Rock the Boat | Asian Leadership & Entrepreneurship Podcast

Rock the Boat | Asian Leadership & Entrepreneurship Podcast

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Rock the Boat is a narrative podcast about Asian founders, pioneers, and leaders in their fields. Join host Lucia Liu as she uncovers the triumph and trials of top Asian leaders. www.gorocktheboat.com


69 | Season 5: Senator Tammy Duckworth
Oct 20 • 29 min
Welcome to Season 5 of Rock the Boat! In Season 5 we highlight Asian Americans who are challenging the status quo in the world of Government, Politics, Civic Engagement, and Advocacy. We are proud to be partnering with the Model Majority podcast to bring…
68 | Modern Minorities: Sharon Lee Thony and Raman Sehgal
Sep 28 • 40 min
Meet Sharon Lee Thony and Raman Sehgal, the hosts of Modern Minorities Podcast. Their podcast focuses on conversations with fellow modern minorities to uncover how our different cultural backgrounds shape how we uniquely experienced the world. Sharon and…
67 | [Pod Swap] Shoes Off: COVID-19 and Australia’s History of Racism
Sep 18 • 37 min
During our break between Season 4 and Season 5. We’re bringing you bonus episodes from other Asian podcasters. This week, we’re bringing you an episode from an Asian Australian podcast called Shoes Off. Shoes Off explores Asian Australian culture and is…
66 | [Pod Swap] Self Evident: Hate Goes Viral
Sep 4 • 32 min
During our break between Season 4 and Season 5. We’re bringing you 3 bonus episodes from other Asian podcasters. The first episode is from our friends over at Self Evident. Self Evident is a community-driven podcast where Asian American stories challenge…
65 | Dagne Dover: Melissa Mash
Aug 14 • 52 min
We’re at the end of Season 4 and what better way to end than with a fellow Penn alum? This week, Lucia sits down with Melissa Mash, founder of digitally native bag brand, Dagne Dover. Melissa shares her journey from working at Coach to spending her life…
64 | Jazz Prodigy: Grace Kelly
Jul 31 • 45 min
Grace Kelly is an award-winning singer, saxophonist, songwriter, and performer. Lucia heard her live at a jazz concert where she was a surprise guest and asked Grace to share her music journey on Rock The Boat. In this episode, Lucia sits down with Grace…
63 | Managing Director at Goldman Sachs: Phillip Han
Jul 20 • 54 min
In partnership with the Asian American Business Development Center, we are bringing you more stories from Asian American executives. Lucia sat down with Phillip Han, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, to talk about his career path and his passion for…
62 | M.M. LaFleur : Sarah Miyazawa LaFleur
Jul 11 • 61 min
Finding the intersection of what you love and what you’re good at is a tough thing to do. However, Sarah Miyazawa LaFleur, the Founder of the direct to consumer fashion brand M.M. LaFleur discovered it in an unexpected place as an entrepreneur after a…
61 | Guitar Hero: Kai Huang
Jun 27 • 38 min
Bootstrapping, facing bankruptcy, and South Park— this is the startup story of Guitar Hero. In this episode, Lucia sits down with Kai Huang, the cofounder of Red Octane, the company behind Guitar Hero to learn about the ups and downs of starting a company…
60 | Hustle Fund VC: Elizabeth Yin
Jun 19 • 35 min
Many people think that Entrepreneurship is the epitome of the American Dream. It’s a meritocracy where anyone can build something and find success. However, Elizabeth Yin, the founder of Hustle Fund recognized otherwise. In this episode Lucia has a candid…
59 | How Do We Ally? Talk with Ed Pokropski and Galen Reeves-Darby
Jun 8 • 48 min
First and foremost, Rock The Boat supports Black Lives Matter. Last week was a very difficult week. Protests erupted across the country to combat systemic racism and police brutality. Lucia felt compelled to open up a dialogue after a comment her mother…
58 | Actor, Producer, Filmmaker, Connector: Brian Yang
May 29 • 41 min
The Asian American experience is a complicated one. We all have our different realities when it comes to our relationship with our culture and identity. This is compounded by the fact that America is becoming more diverse, but also more divisive. To help…
57 | Dating Coach: Ruby Le
May 22 • 34 min
Dating is hard, especially now when meeting-in person is almost impossible. Dating within the Asian American community is even harder since there are unfair dating dynamics at play for Asian men and Asian women. One out of three Asian Americans marry…
56 | Salt Partners Group: Hanson Li
