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E2: Entrepreneurs Exposed
27 minutes | 7 days ago
87: Podcasting has exploded. Is it too late to start one?
Fatima Zaidi is the co-founder and CEO of Quill, Inc. the world’s first one-stop marketplace and agency dedicated solely to podcasters, and brands interested in launching a show. In this episode, we discuss podcast industry stats and major trends; M&A activity including Spotify's acquisition of Gimlet, Anchor, and the Joe Rogan Experience; challenges related to monetization, and more. EP Sponsor: Bruush https://bruush.com/ - use the code E215 for a 15% discount
33 minutes | 11 days ago
86: SP 16 - A Biden victory, and a Trump repudiation.
In this special episode, we're checking in again with my colleague Adam Mutschler, who is based in Washington to get his take on what's happening one week after the US election. Adam is a Partner at The Kedar Group, and has a tremendous understanding of how leaders work in high stakes environments ranging in scope from startups to Fortune 100’s. He is also a go-to for anything related to US politics. EP Sponsor: Bruush https://bruush.com/ - use the code E215 for a 15% discount.
33 minutes | 23 days ago
85: The "anti-consumerism" consumer brand
Dan Demsky is the co-founder of Unbound Merino - a clothing brand that has its nailed positioning around product quality, and lifestyle. In this EP we discuss Unbound's success with Facebook ad buys, why top entrepreneurs wear a "uniform", whether Amazon is going to move fast into luxury goods, and more. EP Sponsor: RBC Call your RBC Advisor or contact the RBC Advice Centre at 1-800-ROYAL20 EP Sponsor: Bruush https://bruush.com/ - use the code E215 for a 15% discount.
38 minutes | a month ago
84: Is Bitcoin a safe-haven asset?
Brian Mosoff is the CEO of Ether Capital (ETHC). In this EP, we discuss the recent bull run and the run-up in the value of both Etherium and Bitcoin; we also chat about Bitcoin and Etherium as safe-haven assets; the role of major exchanges; access points where individuals can invest in cryptocurrency, and more. EP Sponsor: RBC - to open an RBC deposit account remotely or learn more about solutions that go beyond banking, call your RBC Advisor or contact the RBC Advice Centre at 1-800-ROYAL20
30 minutes | 2 months ago
83: SP 15 - Political turmoil in the US with 25 days to go
Adam Mutschler is a Partner at The Kedar Group, and has a tremendous understanding of how leaders work in high stakes environments ranging in scope from startups to Fortune 100's. He is also a go-to for anything related to US politics. In this episode, we discuss the Presidential debates, Trump's COVID19 diagnosis, what election outcome increases the probability of major civil unrest, the possibility of state succession, and more. EP Sponsor: RBC To open an RBC deposit account remotely or learn more about solutions that go beyond banking to support your business, call your RBC Advisor or contact the RBC Advice Centre at 1-800-ROYAL20
31 minutes | 2 months ago
82: SP 14 - Will the pandemic breed more entrepreneurs?
Lori Darlington, is the VP of small business at RBC. In this featured episode, we discuss the sectors that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic; how businesses can balance marketing and growth while preserving cash; whether or not this is a good time to start a new business, and much more. EP Sponsor: RBC To open an RBC account remotely or learn more about RBC’s bank offerings, download the RBC Mobile App from the iOS and Android App Stores.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
81: What lies ahead for grocery
Mark Cigos is the Co-Founder Buddha Brands Co. The company’s hugely popular Thirsty Buddha coconut water is flying off retail shelves, and is a market leader in natural organics. In this episode, we discuss the pandemic and what lies ahead, how grocery has been affected, what the future might look like for the category of organics, entrepreneurial strategies to preserve cash, and more. EP Sponsor: RBC Download the RBC Mobile App from the iOS and Android App Stores.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
EN: Canada's re-opening and the economy going forward
(In dedication) - John Ruffolo is the founder of OMERS Ventures and the co-founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators. He has invested over $500 million of capital in over 40 technology companies including Shopify, Hootsuite, Wattpad, and others. John also sits on the board of Canopy Rivers, Continuum Residential REIT and Ether Capital. In this EP, we discuss Canada's response to COVID19, and the first phase of reopening, why testing needs to be privatized, what economic recovery looks like, and more. Originally aired: May 28, 2020
39 minutes | 3 months ago
80: Sell the way you buy, w/ David Priemer
David Priemer is widely recognized as a thought leader in the area of sales and sales leadership. Often referred to as the "Sales Professor", David helps organizations drive revenue growth, people development, and winning cultures by infusing the core principles of science, empathy, and execution into their sales operations. In this deep dive into sales, we discuss why people buy, objection handling using the word BECAUSE, why we seem to hate salespeople, and much more. Enjoy!
38 minutes | 3 months ago
79: "Aqui-hired" by Shopify, w/ Satish Kanwar
This episode was recorded back in early March 2020, with Satish Kanwar, the current GM, and VP of Product at Shopify. Because things were developing so quickly related to the Coronavirus, we never did get a chance to release it, so here it is! Satish oversees the development of eCommerce, retail, and multi-channel shopping for over one million merchants globally. He previously co-founded Jet Cooper, which was acquired by Shopify in order to establish its product development footprint in Toronto. Enjoy!
