21st Century Visionary is the go-to podcast for young entrepreneurs, leaders, and changemakers aiming to create the future. The podcast is hosted by Sanat Singhal, a 17-year-old kid with a vision to connect young people with the content and community to dream an inspiring vision for society and make it a reality. So every episode, we feature the stories of young people executing on their inspiring visions for society or seek guidance from thought leaders and experienced veterans who have impacted our lives.
Today's episode features my conversation with the free-spirited changemaker Monica Chen. Monica is the Executive Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to educating people about the impacts of their food choices as they relate to public health, social justice, and the environment. Previously she worked for Nature Bridge as an Environmental Science Educator and taught at Teach for America. She also volunteers as a Course Instructor for the Prison University Project. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in American Studies and a Masters's Degree from the University of New Mexico in Education.
In this conversation, we talked about her experience dropping out of high school to “create her own school”, rethinking education, the value of exploration, self-designing her major at UC Berkeley, lessons from working as an educator, defining your values, leading a non-profit, the effects of factory farming, her theory of change, and much more!
Today's episode features my conversation with the fascinating Vivian Tan. Vivian is a Social Entrepreneur and Public Speaker. She founded Student SEAS, an organization dedicated to empowering students to navigate the seas of adulting through personalized guidance, tailored resources, and skill-building opportunities. She is also a 4x TEDx Speaker and Personal Branding Coach.
Today's episode features the incredibly humble and generous Phiona Mutesi. From living in the streets in the slums of Katwe to learning chess in a Sports Outreach Institute missionary program to becoming one of her nation’s top chess players competing in international competitions, Phiona Mutesi has come a long way from the 9-year old girl who came for a cup of porridge. The subject of the Disney movie “The Queen of Katwe,” Phiona is an inspiration to millions, and especially to girls in a nation where girls are particularly marginalized. Phiona is dedicated to using her platform to elevate African souls by providing education and supplies through her work with the Sports Outreach Institute Chess Academy and the Mutesi Phiona Foundation.
Support the Phiona Mutesi Foundation here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mutesi-phiona-foundation
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This episode features my conversation with the wise and hilarious Siddharth Sridhar. Sid is the CEO of TILE.org, the world's largest student-driven conversion series. He is a student intra/entrepreneur studying for a coordinated dual-degree at the extremely selective UC Berkeley Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Program. He is also a student lecturer for Impact Investments and Social Enterprises at Berkeley Haas. Some of his other eclectic accomplishments include being an Improv Acting State Champion for New Jersey, Congressional Bronze and Silver Medal Recipient, aNJSDL & Cal Leadership Scholar, and a voice actor for The Marble Report.
This live episode of 21st Century Visionary in partnership with TILE.org features the billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain. Despite growing up in a remote village in India, Naveen had the audacity to shoot for the moon-quite literally! His company Moon Express was actually the first private company to receive U.S. government approval to send a spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit. Naveen is clearly driven to solve the world’s biggest problems founding groundbreaking ventures such as Moon Express, World Innovation Institute, Viome, TalentWise, Intelius, and Infospace.
In this conversation, you will learn: The 3 framing questions Naveen asks himself before tackling any audacious goal; The importance of asking the right questions; Why non-experts are best positioned to disrupt industries; Why it is actually easier to solve a big problem than a small one; How to build and recruit a world-class team and enroll them in your vision; Advice to secure investor funding for moonshot ideas; Naveen's vision for education; Why Naveen believes we will look back at COVID-19 as the best thing that could have happened; The importance of solving the root cause, not symptoms; Shifting your mindset to look for opportunities; the advice he gives his children; learning about exponential technology; creating a flywheel to stay ahead of your competitors; and his thoughts on disrupting the education system!
Today's episode features my conversation with Tamar Hela. An entrepreneur based in Shanghai and the COO of the N°1 LinkedIn Marketing Agency, Genius Encel, Tamar helps Fortune 500 companies generate leads through LinkedIn. She is also the Co-President of LinkedIn Local Asia, a network of communities for LinkedIn lovers, and grew the Shanghai community to over 3000 members. Tamar also teaches the next generation of digital marketers as a Professor at Emlyon Business School.
