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Dive into the unfiltered stories of today's top business trailblazers with the Forbes Books Podcast. Join Joe Pardavila as he sits down with pioneering entrepreneurs and CEOs to unpack their greatest challenges on the journey to success. Hear raw accounts filled with hard-learned lessons as guests open up about their most difficult setbacks and strategic pivots. From scrappy startups exploding in growth to established corporations reinventing themselves, you’ll discover the defining moments ...
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Every fortnight, Forbes India’s Divya Shekhar brings you conversations about business, economy, life and society, as seen through the written word. The episodes chronicle what’s cool, contextual and worth talking about in the world of books and publishing. With personal stories, reportage, research or investigation, our guests throw the spotlight on some of the most relatable and relevant ideas of our time and help us make sense of the people and trends that shape the world.​
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Kerry Song joins Joe to discuss her entrepreneurial journey in founding Abbot's, a plant-based meat company. Kerry outlines how various experiences, from working on Wall Street to becoming an executive for Tony Robbins, led her to eventually start her own mission-driven business. The catalyst for Abbot's came when Kerry was diagnosed with an autoim…
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In his book 'Slip, Stitch and Stumble', senior journalist Rajrishi Singhal takes a broad-scope look into the evolution of financial sector reforms in India. From Manmohan Singh's landmark July 1991 Union Budget speech to the current complicated relationship between fintech companies and regulations, the book takes stock of the various events, stake…
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Gurcharan Das believes that reliving your life is better than living it. In his memoir Another Sort of Freedom, he reflects on 80 years of his life. The author talks to Divya Shekhar about how he fled his home during the Partition, stumbled through various academic disciplines—from engineering and literature to philosophy and Sanskrit—survived doin…
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Get ready for an inspiring episode on The Forbes Books Podcast as Joe welcomes Mary Cianni, author of "The Consultant’s Compass: Navigating Success with Courage, Curiosity, and Compassion." With a rich background as a clinical Assistant Professor at New York University and senior leadership roles at Korn Ferry and Willis Towers Watson, Mary brings …
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This week, we plunge into the dynamic intersection of technology and relationships with none other than Richard Walker, CEO of York Solutions. Richard's wealth of experience unfolds as he shares the transformative power of meaningful connections in both professional and personal realms. From his humble beginnings in a quaint English town to steerin…
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This episode features Jordan Belfort, the infamous former stockbroker and author of the memoir "The Wolf of Wall Street." Joe delves into Belfort's rags-to-riches rise and fall on Wall Street, his subsequent imprisonment for fraud, and his current efforts at redemption as a motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Jordan candidly discusses his past m…
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In the latest episode of the Forbes Books Podcast, Joe engages in a candid conversation with Craig Wieland, a genuine cowboy and seasoned family business specialist. Craig recounts his journey from humble beginnings as a laborer to ascending to the presidency of his family's small construction firm in Michigan. Over his illustrious 40+ year tenure,…
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To compete in the new age, companies need to fuse the physical and digital to create value, says Vijay Govindarajan. The Coxe distinguished professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, his new book Fusion Strategy is all about how companies need to use technology and real-time data to turbocharge their products, strategies and cus…
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Joe sits down with Rajul Kadakia and Jaclynn Brennan, co-founders of the ayana Foundation. ayana is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to empowering and uplifting women founders worldwide through education, mentorship, and enhanced access to funding. Rajul Kadakia is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist with a passion for promoting gend…
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Kyle Malady, Executive Vice President and CEO of Verizon Business Group, joins Joe on the Forbes Books Podcast. With over 20 years of experience at Verizon and its predecessor companies, Kyle has a unique perspective on the evolution of technology and the inner workings of leading a global telecommunications provider. As head of Verizon Business, M…
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We’ve heard about the popular phrase “leading from the front”. It means taking the lead in making decisions and showing people the way. But Ravi Kant, former vice chairman and CEO of Tata Motors, is of the belief that business leaders should no longer aspire to lead from the front, but instead, aim to lead from the back. Why does he say that? What …
