21st Century Visionary is the go-to podcast for young entrepreneurs, leaders, and changemakers building the future. The podcast is hosted by Sanat Singhal, an 18-year-old kid with a vision to connect young people with the content and community to dream an inspiring vision for society and make it a reality. So every episode, we feature the stories and insights of inspiring young entrepreneurs or experienced business and thought leaders.
Joe Wehbe on community building principles, why education today is like domesticating a cat, and his dream of a simple life for all
Joe Wehbe is a facilitator, working on innovating education, non-linear & exponential career pathways, self-awareness, and accelerating the next generation of mission-led founders, writers, and creatives. Joe is the co-founder of the Constant Student Community, Author, and Project Leader of the book '18 & Lost? So Were We. He also hosts the Joe Wehbe Podcast and Blog, which explores introspection and self-awareness.
In this episode, we talk about Joe's experience dropping out of college to build a non-profit in Nepal, feedback loops in learning, running a real estate business, alternative education paths, the idea behind his book, running a retreat for the authors, Joe's podcasting process, building community, advice to his 18-year-old self, and his vision for a simpler life.
Yash Tekriwal on Designing kickass personalized learning experiences at scale
Yash Tekriwal (@tekondeck) is the Ed-tech entrepreneur behind Lectureless, a collective of the best learning designers, no-code tools, and coaches to 10x the impact of cohort-based courses. Yash is also the chief of staff of High Output, which provides performance coaching for entrepreneurs. Prior to that, Yash built and ran upskilling programs for college students in data science and other technical skills, was a coach for Akimbo, and taught CS and entrepreneurship at a high school.
(01:18) - Yash's elevator pitch
(03:00) - Teaching a data science course in college
(06:20) - The decision to start a company right out of college
(12:23) - Views on education
(15:00) - How a major car accident shifted his perspective (or didn't)
(17:23) - His interest in cohort-based courses
(22:15) - Improving the CBC experience
(26:33) - Starting and pivoting his company Lectureless
(31:00) - Advice to his 18-year-old self
(31:00) - Recommended programs/resources to learn hard skills like data science
(35:23) - Becoming an expert at using no-code tools
(36:52) - Favorite resources (eg. Refind)
(39:00) - Finding community
Author Proby Shandilya breaks down the lessons startups can learn from successful sports teams
Today's guest is the insightful Proby Shandilya. Proby is an incoming undergraduate student at New York University studying sports management and he has authored two books on basketball front-office strategy, analyzing the factors, decisions, and management strategies that drive success for NBA teams. He has also done sports analytics research on player valuation and worked with the Houston Rockets on projects in their business strategy department.
In this episode, we talk about the value of writing to crystallize thinking, why athletes and employees performance is based on their team, the importance of having conviction in your innovation, The story of the Phoenix Suns and the 3 point shot, the Missionary vs Mercenary distinction, being intentional about company culture, Nadella's revival of Microsoft, Proby's experience working with the Houston Rockets, his intense writing process, note-taking systems, mental models, and more!
Biotech Entrepreneur Anthony Mooz on breaking into tech, being interdisciplinary, and eradicating neurological diseases
Today's episode features the amazing Anthony Mooz. Anthony is the Founder and CEO of AGE-LESS AI, an AI healthcare company with a suite of products and services that are designed to assist neurologists and multi-care teams through remote rehabilitation and assessment of patients suffering from movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and Stroke.
Prior to founding AGE-LESS AI, Anthony conducted research at Stanford Psychology and Donner Lab at UC Berkeley. Tony was also technology lead and data scientist for several Fortune 100 companies in technology, finance, supply chain, and industrial agriculture.
In this episode, we talk about Anthony's motivation behind building Ageless AI, his origins as a hacker, working on Wall Street, breaking into tech without a conventional CS background, networking, self-awareness, education, mentors, the impact of COVID on biotech, challenges they faced building Ageless AI, raising funding, favorite resources, and more!
Connect with Anthony: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonymooz/
Follow Ageless AI: https://www.linkedin.com/company/age-less-ai/
Learn more about the AGE-LESS AI - Wyss Institute Collaboration: https://wyss.harvard.edu/news/wyss-institute-announces-industrial-participant-program-ipp-to-accelerate-the-development-of-urgently-needed-diagnostic-capabilities/
Ep. 39 NYU Stern Prof. Cynthia Franklin on key traits of successful entrepreneurs, the real secret to attracting investors, and the importance of foundational knowledge
Today's episode features NYU Professor Cynthia Franklin. Cynthia is the director of entrepreneurship for the Leonard N. Stern School's W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs at New York University. At the Berkley Innovation Lab, she serves hundreds of students, alums, and other aspiring entrepreneurs through venture competitions (which awards more than $200,000 in cash and services), venture mentor network, conferences, speaker series, and technical assistance programs.
Prior to joining the Berkley Innovation Lab, Cynthia was executive vice president of KIP Communications, b-to-b marketing, and media company she cofounded. For her work with startups and small businesses and promoting entrepreneurship and economic development in urban communities, Cynthia has received numerous honors and awards including from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the NYC Mayor's Office, and many others.
In this episode, we talk about traits of successful entrepreneurs, why Cynthia deemphasizes seeking funding early, when and how to raise capital, whether you should work in your industry before starting a company, the future of media, the unique value of formal education, her top book recommendations, podcasts and more!
Ep. 38 Skip the Traditional Path and Get Ahead with Investor/Author Zak Slayback
Today's episode features the renegade VC and author Zak Slayback. Zak is a principal at the 1517 fund, where he invests in and works with dropouts, renegades, and deep tech scientists at the earliest stages. He also writes about personal and professional development on his website and hosts a long-form newsletter on society, tech and exploration called Slayback to the Future. Zak is the author of How to Get Ahead and The End of School.
0:46 Zak's Intro
2:27 How Zak broke into VC
5:57 Hyper Focus and Shiny Object Syndrome
7:25 Starting cash-flow businesses
13:58 The Value of Work Experience and how to choose where to work
20:38 How being competent can help you get your foot in the door
25:07 Why Unpaid Internships are like Marshmallow Tests
26:20 Trading Up Mentors and Opportunities
29:51 The Art of Negotiation and Knowing when to Quit
33:57 Build a Business on the Side
36:22 Startup Ideas that Zack would fund (eg. Airbnb for Homeschooling!)
42:47 Crafting your narrative without a college degree
46:20 The Future of Education
50:41 Connect with Zack
Amazing guests and jam-packed with actionable advice. I shared this will all my entreprenurial friends. Keep it up!