Disruptive Ceo Nation



EXECUTIVE COACH + GLOBAL BUSINESS LEADER ADVISOR. SPEAKER. AUTHOR. GUIDING SMART PEOPLE TO GROW INFLUENCE & CREATE OPPORTUNITIES Over 30 years, I have had the opportunity to work with fantastic organizations, impressive individuals and key industry leaders across six continents. Sitting in the corner office in both corporate and non-profit environments, Ive attained, delivered and coached success in both the C-Suite and international board rooms. My diverse experience has provided cross-cultural insights into the talents, skills and measures required by individuals not only to get to the top, but to THRIVE at the pinnacle of business And now I am happy to share that knowledge and support you in your quest for influence, empowerment, and ultimately success.


  • EP 75 Francisco Webber - Co-founder and CEO of Cortical.io

    EP 75 Francisco Webber - Co-founder and CEO of Cortical.io

    13/01/2021 Duration: 33min

    We head to Vienna, Austria to meet Francisco Webber, founder of multiple companies, Natural Language Understanding (NLU) expert and inventor of Cortical.io’s proprietary Retina technology – a technology applies the principles of cerebral processing to machine learning and natural language understanding (NLU) to solve real-world use cases related to big text data.   In this episode, we discuss big data and the problems that need to be solved to sort through and interpret that data. Francisco provides insight into semantic folding processing and how Cortical.io (www.cortical.io) is pushing forward smarter machine automation. At Cortical.io solutions are based on the actual meaning of text, rather than on statistical occurrences. We also discuss how the business was built and how they have harnessed a multi-national team to collaborate and innovate. Francisco’s interest in information technology developed during his medical studies, when he was involved in medical data processing. Over the course of two decades

  • EP 74 Vidusha Nathavitharana: Founder  Destiny Architect, Luminary Learning Solutions  High5 Consultancy

    EP 74 Vidusha Nathavitharana: Founder & Destiny Architect, Luminary Learning Solutions & High5 Consultancy

    06/01/2021 Duration: 24min

    In this episode we head to Sri Lanka to speak with Vidusha Nathavitharana. Vidusha is a vibrant and motivating leadership and human resource expert who possesses a wide corporate background that has served as a positive foundation to launching his businesses. He is also the author of over 50 books and a TedX speaker.   We have an open and honest conversation on his first startup High5 Consultancy and the lessons learned that he improved upon in his second venture Luminary Learning Solutions, which has scaled up and delivered executive training, team building and other services in 25 countries and counting. Vidusha has pioneered the concept of ROI based leadership training and boasts the ability to offer quantifiable and verifiable ROI after each of his signature leadership programs - possibly a first across the globe. We also discuss the influence of his father on his business life and why he is so passionate about training the next generation of business leaders and offers all his books for free - honouring

  • EP 73 Carlos Castelan – Founder and Managing Director of The Navio Group

    EP 73 Carlos Castelan – Founder and Managing Director of The Navio Group

    09/12/2020 Duration: 30min

    Retail is a sector that has experienced unprecedented shifts related to customer behaviors, changes in loyalty, digital strategies, AI advances, the rise of influencers and more. For brands it is no longer only important to get a product on the shelf and for stores the stakes are now high on how to engage and entice the in-person purchase experience. Retailers need tailored solutions and guidance on how to innovate for the world of tomorrow. Enter The Navio Group founded by Carlos Castelan. In this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation we speak with Carols about his founders story and his vision to establish a lead boutique firm focused on helping retailers transform their business, drive cost savings, reinvent core business, and develop innovation. Through The Navio Group, Carlos supports clients range from Fortune 500 retailers to high growth direct-to-consumer businesses. Prior to Navio, Carlos was a Partner & Chief Strategy Officer at Conlego, a premier negotiations and partnership firm. There he advised on g

