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The Global Startup Movement - Startup Ecosystem Leaders, Global Entrepreneurship, and Emerging Market Innovation

Host Andrew Berkowitz interviews startup founders, ecosystem builders, investors, emerging market players, and economic development thought leaders about the startup ecosystems in their cities.
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Mar 28, 2017

Say hello to Hillel Fuld, Co-founder and CMO of live broadcasting app ZCast. Essentially ZCast is a new way to host a Podcast. You can broadcast your unique message to the world with just a tap with no need for designated rooms or fancy equipment. Simply choose a topic and invite friends to begin live streaming your audio. You can also tune in to live podcasts from other users, and use the live chat feature to join the conversation with the hosts. You're able to go through the landing pages of your favorite casters to catch up on their previous content. With ZCast, it’s easy to access live, recorded and upcoming casts. When he's not focusing on marketing for ZCast, Hillel blogs for many influential sites including TechCrunch, Mashable, The Next Web, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Venturebeat, and others. He also mentors startups across Israel in different accelerators including The Google Launchpad, the Microsoft Ventures accelerator, Techstars, The Junction, and more. Hillel has been named Israel's top marketer, has been featured on CNBC, Forbes, and many others and was recently added by Google to its marketing experts program.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

Out of all the companies Hillel advises and mentors, are there any common struggles that he finds Israeli startups face while scaling to other markets?

What’s the best vetting process for entrepreneurs to find value add advisors?

How should founders think about compensating strategic advisors?

What is the most important factor in Hillel’s opinion to attribute to Israel’s tech explosion?

Mar 21, 2017

Meet Jane Lu, CEO and founder of Australian online women's boutique Showpo. Jane founded Showpo back in 2010 from her parents’ garage. She previously worked in accounting and corporate finance, but after returning from a year abroad, was inspired to ditch the “cubicle life", so she quit her job to start her own business. With much enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, she set off to start her first business, which failed spectacularly. However, Jane was undeterred and got right back on the horse, starting the online fashion brand, Showpo the following month. What started off with a laptop and two shelves of clothing is now an online global fashion empire, shipping to 45 countries. Through being disruptive in the retail space and capitalising on the use of social media, Showpo now boasts a cult social following of over 1.6 million. Jane is a keynote speaker, is heavily involved in Australia’s startup scene and has been nominated for numerous awards, taking the title of Cosmopolitan’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 and Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia in 2016. Jane is extremely passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and women in business. She co-founded the group "Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine", a business group that promotes and encourages girl bosses around the world. Since its inception in August 2015, the group has experienced enormous traction with 14,000+ members and meet up events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, LA and San Francisco.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

Jane has been ignoring traditional advice regarding funding and how to scale. What specific advice about raising capital and scaling does she disagree with and why?

Focusing on the future of online fashion, where does Jane see the future of technology integrating with fashion?

ShowPo has 1.1M followers on Instagram, 850k like on Facebook what has Jane executed on at ShowPo to gain such a large and engaged following?

Jane has said that new businesses should focus on one social media platform in the beginning, as a new business how do you decide what social channels are right for you?

Mar 14, 2017

Meet Blake Larson, Head of International Growth for Hong Kong based same-day delivery service Lalamove. Blake has spent his career leading teams and overseeing operations during periods of high growth for both Fortune 500 companies and tech start-ups across four continents. In his current role, Blake oversees Lalamove’s business outside of Mainland China. In the past Blake served as the managing director of Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi in Hong Kong and oversaw Business Development in the region from 2013 to 2014. He graduated from ESADE Business School in Spain and NUS in Singapore with an MBA, and University of Iowa with a BBA in Finance and Marketing.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

As Lalamove scales throughout southeast asia, has Blake found that they’ve been able to replicate their Hong Kong playbook in other countries?

What are some of the biggest challenges in same day delivery logistics in china?

How does Lalamove encourage referrals with their product experience?

How has Blake seen the Hong Kong startup ecosystem evolve during his time there?

Mar 7, 2017

Meet Marie Chevrier, CEO and founder of Sampler. Marie is a young entrepreneur originally from Montreal, Canada. She started her career in advertising at J. Walter Thompson in Toronto. From there, she had the chance to work at a venture capital firm in New York City. After a few years there, Marie came back to Toronto to merge her passion for marketing and technology. Marie started Sampler with a vision to transform the way consumer packaged good companies distribute promotional offers. Sampler is an offer management and analytics platform that helps brands and their agencies distribute product samples and coupons more effectively online. The Software as a Service platform helps marketers target consumers and measure the effectiveness of their campaign in a way that's revolutionizing traditional sampling strategies like in-store demos or experiential marketing. Sampler helps marketers integrate their strategies into their own re-marketing channels, gather deep insights about their potential consumers and continue the conversation with them past trial.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

What’s the best way for a startup selling to an Enterprise or SME client to get their first initial pilot programs?

Do companies typically use sampling as a lead generator to an upsell or are their goals brand awareness and word of mouth?

What is Sampler offering the Sampling industry that wasn’t available before?

Marie founded Sampler back in 2013, can she walk us through the evolution of Toronto’s tech scene since then?

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