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Millennials with Machetes

28 EpisodesProduced by Jay KiewWebsite

Machetes are used to clear paths and blaze new trails. This is a podcast where vulnerability, grit and leadership intersect, where normal, every-day people share raw stories of stepping forward into the unknown, figuring things out as we go. Forget the success headlines; how are millennials hacking … read more

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Your Money or Your Life: Josue Anderson on retiring at 30

April 21st, 2021

46:25

Josue Anderson recently retired at the age of 30. We kick off with a discussion on what Josue's retirement mindset looks like, drawing on lessons learned from the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) community - …

Finding Self-Identity: Noelle Cuvos on Basketball and B-Boys Battles, Powerlifting and Poetry, Film and Faith.

April 7th, 2021

39:14

As we begin to build upon our identities in our teenage years, how do the events that impact us collide with the decisions we make? 

In this episode, …

One Arm but not Unarmed

February 24th, 2021

38:43

Suzan Nguyen, author of "One Arm But Not Unarmed", was featured alongside Denzel Washington and Tony Robbins on Yahoo Finance's Top 10 Most Influential People of 2020 list.
At the age of 22, Suzan lost her right arm in a …

Ready to Rumble: Ryan Ventura on becoming a combat sports announcer

January 13th, 2021

42:12

Are you ready to rumble? In 2018, Ryan Ventura became the youngest Licensed Combat Sports Announcer to work in the state of Nevada at 30 years old. …

Sasha Tadayoni on the Art of Perseverance Post-Paralysis

December 30th, 2020

50:04

Sasha Tadayoni, owner of Modern Warrior Academy of Self Defence, is currently the #1 ranked amateur kickboxer in BC. Over the past 2 years, Sasha has competed in Kyokushin Karate for Team Canada at the world stage and …

Making Moves: Cheryl Chan on moving from Vancouver to Amsterdam and creating her own design company

December 16th, 2020

45:16

After spending 6 years in marketing (brand management) at a Fortune 50 company, Cheryl Chan and her husband, Jesse, wanted to try something new. In 2019, they moved from Vancouver to Amsterdam and Cheryl launched her …

Finding Fresh: FreshPrep CEO Dhruv Sood on delivering 5,000,000 meals in 5 years

November 25th, 2020

40:22

$7,000,000 in Series A funding. 5,000,000 meals delivered. Zero-waste by 2025. Founded in January 2015, FreshPrep is a Vancouver-based meal kit company that helps busy people like you create world-class dinners in …

Puppy Parenting P2: The Psychology Behind Dog Training

November 11th, 2020

45:04

I'm joined by Sean McDaniel, the owner, dog trainer, and behaviour consultant of The Dog's Way

We talk through the dynamics of the dog training …

Do What U Luv: Bridging the Creativity Gap in Education

October 28th, 2020

26:17

Remember how you spent your time in elementary and high school? I bet it's a lot different from what kids are exposed to today, given that funding …

Speaking Up for the Right Reasons, with Jessica Lin

October 14th, 2020

34:59

Warning: This episode contains mature content related to experiencing sexual assault (~15:00 onwards).

Jessica Lin shares her riveting personal story …

Buying 3 Properties in San Francisco Before 30

September 30th, 2020

1:09:34

What's the real estate market in San Francisco like? We've talked about Vancouver, but now we're machete-ing our way across the border. Jeff Hsieh and his wife Anne own 3 properties (valued at $730,000, $290,000 and …

Surviving the Loss of Sisterhood

September 16th, 2020

50:01

When Maddie Millsip found out that her sister, Rachel, died by suicide, her world was torn upside down. Grasping to work through grief, this is Maddie and Rachel's story. *Warning: Listener discretion is strongly …

Sprouting Superpowers: Henry Yeh on the Plant-Based Lifestyle

September 2nd, 2020

34:52

Awareness for the Plant-Based Lifestyle blew up last year. Beyond Meat went public and the Game Changers documentary sparked controversy about whether the plant-based lifestyle for athletes was merely hype - or if it …

The Clash of Cultural Dynamics: Growing up as an Asian American

August 19th, 2020

27:48

Does being Chinese limit us at home or in the workplace? Vivian Tran, A. Director at Columbia University, talks through what it's like to grow up as …

Puppy Parenting Pt 1: Building a quality relationship when things go horribly wrong

August 5th, 2020

30:27

We've had Brooklyn, our Shiba Inu, for 12 weeks. There were so many points of failure that I thought to myself "Do I just suck at being a dog owner?" I'm joined by Nikki Ivey, leading educator in dog behaviour and owner …

Discovering the right balance to achieve optimal health

July 22nd, 2020

37:34

What's the right balance to achieve optimal health? Lindsay Tong (@livewellwithlindsay) and I chat through her weight loss journey, the 3 pieces of the physical health puzzle - and what's missing from the picture.

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From Launching Missiles to Launching LinkedIn Content

July 8th, 2020

44:21

It's not every day you meet a rocket scientist, let alone get to interview him. Stephen Lu (M.Eng) has been at Lockheed Martin for the past 5 years, launching everything from submarine missiles to satellites. In an …

Champion by Choice: William Hung on life after American Idol

June 24th, 2020

29:02

In 2004, William Hung became a worldwide phenomenon after getting roasted by American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. He …

Pursuing Purpose: The management consultant who survived cancer to pick up a microphone

June 10th, 2020

45:30

Where does grit and drive come from - nature or nurture? How do we find purpose? In this intimate interview, we turn the tables and place the spotlight on our host, Jay Kiew. Unable to shake off this inexplicable desire …

Swimming through the Digital Dating Sea

May 27th, 2020

42:46

Ghosts. Hungover Tuna. The desensitization of conversation.

Swimming through the dating sea is harder than you might imagine.

Enter Abbey and Parker, two heterosexual, millennial females, who have spent the last 3 years …

Newlyweds. New place. Should we get a dog?

May 20th, 2020

32:08

As a newly-wedded couple that recently moved into a new place, my wife and I were trying to decide whether we should get a dog. Enter America's …

Marriage & Miscarriage: The Moments That Matter

May 12th, 2020

42:44

Miscarriages happen all the time, but we don't really talk about it. In this episode, we journey down to Columbia, Missouri to spend time with an old …

Finding the Magic in Traveling Solo

April 29th, 2020

36:17

Would you travel without data? Enter a stranger's house in Sri Lanka? Use Google to make decisions on where to eat?

In this episode, Sara Be and I …

From Immigrant to Instagram Influencer: How Leo Chan shifted from Finance to Fashion

April 15th, 2020

43:39

@LevitateStyle, Leo Chan's style blog, has 118,000 followers. As an Instagramer Influencer, Leo has partnered with some of the biggest brands in the …

Baking a Brand: How This Donut Princess Fills LA With Flavor

April 1st, 2020

35:04

I wanted to hear firsthand how small business owners are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. In this podcast episode, I find myself with the Donut Princess of LA, Mayly Tao👸🏻

We explore...
🌥 how Mayly has adapted her …

Bob Wang: Trailblazing a Legacy

March 18th, 2020

44:29

What’s it like to quit your job, launch a company and sell it for $1.8M? How does making an impact tie into that? Bob Wang and I dive into everything from his start-up to starting a family, from marriage and mission.

Leveling up: Blake’s Video Game Design Journey

March 4th, 2020

47:38

Video games were a huge part of my childhood, from Super Smash to Starcraft to Halo. I often wondered, ‘What would it be like to design my own video …

Swinging the Real Estate Jungle: How Jeff bought a house on a single income

February 14th, 2020

44:09

In 2018, Canadian housing affordability was at its worst levels in nearly 30 years. Is it possible to buy a house in Vancouver on a single income? In this episode, Jeff Pena, civil engineer, shares how he leveraged some …

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