Let's Grab Coffee Podcast ☕Apr 14, 2021
#151 - Samir Mirza | The Ups & Downs of Entrepreneurship
Samir Mirza is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fifth Star Funds - a venture philanthropy fund investing in Black tech entrepreneurs at the pre-seed / "Friends & Family" stage in Chicago. He was formerly the Co-Founder and CTO of TapCommerce (acquired by Twitter for $100M).
He began his career in Chicago consulting for Fortune 500 clients while building robust content management applications, APIs, and backend distributed systems. In 2012, he co-founded TapCommerce in New York and created the industry's first mobile ad retargeting solution. As the Chief Technology Officer, he led the engineering team and built a backend platform that processes over 40 billion ad auctions per day with the ability to show ads to over 1 billion mobile users for the world's top mobile brands.
Samir then lived in Berlin, Germany where he served as a coding instructor at the ReDI School for Refugees and worked as a consultant for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Digital Transformation Team. Samir has a Computer Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.
To connect with Samir: https://www.fifthstarfunds.com/
#150 - Dan Zavorotny | leveraging technology to improve global health
Dan is on a mission to personalize nutrition by leveraging CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitoring) and Machine Learning. In simple terms, Nutrisense helps reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes & heart disease, helping people shed unwanted weight, and advise athletes on how to become the best versions of themselves.
#149 - Chris Kelly | The Sandler Sales Training Methodology
Chris Kelly is Owner of the Sandler Training® Center located in Toronto.
His firm works with Business Leaders, Sales Leaders, Sellers & Customer Care professionals who are serious about personal and professional success and willing to succeed through ongoing improvement and implementation of growth strategies, structure and skill.
Over the last decade, the typical Toronto based organisation that chooses to begin a conversation with Chris has some business success behind it. The leadership is growth minded and they have a belief that how they sell has a significant impact on their growth success.
Chris' consulting and delivery and process implementation is rooted in the Sandler methodology. Sandler Training is a world leader in innovative sales and sales management training.
You can contact Chris @ email@example.com
#148 - Claude Cimeus | Being Authentic & Bringing People Together
Claude Cimeus is a close personal friend and peer within Chicago's entrepreneurial ecosystem. He's currently Director of Platform at P33 Chicago; a non-profit focused on driving inclusive growth for Chicago’s tech sector. Prior to that, Claude worked as a Product Manager at five startups and founded three of his own right out of high school. On the side, Claude enjoys bringing the startup world closer together by hosting fireside night chats with leaders in different industries as well as hosting in-person tech events via ChiTech IRL.
To connect with Claude: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claude-ci
Check out ChiTech IRL events: https://twitter.com/ChiTechIRL
#147 - Swapnil Shinde | exiting 2 startups & building AI for finance teams
Swapnil is the CEO & Co-founder of Zeni.ai - Bookkeeping, Tax, and CFO Services Platform designed for Startup Founders. Zeni is his 3rd startup. He has built and sold two startups before. His first startup was Dhingana and his second startup was Mezi.
#146 - Mark Achler | How to Sell Your Startup, Maximize Return and Build Legacy
Venture Capital investor, CEO, Serial entrepreneur, a faculty member at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and Co-author of Exit Right.
Check out Mark's new book: https://amzn.to/3EGmqPS
#145 - Kenny Rose | earning passive income through franchise investing
FranShares is an investment platform that lets anyone diversify their portfolio, hedge against inflation, and earn passive income through franchise investing. Our investors enjoy unparalleled transparency while investing in SEC and FTC regulated real assets that are rigorously-vetted and managed by our world-class team of franchise experts.
Kenny Rose started his career at Merrill Lynch then somehow found his way into the world of franchising. He's written about franchising on Quora (sent to over 35 million readers) and has been featured on Forbes, ABC News, American Express, The Hustle, MarketWatch, and more.
