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Aug 17, 2017

Around here, we like to take risk and push ourselves. There is a high (pun intended) chance that you will be listening to this episode while I am cycling through the Alps. I will be taking on an event called the Haute Route. "Haute route" literally means "high road" in French and Haute Route cycling events are at the very top end of amateur cycling "sportives" both in terms of difficulty and professional organisation.

The 7-day Alps event takes on the most famous and difficult Alpine climbs like the Alpe d"Huez, the Col d'Izoard, the Col du Glandon, the Col de la Madeleine, and others. It involves cycling 900km and climbing 20,000+ metres. Haute Route also runs other events in the Pyrenees, Dolomites, Rockies as well as a number of smaller events.

I am about to find out what it takes to complete one of these things. But, what does it take to organise one and where did the idea first come about? Benjamin Chandelier, Event Director and co-founder of OC Sport (the organisation that owns and runs the Haute Route) joins me in a special edition of the podcast.  

We discuss:

  • The origins and vision of the Haute Route;
  • The logistics involved in organising it;
  • The beauty and popularity of cycling;
  • What it takes to complete the Haute Route;
  • Risks associated with organising the event and the steps Benjamin and his team take to manage them;
  • Race strategies for all levels;
  • Much more!

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Aug 13, 2017

It may sound trite, but when The Economist this week talked about the end of the internal combustion engine this week, and we hear stories about ransomware, the hacking of Game of Thrones, or cyberwarfare, we truly are experiencing the dawn of a new age. That new age is driven by the virtual world and it involves hackers, bots, cyber warriors and cyber terrorists – and it may evolve into something even more dystopian.

This is a difficult age to understand and there are few materials around to help us do that. This is where Daniel Wagner’s new book Virtual Terror comes in. It is a comprehensive but digestible volume on cyber warfare in all its forms. Daniel, who joined me for Episodes 10 and 17, comes back on the show to tell us about “virtual terror”.

We discuss:

  • Virtual terrorism and how it differs from conventional terrorism;
  • The landscape and players;
  • The internet of things (IoT), smart items and vulnerabilities these can create;
  • The “Dark Web”;
  • The private sector, government and other responses;
  • Social media;
  • Strategies to manage these uncertainties;
  • Artificial Intelligence and the future
  • Much more


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Aug 7, 2017

Every great conversation, particularly when listening as a podcast episode, is like a work of art. While we are all listening to the same thing, each individual listener will pick up on slightly different things or points. Every great conversation is also an experiment in uncertainty because we don’t know exactly where it will go. Today’s episode is a great conversation.

Laura Dal Farra makes her return to the show. Laura was my guest on episode 3. She is a writer, entrepreneur and martial artist. If you haven’t yet done so, you can listen to her journey spending three and a half years learning Muay Thai in Thailand in that episode. This is Round 2 of that discussion and we cover:

  • Culture – we pick up on this theme and discuss re-entry shock and what living in another culture can give you;
  • Martial arts – how to find a martial art that suits you, and what to look out for;
  • Entrepreneurship and marketing in the digital age;
  • Authenticity – this is a theme that runs through this episode as well as my previous conversation with Laura
  • Loads more!

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