Category: Podcast

A Life of Curiosity With Modern Elder Chip Conley

Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author, hospitality entrepreneur, and leader at the forefront of the sharing economy. At age twenty-six, he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality and turned it into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the US. Chip is now Strategic Adviser for Hospitality and Leadership at Airbnb. He is the recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award.

We talk about his story and the secrets of marrying wisdom and curiosity as a “Modern Elder” in today’s world.


Make sure to check out the Modern Elder Academy

Follow Chip on Instagram | Twitter | Linked In

Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud

Managing Social Anxiety with Natalie Riso

Natalie Riso is a Content Marketing Strategist at Studio71, a YouTube MCN dedicated to putting creators first. She started her journey in content marketing during college where she wrote for Linked In as one of their Campus Editors. By May 2018, she graduated as the #1 most followed student on Linked In with over a quarter million followers.

Follow Natalie on Linked In

Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud

Reframing Your Mind With Ben Nemtin

Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ‘What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?’ and the star of the MTV show The Buried Life.

In a pit of depression, Ben and his three best friends decided to create the world’s greatest bucket list to make them feel alive. They bought a rickety old bus and criss-crossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to streaking a soccer field, from raising over $400,000 for charity to placing a record-breaking $250,000 bet on roulette—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to chase their dreams.

Follow Ben’s work:
Instagram | Linked In | Twitter | Facebook

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Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud

Building Your Foundation First With George Khalife

George Khalife is a sales & marketing professional. By day, he works with entrepreneurs, and by night he becomes one himself.

George is the Co-Founder of BookBack (an app for university students to buy/sell books), host of the podcast “Let’s Grab Coffee” (where he interviews successful people across different industries), and Consultant to various startups (helping them refine their story, build a social presence, and grow traction for their brand).

Follow George’s journey on Instagram & Linked In

Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud

Unlocking Your Human Potential With James Madhier

The first LIVE audience KYŌ Conversations Podcast including the full Q&A. This conversation is all about human potential and how to move forward when your human spirit is challenged to its core.

James (Thuch) Madhier is originally from South Sudan, where he lived until age 15 before relocating to a Refugee Camp in northern Kenya during the Sudanese civil war. He then came to the University of Toronto in 2014 through the World University Service of Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Program where he also founded Rainmaker Enterprise.

James has been highly involved in international cooperation and transformative social justice work, notably with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC), and European Union.

Bringing dignity to the world, one drop at a time –

Help install Rainmaker’s first pilot site – Donate Here

Follow the journey with James on Instagram

Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud

Always Fall Forward With Cryptocurrency Investor Michael Shimeles

Michael Shimeles tried multiple side hustles, dropped out of university and lost a ton of money doing network marketing, nothing seemed to work for him.

Until things changed… when Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency entered his life. Michael mentally went all in and fell in love with learning and trading. Now he strives to help others understand this new world while investing with purpose and meaning.

Follow Michael’s journey on Instagram & Twitter
Join the investors group – To The Moon

Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud

Who Am I Not With Sah D’Simone

Some people have a contagious spark about them that compels you to want to be around them; an allure that evokes an aspiration to share in their knowledge; and an energy that excites and motivates.

Sah D’Simone is one such person. His early life struggles with anxiety and depression fueled a lifelong fascination with personal transformation. Sah is passionate about researching and integrating the intersection of ancient wisdom and modern science.

Follow Sah’s journey on Instagram & Facebook and check out his work at

Sah’s new book – 5-Minute Daily Meditation

Music: Clouds – Joakim Karud

Taking Out the “Self-Doubt” with Sarah Holloway

Lawyer turned funtrepreneur Sarah Holloway says it best 👇🏻

I wouldn’t say I’m the best candidate for a “short bio” because I’m not only a serial rambler but also an overenthusiastic life lover with too many interests, passions, career changes, personal transformations, lifestyle revelations, adventures, hopes and dreams for one single lifetime. I nonetheless do my very best to squeeze in as much goal-kicking, ground-breaking and memory-making as life permits and I’d say I’m best summed up by my overarching life philosophy – “seize the yay”.

Sarah is the co-founder of Matcha Maiden & Matcha Mylkbar and is flat out AWESOME! Enjoy the chat!

Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Linked In | Website

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

Building Stuff With Manu (Swish) Goswami

Manu (Swish) Goswami, 21, has built a multi-hyphenate career. He is a serial tech entrepreneur (CEO & Founder of Trufan), LinkedIn Youth Editor, TEDx speaker, Fortune 500 consultant (for Google and American Express), venture capitalist and UN Youth Ambassador.

This human is impressive with a very inspiring mindset to life. You’ll see why the Toronto Raptors were reaching out to Swish in the middle of this Podcast 😉

Follow Manu’s journey on Linked InInstagramTwitter
More information about Trufan 👉🏻

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

Adding An Extra Zero To Your Life with Gary Daly

Gary Daly is a senior sales professional for one of the largest technology companies in the world – Cisco Meraki. From ice baths with The Iceman himself (Wim Hof) to mental resilience training with Grant Cardone, prioritizing the development of his mind has been crucial in Gary’s success.

Follow Gary’s journey on Linked In

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

Managing Your Energy With Monica Gold

Monica Gold is the founder of Find Your Fierce – A dance & Fitness Company that aims to build confidence and inspire via dance.

Monica provides a great angle to balancing the energy required for you, your business and the people around you. She IS the definition of awesome energy!

Follow Monica’s journey 👉🏻 @monicagold1
For more information about FIND YOUR FIERCE 👉🏻

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

Creating Space For Your Mind With Mikael Cho

Mikael Cho is a prolific entrepreneur and the CEO of Unsplash, named by Forbes as one of the world’s leading and most active photo sharing sites. 

Mikael believes that his self is best defined as “under construction” – that he (and perhaps all of us) have a core identity which is constantly in progress, constantly learning, and constantly curious. When Mikael started Unsplash, about five years ago, he had the impetus to, or rather, the opportunity to finally tap into his mindset – to truly question why he does what he does. You’ll find out that now, with all hands on deck, Mikael and by extension, the Unsplash purpose, is strongly defined. 

Coming from an educational background in psychology, Mikael relates starting a business to one big human psychology experiment; an almost perfect parallel against the basic methodologies in business. When constructing his vision and choosing which best practices to implement, Mikael didn’t only look at the success stories out there. He tapped into the very human basis of his team and his customers, took ownership himself, and went from there.

Unsplash is what Mikael calls a “Wikipedia for photos”; a beautiful collection of images that people can use and create with. Mikael started his career by working at a design agency where he immediately encountered issues deriving elements to create with; in particular, images to create with. Effective stock photos were hard to come by and creative licensing fees could be up to thousands of dollars. 

After doing their own photo shoots, Mikael decided, on a whim, put up the photos that his professional team took to share with the public domain. The first iteration took 3 hours; subsequently, they would put up 10 photos every 10 days, and they called it Unsplash. The domain they purchased cost less then $10, they went into 1st place on Hacker news on day one, and it’s been a rocket ship since. 

Last year, Unsplash was spun out and Mikael dedicated himself full time to it. The team now has 6 billion photo requests a month, with a 500,000+ (and growing) image library at present – and remember, they started with only 10 photos. 

They’ve also developed an Unsplash Chrome Extension, Mac Desktop App, iOS App and thousands of third party integrations to make great photography accessible to the world. This is all an extension of a project Mikael has created because he wants to push the positive impact of photography as far as possible; he wants people to be able to enjoy the creativity of artists, the world afar. 

How does Mikael and his team pace themselves:


“We’ve added multiple pauses throughout the year”


Defining Breaks

Mikael and his team work on a 6 week roadmap, then they take a week to pause and reflect upon that previous period’s progress. 

Seeing checkmarks and items crossed off a list, in Mikael’s words, can be fantastic for a team’s mentality and for their spirits. 

The feeling of being able to cross tasks off, during these regular sessions, and also and to go from there. 

Looking at the business based on a 3 month reflection and yearly recap also allows the team to focus on the long term, providing a counterweight to the day-day. 


“Feels like a pitstop, like when you’re going around a racetrack”



The approach is to move from discovery, ideation and then execution. During the first week, Mikael and his team re-centers. They ask why they are focusing on their current priorities and then filter through.

Everyone contributes during this progress. They write into a common, shared document. They dissect, debate, and discern priorities as a result, through ample, week long conversation. 

People are able to take the time to truly align themselves with team priorities, then as a team, extending into early days of the second week, achieve that forward momentum needed to be successful. 


“You may be doing the right thing, but it’s just to get certain…when you get certain, it’s just a whole different feeling”


Taking the Reins 

If you ever find yourself on autopilot, mindlessly typing into a document, inputting into a process, then you should question if whatever you are doing, whatever you think you’re “focused” on, is really what you should be focused on. 

You must aim to establish certainty, to ground yourself, mentally, in a task and your role in executing that task. 

If you establish certainty then when you move into the execution stage, you can be clear minded and posed. 

Individuals as part of a team, independently doing this is important. But so is creating and maintaining a team environment that promotes open, honest discussion and discourse, which is dynamic and has the conversation move along as the tasks move along – this is exactly the space Mikael has established.


Mikael’s Questions for Kyō:

  1. What do I feel is the purpose of life?
  2. How do I achieve my purpose?
  3. In 10 years what does a successful life looks like?


For the FULL conversation and more insights into Mikael’s mental fitness routines, have a listen to the PODCAST!


Photo by Mikael Cho on Unsplash

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

Auditing Your Inner Circle with Aaron Spivak

A serial entrepreneur, at 18 years old Aaron co-founded Revitasize, an organic cold pressed juice kitchen serving high quality juices, smoothies, acai bowls and a variety of vegan options.

In 3.5 years Revitasize has expanded to 7 locations throughout Toronto and the GTA.
Aaron also co-founded and recently launched Hush Blankets designed to help with sleep anxiety, insomnia, ADHD and more.

We dive into mental health, entrepreneurship and how to audit your friends so you’re surrounded and supported by the best people at all times. 

Follow Aaron’s journey @ehspiv

Revitasize >
Hush Blankets >

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

Breaking Down “The Perfect Life” With Catie Fenn

Catie Fenn is soul coach, speaker, and transformational retreat leader. Her mission is to help others become the most vibrant, confident versions of themselves and live their best lives on their own terms by redefining success and learning to cultivate happiness from the inside out by tapping into their own inner wisdom.

Her background as a busy litigator gives her an unique perspective on how to incorporate mindfulness and presence into a demanding life. She created and leads the Circle, a community of women supporting and celebrating one another to step into their highest potential, and is an advocate for women’s empowerment and feminine leadership

Follow Catie’s journey @catiefenn
For her blog, retreats and more resources head over to :

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

Going Beyond The Pose With Jenay Rose

Jenay Rose is a yoga teacher, thought coach, wellness influencer and mindfulness advocate. She spends her time bringing accent practices or the concept of mindful living into the modern world.

Jenay opens up on navigating career changes, mental health struggles and the world of wellness. We also go behind the scenes getting real about Yoga and how the stunning Instagram poses we all see are only a fraction of the practice.

Follow Jenay’s journey @namastejenay

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud