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The facetious tech show. Featuring Ezra Olubi, Uzo Olisemeka, Tolu Agunbiade and guests; we bring you our unfiltered opinion on the Nigerian technology ecosystem, and global technology related news that catch our attention. Email: crudcast@cfezra.com
 
Long-form TED level conversations with top thinkers, founders and scientists on how advances in biotech & genomics, space travel, IoT, AI and other exponential tech converge to create our collective future and what we can do, from a research and policy perspective to shape the technology, trends and societal norms for a better world. If in-depth, unscripted conversations with the researchers, startups and future thinkers transforming our future in a Tim Ferriss meets Sam Harris, Kara Swisher ...
 
WELCOME TO THE REMOTE EDITION PODCAST This podcast is all about sharing stories from remote workers who have a successful career whilst travelling the world. If you’re sick of your 9-5, fed up of your commute and want the freedom to travel, this podcast is FOR YOU! There many opportunities for you to live life on your terms AND earn a living. Freelancing, starting a business, becoming a digital nomad, getting a remote job all whilst travelling the world - these are all possible for you. Thro ...
 
As the owner of a travel marketing agency, I've worked with travel businesses for over 10 years and seen what works and what doesn't first hand, learning a lot of lessons along the way. This podcast is here to share the stories of business leaders in the travel industry, from the biggest successes to the hardest challenges and everything in between. And there's a dash of wanderlust thrown in along the way for good measure. You'll get actionable advice, inspirational stories and leading insig ...
 
Perry Ogwuche who was previously a YC founder talks to other founders from the YC community and beyond with inactive companies to learn from their stories and unique experiences with running a business that they eventually had to shut down. Lessons from a failed startup podcast focuses on the stories of entrepreneurs who have started businesses that are among the 95% of businesses that don’t quite make it to the finish line.
 
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On Veriff [01:20] Could you tell a little about how and why you started Veriff? [03:53] What shortcoming did you notice in the current solution that made you think you could do something different and better than what existed? [6:42] How are fintech companies with their legacy systems able to use your new advanced verification system? Growing your …
 
[1:21] Your journey from VC to accelerator head [3:02] What stage does Malmo focus on? [3:59] What trends are you seeing in the fundraising landscape - on what’s working and what is not? [12:36] The problem of pre-seed funding in Europe and what can be done to fix it [25:58] How can people find the right angels if they don't have the network?…
 
[2:02] What inspired you to start CLUBZERØ? [6:42] How did you determine the market opportunity and feasibility? [10:37] How has your background in architecture helped you become an entrepreneur? [15:16] How did you prioritize what to do in the early days? [24:35] In 2018 and 2019 you were raising money, but had also had a baby. How was that experi…
 
[1:18] Why do you feel so strongly about this vision of creating friendships between customers and agents and where does this vision come from? [7:28] As a company, what was the process you undertook to define the category that you want to be in? [19:29] How do you convince your customers to switch from an established vendor? [24:27] What are some …
 
[2:02] - What led you to start Greyparrot and what did you do in your early stage? [10:47] - How did you figure out who your buyer in the value chain is? [12:17] - What was your process for validating the problem statement? What did you do well and what could you do better? [20:19] - How did you fund the venture in the early stages? What was your f…
 
[1:22] What is the pain that Outfunnel is trying to solve and who is your target market? [3:28] Can you tell me a little about your journey to starting Outfunnel? [4:30] How did you validate the problem you were solving? [8:03] How did you determine if the problem is a feature or something you can build a business around? [9:22] What are the challe…
 
Nick Kershaw is the founder of Impact Marathon, an organisation that uses the power of running to uplift communities and empower runners all over the world. Since 2015 they have raised $1.2m for grassroots organisations where they tackle The Global Goals in those communities, and have organised races in 5 different countries and built a community o…
 
