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If Not Now Wen Podcast

If Not Now Wen Podcast

By Wen Zhang
Dreaming of venturing into the world while growing up in an isolated mountain town in rural China, Wen completely transformed her life by teaching herself English using a cassette machine. Despite countless challenges, she pushed forward to become the only person who ever left her hometown, and achieves her dream of seeing the world four years later.

On this channel, you will meet different entrepreneurs, who have accomplished unimaginable feats, to share their dreams, the ups, the downs, and everything in between, while giving you a peek behind the curtains of how they make it possible!
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How to Recognize Strengths In Diversity - Interview with Preston L. James II
In today’s podcast, we are speaking to CEO and co-founder of DivInc., Preston L James II. Preston is a startup advisor/consultant, investor and evangelist for tech startups with 25+ years in the technology sector, mostly in IT technology sales/consulting. Preston joins us today to talk about his work on diversity and inclusion and to give us a different perspective on how to approach our differences as humans. We discuss: - How to approach differences with curiosity instead of assuming the negative - The importance of moving forward despite challenges - How you can use your core values to shape how you interact with others in business and life - How to recognise gaps in the space you operate in and how to use that information to be the change you want to see - Preston’s journey in the tech start-up world and his learnings since he has been in this space
January 25, 2022
Success from a Global Venture Partner Perspective - Interview with Omar Zaki
In today’s episode, you will meet my special guest Omar Zaki. Omar is a Venture Partner with TechRanch, where he supports startups in Digital Health and MedTech, as well as empowering venture and innovative ecosystems & programs around the world. By age 25, he pioneered an international Telehealth and EdTech startup which connected thousands of physicians across the MENA region in real-time, disrupting the traditional Continuous Medical Education industry. Since then, he has been building and managing international ventures and projects for the past 20 years. Today's episode was one of my favorites! With his global perspective, Omar shared deep insights from his successful personal journey. I welcome you to join in as well! In this episode, you’ll learn that: ✅ Diversity is a fruitful foundation for successful minds ✅ There are multiple pathways to success and you need to find the best one for you ✅ Optimism and curiosity can be your allies in face of challenges ✅ Perseverance, timing, and understanding people are crucial for your success ✅ Failure teaches you more than success does
January 18, 2022
Turn your Passion into Success - Interview with Amos Schwartzfarb
In today’s episode, our guest is Amos Schwartzfarb, Managing Director at Techstars and Author of Best Selling Books Levers and Sell More Faster. Amos launched his career into the startup world by creating one of the earliest e-commerce companies. Thanks to his passion and love for adventure, he founded six additional startups within a few years while adventure racing, where his team was ranked 2nd in the nation twice and 20th in the world after completing the 2001 Eco-Challenge. Now, he has positioned himself as one of the most active early-stage investors, and I’m so excited to have him on the podcast today! Today, you’ll learn how:     - Passion and obsession may lead you to success     - Following your gut can help you prevent failure in the startup market     - Focusing on developing products and solutions is your best way to succeed     - Business is about the journey rather than just the destination     - Embracing and confronting your fears is possible To learn more from this passionate and adventurous early-stage investor, here’s where you can watch today's episode! I’d love to know your thoughts on this episode's takeaways.
January 11, 2022
Startups: The Good, The Bad and The Journey - Interview with Steve Hoffman
In today's episode, our guest is Steve Hoffman, also known as Captain Hoff. He is the Captain & CEO of "Founders Space", one of the world’s leading startup accelerators. He launched Founders Space with the mission to educate and accelerate entrepreneurs. He has trained hundreds of startup founders and corporate executives in the art of innovation and provided consulting to many of the world’s largest corporations. He is also a venture investor, serial entrepreneur, and author of several award-winning books. Steve is a fascinating storyteller who will take you on his exciting entrepreneurial journey and give you advice that you can implement in your own journey. Today, you’ll learn how to: 🔹 Find your passion and start your journey even without experience 🔹 Survive the early stages of being a startup 🔹 Build courage, be open to possibilities and seize opportunities where they present themselves 🔹 Deal with the hardest difficulties that you can face as a startup and progress 🔹 Benefit from Steve’s biggest lessons in order to prosper in your own entrepreneurial journey Curious to learn the best advice to grow your business from one of the top startup accelerators? Today, Captain Hoff shared with us his philosophy and deep insight, and provided us with the best startup business tips around!
December 14, 2021
Learnings From a Serial Solopreneur on the Pathway to Success - Interview with Moe Choice
On today’s episode, we have founder, creator and curator Moe Choice! Moe is a solopreneur who works with creatives, digital nomads, freelancers, coaches & consultants who want to turn their knowhow into their model to achieve their freedom lifestyle. Moe joins us today to share some of the things he has learned in his entrepreneurial journey thus far that have helped him achieve groundbreaking successes like co-founding 12 businesses that hire over 1000 people, raise millions in investments and found the "One Page Plan" concept. Topics discussed on this episode include: The importance of self-belief as a risk-taking entrepreneur How understanding your why is critical to business success Why focusing on the journey is better than focusing on the destination How visualising and planning your future will help you stand a better chance of success The One Page Plan and how it can help you achieve success It was a pleasure having Moe on the podcast today as he shared a ton of insights on entrepreneurial success that I know will be super helpful to you in your own journey. Moe’s passion and vision is truly inspiring, and I know it will help you look at your journey and your goals in a whole new way. What insight did you find the most helpful? Hit reply to this email and let me know - I would love to hear from you!
November 30, 2021
Perseverance is the Mother of All Invention - Interview with Carl Copeland
On the podcast today, we have the incomparable Carl Copeland - founder and president of Möbius Aero. Carl is an innovator, inventor, serial entrepreneur and humanitarian who boasts more than 40 granted patents under his belt. Over and above these impressive accomplishments, Carl serves on the board of two NGOs that are focused on eliminating poverty, hunger, illiteracy and human trafficking in developing nations. Carl joins us today to share his story of how he overcame the difficult circumstances he grew up in to become the successful inventor he is today. In this episode, we discuss: - Rising above childhood circumstances to go on and live the life of your dreams - Holding a vision for the future you strive for and persevering until you succeed - How taking a different path than most people can lead to success - The biggest lessons Carl learned during his entrepreneurial journey (and how we can benefit from them) - Making decisions from a place of peace, rather than from a place of fear
November 23, 2021
Breaking up with Should - Interview with Julia Wuench
Julia is a Recovering perfectionist, Leadership & Career Coach and a Keynote Speaker and she’s on a mission to enhance human connection and fulfillment at work and in life. 😍 She has a unique focus on emerging female leaders who are ambitious AND emotionally aware, are looking to build more authentic work-lives, and combat imposter syndrome. She’s a Contributor to Forbes (read her articles at and was proudly named a Business Insider Most Innovative Career Coach of 2020. ✨ She has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and she’s a certified Positive Intelligence Coach. In her non-work time you'll catch her on her soap box talking about why "follow your passion" is terrible career advice, napping (self-described Queen of Sleep 💁🏻‍♀️), or FaceTiming with her sisters. She lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband and floofy labradoodle. 💪🏻Her most booked keynotes and workshops are: ❌ Don't Follow Your Passion: The Career Advice You Actually Need 👩🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏽 Stop Networking and Start Connecting 🧠 Mental Fitness: Strategies for Moving Beyond Just Resilience 👹 I'm a Fraud! Kicking Imposter Syndrome to the Curb
November 16, 2021
Everything is Possible - Interview with Maria Maso
Welcome to the newest episode of If Not Now Wen! In this episode I am talking with Maria Maso! Maria Maso is a passionate, driven, and business-oriented entrepreneur and investor that combines her passion for innovation to support early-stage start-ups while investing in diversity. She is the founder and CEO of the Business Angel Minority Association- baMa which aims to bridge the investment gap in minority-led start-ups or start-ups targeting minority driven markets and is a growing business angel network and community. In this episode you will learn: - The biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make - How to take time off (being a full-time mom and shifting into the workforce) - How to actually handle failure - How to learn what you want and then go after it - What the American dream is and what that means for Maria
November 09, 2021
How To Make Your Daydream Your Reality - Interview with Kendall Cherry
Welcome to the latest episode of If Not Now Wen! In this episode I am talking with Kendall Cherry! Kendall is a writer, podcaster, and entrepreneur based in Austin, Texas. Before she started her own business, she was bored and burnt out at her “dream job” in corporate America.  Kendall now helps small business owners and creative entrepreneurs master the art of storytelling with PR, content marketing, and copywriting. You’re going to feel so fearless after hearing Kendall talk about her transition from corporate to entrepreneurship and how you can learn from everyone while taking the steps towards your dreams. In this episode we discuss: - How to deal with negativity - Why you shouldn’t be afraid of change - How to start taking action - Why it’s important to have support from friends or mentors - Why your mental health is so important
November 02, 2021
What True Success Looks Like - Interview with Abhijeet Khadilkar
Welcome to the newest episode of If Not Now Wen! In this episode I am talking with Abhijeet Khadilkar! Abhijeet is a business operator and problem solver at heart, with experience in Management Consulting and Tech. He has worked in the past as an entrepreneur, management consultant, and product management leader from Fortune 50 companies to startups. He’s also an Amazon best-selling author of Unlock!, a modern career leadership playbook. Abhijeet loves to build great teams that are excited about solving hard problems while having fun doing it. You’re going to feel so inspired after hearing Abhijeet talk about mentorship and how you can find the best in the business to guide you through your entrepreneurial journey! In this episode we discuss: - Why redefining success will make you happier. - Why expectation management is so important. - How to best seek mentorship and create win-win synergy. - What the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make and how to avoid them. - Why self-care will make you the best entrepreneur you can be.
