Hosted by Lan Anh Vu, Luminate provides you with exclusive, unfiltered access to the world's most accomplished people in business, politics and society. What is the path to success? What challenges did people face and how did they overcome them? Lan Anh and her guests answer all these questions and much more.
Hristo Borisov – From Getting 60 VC Rejections to Building a Billion-Dollar Company
Today’s guest is Hristo Borisov, cofounder and CEO at Payhawk, a financial system that combines credit cards, payments, expenses, and cash into one integrated experience.
Hristo has raised over $236 million with Payhawk from Lightspeed Ventures, Greenoaks, QED investors, and many more. Today, Payhawk is valued at US$1 billion, making it the first Bulgarian startup to achieve Unicorn status.
Prior to founding Payhawk, Hristo worked at Telerik as software engineer and a product manager.
In this episode, we talk about his founding of Payhawk, the challenges he encountered as an entrepreneur, lessons learned from scaling Payhawk into 32 countries, and much more.
Hap Klopp – On Building a World Class Brand The North Face
Today’s guest is Hap Klopp, founder and former CEO of The North Face, one of the world's biggest apparel companies. Hap was CEO of The North Face for 20 years. During that time The North Face was honored with many awards for being the best managed company in its industry, including being lauded by Business Week Magazine for providing one of the highest quality products of any company in the United States.
Hap is also an author of two highly acclaimed books "Conquering The North Face" and “Almost”.
We draw upon so much wisdom from Hap, especially around what it takes to build an iconic brand. Hap built a brand that has stood the test of time, and that brand has gone through all sorts of pivots and turns, but there’s a lot of fundamental lessons that Hap shares with us around core brand building, leadership that we can all take away and learn from.
Gary Klein – How to Make Better Decisions
Today's guest is Gary Klein, a cognitive psychologist and one of the world’s leading experts on human decision making. He has spent the last 50 years studying how and why people make the decisions they do.
He is the author of six books, including the popular Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights; Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions. His latest book "Snapshots of the Mind " is available now.
Gary pioneered the naturalistic decision-making movement and is the founder of ShadowBox Training, a cognitive skills training company.
In this episode, we talk about how humans make decisions and how leaders can make better ones. We also talk about pre-mortem analysis, intuition, mental simulation, shadow box and so much more.
Rahul Vohra – Mastering Product-Market Fit
Today’s guest is Rahul Vohra, founder and CEO of Superhuman, the startup that has rebuilt the inbox from the ground up creating the fastest email experience ever made.
To date, Rahul has raised over $108 million from some of the best in the business including a16z, IVP, First Round, Tiger Global Management and from celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Will Smith and Arianna Huffington.
Rahul previously founded Rapportive, a much-loved product that added social profiles to Gmail; it became the first Gmail plugin to scale to millions of users, kickstarted a whole ecosystem of email enhancements, and was ultimately acquired by LinkedIn.
In this episode, we talk about Rahul entrepreneurial journey, how he founded Superhuman. We then discuss how to measure product market fit, and why you have to figure out positioning before pricing.
Rahul on finding product-market fit on First Round Review: https://firstround.com/review/how-superhuman-built-an-engine-to-find-product-market-fit/
Yoni Assia – On the Story of eToro, Getting Dinner with Warren Buffet, and Why Startups Should Always Raise Enough Money For 18 Months
Today’s guest is Yoni Assia, cofounder and CEO of eToro, the world’s largest social investment network. Yoni has raised over $412 million with eToro from ION group, SoftBank, Velvet Sea Ventures, Spark Capital and many more.
Prior to founding eToro, Yoni was the cofounder of CDRIDE, an on-ride video technology company that was acquired by Kodak in 2006.
Yoni was included by Financial News in its prestigious Fintech 40 ranking and by City A.M. as a Fintech 100 top influencer and by Fortune business magazine's 40 Under 40.
In this episode, we discuss how Yoni built his empire, getting dinner with Warren Buffet, how he scaled the world’s largest social investment network and much much more.
Bill George – Becoming a True North Leader
Today’s guest is Bill George, one of the world’s best-known experts on leadership. Bill was the chairman and CEO of the world’s largest medical technology company Medtronic, which grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion in market cap, under Bill’s leadership. After working 13 years at Medtronic, he then became a professor at Harvard Business School, where he taught Leadership for over 19 years.
Bill has written nine books; most notably, True North and now True North, Emerging Leader Edition.
Along the way, he has served as a director of Goldman Sachs, Exxon Mobil, Novartis Target, the Mayo Clinic, and the World Economic Forum USA, and has received honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech, Mayo Medical School, University of St. Thomas, Auburns College and Bryant University.
Earlier in his career, he was a senior executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the US Department of Defense.
In this episode, we talk about his upbringing, his time at Honeywell, why he felt that joining Medtronic was the perfect move for him. And then we discuss how to find your own true north, and what it takes to be a purpose driven leader today, and much, much more.
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