RBC Disruptors
RBC Disruptors
Aug 25, 2020
Concrete: An unlikely hero in the climate crisis
Play episode · 31 min

The world is on track to add as many people to cities in the next 40 years as we have in the last 40 centuries. Those new buildings and roads will require a lot of concrete, which historically was an economically and environmentally inefficient building material. However, new innovators are leveraging technology to tackle both of those problems. The challenge they face, though, is around policy and building momentum. Right now, regulations prohibit some concrete manufacturers from innovating, even as more companies are demanding climate action. 

Key takeaways: 

  • City and rural dwellers alike are impacted by inefficient concrete and should advocate for the use of climate-friendly building materials.
  • Climate entrepreneurs like CarbonCure provide solutions that can turn legacy materials into an engine for environmental good. 
  • Canada has all the ecosystem support - talent, knowledge, and global connections - necessary to lead the climate entrepreneurship race. What’s missing is policy action and market signals from governments that climate-friendly building materials should be prioritized.
The Jason & Scot Show - E-Commerce And Retail News
The Jason & Scot Show - E-Commerce And Retail News
Jason "Retailgeek" Goldberg, Publicis & Scot Wingo, Channel Advisor
EP241 - Holiday Preview with eMarketer's Andrew Lipsman
EP241 - Holiday Preview with eMarketer's Andrew Lipsman Andrew Lipsman (@alipsman) is the Principal Analyst for retail and e-commerce for eMarketer. In this episode, Andrew gives listeners an advanced preview of eMarketer’s holiday forecast, and we do a deep dive into all the factors that will play into this holiday season. This holiday season may have more uncertainty for brands and retailers than any other holiday season in our lifetime, so it’s well worth the listen. This is an exclusive preview of one of the most anticipated holiday forecasts in the industry. Key Topics: * Vectors that influence holiday forecasts * The forecast * Shipageddon * Can retailers pull holiday in early? * How will the cyber-5 play out * Returnageddon * Category winners and losers * Retail winners and losers * How to follow the season eMarketer Holiday 2020 Forecast * Total retail +0.9% to $1.013 trillion * Ecommerce +35.8% growth to $190B (+ $50B in ecommerce sales vs. last year) * Brick-and-mortar -4.7% to $823B Don’t forget to like our facebook page, and if you enjoyed this episode please write us a review on itunes. Episode 241 of the Jason & Scot show was recorded live on Tuesday, October 21, 2020. http://jasonandscot.com Join your hosts Jason "Retailgeek" Goldberg, Chief Commerce Strategy Officer at Publicis, and Scot Wingo, CEO of GetSpiffy and Co-Founder of ChannelAdvisor as they discuss the latest news and trends in the world of e-commerce and digital shopper marketing. Transcript Jason: [0:24] Welcome to the Jason and Scott show this is episode 241 being recorded on Tuesday October 20th 2020 that’s a lot of 20s, I’m your host Jason retailgeek Goldberg and as usual I’m here with your co-host Scot Wingo. Scot: [0:40] Hey Jason and welcome back Jason Scott show listeners we are 20 days into the fourth quarter and 11 a day 11 days away from Halloween, retailers would say we’re squarely in Holiday mode consumers would say it’s not Thanksgiving yet so we’re about 30 days out. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on their most of you are probably on the retail side, we want to use this episode to do a really deep dive into what we can expect this holiday 2020 we’ve already previewed some of this with our thoughts around ship And Gettin and whatnot and some of the numbers that are out there, we’re going to go deep and go deep we thought we would bring out the king of e-commerce and Retail data Andrew lipsman, Andrew has been at three of the top retail data companies in PD comscore and most recently he is at emarketer’s as a principal analyst. Also we are excited to have him give us a sneak. Exclusive to Jason Scott show listeners with the first view of this public holiday forecast from emarketer’s. Andrew welcome to show and thanks for giving our listeners a sneak peek. Andrew: [1:51] Hey thanks for having me. Jason: [1:53] We are thrilled to have you on the show Andrew and it’s super exciting that you’re helping keeping our audience at the very bleeding edge of insight and predictions, but before we jump into all that we always like to start by getting to know a little bit about our guests so you know Scott kind of mention the highlights but can you give us a little bit of detail about how you got into the the analyst