NAKED by The Future Farm
By The Future Farm
Starting your own business is thrilling. The adventure, the purpose, the ambition, the money, the recognition. But what personal truths are exposed when you start to peel back the layers?
Join The Future Farm's Vladi and Nektarios, in a “naked” conversation with the people who have been through it all. We’ll talk to business founders, investors, life partners and other ecosystem players about the personal challenges that business builders face when pursuing their dreams and passions.
Don’t forget to subscribe and rate NAKED. For more information, visit thefuturefarm.co
Join The Future Farm's Vladi and Nektarios, in a “naked” conversation with the people who have been through it all. We’ll talk to business founders, investors, life partners and other ecosystem players about the personal challenges that business builders face when pursuing their dreams and passions.
Don’t forget to subscribe and rate NAKED. For more information, visit thefuturefarm.co
S3 Ep 1: How working in Fashion led to my breakdown, with Yves Cornu
TRIGGER WARNING: Please be aware that this episode covers sensitive topics including suicide. If you are feeling suicidal, thinking about hurting yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting themselves, contact a hotline: Global Suicide Hotline Resources Yves Cornu started off following his passion studying Russian Literature, but ended up in the high stakes environment of Haute Couture. He opens a window into a world where everything is about appearance and perception. Where everything is a performance. We learn how Yves’ desire to belong and the pressure to fit in and keep up slowly sent him spiralling - hanging out with the biggest names in fashion was an easy escape from reality. Specific topics covered in this episode include: The high-pressure stakes in the fashion world and the impact it has on your health; What led to Yves’ breaking point and ultimately his breakdown; Burnout, identity, purpose and suicidal thoughts; Yves’ reflection on his former life, what saved him and how he lives his life today. In addition, we discuss the following questions: How do you recover from a breakdown and remove yourself from a toxic environment? How do you rebuild your life? How do you walk back into the business you left behind or get up and start something new? Show notes Connect with Yves: LinkedIn Reading materials: The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov Mémoires d'Outre Tombe | François-René Vicomte D Chateaubriand Siberian Shamanism: The Shanar Ritual of the Buryats How can you support the podcast? Tell your friends and share online. Subscribe & review: Please make sure to review, share comments & subscribe to the show on the various platforms (Apple Podcasts, Spotify & Google Podcasts) Spread the word: Help grow our reach by sharing your enthusiasm for the podcast and/or your favourite episodes by posting it on social media. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 60 seconds and it really makes a difference in helping to convince future guests to share their stories! For show notes and past guests, visit https://www.thefuturefarm.co/naked-podcast Sign up for The Future Farm’s monthly newsletter (Pit-Stop) at https://www.thefuturefarm.co/newsletter Follow The Future Farm on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube
October 13, 2021
S2: Best of the NAKED Podcast 2021
It’s time to pause and reflect on the stories we’ve shared in the last series of the podcast, before we introduce our upcoming series. In this special ‘Best of’ episode, Vladi and Nektarios introduce some of their series highlights, with a compilation of clips excerpted from a handful of our guests. Guests featured in this episode (all hyperlinked to their respective episodes where you can also read the episode notes) are as follows: Dame Kelly Holmes Stefan Kollenberg Dr. Michael Freeman Noa Matz Leyla Hussein James Routledge We’d love to hear your questions, thoughts and stories, to share on the podcast. Get in touch with us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. Stay tuned for series 3 coming soon!
September 15, 2021
ExtraNAKED: On warning signs, nutrition and mental health
On this week’s episode, Vladi and Nektarios discuss the current state of their own mental health, personal challenges they’ve faced this week, and reflect on their conversation with Dan Murray-Serter. They talk about the variety of symptoms of poor mental health that entrepreneurs recognise but ignore; ego and where validation comes from; and the importance of good nutrition. Share your questions and thoughts with us and if you enjoyed the conversation, please leave us a review.
