13 episodes

Ever wondered why we do certain things? Ever heard something repeated so many times and simply assumed it’s true?

Saka’s Is That So? is a podcast that focuses on challenging conventional norms across a range of industries including entrepreneurship, finance, tech, society and culture, to help us question things we assume as true.

As entertaining as he is informative, Saka packs a curious mix of intellectual curiosity, light-heartedness and humour as the host of Saka’s Is That So. A citizen of the world, Saka leverages his travels, education, and professional network to deconstruct topics in an unbiased fashion to unravel the best ideas and perspectives.

Saka's Is That So Saddiq Nuru

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Ever wondered why we do certain things? Ever heard something repeated so many times and simply assumed it’s true?

Saka’s Is That So? is a podcast that focuses on challenging conventional norms across a range of industries including entrepreneurship, finance, tech, society and culture, to help us question things we assume as true.

As entertaining as he is informative, Saka packs a curious mix of intellectual curiosity, light-heartedness and humour as the host of Saka’s Is That So. A citizen of the world, Saka leverages his travels, education, and professional network to deconstruct topics in an unbiased fashion to unravel the best ideas and perspectives.

    EP 13 What exactly is Private Equity? A Conversation With Fope Adelowo on the misconceptions in private equity

    EP 13 What exactly is Private Equity? A Conversation With Fope Adelowo on the misconceptions in private equity

    In this episode Saka and Fope explore the misconceptions in private equity including if their business model is fundamentally flawed,how the tensions between founders and equity investors actually plays out and a host of other interesting topics.

    Fope Adelowo is a Senior Vice President at Helios investment
    Ms Adelowo has 13 years of relevant professional experience. Prior to joining Helios in April 2014, she was a Fellow in the Principal Investment Group at Cardinal Stone Partners in Lagos and served in several roles in the Emerging Markets Structured Products team and Fixed Income team at Goldman Sachs in New York. Ms Adelowo serves on the Board of Directors of TPAY Mobile FZ-LLC. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and MEng from Imperial College London. She is a Nigerian national.


    Follow Fope: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fope-adelowo-889a1745/


    ABOUT THE HOST: Saka is a global citizen with African origins. As part of Saka's work, he regularly mentors startups and underrepresented founders. Saka is also a public speaker, writer, and host of the podcast "Saka's is that so?"

    Saka graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Master's in Engineering & Business as the youngest valedictorian in the engineering graduate school's history at 21 years and 190 days old. His career spans 3 continents in multiple functions from Marketing, Sales, Strategy, and Finance.

    Saka is passionate about Technology, Culture, and Conversation with a focus on innovation, representation and conversation.

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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sakasisthatso/
    YouTube: Sakaisthatso https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEGAZ9hNdez14zT77WUrXXA?
    Website: https://www.sakasisthatso.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sakasisthatso
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saka-saddiq-nuru-6184b037
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/saka_nuru
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sakasisthatso

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    • 43 min
    EP12 Do women have it tougher in tech? A conversation with June Angelides

    EP12 Do women have it tougher in tech? A conversation with June Angelides

    On this episode Saka and June Angelides delve into what it means to be a woman in tech. Are women expected to work harder? Is there a penalty to pay for motherhood? Should women expect to get paid the same thing even if they take a career break?



    Named the 6th Most Influential BAME tech leader by the FT in 2018 and 15th Most Influential Woman in Tech by Computer Weekly in 2018, June Angelides is an early stage investor at Samos Investments. Prior to joining the world of venture capital, she founded a social enterprise, Mums in Technology, which was the first child-friendly coding school in the UK. She previously held roles on the Venture Capital and Early stage banking team at Silicon Valley Bank. She is a strong advocate for the rights of working mothers and is passionate about getting people from all backgrounds into careers in tech and helping more underrepresented founders gain access to funding. She is also a mum of three young children. She actively mentors founders and is on the Board Advisor of Cajigo App, which connects young girls to mentors. In her spare time she can be found on commercial and film sets with her children.


    Follow june:

    🐦 @juneangelides

    📨june@samos.vc


    Resources:

    Break into VC - https://www.notion.so/Break-Into-VC-c153b26dd09743fcb6e4ae1be257e308

    • 32 min
    EP 11 Can we solve the world's problems and make money? A conversation with Orr Vinegold

    EP 11 Can we solve the world's problems and make money? A conversation with Orr Vinegold

    On this episode, Saka and Orr challenge the conventional norms on creating startups for good. Can startups successfully do good and make money? How do you convince people to join your social mission? What are the steps involved in trying to create an accelerator or hub for people to create social conscious enterprises?

    Orr is the founder of unrest an accelerator in London. in his own words, Orr describes his work as

    "We are building an Accelerator program that develops budding entrepreneurs who want to launch for-good businesses and supporting them to ensure they make a global impact.
    We work with x24 of them each year and take them from concept to an operational business that’s ready to raise serious cash within 4 months. Think businesses that change our fast fashion industry (Patagonia), support a sustainable planet (Allbirds), reduce food waste (2good2go/Olio), support mental health (Calm/headspace), and change our Energy markets (Bulb) among other sectors.

