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Chief Best Friends
74 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
S2E11: On community and caring for the Asian womxn - The Cosmos
What better way to end the season than with The Cosmos co-founders, Cassandra Lam and Karen Mok. They share a thing or twenty about shaping and growing a community rooted in intention, transparency and integrity.
48 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
S2E10: On the joys of motherhood, friendship and building a coliving platform - Relogo
Co-founders of Relogo, a search platform for coliving spaces, talk about motherhood and why it's a superpower when building a business.
51 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
S2E9: On defining success and falling with grace - Rachel Kelly Davis and Danella Yaptinchay
Rachel and Danella comes to our show today to share what it took for them to make things work even when things aren't working.
54 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
S2E8: On empowering our well-being through voice - Kintsugi
Kintsugi is a different kind of mental health platform that uses voice biomarkers to measure and predict our well-being. Grace and Rima, co-founders of Kintsugi, share with us why there is beauty in our cracks and imperfections.
44 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
S2E7: On going from zero to property hero - Ohmyhome
Race Wong and Rhonda Wong are sisters and Ohmyhome's co-founders. They share how they turned their MVP that once offered a free service to what is now a full-service prop-tech business that's transacting thousands of homes that has a combined value of close to two billion Singapore dollars.
52 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
S2E6: On being friends first and growing a clean cosmetics brand - Liht Organics
Liht Organics joins us on the podcast to talk about Asia's appetite for clean beauty, being friends first and why we shouldn't believe the myth that friends and business don't mix. Liht Organics founder Nerissa Low and her two chief best friends, Michelle Lee and Stephanie Tan, show us why three's definitely not a crowd for this Singapore beauty brand.
42 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
S2E5: On building a business in the midst of a global pandemic - Pory
Starting a business is hard enough as it is, try starting and growing one in the middle of the pandemic. Sam and Luannie of Pory.io share their story of building a side-hustle after their day jobs moved them into part-time roles.
67 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
S2E4: On vulnerability and integrity during challenging times - talenTtrust
Tess Mackean, CEO of talenTtrust and Sunita Kaur, APAC VP of Twitch and board member of talentTrust, drops into our show to talk about vulnerability and maintaining integrity during challenging times. They also talk about volunteering and what it means to help charities remain sustainable.
41 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
S2E3: On helping female founders gain access to capital - IFundWomen
The co-founders of IFundWomen, focuses on women helping other women. They're on the podcast to talk about the lack of access to capital for female founders and how they've built just the thing to address that.
29 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
S2E2: On what it takes to build global brands - Supernova
Supernova, the brand behind some of the best super brands—think Coco & Eve and Sand & Sky—joined me on the podcast to talk about investors and what it takes to build the new generation of beauty brands.
37 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
S2E1: On why it’s normal to have friendship strife - Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow
Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow are headlining this new season of Chief Best Friends, sharing with us what it takes to build, maintain, and navigate a changing friendship. This amazing duo is behind popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend and is out with a new book, Big Friendship.
1 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
What's new for Chief Best Friends this Season 2?
Chief Best Friends is back with a new season! You will hear from ladies who gave us Shine Theory, who are fighting workplace discrimination, who are building a fundraising platform specifically for women by women, and so much more.
44 minutes | Sep 22, 2019
S1E9: On diversity and shifting the balance of power - SoGal Ventures
What do you see when I say venture capitalist? Most likely a guy, probably in his 30s or older. What if, I told you, that when Pocket and Elizabeth started SoGal Ventures, they were the complete opposite of that stereotype. In fact, it was so against the grain that the people closest to them thought they wouldn’t make it. What others saw as a crutch, they took as their unique selling point. SoGal Ventures dubs itself as the first female-led millennial VC firm. They took what they knew best and invest millions on a new breed of creators and entrepreneurs. Pocket and Elizabeth understand the importance of chief best friends. Since they invest in early stage startups, they’re hedging their bets against the success of the founders. SoGal has invested in some of the most inspiring brands you could think of, including our very own episode 1 guests the ADAY co-founders, Meg and Nina. If you believe in the power of our wallets, SoGal ventures see VC funding as a way to shift that power to women and minorities. These ladies are definitely putting their money exactly where their mouth is.