June 9, 2021
S2 Ep 10: The relationship between brain care and mental health with Dan Murray-Serter
Why do we as entrepreneurs tell ourselves stories to normalise the mental health challenges we are facing? How much of this is influenced by the image of entrepreneurship portrayed by the media, that we adopt unchallenged? How does ego and masculinity play into it? “Your body is giving you an alarm signal that what you’re doing to yourself is not good and you need to make sure you’re looking after yourself.” As host of Europe’s top business podcast and founder of a brain care company, Dan Murray-Serter has long been an advocate for better mental health. He uses his platforms to share a candid account of his own mental health struggles, which have included burnout, chronic anxiety and insomnia. Dan joins Vladi and Nektarios for the final episode of Series 2, where he talks about his mental health journey and how he overcame the challenges he faced. Dan shares that he ignored all the signs his body was sending. He put a lot of effort into pretending that everything was fine, all while struggling under the surface. He tried different avenues of support, before a friend recommended a nutritionist, who recognised that his problem, rather than psychological, was linked to his brain and his plant-based lifestyle. Dan says that making changes to his diet transformed his life: the right nutrition and regular movement are key to good mental health. You can follow Dan Murray-Serter on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. For more about Dan and his business, Heights, visit https://www.yourheights.com/ Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
June 2, 2021
ExtraNAKED: On entrepreneurial traits and mental health
On this week’s episode, Vladi and Nektarios continue the conversation on the practices that they have in their lives to manage their mental health, and reflect on their discussion with Dr. Michael Freeman. They go into depth on caring about entrepreneurs as people - if you care about entrepreneurs as people, then you care about a lot of the things that we talk about; the personality traits of an entrepreneur and their own backgrounds in relation to this. Share your questions and thoughts with us and leave us a review.
May 26, 2021
S2 Ep 9: Do you care about entrepreneurs as people? With Dr. Michael Freeman
Entrepreneurs have unique characteristics; what are the traits that make somebody do something risky and unpredictable like starting a business? How much control do we have over the entrepreneurial urge? Can you learn to be an entrepreneur or is it something you’re born with? “I have this unique experience of being an entrepreneur, understanding mental health and going on the same journey as everybody that I’m trying to understand.” Dr. Michael Freeman is the author of one of the only studies on the relationship between entrepreneurship and mental and emotional health. As a psychiatrist, psychologist, researcher and importantly, an entrepreneur himself, he brings authenticity and credibility to the conversation on entrepreneurial wellbeing. Michael joins Vladi and Nektarios for a special episode that explores the unique traits that make an entrepreneur. He talks about the role of motivation, curiosity and extroversion; how entrepreneurs have superpowers; the mental health challenges business builders are likely to face, and how much control we actually have over this. Michael shares insights from his own experiences as well as from his research, highlighting the importance of self-awareness, self-care and developing practices to prepare for the entrepreneurial journey. When talking about how we can help change the stigma around mental health, he left us thinking about one question: do you care about entrepreneurs as people? You can follow Dr. Michael Freeman on LinkedIn and his business Econa - Entrepreneur Mental Wellness, on LinkedIn and Twitter. For more about Michael and his research, visit his website. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
May 19, 2021
ExtraNAKED: On vulnerability and mental health
On this week’s episode, Vladi and Nektarios expand on their last ExtraNAKED conversation about their personal self-care practices and small habits, and reflect on the most recent NAKED episode with Selma Ribica. They talk about depression and the stigmas around the topic in different cultures; being vulnerable and vocal about mental health; and the importance of talking and therapy. Share your questions and thoughts with us and we’ll include a selection in the next episode of ExtraNAKED.
May 12, 2021
S2 Ep 8: Mother, business builder or both? with Selma Ribica
TRIGGER WARNING: Please be aware that this episode contains information and discussion on postpartum depression, which some listeners may find triggering. For more information and support, visit Postpartum Support International. How do you manage the struggle of early motherhood and building a business? How do you overcome the feelings of guilt and shame attached to postpartum depression and mental health? As a VC, why is it important to share your entrepreneurial journey with other entrepreneurs? “I was being torn between these two pools, the business and the baby. Both were demanding a huge amount of energy.” Selma Ribica built her first business while pregnant with her first child. There was no awareness of mental health in her life and no space to talk about the ‘taboo’ topic. How do you manage when you are pulled in multiple directions? Selma’s answer was to be operational. Now a two-time successful entrepreneur turned investor, Selma is at a point in her life where she feels ready to talk about her depression -- which, after some encouragement from her husband to seek help, was eventually diagnosed as postpartum depression. Selma shares with Vladi and Nektarios that feeling of being split between business and family, the feelings of failure, guilt and shame that came with her diagnosis, and why mental health carries a stigma that physical health doesn’t. She also talks about the importance of therapy in her recovery, and small daily rituals of self-care: sleep, yoga and meditation. Now a VC, Selma is helping to destigmatise the subject by sharing her story with entrepreneurs. You can follow Selma Ribica on LinkedIn and Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
May 5, 2021
ExtraNAKED: On self-care and mental health
On this week’s ExtraNAKED episode, Vladi and Nektarios reflect on their conversation with Michael Lints, where Burnout remains a central theme of the series. They talk about how they have experienced struggles similar to those that Michael shared; how they have come to recognise the signals of mental health stress; and the self-care practices and tools that they have established for themselves. Often it's the small things that can make a difference. Share your questions and thoughts with us and we’ll include a selection in the next episode of ExtraNAKED.
