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Lead, build, and invest better.
Join award-winning entrepreneur and investor Sarah Chen-Spellings as she travels across the globe in search of what she calls the 'unexpected leader'.
Every week, we deconstruct the Billion Dollar Moves of unicorn founders & funders; many of them underestimated long before they became iconic.
Many of them, unexpected leaders, just like you.
This show is about unfiltered conversations about success, failure, fear, and courage in the pursuit of the next big thing in tech and venture.
Billion Dollar Moves is proud to be part of the Hubspot Podcast Network with 10 million downloads a month as a group.

Billion Dollar Moves™ with Sarah Chen-Spellings | Global Venture Capital Sarah Chen-Spellings

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    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Lead, build, and invest better.
Join award-winning entrepreneur and investor Sarah Chen-Spellings as she travels across the globe in search of what she calls the 'unexpected leader'.
Every week, we deconstruct the Billion Dollar Moves of unicorn founders & funders; many of them underestimated long before they became iconic.
Many of them, unexpected leaders, just like you.
This show is about unfiltered conversations about success, failure, fear, and courage in the pursuit of the next big thing in tech and venture.
Billion Dollar Moves is proud to be part of the Hubspot Podcast Network with 10 million downloads a month as a group.

    The Power of Data Science to Revolutionize Impact w/ Danil Mikhailov, DataDotOrg

    The Power of Data Science to Revolutionize Impact w/ Danil Mikhailov, DataDotOrg

    In the age of AI and rapid technological advances, what does it mean to leverage data for good? And in the face of the digital divide, what can we as investors do to address it?

    With over 20 years of experience in founding multiple start-ups and leading initiatives across diverse sectors, Danil is dedicated to exploring and innovating at the intersection of technology, culture, and society. As the Executive Director of data.org, he drives the platform’s mission to build partnerships committed to advancing the field of data science for social impact.

    This week's episode we had the honor to discuss topics from combating climate change to promoting equitable access to education and healthcare. Danil and his team at data.org are catalyzing positive change through data-driven solutions. You don’t want to miss this.

    TIMESTAMPS / KEY TAKEAWAYS
    0:00 - Intro
    02:51 - Who is Danil Mikhailov? Background in computer science and anthropology
    03:54 - Merging impact: human centricity in data and technology; Wellcome Trust and DataDotOrg
    09:41 - DataDotOrg’s mission as a collaboration between Rockefeller Foundation and MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth.
    11:23 - The Epiverse and the pandemic
    16:16 - The gap in data science related investments between the private and the public sectors; partnership with universities
    19:21 - The role of DataDotOrg as a consortium: philosophy of localism
    23:23 - Takes on ChatGPT and large language models
    26:50 - Digital divide and biases in generative AI tools
    29:17 - Nurturing data science talents in emerging countries
    31:25 - The next “gray rhino” obvious risk in society from the perspective of data
    34:25 - Billion Dollar Questions

    About DataDotOrg
    data.org is a platform for partnerships committed to building the field of data science for social impact.
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/datadotorg/
    https://data.org/news/from-data-for-good-to-data-for-impact/
    FOLLOW DANIL:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/danilmikhailov/
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    PODCAST INFO:
    Podcast website: https://billiondollarmoves.com
    Watch on Youtube: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal
    Join the community: https://sarah-chen.ck.page/billiondollarmoves

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    • 39 min
    Bite: Evolving as a CEO That Your Company Needs with Kim Yao, CloudEats

    Bite: Evolving as a CEO That Your Company Needs with Kim Yao, CloudEats

    “As long as you're open to what's next, as long as you're open to the unknown, then there's an opportunity for you to improve yourself.” - Kimberly Yao, Co-Founder & CEO of CloudEats.
    From selling booze online and working in Philippine F&B to creating a revolutionary cloud kitchen concept, Kimberly Yao’s entrepreneurial journey has not been a walk in the park, to say the least.
    Fueled by her passion and interest in food and e-commerce, Kim continues to evolve and adapt as the leader of CloudEats, which, simultaneously, is on a strong growth trajectory since its establishment.
    How can you become the CEO that your company really needs? And what are the differences when you’re growing from 10 to 100, and then 100 to 1000?
    Tune in now to learn more about Kim’s leadership at each stage of her entrepreneurial journey!

