Gurman Hundal – Co-Founder of MiQ about simply being a successful entrepreneur


This episode with Gurman Hundal, co-founder of MiQ, is a bit shorter and has some audio challenges at the beginning (apologies, it gets better throughout the episode) but the content is a must listen for any entrepreneur. Gurman gives advice on building a successful start-up culture, about empowering people and having trust; working hard, yet having a work life balance and being content, and happy.
An episode close to my heart as I met both Gurman and his co-founder Lee in 2010. They have made it in our industry and they are not done yet!
I am delighted that Gurman made some time in his busy diary to meet and speak with me about his journey. He launched the now global company MiQ in London with partner Lee Puri after recognising a clear unaddressed need for data-driven insight in an otherwise thriving ad-tech economy. Seeing both opportunity and demand for more transparent models in real-time advertising, MiQ was born and has maintained a 95% employee retention rate. I’d love to know the secret of that culture!
In 2017, Gurman won a Gold StevieĀ® Award in the Executive of the Year in the Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations category. I am sure this is just one of many.

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Dominic Powers on success in Asia


Another great chat this week. Dominic Powers, CEO of Ctrl/Shift  and I speak about the adtech industry but quickly venture out on a few tangent. A conversation that leads you to understand how to be successful in Asia, which leadership style works and how to stay in a company for over 14 years. We speak about the sitting order in a Japanese taxi, the Ocean Clean up  and how Dominic’s upbringing in the UK, and his work ethics got him where he is today. A successful business leader with lots of advice on how to bring focus back into one’s life, how to live a digital detox and educate our children to look after the planet. 
His (and my) book recommendation is the City of Devils which you can find alongside Homo Deus or Sapients on my recommendation page.
If you want to know more about Dominic or get in touch, please check out his website or LinkedIn profile.

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Don’t stop until you finish – Emma Loisel


This week’s episode features Emma Loisel, currently an investor in Volcano Coffee Works . I met her back in 2013 when she was already very successful as founding member and COO of The Exchange Lab. We discuss her story of success as a Kiwi in the UK, cultural differences and whether a commute from New Zealand to London is the same as Brighton to London. 
For her success is about choice and not about money. Her motivation is about problem solving, and she makes the business she works for her ‘riddles’ to be solved. Another tangent we went on was how to define entrepreneurialism and how it differs to be an inventor vs. an entrepreneur. 
When discussing cultures, we uncover human contact vs. remote working, and how life changes and our outlook on what we want to achieve for us and our family. Emma also discusses her approach to mentoring and ‘orchestrating’ a team.
Since returning to New Zealand, she reflected on how well the UK is set up for businesses. She also started periodic fasting and you can find out more about her technique on Prolon’s website which helped her a lot to gain energy and left her feeling a lot better about herself. 
Overall a very varied conversation about success, life, business and entrepreneurism, as well as management and mentoring. 
You can find out more about her or get in touch via LinkedIn
Emma’s mantra is that she doesn’t stop until she’s finished. 
We discussed where the quote “Standing on the shoulders of giants” came from, which was attributed to Bernard of Chartres

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Is Success boring? A view from a high performance coach!


This episode is one of my favourite ones. Folkert wonders if success is boring? Really? I recorded it a while back but it is all about what success means, and what we can achieve based on our own capabilities. Folkert Behrends has a similar passion to myself: helping and motivating people. Folkert supports individuals, teams and companies in finding unused personality, leadership and communication potentials. He develops strategies which translate into future skills, having worked with big blue chip companies. We discuss how the younger generation has to be managed differently and how people need to be empowered.
Given he is an athlete (22 time IRONMAN finisher!) Folkert gives us amazing examples of success, achievements and we discuss the choices we have and should make. He draws on his vast experience on how to train your mind, understand what you want to achieve, where your focus is, and how you need to go ‘into the tunnel’. There are so many take aways for focus in anyone’s life and we discuss cultures and attitudes and how they differ across the world.
You might have to listen to this episode several times as every time you listen you will find a new nuance around how to improve your peak performance. From taking breaks, to recover regularly, reset – platform – develop! Focus on the big points is key, and the here and now. Folkert gives us leadership advice and quotes something I loved: “perfection creates ambition, yet ambition kills perfection”
Find out more about him via LinkedIn or his website.
 