April 28, 2021
S2 Ep 7: Finding a new purpose when the world stops with Michael Lints
What do you do when the world stops turning and your day-to-day responsibilities shift? How do you find new meaning? What do you see as real value to your life? As a VC, how do you build stronger relationships with the founders? “I had to step back and think about what my value is, as a person, a colleague, a friend, a husband and that hit me hard.” Michael Lints is a Singapore-based VC, and until the Covid-19 pandemic, led a busy and intense life. What do you do with all your time when you are suddenly not running from meeting to meeting, or on a plane flying to the next place? Challenges with our mental and emotional wellbeing can impact anyone, and Michael is an example of this. Having established a practice of introspection through journaling, as well as mediation and self-reflection through martial arts, Michael is highly self-aware. But once the intensity of the day-to-day was taken away, he felt empty and questioned his value, across all aspects of his life. Michael shares with Vladi and Nektarios how he had to dig deep to understand what was happening and be candid with himself. He also talks about recognising the external signals - drinking more to compensate or having no energy for sports - and making a conscious effort to change his habits. All of this happening in parallel with the Black Lives Matter movement bringing the scale of systemic racism to the world’s attention. You can follow Michael Lints on Twitter and Instagram, connect with him on LinkedIn. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
April 21, 2021
ExtraNAKED: On self-reflection and burnout
On this week’s ExtraNAKED episode, Vladi and Nektarios reflect on their conversation with Double Olympic Champion, Dame Kelly Holmes MBE (mil). Triggered by Dame Kelly’s recent openness about heading towards “Burnout” and needing time for self-reflection, this episode is incredibly personal for our hosts. Vladi and Nektarios discuss the signals that lead to Burnout; how they have come to know the signs and also how they have ignored them, just believing they’ll go away. They talk about the importance of self-care, Dame Kelly’s infectious energy and how her words encourage you to dig deeper. “I wasn’t saving the world. I was just planning the week.” Burnout can impact anyone; nobody is exempt. We’re all human. Share your questions and thoughts with us and we’ll include a selection in the next episode of ExtraNAKED.
April 14, 2021
S2 Ep 6: From Olympic Champion to wellness startup founder with Dame Kelly Holmes
When you’ve achieved your goals and reached the peak of your career, where do you go next? How can high performers rebuild their lives or build the next stage of their lives? How do you define what balance looks like for you, rather than what you have been told balance looks like by others? “Passion, purpose, planning, preparation and performance.” This is the mantra that Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes MBE (mil) lives by. Best known as Double Olympic Champion, Dame Kelly Holmes is also a motivational speaker, has set up her own charity, built multiple businesses, and is now venturing into the startup world. Dame Kelly Holmes has not shied about from being open about the struggles she has faced with her mental wellbeing. At the height of her athletics career, she dealt with depression, anxiety, self harm and not wanting to wake up the next morning. Her life has been informed by not showing weakness: by fixing the physical, and ignoring the emotional. Dame Kelly brings so much energy to her conversation with Vladi and Nektarios, where they discuss how high performers - whether a corporate leader, an entrepreneur or an athlete - can rebuild their lives after reaching the peak of their professions. Dame Kelly talks about self-reflection and balance; finding the best ways to ensure that you are okay, be it through exercise, meditation or whatever else works for you. You can follow Dame Kelly Holmes on Twitter @damekellyholmes and at Military in Motion. Stay up to date with the latest from her physical & mental wellbeing platform @elfatwork. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
April 7, 2021
ExtraNAKED: On activism and mental health
On this week’s ExtraNAKED episode, Vladi and Nektarios reflect on their conversation with activist, entrepreneur and psychotherapist, Dr Leyla Hussein OBE. They share their admiration for not only the work that she does, but also how she goes about her life. They discuss the importance that Leyla puts on her support system, which led our hosts to reflect on their own team. The discussion moves to how systemic change agents and entrepreneurs have similarities, and we should be following their examples in how to create effective change. Ultimately, the labels don’t really matter. It’s the intention, the journey and the people we go through it with that are what matters. Share your questions and thoughts with us and we’ll include a selection in the next episode of ExtraNAKED.
March 31, 2021
S2 Ep 5: Truth, activism and entrepreneurship with Leyla Hussein
TRIGGER WARNING: Please be aware that this episode contains a detailed account of what Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) involves, which some listeners may find distressing. For more information on FGM, visit Dahlia Project. What is an activist entrepreneur? How does a traumatic experience impact your life and how do you deal with it 20 years on? Why is it so important to surround yourself with people that are honest, rather than just say what you want to hear? “We were these broken people trying to change the system.” Dr Leyla Hussein OBE wears many hats. She is best known as an activist around female genital mutilation; she is also an entrepreneur, a psychotherapist, and to use her own words, a ‘changemaker’. Leyla’s conversation with Vladi and Nektarios explores how she has dealt with her emotional and psychological wellbeing at different points in her life. Leyla is incredibly honest and raw when she talks about the trauma she went through as a child (not knowing that what she had experienced was a form of abuse, until she was an adult), the stress and anxiety she has experienced and a lack of emotional support. We discuss the similarities between being an activist and a business builder and so much more. Leyla vocalises the importance of pleasure as a support mechanism, and affectionately talks about her ‘Support Bra’ - the network of people she surrounds herself with, who will always speak the truth. You can find out more about Leyla’s work by following her on Instagram @leylahusseinuk and @leylatherector, on Twitter @LeylaHussein @dahliaproject1 @SafeSpaces4BW @MagoolEndFGM or via her website. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
March 24, 2021
ExtraNAKED: On startup psychology and mental health
On this week’s ExtraNAKED episode, Vladi and Nektarios reflect on their conversation with VC and startup psychologist, Noa Matz. They discuss whether more psychologists are needed in the world of venture capital and how much support VCs provide to their entrepreneurs, specifically related to their mental health and emotional wellbeing. It’s such an important conversation and one of the driving forces and reasons why The Future Farm was established. Share your questions and thoughts with us and we’ll include a selection in the next episode of ExtraNAKED.
March 17, 2021
S2 Ep 4: Startup psychologist, VC or both? With Noa Matz
What is a VC’s role in founder mental health? Can there be a more compassionate VC? Founders feel increased stress once they receive VC money. Why and how can this be reduced? “I can relate to our founders, I’ve been through this.” Noa Matz isn’t a business builder, but a VC and startup psychologist. Investors have a role to play in our ecosystem but have often struggled with the subject. Noa is an investor who has ‘seen the light’. A VC startup psychologist and partner at F2 Venture Capital, one of Israel’s most important VC firms, Noa is dedicated to mentally supporting startup founders, understanding startup team dynamics, and coaching founders through changes for peak performance. She joins Vladi and Nektarios to talk about the playbook she has developed for VCs, and how it can be applied to working with founders who are struggling with their mental health and are reluctant to open up. We discuss the investor community but also shift our focus to founders and the importance of the relationship between investor and founder. You can find out more about Noa’s work at F2 Venture Capital via the website or LinkedIn and connect with her on LinkedIn or Facebook. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
March 10, 2021
ExtraNAKED: On artistry, entrepreneurship and mental health
On this week’s episode of ExtraNAKED, Vladi and Nektarios reflect on their conversation with Driekie Van Wyk and dig into the tension between being an entrepreneur and an artist. Frequently, creatives are not seen as entrepreneurs but need to build up that capability and mindset in order to grow, and often survive. That rollercoaster of ups and downs is very similar to the ones experienced by entrepreneurs. Share your questions and thoughts with us and we’ll include a selection in the next episode of ExtraNAKED.
