The Business Gay

The Business Gay

The Business Gay is a weekly podcast all about business, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Hosted by Calan Breckon, it's a mix of 1-on-1 interviews as well as round table discussions with experts on hot topics happening in the world of business and tech, as well as tips and ideas to help grow your business.

Episodes

April 10, 2024 31 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with Sam Naylor.

Sam is the Chief of Staff for Deloitte Canada’s Consulting Technology Executive, as well as the firm’s National Pride ERG Co-Chair. On the side, Sam is a Venture Partner for Chasing Rainbows and provides operations/strategy advice to a handful of start-ups and scale-ups. Outside of work he is the Director of Gradient Spaces - a 2SLGBTQIA...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with the founder of Advisor AI, Arjun Arora.

Advisor AI is a AI-Technology startup designed to increase student engagement and satisfaction by providing personalized academic guidance and career recommendations.

Based in San Francisco, Arjun is on a mission to empower every student to realize their boldest career dreams. With over a decade of exp...

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March 27, 2024 36 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with co-founders of Level Studio, Vinh Le and Luca Campacci.

Level Studio specializes in creating unique, functional, residential interior design projects with an exciting, enjoyable and collaborative design process inspired by their client’s story. They continuously innovate and redefine the possibilities of interior design, shaping environments that inspire...

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March 20, 2024 25 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with entrepreneur, Swish Goswami.

Swish is the heart and soul behind Surf, a loyalty platform shaping ethical consumer connections and data collection. As CEO, Swish has woven Surf into the fabric of internet browsing and worked with giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime Gaming, raising over $8M and sealing two impactful acquisitions. Beyond the boardroom, he ...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with entrepreneur, CEO and Co-Founder of Hangtight, Armando Vera Carvajal.

Hangtight is an AI-powered social planning app that is transforming how people come together in life. This is Armando’s second startup and he’s been in the Austin founder ecosystem for 10 years. Originally from Mexico City before immigrant to America at age 4, Armando grew up in McAlle...

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March 6, 2024 35 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with...himself?

Today's episode is going to be a little different. I usually have a guest I'm interviewing but today I wanted to share with you a workshop I recently did on the importance of SEO for small businesses.

This episode is from the live recording of that workshop where I share practical tips about SEO, why SEO is important, and how it can truly b...

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February 28, 2024 45 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with Nik Varlamov and Benjamin Gibson from Toronto Creatives.

Toronto Creatives is a multidisciplinary content creation and marketing agency located in Toronto, Canada, that help their clients internationally achieve their goals through high-quality content, storytelling, and strategic marketing campaigns that they custom-design and tailor to each client.

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February 21, 2024 34 mins

A study done by StartOut found that LGBTQ+ founders created 36% more jobs, 114% more patents, and 44% more exits, despite raising 16% less funding compared to the average cis founder.

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with Brian Richardson.

In March 2023, Brian was named the CEO of StartOut, the national nonprofit organization that accelerates the growth of the LGBTQ+ community to drive it...

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February 14, 2024 55 mins

It's clear what the LGBTQ+ community wants from marketers and companies targeting them for business: do the work.

We're over the lip service and once-a-year pinkwashing. It's time to put your money where your mouth is and hold the line with us all year round and not only when it's easy or profitable to do so, because when times get tough we don't have the luxury of being able to retreat from the line. After all, it's our lives.

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February 7, 2024 28 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with Yousuf Allidina.

Yousuf is a marketing leader and consultant in the B2B technology space who has over 12 years of experience developing and honing demand generation and digital marketing strategies for leading technology brands, particularly in the conversational AI space.

Currently, he heads up Account-Based Marketing at LivePerson, a leading Convers...

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January 31, 2024 38 mins

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 45% of small businesses fail in the first 5 years of business and only about 25% of new businesses will ever make it to 15 years or more. But what can be done to improve these numbers?

In this episode of the Business Gay podcast, that’s what host Calan Breckon is going to be talking about with today’s guest, Business Consultant Inbar Madar.

Inbar is a seasoned consultant equip...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with entrepreneur, Paulo Trindade.

Paulo is the owner of Paulo’s Cake Shop - the first Roll Cake Store in Canada. The Roll Cake, known in Brazilian Portuguese as Bolo de Rolo, is a typical dessert from the Pernambuco state, located in the northeast of Brazil. It’s the adaptation of the Portuguese Bride's Mattress cake, which is a rolled sponge cake ...

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January 17, 2024 28 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with A.J. Stewart, the Operations Manager For Supplier Diversity at Canada's 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce, also known as the CGLCC.

As a subject matter expert for Supplier Diversity, A.J.'s goal is to connect diverse entrepreneurs to a broad network of Canada's largest corporations with an invested interest in diversifying their supply chains, as well as fel...

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January 10, 2024 33 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with mentor specialist, Jennifer Petrela.

Jennifer is a mentoring expert at the Mentorat, Québec’s Mentorship Accelerator. A dynamic speaker and avid learner, Jennifer studied and worked on four continents before settling in Montréal, Quebec, where she implements mentorship programs that promote equity and the inclusion of diversity. Jennifer is herself a men...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with the Creative Director of Bulldog Productions and the founder of The Bow Platform, Matthew McLaughlin.

Over the last 15 years, Matthew has led Bulldog Productions as a director and producer in developing commercial campaigns, organizing charitable efforts, and creating original concepts for primetime network television and streaming platforms. Matthew has...

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    December 27, 2023 37 mins

    In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with the president of Pink Media, Matt Skallerud.

    Matt has been specializing in LGBTQ online marketing for over 25 years and it all began in 1995 with the launch of GayWired.com, which became one of the top 3 LGBTQ websites worldwide. Having worked with companies, large and small, he’s now focused on the most cutting-edge global innovations in programmatic ad...

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    In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with the Head of Sales Engineering for Deloitte Canada, Jacquie Dinershul.

    Jacquie is a technical sales specialist who has worn many hats throughout her career. In fact, she broke into the tech industry just 3 years ago in a technical sales role with zero experience and more than doubled her income in under 2 years. Jacquie currently leads Sales Engineering a...

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    December 13, 2023 38 mins

    In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with the founder & CEO of Gay Water, Spencer Hoddeson.

    Now, if you don’t know what gay water is, it’s what the gays have been calling a vodka soda for generations. Why? Because us vain queens like to get drunk but want ZERO of the calories of doing it. SO, our trusted go to has always been the good’ol gay water. Today’s guest had the idea to literally can...

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    December 6, 2023 39 mins

    In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with Founding Partner at Chasing Rainbows, Ben Stokes.

    Ben is a trailblazer, a visionary in venture capital, and a dedicated champion of diversity and inclusion. As the Founding Partner of Chasing Rainbows, an early-stage investment fund, he is on a mission to amplify LGBTQ+ voices in the entrepreneurial landscape. Ben’s accolades speak volumes: he is recogni...

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    In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with fashion stylist Joshua Pasquale.

    Born in Canada, but seasoned in London and Paris, Joshua is a 26-year-old multifaceted fashion stylist and model. Hot off the heels of walking the runway during Paris Fashion Week, Josh received praise from many notable news outlets, including the Washington Square News, for his styling flair of the Vivien Sophie runway s...

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