Rank #1: 82: Seizing Opportunity, Anticipating the Future & Disrupt You with Jay Samit
Jay Samit (@JaySamit) is an entrepreneur and the author of the bestselling book Disrupt You! Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation.
The modern world is changing is at a fast rate and we all have to adapt. We are all one click away on our mobile phones from reaching 6 billion people. And your job will be disrupted at some point in your life, no matter where you are in your career. You have to adapt. Jay believes that you need to find purpose with your job and life. Why give up one day, month, or year to a job that you don't enjoy? Finding purpose is what helps adapt to the changing economy and landscape.
Jay has worked with a diverse group of companies and clients throughout his life. He brought innovation to the music industry early in his career. He has also helped launch global companies like LinkedIn & Ebay, and has even worked with The Pope.
Quotes From Jay:
“You have a choice: pursue your dreams, or be hired by someone else to help them fulfill their dreams.”
“Insight and drive are all the skills you need. Everything else can be hired.”
“Would you rather work forty hours a week at a job you hate or eighty hours a week doing work you love?”
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Jan 26 2016
Rank #2: 10 Ways to Have Better Conversations with Celeste Headlee (Episode 114)
Celeste Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) is a best-selling author & her TED Talks have been viewed over 10 Million times.
We talk about how to: Master the art and science of conversation Become a better active listener How simple questions give us complex answers Avoid using email to communicate Use small talk to make us happier
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Dec 19 2017
Rank #3: 88: Seth Godin on Making a Ruckus, Being Bold & Knowing When to Quit
Seth Godin is a marketer, entrepreneur, and best-selling author. He's one of my favorite public speakers and an inspiring figure in the marketing world. I have talked about him a lot on the podcast.
Seth was founder and CEO of Yoyodyne, an interactive direct marketing company, which Yahoo! acquired in 1998. Seth worked as VP Direct Marketing at Yahoo until 2000, whcih is when his career pivoted in the direction of authoring books, public speaking and and blogging.
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Seth Godin speaks in depth about the iizard brain which is something that holds us back in reaching our goals and is an irrational part of our human behavior. Have you ever wanted to accomplish something but there's a voice of anxiety telling us to go slow or be careful? That is the lizard brain, which is a pre-historic lump that is responsible for rage, fear and our reproductive drive. And now it gets in the way of us shipping our work, products or ideas.
Seth Godin explained to me that this happens when we say we want one thing, then we do another. Like when we say they want to be successful but then sabotage a job interview. Or we say that we want our product to come to market, but we sandbag their shipping schedule. Or we want to be thin, but never work out. He quotes Steven Pressfield, who calls this process the resistance. "The resistance is writer's block and putting jitters and every project that ever shipped late because people couldn't stay on the same page long enough to get something out the door." It's something we all face.
And if you have not read Seth Godin's The Dip, Linchpin or Purple Cow, I recommend that you stop listening and buy them from Amazon.com. The Dip is a favorite book of mine that helped me move on from a job that I wanted to quit. I eventually was laid off from this job, which turned out to be one of the best career moves of my life.
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Quotes about The Dip from Seth Godin:
"The only way to become the best at one thing is to quit something else. And the thesis of the book is that we live in a culture where supposedly quitting is a bad thing. But people quit stuff all the time.”
“You need to figure out if you quit or stick,” but you also need to know that the Dip is “a temporary setback that can be overcome with persistence.”
We also talk about how Brad Feld invested in Seth's startup, and how Seth's company published Derek Sivers' book Anything You Want.
Seth Godin's The Dip: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/the_dip/
Seth Godin's Book List: http://sethgodin.com/sg/books.asp
Seth Godin's Blog: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/
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May 03 2016
Rank #4: Ep. 72: The Pivot From Investment Banking to Startup CEO with Farbod Shoraka of Bloomnation
In this episode of The Pivot: A series documenting the stories of tech startup founders who pivot their careers from another industry, I speak with Farbod Shoraka, founder of BloomNation a technology startup based in Los Angeles, which is similar to Etsy but for flowers.
Farbod is a reformed former investment banker who pivoted his career into launching his company, taking part in the Mucker Lab Accelerator and raising venture capital from firms like Andreesen Horowitz
Farbod changed careers after seeing a larger gap in the flower market. When working as a banker, he did a business deal in the flower industry, and he was shocked that the industry was so inefficient.
After talking to his Aunt Sharine, who was in the floral industry…He realized that he could solve a big problem in the industry that large companies like 1-800-Flowers were not adequately meeting.
With seed funding that came from a co-founder who was a world class poker player, Farbod and 3 friends jumped into the tech economy.
I hope some of what we discussed surrounding his "pivot" can help you, whether trying to pivot yourself, working with start-ups or already a start-up.
In less than three years, more than 2,500 florists in about 3,000 cities have signed up to use the site.
The company is a marketplace for local florists to list their labors of love -- and for consumers to purchase them directly from these designers. The emphasis is on local and handcrafted. Think of it as Etsy, but for flowers
I recently visited BloomNation’s new headquarters in Santa Monica to talk to Farbod, the CEO of the company. The space overlooks Third Street Promenade, bustling with shoppers and street performers. Inside though, it’s a picture of calm and playfulness. A ping pong table is the first thing you see walking in. There are flowers everywhere, not exactly a surprise.
And part of the conference area is laid with Astroturf. Farbod Shoraka said they did that to make people feel like they are outside while they are inside the office. To create a place where people can sit on the grass, have a conversation, to get their creative juices flowing. When we sat down to chat, I first asked Farbod to tell me more about him and his cofounders, and how they got the idea of BloomNation off the ground
What we learned:
- How Farbod went to speak with local florists all around Los Angeles proving their idea out for Bloom Nation
- How important it was Farbod to get feedback from his potential users before he built the product
- How non-coders can launch an internet tech business
- How the founders of BloomNation raised their initial funding from a poker match at the Commerce Casino
- How a startup accelerator can help your startup
Oct 27 2015
Rank #5: 96: Finding Your Next Amazing Job and Pivoting Your Career with Jenny Blake
Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist and speaker who helps people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, and find the careers they love. After leaving what many consider to be a dream job at Google, she helps people find meaning and focus in finding their next job. In other words, she helps people pivot their careers.
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Jenny Blake's new book is called PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One. In Pivot, she helps people create a new mindset and framework for how to find their next career move. In the era of The Infleuncer Economy, all of us want to build build sustainable and dynamic careers they love. Jenny wants to push people into the right direction to find their own career paths and pivots.
Drawing from Jenny's experiences and her research talking to other successful pivoters, She has created a four-stage framework that teaches anyone how to seamlessly and continually:
- Double-down on existing strengths, interests, and experiences
- Find new opportunities and identify skills to develop without falling prey to analysis-paralysis and compare-and-despair
- Run small experiments to determine next steps
- Take smart risks to launch with confidence in a new direction
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Sep 12 2016
Rank #6: Ep. 75: 2 Billion YouTube Views Later- How Cenk Uygur Built an Online News Jaugernaut
Ep. 75: Billions of YouTube Views & Bigger Than Fox News and MSNBC with Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks News network.
Cenk Uygur is the main host and co-founder of the American liberal political and social news network, The Young Turks (TYT). They are a massively successful YouTube network and recently raised over $400,000 to crowdfund their recording studio in Los Angeles, where I went to interview Cenk.
Cenk is a former MSBNC Commentator, CurrenTV host and founded Young Turks in 2002. How does someone build a YouTube Channel for over 2 billion views? We talked in depth about their strategy and execution for growing a monster YouTube network. And how they galvanize and build their fan-base.
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Nov 18 2015
Rank #7: How to Overcome Depression, Anxiety and Negative Thoughts in 5 Steps
Many of us have been depressed, know someone depressed, or will become depressed at some point during our life. There has long been a stigma around depression which prevents us from having an honest conversation on the topic.
In the early 2000's, after college, I was clinically depressed. It was the lowest point in my life. It took a lot of hard work to survive it, but I am better for that work I put in back then. This episode is a big milestone for me. Rather than just talking about how much success that podcast has given me (it has), I wanted to open up to help others authentically heal. If this episode isn't for you, no worries! I get it. But if you want to learn more about mental health, I hope you get something from this one.
This is my 101st episode, and I wanted to take the time to get personal.
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When dealing with depression, I created a 5 step framework for how to pull yourself out of the rut:
1) Find allies - Find your true friends and family who will help you get through your dark spell. You need people whom you trust to become your advocates and support network. Find atleast one person to become your confident. This is someone who you want to support you during your dark periods.