October 26, 2021
The Secrets from a Unicorn Founder - Interview with Bryan Menell
Welcome to the next episode of If Not Now Wen! This episode features the inspiring Bryan Menell! Bryan has founded or co-founded companies in a diverse set of industries including customer relationship management systems, point of sale technology, e-learning, systems integration, and the deskless workforce. For the past 25 years he has been doing his part to make Austin, Texas a vibrant and growing technological community. You’re going to feel so motivated after hearing Bryan talk about flexibility in business and how you can use those principles to pivot and grow with ease when the time is right! In this episode we talk about: - The biggest mistake founders make. - How good timing is everything. - What the secret is to becoming a unicorn founder. - How important it is to be willing to pivot your business. - How the early days will impact your outcome.
October 19, 2021
Know the Past to Build your Future - Interview with Gary Hoover
Welcome back to another episode of If Not Now Wen! Today we are talking to the serial entrepreneur Gary Hoover! You're going to love hearing from Gary! He started Bookstop, which was later sold to Barnes & Noble for $41.5 million. This laid the foundation for the book chain's success. Gary then started Hoover's, Inc, with a successful exit of $117 million and digitized business information in the modern world. Today, he is leading the American Business History Center with a mission to inform and empower entrepreneurs to learn business lessons from the great history in order to shape the future. Gary and I discuss: - How Gary started out, his passion for business and how he started his own companies. - How learning from history can help you understand the future. - How long you should look into the future when you start your business. - How to react when life throws you obstacles. - How entrepreneurship is a life-long discovery of yourself and your life goals.
October 12, 2021
Interview with Dena Mekawi - Founder of Style & Resilience
A driven visionary at the intersection of strategic partnerships, impact, entertainment, & global business development .   Dena’s work includes working with UHNWI, entertainment space, United Nations, startups, and established brands providing consulting, marketing, PR & communications strategy. Dena brings her resources to appropriate business opportunities.   Impact driven communication agency, Style & Resilience works to amplify underrepresented voices by using communication strategies, strategic partnerships, and creativity. Dena works within the entertainment space to leverage influence through social good campaigns, partnerships and more.   From playing an integral role at Oprah magazine, to moderating International Day of Peace 2016, Dena was chosen along side notable Goodwill Peace Ambassadors strategizing peace strategies with Leonardo DiCaprio, former Secretary General of the United Nations, Stevie Wonder, and personally recognized by Michael Douglas.   Dena advises startups, corporations, family offices, non- profits & high profile clients including Royal Family Office in Dubai. Dena acts as the key liaison & bridge for US & Middle East Markets. The ability to thrive in a multicultural and dynamic environment leads to impact & long term value.
September 29, 2021
Interview with Dr. Yinka Opeke, Founder & CEO of Smart Gas
'If that dream does not scare me, it does not excite me!' - @Yinka In this INNW episode, Dr. Yinka shares her winning strategies on how to win in life or business. Simply put, how the ''The Nigerian Gas Lady'' make her American Dream come true. In this conversation, we discussed: - What skills you need to be an entrepreneur - How to move through self imposed fear - How she made her American dream come true Dr. Opeke is a Houston-based International Business Consultant with over 15 years of industry experience, connecting businesses, mentoring startups, and brokering mutually beneficial relationships among organizations at private and government levels. She graduated from the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria with a B.Sc. in Geography, and M.Sc. in Geographical and Information Systems (GIS). She later proceeded to the United Kingdom to obtain another M.Sc. in Project Management from Queen Mary University of London. In 2018, she bagged a doctorate degree from Walden University, Minnesota, USA, where she specialized in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Leadership. Yinka is PRINCE2 Certified and has been privileged to attend several local and international training & workshops.   Dr. Yinka is the Managing Director of Smart Gas, a Nigeria-based company established to leverage technologies to solve challenges faced by consumers when purchasing cooking gas. Smart Gas is the only technology-driven, app-based platform in the market designed from the ground up for clients to experience a more convenient way to purchase cooking gas, increase transaction efficiency, and optimize user experience.  Dr. Yinka is the Founder & CEO of Trade Expo Africa (TEXA), a U.S.-registered, Houston-based company focused on promoting bilateral trade relations, investment opportunities, educational advancements, international collaborations and information exchange between businesses in the U.S. & Africa. With her commendably strong business networks with SME-focused, public and private organizations in Nigeria, she has succeeded in helping businesses penetrate international markets. She achieves this through exhibitions, study trips, B2B Meetings & trade missions. She has received Certificates of Recognition from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, State Representative Shawn Thierry and Mayor of Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner for her tremendous efforts at promoting trade and investment in Houston.   Dr. Yinka is also a Managing Partner at TEXA Property Group, a U.S.-registered, Houston-based company focused on empowering individuals through real estate investments in Texas. A result- oriented Realtor with proven sales & marketing experience, Dr. Yinka’s business ethics is centered around a “win-win or no deal.”  Presently, she holds an executive board position at the Texas West Africa Chamber of Commerce (TWACC) as their Treasurer, Head of Strategy & Corporate Governance. Together with her team, they promote trade alliances between businesses in Texas and West Africa. Since the inception of TWACC in 2019, Dr. Yinka and her team have hosted the President of Guinea, 3 Ambassadors, and visited over seven African Ambassadors in Washington D.C and Houston. She is also the co-founder of Raph & Rosa, the not-for-profit arm of Smart Gas. Their vision is to enhance the quality of life of vulnerable and older adults in Nigeria. They do this by providing individualized care via their adult diapers and bedmats drive. They also cater to their overall physical, mental, and social wellbeing, in an environment that is safe and promotes social interactions among the elderly. Her professional strengths are Innovation & Strategic Thinking, Strategy Formulation & Implementation, Management & Leadership, Brand Management, Sales & Marketing, Project Management, Business Process Improvement, Team Building, Coaching & Motivation.
September 07, 2021
How to Make Impossible Possible - Interview with Damian Routley, CCO of Founders Factory
If You're Going Through Hell, Keep Going - Winston Churchill  In this INNW podcast interview, meet Damien, a fearless business leader who shares with us his entrepreneurial journey and how to build perseverance and remain optimistic during business hardship.  In this conversation, we covered: 1. How to deal with setbacks and failure  2. How to crave a path to live a life worth living  3. How to avoid deadly mistakes when scaling a business from 0 to 1 to 500 team size.  Here is a brief bio about Damian: Damian is the Chief Commercial Officer at Founders Factory, building and investing in early-stage tech businesses backed by the world's largest corporates. In 2008 Damian founded Adglow, one of the first social advertising platforms, which was acquired in 2016 and grew to 350 people across 17 markets under his leadership. Since then, he has worked as NED, board advisor and consultant to high growth businesses in the creative industries, as well as developing and launching the CBD brand, and production company, Otherly Entertainment.
August 26, 2021
How to Pivot with Unbreakable Faith - Interview with Linda Ginac, CEO of TalentGuard
''When someone told me no, I said watch me.'' - Linda Ginac   In this INNW Interview, meet Linda, a fearless and passionate technology leader, CEO, and chairwoman of TalentGuard. She always believes in human potential, and everyone deserves to be in a role where they’re appreciated, respected, while shining their own lights and unique talents to make an impact within their role.    In this episode, we discussed:   1. How to be fearless and turn down the dial in your head  2. How to build real confidence and not let other's biases get in your way   3. How to pivot in the midst of challenges and darkness      Here is a brief bio about Linda:   Throughout her career in talent management, CEO Linda Ginac has always believed that everyone deserves to be in a role where they’re appreciated, respected, and able to make the most of their passion and talents.  She founded TalentGuard in 2009 on the back of that belief while seeing the potential for technology to enhance the way companies and employees develop and utilize their skills.  Since then, TalentGuard has helped clients in every industry—from banking to biotech—uncover and foster the talent that lies within their organizations. Seeing them transform from the inside out to create happier employees, lower turnover rates and stronger bottom lines is the reward that will keep TalentGuard going for years to come.
