Everything is obvious after you notice it.

A bi-weekly business and philosophy podcast hosted by Tan Lay featuring guests from around the world sharing professional stories and insight.

Recorded in Helsinki, Finland.

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The Best of Volume One

COMPILATION - May 28, 2020

In this first volume, I had 11 excellent guests from the fields of entertainment, business & marketing and even neuroscience who shared valuable stories and insight..

This is a highlights compilation of  from each guest discussing communication, productivity and personal & professional growth.

Making a Finnish Kung Fu Movie in China

AJ ANNILA - May 11, 2020

Antti-Jussi Annila is a film director whose first film Jade Warrior (2006) had the highest budget ever for a first time director in Finland.

Here, AJ talks about how he handled that pressure… while managing a very ambitious shoot in China. We also talk about lessons he learned during his filmmaking career and how they’ve helped him become a better creative leader.

TV Presenting Skills Useful in Real Life?

NIKKI DEAN - May 2, 2020

Nikki is an experienced TV Presenter and Technology Communicator.

We had a really cool chat about the importance of communicating, listening, freelance work, teaching our kids that it's ok to make a mess once in a while... and of course my favourite thing to talk about: why humans can't do the things we know we should do.

Nikki's new podcast is called PlanitMum.

'Britain's Best Boss' on Entrepreneurship

LEE McATEER - April 22, 2020

My guest today is Lee McAteer. He is the Associate Director at Tranmere Rovers football club in the English league. He is the founder of multiple successful companies including AmeriCamp, Wrestling Travel, Camp Thailand and Invasion

This podcast was recorded at the end of March 2020 whilst Lee was stuck in Philadelphia waiting for a flight home to Manchester. He shares stories about how we started his companies and how he was once named Britain’s Best Boss!

17yo UK CEO's First Trip to Silicon Valley

BARAN KORKMAZ - April 9, 2020

Baran is the 17-year-old founder and CEO of ARWAY - a London based startup whose vision is to create context aware Augmented Reality solutions accessible to everyone. He talks about how he started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 14, building the first demo, getting national media attention and connecting with his co-founder.

He also shares what he learned from his first visit to Silicon Valley during the pandemic outbreak.

Reading 33 Books in 7 Months

DIMA SYROTKIN - March 28, 2020

Dima is the founder and CEO of Finnish startup Panda-Training.

He recently read 33 business/self development books in 7 months. So I asked him to share some of the insights he learned from the best ones: The Listening Society, Homo Deus, Atomic Habits and Poor Charlie's Almanac.

He who does not read has no advantage over he who cannot read.

-- Mark Twain

Emigrating into Animation in Sydney

DEBBIE STEER - March 23, 2020

G'day! In this episode, I speak to Debbie Steer who is an Animation Producer based in Sydney - currently revitalising the hand-drawn industry in Australia. We became friends 13 years ago as struggling filmmakers in Manchester, England.

Debbie shares her story of first making the decision to move to Australia and then finding herself in Australia three weeks later!

My favourite part is when she shares her mindset towards decision making.

Fail Well and Trust Your Processes

DAVID BLINOV - March 3, 2020

My guest today is David Blinov. He’s from Latvia and he's the Founder of The F Company - a Growth Marketing agency based here in Helsinki.

It was really fun to talk to him- he’s a marketing nerd just like me, but unlike me he started at the age of 15! We talk about the importance of failing well, the importance of experimenting, the value of mentors. And we debate whether humans know everything we need to know by the age of 23.

Managing Data & Doing Difficult Things

MARKO LAUHIALA - February 24, 2020

Marko Lauhiala is the founder, CEO and CTO of a startup solving the problem of data organization in enterprises. We discuss what it’s like for him wearing multiple hats in the company, the importance of organizing data visually in order to put it into context… in business as well as personal situations.

We also talk about running. Marko runs everyday - he’s pretty obsessed about it which I find very inspiring. He reminded me how we are all capable of doing very difficult things.

NLP: Communication & Psychology

RACHEL AKILI - January 31, 2020

My friend Rachel Akili recently started telling me about Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It was something that I was not familiar with but being a linguistic geek and a brain nerd, I was immediately intrigued.

And I thought it would be a good idea to record it for the podcast.

Business Training and Coaching

TRACEY TAIT - December 29, 2019

In this episode, I enjoy a chat with Tracey Tait - a marketing coach and trainer from Scotland, based in Newcastle, England.

We discuss Tracey's approach to teaching and learning while working with business owners who have quit corporate jobs. She shares her observation on what's stopping most entrepreneurs from achieving what they want to achieve.

Human Behavior From Brains of Mice

LEO KHIRUG - October 28, 2019

This week I have my first guest on the podcast. His name is Leo Khirug. He's a scientist from Russia. He studies brains. He's very interesting.

If you're interested in human behavior, evolution and science experiments on mice, I think you'll enjoy this episode.

To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question.

- Eric Hoffer


I was born in South East Asia, grew up in North West England and live in Southern Finland.

I started my professional career 15 years ago in Film and Television.

Today, when I'm not working my day job as a Marketing and Content Producer, I interview special friends on my podcast and write blogs about personal and business growth. 


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