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#21 Is bitcoin a better savings investment? Cedric Dahl, Bitcoin expert
Join Cedric Dahl, an early investor in Bitcoin who has the classic story of being in right place at the right time. After buying bitcoins in Starbucks for himself, he helped friends get in on the action, then angel investors and finally VC firms. He went on to found Buttercoin- a bitcoin exchange taking on the financial regulation systems. Not averse to failure, nor volatility we’ll hear his tales from Silicon Valley, starting then folding Buttercoin and understand the new world order of cryptocurrency. In this episode, we’ll journey through: - How the internet is becoming distributed - His views on the next protocol to hit mass adoption - The case for why bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are a better savings investment - Lastly, his approach to rejection- he’s done more interviews at Y Combinator- the infamous Silicon Valley incubator- than any other human on the planet! Available as podcast in iTunes (Apple) and Stitcher (Android) Sign up to the Samira Stalks mailing list for written summary The post #21 Is bitcoin a better savings investment? Cedric Dahl, Bitcoin expert appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#16 Harness the maker mindset in kids with a hands-on kit subscription box, Sahar Meghani
“Kids are born scientists, born explorers, born tinkerers! They touch, they feel, they ask questions – that’s how they learn.” Sahar Meghani is one of many girls who enjoyed science growing up. She was bored of the lack of sophisticated toys on offer for her nieces and couldn’t understand why houses in the UK aren’t full of craft kits, like the US. She’s on a mission to teach kids with Trunkaroo– a subscription box with hands-on DIY arts and science maker kits for the home which both entertain and educate the little ones. In today’s episode we’ll hear about: - Making that painful switch from a stable career in finance to tech startups - Why hands-on learning is back on the rise in the age of instant gratification as the iPad becomes the modern babysitter - The need to instill a maker mindset in kids through gender neutral toys - The key factors in nailing a subscription model as every e-commerce business aspires to become the next Dollar Shave Club! The post #16 Harness the maker mindset in kids with a hands-on kit subscription box, Sahar Meghani appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#4 How to mashup the first international marathon, a festival and meaningful travel in Uganda with Henry Blanchard
"There is a huge grassroots entrepreneurial spirit in Uganda but the bureaucracy is miles behind." I was joined by Henry Blanchard earlier this week who launched the first international marathon in Uganda – now in its second year. He’s starting a meaningful travel movement with a week long immersive experience including community outreach and a festival-marathon mashup in the district of Massaka, west of Lake Victoria, in central Uganda. The post #4 How to mashup the first international marathon, a festival and meaningful travel in Uganda with Henry Blanchard appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#6 Making a Beeline for cleaner, greener living by inventing an urban cyclist navigation product with Mark Jenner
"One of the ways we approached this… we always said it is worth it even if it’s a complete flop as we’re making a product that we think is a good one! It doesn’t matter if it fails!" In this episode, we hear from with Mark Jenner, an ardent cyclist who’s created Beeline- a new navigation product for urban cyclists for greener, cleaner living. It helps them find those quiet nugget routes in cities that they otherwise wouldn’t find using Google Maps. The post #6 Making a Beeline for cleaner, greener living by inventing an urban cyclist navigation product with Mark Jenner appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#33 The Good Immigrant: a document for what it means to be a person of colour. Nikesh Shukla
“I know the power of finding a book that changes someone’s life.” Tired of having to justify his seat at the table, Nikesh Shukla wrote a book curating 21 essays from upcoming writers from diverse backgrounds. They unravel British culture, explore self-identity and question the legacy of imperialism to provide an open space to discuss race. Against the backdrop of increased hostility to immigrants at a global scale, it sold 50k copies and accidentally became a reference pillar in the post Brexit debate. Crowdfunded by Unbound.
#29 The only social university for lifelong learning with Ivy, Beri Meric
“With education, the people you learn from aren’t just your teachers, it’s your peers as well.” Refusing to lose the magic of his Harvard business school network after graduating, Beri embarked on creating a social university for adults. It facilitates lifelong learning with access to the leading minds of our time with events across the globe.
