TBLP043 | Dalia Asterbadi: Learn to Conquer Challenges

Dalia Asterbadi hails from a family of technology entrepreneurs. Dalia is the CTO of Verve.ai, Chief Data Scientist at JONES and Chair of CriticalStateLabs, focused in machine learning and augmented intelligence since 2012.

As a respected marketing technologist and inventor of a patented augmented intelligence platform, she believes in pioneering the democratization of data science.

Based in Toronto, she is committed to enabling Canadian startups to make a dent in the technology and business ecosystem through collaboration and value creation.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why real insight needs to come in the form as a surprise
  • The challenges growing an agency
  • Why he believes in multiple revenue streams
  • What he learned from an acquisition

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TBLP042 | Peter Reitano: Grow and Elevate All

Over the last 10 years, Peter Reitano, CEO of Abacus, a performance Facebook ad tech/agency, has worked directly with some of the worlds largest blue-chip / Fortune 500 brands and award-winning agencies in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US.

Peter is also the co-founder of Bellwether, a not for profit which brings together entrepreneurs and leaders in Toronto’s startup, tech, media, and advertising space for collaboration and innovation.

He also sits on the Canadian Marketing Association’s digital council, the lead instructor at Bitmaker teaching digital marketing, and invests in early-stage startups (focussing on E-com), and on the board of several companies/startups advising on growth.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What he learned growing a marketing agencies worldwide
  • The challenges growing an agency
  • Why he believes in multiple revenue streams
  • What he learned from an acquisition

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Happy New Years from Edwin Frondozo

Happy New Years everyone!

As I start the year from Slovakia (see the picture above of the High Tatras that I took on a drive through the country), I thought I would take the time to shout out my ideas for the new year and also discuss 3 episodes from last year that I thought were noteworthy.

I am thinking of launching a voice box service where listeners can call in and ask specific questions.  The call will be recorded and played back in the episode.  It’s one of the ideas and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Key episodes I talk about are listed here:

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What I thinking about the podcast this year
  • Handpicked episodes to listen too

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Happy Holidays from Edwin Frondozo

Happy Holidays everyone!

Taking the time to give thanks to all my listeners as I reflect back on the amazing year.  From the concept of the podcast; to launching it within 2 months; to insightful conversations with inspirational business leaders; to the Silver Award for Best Business Podcast at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards/

I also share one of the books that I read that lead me to launch the business leadership podcast (hint: see reading section).

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What I am grateful for
  • Why I launched the podcast
  • What I am looking forward to

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TBLP041 | Matthew Hollingshead: Be Vulnerable

Matthew is a 20 year veteran of the digital media space including video games, digital advertising and software development. He is currently the founder and CEO of Hifyre a growing custom software developer based in Hamilton, ON.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What it was like being employee number one of a fast-growing company
  • Why he believes in slow and steady growth
  • Why he believes being vulnerable is key to growth

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TBLP040 | Alyssa Furtado: Diversity of Thought

Alyssa Furtado is a passionate entrepreneur, financial expert, digital marketer and educator and is the CEO of RateHub.ca, the leading Canadian financial comparison site for mortgage rates, credit card deals, deposit rates and insurance. She has been regularly featured as a financial expert on CTV News, BNN, Global News, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

Alyssa graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in business and math. She worked for two years for a US-based consulting firm where she realized a need in Canada for transparent online resources in the personal finance space and a platform to compare products; there were already three companies in the United States fulfilling this market. Alyssa thus co-founded RateHub in 2010 and has spent the last seven years building products that help Canadians make smart financial choices.

She has grown RateHub.ca from 1 to over 50 full-time employees.  She and her co-founder, James Laird, also launched its own in-house mortgage brokerage, CanWise Financial. Alyssa’s expertise in search engine optimization and digital marketing has been a key factor in RateHub.ca’s success, driving hundreds of thousands of users to the site each month.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why she left a management consulting job to start Ratehub.ca
  • Why she focused on SEO for the first 6 years
  • What are the key actions Alyssa takes to help her grow the business
  • How she is learning to overcome “imposter’s syndrome”

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TBLP039 | Mark Jaine: Build the Ladder

Mark Jaine is President and CEO of Intelex Technology Inc., headquartered in Toronto. Intelex is a worldwide leader in employee health & safety, and quality (EHSQ) web-based management systems. Mark joined the company in 1999 and has led the transformation from niche software provider to innovative leading force in global EHSQ.

Under Mark’s leadership, Intelex received business awards, including being named by Deloitte as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and a Fast 50 high-growth company. Intelex was also honoured by TechConnex as Company of the Year, Canada’s Top Employer and among the Best Small/Medium Sized Employers in Canada.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How a drive across America and a 3-month internship lead him to the top
  • Why he believes in building a ladder underneath you rather than climbing one
  • What it took to make the first $50,000 sale for the company
  • Why he says “Be Like Madonna” helps him think about changing roles and responsibilities
  • How he is building an organization where “Work to Live” value is first and foremost
  • How is pushing other organizations to strive to be a $1Bln company

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TBLP038 | Steve Woods: Measuring Relationships

Currently co-founder and CTO at Nudge.ai, Steve Woods is using artificial intelligence to help salespeople find useful trigger events at their target accounts. Letting AI do the heavy burden of research allows sales professionals to focus on selling, while never missing a chance to turn latent demand into active demand.

Prior to that, co-founder and CTO of Eloqua, a company I helped guide to a market leading position in Marketing Automation, while growing it to a $100M revenue run rate, through its IPO on the NASDAQ, and to ultimate acquisition by Oracle.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he is able to bridge  between technology and marketing/sales
  • What the intersection of people, business, and innovation looks like
  • Why he lives life in “debug mode” to continually improve himself
  • What it took to take Eloqua from $0 to $100M in 10 years
  • Removing cognitive biases to become a better leader

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TBLP037 | Melody Adhami: Growth through Quality Assurance

Melody Adhami started her career working at the billion-dollar company, Unilever, on brands like Dove, Hellmann’s and Lipton. Then, she reached a fork in the road. Deep inside the row of cubicles at Unilever, she watched the first signs of a new mobile age appear. Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, unleashing a world where mobile phones can do more than make calls. Melody made up her mind. She quit her steady job to launch a company that would focus on the emerging world of mobile apps, Plastic Mobile.

Today, Plastic is a top player in the world of mobile. Its clients are some of the biggest names in the business. The work was recognized by Forrester Research as being the “poster child” for apps. The Globe and Mail even dubbed Melody as the “Queen of Apps.” And in 2015, Plastic was acquired by the 6th largest global communications company, Havas.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why she left a perfect job at a billion dollar job company
  • How they took the leap as a couple after being married
  • What she learned after being acquired by the 5th largest communications company
  • How she was able to overcome the doubt in prospective customers in the mobile space

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TBLP036 | Matthew Bertulli: Building Business Platforms

Matt Bertulli is co-founder and CEO of Demac Media and co-founder of Pela Case. He’s also the author of best-selling book, Anything, Anywhere, a book on the future of retail and eCommerce.

Matt considers himself a student of retail and eCommerce above all else and his companies are where he tests his ideas in an effort to help commerce evolve. He’s helped to build and grow more than 100 eCommerce businesses over the last 10 years that have done billions in online sales in that time.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he is able to build and run multiple businesses
  • What it took to leave the developer role and move into a sales-engineer
  • Why he thinks he thinks that he is “sort of cheating”
  • What type of personal growth strategies he uses personally and for the business
  • What he learned from writing a best-selling book

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