    TIMESTAMPS / KEY TAKEAWAYS

    0:00 - Intro
    02:50 - Takeaway #1: Passion-fueled vision
    05:45 - Takeaway #2: Each experience you have is building you up for the next
    08:31 - Takeaway #3: You need to be ready to grow and evolve as a CEO.
    10:56 - Takeaway #4: The power of the Time Machine theory, but don’t forget to adapt in building in other markets.
    13:26 - Sub-takeaway: Be sure of your local advantages 
    16:56 - Takeaway #5: Not taking a risk, is the biggest risk
    19:26 - Closing remarks
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    Full Episode | Becoming the CEO Your Company Actually Needs to Scale & The Future of Virtual Kitchens with Kim Yao, CloudEats
    🌐 Website: https://www.billiondollarmoves.com/future-of-virtual-kitchens-kim-yao-cloudeats/
    🎞️ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68-0ifhk3ZI

    About Kim Yao
    Co-founder and CEO, CloudEats

    Kim is building the leading tech-powered food service ecosystem in Southeast Asia through digitally native restaurant brands and proprietary smart kitchen technology. By revolutionizing a massive yet traditional food service industry, her mission at CloudEats is to create the largest cloud restaurant group in the region, challenging brick and mortar heavyweights in F&B. With almost $14m in funding for CloudEats to date, Kim is known to have raised the largest amount of venture capital for a female Filipina led startup. She hopes to inspire female, underrepresented founders to keep dreaming big and work together to pave the way for more women entrepreneurs. 

    Already a veteran in the food and beverage industry, Kimberly Yao opted to “evolve and futureproof” her career by going digital. CloudEats eschews physical restaurants and focuses its 50-plus in-house brands and customised kitchens on delivery. Established in May 2019, the company was recognised by Tech in Asia as one of Southeast Asia’s top 50 rising startups. CloudEats has thrived during Covid-19, opening a new kitchen and donating 55,000 meals to first responders.

    FOLLOW KIM:
    https://ph.linkedin.com/in/kimberlyyao
    https://www.instagram.com/kimyaoza/
    https://www.instagram.com/cloud.eats/

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    PODCAST INFO:
    Podcast website: https://billiondollarmoves.com
    Watch on Youtube: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal
    Join the community: https://sarah-chen.ck.page/billiondollarmoves

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    • 21 min
    CEO Series: Melanie Perkins, Co-founder & CEO of Canva

    CEO Series: Melanie Perkins, Co-founder & CEO of Canva

    As of January 2024, Canva’s design platform attracted around 170 million monthly global users from 190 countries. BUT it was not too long ago that now 36-year-old Canva founder Melanie Perkins was rejected by 100 VCs. 
    Just like some of the best companies today, Canva took awhile to get to an inflection point: between the first idea in 2006, to launching 2013, that was a span of 7 good years.
    Today, Canva is a $26 billion design startup is ready to take on Microsoft and Google and compared to other behemoths; and people have created over 3 billion designs since.
    This week, we are taking a deep dive into Melanie Perkin’s story of building the online designing empire Canva. 

    TIMESTAMPS / KEY TAKEAWAYS
    0:00 - Intro
    02:13 - Canva: from being rejected by over 100 VCs to a $26 billion design startup
    05:00 - Lesson #1: Solve the problem you know intimately first: don’t be afraid to niche down, in the beginning
    07:34 - Lesson #2: Good things take time—stay grounded, lean and persistent
    11:19 - Lesson #3: Focus on what you can change, not what you can’t
    15:07 - LESSON #4: Get comfortable going against the grain
    17:44 - Lesson #5: You can do it all, but not all at once
    21:17 - 3 Actionable Questions for You

    About Melanie Perkins
    Melanie Perkins is an Australian billionaire technology entrepreneur, who is the CEO and co-founder of Canva. 
    Perkins is one of the youngest female CEOs of a tech start-up valued over A$1 billion. As of May 2021, Perkins was one of Australia's richest women.

