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We interview some of the best entrepreneurs, experts and executives in the tech and eCommerce space. We want to share their perspective on the current trends, their stories about success and failure and how they attract and recruit talent. Our aim is to keep it real and simple - share the relevant lessons and have an open conversation. Follow-ups on our website for more details:
72 Episodes
Ami Daniel is the CEO & co-founder of Windward. He developed his passion for the sea during his seven-year veteran in the Israeli Navy and founded Windward with the mission of bringing Predictive Intelligence and big data analytics to the maritime ecosystem. In the last two decades, Ami has harnessed innovation and a relentless focus on driving transformative change to build successful organizations in both the nonprofit and private sectors. He holds a BA in Law & Business from Tel Aviv University, and won numerous accolades over the course of his career, including the Ilan Ramon Award for Excellence and the Israeli President's Award for Social Good.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Ami’s story from a Naval Officer to becoming Winward’s CEOWhat does Winward do and how they assist company clientsData collection process at WinwardPrioritizing mental health and caring for personal and HR cultureEssential soft skills for Winward is looking for future employeesBook recommendations by AmiFollow us on:Instagram:
Martin Thaysen is the Chief Commercial Officer of Controlant. Prior to Controlant, he held a number of C-level positions as a CEO, CCO and Board Member within Supply Chain, Logistics, Shipping, Manufacturing, Professional Services in publicly listed and privately held companies. Martin is passionate about making a difference to businesses through Customer Experience, Digitalisation, Talent and Sustainability.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Cold Chain is the new trend - Controlant’s storyControlant’s story - founding and their focusedQuality and skills for a commercial talentTeam’s career perspective at ControlantMajor supply chain challenges pharma companies are facingMost sought skills in supply chain tech sectorsFollow us on:Instagram:
Matt Petot is Founder and CEO at CargoAI. He has a creative and out-of-the-box thinker, pragmatic and proactive, has strong leadership, and team management, has good communication abilities, result driven mindset, fast learner, is multicultural and a team player, and is well-organized.He also has experience in analytics, operations performance improvement, and global business strategy.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How did Matt start his journey as an entrepreneur and ending up with air cargoWhat is the difference between Air Freight and Sea FreightThe upside of air cargo due to the pandemicCargoAI for the next 5 to 10 yearsSolutions related to carbon neutralizingKeeping up with the team's mental healthFollow us on:Instagram:
As co-founder and CEO of Navia, Simon Borg is committed to making people’s lives easier through innovative freight solutions. He works with a world-class team, that continues to find ways to exceed our customers’ expectations and future-proof our offer through constant innovation. From one side of the world to the other, they take the complications out of it through their freight and logistic solutions.Simon is an avid futurist – always interested in how technology can add value to their customers and to Navia. He is actively involved in their technology team, specializing in big data, blockchain, IoT, automation, ML, and process improvement.Navia is a fully integrated freight and logistics company offering all aspects of freight forwarding logistics including sea freight, air freight, customs clearance, 3PL, and e-commerce.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Simon’s perspective on the “trends in supply chain”Journey in the freight forwarding businessHow the pandemic highlighted supply chain and how it helped Navia in terms of growthRegions Navia is currently covering and expansionLeadership style and company cultureThe situation of supply chain during a recessionFollow us on:Instagram:
 Terry Chan is an eCommerce Supply Chain Leader with 25 years of experience in driving business growth.Awarded the "Most promising business leader of Asia 2019" by Economic Times in Singapore, featured by Forbes in 2018 in Vietnam, and invited by World Bank as a speaker in 2018 in Vietnam.An entrepreneur and executive: JUSTT GROUP (eCommerce Enabler), JUSTT BEAUTY (Healthcare), EC-POST (LogTech), Hong Kong eCommerce Supply Chain Association (HKeCSC) (the First & Only One in HK), held multinational organization leaderships (former GM Supply Chain Management at Alibaba/Lazada, general management/experience at FedEX, DHL eCommerce, S.F. Express, Swedish & Danish Post, KMB, Cathay Pacific).Adjunct lecturer at the University of Hong Kong. Advisor/mentor/trainer for Hong Kong Sciences & Technology Park Corporation (HKSTP), Hong Kong Trade & Development Council (HKTDC), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Federation of Youths Group (HKFYG). Consultant for Estee Lauder, UBM, GLG, Atheneum, KPMG, EY, Mckinsey, Deloitte, Accenture, 300+ Startups. Chairperson/Keynote speaker/Moderator for 120+ international conferences. Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Terry’s career highlights and Justt Group offeringsStrengths and weaknesses of big eCommerce compared to the Western eCommerce businessesHow can Western eCommerce businesses learn from AsiaPain points and lessons learned from eCommerce businessesHow Justt group tackles the waste and environmental issuesFollow us on:Instagram:
