Fresh out of undergrad, Christos Shepherd started – and later sold – Air Thalassa, a Greek airline. He went on to help governments and entrepreneurs in Africa to start airlines of their own. And during a stint at JetBlue, he launched award-winning products like Mint, Americas first-ever lie-flat experience.
Born in Jamaica but given a Greek name, raised in London but now living in New York, married to a Nigerian and learning Chinese, Christos story spans the world. He fronted his own TV show in China, wrote for The Economist, and last year got an MBA from Stanford.
These days, Christos is a co-founder at Campfire, a revolutionary audio app that pays users to ask great questions to their favorite experts, celebrities, and podcasters. Besides eliciting and sharing intimate audio stories, users can donate their earnings to their favorite charities. On Campfire, social media does social good.
During This Show We Discuss…
What the process to start an airline is really like
How to raise venture capital to fund your business
Influential projects at JetBlue that Christos was involved in, and where he got his ideas
What it was like to be part of the team that designed one of JetBlue’s signature comfort features
Important lessons learned when working in the airline industry that are applicable to other industries
When to know if it makes sense to seek out venture capital
Things about venture capital that most people don’t know, until they learn the hard way
What Campfire is and how does it work
The types of icons using Campfire now
The personal favorite questions that have been asked on Campfire
Things that can help social media deliver a more positive experience
Of the 100 countries Christos has traveled to, which ones are his favorite and why
What it was like traveling to North Korea
Graduating from Stanford, some things they don’t teach in business school that they should
And much more...