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What do you do when you're a small business waiting on your client's receivables to come in, and in the meantime you've still got to pay for your goods & services, payroll, and overhead? Well this is the same problem that Mario Jordan Fetalino, or Magellan for short, had while helping his family business. Clients would take months to pay you because of the long payment terms, causing a bind for even the most asset rich of companies. Magellan is the Founder & CEO of Acudeen Technologies in Manilla, Philippines, who is on a mission to small & medium sized enterprises with this liquidity constraint in SE Asia. They've won numerous startup competitions and are regarded as one of the fastest growing fintech companies in the Philippines! One thing that I loved was that because of their technology & business model, they are able to help not just large enterprises but even the smallest of businesses! Keep listening to hear how Acudeen & Magellan are making a life changing impact for those businesses! He also told me he makes his own beer, and even though I don't drink, I'll have to get you an update on that when we catch up in Manilla sometime!Click here to view the full transcription
I believe education & the learning process are the root of all human growth. It comes in many forms, shapes, and environments, especially in today's technology driven age. Kirsty Chadwick certainly agrees, as she has spent decades in the education field spanning 3 continents. Kirsty started The Training Room Online in 2008, which designs & develops innovative, custom e-learning material for their corporate, industrial, and private sector clients by providing solutions that use technology as a core enabler to transform the learning experience. We had a great conversation, and I think you'll be able to see Kirsty's passion for wanting to bridge the gap to the accessibility of quality education in emerging & developing markets. Click here for the full transcription
How easy is it today to call a cab if we need a ride these days, we just pull out our phone and use one of many ride-sharing apps in our country. Gaurav Biswas is looking to make it just as easy to book a truck for companies with his technoloigy enabled aggregation platform, TruKKer! If you're wondering how exactly that works and who would need this service, then keep listening, Gaurav's doing some big things in the Middle East & Northern Africa regions! Gaurav, originally from India, has lived all over the world, with a heavy focus on large scale commercial real estate projects. He takes us through the difficulties of regulation with international borders, the adaptation of the Middle East to enable technology, and how he had raised tens of millions for TruKKer!Click here for full show transcription: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QWol_r_3AvwIwamC7HeuVwjU52wJsouT/view?usp=sharing
A seasoned corporate IT professional, Ziv Nakajima-Magen, made the shift towards real estate along with his wife to start Nippon Tradings. They are a buyer's agency & portfolio manager helping foreign investors buy, sell, and manage your real estate properties in Japan! Ziv takes us through the Japanese real estate market, different asset classes, how they assist investors from all over the world, and cultural barriers that almost require a foreign investor to have a partner like Nippon Tradings to invest in Japan.Click here for full transcription: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_RfmGE2yvf2iqYWkRes1lnQ5ss7rAeXt/view?usp=sharing
Townships in South Africa usually refer to the residential areas in which non-white workers were forced to live prior to 1994 when South Africa became an inclusive democracy, ending apartheid. As you can imagine, this has had a significant impact on the lives of non-white families, from education, access to technology, and just basic infrastructure. So when you're looking to learn how to use basic technology to get into a better university, or train to get a job...but have never had much experience with using a computer and basic applications, what do you do? That's precisely the service that Luvuyo Rani and his company, Silulo Ulutho Technologies, have been providing to help train and provide resources in under-served townships. They've trained over 55,000 students, helping them land jobs, and they also serve as an internet cafe with over 45 locations across South Africa, employing hundreds, and impacting countless lives. Luvuyo has been recognized on the global stage numerous times, including South Africa's Social Entrepreneur of the year at the World Economic Forum. He takes us through his very humble beginnings, his growth since he started in 2004, and his plans for the future expansion across Africa.Click here for Full Transcription!
Running a business, a startup, or even a demanding job can take a toll on us, especially our happiness. I read a lot of books, talk to people with great advice, and try to keep improving...but it's still tough, and there are always new hurdles that come across us. So how do we "future proof" our happiness, so that we're always happy? Well, Penny Locaso of Melbourne, Australia, had left her professional career as an executive and is helping people achieve just that as a TEDx & keynote speaker, on her podcast, her recently published book, "Hacking Happiness", and her business called HackingHappy.co.Penny has been voted one of the most influential female entrepreneurs in Australia! She's on a mission to teach 10 million humans, before 2025, how to intentionally adapt, in order to future proof happiness. Keep listening because she drops some amazing wisdom and ways she's helped her corporate clients, like Google, Microsoft, Lululemon, and Coca-Cola, as well as business leaders around the world on how to "Hack Happiness"!Click here for Full Transcription!