May 15 • 40 min
Do you still remember the feeling of eating out at your favorite restaurant? It’s tough now when most restaurants are closed or only offering delivery. This week, Lucia sits down with Hanson Li, founder of Salt Partners Group, a restaurant investment and…
55 | CRA Screenwriter: Adele Lim
May 8 • 49 min
Lucia sits down with screenwriter of Crazy Rich Asians, Adele Lim, for a hilarious conversation uncovering Adele’s experience working on Crazy Rich Asians, the difference between working in television and feature film, her parents’ reaction to her…
54 | Talk About Asian Identity During COVID-19: Fung Bros
May 1 • 44 min
Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)! This week Lucia invites The Fung Bros, Andrew and David Fung to unpack what it means to be Asian during COVID-19. Tune in and join us in answering some of these important questions: Do you feel like you…
53 | Twitch: Kevin Lin
Apr 24 • 45 min
Cofounder of Twitch and Gold House Collective almost became a fish farmer?! This week, Lucia sits down with Kevin Lin, the Cofounder and COO of Twitch, the premier live streaming service for gamers. Kevin opens up about being bullied as a child and how…
52 | Loveboat, Taipei: Abigail Hing Wen
Apr 17 • 49 min
What does a young adult novel have to do with conspiracy theories, activism, and a career in politics? This week, Lucia sits down with Loveboat, Taipei author Abigail Hing Wen, a Harvard graduate and practicing lawyer in venture capital about her journey…
51 | Boba Guys (Part 2): Bin Chen and Andrew Chau
Apr 10 • 41 min
In Part 2 of Lucia’s conversation with Bin and Andrew—the founders of Boba Guys— they share the experience of shutting down their now 17 stores across SF, NY, and LA in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Andrew talks about his decision to go public with…
50 | Boba Guys (Part 1): Bin Chen and Andrew Chau
Apr 10 • 26 min
What was your first experience with bubble tea or “boba”? Bin Chen and Andrew Chau, the founders of Boba Guys share their first experience with the drink and their journey to creating Boba Guys. In Part 1 of this two part conversation, they explain the…
49 | Former CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi at Asian American Business Roundtable
Apr 3 • 42 min
What does it take to be the CEO of one of the biggest consumer packaged goods companies and be a woman minority on top of that? In this episode Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of Pepsico shares a bit about her journey transforming Pepsico’s product portfolio.…
48 | Crunchyroll: Kun Gao
Mar 27 • 39 min
To all the Anime fans out there, Lucia was able to sit down with Kun Gao, the founder of Crunchyroll, one of the first online Anime streaming services, to discuss his startup story. Kun shares how he and his team felt like Avengers sitting at a Denny’s…
47 | Shanghai Restoration Project: Dave Liang & Sun Yunfan
Mar 20 • 37 min
Dave Liang and Sun Yunfan of Shanghai Restoration Project talk about how they revitalized the band after some hiatus. Lucia dives deep into their backgrounds before pursuing music and art, and how their new sounds transcend cultural boundaries, times,…
46 | Editor of TheNewYorker.com: Michael Luo
Mar 13 • 33 min
Editor of thenewyorker.com, Michael Luo, opens up about the story behind his open letter to the woman who harassed him in the middle of the street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and told him to “Go back to China!”. Michael also shares his career…
45 | Introducing Season 4: Making Waves
Mar 10 • 6 min
In Season 4, we explore the stories of change makers who are often times behind the scenes. They are the ones making waves, pushing boundaries, and creating change, but their names aren’t always associated with the companies they’ve built, or the…
44 [Bonus] COVID-19: Anti-Asian Sentiment in Media
Feb 28 • 33 min
News of COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, is spreading as fast as the virus itself. Along with it, news of anti-Asian sentiments, cross-border tensions, and fear in general. Lucia sits down with Ed Pokropski (@epopski), a producer at NBC, and Kyle Marian…
43 | [Bonus] Talk About Awkwafina with Ed Pokropski
Jan 22 • 36 min
Awkwafina recently made history by winning a Golden Globe! Lucia speaks with Ed Pokropski, a producer and writer at NBC Universal Kids, and comedian about Awkfanina’s win and what it means for people who want to pursue a career in media. We also talk…
42 | Season 3 Finale: Until Next Time Lynne
Jan 10 • 17 min
