As I travel I have the chance to meet a host of very smart and accomplished people around the world. The objective of this podcast is for me to learn from them whether it is in business, investing, future and tech, or health. I welcome everyone to join my journey as we learn and grow together with this podcast.
43: 1st hand account of the invasion of Ukraine with Alex Bodagnov
Alex Bodagnov is working as a project manager for a tech company. Before the Russian invasion, he was living a pretty active life in Kyiv, Ukraine. He used to go to the gym, attend different events and most importantly He had many friends. Now He is trying to understand what his next step should be since after Feb 24 his life turned upside down, with the invasion of Ukraine
00:55 - What's happening in Kiev? 04:17 - How did you get out of the city? 06:47 - How did you get to the bomb shelter? 07:59 - Are they trying to take over the entire country or just a portion of Ukraine? 09:03 - How are you operating with banking as purchasing basic necessities? 09:56 - Have you ever had any military training? 11:36 - How do you think this will play out? 13:03 - What are some of the most shocking images in your mind right now? 15:28 - How much of a risk for a foreigner (American) to stay in Kiev? 18:56 - Is the “western media” reporting accurate? 20:30 - What's your mid-term plan? 21:33 - How do we pledge to support Ukraine?
42 : Developing Global Leadership Talent with Handi Kurniawan
Handi Kurniawan is a driving force to enable organisations and people to grow. He does it through his uniqueness and expertise in Learning, Leadership, Career Management, Business Management, Talent Management, Knowledge Management, Cross Cultural Management, Stakeholders engagement and strong People Management.
His career spanned over multiple geographies, and worked in 7 countries (Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, China, United States, and Taiwan) and he worked in some of the world's leading companies in various industries with both multinationals and conglomerates.
Jardine Matheson Linked in : Handi Kurniawan
00:36 - Can you tell us about your background? 03:48 - Why did you decide not to be an entrepreneur like other family members? 06:36 - How was your first Job at General Electric (GE)? 08:26 - What was the catalyst of GE’s downfall? 11:50 - Why did you leave GE and where did you move to after? 13:45 - What do you like about Human Resources as compared to finance? 15:08 - What kind of skills do you develop while in HR? 17:48 - What do you suggest for employees who are in a “boring” business ? 21:03 - What do you teach to different employees? 23:53 - Would you recommend young adults to work for a company first or go straight into entrepreneuring? 26:06 - Are middle-aged employees at more risk of being replaced? 29:21 - Do you think employees should also make investments?
41 : Going Green with Bryan Clayton
Bryan Clayton is the Co-Founder and CEO of GreenPal, an online marketplace that connects homeowners with local lawn care professionals. GreenPal has been called the “Uber for lawn care” by Entrepreneur magazine and has over 100,000 active users completing thousands of transactions per day.
Before starting GreenPal, Bryan Clayton founded Peachtree Inc., one of the largest landscaping companies in the state of Tennessee, growing it to over $10 million a year in annual revenue before it was acquired by Lusa holdings in 2013. Bryan‘s interest and expertise are related to entrepreneurism, small business growth, marketing, and bootstrapping businesses from zero revenue to profitability and exit.
GreenPal Bryan Clayton (@bryanmclayton) Show Notes:
00:46 - Can you tell us about your background and how you got into landscaping? 02:46 - In your first business how did you separate from your competitors? 04:47 - Why did you decide to sell the business? 07:28 - What did you learn from selling the business? 10:02 - What then motivated you to start this new business? 12:50 - How tough was it to get started? 15:20 - What are the benefits of using your product instead of traditional methods? 20:12 - How do you stop the contractors from “Cutting out” you and working directly with the customers? 21:54 - What was the next challenge after scaling up with both customers and contractors? 24:44 - How did you learn about digital marketing? 27:25 - Are there plans to expand internationally? 28:35 - Do you have any regrets about not having any investors in your businesses? 30:45 - Any advice for entrepreneurs and startups?