33 minutes | Sep 8, 2019
S1E8: On embracing heritage through fashion - East Meets Dress
Jenn and Vivian run a bespoke fashion store called East Meets Dress. They create and develop cheongsam dresses in the hopes of bringing back traditional garb but made for the modern woman. What makes their story amazing is that they didn’t come from a fashion background. They grew up in a typical Asian household and had originally wanted to become doctors and go into finance. However, they came across the idea of East Meets Dress through their own need when planning Jenn’s wedding. Through sheer hustle and good work ethic, they turned this idea into a thriving business. Jenn and Vivian teaches us the art of balancing friendship and business, learning to say no, and how to turn a lofty idea into something that’s more tangible.
36 minutes | Aug 12, 2019
S1E7: On breaking the bamboo ceiling - Rock The Boat
If you are looking for other Asian-hosted and Asian-produced podcasts, then you’d want to subscribe to Rock the Boat. We have today Lucia and Lynne, the power ladies behind this amazing show. You’ll get to hear why gathering communities is important in the causes we believe in. And also the double whammy Asian women have to deal with in the corporate world: think glass ceiling and bamboo ceiling, the latter being something Lucia will explain more in this episode. You’ll also walk away with tactics on how to be intentional in checking in with your chief best friend as well as productivity tips from this awesome duo. I’m super stoked to know that Lucia and Lynne are transforming the stories around the Asian identity and how we should always aim to rock the boat.
38 minutes | Jul 28, 2019
S1E6: On finding your person wherever they may be - Heart of Home
Heart of Home Workshop is run by Clare Barker and Yasmina Cowan. Heart of Home is all about at-home indoor photography. It’s a very specific niche, if you asked me, but I love the way they see the home as an extension of ourselves. The thing that makes them such an interesting pair, is that they run a business in separate corners of the globe. Their friendship blossomed online, while apart. Even their business was started this way. First time they saw each other was 20 minutes before their first workshop attendee arrives. Despite the challenges we have with technology and social media, it does have its moments, especially when it brings two people together who may not otherwise have crossed paths. I love it, and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.
35 minutes | Jul 14, 2019
S1E5: On working with each other's quirks - Sam & Soph
We have Sam Lo and Sophie Ong in our show today. I’m lucky enough to be friends with both of them and I couldn’t help but bring them onto Chief Best Friends because I think they embody the future of work. Kind of like a collective, where each individual is a company of their own but would sometimes work together for certain projects. For most of our episodes we’ve had women co-founders who run their own business together. For Sam and Soph, it’s a little bit different because they’re two artists with very distinct styles. They earn their living through art commissions, traveling to places, like India recently, to paint walls. They embody what it means to check your ego at the door; having to work with another’s style, while also finding ways to bring their own self into the work. It’s truly the "art of balance".
42 minutes | Jun 23, 2019
S1E4: On changing gears - Red Shoe Stories
It was a great pleasure to speak to Naomi and Frances, sisters and co-founders of Red Shoe Stories, a publishing company that’s helping bring diversity in picture books for children. Their fascinating story have origins in both their personal and professional lives. Coming from a corporate world, working long hours and never seeing their families, they realised that they have to change something to bring back balance to their lives. Naomi and Frances shared with us what Red Shoe Stories are actually about, their Kickstarter success story, and so many lessons they learned during the campaign. Don’t miss out on this inspiring and heartwarming story.
24 minutes | Jun 9, 2019
S1E3: On not having failure as an option - WeBarre
Super privileged to chat with two successful, smart and beautiful women Anabel Chew and Linda Tang, co-founders of WeBarre. Their studio brings together ballet technique, yoga, pilates and strength training in an invigorating workout to transform your entire body. It is the workout that celebrities swear by including Madonna, the Victoria Secret’s Angels and even Ryan Gosling. We learned first-hand how sharing the same passion and working together to achieve higher goals can change your life for better. They showed us a power of support, mutual respect, encouragement and trust to each other’s strengths. They also showed us that no goal is achievable only if you work with passion and go for it with your business partner. Empowering interview for all entrepreneurs!
42 minutes | May 26, 2019
S1E2: On trusting each other - Sarah and Schooling
Excited to bring this podcast closer to home with this episode. We speak with Sarah Tang and Alison Schooling of Sarah and Schooling. This was definitely one of our most fun interviews, with the energy and buzz of their friendship almost oozing out of the computer. As co-founders and ardent supporters of Singapore’s literary scene, they are actively involved in designing books and publications across multiple genres. It’s so refreshing to see such young talent in the world of printed matter. When everyone’s moving into digital, here are two awesome ladies injecting life into an industry that others perceive as dying. Clearly, that’s not the case! Super stoked to have Sarah and Alison talk to us about their beginnings and how they’ve both grown into their business, their friendship, and their own power.
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