This is the last episode in Season 3 and the question is, where is Lynne? Lucia catches up with Lynne on her new adventures and they reminisce about starting Rock The Boat. We’ll be taking a break until March to launch Season 4. Season 4 will go back to…
41 [Bonus] New Year + [Rebroadcast] Boxed.com: Chris Cheung
Jan 3 • 33 min
Happy New Year! Next week is the last episode of season 3. It’s been a whirlwind season where we tackled tough issues like mental health, incarceration, living with physical disability, failed businesses, discrimination, and more. This week, we bring you…
40 | Rotten Tomatoes: Patrick Lee
Dec 27, 2019 • 40 min
Cofounder of Rotten Tomatoes, Patrick Lee speaks candidly about the ups and downs of founding an internet company during the dot com bubble and 9/11. Lucia speaks to Patrick about his journey building Rotten Tomatoes, selling the company, moving to Asia,…
39 | E!News & The Rundown: Erin Lim
Dec 20, 2019 • 25 min
What happens when a health scare disables you from continuing your work? Erin Lim, “The Rundown” Host and “E! News” correspondent, came forward to her fans about getting Bell’s Palsy, which paralyzed half her face. This didn’t stop her from continuing her…
38 [Bonus] Andrew Yang Update
Dec 18, 2019 • 16 min
Just over 9 months ago, we interviewed a little-known Democratic presidential candidate named Andrew Yang. Since then, he has surprised many by outlasting the campaigns of governors and senators and being the lone candidate of color in tomorrow night’s…
37 | Block Party: Tracy Chou
Dec 13, 2019 • 29 min
Lucia shares a personal story at the start of this episode because this one is all about women in the workplace. We speak with Tracy Chou, one of the leading engineers in Silicon Valley, who has worked at companies like Google, Facebook, Pinterest, and…
36 | Spot Dessert Bar: Ace Watanasuparp
Dec 6, 2019 • 32 min
Collegiate basketball superstar Ace Watanasuparp once had college kids cheering for him in the bleachers. Many years later, college kids were throwing cupcakes at him in a St. Marks basement. How did this happen? well we sit down and have a candid…
35 | PS Kitchen: April Tam Smith
Nov 29, 2019 • 30 min
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this episode is all about radical generosity. We speak with April Tam Smith, who is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and the Cofounder of P.S. Kitchen, a vegan restaurant in Times Square that donates all their profits…
34 [Bonus] Tea Time with Dr. Dana Wang: Dating and Relationships
Nov 27, 2019 • 20 min
In the final installment of Tea Time, Lucia and Dana dive into a conversation about Asian American Dating! Topics covered include (1:48) Asian American masculinity, (3:46) Interracial dating, (8:02) how much of our relationship problems are related to our…
33 | Monsoon Diaries: Calvin Sun
Nov 22, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode we speak with Calvin Sun, an ER doctor by day and travel entrepreneur by night. Calvin is the Founder of The Monsoon Diaries, a blog-turned-travel community that has taken hundreds of readers to 165+ countries in the past 8 years including…
32 [Bonus] Tea Time with Dr. Dana Wang: Dealing With Anxiety and Finding Purpose Driven Work
Nov 20, 2019 • 15 min
In the third installment of Tea Time with psychiatrist Dana Wang, Lucia and Dana talk about anxiety and how to find purpose driven work. Dana tells us how you can be happier and find satisfaction in your life and work by reframing your thinking to control…
31 | Kabam Games: Holly Liu
Nov 15, 2019 • 26 min
In this episode we speak with Holly Liu, who cofounded a gaming company called Kabam. Holly’s work has been game changing within the gaming industry. Fortune named her one of the “10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming,” and Forbes named her a leading woman in…
30 [Bonus] Tea Time with Dr. Dana Wang: Mental Health & Peak Performance
Nov 13, 2019 • 16 min
Grab a cup of tea as Lucia talks to Psychiatrist, Dr. Dana Wang about Mental Health and Mental Illness in this mini episode. In this episode Dana spills the tea about turning x the clinical perspective of mental health away from a disease model to a…
29 | Valera Health: Dr. David Mou
Nov 8, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode I speak with psychiatrist, David Mou. David has a medical and business degree from Harvard, yet his mother still disapproved of his career choice. We talk to David about why Asian Americans are less likely to seek mental health treatment…
