GHP# 73 - Building Relationships at Scale through Email with Jess Chan!
Episode 73 is with Jess Chan, Founder & CEO at Longplay Brands! Longplay Brands is a marketing agency working with B2C e-commerce brands in the health, wellness, and lifestyle spaces. The company M.O. is to work with businesses who are in it for the longplay - brands who are looking to create a legacy, build a lasting brand, and impact real lives. In other words, they build relationships at scale. Prior to Longplay, Jess was the Chief Marketing Officer of BestSelf Co., a 7-figure e-commerce brand. Since founding Longplay, she has scaled it to over $1M in just 18 months working with DTC e-commerce brands from startup to 250M+ in revenue, and has grown to a fully distributed team of 20+ people. We talk to Jess about her journey to entrepreneurship, how she scaled her company, why email marketing is still so important, and her advice on starting your own agency. She details what makes a good email campaign, how she deals with imposter syndrome in her day to day life, and her experiences with psychedelics. We hope you enjoy! Longplay Brands https://www.longplaybrands.com/ Timestamps 2:49 - Introduction to Jess 5:33 - Navigating Imposter Syndrome 7:29 - Shift from Corporate to Entrepreneurship 10:56 - Rejection, Failures, & Building Confidence 15:11 - The idea behind Longplay 16:54 - How Longplay helps businesses 18:38 - Why is Email so important? 21:14 - Do’s & Don’ts of a Good Email Marketing Campaign 24:07 - The Evolution of Email Marketing 30:31 - Key Drivers & Struggles of Scaling 38:35 - How to Make the right Hire 43:14 - Advice for building a Consultancy/Agency 46:13 - Happiness, Personal Development, & Self Reflection 52:55 - Networking & Establishing a Support System 55:50 - Psychedelic experiences 01:01:32 - Lightning Round
June 29, 2022
GHP #72 - VC #1 - Investing in Companies of the Future with Leigh Marie Braswell!
Episode 72 is with Leigh Marie Braswell, Principal at Founders Fund! Before joining Founders Fund, Leigh Marie was an early engineer & the first product manager at Scale AI, where she originally built & later led product development for the LiDAR/3D annotation products, used by many autonomous vehicles, robots, and AR/VR companies. She also has done software development at Blend, machine learning at Google, and quantitative trading at Jane Street. Leigh Marie is originally from Alabama, graduated from MIT, and loves to play poker, run long distances, and scuba dive. Founders Fund is a San Francisco-based venture capital firm that invests across all stages and sectors, with a portfolio that includes Airbnb, Lyft, Spotify, Stripe, and Oscar Health. Founders Fund was the first institutional investor in SpaceX and Palantir Technologies, and one of the earliest investors in Facebook. Founded in 2005 by Peter Thiel, the fund currently manages over $11B in aggregate capital. We sit down to talk to Leigh Marie about her journey through to tech. She details what makes a company and its founder investment-worthy, the future of data and machine learning, and provides advice for early startups looking to grow. She also touches on the future of work, Elon Musk, Universal Basic Income, and much more. This was such an insightful conversation that we hope you enjoy! Founders Fund https://foundersfund.com/ Timestamps 2:43 - Leigh Marie’s Background 12:22 - Core Skills to be a VC 17:29 - What does it mean to “hustle”? 20:15 - The story of Founders Fund 23:11 - Advice for Building a Personal Brand 25:39 - Generalists vs. Specialists 27:15 - The Future of Data, A.I., & ML 32:28 - What Makes a Company Investment-Worthy 39:42 - Working with Peter Thiel 41:34 - Evaluating Start-Ups & Founders 46:39 - Learning from Failed Investments 49:44 - Missed Opportunities - Investment Regret 51:33 - Imposter Syndrome 53:10 - Elon Musk, A.I., & Universal Basic Income 55:29 - Advice for Protecting Future Job Security 58:13 - Lightning Round
June 20, 2022
GHP# 71 - Integrating Every Commerce, Accounting & Payments Platform with Peter Zhou!
Episode 71 is with Peter Zhou, Co-Founder & CEO of Rutter! Rutter is building a universal API for e-commerce platforms. The e-commerce market is split across hundreds of platforms, such as Shopify, Squarespace, Amazon, and others. Each of these platforms has its own app store or its equivalent. Rutter is an integration layer letting any e-commerce tool build one integration to access any storefront or marketplace. Peter attended Yale University before interning at Facebook as a Software Engineer prior to his entrepreneurial endeavours. We sit down to talk to Peter about his journey to founding Rutter, the mindset of a startup CEO, his tools to a successful fundraise and opportunities for wealth creation. This was an incredibly informative episode that we hope you enjoy! Rutter https://www.rutterapi.com/ Timestamps 1:25 - Peter’s Background 4:39 - The Need to Make an Impact 6:20 - Cultural Influences 11:05 - How to Embrace Entrepreneurship 13:50 - Mindset of a CEO 16:10 - Importance of Receiving Feedback 18:30 - Biggest Challenge of Becoming a CEO 21:20 - Peter’s Journey 24:40 - Key Learnings of B2B Entrepreneurship 28:07 - Sell Before You Build 30:40 - TL;DR of Rutter 35:45 - Rutter’s Approach to Fundraising 39:35 - Common Errors Made During Fundraising 41:35 - Prioritizing Mental Health as a Founder 46:50 - Wealth Creation Opportunities of the Future 50:10 - Thoughts on the Wealth Gap Issue 51:24 - Lightning Round
June 13, 2022
GHP #70 - Bridging the Delivery Gap For Small Businesses with Adit Gupta!
Episode 70 is with Adit Gupta, Co-Founder & CEO of Lula! Lula is an institutionally backed delivery tech company, that helps stores by providing an all-encompassing platform that connects the world to them. They provide stores (convenience, liquor, pet, and more) the specialized technology, data, and customer success these merchants need to serve customers. This united network of stores powered by Lula enables independents and small chains to compete with major corporations as the nation's largest retail delivery marketplace. Adit is a Ph.D. student at Drexel University, with research interests in Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, and Human Computer Interaction. We sit down to talk to Adit about the idea behind Lula, how he founded the company in a pandemic and successfully raised a $5.5M seed round. Adit also speaks on what students today should be prioritizing for their development. This was such an insightful conversation that we hope you enjoy! Lula https://www.luladelivery.com/ Timestamps 1:36 - Adit’s Background & Experiences with Hack-a-thons 5:17 - Cultural & Family Influences 9:48 - What should students today invest in? 12:24 - The Story of Lula Delivery 16:40 - How does Lula help business owners? 20:58 - How to Raise a $5.5M Seed Round 30:30 - Prioritizing your investment needs 34:50 - Adit’s pursuit of a PhD 38:40 - Importance of Mental Health in Work & Life 43:53 - “Hustle Culture” 46:00 - Lightning Round
June 08, 2022
GHP #69 - How to Raise Venture Capital Through Story-Telling with Robbie Crabtree!
Episode 69 is with Robbie Crabtree, Founder of Performative Speaking! Robbie is a retired trial lawyer turned Startup Founder Coach turning founders into powerful storytellers. Having started his career in the legal sector, Robbie helped victims get justice for violent felonies, murders, & child abuse cases as a successful trial lawyer. After eight years of competitive storytelling in a courtroom with 102 jury trials, Robbie realized that his storytelling abilities can be used for much more. Since shifting his focus to helping founders in Seed to Series C levels as a strategic advisor & coach, Robbie has helped clients raise over $135M in venture funding, build companies worth billions, and make their vision a reality. We talk to Robbie about his career pivot from lawyer to startup coach. He explains the makings of a great story-teller, how to pickup on cues when people are lying, and the mistakes that founders make with pitch decks. He also details his steps to scaling his influence and how to balance authenticity with growth. This was a great conversation with so many learnings throughout that we hope you enjoy! Robbie Crabtree https://www.robbiecrabtree.com/ Timestamps 1:18 - Background & Career 7:11 - How to Pivot Careers With Your Skills 10:40 - What Makes a Good Story/Story-teller? 13:50 - Social Media “Guru’s” 17:50 - Jeff Bezos’ Story-Telling in front of Congress 19:21 - How to Tell If Someone is Lying 24:00 - Biggest Mistake Founders Make with Pitch-decks 31:00 - Resources to Become a Better Story-teller 33:39 - Robbie’s Approach to Clients 38:27 - How To Scale Your Influence 42:38 - Validation Through Status 45:36 - Authenticity & Growth 48:24 - Failure & Triumph 50:18 - Lightning Round
May 09, 2022
GHP #68 - The World's First Self-Organizing Workspace with Dennis Xu!
Episode 68 is with Dennis Xu, Co-Founder of Mem Labs! Mem is the world's first self-organizing workspace that leverages artificial intelligence to equip knowledge workers in the world with the information they need to do their best work. The free app is an early access platform dedicated to pushing users to quickly jot down their thoughts without focusing too heavily on the underlying organization of them. We talk to Dennis about his journey to founding Mem and the inspiration behind it. He details the difference in tech landscapes between Canada and the USA, his experience at Stanford University, and how they secured a $5.6M seed round from Andreessen Horowitz. Dennis also explains important skills for builders in tech as well as what a day in the life of a cofounder looks like. This was a really insightful conversation that we hope you enjoy! Mem https://get.mem.ai/ Timestamps 1:18 - Dennis’ background 4:44 - Tech in Canada vs. Tech in USA 11:35 - Shift to remote work 16:40 - Experience at Stanford 21:14 - Must have skills to be a builder 25:38 - Hard Skills vs. Intangibles 27:30 - Three types of workers 32:06 - Navigating terminations 37:11 - What is Mem.ai? 51:04 - Day to Day Life of a Co-Founder 54:10 - Securing a Seed Round from Andreessen Horowitz 1:01:07 - Biggest Influences 1:04:02 - Philosophy on Wealth Creation 1:08:39 - Lightning Round
May 04, 2022
GHP #67 - How to Raise a $6M Series A Through Your Customers & No VC's with Raad Ahmed!
Episode 67 is with Raad Ahmed, Founder & CEO of LawTrades! LawTrades is pioneering a new work model that economically empowers independent legal professionals to monetize their skills, while helping companies build distributed legal teams. General Counsels have access to a highly selective talent network of attorneys, paralegals, compliance, and legal ops, to complement their own legal department and company culture. We talk with Raad about his early music passions and influences to entrepreneurship. He details his journey from first discovering the internet to making 6-figures in online ad revenue while in law school. Raad also details his mission to achieve a utopian work-life balance through LawTrades, and how they successfully raised $6M at an $80M valuation using just a link and without pitching to VCs. This was a great conversation that weaves through career, life, and philosophy that we hope you enjoy! LawTrades https://www.lawtrades.com/ Timestamps 3:05 - Passions & Influences 10:02 - “Passionately curious, but compulsively minimalist.” 18:34 - Challenges of Raising Capital 22:05 - How Justin Khan almost ruined LegalTrades 27:00 - How LegalTrades raised a $6M Series A with their customers 36:11 - VC Funding vs. RUV Funding 43:43 - What is LawTrades & What problem are they solving? 51:34 - Pros & Cons of Legal-Tech Industry 58:34 - Defining & Measuring Success 1:06:00 - Impact of the Founding Team 1:12:38 - Wealth Creation 1:20:36 - How Schooling Needs to Change 1:32:00 - Lightning Round
April 27, 2022
GHP #66 - Protecting Your Digital Assets & Legacy with Maika Isogawa!