  • EP 72 Oleksandr Kosovan – Founder  CEO of MacPaw, Founder of SetApp

    EP 72 Oleksandr Kosovan – Founder & CEO of MacPaw, Founder of SetApp

    25/11/2020 Duration: 23min

    From college student to world domination and all the tough work that takes place in-between, this is the story of Oleksandr Kosovan. For this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation, we went to the Ukraine to speak with this tech-entrepreneur who has achieved what only others have dreamed of. As the creator of CleanMyMac, Oleksandr has witnessed his app pass the count of 4 million users, in fact, every 5th Mac on Earth has a MacPaw app installed on it and there is at least one MacPaw user in Antarctica. Oleksandr shares his founder’s journey which began as a hobby project spending one year developing his first app over nights and weekends and once ready, he chose to allow open access to it. His journey is an amazing one that covers product development, distribution, customer feedback, and accelerated growth, all while bootstrapping his way to leading a 260-employee organization. We also discussed the careful balance of the life of an entrepreneur, starting a family, and giving back. MacPaw is headquartered in Kyiv,

  • EP 71 Tim Spiker: Founder of The Aperio

    EP 71 Tim Spiker: Founder of The Aperio

    11/11/2020 Duration: 11min

    Whether you are in startup, scale up or running steady and strong, every business builder needs to be a great leader. In this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation, we speak with Tim Spiker, author, trainer, team builder and leadership development expert. As the founder of The Aperio, Tim can uniquely relate to entrepreneurs and the decisions and pressures on their shoulders as they navigate business. He also shares his own story of planning his leap from receiving a paycheck to writing the check for others. Tim’s book, The Only Leaders Worth* Following, reveals that 77% of leadership effectiveness comes from who a leader is and not what they do. Using this principle, Tim helps people become, be, and stay leaders who are actually worth following. Tim has worked with leadership teams in North America, Australia, and Asia. Tim’s work includes delivering keynote talks, creating unique and customized learning experiences, and guiding long-term development journeys including teaching on the Who* Not What Principle. He

  • Karolyn Hart - Founder of InspireHUB

    Karolyn Hart - Founder of InspireHUB

    28/10/2020 Duration: 38min

    A big part of any business is the basis for its tech framework. In this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation we speak with Karolyn Hart, an award-winning Canadian entrepreneur, technology executive, activist, speaker, author and Founder of InspireHUB. Our conversation transverses topics of digital experience platforms, data security, data ownership, and how to have a simple, organic, business ecosystem that allows start-ups and small business owners focus on their objectives and customer care rather than risks and stumbling blocks of the tech framework. We also talk about Karolyn extraordinary journey as an entrepreneur and founder that included being sought out by the Mandela family to bring her skills to a very special project in South Africa. With a vision to ‘Fred Rodgers’ the business world, Karolyn is a person to know in your network. She has also made "The Ultimate Small Business Survival Guide" available to help navigate crisis management and shore business continuity plans: https://www.inspirehub.com/en-

  • Jeff Chastain - Founder and CEO, Admentus

    Jeff Chastain - Founder and CEO, Admentus

    14/10/2020 Duration: 27min

    For this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation, we head to Texas to speak with Jeff Chastain, founder of Admentus and a professional Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS®) Implementer. We have a candid conversation with Jeff about his own career and the motivation to establish his own business. We then focus on the challenges faced by all business builders and approaches to ease stress as a business grows. We all know that it takes very different skills to start a business then to sustain one, and that if you don’t have the right advice, cracks can show up rather quickly. Complementing fifteen years in the technology space, Jeff founded Admentus to help entrepreneurs and business leaders embrace systems that can predict success. Jeff is a big believer in the EOS Model™ and mentors and trains founders and business creators on the Six Key Components™ that must be managed and strengthened to be a great business: vision, people, data, issues, process and traction. Of course, here at Disruptive CEO Nation, we also wo

