Blaise Vas is the managing director of The Linen Cupboard Laundry. In today’s episode, you’ll hear about Blaise’s upbringing, how he came to Canada, and what he thinks about the DNA of the entrepreneur. Listen in to hear what Blaise has to say about the resourcefulness of his own parents and their influence on him, what it’s like to travel back and forth between Dubai and Canada, and when and how Blaise began to feel like an owner and take ownership of his business.
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“Language is just a tool for you to learn about culture.”
“Where other people see challenges, you see opportunity.”
“I didn’t want to keep putting roots down in a country that may one day allow me to call myself an emirate.”
You may have heard of Mark Skapinker as the managing partner at Brightspark. But what you may not know is that Mark has had four separate careers and that there are through-lines in those careers that have followed him throughout his life. Listen in to hear Mark explain how he ended up where he is and why that’s important. You’ll learn about the importance of passion in building a career, how Mark made a decision that led to the “freemium” model, and what it means to be a good venture capitalist. Topics Discussed in This Episode What Mark’s childhood looked like How Mark ended up in Canada The importance of passion in building a career The through-lines between Mark’s various careers Mark’s decision that led to the “freemium” model Why it’s important to “go big or go home” Becoming a good venture capitalist Patterns for success and failure in cultures and leadership teams that Mark has seen The success rates that Mark’s seen Related Links Mark Skapinker Brightspark Quotes From the Show “For one reason or another, I always knew I was leaving South Africa.” “It’s no coincidence that the counterculture of the 60s and the Grateful Dead, and people like that grew up in Palo Alto and that Apple grew up in the same part of the world.” “The beauty of our industry is that when something succeeds, you just ignore all the stuff that fails and make-believe that that didn’t happen.” ...
Being an entrepreneur means being able to handle some strange and wild circumstances. And if you’re interested in being one, you need to be up to dealing with anything, from one end of the spectrum to the other. In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Robin Kovitz, the president and CEO of Baskits, inc. In this episode, she discusses the unusual situations that entrepreneurs have to deal with. She also discusses her lifelong dream of attending Harvard, what criteria she put down as part of the process of deciding what business to buy, and what the value of kindness is in business. Topics Discussed in This Episode How Robin grew up Why Robin’s family were so adamant about her being educated Why Robin’s lifelong goal was to get an MBA from Harvard How going to Harvard was life changing What the process was of Robin deciding to take a risk on buying a business Robin’s non-negotiables The value of kindness in business The strategy of doing the right thing Robin’s views on women in entrepreneurship Changes over the past decade in terms of women in power The importance of passion for your work The future for Baskits Related Links Robin Kovitz Baskits, Inc Quotes From the Show “How you take that failure is at the key, I believe, of being a successful entrepreneur.” “To be good at this job, you have to be willing to do everything.” “I had this vision, because of my entrepreneurial roots, of running a small business. I really enjoyed being with customers, helping employees and team members” ...
What role does EQ play in company culture? Do workers going through the mergers and acquisitions process experience the stages of grief? These are some of the questions that today’s guest tackles in this episode. Jennifer Fondrevay is the Founder of Day1 Ready Consultancy. She advises forward-thinking business leaders, owners, and C-suite executives on how to prepare for the human capital challenges of mergers and acquisitions. She’s also a speaker and the author of the book Now What? A Survivor's Guide for Thriving Through Mergers & Acquisitions. Listen in to hear what Jennifer has to say about the role of EQ in a company, why Jennifer decided to give up a C-suite role and go out on her own, and what really happens inside the mergers and acquisitions process. Topics Discussed in This Episode Jennifer’s background Jennifer’s education and early career How much of a role EQ plays in company culture Whether having a female perspective affects EQ Tools that can increase EQ Jennifer’s opinion on nature vs. nurture How Jennifer decided to venture out on her own What “us vs. them” means when two companies come together Why Jennifer works with executives in the pre-deal announcement phase Whether self-awareness is a skillset that can be developed Whether there’s a playbook for enhancing the success of mergers and acquisitions Key pieces of advice for young entrepreneurs Related Links Jennifer Fondrevay Jennifer’s Website Now What? A Survivor's Guide for Thriving Through Mergers & Acquisitions Quotes From the Show “Where I do think that females may register higher is the empathy/compassion/intuition aspect.” “My experience is when people feel heard, and they feel that they’re able to contribute to that final solution, they’re invested in it, they want it to succeed.” “My belief is, if you wait until the announcement, ...