Check it out here: www.franshares.com
#144 - Kristel Bechara | Becoming the First Female Artist From the Middle East to Launch NFT’s
Born in Lebanon and based in Dubai, Kristel Bechara is an award-winning contemporary artist who has quickly established herself as the rising star of the Middle Eastern art world.
Recognized for her dynamic patterns and expressive colours, Kristel’s artwork consists of the revolutionary creation of photographic imagery using oil, acrylic and giclée printmaking mediums to depict complex emotions and also portray the human condition. Her artistic process involves creating stencil-like drawings that are combined with modern mixed media lines to form multi-layered fantasy paintings.
Kristel’s work has been displayed around the world to great appreciation and demand, especially from galleries in Tokyo, Milano, Brussels, and France. She has received high acclaim in UAE as well, notably winning the UAE Resident Artist Award at the 2018 World Art Dubai for her collection, Beauty in Diversity.
Kristel has also gained recognition as a pioneer of NFT art in the Middle East, having been one of the first artists in the region to adopt NFT technology to launch her new series, Beauty in DeFi. Inspired by the world of cryptocurrencies, this series of digital paintings has been the subject of much critical acclaim and has been featured in publications across the globe.
As a wife and mother of two, Kristel Bechara is an avid traveller who finds inspiration in exploring cities, art museums and galleries. She dedicates her mornings to creating art in her studio, while her afternoons and evenings are spent with her family.
Kristel currently works on her art from her studio in Onyx Tower, Dubai while her gallery is located at Gate Avenue, Dubai International Financial Centre.
Shop her artwork collection HERE.
Check her digital artwork collection HERE.
#143 - Priyanka Jain | Reinventing How We Understand & Treat the Female Body
Evvy is on a mission to radically reinvent how we understand and treat the female body, starting with the vaginal microbiome. Evvy’s first product — the Evvy Vaginal Health Test — is the first-ever at-home vaginal microbiome test to use metagenomic sequencing to tell you what’s up down there, why it matters, and what you can do about it.
#142 - Daniel Dubois | Co-ownership Platform Providing Access to Real Estate for All
Daniel is a serial entrepreneur and passionate changemaker. He recently sold his last two venture-backed companies and joined Airbnb full-time. Daniel also spoke on stage in front of 20,000 youth at We Day, directed a film series on the sharing economy, received a monthly grant from the Austrian government to conduct research on the European sharing economy, and traveled to over 30 countries. Daniel has been named Top 30 Under 30, a Canadian G20 Delegate and was named the top student entrepreneur in Canada and top three student entrepreneur globally by Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Daniel spoke at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit in China, completed a 100km race along the Great Wall, and spoke to both Justin Trudeau and Prince William on the importance of fostering youth innovation.
#141 - Amanda Lannert | Vulnerability in Leadership & Daring to Be Great
Amanda Lannert is CEO of Jellyvision and has been a key figure in driving the company since its founding in 2001. Her focus at Jellyvision is on the company’s strategy, improving processes to better scale operations, partnership development, and customer acquisition to continue fueling the company’s growth.
Under Amanda’s leadership, Jellyvision has grown to serve more than 1500 mostly Fortune 1000 clients with ALEX, the most helpful employee decision support platform on the planet. In 2019, 18 million employees and $120 billion dollar’s worth of premium decisions were entrusted to ALEX. Meanwhile, the company has been recognized as the Best Software Company and Best Culture by the Moxies, the Lighthouse winner by the ITA, a top 10 best place to work in Chicago by The Chicago Tribune and the #1 place for millennials to work in Chicago according to Crain’s.
Prior to joining Jellyvision, Amanda managed global brands for Kellogg’s while at Leo Burnett, in addition to spending two years in a new business and new brand development think tank. She attended Haverford College and Edinburgh University.
#140 - Paul Hsu | Investing in Web3 With a $48.8M Blockchain Venture Fund
Paul Hsu is Founder and CEO of Decasonic, the venture and digital assets fund building blockchain innovation. As a tech investor and operator, Paul partners with outlier founders to accelerate product market fit and systematically scale early stage companies.