  • Theresa M. Līna – CEO, Loina Group Inc and Author of Be the Go-To

    Theresa M. Līna – CEO, Loina Group Inc and Author of Be the Go-To

    30/09/2020 Duration: 28min

    What can you learn from a recognized Silicon Valley thought leader and strategist? A whole lot about market domination strategies. In this episode, we talk with Theresa M. Lina. the author of the best-selling book Be the Go-To: How to Own Your Competitive Market, Charge More, and Have Customers Love You For It. Every business builder knows they need to find that perfect edge to their value proposition and using ‘The Apollo Method for Market Dominance’, we discuss with Theresa what elements it takes to achieve success as a premium Go-To brand. Her tips and insight on how you shouldn’t be competing on price are good reminder for all our listeners that you constantly need to evaluate the course of your mission. Theresa M. Lina is the CEO of Līna Group, Inc., which specializes in market dominance strategy. Over her professional life, she has served as chief strategy and marketing officer for several technology startups and has advised hundreds of companies. She began her career at Accenture, where she helped foun

  • Chris Locke - Partner  CEO UK and Europe at Rainmaking

    Chris Locke - Partner & CEO UK and Europe at Rainmaking

    16/09/2020 Duration: 27min

    Chris Locke is an innovative business growth and start up expert who has a legacy of working with corporates and individuals to build powerful, sustainable, and socially minded organizations. But aside from being a wealth of knowledge, we love the ease at which he approaches his conversations and clients – it makes him a pleasure to know.   In this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation, we talk with Chris about the current economic environment, evolving business models, opportunities, rapid shifts in customer bases, and the tenants for a successful business. Chris share case studies (Nokia), data (the average age of successful entrepreneurs is 45) and talks about businesses focused on solving problems and delivering positive impact under the UN Sustainable Development Goals (check out their SDG Compass program).   At Rainmaking, Chris and his team work with corporates by implementing a systemic approach to driving innovation and developing new business models to unlock future growth. Under the ASPIRE program, the

  • Jonathan Ogurchak - Co-Founder  CEO, STACK

    Jonathan Ogurchak - Co-Founder & CEO, STACK

    02/09/2020 Duration: 30min

    Sometimes we meet entrepreneurs who amaze us and Jonathan Ogurchak, the Co-founder and CEO of http://stackpharmacy.com/, is one of those people. Jonathan stepped away from a lucrative career as a pharmacist to build a platform that could transform the way #pharma business gets done, and he did so as a father of two children with one on the way and he literally started this great business in his garage (and here we must pause for quick salute to his wonderful wife).   In this episode, we hear the #startup story of Stack, a compliance management software designed to simplify the “outside of the dispense” complexities associated with running successful pharmacy organizations; however, the principles and functions of the STACK information ecosystem principles can translate to multiple industries.  Jonathan is also Managing Partner of Rhythm Group, a consulting and technology solutions organization, and is a Certified Consultant with Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). Jonathan has designed programs a

  • Pedro Pico (a.k.a. Teresa Al Dente) – Founder, Drag Taste

    Pedro Pico (a.k.a. Teresa Al Dente) – Founder, Drag Taste

    05/08/2020 Duration: 29min

    Pedro Pico is both an inspiring businessman and gem of a woman. For this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation, we head to Lisbon, Portugal and meet Pedro, whose motto is ‘My secret to get things done is getting started’.   Pedro is a creative adventurer who has built a business out of his love affair with food. He produced his own cooking show on YouTube which led to founding Tasty Studio, a company specializing in branded food and beverage media content. He has also hosted hundreds of home-cooked dinners for people from around the world all of which has led to his latest business venture: Drag Taste.   Featured by Airbnb as one of the top experiences in the world, Pedro developed Drag Taste with spouse Nikolay (a.k.a. Irina Ganache). They have an amazing team of the best drag queens from all over the world and, under a chandelier of red high heels, they host events such as "Drag-up Cooking Class", where they transform every guest in drag and host a Portuguese cooking class and event. Not to be side tracked by CO

  • Patrick Ungashick – CEO, NAVIX Consultants

    Patrick Ungashick – CEO, NAVIX Consultants

    22/07/2020 Duration: 24min

    You know what they say, ‘Begin with the end in mind’ and that’s how you need to approach building your business. In this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation, we speak with Patrick Ungashick, author of Dance in the End Zone: The Business Owner’s Exit Planning Playbook, and the award-winning A Tale of Two Owners: Achieving Exit Success Between Business Co-Owners. Patrick works with company founders and business owners to prepare for and achieve happy and successful exits. As a business owner himself, he founded and leads two separate companies. As a speaker, Patrick typically addresses more than 50 groups per year, sharing exit advice and solutions to owners of privately-held companies from several million to over a billion in revenue. Additionally, he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Week. During his nearly 30 years’ career, Patrick has helped hundreds of business owners achieve exit success. Outside of work, even though he cannot juggle nor play a musical instrument, Patr