On today's show we have Tarek El Sheriff, the founder & CEO of Zinobe, a fintech company which uses its technology & advanced analytics to provide financial products for underserved markets. Zinobe was listed in Financial Time's fastest growing companies in the Americas, and is #1 in Colombia. They have raised $30M in debt financing just this year from ex-Goldman Sachs executive, Ali Meli, and also equity in their prior rounds from VC firm, QED Investors. Tarek is a NY born, UK raised, Columbia MBA grad who started his career as an investment banker. Zinobe is the parent entity for financial products, Lineru & Aliatu. Enjoy our conversation!Click here for Full Transcription!
So I've been looking to live in various cities around the country, and world, for a few months at a time so I can explore different areas & experience new settings. A bit more than a getaway weekend, but less hassle than signing a long term lease. I know it's a tough time to be doing something like that, especially in 2020, but one company that I found to make that process a breeze is doing just that. Spotahome is reinventing the rental process by making it easier for landlords & renters to connect with their digital platform. Founded by Alejandro Artacho in Madrid, Spain, in 2014, they've already grown to over 10 cities, and raised over €80M from some of the top investors in the world, like Kleiner Perkins and the founders of unicorn giants, Dropbox, Yelp, and Uber. You'll love Alejandro's enthusiasm and energy!Click here for Full Transcription!
Health & what I consume is a very large component of my life & I would think many of you as well. The options available differ wildly between regions & countries. Changing cultural habits & mindsets that have been embedded for generations can be difficult, but Laurene Maire & her team or on a mission to offer Mexico the best products to health conscious consumers at honest prices with their company, YEMA. With a team of industry experts, they have dozens of their own in-house products in their supermarket, spanning food, personal care, and home goods. Laurene is the co-founder and Chief Merchandising Officer, who is an ex-Mckinsey & Wharton MBA alumni. She had also co-founded a successful sleep technology company, called Luuna, which her husband continues to operate as the CEO. If you're ever in Mexico City, you can check out one of YEMA's stores located in La Roma!Click here for Full Transcription!
Welcome to the VERY first episode of THE GLOBAL UJ Podcast! So excited to be sharing with you all our very first guest on the show, Kelvin Teo! Kelvin was born in Malaysia, moved to Singapore later in his teenage years, and eventually got his MBA from the Harvard school of business. He started his company, Funding Societies, with a fellow Harvard classmate - while still in school at Harvard! Investors had even asked how much it would take in funding to have them drop out of school and work on their startup full-time! To date, Funding Societies has raised well over $60M from prominent firms like Sequoia Capital & Softbank Ventures! Kelvin has been selected as one the top fintech influencers in Asia! Funding Societies is headquartered in Singapore with operations in Indonesia & Malaysia and slowly expanding across SE Asia. I think you'll really like this conversation, enjoy!Click here for Full Transcription!
Welcome to The Global UJ Podcast! A weekly podcast showcasing conversations with entrepreneurs & industry leaders from around the world, spanning every single continent. Connecting the developed to the developing, and everywhere in between. Showing that opportunities are aplenty to make a lasting difference on the world in more than just our own backyard... I'm your host, Ujwal Velagapudi, a serial entrepreneur & investor, bringing together my passion for business & curiosity to learn about the nuances of commerce within each country. Episodes will be under an hour in length, released every Wednesday, and absolutely FREE in any app that supports podcasts! Please make sure to subscribe & checkout TheGlobalUJ.com! So keep listening as we learn more about the world through the eyes of entrepreneurship!https://www.docs.google.com/document/d/1q34XCbBPNM9ySQGV8QPcow7eqQkR6srdP88towk0ah8/edit?usp=sharing
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The Global UJ
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Sep 13th, 2020
Latest Episode
Oct 21st, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
11
Avg. Episode Length
43 minutes
Explicit
No
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Serial

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