Caribbean Power Lunch with Kevin Valley
077: From Idea to IPO with CinemaONE | Brian Jahra | Ingrid Jahra

077: From Idea to IPO with CinemaONE | Brian Jahra | Ingrid Jahra

October 29, 2021

Founding team Brian and Ingrid Jahra discuss the evolution of CinemaONE, the Caribbean’s first IMAX experience, the pioneering step of becoming the first SME IPO in T&T, and the challenges of building a sustainable, wealth-generating business, while also focusing on future growth and possibilities.

In this conversation, we unpacked:

  • Importance of IPOs for SMEs
  • How to get to the IPO? What Is the Process?
  • What the Business Valuation process entails
  • Marketing the IPO
  • Evolution of CinemaOne
  • Growth of the Brand/Success Story
  • How to Develop the Customer Experience

 

 

072: Getting eCommerce Right with Kadion Preston

072: Getting eCommerce Right with Kadion Preston

July 23, 2021

When everyone you know is having the same problem, the solution might be a successful business. 

Kadion Preston, Co-Founder, and CEO of CaribShopper saw an opportunity to solve a common problem among Caribbean merchants and consumers by providing an easier way to buy goods from the United States.

When the original business model ran into challenges, the founders pivoted to solve another problem for their customers, now giving Caribbean merchants the opportunity to sell to overseas consumers. This shift, and the drive to find the investment capital to support it, came just before 2020, forcing even further innovation and evolution.

Kadion's journey is an example of the importance of embracing the opportunities presented, overcoming tragedy, and understanding that failure is a big part of the formula for success.

To assess the investibility of your business in under 6 minutes, go to becomeinvestible.com/scorecard

 

067: Do Better Things feat. Sian Cuffy-Young

067: Do Better Things feat. Sian Cuffy-Young

December 18, 2020

It is not always about doing things better, but sometimes we simply need to do better things.

 

This belief is near and dear to the heart of Sian Cuffy-Young, a social entrepreneur who is driven by the need for environmental change and waste management education.

 

In this episode, we discuss:
  • Sian's journey and reason for becoming an environmental entrepreneur,
  • Reframing her mindset from student and employee to business owner,
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Environment and Business Case,
  • How to get started without funding,
  • An introduction to landfilling, and
  • What's next for Siel Environmental.

 

Sian recently launched her book "Ky's Magical Adventures" to teach children about waste management and awaken the Eco-Hero within them.

066: The Serial Entrepreneur feat. Osei Wright-Alexis

066: The Serial Entrepreneur feat. Osei Wright-Alexis

November 27, 2020

Let's talk about Serial Entrepreneurship.

From music to catering to tech to events, Osei Wright-Alexis has brought his business start-up formula to bear on numerous ventures over the last 15 years. Hear him explain how he knows which idea is going to be next, and when it's time to move on. 

Once the challenge is gone, serial entrepreneurs are always looking for the next business spark to develop. Bringing an idea to fruition is exciting, but making sure a business is ready before you move takes focus, patience, a thorough understanding of the market, and then sometimes tedious formulation of the systems and processes that underlie successful operation. 

Osei walks us through his successes, failures, and lessons, and drops some serious wisdom for those of you who have too many ideas and don't know where to start.

065: Bringing Silicon Valley to the Caribbean feat. Kyle Maloney

065: Bringing Silicon Valley to the Caribbean feat. Kyle Maloney

November 20, 2020

Mind. Your. Business.

When breaking out on your own, there is no such thing as being overprepared. 

If you want to start a business and you think you are either too young or too inexperienced, this conversation with Kyle Maloney will show you that none of that matters as much as knowing your business better than anyone else. 

His research-based borderline obsessive approach impressed investors who may have been skeptical of investing in a few 20-somethings and underpinned his ability to learn from mistakes to grow a series of better, stronger, successful businesses.

In this vault episode of Caribbean Power Lunch featuring Kyle Maloney, we discussed how ChefMade works, the value of being over-prepared, the Tech Beach Retreat conference series, the future landscape of tech in the Caribbean, the plight of F1RST, and harnessing the power of fear.

063: Are You Ready for the Recession feat. Gerard Edwards and Maria Daniel

063: Are You Ready for the Recession feat. Gerard Edwards and Maria Daniel

May 29, 2020

What does the word “recession” bring to mind? For many, it evokes saving, shrinking, and worrying about job loss and rising debt. After listening to this conversation with finance professional Maria Daniel and business owner Gerard Edwards, though, you will have a different understanding of the possibilities that a financial downturn can bring for business growth and transformation. In accepting that life in the “new normal” will not be the same, business owners can be empowered to adapt intelligently, making decisions that create opportunities instead of obstacles.

You will learn strategies to reach new customers, how to identify your customers’ problems, and how to understand your numbers in a way that puts you in control of your business’ future.