August 12, 2021
How to Find Product Market Fit - Interview with Gavin Gallas, CEO of YGC
You never lose - You learn or you win. -  Gavin Gallas In this @INNW episode, meet Gavin, the ultimate innovator. Gavin is passionate about leveraging technology to create business and solve problems. In this special heartfelt interview, we discussed: 1. How to grow your side hustle while you have a day job 2. Why everyone should attend a startup Hackathon and the impact of a successful elevator pitch. 3. How to validate your startup ideas and test product/market fits Here is a brief bio about Gavin: Focused on helping innovators make progress.  Experienced tech CEO with a demonstrated commercialization of IP-driven projects. Digital transformation focused on interests in behavioral science, blockchain, and machine learning.  Live in the future, then build what's missing. -- Paul Graham  Gavin is the CEO of YGC. Head of enterprise software venture studio. Leading transformative product development and new ventures. They discover new industry opportunities, launch startups to address their software needs, and partner with enterprise leaders to bring new products to market.
August 04, 2021
Interview with Lisa Bullion - Founder and CEO of Other Mother
Lisa, is a lifelong learner as well as a teacher, who is passionate about empowering our next generation. After decades in the classroom, Lisa decided to pivot, and step into the kitchen, to create an incredible CPG brand the other mother. A vinegar drink company, that offers an incredible taste as well as all the wonderful health benefits you need in one small bottle…
July 24, 2021
Find Your True Self - Interview with Deepak Suthar, Serial Entrepreneur
''You don't really understand it until you do it'' - Deepak In this interview, Deepak share with us: - How to increase your self-awareness and know oneself - How to best carve a career path for yourself - How the role of gratitude play in his life and contribute to his success More fun facts about Deepak:  🚀Founder of - stop lighting your marketing dollars on fire.   📈Teaching Biz Operators to become OWNERS  🦄 Investor/Advisor, Father of 2 beautiful kiddos,  Husband to my incredible wife for 17+ years and I’m a consummate Entrepreneur and Innovator.    ⚡️12 startups over 25 years  🦄 Speaker/Mentor on Uncovering Revenue - go from 🙈 to 👀 to 💰    🤓Expert in Automating Sales💰 & Marketing📣 Follow-up    🧭I love ❤️ mapping the business process, it’s weird, I know!    🙏🏼Tony Robbins Platinum Partner  🗣Speaker on Sales Training, Marketing, Business Process, Holistic Health, and Children’s Education    🧐Fun fact: I’ve spent over $250,000💵 on personal development📈 and now I’m on a mission to bring this technology and language to kids.  What if...we made the work by Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Dale Carnegie and Sean Callagy STANDARD education for kids?    🙋🏽‍♂‍ Born in Philadelphia ||📍 Living Austin, TX for 27+ years || 🦅Lifelong Eagles fan: E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!
July 24, 2021
Interview with Michael Garnett, CEO of SwiftRide
Natural born sports enthusiast and serial entrepreneur, Michael started his first business in Hockey in school. Six business later, Michael is CEO of SwiftRide,  with a mission to building commute solutions for every need, while keeping sustainability at their core.  2013 Bootstrap Awards - Guerilla Marketing | Mobilithink
July 20, 2021
Remember your why - Shila Nieves Burney, General Partner of Zane Venture Fund
'Don't be afraid for it is me who is knocking on the door' - Shila Nieves Burney (she/her/hers) In this episode, - Shila Nieves Burney (she/her/hers) shares her journey to step into a leader with a mission to empower underrepresented founders, and making a positive impact. We discussed: -How to move forward in presence of fear & failure - Her big 'why' to start Zane Venture Fund - How to be successful entrepreneurs See Shila's Bio here: Shila Nieves Burney (she/her/hers) an instigator and a catalyst who instigates critical changes in the capital universe and speeds it up with my drive, focus, connections, and mentoring. Shila Nieves Burney (she/her/hers) was compelled to create Zane Venture Fund because I’m committed to provide the platform that supports underrepresented founders in their quest to create thriving sustainable businesses that provide generational wealth opportunities for their families and their communities. Her mission to champion underrepresented founders rests on the foundations I’ve built throughout my career. It’s a career that includes everything from leading organizations that foment change, including the Black Women’s Health Initiative, to working with inner-city schools in the public education sector and their students to make sure those students had access to the programs and materials (including food and clothing) to be successful at school. This experience participating in and leading organizations that champion the human rights of people of color has given her an unequaled view into what it is to be overlooked. It has also accorded me a unique understanding of the importance of investing in human capital. All of this underlies my absolute determination to deliver solutions that address those disparities. To that end, in addition to Zane Venture Fund, she created Zane Access, the programmatic vehicle that delivers the access underrepresented founders need to build sustainable businesses and generational wealth. This includes access to peers, business experts, mentors, and investors, She has served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Ventures, completed entrepreneurial programs at the University of California, Berkeley, speaking to women and student entrepreneurs at Cornell, MIT, and Georgia Tech.
July 02, 2021
From $1M Capital Raised 'Pheramor Lady' to Successful VC - Interview with Brittany Barreto, Venture Capitalist
From $1M Capital Raised 'Pheramor Lady' to Successful VC - Brittany's Path of How to Rise to the Occasion and Stay True to Her Path of Making an Impact in Women's Health Interview with Brittany Barreto, Serial Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist Dr. Brittany Barreto is the Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Podcast Host of FemTech Focus. While finishing her PhD in genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Brittany became the CEO and Co-Founder of the revolutionary dating app Pheramor. The ambitious venture was the first nationwide DNA-based dating app. She then embarked on a new path into venture capital as the Senior Venture Associate at Capital Factory, She was tasked with launching the fund's Houston branch. Under her leadership, the Houston accelerator portfolio grew by an impressive 205% and she led due diligence on several successful investments.   Brittany now has her sights on advancing the women’s health and wellness community through her latest world-changing venture - FemTech Focus. She is the host of the FemTech Focus podcast which has over 100 episodes, 30K downloads, and subscribers in 100 countries. FemTech Focus has assisted hundreds of femtech founders to build, launch, and succeed through their events, resources, and market research reports. Additionally, Brittany is the founding partner and emerging fund manager at Coyote Ventures, an early-stage femtech investment firm.
June 19, 2021
Interview with David Cao, Managing Partner of F50 Ventures, CEO for F50, Founder of SVE
Is this true that 98% of startups are not fundable? In this episode, David shares with us his American dream, his journey from being an engineering, transition into a serial entrepreneur, and eventually turn into a successful VC. We discussed: How to lead the business and make the right decision during challenges? What makes a successful entrepreneur & VC? What is the future for healthcare tech? How to successfully raise money? David is a pioneer and passionate leader of the venture capital ecosystem in Silicon Valley and built the F50 ecosystem system, where he drove the selection of 500 startups to the F50 platform, and lead the investment into 30 of them, including Knightsope (IPO 2021), Doc.AI (Sold at 20X), Plastic, Flirtey, Oculii,, Zeitro, Voke VR (Sold to Intel), Invi (Sold to Google), David has intensive experience in healthtech, deeptech. David founded Silicon Valley’s largest grassroots entrepreneur community SVE, where he hosted SVE Talk and SVE Demo. He is the producer of F50 Global Capital Summit, and F50 Global Insights youtube channel. He is also serving or served as an advisor for DocuSign, Ehouse Capital, Peakview Fund of Fund. David Cao was the Founder & CEO of GWC US (Sold to holding company); the founding president of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Toastmaster Club; founder and CEO of ExtendLogic (Acquired by BeyondSoft). Prior, he was the VP of Engineering at PlayPhone (Acquired by Gungho), a leading mobile entertainment in USA, and Engineering lead for LightSurf, acquired by VeriSign for 274M USD.
May 28, 2021
Interview with Bobby Tang - Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder of Mana
In this episode INNW we are so grateful to have a conversation with Bobby Tang from Mana, to share his story of how he turns early failures and rejections into ultimate success. In this episode, you will learn: - How to get over rejection and failures while staying true to who you are - How to be intentional about the impact you are creating in this world - How to carve your own path into the entrepreneurial world Engineer by training, commercial and product leader by passion, Bobby's international experience spans Silicon Valley, Europe, Australia, India, and China. His career highlights include working on trillion-dollar tech innovations and e-commerce platforms, building groundbreaking AI products that leverage computer vision and NLP, and founding companies that enrich human interactions and enable economic empowerment. Bobby is a multi-hyphenate - outside of his "normal" job, he is a performer featured in commercials such as Dove for Men and Chelsea Football Club, and previously sang on-stage with Taylor Swift.
