Inter:views | Cracking The Entrepreneurship Code

Inter:views | Cracking The Entrepreneurship Code

Welcome to Inter:views. My name is Laurent Notin, I am on a quest to crack the entrepreneurship code. I created this podcast to give a voice to passionate small and medium entrepreneurs around the world. I hope that the stories, practical tips and advice my guests share will inspire you to better navigate your own entrepreneurship journey. Send your questions about entrepreneurship or simply contact me: contact@laurentnotin.com

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June 22, 2021 34 min

Rob has always been passionate about social media. He was studying in the USA at the time Facebook was still a start-up and ended up being one of the first Brits with an account.

He got his 1st client the same day he created Social Republic

Rob has learned a main lesson throughout his entrepreneurship journey: Enjoying the ride, having fun, taking the time to reflect and celebrate.

The importance of leaving a positive impact thro...

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Alexandra is a mechanical engineer by education but definitely an entrepreneur at heart. She founded Eyrus in 2015.

“The idea of taking an idea and then just building it, it never gets old to me." This is a great summary of our discussion. Alexandra loves building things from scratch. She tells us how she was able to find a black hole in a fragmented industry and quickly grew into a 100-employee company.

Her keys to success so ...

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Richard is a CPA who got fed up from his 9 to 5 job and decided it was time to shake the accounting industry. In 2015, he created TaxFyle, a one stop online tax service. 

"Our team does one thing very well: We solve problems." How to organize people so they can solve problems better than others is the core of our discussion.

We also talk about the keys to disrupt a traditional market and expand internationally, what it take...

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Maria was born a philanthropist. When she got married, Her husband and she were donating 30% of their income to good causes.

Today she's a social entrepreneur on a quest through Open Value Foundation to change people's approach to money. 

In this episode we talk a lot about what social entrepreneurship is really about, impact investing, theory of change and how philanthropy can benefit businesses. 

0% nonsense, 100% optimis...

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Special Start-up Episode, in collaboration with the Nordic Start-Up School. Part 1 : Sales & Marketing.

Kelvin Chikezie, Ukko Järvinen and Anthony Sundström, 3 NSS mentors joined me to discuss everything start-ups need to know about Sales & Marketing. 

  • Why do start-ups need to focus on sales & marketing? Will they fail if they don't?
  • What should they specifically spend time on? Where should they start? Is there a dif...
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    Alistair founded Extreme in 1995. That's right, 26 years ago. And he's still absolutely passionate about it. 

    He's on a mission to drive positive change through extreme and adventurous sports. He shares his focus on sustainability throughout his entrepreneurship journey, and talks about topics close to his heart such as gender equality, climate change and mental health.

    If you've been following the podcast for a whi...

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    Dana has a double BA in marketing and information system as well as a Master in financial management. If it wasn't enough, she moved from a corporate career to the entrepreneur's life in 2018 and founded Jiuyi

    As she explains, it was the right time, at the right place with the right people.

    In this episode we cover the basics of doing business in China, the importance of being fully prepared, and why you should promote pe...

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    Jeff Morrill co-founded Planet Subaru, "your undealership" in 1998, which became one of the most successful privately-held car dealerships in the United States.

    He now acts more as a coach and let his team operates the business. Such a situation gave him the time to write a book about his entrepreneurship and life lessons (Profit Wise, How To Make More Money In Business By Doing The Right Thing"). 

    Jeff's key focus ...

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    May 4, 2021 30 min

    Gabriela co-founded Mumi Design 7 years ago because she believed there were people out there like herself who'd like to be organized and couldn't work in chaos.

    She was right. Her love for the product is definitely one of her key assets, together with a strong knowledge of the market. 2 topics we discuss in this interview.

    We also address the impact of Covid19, how it nearly killed the business and the 1 thing that kept it ...

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    April 27, 2021 39 min

    Inter:views 57 | Joel Willans | Ink Tank Media | Finland

    Passion is definitely the word that comes to mind when you chat with Joel Willans, Co-Founder at Ink Tank Media, and creator of the hugely successful Very Finnish Problem

    Joel started his career with a job in ad sales in the UK then ended up years later in Finland "for the weather" as he says. 