Episode 66 is with Maika Isogawa, Co-Founder and CEO at Webacy! Webacy helps protect your digital legacy by allowing you to decide what you want to do with your digital life after you die. This includes your social media accounts blockchain-based assets, cryptocurrencies and other assets. Some of this involves deletion or memorialization of accounts, posting final, sequenced content, and transferring crypto or business accounts to your inner circle. Maika is a former professional acrobat and performer for the Cirque Du Soleil brand of shows. She is also a Stanford '20 alumnus with a special concentration in Symbolic Systems, a program which combines the study of Human Computer Interaction, Software Engineering, Linguistics, Philosophy, and more. Maika was most recently a Cybersecurity Engineer for Microsoft, while Maika and Webacy have been recently recognized as a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. We sit down with Maika to discuss her early days with the Cirque du Soleil and how she became an entrepreneur. She details how she battles imposter syndrome, cultural influences in her life, including Anime, and how Webacy is securing digital assets for the world of tomorrow. This was a fun chat that we hope you enjoy! Webacy https://www.webacy.com/ Timestamps 2:30 - Circus Acrobatics at Cirque du Soleil 8:00 - Overcoming Fear & Imposter Syndrome 10:25 - Importance of Hobbies & Side Hustles 13:10 - Influence of Culture 17:00 - Anime Culture 19:50 - Goal Setting for Success 24:40 - Pressure to Succeed 28:18 - Happiness & Success 31:00 - The story behind Webacy 33:14 - Crypto scam that stole from Maika 35:30 - Challenges of Crypto-adoption 38:50 - Defining Company Culture 42:37 - Webacy’s Founding Team 45:37 - Managing Differing Opinions 49:04 - Advice for new entrepreneurs 50:05 - Lightning Round
April 19, 2022
GHP #65 - Millennials Meet Gen Z with Harsehaj Dhami and Samantha Ouyang!
Episode 65 is with Harsehaj Dhami and Samantha Ouyang, two International Baccalaureate high school students based in Toronto. Harsehaj is an impact driven student working to bridge the healthcare access gap to low income families and those struggling with their mental health. She is currently helping build a health startup based out of San Francisco that has just raised their seed-round. In her personal projects, she’s working on modelling CNN (convolutional neural networks) that uses brain EEG scans to diagnose depression. Samantha is a goal oriented student, passionate about using STEM, design, engineering and innovation to create lasting change in the world. Having started off in competitive programming at an early age, her experiences led her to founding, Superposition Toronto, a non-profit that helps to bridge the gender gap in STEM. Samantha and Harsehaj have both crossed paths in The Knowledge Society - where cohorts of students are encouraged to solve the world’s biggest problems using emerging technologies. They have both previously worked together on a project focussed on removing chemical pollutants from drinking water. We talk to Harsehaj and Samantha about their respective journeys in the tech space, the various differences in education and culture between generations, the influence of asian households, and much more. This was such an insightful conversation that brought to light the various evolutions of education, life, culture, and tech through the years. We hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:45 - Harsehaj Intro & background 6:45 - Samantha Intro & background 11:25 - Early Lessons from their experiences 18:58 - Cultural Influences of an Asian household 27:14 - How can schools encourage more innovation? 30:30 - Challenges of Women in Tech 37:30 - Social Pressures on Millennials & Gen Z 44:42 - Pros/Cons of Social Media for Gen Z 53:19 - Increasing Cost & Competition in Schooling 1:00:12 - What is the current tech focus for Gen Z? 1:03:39 - Lightning Round
March 29, 2022
GHP #64 - Empowering Freelancers & Becoming The Financial Company For Independents with Alexandra Nuth!
Episode 64 is with Alexandra Nuth, Co-Founder and COO at Control HQ! Control HQ is a financial management tool for freelancers and flexible workers. The freedom and flexibility of self employment is coveted, but not the antiquated process of managing your money, from irregular pay to income taxes. Alexandra built her way up in corporate strategy before teaming up with two colleagues on this venture to become the financial management company for independents. We talk to Alex about her move from corporate to entrepreneurship, the future of flexible work and why ControlHQ is so important in this space, the importance of mentorship, and so much more. This was such an insightful conversation that we hope you enjoy! Control HQ https://www.controlhq.com/ Timestamps 1:43 - Intro & Background 4:56 - Transitioning from Corporate to Entrepreneurship 8:50 - Important Core Values 10:57 - Building Company Culture 15:06 - Importance of Mentorship 21:40 - What is Control HQ? 24:29 - What makes Control HQ different? 28:30 - Importance of Diversity & Inclusion 38:40 - Lightning Round
March 23, 2022
GHP #63 - Maximizing Innovation, Successful Entrepreneurship & Life Lessons From War with Lloyed Lobo!
Episode 63 is with Lloyed Lobo, Co-Founder and President of Boast A.I. Boast A.I helps companies access the billions of dollars available in R&D tax credits and funding to improve insights and grow faster. Their software integrates financial, engineering, and project data to increase the speed, accuracy, and size of eligible tax incentives. In other words, Boast helps you maximize claims and innovate faster while you run your business. Lloyed is an entrepreneur through and through, with a never ending desire to keep moving, building, and hustling. We talk to Lloyed about his journey in tech, how being a refugee of the Gulf War in Kuwait shaped his mentality on life, and the plethora of lessons he’s gathered through his experiences thus far. This was an insightful and candid conversation that you hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:01 - Background 9:00 - Engineering Uncertainty (for Success) 16:25 - Managing Mental Health 26:43 - Importance of your Network 30:14 - The CAMPER Framework 33:00 - What is Boast A.I? 35:08 - How Boast A.I helps businesses with R&D Credits 38:04 - The Future of Boast A.I 39:51 - Raising $100M from Investors 51:51 - Advice to Founders 53:02 - Lightning Round
March 02, 2022
GHP #62 - Disrupting the Telecom Industry & Becoming a Better Entrepreneur with Brice Scheschuk!
Episode 62 is with Brice Scheschuk, Co-Founder of WIND Mobile (now known as Freedom Mobile) and currently the Managing Partner at Globalive Capital. The telecom space is one of the most regulated and red-tape ruled industries to work within, making Wind Mobile’s story an incredible achievement. Brice led the Finance, HR, Procurement and Supply Chain functions of one of the largest new entrant pure play wireless services providers and helped raised approximately $2B in capital to acquire spectrum and operate the WIND network. Now, he manages a $100M investment firm in Globalive focusing on representative private equity, real estate, and venture investments. We talk to Brice about his journey breaking into the Canadian telecom space, the evolution of entrepreneurship through different eras, and impactful skills necessary for anyone looking to achieve success. He also explains the importance of mentorship and how he’s helping the next generation through MindFrame Connect. This was an incredible informative episode that we hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:20 - Background and Education 5:30 - The Entrepreneurship Journey & Mindset 11:30 - Transferrable Skills through Generations 15:55 - Founding WIND Mobile 23:00 - Advice on Seeking Investors 30:52 - Assessing & Managing Risk in Life 38:25 - What is Anti-Fragility? 47:30 - Decision Making & Regret 56:55 - MindFrame Connect 01:02:50 - Lightning Round
February 21, 2022
GHP #61 - NFTs, the Blockchain, Codifying Value and Helping Creators Monetize Content with Ben Share!
Episode 61 is with Ben Share, Co-Founder and CEO at Dime! Dime helps turn your content into genuine digital collectibles for your followers to buy, sell, trade and collect. While NFTs have the potential to transform the way we create art and use the internet, we still need a system in place that's powerful enough and clear enough for everyone to use. Dime is the first NFT marketplace to not require a crypto wallet, the first to transact purely in $USD, and most importantly, the first marketplace that ordinary people will want to use. We talk to Ben about the utility of NFTs, the Blockchain and Web 3.0. We discuss the future of these technologies and how creators will be significantly impacted by advancements in this space. He details his journey founding Dime and what the internet of tomorrow will look like as the foundations are laid today. If you’re looking to stay ahead of the next big shift on the internet, this episode is a must! Timestamps 2:15 - Intro to Ben 4:54 - What is Web 3.0? 6:28 - Significance of Blockchain 8:11 - What is an NFT? Why are they important? 15:47 - Importance of Community 19:05 - What is a Rug Pull? 22:10 - NFT Investing: How To 26:44 - What is Dime? 28:37 - How Dime helps purchase NFTs 31:22 - How NFTs and Web 3.0 will help creators 35:12 - Challenges in & Advice for the Web 3.0 and NFT space 39:38 - The Y Combinator Experience 45:54 - Lightning Round
February 01, 2022
GHP #60 - Making Sound Financial Decisions using Artificial Intelligence with Kris Bennatti!
Episode 60 is with Kris Bennatti, Co-Founder, CEO and Lead Developer at Bedrock AI! Bedrock AI are experts and innovators in the adaptation of language models to financial text that facilitate a unique, quantamental approach to reading and understanding SEC filings. In other words, they use underused, unstructured data sources to understand and predict earnings management, accounting problems and outright fraud. We talk to Kris about her journey from accounting as a CPA to founding Bedrock AI. She details the importance of machine learning in the financial markets and how investors and companies alike can benefit from its use. This was an incredibly insightful conversation that we hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:50 - Career Journey from CPA to Coding 7:40 - Advice to newcomers to Data Science 10:04 - Machine Learning vs. Artificial Intelligence 13:16 - Deep Learning Based Language Models 17:45 - "AI is inherently biased." 22:00 - The Concept of Singularity 24:17 - What is Bedrock AI? 28:59 - Example of how Bedrock AI helps investors 35:28 - The future of Bedrock AI 39:16 - Finding the right Business Partners 41:36 - Challenges of being a Founder 45:20 - Lightning Round
January 25, 2022
GHP #59 - Optimizing Onboarding, Offboarding, and Employee Engagement with Evan Hallward!
We're back & starting off 2022 with a great guest from the world of HR! Episode 59 is with Evan Hallward, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Aboard! Aboard enables growing startups & small businesses to find, implement, and automate their People Programs. From onboarding to offboarding, and everything in between, Aboard ensures that employees will be better prepared to succeed. We talk to Evan about his motivation behind founding this platform. He details how his experiences in recruitment and HR led him to building a people-focussed company of his own. This was a great conversation with so many learnings. We’ve all had our fair share of bad interview and employment experiences. If you’re looking to revamp your recruitment and employee engagement, this episode is sure to help! Timestamps 2:15 - Evan’s Entrepreneurial Journey 6:14 - What does a successful interview process look like? 10:35 - War for Talent vs. Brand 11:40 - How to Optimize your Hiring Process 13:22 - How Start-Ups Fail at Hiring Talent 17:35 - Debunking the Negative Perception On Employment Length 19:51 - Defining “Employee Engagement” 24:45 - How to Retain Talent at your Company 30:19 - Transitioning from a “Task Role” to a “Manager Role” 31:45 - What is Aboard? How are they helping employers & employees? 36:50 - Lightning Round
January 18, 2022
GHP #58 - From CFO to Angel Investor, Keys to Success with Mark MacLeod
Episode 58 is with Mark MacLeod! Mark is a semi-active angel investor with a portfolio of 14 investments, 2 highly positive exits and counting. He was most notably General Partner at Real Ventures, Canada’s largest and most active seed stage fund. With a background in finance, he also served as CFO for software companies including, but not limited to, Shopify and Freshbooks. We talk to Mark about his journey from finance to venture capital. He details his move from C-suite to investor, and the critical skills that are needed to help a start-up succeed. Mark also dives into the critical skills needed to become a leader in the industry. This was a fun conversation with plenty of gems throughout, so we hope you enjoy! Timestamps 1:31 - Mark's Career Journey 7:00 - They Key to Learning Fast 8:30 - Importance of Product-Market Fit 9:50 - Managing Stress in Decision Making 12:25 - Critical Skills Young Professionals Need to Learn 15:30 - Don’t Chase Titles. Do this instead. 19:04 - What makes a great leader? 22:45 - How to Develop Trust amongst Your Team 24:42 - How to Successfully Fundraise with VCs 27:10 - What Makes a Start-Up Investment Worthy? 31:40 - How Mark got into DJ-ing and Fitness 34:40 - Lightning Round
November 26, 2021
GHP #57 - Helping Non-Profits Raise More Money Using Artificial Intelligence with Alexander Jivov!