2) Eliminate negative people - When you're depressed you're feeling low. You need people to pump you with oxygen, not take it away. Old friends from high school, college, work or growing up can sometimes be negative forces that don't help us rise up. If your family is a bad influence on your mood, take a break.
3) Find an activity for introspection - When you're dealing with bouts of depression, find an activity to get your though the period. Yoga, meditation, training for a race, biking, etc. are activities to help. Many depressed people want to be alone, so embrace that feeling, and look inward during that experience.
4) Heal by seeking professional help - Find someone to help you. A life coach, business coach, therapist or anyone who can give you outside professional help can fill this roll. I'm not advocated hiring a $200 an hour therapist. If you are depressed and need a business coach to find a better job, or you are in a bad relationship and want a life coach to help you, or you're bummed and maybe need medicate - it doesn't matter. Find a professional!
5) Create Structure by Joining a community - Depression can happen after your graduate from high school, get laid-off or break-up with your significant other. Why? Because the structure, support and habits from those experiences go away. Once you leave a supportive environment like school or work, you looks that personal infrastructure that we need to thrive in a group environment. Work, school, a class, or any group activity will help you through this stage of darkness.
Dec 14 2016
Rank #8: World-Changing Ideas, the Future of Technology and The Inevitable with Kevin Kelly
Kevin Kelly is a blogger, author, editor, student of technology and future systems, and self-proclaimed "packager of ideas". He is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine and has written for the New York Times, Economist, Science, Time, the Wall Street Journal, and other national and international publications.
Kevin's current focus is the future of technology and its cultural and psychological effects. He predicts that the world as we know it, including human thought and behavior, will be transformed over the next few decades just as dramatically as it has been due to the rise of internet culture. Kevin has outlined this transformation in his new book, The Inevitable, in which he lists twelve technological forces that he believes will shape our lives over the next thirty years. If you're working to build a successful and fulfilling future -- and who isn't?! -- I highly recommend that you read The Inevitable immediately.
Kevin also writes several blogs on a variety of topics. His technology blog, The Technium, contains one of my personal favorite posts, entitled "1000 True Fans". This post describes a big part of Kevin's theory on success and networking in the digital age. He states that almost any content creator in any genre can make a solid living by using some basic strategies to build a base of 1000 "true fans". He defines a "true fan" as someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce. They will drive 200 miles to see you sing. They will buy the super deluxe re-issued hi-res box set of your stuff even though they have the low-res version. They have a Google Alert set for your name. They bookmark the eBay page where your out-of-print editions show up. They come to your openings. They have you sign their copies. They buy the t-shirt, and the mug, and the hat. They can’t wait till you issue your next work. They are true fans.
The theory is that if each of these 1000 true fans each spends even $100 per year on content and merchandise, the creator will have an annual income of roughly $100,000. In today's podcast, Kevin acknowledges a few necessary tweaks to this plan but explains how, in general, it can work for anyone.
More broadly speaking, on this episode, Kevin Kelly discusses his thoughts about the future of technology and how it will affect our lives. He goes into particular depth about the ideas of accessing and sharing, two of the twelve principles covered in The Inevitable. Kevin believes that accessing (renting or borrowing physical tools, substituting digital tools for physical ones, using free or open-source software, contracting for services, etc.) will be far more efficient and useful going forward than possessing (owning physical tools or software, hiring long-term employees, etc.). Similarly, he believes strongly in the importance of sharing, in terms of both collaborative content creation and freely-shared products. He points out that the world that we take for granted, from Wikipedia to Uber and far beyond, would not be possible without these two principles.
One of Kevin's main talking points is the importance of experimentation in our lives. Because he believes that the most important technology of the next 30 years hasn't been invented or even imagined yet, he knows that it's not too late for anyone. Any one of us could be the one to have the next world-changing idea. However, that idea will only come from curiosity, exploration, experimentation, and an open mind. You can begin today to build that mindset -- or strengthen and inform it if you've already begun -- by listening to Kevin Kelly's episode of The Influencer Economy now!
Written by contributor Edi Gonzalez
Quotes from the episode:
"There's one thing that I'm pretty sure about, and that is that the most important product in 30 years, the thing that is kind of running people's lives, does not exist right now.... And the larger point is that that's great news because it means that you could be the creator, the innovator, who comes up with that technology, and that none of us are late. Great opportunity is all before us."
"I would encourage anyone... to do something silly. Do something that is sort of basic science and research... that has no obvious practical value, because we know that eventually this kind of work will become the most essential and practical thing possible. What I recommend people... to do is something that is really, really interesting to them. I'm a big fan of being unproductive in a long-term productive way."