May 21, 2021
Interview with Rakia Reynolds - Founder and Executive Officer of Skai Blue Media
one of the most sought after minds in strategic communications, Rakia Reynolds is a thought leader, taste maker and branding expert who advises name brands on creative strategy. Her guiding principles as an intriguing storyteller focus on distilling equity in messaging, and her ability to navigate the ever-increasing complex cultural and social media landscapes are only some of the reasons Rakia has successfully created her own distinct brand of authenticity and expertise for over 15 years.   Rakia serves as Founder and Executive Officer of Skai Blue Media (SBM), a non-traditional communications agency that proudly hosts an eclectic group of storytellers, brand experts, and strategists. Rakia continues to be a key influencer in the creative business industry as she works with her team to launch, brand, re-brand, and revitalize lifestyle, technology, non-profit and entrepreneurial clients. This list includes Airbnb, Comcast, Dell, Serena Williams, Morgan Stanley, Jill Scott, and more. Recently Rakia has added #FanofYourBrand​ (tactical business tools) and clothing brand EVRYDAY Jane to her growing business portfolio.    As a thought leader and proven authority in marketing, creative strategy and business development Rakia regularly contributes her expertise to the pages of Forbes,, HuffPost, Fast Company, and more. Onstage, she captivates audiences across many industries as her talks span branding, media, multicultural business, economic development, and the entrepreneurial journey, all of which are more than relevant to the recent challenging and changing times. Rakia is recognized for her innovative approach and commitment to authenticity and has spoken at TEDx, SXSW, Inbound, and others. More than a keynote speaker, Rakia is often called upon to moderate panel discussions due her in-depth knowledge of a wide range of topics affecting the business community.
April 25, 2021
Podcast Interview with James Lo - Co-Founder & CEO @ Mana | xSoftBank xMcKinsey
James Lo is Co-Founder and CEO at Mana, a platform for everyone to share their passion with 1:1 sessions, live classes, and subscription content.   Mana closed a £1.5M pre-seed round in Jan 2021. Prior to entrepreneurship, James was at SoftBank Vision Fund, where he worked on strategic transformations at WeWork and Arm, and led Social Impact initiatives such as SoftBank’s COVID-19 response and UNICEF/ITU GIGA, an initiative funded by Elon Musk and endorsed by the UN Secretary General to connect every school to the internet.  He was previously a McKinsey consultant, where he was also Head of UK Business Development at Generation, a youth employment charity. He graduated from LSE with First Class Honours in Government as Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholar in 2016, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2019.
April 18, 2021
Interview with Kerry Rupp - General Partner at True Wealth Venture & Serial Entrepreneur
Kerry Rupp is General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage VC fund investing in women-led businesses that are improving human and/or environmental health. She teaches for the NSF I-Corps program, mentors startups, and consults on innovation and strategy. Kerry was previously CEO at DreamIt, a Top Ten US startup accelerator and VC fund. She founded Holiday Golightly, a group travel service for women. Kerry holds an MBA from HBS and a BA from Duke.
April 03, 2021
Interview with Nancy Fechnay - Seasoned Venture Capitalist & Serial Entrepreneur
Venture investor in World Positive Startups | 3x founder | Kitesurfer | Supporting minority founders Flight Ventures is the largest group of online investors in the world. Using AngelList's platform, we source deals for a group of 3500+ investors and 30+ syndicates. The majority of Flight's partners live in San Francisco and NYC. I launched our international office out of London and ran that 2015-2017. Having recently moved back to the USA during COVID 2020, Nancy rejoined the partnership. She is leading Flight's early-stage, positive impact deals - Seed and Series A (US-based) companies, which are addressing the world's most pressing problems.
March 22, 2021
Interview with Khulan Davaadorj, CEO/Founder of Lhamour
Khulan is a Mongolian social-entrepreneur, public speaker and mentor who has founded her company Natural Essentials LLC in 2014. She started Mongolia’s first ever organic skincare brand LHAMOUR with the vision to be a leading role model. A lot of the focus in the last decades was on political reforms and natural resource exploitation. Khulan wants to change this image as she sees that she can use traditional ways to be incorporated into modern forms, which can be accepted globally. As Mongolia’s first organic skincare entrepreneur she is trying to pave the way for everyone else in Mongolia to try and overturn conventions and to contribute to positive social change and economic growth in Mongolia and even Asia. She is the founder of the “Finding your passion” program that provides teenagers with the skills and mindset to find their inner passion and get prepared for the international world. She holds a MSc in Public Policy from Hertie School of Governance, Berlin (2011) and from Columbia University, New York (2012). She was the recipient of the Julius Brocker Scholarship and is the UN ambassador for Womenseday in Mongolia. She was awarded as Asia-Pacific’s best entrepreneur of 2016.
March 16, 2021
Interview with Yoon Lee - CEO & Founder of Pop Social
Yoon is a social entrepreneur and CEO at Pop. Pop is a relationship platform where students can make friends in college. It is meant for deep and meaningful relationship building. We are solving the problem of social media and feelings of emptiness among the generation. We dream of a world where we can love an authentic self and others, where we can build strong and genuine relationships wherever we go. Yoon completed two years of military service, participated in a Korean TV talk show, and created a Non-profit Culinary Organization. Yoon received a business education from The University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business.
March 07, 2021
Interview with Dena Mekawi, Founder of Style & Resilience | Impact Investing
Dena is a speaker, impact strategist, and consultant for private family offices. She is involved in business development for high net worth individuals, and partners of the royal family in the UAE. Dena serves as the bridge for multinational companies in the USA, as well as the MENA region. Dena also focuses on impact investing, she believes in the power of human capital. Dena works with partners to facilitate lines of communication with business leaders while assisting them in building valuable relationships in the market. Dena consults influential figures in the entertainment space upon entering the UAE, evaluating opportunities that will expand their brand’s reach. Dena founded Style & Resilience, a marketing & consulting company, providing lines of communication for high profile clients (UHNWI) & business deals in the UAE & US market. We provide PR/ Marketing services for brands, high-profile individuals, non-profits and family offices. Style & Resilience connects qualified investors with companies and/ or high net worth individuals in order to allocate capital, as well as forge high-profile relationships.
March 02, 2021
Interview with David Karabinos, Serial Entrepreneur & Tech Strategist Investor
David is a seasoned executive and board director building teams, business units, and companies. David has been a technology executive, and an entrepreneur/operator for more than 40 years launching companies, raising equity & debt capital, and achieving successful exits. He has served as the CEO, COO, CFO or CIO for 5 startups he launched since 1999. For the last two decades, he has been an Angel investor and an LP in three Venture Funds. David has served on 17 for-profit and non-profit boards over the last 30 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience in Technology, Healthcare, Financial Services, Fintech, Manufacturing, Energy, Technology, and Outsourcing Industries.
February 16, 2021
Interview with Joe Merrill, General Partner @Sputnik ATX & Serial Entrepreneur
''Success is the function of happiness'' - Joe. I am truly inspired by Joe's story, and his perspective of how he is making the world a better place, one day at a time. In this interview, we discussed: - Old America vs new America - his worldly view to see the world - How to do more together and his secret of being happy - How to overcome hard times and be successful being a first-time entrepreneur Joe Merrill is a General Partner at Sputnik ATX, investing in companies that seek to improve the world by providing opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential. Sputnik ATX provides seed stage through series B funding and operates an accelerator program in Austin, TX. Prior to Sputnik, Joe was the founder of Pan Am Education, the first blended-online learning system; was a senior director at Apollo Global, a Carlyle Group $1bn joint venture fund with Apollo; and started his professional career as a U.S. diplomat as a Career Member of the U.S. Foreign Service, posted to Washington DC; Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Abuja, Nigeria; and Seoul, South Korea. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and earned his M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago. Josef volunteers as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Legacy Traditional Schools TX, as a Trustee at the University of Potomac, and as a founding board member of Emma’s Choice and the STEM Academy. His blog about the intersection of economics, entrepreneurship, and international politics can be found at or find him on Twitter @Austin_VC.
February 14, 2021
Interview with Dan Janjigian, Serial Entrepreneur
''The cemetery is the world's most expensive real state, underneath where burry countless dreams and aspirations, whether it is a music album, inventions, and business that never get started. - Dan Janjigian' In this INNW interview, Dan Janjigian shares his journey about how he accomplishes all the greatness in his life, from athlete, actor, author, entrepreneur, coach and so many more. Dan's favorite saying -  'It is all about good time' truly inspires me. 'If I would not try this, would I be ok with that?' In this episode, we discussed: -How to leverage Warren Edward Buffett exercise to prioritize and maximize your time - How to overcome fear and sell anything? - What does Dan learn through competing in the Olympics? #entrepreneur #entrepreneur #podcast #interview #leadership #music #successtory #overcomechallenges #selfmastery #serialentrepreneur Currently, a professional coach/trainer, as well as the owner of Gridiron Financial, with offices in Washington, Arizona, and Texas. Dan is also involved outside of traditional markets, co-authoring a book with Jack Canfield (The Soul Of Success (v2)), acting in Hollywood with cult hits at "The Room," and even being portrayed on the big screen with the 2018 Golden Globe-winning film, The Disaster Artist, where he was played by Zac Efron. Dan was also the founder and CEO of SpeedMenu, Inc, a technology company that allows users to order food, drinks, and merchandise from their phones directly onto their tabs. As one of the owners of the popular Hollywood restaurant, Geisha House, which was featured on popular television shows such as MTV’s Punk’d, and HBO’s, Entourage, Dan is probably best known for competing 9 years internationally in bobsledding, taking a Silver Medal in the '05 America's Cup, and as an athlete in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. He's also been involved in several other big and small screen roles including two reality shows, and mainstream films including Seabiscuit and The Longest Yard. He's hosted for Home Shopping Network and QVC, and in 2013 featured on Wheel of Fortune.
