Launching A Digital Marketing School in South Africa with Nikki Graham, Founder of BrandSchool

Nikki, please introduce yourself… I am from Cape Town, South Africa, and am based in Johannesburg, where BrandSchool was founded. My career has been very global and that’s where my focus remains. I spent several years working in London, Hong Kong and Dubai. While at university (UCT), I took a gap year and worked in London as an assistant, at an advertising agency in Soho. After university, I began my formal career in Advertising as a Copywriter with Young & Rubicam in Cape Town, followed by Ogilvy in Johannesburg, Mccann Erickson (affiliate agency Promoseven) in Dubai, and then a Publicis...

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Growing A Funded Music Marketplace Startup From Sydney with Danny Fiorentini, Founder of Muzeek

Danny, please introduce yourself… My name is Danny Fiorentini, I was born and raised in Las Vegas and I helped start Outbox Records back in college; we’re a small label that looks after acts like Moondog Matinee and Canto I. I’ve been recognized in the State of Nevada for our team winning the 2010 NCET Governor’s Cup, and placing in the Tri-State Reynold’s Cup and The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards for Outbox Records, along with my business partners Joey Fiorentini and Chris Aarskaug. I have Dual-Bachelor Degrees from The University of Nevada and a Masters from the University of Sydney....

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Growing a Crowdinvesting Marketplace from Dubai with Chris Thomas, CEO & Co-Founder of Eureeca

Chris, please introduce yourself… I am the CEO & Co-Founder of Eureeca, a global crowdinvesting platform. I began my career in 2001 in London, working for an Investment Bank. Moving quickly up the firm’s ranks, I advanced within two years to Vice President Sales & Marketing Middle East, responsible for 10 representative offices in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. I have always been an entrepreneur at heart and my ambitions led me to establish an FSA regulated financial markets brokerage company delivering a quality tier of service to the retail FX and CFD market in the Middle East. The latest venture...

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10 Tools You Need to Successfully Manage Your Remote Working Team

Here are our top 10 tools you need to successfully manage your remote working team. When your team is spread from Mumbai to New York City, management becomes a little bit more complicated than simply walking from one desk to another with new instructions. Technology has made it easy for businesses to hire remote workers. It’s also created new challenges for managers trying to coordinate a team located in two, five, or ten different time zones. With the right tools, you can make remote management less of a headache and far more of a fluid, stress-free activity. From paid apps...

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Launching a Digital Development Startup in Singapore with Taisuke Yamamoto, Co-Founder of Geezerbuild

Taisuke, please introduce yourself… My name is Taisuke Yamamoto; I’m Japanese but was born and raised in the UK, and have also lived in Hong Kong, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, and currently Singapore. I’m an entrepreneur now, but my professional background is actually music & events. I have been running an independent record label for the past 5 years, and I also worked for a little less than a year in the T.V journalism industry, followed by working at a social media start-up in Singapore called Media Pop. What’s the story behind creating Geezer Build? Geezerbuild is a play on the...

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Starting and Selling a Mobile Payment Startup in South Africa with Stuart Minnaar, Founder of Yappo

Stuart, please introduce yourself… My name is Stuart Minnaar. I am a non-tech founder of a tech start-up that deal with the student market in South Africa. We are based in Cape Town. What’s the story behind creating Yappo? Yappo is a product of Studentology (company) which was started 4 years ago. We started out connecting business and brands to the student market, via a classifieds, discount card and on-campus activations. We secured a series A round in November 2012 and built a closed loop payment system which students have access too via a free app. The app allows students...

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Growing an Online Venue Booking Startup in Hong Kong with Adam Whiting, Co-Founder of VenueHub

Adam, please introduce yourself… My name is Adam Whiting, a 26 year old entrepreneur and I have been living in Hong Kong since I was 5 weeks old. I attended Primary and Secondary school in Hong Kong before gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. I started my first business in 2010, straight after finishing university, and recently in August 2013 I launched VenueHub. What’s the story behind creating VenueHub? VenueHub was created to solve a problem that was encountered by us on many occasions – the ability to find the right venue quickly...

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Growing a Fashion E-Commerce Startup in Thailand with Martin Toft Sørensen, Co-Founder of WearYouWant

Martin, please introduce yourself… I have a strong background in the fashion business spanning 10 years. My experience covers fashion buying, store management and dealing with large established fashion brands. In addition, I’ve also got experience in the travel industry where I spent 2 years helping to manage Sales/Business Development for an international travel agency before co-founding WearYouWant with my co-founder Julien Chalté. Julien started working in the Internet industry 13 years ago. He has been a serial web entrepreneur for 10 years, covering various fields such as real estate software, internet services, content/media portals with celebrities and e-commerce. He...

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Growing a Task Marketplace in Australia to over $2 Million in Transactions with Tim Fung, Co-Founder & CEO of Airtasker

Tim, please introduce yourself… Hey, my name is Tim Fung and I’m one of the co-founders of Airtasker – a trusted community marketplace for people to outsource tasks, find local services or complete flexible jobs to earn money – online or via mobile. Together with my co-founder Jono Lui and one of our investors, we also started a co-working space called Tank Stream Labs and before this, we were both founding team members and an investor in Australia’s first low cost mobile provider, amaysim. I’m also involved with a number of other startups including Joe Button and Circuit Club. Before...

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Starting a Startup to Improve International Aid with Paulina Rakowska, Founder of VOFAIR

Paulina, please introduce yourself… I come from Poland and I am currently based in Melbourne, Australia. I like to call myself an expat, since I have lived in around 8 countries so far across 4 continents, and obviously travelled to many more. A friend told me that once I start talking about my background and travel experiences, it sounds like a kitsch movie – a lot is happening in a short time and it´s hard to follow. So I will limit myself here just to a few basic facts. I studied Business and Technology back in Poland and Ecological Economics...

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