"If you're too many steps ahead, that's just as terrible as being twenty steps behind. But what I want to emphasize is that you want to take that appropriate minimal step in the right direction. We are gonna do more sharing, more collaboration, more accessing, so all things equal, if you're heading in those directions, that's a viable direction."
"The only thing that's not increasing in this world of abundance... is our own attention, which is fixed. And not only is it fixed, but we also have to spend it every day. We can't bank it. We can't store it up. We have to expend our 24 hours every 24 hours and we have no more than that. And so we need technological tools to help us navigate and manage this exponential abundance of stuff."
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Kevin Kelly's blogs, including The Technium, Cool Tools, and more: http://kk.org/
Jul 13 2016
Rank #9: 84: Battling Depression and Fighting Through Dark Times and Anxiety as a Creative Person w/ Rand Fishkin
Rand speaks regularly about Moz and is an expert in online marketing. At the time, Rand was giving talks about marketing around the world. But it didn't matter while he was depressed. After giving inspiriting talks to marketing audiences, people would approach him afterwards to compliment him. Audience members would say "it' so great to meet you, I've been a Moz customer for years. I love your tools and software." And Rand felt so bad, he tried to convince the attendees that his talks were truly bad. And he even tried to prove to these paying customers that his products weren't working properly.
Many of you know that I am a former standup comedian. And many of you don't know is that I struggled with depression in my early 20's, while performing stand-up. There was days I never left my room except for comedy and my day-job. I went through a dark phase and it was really hard talking to people about my own challenges with depression and anxiety. I discovered that there was a real stigma around depression amongst my friends and colleagues. People saw it as a stigma and thought that I was "weak." In fact most people told me to "suck it up," and deal with it. I've never told anyone outside of my close friends this story.
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In Rand's case, startup founder depression is a real thing. And creative people are highlight likely to go through depressed periods in their lives. Talking about depression can be a hard conversation to have. It's not easy. But it's okay to be depressed. It's okay to tell others openly and honest about how crappy you feel. Severe depression and anxiety doesn't last forever. Any sort of self-loathing or misery that you feel is temporary.
What you'll learn from this episode:
- How to identify traits you may be experiencing as a depressed person
- How to cope with bouts of depression and anxiety
- How to share your feelings with friends during a dark period
- How the stigma of depression of often prevents people from asking for help
- How depression is often temporary and that people can get through it
- How startup founders can fight through depression
- Where to look for help if you're a startup founder depressed (start with friends and family)
Rand Fishkin's Moz article: The Long Ugly year of Depression that is Finally Fading
Rand Fishkin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/randfish
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Mar 17 2016
Rank #10: Conquering Depression and Overcoming OCD in business and life with Brad Feld
Brad Feld has had dark moments as an entrepreneur. He lives fast paced life as an entrepreneur and startup investor. Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Brad has struggled with depression throughout his life. This episode he and I get real on the struggle that we go through when we're depressed. It's a truthful and honest chat into the world of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder OCD.
How common is the issue of depression in the world of entrepreneurs? Well, it's more common than you think. In fact, struggling with depression as a someone who is starting a company is more likely than you'd realize. Why? Because being a founder or entrepreneur is a lonely job. It's also very intense, with highs and lows that are un-common to those working more corporate and stable jobs.
Entrepreneurship is also a thrill. That's why we pursue the challenges involved. Brad Feld came on the podcast to chat about depression and his own bouts with it, and how he has fought through his own battles of obsessive compulsive disorder.
Brad is a world-class entrepreneur and investor. Having started Techstars, Foundry Group, he's invested in hundreds and hundreds of companies. He knows the hustle and flow that entrepreneurs go through and we dig in this episode on:
- How to cope with depression
- How to find support from loved ones when dealing with depression
- The signs of depression and OCD
- How Brad takes time off the grid to keep himself energized
Brad Feld's article on depression: http://www.feld.com/archives/2015/04/bringing-depression-shadows-startups.html
Mar 22 2017
Rank #11: Ep. 76: Building Alliances, Starting a Startup and Acting as Your Personal CEO with Chris Yeh
Chris Yeh is an entrepreneur, investor, blogger and author of the best-selling book: The Alliance. He wrote the book with Founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman and Ben Cassanova.
The connected technology world is changing constantly. We are needing to think like entrepreneurs if we want to survive. And the The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age is all about trust, honesty and partnering with your employer to succeed.
Chris talks about a "tour of duty" where you work on a project with a company, versus working at a company your entire life. Employers are not your family because they can lay you off at any time. You need to partner with your employer if you want to win as an entrepreneurial thinker.
There is a new project-based era for work, and Chris teaches how The Alliance book's framework empowers people to work with your boss and also is important for managing your employees.
Chris shares advice for anyone who owns their own company or wants to start a startup.
He advice is to NOT quit your day job if you're building a startup. Oftentimes when you work a full-time job you can create runway for your startup to launch and build the company's Product Market Fit over time. Quitting your day job only gives you 4 hours extra a day, not 8 hours a day. Because it's often you are daydreaming about your startup for 4 hours a day while at your day. And it’s rare that the thing you set out to do is the final thing you build.
His advice is to make and keep promises to your employees if you want to build trust as a founder and boss. Building trust is the key to building long term relationships in life and business...
Chris Yeh's Blog: http://chrisyeh.blogspot.com/
The Alliance Book website: http://www.theallianceframework.com/
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Dec 01 2015
Rank #12: 107: The Real Truth on the Startup Dream & Negotiating for Equity (Coaching Session)
I love the excitement behind startups, and how driven invested individuals can become. I also understand the failures involved in working for a startup. I lived it all - Whether it's negotiating hard for equity, understanding that 90% of startups fail and dealing with the stresses of startup work.
This week I answer audience feedback questions, based on failures that I have had at startups. I want you to learn how to negotiate and win at a startup. I have been burned by startups before. Whether it was losing money on stock or getting no stock at all, I've been burned..
This week you will hear a question from my my audience and I'm trying something new. I will spend the entire episode sharing my experiences, wins and losses to help answer your questions..I want to help you since you have helped me so much.This week you'll learn:
- How to negotiate equity at startup
- How much equity do you ask for
- What happens if the company fails
- How much time should I allocate when I negotiate equity
- How to make money for products sold vs. a flat fee
Mar 17 2017
Rank #13: 85: Going Viral, Doing What You Love & Putting in the Work with Franchesca Ramsey
Franchesca Ramsey went viral. Her video Stuff White Girls Say to Black Girls (I addd a euphemism with Stuff) took off like a rocket ship. She was an early adopter of YouTube and created regular videos, but that one video really went viral. Imagine if your video was picked up by MSNBC, Mtv, the BBC. Even Anderson Cooper, who had a network show at the time, came knocking at her door for an interview.
We all have choices about what to do when the work we love gets super-popular. Franchesca eventually thrived as she now works as a writer for The Nightly Show with Larry Willmore on Comedy Central. But she hit a lot of bumps on the way. She is a great example of the influencer economy because she put in the work to become successfull. She wasn't solely focused on fame and money, like many people are in the digital economy.
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Early on in life Franchesca a teacher of hers asked her what she wanted to be known for later in life. The teacher asked her to list three characteristics, and Franchesca wrote down she wanted to be known as 1) honest 2) smart 3) funny and when she was older Larry Willmore and the team @ The Nightly Show hired her for those traits.
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Mar 24 2016
Rank #14: Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong with Eric Barker
Eric Barker (@bakadesuyo) is the best-selling author of Barking up the Wrong Tree: Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong. Eric is like a myth busters for conventional wisdom and science.
Influencer Economy Quick Hits:
- How your biggest weakness might actually be your greatest strength How Navy SEALs find grit and self-talk their way to success
- How our negative qualities can be used to help us succeed
- The 4 pillars of work life balance
- How 20 minutes of expressive writing can help us sleep better
- Why it's NOT who you know, it's WHO knows you
- Why self-compassion beats self-confidence
- How deliberate practice helps you to become an expert f f
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Jan 23 2018
Rank #15: From Quitting Your 9-5 in Front of 10,000 people to Helping Others Make Millions | 116 | Nicole Walters
Nicole Walters calls herself a "hot mess." She once quit her high power insurance job via a livestream, with 10,000 people watching. She now helps others "monetize thyselves" and has some epic stories to share.
