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Hosted by Varun Duggirala and Suchita Salwan, Think Fast is a podcast about the latest trends and conversations happening in the world of business, media, content, marketing and beyond. Suchita and Varun sift through the clutter and unpack the biggest stories to give their hot takes and also dig into the broader picture of where things are going. It’s a fast talking, no holds barred take on everything and anything around the world of business!
 
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As we feel settled into 2022, Varun & Suchita talk about some interesting acquisitions and fundings, like that of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, and The Label Life's by GOAT Labs. They discuss Ashneer Grover taking a break, Airbnb CEO experimenting with the digital nomad life, Tata's foray into digital payments, etc. In the short segment, Suchit…
 
In this episode, Varun & Suchita begin by listing some noteworthy stuff in the world of acquisitions, fundings, celebrities, etc. They have a brief appreciation session for the show that's making waves- Shark Tank India. Further, it's a shallow dive into the world of Nutraceuticals by Suchita, and Live-Audio by Varun. For the deep-dive section, the…
 
The first week of the new year wasn't great with the third wave of Covid just falling upon us like a Tsunami but when it came to Business, it was a tornado of fundings, and Varun & Suchita list out a few of the most significant ones. Further, they discuss Apple's 3Tn Market Cap, Bezos' CharaghDin uncle look for NYE, Blackberry being laid to rest. I…
 
It's 2022 (already)! As we ease into the year's pace, Varun & Suchita discuss Instagram considering its users' suggestions and how it can expand into India Inc. on a large scale owing to the absence of TikTok and the popularity of Reels; and a French LVMH taking on an American Tiffany's. They deep-dive into the hybrid working model and WeWork's pro…
 
On this year-end special episode of Think Fast, Varun and Suchita give their predictions on what lies ahead for the world of business and startups in 2022! From the rise of creator-led brands and the emergence of LinkedIn as a major player to the home & kitchen segment, the health, wellness and fitness category and much more...Tune in to find out w…
 
In this episode of Think Fast, Varun & Suchita are joined by Mr Sajith Pai- Director, Blume Ventures. He tells us about the year gone by with reference to VC and funding. He begins by talking about covering the white spaces in EdTech which is a hot category in the present time, and goes on to tell us the segments where fresh opportunities lie and h…
 
In this episode of Think Fast, Varun and Suchita are joined by Meeta Malhotra, founder of The Hard Copy, to discuss India's rising consumer brands. Meeta also shares her insights into what kind of brands should we keep an eye out for heading into 2022. The two also give their hot takes and take a deep dive on the rise of quick commerce and 10-minut…
 
In this episode of Think Fast, Varun and Suchita give their hot takes and take a deep dive on NFTs in music and how they benefit the artists, on a number of mergers and acquisitions, including those by Pristyn and Cred. The two also discuss the rise of social commerce in India and take a quick look at the large number of new-age consumer brands tha…
 
In the first episode of Think Fast, Varun and Suchita give their hot takes and take a deep dive on: Taylor Swift re-recording her albums, India's latest unicorns - and the speed with which they have been coming out, the Paytm IPO fallout, the latest season of Shark Tank India, and much more. You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twi…
 
“Crash and burn until I learn.” - Angie Morales Timing really is everything. Angie Morales, the Real Food Mama, started out in entrepreneurship, realized she wanted more “stability” and then found her way back to entrepreneurship. Each step in her journey has led her to where she is and now she knows to trust the timing. Listen in to learn more. Af…
 
Hosted by Varun Duggirala and Suchita Salwan, Think Fast is a podcast about the latest trends and conversations happening in the world of business, media, content, marketing and beyond. Suchita and Varun sift through the clutter and unpack the biggest stories to give their hot takes and also dig into the broader picture of where things are going. I…
 
There are no prizes given out to the person who works the hardest. So often we hear that we need to push through when it hurts and we need to keep going at all costs. I say no! Instead we need to learn how we can work through the pain and grow through our experience. Why has this come up you ask? For the last 30 days, as of this recording, I have b…
 
Renee DeMichiei Farrow is an entrepreneur, corporate director, small business advocate, and bestselling author who is highly lauded for her business branding, marketing, public relations, coaching, government, and nonprofit relations. Renee completed studies at Duquesne University and is a certified Professional Coach (PC) with the International Co…
 
Corporate trainer and motivational speaker Mj Callaway is an award-winning author of 11 books. Her sweet spots include increasing team resilience, crushing change, and boosting sales quotas. As a two-time cancer warrior and domestic violence survivor, she’s known for shifting attitudes and producing results. The time spent with Mj Callaway is never…
 
Deb Mortillaro is a food and wine expert. She’s a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She has WSET certifications in Sake, Wine and Spirits and she is a certified Sake Sommelier and is the Queen of Quaffing! In 1981, she moved to Pittsburgh where she was a private chef for 14 years. She met her now business partner, Mike Gonze when he ca…
 
