Bootstrapping Your Dreams Show


#221 The Secret Behind Building Your Network To Succeed | Russel Dalgleish | Bootstrapping Your Dreams Show

Season 1, Ep. 221
If you don’t want to miss out on some great insights on building your network, join me as I get in a conversation with Russell Dalgleish; he was listed on the Top 100 Most Influential Entrepreneur list.Alongside sitting on the boards of 10 companies and organizations, including the Institute of Directors Scotland, Startedin, and ScotlandIS, he also supports the new generation of entrepreneurs and helps them grow.His list of achievements and diversity does not end there; he is also an experienced speaker. Russell has delivered entrepreneur-focused events in Abu Dhabi, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Shenzhen, China.Russell is back on the podcast for the second time to share the secrets behind his success, time management skills, and networking power!Here Russell talks about:(2:45) Russell updates on how things are unfolding for 2021.(4:55) How is the world adapting to the rapid changes of the covid crisis?(7:14) Insights on “What is the new normal?”(11:00) Actionable steps for networking online successfully.(15:58) Russell’s secret to building a successful global organization.(19:00) How did Russell learn three things to change the strategy of the Scottish business network in 2021?(22:33) What drives Russell to support Scottish business and women entrepreneurs?(26:46) How to deal with the challenges of a digital age?(33:36) How to reach Russell online?Find Russell on:LinkedIn: us on:Facebook:’s stories:Read Manuj’s story here: https://him.innerget.comAnd his entrepreneurial journey here:

#220 Innovating and socially impacting through technology with Melissa Sassi | Manuj Aggarwal | Bootstrapping Your Dreams Show

Season 1, Ep. 220
Are you curious to know how the leading tech giants like IBM and Microsoft headed? What are the challenges of making technology accessible around the globe? Then join me as I discuss with Melissa Sassi, the Global Head of IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator, Founder & CEO of MentorNations.Melissa has given 100+ talks at UN events, education summits, tech conferences, and a keynote speaker in digital inclusion, women in tech, community building, youth empowerment, imposter syndrome, mentorship, and personal branding.She has spent several years in Microsoft's Airband Initiative, where she was an internet and energy access impact investor. She is the chair of IEEE's Digital Intelligence initiative and a Founding Member of the Coalition for Digital Intelligence with the WEF, OECD, IEEE, and DQ Institute.Melissa strives to make a digitally inclusive world with her work as a Board member of TAKMIL, a nonprofit organization with 30 informal schools in rural Pakistan, and TechWomen. Asia, an Afghanistan-based nonprofit organization, focused on tech skill-building for young Afghani women.(2:33) Melissa talks about her journey and her desire for a vibrant career.(10:50) How she used volunteerism and a hackathon to land her next big job.(12:50) With the level of success you’ve achieved, how do you find the passion to help others succeed?(18:00) What motivates you to keep going in spite of the odds?(19:34) Why it is important for everyone to adopt technology.(21:30) A tip on how to deter young people from violent extremism.(22:55) How have you promoted and achieved your goals at IBM so far?(27:35) Tell us about how your title “CHIEF PINGUIN” at IBM came about(31:02) What role do you play to help startups?(35:00) What makes IBM cloud special, and different from other services?(37:47) What do technologies need to do, to appeal to executives?(39:02) How do you cope with all the events you host, all the work involved?(42:36) Tell us more about the event we are working on (THE HUMAN CODE)(46:50) How will this event benefit the audience?Reach Melissa here:Linkedin us on:Facebook:’s stories:Read Manuj’s story here:https://him.innerget.comAnd his entrepreneurial journey here:

#219 Dance: Boosting Business, Boosting Health | Mahrukh Dumasia | Manuj Aggarwal| Bootstrapping Your Dreams Show