Influencer Economy: http://www.influencereconomy.com/ryan-williams-storytelling/
Nicole Walters: http://www.nicolewalters.tv/
Apr 04 2018
Rank #16: 112: Noah Kagan Working Through Depression and Becoming More Productive
- How to use mental productivity to increase your energy
- How to find an accountability buddy who is always in a good mood to help-out
- How finding a mind coach helps you change your negative perceptions
- How to manager your office team when you're in a crappy mood
- How not to bring in your bad mood to work.
App Sumo: http://www.appsumo.com/
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Aug 16 2017
Rank #17: Ep: 71: Brad Feld on Doing More Faster and Giving Value to Entrepreneurs
Brad Feld is an author, blogger and he invests in early stage technology companies. In fact he has invested in over 1,000 companies between his Techstars accelerator, his Foundry Ground investment firm, and his own deals. He is our guest on The Influencer Economy podcast this week.Imagine a world where the only media channels were TV, radio, print magazines, and newspapers. And if you were a start-up entrepreneur, you had to do P.R. in order to get someone's attention for an article or any media coverage. When Brad started his first company Feld Technologies in 1987, while an undergrad student at MIT in Cambridge, that was the world for Brad to gain any media coverage for his company.This is one of the reasons why Brad was an early adopter for blogging back in 2004. In this episode Brad details his early motivations for blogging and writing on the web. In addition to his how and why he wrote his first book: Venture Deals.We talk about how often people think too much about their goals and sometimes it's worth starting something to figure out if it's a good idea or bad idea. When he started Techstars with his 3 other co-founders he had no idea if it would work, but figured it was worth a shot. And at the very least he would make some new friends. We chat about how people need to experiment as start-up founders, bloggers, podcasters and sometimes when you don't reach your goals, another less obvious goal emerges which can lead you down the right path.Brad and I both believe in the "Give Before You Get" model and helping people is all about giving in the system. And that oftentimes we meet people who are takers and over time you realize you spend less time with people who take. Often when Brad meets startup founders, he develops relationships with the founders in advance of investing. And he gives to founders before realizing if he'll invest in their ideas or not.Brad also pursues 20% of his life where he allocates his days to random things. He'll do a fake VC Day or a fake CEO day where he does stuff that allows his universe to be open to different connections.Brad's Blog Feld Thoughts: http://www.feld.com/TechStars:http://www.techstars.com/Sqord:https://www.sqord.com/SXSW: http://www.sxsw.com/Jeff Ullrich and Earwolf: http://www.earwolf.com/person/jeff-ullrich/
Oct 20 2015
Rank #18: Entrepreneurs are Overrated, Become a 10% Entrepreneur w/ Patrick McGinnis
Patrick McGinnis, author of the 10% Entrepreneur asks the question: "Do you want to live your startup dream?" Patrick wrote the playbook on how to live your startup dream without quitting your day job. Entrepreneurship is overrated. In this episode Patrick teaches you how to invest just 10% of your time and resources, to become an entrepreneur you can keep a stable day job. And that is how the modern day startup founder finds a winning formula.
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The dot com era is over. Startups are dead. Hedge your bets and only invest 10% of your time with startup ideas. The startup entrepreneur version of the "American Dream," is a myth. Launching a side project, side hustle or side business is the new startup. What we'll teach you about on this podcast episode:
- The Five Types of 10% Entrepreneurs
- One Job Is Not Enough
- All the Benefits Without the Pitfalls
- Making the Most of Time and Money
More about Patrick: Patrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist and private equity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors, after a decade on Wall Street, to provide strategic advice to investors, entrepreneurs, and fast growing businesses. In this capacity, he has worked in a range of settings, from building startups from the ground up in Silicon Valley to acting as an expert consultant to the World Bank in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.
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Mar 08 2017
Rank #19: Ep. 73: Loud Speakers Network's Chris Morrow on Hip-Hop and Podcasting
The Loud Speakers Network is an awesome podcast network, featuring prominent voices of the hip-hip generation, and Chris Morrow is the CEO and co-founder. This week he joins me on Stories from The Influencer Economy.
Chris Morrow and Combat Jack (Reggie Osse) started Loud Speakers Network together and quickly they have become a podcast force. Morrow started as a fan of Combat Jack, and later after realizing that they had friends in common, they hit it off. Now they have over 15 podcasts as a part of their growing mini-empire. Combat Jack is like the Dick Cavett or Charlie Rose of hip-hop. It's an interview show that often has old school rappers on as guests.
Morrow has also published 4 books with Russell Simmons, including multiple NY Times best-sellers. He first met Russell in 2005, and we talk about what it's like co-authoring books with Russell, and their creative process in authoring books.