#1 Welcome to Samira Stalks - What's this all about?
The podcast that brings you interviews with reckless dreamers and their stories of entrepreneurship, innovation and impact. Each week, we’ll talk to dreamers from an eclectic mix of fields- the arts, sciences, education, digital, social enterprise, sport, retail- you name it! We’ll weave through their professional and personal journey to uncover the secrets to their success but sure to talk about failure too! You’ll pick up the business education you need, from funding, strategy, and operations to marketing. It’s all to help you follow your own reckless dream so if you’re curious, creative and ready to make an impact on this world then this is for you! Inspired by StartUp, TED and Desert Island Discs. www.samirastalks.com
#8 Why I’m on a one-way ticket to MARS!!! with Adriana Marais
“The allure of the unknown is far more comfortable than the known – go further. More important than leaving a legacy is that my ideas will remain behind in the minds of people. Let’s be proudly human – let’s do things that makes us a proud species” In this episode, we hear from aspiring martian Adriana Marais, one of the last one hundred finalist’s of the Mars 1 mission, hoping to jet off to Mars on a one way ticket in 2026. Born and raised on Earth in South Africa, she is one of the many who had hopes of becoming an astronaut but one of the few who carried through with it. Currently an academic researcher with scientific pursuits in the emerging field of quantum astrobiology, she read about the mission to send humans, on a one way ticket, to Mars at breakfast one morning…Her body shivered as she knew at that moment, she was going to attempt to leave Earth and dedicate her own life to the advancement of human knowledge. The post #8 Why I’m on a one-way ticket to MARS!!! with Adriana Marais appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#26 The tech community response to refugee needs, Techfugees with Josephine Goube
An insight into how the tech industry can be a disrupter for good to meet refugee needs. Follow the show @SamiraStalks The post #26 The tech community response to refugee needs, Techfugees with Josephine Goube appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#22 3 words to invent a new address system with Chris Sheldrick, What3Words
Chris is an entrepreneur who has invented a better way to navigate by taking on the address, GPS and postal space. He’s divided up the world into 57 trillion 3m squares and assigned 3 words to each one - a giant grid and the simplest way to communicate a location. Available as podcast in iTunes (Apple) and Stitcher (Android) Sign up to the Samira Stalks mailing list at www.samirastalks.com for written summary The post #22 3 words to invent a new address system with Chris Sheldrick, What3Words appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#11 Keep Calm and Meditate- there’s an app for that! with Alex Tew
“At the same time I started meditating at 14, I built a prototype in 2005 for the Calm app but never launched it.” Join Alex Tew – a serial entrepreneur- the founder of the Calm mindfulness app and one of those who made his $1m in his bedroom, whilst in his teens, with a marketing viral hit called the Million Dollar Homepage. A meditator since the age of 14, he’s bringing mindfulness to the masses through the app- the latest craze in the wellbeing space for happier, healthier living. It’s taken the western world by storm, starting with just 10 minutes a day- its no wonder it has over 5m downloads and is in the top 150 of the Apple’s highest grossing apps! The post #11 Keep Calm and Meditate- there’s an app for that! with Alex Tew appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#2 How a bracelet can tell us what love means with Chrissie Lam
"Love is proportional to will power..." Stemming from a throwaway Instagram photo of strangers on a plane talking about what love means, Chrissie - a change-making fashionista- has created the LOVE IS bracelet. It follows a Toms' type model- produced by Maasai tribes and distributed on mass scale by American Eagle and Whole Foods. We’ll hear her story of how her passion for concept design, a sabbatical and how she was keen to create jobs rather than charity through this work.
