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The Venture Podcast

Empowering corporate entrepreneurs with the playbook to design, build, and scale new businesses.

The Venture is an original podcast series hosted by serial business builders from Leap by McKinsey. In each episode, our experts cut through the noise to empower corporate entrepreneurs in designing, building, and scaling new companies. We break down the journeys of legendary venture builders—how they did it, the challenges they faced, and how they built successful and competitive businesses.

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Building e-commerce ecosystems on Amazon: A conversation with Rainforest’s JJ Chai

– The cofounder of a Singapore-based e-commerce aggregator explains how his previous start-up experience helps him identify, acquire, and scale Asian “solopreneurs” targeting US consumers on Amazon’s marketplace.

There are about two to three million third-party sellers on Amazon’s global ecosystem, creating their own products and brands. We acquire brands from these entrepreneurs who have capped out around their ability to scale up. We give them a nice exit and help their brand reach its full potential.

JJ Chai CEO and cofounder of Rainforest
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Previous episodes

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Differentiation through constant innovation: A conversation with Ninja Van’s Lai Chang Wen

– The cofounder of a Singapore-based express-delivery start-up, which has thrived with a vast addressable market and an equal emphasis... on technology and human nature, talks about sticking to the core and a commitment to relentless innovation.
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Digitization, decarbonization, and electrification: A conversation with CLP Group’s Austin Bryan

– Energy represents one of the last major economic sectors to undergo digital disruption, but massive change is under way. The key... to providing sustainable solutions such as energy as a service is a company’s willingness to embrace ambiguity, risk, and discomfort, according to the head of innovation for a Hong Kong–based regional energy supplier.
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Building sustainable and affordable urban living: A conversation with White Peak’s Jesper Jos Olsson

– Not many companies are bold enough to enter the challenging Chinese market without a local partner. But a desire to retain full... control, and the belief that relying on local partners may hinder its ability to learn and scale, eventually paid off, according to the cofounder of a Beijing-based, Swedish property developer.
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Giving and reaping rewards: A conversation with ShopBack’s Joel Leong

– Transplanting a successful e-commerce business model into a region where online shopping is still developing is a heady task for... any organization. But a willingness to localize that model and fertilize the market by rewarding users for online purchases helped ensure success, according to the cofounder of a Singapore-based cash-back platform.
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2020 season recap: Building and scaling new businesses

– Listen to learnings on business building from The Venture’s 2020 episodes.
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Stressing customer obsession: A conversation with Sequoia Capital’s Pieter Kemps

– Start-ups fail for all sorts of reasons, but those that succeed constantly think about the customer journey, use technology to... remove friction, and find new ways to delight their customers, according to an investor with a legendary venture-capital firm.
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Building a start-up innovation ecosystem: A conversation with Jardine Matheson’s Anne O’Riordan and Michael Poon

– Two executives share how a three-pronged approach to partnering with start-ups has spelled success for an almost 200-year-old... Hong Kong multinational.
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Growing an incumbent by building a new business: A conversation with True Digital’s Bernd Vindevogel

– Building and scaling a corporate spin-off requires striking a critical balance between growing as an independent entity while... serving the needs of the parent organization, according to the chief analytics officer at True Digital Group.
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A culture of caring: A conversation with Globe Telecom’s Glenn Estrella

– Growing a market-leading business while spawning start-ups depends on freedom to fail and a culture of caring modeled from the... top down, according to the start-up chief of the Philippines’ largest mobile telecom provider.
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Clone or create: A conversation with Aaron Tan, CEO of Carro

– Building a new business isn’t necessarily about creating an entirely new business model but about understanding the market... and where the opportunities lie, according to the CEO of Southeast Asia’s largest automobile marketplace.

Featured insights

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Innovating from necessity: The business-building imperative in the current crisis

– The coronavirus crisis is a world-changing event. Here are early solutions and concrete steps leaders can consider as they plan... and build new businesses for the next normal.
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Building an e-commerce business: Lessons on moving fast

– With consumers moving online in reaction to coronavirus restrictions, companies will need to learn how to launch new e-commerce... businesses quickly.
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Building new businesses: How incumbents use their advantages to accelerate growth

– For large companies, building new businesses is essential for growth and reinvention. The key to success? Combining the strengths... of an incumbent with the agility of a start-up.

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