Paul’s curiosity and conviction in disruptive technology date back to the dawn of the Internet: first, as a venture investor on Sand Hill Road, then as a senior executive at pre-IPO mobile, social and gaming companies, and today as a founder and investor in blockchain.
Paul has held senior leadership positions at technology companies in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Chicago and New York City where his expertise in product and growth helped stabilize and systematically scale these companies during periods of exponential growth. His investments in blockchain date as early as 2013.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, where his studies concentrated on economics, math, statistics and international politics. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.
Learn more about Decasonic here: https://www.decasonic.com/
#139 - Guy Kawasaki | The Art of the Start & Lessons From Steve Jobs
Guy possesses extensive knowledge of innovation, entrepreneurship, social media, podcasting, and marketing. First and foremost, he is an evangelist. The term comes from a Greek word that means "bringing the good news." That's what he does--whether the good news of Macintosh or the good news of Canva, an online graphics-design firm.
In addition to his work at Canva, he is the creator of the Remarkable People podcast where he interviews people such as Jane Goodall, Woz, Stephen Wolfram, Bob Cialdini, Arianna Huffington, and Kristi Yamaguchi.
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#138 - Victor Gutwein | Building One of the Most Active VC Firms in the Midwest at 29
Entrepreneur, economist and strategist aiming to create value in the Midwest by investing in early-stage startups.
#137 - Boyede Sobitan | building a digital marketplace for cultural groceries
Boyede Sobitan is the Co-Founder and CEO of OjaExpress. OjaExpress is a digital marketplace for cultural groceries. OjaExpress seeks to provide a culturally competent service that is reflective and respectful of people's individual cultures.
Check it out: https://ojaexpress.com/
#136 - Anoop Gupta | SeekOut crossing unicorn status & lessons from working with Bill Gates
Anoop Gupta is the CEO and Co-Founder of SeekOut, the AI-powered Talent 360 platform. Anoop started SeekOut after a 20-year career at Microsoft, which began with the acquisition of his first startup, VXtreme, in 1997.
During his tenure, Anoop was the Corporate Vice-President of the multibillion-dollar Unified Communications group. He was TA to Bill Gates, advising on technology and product strategy as a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research, leading work on Telepresence and Natural User Interfaces. Prior to Microsoft, Anoop was a tenured professor at Stanford University and he holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
#135 - Austin Long | Building Community Through Internet Collectibles
Youtooz is a company turning nostalgia and internet culture into amazing products that people love, has grown its online following to 2 million in just two years. It has also seen YoY growth of 600% from 2019 to 2021.
About Austin long: former founder of SquareOne, former SVP of Gaming at Omnia Media, acquired by BlueAntMedia in Jan 2016. Currently the Co-founder of Youtooz. Austin was named one of the most impressive High School Graduates (U.S.) in 2014 by Business Insider and 20 In Their 20s by Los Angeles Business Journal.
Check out the Youtooz collection: https://youtooz.com/
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#134 - Pete Wilkins | Finding Purpose as an Entrepreneur
Pete Wilkins is a purpose-driven leader committed to creating a positive impact in the world.
Before he was thirty, he was a critical part of two technology startups that sold and IPO’d for more than $2.8 billion. He later went on to lead the turnaround of a medical education company from record losses to record profits and built one of the premier online physician education communities, which was followed by starting a double-bottom line company focused on college attainment for Latino families. Not every step was successful, but they were all purposeful.
Today, Pete leads HPA – one of the most active and successful early-stage venture investor groups in the country. He and his firm have partnered with hundreds of founders to help turn their dreams into reality, helping them scale their business from a startup idea to a global market leader. In the process, he has helped create billions of dollars of value, but more importantly, he has helped these founders manifest their purpose into incredible companies that are changing the world. He serves as an active advisor to many entrepreneurs, sits on several boards, and frequently speaks and writes about investing in people and companies for Forbes, VentureBeat and Thrive Global.
Check out Pete's book "Purpose First Entrepreneur": https://amzn.to/3eb0RKZ
#133 - Lauren Foundos | From Wall St. to Fitness Tech
FORTË is the fitness industry's only turnkey premium live and on-demand streaming white-label digital solution. For more information, please visit https://www.goforte.fit/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
#132 - Kyle Nakatsuji | Building a Smarter Choice for Car Insurance
Clearcover offers affordable car insurance that’s smarter, faster and puts your needs above all else, helping you make informed decisions every step of the way.
Prior to starting Clearcover, Kyle helped launch a venture-capital fund at American Family Insurance. He convinced the insurer to invest in video-doorbell startup Ring, which was later acquired by Amazon for $1 billion. He later convinced his former employer to back his car insurance startup, Clearcover, which he co-founded in 2016. Kyle believed he could carve out room for a new car insurance company amid giants such as Allstate, State Farm and Geico by creating a low-cost, low-hassle, millennial-friendly product and a low-touch, high-tech business model. The Chicago-based company has grown to more than 300 employees and sells in 19 states. It has raised $330 million.
#131 - Yuval Brisker | The Emergence of Embedded Finance
Yuval is a serial technology entrepreneur. Prior to founding Alviere, Yuval co-founded TOA Technologies, the leading global provider of field service management SaaS solutions. He led TOA over 40 straight quarters of recurring revenue growth, raising $133m in capital from Draper, Intel Cap & TCV. Oracle acquired TOA in the summer of 2014 for the highest multiple they had paid for a company to date.
Alviere provides the most complete embedded finance platform available today, empowering the world’s most visible, trusted and beloved brands to offer financial services to their customers for the first time. Alviere’s easy, powerful and future-proof platform and associated services allows any business to launch a new financial services line of business to dramatically increase profits, deepen customer relationships and insights, and increase satisfaction and retention. To find out how embedded financial products can take you into the next generation of profitable business visit us at www.alviere.com.
#130 - Ash Agarwal | Digitally Transforming the Resource Industry
Symboticware is an Operating System of Intelligence that digitally transforms the resource industry in real-time with end-to-end actionable data insights.
Ash's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashutoshmagus/
#129 - Marc Champagne | Questions That Stimulate Your Mental Fitness
Inspired by Socrates himself, Marc Champagne draws on his interviews with award-winning writers, designers, photographers, strategists, entrepreneurs, technologists, musicians, athletes, and more to provide inspiration and examples as to where and how pointed self-inquiry can help your health, happiness and performance. Readers are guided by powerful reflective questions that can be easily applied to daily life and work for incredible results.
What can you expect after reading Personal Socrates?
- A personalized mental fitness routine
- Morning rituals to win the day
- Calming and clearing evening wind-down practices
- Tools to deescalate emotionally charged situations
- To feel mentally lighter, clearer, focused, and confident
The prompts and mental fitness practices detailed throughout *Personal Socrates* are like having your very own mental fitness coach with you at all times—one who can be used to bring clarity, intentionality, and possibility to every aspect of your life.
Published by Baronfig Circus Books, an imprint of Baronfig Inc., New York City
#128 - Brendan Wallace| Building the Largest Venture Capital Firm Focused on Real Estate Tech
Founded in 2016 and based in Los Angeles, California, Fifth Wall, a Certified B Corporation, is the largest venture capital firm focused on technology-driven innovation for the global real estate industry. With approximately $2.5 billion in commitments and capital under management, Fifth Wall connects many of the world's largest owners and operators of real estate with the entrepreneurs who are redefining the future of the Built World. Fifth Wall is backed by a global mix of more than 70+ investors from 15 countries.