40 : Becoming a next generation business leader with Nike Anani
Nike Anani is an entrepreneur and a Consultant. She was rated as a top-100 Family Business Consultant globally. She helps her clients bridge the gap between the senior and younger generations. As a result, they communicate, collaborate and collectively gain clarity, to increase profit and productivity in their family businesses.
Nike works privately with select business families. Nike’s clients choose to engage her, not only because of her extensive professional training, but also because of her practical extensive experience (over a decade) as both a business founder and a NextGen. This allows her to uniquely empathise with both generations and act as a connector.
Nike is passionate about diversity, and celebrates the uniqueness in every individual, family and business. As such her approach is highly customized for each client and not cookie-cutter.
Nike Anani | Award-Winning Family Business Strategist. Speaker. Author
01:29 - Can you tell us about your background? 02:40 - Was there any pressure on you to carry on the family business? 06:00 - Did you have difficulties from staff and other family members taking over the family business? 09:01 - What are some of the leadership skills needed for a next generation leader? 12:15 - Can you give examples of how the drive has changed in the business? 15:22 - How do you keep in touch with the latest trend in technology? 16:35 - What common mistakes do you see a lot of next generation leaders make? 20:44 - How can you be a change creator in your business? 23:21 - How would you handle multiple siblings wanting to come into a family business? 26:44 - What is your passion for next generation leaders? 28:21 - What is your greatest wish for next generations at large? 29:02 - Has Covid-19 changed the family business world?
39 : Starting a tech app across Africa with Raphael Dana
Kevin travels to Spain to have a sit down with “Serial entrepreneur” Raphael Dana. He talks about some of his previous businesses and then goes into detail of how he got involved in Africa and challenges with operating the business from overseas. He later offer advice to entrepreneurs based on his many years of experience.
00:28 - Can you tell us about your background? 08:53 - How did you decide which country to start in Africa? 12:14 - What is your customer base right now? 12:45 - How do you manage the staff and company from around the world? 14:39 - What are the challenges with various currencies and languages in these countries? 15:52 - Are there any local tech companies? 18:07 - Do you see competition in your future? 19:12 - Do you have any advice for emerging entrepreneurs? 21:06 - How was transportation done before any ride sharing apps in Togo? 22:07 - Do you see the business expanding beyond Africa?
38 : Looking to Business Automate with Richard Schnitzel
“Authencious” Automation is about starting with understanding the operations of your business and moving towards the action of automation.
By doing this we can:
Maintain the authentic way you show up for your clients as a human interacting with another human, and Increase your conscious awareness of what is going on in your business so you can make smart decisions about what to do next If you understand your business then you have knowledge of what makes it “tick”
If you have knowledge then you have the confidence to delegate and automate.
That automation improves every part of how your business operates.
“Authencious” Automation How to simply your business to 5 steps LinkedIn | Richard Schnitzel Show Notes:
00:15 - Can you tell us about your background? 01:12 - How did you start out working in business automation? 03:20 - What different kinds of automation do you offer? 05:04 - Do you have a system which interacts based on KPI? 08:47 - How do you keep automation useful for not disingenuous? 10:41 - Besides customer acquisition, where else is automation useful? 12:47 - Do you think there is enough software out there that we can combine or should some companies build their own system? 16:19 - Can you describe a case study where you helped the company turn around through automation? 20:03 - Do you supply the programmers and codes for the software? 20:47 - Can all staff be replaced with automation? 23:23 - What do you think the world will become if everything becomes automated? 25:00 - Do you do personal matching with the data you collect? 26:49 - What is a cheap, efficient way to automate my business to be more efficient? 28:59 - Any off the shelf programmes or software you recommend?
My new favorite podcast!
One of my favorite entrepreneurs is interviewing those that he admires himself. Look forward to more episodes!
A lot of gems on this podcast
There's some good knowledge dropped in these podcasts.
A fresh Perspective
Feels like when I started listening to Tim Ferris in the first few episodes!
So far so good! Love Kevin's approach & look forward to watching this show grow.