Dr. Brett Belchetz is the CEO of Maple and Joe Diubaldo is the CEO of Clarity. In this episode, we speak with both about the experience of a Canadian founder building a high growth company. We do a deep dive into topics ranging from the role of finance teams in fast growing startups, maintaining culture as you scale and recruiting top talent.…
 
Melvin is the founder of TravelDudes, a global community of experienced travelers who dig deep to find the best travel tips to share with the world. Travel Dudes has amassed a Twitter following of more than 250,000 people and has similarly huge numbers on Facebook, Instagram and other social media channels. Melvin is at the forefront of the convers…
 
[1:40] What about your experience working in the Japanese geriatric residential made you start Farewill? [06:15] What is the current experience for consumers who want a Will, probate, or funeral service? [14:12] How did you build trust in this industry and get your first few customers? [17:46] What impact has Farewill made on customers? [22:20] How…
 
[1:34] - Why did you leave Oracle to join Celonis? [3:20]] What does Celonis do? And what is Execution Management System (EMS)? [8:00] How would you describe what it takes to be an ecosystem strategy officer? [9:35] When time is best to build a partner or ecosystem strategy? Is this something that you would recommend all companies to do? [14:13] Wh…
 
Ben Simpson is the co-founder of Easol, an e-commerce platform specially designed for selling experiences and made specifically for experience creators. Before this he grew and sold an events business, worked at an ad agency and ran adventure travel experiences before founding Easol, successfully taking it through the YCombinator accelerator progra…
 
[1:10] Andy’s background and how he came to be known as ‘the growth guy’. [3:20] What does ‘growth’ actually mean these days? What is expected of a person when hired as VP of growth? [6:17] How should a growth team be structured in a startup for it to be set up for success? [9:56] Typically, what are a growth team’s responsibilities? What KPIs woul…
 
Sam Mcmanus is the founder of YellowWood Adventures, who offer small group adventures to exceptional destinations, from far flung places like Ethiopia and Mongolia to options closer to home like Spain and Romania. He is so passionate about what he does and that shines through in bucket loads through this conversation. Whether discussing the adventu…
 
COVID 19 has sparked fear in the world as of 2020. Luckily there are companies like Postera that are using technology to ensure that future pandemics are handled much more efficiently! Who knew that Machine Learning could help us find cures to diseases that haven't even emerged as yet! On the second Y Combinator Series episode of the Customer Disco…
 
[01:05] Your journey to starting Pegafund [06:27] What problems do you solve for startups and scale-ups? [10:07] What are the key KPIs for SaaS companies in the early stages (zero to 1 million) and what does ‘good’ looks like at this stage. [18:07] What are some of the key metrics for the stage from two or five million to ten million? And also, wha…
 
Matthijs Keij is the CEO of Withlocals, an international experiential company that connects people to local hosts who offer private, personalised tours from all over the world. Matthijs has had a fascinating journey in business, working for multiple companies that he has gone on to sell, and working in both startups and then corporate environments …
 
Natural Language Processing is taking over Silicon Valley startups and it seems new use cases are popping up everyday! Who knew the AI could actually help our children learn how to read more efficiently! On the second Y Combinator Series episode of the Customer Discovercast, we spoke to Dr Elizabeth Adams, Cofounder of HelloEllo about her journey f…
 
[1:14] What is positioning? And how can you tell if a company needs to rethink its positioning? [5:12] How does company positioning and product positioning differ? [12:00] How does the “Obviously Awesome” positioning framework for B2B companies work? [21:08] - Who should be involved in positioning? April uses her framework to walk through a case st…
 
Paul Johnson is the founder of A Luxury Travel Blog, the world's first luxury travel blog and one of the most popular travel blogs in the world. The blog has more than a million followers on social media channels, thousands of people subscribed to the email list and receives in excess of 100,000 visits every month. It was the first luxury travel bl…
 
Growth Hacking is taking over Silicon Valley startups and even FAANG companies are forming multiple growth teams to scale up their already massive customer base. Growth Hacking Marketing is essentially an experimental data driven approach to rapidly scaling growth on a shoestring budget. On the second Y Combinator Series episode of the Customer Dis…
 