#23 The invisibility cloak made with fasiontech by Saif Siddiqui, ISHU
Fusing fashion and technology together, Saif has invented the closest thing to an invisibility cloak. Listen to the story of the scarf with a magical symmetrical pattern. In a world of eroding privacy, it has gone down a treat with celebrities such as JAYZ, Cameron Diaz and Jaden Smith. Put the scarf on - take a flash picture - POOF! - the face disappears. Saif is now turning his hand to deploy fashiontech to power clothes with solar energy in the developing world. Available as podcast in iTunes (Apple) and Stitcher (Android) Sign up to the Samira Stalks mailing list at www.samirastalks.com for written summary The post #23 The invisibility cloak made with fasiontech by Saif Siddiqui, ISHU appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#34 Exit West: Migrants and magical doors with author, Mohsin Hamid
“The feeling of being a migrant is a universal one” explains Mohsin Hamid, the award-winning novelist of Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. With the rise of technology, globalisation and fake news, we’re living in an absurd present and uncertain future. In this episode, we journey through stories from Mohsin’s books and his writing form to explore the concept of migration being a fundamental human right. The interview provides a fresh and diverse voice on the state of international politics today, the global immigrant crisis and highlights the role of fiction as the human species evolves from storytelling around campfires to glowing screens.
#30 citizenM, the new boutique hotel on the block for the modern mobile traveller with Noreen Chadha
Against the backdrop of Airbnb, citizenM has come to the fore as a boutique hotel for the modern mobile citizen. Born out of the frustration of the fashion traveller, this startup hotel deploys user centered design to solve for modern luxury. 12 hotels later, 40% repeat business and artwork such as Andy Warhol casually placed around the sites, citizenM is a fresh burst in the hotel industry.
#32 x.ai: bring your own bot! Amy the personal assistant powered by artificial intelligence, Dennis Mortensen
“Artificial intelligence will move software from being passive to active, the software will be expected to make decisions on our behalf.” Dennis counted he had scheduled 1,019 meetings in a year! With big data startups under his belt, he deployed artificial intelligence techniques to create Amy, a virtual assistant and is on a mission to harness the power of AI to increase human potential. Hundreds of thousands of meetings have been scheduled automatically and it’s raised of $40m of Venture Capital investment. In this episode, he divulges the technology underpinning Amy,  jobs of the future, and the the morals and ethics behind bots - from bad behaviour, empathy to personalities.
#14 Ali G, The Inbetweeners and People Just Do Nothing- the mastermind behind British comedy w/ Shane Allen BBC
“We like misfits here! There’s a big streak of anti- authoritarianism in British comedy… people who are a bit flawed and not that self aware”. Fancy yourself a bit of a comedian? Join Shane Allen who heads up Comedy at the BBC- the UK’s public service broadcaster. He’s sourced and collaborated with mavericks such as Ricky Gervais, James Cordon and Sacha Baron Cohen and is the mastermind behind some of your best loved shows with a hand in Ali G, Peep Show, The Inbetweeners to more recently People Just Do Nothing. We’ll journey behind the scenes through his escapades in the media industry to understand what makes something funny! The post #14 Ali G, The Inbetweeners and People Just Do Nothing- the mastermind behind British comedy w/ Shane Allen BBC appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#13 Bossing a fashion line- the city, Cambodia and designer coats with Leah Rodrigues from Holi
“I was spat at, abused and told I would never work in this town again… but it made sense to me and the women I wanted to help.” We discuss fashion, business and social impact with my guest – Leah Rodrigues- the founder of Holi, a premium outerwear fashion line for women. She was one of four raised by a single mother who instilled what I call graft! Born in New Zealand and turning up in London with a bag and a couple of hundred pounds, she worked literally any job to the pay the bills to be able to start her own designer coat line, Holi. The post #13 Bossing a fashion line- the city, Cambodia and designer coats with Leah Rodrigues from Holi appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#5 The tale of two young women shaking up the contemporary art scene with Alexandra Warder
"Early on I took one job as an art consultant but it was a total disaster, it was a complete scam… but out of it, at least I found my future gallery partner." I was joined by Alexander Warder who runs a contemporary art gallery Bosse and Baum with another young lady in Peckham, London- a mecca for young businesses. The post #5 The tale of two young women shaking up the contemporary art scene with Alexandra Warder appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#3 Building a leading digital brand in personalised goods with Taymoor Atighetchi
"In the UK we find failure harder to accept than in the US". We hear from Taymoor Atighetchi- a serial entrepreneur- on building a digital brand in personalised goods, Papier which is looking to disrupt the cards gifts and stationary space in the UK. We’ll hear his commitment to being a serial entrepreneur, starting from selling art as a child, building a media company, The Tab, at university to the launch of Papier itself. We discuss how he bucked the Silicon Valley trend of being a sole founder without a co-founder partner in crime and lastly his views on the new school wave of the more risk averse entrepreneurs that are bubbling up.