February 04, 2021
Interview with Kendall Cherry, Founder of Candid Kendall
Kendall Cherry is the founder and creative director of The Candid Collective, an online and in-person community for entrepreneurs to come as they are, regardless of gender, age, race, revenue, or years in business. The company's mission is to create a world that’s more candid and kind. She also produces The Candid Kendall Podcast each week. 
January 20, 2021
Interview with David Frankin - Serial Entrepreneur & Founder of KnowRX
David, a Navy Gulf-War Veteran, is a seasoned technologist with more than 24 years of experience. He has participated in two IPOs (Rackspace and SolarWinds) and delivered more than 10 applications to market on the Salesforce AppExchange.  Over the last decade, Franklin has focused on cloud computing and machine learning for health care applications. He has studied at Moody Bible, Penn State, and MIT.  He is the founder of knowRX, Inc., as a top nationally ranked Start-up that focuses on empowering patients through medication adherence and clinical research engagement opportunities.
January 12, 2021
Interview with Jim Denholm - Founder & CEO of IronBridge Private Wealth
As founder and managing director, Jim Denholm created IronBridge to assist clients on their paths to success. Every aspect of IronBridge was developed with a client-first mindset, including financial planning, portfolio management, risk mitigation, customer service and innovative fee structures. Jim has earned numerous awards for helping clients pursue their financial goals. Prior to founding IronBridge, Jim was a Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo Wealth Management, where he managed customized portfolios for high net worth clients. His knowledge and diligence earned him recognition as a Wells Fargo Premier Advisor for each of the past 10 years and a nomination as a Barron’s Top 1000 Advisor. Before joining Wells Fargo Advisors in 2005, Jim was Senior Vice President at JPMorganChase as a Wealth Advisor. He began his career as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Jim has been trading stocks since 1997, and has been advising clients on investment strategies since 2001. Jim brings a unique and distinguishing educational background to his client relationships. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, providing a strong analytical basis for investment management and planning. In addition to his engineering degree, Jim is furthering his education in portfolio management by pursuing advanced certifications in globally recognized, graduate level programs that provides a strong foundation of investment analysis and portfolio management skills. These designations emphasize the highest ethical and professional standards. Jim’s commitment to service also carries over to his involvement with the local Austin community. He currently serves on the board of the Austin Symphony and the Dell Medical Children’s Trust. He has previously served on the boards of the United Way Financial Stability Council and the Downtown Austin YMCA. The Amarillo native and his wife, Melanie, live in Westlake with their two sons, Mac and Patrick, and two very large Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. They enjoy what Austin has to offer, including live music, spending time on Lake Austin, and trying new restaurants. Away from the office, Jim is an avid golfer and enjoys Texas Longhorns sports.
January 05, 2021
Interview with Minh Tran, Founder of Executive Fan
'I always want to be the best player, I never want to lose.' - Minh Tran In this INNW interview, Minh Tran shares his entrepreneurial journey: from the moment when he knew his calling at such a young age, to strive to make an impact via a successful business. In this podcast, we discussed: - What is his biggest failure and how to overcome it - How to overcome insecurity & hesitation in life and business - What is Minh Tran's American Dream Minh Tran’s family moved from Vietnam to the US after the Vietnam War. As the youngest of 8, Minh was born and raised in Michigan. As an entrepreneur, Minh has combined his passion for sports and his entrepreneurial spirit and created a rapidly-growing international business called Executive Fan. Executive Fan is an innovative, manufacturing, marketing, and distributing company focused on bringing fans unique products that connect them with their favorite sports teams. The first product on the market is a special type of office, packaging, and duct tape with college logos called Fan Tape. The idea was developed in 2009 by Minh and a few of his friends—all avid sports fans—and they began in a basement, testing samples and working on licensing and market analysis. Their first customer was Meijer, and they have since expanded to major colleagues across the US, as well as pharmacies such as Walgreens. Minh’s advice to young entrepreneurs is to stick with your vision and don’t get off the path. “I started at one of the worst times for businesses and I survived,” said Tran. “If you believe in it, do it.” Minh soon launched Executive Fan into a successful global business and sold it in 2016. Currently, Mihn is the Board President of Leander HS Golf Booster Club and a member of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Texas with his wife and his beautiful family.
January 02, 2021
Interview with Rafiq Meherali - President of Perfumes of the World - His Journey Overcome Adversity with Gratitude
A philanthropist,  world traveler, a devoted family man, a loving husband, and a proud father, living in gratitude, with the intention of making each day count. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Raf came to US at the age of 14 years. Being an ambitious and independent young man, he took up small jobs to pay for his education, learn the American Life and not be a financial responsibility on his father anymore. Upon graduation, he immediately landed a handsome job at a IT firm, as head of sales, for the Southwest region, selling Computer hardware and peripherals. By then his parents and sister had moved here as well and father and son started their first Company, Meher Trading Corporation. Being a fashionable and creative person himself, with a forte at sales, Getting into the Health and Beauty Industry was inevitable, and soon one storefront in the Asian trade district in Dallas, TX grew to 19 locations all over the United States. Perfumes of the World (Scents, INC) opened its doors in 1997, as a wholesale Distribution Center for Branded Health and Beauty products, and haven’t looked back since then. March 2000, is when the next phase of his life began, Rafiq married Sonita. With his parents blessings and family tradition, they had an Arranged marriage. Sonita, herself came from a family business background and an Education in Business. Together they became a power couple, growing their empire with innovation, and hard work. Rafiq's wife, Sonita, is his best friend, confidant, and business partner, and together they have 2 Beautiful daughters, Kimaya and Kiaana, who they are raising with the same values that they were raised with. Besides being actively involved in the Day to day administration and being the lead buyer at Scents, Inc, he expanded his business into the lucrative fields of Manufacturing of Private Label Fragrances, Real Estate and Chain Restaurants. In addition, Raf has served as the Director of The Asian American Chamber of Commerce in Texas & as Administrative Director at One World Bank in Texas, as well as a frontline volunteer of his Religious community, The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, led His Highness Karim Aga khan.
December 22, 2020
Interview with Lin Chen - Founder & CEO at PINK MOON
Lin Chen is a second-generation Asian American and was raised in Southern California, schooled in Texas and Taiwan, and is now pursuing her passions in NYC. She has a passion for building brands – particularly those that share her values in wellness, sustainability, and ethos. As a marketing communication professional with an emphasis on consumer lifestyle and beauty industries, she has worked for companies in various industries, ranging from startup to international public brand and B2B tech to beauty. Her experience and passion for holistic living ultimately led her to create Pink Moon, an NYC-based consultancy, a boutique consultancy and a newly launched WellCare e-commerce that features female-founded eco-beauty/lifestyle brands. Pink Moon aims to uplift and radically transform the eco-beauty industry. In less than 3 years, she has helped nearly 20 different female-founded brands bloom in various dimensions of their journey. She has intentionally built a business that works solely with female-founded brands that value sustainability, philanthropy, and holistic wellness because she believes that these values are key to creating a more conscious and empowering beauty space.⁣ Every aspect of Pink Moon has been carefully crafted with intention. Lin has built Pink Moon leveraging deep industry experience – including her internship at 100% Pure (one of the first companies to bring plant-based beauty to the masses), her role as Customer Guide / Social Media Manager at natural skincare retailer Ayla Beauty as well as her Marketing & Sales Director role at luxury organic skincare brand Bottega Organica. Lin’s passion for eco-beauty and wellness is long-standing in both her personal and professional lives. Because of this, she has completely immersed herself in every dimension of the eco wellness space possible, making her knowledge invaluable and vision unparalleled.
December 21, 2020
Interview with Marc Siegel , Founder of Quantum Performance CBD
Marc Siegel is a man with a vision. That vision is to help peoples’ lives improve through health, fitness, and well-being. Originally from Staten Island, New York, Siegel spent the first years of his career with a well-known bank in the city, where he had a $22-million-dollar book which he brought up to over a $100 million. In the process of being a High-flying city slicker, he gained at least 50 pounds in weight. Siegel knew things had to drastically change during a visit to a gym that left him lying on the floor, panting for breath and covered in sweat. He left the banking job, his wife left her job in advertising, and they then headed to South Florida to start a new life. Following the move, Siegel got into serious shape and felt better than he ever had. He made a decision that he would help people improve their bodies by training and educating himself to become a personal trainer. Starting at the bottom of the ranks at a gym, he soon became area manager. However, this was not enough and he knew he needed to go solo. He started his company, Quantum Performance Training. After seven licenses through the National Association of Sports Medicine and working with all types of clients from people wanting to get fit, to professional athletes wanting to up their game, Siegel knew he wanted to help even further. He started to look into the concept of CBD. Today, Marc is the owner at Quantum Performance CBD.
