Revolutionizing Startup Ecosystems: An Interview with Lorde Astor West

Discover How Radhash Is Transforming the Startup Landscape with Innovative Tech Solutions and Democratizing Access to Funding

Devin: What is your superpower?

Astor: As an entrepreneur, you kind of have to have several because you wear so many hats. But I think that if I were to name just one. It would be tolerance for pain.

In today’s episode of Superpowers for Good, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lorde Astor West, the dynamic CEO and Technical Founder of RadHash LTD. Astor shared her inspiring journey and the groundbreaking innovations her company is bringing to the startup ecosystem. 

Astor’s passion for democratizing software development and automating startup processes stood out as a central theme of our conversation. RadHash’s unique approach integrates all the challenging aspects of launching a software startup, making it more accessible and efficient. As Astor explained, “We’ve taken all of the things that are really difficult about starting a software startup, and we’ve kind of meshed them all together.”


One of the most compelling aspects of RadHash’s technology is its potential to revolutionize the capital-raising process. Astor highlighted how their system provides real-time data to investors, enhancing their confidence and willingness to invest early. “By having that data and that embedded funding feature as a part of our ecosystem, investors are getting real-time data that are linked to the performance of that startup's software,” she said. This transparency and accessibility can significantly reduce the risks associated with early-stage investing.

Moreover, RadHash’s platform is designed to be inclusive, addressing historical biases in the venture capital industry. Astor pointed out, “When you can rely on numbers and you see things in that investment portfolio that make sense, there’s less opportunity to bake in those historic issues that permeate our systems.” This commitment to equity can level the playing field for marginalized groups, offering more opportunities for diverse founders.

Astor’s own story is a testament to perseverance and innovation. With over two decades in software development, she has built RadHash to empower solo founders and small teams by providing a comprehensive, no-code platform that standardizes and simplifies software creation.

For those interested in supporting this transformative venture, RadHash’s campaign can be found on Wefunder. As Astor put it, “Build your system, get your platform funded, hire your team all within one thing. And if you're a solo founder, it’s a really good way to get started because you really don’t need anyone but yourself.”

Astor’s vision and RadHash’s innovative solutions are set to make a significant impact on the startup landscape, fostering a more inclusive and efficient ecosystem for future entrepreneurs.



1. Introduction to RadHash Platform: Lorde Astor West explains RadHash, a platform designed to democratize software development and automate the startup ecosystem. It aims to simplify the capital raising process for SaaS entrepreneurs by integrating real-time data and reducing bias in investment decisions.

2. Benefits of RadHash for Investors and Entrepreneurs: The platform provides real-time performance data, enhancing investor confidence and enabling investments across a diverse ecosystem of industries and founders. It aims to level the playing field for marginalized groups by focusing on data rather than biases traditionally ingrained in venture capital processes.

3. Astor's Journey and Experience: Astor shares her extensive background in software development, starting from the early 2000s, and highlights how her experiences shaped the creation of RadHash. She emphasizes her passion for automating systems and processes to optimize business operations.

4. Unique Features of RadHash: Unlike typical no-code builders, RadHash allows users to build software without technical expertise and launch systems within their own private cloud, ensuring intellectual property ownership. The platform also features tools for creating diverse business models, hiring teams, and setting up funding exchanges.

5. Superpower and Entrepreneurial Insights: Astor discusses her superpower of "tolerance for pain," essential for enduring the constant pressures of entrepreneurship. She advises aspiring entrepreneurs to develop mental toughness, perseverance, and the ability to roll with setbacks while staying focused on long-term goals.


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How to Develop Tolerance for Pain As a Superpower

Summary of Superpower: Astor West’s superpower is her remarkable tolerance for pain. This strength allows her to endure the constant pressures and setbacks inherent in entrepreneurship, maintaining focus and perseverance despite significant challenges.

Illustrative Story: Astor described her entrepreneurial journey as one marked by relentless pressure, comparing it to the irritation of a persistent rug burn. She shared that this ongoing stress, both internal and external, is a reality for all founders. Despite experiencing moments where everything seemed to fall apart, Astor’s ability to endure these hardships and keep moving forward exemplifies her superpower of tolerating pain.

Tips for Developing This Superpower:


1. Roll with the Punches: When something unfortunate happens, let it slide off your back. Don’t dwell on it or give it undue attention.

2. Fix and Prevent: If an issue is significant, find a way to fix it or ensure it doesn’t happen again.

3. Be Unflappable: Cultivate the ability to stay calm and composed, even when facing your worst nightmares.

4. Persevere: Develop the diligence to keep going, knowing that challenges will come but they can be overcome.

5. Embrace Resilience: Accept that failure is part of the journey and be prepared to start again if necessary.

By following Astor West’s example and advice, you can make tolerance for pain a skill. With practice and effort, you could make it a superpower that enables you to do more good in the world.

Remember, however, that research into success suggests that building on your own superpowers is more important than creating new ones or overcoming weaknesses. You do you!

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