Episode 57 is with Alexander Jivov, Co-Founder & CEO at Hopeful Inc.! Hopeful Inc. is the first Social Fund-tech platform that enables nonprofits and charities to monetize their social media followers specifically for fundraising, while giving them visibility on why donors are engaging through a proprietary Storytelling A.I. dashboard. Alex is a Salesperson, Digital Marketer, Full-Stack Web Developer, Chef, and published author - a true jack of all trades with an interesting career path to say the least! We talk to Alex about his career journey and how he pivoted through so many different avenues. He describes the process of building a start-up in the non-profit industry, building out a successful founding team, and how to figure out the right career for yourself. Alex also details the importance of mentorship through accelerators and incubators from his experience with the Ryerson DMZ and UC Berkeley SkyDeck. This was an incredibly informative episode that’s sure to have a bit of everything for everyone, so we hope you enjoy! Timestamps 1:53 - Alex’s Unorthodox Career Path 4:32 - How to effectively experiment early on in your career 6:16 - Building a Client Acquisition Strategy 8:31 - How to Become a Better Salesperson 10:19 - What is Hopeful Inc & How are they helping non-profits? 16:31 - Challenges Faced by Hopeful Inc. 18:30 - Hopeful Inc.’s Acquisition 24:02 - Defining Success For Your Company & Employees 27:10 - The Future of Hopeful Inc. 29:00 - Advice for Entering the Non-Profit industry 32:04 - Lightning Round
October 26, 2021
GHP #56 - How To Invest With As Little As $1 with Taran Singh Kainth!
Episode 56 is with Taran Singh Kainth, Co-Founder & CEO at Flahmingo! After witnessing the financial crisis of '07/'08, Taran pursued his curiosity in finance and investing to understand the markets. His ambitions increased in complexity, from managing his family RRSP at the age of 16 to democratizing investing for students and young investors with the founding of Flahmingo. Flahmingo is a native mobile application that allows you to begin investing with as little as $1! Their proprietary technology enables users to grow and maintain a diversified portfolio through the purchase and sale of fractional shares. These fractional shares allow Flahmingo users to own as little as $1 in companies like Tesla, Alphabet, Amazon and even Berkshire Hathaway. We speak to Taran about his entrepreneurial journey, meeting and gathering knowledge from Tim Draper at Draper University, and the importance of financial literacy at a younger age. This was a great conversation with an ambitious leader to keep an eye on for the future, so we hope enjoy! Timestamps 2:25 - Financial Literacy and Building Wealth 6:50 - Early Finance Mistakes & Lessons 11:10 - How to build your financial knowledge 15:45 - Taran’s Investment Strategy 20:45 - Inspiration behind Flahmingo 24:00 - What is Flahmingo & How can it help you? 32:22 - What’s next for Flahmingo? 35:47 - Importance of Community 38:14 - Challenges of Building a Start-up
October 18, 2021
GHP #55 - Disrupting The Car Industry & Chasing Your Passion with Tiago Teixeira!
Episode 55 is with Tiago Teixeira, Co-Founder and CEO of xix3D and Founder of Sekanskin! xix3D runs a 3D car configurator that helps visualize the artistic work through hyper-realistic renderings and custom graphics in seconds. Sekanskin has established the industry benchmark with meticulously dedicated vinyl artists that have a reputation for perfection. After graduating with a degree in Psychology, Tiago decided to pursue his passion for cars, launching into the automotive space first with wrapping cars, to now innovating the way the entire business works. We talk to Tiago about his drive and how he found his calling in the car industry. He explains his journey from masterminding the viral sensation Purrari - a baby blue Ferrari wrapped for none other than Deadmau5, to now leading a tech company taking the industry by storm. Tiago also details the impact of mentoring through the Ryerson DMZ, to expressing self-confidence to achieve your goals. This was an incredibly motivational conversation, that we hope you can learn from and enjoy! Timestamps 1:45 - The entrepreneurial journey 8:30 - Working with Deadmau5 9:50 - How to Acquire Clients for Your Business 13:00 - Origin of XIX3D 19:10 - Building a Tech Company without a Tech Background 24:55 - Networking and the Working with the DMZ 35:40 - Lightning Round
September 10, 2021
GHP #54 - Optimizing Growth Through Artificial Intelligence with Phillip Gales!
Episode 54 is with Phillip Gales, CEO and Founder of inate.ai! Holding a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard, Phillip is a serial entrepreneur focussed on applying machine learning algorithms to financial portfolio optimization. Inate.ai automates the analysis of growth stage start-ups, using artificial intelligence to facilitate venture capital due diligence. It plugs into the common tools that startups use, seamlessly merges that data, applies AI algorithms that have been trained by subject matter experts and provides clear, actionable insights, warnings and suggestions. We talk to Phillip about his journey from the oil and gas industry to tech start-ups. He details the importance of incubators such as Y-Combinator and the DMZ, growing companies with data-driven insights, and the current state of Venture Capital. This was an incredibly loaded conversation with so many insightful learnings, that we hope you enjoy! Timestamps 4:00 - Journey from Engineering to Tech Start-Ups 10:30 - How to Use Data for Useful Insights 14:55 - The Business Model of a VC 21:47 - What is Product-Market Fit? 26:40 - How to Connect with Potential Investors/VC’s 35:50 - Accurately Evaluating Start-Ups 36:54 - How Is inate.ai Helping Founders & Start-Ups 44:00 - Lightning Round
August 12, 2021
GHP #53 - Billionaires, Sports & Taxes!
Episode 53 is about money in sports - more specifically, everyone’s favourite word, taxes! When we look at the business of sports, it’s easy to get fixated on the glamorous life of athletes, player contracts, sponsorships, and lifestyles of these individuals. However, when we take a step back, the owners behind many of these teams tend to be the big fish that remain hidden. This episode will uncover some of the secrets employed by these owners, and will use details from the analysis performed by a Propublica article titled: The Billionaire Playbook - How Sports Owners Use Their Teams to Avoid Millions in Taxes. We hope you enjoy!
July 16, 2021
GHP #52 - Introverts, Extroverts, & Ambiverts in the Workplace with Karl Moore!
Episode 52 is with Professor Karl Moore! Professor Moore is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and an internationally recognized leader in the study of Introvert/Ambivert/Extroverted Leaders. He has interviewed thousands of CEOs, Premiers, Cabinet Ministers, and even Prime Ministers. He holds an MBA from USC, a Masters from Oxford University, and a PhD from Schulich School of Business. He is currently an Associate Professor at McGill University, a Columnist for Forbes Magazine and the Globe and Mail, and Host of the CEO Series on Bell Media. We speak to Professor Moore about his research on Introverted, Extroverted and Ambivert leaders, and how different generations have adopted these skills. He explains the consequences of generational mixing in the workplace and how boomers, millennials and Gen z can successfully co-exist. He also details his work on Indigenous communities and how we can use current events and education to foster these relationships. This was such an insightful and inspirational conversation that we hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:23 - Background, Education & Research 3:30 - What is an Ambivert? 7:57 - Are you born an Introvert/Extrovert/Ambivert? 11:00 - Modern vs. Post-Modern World View 13:58 - Remote Work - Boomers Vs. Millennials 19:28 - Rise of an Anti-Social Society 24:30 - Strategic Frameworks & Porter’s 5 Forces 30:51 - Strategy Advice for Future Leaders 33:30 - Boomers, Millennials, Gen Z & Organizational Culture 37:20 - Importance of Networking 41:30 - Indigenous Relations in Canada 46:30 - Closing Remarks
July 07, 2021
GHP #51 - Identity Politics: Friend or Foe?
Episode 51 is on Identity Politics! In recent years the weaponization of identity politics has wreaked havoc on Western societies and is becoming more prevalent. Aman and Sheriston break down the ideology, how it has been utilized by the powers that be to the detriment of citizens, and what we can do to break the trend. The boys also dive into the recent revelation of condo developers buying up swaths of single family homes to repurpose as rentals. They detail how rise of remote work is influencing geopolitics while exacerbating the housing crisis. This is a passionate analysis of current events that's sure to step on some toes, so you've been warned! We hope you enjoy! Timestamps 0:38 - Core Developer controversy 5:00 - Morality of the Housing Crisis 10:40 - Identity Politics 19:30 - How remote work is influencing Geopolitics
July 02, 2021
GHP #50 - From Immigrant, to Soldier, to Entrepreneur, to Canada's Top 40 Under 40 with Abdullah Snobar!
Episode 50 is with Abdullah Snobar! Abdullah is the Executive Director of the DMZ and the Chief Executive Officer of DMZ Ventures. Ranked as one of the top university-based tech incubators in the world, the DMZ provides a launchpad for founders to build and scale fast. To date, the DMZ has helped more than 400 startups raise over $1B in capital and created 4,000+ jobs. We talk to Abdullah about his non-traditional journey into tech. He details his journey from a Palestinian immigrant, to serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, to founding a non-profit in Kenya, to today becoming recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40. This was an incredibly inspirational conversation that intertwines so many facets of culture and society. We hope you find it as enlightening and informative as we did! Timestamps 2:50 - Immigrating & Adapting to Canada 7:12 - Attraction to the Hospitality Industry 10:53 - Canadian Military Experience at 16 years old 13:12 - Overcoming Fear 14:45 - The Supa Maasai Foundation in Kenya 25:12 - The DMZ at Ryerson University 31:37 - DMZ’s $1 Billion Milestone 36:25 - Why you should choose The DMZ 38:55 - Growing the Canadian Tech Ecosystem 43:45 - Common Qualities of Successful Founders 47:40 - Lightning Round
June 23, 2021
GHP #49 - Cannabis, CBD, & CPG with Davina Kaonohi!
