João Alberto Novaes

My guest today is a Brazilian entrepreneur, world traveler, youtuber, and educator. He gained his location independence and freedom to live anywhere in the world by creating businesses completely online. Let me present to you João Alberto Novaes.

I met João in Chiang Mai, Thailand at the Nomad Summit, an annual event for digital nomads from around the world. He is an expert in dropshipping business specializing in the Brazilian consumer market, one that was notoriously hard to crack for others. He wouldn’t let this detract him from achieving relative success. He now travels the worlds and teaches others how to gain freedom.

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Nomadic Ninja

My guest today is a Missouri native, an athlete training to be a ninja, previously a senior developer at a tech startup and a DJ. A few of years ago he left San Francisco to travel around the globe and perform rigorous physical training. He then settled down in Southeast Asia for a while enjoying a new life by the beach. Let’s find out how it all happened. Without further ado I give you – Matt Barnicle aka Nomadic Ninja.

Having been friends for over 11 years, naturally, it was an easy conversation and a good chance to catch up while we both were in Bangkok. We covered an array of topics from quite deep to decidedly light-hearted. Matt has had a fascinating trajectory that can serve as inspiration to many struggling with finding their path and improving their mental and physical states. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.

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Richard Sarvate on stage

My guest today is a Bay Area native with Indian roots, a comedian and a writer. His father once told him to be a doctor so he wouldn’t have to face the hardship of being a computer engineer. Despite that, he held a job as a programmer in Silicon Valley until he finally quit it after 10 years to pursue comedy full time. Dear audience, I give you Richard Sarvate!

We chatted about Richard’s childhood in the suburban Bay Area, being secluded, passion for comedy, golden handcuffs, quitting, persisting, bombing, and goal-setting. It’s been a very fun and enlightening conversation and I hope y’all enjoy it.

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Sina

My guest today is a musician, a screenwriter, a podcaster, a web entrepreneur, and a bad ass software engineer. At 16 years of age he was a drummer in Iran first licenced heavy metal band since the 1979 revolution. He was born and raised in Iran, studied in Australia and now lives in Manhattan. Let me present to you Sina Jazayeri!

We talked about growing up in Iran, being a drummer at 16 in an oppressive country, moving to Australia of all places, and finding a new and exciting life in New York City. We also covered personal development, web technologies, pet projects, and a few other awesome things.

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My guest today is an entrepreneur and a doctor. He works at a hospital in Sydney, Australia and is a co-founder of a startup that produces and sells socks for good causes. He’s lived in various locations around the world pursuing an internship at the European Office of the World Health Organization. Recently he gave a talk at TedX on the subject of selfishness. As a good Aussie he loves his pet wombat, drinks Fosters, and hunts crocodiles in the outback. Dear listeners, I give you Hassan Ahmad!

We talked about Australia’s wildlife, growing up in rural outback, partying with DJ dad, boarding school, becoming a doctor, world travels, entrepreneurship, giving a TED talk, and social media influence.

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Interview Transcript

H: Thank you for the very kind and more or less accurate introduction, Vasily. I can say that one of those three activities in terms of Australia is pretty on point. I think I’ll just leave it up to the listeners to guess which one it is.

V: Guess which animal or drink you have an affinity for.

H: Yeah, that’s right. That’s right.

V: But do you see a lot of animals around your house that are native to Australia?

H: Yeah, well. As you mentioned I’m currently based in Sydney at the moment which is the largest city in Australia of a population of about 4 million. Most of the interesting wildlife gets driven out to the edges of the city. So, you’re just left with bugs that freak out a lot of tourists. But where I grew up in far-off Queensland on an 88-acre property, one of the great things about growing up there was the wildlife that was literally on your doorstep. You would just walk out the veranda in the morning and there would be bush-turkeys at your feet or there would be wallabies there. And if you went to have a look, you could see the tree kangaroos and the big pythons. Lots of great stories in my childhood about run-ins with wildlife along the way. When you grow up with it, it is just there all the time, and you don’t realize that other people don’t have problems with snakes in their beds and spiders in their toilets. Until you travel a bit more and see American tourists freak out over cockroaches.
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