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Why M&As Are Tough All the Time | Disrupt the Market by Democratizing M&A


I’ve often found the mergers and acquisition (M&A) process to be expensive and exclusive, leaving many unsure of where to start or how to succeed. Like dating, it’s about finding the right partners and building a dream team, whether you’re buying or selling a company. And let’s not forget about culture – M&As in the United States, Asia, and Europe all come with unique challenges.

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Why M&As are Tough All the Time | Start with People


About 70-90 percent of mergers and aquisitions (M&As) fail within their first year. Why? Despite being a longstanding business strategy, M&As continue to stumble. In the coming weeks, we’ll explore this complex world and uncover why M&As are so challenging, and how we can improve.

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Falling in Love with Korean Culture with Sam Paik


After years in finance and business, Sam Paik noticed a troubling trend: overwork starting from childhood. Reflecting on the importance of childhood play and creativity, Sam saw a gap in the next generation’s access to these vital experiences. Determined to make a change, he founded several education-focused companies, including Momo Camp.

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Falling in Love with Korean Culture with Noona’s Noonchi


Have you ever found yourself moved to tears while watching a K-drama? You’re not alone, and our guest today is here to explain why! Therapist Jeanie Y. Chang recognized the importance of mental well-being, yet found existing information too clinical and distant. Combining her expertise as a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified clinical trauma professional, Jeanie noticed how conversations about storytelling and K-dramas often broke barriers.

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Falling in Love with Korean Culture with Talk to Me in Korean


Anyonghaseyo! 안녕하세요! We’re thrilled to welcome our guest today, Hyunwoo Sun, Founder and CEO of Talk To Me in Korean (TTMIK). Hyunwoo began his Korean language educational services in 2009, recognizing a gap in language learning options. Starting with a meetup in Seoul, he observed limitations in available tools. Understanding the transformative power of language, Hyunwoo aimed to make learning Korean fun, easy, and accessible.

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Falling in Love with Korean Culture with Dokkaebier


What would beer infused with Kimchi, rice, or lemongrass taste like? ‘Wholesome’ is the word Dokkaebier aims to evoke! Meet Youngwon Lee, Founder and CEO of Dokkaebier. In 2020, he launched this award-winning Asian-inspired brand, his fifth venture in the alcohol industry, to introduce innovation and diversity to craft beer.

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Disrupt Industries with Agility and Determination with Scott Sassa

The lack of a traditional background in business did not stop young Scott Sassa from dreaming of a future in Hollywood. He didn’t like school nor wanted to finish college but he loved learning and was determined to find a path for his dream career – even if that meant calling the same office every day until they gave him a chance for an interview.

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Return to Your Passion Afterall with Geronimo Carlos Ramos III


Geronimo Carlos Ramos III believes that the most rewarding journey is returning to your passion, regardless of the twists and turns along the way. Today, his culinary adventure is enriched by collaborations with Michelin-star chefs and prestigious events, such as the Tiger Woods Hero Golf tournament in the Bahamas. While food and people have always been central to Geronimo’s story, the full picture of the chef and content creator he is today only came into focus later in his career.

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Turn Gaps into Opportunities with Sheena Yap Chan

Sheena Yap Chan is dedicated to amplifying the voices of Asian female leaders in the workplace. Through her role as author and podcast host of “The Tao of Self-Confidence,” she has engaged with over 900 Asian female leaders, reshaping our understanding of leadership and self-confidence in professional settings.

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Non-Linear Paths Brings Good Stories and Skills for Life with Jeff Kirschner

Not knowing what lies beyond can lead to thrilling adventures if you remain curious and open-minded, as Jeff Kirschner discovered firsthand.

After college, Jeff explored various paths driven by his love for learning. From bartending in San Francisco (SF) to embarking on a year-long backpacking journey worldwide, his diverse experiences shaped his journey. Upon returning to SF, Jeff’s curiosity and broad perspective guided him to meaningful opportunities in advertising and startups. However, it was a simple yet profound question from his daughter—”Why is there trash in the middle of the woods?”—that sparked his mission to combat litter.

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Learning Life Values from Birds and Nature with Monica Iglecia


When did you last pause to notice a bird soaring in the sky? Our conversation with Monica Iglecia will encourage you to take a closer look.

Meet Monica, a passionate bird scientist and conservation biologist dedicated to preserving bird habitats. As the U.S. Coordinator for the Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture in Portland, Oregon, she leads large-scale conservation efforts, fostering collaboration and innovation to protect our Earth and its ecosystems. Monica shares her journey, highlighting the diverse experiences that have fueled her curiosity and resilience.

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