December 13, 2020
Interview with CS Freeland, Serial Entrepreneur, Cofounder of ATX KIT, Creator of Founder House
CS Freeland is a serial entrepreneur and recently has started two pandemic companies. She is co-founder of ATX KIT, a snack company that has supported over 50 Austin entrepreneurs. She also launched Founder House Austin, Austin’s first luxury co-living concept for entrepreneurs. She's also been part of several angel networks, early-stage venture, and informal investment clubs including Southwest Angel Network, Shaper Impact Capital, Austin Women in VC, and Next Wave Impact. Previously she spent seven years as an entrepreneur-in-residence and Managing Director at Powershift Group, a tech venture studio in downtown Austin that founds, funds, and grows early-stage companies. Christa is also a multi-award-winning political operative and worked on Austin Mayor Steve Adler, and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price successful re-election teams, specifically for her creation and execution of a new digital strategy.
November 19, 2020
Interview with Davina Kaonohi, CEO & Co-Founder of Element Apothec
Founder, entrepreneur and strategic operational leader.  As a strategic leader and brand creator, Davina is passionate about challenging the norm and making a difference with every company she has worked with. With Element Apothec, Davina brings to the table vast experience in team building, business strategy, and operational management and a mission to create good in the world. Davina is the CEO & Co-Founder of ELĒMENT APOTHĒC. Element Apothec is the trustworthy brand-conscious consumers are demanding. They have created clean, safe, and effective products with medical oversight and are committed to complete transparency. They look to disrupt and change, for the better, an industry that has abandoned responsibility for their consumers' wellbeing and health. She is driven by a desire to truly make a difference both professionally and personally.
November 14, 2020
Interview with Julia Wuench - The Path to Authenticity Guide
Julia is a recovering perfectionist, leadership and career coach, corporate trainer, and keynotes speaker with a mission to enhance human connection and fulfillment at work and in life. Using positive psychology and her blueprint The Authenticity Guide, she provides critical confidence and “soft-skills” training to individuals, corporations, and university teams. As a graduate of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, she deeply understands and focuses on the 3 C’s of culture: connection, communication, and collaboration. She is a contributor to Forbes and has been featured in Business Insider. Some of my clients include Marriott, Lenovo, Cisco, Women Business Owners Network, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and more. 
November 03, 2020
Interview with Yuen Yung, CEO of Casoro Group, Author of {The Business Model Blueprint }
' You can't understand money isn't everything until you have it. ' -  Yuen Yung In this INNW episode, Yuen Yung shares how he created multiple businesses while delivering significance and impact. I am inspired by his approach to life... with intentionality and immense focus on what truly matters - family and relationship. Grab your copy of Yuen Yung's book before it sells out here: In this special heartfelt interview, we discussed: - How to make the tough decision - How to create wealth and successful business - When is the best time to exit the business As CEO of Casoro Group, Yuen is responsible for the overall management of operations including business development and investor relations. Prior to joining Casoro Group, Yuen was the founder and CEO of the franchisor How Do You Roll? a fast-casual sushi restaurant. In 2013, he appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and received the highest investment offer in the history of the show from investor Kevin O’Leary. Yuen previously spent 13 years in the investment management and advisory industry a Managing Partner of Kenty, Yung, Ozias & Associates, where he oversaw advisors and was responsible for the capital raise and management of more than $300 million in funds raised from high-net-worth individuals, families, corporations, and charitable organizations. In his earlier years, he developed 27 commercial retail sites as an entrepreneur.
November 02, 2020
Interview with Misty Perry - A Single Mom's Journey Searching for Joy & Freedom
Misty Perry is a soulpreneur and multi-million dollar real estate pro.  She left a toxic marriage with three kids and systematically built a new life   Within her first year of real estate, she won her first million-dollar producer award.  As a struggling single mom, she put the "sing" in single mom embarrassing it as an adventure.  Her entrepreneur journey began after hearing The Secret in 2015.  From bartender to entrepreneurship she is now the CEO of the nashvillemisty brand, misty kae coaching, momager to her two teen sons, podcaster, author, investor, talent manager, side hustle queen, and real estate affiliate broker in the Nashville area.  Misty has also been a correspondent on TMZ, and has three brand partnerships due to her savvy social media presence. *background in modeling/acting finalist Miss Tennessee, runway and print*from runway to toxic marriage and back again 
October 14, 2020
Interview with Johnny Star Lee, Social Entrepreneur - How Can We Impact the World NOW
My name is Johnny and I'm a huge fan of investing! In the past few years, I've found a deep passion and love for sharing my experiences in investing and small business.  I have decades of industry experience in technology, TV & film, nonprofits, marketing, and food & beverage. As a small business mentor, I've been able to add value to dozens of businesses and as an investment coach, I'm putting all my energy into adding value to the lives of everyday people who are looking to create long-term, low-risk passive income.   
October 13, 2020
Interview with Amber Ybarra, Author, Business Owner - Her Journey of Searching for Her Why
Amber Ybarra is a business owner of 6 years and runs a construction company in San Antonio, TX.  She is also certified in the science of psychology and has merged those two trades together to give women the tools to build their best lifestyle and business through her coaching program.  She is the podcast host of The Positive Platform, Author of Thriving into Thirty, and cheerleader of all women working to create their best lives yet!
September 28, 2020
Interview with Sandy Wong, Founder of Rugs by Roo - Her Journey of Becoming
Sandy Wong, owner of Rugs by Roo, has an ambitious mission to end child labor in her lifetime. Her passion and dedication to this cause started when she watched the film “The Price of Free” with her daughter who was 4 years old at the time.  She saw children about the same age as her daughter being forced to work in factories making rugs day in and day out, without being able to go home and see their families.  She decided to join forces with an organization called GoodWeave International and truly bring this cause to light through her company and her initiatives. But Sandy’s purpose and the mission were not always this clear and it took a few pivots along the way.  Sandy worked the corporate ladder in her former career as an accountant.  She started and ended several businesses including her wedding photography business, Sandy Tam Photography, of six years and her stationery business, Pulp Function, of three years.  Along the way, she’s become a mom, fought mom-guilt like most mompreneurs, hit rock bottom financially, and made some costly mistakes where she learned and thrived from. Today, her wish is to not only bring to light the child labor issues that surround the rug industry, her ultimate wish is to inspire those around her to live a purpose-driven life that serves others. To learn more about how you can shop smarter as a consumer and support anti-child labor initiatives, visit GoodWeave International ( If you’d like to connect with Sandy, you can find her at The film that she highly recommends everyone to watch is called “The Price of Free” (
September 24, 2020
Interview with Lumi Ispas, Investor & National Speaker - From Cleaning Lady to Financial Freedom
Lumi Ispas is a real estate investor, broker, and national speaker.  She has been engaged in real estate since 2001 when she started selling and investing in Real Estate. As the 2008 crises hit she lots all her real estate portfolio & everything she had along with a lot of people all over the USA and in the World. What was a huge personal loss, it becomes her strength as she learned from what the 2008 winners did differently. By 2011 she's turned around her business and started investing again using these new strategies for her own portfolio and her client's portfolio. The Chicago Association of Realtors recognized her results by naming her in the top 1% of Chicago Brokers based on her number of sales in the city. She started teaching seminars with the winning strategies she's learned to help both the uninitiated and people in the real estate industry invest with a very simple strategy she employed to achieve Financial Freedom and become multi-millionaires as a side business for themselves. Her clients and students range from beginners to Fortune 500 owners. Her free seminar, "Wealth Building & Financial Freedom through buying Real Estate with low down-payments",  was the topic she was invited to speak about at both the last NAR and Century 21 franchise annual conventions, where she was invited to teach real estate brokers how to invest for themself and learn to teach their own clients Lumi's strategies. At present, in addition to investing in & selling real estate she is coaching brokers & real estate investors on what steps to take now to thrive in this COVID challenging environment using her experience from the 2008 housing crash. You can find more about Lumi and sign up for her seminars at
September 18, 2020
Interview with Paz Avivi, Serial Entrepreneur & Elite Mindset Coach - His Journey to True Happiness
Paz Avivi is the definition of a serial entrepreneur. Coming from a very tough past full of obstacles, he overcame the challenges with never give up spirit, and eventually found his way to live life to the fullest by combing happiness and wealth.   He owned over 20 businesses before the age of 30 and started a global real estate inventing group by the age of 32.  Now he is a full-time Elite mindset coach that helps entrepreneurs and leaders across the world make a massive impact on the world. You can find Paz @
September 09, 2020
Interview with Aaron Hines, Co-founder of Darbe - How He Follow His Heart to Serve the World
Aaron Hines is the co-founder of Darbe, a social network for philanthropy. He is also an alumni of the Founder's Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator. After graduating from Texas State University with a degree in Economics he joined gener8tor to help grow their gBETA startup accelerator in Houston, TX. Gener8tor is a top tier gold-ranked accelerator and VC firm based in the Midwestern US.  You can reach out Aaron;  Volunteer. Donate. Fundraise. 