Episode 49 is with Davina Kaonohi, Co-Founder & CEO of Element Apothec! Element Apothec is an innovative and purpose-driven consumer brand focused on CBD wellness & body care products. It was established with one goal in mind: to create a line of natural and organic, CBD-infused skincare and wellness products which combine the healing powers of nature with the ingenuity of innovation. The journey began a decade ago, when one co-founder — afflicted with eight auto-immune disorders — started creating custom body care blends that eased her pain, nourished her skin and helped her feel better. Today, Element has expanded to more than 40 products, including lotions, body butters, roll-ons, tinctures and supplements. We speak with Davina about her journey in the Cannabis and CPG space, how CBD has changed her life and that of her customers’, and how she successfully built her brand and online presence. We hope you enjoy! Timestamps 3:00 - Which is better - Retail or D2C? 5:25 - How to pitch your business to retail partners 8:10 - Challenges of Retail vs. D2C 11:24 - The Founding story of Element Apothec 17:14 - The Benefits of CBD 20:26 - The CBD Industry Is Just Starting 27:42 - What Makes a Great Brand Strategy? 35:18 - Importance of Feedback and Networking 39:37 - Lightning Round
June 16, 2021
GHP #48 - How to Become a Better Manager Through Tech with Brennan McEachran!
Episode 48 is with Brennan McEachran! Brennan is the Co-Founder & CEO of Soapbox, the app built for managers. Managers are the most unsupported and under resourced individuals in corporate organizations and the consequences of this are dire. Bad leadership trickles down into teams, company culture, and eventually the overall performance. Soapbox is the first software platform designed to help managers prioritize their people and performance while coaching good management habits. It manages meetings, tasks, and goals, all while providing constructive feedback and relevant engagement tools to give employees a voice. We sit down with Brennan to discuss his founding journey, the traits and habits of a good manager, and how you can become a better leader in any situation, not just work. This was a really insightful conversation that we hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:23 - What is Soapbox? 12:47 - How Soapbox helps managers & teams 21:44 - How to Share Your Vision With and Lead a Team 28:05 - The Lettuce Pact 32:11 - What Makes a Good Leader 40:16 - Giving/Receiving Feedback as a Manager 50:35 - The Future of Work & Soapbox 58:25 - Lightning Round
June 09, 2021
GHP #47 - Marriage Has Nothing To Do with Love & Pre-Nups Save Lives!
Episode 47 is all about pre-nuptial agreements and marriage! Numbers don't lie - almost half of all marriages end in divorce. But what about the numbers that come up during the divorce? Aman and Sheriston break down some strong, controversial opinions on divorce laws and pre-nups using some famous examples of the past and present. Given the topic, this conversation is wild from start to finish, so consider yourself warned! We hope you enjoy! Timestamps 0:46 - Intro from "Flagrant 2 Podcast" 3:03 - Britney Spears 5:00 - Benefits of a Pre-Nup 8:30 - Dr. Dre
June 03, 2021
GHP #46 - The Real Estate Market Is On Fire... For Now
Episode 46 focuses on the hottest thing in the economy right now - real estate. The housing market has been on fire this past year, with supply shortages and pandemic activity driving prices to record levels, month after month with no signs of slowing down. Aman and Sheriston break down how we found ourselves in this situation, what you should do with your finances in the interim, and what to expect in the post-pandemic housing market. For an added bonus, the video version on YouTube will include a segment where we show examples of houses for sale across the country, so make sure to check that out as well! Timestamps 1:46 - Factors driving the housing market 7:21 - What to expect after the pandemic 8:32 - New Canadian Mortgage Rules 13:30 - Should you invest in real estate right now?
May 27, 2021
GHP #45 - Reinventing How People Buy Cars & Shifting Consumer Mindsets with Dan Park!
Episode 45 is with Dan Park. Dan Park is the CEO of Clutch Inc., a tech company reinventing the way people buy cars through e-commerce. With a completely virtual showroom, you can browse, get prequalified for and order a vehicle that will be delivered right to your home, which you can return within 10 days. Before Clutch, Dan was the General Manager of UberEats Canada where he helped launch the food delivery platform in Canada. He also has an extensive background in venture capital as both a VC and entrepreneur. We talk to Dan about he helped make UberEats the staple of fast food delivery in Canada and now how he’s reshaping consumer mindsets in car buying. He also details the experience of being on both sides of the VC table. We had a blast with this one, so we hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:11 - UberEats Canada’s First General Manager 4:00 - How UberEats Works 9:05 - Creating Successful Business Partnerships 12:15 - How to Develop Out a Marketplace 14:25 - How Clutch is Solving the Traditional Car Buying Process 21:50 - Test driving is unnecessary, here’s why 25:45 - Inspiration from Tesla 27:35 - Being a VC vs. Pitching to a VC 34:55 - Most Common Mistake during VC Fundraising 38:20 - Success Factors of a Founding Team 47:00 - Lightning Round
May 19, 2021
GHP #44 - Building a Brand From Your Living Room with Erica Rankin!
Episode 44 is with Erica Rankin aka The Cookie Dough Girl. Erica is the Founder and CEO of Bro Dough, Canada’s first 100% plant-based, protein-infused, edible cookie dough. Having launched her business in late 2019, Erica is the epitome of an entrepreneur, working out of a commercial kitchen rented by the hour, storing inventory in her living room, and even packing orders at her dining room table as they come in. We sit down to chat with Erica about her story launching the brand, how she uses LinkedIn and TikTok to blow up her online presence practically for free, and the ins and outs of running a business. We hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:00 - What is Bro Dough? 4:00 - The Production Cycle 7:46 - Menu Creation - the weirdest flavour requests! 10:50 - Importance of Networking & Mentorship 13:36 - A Typical Day @ Bro Dough 15:25 - Managing Mental Health as an Entrepreneur 19:10 - Brand Strategy & Social Media Marketing 24:20 - Motivation for Entrepreneurship 28:25 - Lightning Round
May 12, 2021
GHP #43 - Using Data to Solve Mental Health with Mohsen Omrani & Sarah Rennick!
Episode 43 is with Mohsen Omrani and Sarah Rennick. Mohsen is the CEO & President of OPTT, a digital health start-up that provides behavioural health providers the tools to build an affordable, online mental health clinic powered with AI. Sarah is the Co-Founder and CEO of Alli Therapy, an online therapy portal for parents when they need it, in the way they need it. The need for mental health professionals has been on the rise for decades, but has now skyrocketed due to the ongoing global pandemic. Credible, reliable online resources help tackle this issue while navigating the tech landscape to extend their reach. So, how did they do it? We speak with Mohsen and Sarah about their respective journeys in the field of mental health. They detail what lead them to studying the brain, how their companies are solving the next crisis we’re currently faced with, and what you can do every day to address your mental health. We hope you find this conversation insightful, informative, and most of all, helpful. Timestamps 3:05 - The Culture Shift around Mental Health stigma 6:34 - Why Employers should invest more into mental health support 10:35 - Mohsin’s journey into the mental health field 13:19 - Sarah’s journey into the mental health field 16:05 - Relationships, Parenthood, & Mental Health 21:50 - Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence in Mental Health care 31:24 - Mental Health during the Global Pandemic 33:30 - The “Fourth Wave” of COVID-19 to come 36:50 - Baby Boomers, Millennials, & Gen Z 42:03 - Lessons from Ryerson University’s DMZ incubator 49:45 - Lightning Round
May 06, 2021
GHP #42 - Breaking Into Startups, Career Karma, & Helping One Billion People with Ruben Harris!
Episode 42 is with Ruben Harris, Co-Founder & CEO of Career Karma! Career Karma is the easiest way to find a job training program online, matching people with the right coding bootcamp and supporting them throughout their careers. With over 150,000 members, 9,000 bootcamps and trade schools, Career Karma is on a mission to help 1 billion people. Ruben is a Bay Area transplant from Atlanta, Georgia who switched from investment banking to tech after writing a viral blog post called Breaking Into Startups about how he moved to San Francisco without a job and landed a position 3 weeks later. Due to popular demand, he then co-founded the Breaking Into Startups Podcast to demystify the process and went on to build Career Karma with Artur and Timur Meyster. We talk to Ruben about his journey through professional and personal development. He details the Y Combinator experience, how to build a community, and explains the importance of mastering your own psychology. This was an insight-packed conversation that we hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:20 - Life-long learning & the future of education 7:50 - Limiting mindsets in minority/oppressed communities 11:05 - Importance of Mentorship 15:13 - Ruben’s career journey from school, to investment banking, to tech 21:00 - How to build a community: Blue zones, “Moai”, and positivity 28:17 - Parties in Atlanta & Celebrity Marketing 31:35 - The future of Career Karma 34:00 - The Y Combinator Experience 40:51 - Lessons from Y Combinator 46:38 - How to build a strategic vision 51:30 - Self-Confidence & Imposter Syndrome 57:10 - Lightning Round
April 28, 2021
GHP #41 - Overcoming Anxiety, Facing Your Fears, & Figuring Out Who You Are with Eliot Marshall!
Episode 41 is with Eliot 'The Fire' Marshall! Eliot is a former UFC Light Heavy Weight, member of The Ultimate Fighter season 8, Head Coach at Elevation Fight Team, owner of multiple Easton Training Centre facilities, a motivational speaker, a TEDx Speaker, and an all-around good guy. He has successfully transitioned his career from professional fighter to business owner, but if you ask him he says he’s just a product of luck and hard work. So we sit down with Eliot to discuss his journey. He details his bouts with anxiety in a dangerous career, the importance of knowing yourself, and how he was able to pivot away and succeed despite the odds. This was an incredibly inspiring conversation, so let’s get right into it! Timestamps 3:00 - How Eliot got into Martial Arts 6:19 - How much of his career he attributes to luck 8:30 - The Egg Lottery 9:40 - There is no such thing as a self-made man 11:05 - Seeking acceptance 16:30 - Transitioning away from fighting 19:10 - Burt Watson, the Babysitter to the Stars 29:06 - Fear, Emotions, & Masculinity 35:08 - Never tie your dollars to your hours - make your money work 44:24 - Speak to one person at a time in everything you do 48:40 - What do you want to be remembered for? 50:30 - Lightning Round
April 21, 2021
GHP #40 - Simplifying Software Solutions & Accelerating Your Learning with Colin Chartier!
Episode 40 is with Colin Chartier, Co-Founder and CEO of LayerCI! LayerCI is the DevOps platform for distributed software teams. Their web application enables the highest performing software developers to preview full stack environments for every commit and have a centralized CI/CD stack. Going against the typical path of graduates heading to big tech firms, Colin decided to build a business of his own with co-founder Lyn Chen in Toronto to help developers ship code faster. Last year, LayerCI raised a pre-seed round from Y Combinator, followed by over a million dollars in investment from multiple Silicon Valley firms. We sit down with Colin to learn how LayerCI is helping businesses, in simple terms, no engineering knowledge needed. He breaks down how you can accelerate your capacity to learn, the process of being chosen by Y Combinator, and the skills that students and young entrepreneurs in this field should focus on. This was a really insightful conversation that we hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:00 - How to prioritize key tasks amongst a team 4:04 - Attracting talent & hiring strategies for start-ups 9:45 - How gaming taught Colin to program 14:24 - How to accelerate your learning 16:17 - Skills that students/young entrepreneurs should focus on today 19:52 - How LayerCI helps developers and businesses (simplified) 26:38 - Getting into Y Combinator and working with accelerators 35:21 - Lightning Round
April 14, 2021
GHP #39 - The Truth About Cannabis
Cannabis. Hemp. Weed. Marijuana. Mary Jane. Devil's lettuce. The Greens. The list goes on. But have you wondered why we have an endless list of names that we use for this plant just to get around the law? It's time to talk about the truth. Legalization is slowly crawling its way through states while federal decriminalization is still outstanding. But, how did we even get here to begin with? This week’s episode will explore the real reason cannabis was made illegal, the politicians and bureaucrats involved, and how that decision has shaped the country we know today and the industries that drive its economy. Racial tension, political turmoil, corruption, lies, and media embellishment. All this just for a little puff-puff-pass? Puff-puff-click play!
