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The Grow Wire Podcast

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Step into the Grow Wire studio as we chat with experts who have proven prowess at growing their big ideas, businesses & more. The convo is full of helpful tools you'll certainly find useful in your own endeavors--be it professionally or personally!

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Step into the Grow Wire studio as we chat with experts who have proven prowess at growing their big ideas, businesses & more. The convo is full of helpful tools you'll certainly find useful in your own endeavors--be it professionally or personally!

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It’s grow time!!!

By Lochhead (legends & losers) - Jun 26 2018
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This podcast is a unique idea, a real missing in the podcast landscape. focusing on what everyone wants to lear — how to drive growth. Both personally and professionally. It is an honor to be on the podcast and I look forward to many many more episodes. Thanks for having me! - Christopher

So many good stories

By Brandenjenkins - Jun 07 2018
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Looking forward to hearing about all the amazing stories to come and what drives their growth!

iTunes Ratings

15 Ratings
Average Ratings
14
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It’s grow time!!!

By Lochhead (legends & losers) - Jun 26 2018
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This podcast is a unique idea, a real missing in the podcast landscape. focusing on what everyone wants to lear — how to drive growth. Both personally and professionally. It is an honor to be on the podcast and I look forward to many many more episodes. Thanks for having me! - Christopher

So many good stories

By Brandenjenkins - Jun 07 2018
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Looking forward to hearing about all the amazing stories to come and what drives their growth!
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The Grow Wire Podcast

Latest release on Mar 09, 2020

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Step into the Grow Wire studio as we chat with experts who have proven prowess at growing their big ideas, businesses & more. The convo is full of helpful tools you'll certainly find useful in your own endeavors--be it professionally or personally!

Rank #1: MLB Pitching Coach Jim Brower Talks Analytics & the State of Baseball

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Former professional pitcher and current MLB pitching coach, Jim Brower, dives into the impact of analytics in baseball. First, he takes us back to his early years playing the game (4:01) and through the evolution of his 17-year professional career (9:12). He then explains how he made his foray into coaching (15:52) and dissects the makeup of a successful team (21:08) with one of the key components being analytics (24:08). He unravels the influence numbers can have on players, coaches, medical staff and more (33:31) as well as upon developing players as young as 13 years old (41:31). Finally, Brower provides his take on the state of baseball, acknowledging lowering attendance (46:24), juiced balls (47:30), shifts (48:54) and more.

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Jim Brower
Website: http://browerbaseball.com/

Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Oct 21 2019

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Rank #2: Macro Is Giving a Voice to People of Color Across Film, TV & Digital

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Macro is a multiplatform company founded by Charles D. King and dedicated to celebrating the voices of people of color in film, television and digital media. On this episode, Macro’s Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Eric Briggs, breaks down the company leadership, strategy, successes and challenges. He starts off diving into the history of the company, which all began with King’s vision (5:03). Briggs then breaks down the company’s three verticals and how each cater to Macro’s success (13:53), albeit through judicious deployment of capital (21:02). He recalls the company’s first foray into film with massively successful movies like “Fences” and “Mudbound” (25:12), which catapulted Macro’s success. He also explains how the company is affected by the 20+ list of distribution platforms today (34:47) and how leadership goes about choosing which platforms are better for which project (36:26). Finally, Briggs dives into the importance of providing a holistic experience (49:19) and some of the biggest obstacles Macro has faced to date (58:26). Tune in for all of this and more!

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Fritz Nelson

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

MACRO

Website: https://www.staymacro.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stayMACRO

Twitter: https://twitter.com/staymacro

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/staymacro/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/staymacro/

Eric Briggs

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-briggs-4474b74/

Grow Wire

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Jul 15 2019

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Rank #3: Urban Meyer Seriously Knows What it Takes to be The Greatest

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Former Head Coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Fox Sports Analyst Urban Meyer discusses leadership, culture and building long-lasting success. We start off by discussing his life beyond coaching (4:49) and the struggle in striking a balance between his passion for his career and his personal life (8:44). Meyer then dives into building successful programs across all of the colleges for which he’s coached (11:52) and the role culture played in that (16:21). He also reveals his secret to recruiting both players and staff (18:34), and his strategy in uniting people from diverse backgrounds under one goal (22:22). Finally, Meyer touches on leadership among players (22:34), safety around concussions (28:48), and what he’s learned in competing with Nick Saban (33:05).

Dec 16 2019

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Rank #4: How NetHope Is Fueling Nonprofits Through the Power of Technology

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On this episode of the “Grow Wire Podcast,” we’re joined by Lauren Woodman, the CEO of NetHope. She begins by explaining the purpose of NetHope, a consortium of 57 of the world’s largest humanitarian, development, and conservation organizations that work together with top technology companies to overcome some of the world’s largest problems (4:06). Woodman dives into the genesis of the organization (5:00) and its focus on overcoming the core challenges nonprofits faced 20 years ago (7:40) and are still facing today (13:27). After explaining how NetHope connects nonprofits to the technology sector (17:23), she shares inspiring stories of competitor companies coming together to do good (19:05). She also discusses the need for better technology and more data to measure outcomes (28:46), and why nonprofits should not be held to a set of criteria that hinders their ability to make a difference (37:53). Finally, she discusses the Center for the Digital Nonprofit and its focus on the transformative opportunities technology can create for nonprofits (42:32).