Since 12 November 2019, Stephan has been CEO of Transporeon. His professional focus has always been to use his wealth of experience to help organisations grow – and that is also his goal at Transporeon. Stephan spent 13 years working for SAP, including his role as managing director of SAP Switzerland and as chief operating officer for the DACH region. After his time at SAP, Stephan successfully shaped the development of ERP provider Unit4 over a period of five years, three of which as CEO with responsibility for more than 4,000 employees. Stephan holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How the last two years impacted Transporeon and the future of the companyAcquisition and cultural alignmentTransporeon’s sustainability initiativesWhat makes Transporeon uniqueOverview numbers of carriers and shippers in the company’s platformHow they made their acquisitions - culture was a big part of itTransporeon’s culture and successFollow us on:Instagram:
About Nick Bartlett :Nick Bartlett is a Co-Founder & Director of Sales & Marketing for CBIP Logistics. Nick brings 12+ years of experience across logistics, e-commerce, marketing, supply chain, and traditional retail across multiple from Asia pacific to US and UK. Nick who founded CBIP in 2015 and saw a unique opportunity in the market for approaching logistics services differently. About Chris Crutchley:Chris Crutchley is the Finance and Operations Director for CBIP Logistics - a global B2B and e-commerce logistics company. Chris brings 10 years of corporate finance and operational expertise throughout Asia Pacific to this role. He strives to continuously innovate and challenge the way traditional logistics business is done and enjoys working with a vast range of clients to make their supply chains more efficient, to break into new markets, to allow clients to focus on growing their business. Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How Nick and Chris started CBIP LogisticsWorking on sustainability offsetting and carbon footprint emissionChallenge for the next six months will look like for the freight business and logisticsFuture plans for CBIP Logistics and understanding what customers needThe most important long term decisionSoft skill required to be successful within the businessFollow us on:Instagram:
James Chin Moody is co-founder and CEO of Sendle. Sendle builds shipping that is good for the world that helps small businesses thrive by making package delivery simple, reliable and affordable and is the only 100% Carbon Neutral Delivery Service in Australia and the United States.James is an experienced senior executive and board member. He was a member of the Executive team at Australia’s national research agency, CSIRO, for eight years with organisational-wide responsibility for business development, government relations, international development and strategic foresight. He was also the Chief Systems Engineer for FedSat, the first Australian satellite to be launched in 30 years.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Sendle’s origin storyHow Sendle became so big in Australia and USAReaching a 100% Carbon Neutral Delivery ServiceSkills required to be successful in SendleHow to keep your sanity at workFollow us on:Instagram:
Johnny Slattery is the Chief Executive Officer at SCNX. He is a seasoned technologist and has been building software for 20+ years. Verticals of focus include derivatives trading, management consulting and logistics. Johnny has rich experience building and running companies and maintains a passion for developing novel technical solutions that solve real problems.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Becoming the CEO of SCNXSCNX’s portfolio and servicesDeploying technology using IoT and machine learningCulture and skills needed within supply chain tech industryAdvices to young graduates and interns that will enter corporate worldFollow us on:Instagram:
About Jamil Khan:Jamil Khan is the President of Sayurbox. Jamil is an International Logistics Leader, bringing almost 30 years of Operational & Supply Chain experience, having lived in 6 and worked in 11 countries across Europe & Asia. He is an experienced senior leader, with a great career as EVP of Logistics at Lazada, and VP of Operations of Redmart, Jamil has also worked in Tesco, METRO Group and Dairy Farm International, in a variety of roles and locations.He is the driver of a culture that is Customer centric and focussed on quality. Jamil believes in finding talent, building capability through coaching and training to create extraordinary teams at all levels. Jamil has built operational capacity and resilience and has scaled massively in a cost effective way.About Amanda Cole:Amanda Susanti Cole is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sayurbox.Amanda has spent most of her career in agriculture and distribution. Graduating from Manchester university, she headed the supply chain and operations of her family’s distribution company before finding her passion in agriculture. She started and built a farm as well as closely working with farmers to supply high end restaurant. Seeing the inefficiencies in the fresh produce supply chain, she co-founded Sayurbox as a means to distribute fresh produce directly from farmers to end consumers.