March 3, 2021
S2 Ep 3: Artists as entrepreneurs with Driekie Van Wyk
What is the definition of a typical entrepreneur? Can you be an artist and an entrepreneur? How do you manage the emotions that arise when your ‘hobby’ turns into something serious? When the art and creative collide with commerciality? How do you deal with your inner critic when it is constantly telling you that you’re not good enough? “Many nights you go to bed questioning all of your being.” Driekie Van Wyk is not your typical entrepreneur. But what makes her different from a typical tech entrepreneur? She is an artist. Driekie is a Cape Town based artist that specialises in modern contemporary paintings. She joins Vladi and Nektarios to talk about how she started to paint in response to a traumatic life event, and how she has wrestled with the emotions that led her to put her art and herself out into the world. Driekie admits that she is her own worst critic - her inner critic monster - and shares how she constantly copes with the feeling of not being good enough. But that gratitude, living in the moment and just “showing up” are the tools that helped her get to navigate the challenges she has faced. You can find out more about Driekie’s work via her website or connect with her on Instagram or Facebook. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
February 24, 2021
ExtraNAKED: On addiction and mental health
On this week’s episode of ExtraNAKED, Vladi (currently in Pakistan) and Nektarios (in lockdown London) reconnect on the little things that have helped them through the challenges of the last week. They reflect on their conversation with Stefan Kollenberg, continuing to explore the relationship between addiction and entrepreneurship, and share why it was such an important episode for them on a personal level. Share your questions and thoughts with us and we’ll include a selection in the next episode of ExtraNAKED.
February 17, 2021
S2 Ep 2: Addiction and Entrepreneurship with Stefan Kollenberg
* This episode discusses addiction. The views and content expressed in this episode are based on one person’s experience. If you need treatment or support for drug and alcohol addiction or misuse, please contact a support line: https://checkpointorg.com/global/ What is the connection between addiction and entrepreneurship? What are the traits that a person obsessed with ‘getting the next hit’ share with those obsessed with building a business? How does guilt, shame and a sense of self-worth impact the relationship between addiction and entrepreneurship? “I started using drugs because I didn’t feel like I belonged.” Stefan Kollenberg has come a long way since that day, but addiction has always been a part of his life. From his days as a sports obsessed teenager, to joining a startup where he worked so hard, he ultimately started showing the same addictive patterns. Stefan is the co-founder of Crescendo, a diversity and inclusion platform. Coming off his mental health leave - something he has not shied away from sharing - he joins Vladi and Nektarios to talk about his experiences with addiction and the parallels with entrepreneurship. Stefan shares that it all stems from his need to belong, to be worth something. Until you can admit that there is a problem there, you can’t deal with it. Now focusing on finding joy in life, Stefan talks about the tools that have helped along the way, including the 12 step programme and therapy. You can connect with Stefan on LinkedIn, Facebook or @stefankberg on Instagram and Twitter or his website to continue following his story. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
February 10, 2021
ExtraNAKED: On transitions and mental health
Welcome to the first episode of ExtraNAKED, where our hosts Vladi and Nektarios will be exploring some of the themes discussed in our previous episode in greater depth, adding their own experiences and reflections, and sharing practical tools that might be helpful. This week we focus on transitions and mental health, picking up from our conversation with James Routledge on his stepping down as CEO. Share your questions and thoughts with us and we’ll include a selection in the next episode of ExtraNAKED.
February 3, 2021
S2 Ep 1: Stepping down as CEO with James Routledge
What happens when you derive your sense of worth from the business you have built and what does it mean when you walk away from it? How do you deal with the loss of identity and purpose? What’s next? Why is having a support system and using tools like journaling so important? We begin Series 2 of NAKED by The Future Farm with a conversation that encompasses many of the themes that you’ve heard us discuss before: shame, self-worth, identity, guilt, loneliness and that feeling of being trapped. James Routledge founded Sanctus, a mental health startup, after he struggled when his previous business failed. Vladi and Nektarios talk to James a short time after he announced, to everybody’s surprise, that he was stepping down as CEO of the company. He talks openly about his emotional and mental state leading up to the moment, as well as the tools that he uses, and the people he surrounds himself with, to help manage his health. You can connect with James on LinkedIn to continue following his story and learn more about Sanctus. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
January 27, 2021
Welcome back to NAKED by The Future Farm. Before we dive into series two of the podcast, our hosts Vladi and Nektarios, share a quick insight into what you can expect from the coming series. It is clear that we still need to talk, even more so. The emotional and mental wellbeing of entrepreneurs and those around us is essential. We’ll be getting deeper with our reflections, exploring more resources, talking to experts and discussing themes such as addiction, relationships and intrapreneurship, with our guests. Stay tuned for the first episode coming soon. Make sure to follow us on social media @thefuturefarm and catch up on our reflections and stories at www.thefuturefarm.co