Learn more; https://fifthwall.com/about
#127 - Brian Barnes | Personal Finance, Fintech, & Reaching Unicorn Status
M1 is an intelligent personal finance platform. You can invest for free in a custom portfolio, borrow against your portfolio at one of the lowest rates on the market, and spend seamlessly all from one account.
#126 - Matt Van Horn | Cofounding Zimride (Now Lyft) & Creating an Intelligent Oven
Matt Van Horn is an American entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of June, maker of the June Intelligent Oven. Previously he co-founded Zimride, now called the ride-sharing service Lyft, was Vice President of Business at Path, and ran partnerships at Digg He also worked at Apple while attending college.
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#125 - Joe Foster | The Founder of Reebok 👟
The remarkable story of how Joe Foster developed Reebok into one of the world's most famous sports brands, having started from a small factory in Bolton.
#124 - Kailin Noivo, Co-Founder of Noibu | From Finance to Entrepreneurship, Lessons From the Trenches
Noibu is a SaaS product that allows retailers to detect, prioritize and resolve revenue impacting errors on their ecommerce websites.
Serving some of the largest retail brands in USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Portugal, Mexico and Italy.
#123 - Matt Bailey, Founder GameOn | Building the Future of Superfan Engagement
GameOn lets your fans connect, make predictions, track live scores and be rewarded during every moment of their favorite sports, TV shows and live events. Get in touch to give your superfans a super engaging experience.
#122 - John Abrams, CEO of Venzee Technologies | Optimizing supply chain with artificial intelligence
Connect with John: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abramsjohn/
#121 - Michael Schein, President of MicroFame Media | Lessons From the World’s Greatest Propagandists
He is the author of The Hype Handbook: 12 Indispensable Success Secrets From the World’s Greatest Propagandists, Self-Promoters, Cult Leaders, Mischief Makers, and Boundary Breakers (McGraw Hill, January 12, 2021).
His articles have appeared in Fortune, Forbes, Inc., Huffington Post, and Psychology Today..
He speaks to international audiences spanning from the northeastern United States to the southeastern coast of China.
As founder and president of marketing agency MicroFame Media, he has launched campaigns and created content for companies including eBay, Magento, The Medici Group, University of Pennsylvania, Gordon College, University of California Irvine, United Methodist Publishing House, Ricoh, LinkedIn, and Citrix.
He has also recently begun practice the martial art Wing Chun, giving him yet another similarity with Robert Downey, Jr.
#120 - Deon Nicholas, CEO of Forethought | TechCrunch Disrupt winner, the "AI for Customer Support"
Deon is the CEO & Co-founder of TechCrunch Disrupt winner Forethought, the "AI for Customer Support" company.
LGC E119 - Jon Cheney | Augmented Reality Meets Commerce
Jon is a visionary leader in the world of augmented reality. SeekView brings augmented reality directly to websites. Augmented reality will be a mainstream component of e-commerce in the next 3 years, and Seek has the world’s most advanced and powerful system to provide a scalable solution for AR in e-commerce on the web.
LGC E118 - Rachel Tipograph | Creativity, eCommerce, & Influence
Rachel Tipograph considered herself amongst the digerati since the moment she became an eBay power user at 13. Forbes listed Rachel as one of its “30 under 30 Who Are Changing The World”, Marie Claire named her one of "The 50 Most Influential Women in America," Fast Company named her one of "The Most Creative People in Business", AdAge named her one of "The Most Creative People of The Year," AdWeek named her one of "The Young Influentials Shaping Business and Culture," Entrepreneur named her one of the "50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs," Inc named her to the “Female Founders 100,” Business Insider named her one of “New York Tech’s Coolest People", Refinery29 named her one of its "Rising Female Tech Stars," The Wrap named her one of "The 11 Change Agents Disrupting Hollywood," and LinkedIn named her one of its "Next Wave: Top Professionals 35 & Under." After being the Global Director of Digital and Social Media at Gap where she oversaw strategy, implementation and measurement, Rachel traveled the world for 100 days and then founded MikMak, an eCommerce marketing platform for multi-channel brands.
