117 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.

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Square One: Conversations with the Best in Business Romeen Sheth | Presented by FINTECH.TV

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 21 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.

Presented by FINTECH.TV

    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

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    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
    115: Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder & CEO of Social Capital

    115: Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder & CEO of Social Capital

    Today I was thrilled to be joined by Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and CEO of Social Capital. Chamath is best known as an early member of Facebook’s Senior Executive Team where he played an instrumental role in the company’s exponential growth. Over the last decade, he has been investing actively in the private and public markets. Some of Chamath’s most notable investments include: Slack, Tesla, Amazon, Bitcoin, Virgin Galactic and Opendoor.

    We covered a variety of topics in this wide ranging discussion - our impending shift to decentralization, the role of risk capital in society, the myths about the private and public markets, how government and corporations can work together to fix capitalism.

    We rounded out the discussion on a more personal note and talked about what motivates Chamath and how he defines his north star. This was one of the most enjoyable conversations I’ve had on the pod.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    114: Ryan Breslow, Founder & CEO of Bolt

    114: Ryan Breslow, Founder & CEO of Bolt

    Today we dove into the world of checkout. Everybody is familiar with check-out - it’s the last step in the purchase process when you’re buying something whether in person or online.   

    A less known fact is that purchase process drop-off is a $10 trillion problem for businesses worldwide. And checkout software is not nearly as easy of a problem as meets the eye.  

    This week I chatted with my friend Ryan Breslow - Founder & CEO of Bolt. Bolt has created a full Checkout Operating System to help merchants unify / shoppers go through checkout. In this episode, we unpacked a lot of the network effects that they will now be able to take advantage of.  

    Bolt has grown its valuation 18x in 18 months to $6B and with 10 million shoppers on their platform has hit escape velocity to reach the next level of growth.

    • 38 min
    113: Kunal Bahl, Co-Founder & CEO of Snapdeal

    113: Kunal Bahl, Co-Founder & CEO of Snapdeal

    The Indian startup ecosystem has been on an absolute tear over the last decade. With the increased success of founders, ever more capital flowing into the ecosystem and structural and cultural changes taking place across the entire country, India has never been more ripe for a promising technology future.

    Today we chatted with one of India’s most accomplished founders - Kunal Bahl. Kunal co-founded Snapdeal 13 years ago and continues to lead the company as CEO today. He also has started Titan Capital with his co-founder Rohit Bansal - Kunal, Rohit and team have invested in over 200 startups in India over the past few years.

    We picked his brain on building, scaling and investing in many of India’s most promising startups.

    • 36 min
    112: Helen Vaid, CEO of Foundry; Former Chief Customer Officer of Pizza Hut / BoD of Groupon

    112: Helen Vaid, CEO of Foundry; Former Chief Customer Officer of Pizza Hut / BoD of Groupon

    E-commerce and online brands have absolutely exploded post-COVID-19, and with it, a number of interesting platforms have been developed to help e-commerce businesses and brands take advantage of scale.   

    Today I chatted with Helen Vaid, CEO of Foundry - a brand platform that acquires and grows enduring digital brands. Foundry recently launched with $100M in equity capital from LightBay Capital and Monogram Capital Partners to acquire, integrate and scale enduring online businesses.  Helen has a really interesting background and perspective she brings to the table to lead the company. 

    She was formerly the Chief Global Customer Officer of Pizza Hut and has built a career scaling omnichannel for CPG companies. She’s also the only woman CEO amongst 60 aggregators that have raised almost $6 billion in capital since April 2020.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

megan@podcastingyou ,

Incredible Content!

Romeen does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!

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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