Stories and Strategies from the World of Business with host Blaine Bertsch, CEO at Dryrun. Join Blaine as he has frank and honest discussions with experienced entrepreneurs. Where they come from, the challenges they faced, how they overcame adversity and where they are headed today.
Episode 23 - Arshad Merali from Rivvi
Making life choices for your career is a driving force for Arshad and what kept him moving from one industry to another. He believes in building experiences and giving clients/customers what they are expecting and hoping for in engagement with his business environment.
When Arshad decided to move into a SaaS start-up his focus was laser targeted on supporting businesses and their employees with a payroll solution that allowed employees the flexibility to decide when they could get paid based on their unique and individualistic needs to support their personal cash flow requirements. Enjoy the Podcast and the passion Arshad has put behind his business for others.
Episode 22 - Jesse Abrams from Homewise
From watching his parents have their own businesses to working in the digital space for a number of years for his own agency – Jesse had a solid grounding to be able to take the leap into his own start-up business. Blaine and Jesse talk through the trials and tribulations of the entrepreneur world and the struggles that build strength in a small company and the requirements for Founders to take on to be successful. Listen for more key insights from Jesse’s career in the full interview.
Episode 21 - Erin Bury from Willful
After building a leading, Toronto creative agency, Erin Bury was looking for a new challenge and found opportunity in the tech startup world. Today, she is Co-founder & CEO at rapidly growing, online will platform Willful.
Erin Bury has a natural talent for pulling growth levers in business, tied with true operational savvy. From her experience growing a leading creative agency focusing on startups, Erin was immersed in startup culture. When she decided it was time for a new challenge, she saw the perfect fit alongside her husband, in their venture Willful, where they’re redefining online estate planning.
Episode 20 - Corey Lansdell from Pulp Studios
From an award-winning illustrator to tackling the publishing industry with a groundbreaking book, Corey is truly a creative force.
Through early ups and downs in their business, Pulp Studios, Corey and his business partner turned their attention to maintaining a small shop that focuses on high-quality. Over a decade later and the partners have garnered multiple awards for their creative work. Next on the horizon, creating their own content, starting with a graphic novel that deals with true-to-life and often heavy topics facing today’s youth.
Episode 19 - Ashif Mawji from Rising Tide
From a start selling watches in a Kenyan marketplace as a boy, to building and selling a wildly successful software company in North America, Ashif Mawji has experienced a lifetime of ups and downs in the business world.
Ashif’s entrepreneurial journey started early in life as he brokered a partnership with a local watch shop, allowing him to sell the timepieces on the weekend in a market in Kenya. After a move to Canada, Ashif discovered a love of software, tied with a talent for recognizing opportunity. His software company, Upside Software was quickly recognized internationally for its quality and performance, leading to an acquisition. Today, Ashif is an investor and highly active in his community, serving on numerous boards.
Episode 18 - Michèle Hecken from Michèle Hecken Executive Coaching
Michèle Hecken turned language translation into a global business and an acquisition, that set the stage for her role today as a highly sought after executive coach.
Michèle’s entrepreneurial journey started in Germany, pre-internet when she grabbed the opportunity in corporate language translation. Fast forward a few years and Michèle found herself based in North America with a rapidly growing business, built on rock-solid processes that led to an acquisition. Today, Michèle shares her extensive experience and insights with entrepreneurs through her role as an executive coach.