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Gavin Stirrat – Say yes to everything


 
I recorded the episode with Gavin Stirrat over a few Brewdog beers. A lovely chat with a man I have known for many years, with a similar history to myself and similar experience. We of course discuss success but also speak a lot about the importance of family, and how to make big decisions, taking risks and which habits he has. Gavin tells a good story, including one about being hands on with toilet brushes, and almost meeting Gary V. Yet he doesn’t have heroes or reads personal development books. An action packed, leisurely chat of two industry veterans about adtech, marketing, family and life in general. I hope you enjoy this week’s episode. You can find Gavin on LinkedIn

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Ikigai – a topical podcast – ‘to live the realisation one hopes for’


This is a new format I want to try out, a topical podcast, so please give me some feedback. I read Philip Perry’s article on Ikigai a few months back. Ikigai is a Japanese concept about what you love, what you and the world needs and what you are good at. It translates into your passion, mission, vocation and profession. And the overlap is Ikigai, which translates as ‘to live the realisation one hopes for’
As an expert on the topic I invited Philip to tell us about Ikigai and what it means in relation to success. Would finding Ikigai mean we are more successful?
 

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Begin with the end in mind and more productivity tips from Kate Lavender


This week I interview Kate Lavender, a superstar I wanted to interview for a long time, and we finally found some time in both of our diaries. She seems to be a mega-juggler, between family and a successful career, and we discuss work life balance, productivity and get a little bit philosophical around life in general. Kate and I chat about success and happiness, having this undisturbed time to being able to let go and enjoy the moment. Her mantra is ‘begin with the end in mind‘ (Stephen Corvey’s 7 habits is a classic book often quoted and you can find it on my book recommendation page) and to have fun. We had lots of fun discussing habits, routines and how to pay forward, choosing and finding mentors. You can find Kate on LinkedIn.

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Season 2 kick off with entrepreneurial learning from native advertising!


We are starting season two with a recording of a conversation with two guests over beers, so it’s a bit longer than the usual one. We kick it off with Dale Lovell and Francis Turner from AdYouLike. So we talk a lot about native advertising and have a lot of fun. Whilst we joke and chat a lot, we also go deep into the entrepreneurial spirit of launching a startup, growing it and joining forces with another company, managing cultures, people, job titles and growing pains. For any entrepreneur this episode is a guide on what you should or shouldn’t do and for any avid reader, Dale gives us lots of book recommendations. But we also cover success, cultural difference between US, UK, France and countries in general. Their mantra is ‘Don’t be a dick‘. A fascinating story and if you want to find more about them, look them up on LinkedIn or go to www.adyoulike.com.
 
And as always, check out my book recommendations over on my personal block.

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Success from Poland to the world, scaling an influencer network


This week’s episode is with Barbara Soltysinska. She is the CEO of indaHash and whilst living in Poland she has international experience of scaling businesses across Europe and globally. For her, success is about the satisfaction one gains from doing what one is doing on a daily basis. It is a personal thing and something we should all enjoy. Barbara works with a coach for many years and has very high standards and values, something we find in a lot of successful entrepreneurs; she deeply cares about helping others and passing on her knowledge. Her deep insights into different cultures and her reflective attitude makes this podcast a gem just before we break up for the summer. Join me in welcoming Barbara on the podcast, someone who takes cold showers, believes in deep breathing exercises and lives by her mantra: expect the best, prepare for the worst. Find out more about her on indaHash’s website or Barbara’s Linkedin profile.
 
 

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James Booth – Stories of a technical entrepreneur


James and I met many moons ago when he ran a company called Tangozebra which was acquired by DoubleClick as it went into Google; the soft toy zebra has been with me ever since. He is a true technical entrepreneur and one of the original rich media people in the industry. His interest in audio lead his career from music to the internet via a dial up connection to running a programmatic tech company called Scoota. Throughout his successes, James has stayed humble and follows his mantra of ‘money is only interesting if you do something good with it’ when investing or evaluating options. So besides some old cars and an older farm, he is a careful investor and founder, has written a children’s book, and balances his life with Yoga and a JCB. I hope you enjoy his story, a truly unique insight into the early beginnings of the world wide web and advertising.

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