28 [Bonus] Tea Time with Psychiatrist, Dr. Dana Wang | Dealing with Family
Nov 6, 2019 • 13 min
Grab a cup of tea as we talk to Psychiatrist, Dr. Dana Wang about Family. In this bonus episode, Rock The Boat host, Lucia Liu and Dana Wang chat about how to deal with your parents under the clash of Eastern versus Western value systems, how to set…
27 | The Cosmos: Karen Mok
Nov 1, 2019 • 33 min
We interview Karen Mok, the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Cosmos, a community for Asian women to flourish and thrive. In this episode, we talk to Karen about: How starting her first company at the age of 16 led her on a path of community…
26 | The Asian American Man Study: Jason Shen
Oct 25, 2019 • 28 min
Season 3 of Rock The Boat features Asian Americans who’ve succeeded Against All Odds. Follow Rock the Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. If you’re a fan of the podcast, please subscribe,…
25 | Huffpost Asian Voices: Kimmy Yam
Oct 18, 2019 • 31 min
Season 3 of Rock The Boat features Asian Americans who’ve succeeded Against All Odds. Follow Rock the Boat on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. If you’re a fan of the podcast, please subscribe,…
24 | Living With Bipolar Disorder: Jon Chang
Oct 11, 2019 • 32 min
We interview Jon Chang, a Mental Health Advocate and Marketer who was named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Marketing & Advertising. He recently started a new role as head of consumer growth at Klarna, a financial services shopping site. In addition to…
23 | Diversability: Tiffany A. Yu
Oct 4, 2019 • 28 min
Season 3 of Rock The Boat features Asian Americans who’ve succeeded Against All Odds. Follow Rock the Boat on Instagram @rocktheboatnyc. You can reach us at hello@gorocktheboat.com. If you’re a fan of the podcast, please subscribe, share, and 5-star…
22 | Freeworld: Jason Wang
Sep 27, 2019 • 38 min
Season 3 is here! This season, Against All Odds, highlights Asian Americans who have overcome immense obstacles to launch organizations, movements, and businesses around a meaningful cause. We kick off the season with a gripping story from Jason Wang, a…
21 | Introducing Season 3: Against All Odds
Sep 25, 2019 • 7 min
The countdown begins for Season 3! Our season theme, Against All Odds, highlights the stories of more than 15 inspiring guests and how they’ve overcome obstacles. Tune in when our first episode drops on Friday. If you’re in NYC, stop by our launch event…
20 [Summer Bonus] Asian, Not Asian: Fumi Abe & Mic Nguyen
Aug 9, 2019 • 37 min
Earlier this summer, we hung out with Fumi Abe and Mic Nguyen, the two stand-up comedians behind the podcast Asian, Not Asian. They describe their show as “two Asian guys not from Asia talking about American issues no American cares about.” If that…
19 [Summer Bonus] : The Farewell Review
Jul 26, 2019 • 19 min
We’ve been on a brief summer hiatus, but we’re back with a few bonus episodes! Today, a quick take on “The Farewell”, the acclaimed film starring Awkwafina that was released in select NYC & LA theaters on July 12. The comedy-drama, which premiered at the…
18 | Kimbop TV: Christine Lee
Jun 14, 2019 • 39 min
We close out Season 2 with a gripping story from former TV news reporter Christine Lee. Christine is an Emmy-nominated journalist who has reported in newsrooms across America. She’s covered subjects ranging from the Vancouver Winter Olympics to an…
17 | The Fung Bros: Andrew Fung
Jun 7, 2019 • 41 min
We’ll keep this one short and sweet. Andrew Fung, the younger brother of the dynamic Fung Bros YouTube duo, joins us on the show this week! The Fung Bros are a Chinese American comedy and rap duo consisting of two actual brothers: David Fung (rapper name…
16 | Arrival Fitness: Jackelyn Ho
May 31, 2019 • 37 min
This conversation with international fitness expert Jackelyn Ho will inspire you to move! Jackelyn is founder of Arrival Fitness, a Los Angeles-based corporate wellness company bringing fitness experiences to the workplace. Her weekly yoga & high…
15 | The Filharmonic: Trace Gaynor
May 24, 2019 • 32 min
This week’s episode features Trace Gaynor, a professional acapella singer and member of the all Filipino vocal group The Filharmonic. The group went viral after appearing in the hit film Pitch Perfect 2. They now have a recurring role on The Late Late…
14 | The Population: Derek Nguyen
May 17, 2019 • 31 min
This week’s episode features Derek Nguyen, an award-winning filmmaker writer, director, and independent producer. Derek wrote and directed The Housemaid, a Gothic Romance horror film based in Vietnam which was released by IFC Films in 2018 and in 22…
