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Ep 98 - Tara Chklovski – Tech, toys, and the gender gap

It was a lifelong drive to push others that led Chklovski to founding Iridescent, a non-profit that delivers powerful science, engineering, and technology education to empower underrepresented young people. Focusing primarily on young women and their parents, Chklovski works to empower the parents who will have lifelong influence on their children’s lives as well as working with the young women in a capacity that allows them to create their own app and launch a startup that will benefit...


Ep 97 - Hans Frauenlob - Curl Runnings

Hans Frauenlob’s story doesn’t start at the beginning. Instead, it starts somewhere in the middle, at a point so bizarre it sets the tone for what came before and what comes after. He developed some of the world’s first sports analysis software, worked on the road as a professional musician, represented his country in the Winter Olympics, and helped get businesses off their feet after a natural disaster, and that’s not even all of it. His portfolio may be varied, but there’s one common...


Ep 96 - Andrew Sharp - Is 'Entrepreneur' an overused word?

Andrew Sharp is the CEO of global brand Bobux shoes and the co-founder of car tracking software, Blackhawk, but don’t call him an entrepreneur as he believes he isn’t one. Bobux shoes is a company constantly striving to learn more about healthy foot development, while producing quality children’s shoes. However, while children's’ shoes is the business that Sharp is currently in, he wouldn’t say that children's footwear was his natural calling. Instead, Sharp believes that it’s not the...


Ep 93 - Frances Valintine - Embracing automation

The Mind Lab and the Tech Futures Lab are redefining professional development and education on tech. They’re giving younger generations practical careers to shoot for. As well as helping those already deep in their careers to upskill. All with a focus on staying relevant well past retirement age. It’s a massive mission, one that has The Mind Lab about to launch an online learning platform that will bring free tech education to the world. Valintine knows that education around tech is so...


Ep 92 - Scott Haughton - Playing with money

It took 18 years of corporate life for Scott Haughton to make the leap to entrepreneurship. Like most successes stories, the road to where he is today was unconventional. Inspired by an entrepreneur at a conference, Haughton realized it was time to pursue his own venture. Not knowing what that venture would be, he eventually set his sights on luxury indoor play facilities.


Ep 91 - Sheryl Thai - Who run the world?

The founder of the League of Extraordinary Women, Sheryl Thai, spends her days bringing female entrepreneurs together. Her mission is, and always has been, to create a space where women can authentically connect, share their success, share their failures, feel inspired, and above all, feel solidarity that there are women out there going through similar shared experiences. The League is also a place where the word ‘networking’ is prohibited, and any kind of card-swapping is a definite...


Ep 90 - Robert Oliver - My Umukuka Rules

A chef, TV presenter, author, and consultant, Robert Oliver’s weapon is food. But his journey has been far from linear, and has seen him experience the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. He’s hit rock bottom and taken out the prize for Best Cookbook in the World. Throughout it all, he's stayed true to his passion, to re-educate people on the importance of food cultures and their role in indigenous history.


Ep: 89 - Rob Roy Campbell - I like the sound of that

When it comes to audio technology, which do you prefer: old-school analog, or modern digital? Rob Roy Campbell is proving that it pays to deliver the best of both worlds. His business, Electronaut, has been ‘long-game’ since day one. It all started with a passion for the product, and a desire to give people the means to record sound using high quality equipment that lasts. He speaks technically, but in a way that is incredibly informative and not at all that hard to understand. In this...


Ep: 88 - Adil Dhalla - How to adult

Like most people, Adil Dhalla is a busy man. He has a full-time job, a number of side projects, and people to make time for, but what separates Dhalla from the majority is his ‘why?’ And my oh my is it a good one. After realizing traditional corporate environments gave him the sinking feeling that things weren’t going well in the world, he made a promise to himself, a promise “to be on the side of people who are trying to make it better.” And that’s exactly what he’s done. Executive...


Ep: 87 - Jonathan Byrt & Jesse Leeworthy - Bromance in a bottle

When you think of reusable water bottles, beautiful probably isn’t the first words to spring to mind. The practical, dull colored cylindrical bottles your grandad takes hiking, yes. A bottle the cool kids are lusting after, not so much. But the practical and the beautiful can coexist, because (former) financial consultant Jonathan Byrt and product design engineer Jesse Leeworthy made it happen. A business born out of a frustration with single-use bottles, Memobottle has grown to become so...