Paul Furiga is the President and Chief Storyteller of WordWrite, a Pittsburgh-area firm offering brand strategy (storytelling), public relations, crisis communications, and digital & inbound marketing services to organizations that are looking to better tell their stories. Paul learned storytelling by writing and editing more than 20,000 stories du…
 
Episode 010 – Touching the Hearts of People in Business & in Life Cindy and Kelli had a wonderful conversation with Joy Klohonatz who has been touching the hearts of clients, customers, and business colleagues for over 20 years. Making people feel appreciated is in Joy’s DNA. Joy shared stories and strategies of how to make people feel like they ma…
 
Your ears are not playing tricks on you! Yep, that familiar voice you hear is our producer, Rob Oliver. Cindy and Kelli had Rob on as their first guest, so you’ll most likely remember him from when he was chatted with us in episodes 003 and 004, Podcasting 101. Rob sat in for Kelli so he dubbed this a “flip the script” episode! He asked Cindy about…
 
We literally "shot the sh*t" with Jess Branas - we talked about so much - and learned all about her, her beloved dog Nacho, her cancer story, and how the shy kid who NEVER wanted to speak became a successful bestselling author (twice!), podcast host, and radio personality. Branas Enterprises is a full-service Philadelphia podcast development and pr…
 
Have you ever struggled with email marketing? Perhaps you struggle with the blinking cursor or setting up automations seems like it’s impossible? Then you need your own tech fairy! Bev Feldman joins me to chat about all things email automation magic and the myths that surround this marketing tactic. Bev started her entrepreneurial journey through m…
 
We had the absolute pleasure of sitting down “under" with Ingrid Thompson - all the way from Sydney, Australia! Kelli met Ingrid when she applied to be on her podcast, So You Want to Start a Business – and they’ve kept in touch ever since. Ingrid’s goals are to make sure her audience understands how money works in their business and that they are f…
 
Jeremy Shere is joining us for part 2, episode 006 because his tribal knowledge of podcasting is so in-depth, we needed two episodes to cover it all! He is the founder and CEO of Tribal Knowledge Podcasting, a podcast production agency that helps businesses start podcasts to grow revenue by connecting decision makers, establishing thought leadershi…
 
The riches truly are in the niches. Janice Garcia is a real estate agent who has found amazing success by combining her experience as a mom and early childhood education director with her real estate knowledge. She helps families find the absolute right home for them considering all factors. She started her real estate career much like anyone else.…
 
Jeremy Shere is the founder and CEO of Tribal Knowledge Podcasting, a podcast production agency that helps businesses start podcasts to grow revenue by connecting decision makers, establishing thought leadership, and taking content marketing to the next level. Listen in as Jeremy dishes on time savers, why it’s not too late to start a podcast, and …
 
Team Biz Bevs & Bites spent the Happiest Hour with our show producer and friend – two-time podcast host and international motivational speaker extraordinaire – Rob Oliver. Rob is also a three-time author, and one of the kindest, most helpful people we know. This is the second part of our Happiest Hour with Rob and he's encouraging all of you to sta…
 
The power of accountability is huge. If you’re feeling stuck, unmotivated, creatively tapped, or just aren’t sure where to go next, an accountability partner can help keep you moving forward. Listen in to learn the three things that hold us back from having accountability partners and what you can do to build more of those relationships. The number…
 
Team Biz Bevs & Bites spent the Happiest Hour with our show producer and friend – two-time podcast host and international motivational speaker extraordinaire – Rob Oliver. Rob is also a three-time author, and one of the kindest, most helpful people we know. Rob has such a sound, sensible approach to podcasting… but admittedly that wasn’t always the…
 
Join Biz Bevs & Bites for a terrific conversation on making meaningful referrals. Cindy and Kelli truly enjoy connecting people for a good cause – like doing business together! And Kelli is questioning: Is it cool to make a connection without alerting the third party? Should you check in with the one receiving the connection to see if they think yo…
 
Join Biz Bevs & Bites for a lively and informative discussion on NETWORKING! Kelli and Cindy touch on a lot of different areas of networking from best practices to NEVER DO's. While you can't completely plan out your evening, you can be intentional in how you spend your time. Cindy said it best, "Don't hand out your business cards like a Vegas deal…
 
Jen Casey is a brain-based business coach, speaker, & host of the top-rated CEO Psyche Podcast. Through her signature program, Programs that Profit, Jen teaches her brain-based approach to build, sell, & effectively facilitate a profitable online coaching program. She’s joining me to explain subconscious programming and how it affects our businesse…
 
"Biz Bevs & Bites: in the Burgh and Beyond" is a podcast with exceptional business content and exciting guests, featuring the incredible food and beverage scene in and around Pittsburgh. Episodes will spotlight a BIZ topic and guest, feature a BEV - wine, beer, or spirit from a local maker, or a BITE from an area restaurant, food producer, bakery, …
 
Through the grief of loss, Bevin Farrand has found her way to acceptance while building a thriving business. She is living life on her terms and no longer succumbs to the idea that things can be put off until tomorrow. Listen in to hear her story and why you need to just do the D.A.M.N thing. For her 40th birthday Bevin’s husband planned a trip to …
 
