Insights With Experts
By Insights with Experts
Insights With Experts Aug 09, 2021
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Podcaster; Marko Stravou
Learn more about Marko by visiting the link: https://markostavrou.webflow.io
Expert in startups, investments and mentorship; Thomas Walsh
Welcome back to Insights with Experts!
We are kicking off season 3 with exciting new updates to the podcast. In today's episode, our CEO, Shyam is joined by a co host, Noah Tracey!
In this episode, Shyam and Noah are joined by Thomas Walsh, and expert in investments, startups and mentoring.
Piece Of Advice For New STARTUP Founders! Ken Mocabee
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Do you think it's luck?
Tod Fennell is a Canadian film, voice and television actor. His career started back when he was just seven years old, starring in his motion picture. Since then, Tod has been working as a voice actor in video game productions, screenwriting and production.
Are you crazy enough to fail? Leeor Groen - Blockchain Valley Ventures
Leeor Groen is currently a partner at Blockchain Valley Ventures. He draws on a wealth of experience having lived and worked professionally in Zurich, London, Melbourne, Oslo, Brisbane and Singapore.
Blockchain Valley Ventures - https://bvventures.ch/about-company We leverage our strategic network and years of experience in venture capital, corporate finance and entrepreneurship to help our portfolio companies build disruptive blockchain-enabled businesses.
Mentoring Platform: https://oracui.com/
Emre Buyukkilic on how Gen Z is influencing the future!
In our most recent interview, we were fortunate enough to meet with Emre Buyukkilic. Emre is a country advisor and works at the Investment Office of the Presidency of Turkey. As a country advisor, he is responsible with the promotion of Turkey’s investment opportunities worldwide. Currently based in Singapore, Emre speaks on the value of being open-minded and explains how important multi-cultural openness is.
Mentoring Platform: https://oracui.com/
Oh Tepmongkol-Wheaton on overcoming prejudice and discrimination
Oh is one of Forbes’s next 1000 honoree and is the CEO and co-founder of Ohzone (a 3D fashion tech startup that has been awarded Top Fashion Tech 2021 by Retail Tech Insights.) Oh's initial goal was to create a social shopping experience as if you were all in the same place at the same time. Oh places a lot of emphasis on inclusivity and the importance of embracing family values.
Byron Dempsey: why it's important to fail before you succeed?
This week on Insights with Experts, we were fortunate enough to have an interview with Byron Dempsey. Byron is the founder of Stream Digital Marketing, a content creation agency and the host of the Driven Young podcast, a podcast that aims to educate and to inspire the younger generation.
Martial Arts Expert - Alan Baker
Alan Baker is a successful martial arts expert based in the United States. In this interview, we covered topics that revolved around discipline, weakness, and taking challenges as they come. As a professional, Alan has had many experiences with various kinds of people. Alan shared his insights on how to get along with people you may not be similar with and how to build those people skills. The main focus of this episode was on attitude and human interaction.
Jonathan Aberman's golden rules to become a successful entrepreneur!
Jonathan Aberman is the current Dean and Professor of Practice at the School of Business and Technology at Marymount University. Over the course of Jonathan’s life, he has experiences as a venture capitalist, lawyer, investment banker and entrepreneur. As an expert in the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship and policies, Jonathan shared with us the most important advice to anyone entering the entrepreneurial world.
Hustle culture and the "perfect" lifestyle - Shaun Gold
Shaun Gold is a serial entrepreneur, best selling author and a guest speaker. Shaun is involved in many other things in his life which makes him the ultimate guest to give advice on finding a pathway and dealing with rejection.
In this interview, we explored the topics of hustling, being an outsider and how to create a network.
Shaun started off the interview with exploring the question "What comes first?", comparing it to the scenario of the chicken and the egg. Shaun cannot pinpoint a time in his life when everything started taking off. In many cases, an entrepreneur and the drive comes with the person, so Shaun has always had this passion and drive.
Mentoring Platform: https://oracui.com/
Why art degrees are more useful than you think - Steven Lavine
Steven D. Lavine is the former President of the California Institute of the Arts and he is currently the chairman of the American advisory board of the Thomas Mann House. The interview covered a wide range of topics, including Lavine's lifelong influences, the recent release of his new book Failure Is What It Is All About, and advice he would give to any aspiring artists.