In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk about her elevator pitch, marketing like a CIA spy, early entrepreneurial endeavors, working with celebrities in the publishing and filmmaking industries, the myth of a linear career path, the power of ambition, discovering Shanghai through food, the fast-paced business ecosystem in China, Building a 3000+ member Linkedin community, Linkedin branding for young entrepreneurs, optimizing social media use, psychology in marketing, and much more!
Today's episode features Iris Guo. Iris is an international student from China who came to Canada alone with a big dream of changing the world. She found her passion in creating products as a founding member of the non-profit OpenMeal--which is aimed at alleviating hunger while addressing racial inequality. Since then, she has held multiple internships in product management at companies like Blackberry, FoundersBeta, KuzoKlass and will join Microsoft as a PM intern next year. Meanwhile, she is building her sustainability venture Neutrify, which empowers users to understand their carbon footprint based on their shopping cart.
In this conversation, we talk about her pivot from finance to product management, networking on Linkedin, moving from China to Canada for school, the future of education, how she helped raise $20,000 to alleviate food insecurity, lessons from leading a 40+ person team, building her sustainability startup, her top career advice, cold outreach, retrospective thinking, staying organized, investing, and much more!
"It's close to impossible to fail if you do what the customers tell you to do."
Today's guest is the ever-insightful Jason Shatsky. Jason is the President of Babson College's entrepreneurial community, ETower, and founder of TicketRev, the first-ever reverse marketplace for event tickets.
Happy New Year, 21CV listeners! As we embark upon 2021 with Season 2 of 21CV, we wanted to reflect on the key lessons from our previous guests. Personally, I realized that conversations on the podcast inspired me to shoot my shot and actively seek out peers and mentors in my own life. So this first value-packed episode about networking features stories and advice that will kickstart your journey towards building a world-class network.
You will hear Michael Ioffe (Ep. 2) describe how he connected with some of the early advisors for Arist, Rohan Gupta (Ep. 8) describe the mindset and initiative that led to his mentor relationship with billionaire investor Tim Draper, Hayoung Park’s (Ep. 18) insane story about being put in touch with Drake through his Uber driver, Jordan Paris (Ep. 19) on leading with value, Prof. Mark Potter's (Ep. 22) formula for the "informal interview", and much more!
This episode features my conversation with Dr. Mark Potter, a Finance Professor at Babson College. Mark has taught at Babson College since 1995, teaching over one hundred courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education levels spanning a myriad of topics that includes investments, corporate finance, derivatives, and international finance. In the past five years, he has worked with companies in the consumer services, medical devices, high technology, financial services, and litigation support industries. Professor Potter's areas of expertise include investments and portfolio performance, behavioral finance, and alternative investment strategies. His research has appeared in the Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, and Journal of Financial Research, among others. His work has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's, and CFA Digest.
In this conversation, Mark talks about discovering his passion for teaching finance, the "underbelly" of college admissions, making effective career choices, the art of informal networking, key financial principles for entrepreneurs, key traits he found in successful students, staying productive at home, the importance of thinking and much more!
This episode features my conversation with Shantanu Roy. Shantanu is the founder and managing partner of Zeta Management Consulting, which delivers data-driven marketing services for businesses targeting Generation Z. He is also a freshman studying marketing and management at Purdue University.
In this conversation, Shantanu shares the key elements of their pitch that helped Zeta raise funding, tactics for securing their early clients, the strategy he used to triple the sales of a bagel cafe, his process of working with clients, understanding market trends, the ANPOCS sales formula, adapting to the pandemic, favorite books and much much more!
In this episode, I talk to returning guest Wes Woodson. Wes is the founder and chief storyteller of the hidden company; a modern-day storytelling company that utilizes the power of storytelling through merchandise and original content to empower Generation Z to be themselves unapologetically. Wes is a national public speaker and has engaged with audiences on topics like mental health, entrepreneurship, and storytelling. Before the age of 21, he served as a public speaker at Tufts University, Babson College, Boston University, and did his own TED Talk. His book The Anxiety Advantage comes out in April of next year.