[01:13] - What is customer success and what is it not? [06:32] - How do you align an organization to make customer success everyone’s business? [19:20] - When is the right time to introduce usage telemetry and analytics in an organization? [20:58] - How do you hire the customer success leader? [25:13] - What should your customer success organizatio…
 
Dave is a man of many talents and achievements, so trying to sum them up in one brief sentence is too tricky, so I haven’t tried! He describes himself as an adventurer, speaker and community creator. In 2006 Dave skateboarded across Australia (3,618 miles) to break the world record for the longest skate journey which began his Expedition 1000 quest…
 
On the first Y Combinator Series episode of the Customer Discovercast, we spoke to Ghalib Suleiman who is the Founder and CEO of Polytomic, a data pipeline tool that uses data automation to sync internal customer data to your business systems. Ghalib has over seven years of experience in data, analytics, and machine learning, most recently founding…
 
[1:04] - What do you mean by creating demand and capturing demand? What should you do in the early stages of the startups when you don’t have a lot of money? [6:41] - How do you create content at scale, especially in the early stages? [15:10] - Can you give client examples of impact to demand gen in 30-60-90 days? [20:37] - How do you influence dif…
 
Darren Burn is the founder of Out of Office, a specialist LGBT travel company, and owner of Travelgay.com - the world’s biggest LGBT travel website. Before he became a travel business owner he was a journalist for ITN for ten years and we dig into how the lessons and skills he learned in his first career have helped pave the way for success in his …
 
On this episode of the Customer Discovercast we spoke to Konstantin Meska who is the Founder and CEO of Hirio.co, a hiring automation tool that uses data analytics to make the hiring process more efficient. Konstantin has a business development background and over 10 years experience building tech startups with a previous successful exit. He has a …
 
Gavin Bate is the founder of Adventure Alternative, an adventure travel company that offers climbing expeditions, trekking holidays and safaris around the world. He also founded Moving Mountains alongside this - an international charity working in Kenya, Tanzania and Nepal, aimed at relieving poverty through education, health and social welfare pro…
 
[01:10] - What did you do in your first 30, 60, 90 days of joining Monzo given the timing of your joining (May 2020) [07:42] - How did you navigate the pandemic? What are some lessons learnt? [11:18] - How did you maintain the morale of the people in these turbulent times? [15:30] - Is there anything you would do differently if you had to do it aga…
 
In this week's episode, we talk to Mark Coombs, Co-Founder of Sleepout, about his path from law to tech and do a deep dive into how he launched his exciting new e-commerce business. If you're interested in building your own e-commerce business, this podcast is for you. Mark talks to us about where the idea for Sleepout came from, how the designed t…
 
On this episode on the Customer Discovercast we spoke to Lucas Beland who is the Founder and CEO of GoLoot. Lucas, a successful tech entrepreneur hailing from Montreal Canada, has a keen eye for problem solving using the latest developments in technology. Tune in to learn about how Lucas successfully raised $2.2 Million in funding at the age of 18.…
 
[01:11] Brief overview of what Aiden did and timeline of going from idea to sale to Twitter. [06:43] Do companies still need to relocate to get traction or to be noticed by potential acquirers? Has this changed post-pandemic? [08:22] Reflecting on your journey so far, if you had to write a book, what would you write about? [10:51] Is there any prac…
 
Daryna Kulya is the Co-Founder of OpenPhone, an app that gives you a business phone in minutes. In this episode, we explore Daryna's journey into entrepreneurship, get the origin story on OpenPhone, talk about her YCombinator experience and how they raised $16 million. It's an engaging conversation with a Canadian founder who you need to know.…
 
On this episode on the Customer Discovercast we spoke to Vikas Murali who is the Founder and CEO of Offsight. Vikas, an engineer by trade has an eye for developing consumer centric products and has successfully raised pre seed funding rising him to the ranks of the top 2% of entrepreneurs that raise funding! Tune in to learn about how Vikas and his…
 