#20 A spoken poet word saving youth politics with Suli Breaks
"It was only music, it was only grime... poetry was my way to tell stories to my peers." A lyrical genius - Suli is on a mission to express his views on education, politics, work and other social norms- a refreshing voice for the youth.  Suli rose to the public eye on YouTube after launching a viral video titles ‘Why I Hate School but love Education’. His love for the lost art of poetry has earned a reputation as hard-hitting, poignant and thought provoking. His efforts have been rewarded with a diverse fan base- performances at TED Global and London last his sold-out headline show, Not A Role Model. Lastly...listen to how he stalked his way to have breakfast with Will Smith- actually Will stalked him to be fair…. Enjoy! Available as podcast in iTunes (Apple) and Stitcher (Android) Sign up to the Samira Stalks mailing list for written summary The post #20 A spoken poet word saving youth politics with Suli Breaks appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#25 The kids bank that turns pocket money into lifelong spending lessons, Osper with Alick Varma
“In the UK, 31% of adults fail to save with 50% of UK households without a budget... these habits start young and out of school.” Taught as an 11 year old kid to manage his own finances by his diligent accountant parents, Alick spent his adult life observing most people had no clue when it came to personal budgeting and saving. He set out to create a kids bank Osper to address the endemic spending crisis and instill healthy financial habits early on in life. Today, Osper has over 100k kids banking and spending with their own debit card through a subscription service. Follow the show @SamiraStalks The post #25 The kids bank that turns pocket money into lifelong spending lessons, Osper with Alick Varma appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#18 How a 20 yr old became a Venture Capital star, Harry Stebbings- The Twenty Minute VC
In this episode, we’re joined by Harry Stebbings- the 20 yr old who has become somewhat of a star in the Venture Capital industry. He set out to make his mark on it after watching Peter Thiel invest in Facebook in the The Social Network movie as a teen. Harry is the host of the 20 Minute VC podcast where he has interviewed over 600 investors and thought-leaders, he’s amassed over 100k subscribers and has sponsors queuing up to put their services in front of his audience. The post #18 How a 20 yr old became a Venture Capital star, Harry Stebbings- The Twenty Minute VC appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#19 How the canvas tote bag became a fashion statement with Smruti Sriram, Supreme Creations
Ever wondered where the canvas tote bags, which we’ve become so reliant on for everyday errands, come from? In the episode, we hear from Smruti Sriram from Supreme Creations, the world’s largest ethical manufacturer of reusable bags with 50,000 clients across Europe. Originally a business set up by her father, she was the pioneer behind shifting perceptions of these sustainable bags by partnering his fashion labels to make them somewhat of a fashion icon in their own right. The post #19 How the canvas tote bag became a fashion statement with Smruti Sriram, Supreme Creations appeared first on Samira Stalks.
#31 Streetbees, capturing real life moments from real people to power new products with Tugce Bulut
“For one client, we improved the prediction power from 23%, worse than chance, to 86% confidence on what people were going to eat for dinner.” With a bout of microfinance experience in India, a PhD and a client trying to invent a new tea flavour, Tugce founded Streetbees to give consumers a voice when brands design new products. Today, Streetbees is a UK startup disrupting the $45bn market research industry by providing grassroot insights for global clients with access to over a million ‘bees’ on the platform in over 80 countries.
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Podcast Details
Started
Feb 1st, 2016
Latest Episode
Jan 16th, 2018
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
38
Avg. Episode Length
34 minutes
Explicit
No

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