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Sayurbox origin storyHow Sayurbox is building relationships with the farmersUpsides and challenges that Sayurbox faced in times of disruptionSayurbox future plans in the next 5 to 10 yearsManaging sustainability and some initiativesCulture and skills needed within the organizationFollow us on:Instagram:
Lalit Das is a Founder and CEO of SS Supply Chain Solutions Pvt Ltd (3SC).  He worked in the various segments of the Supply Chain Domain and Manufacturing & Services Sector in Supply Chain Functions.He founded 3SC in 2012, the firm holds strong expertise in Predictive, Prescriptive and Descriptive analytics combined with collaborative and consultative approach.  3SC orchestrates organizations to streamline the entire supply chain and create value for customers in order to gain competitive advantage.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Lalit’s career journey and how 3SC startedForecast accuracy and using machine learning and neural network algorithmsDifferent products by 3SC and product integration lead timeHow 3SC is helping their clients in terms of sustainabilityDemand planning and challenges in data forecastingFollow us on:Instagram:
Jonathan Savoir is the CEO and Co-founder of Quincus. Jonathan grew up in Belgium and Luxembourg and attended colleges in London and in the USA. In college, he studied engineering and economics. Upon completing his Master's Degree at 20, he pursued his Ph.D. and decided to drop out at 21 to make some global investments and build startups. In 2014 he founded Quincus with his co-founder.Quincus Execution and Intelligence platforms allow ground providers, port operators, and airlines to adapt and optimize their operations to efficiently execute their logistics inflows and outflows. Quincus’ platforms and open APIs are fundamentally underpinned by its state-of-the-art artificially intelligent supply chain optimization and geo-mapping to allow for real-time data, visibility, and operation in hypercomplex regions.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:[01:47] Creation story of Quincus; becoming an operating system for logistics [05:54] How Quincus is different and focuses on data accuracy [08:18] Quincus’ product implementation and training [10:25] Trends seen in the industry with the disruptions happening globally [13:12] Getting diverse teams to work together [18:10] What keeps Jonathan up at night and excites him in the morningFollow us on:Instagram:
Kathleen Chan is the Founder and CEO of Calico, the supply chain OS that powers the $1.4 trillion eCommerce production market from concept to doorstep. Kathleen is a serial founder, previously starting several D2C brands and scaling them from zero to six figures in revenues in the first six months of operations. Prior to Calico, Kathleen was the youngest professor at Centennial College in Toronto and ran national marketing campaigns at Microsoft.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Calico’s origin story and how are they differentSerena Williams Venture investing on CalicoVision of the company in 5 to 10 yearsSoft skills and hard skills Calico is looking forWhat are the internal challenges Calico is  facingFollow us on:Instagram:
Philipp Ortwein is Co-Founder and Managing Director of InstaFreight, a digital forwarding company. He graduated with a Master in Management from the University of Mannheim and did his executive education at Harvard and Stanford. During 9 years of work experience at Bain & Company and 2 Startups, he gained expertise in digitization and Industry 4.0.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:InstaFreight’s origin storyHow InstaFreight faces challenges in times of disruptionInstaFreight’s future plansSoft skills and hard skills to be successful at InstaFreightMaintaining the company culture intactFollow us on:Instagram:
As a founder of Thrasio, John has been fortunate to witness their original team of 4 grow into a 1000 person, billion-dollar powerhouse. At work and in life,  he is a polymath with unrelenting energy and curiosity. He enjoys regularly deploying his expertise in branding, creative, neuroscience marketing, business development, acquisitions, leadership, culture building, and product development across diverse sets of business domains. If there is a challenge met, John will face it openly with creativity, humor, and persistence.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the’s origin storyHow the COVID-19 pandemic affected’s evaluation processUsing human touch and technology together to analyze businessesHow plans to reach the audienceSoft skills and hard skills and building teamsFollow us on:Instagram:
