Listening to ICL is like exercising, meditating, and having sex all at the same time. (Okay, the show is not that bad). Innovators Can Laugh is part business story 👔, culture sharing, and comedy show 😃. Grab a margarita and join social entrepreneur and expat Eric Melchor every week as he engages with entrepreneurs, creators, and innovators from the Baltics and Eastern Europe in a fun and casual way.
Virgil Stanescu - former Romanian basketball player to Executive Director of CEO Clubs International
| In this episode of Innovators Can Laugh, I sat down with Virgil Stanescu, Executive Director of CEO Clubs International. We discuss his career as a professional basketball player, how sports is a pillar of education, and how he instills competitiveness in others by leading as an example.
One-of-a-kind Adventures in Romania with Raluca Jianu
| In this episode of Innovators Can Laugh, I sat down with Raluca Jianu, co-founder of EpicVisits. We discuss her childhood, how she created a replica of a communist-style apartment from the 80s, and how her travel and booking platform EpicVisits is showcasing all the unique and epic retreats Romania has to offer.
Vaunt - the Complete Solution for Real-estate Business Management
In this episode of Innovators Can Laugh, I sat down with Irina Constantin, co-founder of Vaunt. We discuss her early learning struggles due to dyslexia, how she created and sold digital goods as a teenager on games like Sims, and why it's important to overcome thinking patterns that could prevent you from becoming the person you desire to be.
This is the Euro tech startup multi-carrier shipping software you’ve been waiting for! 🎉
In this episode of Innovators Can Laugh, I sat down with Daniel Nicolae, co-founder of Innoship. We discuss his experience working on transformation projects in the middle east and Africa, his career rise at Orange, and launching an advanced multi-carrier shipping software for a retails business needs.
Acertivo: the Romanian startup and therapy platform that helps you take charge of your mental fitness
| In this episode of Innovators Can Laugh, I sat down with Irina Paraschiv, founder of Acertivo. We discuss how people have a big misunderstanding when it comes to mental health, signs to look for when your mental health starts to break down, and Acertivo - the low touch therapy platform that helps people take charge of their mental fitness.
For people who make shoe contact before eye contact - The Hush w/ Anca & Sabina Sercau
If you love beautiful handcrafted womens shoes, then you are going to luv hearing how two sisters launched an exclusive high-quality shoe brand while working full-time in their careers. Anca and Sabina Sercau are founders of The Hush shoes. The road to getting their startup off the ground has been rocky to say the least. Because of Covid, their entire business model had to change. Afterall, with many people working from home, women aren't putting on high heels to go to the grocery store or pick up their kids from daycare.
Fun conversation and of course lots of laughs as we kick off the show with two lies and a truth. Enjoy!
Time is the most precious resource
I really enjoyed the episode with Julija Jegorova where she shares her journey navigating the PR world, talks about the importance of family, and has a great sense of humour. When her and Eric talk about time being the most precious resource, it resonated with me.
Great insight into how innovators get started/keep going
Love the way Eric is going about finding fresh faces of Eastern European entrepreneurship & innovation! This is a great podcast for anyone who wants to understand how winding the path to successful innovation can be, and especially for young people who are interested in pursuing entrepreneurship and feel they don’t have a lot of support or a clear roadmap. The cultural aspect is relevant but the content is universally viable.
This podcast was touching and inspiring. Julija touched my heart when she talked about her struggles with anxiety and depression. Often times we all struggle with it but are too afraid to talk about it or we don’t know how to deal with it. It helps to hear that we are not alone. I also remember losing my grandmother and not being able to take time off from work and I basically didn’t go back to work for a week without pay to be with my family. It’s true you never get that time back. I can’t wait to listen to Eric’s next podcast and to hear him laughing as he has a conversation with his interviewees.