You’ve reached the talktank - the official podcast of the LSE Entrepreneur Society. We delve into the minds of those who think, live, and breathe outside the box, by interviewing thought-leaders about their work, experiences and stories they've collected along the way. Through our three series called "Beyond Profit", "Artistpreneurs" and "Bits and Bytes" we explore diverse areas including social entrepreneurship, the creative arts and technology. Our aim is to expose our audience to diverse perspectives and inspire the next generation of change-makers.
Josh Luber - Revolutionizing Commerce: StockX & Fanatics Collectibles
The Bits & Bytes Series - Josh Luber
Hosted by Jia Qi Lin
Josh is the co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of Fanatics Trading Cards and the founder of zerocool, the company’s pop culture, art, and entertainment vertical. 🎨🖼
He is also a co-founder of StockX, the world’s first ‘Stock Market of Things’, where he led the rise from idea to billion-dollar company in less than three years, cementing StockX as the world's leading marketplace for sneakers, apparel, and collectibles. 🥾🤟
In 2019, Josh stepped down as CEO to focus on StockX’s ‘startup within a startup activities’, including leading the nascent trading cards vertical. A year later, he left StockX to return to his entrepreneurial roots with the goal of revolutionizing the trading card industry as he’s done for sneakers. 🤑
Before StockX, Josh founded and ran four other startups and, in between each, had varying corporate jobs ranging from IBM strategy consultant to Alston & Bird bankruptcy attorney. He has an undergraduate BBA and joint JD/MBA from Emory University.
He is @joshluber on social media.
Jump on the latest trends by looking at Josh's work:
Dan Tang - The Rise of Plant-Based Meat
The Bits & Bytes Series - Dan Tang
Hosted by Sia Siavush
Dan is a recent graduate from Imperial College and the co-founder of Sow Foods, a startup providing plant-based meat alternatives. 🥦 Prior, Dan co-founded Curie London, which is a TechStars alumnus company and has raised $120k in funding. 💸 Dan has also been an intern at Huawei and Deutsche Welle.
Come grab a bite!
Shoutout to Konrad Dabrowski for editing this episode! 🙇🏻♂️
Jack Butcher - Visualize Value!
The Unwrapped Series - Jack Butcher
Hosted by David Murugasu
“Signal in a world of noise”
Today’s guest is none other than Jack Butcher, founder of Visualize Value. The brainchild of Jack’s decade long experiences as a Creative Director in Fortune 500 advertising, Visualize Value was born in 2019 and has since grown into an extremely successful product and consulting business. 🚀 Today, Visualize Value boasts a combined social media following of over 800k people across Twitter and Instagram (@visualizevalue). 🌎📲 Armed with his signature monochromatic and minimalist design cues, Jack Butcher is leading the field of visual storytelling towards the digital renaissance - one design at a time. 👾
3:30 Jack moving to NYC early in his career.
7:32 Biggest difference between working for clients and being your own boss.
10:44 Agency work culture and environment.
17:00 What led Jack to start Visualize Value after two years of running his own ad agency, and the lessons learnt in that span of time.
22:18 Jack shifting his attention towards Visualize Value full time and the intuition behind that pivot.
28:30 Visualize Value design cues and branding.
32:16 Concept inspiration and notable influences.
35:19 Defining moment behind Visualize Value’s virality.
39:19 The fundamental differences between audiences on Instagram and Twitter.
43:00 Twitter’s effect as a platform for aggregating attention.
47:21 Grappling with the idea of centralised platforms posing a risk to one’s work.
50:18 The importance of Communities vs. Customers.
56:36 Visualize Value’s main product line.
1:01:31 Jack’s thoughts on how to scale Visualize Value.
1:08:02 Exploring NFT’s as a medium.
1:13:56 Understanding why ‘on-chain’ storage is so important for creators.
1:19:38 Luck or Skill?
1:25:20 Jack’s final piece of advice.
Check out Visualize Value!
Shout out to Konrad Dabrowski for producing this episode. 😉
Grant Canary - Rapid Reforestation
The Bits & Bytes Series - Grant Canary
Hosted by Sia Siavush
Grant Canary is Founder and CEO of DroneSeed and its subsidiary Silvaseed. DroneSeed is the largest vertically integrated reforestation startup on the West Coast, has recently raised $36m in its Series A, and is a Techstars and Elemental Excelerator alumnus company. 🚀
Grant has focused his entire career on sustainability—working at Vestas in China, the US and Denmark, and for the US Green Building Council. 🌎 He spent close to a decade founding and building a prior green company in Bogota, Colombia, which was later acquired. 💸
Check out DroneSeed:
Special thanks to Konrad Dabrowski for producing this episode! 😎
Philip Marais - Startups on Cloud 9
The Bits & Bytes Series - Philip Marais
Hosted by Jessica Ge
As you may have already noticed, this year, at the beginning of every talktank episode we shout out our sponsor, the OVHcloud Startup Program. 🙇🏻♂️
Well, today you’ll actually get to meet our generous supporter, Philip Marais, who is the leader of OVHcloud’s global startup program. An accelerator that has scaled up over 2,500 startups around the globe. 😵🌍
With 20 years in the startup space and experience in software development, consulting, business coaching, and creating his own university incubator, hear the startup expert’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs! You might wanna take notes for this one…😉
Have a startup or thinking of creating one? Check out the OVHcloud Startup Program:
Special thanks to Konrad Dabrowski for producing this episode! 👋
Roy Baumeister - Conserve Your Willpower
The Beyond Profit Series - Roy Baumeister
Hosted by Sia Siavush
Roy Baumeister is the President-Elect of the International Positive Psychology Association and Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland, Australia. 🦘🧠 He completed his undergraduate degree and PhD at Princeton, and has worked at institutions such as Stanford and the Max-Planck Institute. He has published over 40 books and his work has been widely featured in outlets such as Dateline NBC, PBS, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. 🙇🏻♂️
Special thanks to Jonas Eu for producing this episode! 🎧