055: Digital Entrepreneurship 101 feat. Keron Rose

055: Digital Entrepreneurship 101 feat. Keron Rose

December 10, 2019

Keron Rose returns to Caribbean Power Lunch to share his journey from mobile expert to digital entrepreneur and talks with Kevin about why he was driven to start keronrose.com and where his vision will take him next. Keron pulls no punches as he lays out the reasons why many entrepreneurs are not seeing success, the key steps to building the right brand partnerships, and reveals the systems he uses to find his passions and figure out his next moves as a solopreneur.

Learn about the power of “niching down”, getting specific and being consistent. Do you how to identify the correct online platforms to grow your business and the reason why everyone, even students, should and can have a website? Get ready to take notes for this class on building a digital business, making money while you sleep, and making a business idea a reality in the Caribbean.

054: Journey to Self feat. Angel Joseph

054: Journey to Self feat. Angel Joseph

November 26, 2019

A Journey to Self through the lens of Angel Joseph - makeup developer and owner of Imagine Makeup - a Trinbagonian beauty company that provides makeup services and products for the Caribbean.

Angel bares her soul and tells her truth in a way that she has never told it before. More than makeup, Angel strives to reveal the beauty of her clients - both on the outside and the inside.

051: The Energy of Haiti feat. Christian Lecorps

051: The Energy of Haiti feat. Christian Lecorps

November 5, 2019

Christian Lecorps grew up in Haiti without reliable electricity. He was 4 when his bedroom caught fire during a blackout, and 7 when he almost got electrocuted.

20 years after that fire,  powered by the passion of changing the fate of younger “Christian”s” and of anyone who would face the same issues, he got his degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts, US).

Atlas Prime NRG was then born from that unstoppable desire to make a difference. Atlas Prime NRG aims at making all the small islands, and developing states, energy independent, assist in reversing climate change, and prevent extreme weather patterns to effectively saving billions of lives.

Atlas' solution is called CARIES which is short for Compressed Air Renewable Integrated Energy Solution. The startup aims to produce drop-in replacement for diesel and natural gas electric generators in developing markets that has negative emissions, the highest capacity factor in the energy industry, and can be scaled up to the size of power plants to power entire cities and islands.

050: Seeking Value feat. Gabriel Martino

050: Seeking Value feat. Gabriel Martino

October 29, 2019

"Appreciate people", these are the sentiments echoed by Gabriel Martino - a phrase he often heard growing up from his father, a tradesman.

On this episode of Caribbean Power Lunch, we hear how an immigrant investment banker bought a granite company in Maryland after flipping houses in then-distressed Baltimore. Gabriel used his storytelling abilities and his most unique attributes as a means of setting himself apart from competitors to win contract negotiations with top hotel chains across America.

His message is "shoot your shot; you can't hit if you don't shoot". Gabriel shares stories of some of the shots he took (business ventures he pursued) and how they worked out for him. He defied all odds and stuck to his guns. His investment strategy when it comes to real estate: buy low in distressed communities, remodel, refurbish then resell high. As he puts it "where people see crisis, I see opportunity".

030: The Power of Mindfulness feat. Makeda McKenzie

030: The Power of Mindfulness feat. Makeda McKenzie

November 20, 2018

Ms. McKenzie is the founder and managing consultant of the Caribbean Mindfulness Institute (CMI). She received her mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) training from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine (UCSD), widely considered to be one of the preeminent thought and research leaders in the field of Mindfulness Studies. MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and yoga to help people calm their mind and body to better cope with stress, illness, and pain.

In this episode we discuss:
  • Makeda's Journey to Mindfulness;
  • Meditation;
  • The Science of Happiness;
  • The Power of the Pause;
  • Class: 5 Weeks to Peace;
  • Mental Body Scanning & Self-Awareness;
  • Making Mindfulness a Business;
  • Winning Business: Turning "NO" into "YES"; and
  • Next Steps for the Caribbean Mindfulness Institute.

 

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028: Doing What You MUST feat. Nicole Greene

028: Doing What You MUST feat. Nicole Greene

November 6, 2018
Nicole Greene is the founder and owner of Dream Life Distributors where she sells exquisite 18K fashion jewellery and genuine sterling silver for the sophisticated and fashion-forward lady.
 
She has been in business since 2003 and has been able to drive its evolution within that 15-year period. Nicole often draws from her natural talent of sincerely connecting with people to ensure they look and feel absolutely fabulous.
 
A proud mother of 3, Nicole also provides coaching and guidance to fellow Mompreneurs, and as discussed in this episode; a budding author.
 
 
In this episode, we discuss:
  • The "Ah ha!" moment that led to Nicole's entrepreneurial endeavours;
  • How work ethic can trump formal education;
  • The gap filled by Dream Life;
  • Genius Innovation in selling - Wine & WhatsApp; and
  • Advice for entrepreneurs - doing what you M.U.S.T.
 
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