TBLP051 | Rokham Fard: Self-Leadership

At the age of 15, Rokham Fard’s family moved to Canada. He studied Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He worked with Canada’s largest academic research lab to help out with re-designing the education system. At 21, he became the employee of the year at a Fortune 500 company. After graduation, he decided to turn his route to entrepreneurship. This path leads him to co-found TheRedPin.com.

TheRedPin.com  is Canada’s largest online real estate brokerage. Rokham helped to get it on the list of Profit Magazine’s “Canada’s 50 fastest growing tech startups” in 2016.  

Now, Rokham has built another startup called PsychologyCompass.com. It is where entrepreneurs learn scientific tactics to reach their peak mental performance. In 2017, they hit three big milestones; putting the team together, building their MVP, and getting the company post revenue. This year, they focus on getting the word out and making more people aware of Psychology Compass.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How to overcome the biggest challenges in business while growing and scaling a company
  • How Rokham focus on things and make decisions for his business
  • What it means to live in a “Debug Mode”
  • Where a business leader of today should put their focus on
  • The meaning of Self-Leadership

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Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

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Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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TBLP050 | Seth Godin: Be Bold

Seth Godin is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He’s also the founder of the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar, online workshops that have transformed thousands of people.

He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Cow.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth has founded several companies, including Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world.

His latest book, What To Do When It’s Your Turn is now in its fifth printing. You can find it at yourturn.link.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why he believes in developing “soft skills” versus “textbooks”
  • Why you are incompetent when you are doing something new
  • Why he doesn’t believe in mentorships
  • How to choose heroes and learn from them whether they are alive or not
  • What to do to create 5 hours a day to learn

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Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

 

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP049 | Ben Baldwin: Just Be Useful

Ben Baldwin is co-founder of ScaleDriver, an innovation-building system for Fortune 500s, and of The Founder City Project, a peer community of 500+ founders and teams, trained to support each other, solve problems, and attract talent. Ben has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, and in Toronto Life as one of Toronto’s 20 Most Brilliant Tech Innovators. He holds multiple patents and is a board member of the Drucker Institute and member of the Innovation for Jobs Summit, founded by David Nordfors and Vint Cerf (“father of the Internet”).

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What it means to “Just Be Useful”
  • Why and how The Founder City Project was launched
  • Why he attacks priorities in serial versus parallel
  • How to build a regret minimization framework to get things done

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TBLP048 | Sachin Aggarwal: Growth Through Trust

Sachin Aggarwal is the Chief Executive Officer of Think Research. He joined the team in 2010 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Think Research, Sachin served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, where he managed six departments, including the Leader’s Executive Team. Sachin Aggarwal, was chosen as one of the recipients of the 2017 Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award, he currently sits on the Board of the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) and has served on the Board of Directors for numerous community outreach programs, including Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services and the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. He was called to the Bar in Ontario and in New York after earning a law degree from the University of Toronto and holds a MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why the health industry is slow to adopt new technology
  • What the similarities are from running a political campaign versus a business
  • Why you should let people set the price when raising capital
  • How the concept of 10,000 hours to be an expert is getting longer

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TBLP047 | Heather Shantora: Composure Under Pressure

As the CEO of PT Healthcare and InnoCare, Heather oversees a $50+ million national healthcare company and under her leadership, both organizations have solidified their position as Canadian health care leaders focused on the development of innovative healthcare technology and patient-centered care. She credits this success to her team and her commitment to creative thinking; a willingness to challenge the status quo; authentically caring for and empowering teams; and an entrepreneurial skill set firmly focused on value creation.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why it doesn’t matter what industry you work in, it’s what you uniquely bring
  • How living in Paris as an “immigrant” opened her eyes
  • What it means to take on more responsibility
  • Why she enjoys reading business articles like Harvard Business Review

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TBLP046 | Alexander Peh: Be Willing to Listen

Alexander Peh, a passionate technology focused FinTech leader, with international experience in the payments, digital commerce, software development and media industries.

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, educated in Melbourne, Australia and with stints in Africa, South East Asia, and Europe, Alexander currently serves as Vice President of Innovation at RBC.

Before RBC, he led Market Development and Mobile for PayPal Inc based in Canada and the UK.

An active startup advisor and entrepreneur mentor, he sits on Advisory Boards at the MaRS Discovery District and The BC Tech Association.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What brought Alex from Kuala Lumpur, Australia, UK, to finally Canada
  • How he adjusts when he moves organizations
  • What it means to live by the “open, honest, and direct” mantra that
  • Why he looks at life in 2-3 year chunks now

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TBLP045 | Diane Kazarian: Leadership Is About Others

Diane Kazarian is the Managing Partner for the Greater Toronto area and National Financial Services Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) which includes Banking and Capital Markets, Asset Management, Insurance, Real Estate and Private Equity sectors in all lines of business (audit, tax and advisory). She is also PwC’s Global Financial Services Brand Leader.

With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Diane specializes in the banking sector in the development and monitoring of legal and reputational risk policies, procedures and processes, regulatory compliance and credit risk management processes. She has extensive experience of IFRS, US GAAP and SEC rules and regulations.

In 2013, she was a recipient of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.

Diane has a BSc (Business Administration) from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island (Summa Cum Laude). She is a CA and CPA, and is fluent in Armenian. She speaks at a variety of client events, and teaches courses aimed at the directors’ community at the Rotman School of Management and frequently interacts with the press on emerging issues in Financial Services. Diane often speaks and is an active participant and advocate of Women in Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion. She is also on the Board of Bryant University and Kingsway College School.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why Diane believes you have to focus for 3-5 years before moving on
  • How she supports the growth of women leaders in the organization
  • What it takes to learn about new opportunities in the company
  • What she does when moving onto new roles and opportunities

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TBLP044 | Sheetal Jaitly: Start With An Entrepreneurial Mindset

Sheetal Jaitly is the Founder and CEO at TribalScale, a software design and development company in Toronto.  Sheetal is a 13 year veteran of the tech industry. In the late 90’s Sheetal worked in mobile right out of high school where he was part of the Palm Pilot launch with USRobotics in Canada.

When Sheetal joined Xtreme Labs, as the Director of Business Development for Media, he quickly expanded the Media vertical for the organization and became a well-known figure within the industry.

As Xtreme was acquired by Pivotal Software, he expanded his reach as he took Telecommunications and IoT under his belt. In his current role as CEO of TribalScale, Sheetal is applying his business development skills to quickly scale the young IoT and mobile development company.

Outside of his day-to-day role, Sheetal is an avid investor in the technology space as well as a volunteer and member on the BoD for the Ontario Association of Food Banks.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How selling photocopiers door-to-door helped him grow
  • What it meant to be a thought leader within the media vertical
  • Why he saw the acquisition from Pivotal Labs as an opportunity to grow
  • How they are growing and leading TribaScale at a rapid pace

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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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