world and and what you’re doing now at emarketer’s. Andrew: [2:21] Yeah so I’ve been in market research operating much my whole career as Scott mentioned NPD working on cpg clients for a few years and then I jump to comscore in November of 2005 and actually I walked into that company the same week that Cyber Monday became a thing so that was kind of my initiation into the world of e-commerce I really knew nothing about it coming in and learned very quickly drinking from the fire hose over the next 12 years I led the marketing insights group at comscore had a chance to cover all things digital. With e-commerce you know kind of being a key tentpole for me every year but all the different Digital Trends from digital video to advertising Social Mobile Etc and then, coming up on three years now I’ve been at emarketer’s. Jason: [3:16] That’s awesome and I heard you just started doing this new thing called for forecasting the holiday right is this going to be your first year where you forecast holiday. Andrew: [3:27] I know I’ve been at it for a while so I’ve actually been working on holiday forecasts back since 2006 my sight in Uruguay comscore now I would say I am not the quantitative folks who are doing the heavy duty Excel work behind the forecast but I am providing qualitative input and so in 15 years I’d say I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with understanding the key variables that go into holiday e-commerce and many years I’d say it’s almost gotten kind of easy, but this year I think is going to be very very different and one of the actually will probably be the hardest to predict there’s only one other season that really Compares anywhere close to this one. Scot: [4:14] Awesome well before we jump into the exclusive for Jason Scott show listener sneak peek of your forecast let’s start at 30,000 foot view plus I love to build the suspense Jason’s like about the fall off his chair right now I can tell so let’s make him wait so I would love to hear as a data guy, you know you’ve been at this a while and I’m sure you’ve refined how you come at it I would love to kind of start there and say well what are the inputs you look at and maybe more importantly what are some of the inputs you don’t look at and maybe if you know how are you applying that to Holiday 2020. Andrew: [4:51] Yeah so in a normal year the recipe really starts and this is for e-commerce specifically really looking closely at August data that back-to-school season ends up being very predictive for the growth rate for the holiday season so I start with your thinking that August is kind of that the fundamentals heading into the season that’s your Baseline and then there’s just a couple of. [5:15] Key variables that we looked at after that any shifts in key macroeconomic factors unemployment obviously if that’s changing and people or losing jobs then, you have to calibrate for that because that’s less disposable income consumer confidence how they feel about extending their credit into the season and then gas prices is one of those things that can just put more money in people’s pockets or take money out pretty simple and then the key piece and one that I don’t think folks often look to very much but actually can end up making you know percentage pointer to difference every year is just how the holiday calendar Falls so when you have those years with the really compressed holiday season with only 27 or even 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas that does tend to squeeze spending people may prioritize gifts and still get all those purchases done but they may spend a little bit less on themselves so it can dampen the growth rate sometimes you have those extended Seasons that are 32 days and that can maybe boost it by a pointer to so those are in a normal year kind of the key factors. Scot: [6:25] So you’ve qualified like four times in there a normal year so what so then you have all that and then now we’ve got this raging pandemic what have you done to kind of tweak the model based on kind of unique circumstances of the 2020 offers. Andrew: [6:40] Yeah well first off I will say that almost all of those factors have been completely overwhelmed by pandemic conditions but I’ll start by taking you back to 2008 which was the hardest forecast that we ever had to predict if you could remember how the financial crisis happened August wouldn’t be very predictive because things still looked okay in August of that year and then September and October things dropped very quickly and we were starting to get readings e-…
59 min
Badass Digital Nomads
Badass Digital Nomads
Kristin Wilson
DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS: Do You Really Need One?