Episode 59: Angelita Teo - Director at the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage
Angelita Teo is the Director at the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage. Her work in the arts and culture sector started at University where she decided to change her major and chose to pursue what she truly wanted. Originally from Singapore, Angelita worked in various locations in the island city that then helped her to grow in her career.
Episode 58: Joel Hauer - Founder of Liquor Loot
Joel Hauer is the founder of Liquor Loot, an Australian based alcohol subscription service. Joel has a background of marketing from his education at Macquarie University. After founding several companies focusing on entrepreneurs, marketing and freelancing, Joel wanted to take that experience and create a new project for himself.
Episode 57: Irene Wu - Investor at Blue Collective and Founder of The YX Foundation
Irene Wu is currently an investor at Blue Collective VC and Computer Science student at Harvard University. Having taken a different pathway to most, Irene started off her journey by taking time off from college after High School due to personal circumstances. She decided to make the most of her time off by working at the Rowing Blazers, at the time a small scale company. This was the start of her love for investment and VC as she witnessed professionals believe in the small scale business and make it successful.
Episode 56: Natasha Mascarenhas - Reporter at TechCrunch and Journalist
Natasha is currently working at a tech magazine called TechCrunch. Graduated from Boston University, Natasha has always had a passion for writing so choosing her career path was pretty easy. She has done many internships and worked at different firms so far in her career. In this episode, we talk all things journalism!
Episode 55: Scott Spears - Life coach and wellness consultant
Having grown up in a small town in California, Scott Spears then moved on to serving the military at 17 years old. During his consultancy job, he found himself getting very overworked with a poor life-work balance. Scott proceeded to heal himself to now having a consultancy job that helps individuals and corporations live a better, more balanced lifestyle.
#54 President of the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia (Tasmania), Keynote Speaker
Theo Kapodistrias is an award winning lawyer based in Australia. Theo has done a lot work in the field before gaining his undergraduate degree as he participated in many different events, challenges and competitions in order to build up his CV and become an outstanding candidate for various law positions. Theo also has a company that specializes in Keynote speaking training where he explores different techniques to put yourself out there and become the best version of yourself.
Episode 53: Jon Levy - Behavioural scientist, Consultant, Author and Host of The Influencers Dinner
Jon Levy is a behavioural scientist that loves to create meaningful interactions between individuals from all different backgrounds. Taking his knowledge, Jon created the ultimate space for influential people to come together and for a brief moment, take off the weight of being known for their name. Through his Influencer Dinners, Jon tries to unite people from different parts of the world and work fields to nurture better relationships. Jon is an author of books on behaviour and human interactions. He does a lot of public speaking and influential talks.
Episode 52: Nicholas Chan - NFT expert, Entrepreneur, Co Founder of Refinable
Nicholas Chan is the Co-Founder of Refinable. Refinable is the first major NFT marketplace on BSC, empowering both individual creators and beloved brands to easily and affordably create, discover, trade, and leverage NFTs.
Episode 51: Rahul Jha - Program Officer at the International Telecommunications Union
Rahul Jha is a Program Officer at the International Telecommunications Union under the United Nations. He has done many various things in his life that have to do with Telecommunications. He has worked in numerous different companies including Nokia and Ericsson. Being a professional in his field, this interview touches upon different aspects of his job in the ITU.
Episode 50: Lucas Steuber - Linguist, SLP, MedTech Dev, Entrepreneur
Lucas Steuber is a Clinical Business Manager at Verge Learning as well as the Director of Clinical Product and Marketing at Cognixion. Born in the States, Lucas is a linguist and speech pathologist. Working alongside technological advancements, Lucas creates devices to help with speech impairments.
Episode 49: Molina Asthana - Vice President at the Law Institute of Victoria
Molina Asthana is the Vice President at the Law Institute of Victoria, Australia. Molina is on the board of Directors at Gymnastics Victoria and Good Shepard. Molina is also part of a lot of different leadership roles in Australia.