    Credit/Source:
    Canva makes staff instant millionaires after $3.6b share sale
    https://thenightly.com.au/business/canva-makes-staff-instant-millionaires-after-36b-share-sale-c-14205704
    Guy Kawasaki's Remarkable People: Melanie Perkins: CEO of Canva
    https://guykawasaki.com/melanie-perkins-canva-ceo/
    Carmine Gallo and Canva CEO, Melanie Perkins
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xysjW_wZgxM
    Sunrise Australia Day 1 - Melanie Perkins Keynote
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXtGE811GCw
    Melanie Perkins of Canva on Dealing with Rejection
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e31uR1WhrEQ
    Melanie Perkins - Canva - Founder stories from The Sunrise
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1uyh2IRWWM
    How Canva CEO Melanie Perkins turned her small Australian college startup into global unicorn | E939
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TBSg79Gf0M

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    PODCAST INFO:
    Podcast website: https://billiondollarmoves.com
    Watch on Youtube: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal
    Join the community: https://sarah-chen.ck.page/billiondollarmoves

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    • 23 min
    CEO Series: Whitney Wolfe Herd, Co-Founder of Bumble

    CEO Series: Whitney Wolfe Herd, Co-Founder of Bumble

    You may have heard the news: as of January 2nd, 2024, Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd has stepped down as chief executive after nearly a decade leading the dating app company.
    Despite challenges ahead - a more conservative revenue forecast highlighting the need for a dating-app revamp - let’s not overlook the journey that brought Whitney and Bumble to this point.
    Not to down play that Whitney Wolfe Herd is a recognizable name, at 31 years old becoming the youngest female CEO who had taken a company public in 2021.
    To call her career trajectory a “comeback” is an understatement and this is why, Whitney makes first on the list of Billion Dollar Moves CEO Series - enjoy!

    TIMESTAMPS / KEY TAKEAWAYS
    0:00 - Intro
    2:18 - Whitney Wolfe Herd stepped down from Bumble CEO position; her exit from Tinder and then becoming the youngest women ever to take a company public
    5:40 - Lesson #1 Don’t be afraid to make radical bets, especially on yourself
    9:15 - Lesson #2 Success can be built on personal setbacks and challenges
    10:27 - Lesson #3 Building and upholding a purpose-driven brand identity
    14:11 - 3 actionable questions you can ask yourself to think like Whitney

    About Whitney Wolfe Herd
    Whitney Wolfe Herd is the founder, executive chair, and former CEO of publicly traded Bumble, an online dating platform, launched in 2014. Co-founded with Russian billionaire Andrey Andreev, Bumble, the dating app, was known for women making the first move. Whitney who owns a 17% stake in Bumble, became the youngest self-made woman billionaire after it went public in February 2021 for ten months.
    Prior to Bumble, she was the co-founder of Tinder and was previously its Vice President of Marketing. 

    Read More:
    Calling out inappropriate user behavior on Bumble:
    “An Open Letter to Conner” 
    Whitney's journey from Tinder to Bumble, then IPO:
    “She sued Tinder, founded Bumble and now, at 30, is the CEO of a $3 billion dating empire”
    “How Whitney Wolfe Herd Turned a Vision of a Better Internet Into a Billion-Dollar Brand”
    Stepping down from CEO position as of January 2024: “Whitney Wolfe Herd Is Stepping Down as Bumble’s C.E.O. After a Decade”

    Credits:
    Bumble Founder's Business Lessons For Entrepreneurs | Forbes
    Bumble's Whitney Wolfe Herd: The Story of Bumble
    Former Billionaire Whitney Wolfe Herd Out As Bumble CEO
    Rewriting the Rules of Business and Life With Whitney Wolfe Herd - Official Trailer - MasterClass
    Bumble Founder: The Truth About My Explosive Tinder Exit
    Secrets To Dating And Making A Billion By 31 From Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe Herd | MSNBC Summit Series

    • 16 min
    LP Panel: Deployment in Private Equity w/ Tomi Viia, OP Financial Group & Marko Hara, Decile Capital

