The podcast that brings you interviews with reckless dreamers and their stories of entrepreneurship, innovation and impact. Each week, we’ll talk to dreamers from an eclectic mix of fields- the arts, sciences, education, digital, social enterprise, sport, retail- you name it! We’ll weave through their professional and personal journey to uncover the secrets to their success but sure to talk about failure too! You’ll pick up the business education you need, from funding, strategy, and operations to marketing. It’s all to help you follow your own reckless dream so if you’re curious, creative and ready to make an impact on this world then this is for you! Inspired by StartUp, TED and Desert Island Discs. www.samirastalks.com. Hosted by Samira Sohail.
Shine: self-care rituals for all of us with Marah Lidey And Naomi Hirabayashi
Shine is a self-care app for millennial women - the largest growing share of the workforce. Shine operates in the wellness space in over 165 countries. Leveraging the power of text to reach people with a 98% open rate, Naomi and March found a way to recreate the feeling of a hand on your shoulder every morning.
Croissant: the key to unlock a global co-working space with Nisha Garigarn
“Align yourself with marketing efforts that can be repeated and if you see something that's working, press that button as fast as possible.”
In a world of access not ownership, Nisha co-founded a Classpass for co-working spaces in NYC to empower users to work from anywhere. Born out of frustration with nowhere to work on ideas at the weekends, teaching herself to code and tired of overpriced pastries - this startup story is the modern day version of Friends.
Exit West: Migrants and magical doors with author, Mohsin Hamid
“The feeling of being a migrant is a universal one” explains Mohsin Hamid, the award-winning novelist of Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
In this episode, we journey through stories from Mohsin’s books and his writing form to explore the concept of migration being a fundamental human right. The interview provides a voice on the state of international politics today, the global immigrant crisis and highlights the role of fiction as the human species evolves.
The Good Immigrant: a document for what it means to be a person of colour. Nikesh Shukla
“I know the power of finding a book that changes someone’s life.”
Tired of having to justify his seat at the table, Nikesh Shukla wrote a book curating 21 essays from upcoming writers from diverse backgrounds. They unravel British culture, explore self-identity and question the legacy of imperialism to provide an open space to discuss race. Against the backdrop of increased hostility to immigrants at a global scale, it sold 50k copies and accidentally became a reference pillar in the post Brexit de
x.ai: bring your own bot! Amy the personal assistant powered by artificial intelligence, Dennis Mortensen
“Artificial intelligence will move software from being passive to active, the software will be expected to make decisions on our behalf.”
Dennis counted he had scheduled 1,019 meetings in a year! With big data startups under his belt, he deployed artificial intelligence techniques to create Amy, a virtual assistant and is on a mission to harness the power of AI to increase human potential. In this episode, he divulges into AI, jobs of the future, and the the morals and ethics behind bots.
Streetbees: capturing real life moments from real people to power new products with Tugce Bulut
“For one client, we improved the prediction power from 23%, worse than chance, to 86% confidence on what people were going to eat for dinner.”
With a bout of microfinance experience in India, a PhD and a client trying to invent a new tea flavour, Tugce founded Streetbees to give consumers a voice when brands design new products. Today, Streetbees is a UK startup disrupting the $45bn market research industry by providing grassroot insights for global clients with over a million ‘bees’.
Really enjoyed this and Samira asks some great questions
Who will she stalk next
Amazing thought provoking series exploring the unheard stories of global talent in multiple exciting fields. Must subscribe!
Love the Harry Stebbings episode. Great listen for wannabe entrepreneurs