Episode 48: Jeremy Jacobs - Co-Founder and Managing Director of Raise Bakery
Jeremy Jacobs is the co-founder and managing director of Raise Bakery in the United Kingdom. Jeremy worked in a digital media company until 2009 after which, his family started a bakery. Starting off as a business to customer (B2C) company and then growing to business to business (B2B) through working with Virgin Atlantic, Raise Bakery has been adapting to scenarios of the world for a lot of it's time.
Episode 47: Raghvi Arya - Head of Fund at Edventure, VC Scout at Open Scout
Raghvi is a third year student at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, United Kingdom. She is currently studying Economics. Raghvi is an interesting guest on this podcast because she is so young and so successful. Being in her third year, she has done various different internships including working for Citi Bank and McKinsey. She took advantage of Spring Week during her course in order to build up her CV. She is currently a VC Scout with Open Scout.
Episode 46: Vincent Candrawinata - Founder of Renovatio
Vincent is a researcher and founder in Australia who created a new design of antioxidants that can be used for humans. This is called activated phenolics, made out of apples. Vincent shared his journey of moving from Indonesia to Australia in 2008 for his Bachelors degree to continuing in the science field and creating a new form of benefiting the body.
Episode 45: Vannary Kong - Founder of the US-ASEAN Youth Council
Vannary Kong is the founder of the United States - ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Youth Council. Based in the United States, Vannary has participated in a number of different initiatives surrounding International Relations. She has also been successful in internships with the United Nations as well as working with local authorities on various policies.
Episode 44: Sarah Ichioka - Founding Director of Desire Lines
Sarah Ichioka is an urbanist who is currently head of Desire Lines in Singapore. This company consulates different initiatives in terms of socio-economic and environment decisions. She is originally from the United States and completed her Bachelors degree there before moving to the UK for her Masters and staying there for a while to continue her professional journey.
Episode 43: Santosh More - Co-founder of Mantra4Change
Santosh More is the co-founder of Mantra4Change. This is an initiative that works to help make education in India accessible to all. Santosh has a degree in Engineering but over his years in the corporate world, he felt that he wanted to do something he is passionate about.
Episode 42: Hossein Rezai - Director of Web Structures
Hossein Rezai is the director of Web Structures and the Milan Research Lab. He is a structural engineer and architect. He has been in the business for a very long time. Engineering has been an interest of Hossein from a very young age as he was interested in the infrastructure that we operate in. This interest made him want to be a part of that movement. His speciality at the moment is ‘fusion engineering’ which is essentially the mix between the different ends of the design spectrum.
Episode 41: Joel Lim - Media and Communications Expert
Joel Lim graduated from MTU 2 years ago. There he studies communications as well as visual communications. After graduating, Joel started working in a social media PR agency. Over the last year, some of his content on social media surrounding the GE2020 in Singapore went viral and from there, Joel decided to pursue that.
Episode 40: Andrew Mitson - CEO and Co Founder, Forbes 30 Under 30
Andrew Mitson has been featured twice in Forbes 30 under 30 for all his amazing achievements. Having studied in the London School of Economics after leaving school at 16 and self teaching his A Levels, Andrew has also taught there, winning LSE Class Teacher Award. Andrew worked and founded many companies such as InstaCourse, Up Learn and UniRise.
Episode 39: Bjorn Low - Executive Director at Edible Garden City
Bjorn Low is the Executive Director of Edible Garden City in Singapore. He is also a PhD candidate in RMIT. Bjorn was also the finalist for the 2018 Singaporean of the Year award.
Episode 38: Romina C. - Business Designer, Digital Strategies, Circular Economy
Romina is a business design consultant at the Chemistry Team. She is also the founder and blogger at Blaastyle. She was born in Switzerland but has a base in Singapore. After university and many experiences with brands and events, Romina has decided to make blogging and content creation, her full time job.
Episode 37: Caroline Tran - Co Founder and CEO of Aircrex
Caroline Tran is the co founder and CEO of Aircrex. Is an online banking program that helps people keep full track of their expenses and allows people to achieve their goals quicker. Caroline worked in commercial finance for the past 8 years. She is also a qualified CPA. Caroline has also worked for a lot of corporates as well as universities across Australia.
Episode 36: Goh Jing Rong - Director at Risk Lighthouse, Co Founder at Anapi
Goh Jing Rong has kickstarted many different projects and has been part of various programs. He is the director of Risk Lighthouse and co-Founder of Anapi. He is also working in a social enterprise which works on connecting people who need help with people who can provide the help in light of Covid-19.