About Sandeep Sreekumar:Sandeep Sreekumar is the COO and Co-Founder of IndustryApps. Sandeep has 15 years of digitalization experience. He specializes in Smart Factory, IT/OT Domain, IoT, ML, AI, Plant Engineering, and Process Engineering. Before IndustryApps, he was a Global Head – Digital Factory.About Rolf Knoerzer:Rolf Knoerzer is the CEO and Co-Founder of IndustryApps. Rolf has 25 years of building and running businesses. He specializes in Operations & Supply Chain, Smart Factory, Production Systems, Lean, KAIZEN, MTM, REFA. Before IndustryApps, he was a VP Operations & Supply Chain APAC.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Rolf and Sandeep’s journey in working together and starting a startupHurdles on the industry and how they solve itHow IndustryApps helps its clients and how long the onboarding process isCurrent manufacturing trends Rolf and Sandeep are seeingCertain policies around IndustryApps developersPiece of advice regards shift from a corporate type of job to startupHow different industries respond to digitalization Follow us on:Instagram:
David Shillingford is the Chief Strategy Officer of Everstream Analytics (formerly Resilience360 and Riskpulse), a leading supply chain risk analytics company that enables greater resilience and agility in the supply chains of many of the world’s best-known companies. David has led the development of several industry-wide data and analytics platforms both as an entrepreneur and as SVP Supply Chain at Verisk Analytics, ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies.  David’s first career was as a special operations officer in the British Army.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How Everstream is helping their clients and problems they are solvingCase studies on how they brought significant change to your clientsChallenges and hurdles Everstream went throughEverstream’s sustainability initiativesWhat makes Everstream unique in terms of hiring and attracting talentFollow us on:Instagram:
Evan Smith is the CEO and Co-founder of Altana AI. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Yale University. Before Altana AI, Evan led enterprise solution and strategic partnership at Panjiva, a trades data science company. Before Panjiva, Evan co-managed a private equity partnership and the family office sponsor and served as the CEO of IMDU Technologies, a wholly-owned portfolio company providing textile supply chain automation software. Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Acquiring and selling Panjiva and founding Altana AITaking advantage of the big market opportunitiesPiloting projects on the supply chain insurance sideEnabling Globalization 2.0 - challenges and opportunitiesHow Altana AI is protecting their system from  data breaches- data privacy, security, and intellectual property protectionWhat Altana AI is looking for in terms of talentWhat machine learning means to Altana AIFollow us on:Instagram:
Romain Moulin is the CEO of Exotec, a company he co-founded with Renaud Heitz in 2015. As a former robotics architect and technical engineer at GE and BA Système, Romain spent 10+ years immersed in deep technology systems before he shifted his attention to solving the challenge of retail warehouse automation. He was born and raised in France and graduated from a top French engineering university, SUPAERO.Exotec is a global robotics company, building scalable warehouse robotic solutions that power the world’s largest brands. The company offers flexible warehouse automation to improve operational efficiency and economics. Exotec’s signature solution, The Skypod system, utilizes robots that can reach a height of 36 feet to enable high-density inventory storage and retrieval. Exotec supports 25+ industry-leading brands spanning e-commerce, grocery, retail, manufacturing, and 3PL sectors. To date, Exotec has secured $115M in funding from industry-leading investors including 83North, Dell Technologies Capital, Iris Capital, 360 Capital Partners, and Breega.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Integrating robotics in the supply chainWhat makes Exotec different and case studies on how they are helping their clientsPartnerships and hiring talentsHow Exotec is protecting and securing their systemsFollow us on:Instagram:
Michael Wax is the Co-Founder and CEO of Forto, Europe’s first digital freight forwarding company and the largest one as well. They are building the digital backbone for the multi-trillion global trade market and are currently at 1.2 billion valuation. They have raised a number of big rounds with the latest one, backed by SoftBank, which was 240 million. They are present in 14 locations worldwide and have about 600 people in a very short span of time.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How the idea for Forto came aboutThe future of the 3PL Industry 3-10 years from now- will Forto become one of the top 10?Forto’s interview structure and why is performance revenue structure essential- giving candidates a good hiring experience New way of measuring inflation- unemployment rate and increase in prices.Advice to people making the shift from a corporate type of job to a startup entrepreneurial typeFollow us on:Instagram:
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