13 | Gold House: Bing Chen
May 10, 2019 • 39 min
This week’s episode features Bing Chen, a creator, entrepreneur, and media extraordinaire. By day, he serves as the Managing Director of a venture capital accelerator, as well as a Board Director and Senior Advisor to several of the world’s most promising…
12 | Em Cosmetics: Michelle Phan
May 3, 2019 • 39 min
We’re back with Season 2! In the spirit of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re highlighting the stories of Asian Americans in the media & entertainment industries for this special mini-season. This week’s episode features Michelle Phan, one of…
11 | Season 1 Finale: Our Listeners
Mar 21, 2019 • 50 min
Season 1 was a whirlwind but such a fun ride. We wrap up the season with a look back at some of our favorite moments from the past few months. This episode follows a slightly different format from previous ones - it’s less of a narrative, more of a…
10 | Jubilee Media: Jason Y. Lee
Mar 14, 2019 • 33 min
This week, we speak with Jason Y. Lee, the founder and CEO of Jubilee Media, a digital media company for positive, purpose-driven millennials with a YouTube following of over 2.5 million. Prior to Jubilee Media, Jason was a consultant at Bain, one of the…
9 | Dem. Presidential Candidate 2020: Andrew Yang
Mar 7, 2019 • 28 min
This week, we’re excited to share a conversation with 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate and Venture for America founder, Andrew Yang. Andrew is not your typical politician. In fact, he’s a serial entrepreneur, more known for starting and leading…
8 | DACA Recipient & Advocate : Ivy Teng Lei
Feb 28, 2019 • 23 min
This week’s episode shines light on an uncomfortable but important topic in our country: the U.S. immigration system. Lynne speaks with Ivy Teng Lei, an undocumented immigrant and DREAMer. Ivy speaks openly about her struggle with living under the…
7 | Asian Avenue and Primary Ventures: Ben Sun
Feb 21, 2019 • 29 min
This week, Lucia speaks with Ben Sun, a partner at a venture capital firm called Primary Venture Partners based in New York City. Ben focuses his investing activities mainly in consumer facing companies. Some of his most notable investments include…
6 | Food To Eat: Deepti Sharma
Feb 14, 2019 • 20 min
The challenge of our day seems to be finding time to squeeze in all the things we want to do. This week, we speak with Deepti Sharma. Deepti is a busy entrepreneur, mother of two, and an activist for small businesses and working mothers. Eight years ago,…
5 | Justin Ching: J-School Productions
Feb 7, 2019 • 23 min
This week we speak with Justin Ching, producer and founder of a production company named j-school based in Los Angeles. Justin was recently named a Forbes 30 under 30 in the Media Division for Defining and Driving the World of News and Content. He’s made…
4 | Rahi, Masalawala, and Adda: Roni Mazumdar
Jan 25, 2019 • 23 min
This week we speak with Roni Mazumdar, a modern-day polymath. He’s an entrepreneur, actor, tech startup founder, dad, and in a former life, an engineer. But today, he’s primarily a restaurateur. If you’re a foodie in New York City, you may have visited…
3 | Soko Glam and Then I Met You: Charlotte Cho
Jan 24, 2019 • 24 min
Each week on Rock The Boat, co-hosts Lucia Liu and Lynne Guey take you into the minds of an Asian American entrepreneur, technologist, or creative and ask them how they view success, what they struggle with, and what it means to rock the boat. This week…
2 | Boxed.com: Chris Cheung
Jan 16, 2019 • 30 min
Each week on Rock The Boat, co-hosts Lucia Liu and Lynne Guey take you into the minds of an Asian American entrepreneur, technologist, or creative and ask them how they view success, what they struggle with, and what it means to rock the boat. For Episode…
1 | Rock The Boat: Lucia Liu & Lynne Guey
Jan 16, 2019 • 20 min
Rock the Boat is setting sail! Each week on Rock The Boat, co-hosts Lucia Liu and Lynne Guey take you into the minds of an Asian American entrepreneur, technologist, or creative and ask them how they view success, what they struggle with, and what it…
Introducing Rock the Boat!
Apr 25, 2018 • 2 min
Rock The Boat is a podcast about Asian Americans charting unconventional career paths. Through interviewing entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, top managers at corporations, and entertainers we hope to open a dialogue about our definitions of success,…