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How I raised $100 Million | Drew Tulchin and Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS 160

In this episode, we have Drew Tulchin, experienced impact investment and economic development professional, joining us to share his views on the future of social innovation and impact investing. He is a thought leader in the impact space as well as a growth focused investment professional who specializes in helping small businesses and social enterprises achieve their full potential. Drew brings over 15 years of experience in the impact space working with the U.S. State Department, World Bank, USAID, Citi Foundation and DFID. He specifically helps socially-responsible businesses grow, create jobs, and realize their impact investment and social mission. He works with clients to develop impact business plans & strategies, marketplaces, incentive packages and more.

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The Creator Mindset with Nir Bashan - Simon Severino STRATEGY SPRINTS 159

In this episode, Simon welcomes Nir Bashan, a world-renowned creativity expert. He is the author of the new book The Creator Mindset: 92 Tools to Unlock the Secrets to Innovation, Growth, and Sustainability (McGraw-Hill, 2020). Inspiration is everywhere, but sometimes it is just hard to find. Listen to how Nir Bashan shares steps we can take to become more creative in business and in real life.

3 Valuable Insights

  • Everybody can learn how to be creative.
  • Trust your partners and let them do what they're good at
  • Creativity is a Business Tool 

Show Notes

(01:08)  - Simon: What are you currently creating?

(01:26) - Nathan Beckord:  We've been busy on the book, been...

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Be Tactical with Greg Thomas - Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS 158

In this episode, Simon welcomes Greg Thomas, managing director of  375 Park Associates. Headquartered in New York with affiliates in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. He specializes in business development, structured finance, and LBOs with a focus on disruptive companies in the food/agribusiness, energy, life sciences, luxury & lifestyle, transportation, and water industries. The strategic growth advisors that help middle-market investors and business owners overcome challenges in their portfolio. The firm also manages a small family office and currently has investments in real estate technology, alternative energy, solar, and wind, as well as cannabis.



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Getting Investors And Building Momentum with Nathan Beckord - Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS 157

Nathan Beckord helps startups get the two things they need most; time and money. He is the CEO of and On the consulting and advisory side, he mainly works with early-stage internet, B2B software, mobile, and consumer product startups. He is also interested in platforms, markets, and networks. He is fanatical about helping startups raise capital and loves sailing and is a motorcycle junkie.


Show Notes

(00:45)  - Simon: What are you currently creating?

(01:10) -Nathan Beckord:  So currently creating a couple of interesting things. So I run founder suite, as you mentioned, we make a software platform that...

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Seeing Around Corners with Rita McGrath - Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS 155

Our guest today is Rita Gunther McGrath, a Professor at Columbia Business School, who is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on strategy and innovation with particular emphasis on developing sound strategy in uncertain and volatile environments.  She developed the discovery-driven planning method, which became part of the foundations of the lean startup movement that became a worldwide movement. Now she's enjoying the one year anniversary of seeing around corners and taking her Columbia executive education classes. 


3 Valuable Insights

  • Explore the possibilities with seeing around corners!
  • Disruption, which happens gradually then suddenly, is both a...
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Look Ahead with David Smith - Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS 153

Our guest is the CEO of the GFF, the Global futures and Foresights Institute. He uses views of the future to develop within global futures and foresight by their in-house research team. And by surveying their worldwide network of future thinkers and business leaders. The aim of GFF is to develop views of the future to help clients embrace change with more certainty, thereby releasing the full power of their creativity and innovation. His purpose is to inspire his audience to embrace change and by so doing better, prepare for the future. 


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Show Notes

(1:25)  - Currently creating academic futurist

(05:07) - What does the future look like from...

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Time Rich with Steve Glaveski - Simon Severino | Strategy Sprints 151

Steve Glaveski is CEO and co-founder of Collective Campus, a corporate innovation and start-up accelerator based in Melbourne, Australia. Author of Time Rich: Best Work, Live Your Best Life, a guide to achieving twice as much in half the time, and living your best life. He also founded Lemonade Stand, a children’s entrepreneurship program and now, SaaS platform, that has been delivered to kids across Australia and Singapore. His work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Australian Financial Review, Tech in Asia and a lot more.




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Public Speaking and Vocal Image with Vinh Giang and Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS 146

My guest for today is Vinh Giang, is an international keynote speaker, CEO of Luminary Productions which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe. He has spent the last 15 years mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide to learn these skills. I won’t reveal any more here, I highly recommend you just listen to Vinh and learn. Lots of great insights...I'd say it's magical!



Show Notes

(1:57)  - What is a vocal image? Does everybody have that?

(2:53) - People create a image of who you are  in their heads

(2:56) - What is your vocal image saying about you


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How To Invest Better With Hershel Mehta | Strategy Sprints 150

Our guest for today has a passion for helping early-stage companies succeed through investing. He works with his family office based out of Mumbai India, which covers the whole world and is led by the top 10 angel investor Sanjay Mehta. He's part of the investment committee that evaluates and invests in unlisted US companies. He's building up expertise on international transactions and investments through working with early-stage founders.



(01:20) - First question: What excited you?

(01:23) - Emerging markets in India

(04:14) - Middle class with disposable income

(05:03) - Massive consumerism

(07:53) - Three buckets of founders

(12:02) - How to provide value

(15:51) -...

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Profitable Relationships with Dov Gordon - Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS 142

My guest for today is Dov Gordon, is an international keynote speaker, the CEO of, where he helps consultants get ideal clients by becoming an under the radar leader in their industry. He is focused on helping ordinary people become extraordinary consultants.



Show Notes


(2:53) -  Alchemy network

(4:23) - Become an "Under-the-Radar" leader in your industry

(5:16) - Combination of curation and conversation

(7:39) - How to find my ideal clients in your network

(9:25) - Form a network comprised of colleagues

(11:27) - Cross-promote each other

(21:20) - Criteria in promoting in a group

(30:40) - Emotional bank account

(34:15) - Clarity...

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