By Manoj Kumar
Manoj SpeaksMay 10, 2020
Interview: Bilal Tahir of hackyexperiments.com
It's my pleasure to introduce you to an indie hacker from the US, Bilal Tahir, who loves to code and create new businesses online. He loves his, "hobby" so much that he has 35-odd ventures launched online. In this episode, he talks about his work and journey. You can follow him on Twitter (@deepwhitman) and read his story and check out his work on https://www.hackyexperiments.com/
Interview: Daniel Walsh of Reforest.com.au
Loved this chat with Daniel Walsh, Founder of Reforest, an app that connects shoppers with businesses (and vice-versa), and together they aim to cut down CO2 emissions. Based in Australia, Daniel shares his passion for the environment and the excitement that follows the launch of his product.
Check out their website: https://reforest.com.au/
Don't forget to download their app and start using it if you are in Australia.
Interview: Sailor Will Fantom
I had such a great time speaking with Will Fantom of Australia, the inspiration behind the "Solo Sailor for the Disabled" campaign. He speaks about his life journey, his transition to life in the sea and his new purpose in life - a global solo sailing challenge to raise awareness and funding for his campaign Solo Sailor for the Disabled.
His GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/helpwillsail?qid=1510ca7f4751a648ce134f2ba9741eaa
More details about the project: https://asf.org.au/projects/disability-sports-australia/solo-sailer-for-the-disabled/
Interview: Shane Brunette of CryptoTaxCalculator.io
In this show, I speak with Shane Brunette, an entrepreneur from Sydney (Australia) who is the founder & CEO of a very successful company - CryptoTaxCalculator.io. He talks about his journey, the world of cryptocurrency, the taxation headache behind it and how his product helps.
Interview: Molly Jones on NOTION consulting
In this recording, I speak with Molly Jones, who helps businesses streamline their process, tasks, and overall productivity, using the Notion app.
Interview: Jonti Horner on astronomy
In this episode, I speak to Jonti Horner, an astronomer, and astrobiologist at the University of Southern Queensland. He researches Exoplanets, our Solar system, and habitability, among other things. You can find him on Twitter @JontiHorner
The short audio clip of the TV show which Jonti mentions in the interview is from BBC's, "The Sky at Night, The Outer Planets", 1975
YouTube link of that show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ17fvHnMpk
(ALL RIGHTS GO TO THE BBC)
Interview: Fran Portet of It Takes a Village
In this episode, Fran Portet from Melbourne/Australia talks about her startup business venture, "It Takes A Village". Managing 2 kids with a 3rd on the way, she is slowly growing her idea which was borne from her genuine desire to help those who are in the thick of things. Check out her website: YourVillage.com.au and follow them on Facebook & Instagram. She is looking out for good suppliers & vendors for her customers. So, if you have a business, contact her now!
Better ads for COVID19 vaccination in Australia
A short 10 minute talk on whether we should be creating innovative and better ads for inspiring Australians (or anyone else for that matter) to take the COVID-19 vaccination.
The talk was inspired by a newspaper article by Russel Howcroft (@howcroft). Check that opinion piece here - Vaccine hesitancy horse has bolted. We need a powerful campaign in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Here are the links of some of the interesting ads I mention on the episode:
- The ad from Australia: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/videos/covid-19-vaccines-how-to-stay-informed-30-second
- An ad from Scotland for the 18-20 year olds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezkOphHk2q8
- Singapore goes disco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZzjMw5V9WU
- Stanford Medicine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W2PSWeDSoU
- India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-M68pkX4uQ
Interview: Getting to know Rishi Tripathy
I had an awesome time catching up with Rishi Tripathy from USA. Following his Tweets, I came to know he was leading an active life within the tech industry & building communities around education. He seemed like someone with interesting perspective on life, work & entrepreneurship, so I decided to have him on the show. Hope you like it.
