What makes someone leapfrog into the unknown, to begin your own hero’s journey in the startup world over the security of a normal job? Every great hero or heroine needs a mentor, but where do you find one ? Or perhaps one will find you at the right time. Global rising startup stars tell us why they built brilliant business empires instead of following the conventional wisdom of 9-to-5 careers and who inspired them along the way. We also pull back the curtain on common startup myths, and hard realities that founders face in a new era of rapidly developing technology. What kind of businesses do we need to be creating in the future?
Space…not the final frontier anymore. Entrepreneurs are now driving exploration and innovation in a field previously dominated by government. Space tourism, robotics, and nano-satellites are growing area of space investment. Space is a great way to inspire young minds into STEM fields, but will we see human space flight, the stuff of science fiction, in our lifetime?
Getting your startup funded is not the end of the story. It’s the beginning of a new chapter. Whether it’s angel investment, seed, series A,B and now the burgeoning world of ICOs: the truth is, not all money is equal. In fact, it creates a whole new set of challenges. We also look at key concepts around creating “value” in a company once it’s had a injection of funds.
This episode examines the ins-and-outs of building a business from a brilliant invention in the world of “Bodytech”. Inventors and entrepreneurs are now teaming up to create technology is that will change our relationship with our own bodies. The world is poised for drastic changes in the fields of biotech, health tech, and med tech, but the pathway to commercialisation has not always been easy. Epic failures, such as Theranos, have made investors gun shy in recent times – how can confidence be restored? We also consider the Ethical implications that arise from technology like CRISPR – an open source gene modification platform.
Choosing your co-founder should be like picking a partner for marriage. You need to have the same values, clear communication, and a shared direction. Otherwise you may not have a fairy tale ending. Can you meet your one true startup love at a bar, on an app or at a hackathon? Should you? Once you’re “all in” what happens with your first hire? How do you navigate culture shock 101. Whether you’re a CFO, CIO, CXO, CCO, COO, CSO, or CHO you need to know how to mash your company culture together to make the perfect mix for the long haul or alternatively cut your losses quickly if the fit isn’t right. And what about working with Robots – what does that company culture look like?
Creative solutions are born from conflict. But is there such a thing as too much conflict? Yes, yes there is. Whether internal or external, struggle has limited value past a certain point. Why does some tension lead to successful pivots and others to epic disasters? This episode looks at how we can EI proof a team. We also examine startup practice of “swanning” and the huge mental cost of the entrepreneur’s journey. Is there a point of diminishing return on investment when you’re too tired to enjoy the success of your startup? We explore what happens when “quit” become four-letter word that you dare not say in polite startup company.
How can technology disrupt our political system in a useful way? We’ve seen a lot of political turmoil lately, some people blame technology others praise it as a liberating force. Can technology bring politicians, and the people they represent, together in a way in which they can truly collaborate? Technology can wield influence over government but government can also influence technology; namely by controlling Net Neutrality. We look into the interesting world where technology and human rights intersect.
How is invisible technology going to change our relationship to the physical world? We look into what is called “The Fourth Interface,” integration in the form of IoT, AR/VR, and holograms into our everyday lives. We also peer into the fascinating world of “ghost tech” where AI, chatbots and cyber security experts work undercover without your knowledge. Who’s behind the curtain and what do we need to know about those who develops this technology? Will AI advertisers, robot storytellers like IBM’s Watson and VR gamers survive or thrive? What soundtrack will we be listening to on the trip to Mars?
Consumer trends show a growing movement towards conscientious buying. Companies that weave a social mission into their operations are becoming the norm. But what’s the deal with these “business do-gooders” – does the model work? Is a for-profit business a viable solution to world population growth, environmental challenges, and food scarcity? Are we entering a world of conscious capitalism where consumers demand better from their companies or can making boatloads of money be the end goal with no thought of social impact?
The final episode of the season features our 9 Episode finalists live pitching in front of a panel of Investors and entrepreneurs who can mentor the winner to the next level (and who knows perhaps with an investment offer made). Episode Disclaimer: There’s a twist!