    LP Panel: Deployment in Private Equity w/ Tomi Viia, OP Financial Group & Marko Hara, Decile Capital

    Revisiting a clip from the LP Summit co-hosted by Beyond the Billion and Arctic15 in Helsinki in 2023, we have curated this brief but insightful episode for GPs, LPs, or even founders.
    This week’s guests are two European LP veterans - Marko Hara, formerly the director of Elo, one of Finland's largest employee pensions, and Tomi Viia, currently the head of investments at OP Financial Group, managing assets totaling €14.2 billion.
    Our conversation delved into the trends and opportunities in private equity and highlighted the winning strategies for LPs during uncertain times. Let’s get started!

    Timestamps/Key Takeaways
    0:00 - Intro
    03:57 - Takes on current market conditions; advice for LPs during venture slumps
    07:48 - The shifts in portfolio diversity; the weighing in private equity
    12:28 - Opportunities in US market for European LPs
    15:14 - Advice for LPs and portfolio construction during uncertain times
    17:25 - The winning factors in investment opportunities
    20:22 - Huge platform shift with the explosion of AI; emerging managers are not off the table
    23:02 - Q&A: Where are the best soft skills and hard skills that you are looking for in GPs in this environment?
    24:53 - Key takeaway for LPs and GPs
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    PODCAST INFO:
    Podcast website: https://billiondollarmoves.com
    Watch on Youtube: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal
    Join the community: https://sarah-chen.ck.page/billiondollarmoves

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    • 26 min
    Bite: Delivering Alpha with Kindness, The Red Helicopter Way w/ James Rhee

    Bite: Delivering Alpha with Kindness, The Red Helicopter Way w/ James Rhee

    "Goodwill should mean a whole lot more than accounting concept, is earned and cannot be bought; but if done correctly, can be worth a whole lot."
    As we step into Q2, there's no better time to pause, reflect, and realign our goals for the year ahead.
    This week, we revisit an episode that continues to inspire, which talks about creating real value with kindness and math, as advocated by James Rhee and his new book red helicopter.
    In this conversation, we talked about money, reality, true alpha and transformation -- leveraging kindness. This as he saw in his tenure as the unlikely “least qualified CEO” of Ashley Stewart, where he reinvented the company from the brink of bankruptcy.
    Ahead of your full read, here are some key takeaways from our conversation last year. Enjoy!

    TIMESTAMPS
    0:00 - Intro
    02:30 - Takeaway #1: You don't make money with just zeros and ones.
    06:07 - Takeaway #2: Kindness is one of the things you never have to hedge. It's never wrong to be kind.
    10:14 - Takeaway #3: Don’t underestimate the power of appreciating the quiet leaders.
    12:00 Takeaway #4: “I'm more proud of the way we did it than what the result was.”
    13:44 - Takeaway #5: The scarcity mindset and why the richest aren’t always the happiest
    17:23 - Closing remarks: the red helicopter

    Full Episode:
    Leading with Kindness | James Rhee
    🎙️Podcast: https://link.chtbl.com/bdm-jamesrhee 
    🎞️ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YYr6ZRQPdI

    red helicopter - James Rhee
    Imagine, a clear path forward told as a deeply felt human story. A poignant and uplifting celebration of humanity, red helicopter—a parable for our times is a tale of struggle and triumph, compelling for its honesty and relatability as much as for the instructions we can all use to balance the books of our lives.
    Grab your copy here!
    Learn more about James Rhee and red helicopter: 
    https://www.redhelicopter.com/

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    Podcast website: https://billiondollarmoves.com
    Watch on Youtube: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal
    Join the community: https://sarah-chen.ck.page/billiondollarmoves

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    • 19 min

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Deep conversations every leader needs

Practical yet vulnerable conversations that every C-level exec needs to tune into!

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Powerful conversations to scale your leadership

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Insightful podcast that delivers unlike any other. As a finance professional that deals in the global markets, I enjoy learning from the candid views of other leaders revealed through Sarah’s thoughtful lines of questioning.

Highly recommend to the ambitious leader!

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