31 minutes | 3 months ago
78: SP 13 - Open Farm Pet Food; an industry on fire
Isaac Langleben, is the co-founder of Open Farm Pet Food, one of North America's fastest-growing premium pet food companies. In this episode, we discuss the growth of the pet industry, and how Millenials have changed the entire market for pets and related products; we also discuss how shopping behavior has changed during the pandemic; Isaac's plan to crystalize the customer experience online; working alongside your spouse and more.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
77: SP 12 - Springfree Trampoline; the backyard is the new daycare
Steven Holmes is the President of GOBA Sports group, and the co-founder of Springfree Trampoline. In this one, we discuss how the virus has impacted Springfree's business, in particular, how it's bolstered demand for trampolines in every major market across the globe; how the company has responded to this shift to backyard play; GOBA's supply chains, Chinese manufacturing, why preserving quality is key and much more.
36 minutes | 4 months ago
76: SP 11 - The Birth of a Brand, w/ Ugg founder Brian Smith
Brian Smith, is the founder of Ugg, one of the biggest global footwear brands. He is back on the show for a second time to discuss his pivot out of public speaking in the wake of the pandemic, and his latest start-up; we also discuss key lessons from Brian's book, The Birth of a Brand; his experience navigating through recessions; why Brian ultimately decided to sell UGG in 1995, and more. "It takes a societal shift to build a billion-dollar company"
32 minutes | 5 months ago
75: SP 10 - "Blitz Scaling", w/ Canopy Growth Founder, Bruce Linton
Bruce Linton is the former Chairman, Founder, and CEO at Canopy Growth. In this EP, we discuss his departure from Canopy, and what he plans to do next; his philosophy around the 3 P's, and why each is critical to hypergrowth; the role of leader, vs. CEO; the commercialization of Cannabis both in Canada and in the US; the role of psychedelics as therapeutics, and much more.
48 minutes | 6 months ago
73: SP 8 - Your greatest gift lies next to your deepest wound
Philip McKernan is one of the most sought after executive leadership coaches globally. He is also in demand in the world of entrepreneurship as well as sports where he works with individual athletes as well as professional teams. In this interview, we discuss the difference between control and influence; the state of relationships in the wake of the pandemic, why working parents are often more patient with their clients, than they are with their kids, the cost of cheating on yourself, and more. Enjoy!
45 minutes | 6 months ago
72: SP 7 - Canada's re-opening and the economy going forward
John Ruffolo is the founder of OMERS Ventures and the co-founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators. He has invested over $500 million of capital in over 40 technology companies including Shopify, Hootsuite, Wattpad, and others. John also sits on the board of Canopy Rivers, Continuum Residential REIT and Ether Capital. In this EP, we discuss Canada's response to COVID19, and the first phase of reopening, why testing needs to be privatized, what economic recovery looks like, and more.
27 minutes | 6 months ago
71: SP 6 - Our COVID-19 story: An essential business on the rise
Marc Antoine Bovet, is the co-founder and CEO of Oatbox. Focused on delivering healthy breakfast cereal products to consumers in North America, Oatbox delivers direct to subscriber doors on a monthly basis. Things have changed in a big way as a result of the pandemic. In this EP, we discuss Oatbox's demand crunch, how team culture has improved despite working remotely, challenges related to hiring during a pandemic, trends in the food sector, and more.
35 minutes | 6 months ago
70: SP 5 - Our COVID-19 story: Survival and Evolution
Vanessa Iarocci is the CEO & President of McCarthy Uniforms, Canada’s largest public sector school uniform manufacturer & distributor. With schools closed due to COVID-19, McCarthy has pivoted to manufacturing PPE at scale, serving custodians in the workplace and on the front lines. We discuss how Vanessa's company has executed this phenomenal shift, what manufacturing PPE at scale looks like, the role of China's supply chain, and much more.
32 minutes | 7 months ago
69: SP 4 - Hiring, firing, and recruiting during COVID-19
Jay Berard is the founder and CEO of Jagger, a modern headhunting firm that works with companies to help them find the right people to accomplish their goals. In this EP, we discuss who is hiring, and the state of recruiting during COVID-19; how companies are onboarding new employees (virtually), how to land a job in today's market; whether big ticket salaried jobs are still being filled, what you can do if you've just been laid off; the future of work, and more. EP feature: Stay safe, andg et your prescription delivered directly to you, free - go to: www.mortarpestle.ca to get started.
35 minutes | 7 months ago
68: SP 3 - A food scene plagued by a global crisis
Shant Mardirosian is the founder of The Burger's Priest - which sold to Recipe Unlimited in 2017. Shant's new restaurant initiative, called the Fourth man in the fire, is taking shape in ways he couldn't have imagined in a food scene plagued by a global crisis. In this one, we discuss Fourth Man's unique business model, the death of the food critic, why many restaurants will never open again, and how Shant has seen sales pick up in the wake of COVID 19 while much of the industry is being choked by little or no revenue.
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