LGC E117 - Jeff Korzenik | how second chance hiring works for your business and the community
Jeff Korzenik is the Chief Investment Strategist at Fifth Third Bank, one of the country's largest regional banks, and is responsible for the allocation of over $30 billion in client investment. He is also the author of the recently published book "Untapped Talent: How Second Chance Hiring Works for Your Business and the Community."
LGC E116 - Tessa Wijaya | building the fastest growing digital payments infrastructure in Southeast Asia
Tessa Wijaya is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Xendit, the fastest growing digital payments infrastructure in Southeast Asia. She is responsible for the overall business operations of the company, including service and support, partnerships, government, and public relations, as well as compliance. Tessa co-founded Xendit with a highly diverse international team to build Southeast Asia’s first modern and reliable payments infrastructure, uniquely designed for the complexities of the region. Besides building Xendit, Tessa is also a champion for women entrepreneurs, spearheading the Women in Tech Indonesia platform. Tessa received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and her postgraduate degree from the University of Sydney.
LGC E115 - Rohan Kapoor | being a houseguest on Big Brother Canada 9 #roshow
Rohan is a good friend of mine, who used to be my colleague at TMX Group. He since left TMX to delve into the startup world and has since joined Gorgias, an integrated helpdesk for e-commerce brands, as a Strategic Partner Manager. He also recently starred on Big Brother Canada 9. We talk about his entire experience in the house and what it was like to switch from corporate to startup world to being on a live TV show with millions of Canadians watching.
LGC E114 - Eytan Bensoussan | building the most effective banking experience in the world
Business banking built for America. NorthOne is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services provided by The Bancorp Bank; Member FDIC.
LGC E113 - Naveen Jain | ideas that will push humanity forward 🚀
Naveen is an intensely curious entrepreneur who is focused on ideas that will push humanity forward. He is the author of the award-winning book Moonshots: Creating a World of Abundance. His current moonshot adventures are Viome and Moon Express. As a serial entrepreneur, he previously founded InfoSpace, Intelius, and TalentWise.
Viome’s singular mission is to “make illness optional.” Viome has built an AI-driven platform that analyzes the interaction between food, our microbiome, and our human cells in order to develop precision nutrition to prevent and reverse chronic diseases.
Moon Express is the only company globally with permission to harvest resources from the moon—developing the infrastructure needed to push humanity forward towards a true multi-planetary society.
In addition to his current moonshots, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Board at Singularity University, where he focuses on educating and inspiring leaders to utilize innovative technologies to address humanity’s greatest challenges. He is also on the Board of the XPRIZE Foundation, an organization that uses incentivized prize competition to push the limits of what’s possible — to change the world for the better.
LGC E112 - Hardika Shah | Financial Inclusion for Small Business Entrepreneurs
Hardika Shah is the Founder & CEO of Kinara Capital driving financial inclusion for small business entrepreneurs in India. Kinara Capital is ranked 64 out of 500 Top High-Growth Companies in Asia-Pacific by The Financial Times and as India's Growth Champions 2020 by The Economic Times. For its impact on SME Financing, Kinara Capital was one of only two companies in Asia to win the Gold award as 'Bank of the Year-Asia' by the World Bank / IFC at the SME Finance Forum in Amsterdam in 2019.
LGC E111 - Elie Habib | Becoming the First Arab Tech Company to IPO on Nasdaq
Based in Abu Dhabi with offices in Beirut, Dubai, Cairo and Riyadh, Anghami is the leading music streaming venture created by seasoned entrepreneurs, funded by leading firms in the Middle East, with the aim to change the way music is discovered and listened to.