While our first interview in Ep. 6 was primarily about his entrepreneurial journey and business insights, this Round 2 is centered on managing anxiety and self-care. Wes shares how he ended up in anxiety school, his process for building a “dream team”, being mindful of social media use, his self-care routine, avoiding comparison syndrome, using public accountability to write his book, favorite resources, and much much more!
Support Wes' book journey here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-anxiety-advantage#/
Today's episode features the one and only Jordan Paris. Jordan is an author, podcast host, and entrepreneur featured in publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Men’s Health. Jordan’s podcast, The Jordan Paris Show, formerly Growth Mindset University, was ranked #6 in Apple’s Self-Improvement category and #15 in Education. On the show, Jordan interviews his heroes, including James Altucher, Grant Cardone, Robert Greene, and Seth Godin. As you will hear, he pivoted his show recently towards discussing political issues. Jordan is also the founder of Trend Up Media, a one-stop podcast agency that produces podcasts to help businesses grow in both profit and influence. In this conversation, we talked about designing your ideal education, finding mentors and internships, where most podcasters go wrong, staying true to your values, favorite books, and much more!
Welcome to the one and only podcast designed to empower young people to thrive in the 21st Century. I am your host Sanat Singhal. This episode features my conversation with Hayoung Park. Hayoung is the founder of HYP, a social bidding platform that partners with brands to launch exclusive release auctions. The company has partnered with companies such as Supreme and AirThirtyTwo for auctions. Hayoung is currently on sabbatical from Babson College to work on his startup full-time. My co-host for this episode is my friend Emily Fan. Emily is an incredibly curious and impact drive individual, currently studying Economics and Computer Science at MIT. Enjoy!
Today's episode features my live conversation with Art Norins. Art currently serves as the CEO of RS11, a big data/artificial intelligence company he recently founded that wants to do well and good at the same time (a triple bottom line focus: planet, people, and profit). Prior to RS11 Charity (HartHub) Art served as the CEO of Nor1, a tech company that provides travel suppliers with innovative and patented solutions (business intelligence and analytics) to increase revenue while simultaneously enhancing their guest’s travel experience. Nor1 has a global footprint with customers including Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental, and Caesars. Nor1’s investors include SAP (Concur) Goldman Sachs, Accel Partners (premier VC firm, Facebook investor) to name a few. At the beginning of 2017, Art founded the nonprofit called HartHub Inc, which is now the nonprofit arm of RS11. RS11 Charity (formerly HartHub) drives awareness and funding to quality early childhood development and parent development with the intention of going upstream (prevention) to reduce homelessness, incarceration, poverty, mental and physical health issues.
Hello and Welcome back to the 21st Century Visionary podcast, the one and only podcast designed to empower young people to thrive in the 21st Century. I am your host Sanat Singhal. Today’s episode features a live youth entrepreneurship panel discussion I moderated at the Nebula Summit. The panel featured 3 inspiring entrepreneurs, the founder of Arist, Michael Ioffe, chief storyteller at the hidden company Wes Woodson, and founder of GenShe Avni Barman. We talked about their journeys, the spark behind their ventures, key resources they utilized, finding mentors, networking, leveraging your youth and inexperience, building community, finding your why, their vision and much more! Huge shoutout to Nebula Youth Camps for organizing this amazing event!
This upcoming Sunday, October 4 at 4 pm PST, I am hosting a live AMA with serial entrepreneur Art Norins, who founded the global tech service Nor1 and serves as the CEO of AI company RS11. It will be streamed live on Twitch, Youtube and Facebook so you can ask questions there. Learn more and RSVP at sanatsinghal.com.
