We cover G = Growth from a Personal & Business perspective, as it is a fascinating and compelling topic to share stories and experiences, and T = Technology, something that is everywhere and is firmly here to stay...asking the questions about what does it mean, is it for good, how do we harness it and ensure it helps our future.
So, in the G&T Sessions Podcast, we are speaking directly to ourselves, when we were younger, not as wise as we are today, how could we know how transformative that Technology would affect the world .... And know how getting your personal growth and mindset in order, is a key building block and enabler to any organisation or business idea you want to scale.
We're going to try to take you, the audience, on a journey through the stories and lessons of gifted and talented people who have written their own personal growth stories, dealt with amazing peaks and character building valleys, but have learned and carved their own path to making their own history and future.
Given Tech now integrates into so many areas of our life and many people see this as their new path for opportunity, we will also discuss Tech with our guests who are growing, advising, supporting, coaching and innovating in and around technology and so the founders, co-founders, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, leadership teams of tomorrow will know how to realise their dreams, find and unleash their own ideas to become unicorns, build new markets, new businesses & disrupt the world for the greater good.
Randy Bean, Why Companies Need to Accelerate their Efforts to Become Data-Driven Today
Randy Bean is the author of Fail Fast, Learn Faster: Lessons in Data-Drive Leadership in an Age of Disruption, Big Data, and AI, a business bestseller released in September 2021. He is a widely recognised industry thought leader, author, and speaker in the field of data-driven business leadership, and known for his frequent columns in Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the Founder and CEO of NewVantage Partners, a strategic advisory firm to Fortune 1000 clients that he founded in 2001, and which was acquired in December 2021 by Wavestone, a Paris-based global consultancy. Very enjoyable episode with Randy and please check out his book it's essential reading. Enjoy !
Jon Jayson, Co-Founder & CEO, The Comedy Crowd
Taking comedy seriously - the business of making people happy. Jon is co-founder and CEO of The Comedy Crowd - empowering the world’s comedy creators. He's a former astrophysicist and qualified Chartered Accountant, who worked for more than a decade with Ernst & Young before taking the natural step into comedy. Jon has advised startups including a 3D printing business in Moscow, and started the Comedy Crowd as an aspiring writer who saw the potential in working with a global community of talented creators. Jon’s favourite subjects include comedy, entrepreneurship, creativity, and sports, with his support of Liverpool FC a natural extension of his scouse [Liverpool] roots. The rest of his free time is spent being a Dad to a young son. Great episode with Jon, outlining his career pivots and showing anything is possible. Look forward to what the Comedy Crowd will do in the future. Enjoy!
Social and other links:
My LinkedinComedy Crowd Twitter, Facebook, and InstaComedy Crowd website
Ketan Mavinkurve, CEO of Alpha Coach - India’s first hyper-personalised online coaching platform
Ketan Mavinkurve, CEO of Alpha Coach - India’s first hyper-personalised online coaching platform
Change is hard. Discipline towards health and fitness doesn’t come naturally to anyone. After years of training hundreds of trainees, we know that substantial long-lasting changes don't come from quick tips, but from building habits in phases. This is why we help you make positive changes that stay with you for life. Ketan is the Founder and CEO of Alpha Coach. He's a Chartered Accountant and has worked in prestigious firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and last served as Vice President at Berggruen Holdings in India, involved in private equity deals for the past 14 years. Prior to Alpha Coach, Ketan also co-founded AKRO Fitness, a boutique personal training studio in Mumbai, one of the most notable brands in the fitness industry in the country. He is a fitness enthusiast, and after struggling with his own fitness for over a decade due to lack of knowledge and proper guidance, has dedicated his time and efforts to create businesses designed to positively impact people’s health and fitness, and help them create long-term sustainable lifestyle solutions. He is always challenging the status quo, in breaking barriers, and blasting through ceilings we set for our own personal growth. “Everyone has the right and obligation to be fit, strong and healthy” Ketan says, – so, at AKRO and now at Alpha Coach, he has created a platform to allow everyone to achieve their health goals.He also walks the talk in terms of taking action and execution, and takes his own fitness very seriously. He truly believes that “No matter how hard the struggle is – if one wants something desperately, they need to go out and get it!”
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Tom Allen, Founder & CEO, The AI Journal
Welcome to our next episode with Tom Allen. Tom is an AI enthusiast with a passion for telling stories about awesome technology and how it will help people. Tom built The AI Journal from his bedroom in late Feb 2020. Have a background in marketing and a keen interest for understanding why people buy from certain companies. The AI Journal currently serves startups, SMEs, and publicly traded companies with research & advisory, Award programmes, & consulting services. The AI Journal and Tom have been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, VentureBeat, Business Insider, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, Reuters since it was founded less than two years ago. The AI Journal has been labelled as the fastest-growing new media company 'you need to watch' and ‘most admired media brand’. Alongside this Tom is a Board Advisor to Alphalake AI. Alphalake AI supports the healthcare sector by giving a better Digital Patient Experience through RPA and Intelligent Automation. He love's to take calculated risks while protecting the downside. Always enter a situation with all his energy. Always optimistic. Love to read books and learn from other peoples mistakes. Results focussed and value-driven with an obsession on high output. Love to give back and help people such as yourself at every opportunity I get. His favourite quote he always aim to live his life by is “Giving is the secret to living". Great episode with an inspiring guest and a great example for anyone starting their own venture, with some very authentic and real examples of what Tom has been through to-date. Enjoy!