  • Sumaira Isaacs - CEO Global Tourism Forum (Brand of World Tourism Forum)  Serial Entrepreneur

    Sumaira Isaacs - CEO Global Tourism Forum (Brand of World Tourism Forum) & Serial Entrepreneur

    08/07/2020 Duration: 29min

    Sumaira K. Isaacs is a woman who knows the world and a woman the world should know. When we booked her, our intent to was to explore the close correlation between a country’s open borders and lively tourism to the opportunity for entrepreneurs to achieve business success, but we just happened to schedule this call amid the global COVID-19 pandemic and ended up with a rich conversation about what happens to business when borders close and events cancel. The movement of people is critical to success of business and unless business tourism returns, can there be a full economic recovery? Afterall, one in ten people in the world work in a role that is part of the hospitality and tourism industry. And with the potential for 75 million hospitality jobs to be lost worldwide and forecasts of half the global airlines closing down, what does the post-COVID-19 global scenario look like? Originally from Pakistan, with a long base of business in Dubai, and now residing in Canada, Sumaira is an International tourism indus

  • Anna-Mieke Anderson - Founder, CEO of MiaDonna

    Anna-Mieke Anderson - Founder, CEO of MiaDonna

    24/06/2020 Duration: 25min

    We invite you to spend time with Anna-Mieke Anderson, a B Corp founder and CEO of MiaDonna & Company and The Greener Diamond (www.miadonna.com). Named by Entreprenuer Magazine as one of their 100 Powerful Women in 2019, we thoroughly enjoyed discussing how the passions that inspire the birth of a business still require sound strategies to keep that mission alive. Based in Portland, OR, USA, Anna-Mieke is globally recognized as the pioneer of the lab-grown diamond (LGD) industry. After learning the conflict origin of her own earth-mined diamond in 2005, Anna-Mieke challenged the notion that gemstones, particularly diamonds, could only come from a place of unnecessary hardship. In 2007, she launched MiaDonna and pushed the quality of lab-grown diamonds to the highest levels. Today, ten percent of net profits are given to their non-profit foundation, The Greener Diamond, which helps free women and children oppressed by the active conflict diamond mining industry. Anna-Meike is a dedicated mother of 2, an avid

  • Ron Carucci - Co-Founder of Navalent

    Ron Carucci - Co-Founder of Navalent

    10/06/2020 Duration: 29min

    Ron Carucci is a voice of wisdom for founders whether they are seeking Series A Funding or managing a mature business. In this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation, we explore topics such as founderism, strategy, growth and the insights into how 15% of your efforts can be the secrete sauce to success if you lift your head and lead the way you should. Ron also shares how investors are evaluating your business to spot a winning team, a winning leader, and a winning idea and challenges business leaders to understand their differentiators and firmly know why you have a right to win business. As co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, Ron has been working with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations, leaders, and industries. From start-ups to Fortune 10's, turn-arounds to new markets and strategies, overhauling leadership and culture to re-designing for growth, he has worked in more than 25 countries on 4 continents. In addition to being a regular contributor to Harvard Busine

  • Julian Fisher - Founder  CEO of jisp

    Julian Fisher - Founder & CEO of jisp

    27/05/2020 Duration: 38min

    Julian Fisher is the founder and CEO of jisp, a lifestyle app that digitizes products and experiences to bring the best of online into physical spaces offering digital baskets, gamification, and the ability to tap product labels and have instant information. In this episode Julian shares insight into his entrepreneurial journey, growing companies, and product development in the digital space. What we appreciate about Julian (aside from the smile in his voice) is the rich history (and frankly love story) he has with technology which is rooted in his launching the UK’s first internet exhibition in 1994. Since then his work has remained inexorably linked to technology, improving sales and payments, and tackling compliance issues for a wide group of blue-chip companies. Today, the jisp solution serves many of the UK’s biggest and well-known stores such as JD Sports, H&M, Topman, Whittard of Chelsea, Crew Clothing and Yankee Candle. You can connect to Julian through www.jisp.com or on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin

  • Farah Asemi – Founder of ecofleet

    Farah Asemi – Founder of ecofleet

    13/05/2020 Duration: 28min

    Join us as we head to the UK to discuss socially conscious business with Farah Asemi, founder of ecofleet, a sustainable mindful B to C logistics service using carbon-neutral electric cargo bikes and vehicles. In this episode we transverse topics of product development, white label service, warehousing in a city like London and management of a unique workforce. Currently, ecofleet riders do 12,000 laps of the world every year. But what we love oh so much is the branding – it is worth checking out. We also cover the question of why enter the #greenbusiness space and Farah shares if the trigger moment when she knew there needed to be a call for change. When we caught up with Farah she was entering her first round of fundraising after starting the company with personal seed money and a government grant. We also cover the unique process to hire riders that will fulfill the mission in rain or shine – ok, this is London – so in rain or rain. Prior to ‘cycling into action’, Farah had a successful career within prope

  • Will Bachman – Co-Founder  Managing Partner at Umbrex

    Will Bachman – Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Umbrex

    29/04/2020 Duration: 22min

    Will Bachman is a brilliant mind at work connecting other brilliant minds to business today. As co-founder and Managing Partner of www.Umbrex.com he has brought together a global, collaborative community connecting 800 top tier independent management consultants across fifty countries. He is also the host of How to Thrive as an Independent Professional, which has over 270 published episodes. If you want to know how to set up a successful solopreneur practice in a gig economy, this is the man to know. In this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation, we touch on the principles Will has employed to grow this impressive ecosystem of independent professionals that anyone can use to grow business in your market niche as well. We discuss the value of content creation as a door opener to more meaningful client relationships and how providing your client community a platform to engage and connect will extend the value of your brand. But we also love that Will is simply an interesting CEO. He is a graduate of Harvard College

  • Nikolaus Kimla – Pipeliner CRM and Salespop

    Nikolaus Kimla – Pipeliner CRM and Salespop

    15/04/2020 Duration: 28min

    Nikolaus Kimla – Pipeliner CRM and Salespop Nikolaus Kimla is a business Rockstar, innovator and influencer that you should know. Crossing from Austria to California, Nikolaus has created six businesses in the tech space and in this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation, he shares insights into what it took to conceive and launch his latest endeavor, serving as the founder and CEO for Pipeliner CRM. As an expert in process efficiencies, digital workflows and CRM, Nikolaus has designed a solutions platform to enable sales teams to navigate complex sales processes in the B to B space and beyond. He shares views on tech design and how better adoption rates are achieved with a deep knowledge of the user perspective. Also the founder of Salespop, Nikolaus shares insight into how to leverage content creation for community building as Salespop articles can have tens of thousands of views and professionals the world over visit the platform’s educational portal: https://salespop.net/sales-management/. Nikolaus is the kind

  • Dr. Ben Schmidt – RoadBotics

    Dr. Ben Schmidt – RoadBotics

    01/04/2020 Duration: 30min

    How can artificial intelligence help strengthen roads and infrastructure? On this episode of Disruptive CEO Nation, RoadBotics co-founder and President, Dr. Ben Schmidt shares his unlikely journey to revolutionize the way local governments assess and maintain their roads. RoadBotics was spun out of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Robotics Institute in 2016 and has raised $11.4M in venture capital investment to date. Ben shares insights into how the company developed including his theory about ‘brain trusts’, raising capital, protecting intellectual property, and working with governments. He also shares how machine learning from companies like Roadbotics can help government make better data driven decisions. Ben studied bioengineering in college and received his PhD in that same field, but halfway through his PhD program, he realized that academia was not for him. He completed his dissertation, earned his title, but he wanted to do more. Instead, he took that knowledge decided to start a com

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