Today's episode features sustainable fashion visionary Aradhita Parasampuria. As a researcher at Genspace Z, the world’s first community biotechnology lab, Aradhita created genetically modified competent Escherichia coli to stain fabric as a replacement to synthetic dyes. The genetically modified colorfast bacterial dyes that she created use up to 431 times less water than synthetic dyes. This was also the topic of her senior thesis at Parson School of Design, from which she graduated with honors this spring. Finally, she happens to be my cousin’s sister! It was fascinating to dive deep into her story, how she got the idea for creating bacterial dyes, the process of developing them without any scientific background, networking, sustainable fashion, and much more!
"I believe that in order to get really good opportunities you shouldn't wait for them to come to you, you should make them for yourself." - Audrey Pe
Audrey Pe (@audreyisabelpe) is an incoming freshman at Stanford University and the founder and executive director of WiTech (@witechorg) -- a nonprofit organization based in the Philippines that aims to educate, inspire, and empower youth to break gender barriers and use tech to make a difference in society.
Through WiTech, she has been working on projects at the intersection of technology and education since she launched the organization at age 15. She is now 19 and finishing up the remainder of her gap year. In quarantine, her time has mostly been spent going on partnership calls, speaking at webinars, and coordinating with WiTech’s 11+ chapters in 4+ countries on how to break the gender and accessibility gaps in tech.
Her work with WiTech has garnered her recognition as a 2019 Global Teen Leader, 2020 Pinterest Council of Courage member, 2018 Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs District awardee, 2019 Zonta Women in Technology Asia-Pacific District Scholar, Opportunity Desk 30 Under 30 Changemaker, 2020 Women in IT Advocate of the Year Finalist, and 2019 Women in Tech Global Aspiring Teen Award Finalist. A two-time TEDx, ASEAN and UN speaker, she has delivered over 30+ talks and has also been featured in local and international publications like Forbes, Esquire, and Elite Daily.
In this conversation, we talk about starting Witech, how she pivoted her blog to become a community organization, securing partnerships with brands like Accenture to host events, experience speaking to thousands of attendees at tech conferences as an introvert, learning from failure, turning inspiration into action, recruiting for student organizations, forming a team, recommended books, and much more!
This is the first episode in our visionary college series, where we cover the entrepreneurship education and community at the #1 entrepreneurship school in the US, Babson College. I talk Sumukh Setty, the former President of E-tower (Babson's premier entrepreneurial community) and past podcast guest, and Jason Shatsky, another senior at Babson University, and the current president of E-tower. In this conversation, we talk about why they chose Babson, get an inside look into E-tower, learn about Jason’s experience transferring to Babson, advice for getting into this selective university, unique opportunities, potential downsides of the school, things they wish they knew coming in and much much more!
Welcome back to the 21st Century Visionary podcast, the one and only podcast designed to bring young people the content and community to dream and execute on their inspiring vision for society. In this special episode, we are releasing the recording of the first live 21st Century Visionary talk in partnership with TILE.org and The Nebula challenge featuring the amazing and insightful Roger Spitz.
Based in San Francisco, Roger Spitz is the founder of Techistential, the global Foresight, Strategy & Futures Intelligence platform. Roger is also founding Chairman of the Disruptive Futures Institute. He has two decades of experience leading investment banking businesses, advising CEOs, Founders, Boards, and Shareholders of companies globally on how to future-proof their business. As the former Head of Technology Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) with BNP Paribas, Roger advised on over 50 transactions across the world with an overall deal value of $25bn. Roger is also an advisor to a number of Accelerators, Incubators, and Venture Capital funds in Silicon Valley including Berkeley SkyDeck and Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.
In this conversation, we covered Roger's unique career trajectory how he got into Foresight and Futures thinking, His current work with Techistenial and the Disruptive Futures Institute, The role of AI in the future, The AAA framework to future proof our careers, reforming the education system, the rise of generalists, Roger’s investing criteria, must-read books, and much much more!