Chris has worked in radio and bee in a writer for years. Chris's success as an entrepreneur and the Loud Speakers Network co-founder comes from his ability to under-sell and over-deliver. He also strives for #authenticity when looking for talented podcast hosts, and focuses on being real in business and in life.Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stories-from-influencer-economy/id820744212?mt=2
Links about what we talked about:
LoudSpeakers Network Podcasts on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LSNpodcasts
Combat Jack Show: http://thecombatjackshow.com/
Loudspeaker's Network: http://loudspeakersnetwork.com/
Chris Morrow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrchrismorrow
Loudspeaker's Network on Twitter:
Chris Morrow's website: chris-morrow.com
Ryan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanjwill
Nov 03 2015
Rank #20: Getting Your Hands Dirty and Solving Hard Problems with Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus
Brent Bushnell is the co-founder and CEO of Two Bit Circus, an educational entertainment company that provides a wide range of high-tech and hands-on experiences. The company's goal is not only to entertain but, more importantly, to inspire participants to become involved in engineering, computing, inventing, the arts, and other creative pursuits. Brent is himself an engineer and an entrepreneur who has founded a number of tech endeavors, including Doppelgames, a mobile game company; Anti-Aging Games, building games that reduce the risk of early memory loss; Syyn Labs, which creates content for entertainers and large corporations; and Tapcode, which provided self-service and entertainment solutions for the hospitality industry. He was an on-camera inventor for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and he also works as a consultant and mentor for game development and entrepreneurship. Brent is the son of Nolan Bushnell, a gifted engineer and innovator and the founder of both Atari and Chuck E. Cheese.
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Brent believes strongly in the importance of the STEAM paradigm, which integrates the arts (A) with the more traditional "teaming" of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). He works hard to expose young people to STEM topics in creative, engaging ways that will inspire both their intellect and their passion and thereby lead them to become inventors and creators themselves. He targets young people largely through his project called STEAM Carnival, a traveling event that includes a giant high-tech game arcade, a battling robot band showcase, a wearable technology fashion show, and much more. In Brent's words, it's "kind of like Cirque du Soleil for games".
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All of Brent's projects emphasize collaboration and interaction, and his advice for creators is no different. He has built his own companies and projects by listening to his passions and by seeking out collaborators who have similar passions and are willing to take risks. For example, when Brent started Two Bit Circus, he and his co-founder Eric Gradman started out knowing only the general direction they wanted to take. They spent the next few years experimenting with a wide variety of ideas. They funded their endeavors with entertainment consulting events (many of which allowed them to test their innovations) and invested the profits in further development. Only when they felt that they had sufficiently refined their vision did they seek out investors to accelerate their growth and mature into an established company.
In this episode, Brent encourages listeners to "get their hands dirty" and make physical things. As an engineer and high-tech entrepreneur, Brent certainly appreciates the value of digital solutions, but he also understands the importance of physical solutions in a physical world and fears that our current education system is alienating young people from that kind of thinking. Inspiration isn't just for the young, however. This podcast will inspire all of us to trust our imaginations, follow our passions, and build our dreams.
Quotes from the episode:
"There's no shortage of hard problems. And, frankly, no shortage of capable humans. But what we do have a shortage of are inspired, tool-capable, invention-capable humans to go out and solve those hard problems.... We've got this perfect storm of needing it badly [and] the tools are easier than they've ever been; we just need people to be aware."
"I love online creation. My background is software. But I think we got carried away with the success of the internet and [thought] that all of the great innovations are gonna be apps. And that's just not the case because there's some things you can't solve with apps. You need other stuff."
"I think that humans are really naturally creative and that our school system kind of beats it out of us in a very heart-wrenching and terrible process, and that what we need to now do is sort of unwind that.... The thing is to not get too much in your head about it. Just start doing stuff!"
"Failure's rad! The second you fail, that means you've been out there trying and that's fantastic!"
"If your motivation is to try to make a buck, you're doing it wrong."
Personal Website: http://brentbushnell.com
Two Bit Circus: http://twobitcircus.com
STEAM Carnival: http://twobitcircus.com/productions/steamcarnival
Grand Challenges for Engineering: http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/
United Nations Key Issues: http://www.un.org/en/sections/priorities/
Y Combinator Request for Startups: https://www.ycombinator.com/rfs/
Jun 30 2016