New Thinking podcast brings you extended one-to-one interviews with the key people in global business today. Hosted by Paul Blanchard, each week you can step inside a new company and hear how the world’s top CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs are shaping the future of global business in the 21st Century. Find out the secrets of their success; how they challenge the status quo, turn companies around and build some of the world’s most innovative businesses. Share their insights and find out what makes our most successful leaders tick.
Jason Rogers is Vice President of Corporate Development, Partnerships and Strategy at Engine Gaming & Media. Engine is traded publicly on the Toronto Exchange and Nasdaq under the ticker symbol ‘GAME.’ They provide premium social sports and esports gaming experiences, as well as data analytics, marketing, and advertising solutions to support both its owned and operated direct-to-consumer properties and its clients and partners. Prior to joining Engine in 2020, Jason held positions at American Express as well as Disney Streaming Service, Live Like and TriBeCa Early Stage Partners while earning his MBA at Columbia Business School. In this in-depth conversation, Jason reflects on starting out in his career, with his passions about consumer technology and emerging media motivating him; discusses Engine with a focus on social interaction within gaming and media - “connecting people to engage in these experiences;” and reflects on why collaboration has proved vital throughout his career.
Jag Singh is partner and managing director at Angel Invest Ventures. An accomplished entrepreneur, Jag has built four companies from scratch so far, and has significant networks in the European startup, investor and mentor scenes. Previously, he spent four years as managing director of Techstars, the global platform for investment and innovation. Currently a partner and managing director at Angel Invest, he helps to make over 50 investments every year into European technology startups, coaches founders and gives them access to his network. In this in-depth conversation, Jag reflects on what motivated him to become an entrepreneur, “the ability to make short cuts” and how he started on his career journey; discusses his role at Angel Invest Ventures, investing his money, contacts and experience with founders to help the company develop and grow; and shares his advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, expressing how important it is to “never stop learning.”
Penny Richards is the managing director of The Aspen Institute in the UK. Founded in 2018, Aspen UK is an independent charity which supports and inspires leaders to transform themselves and their society. For over 70 years, the Aspen Institute in the US and globally has encouraged debates and improved arguments through text-based and professionally guided conversations, private seminars and public events. Penny’s exceptional track record includes producing impactful results for international organisations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the BBC. She was recently the executive director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, the wine industry’s only prestigious international global education and membership organisation. In this in-depth conversation, Penny shares starting out in her career with the motivation to “see a tangible change in something and build great relationships;” discusses Aspen and how for over 70 years they have tried to bring leaders together to exchange ideas in a constructive way; and shares the future project of Aspen UK to help build confidence and networks for 250,000 young people a year.
Stephan Beringer is the chief executive of Mirriad. Founded in 2008, Mirriad’s technology inserts brands and products into TV shows, movies and music videos. As viewers increasingly skip traditional adverts when watching on demand, Mirrad allows brands to reach consumers in a way that doesn’t interrupt what they are watching. The company works with some of the most renowned advertisers, agencies and content providers in key markets including the US, China, France, Germany, and the UK. Before this, Stephan held senior positions across multiple disciplines in marketing and communications - and is regarded as one of the industry’s global leaders. In this in-depth conversation, Stephan reflects on his career journey so far, and how advertising first piqued his interest; discusses Mirriad and explains how the concept of the brand works to “enhance a viewing experience rather than disturbing and interrupting it;” and shares why he thinks the company will be the future of advertisement and will continue a drive of awareness of brands and will see more of a growth of consumption.
Barak Ronen is the co-founder and chief executive of CRUX Knowledge. Founded in 2018, CRUX is the world’s first knowledge quantification platform. It helps users overcome information overload, by providing them direction and feedback as they navigate digital information environments. CRUX’s work has been supported by Google’s digital news initiative and featured on multiple digital platforms. Barak is a former journalist who held senior positions at smart cloud platform Boxever, news agency Reuters, and Dow Jones. In this in-depth conversation, Barak reflects on his career so far, starting out at radio, then moving to become chief news editor for Israel’s leading news portal - gaining his interest of the “mechanics of content and fundamentals of content creation” along the way; discusses founding CRUX Knowledge after noticing knowledge is always quantitative; and shares how the “knowledge GPS” they provide can have a transformative impact on society by liberating people and allowing more interesting discussion.
Anthony Davenport is president and chief executive of Regal Credit Management. Founded in 2010, the firm has become America’s largest credit management and protection for high-net worth individuals. He began his career as a loan officer for Bank of America in their Seattle office before moving onto Wells Fargo where he trained in the home mortgage business. Also an author, his book ‘Your Score: An Insider’s Secrets to Understanding, Controlling, and Protecting Your Credit Score’ explores the importance of a healthy credit score for a healthy financial life. In this in-depth conversation, Anthony reflects on how going bankrupt himself inspired him to build a business to help people get back on their feet after experiencing similar financial hardship; discusses Cyber Sweep - one of the company’s main services in the US and UK- which protects people from over 200 websites that share people’s personal data, damaging their credit score; and outlines plans to transition into a fintech company to allow worldwide access to services.
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