Digital nomad visas have become quite the trend in 2020 as countries look for ways to bolster their economies with remote worker tourists. But are digital nomad visas just hype? How valuable are they? Do the benefits of digital nomad visas outweigh the costs? Most importantly, do you really need one to travel and work online? In this episode, Kristin evaluates the pros and cons of each digital nomad visa and opines about which ones are worth applying for - if any. DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS COVERED: * Antigua and Barbuda * Barbados * Croatia * Dubai * Estonia * Georgia RESOURCES AND ADDITIONAL INFO: * Medium: "Digital Nomad Visas Are a 'Thing' Now" * Antigua and Barbuda * Apply: Nomad Digital Residence Visa Programme * Barbados * Video: https://youtu.be/BPUQZ8r-YQc * Apply: Barbados Welcome Stamp * Croatia * Video: [coming soon] * Info: Total Croatia News * Dubai * Video: [coming soon] * Apply: Work Remotely in Dubai * Estonia * Videos: * Estonia Digital Nomad Visa * Cost-of-Living in Estonia * Apply: Estonia Digital Nomad Visa * Georgia * About: Remotely from Georgia Programme * Apply: https://stopcov.ge/en/Protocol ........................................................................................................ Thank you to Don Scarcia from the Netherlands for this week's featured review! "Genuine" "There are so many ponzi-scheming DigNoms out there, but Kristin is the real deal! Out of all the fluffed up podcasts in this scene, hers is packed with value from real people, living a real life. She is honest about the hardships, which in itself is very rare these days. If you want to use ‘Badass’ as your non de guerre then you need to be worthy of it. She is." Going somewhere? Get international travel and medical insurance with automatic COVID-19 Coverage: * World Nomads * SafetyWing ........................................................................................................ WORK WITH KRISTIN * Book a private consultation * Join the Make Money Mentorship 6-week program (Special offer for podcast listeners $100 off) * Relocate abroad with Orbis Relocation or Poker Refugees Support the Badass Digital Nomads Podcast: * Become a Patron for $5 per month * Leave a 5* Review: https://lovethepodcast.com/digitalnomad * Leave a voice message * Submit a question or recommend a guest (feedback survey) * Buy new Badass Digital Nomads Merch (Teespring.com/Stores/TravelingwithKristin) Connect With Kristin on Socials: * * Follow on Instagram * Subscribe to Traveling with Kristin on YouTube * Subscribe to Digital Nomad TV on YouTube * Join the Badass Digital Nomads Facebook Group Podcast descriptions may contain affiliate links of products and services we use and recommend at no additional cost to you.
32 min
The Disruptive Entrepreneur
The Disruptive Entrepreneur
Rob Moore
RANT: All This Fluff on ‘Intuition & Heart’
Important decisions are not all about intuition and heart, it’s not that one-sided. Making decisions purely on intuition is an excuse for not doing enough research or due diligence and today Rob dives into the upside and downside of using your intuition and your heart to make decisions, how to define wisdom and the consequences of your actions and non-actions in business, in entrepreneurship and in life. KEY TAKEAWAYS Intuition is simply all your past experiences connected in a memory recall that give you a ‘feeling’ about a certain person or deal and whilst this can be useful, practical research is also essential to decision making. Intuition doesn’t give you the full picture.   Some peoples intuition is inexperienced and if you’re using intuition based off of bad past experiences or recurring issues to make decisions you will end up making the wrong decision.   People are delegating proper research, analysis and accountability when they default to just ‘using their intuition’. If you have no experience in the market that you’re investing in then your intuition counts for nothing. Wisdom is not about trusting your intuition and heart, it’s about knowing when to trust them and when not to. A lot of people are making business decisions based on their intuition without any basis for it. All actions have consequences and all non-actions have consequences. Good intuition is knowing what the consequence is of your decisions and your actions. Wisdom and intuition is knowledge of both sides of the consequence, it’s understanding the value in the upside and the downside of your decisions.   