Our Future

The business podcast for young people. 20 yr. old UMich student Michael Sikand interviews the visionary business leaders shaping our future to uncover disruptive industry insights and career to share with the mogus of tomorrow. Speed up the treadmill, chug your coffee, and step into our future for the first short, entertaining business interview pod that won't put you to sleep. Our Future has hosted CEOs, founders, and execs from companies like DocuSign, Bain & Company, Beyond Meat, NBA, Airbnb, Amazon, Impossible Foods, Spikeball, and ESPN. Be a part of the Our Future movement on Instagram @ourfuturehq and chirp us on Twitter @ourfuturepod. Sign up for the Our Future Newsletter: ourfuturehq.com.

About the show

The business podcast for young people. 20 yr. old UMich student Michael Sikand interviews the visionary business leaders shaping our future to uncover disruptive industry insights and career to share with the mogus of tomorrow. Speed up the treadmill, chug your coffee, and step into our future for the first short, entertaining business interview pod that won't put you to sleep. Our Future has hosted CEOs, founders, and execs from companies like DocuSign, Bain & Company, Beyond Meat, NBA, Airbnb, Amazon, Impossible Foods, Spikeball, and ESPN. Be a part of the Our Future movement on Instagram @ourfuturehq and chirp us on Twitter @ourfuturepod. Sign up for the Our Future Newsletter: ourfuturehq.com.

Episodes

  • #53 Paul Vogel, CFO of Spotify

    September 25th, 2020  |  19 mins 12 secs

    In Episode 53, listeners hear from Paul Vogel, CFO of Spotify, about the company's ludicrous subscriber growth and the battle its winning against the biggest tech companies, the strategy behind blockbuster creator deals like Joe Rogan, its groundbreaking direct listing IPO, and his career advice to young professionals.

  • #52 Jason Feifer, Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine

    September 22nd, 2020  |  16 mins 48 secs

    In Episode 52 listeners hear from Jason Feifer, Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, about why the "why" matters so much more than the "what" in times of disruption and change, the new tack Entrepreneur is taking with its content, and his advice to young entrepreneurs.

  • #51 Doug Palladini, Global Brand President of Vans

    September 18th, 2020  |  18 mins 40 secs

    In Episode 51, listeners hear from Doug Palladini, Global Brand President of Vans, about scaling the world's top action sports fashion company from sales of $300M to $4B, building an iconic brand through storytelling that's more documentary than drama, and his advice to young professionals.

  • #50 Cary Tilds, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer at Frameplay

    September 15th, 2020  |  15 mins 45 secs

    In Episode 50, listeners hear from Cary Tilds, about how Frameplay is unlocking the $1B advertising opportunity for video games, the ways in which ads will integrate into digital universes, and her advice to young professionals beginning their journey.

  • #49 Adam Greenberg, General Counsel at Ro

    September 11th, 2020  |  15 mins 54 secs

    In Episode 49, listeners hear from Adam Greenberg, General Counsel at Ro, about how Ro is redefining healthcare through its digital clinics and cloud pharmacies, the regulatory challenges in telemedicine, and his advice to young people considering a career in law.

  • #48 Chris Ruder, CEO of Spikeball

    September 8th, 2020  |  21 mins 3 secs

    In Episode 48, listeners hear from Chris Ruder, Founder & CEO of Spikeball, about the game's rise, fall, and revival; landing a deal on Shark Tank; and the future of the sport! C'mon text me 408-507-2749!

  • #47: Seth Goldman, Founder of Honest Tea & Chairman of Beyond Meat

    September 2nd, 2020  |  16 mins 54 secs

    In Episode 47, listeners hear from Seth Goldman, founder of Honest Tea and Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat, about the origins of an iconic beverage, his new vision for a plant-eating society at Beyond Meat, and his advice to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

  • #46 Seedstages is here!

    August 31st, 2020  |  11 mins 59 secs

    In Episode 46, listeners hear from Ian Hafkenschiel and Boris Gorshteyn, co-founders of Seedstages, a new app that connects students and startups to unlock value in the post-pandemic job market. They outline the big pivot that brought them to their vision, discuss how their app is the first of its kind to connect startups with entry-level talent, and reflect on the launch of the company!

  • #45 Kevin O'Connor, Founder of DoubleClick & Graphiq

    August 27th, 2020  |  17 mins 9 secs

    In Episode 45, listeners hear from Kevin O'Connor, co-founder of ISS (sold to IBM for $1.4B), DoubleClick (sold to Google for $3.1B), and Graphiq which became the brain of Amazon Alexa (sold to Amazon). Kevin discusses becoming an entrepreneur out of college, how companies can survive crises, and his advice to young people.

  • #44 Luke Anderson, Co-Founder of Cann

    August 24th, 2020  |  15 mins 49 secs

    In Episode 44, listeners hear from Luke Anderson, Co-Founder of Cann, about leaving Bain to launch a cannabis beverage startup, his mission to reinvent the way people socialize, and his advice to young people.

  • #43 Jill Schlesinger, CBS News

    August 19th, 2020  |  15 mins 38 secs

    In Episode 43, listeners hear from Jill Schlesinger, the award-winning CBS business analyst and talk show host, about her job taking complicated financial topics and making them digestible, the disconnect between reality and the stock market, and her advice to young people.

  • #42 Jake Cohen, Partner at Detroit Venture Partners and Board Member at StockX and Genius

    August 17th, 2020  |  15 mins 4 secs

    In Episode 42, listeners hear from Jake Cohen, a VC at Detroit Venture Partners, about selling his first company at 24, serving on the boards of 6 companies including StockX + Genius.com + 100 Thieves, and his career advice to young people interested in venture capital and beyond.

  • #41 Chris Caren, CEO of Turnitin

    August 14th, 2020  |  14 mins 37 secs

    In Episode 41, listeners hear from Chris Caren, CEO of Turnitin, about leading a multi-billion dollar education company, how Turnitin's tech platform combats plagiarism, and his advice to young people entering the remote learning environment.

  • #40 Scott Gravelle, CEO of Attabotics

    August 12th, 2020  |  18 mins 45 secs

    In Episode 40, listeners hear from Scott Gravelle, CEO/CTO of Attabotics, a robotics company reinventing supply chains through high density storage, an idea Scott came up with when watching a nature documentary about Leaf-Cutter Ants. Scott discusses how he started a robotics company with zero experience, how his mini-fulfillment centers work and his vision for distributed supply chain, and his advice to young people going about the world with fresh perspectives.

  • #39 David Lee, CFO of Impossible Foods

    August 10th, 2020  |  16 mins 53 secs

    In Episode 39, listeners hear from David J. Lee, CFO of Impossible Foods, about the role of finance in corporate strategy, the mind-boggling growth of Impossible Foods since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and his advice to young people launching into their careers. Check out the Our Future Newsletter - https://bit.ly/ourfuture1

  • #38 Steve Miller, CFO of Warby Parker

    August 5th, 2020  |  16 mins 52 secs

    In Episode 38, listeners hear from Steve Miller, CFO of Warby Parker, about balancing growth and profitability from the perspective of a CFO, the beauty of the direct-to-consumer business model, and his advice to young people launching their careers.