Welcome to the "How We Innovate" podcast presented by Applandeo. On this podcast, you'll find a mix of stories that led to our guests becoming innovators. We'll get to know how they’re using technology as a tool to achieve that, as well as their business challenges and failures, and most importantly, lessons learned. We'll pull back the curtain of their industry and share some personal adventures along the way.
Woman on a mission - Esra Talu
During our conversation, Esra told us about her road to becoming the Business Mentor at Microsoft for Startups and the Co-founder of GoGlobal. We also discussed different aspects of running a startup, what kind of support programs we can find here, and much more! Check it out and get tips on how to lead your business career.
Esra Talu is a definition of a powerful woman. She is a highly energetic, enthusiastic, and self-motivated individual. Last year she joined Microsoft for Startups in the Middle East and Africa as a successful Business Mentor, where she’s bridging the gap between corporates and B2B tech entrepreneurs through tech enablement, knowledge sharing, and community building. But how did she get there?
In 2019, together with Tara Lutman, she co-founded GoGlobal, where they combined their 25+ years of tech experience. GoGlobal brings together Individual Investors, Corporates, Institutions, and Tech Entrepreneurs, facilitating sustainable growth and expansion opportunities. They provide startups with strategic & networking support for global expansion & growing the startup beyond its original market.
In the meantime, she became an Advisory Board Member at NaturaGrowth LP, Arya Women Investment Platform, and manibux. She also discovered her inner lecturer and keeps sharing her knowledge with the students of Istanbul University and Poliversity - a Turkish e-learning platform.
The mastermind behind successful scaling
During our conversation, Yoni told us about his road to becoming the CEO and founder of MultiplyMii and Escala with all the challenges that he faced on the way. We also discussed how to balance scaling and revenue, what are the biggest problems here, and much more! Listen to the podcast and discover how to create a better reality and bring great ideas to the world as an entrepreneur.
About the guest:
Yoni Kozminski has spent decades learning and studying the ins and outs of scaling and constantly applying what he has learned in the process and improving the flow and direction of his scaling methodologies. Over the years, he has helped develop digital strategies for such companies as Mercedez- Benz, Mastercard, Sony, Medtronic Diabetes, Mondelez International, and other 8-figure eCommerce brands. All of these experiences eventually evolved into Escala - a consultation service for companies considering scaling their business, and MultiplyMii - end-to-end executive recruitment and HR solution that connects top talents from the Philippines with the best companies.
But Yoni Kozminski, besides being an amazing entrepreneur, also happens to be a seasoned podcaster! His ‘Successful Scales’ Podcast is centered on questions related to growing, selling, acquiring, and scaling a business and what comes with it.
The future of e-commerce is headless
During our conversation, Khalid told us about his road to becoming the VP of Engineering vs. working as a developer with all the challenges that he faced on the way. We also discussed the challenges for Fabric’s development in such a highly competitive market, what they have achieved so far, and their plans for its growth and expansion. Listen to the podcast to discover how they’re innovating the e-commerce industry!
About the guest
Khalid Muaydh has become the VP of Engineering at Fabric after over seven years of working for Amazon as a Software Engineer Leader. Impressive! That experience has definitely helped him create the headless commerce leader - Fabric, which has recently raised $140M in Series C funding! It gives them the Unicorn status - a private company valued at or over $1 billion. Within a year, Fabric has grown from 50 to 350 employees and raised a total of over $250M from top-tier VCs.
Before Fabric, he was also the Co-Founder & VP of Engineering at Veeve, a system of contactless grocery shopping that uses machine learning, sensor fusion, computer vision, and artificial intelligence to enable large scale (100K SKUs) visual recognition.
Adapt or die - how fintech is changing the banking space
During our conversation, Kieron told us about his role as the Global Sales and Project Director at Baanx, a B2B2C provider of API-driven, crypto-friendly financial services. We also discussed the challenges for Baanx’s development in such a highly competitive banking market, what makes them unique, what they have achieved so far, and what are their plans for the company's growth. Listen to the podcast to discover how they’re bridging the gap between crypto and fiat!
About the guest
Kieron Cartledge is an absolute lover of everything digital! From crypto and NFT to even gaming in the metaverse, which is perfect as we already know this stuff after our lesson with Kelly Vero!
Kieron is a Global Sales and Projects Director at Baanx - more efficient and faster than traditional fintech and banking. They are creating the bridge between the old and the new and both disrupting and improving the world of financial services.
Kieron has also started his weekly newsletter on Linkedin called 'Crypto with Kieron', where he shares his thoughts and explains some aspects of the digital world - we highly recommend checking this one!
The Metaverse revolution in education - with Kelly Vero
During our conversation, Kelly told us about her road to becoming a successful entrepreneur, metaverse architect, and futurist with all the challenges that she faced on the way. We also discussed the circumstances that made her and her team create Aequaland, what they achieved so far, and most importantly, what are their plans for the company’s growth and expansion. Listen to the podcast to find out how kids all over the world will benefit from their platform!
About the guest:
Kelly Vero is the Chief Metaverse Officer at Aequaland, a Swiss-based startup that has recently partnered with Microsoft for Startups to take inclusion in gaming to the next level.
She’s a futurist, metaverse architect, and an experienced game developer, where she worked on such hits as Tomb Raider and Candy Crush.
At Aequaland, they are trying to change the narrative of how young people are educated between the ages of 6 and 11 years old and to build the most inclusive space for kids to learn inside the metaverse. Moreover, they are the first female-founded ed-tech startup in the world! She’s also a member of Women of Wearables, a leading global organization supporting women and diversity in tech and leadership.
From analog to digital-disrupting the interior design industry
During our conversation, Tim told us about his road to becoming a successful entrepreneur, together with all the challenges and failures on the way. We also discussed the technical aspects of running his new company - Indema, goals achieved in 2021, and his plans for the company’s growth in 2022. Listen to the podcast to find out how did he manage to release over 100 features in 9 months!
About the guest:
Timothy Murenzi has been an Interior Designer for roughly 13 years, but recently he decided to switch the industry by creating Indema. Knowing the designers’ needs, he came up with a project management platform that would save time by automating and organizing their work. That’s not his first adventure with running a company though – he’s already developed over 20 businesses in the past where he went through multiple industries.
He also helps designers with challenging business questions and talks about it on his podcast – ‘The Interior Design Consultant.’