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The latest episode of the Forbes Books Podcast finds Joe Pardavila chatting with guest James Swanwick, an Australian-American entrepreneur and former ESPN anchor. James now runs companies dedicated to health and wellness, including Alcohol-Free Lifestyle and Swanwick Sleep. Through these companies, James provides tools to help business leaders opti…
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In this episode of the Forbes Books Podcast, Joe welcomes Ryan Serhant, a top real estate broker, entrepreneur, and author of the new book "Brand it Like Serhant: Stand Out from the Crowd, Build Your Following, and Earn More Money." Ryan discusses his expertise in branding and entrepreneurship, as well as his experience as a star on Bravo's "Millio…
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Sudha and Narayana Murthy are no doubt icons of our generation. But when so much is known about their life already, what can you possibly write that seems new to readers? And when the subjects of your book are your primary sources, how can you avoid being hagiographical? In this conversation with Divya Shekhar, celebrated author Chitra Banerjee Div…
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In this episode of the Forbes Books Podcast, Joe has a conversation with Giovanna "Gigi" Gonzalez, the TikTok star, financial educator, and author of the new book "Cultura & Cash." Gigi quit her 10-year corporate career during the Great Resignation to pursue her passion for teaching financial literacy to young adults, especially first-generation La…
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This week on the Forbes Books podcast, Joe welcomes Scott Freidheim, author of the new book "Code of Conduct: Tales of the Roller Coaster of Life." Freidheim takes listeners through extreme highs and lows in his career, from working in lower Manhattan during 9/11 to navigating the 2008 financial crisis as a senior leader at Lehman Brothers. Now the…
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In this episode, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner, managing director of Graham Fisher and Co., talk about their book These are the Plunderers: How PE runs and wrecks America. The book is a well-researched critique of how private equity firms in the US that specialise in buying companies, load them with debt and…
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This week, host Joe welcomes Anna Papalia, a career influencer with over 1.5 million followers across social media platforms. Anna is the author of the new book "Interviewology: The New Science of Interviewing," in which she reveals a revolutionary approach to mastering interview skills based on understanding one's unique interview style. In the bo…
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Joe’s guest this week on the Forbes Books Podcast is Brian Johnson, founder of HEROIC, a social training platform that Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey has called "the best self-development platform in the world." Brian is also the author of the new book "ARETE: Activate Your Heroic Potential," where he tackles the struggle many people face in na…
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This week on the Forbes Books Podcast, Joe welcomes Laura Fredricks, author of the recent bestseller "Hard Asks Made Easy: How to Get Exactly What You Want." Laura trains businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in high-stakes negotiation and the art of asking. Her practical laws of asking have helped leaders land major deals and significant donatio…
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The author and leadership coach, known for international bestsellers The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The 5 AM Club, speaks with Divya Shekhar about his forthcoming book The Wealth Money Can’t Buy, and the relevance of self-help books inthe age motivation content fatigue, thanks to social media. He also discusses why hubris takes down many great p…
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In this 2024 kickoff, Joe dives into a common obstacle: the fear of people's opinions (FOPO). Joined by Dr. Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist, and co-author of "The First Rule of Mastery," they explore overcoming FOPO to unlock human potential. Discover mental skills from top performers, including sports MVPs and Fortune 100 leaders.…
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Joe and small business marketing expert Nicole Zeno delve into strategies for success in the dynamic world of startups and SMBs. Drawing from her extensive experience in shaping her family’s entrepreneurial venture, Nicole went on to establish Clever Cow Media and Clever U, guided by the belief that collaboration fuels prosperity. Recognized as a l…
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This week, Joe welcomes former Florida State star quarterback Christian Ponder, whose standout football career has led him to empower athletes in business. After being a first-round draft pick and wrapping up a run in the NFL, Christian co-founded The Post, aiming to provide a private community for athletes leveraging skills beyond sports. Having f…