Episode 35: Henry Langdon - Founder of Udamon
Henry Langdon is the founder of Udamon. Henry’s background is education so he has designed and ran various educational programmes. Udamon is a platform that enables career starters and changes and shapes their decisions in life.
Episode 33: Julian Rossy - BD ASIA Representative at FAIRTIQ
Julian works a Business Developer in Asia for FAIRTIQ as well as working with NGO, Choson Exchange
Episode 32: David Christmas - EVP (Logistics) - Asia Pacific at DB Schenker
David Christmas has done many things over his lifetime. He has been in multiple leadership roles in businesses such as Royal Mail and DHL. Currently he is on the global logistics board and is the head of logistics in Asia Pacific at DB Schenker.
Episode 31: Nathaniel Diong - CEO at Future Minds Network
Nathaniel is the current CEO and Founder of Future Minds Network. It’s a network that aims to help the youth who are struggling with unemployment. Nathaniel is also on various non for profit boards and takes part in mentorship coordinating with a variety of credible organisations.
Episode 30: Stephen Lazar - Managing Director at ProperT Network
Stephen has done various things over his life. Currently, he is the managing director at ProperT Network.
Episode 29: Lye Yee - Supply Chain Professional
Lye Yee has done many things in her life. Lye is a supply chain professional which means that she works in managing and understanding all areas of the supply chain including logistics, purchasing and movement control. Lye Yee grew up in Singapore and went to New Zealand for her studies.
Episode 28: Julien Leyre - Founder of the Future of Governance Agency FOGA
Julien Leyre is a writer, educator and mentor. He started up numerous initiatives over his lifetime. He is a founder and is currently working at the Founders of Governors Agency (FoGA).
Episode 25: Michael Huskii - Founder of Asian Heritage Ay You, Valyou Exchnge, Shoebox Ventures
Michael Huskii is founder of Asian Heritage Ay You as well as Valyou Xchange. Asian Heritage Ay You is a media production company which empowers Asian community leaders, creatives, entrepreneurs and risk-takers to celebrate Asian Heritage Month in Australia. He is also a current board member of Shoebox Ventures.
Episode 25: Tim Davis - Author, Coach, Athlete
Tim Davis is the author of TRIPOLAR: The Story of a Bipolar Triathlete, which chronicles his journey from childhood trauma into multiple addictions until finally recovering and discovering triathlons and ultrarunning as important tools to help him stay sober and in recovery. He is a high school science teacher and coach in Los Angeles, CA. He’s happily married with 3 amazing children. He has been competing and coaching in triathlons and endurance races for over two decades. He has completed 12 Ironman triathlons, seven 100-mile endurance runs, 1 double-ironman triathlon, and several 24 hour races. He is a strong and proud advocate for mental health and mental health awareness.
You can follow Tim on his website at www.ultratimdavis.com
Episode 24: Jiye Seong Yu - Strategic Advisor at Human Rights Foundation
Jiye Seong-Yu is a strategic advisor to the Human Rights Foundation, where she manages Flash Drives for Freedom. Flash Drives for Freedom collects USB thumb drives and fills them with outside information to be smuggled back into the DPRK; hopefully countering some of the state-led propaganda.
Episode 23: Johannes Romer - Consultant and Coach, M2 Mind Matters, Germalkota
Johannes has centered his life around three main aspects; Consulting, Coaching and People. After studying consumer psychology in LMU Germany, Johannes went on to pursue work in the fields of business, manufacturing and consulting. Even afterwards, he got an MSc in Coaching and Consulting from the HEC school of management and Oxford University. His work as a consultant has taken him all over the globe in places such as Hong Kong, Singapore, New York and Malaysia. Currently, Johannes finds himself directing M2 MindMatters and Germalkota.
Episode 22: Jacob Ner-David - Founder at Vinsent, Vinoventures and Jezreel Valley Winery
Jacob Ner-david started in tech as CEO of Ambient, Inc., Executive Chairman of Delta Three, Inc., CEO of NomadIQ, CEO of Zula, Inc., and investor in many others. Pursuing an interest in wine, he co-founded Jazreel Valley Winery. Since then, he has started Vinsent, an ecommerce marketplace for boutique wineries to sell Direct to Consumer, and Vinoventures, a trading fund centered on fine wines.