January 6, 2021
S1: Reflections and Learnings
Join Vladi and Nektarios as they reflect together on the vulnerable and open conversations you’ve heard in series one of the NAKED podcast. They look back on some of the things that have surprised them most - both about themselves and the honesty of their guests; the learnings they will take away from the experience; and share tips and tools that might help in building your own emotional resilience. Our hosts also give a sneak peek of what you can expect from series two when we return in 2021. Please share your comments, feedback, who has inspired you and what you have learnt from the first series of the NAKED podcast. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
November 16, 2020
S1 Ep 11: Turning my worst fears into a calling with Muniba Mazari
Not all entrepreneurs fit the common definition of an entrepreneur. But are still builders and risk takers as any Silicon Valley tech founder. When a car accident took away Muniba Mazari’s mobility at 21 years old, it took her hopes and dreams with it. Over the last decade, she has turned her life around and been through a transformational experience, turning her worst fears into a true calling. Muniba is a role model, albeit a reluctant one. She shares with NAKED the journey that she has been on since not wanting to live after her accident, to becoming the activist, model, TV anchor, famous artist and voice of change in Pakistan she is today. Muniba takes us through the moments where she had to be brutally honest with herself; accept her new reality; and most importantly, learn to love and accept herself. Muniba’s story changed in the blink of an eye. How do you find the strength and the courage to not give up? And then dedicate your life’s purpose to making a difference to other people’s lives? How did Muniba find the courage to carry on? How did her accident impact her identity and sense of purpose? How did Muniba get to a point where she realised she could turn her fears into something bigger? Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
November 2, 2020
S1 Ep 10: How Covid did(not) steal my future with Kate Shepherd
The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown the world into disorder. Millions of lives were turned upside down overnight, including Kate Shepherd’s. Over 15 years, Kate grew her business into a multimillion dollar company, but at the beginning of 2020, everything changed. Kate joins the NAKED podcast to talk about her experience of grieving the loss of her business but also her own identity and people’s expectations on how she was supposed to feel. We talk a lot about grief, and Kate makes it clear that this is far from fully digested. Not unlike when we lose a person close to us, it is not a linear process. How do you bounce back from that? How do you find the strength to be able to do that? Kate shares how she draws her strength from her family and her faith, and about the importance of surrounding yourself with mentors and entrepreneurs who understand your experience. How do you move from being in denial about the gravity of the situation to the decision to shut the business down? How does Kate cope, all while not allowing herself to grieve? How is Kate looking to the future and not allowing 2020 to be seen as a failure? Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
October 20, 2020
S1 Ep 9: Believing your own hype with Ruud Hendriks
Today, he’s a calm and charming man that exudes confidence and knows how to navigate the challenges that life throws at you. You would never have thought that the same man was once booed by a stadium of football fans and was close to being public enemy number one in the Netherlands. Ruud Hendriks has experienced failure on a gigantic scale. A successful DJ, reporter and media mogul (for more, visit www.hendriks.tv), Ruud joins NAKED to talk about how it felt to be hated by the Dutch public and how he knew he had hit rock bottom. There’s a thin line between the self-belief required to build a successful global business and believing your own hype to the point that it leads to the failure of the very business you’re trying to launch. How do you rebuild your confidence when you don’t even have the strength to leave the house and your marriage is falling apart? How sustainable is success when you believe your own hype? How did Ruud fight to build back his self-confidence? How has ‘mind over matter’ and psychotherapy helped Ruud face his failures and challenges head-on? * This episode covers the topic of illegal recreational drugs. The creators of NAKED do not condone taking illegal recreational drugs. Free, confidential support services and general information ranging from drug effects to support for a drug dependency, are available at https://www.talktofrank.com/ Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
October 6, 2020
S1 Ep 8: Ashamed with Nadira Yusoff