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Raghuram Rajan and Rohit Lamba believe that India’s best days are still ahead and that the country shouldn’t lose its biggest strength—its democracy—by “any stretch of the imagination”. In their new book, ‘Breaking the Mould: Reimagining India’s Economic Future’, Rajan, former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor, and Lamba, an economist at Pennsyl…
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Innovators like Steve Jobs have a talent for seeing room for improvement in existing products. While computers, tablets, and phones already existed, Jobs took Apple to new heights by enhancing these devices. Similarly, Steven Borrelli tapped into this mindset when he set out to transform the basic t-shirt by founding the apparel company Cuts. In ju…
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This week on the Forbes Books Podcast, Joe is joined by Brittany Dolin and Nicole Dayan, co-founders of The Pocketbook Agency. Drawing on decades of experience as executives and assistants, Brittany and Nicole share insights on reimagining the hiring process. They explain that their unique approach at The Pocketbook Agency is focused on building me…
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What if I tell you there’s a company that can scrape every photo you casually upload on social media? A company that uses powerful facial recognition technology in ways that even big tech companies like Google and Facebook have refrained from using. The New York Times Journalist Kashmir Hill speaks to Divya Shekhar about her book Your Face Belongs …
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Get inspired by an incredible rags to riches entrepreneurial story! On this episode of the Forbes Books Podcast, Joe sits down with April Budney, founder and president of Old Whaling Company. When April started handcrafting bath products in her tiny kitchen in 2012, she had nothing more than a dream of turning her passion into a business. Flash for…
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In this episode of the Forbes Books podcast, Joe talks to Todd Rogers, a professor of public policy at Harvard University and a co-author of the new book WRITING FOR BUSY READERS: Communicate More Effectively in the Real World. Todd shares his insights on the science and psychology of how (busy) people read and respond to written messages, and how …
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This week, Joe speaks with Dr. Hassan Tetteh, an innovator at the forefront of applying artificial intelligence to transform healthcare. As a renowned cardiac surgeon, Dr. Tetteh has seen firsthand how AI and machine learning are fundamentally changing medical practice. In addition to his pioneering clinical work, Dr. Tetteh is a widely published a…
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How can business and policy work together to empower communities? Peter Scher, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase, joins the Forbes Books podcast to discuss his unique career journey spanning both worlds. Learn how Peter helped reshape JPMorgan's approach to corporate responsibility in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Peter shares his guiding ph…
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This week on the Forbes Books podcast, Joe is joined by inspirational guest Ashley Connell, CEO and Founder of Prowess Project. Ashley is an intrepid entrepreneur and advocate for women, with her thought leadership pieces appearing in Forbes, Austin Business Journal and at SXSW. For the first 15 years of her career, she was an award-winning tech ma…
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This week on the Forbes Books podcast, Joe is joined by John Fieldly, CEO of Celsius. With over 20 years of experience in finance and operations, John has been instrumental in Celsius' growth and success since joining the company in 2012. First serving as CFO, John helped drive strong business results and shareholder value. He was named CEO in 2018…
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Fali Nariman is arguably the greatest living expert on the Constitution. He started his legal practice the year the Constitution of India was enacted in November 1949. He spoke with Divya Shekhar and Forbes India Editor Brian Carvalho about his new book 'You Must Know Your Constitution'. He discusses pertinent issues, including how the Constitution…
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Discover the transformative power of plastic surgery and find inner beauty with renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Dennis Schimpf. Dr. Schimpf shares his incredible journey to becoming an acclaimed plastic surgeon and founder of the esteemed Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery. He reveals how he helps patients restore confidence and transform their lives through …
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This week, Joe is joined by the incredible Michael Tollin, a storytelling veteran of over 30 years who's brought us some of the most gripping sports narratives ever. As one of the masterminds behind the Emmy Award-winning documentary series "The Last Dance," Michael took us behind the scenes of the Chicago Bulls dynasty and the iconic Michael Jorda…
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On this episode, Joe Pardavila steps away from discussions about business books to explore the world of show business. Specifically, he takes a deep dive into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) by examining the book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios. This fascinating book by Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales and Gavin Edwards includes insider intervie…
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All through his career, Madhav Gadgil has worked closely with communities on the ground, roping in researchers, policy-makers,NGOs, farmers, teachers, students and citizens for environmental conservation. His contributions towards saving the Western Ghats and building an inventory to monitor biodiversity in India, among other things, have made him …
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This week on the Forbes Books Podcast, Joe connects with entrepreneur Ashley Sumner, founder of the coaching platform Liminal. As a visionary founder on a mission to transform lives, Ashley is breaking down barriers and democratizing access to coaching and mentorship. With over 15 years dedicated to uplifting and connecting communities, Ashley brin…
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This week, Joe welcomes communication expert Matt Abrahams. Matt is a leading expert in communication with decades of experience as an educator, author, podcast host, and coach. He has taught at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, given popular Ted Talks, and written books like his latest, Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Suc…
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The teachers of sustainability at the Azim Premji University in Bengaluru discuss their new book ‘Shades of Blue: Connecting the Drops in India’s Cities’, which combines scientific rigour with anecdotes, community histories, and nostalgia to take us through water bodies across the country. The authors talk to Divya Shekhar about our complicated col…
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This week, Joe welcomes Dr. Leon Moores, a real-life hero whose career combines neurosurgery and military service. Dr. Moores is the author of the new book All Physicians Lead, drawing from his experience as an infantry officer, neurosurgeon, and healthcare leader in the U.S. Army. He shares principles and practices to help doctors improve their le…
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On his latest episode, Joe welcomes finance guru Yanely Espinal. As an expert in personal finance, content creator, and an advocate for financial literacy, Yanely has seen firsthand how unprepared most young people are for financial independence and building wealth. With humor and compassion, Yanely breaks down complex topics into actionable advice…
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This week on the Forbes Books Podcast, Joe welcomes Phil Geldart, founder and CEO of leadership training firm Eagle's Flight. With nearly 20 years' experience in leadership at Nestle Canada, and nearly 25 years leading a global experiential learning company, Phil has unique expertise in driving organizational performance through strategic talent de…
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For five decades, the legendary southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd have electrified audiences worldwide with their signature sound that captures the soul and spirit of America. Through incredible highs and heartbreaking lows, including the tragic loss of frontman Ronnie Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd has persevered with an indomitable will to keep sharing t…
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In his book ‘Back to Bharat: In Search of a Sustainable Future’, impact investor Nagaraja Prakasam distinguishes between India and Bharat. For him, the word ‘Bharat’ means the “ignored billion” in the country. These are people, he says, that are still largely left out of the digital revolution—venture investors are mostly wary of them, and business…
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Finding purpose and meaning in life is easier said than done. In this week's episode of the Forbes Books Podcast, Joe is joined by Suneel Gupta to discuss his new book Everyday Dharma: 8 Essential Practices for Finding Success and Joy in Everything You Do. Suneel knows firsthand the struggle of losing one's inner compass. After outward success as a…
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This week Joe welcomes Joel Holland, an entrepreneur who is boosting rural economies across America. As the CEO of Harvest Hosts, Joel has created a service that connects RVers with unique overnight camping experiences at local businesses like wineries, farms, museums, and more. Through these win-win partnerships, Joel has helped nearly 5,000 small…
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Anurag Behar is the CEO of the Azim Premji Foundation that has been working in the space of education and now healthcare. In his new book, ‘A Matter of the Heart: Education in India’, he shares a collection of essays that takes us to schools in some of the most remote villages in India. Behar leads an organization of thousands of people working acr…
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