Welcome back to 21st Century Visionary, the one, and only podcast featuring the stories of young entrepreneurs and leaders to provide you with the knowledge and inspiration to take action on your vision for society. This is the second part of a two-part conversation with Yashvardhan Sharma. In this conversation, we dive into Yash's personal story. Yash opens up about a severe speech impediment he had from a young age, the social anxiety that came with it, and how he overcame all of that by drawing lessons from a 2000-year-old philosophy. We also get into why he decided to take a gap year, productivity hacks, favorite books, his vision for the future, and much more!
"Last month, we hit 140,000 people. I could not have imagined that we would hit that milestone in the entire history of the website."- Yashvardhan Sharma.
Welcome back to 21st Century Visionary, the one and only podcast that covers the stories of young entrepreneurs and leaders to provide you with the knowledge and inspiration to take action on your vision for society. Today I am talking with Yashvardhan Sharma. Yash is the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of the Tidings Blog, a student-run blog with articles on economics, economic history, and history. To date, they have published over 100+ academic articles reaching over 200,000 people around the globe. He is also the Founding Head of Operations at The Kudrat Initiative, a recycling and upcycling non-profit that has recycled close to 1,000lb of paper. He graduated high school in India and is currently taking a gap year to work on his ventures. In this first part of a two-part conversation, we covered everything that goes into building a successful publication including the early beginnings, assembling and motivating a global team, maintaining objectivity and credibility, finding interviewees, guerilla marketing strategies, and creating systems. With that please enjoy this value-packed episode with: Yashvardhan Sharma.
Today’s episode features the amazing Stephanie Su. Stephanie Su is a rising Bay Area high school senior passionate about technology, business, and design. She is the Lead Director of Superposition, a non-profit bridging the gender gap in tech through creating an empowering community and educational opportunities including the Bay Area's largest all-women and non-binary hackathon. As Lead Director, Stephanie has expanded Superposition beyond a 24-hour hackathon and reached 60,000+ individuals in 47 countries. She also serves as Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Ad Astra Youth, a non-profit empowering youth leader by fostering student initiatives through consultations, mentorship, and community-building. Outside of working on Superposition and Ad Astra, Stephanie helps lead Project CreateAFuture, debates competitively, and studies CS and math. In this conversation, we covered the different aspects of leading Superposition including leading a team of over 10 members, securing partnerships with tech companies such as Uber and Facebook, increasing event attendance tenfold from the previous year, and hosting virtual workshops to a global audience. We also touched on her other initiatives Project Create a Future and Ad Astra as well as her advice for other young leaders.
Today's episode features the young finance wizard Rohan Gupta. Rohan was 12 when he made his first investment in stocks. Since then, his passion for investing has only grown as he headed his school’s investment club, bringing in guest speakers such as renowned investors Tim Draper and Howard Marks. He went on to found StreetFins, a platform aimed at simplifying finance for the younger generation by creating educational content. As part of this initiative, he hosts the podcast Finance simplified where he interviews successful investors and professors on various Finance topics. Rohan is currently a rising freshman at the University of Southern California. We talk about his first investment, the role of psychology in investing, connecting with famous investors, teaching Finance, starting Streetfins, favorite books, his vision for the future, and much much more!
Today we are joined by Megan Cui and Mingjie Jiang, co-founders of the organization Execute Big. Execute Big is dedicated to helping more students, leaders, and schools dream big and execute big through providing travel grants for students to attend hackathons, doing event consulting, and conducting research. Before founding Execute Big, Megan and Mingjie helped organize Hack Chicago and Hack Cincinnati, the Midwest's largest high school hackathons. Megan is currently a rising sophomore at Harvard University, studying economics and computer science. Mingjie is a rising freshman at UC Berkeley intending to study computer science. This was an extremely interesting conversation where we talked about their personal stories, the CS education landscape, adapting to COVID-19, and their advice for other young people.