Ep: 86 - Loren Brill - Eat, Bake, Love

After one trip to the doctor’s office, your whole life can totally change. You hear about it happening to other people but when it happened to Loren Brill, it unleashed her inner entrepreneurial dragon. When she couldn’t find the healthy comfort foods she craved, she realized she had to make them herself -- ultimately becoming the founder of Sweet Loren’s, a healthy cookie dough company that’s changing the game. And you’re not going to believe who her first buyer was! Loren’s shares her...


Ep: 85 - RONE - If these walls could talk

RONE is based in Melbourne, Australia, but his paintings can be found around the world. He’s a street artist who resists categorization, and RONE explores the challenge of defining - much less selling - an art form that’s outside traditional boundaries: what’s the difference between a graffiti artist and a street artist? A street artist and a contemporary or fine artist? He also digs deep into question such as: why is the forbidden so enticing? What changes when you move from painting for...


Ep: 84 - Brittany Cole Bush - We're gonna need a bigger goat

Brittany Cole Bush is a woman on a mission, revolutionizing the US farming industry, one sheep at a time. When it comes to being sustainable and accessible, the farming industry in the US faces a lot of challenges. But Brittany knows that bringing the next generation of farmers and land stewards together for food and fun is a big part of the solution. “What does it mean to be organic, what does it mean to be sustainable, what does it mean to be local?” she asks. Brittany wants us to ask...


Ep: 83 - Geoff Ross - MOA money, moa problems

Geoff Ross is one of New Zealand’s most successful serial entrepreneurs -- Liz sat down and talked with him about things that maybe you wouldn't expect. Geoff shares some gritty details and hard-earned lessons: “When you’re in your business - and I was there myself!- you feel quite lost and alone and you don’t know those options until you’ve been through it a few times.” And for someone who doesn’t want anything to do with politics, Geoff’s also got some ambitious ideas about how New...


Ep: 82 - Adam Ü - Snow big deal

Imagine landing not one but two dream jobs - what would that feel like? Adam Ü is making it happen, so we asked him. From the ski slopes of Myoko, Japan, to tropical waters of the Caribbean and beyond, Adam’s double life as a semi-professional skier and marine biologist is an enviable one. Inspired early in life to follow his love of outdoors and the ocean, Adam has put in the time and effort required to make his dream a reality. “There's been a lot of luck, but it's also hell of a lot...


Ep: 81 - Lydia Daniller - Finding your sweet spot

Female pleasure is still largely a taboo topic in most societies, which is exactly why Lydia Daniller knew she needed to use her voice as an activist and storyteller to speak up. Driven to educate, inform and destigmatize, Lydia launched into a truly ambitious project: a sexual pleasure research website called OMGYES. This kind of honest radicalism isn’t new to Lydia - from early on in life she’s been crafting the unexpected through her love of poetry, photography and videography. “It...


Ep: 80 - Jack Candlish - Your surfboard is trashing the ocean

A laid-back carpenter by day, after hours you’ll find Jack Candlish crafting the perfect ride, one surfboard at a time… and he might just change the world while he’s at it. A nature lover with a passion for waves, Jack observed firsthand the contradiction between the tranquility of the ocean and the toxicity of polyurethane used to produce surfboards. The issue piqued Jack’s interest in building his own boards. Today, his eco-philosophy is the driving force behind Jack’s surfboard...


Ep: 79 - Kishshana Palmer - Who said it can’t be fun?

Kishshana Palmer is not your average not-for-profit consultant. A vivacious and lively entrepreneur, she’s a consultant who will both give you a hug and a kick in the pants. Kishshana’s built a business on being unique - which she says is both a blessing and a curse. “There have to be different shades to how you show up in the world,” she told Elizabeth. “The balance that I needed to strike was to be my most authentic self, while still helping folks to feel comfortable.” Kishshana’s...


Ep: 78 - Hamish Pinkham - Let the good vines roll

Hamish decided to throw a New Year’s party with a few university mates back in 2003. At the time he had no idea that it would go on to become one of New Zealand’s biggest and most successful music festivals. Rhythm and Vines is a three-day music festival, famously located at a vineyard in Hawke’s Bay. It’s also geographically the first place in the world to see the new year. What started out as a small party now attracts crowds in the tens of thousands and artists from across the globe....


Ep: 77 - Timmy O’Neill - To infinity and beyond

You’re climbing a gigantic cliff face, it’s 2,300 metres to the summit, and there’s no guarantee you’ll even get to the top… this sounds hard enough as it is, but imagine doing that without the use of your legs… Timmy O’Neill’s outlook in life is shaped by conquering what others would call the impossible. No matter how many times he’s failed, the decision to succeed has always been Timmy’s driving force. “Failure is a way forward,” says the professional rock climber, comedian, and...