    Obviously, we had to talk about social media and content strategy. But w...

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    Stay Committed

    Entrepreneurship runs in Ilana's blood. She founded World Tech Inc. because she wants to contribute to preserving the ecosystem.

    In this episode, we focus on entrepreneurial sustainable development as Ilana explains the ins and outs of climate tech, and how being committed (as an entrepreneur and a human being) can make the difference. 

    Also on the menu: Doing business in Colombia, team building, and why she boot...

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    There Are No Shortcuts

    A systematic analytical approach to a market opportunity is Ola's secret to success. He founded 4 companies and exited 2 of them (to Beats by Dr. Dre and Apple!).

    His last venture, SoundTrack Your Brand is on its way to become another major hit. 

    Ola talks about how he's always mixed his passion with an analytical mindset. He shares much insights about the importance of sharp focus, identifying gaps i...

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    Entrepreneurs Sell The Future

    Olga is an entrepreneur in a country where entrepreneurship is not the norm. 

    She recognizes that her journey to find the right product market fit has been hectic: 2 years, 3 to 5 major pivots along the way, but she did manage to raise 5m USD in 2020 for her company Elementaree

    Olga also shares her tips to stay motivated, and most of all, give very valuable and practical insights on how to successful...

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    Look After Yourself

    I've said it before: How can you take care of your business if you don't take care of yourself first? Perhaps you'll believe Liam Norval, former professional football player turned entrepreneur with Posh Cockney.  

    We're getting personal on this episode as Liam tells us about his journey towards becoming an entrepreneur, where "everyday was a hangover."

    He talks about self-care and how it...

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    Start Before You're Ready

    I launched Inter:views more than a year ago and I'm still fascinated by the conversations I have. Here's another great chat with Sofia Pohls, co-Founder and CEO of Finders Seekers

    She describes her funny journey towards becoming an entrepreneur. We also talk about how to build winning teams, how to recruit the right people, why entrepreneurship is a path to self-awareness and she shares her b...

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    Be Client Fit, Not VC Fit

    At the age of 23, Dom started his 1st digital marketing agency in the USA, at a time when Internet was called the information superhighway and the bill was up to 8,000US$ per month! 

    Fast forward to today, he's the Founder and CEO of UniQorn Incubator-Accelerator, as well as the Start-up Super Cup, and has a lot of entrepreneurial insights to share. 

    He tells us about the qualities entrepreneurs must p...

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    There's No Shame In Asking For Help

    Sean's journey to entrepreneurship is interesting. 20 years ago he started working at Radioville a bit by chance, became a shareholder years later and ended up buying the business in 2018. 

    Sean shares his struggles moving from a technician to an entrepreneur running a business, and how he's been smartly addressing them. We also talk about the benefits of building an ecosystem with st...

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    You Cannot Thrive In Chaos

    Entrepreneurship is Alicia's way to use her natural skills and abilities. She's very good at organizing and she decided to make a business out of it, Equilibria Inc

    In this episode, we talk a lot about a neglected topic: business infrastructure, how to move from being messy to being organized. We also cover the importance of trusting your instincts, listening to your customers and how to plan a ...

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    February 16, 2021 32 min

    Decoding Entrepreneurship

    Inter:views was created to crack the entrepreneurship code. It's time to decode it a little. 

    I’ve analyzed what my guests said, compiled their best practices and best quotes. In this episode I share 5 common elements that play a major role in doing entrepreneurship the right way. 

    Extra valuable content. Be ready to take notes. 

     

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    Persistence Is Key

    How many times have you thought about quitting being an entrepreneur? The thought has crossed Sarah Selhi's mind several times. She is the CEO and founder of SpaceiShare (https://www.spaceishare.com/). But entrepreneurship is a calling and she came back stronger every time. 

    In this episode we discuss about persistence of course, as well as how to overcome adversity, the importance of purpose (yes again!), an...

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