Season 1, Ep. 219
Do you want to learn exclusive insights into the dance industry? Are you curious about how leading dance institutes create successful businesses?Then join me as I discuss with Mahrukh Dumasia, the Creative Head and Chief Choreographer of TLCDC (Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company), which was voted as the number 1 Dance Company in India, and the Program Head of TLPTI(Terrence Lewis Professional Training Institute).Mahrukh is one of the first Indians (along with Terence Lewis) to receive the prestigious Dance Web Scholarship at the Impulstanz – Vienna International Dance Festival. Together with Terence, they have choreographed Oscar-nominated movies, Broadway Westend Musicals, Disney India’s The Beauty and the Beast, and dozens of globally successful events. Terence’s multiple Guinness World Records, his membership in the UNESCO-International Dance Council, and International awards have made TLPTI a premier institute that fosters creative excellence in the talented, enthusiastic dancers, raising the standards of dance in India and beyond.Marukh has a diverse set of skills. She is also a multilingual writer, fluent in English, Hindi & French. She has also been a faculty member at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.Here Mahrukh talks about:(2:23) Mahrukh reminisces how she started dancing.(5:14) How Mahrukh turned into a professional dancer program head(6:14) Challenges Mahurukh faced in taking up dance as a career(8:25) The shifting notion about dance in India(9:51) Her advice on how to achieve dreams and overcome challenges(14:15) Mahrukh talks about her 21-year long journey with Terence(20:20) The positive effects dance could bring even to amateurs(25:10) How has lockdown made us realize the importance of dance(27:49) Mahrukh talks about the impact dance has on mental health.(32:53) She explains how her firm handled the COVID-19 crisis responsibly(38:13) Her collaboration with IBM on blending art and technology(44:41) The reason behind the name - “The Human Code.”(46:33) How and when can people register to be a part of the human code eventFind Mahrukh on:Instagram: for “The Human Code” at: us on:Facebook:’s stories:Read Manuj’s story here: https://him.innerget.comAnd his entrepreneurial journey here:

#218 The science of making better decisions with Matt Oguz | Manuj Aggarwal | Bootstrapping Your Dreams Show

Season 1, Ep. 218
Do you want to learn to make unbiased decisions based on scientific models? Do you need advice on investments and addressing current market needs while embracing long term trends? Then join us with Matt Oguz, a successful investor, entrepreneur, decision theorist, and writer!Matt is a successful investor and a founding partner at Venture Science, a San Francisco-based investment firm that pioneers an approach to venture capital based on data research. The core principle of the firm is based on his idea of making decisions based on math and avoiding biases while evaluating investment opportunities.He is also the Chief Investment Officer at the Iris Family office. He is candidly outspoken about his approach and shares his valuable thoughts as a renowned columnist on TechCrunch.Matt is a polymath, with multiple skill sets in analytics, behavioural economics, decision sciences, and AI.Here Matt talks about:(1:35) Matt talks about his early journey and challenges faced as an immigrant(4:35) What are the factors to be considered before making a decision?(12:10) To what extent does historical data help predict the future?(14:39) What drove Matt to start Venture Capital?(18:43) Most contributing factor for the success of a startup(22:06) How does Matt spot big opportunities before they turn into big names?(25:58) What does Matt think about investing in technology?(28:20) How quantum computing will change the world(30:55) Long term effects of the pandemic on the economy(35:51) How are business models changing with the pandemic?(38:23) How to reach Matt online?Find Matt on:LinkedIn: us on:Facebook:’s stories:Read Manuj’s story here: https://him.innerget.comAnd his entrepreneurial journey here:

#217 What makes an investor pitch successful? A Shark from Shark Tank Answers| Manuj Aggarwal | Bootstrapping Your Dreams Show

Season 1, Ep. 217
Want to learn how to manage and grow your startup in this socially distant economy? Join us with Marcus Dantus, renowned entrepreneur, mentor and one of the sharks in Shark Tank.You may know him from Shark Tank but Marcus has also been responsible for managing many start-ups in Mexico and the United States for more than two decades. He is also an angel investor, keynote speaker, and a professor at the most prestigious business schools and universities in the country.He is currently the co-founder and managing director of Startup Mexico, the first entrepreneurship super campus in Mexico. He has been the founder and CEO of various other companies, including, Simitel, Peerant y Abdeo Medical, and others.Also, He is an operating partner of the DUX Capital fund, Managing Director Mexico at Global Entrepreneurship Network.In this episode, we will talk about his journey and how he started Startup Mexico. What are the entrepreneurial challenges he faced, his vision behind the company etc. Also, he will answer some burning questions regarding the impact of covid-19 on business and business leaders and how we should be prepared for it.Here Marcus talks about:(2:22) Marcus talks about his early journey and the challenges he faced(8:47) Finding the balance between being flexible and following your passion(10:30) Marcus’ experience with incubation and helping people(13:30) The key difference between successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs(15:50) Marcus’ views on bootstrapping vs. procuring investment(17:46) Effect of having cultural diversity(19:43) How to keep calm amidst uncertainty and chaos(21:30) The pros of the pandemic(24:05) How and why Marcus became a shark(25:52) Behind the Scenes of the production of Shark tank Mexico(28:29) What does Marcus look for in a pitch(29:10) Marcus’ favourite ideas pitched so far to him(30:30) Products specifically for the post-pandemic era(32:17) Marcus reveals how to prevent idea theftFind Marcus on:LinkedIn tank Mexico Mexico Entrepreneurship Network us on:Facebook:’s stories:Read Manuj’s story here: https://him.innerget.comAnd his entrepreneurial journey here:

#216 AI generated millions in revenue last year; are you feeling left out? | Colin Priest | Manuj Aggarwal

Season 1, Ep. 216
Artificial Intelligence has redefined the way the business world works. Individual success stories with AI helped one corporation save $18M in operational costs. Another corporation used AI to help them achieve 304% ROI, amounting to $33M. Interested in leveraging AI for similar results? You won’t want to miss this.In our next episode, we are going to talk about how Artificial Intelligence is actually helping measure, manage and mitigate risk in business! Join us to learn more about it from a sought-after public speaker, thought leader, and a firm believer in data-based decision making and applying automation to improve customer experience.Colin Priest.Colin is the VP, AI Strategy for DataRobot, where he advises businesses on how to build business cases and successfully manage data science projects.DataRobot is headquartered in Boston, MA and has 10 office locations across 6 countriesDataRobot’s enterprise platforms are used by Kroger, Humana, USBank, Reckitt Benckiser, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Boston Redsox, Lending Tree, University of Michigan, PNC, Lenovo, Nationwide, StanleyBlackDecker. Their platform helped Steward Health save $18M. Their platform also helped a Global Bank and Financial Services Firm realize a 304% Return on Investment that amounts to $33M.He is passionate about how humans and AIs can work together and is an advisor to the Singapore Government on AI ethics, AI governance, and the future of work.With more than three decades of experience in financial services, Colin has held several C-suite roles, where he has championed data science initiatives in banking, fintech, insurance, risk management, and marketing!Colin is passionate about the science of healthcare and does pro-bono work to support cancer research.Here Colin talks about-(1.50) Colin talks about how he started his career in AI and his journey up to this point(4.52) Familiarising with AI jargons(8.07) How Data Science is applied to optimize pricing(10.50) Colin’s take on C-suite executives dealing with AI(15:41) Importance of Data in AI(19.16) Future of AI in humanistic fields(23.20) Colin talking about whether there is a possibility of an AI takeover(26.16) The Role of the pandemic in changing the trajectory of AI and adoption(29.37) Things to be unlearnt by C-Suite Executives about technology and AI(34.21) Future of work in the socially distant economy(36.35) Human emotions and professions compared to inherent machines(37.43) How to connect with ColinFind Colin on-Linkedin- us on:Facebook:’s stories:Read Manuj’s story here: https://him.innerget.comAnd his entrepreneurial journey here:

#215 Learn about habits from Stanford professor and award-winning author | Nir Eyal | Manuj Aggarwal | Bootstrapping Your Dreams Show

Season 1, Ep. 215
How will you like to listen to a Stanford professor and award-winning author face to face LIVE on our podcast?Are you interested to learn how to be indistractable and grow your business in this socially distant economy? Join us and learn from the Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author, Sought after Speaker, and Investor, Nir Eyal!Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Nir previously taught as a Lecturer in Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.Nir co-founded and sold two tech companies since 2003 and was dubbed by The M.I.T. Technology Review as, "The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” He is the author of two bestselling books, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.Indistractable received critical acclaim, winning the Outstanding Works of Literature (OWL) Award as well as being named one of the Best Business and Leadership Books of the Year by Amazon and one of the Best Personal Development Books of the Year by Audible. The Globe and Mail called Indistractable, "The best business book of 2019."In addition to blogging at, Nir's writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, Time Magazine, and Psychology Today.Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include Eventbrite (NYSE:EB), (acquired by Spotify), Kahoot! (KAHOOT-ME.OL), Canva, (acquired by LinkedIn), Product Hunt, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Byte Foods, FocusMate, and Shadow.Here Nir talks about:(2.01) Nir talks about his latest book “ Indistractable”(5.55) Nir talks about how he does the research for books(10.15) Preview of the book “ Indistractable”(17.28) Results of the techniques used to prevent distraction(22.30) The level of productivity and distractions during the pandemic(26.52) Building habit-forming products and healthy habits(28.51) Changes in the industries due to the pandemic(31.44) Effects of distractions on relationships and techniques to improve them(35.22) How to connect with Nir(35.27) How to access the Free 80 page workbook to control distractions on his websiteFind Nir on-Website - Indistractable from his website - us on:Facebook:’s stories:Read Manuj’s story here: https://him.innerget.comAnd his entrepreneurial journey here:

#214 The secret to building lifelong customer relationships | Jeff Moore | Manuj Aggarwal | Bootstrapping Your Dreams Show

Season 1, Ep. 214
Are you keen to learn about value-based quantifiable business solutions, team building, and World-Class lifelong customer and supplier relationships?Our podcast guest Jeff Moore will reveal all the answers!Jeff Moore is the Director of Seafood and Business Development at Global Protein Group, the foodservice and custom product solutions division of Porky Products, Inc. - one of the largest traders of Beef, Pork, and Poultry in North America in 2019 Porky Products, Inc generated $207.11 million in sales (USD).He had been the President of International Pacific Seafoods, Inc. for 19 years from Sept 1999 to Sept 2018 – A Specialty Importer, Customer Processor, and Trader of premium quality chef ready frozen seafood foodservice and retail segments, primarily food service.He is the Founder of a Business Development, Marketing, and Entrepreneurial Lifestyle and Business Advisory Mastermind Group called Thursday Night Boardroom. Over 800 members from 26 countries represent dozens of different industries.An experienced leader, coach, and speaker, he is also the creator of multilayer strategic initiatives involving suppliers and customers in tandem that share a common language called ValYOU.Here Jeff talks about:(2:16) Jeffs talks about his journey in the business world(9:50) What is the drive that pushes Jeff(14:00) Treating business as an extension of life(15:16) Jeff reveals the biggest lessons he learned(17:47) How important is asking the right questions(20:15) What is the Thursday Night Boardroom(25:50) Aggressive word of mouth marketing(27:34) The story behind Thursday Night Boardroom(32:57) Importance of sharing messages(39:21) The future of business in a socially distant economy(49:17) How to join the Thursday Night BoardroomFind Jeff on:Facebook: Night Boardroom: us on:Facebook:’s stories:Read Manuj’s story here: https://him.innerget.comAnd his entrepreneurial journey here:

#213 General David H. Petraeus On Army Life, Leadership & Combat Frame Of Mind | Bootstrapping Your Dreams Show

Season 1, Ep. 213
Welcome to this episode of “Bootstrapping Your Dream Show”. I am Manuj Aggarwal, and I will be having a very interesting conversation with General David Petraeus.Gen. Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, including tours in Cold War Europe, the United States, Central America, Haiti, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the greater Middle East. He culminated his military service with six consecutive commands as a general officer, five of which were in combat, including command of: the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during the fight to Baghdad and the first year in Iraq; Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq over 15 subsequent months; Multi-National Force-Iraq during the Surge from February 2007 to September 2008; U.S. Central Command from 2008 to 2010; and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan from 2010-2011. Gen. Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy, subsequently earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and has held academic appointments at six universities. He has received numerous U.S. military, State Dept, NATO, and UN medals, including four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge, and he has been decorated by 13 foreign countries.Following his service in the military, Gen. Petraeus served as the Director of the CIA, leading the Agency during a period that saw significant achievements in the global counter-terrorism effort, development of a strategic plan for the Agency, and an initiative to increase worldwide human intelligence coverage.General Petraeus joined KKR in June 2013 as Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He went on to become a Partner at KKR in December 2014. The Global Institute supports the KKR investment process and KKR's portfolio companies with an analysis of geopolitical, macro-economic, environmental, social, and governance issues. General Petraeus is also a member of the board of directors at successful companies like Optiv and OneStream. David is also a successful venture capitalist himself, a Visiting Fellow at Yale University's Jackson Center, and an Honorary Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham (England).Glad to have you on the show, General Petraeus. Welcome!General David H. Petraeus talks about:(3:08) What prompted him to join the US military academy.(4:11) What he loved about military life.(5:42) His academic life.(9:40) Publicly committing yourself to a particular goal.(11:56) The pivotal role that mentors played in his life.(18:00) Lessons learned in combat.(22:00) Fateful choices and decision making in war.(26:00) How do we end the never-ending wars and maintain peace?(30:20) The future of warfare.(38:00) How a socially distant economy is going to affect business?(43:00) Some valuable lessons learned while working in the private sector and the military sector.(49:24) Causes he’s passionate about.Find General David H. Petraeus on:LinkedIn: us on:Facebook:’s stories:Read Manuj’s story here: https://him.innerget.comAnd his entrepreneurial journey here: https://www.InnerGet.comThank you for tuning in!Do you have any feedback or thoughts? Please leave a comment!Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe! Click on the bell icon for updates on the “BootstrappingYour Dreams Show”!Take care and see ya!