We hear the stories that glorify entrepreneurial success but rarely do we hear about the ones that failed. Nadira Yusoff is an impressive woman. She built a successful computer hardware business from scratch, in a world dominated by men in Malaysia. All whilst juggling her responsibilities as a single mother raising six children. But when the business went south overnight, she found herself left out in the cold. Nadira joins NAKED to talk about the loneliness she experienced when she found herself at rock bottom. And for the first time in our series, we hear about ‘shame’. Something we all carry with us but are often not aware of. The shame we feel when the business fails, because it feels we failed our customers, our employees, our investors or our families. How do you put on a brave face everyday because you don’t want your family to worry? How do you come out of it? How did the shame overtake Nadira’s life and how did she control it? What was her turning point? How has Nadira changed her mindset and addressed the challenges she continues to face? * This episode covers sensitive topics including suicide. If you are feeling suicidal, thinking about hurting yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting himself or herself, please contact a hotline: Global Suicide Hotline Resources Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
September 16, 2020
S1 Ep 7: Off Balance with Emma Obanye
Off balance. Out of sync. Feelings, as entrepreneurs, we’ve all felt at some point in our lives. Entrepreneurs are always striving for that balance or feeling that everything is in our control. But how do we know when our body is giving us the signal to tell us we finally need to pause, stop and change the way we are living every day? How do we find meaningful ways to achieve the balance we crave? Serial entrepreneur Emma Obanye, talks to Vladi and Nektarios about when she started to realise that her life was out of balance; how she worked to change her approach to life and her business; the experiences she went through to get there, and how she is now learning to not restrict or control herself. What led Emma to the point where she felt like she had to go down the path she took? How has her journey transformed her mindset? How has this impacted and changed the way she lives her life and runs her business? * This episode discusses the subject of psychedelics. Please research the use of psychedelics and other psychoactive drugs and use responsibly. Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
September 1, 2020
S1 Ep 6: 320 months to live with Enrico Scopa
When we talk about entrepreneurs we usually imagine the stereotypical 20 year olds in sneakers and t-shirts hacking away on their macbooks in the corner of a hipster cafe drinking soy lattes. Enrico Scopa is none of that! He represents the large number of business builders who come into this later in life. Going from a structured, high-pressured consulting career to one that is full of risk and uncertainty, and a lot of adventure is quite a change. What was his trigger to make the leap? If his life expectancy was similar to his father's, how long did he have left? He started to count the months, not the years. For Enrico, suddenly time became the most precious currency. Not wanting to spend another day doing something he didn’t enjoy became vital. Enrico joins Vladi and Nektarios to talk about pursuing his passions, the importance of mentors, and navigating the choppy waters of a partnership, all under the idea that “time is very important. Let’s not waste time.” Should values play a role when setting up your own business? Why? What is the importance of pursuing your dreams and passions? How does Enrico keep perspective and focused on the reasons why he started his own business? Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, rate and review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
August 18, 2020
S1 Ep 5: Fame and Netflix don’t define me with Asma Khan
Celebrated chef Asma Khan was born in India, named number 1 on Business Insider’s 2019 list of "100 Coolest People in Food and Drink", and shot to fame after being the first British chef to appear on Netflix show Chef’s Table. Where others crumble, Asma has taken everything in her stride and doesn’t let fame define her. Asma doesn’t proclaim to be an entrepreneur because she’s never allowed herself to be labeled by anyone. She finds it limiting. Asma’s path to becoming a successful chef and business owner wasn’t easy. She joins Vladi and Nektarios to share her very personal story: how she has built her business in the face of adversity, has felt loneliness but has pushed through largely with the support of a very close network of women. How does fame impact one’s identity? How do you cope with the pressures that come with fame and perceived ‘overnight’ success? Who or what can you turn to in times of struggle? Don’t forget to Subscribe, Follow, Rate and Review NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, follow us on social media or visit thefuturefarm.co
August 3, 2020
S1 Ep 4: Do investors care? with Simon Cant
Founders often reach a point when they need to look beyond family and friends to continue funding their growing business. This is the moment where they look for external investment, for venture capital. Beyond financing, what else is there to a VC and founder relationship? Do investors actually care about the emotional and mental state of the company founders they invest in? For many, it is not a factor. For others, like Simon Cant, it is. Simon’s views are informed by his personal experiences. Experiences he shares with Vladi and Nektarios about how dealing with the roadblocks he encountered during his career, now helps shape how he works with company founders. He believes that investors should value an entrepreneur’s state, and provide them with the right tools so they can manage their own state. Is it an investors role to get involved in the emotional resilience of a founder? Why should investors care about the health of the entrepreneurs they work with? What is Simon doing differently and why does he believe in the importance of an entrepreneur’s emotional health? Don’t forget to subscribe and rate NAKED. For resources and tools on this episode, visit the thefuturefarm.co and follow us on social media.