LGC E110 - Sean Merat | entrepreneurship, MMA, life & more
Sean is a serial entrepreneur currently focused on the Insurtech space. He co-founded Owl.co in 2017, recognizing the potential to save insurance companies millions of dollars by changing how they approach fraud detection. By leveraging AI and machine learning to manage fraud claims, Owl.co is able to perform greater due diligence at scale, while removing human bias from the process.
Passionate about data privacy and zero knowledge proof, Sean believes tech should be leveraged by consumers and not at their expense. Prior to founding Owl.co, Sean founded, sold and took public a series of tech ventures, which have shaped his progressive views on startup growth, leadership and culture.
He serves as an advisor for Hold Accelerator, an AI Fintech organization that connects Fintech startups with corporate clients and investors and is a proud husband and father.
LGC E109 - Ryan Walsh | Shaping the Future of Drone Delivery
Valqari's patented intelligent mailbox accepts manned and unmanned deliveries, such as drones and autonomous vehicles.
LGC E108 - Anthony Zhang | Overcoming Tough Times & Building a Platform for Fine Wine
Vinovest is the world’s first platform for investing in fine wine, an asset class that has traditionally only been available to the ultra wealthy and has outperformed the S&P 500 over the last three decades.
Vinovest is supported by leaders in the asset management space, master sommeliers, as well as top-tier VCs.
Disclaimer; I do personally use Vinovest, but this episode is not providing any investment advice nor am I endorsed by the company.
LGC E107 - Allen Lau | Building One of the Largest Storytelling Platforms and Getting Acquired for US$600M
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Wattpad’s flagship app is a leading social storytelling platform, home to a community of more than 90 million people who spend over 23 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories. Wattpad’s Story DNA Machine Learning technology allows the company to discover stand-out stories among more than one billion uploads written on the platform. Wattpad Studios and Wattpad Books are transforming entertainment and publishing, using data-backed insights to turn Wattpad stories into books, films and TV shows. Wattpad Brand Partnerships help brands build deep engagement with Gen Z consumers. The company is proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Learn more at company.wattpad.com.
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LGC E106 - Kalpesh Kapadia | Creating a digital-first credit card platform for students & immigrants
Deserve is a next generation analytics-based fintech company. Through machine learning and alternative data, Deserve is helping millennials and Gen Z’s, the next wave of credit owners, gain financial independence through access to fair credit products.
LGC E105 - Brett Johnson | Professional Soccer Player Turned Startup Founder
SwitchedOn is a Perceptual-Cognitive-Motor (PCM) training app that is designed to take your physical training to the next level by keeping your brain SwitchedOn. Traditional training methods focus on improving either physical or cognitive performance separately, where at SwitchedOn we understand that the brain and body work together and our training must reflect that. This revolutionary method of training is currently being used by professional athletes, US military personnel, and fitness enthusiasts everywhere, and is now available on your mobile device.
LGC E104 - Jay Samit | One of the World's Leading Experts on Disruption
International bestselling author Jay Samit, is a dynamic entrepreneur and intrepreneur who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on disruption and innovation. Described by Wired magazine as “having the coolest job in the industry,” he raises hundreds of millions of dollars for startups, advises Fortune 500 firms, transforms entire industries, revamps government institutions, and for three decades continues to be at the forefront of global trends.
LGC E103 - Dr. Shawn Baker | The Carnivore Diet 🥩
Dr. Shawn Baker is the father / establisher of the carnivore diet and the author of the best selling book “The Carnivore Diet”.
LGC E102 - Isabelle Kenyon | Changing the way the world treats weight
Isabelle is the Founder & CEO of Calibrate, the modern, medical metabolic health business that is changing the way the world treats weight. Prior to Calibrate, she led the business operations, growth, and strategic partnerships & communications teams at Capsule, a technology business that has raised $270 million to rebuild the pharmacy from the inside out. Before Capsule, Isabelle worked at beloved consumer brands in London and New York and was selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Retail & E-commerce list in 2015. She began her career as an investment banker in Hong Kong and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.