Are you dealing with productivity issues in your business? Kristen Westcott has a knack for finding those productivity issues and fixing them or helping you work through them. Listen as she shares the productivity tech you need in your business and why it’s important even if you’re just starting out. Kristen started her career in corporate and then…
 
Just because you start a business in one way doesn’t mean that you have to keep running it in that way. Liani Antelo has been making pivots in her businesses for years and because of her willingness to make changes, has seen massive growth. Her first business venture involved creating bows. She was tired of the overpriced bows she was buying for he…
 
Are you ready to scale or make a change in your business but you’re just not sure where to start? What if you were to intuitively uplevel your business through creating offers that fall in line with your area expertise? Jennifer McGurk joins me to discuss just that and why scaling doesn’t have to mean creating something new. Jennifer is a registere…
 
Working 24/7 is for the birds. Unless part of that work is something that you’re super passionate about. Kevlyn Walsh was working as a teacher, hostessing at a restaurant, and building her own Festive Gal empire all at the same time. When the time came to finally pick a path, she decided to bet on herself and went all in with Festive Gal. The big h…
 
How are you with your finances? Do you have every dime budgeted and given a purpose or do you close your eyes and pray that everything shakes out? If you’re in that second category, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot. Listen as Emily Bowie shares her budgeting basics and why she fully believes that when you take control of your money, you take co…
 
Do you journal? So many people swear by it, but how do you get started and what’s the right practice for you? Amy Bennett loves all things Bullet Journaling but realizes that it’s sometimes hard to get started. That’s why she started her Etsy shop selling Bullet Journal stencils! Her business has grown since then and includes so much more, but it a…
 
You are your own worst enemy. How many times have you heard that phrase and thought, “Man that’s so true!”? Your fear is the only thing holding you back and it’s time to stop! Valerie Friedlander has been doing personal development work for years and is now a business coach helping female entrepreneurs to get out of their own way. Valerie was expos…
 
What do you do when you’re struggling with milk supply due to latch issues? You create your very own amazing lactation cookies. How do you turn that into a thriving business that helps moms all over the country? Listen as Jessica Ciraulo shares her story of baking it until she made it. When Jessica was pregnant with her first she knew that she want…
 
Your kid already has an inner mean voice. No matter if they are 3 or 13, they are dealing with big emotions and feelings of failure already. Some of that stems from the conversations you have around them, so how do we break out of the perfectionist trap? Dr. Eva Benmeleh joins me to chat about just that. So why do we feel the need to exhibit perfec…
 
Nicole Anderson is a well known branding photographer based out of California. Thing is, life in California isn’t what it used to be so she and her family have decided to book it out east to Tennessee. Listen as she shares how she’s managed to find clients and start new by building connections. She has actually lived in California her entire life. …
 
Positive parenting solutions have been sweeping the nation in recent years as we learn more about child and adult psychology. Jennifer Altieri started implementing positive parenting in her own household just before her children hit their teen years, and their lives changed dramatically. She’s now sharing her story and her advice with other parents…
 
From being an amazing employee to later realizing that her path lay in another direction, Giannie Castellanos has built multiple businesses. Despite loving her positions within other practices, she knew that she was destined for more. Listen as she shares her story and how she’s built multiple businesses around her passion for optometrist. Giannie …
 
“Progress over perfection.” - Julie Ball Julie Ball is an amazing human being but also a fantastic business owner. From owning her own digital marketing company to switching over to subscription boxes, she knows what she’s doing and is always excited to share her knowledge with others. Listen as she shares her story and share all the nuggets of ins…
 
“The idea was planted in your heart for a reason.” - Unknown If you are one of those people who have always felt called to go in one direction over another, what happens when you find another passion? Maria Dismondy always knew she was going to be a teacher, but then she realized that she was meant for more. Listen as she shares how she went from s…
 
Mother’s Day is coming up and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to tell my mom thank you! No matter if it’s your mom, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, if you have a lady in your life who has made a huge impact, then listen in and take part in the challenge I’m laying out. First, I want to say a huge thank you to my original business mentor, m…
 
There is no such thing as failure in launching. There is only the gathering of information for future tweaks and growth. Do you feel the same? Lexie Wilson spent years creating “failed” offers but what she didn’t know was that she wasn’t properly using the information from her birth charts and astrology to step into her purpose. Lexie grew up in a …
 
If you’ve never heard of Jessica Stansberry, then you may have been living under a rock (or you’re just not a big fan of YouTube!) In all seriousness though, Jessica helps rockstar entrepreneurs grow their businesses and authority through video. Enter, the real about Reels and what she has found in using them for her business. She has a huge follow…
 
What are your thoughts about food? Love it? Hate it? Meh? I love food. I love it when a good meal comes together with good people making amazing memories. But does good food have to be bad for you? Karla Salinari says no! She is a health coach and foodie who is working to help her clients start eating with purpose. Karla and I both grew up in Latin…
 
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