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official, according to her online bio. As Treasurer, Rios spearheaded efforts to put a woman on U.S. currency for the first time in more than 100 years.

Now, Rios is a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the founder of Teachers Righting History, an education project that “highlights historic American women in classrooms across the country.”

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Steve Wozniak is the co-founder of Apple.

Wozniak co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976 and designed the company’s first product, the Apple I computer, and its successor, the Apple II, according to his bio.

After surviving a plane crash in 1981 and leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak went on to co-found Electronic Frontier Foundation, an international digital rights nonprofit, according to Biography. His latest venture is the energy efficiency platform Efforce.

Silvina Moschini and Alex Konanykhin are the co-founders of TransparentBusiness.

Serial entrepreneurs Silvina Moschini and Alex Konanykhin co-founded the remote work platform TransparentBusiness. Moschini serves as the president, while Konanykhin serves as the CEO. The company—which financed Unicorn Hunters—became a unicorn in October 2020, according to a press release.

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Moe Vela advised two U.S. vice presidents.

According to his online bio, Moe Vela served as Senior Advisor in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden and Senior Advisor on Hispanic Affairs for Vice President Al Gore. Now, he’s the founding partner and CEO of two global business development consulting firms, The Vela Group and MoeVela.

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Lance Bass is a singer-turned-investor.

From 1995 to 2002, Bass was a member of NSYNC, the boy band with two No. 1 albums with 28 million units sold.

Since then, Bass has become a businessman. He's a co-owner of Los Angeles-area bar Rocco’s WeHo. He co-founded the Just Add X mixer brand and invested in Gathered Foods.

Scott Livingston is the CEO of Livingston Securities.

With 25 years of Wall Street experience and a reputation as the “King of Nanotechnology on Wall Street,” Scott Livingston is the CEO and chairman of Livingston Securities. The broker-dealer focuses on “providing investment banking, advisory and brokerage services to a wide variety of clients, including public and private corporations, institutional and high net worth investors, governments and universities,” according to its website.

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