The ElevenTen Experience™
Each week, your hosts, Peter J. Holgate & Tara Dobbs explore the incredible back stories that are part of the entrepreneurial adventure (both successes and failures). If you enjoy listening to the hidden stories that drive entrepreneurial accomplishments and prefer your own vicarious take-aways rather than scripted advice, this deeply vulnerable podcast is for you.
Episode 26: Roger Haskett
Roger considers being an outsider as one of his greatest strengths. This gave him the clarity to figure out who he was at his core and not let the expectations of society define him. This energetic podcast takes you through his journey of getting his masters in teaching, becoming an actor in TV and Film and unexpectedly an entrepreneur.
Episode 25: Neil Pretty
“To others that is extraordinary, to us is ordinary.”
Neil comes from a long family history of entrepreneurs that could be considered a pivotal founder of trade in Vancouver. Listen as Neil’s journey took him through 5 businesses and several industries before landing him where he is today as an entrepreneur that grew during pandemic.
Episode 24: Madeleine Shaw
Madeleine talks about being a socially conscious, feminist entrepreneur who likes to shake up patriarchy and capitalism. And it sounds like she’s doing a great job.
If you want more from Madeleine after you listening to the podcast, check out her new book “The Greater Good” at https://wonderwell.press/books/the-greater-good/
Episode 23: Jason McIvor Part 2
We continue the conversation with Jason and his enlightened point of view on some challenging subjects.
Episode 22: Jason McIvor Part 1
Being an entrepreneur requires being self aware and learning from your mistakes. Jason embodies that with his latest venture www.simplybuck.com. Jason shares about how many lessons in his regular life prepared him for the hard yet rewarding journey of business ownership.
Episode 21: Henry Goldbeck
Henry has always been 2 things: a deep thinker and an asshole. At a young age he started exploring various philosophies – exemplified by his involvement in teaching yoga internationally. He became an entrepreneur shortly after – and realized he wanted to work alone rather than having a partner. As Henry says “I am an asshole, but at least I am the only asshole here”. Enjoy!
Episode 20: Gilly Regev Part 2
Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey and Gilly shares her experience of working with her partner Dr. Chris Miller, as they launch their amazing anti-viral Nitric Oxide nasal spray in Israel, Canada and the rest of the world.
Episode 19: Gilly Regev Part 1
What does pursuing a path towards being a sommelier have to do with Nitric Oxide? Find out with us as we talk with Gilly Regev, the co-founder of SaNOtize, and hear about her unlikely journey from academia in Israel, wineries in Europe and entrepreneurship in Canada.
Episode 18: Andrew Crawford
Can a person know they will be an entrepreneur at the age of 10? Andrew Crawford did, when he landed his first contract: handing out flyers door to door for $50. Learn about how surfing led Andrew to Hawaii where he lived and thrived in life and business. Then 2008 hit….
Episode 17: Christian Cotichini Part 2
We had so much fun with Christian, we brought him back twice. Learn about Christian’s latest and greatest company: HeroX – the world’s problem solving platform- gamify your problems through creating a bounty to tap into the collective intelligence of the world.
Episode 16: Christian Cotichini Part 1
Who needs university anyway? Christian dropped out of college to start his first business. Four companies later, he has successfully exited 3 of them (including selling to Dell!). Christian shares his rules for tackling big challenges, and building great teams.
Episode 15: Chris Tumpach
Chris Tumpach has big ideas and Rainforest Automation is the culmination of those ideas. When founded with his partners, Chris was supposed to be head of the Hardware Department. Instead, due to a set of unforeseen circumstances, Chris found himself in the CEO seat. Find out how it’s gone in the 12 years since.
Episode 14: Alex Wan
Alex has an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and envisioning unorthodox ideas. Listen to the journey that led Alex from launching multiple ventures to creating the bilingual marketing agency Periphery Digital.
Episode 13: Rikkert Vos
From being bullied for stuttering and voted the most likely to do nothing in life in his high school yearbook to CEO of a booming aerospace company. It wasn’t all roses in between though – listen to Rikkert Vos amazing story that takes him from the lows of being a drug-dealing high school dropout to a successful family and business man. Rikkert’s is an inspiring story of what true grit looks like.
Episode 12: Deepak Anand
“Laws are our opinions frozen in time.” Deepak discusses his passion and how he helped bring pharmaceuticals to the underinsured and helped in the policy making for medical cannabis. Deepak’s journey in advocating to encourage, promote and make the political changes needed in the cannabis industries is astounding.
Episode 11: Barb Mitchell
Barb has an incredible journey that took her from wanting to be a doctor to where she is today as the Executive Vice President, Strategy & Global Markets for JSA.
Episode 10: Farhan Virji
Farhan tells his interesting career journey that wasn’t exactly conventional; starting in the software tech and ending up in a career path that deals more with people than it does technology. His story helps us realize that what we think we want to do may not be our true path in the end.
Episode 9: Brad Leitch
Brad, father of 6 children talks about juggling fatherhood and running a business. Brad’s business “Imagine Everything”, tackles a unique and important issue presented in the education system, diving deep into what it means to be proactive rather than reactive.
Episode 8: Ellie Rubin
This is a story about a woman who is an author and exceptional executive pushing to get into the software business that truly a male-dominated world. Her first book is called, “Bulldog: Spirit of the New Entrepreneur.” And Ellie proves, in this interview, that she was exactly that.
Episode 7: Adventures Round the World
What do you get when you mix a nuclear engineer with a soldier? The experiences that James shares in this podcast will open you mind to what is possible. James is the Chief Executive Officer of Ares Strategic Mining Inc.
Episode 6: That Moment When Everything Changes
What is that moment that you stopped, realized you were not fulfilled and decided to upend your life? In this episode, successful corporate lawyer Aly looks out the top floor office window on a rainy Vancouver evening and decides to leave it all behind and become an entrepreneur. Aly Kanji is the President and Chief Executive Officer at InsureLine.
Episode 5: Game Changers
What $4.5 Bn industry segment grew by 11% last year? Jordan Rogers is the owner of Lloyd James Plant Based Food Sales.
Episode 4: Heart Attack in the Back Country
What happens when you are a young, fit, healthy, top-level skier cruising the backcountry and you find yourself short of breath? Phil takes us through his experience and how a heart attack in the middle of nowhere shaped his life as an entrepreneur. Phil Chatterton is the co-founder and president of Warmcall.
Episode 3: The Priorities that Really Matter
How do you make the crucial decisions around which path to take? The answer is not always simple particularly when you are already enjoying significant success at one of the fastest growing companies in town. Ashley Ward is the Chief Operating Officer at Romex Canada West.
Episode 2: Fast Food Madness
Would you buy a retail fast food franchise? Listen to a first hand account of how to buy and grow a reputable retail franchise operation…and still lose money and face the tough decision of whether to keep going or closing shop. Jordan West is the co-founder of Little and Lively clothing and Mindful Marketing.
Episode 1: The ElevenTen Experience
Peter and Tara start off with their first of a collection of outstanding podcasts that show us the lesser-known side to being an entrepreneur and CEO. They start by sharing their own challenging career stories and then explain the kind of stories we can expect from the interviews in the following podcasts with other entrepreneurs and their professional journeys.