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Bits & Bytes podcast is back for a brand new season! Hosted by your favourite Jean Yoon & Sam Chan from Launch, season 2 will yet again bring in guests ranging from serial entrepreneurs to first-time interns to really spill the beans on what it's really like to work within a startup while going through Jean’s unique food challenges! The first episode features Nick Wilkinson, Director of Project Management at TTT Studios. Previously having worked for NASA and the Canadian Space Agency Nick shares his journey into project management, the required skill set, the difference between project and product management, and why you don’t need to be a developer to become a project manager. Listen to more episodes of Bits & Bytes: https://pod.link/1501887543 Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
Our very own program specialist Camille Bonnet joined our hosts Jean and Sam for a special Bits & Bytes episode as they talk about her experience at Launch, the dynamics of working remotely; in-person vs online meetings, mental health, and her reason to make the move to Vancouver from France. Watch on for this super fun episode to find out if Camille passes Jean's food challenge, as she tries the worlds most sour candy, and some other really 'interesting' flavours! Listen to this episode on your favourite podcast network: https://pod.link/1501887543 Connect with us online @launchacademyhq Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
Joining us on the latest Bits & Bytes episode is David Cruz, the winner of the recently concluded Launch.vc Pitch Competition 2021, founder of Pineapple Build, a no code mobile app builder; and Vhista, an app designed to help the visually impaired. David has worked for multinational companies including Google and Meta and is also one of our current Maple program members. In this episode, David talks about his journey from Bogotá to San Francisco, his future plans and the superpower that can change the world! Find David on Twitter: @davidcruzcs Connect with us on social media: @launchacademyhq Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
Our guest for this episode of Bits & Bytes is Swickie, owner of Kiki, a Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT character who is the first-ever female Ape to be cast in Punks Comic. Swickie talks about her NFT journey, NBA Top Shot, the rise of Kiki as an international NFT icon, and the moment where her life changed overnight, quite literally! Find her on Twitter: @topshotswickie Connect with us on soical media: @launchacademyhq Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
Our guest for the latest Bits & Bytes podcast is Amy Tom, senior editor and podcast manager at Hacker Noon. Having worked previously in the corporate world before freelancing as a content marketing strategist for tech startups, Amy brings in her unique perspective to the tech industry. In this episode Amy talks about her journey, what it takes to be a woman in tech and how to tackle the prevalent imposter syndrome in the industry. Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
This month’s Bits & Bytes podcast features San Francisco-based venture capitalist, startup mentor, and entrepreneur Adam O’Donnell. Adam currently works at Zendesk nurturing strategic relationships with VCs, accelerators, and entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem and beyond. Adam talks about his entrepreneurial failures and successes while offering practical advice for startups about when to push for a breakthrough and when to bow out. Find Adam O'Donnell on LinkedIn and listen to his podcast TheTop.VC. Find Launch on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook LinkedIn Website Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
This month’s Bits & Bytes podcast features Vancouver-based CPA Alfred Zagloul, specializing in performance management and accounting services to clients through his firm Zagloul Consulting. When he’s not consulting, Alfred can be found serving deadpan coffee reviews on @alfreddrinkingcoffee. Alfred shares his entrepreneurial journey and spills the beans on how he became an influential figure on social media through an Instagram account that started as a fun side project. You can reach Alfred on Linkedin or through his website, and follow him on Instagram, for coffee reviews & more! Connect with us online! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/launchacademyhq/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/launchacademyhq Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/launchacademyhq LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/launchacademyhq/ Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
Chris Hobbs believes that Vancouver’s talent has the potential to lead the way in Canada and build some of the greatest and the most impactful products that the world can see. Launch’s Jean Yoon & Sam Chan sit down with Chris in the latest episode of Bits & Bytes to get his perspective on creating meaningful connections through technology, building cool new products and more! Chris Hobbs is the President & Co-Founder of TTT Studios, a Vancouver-based award-winning Digital Innovation Studio focused on building custom software for more than 200 clients around the world. Chris is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and a renowned name in the Vancouver tech community. Chris also hosts ‘Afternoon T’, a weekly podcast to chat with Canada’s successful founders to share their lessons and to prepare the next generation of startups. You can connect with Chris on LinkedIn. Connect with us online! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/launchacademyhq/?hl=en Twitter: https://twitter.com/launchacademyhq Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/launchacademyhq LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/launchacademyhq/ Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
