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Nordic Business Forum
and Boom Chicago are proud to present a live podcast led by the founder of Boom Chicago Comedy Theater and Nordic Business Forum 2018 moderator Pep Rosenfeld.

Business as Unusual will air twice every month on Thursdays at 17:00 CET/18:00 EET.

In each hour-long episode, Pep will peruse and poke fun at the latest business news, as well as interview a special guest. You can tune in and participate via social media when the show is airing live, or you can revisit the episodes and listen at your leisure.

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Product First Companies And Strategies To Make Them Work Even Better With Des Traynor Thursday, 4 April 2019

In this episode of Business as Unusual, Pep talks with Des Traynor. Des is is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of the billion dollar company Intercom. The two discuss Des’s entrepreneurial journey, focus on solutions for customers, customer acquisition in today’s era of subscription based businesses.

Predicting the Future and Trend Curation with Rohit Bhargava
Thursday, 21 March 2019

In this episode of Business as Unusual, Pep talks with Rohit Bhargava. Rohit is an author and a trend curator. The two discuss future trends, customer loyalty, innovation, and more. How can a business leader find out trends and use them for their benefit? What is the difference in between trend spotting and trend curation? What trends are now emerging in different parts of the world?

Future, Economy, and Business with Kjell A. Nordstöm
Thursday, 7 March 2019 (pre-recorded)

In this episode of Business as Unusual, Pep talks with Kjell A. Nordström. Kjell is a Swedish economist, writer, and public speaker. The two discuss crypto, the new economy, and more. What are some of the most important factors affecting our growth as a society? How does an increasing life expectancy play into changing political legislation? And where do new technologies factor in?

N.B. This episode was pre-recorded. There is no live participation via social media.

Entrepreneurs, Investments, and the Pitfalls of Business with Kim Väisänen
Thursday, 14 February 2019 (pre-recorded)

In this episode of Business as Unusual, Pep talks with Kim Väisänen. Kim is a Finnish startup investor and entrepreneur. He is also a role model of globalization in Finland, investing in widely recognized brands and actively coaching them to success.

N.B. This episode was pre-recorded. There is no live participation via social media.

Future trends, business, and leadership with Magnus Lindkvist
Thursday, 24 January 2019 (pre-recorded)

In this episode of Business as Unusual, Pep talks with Magnus Lindkvist. Magnus is a is a Swedish trendspotter and futurologist who weaves together current trends to forecast what life, society and business might look like in the future.

N.B. This episode was pre-recorded. There is no live participation via social media.

The World in 2019 with Stéphane Garelli and Richard Quest
Thursday, 10 January 2019 (pre-recorded)

In this episode of Business as Unusual, Pep talks with Stéphane Garelli and Richard Quest. Stéphane Garelli is the Emeritus Professor of World Competitiveness at IMD Business School Lausanne, and at the University of Lausanne. He is also the former managing director of the World Economic Forum. Richard Quest is a renowned CNN Business Correspondent.

N.B. This episode was pre-recorded. There is no live participation via social media.

Leadership, Innovation, and Public Speaking with Alf Rehn
Thursday, 8 November 2018 @ 18:00 EET/17:00 CET

In this episode of Business as Unusual, Pep talks to Alf Rehn. Alf is a Finnish professor, author, and speaker based in Finland. He currently holds the Chair of Management and Organization at Åbo Akademi University in Finland.

Flow, Machine Learning, and AI with Steven Kotler
Thursday, 1 November 2018 @ 18:00 EET/17:00 CET

In this episode of Business as Unusual, Pep talks to Steven Kotler. Steven is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the co-founder & director of research for the Flow Genome Project. He is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance.