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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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May 30, 2017

On this episode we interview Lahiru Pathmalal, CEO and co-founder of Sri Lankan Ecommerce startup Takas. Takas started in 2012, with an initial goal to empower the consumer in Sri Lanka to easily access anything they desire. Their market approach has always been based on trust and great customer service, as result of this; they were the first to introduce the cash on delivery payment method. Thanks to their strong customer base, they have grown to one of the most trusted e-commerce sites in Sri Lanka. Lahiru Pathmalal has a BA in Political Science, and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Queensland. He has worked in United States, Afghanistan and Australia in child care. And has also worked as the Program Coordinator at the International Center for Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

What’s other countries would Lahiru consider to be similar markets for him to replicate his business model that’s working in Sri Lanka?

What is the current landscape of e-commerce vs. brick and mortar in Sri Lanka?

What logistical challenges does Sri Lanka present for Takas?

How active are the Lakan Angels and what verticals do they typically focus on?

May 23, 2017

A 20-year entrepreneur, speaker, & globally recognized growth strategist, Marissa’s lifetime legacy mission is to educate, equip, & empower 100 million entrepreneurs & leaders with the skillsets and mindsets they need to reach their greatest potential. As CEO of Successful Culture, Marissa helps CEOs master the 3 most critical aspects of business growth: leadership development, strategy formulation & execution, and organizational culture assessment & improvement. She also helps CEOs select and implement highly effective advisory boards using her patented SCALE™ Model, which is an essential strategy for any business looking to grow exponentially. She is a Chapter Chair for Women’s Presidents Organization (WPO), and is responsible for the facilitation and growth of groups of up to 20 women business owners with revenues ranging from $2 million to more than $150 million. Marissa is a Leadership Mindset columnist for Inc. Magazine, and is an instructor & strategy coach for Inc’s online entrepreneurship education program, Inc.Edu which leads start-up entrepreneurs through an intensive business growth curriculum. She is the author of “My Company ROCKS!” Eight Secrets to a Growth-Driven Culture That Keeps Employees Happy & Engaged,” which provides specific strategies on how to build a culture that fosters employee loyalty, engagement, and excitement. She is also the author of the #1 best-selling book on advisory boards, “Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth Through Exceptional Advisory Boards”. The book leads businesses owners through her SCALE™ Model to strategically select, compensate, associate, & leverage advisory boards for breakthrough growth. Marissa is also SmartCEO Magazine’s syndicated columnist, penning a column entitled “Get on Board” which advises business owners how to strategically build advisory boards to fuel organizational growth. Marissa’s 20-year entrepreneurial journey started in 1995 when she founded Information Experts, a strategic communications and education firm, in 1995, that served more than 15 federal agencies. She launched her firm as a solopreneur with a $35,000 contract, and led/grew the organization to approximately $15 million in revenue until she resigned in 2012. Under her leadership, Information Experts won more than 80 awards for creativity & leadership, was named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for 2009, 2010, and 2011, won the 2010 SmartCEO GovStar Industry Star Award, and was known as a trailblazer in establishing an extraordinary employee-centric culture that fully supported work-life integration and a core value of “responsible flexibility.” Marissa’s passion of mentoring other leaders motivated her to launch Successful Culture in June 2012. Through Successful Culture she applies her 20 years of experience to help leaders achieve their highest potential, build exceptional organizations to engage & inspire employees, and keep top-level talent. She was named as a 2009, 2010, and 2011 SmartCEO Smart 100 participant by SmartCEO Magazine, which recognizes the top 100 CEOs in the region, and was named as a 2008 BRAVO Award winner, which honors the region’s 25 most influential women CEOs. In 2011, she was one of the first honorees to be inducted into the SmartCEO Hall of Fame for outstanding and exemplary women’s leadership. She was named as one of Washington’s Top 100 Technology Titans for 2009 by Washingtonian Magazine and was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Marissa was also named as one of greater Washington’s “Women Who Mean Business” by the Washington Business Journal, which honors the region’s “most influential and powerful” women executives. Marissa holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development & Organizational Development, is a credentialed coach certified by International Coach Federation (ICF), is certified in Instructional Systems Design, and is a Certified Mastermind Facilitator.

 

On This Episode You'll Learn:

What value should entrepreneurs expect from their boards?

How important is culture to a small startup?

What’s appropriate advisory board compensation?

What are the challenges of scaling culture?

May 16, 2017

Meet John Gavigan, Executive Director at 43North in Buffalo. John is a Business owner, executive and management professional with 20+ years’ experience providing strategic, operational and sales leadership to start-up, turnarounds, expansions and established businesses. His skills include executive level relationship management, human resource management, business planning and implementation, sales management, sales, and marketing. 43North is the world’s largest business idea competition with $5 million in cash awards presented annually to attract entrepreneurs and startups to Buffalo, NY. Winning teams also receive free space in 43North’s incubator, mentorship and access to the START-UP NY program, which allows new companies to operate free of New York State taxes for 10 years. 43North is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion plan and it operates through grants from the New York Power Authority and Empire State Development.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

What developments in Buffalo’s startup scene have happened in the past 5 years?

What were some of the challenges the 43North team faced in scaling the competition?

What startup verticals is Buffalo strongest in?

How are leaders in the Buffalo startup ecosystem collaborating with other ecosystems in the US?

May 9, 2017

Meet John O'Nolan, Product designer turned startup founder. John spent the majority of his career building publications for large companies including Microsoft, Virgin Atlantic, Nokia, EasyJet, Ubisoft, and various others. After a two year stint as the Deputy Head of Design for WordPress and watching it turn into a website builder, he set out to create a new publishing platform focused on modern journalism: called Ghost. Ghost was founded in April 2013, after a very successful Kickstarter campaign to create a new platform focused solely on professional publishing. Their mission is to create the best open source tools for independent journalists and writers across the world, and have a real impact on the future of online media.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

What did you learn as Head of Design for Wordpress that you were able to use when founding Ghost? J

ohn has spoken publicly about his interest in open source business models, where does Ghost’s approach fit in?

What are the differences between being venture backed and being crowd-funded?

What does John think is the future of written content online and how do content publishing platforms such as Ghost and Wordpress fit into that model?

May 2, 2017

Meet Chris Wade, Venture Partner at Octopus Investments. Chris is a seasoned entrepreneur, advisor and investor in early stage technology companies, most notably co-founding Cambridge Positioning Systems, which pioneered location solutions for the global mobile phone industry. He has acted as an advisor to various Venture Capital Groups as well as the UK Government. Chris has successfully invested in, built and exited numerous early stage companies, creating value through strong strategic alliances with blue-chip corporates in Europe, Asia and North America, making him a unique and valuable sounding board to both General Partners and portfolio Companies.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

How did Chris get into Venture Capital?

After having spent time as the UK government’s Head of Venture Capital investments What challenges did Chris encounter transitioning to a Limited Partner role?

How has AI talent accrued in London over the past few years?

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