You can catch him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rishi_tripathy_
Recorded: Saturday, 05 September 2020
My World This Week (20-26 July 20)
In this week's episode, I speak on 3 articles from Medium and 3 tweets, that I found interesting. The articles talk about productivity in the mornings, bad decisions to avoid and the issue with men not apologising to women.
Interview: Danny Shapiro from Project Physical Therapy
In this episode, I speak with Danny Shapiro from Brooklyn, New York. He runs a practice called "Project Physical Therapy" where he cures people from their physical pain, not just via the usual treatment procedures on the body but also genuinely spending a lot of time, getting to know the person he is treating. This recording is a talk filled with positivity! You can follow him on Twitter & Instagram for regular updates on treatment hacks and positive vibes!
Interview: Nash Ahmed from Undock.com
In this episode, I had the utmost pleasure of having an active & transparent talk with Nash Ahmed, Founder of Undock.com, a newly launched calendar scheduling app. During his time on the show, LIVE from New York, Nash discusses his product, his long & winding journey to where he is now and his outlook to life, people, process & technology. Had a great time listening & learning.
My World This Week (13-19 July 20)
In this episode, I address online posts related to Ayurvedic tips, meditation goal, luck, proactiveness & online LIVE meetings.
My World This Week (MWTW) is where I go through some of the articles & posts that I stumbled upon online. Uploaded every Sunday. Let me know on Twitter, if there is an article you want me to check & speak on.
My World This Week (w.c 06 July 20)
This week I found some tips on reading, an inspirational story of a lady from India and few tweets that I had a debate with.
This is the 1st episode of My World This Week! It goes up every Sunday and it's my personal recollection of what I have come across on Twitter, Medium, blogs etc in a week. I share what I found interesting & put my own spin on it. Hope you like it.
Understanding Destiny Vs Free Will
What is destiny or fate? How does it affect us? Why does it happen? Is it true there is such a thing as destiny? If so, then why do we need to act?
Plenty of questions and in this episode I try to give some answers to them by referencing ancient Eastern wisdom and examples. Hope it helps and if you have questions or comments, please send them via Voice Notes on my anchor link to this episode or perhaps ask them on Twitter.
Story: The world stinks!
A short story to remind us where the faults in the world may actually be.
Thinking about peaceful protests versus violent protests
Public protests seem to be of 2 types - peaceful ones and the violent ones. Which do you think is more effective? In this episode, I am sharing my random thoughts on this question.
People to people discrimination
In a world that is considered so educated, modern & technologically advanced than we have ever been before, we still struggle with the old issues of discrimination between people. In this episode, I quickly wanted to share some of my own thoughts around the issue.
Interview: Aryeh Sternberg on Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality is expected to be a billion dollar tech industry over the next 5 years and Aryeh Sternberg, Director of Media and Technology at a leading marketing and advertising company, helps me understand the basics. I loved this talk and have already started researching on how I can create content for a VR audience!
Why We Suffer?
I am sure you have seen & experienced suffering around you or within yourself. Have you wondered why different types of sufferings keep coming & going, like the changing seasons? In this episode, I touch a little bit on some of the main reasons.
Interview: Nick Dunn on his false imprisonment
Today, I speak with Nick Dunn from the United Kingdom, who will be sharing his story that is both gripping, inspiring & sad. Nick was working on board an anti-piracy vessel to protect shipping from Somali pirates when he and five of his colleagues were arrested by the Indian maritime authorities & falsely charged with intruding in Indian waters, and thrown into prison for 4 years in South India. Together, they came to be known as the “Chennai Six" across the world with their families, friends, well-wishers & the government trying to get them out. Since being freed, he has launched a book, "Surviving Hell" & many have claimed it to be a very good read. Let's listen to his story as told by the man in question & also hear from him the lessons learnt.
Interview: Joel Connolly on Promoting entrepreneurship in Australia
Understanding the mind
Many of my colleagues, friends & family members have been asking me about how the mind works. I am not a mind expert or a scientist, but in this episode I share what I learnt from the ancient spiritual wisdom of the East. As you can imagine, talking about the mind is a very big subject but for the sake of easy listening & to reduce confusions on such a complex matter, I have kept it very short. Hope you get something out of it. I shall come back with more episodes on this subject, so please come back & check.
