Isaac Langleben, is the co-founder of Open Farm Pet Food, one of North America’s fastest-growing premium pet food companies. In this episode, we discuss the growth of the pet industry, and how Millenials have changed the entire market for pets and related products; we also discuss how shopping behavior has changed during the pandemic; Isaac’s plan to crystalize the customer experience online; working alongside your spouse and more.
Steven Holmes is the President of GOBA Sports group, and the co-founder of Springfree Trampoline. In this one, we discuss how the virus has impacted Springfree’s business, in particular, how it’s bolstered demand for trampolines in every major market across the globe; how the company has responded to this shift to backyard play; GOBA’s supply chains, Chinese manufacturing, why preserving quality is key and much more.
Brian Smith, is the founder of Ugg, one of the biggest global footwear brands. He is back on the show for a second time to discuss his pivot out of public speaking in the wake of the pandemic, and his latest start-up; we also discuss key lessons from Brian’s book, The Birth of a Brand; his experience navigating through recessions; why Brian ultimately decided to sell UGG in 1995, and more. “It takes a societal shift to build a billion-dollar company”
Bruce Linton is the former Chairman, Founder, and CEO at Canopy Growth. In this EP, we discuss his departure from Canopy, and what he plans to do next; his philosophy around the 3 P’s, and why each is critical to hypergrowth; the role of leader, vs. CEO; the commercialization of Cannabis both in Canada and in the US; the role of psychedelics as therapeutics, and much more.
Adam Mutschler is based in Washington D.C., and is an entrepreneur and Partner at The Kedar Group. He brings a fresh approach to Organizational Transformation and Leadership Coaching. We discuss the uprising around racial injustice, the unique timing of the protests alongside America’s re-opening (and how that might impact the virus), the odds of a new US administration come November, the state of the American economy, Twitter and Facebook’s differentiated approaches to handling free speech, and more.
Philip McKernan is one of the most sought after executive leadership coaches globally. He is also in demand in the world of entrepreneurship as well as sports where he works with individual athletes as well as professional teams. In this interview, we discuss the difference between control and influence; the state of relationships in the wake of the pandemic, why working parents are often more patient with their clients, than they are with their kids, the cost of cheating on yourself, and more. Enjoy!
John Ruffolo is the founder of OMERS Ventures and the co-founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators. He has invested over $500 million of capital in over 40 technology companies including Shopify, Hootsuite, Wattpad, and others. John also sits on the board of Canopy Rivers, Continuum Residential REIT and Ether Capital. In this EP, we discuss Canada’s response to COVID19, and the first phase of reopening, why testing needs to be privatized, what economic recovery looks like, and more.