121 episodes

Square One unpacks the journey of founders, investors, and executives at the cutting edge of business.

The conversations on the show dive deep into a variety of industries, business models, and the stories of how some of the most innovative companies of our time have been built.

Square One: Conversations with the Best in Business Romeen Sheth

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    • 4.5 • 20 Ratings

Square One unpacks the journey of founders, investors, and executives at the cutting edge of business.

The conversations on the show dive deep into a variety of industries, business models, and the stories of how some of the most innovative companies of our time have been built.

    121: Luke Burgis, Author of Wanting

    121: Luke Burgis, Author of Wanting

    Welcome to Square One. This week we took a turn on the normal type of episode we have - I chatted with the author of one of the most influential books I’ve read over the past year - it’s called Wanting and the author is Luke Burgis.

    We all "want" things in life, but it's hard to pinpoint where those desires necessarily come from. Luke took a deep dive into the origins of desire in his book and shares frameworks that give perspective on how we come to want certain things in life and how we can transform our relationship with desire in ways that allow us to live a more aligned, fulfilling existence with other people.

    This was an especially interesting episode to me because this mentality and mindset applies as much to our professional lives in thinking about how to operate a business or invest in a business as it does our personal life in leading a fulfill life.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    120: Ravi Gupta, Partner at Sequoia & Former COO/CFO, Instacart

    120: Ravi Gupta, Partner at Sequoia & Former COO/CFO, Instacart

    One of the most enjoyable and educational types of conversations we have on this show is with individuals that have operated and invested at the highest levels. It’s a unique blended perspective which provides insight and empathy for founders on their journey to build generational companies.

    This week I was thrilled to be joined by Ravi Gupta, Partner at Sequoia Capital. Prior to Sequoia, Ravi served as CFO/COO of Instacart.

    We covered a variety of topics in this wide ranging discussion - how to lead while being demanding & supportive, desperation-induced focus, building enduring culture and the interrelation of agency, trust and authenticity.

    This was one of the most enjoyable conversations I’ve had on the podcast and I was lucky to have it with my good friend Ravi.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    119: Songe LaRon, Founder & CEO of Squire

    119: Songe LaRon, Founder & CEO of Squire

    Today we went deep into the world of barbershops - small business tech historically has been an underserved segment of the tech industry but over the last decade a number of interesting businesses have been built serving this cohort which has inspired a variety of applications.

    I talked to Songe Laron about building Squire - an all in one platform that helps barbers run their barbershops. This was a fun episode - Songe and team have raised over $100M to build this company. And though they’re doing really well, the journey has been anything but smooth (from initially buying a barbershop and running it to learn more about the space to operating through COVID). We broke down building through adversity and more in this conversation.

    • 44 min
    118: Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight

    118: Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight

    This week, I was thrilled to chat with Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight. Gainsight is a particularly interesting company and story to unpack - they are the "category creators" of customer success. CS is a common place role and function in tech today, but creating software for CS was less than obvious 10 years ago. Since joining in 2013, Nick has led Gainsight through explosive growth, raised $150M+ and grown the team to 700+ people. 

    In this episode, we unpacked lessons learned building a category creator, how to work through hitting a wall on the journey of explosive growth and how Nick thinks about fundraising in today's market.

    • 44 min
    117: Sherwin Gandhi, Co-Founder & President of Jeeves

    117: Sherwin Gandhi, Co-Founder & President of Jeeves

    Today, I was thrilled to chat with Sherwin Gandhi, Co-Founder and President of Jeeves.  

    Since launching two years ago, Jeeves raised just about 100 million dollars in equity to develop a new type of financial platform that can lend, ensure, and underwrite capital to global companies. 

    In this conversation, we dug into how Sherwin thinks about the payment landscape building a global company from day one and how cryptocurrency will change the way we transact.

    • 56 min
    116: Jacob Helberg, Co-Chair of the China Strategy Initiative Working Group at The Brookings Institution

    116: Jacob Helberg, Co-Chair of the China Strategy Initiative Working Group at The Brookings Institution

    This week, we go deep into what in the world is going in China. I was joined by Jacob Helberg, Co-Chair of the China Strategy Initiative at The Brookings Institution.

    Jacob is one of the most respected policy minds on this issue, and I wanted to have him on the program because he has a unique background in policy and technology, previously serving as Google's Global News Policy Lead.

    We dove into a wide range of topics in this discussion, including; 


    Whether we're in a cold war with China
    The idea of dual-purpose technologies and how they can change the rules of the game
    The right policy framework to be thinking about our engagement with China
    And a host of solutions on what the US can and should do over the next decade.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

BrigitteBradford ,

Good interviews but intro music and volume is TERRIBLE

I thought an early comment about the volume of the intro music was probably just petty until I listened and heard how bad it was. The good news is that the intro music only plays on the right side so I listen to the intros only on my left AirPod.

Intro with The Mom Project was great and I can’t wait to hear interview with Allison Barr Allen it Fast!

Leyne.p ,

Production quality can be better

Your intro’s music is too loud comparing to the sound level of the words.
When you interview people that call in recording quality needs to improve. Echo, no clear sound, etc.

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