Planetary Potential

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The Planetary Potential podcast is for those who are eager to explore entrepreneurship, innovation, and cross-cultural communication in exciting and interesting places around the world. I'm your host, Andrew P. Rowan.

From 2013 to 2018 I was based in Vietnam, where—in different cities (Hanoi, Saigon, and Da Nang) and at different times—I worked with the €11 million Finland-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Program, which accelerated growth for Vietnam-based startups with support from the governments of Vietnam and Finland, as well as with other public sector supported innovation initiatives. I chronicled many of my experiences and the views of an assortment of local, diaspora, and foreigner perspectives in my first book, Startup Vietnam: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Socialist Republic.

Since 2018 I've been traveling to places like Mexico, Egypt, Indonesia, and Peru where I've either worked with local entrepreneurs or I've given talks/presented at events. In 2019, during a five-week trip to Peru while working with the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program, I began recording the Planetary Potential podcast, which features 20 interviews with founders, investors, and other ecosystem actors/operators through the geographic lens of Peru (Piura and Lima). 

The name of the podcast comes from the belief that there is talent (and potential) everywhere (across the planet), it's opportunities that are lacking. My aim is to shine some light on some interesting activities and provide access to a group of folks you can only get by traveling to and being on-the-ground in a particular locale. Eventually, I would like replicate this seasonal model for other markets, especially in Africa and Asia. And, I'd love to write another book along the way. :)

Whether you contribute or not, the best support you can give is just listening to the show and sharing it with others—thank you!
Tiers
Earth
$5 or more per month

Access to the Patreon feed with bonus content such as behind-the-scenes photos and additional context, etc.    


Thank you so much for supporting the show.  You are helping to keep this project going.

Mars
$20 or more per month

All the benefits of the "Earth" Tier, plus:


• a personalized and signed copy of my book, Startup Vietnam: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Socialist Republic (can be to the person of your choosing)


• input on future episodes/seasons


• recognition on the Planetary Potential Podcast page


(Note: to receive the book, you must be a Patron for at least three months.)

Saturn
$50 or more per month

All the benefits of the "Mars" Tier, plus:


• the opportunity for follow up questions to the episode guest (to be submitted in writing and/or via Google Hangouts)


• a one-time special limited edition hand-made gift (art piece) by yours truly (changes per season)


• one piece of merch!


(Note: to receive the merchandise and gift, you must be a Patron for at least three months.)

Jupiter
$100 or more per month only 10 left

All the benefits of the "Saturn" Tier, plus:


• a 45 to 60 minute one-to-one phone call per month with yours truly


• advance notice of the upcoming interview schedule


•  advance access to the raw audio recordings


(Note: to receive the merchandise and gift, you must be a Patron for at least three months.)

Goals
$5 of $5,000 per month
Season 2 recording will most likely be in November 2019 in a TBD location. Reaching this goal will lock in Season 3 and Season 4. (I'm ~30% of the way on the Vietnam season interviews, which will be a future season—3 or 4.)
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The Planetary Potential podcast is for those who are eager to explore entrepreneurship, innovation, and cross-cultural communication in exciting and interesting places around the world. I'm your host, Andrew P. Rowan.

From 2013 to 2018 I was based in Vietnam, where—in different cities (Hanoi, Saigon, and Da Nang) and at different times—I worked with the €11 million Finland-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Program, which accelerated growth for Vietnam-based startups with support from the governments of Vietnam and Finland, as well as with other public sector supported innovation initiatives. I chronicled many of my experiences and the views of an assortment of local, diaspora, and foreigner perspectives in my first book, Startup Vietnam: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Socialist Republic.

Since 2018 I've been traveling to places like Mexico, Egypt, Indonesia, and Peru where I've either worked with local entrepreneurs or I've given talks/presented at events. In 2019, during a five-week trip to Peru while working with the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program, I began recording the Planetary Potential podcast, which features 20 interviews with founders, investors, and other ecosystem actors/operators through the geographic lens of Peru (Piura and Lima). 

The name of the podcast comes from the belief that there is talent (and potential) everywhere (across the planet), it's opportunities that are lacking. My aim is to shine some light on some interesting activities and provide access to a group of folks you can only get by traveling to and being on-the-ground in a particular locale. Eventually, I would like replicate this seasonal model for other markets, especially in Africa and Asia. And, I'd love to write another book along the way. :)

Whether you contribute or not, the best support you can give is just listening to the show and sharing it with others—thank you!

Recent posts by Planetary Potential

Tiers
Earth
$5 or more per month

Access to the Patreon feed with bonus content such as behind-the-scenes photos and additional context, etc.    


Thank you so much for supporting the show.  You are helping to keep this project going.

Mars
$20 or more per month

All the benefits of the "Earth" Tier, plus:


• a personalized and signed copy of my book, Startup Vietnam: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Socialist Republic (can be to the person of your choosing)


• input on future episodes/seasons


• recognition on the Planetary Potential Podcast page


(Note: to receive the book, you must be a Patron for at least three months.)

Saturn
$50 or more per month

All the benefits of the "Mars" Tier, plus:


• the opportunity for follow up questions to the episode guest (to be submitted in writing and/or via Google Hangouts)


• a one-time special limited edition hand-made gift (art piece) by yours truly (changes per season)


• one piece of merch!


(Note: to receive the merchandise and gift, you must be a Patron for at least three months.)

Jupiter
$100 or more per month only 10 left

All the benefits of the "Saturn" Tier, plus:


• a 45 to 60 minute one-to-one phone call per month with yours truly


• advance notice of the upcoming interview schedule


•  advance access to the raw audio recordings


(Note: to receive the merchandise and gift, you must be a Patron for at least three months.)