April 08, 2021
GHP #38 - Reducing Your Grocery Bill, Food Waste, and Food Inequality with Josh Domingues!
Episode 38 is with Josh Domingues, founder and CEO of Flashfood! Flashfood is a mobile platform that connects surplus food from grocery partners directly to its users at reduced prices to alleviate food waste. Solving food inequality and food waste is a tall order but the company is well on its way to becoming a household name across North America, with partnerships with Loblaws, Farm Boy, and Meijer. We sit down to speak with Josh about the journey behind the business. He explains the economic and environmental impacts of food waste, the challenges of food inequality, and how he built Flashfood to where it is today. He also breaks down the many ways through which we can reduce our own food consumption and waste every day. This was an eye-opening conversation that really exposes many secrets of the food industry. If you’re looking to save money on your grocery bill, click play and consider downloading Flashfood from your app store! Timestamps 3:10 - The idea behind Flashfood 4:46 - Terrifying Food Standard & Food Waste Stats 8:35 - Best before dates are fake, here’s why… 12:40 - How to reduce your food waste right now 14:06 - What is Flashfood and how are they helping consumers 16:05 - The issue with the Canadian Grocery industry 21:00 - The future of Flashfood 26:47 - The importance of trusting the founding team 29:10 - “We don’t know who developed our app…” 40:20 - Company vision & celebrating small milestones 42:49 - The one thing that fuels start-up growth 48:15 - Lightning Round
March 31, 2021
GHP #37 - Working with Darren Till, Healthy Body Positivity, & Losing Weight the Safe Way with Gethin Ellis!
Episode 37 is with Gethin Ellis, Founder of Gethin Ellis Coaching & Nutrition! Gethin is a chef based in Wales who left the apron behind to pursue his passion as a Nutritionist and Personal Trainer. In a matter of years, he has completely transitioned his career to work with high profile athletes at the top of their game. With clients like Darren Till and Robert Duran Jr., Gethin is making a name for himself in the fitness space and is only getting bigger. So we sit down for a chat to hear about his journey. He explains how he successfully pivoted his career into the fitness industry, the pros and cons of various diets in the news, and the dangers of the supplement industry. We also discuss the harmful effects of social media on body positivity and mental health. This was a really informative episode, so much so that Gethin secures one of us as a client during the actual conversation! If you’re looking to understand how to become the best version of yourself, then click play. Timestamps 4:15 - Journey from Chef to Nutritionist to Personal Trainer 9:45 - Approaching and Securing a Client 13:00 - Weight Cutting in Sports 18:00 - Competition and negativity in the Fitness space 20:35 - Should Gyms stay closed or re-open? 27:30 - Coaches need coaches too 33:00 - Diets: Keto, Intermittent Fasting, and Vegans 38:16 - Dangers of the Supplement Industry 42:05 - Social Media & Body Positivity 55:00 - Lightning Round
March 23, 2021
GHP #36 - Disrupting Healthy Foods, Working with Family, & Being Unapologetically Yourself with Nick Saltarelli!
Episode 36 is with Nick Saltarelli, one of three Co-Founders of Mid-Day Squares! Mid-Day Squares started with Lezlie Karls, Nick’s wife, creating homemade fudge bars to solve their afternoon cravings while also keeping the junk away. What started as a home experiment became the seed for an incredible business idea. Today the company has sold over a million units and is available in grocery stores across the country! We sit down for an unfiltered, uncensored, free-for-all chat with Nick to hear his take on the journey thus far. He talks about how they grew the business in one of the most saturated industries on the market, how they manage their work/family relationship, and how being your authentic self is the key to success. This was a fun chat with so many gems throughout, so grab a snack and enjoy! Timestamps 2:37 - The story behind Mid-Day Squares 8:57 - Competition in the Food Industry 12:32 - The series of “Aha!” Moments 15:20 - The best lessons that led to Nick’s success 18:29 - How to successfully work with family members 21:58 - Importance of a Business Coach/Therapist 25:40 - Creative Direction by Lezlie Karls, Branding by Jake Karls 26:54 - The big difference between Marketing & Branding 33:10 - Building trust in your team 44:22 - Lightning Round
March 16, 2021
GHP #35 - How to Get Personalized Samples to Your Doorstep with Marie Chevrier Schwartz!
Episode 35 is with Marie Chevrier Schwartz, Founder & CEO of Sampler! A proudly Canadian, venture-backed technology company, Sampler is the leader in digital product sampling. Their software helps hundreds of brands like Nestlé, L'Oréal and Kimberly-Clark make their product sampling strategies targeted and measurable. Their approach builds a personalized product sampling experience that gets samples straight to your doorstep and continues to provide better products as they get to know you more. We sit down with Marie to understand how her early days of handling out samples led to the business idea. She explains her bouts with corporate burnout and how company culture can help keep employees happy and healthy. She also talks about the importance of networking and leveraging the power of people. This was a great conversation with an innovative leader transforming the retail experience, so we hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:30 - The importance of company culture 7:35 - How leaders can help keep employees happy and healthy 11:30 - Marie’s story of dealing with corporate burn-out 16:19 - How to identify and address burn-out in the workplace 21:30 - How Sampler is connecting consumers and brands with samples 24:57 - The future of Sampler 28:25 - Retail TO and Toronto’s retail ecosystem 31:30 - Your network is the gift that keeps on giving 33:30 - Lightning Round
March 10, 2021
GHP #34 - Digitizing the Indoors & Doing Things That Don't Scale with Hongwei Liu!
Episode 34 is with Hongwei Liu, Co-Founder & CEO of MappedIn! Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, MappedIn is the leading platform for indoor spatial data management, digitizing venues, and building best-in-class indoor mapping experiences. They are at the forefront of the collision between tech and brick-and-mortar, having mapped over 500 million square feet of indoor space in over 30 countries. MappedIn grew from a simple project between friends, to serve shopping malls around the world, theme parks such as Dreamworld, and even the Department of Homeland Security. We chat with Hongwei about the idea behind MappedIn, the challenges of growing a startup as a young entrepreneur, developing leadership skills, and his philosophy of doing things that don’t scale. We hope you enjoy the show! Timestamps 2:45 - Building a business while in school 11:20 - Why you should work at a start-up 20:17 - The idea behind MappedIn 30:35 - Leadership skills for young entrepreneurs 34:22 - Finding the right people for your business 40:33 - Do things that don’t scale 44:50 - Lightning Round
March 02, 2021
GHP #33 - Recirculating Showers That Save Energy & Water with Alisha McFetridge!
Episode 33 is with Alisha McFetridge, Co-Founder & CEO of RainStick Shower! RainStick is a unique recirculating system that saves 80% water and 80% energy but feels like a high-pressure shower. By using robust filtration, RainStick provides a relaxing, safe and cleansing experience. Water demand is projected to grow by 30% over the next 30 years as the world’s population is expected to grow by more than 2 billion people by 2050. That is an incredible amount of stress on freshwater resources and infrastructures in society. This is where RainStick Shower hopes to challenge the status quo. Their mission is to combat climate change and build a circular economy in Canada by transforming how we use water. We sit down with Alisha as she explains how she co-invented RainStick, the engineering behind the shower, and the importance of addressing the global water supply. Timestamps 3:06 - What is RainStick & How does it work? 9:30 - What if people pee in the shower… 10:29 - Technical Requirements 12:00 - Shower technology has not had innovation since 1810 16:14 - Sustainability sells the brand, but not the product 23:42 - The issue with water supply in North America 26:20 - Is water a private good or public good? 29:45 - The Canadian Tech scene 34:40 - RainStick’s launch this year 36:06 - Lightning Round
February 24, 2021
GHP #32 - Intersectionality, Gender Pronouns & Political Correctness with Dr. Sarah Saska!
Episode 32 is with Dr. Sarah Saska! Dr. Saska is the co-founder and CEO of Feminuity, a management consulting firm that helps companies build diverse teams, equitable processes, inclusive products, and cultures where people belong. Before founding her company, she led pioneering doctoral research detailing the need for technology and innovation that is equitably and ethically designed. She has delivered TEDx and keynote talks around the globe and was named amongst WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2015 and 2017. We sit down with Dr. Saska as she details the importance of diversity and inclusion in today’s world. She highlights the issue of representation at the C-suite level, political correctness, and the need for an intersectional view of individuals. This was an incredibly informative conversation that sets the bar for 2021, the year of accountability as she puts it. We hope you enjoy! Timestamps 2:30 - The importance of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) 13:20 - How is Feminuity addressing D&I in the workplace? 15:50 - How to approach sensitive topics with organizations/employers 23:07 - The lack of diversity at the C-Suite level 27:20 - Polarization of Gender Pronouns 33:27 - Dealing with Employees that reject D&I 40:17 - Lightning Round
February 17, 2021
GHP #31 - Student Debt, UFOs and Time Travel!
Welcome to episode 31 of the Generation Hustle Podcast! This week we're introducing a new segment where we cover important topics and hot button issues in the news. We kick it off with the never ending student debt crisis. Joe Biden advocated for universal student debt relief on his campaign trail which is still to be approved. But is a blanket forgiveness a good idea? Speaking of Presidential decisions, how about Donald Trump adding a section on UFOs in the latest COVID relief bill? (Yes, we fact checked that). And if that doesn’t have your conspiracy gears grinding, boxing fans have reignited a debate on time travel due to footage from a 1995 Mike Tyson fight that appears to show a man with the latest Android phone in the crowd. This episode was a wild ride from start to finish, so be sure to listen to the method behind our madness! Timestamps 1:25 - What is worth the value of 9 Elon Musks? 8:00 - The reason university/college become so expensive from the 1980s 16:00 - Joe Biden campaigned on student debt relief. Is this a good idea? 22:30 - Trump's COVID relief bill includes comments on UFOs... 34:00 - The Time Traveller from Mike Tyson's fight
February 10, 2021
GHP #30 - Art, Anime & Spirituality with Jyothee Murali!
Episode 30 is with Jyothee Murali! Better known by her brand, JYXDI, Jyothee is a self-taught visual artist based out of Toronto. Against societal odds as well as traditional South Asian cultural norms, Jyothee dropped out of school and nurtured her passion for painting into a full-fledged career. In a matter of years, she has grown her personal brand exponentially, collaborating with high-end clients such as 6LACK, OVO, XO, and COACH. Her art ranges from realism, portraits, landscapes and custom fan pieces, with an interest in anime. We chat with Jyothee as she details her venture into art, her growth strategies, and the importance of prioritizing passion over profits. We hope you enjoy the show!
February 02, 2021
GHP #29 - Bridging the Gap Between Athletes & Startups with Randy Osei!
A former varsity basketball player, Randy Osei traded in his jersey for sports marketing and is the Founder & CEO of Rozaay Management, a creative marketing and talent management firm. He is also the Executive Director of the Athlete Technology Group, an events and media company that connects tech entrepreneurs and athletes. Technology has transformed the way we market and brand ourselves. Talent agencies are constantly shifting to adapt to the world of today in order to connect athletes to their fans and business opportunities that will allow them to prosper past their sport. Rozaay Management has evolved form a sports management agency to a prominent social enterprise having worked with high-profile clients like Anthony Bennett, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Andrew Wiggins, and more. We sit down with Randy to explore the world of athlete management. He explains his strategy to building long lasting, organic relationships, breaking down the knowledge barriers that athletes are faced with, and how he’s leveraging tech to establish perpetual revenue streams for his clients. If you’re looking for creative branding techniques, this episode is a must listen! Timestamps 2:15 - Transitioning from Athlete to Managing Anthony Bennett 7:30 - Social leverage and the power of connections 9:10 - Curating your brand 16:55 - Biggest mistake athletes make with media 24:34 - The Rich Paul Rule 30:30 - Why athletes struggle with money management 34:40 - Athletes and the Tech Industry
January 27, 2021
GHP #28 - Talent Management in the Creator Economy with Cody & Cole Hock!
Cody and Cole Hock are co-founders of Up North Management Group. The creator economy is booming, with creatives across various social platforms gaining popularity and business opportunities at scales we have never seen before. However, these individuals are not always equipped with the knowledge and expertise to navigate the technical landscape of monetizing a platform. This is where Up North thrives. Up North Management Group is a leading talent management firm representing top gaming and esports creators and streamers, and professional athletes with a passion for the digital space. They have partnered with brands such as Samsung, Nesquik, LG and Oculus, while representing high profile clients like Nasher, Inkslasher, NoisyButters, among others. We sit down with Cody and Cole to discuss their journey in talent management. They detail how they started their firm, how they help clients maximize their platforms, and common pitfalls of creators who are mismanaged. If you’re looking to learn how to take your talents to the next level, this episode is for you! Timestamps 2:30 - Starting a Talent Management Agency 8:05 - Common pitfalls of creatives 10:25 - What makes a good Agency fit? 16:07 - How the industry can take advantage of creators 20:42 - Creating leverage as a creator 24:41 - Brand building & Partnering with Nasher 35:30 - Esports & Drake x Ninja 43:40 - Networking Skills to get your foot in the door 51:35 - Lightning Round
January 19, 2021
GHP #27 - Athlete Life, Healthcare Consulting, and American Culture Shock with Kyra Dickinson!
Kyra is a Canadian born footballer who started from Toronto and took her talents to Howard University in Washington to pursue athletics and health sciences. Though she had no intention of a pro career, she was quickly noticed by the Saint Kitts & Nevis Women’s National team and brought on as their goalkeeper and captain. Today, Kyra serves as the CEO for healthcare consulting firm, Persimmon Group while continuing to train and educate young athletes as a mentor and coach. We sit down with Kyra to discuss her journey through athletics and healthcare, the culture shock of playing abroad, and the mentality of athletes representing their country. We hope you enjoy! Timestamps: 0:25 - Discovering the sport of soccer 3:30 - Getting noticed by the National Team 7:21 - Representing your country and pre-game nerves 11:20 - Mentorship and Leadership 17:00 - Game Day routine 18:57 - Diet and Nutrition 20:50 - Persimmon and Healthcare Consulting 23:30 - America vs Canada - Culture Shock 30:13 Lightning Round
January 12, 2021
GHP #26 - Exploring the Future of Online Learning with Travis Ratnam of Knowledgehook!
Travis is the Co-Founder and CEO of Knowledgehook, an instructional guidance system designed to professionally develop teachers and students. Their proprietary technology can uncover learning insights from assessment data that helps bridge the gap between student needs and teacher capabilities. Having recently raised over $20M, Travis and team are ready to scale the business to new heights. We talk with Travis about how he views growth, how to sell to government organizations, and where the future of online learning is headed. We hope you enjoy the first episode of the year! Timestamps 2:00 - Intro, Midlife Crisis, “The Dip”, and personal development 19:00 - How Knowledgehook is helping students and teachers 28:00 - The Sales Cycle of selling to government 38:48 - How did Google and Facebook become ad giants? 53:00 - Understanding the Buyer - How to sell a power drill to someone who doesn’t know what a screwdriver is 1:02:30 - Future of the education business model 1:15:50 - Determining your competitive strategy 1:23:00 - Lightning Round
January 06, 2021
GHP #25 - Turning Passion into a Career with Buster Scher of HoopsNation!
Buster Scher is the founder of HoopsNation. At a young age, Buster knew he wanted to be a broadcaster. Throughout his high school years, he experimented with various outlets before deciding that he wanted to carve out a niche for himself in fantasy sports - enter Hoops Nation. Hoops Nation started as a fantasy basketball page when Buster was 15 years old. Within a couple years, Buster found himself surrounded by like-minded creatives and brands alike. Buster would go on to partner with Dunk, Atlantic, Overtime, and Vayner Media, run by everyone's favourite Gary Vaynerchuk. Today, Hoops Nation has over a million followers, while Buster continues to build onto his brand with the Buster Show, his personal podcast with athletes and celebrities. We talk to Buster about scaling up your brand, how to strategize your digital presence, and his experience interning at Vayner Media. Click play to start building! Timestamps: 2:00 - How HoopsNation started 6:00 - How to build a successful brand 13:17 - There are no such things as mistakes 14:25 - Working with Gary Vaynerchuk 16:30 - Try every platform to serve your niche 22:56 - HoopsNation, CardsNation, and The Buster Show
December 16, 2020
GHP #24 - Sell Me This Pen... How to Become a Better Salesperson with Josh Solomon!
Josh Solomon is the Director of Enterprise Sales at Ada Inc. Ada is an AI-powered platform that enables businesses to drive an incredible customer experience through scalable automation. Josh has built his entire career in sales, a field so important that he suggests a good sales professional is able to transfer their sales skills into life skills. We ask Josh about his journey through sales and dive into his philosophy around sales skills that are transferrable to life. He walks us through the important steps that sales professionals should understand, from nurturing a lead all the way to securing a customer. We also discuss how Ada’s platform helps businesses and dispel the negative connotation around “chatbots”. Whether you want to become a better salesperson or want to learn must-have skills for your own personal development, this episode is for you! So sit back and listen to Josh sell us that pen. Timestamps 2:00 - It all starts in your head 8:15 - How to build rapid progress 11:25 - Get yourself out of comparison mode 15:20 - The Sales Industry and Ada Inc. 20:30 - How to become a better salesperson 31:27 - Sales is a dirty word 34:52 - Advice to new salespeople 44:20 - How Ada is helping businesses 50:40 - Josh’s life-changing event 53:40 - Lightning Round
December 08, 2020
GHP #23 - Making Breakfast Healthy Again with Andrew Maida of Flourish Pancakes!
Andrew is the founder of Flourish Pancakes, whose protein pancake mix has taken the Canadian breakfast industry by storm. Flourish aims to reimagine breakfast with the belief that eating healthy shouldn’t be a chore. Improving eating habits can be achieved by transforming indulgent foods to fit your lifestyle. No elaborate prep or complicated instructions - just pure, organic, natural ingredients tastefully brought together in a simple way. Andrew takes the time to share his journey of building an alternative healthy food brand loved by consumers in an ever changing and hard to please industry. He leans in on his experience of working with Arlene Dickinson from Dragon’s Den and how her fund, District Ventures, has helped scale Flourish to the next level. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show - maybe over a fresh stack of pancakes? Timestamps 1:40 - Andrew’s journey to founding Flourish 5:15 - What was the first company name? 7:23 - Flourish Pancakes’ pricing strategy 12:20 - How Andrew came up with the pancake recipe 22:03 - How to get consistent repeat customers 26:10 - Businesses should compete on employee satisfaction 28:50 - Health Tip: Stay away from Big Brands 35:45 - Working with Arlene Dickinson 43:20 - Lightning Round
December 01, 2020
GHP #22 - Training the Youth of Today to Run The World of Tomorrow with Scott Stirrett!
Venture for Canada (V4C) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to foster the entrepreneurial mindset and skills of young Canadians. The organization envisions a Canada where the youth can equitably realize their potential to build the most prosperous place in the world. The organization achieves this through an internship program for post-secondary students and a fellowship program for graduates that help train the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the entrepreneurial ecosystem with likeminded peers. In 7 years, VFC has grown from an idea to a national charity with 20 staff members, a multi million dollar budget and more than 5000 community members and alumni. We talk to Scott about how he brought this idea to life, what the VFC programs have to offer, and how today’s education system fails to prepare young graduates for the business world. If you’re looking to jumpstart your next big idea, have a listen and see if Venture for Canada can help you! Timestamps 1:50 - How Scott came up with Venture for Canada 4:35 - The skills of a successful entrepreneur 7:10 - Not all feedback is good feedback 11:20 - V4C’s Fellowship Program 16:50 - Why graduates struggle with landing jobs 22:53 - How to run a non-profit organization 30:20 - Is Canada creating the next Silicon Valley? 36:45 - A fourth industrial revolution 39:15 - Lightning Round
November 25, 2020
GHP #21 - Helping the world sleep better with Aaron Spivak from Hush Blankets!
Hush is a company on a simple mission - to help people around the world relax with ease and fall asleep faster whenever they wish. Almost every scientific study nowadays indicate that insomnia, stress, and anxiety levels have been on the rise for years. Sleep and relaxation are really important to managing these stressors. Hush’s weighted blankets apply evenly distributed pressure that is proven to reduce anxiety and cortisol. This firm, deep pressure stimulation is known as Deep Touch Pressure Therapy that acts like a hug. We talk to Aaron about how he started the company with co-founder Lior Ohayon. He explains their growth strategies, their amazing pitch experience on CBC's Dragon’s Den and the science of weighted blanket therapy. Aaron also leans in on his entrepreneurial spirit and what drives him to bet on himself and succeed. So wrap yourself in your coziest blanket and click play to hear more about how Hush’s products can help you get better quality rest. And if that blanket isn’t cozy enough, maybe you want to check out Hush? Timestamps 1:40 - How Hush blankets started 7:50 - How to succeed at anything 11:55 - Why you should use weighted blankets 16:00 - Hush’s new cold blanket 19:20 - Hush’s business strategy - don’t be attached to the business 27:50 - SMS Marketing & the need to build trust with customers 36:27 - Why supply chain and fulfillment is so complex 41:00 - Philanthropy in business - Hush’s give back program 48:25 - The legendary Dragon’s Den experience 53:35 - Lightning Round
November 17, 2020
GHP #20 - The Rise of Craft Beer with Troy Burtch from Great Lakes Brewery!
Independently owned and operated, Great Lakes Brewery (GLB) is celebrating over 30 years in the craft beer business, making them one of the oldest craft breweries in Ontario! They specialize in producing flavourful beers that are sure to awaken your taste buds with each sip. From unique seasonal ales, bottle conditioned releases, year-round ales and premium lagers, GLB produces a variety of products to be enjoyed by everyone! We talk to Troy Burtch, the Marketing and Communications manager, about his journey into the beer and spirits world. He details the importance of local breweries and how they compete in the ever popular craft beer space. Troy also explains the amazing pivot that GLB made at the start of the pandemic where they recalled their beer kegs and began producing hand sanitizers to support the community. GLB is a true success story, starting out of a strip-mall in Brampton, Ontario to becoming one of Canada’s most beloved and recognized craft breweries. We hope you enjoy this fun conversation and highly recommend you crack open a cold one before you hit play! Timestamps 2:20 - The story behind Great Lakes Brewery 11:58 - What is a craft beer/brewery? 17:00 - GLB’s Marketing strategy 26:32 - Why this generation loves and prefers craft beer 30:27 - Forming connections with customers 32:15 - GLB’s pivot from beer to hand sanitizers 43:10 - Lightning Round
November 10, 2020
GHP #19 - How a Canadian hockey legend is helping battle the pandemic with Hayley Wickenheiser & Dr. Jeffrey Shaw!
Hayley Wickenheiser is a 6x Olympian, 4x Olympic Gold medalist, Canadian hockey legend, angel investor, and soon to be doctor in the later stages of her medical degree. Hayley now serves as Managing Director at Pandemic Solutions, a medical consulting company that helps small, medium and large enterprises with organizational support in uncertain times. Dr. Shaw is the President and Director of Medicine at Pandemic Solutions. We talk to Dr. Shaw and Hayley about viral transmission and the development of a vaccine for the current pandemic. They walk us through the services offered by Pandemic Solutions and how they’re helping businesses re-open safely during this uncertain climate. Hayley and Dr. Shaw also detail how their unique backgrounds have helped each other learn and grow along this journey. We hope you enjoy the show! Timestamps 1:43 - Viruses transmission and effects on the body 3:35 - Update on the COVID-19 vaccine trials 6:10 - Pandemic Solutions - Who are we & what do we do? 14:00 - The future of contact tracing 19:10 - Hayley’s transition from hockey to medicine 25:39 - Lightning Round
November 03, 2020
GHP #18 - Kimurawear, Real Estate, & Podcasting - Jeff Lopes the Serial Entrepreneur
Jeff is the Founder and President of Kimurawear, a leader in quality and innovative products in the martial arts community. Founded in 2006 from Brampton, Ontario, Kimurawear began creating training equipment for professional athletes of various disciplines. With their unique approach of forward thinking and attention to detail, the brand took over the MMA scene, featured on UFC stars such as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Frankie Edgar, Thales Leites, and Jose Aldo. Jeff has since diversified his business portfolio, expanding into the world of real estate with various cottage properties across Ontario as well as his own podcast called Jeff Knows Inc. We speak to Jeff about his journey into the combat sports world and what strategies he used to market his products to star athletes, especially before the days of social media. Jeff also explains how he pivoted from athletic wear to real estate, to his podcast. He also touches on the importance of balance in his life between work and family. This was an inspirational conversation with a true go-getter in all sense of the word. If you’re looking for some energy to fire you up today, click play and listen to Jeff’s story. Timestamps: 2:50 - How Kimurawear started 8:47 - Kimurawear's Growth Strategy 10:40 - Building relationships with your customers 13:15 - UFC Fighter Pay & Exclusive Deal with Reebok/Venum 20:50 - Why Jeff doesn't focus on his competitors 25:08 - The story of Jeff's son 29:26 - Transitioning to Real Estate 32:00 - Are you born an entrepreneur? 37:55 - Why you should never seek comfort 43:41 - Don't fall in love with your business 47:11 - Social Media, Perfection, & Road Trips 53:40 - Everyone has the opportunity to be great 58:50 - Lightning Round
October 27, 2020
GHP #17 - From The Kitchen to Shelves Across Canada - The Story of SoCIAL Lite Vodka with Dan & Neetu!
Daniel Beach and Neetu Godara Rai are the CEO and CGO of SoCIAL Lite Vodka, the best vodka soda in Canada (in our opinion)! They are two of three co-founders, along with COO Kevin Folk, of the wildly popular brand. Sounding something like a campfire tale, the idea for the company was born while mixing drinks in Kevin’s home kitchen. After spending countless summer nights mixing drinks with different fruits and flavours to accommodate the tastes of their friends, the trio realized that they were onto something special. With 80 calories per can and simple ingredients, SoCIAL Lite drinks were the first pre-mixed vodka sodas in North America to contain no sugar! It was an instant hit! We talk to Dan and Neetu about their motivations behind creating their own business, how a new product goes from an idea to the shelf, and their core strategies to scale the company. This was a truly inspirational conversation with two genuine individuals. So crack open a cold can and enjoy the show! As a tip, we recommend the Pineapple Mango flavour and if you’re a fan of the podcast you understand why. Timestamps: 2:30 - The story behind SoCIAL Lite Vodka 6:55 - How the name “SoCIAL Lite” was chosen 10:40 - How to take a product from idea to store shelves 16:45 - How the LCBO chooses its products 22:35 - Being a minority female founder in the alcohol industry 29:57 - Entrepreneurship is overly glorified 33:15 - Setbacks in the early days of the company 36:15 - Competition in the industry 39:57 - The future of hard seltzers 51:50 - Dan and Neetu on choosing the entrepreneurial path 1:00:20 - Lightning Round
October 21, 2020
GHP #16 - From Varsity Football Player, To Tech Start-Up, To Fitness Entrepreneur - Greg Nyhof's Journey!
Greg is the Founder & Head Coach at The 1440, an online, personal coaching fitness program. His journey began as a varsity football athlete at Wilfred Laurier University where he discovered his love for training. From here, he transitioned from varsity athlete, to strength coach, to working full time at a tech startup, before branching out on his own with The 1440. The one habit that remained consistent throughout all these changes was training. Greg preaches the importance of prioritizing fitness, showcased in the name which serves as a reminder that we all have the same 1440 minutes in a day. The onus is on us to use them wisely. We talk to Greg about the science and psychology behind dieting and working out, and his experiences from the tech world that has helped him succeed with his fitness venture. To quote Greg: “Your best is yet to come. Get what you came for.” So click play and get what you came for! Timestamps 3:50 - The Story Behind “The 1440” 7:00 - How People Tend to Approach Fitness 14:45 - How To Be a Good Trainer 16:30 - Diet Trends & Why Most Diets Fail 29:00 - Working at a Tech Start-Up (Vidyard) 35:00 - What would you tell your younger self about quitting your job? 41:05 - Tech & the future of fitness 52:30 - Supplements & PEDs 1:02:00 - Transitioning away from being a varsity athlete 1:10:08 - Best story from the gridiron 1:13:00 - Lightning Round
October 06, 2020
GHP #15 - Building a Billion Dollar Esports Empire with Ben Feferman!
Ben Feferman is the CEO of Amuka Esports, Canada’s leader in esports venues, online leagues, and tournaments. If you’re asking, “What are esports?” then this episode is for you! Online gaming has been around for awhile, however the industry of gaming has radically shifted in the last decade. With the rise of online gaming communities and competitive leagues, the esports industry boasts more active viewers than every major sports league in America besides the National Football League (NFL). In fact, it is estimated that by 2022, the industry will be worth an estimated $1.8B! And Ben intends to have Amuka at the forefront of this growth. Featuring two arenas in Toronto and Windsor and having organized over 300 events in esports, Amuka is determined to build a billion dollar gaming empire. We speak to Ben about how he transitioned his career from investment banking to online gaming, his journey in the industry, how to scale gaming communities, and the possibility of esports holding a spot on ESPN. Before you quit your job and start up the Playstation, have a listen to Ben’s story!
September 30, 2020
GHP #14 - Artificial Intelligence in the Beauty Industry & Female Empowerment in Tech with Akosua Asare!
Akosua Asare is the founder and CEO of Essence Luxe Couture, a luxury wig brand powered by AI that uses ethically sourced hair to create meticulously handcrafted wigs. The company mission is to help those who suffer from hair loss, while breaking down the traditional barriers to entry for minorities in the beauty industry. At the age of 21, Akosua developed alopecia, a condition where the immune system attacks hair follicles, leading to hair loss. Akosua immediately recognized the disconnect in the industry - custom wigs are expensive and limited to standard styles, colours, and head sizes, with no “trying on” process so to speak. So Akosua channeled her experience into an opportunity. Today, Essence Luxe Couture creates custom wigs based on your specifications and is looking to expand this function with proprietary AI-technology. The end goal is to create an immersive experience in which you can virtually try on wigs of all shapes and colours, all from the comfort of your home. We talk to Akosua about her journey building the company, her experience as a female, black founder in the tech space and the future capabilities of artificial intelligence in the beauty industry. 3:24 - Akosua’s story and the beginning of Essence Luxe Couture 12:39 - Disrupting the beauty industry with Artificial Intelligence 18:21 - Future opportunities for expansion 22:07 - Impact of the global pandemic 25:30 - Winning the Schulich People’s Choice Award 27:08 - Using E-Commerce Platforms (Etsy & Shopify) 32:00 - Online Growth Strategy 37:30 - Exposing Shopify gurus 44:38 - Entrepreneurship & Empowerment 48:15 - The Power of Regret 50:00 - Resources for Female Entrepreneurs 54:08 - Venture Funds vs. Black Founders 1:02:56 - Lightning Round
September 23, 2020
GHP #13 - Common Mistakes Made by Founders and Investors & Taking Your Company Public with Andre Garber!
Andre is a partner at Fasken, a leading international law firm where he maintains a broad corporate law practice. Andre advises venture capital firms and emerging, high-growth companies all across Canada. As Co-Chair of the Emerging Companies Group at the firm, he is a recognized leader in Ontario’s tech ecosystem and a tireless advocate for his clients. Andre acts as the go-to external counsel for all legal matters to companies and venture capital investors around the world, regularly speaking at legal tech conferences and events. We ask Andre everything we need to know before taking a company public. He details the importance of intellectual property, common mistakes made by investors and founders, and how to set up your company for success. We learned so much from this episode that we’re still expecting to receive an invoice of billable hours from the firm. Good thing you can listen to this for free! 2:30 - Intro to Technology & Law 9:50 - Common mistakes made by start-ups 17:40 - Critical factors to consider before fundraising (due diligence) 20:15 - Liquidation preference (Important!) 24:00 - Equity vs. Debt Financing 26:50 - Common mistakes made by Investors 30:38 - An interesting deal handled by Andre (litigation to M&A) 36:40 - Tech Conferences 38:58 - IPO vs. Staying Private 43:50 - Advice for future tech lawyers 46:34 - Lightning Round
September 16, 2020
GHP #12 - Understanding the Capital Markets and Becoming A Smart Investor with Emerson Baker!
As the Vice President of Institutional Sales at Horizons ETFs, Emerson Baker is responsible for communicating the various ways ETFs are shaping the global capital markets. He has dedicated his entire career to the ETF industry, having spent four years at BMO ETFs before joining Horizons. Emerson understands the importance of wealth management and how to utilize the capital markets for these goals. Whether that’s investing into stocks and bonds, or ETFs and mutual funds, the investing strategy differs based on each individual, however the goal is the same - create wealth through sound investment decisions. However, not everyone has the financial literacy to take on such risks. So we talk to Emerson about the capital markets, what we need to know before beginning to invest, and the steps we should be taking to become a successful investor. He also details the various traps along the way that we may fall into if we are not careful - such as crypto and forex pyramid schemes. We hope you enjoy this informative conversation! 3:00 - Entering a career in capital markets 5:50 - What is the difference between an ETF and a stock? 8:30 - How to pick which ETFs to invest into 10:45 - What is the future market? 15:00 - Cryptocurrency and Forex "gurus" 19:55 - Building financial literacy 28:10 - How do each generation view the stock market? 31:20 - Why are stocks rallying during a pandemic when businesses are closed? 35:38 - Millennials and investing 46:25 - How to invest your first $1,000 54:15 - Lightning Round
September 09, 2020
GHP #11 - Winning Gold for Your Country, Becoming an Olympian, & Female Empowerment in Sports with Miah-Marie Langlois!
Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Miah-Marie started playing basketball by chance. She picked up the sport so she wouldn’t be on the sidelines watching her siblings play and it slowly became more than that. Her mother’s philosophy: “Keep playing if the doors continued to open.” And the doors kept opening. Miah-Marie led the Windsor Lancers to four consecutive CIS National Championships, winning the CIS Final Eight Tournament MVP and CIS All-Canadian Defensive Player of the Year honours three times. She then went onto to lead the Canadian National Women’s team to gold at the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2015 FIBA Americas World Championship, which qualified the team for the Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Miah-Marie now plays in the Russian Women’s Basketball Premier League while spending her off time as a mentor and coach for the youth. We talk to Miah-Marie about her professional, what it takes to be an athlete, female empowerment and the importance of diversity and equality in sports. We hope you enjoy this insightful conversation with such a genuine individual and true Canadian star! 2:00 - Intro to Basketball 11:39 - The grind of developing your game 16:20 - FIBA Americas Women's Championship 20:34 - Pan American Games & Winning Gold 23:14 - Female empowerment 27:25 - Equality in sports 37:18 - Mental toughness and preparation 43:55 - Diversity in sports 50:50 - Lightning Round
September 01, 2020
GHP #10 - Earning Development Hours Through Podcasts and Building a Reputable Start-Up with Adam Bercovici!
Adam is the Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Luminari, a professional community for CPAs. Their flagship product is LumiQ, a mobile podcast app where you can get verifiable professional development hours for listening to engaging conversations with business leaders on their experiences and areas of expertise. After gaining experience in the industry as a marketing professional, Adam realized that the growing podcast market could solve a common issue faced by industry professionals that hold designations - professional development hours. Earning these hours each year usually meant attending conferences or workshops that not everyone is keen on. So Adam decided, instead of going to workshops for these hours, why not bring the hours to ourselves through podcast listening that brings industry expertise to our fingertips? Just like that, the idea for Luminari was born! We talk to Adam about his journey of building a reputable professional development platforms, how his corporate experience helped him scale the company, and the ins and outs of working with a start-up. We hope you enjoy this conversation! Show sponsored by Podcorn - visit podcorn.com today! 2:00 - Transition from the corporate world to the start-up world 4:10 - Negotiating a new position at the same workplace 8:20 - How to become more marketable 14:01 - The value of your network 24:09 - The story of Luminari 32:04 - Branding and the importance of trust 36:35 - Automation in the Finance/Accounting industry 41:49 - Advice to new graduates 47:35 - How to switch careers 50:48 - The story of John 58:12 - Lightning Round
August 26, 2020
GHP #9 - Solving Dementia Care with Technology and Comparing the North American Healthcare Systems with Rishawn Dindial!
Rishawn is an MD & MBA candidate at Tulane University. He is also the Founder & CEO of Memoryz, a company committed to redefining family-focused dementia care. They are developing an AI-powered chat bot that serves as almost a virtual person support worker that can keep tabs on patients in the absence of family or friends. The aim is to foster greater independence and reduce isolation for those living with dementia, while improving caregiver bandwidth. The Canadian government estimates that by 2030, seniors aged 65 and older will make up 25% of the population while almost a quarter of the population aged 15 or older already serve as caregivers. Rishawn recognized the need for additional support as a caregiver for his grandfather, a senior living with dementia. He realized that the caregiver experience can be facilitated with technology and this sparked the idea for Memoryz. We talk to Rishawn about the AI technology behind Memoryz, the future capabilities of his company, and how he manages a medical degree and MBA while working on his venture. We also explore the capabilities of the healthcare systems in North America as it pertains to this demographic. We hope you enjoy this insightful conversation!
August 19, 2020
GHP #8 - Meeting Gary Vee & Using Social Audiences to Scale Your Business with Swish Goswami!
Swish is the CEO and Co-Founder of Trufan, a UN Youth Ambassador, 3x TEDx Speaker, LinkedIn Youth Editor, consultant to Fortune 500 brands and venture capitalists, and the list goes on. A true jack of all trades, he has built a multi-hyphenate career across the board with many roles with an emphasis on social capital. Trufan serves as a social intelligence platform that helps brands activate grassroots communities made up of super fans and micro-influencers. Their mission is to convert consumers from people who just buy to advocates who buy in. We talk to Swish about how he built his personal brand from the ground up, the power of networking and how it led him to meeting his idol (and many of ours) in Gary Vee. We also lean in on his experience as a serial entrepreneur to understand how brands can leverage social audience to grow and scale. We hope you enjoy this conversation! Get ready to get motivated!
August 11, 2020
GHP #7 - How to land your dream job & become the most marketable version of yourself with Tobi Oluwole!
Tobi is the CEO of The3Skills, a company founded on the mission to develop the most marketable people in the world by equipping them with the skills they need to understand and communicate their true value. He also works as Merchant Success Manager at Shopify. At 15 years old, Tobi came to Canada to attend an international high school and quickly realized how big of a minefield unemployment is for this demographic of graduates. Driven by the struggles of his sister and friends to land jobs, he posted a simple message on LinkedIn: “I want to help 5 people get jobs this year." He received 50 messages. The idea for 3Skills was born. In one year, they helped 36 people land full time roles with a combined income of over $1.7M. Today, the company has expanded to offer various courses, group coaching, and a referral program from a vast network of partners. We talk to Tobi about his journey to Canada, building this company, how he landed his dream job in just 12 days, and becoming the best version of yourself. Check the first comment below for links to this episode and we hope you enjoy his truly unique story!
August 05, 2020
GHP #6 - How to Address Poverty through Technology & Supporting Businesses You Believe in with Jimmy Chen!
Jimmy is the founder and CEO at Propel, Inc., a Brooklyn based company dedicated to helping low income Americans improve their financial health with technology. Their Fresh EBT app helps over 3 million households manage and budget food stamp benefits by providing an integrated platform to check their balance, view transaction history, and receive local deals. The app also provides savings tips and goals in order to improve the financial literacy of their users. The company is backed by the likes of Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, and Andreessen Horowitz. Poverty is not a particularly new issue; it is estimated that approximately 38 million people live under the poverty line in the USA as of 2019. The intersection of tech and poverty aims to foster technological innovation that will allow people and nations to lift themselves out of poverty. However, many companies do not invest into helping those less fortunate due to monetary motivations and the fact that most founders are not in a position to understand the fundamental drivers of poverty. We talk to Jimmy about how innovation in tech can continue to help those in need and how his own financial hardships led him to building Propel. Jimmy also explores the capitalist system today and how it can be leveraged to support companies that are aligned with your own personal values. We hope this conversation inspires you and teaches you more about a topic that tends to get overlooked.
July 28, 2020
GHP #5 - How to Change Your Career Direction & Chase Success with Michael Nilevsky!
Michael is Chief Legal Officer at YUM! Brands, the conglomerate that owns and operates the KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut banners. With almost ten years of industry experience and an executive position at one of the world's most recognized CPG-brands, it can be easily assumed that he made the right career decisions. However, this is not exactly the case. Back in 2006, Michael completed a Bachelor of Life Sciences, expecting to enter the medical industry and suddenly realized that he did not want to go through medical school. So he consulted with family and friends on what he should do and shifted to business. He entered an MBA program and graduated in 2008... just as the market crashed. Instead of getting down, he pivoted again and applied for law school and graduated from the Osgoode School of Law. Third time seemed to be the charm! Fast forward ten years and multiple stints at various positions and he now serves as the chief legal officer at KFC Global and as legal counsel for Pizza Hut International. Michael’s story is one of true determination and will that led to him being a Swiss Army knife of sorts in education. Instead of succumbing to social norms and accepting an unfulfilling position, or allowing external factors to decide his fate, he was able to adjust, pivot, and re-learn in order to succeed. So we talked to him about how he managed all the changes in his career direction, the stress that came with all these changes, and his insights on chasing passion for success. This conversation was insightful and eye-opening and will definitely resonate with any age group!
July 21, 2020
GHP #4 - Huawei, 5G, and Being a Woman in Tech and Journalism with Shruti Shekar!
Since the tech boom, the use of smartphones and other gadgets have skyrocketed while the valuations of these companies have reached record highs. Technology has created some of our most valuable inventions and, arguably the most wealthiest individuals history has ever seen. However, many of us still do not understand how these companies operate. Shruti is a seasoned journalist who has covered a wide range of topics from political culture, lobbying, telecom and technology, to the diplomatic community. Her roles have spanned from segment production for CTV News, reporter/editor at The Hill Times, to senior reporter at MobileSyrup. Currently, she spends her time in the tech and telecom sphere as a reporter for Yahoo Finance. We talk to Shruti about the future of journalism, being a woman in the industry, and how millennials are shifting the use and distribution of content. With her unique perspective in tech and politics, Shruti explains how these two worlds collide and its diplomatic implications as we explore the controversy around 5G and China. This was a truly riveting conversation that had us on the edge of our seats! We hope you enjoy!
July 14, 2020
GHP #3 - Addressing Mental Health with Tech and being the son of a Shark Tank Star with Brendan Herjavec
Brendan Herjavec is an experienced business strategy and development professional with a background that spans seed funded startups to multinational corporations. Brendan has been a part of some of Canada’s fastest growing companies with a deep love for entrepreneurship. He had the opportunity to take his creativity around the globe ranging from working in a traditional Japanese Bonsai Nursery, to helping create business plans in England through the EY Young Entrepreneurship program, to assessing blockchain viability in Hong Kong for GeoSwift. He is currently involved in the intersection of the tech and mental health space, all while completing his MBA at UBC. Brendan is a Client Manager for Inkblot Therapy, a company that helps match mental health practitioners to clients through multiple channels. He also serves as an Advisor for Memoryz, an AI based company that developed a chatbot to help dementia patients and their caregivers stay organized, connected and engaged. We talk to Brandon about his experience growing up in an entrepreneurial family, the cross-cultural lessons he has learned from around the world, and what steps we can take to hack growth in B2B and B2C companies to help with scaling up. We hope you enjoy this conversation!
July 03, 2020
GHP #2 - Solidifying Your Personal Brand & Scaling Your Business with Brendan Rogers
Brendan Rogers is the co-founder of Wag, the mobile dog walking app that disrupted the global pet service space, matching dog-walkers and dog-parents with a simple swipe. Wag raised over $360 million in venture capital, most recently $300 million from Softbank's Vision Fund. He is currently the founder and managing partner of 2AM Talent and Ventures - a pre-seed, industry agnostic, micro fund investing in ambitious founders. Brendan is an active advisor and mentors many companies, accelerators and universities in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and South Korea. Being a true people person, Brendan looks beyond the formalities and focusses on the individuals that he is investing into. We talk to Brendan about his entrepreneurial journey and how he successfully scaled his businesses, his experience as a mentor and angel investor, and what makes individuals great leaders. He also expands on the importance of personal branding as it pertains to the digital era that we are in today. We hope you enjoy this truly insightful conversation!
June 22, 2020
GHP #1 - Overcoming Major Obstacles in Life and Investing into Fine Wines with Anthony Zhang
Anthony Zhang is a serial entrepreneur, fellow at the prestigious Thiel foundation, and an active angel investor. He built his first business as a freshman at USC which he successfully pitched to the likes of Mark Cuban.
June 14, 2020