Episode 21: Daniel Gefen - Best Selling Author, Top 100 Podcast Host
Daniel Gefen is a podcast host with over 250,000 downloads. He is also founder of Gefen Media Group; a podcast booking agency. In addition, he is a co-founder of podbooker.com, a platform to connect podcasts and potential guests. Having written ‘The self help addict’, Daniel is also an international bestselling author.
Episode 20: Chris Anthony - Founder of Teachers on Wheels
Chris Anthony got his start in engineering before transitioning to tech. After 18yrs in the information technology sector at firms such as Cismo, Chris started Teacher on Wheels; an organisation that aspires to train youths for the future of the workplace. Teacher on Wheels is a registered charity in Australia and has a presence in over four continents offering students from a diverse range of backgrounds an opportunity to excel.
Episode 19: Caryn Sowa- Project Manager at the Freedom Project
Caryn Sowa is the current program manager at the freedom project at Wellesley college. She got her start in events management which eventually led to her working in companies such as the New England Patriots, Disney and the Boston theatre. Wanting a change of pace, Caryn switched to Academia where she is currently the program manager at the Freedom Project, a program which aims to promote conversations and boundary-breaking on campus for a plethora of issues related to freedom in all of its manifestations. This program can be viewed here.
Episode 18: Deeya Bajaj - Adventurer, Speaker, Leader
Deeya Bajaj is an internationally-recognized adventurer, speaker, business leader and founder of the non-profit, “Ganga Vatika Home for Girls”. She has summitted the highest mountains in 6 of the 7 continents of the world: including Mt Everest and Mt Kilimanjaro. She holds the distinction of being the first Indian father-daughter duo to submit Mt Everest. Additionally, she holds the record alongside her father as the first Indians to ski across the Greenland ice caps among numerous other amazing accomplishments. In this interview, we will learn about her journey and what the youth can take away from it.
Episode 17: Jack Sim - Founder of the World Toilet Organisation
Mr Jack Sim, or globally known as ‘Mr Toilet’, is the founder of the World Toilet Organisation (WTO). By the age of 40, he had set up 16 profitable businesses and chose to retire, switching his focus to pursuing more social work. In this time, he had Founded the Restroom Association of Singapore in 1998. World Toilet Organisation in 2001 and created the UN World Toilet Day (19 November) which is recognized by all 193 UN member states.
Episode 16: Dan Swift - CEO at Empire Selling
Dan Swift is CEO of Empire Selling, a digital sales training and transformation company. Dan has over 20 years of leadership experience spanning sales, marketing, and business development, having successfully launched LinkedIn’s flagship product Sales Navigator and catapulted social media management technology Sprinklr to a $2bn valuation. With an emphasis on ‘bringing the human back’ to business, he believes that business leaders can be successful without sacrificing empathy.
Episode 15: Martin Foakes - Exploration, Outdoor Activity
Mr Foakes is an explorer, environmentalist and outdoor education coordinator. Currently acting as head of outdoor education for Tanglin Trust School, Foakes has a long history of developing and delivering outdoor and adventure experiences for students of all ages. These of which involve activities such as Rocking Climbing, Caving, Trekking and Wild Camping. Through embarking on expeditions in places such as Antarctica and Myanmar, Mr Foakes advocates what he learns along these trips to build a more informed youth community through various platforms. In this interview we will be learning about Mr Foakes’s journey as well as what the youth can take away from it.
Episode 14: Khayla Black - Biology, Neuroscience
Khayla black is a 3rd year student at NYU Shanghai studying Biology. Picking up on her childhood interest in science and biology, Khalya went on to join the International Youth Neuroscience Association( IYNA). Over the years, she has risen through the ranks to her current position where she is CEO of the IYNA. Through this interview, we will learn about her journey and how the youth can leverage her lessons for their future.