Interview: Jennifer Hamady from Finding Your Voice
Today, I am joined by Jennifer Hamady, a singing & voice coach from Washington D.C, USA. Her clients include Grammy Award Winners, performers in Tony and Emmy winning productions, and corporate clients across an array of industries.
She is the author of 3 best sellers:
- The Art of Singing: Discovering and Developing Your True Voice
- The Art of Singing Onstage and in the Studio
- Learning to Sing
She also runs a successful coaching clinic in the US, and online at findingyourvoice.com where she offers incredible programs to help people find their voice in their singing, in their self-expression & general communication.
In this episode, we speak about life, parenting, fear, expectations & mentors. She even sings for us! What a beautiful voice! Thoroughly enjoyed the time together!
Interview: Teresa Tiong talks about her hotel quarantine
The COVID19 pandemic has resulted in thousands of people stranded overseas and still waiting for those special rescue flights to take them out. In Australia, those who do make it back, have to spend a mandatory 14 days in isolation in a hotel chosen by the government. Today, I speak with Teresa Tiong from Sydney, Australia, who will share her positive experience of her 14 day hotel isolation and how she kept herself occupied during that time. Teresa is an entrepreneur and founder of AU REVOIR LES FILLES, an online jewellery store. She also maintains a blog where she has written about her hotel experience and is a very worthwhile read. Her design blog is here.
We have so much expectations of others, that we often forget the burden it can have on others and on us. In this quick episode, I talk about how we need to manage this part of ourselves, so we can lead a much more productive life, and make a positive difference to other people's life.
Interview: Jennifer Curcio on the rainbows of Germany
In this episode, I speak with Jennifer Curcio (twitter @DecisiveCraving & blogger at Decisive Craving), an Australian based in Germany, who talks about what kids there have been up to, during the COVID19 pandemic lockdowns. The talk is motivational & cheerful at the same time.
This is the news article that I am referring to in the talk: Why there are so many rainbows on German windows and footpaths.
Hey, you! Wait in line!
Story: The tiger and the greedy man
In this episode, I narrate a short story to help you become aware of a great enemy within us all. Always watch out for this wild foe, because you never know when it can pounce on you! Take care all.
Interview: Matt Novacevski on caring for international students affected by COVID19 lockdowns
In this episode, I speak with Matt Novacevski, a blogger from Melbourne, Australia who penned a thoughtful article called, "Whose side are we on?", in which he stresses the importance of dealing with Australia's international students and short term visa holders, with compassion & ethics. A calm & thoughtful person, Matt brings a philosophical aspect to the crisis of COVID19 response management. Please listen, like and share :)
Interview with Devendra Singh: Plight of overseas students in Australia during COVID19
In this episode, I speak with Devendra Singh, the International Officer for the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA), who will take us through the issues facing international students in Australia during this very difficult time that's gripping humanity.
Volunteer - A great way to succeed
They say, "Never underestimate the heart of a volunteer". It's true. When you give yourself to others, there is only care & hope. In this episode, I give a quick talk to inspire you to become a volunteer to a worthy cause & how you can benefit from it also.
Karma - a slightly deeper understanding
In this episode, we take a slightly deeper look at what KARMA is all about. You know the basics right (action & reaction)? Now, let's get to understand it a little deeper.
Health is Wealth!
Hotel COVID19 quarantine policy for returning travellers
In March 2020, in order to battle the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, the government not only initiated touch partial lockdowns nationally, but they implemented a policy whereby returning Australian citizens & residents, would need to isolate in hotels across the country for 14 days. They wouldn't be able to isolate like everyone else in their own homes. This is my super quick thought on the matter and also happens to be my first podcast episode. I can't promise the next lot will be so short though :)