Today's episode features Wes Woodson and is co-hosted by Wonho Do, a friend, and an incoming freshman at the NYU Stern School of Business. Wes is the chief storyteller of the hidden company and the founder of Feet2Feet. Through the hidden company, Wes has sparked a movement presented through the form of street-wear clothing, to encourage people to be themselves, unapologetically. Feet2Feet is an organization dedicated to providing footwear to the underprivileged. They have been able to partner with Reebok and many individual donors to distribute over 400 sneakers to shelters. Wes graduated from Babson College this year with a degree in Global Business Management. We talk about his entrepreneurial roots, the power of storytelling, building a clothing brand, authenticity, overcoming self-doubt, and much much more! With that, please enjoy my wide-ranging conversation with the inspiring Wes Woodson.
" I have a weird attachment to synthetic biology, which is achieving biological immortality. I want to be a part of this revolution right now and leave a mark as a huge figure who made an impact through the biological revolution. But, the main plan is leaving the world better than we found it."
Today's guest is Hassan Sohail. Hassan is the young co-founder of Solvify, which is aimed at addressing the global water scarcity and food insecurity problems. He has helped develop an intelligent super absorbent nano-powder to do just that. In 2018, Hassan and his cofounder Hasham won the social innovation prize at the Diamond Challenge, an international business competition. We talk about his origin story, the scientific underpinnings of his idea, pitching to investors, favorite books, future plans, the next technological revolution, and much much more!
"When you're a younger founder, you should really own it... I can tell you that there are certain things that don't come into play with age like your work ethic, your determination, your grit, or will to not give up. I think that (those traits) definitely contribute to a startup's success far more than experience."
Today's guest is Victor Luo. Victor started his first company NEAT at the age of 15, to provide educational opportunities to impoverished rural children in China. Neat provides scholarships to students facing financial hardships so they can finish high school. He went on to found the tech company Bound which creates software to help companies run smooth and punctual meetings. At the age of 20, Victor took a gap year to join Bound full time as the co-CEO, leading a time of 8 employees. We talk about his story, guerrilla marketing tactics, managing a team, his favorite reading hack, learning from failure, and much much more!
"It doesn't really matter who you connect with at first. But actually talk with people to get to know what they're interested in. What do you think what's needs to be? What needs to be fixed? Get to know your playing field."- Atte Leskinen
Todays guest is Atte Leskinen. Atte is the 20 yr old Finnish cofounder and head of international relations of Start North, an organization aimed at revolutionizing education by offering an innovative and youth based education community. We talk about his story, networking tips, concretizing a vision, 5g technology in education, building a global brand and much much more. Enjoy!
"if you have a certain level of clarity about what you want to do and are very, very clear about what your mission is and how you're going to accomplish it, those ideas tend to be naturally contagious”- Michael Ioffe
Today's guest is Michael Ioffe. Michael is the 20 yr old founder of Arist, the text-based learning platform, recently named a Fast Company world changing idea and the social entrepreneur behind TILE, the world’s largest student-led conversation series. As a high schooler, he led the largest student protest in Oregon history to rebuild schools hit by the lead crisis and become the youngest high school teacher in Oregon history, teaching an innovation workshop class. As you would expect, Michael is a fascinating guy with tremendous insights and wisdom to share. We talked about the inspiration behind TILE and Arist, his journey starting out, challenges along the way, his role models, advice for young people starting out and much much more. Please enjoy my conversation with- Michael Ioffe.
Sumukh Setty- Finding mentors, "the student card", and empowering others| "It is about how do I create the most value through systems and projects that could impact a lot of people."- Sumukh Setty
Sumukh is a venture fellow at Rough Draft VC and is the founder of Teendemy. Rough Draft is a student-run venture capital firm, backed by General Catalyst. Teendemy is bridging the gap between academic education and professional success. Sumukh is currently studying Business Administration at Babson College.
Welcome to the 21st Century Visionary Podcast. I am your host Sanat Singhal, a high school junior in the Bay Area focused on making an impact. Every episode we talk to a young person with a compelling vision for society working on making it a reality. We will dive into their journey; how they got started? What tactics and lessons did they use? What is their vision for the future? The first season will center on young entrepreneurs and their journey building their companies. Our Episodes drop every other week. Stay tuned and Stay Safe!