Episode 13: Michael Skok - Entrepreneurship, Investing
Michael Skok currently acts as a Founding Partner at Underscore VC. A serial entrepreneur turned investor, he also engages in mentoring, coaching and learning through numerous channels, specifically as an ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ at Harvard Business School and through his Startup Secrets work. Throughout Michael’s life, he has engaged in numerous experiences and worked with a variety of startups. Michael's main field of focus lies on breakthrough technologies and disruptive business models such as Saas, Cloud, Open Source and Blockchain. Throughout this interview, we will explore these amazing experiences and see what the youth can take away from them.
Episode 12: Thomas Chu - Grit, Passion and Perseverance
Thomas Chu is an accomplished leader with more than 30 years of solid experience in sales, business strategy and management in Asia Pacific. Mr Chu has Proven track records in building highly motivated teams and sustainable business models to deliver consistent and extraordinary business outcomes as well as extensive customer and partner networks to support rapid business growth. Currently leading the Asia Pacific revenue operations with full P&L responsibility covering 13 offices in 10 countries, Chu focuses to grow market share, revenue and profit, build and nurture strong lasting relationships with senior business leaders.
Episode 11: Alessandra Tam - Formulating Your Passion
Episode 10: Heather Stevens - Navigating the Jungle Gym
Episode 9: Jo Tyrer - Getting Your Foot in The Door
Mrs Joanna (Jo) Tyrer has over 25 years of experience in the IT sector. She was recently nominated for the 2020 Women in IT award and primarily specialises in business transformation. Over the years, she has worked in Europe and Asia Pacific with many different IT companies and currently runs a French HQ software company based in Singapore. In terms of her education, she read Major Spanish and Minor French at Newcastle University and holds an executive MBA from INSEAD Paris. Through this interview, we wish to learn about her journey and how students can use her lessons to prepare for the 21st century workplace.
Episode 8: Chun Kit Choi - Carving Your Own Path
From science to entrepreneurship, Chun Kit Choi has immersed himself in a wide variety of initiatives. In 2018, he graduated from the National University of Singapore after studying Physics. This came after he had previously spent two years in the Singapore army reaching the rank of Lieutenant as an Air Warfare Officer. In addition, Chun has taken on numerous student initiatives. This included roles such as being lead organizer of ‘Startup Weekend’ as well as acting as Vice President of the NUS Young Entrepreneurs Association. However, what arguably sets Chun apart is his ability to learn through a variety of diverse work experiences. When it comes to internships, there are not many people who could give better advice in fulfilling our potential. While taking on several high profile internships in the past, his most recent situated him at Salesforce.
Episode 7: Sanjay Krishnan - Lessons From a Pioneer Sustainability
Episode 6: Myra Lee - Lessons From a National Diver
In this episode, we were lucky enough to interview Myra Lee, a former Team Singapore National diver . In 2010, she competed in the inaugural Youth Olympics Games held in Singapore. In her event, she managed to persevere past a back injury she faced in the Girls 10m and made it to the finals. In 2013, Myra took part in the SEA Games and won a bronze medal. She subsequently took home the silver medal in the Women's synchronized 10m platform at the 2015 and 2017 SEA Games. Myra is currently situated in a successful corporate role. In this interview, we find out how the skills she learnt as an athlete benefited her in this corporate role among various other advice!
Episode 5: DearAlyne - Empowerment Through Social Media
In this episode, we were lucky enough to speak to Alyne Tamir, an influencer with over 2 million followers on Facebook, roughly 300,000 on Instagram, and many more across the internet. Using her platform to educate and empower, we explored the world of social media through her lens.
Episode 4: Priya Krishnan - A Passion and a Mission
In this episode, Discere interviewed Priya Krishnan, founder of KLAY, the largest owned pre-school chain in India with over 200 centres. KLAY has enabled over 20,000 women to get back into the workforce. In addition, KLAY also employed 3,500 women in its GPW Top 100 team. Priya has won numerous awards, some of them include ET Startup Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 and ET NOW Business Leader of the Year 2020. Beyond entrepreneurship, Priya has over 20 years of experience in numerous strategic, corporate and leadership roles which spans across multiple continents.
Episode 3: Aerospace Engineering in Singapore – Nick Lee
In this episode, Joao and Shyam speak to Nick Lee, an aerospace engineering graduate from NTU in Singapore who is getting to work in industry (specifically space), and we pick his brain a little on his journey and experiences