Social activist and serial entrepreneur Gordon Cook completely blew Matt’s mind with a talk he was giving about how we can all become more alive – not just in our personal lives but our business lives as well. Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone, but if you do decide to pursue this path then there are fundamental basics that you have to get right… and if you put them all together then they add up to something that will truly lead you on the path to greatness. In this episode, Gordon Cook shares his views on how entrepreneurs can be “more alive” and the benefits of pursuing this ideal.

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Imagine for a second that you are running an R80 million a year business. Things are so good in fact that you are turning down offers for R11 million for just one of your brands. And now imagine that this same successful business goes bankrupt in just a few short months. Matt speaks to Brent Spilkin, founder of Growing Pains Consultancy and author.

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Matt Brown chats to Nick Argyos and Ciaran Mckivergan about how they have scaled their two digital agencies. Starting a business is one thing, but scaling it is an entirely different story. It takes specific skills, great decision making and above all, experience.

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Words like innovation and disruption are arguably some of the most overtraded words in the business world these days – the world around us is changing at such a frenetic pace that the large majority of entrepreneurs are either taking advantage of this change or scrambling to figure out how to adapt their existing business to this digitally enabled economy. Rory Moore is one of South Africa’s innovation pioneers and the current innovation lead for Accenture Digital. Rory is a walking treasure trove of information and an absolute authority on the subject of business transformation.

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Matt Brown speaks to Mike Wronski, a serial entrepreneur and founder of numerous companies – one of which stands head and shoulders above the rest in the social media analytics space. It’s a company called Fuseware, which Mike built from the ground up, and then at the tender age of 29, sold onto one of South Africa’s leading data intelligence companies called Ornico for an undisclosed sum.

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For a long time it has been said that if you want to build a $1 billion tech company you have to do it in Silicon Valley, but can it be done in South Africa? Zach George is an ex-Wall Street investment banker turned entrepreneur who is pioneering corporate innovation and startup acceleration in Africa. Zach and Matt explore how to design, build and potentially even exit a startup in Africa.

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The format of this particular show is a little different than what you have come to expect. Matt calls it the Soapbox – and he’s introducing it as a good way for us to get to know him better.

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How do you master the inner game of success and achieve success in business in a personal capacity? To get the answer Matt Brown reaches out to his good friend Bruce Muzik, who has built a 7-figure business by helping entrepreneurs and executives overcome the challenges and pressures of running a business. Bruce gives practical advice that can be used straight away.

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Vincent Magwenya is a good friend of Matt’s. He is also the previous Communications Strategist and Spokesperson for the Presidency of South Africa, which after the Finance Minister’s job must be one of the hardest jobs to do well in the entire country. Pay specific attention to some of the stories that he shares about his time inside the Presidency…

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It seems that almost every major brand is trying to capture the attention of the youth market (sometimes referred to as millennials) – but for entrepreneurs with a product or service that is focused at the youth, it can be a very difficult market to break into. Jason Levin is the head of HDI – Africa’s leading youth marketing and activations agency. Matt explores the underlying dynamics of the youth with him, and how to break through the status quo as an entrepreneur.

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