September 03, 2020
Interview with Angelos Angelou, Founder of Angelou Economics; Founder&CEO of International Accelerator
Prior to founding AngelouEconomics, AE’s Principal Executive Officer, Angelos Angelou, spent nearly 12 years with the Austin Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Economic Development and Chief Economist and brings a practitioner’s approach to AE’s Economic Development Consulting Practice. During his time at the chamber, Angelos handled the recruitment of 800 technology companies and some 70,000 employees, including IBM, Apple, Samsung, Motorola, AMD, Cypress Semiconductor, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, and Sematech. He is a founding member of the Site Selector’s Guild, an association of the world's foremost professional site selection consultants. Angelos has sited over $18 billion in capital investment projects, from high tech to health care to governmental clients around the world. His record of achievements includes the attraction of $26 billion in capital investments and the creation of over 285,000 direct and indirect jobs. A highly visible leader in the field of economic development, Angelos is widely regarded as an expert on technology-based economic development, public policy, investment attraction, marketing and entrepreneurship. The national and international media regularly seek his comments and insights in the technology sector and on economic development issues. He is also widely regarded as the chief architect in the establishment of Austin as a nationally recognized high-tech center. Angelos is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the International Accelerator in Austin, Texas, which is focused exclusively on foreign born entrepreneurs and launching their technology startup businesses in the US. Angelos is an angel investor in half a dozen startups in Texas. Angelos recently received a Proclamation from the Texas Governor and the Mayor of Austin in recognition for his 30-year leadership and contribution to economic development in the State of Texas and Austin. Mr. Angelou is the Governor’s appointee to The CPRIT Oversight Committee (Texas Governor Appointee), a $3 billion Texas Grant Program specializing in Cancer Prevention, Research and Commercialization. He is a Fellow at the IC2, an international think tank on venture capital and entrepreneurship. Current Board appointments include Advisory Board of The College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin (largest college at UT). Angelos is also President of, and President of Gridmates, member companies of the International Accelerator. Past appointments include board and advisory posts at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Social Sciences Department at St. Edwards University and the World Information Technology Conference. Angelos was awarded the US Economic Development of the Year award by Site Selection Magazine.
September 02, 2020
Interview with Yuen Yung, CEO of Casoro Group - His American Dream of Creating Significance for the World
As CEO of Casoro Group, Yuen is responsible for the overall management of operations including business development and investor relations. A true savant in his field, Yuen brings a wealth of experience across a broad range of disciplines, among them: finance, investment management, capital raising, wealth planning, venture capital, portfolio management, alternative investments, commodities, strategic planning, leadership and training, sales and organizational structuring. Prior to joining Casoro Group, Yuen was the founder and CEO of the franchisor How Do You Roll? a fast-casual sushi restaurant. In 2013, he appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and received the highest investment offer in the history of the show from investor Kevin O’Leary. Yuen previously spent 13 years in the investment management and advisory industry a Managing Partner of Kenty, Yung, Ozias & Associates, where he oversaw advisors and was responsible for the capital raise and management of more than $300 million in funds raised from high-net-worth individuals, families, corporations, and charitable organizations. In his earlier years, he developed 27 commercial retail sites as an entrepreneur. He currently sits on the board of Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, and previously the Board President of Austin-based non-profit The Thinkery and he has served on the Board of Directors for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He also volunteers as a mentor for Ignite Accelerator, an Austin-based business incubator as well as Founders Firm. Yuen was named as a finalist for an Austin Under 40 award in 2013 and was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award from The University of Texas Professional Development Center in 2006. Yuen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a graduate of MIT’s Entrepreneurship Masters Program and has professional certifications as a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®) and Board Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). 
August 27, 2020
Why Am I Here - Podcast Mission Overview
Why am I starting this podcast? The mission overview I want to make the world a better place by serving you and hopefully inspiring you to move forward with your dreams and goals. I will bring amazing entrepreneurs to the show to share their journal, their up, and downs, and hope you will find it beneficial. Additionally, I’m also launching my business EverGreener in a month. I want to invite you behind the scene with me to share my entrepreneurial journey.
August 27, 2020
Interview with Courtney Ray, Founder of Uncle Ray's Peanut Brittle - Love of Peanut Brittle Travels From From Peace Corp to Austin
How Courtney Started:  Great Uncle Ray's Peanut Brittle is a symbol of that sweet kind of love that's shared between one friend to the next. In light of her and her uncle's mutual love for the candy, as well as the country charm, She has perfected the 35+-year-old recipe and is now manufacturing it for retail so that everyone can get a taste of that same, sweet kind of love! Uncle Ray always used his peanut brittle as a way to make new friends, and she took a call out of his playbook and shared it with anyone she met during her travels. There was something to this sugary treat that melted people of all cultures and allowed them to accept an outsider like her without question. We could all agree that there was something to love about showing up sweet. Moving deeper into service to others allowed her to help a local family in Fiji, headed by a strong woman—Roshni. During my service in the Peace Corps, She learned so much about life, friendship, and the simple, pure, free love of one human to the next. While making so many friends, one, in particular, stood out. One she loved like family.  That call hit her hard—and she was ready to serve. An Austin-made peanut brittle recently won one of the top prizes at H-E-B's Quest for Texas Best contest. Uncle Ray's Peanut Brittle is a product from Austinite Courtney Ray Goodson, who took the first place prize of $20,000 at the San Antonio-based grocery store's annual product competition You can find her at: Buy peanut brittle @ HEB @Central Market 
August 25, 2020
Interview with Grace Gong, Best Selling Author of (The Last Key To Success) & (How To Be A VC) - Her Journey from Beijing to Silicon Valley
Grace Gong started her entrepreneurial journey when she created an English newspaper in high school in Beijing, China. Recently, she worked in VC and PE firms focusing on consumer tech and real estate investment. Passionate about entrepreneurship, she is eager to learn from the world’s top talents. Grace shared how American entrepreneurs created their companies in her first book, The Last Key To Success, with 21 founders featured on Forbes 30 under 30 in 2016. In 2017, she interviewed 22 investors who were featured on the Forbes Midas List for her second book How To Be A VC on how they invested in companies like Facebook, Apple, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. She is passionate about learning and sharing the knowledge she learned from top founders and investors in Silicon Valley. Apple: Spotify: Website: YouTube:
August 19, 2020
Interview with Jocelyn Reaves, Founder of Fireside Insights & CoachedIt - How She Hustles and Steps into Her Lights
As the founder of Fireside Insights,LLC, and CoachedIt, Jocelyn work with clients to ensure they have the skills, network, and confidence they need to build and grow. CoachedIt was founded by Jos Michelle in 2020 through her work as Founder & CEO of Fireside Insights, LLC. Working with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, Jos Michelle realized that one of the most critical barriers preventing people from accomplishing their goals wasn't just a lack of adequate resources and experience; lack of confidence and a community of support proved to be critical barriers. CoachedIt was created to bridge the gap. Jos Michelle is a Chicago native and life-long learner. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Connecticut College, Master's from Boston University and is currently a part-time law student. Jos has roots in the healthcare sector where she has worked as a consultant and leader for multiple thriving companies such as CVS Health, GfK (now Ipsos), and Steward Health Care Network. FREE Goal Journal:
August 15, 2020
Interview with Makena Sage, Co-Founder of Follow Your Aliveness™ - How She Found Her Truth
Makena Sage was raised in seminar rooms – and was the youngest person to ever complete her mom's high-performance leadership & coaching certification when she was just 12 years old. Despite this empowering upbringing, in her teens, she struggled with body image, and a deep desire to fit in. As a result, she pursued what she thought 'success' looked like – graduating summa cum laude with a business degree, then building her own 6-figure online marketing company in just 18 months. While she finally had the freedom and income she dreamed of, Makena was also dealing with health issues, anxiety, and burnout.     Returning to her roots and The Aliveness Method™ saved her life. She went from having near-daily panic attacks and countless “mystery” symptoms to feeling lit up, energized, and 100% healthy in a matter of months... and she never looked back. Makena became determined to share these skills and tools in a much bigger way – and she partnered with her mom/mentor Gigi Sage to become the co-founder and CEO of Follow Your Aliveness™ and the Aliveness Mastery™ program.     Makena loves bringing her 6 years as a copywriter and marketing strategist (helping her clients create tens of millions of dollars in revenue) to her work as a coach and trainer. Her mission is to empower 1 million women to become fully self-actualized… creating lives of freedom, fulfillment, AND financial success – without compromise! Aliveness  Compass Quiz:   Aliveness Mastery Certification Program:   You can also reach out Makena at   FREE Goal Journal:
August 15, 2020