    How do we do it? Bring together the best coaches, mentors, and business leaders. People who have been there, done it, and can support the entrepreneur work out channels, MVP, first 1000 customers, pitching, etc. Sadly not enough investors or incubators look at the wellbeing of the entrepreneurs but we believe that our role is to mentally fortify the entrepreneur and so we work on cultivating resilience, coping strategies, and how you build a winning company culture based on moral values.

    Finally, we give them a clear route to funding (raising £150K+) through specific funds that are desperately searching for scalable businesses focusing on purpose and profit."

    • 39 min
    EP 10 Can you be both an academic and an entrepreneur ? A conversation with Babajide Macaulay Milton

    EP 10 Can you be both an academic and an entrepreneur ? A conversation with Babajide Macaulay Milton

    On this episode Saka speaks to Babajide Macaulay Mitlon the founder of Illumania, a platform to help graduate students get scholarships. We challenge assumptions such as; does the academic environment foster entrepreneurship and innovation? Are there advantages to being a student entrepreneur? Is most innovation born out of academic research?


    Babajide is a purpose-driven environmental scientist and a self-motivated young man with over 8 years of teaching and research experience. His penchant for research and excellence is what stimulates him in the academic world. He has led projects in environmental mitigation research areas such as groundwater arsenic contamination studies, bioremediation of crude oil spills, and medical waste management.

    He is also a youth leader and entrepreneur. He mentors hundreds of Nigerian proteges on capacity development, particularly by providing professional guidance for international postgraduate scholarships. To ensure that these talented individuals get the professional support they need, he founded iLLUMANIA in 2018, an online academic, business and environmental consulting outfit (www.illumania.org).

    Currently, he lectures in the Environmental Biology and Public Health unit of the Department of Biology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, Nigeria

    • 51 min
    EP 9 How do recruiters help you get unadvertised yet interesting jobs? A conversation with Drew Welton

    EP 9 How do recruiters help you get unadvertised yet interesting jobs? A conversation with Drew Welton

    On this Episode Saka speaks to Drew Welton on the conventional norms in recruiting. Does your CV format really matter? Do robots determine which CV/Resume gets through? Are recruiters only interested in filling the role with any candidate? Does your interview start before you even meet the 1st manager?


    Drew Welton is the founder of Bamboo crowd

    Bamboo Crowd is a culture-inspired recruitment consultancy with offices in London and New York. We’re fearlessly independent and a boutique by design.
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    They do this by hiring world-class talent … the Thinkers, Makers and Leaders that operate at the intersection of innovation, design and technology.

    They build teams who as collectives, conceptualise, design and create game-changing products, services, experiences, brands, cultures and ventures.

    0207 012 1069
    info@bamboocrowd.co.uk
    https://www.bamboocrowd.com/

    • 45 min
    EP 8 Are Entrepreneurs Made Or Born? A Conversation With Julian Hall On Teaching Entrepreneurship To The Youth.

    EP 8 Are Entrepreneurs Made Or Born? A Conversation With Julian Hall On Teaching Entrepreneurship To The Youth.

    On this episode we discuss questions such as, are kids too young to understand entrepreneurship? Are some kids given a head start over others? How do we encourage kids to take risks beyond formal education? Are Entrepreneurs made or are they born?

    Julian Hall is the Founder and CEO of ULTRA Education who's vision is that all children and young people regardless of background or social standing have access to essential entrepreneurial education. The mission is to be the leading brand and #1 provider of entrepreneur education in the world.

    https://ultra.education/

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    ABOUT THE HOST: Saka is a global citizen with African origins. As part of Saka's work, he regularly mentors startups and underrepresented founders. Saka is also a public speaker, writer, and host of the podcast "Saka's is that so?"

    Saka graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Master's in Engineering & Business as the youngest valedictorian in the engineering graduate school's history at 21 years and 190 days old. His career spans 3 continents in multiple functions from Marketing, Sales, Strategy, and Finance.

    Saka is passionate about Technology, Culture, and Conversation with a focus on innovation, representation and conversation.

    *****

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sakasisthatso/
    YouTube: Sakaisthatso https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEGAZ9hNdez14zT77WUrXXA?
    Website: https://www.sakasisthatso.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sakasisthatso
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/saka-s-is-that-so
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SakaThat
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sakasisthatso

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    Producer : James Bishop
    Editor: Kasra Firouzyar
    Recorded at OneFinePlay www.onefineplay.com

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Topsy Taiwo ,

Awesome podcast

Saka is a great interviewer and asks the perfect questions in the perfect way to get create ideal content for the listener

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Amazing

This is amazing very wordy and smart

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