In this episode of Bits & Bytes, we bring in Andy Hu who has 3 years of recruiting experience under his belt to talk more in depth about the world of tech recruiting. In this podcast, Andy walks us through the various processes, the types of recruitment available, whether a company would benefit from an in house recruiting or through an external agency, the criteria that both recruiters and companies look for in potential candidates and for those that are interested, how you can join the exciting world of recruitment. Andy Hu graduated from SFU with a Psychology Major and a business minor and has worked for several companies including Keywords Studios, Unity Technologies, Robert Half Finance & Accounting and TEKsystems. His admiration for the magic that software developers can create from 'nothing' is what initially peaked his interest in the tech industry and by chance he found the opportunity to take the dive into working within the tech realm by becoming a technical recruiter. You can connect with Andy through his Linkedin here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andyalhu/ Connect with us online! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/launchacademyhq Twitter: https://twitter.com/launchacademyhq Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/launchacademyhq LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/launchacademyhq Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
Emma, aka @vancouverfoodie shares with Jean and Sam her unique journey on becoming an entrepreneur, and takes us behind the scenes of what life is really like as an food influencer. She also shares her thoughts on how businesses can better leverage 'influencers' for their own business needs, and leaves some sound advice for others aspiring to follow her path. Follow Emma on Instagram: @vancouverfoodie Subscribe to Emma on Youtube Connect with us online! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/launchacademyhq Twitter: https://twitter.com/launchacademyhq Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/launchacademyhq LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/launchacademyhq Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
Tom, better known as the Vancouver Coffee Snob hops on and shares his journey as a startup founder in the food and beverage space, particularly during the Covid era, the pros and cons running your own show and his top 3 coffee suggestions for late night owls. He lives no bean unturned during this honest discussion. Learn more about Siply: https://getsiply.com/ Connect with Tom on Instagram: https://instagram.com/getsiply Connect with us online! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/launchacademyhq Twitter: https://twitter.com/launchacademyhq Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/launchacademyhq LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/launchacademyhq Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
In this special episode of Bits & Bytes, Sam asks the questions, and Jean sits on the interviewee panel with colleagues Lauren and Kat. We chat about everything from how we got from the hospitality, architecture and health industries to tech and startups to our perceptions of working in a startup before starting at Launch, to, of course, our dream teams. Jean, who is normally the host of Bits & Bytes, is the Program Manager at Launch. Coming most recently from the hospitality industry, she's got a passion for video games and tech and is a Twitch.tv streamer with an accumulated view count of 5 million views. Connect with Jean on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kireiautumn/ Connect with Jean about Launch Programming: mailto:jean@launchacademy.ca Katreena has a background in architecture and is currently Project Coordinator at Launch. In her spare time likes to hike, swim, play the piano and eat good food. Connect with Katreena on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katreenatecson/ Learn more about Perky Buns: http://perkybuns.ca/ Lauren came to Launch with a background in Kinesiology and Digital Marketing and a passion for photography. She is now the Marketing & Community Coordinator at Launch and edits this podcast. Connect with Lauren on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenmkan/ Learn more about The Passion Collective: https://www.instagram.com/thepassion.collective/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