Her journey from invention to commercialization [01:19] How did you go from researching how visually impaired people use public transport to identifying the food expiry problem? [9:54] At what point does this go from being research to having commercialization potential? [13:28] Did you first get funded for your prototype by your grant and then rais…
 
Jeffrey Doucet is the CEO of Thrive, a career wellness platform that is transforming the way organizations manage outplacement and career transitions. In this week's episode, we talk about Jeff's entrepreneurial journey, his remarkable business pivot and the future of his company and HR tech in general.…
 
On the 16th episode of the Customer Discovercast (and the second solo episode) I covered my experience speaking with Billionaire angel Investor, Barbara Corcoran. I spoke about the #1 lesson I learned from our conversation which was "Put down the books, and start writing my own story". Tune in to learn about how I have used this knowledge to start …
 
The business [01:00] What made you become an entrepreneur and how did you come up with this idea? [03:54] How is your product different from what other organic products are doing in the market? [05:00] Why aren’t any of the big FMCG brands doing anything like this? The process [07:55] What was your process from concept to production? [10:27] Did yo…
 
On this episode on the Customer Discovercast we spoke to Jim Semick who is the Co Founder of Product Plan. Jim has a successful track record of transforming rough ideas into real products and bringing those products to market over his 15+ yr career so needless to say he is an industry leader in the product field. Tune in to learn about Jim's techni…
 
Qasim Mohammad is a director at Wittington Ventures, a Toronto-based venture capital firm with strong affiliations to iconic Canadian brands Loblaw, Shoppers Drug Mart, Choice Properties, PC Financial, Joe Fresh and Selfridges Group. In this week's episode, we talk to Qasim about his journey to venture capital, the story of Wittington Ventures, and…
 
Caroline’s Journey [1:00] How did you go from founding a mobile development company to founding Apricity? [15:08] What were some of the challenges you faced when you started this company? Apricity [16:34] Do you cover the entire fertility process or only parts of it? [17:08] How do you measure success in a company like yours? [18:51] Where all is A…
 
On this episode of the Customer Discovercast I had the pleasure of speaking with Todd Uterstaedt about managing stress as a founder, the latest developments in founder health management, and the trials and tribulations of personal investments of founders in their businesses endeavors. Tune in to learn about the best frameworks for improving relatio…
 
Last year, Jordan Owen and his team identified early that masks were going to be critical in fighting COVID-19. So they assembled an army of seamstresses and sold over 350,000 masks. Now, Jordan's using the proceeds of that to fund his exciting new property tech startup called Squarefeet.ai. In this week's Peak Weekly, we talk to Jordan about his j…
 
Intro to Product marketing [1:26] What is product marketing? [4:51] How can product marketing and product management work better together? [6:57] What is the role of product marketing across the three stages of a company - early, growth and multi-product? Product marketing during the stages [10:15] Early Stage [10:23] What should product marketing …
 
On todays episode of the Customer Discovercast I sat down with the founder of Incolo (formerly crowdfundnc) to speak about how the early stage investing/fundraising landscape is shifting. It is becoming more accessible for early stage entrepreneurs to raise funds. that allow them to innovate and solve big problems. Will has invested money and/or ad…
 
Make Lemonade is a coworking space for women in downtown Toronto founded by Rachel Kelly. In this episode, we chat with Rachel about her fascinating journey into coworking, her experience as a solo-founder, how she got her first customers, tips on community building and how she pivoted to a whole new business model in response to COVID-19. It's an …
 
Nathan Lustig, the managing partner of Magma Partners, a seed stage investment fund, shares his perspective on how he views founders with a failed startup under their belt. Learn more about Nathan: - Blog: https://www.nathanlustig.com/about/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/nathanlustig - Magma Partners website: https://www.magmapartners.com/ - Cross…
 
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