Guy Rigby, The Entrepreneurs' Adviser & Rower, The Entrepreneur Ship with David Murray
We are so pleased to release today's episode of The G&T Sessions Podcast show with Guy Rigby. Vision. Ambition. Enthusiasm and Determination. These are some of the qualities Guy most admires. As an entrepreneurial adviser with a financial background and a restless spirit, he has been lucky to spend almost all his life advising founders and management teams of growing, SME businesses. It’s been a stimulating journey, encompassing many exciting success stories. In terms of experience, he has been the senior partner of two accountancy firms, a managing director, a finance director, a sales and marketing director, a charity trustee, an executor, a chairman and a non-executive director. In 2010 he decided to write it all down. Guy’s book, “From Vision to Exit – The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Building and Selling a Business” received wide critical acclaim, becoming one of Amazon’s best-selling business books when it was published in 2011. He now split my time between chairing and promoting the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Smith & Williamson, and running his own advisory and mentoring business, “The Entrepreneurs’ Adviser”. In two days from today, 10h December 2021, Guy and David Murray will attempt to break the record for the oldest pair to row across the Atlantic. With a combined age of 124, they will compete in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, to make a successful East/West crossing in under 60 days. The Entrepreneur Ship purpose is to promote entrepreneurship in all its aspects and to raise funds for a charity focusing on supporting young and aspiring entrepreneurs who are or who are seeking to create sustainable, socially responsible businesses which support both local and global communities. Most Atlantic crossings are made by teams of four and take about 30-40 days. Rowing as a pair, however will make life far more challenging, increasing each individual's responsibilities and substantially lengthening the crossing. The Entrepreneur Ship will depart from La Gomera (an island just to the west of Tenerife) in December 2021. The destination will be Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua, arriving sometime in February 2022. Personally, I took a great inspiration from this episode with Guy & David’s mission and have kindly been allowed to sponsor Lily, The Entrepreneur Ship. The Unleash Your Unicorn brand is proudly on the bow of Lily, #UnleashYourUnicorn is a community launching in Q1 2022 for Tech Founders who need help to take their amazing ideas to impact. If you are interested in joining the community see the link below. Guy like myself, firmly and passionately believes in innovation & entrepreneurship and I can relate wholeheartedly to Guy’s motto - "If it isn't broken, break it" - there's always a better way. Such a great episode and an amazing mission for Guy and David. Gods speed and safe passage and wish you all the best with the row to the finish in Antigua.
LinkedIn Guy Rigby | LinkedIn
Twitter (1) Guy Rigby (@guyrigby) / Twitter
The Entrepreneur Ship on LinkedIn (6) The Entrepreneur Ship : Company Page Admin | LinkedIn
The Entrepreneur Ship on Twitter (1) The Entrepreneur Ship 2021 (@_Entrepreneur21) / Twitter
Link to YouTube video of recent training in Dartmouth - https://youtu.be/KfUqfJyjtxY
Iskren Kulev, Co-Founder & CEO, Kindlink
Iskren is on a mission - KindLink - the social network for sustainable businesses and transparent non-profits, Iskren Kulev is the co-founder and CEO of KindLink, the online platform where businesses and charities connect and manage their corporate social responsibility, fundraising, volunteering, donor Customer Relationship Management, and measure and share their sustainability impact. He has a background in FinTech, and he holds an MBA from Henley, one of the top 5 UK business schools. Through his work with KindLink, Iskren has received coverage from international news outlets such as the BBC and Bloomberg TV. Founded in 2015, KindLink started as a movement to bring greater transparency to the charity sector, and help entities in the space attract more donations. It evolved into the go-to place for companies that are looking to manage their CSR and find more causes worthy of support in the process, as well as empower their team to place doing good at the core of their work life. KindLink also offers extensive support for charities in all their endeavours - from fundraising to attracting new supporters through the newly-launched marketplace for opportunities. KindLink has a current ecosystem of over 1,300 charities around the world. KindLink has a board of four directors and is led by Iskren Kulev, CEO and Founder. Wonderful episode with Iskren where he shares his journey from zero to today, and the peaks and valleys of his own personal path to success. Iskren and Kindlink have also very kindly agreed to provide their platform for my Motor Neurone Disease Association Charity Fundraise, which I announced on my Birthday in April 2021. This will allow me to collect donations to raising £1M [$1.4M] for MNDA during the 2022 and 2023 period with a series of challenges and events to raise awareness and critical funding on research and to help individuals and families affected by MNDA. MND was the condition that took my father, Ray to the next life 16 years ago and I am proud to be given a place to run the London Marathon in October 2022 to honour his life and this mission #1MMND. Thank you Iskren and enjoy the episode!