Interview with Courtney Werner, Co-Founder of KOYA - How She Found Courage to Follow Her Heart
Co-founder of KOYA Innovations, samba admirer, marketing fanatic, and adventure enthusiast with a background in Psychology and Global Communications. You can find Courtney and her company at:
August 07, 2020
Interview with Lee Levy, Founder of of Nex Graphics - How She Fought Through Stage 2 Breast Cancer and Continue to Serve
Lee Levy is a Los Angeles based web designer and consultant, and founder of Nex Graphics.  She has a proven track record of helping companies build a strong web presence across the Internet.  Bringing 25 years of industry experience, she provides graphic design and web solutions with a refined aesthetic. With the constant evolution of the industry and requirements to adapt, she loves educating her clients and getting them to achieve all their goals.  She was recently featured as a successful entrepreneur in DOTCOM and VoyageLA magazine. Lee is a wife, mom, entrepreneur, and breast cancer survivor.  She loves to travel, read, and design anything and everything.   When she is not working, you can find her doing Zumba and Bellydancing. You can find Lee at: Join her new Facebook group for FREE web design training at Social Media:
August 06, 2020
Interview with Rachel Madorsky, Founder of Coaching Therapist Institute, Co-Owner of ColdTowne Theater
Rachel Madorsky is a psychotherapist, relationship + business coach, speaker, trainer, performer, and co-owner of the award-winning improv comedy venue ColdTowne Theater located in Austin, Texas.  For over two decades, Rachel has been facilitating, coaching, performing, and teaching at conferences, comedy festivals, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, universities, non-profits, and leadership organizations around the world. Her incredible impact has been featured on Bravo, The Learning Chanel, SXSW Interactive, and CBS News. You can find Rachel here:  Learn about ColdTowne Theater at:  To hire ColdTowne to teach for your business: To help ColdTowne through this pandemic, please consider donating to the theater at  Tune into the 11th Annual Austin SKetchFest Aug 21-22 on . More info at
August 03, 2020
Interview with Sabrina Scholkowski, Founder of Sab Scholkowski Coaching - from Fashion to Freedom
Sabrina is a former fashion & beauty marketer who traded the corporate world to start her own business as the Brand & Social Media Strategist that helps millennial entrepreneurs build their brand identity  & her Pretty Sure. When she's not busy creating her empire, her other passion is traveling and her goal is to visit as many countries as possible in her lifetime. You can find her here:  @Instagram @Podcast Or to listen here:
August 02, 2020
Interview with Dave Buckman, Co-owner for ColdTowne Theater, His Perseverance Throughout His life Journey and True Passion to Comedy
Dave Buckman served as Artistic Director of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. He culminated his run in Europe directing Boom Chicago: RockStars, the second stage-swap with The Second City’s Main Stage in its 50-year history. After Europe, Dave worked as a director, actor, and teacher at The Second City in Chicago. He was also a Senior producer for The Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival for 10 years as well as Austin SketchFest and Executive Producer at ColdTowne Theater, where he has been performing, teaching, and directing since its opening in 2006. As a co-owner of CoTowne, Dave is dedicating his time to cultivate an inclusive comedy community in Austin, TX. Learn about ColdTowne Theater at: To hire ColdTowne to teach for your business:  To help ColdTowne through this pandemic, please consider donating to the theater at Tune into the 11th Annual Austin SKetchFest Aug 21-22 on . More info at
July 31, 2020
Interview with Jennie Stowe, Founder of Stowe Bookkeeping - How She Uncovers the Path
Jennie Stowe is a wife, mom, and business owner. Formerly a birth and postpartum doula, she created Stowe Bookkeeping LLC in order to be home with her son … and to pursue her passion for numbers and accounting. Today, she is passionate about helping female service providers with their bookkeeping so they can focus their time on booking more clients and making more money. For those small businesses that can’t yet afford a bookkeeper, Jennie has them covered with her online course: Keep Your Own Books - The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Small Business Accounting. When not working, you can find Jennie baking artisan bread or outdoors with her two year old.
July 28, 2020
Interview with Wilson Hailey, Founder of TEZPRESSO - How He Found Himself in the Far East Asia
Wilson Hailey, owner of multiple award-winning coffee shops. He trained competitive baristas, and helped 20+ coffee shops up their game and start providing actually good coffee. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Wilson ventured to Beijing, China from age 16-27, where he discovered his passion for his life - coffee. Featured in VICE, Pangbianr, Lumdimsum, SmartBeijing, and various other publications, his Beijing award-winning cafe, Rager Pie, was known for Thanksgiving and it’s weekly pie-to-face events, as well as for being the first to bring nitro cold brew to China. Today, Wilson found TEZPRESSO in Austin, offering monthly subscription coffee delivery service while teaching the best brewing technique possible to serve his customers.  Check out his free weekly coffee brewing class here: 
July 27, 2020
Interview with Lisa Liu, Violinist, Composer, Orchestra Contractor and Entrepreneur - Her Music & Life Journey
Lisa Liu is a Chinese-American violinist, composer, orchestra contractor and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. She began her musical studies on the piano at the age of 3 with her mother, a professional opera singer, and continued with violin lessons at the age of 8. She followed her mother’s footsteps and attended The Juilliard School, receiving a Pre-College Diploma, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance while studying with world-renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay for 9 years. Join me for an incredible conversation with Lisa Liu, a beautiful & authentic story of how a musician finds meaning through her love to music and how she started a platform to connect and serve all musicians worldwide during COVID 19, so they can continue to create and compose music freely and use the music to connect and serve the world. As an entrepreneur, Lisa is always searching for new connections and experiences that inspire and challenge her to evolve. She is the brand ambassador to a cannabis start-up that has multiple patent-pending formulas, with the mission to educate the greater community on designing a healthy, high-performance lifestyle.  Please follow on IG:  @idmarkhealth Alongside fellow Juilliard alumni, composer Laura Karpman and conductor Marin Alsop of the Baltimore Symphony, Lisa is one of the creators of the Unison Orchestra, a virtual network of composers and musicians striving to continue working from their home recording studios in the midst of a massive global shift.  For more information, visit
July 23, 2020
Interview with Jessica Zeitz, Founder of Copyfox - How She Travels the World and Found her Passion
Jessica Zeitz has a bachelor in Communications from Concordia University. She's traveled to 23 countries while working as a digital marketer and has recently started her own digital marketing agency Copfox. But this isn't her first business she actually started a small pickling company and made pickles and sweet peppers. However, digital marketing and real estate are two passions she couldn't ignore and were thrilled to combine them by marketing for real estate developers. 
July 21, 2020
Interview with Sav Shrestha, Founder of Menuette
From Nepal to Austin, from corporate to startup, and a nonprofit world, Sav took us through his journey of his American Dream and how he shows up to the world.  Sav is the founder of Menuette, he is also an innovator with a dream and dedication to build delightful experiences and strategic vision to achieve them. He is also a UX researcher and a designer who places user empathy at the center of his design process. His vision to create apps that truly delight users is fueled by his passion to understand human behavior and to augment problem-solving by using technology. App store: Menuette;   Sav is also a co-founder of Nepal Rising, a non-profit organization, working towards community resilience through community engagement and asset-based community development (ABCD).   Sav has a doctorate in Human Factors Psychology, holds multiple US patents, loves to cook, and has two cats.
July 19, 2020
Interview with Lexi Ruffell, Founder of Marketing Choreography
From a professional ballroom dancer to the CEO of Marketing Choreography, in this podcast, Lexi shared with us her authentic journal of how she found her way to entrepreneurship and many failures and setbacks along the way.   Lexi Ruffell, a former Professional Ballroom Dance Competitor, is the chief operations officer for Majic For Life. After graduating from college with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology she went on to get trained in Life Coaching and Personal Development as well as attend the school of hard knocks in marketing and business. Lexi is the founder and CEO of Marketing Choreography and has been the orchestrator of more launches than she can count.  She is passionate about helping business owners prepare, plan, and execute full-scale launch plans for their online businesses. You can find here via Facebook and Instagram  @ Alexi Ruffell or via Website: 
July 18, 2020
Interview with Sabrina Antou, Founder of The Magnificent Abundance Manifestor
From an Investment Banker to an Energy healer, Sabrina Antou has come along the way of overcoming her fear of following her intuition and say no to conventional knowledge of following her corporate path, instead, she finds the path to freedom and her happiness.  Today she is the founder of private equity firm, consulting firm, and coaching and healing company < The Magnificent Abundance Manifestor>.  Please join me in this podcast to unfold her journey, and hope you can gain inspiration for starting your own path.  Sabrina's resources:  Free Session:  Single Session:  6 week programme Standard  6 week programme Intensive:
July 18, 2020
My American Dream - How I Left to See the World
Was there a moment in your life that you wanted to give up? Was there a moment you felt you were never going to make it? well... I was in the exact spot.  In this episode, I shared my American dream, and how did I leave my mountain town and be the only one person who ever left, and to see the world as I always dream of.  If you were also on your journey to achieve a goal, or if you were constantly waiting for your big break, like me, well, listen on. I hope you find this is helpful.  Please leave your comments below. I would love, and love to hear from you. Thank you, friends! Bye for now, 
July 15, 2020