July 21, 2020
S1 Ep 3: Keep Going with Brett King
When following the career of somebody who is very successful, has made a name for themselves and is the face of the business, you might often forget that they are still a person. They face the same challenges as anyone running their own business does, and we assume that they have a network of support to fall on in times of trouble. But we shouldn’t assume that this is always the case. So if that network doesn’t exist, how do they get through the hard times? Mindset is key. When renowned futurist and global financial services influencer, Brett King, joined Vladi and Nektarios on the NAKED podcast, this is exactly what he shared. That mindset is fundamental. Brett opened up about the personal struggles he faced due to the challenges the business bought up; how being a founder is often a very lonely existence, but that persistence, and the absolute belief that you can make it work, is critical. Brett dealt with the challenges he faced head on; how did he get through them? Who, or what, did Brett turn to to help him overcome the lonely moments? Why is the mindset of ‘keep going and believing in yourself’ so important? Don’t forget to subscribe and rate NAKED. For resources and tools on this episode, visit the thefuturefarm.co and follow us on social media.
July 7, 2020
S1 Ep 2: Co-founder Divorce with Monique Baars
Founder and co-founder relationships are often compared to romantic relationships. They’re full of ups and downs. When it works, it's amazing, but when things don’t work out, it’s an entirely different story. What happens when the person you thought you could rely upon the most, is the one that makes you want to run away? When that person is the one you have to fight to save yourself and your business? Monique Baars did everything by the book, just as people told her - and then realised that books are just books and the reality is very different. Monique shares her journey with Vladi and Nektarios; from the early days of co-founder dating through the honeymoon period, to when the cracks started to appear and the inevitable separation. How did Monique deal with the toxicity in the relationship? What impact did this have on her personal and professional life? How did she seek the help she needed to overcome the anxiety and protect herself? Don’t forget to subscribe and rate NAKED. For resources and tools on this episode, visit the thefuturefarm.co and follow us on social media.
June 24, 2020
S1 Ep 1: Identity Crisis with Juan Guerra
Imagine waking up one morning knowing that today is the day that you need to finish something. To end it. And that ‘something’ is the business that you’ve spent every waking hour focused on for the last five years. The business that took you on a white-knuckle ride that tipped your world upside down and left you filled with fear and panic. The business that blew everything else out of the window because you felt like it was your cosmic mission. The business that completely blurred with your personal identity. Juan Guerra joins Vladi and Nektarios to talk about the emotional rollercoaster that was his entrepreneurial journey that took him from Mexico to Germany, to the UK and back to Mexico. Juan is a man who constantly lived in a state of fear; was so deeply passionate about the impact that he was having on other’s lives that he didn’t want to walk away, even when his own mental wellbeing was at risk; until in the end, he realised that the universe really didn’t care. How did Juan deal with the pressures of his ‘cosmic mission’? How did this have an impact on his identity and sense of purpose? How did he find a way out and get to the point where he could see light at the end of the tunnel? Don’t forget to subscribe and rate NAKED. For resources and tools on this episode, visit the thefuturefarm.co and follow us on social media.
June 24, 2020
Prologue: We are Naked
Recognition, glorification and joy are what we see of an entrepreneur’s journey from the outside. But there are two sides to every coin. We hear very little about the real stories. What it really means to be a company founder, company builder. Loneliness, doubts and fears, sleepless nights, co-founder conflicts, financial stresses. The list goes on. A lot of entrepreneurs are facing those challenges and asking similar questions but are rarely talking about them openly. In this episode, The Future Farm founding team comes together to discuss why the Naked podcast is needed, who it is for and why. And to share their own stories of struggles and coping with emotional and mental turmoil. Don’t forget to Subscribe, Follow and Rate NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, visit the thefuturefarm.co and follow us on social media.
June 24, 2020
Starting your own business is thrilling. The adventure, the purpose, the ambition, the money, the recognition. But what personal truths are exposed when you start to peel back the layers? Join The Future Farm's Vladi and Nektarios, in a “naked” conversation with the people who have been through it all. We’ll talk to business founders, investors, life partners and other ecosystem players about the personal challenges that business builders face when pursuing their dreams and passions. How have they coped and overcome the toughest adversities? How have they built emotional resilience? How have they rekindled their love for building a business, without losing themselves along the way? Don’t forget to Subscribe, Follow and Rate NAKED. To learn more about The Future Farm, visit the thefuturefarm.co and follow us on social media.
June 10, 2020