In this episode, Sam and Jean hopped on a call to catch up with Justin, CTO & Co-founder of one of Launch's very first alumni companies, Battlefy. We chat all about Justin's experience building the eSports company while the industry was still starting up, how to fail better, and much more. Justin Wong is an entrepreneur and the CTO and co-founder of Battlefy. Battlefy is an online platform for esports, or competitive video gaming, that powers all levels of competition from amateur to collegiate to professional leagues. At Battlefy, Justin is passionate about building a strong, talented and motivated team. He applies his core values of putting people first and continuous learning every day. These days, with COVID-19, he’s doing his part by staying home and working hard by playing video games. Learn more about Battlefy: https://battlefy.com/ Connect with Justin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinzwong Connect with us online! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/launchacademyhq Twitter: https://twitter.com/launchacademyhq Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/launchacademyhq LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/launchacademyhq Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
In this episode, Sam and Jean hopped on a call to catch up with Raphaël, Co-founder of Éphémère Creative. We chat all about how Raphaël found his Co-founder, his nomadic childhood and adulthood, and how Launch's programs compare to other accelerator and incubator programs in Halifax and Las Vegas. Raphaël Titsworth-Morin is a co-founder of Éphémère Creative where he helps develop and design websites, apps, and more, all with a focus on positive social and environmental impact. He has an academic background in fine arts, has lived in 7 cities across North America and East Africa, and has been involved with startups for the past 6 years. Learn more about Éphémère Creative: https://ephemerecreative.ca/ Learn more about Sustainable Tech: https://sustainable-tech.net/ Connect with Raphaël via email: mailto:raphael@ephemerecreative.ca Connect with Raphaël on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raphaeltm/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
On this episode of Bits & Bytes, hosted by Launch's very own Programs Manager Jean Yoon, we're joined by Naomi Van Halteren, Founder & CEO of LunaVR. She shares her personal journey of how she transitioned from being a full-time RN to an entrepreneur, the challenges of being a first-time entrepreneur, as well as the impact of VR in the healthcare industry. Learn more about LunaVR: https://www.luna-vr.com/ Connect with Naomi: https://www.linkedin.com/in/naomi-van-halteren-48591b180/ Connect with us online! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/launchacade... Twitter: https://twitter.com/launchacademyhq Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/launchacademyhq LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/laun... Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
In this episode of Bits & Bytes, Jean and Sam hop on a call with Spiro Khouri, CEO of The Gaming Stadium in Richmond, BC. He shares how growing up being obsessed with gaming (and now esports) kickstarted his entrepreneurial journey with The Gaming Stadium. He also shares his thoughts on both the future of esports in education, as well as on parenting and gaming. Spiro was appointed CEO of TGS on September 11, 2019 and served as the VP, Sales & Marketing prior to becoming the CEO. Spiro is one of the founders of TGS and has been part of the leadership team since its inception. Prior to joining TGS, he drove the opening of the Elements Esports Lounge, the first esports facility in a casino in Canada. Spiro has also spent time in the video game industry working on the marketing team at Electronic Arts on the popular Need for Speed franchise. Connect with Spiro: https://www.linkedin.com/in/spiro-khouri/ Learn more about The Gaming Stadium: https://www.thegamingstadium.com/ Connect with the Launch team on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/launchacademyhq/ Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
In this episode of Bits & Bytes, Jean and Sam are joined by special guest Efe Fruci. Efe is a Senior Analyst at Accenture, as well as the founder of Fearless and Empowered. Through one-on-one personal coaching, workshops and speaking engagements, Efe strives to empower and teach women how to become self-motivated, build self-confidence, and learn how to change the narrative by eliminating limiting beliefs so they can soar in all areas of life. She shares everything from her personal journey of changing the narrative of her life, to how we can embrace diversity in workplace and the tech industry, to the weirdest type of food she's ever eaten. Connect with Efe on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fearlessandempowered/ Learn more about Fearless and Empowered: https://www.fearlessandempowered.com/ Connect with the Launch team on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/launchacademyhq/ Learn more about Launch: https://launchacademy.ca/ Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
On the second episode of Bits & Bytes, we interview Michael Cheng, CEO & Co-founder of Lumen5. He chats with us about his entrepreneurial journey, how he came up with and pursued his idea for New Ventures BC Competition winner Lumen5, and who his dream team would be. Connect with Michael Cheng, CEO & Co-founder of Lumen 5 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelhsc Check out Lumen5: https://lumen5.com/ | Twitter: https://twitter.com/LumenFive Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
On the premier episode of Bits & Bytes, we have our guest Sam from Launch doing the Chubby Bunny Challenge. He also talks about some of the key qualities that are shared among the successful startups he's worked with and which celebrity he would love to have join his team. Find out more at https://bnb.pinecast.co
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