BEST MOMENTS “Your intuition can be wrong” “There is no one side to anything one thing in your life” “There’s no success without struggle” “Sometimes faith in the universe is just lacking responsibility” “Wisdom is knowing what you don’t know as well as knowing what you do know” VALUABLE RESOURCES bit.ly/Robsupporter ABOUT THE HOST Rob Moore is an author of 9 business books, 5 UK bestsellers, holds 3 world records for public speaking, entrepreneur, property investor, and property educator. Author of the global bestseller "Life Leverage" Host of UK's No.1 business podcast "The Disruptive Entrepreneur." "If you don't risk anything, you risk everything." CONTACT METHOD Rob’s official website: https://robmoore.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robmooreprogressive/?ref=br_rs LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/robmoore1979 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16 min
Below the Line with James Beshara
Below the Line with James Beshara
James Beshara
#55 — Turning The Tables — James Gets Grilled (w/ChaseFeiger)
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Links referenced in this episode: + Get your free Endel subscription: _https://code.endel.io/?code=BELOWTHELINE_ + Forbes Magic Mind Article: _www.forbes.com/sites/chasefeiger/2020/08/24/how-this-entrepreneur-moved-from-software-to-create-silicon-valleys-new-morning-elixir-magic-mind_ + The Multi-path Career (essay by James Beshara): _https://jjbeshara.com/2020/05/25/the-multi-path-career/_ + The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win by Steve Blank: _https://www.amazon.com/Four-Steps-Epiphany-Steve-Blank/dp/0989200507_ + The Holocaust of Attachment: _https://www.amazon.com/Holocaust-Attachment-Swami-Parthasarathy/dp/9381094195_ I have a different type of episode for you today. Today's episode is with Chase Feiger, who's a contributing writer at Forbes. He is a founder himself; he's built multiple companies, and he is also an investor of a handful of really brilliant startups as well. After he wrote a Forbes piece on me and Magic Mind last month, he asked if he could flip the tables and interview me for the podcast as a follow up to the article. At first, I was not a fan because the whole point of the podcast is for me to glean insights from other people, and then share them with you all. But there was a practical reason that it made sense to me — and that is to share more about what it has been like beneath the surface on starting another company when I told my wife three years ago, “never let me ever start anything again”... and to share what has changed in those three years. Chase is very kind, super smart, and he's a great interviewer — It's what makes him a great writer at Forbes. It was interesting to have the microscope turned on to me for the episode. I hope it's not too boring, and I hope this slight departure from typical programming is somewhat interesting for you. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ _twitter.com/gobelowtheline_ — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
2 hr
Startup Hustle
Startup Hustle
Startup Hustle
Animal Instincts
Host Lauren Conaway and Tammie Wahaus, Founder & CEO of ELIAS Animal Health talk about what it’s like to lead a life sciences company through a pandemic, the impact of ELIAS cancer therapies in pets, and how Pipeline entrepreneurs helped shape the journey of this life-saving organization.   This episode is sponsored by Pipeline Entrepreneurs:  pipelineentrepreneurs.com   Pipeline Entrepreneurs is a network of high-performing entrepreneurs. This spectacular fellowship program is currently recruiting for their 2021 Fellowship class. Learn more and apply at pipelineentrepreneurs.com    Follow Pipeline at  https://www.instagram.com/pipelineentrepreneurs https://www.facebook.com/pipelineentrepreneurs https://www.twitter.com/pipelineorg   Episode One  "3D Models" https://omny.fm/shows/startup-hustle/3d-models  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FIzE5zGqaE&feature=youtu.be   Episode Two "Life After Acquistion" https://omny.fm/shows/startup-hustle/life-after-acquisition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4DLN0TQy30 Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/startuphustlepodcast/   Find Startup Hustle on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startuphustlexyz/   Visit Our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDXy14X95mzCpGSHyDvvoVg   Suggest a Guest: https://fullscale.io/contact-us/     Learn more about:   ELIAS Animal Health eliasanimalhealth.com   InnovateHerKC https://www.innovateherkc.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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