Why limit ourselves as an entrepreneur to just our own backyards when the world has limitless opportunities to make an impact?
From the hottest startups, government leaders mobilizing entrepreneurial change, to truly trying to understand the local markets, culture, and people. The Global UJ is a weekly podcast bringing you direct insight from the best entrepreneurs & leaders from around the world. Connecting us all from the developed to the developing nations, and everywhere in between, to look at opportunities on a global level.
Things we take for granted may still be a concept elsewhere, resources we have as entrepreneurs vary wildly across regions, but we can make the world just a little bit smaller and see how we can help each other as entrepreneurs by learning about the nuances of commerce within each country.
Hosted by Ujwal Velagapudi, a serial entrepreneur & investor bringing together his passion for business & curiosity to learn more about the world through the eyes of entrepreneurship. Ujwal has bought & sold numerous businesses across multiple industries. His professional career was in supply chain management, working in the aerospace & automotive industries, prior to leaving the corporate world to pursue his entrepreneurial ventures full time. Seeking opportunities to acquire, invest, partner, and consult! Follow him on Twitter @UjwalVelagapudi or reach out by connecting on LinkedIn!
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#17 Israel: Leading Mobility Venture Capitalist, Michael Granoff, on Maniv Mobility's $144M Fund
Had a chance to speak with one of the leading clean tech & mobility investors in the world today. From assisting in getting a bill passed through US congress in 2006 to increase fuel economy standards, and the very first electric vehicle incentives, to being one of the very first investors and serving as a board member for Better Place - which raised nearly a $1B to build the world's first affordable all-electric vehicle. Michael Granoff has had an interesting perspective in the world of mobility and after angel investing, eventually found his way into the VC world by founding Maniv Mobility, officially in 2016, boasting over 30 portfolio companies from 2 funds which total $144M. It was an interesting conversation about where they invest, the growth of the industry, and how they assist their portfolio companies. Also be sure to check out Maniv Mobility's podcast, "Anything that Moves."
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#16 Hong Kong: Executive to executive coach w/17K+ hours & 1k+ trained w/Lance Tanaka Group
Everybody wants to retire early, right? But the difference in doing it and not is by actually taking action. Lance Tanaka was an executive for some of the largest international brands, like Nike & Pepsi, which had him running operations all over the world. He had a desire to retire by the age of 45, and so he set out a 10 year plan at 35 to make it happen. He transitioned to doing what he loves, which is to truly make an impact on lives & the development of executives at large international companies, similar to him during his corporate days. The Lance Tanaka Group is based out of Hong Kong, and has accumulated over 17K+ hours of coaching over 1K executives, as well as a few thousand middle-managers, and thousands of top university students from Asia, Europe, and even in North America, from the best of the best global clients.
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#15 South Africa: Sports Agent Michael Makaab & his journey to 300 athletes w/Prosport International
If you've ever played sports at any level, I'm sure at one point or another you've envisioned yourself one day becoming a professional athlete. Today I had the pleasure of chatting with a professional in the sports world, spanning multiple continents and dozens of countries! Michael Makaab had started as an amateur footballer, and after injuries ended his playing career, he shifted to coaching and quickly rose through the ranks - eventually coaching at the professional level. Oh, and he even worked his way up to owning the bridge construction business he started working at - and this was all while he was playing! This will come full circle with some of the projects he is involved with today, so stay tuned for that. I learned a lot here today with Mike - not so much the tactical aspect, but the fundamentals of what it takes to be a successful agent. I was excited to speak with Mike before, but I'm even more excited to see how Mike and his loyal team at Prosport International will continue to build out their holistic sports management organization!
Click here to get full show transcription: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VubXgJMBfojLqb94oNgLhMOyPq-qDLOt/view?usp=sharing
#14 Lebanon: 60 year family business in Commercial Insurance to insurtech Comin, with Roger Zaccar
Roger Zaccar had started Commercial Insurance in 1962 in Lebanon, our guest's late grandfather. Since then the business has expanded into numerous countries across multiple continents as a strong & growing family business. Roger Zaccar had started working in Commercial Insurance in the early 2000's and found he loved the industry and business of insurance. He started Comin in 2017 and has since expanded into multiple countries, including Egypt & Greece. I was thankful to catch Roger for an interesting chat in the midst of his business travels, hope you enjoy and forgive me for the technical issues!
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#13 Peru: Flavia Becker on exceeding $100M invested by wealth management startup, Zest Capital
The ultra rich have people they hire to manage their money, like a wealth management firm. Flavia Becker & her co-founders had seen that the market only catered to the wealthy in her home country of Peru. There was no option for the average citizen to invest their savings and have it professionally managed. Flavia is the co-founder of Zest capital, a wealth management solutions provider that was founded in 2016. They've already exceeded $100M in invested funds, and have grown at a pace of over 100% this year! We had a great conversation on providing investment accessibility to citizens, expanding to other countries within Latin America, and on the possibilities of raising capital in the future!
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#12 Peru: Kenneth Lopez on scaling Tekton Labs from a college startup to Pan America
We’ve all heard of the success stories of entrepreneurs starting businesses in college. Martin Kenneth Lopez is one of those who actually founded his business, Tekton Labs, while still in college in Peru! With a go big or go home attitude, he had his eyes set on the USA market and obtained his first client from posting on tech message boards way back in 2007! Fast forward to 2020, Tekton Labs has scaled to over 150+ employees, all across the Americas, from the US to Chile! Kenneth talks about the growth of his business, expansion to so many countries, his steps to hire & replace himself as CEO, and now his plans for future endeavors.
Click here for full show transcription: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_5x9GjELMKQKu-_1qQHg3EOI002ZB6bI/view?usp=sharing