Entrepreneur Stories


YearOne offers a very transparent behind the scenes look at the lives of individuals who have decided to take the leap of faith and forge their own path in business. These are the risk takers, the trail blazers, the exceptional and ordinary people who are following their north star and making their dreams a reality.

We discuss the highs, the lows, and everything in between during these intimate conversations, leaving you with nuggets of advice, guidance, and inspiration.


Your Hosts

Sathish is a seasoned entrepreneur, having successfully built and sold 3 tech companies during his career. He is a mentor, coach, investor and CEO/Founder of a number of companies including Schoolio, Desifest, Applaus Artists and Bala Group.

Deon has recently re-entered the world of entrepreneurship after having spent the last decade working for a boss. Although he has worked in start-ups, family-run businesses and large multinationals he has always had a side hustle, from a debt management agency to furniture upcycling.



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Stable connection ensures we have an uninterrupted 30mins together. Mobile phones are not preferred. 



The audio recording is 30 mins in total. Please join the interview link 5 mins before the start time for us to review and get acquainted. 


Why did you choose this path?

Central to our conversation is the exploration of WHY, HOW and WHAT that has impacted your yearONE.  The following is a sample of questions and conversation areas for you to prepare. This is only a guide, we will go where the conversation leads us.

Interview Questions:

  • How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance
  • What were you doing before?
  • What have you learnt about yourself?
  • Why did you opt to work for yourself?
  • How did you choose what business or service to do?
  • If you had to do it over, what would you do differently?
  • What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
  • What are your growth plans?
  • Your current burning issue?
  • How do you remain motivated when times are tough?
  • If you could recommend one book, person or podcast that inspires you, what would it be
  • 3 key takeaways from YearOne

Show Segments




Introduction to guest


One moment of clarity – ‘ah ha’ that solidified that the path you are on is the right one or the wrong one


Introduction to your business


Why this idea – Why you


What as early challenges and wins?


How did grow during this journey?


One business lesson that has impacted you going forward
One personal insight into yourself 
Advice for people thinking about starting their own business/pivoting?

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