Afifa Siddiqui is a rare breed of entrepreneur being a minority woman and self-funded. In this episode on the LAUNCH! Podcast, we explore her success and failures as a serial entrepreneur, starting from her side gigs to what we see as her empire. We explore the challenges she went through starting and managing each of her businesses as well as her transitions between each one. Afifa truly understands what it is to build an empire as each business fits with the next, helping to grow each other. Her businesses Cronos, CareerLeaf, and Canadian Payroll Services all lie in the talent management industry. Tackling the industry from 3 different perspectives makes Afifa quite the expert in talent management, therefore we also take the opportunity to pick her brain on everything talent management.
During these COVID-19 times we circle back to an interview we did in 2018 with then Ruckus Wireless President, Dan Rabinovitsj, to get his take on M&A change management because we thought it had some good takeaways on leading during uncertain times.
In this episode, LAUNCH! offers its listeners an inside look into the playbook on business of Curion’s CEO, Sean Bisceglia, that he has perfected over his career. Sean brings great insights for executives, entrepreneurs, and MBAs.
Striving leaders who are looking to get their startup going or move up the ranks in their organization struggle with frustrations such as rejection, failure, and getting stuck. It’s important that they stay empowered so they can continue to positively lead and impact this world with their contributions. In this podcast episode, Rebecca Bennett and Dr. Mark Leonard help to find ways for professionals to move past failure and plateaus through productivity tools, mindset changes, and character tweaks.
As an entrepreneur not only do you have to understand your customer, your industry, and how you can competitively fit into the picture, but you also must understand investors and what they are looking for.
In this episode, investor and venture fund manager, Marcia Dawood, shares valuable insights about being on the other side of the table from the entrepreneurs. Learn about capital investing in entrepreneurs, what it’s like being an investor, what VCs and angels are looking for in a business, what are some of the current issues and challenges in the investor world, and how the landscape is opening up for women.
Many people are in love with the idea of entrepreneurship, but the reality can be quite different. Our interview with entrepreneur Kyle Herron brings to light what’s critical to have in an entrepreneurial journey that will help make or break you.
Jenny Leung, the founder of Bellanove, shares with us her journey from starting in the corporate world to attending a few pivotal entrepreneur programs that changed her life. She is now the successful owner of her own business with a social responsibility objective as so many millennials are doing today. In this episode, we open up about battling gender issues when trying to break out as a woman entrepreneur, why we should dismiss our preconceived notions when we travel to new places, how growing up in an immigrant family can be influential, and the risks it takes to launch.
Two LA journalists explore social issues, even those that we get uncomfortable talking about. It is up to leaders to break down these social barriers and address these topics, rather than ignore them. So let’s get comfortable with getting uncomfortable as we listen to our guests and gain insights into how to be a leader in the hard to lead areas of life.