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Lauren Woodman
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lwoodman/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/llwoodman

NetHope Website: https://nethope.org/

Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Nov 04 2019

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Rank #5: Start Me Up! Ocient Co-Founder Chris Gladwin’s Multi-Startup Journey

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Ocient co-founder Chris Gladwin joins this episode to take us down his entrepreneurial journey, starting as a child born and raised in Ohio (7:07) to his days at MIT (14:02), including the internship that kicked off his entire career. He dives into his first few jobs: Evaluating information technology products for Martin Marietta (now Locheed Martin) (21:34) and then building ethernet into portable PCs at Zenith Data Systems (24:07). His first startup, Cruise Technologies, stemmed from his time at Zenith, developing Wireless Thin Clients (29:00) from which he shares lessons learned in building respectful relationships with investors (32:19). He then goes on to explain how those lessons enabled him to raise money for his next startup, a music subscription service called MusicNow, which he founded in 1999 (38:47). Yes, he founded this company just a few years before iTunes, and yes, that’s a frustrating subject Gladwin discusses as well (44:15). However, his experience with MusicNow created a natural bridge into his next company, Cleversafe, the largest data storage system in the world (45:50), which he sold to IBM for $1.3 billion in 2015 (55:00). Finally, he explains the purpose for starting his current venture, Ocient, where he’s building new technology to analyze the world’s largest sets of data, faster than ever before (56:12).

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Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Chris Gladwin
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-gladwin-7ba42b/

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Sep 09 2019

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Rank #6: Jason Calacanis on the Evolution of the Internet, Media & Investing

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Angel investor and founder of the popular podcast, “This Week in Startups,” Jason Calacanis walks us through the evolution of the internet. He starts off with his own evolution, growing up in Brooklyn (5:07) and attending college at Fordham University where he originally intended to become an FBI agent but where he’d actually kickoff a lifelong obsession with the internet (9:15).  He opens up about starting a Zine in the ‘90s (13:45), helping Sony realize the power of web pages for musicians (17:02) and landing major deals (like Uber) with Sequoia Capital (19:39). Calacanis also discusses the early years of blogging (21:30), its massive impact on journalism (29:21) and his thoughts on the future of media (32:10). He goes on to explain his philosophy on angel investing (40:27), including training his brain to better understand odds (49:36) and dealing with controversy amid the companies in which he’s invested (1:02:30). Finally, Calacanis notes that the next generation of great founders are going to look much different than ever before, warning investors that if they don’t represent that shift in their own firms, they’re inevitably going to miss out. Tune in for more!

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Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Jason Calacanis
Website: https://thisweekinstartups.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jason

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Oct 07 2019

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Rank #7: 2020 Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand on Her Run for President

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On this episode of the “Grow Wire Podcast,” we sat down with United States Senator and 2020 presidential candidate, Kirsten Gillibrand. She takes us back to the heavy involvement of her female mentors--like her mother and grandmother--in politics (2:05) and their influence on her desire to become a senator. She then dives into her presidential run, noting her focus on small businesses to help rebuild a healthier economy (5:45). She reveals her plan to enlist the Small Business Administration to seek more women and people of color as business owners (8:25) and explains how that would benefit the entire economy (12:30). She segues into the impact of females and people of color in the U.S. government and how they bring forward important issues her fellow white, male colleagues do not understand (21:00). Finally, she presents her plan for standing out in the 2020 race (26:30) and reveals what she believes to be the greatest threat to humanity right now (29:40). You won’t want to miss this episode!

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Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Kirsten Gillibrand
Website: https://kirstengillibrand.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirstengillibrand/

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Jun 17 2019

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Rank #8: The Power of PIxar on Education and the Future of Storytelling

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Elyse Klaidman and Tony DeRose join us to discuss the intersection of art, technology and science as they experienced it throughout 22 years working for Pixar (3:47). Tony was a Senior Scientist at Pixar (8:29), Elyse was an art instructor and director of archives and exhibitions (12:25), and their two worlds collided when they created Pixar in a Box, an online resource exploring the academic concepts that go into creating Pixar films, including art, math, science and engineering (16:39). They dive into why Pixar in a Box is an important educational tool for younger generations (22:25), discussing how art and science came together for creative problem solving at Pixar (29:03). Of course, this was all part of the positive culture within the company, in general (32:43), which they believe other businesses can and should emulate (38:48). Finally, they reveal their hopes for the future of art, technology and storytelling, and how they’ll continue working toward that vision (43:05).

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Pixar in a Box: https://www.pixar.com/pixar-in-a-box

Elyse Klaidman
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elyseklaidman/

Tony DeRose
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-derose-7538b32/

Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Nov 18 2019

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Rank #9: Scott Rao on the Art, Science & Business Behind a Great Cup of Coffee

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Coffee consultant and three-time author, Scott Rao, joins us on this episode to discuss all things coffee. He starts off by defining what a great cup of coffee entails (10:29) and then dives into some of the bigger milestones he’s seen in the coffee industry over the last decade (15:55).  He takes us through the roasting process and how technology has transformed that process in recent years (19:22). He then reveals what everyone should know about grinding coffee beans, how different types of water can impact the taste of coffee (24:25) and why he prefers batch brewing over pour over coffee (27:23). Rao takes us through his own history with coffee, which started with studying late nights at a coffee shop during his college days (31:50), and how that inspired him to build one of the busiest coffee shops in the U.S. in a small college town in Massachusetts (46:24). Rao wraps up with some of the biggest trends we’re seeing in coffee technology today (57:45) and provides his biggest piece of advice on brewing coffee at home and on finding the perfect coffee shop near you (1:09: 45). Tune in for all of this and more!

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Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Scott Rao
Website: https://www.scottrao.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whereisscottrao/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-rao-235b77117/

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Aug 12 2019

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Rank #10: Creativity Explored Dismantles Perceptions of People With Disabilities

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This is the story of Creativity Explored, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides space, supplies, professional instruction and exhibition opportunities to artists with developmental disabilities. Hear firsthand from one of the organization’s artists, Rory, who reveals the impact Creativity Explored has on his life (1:25). Then, Development Director, Megan Hover, will take us back to the genesis of the organization (9:08) before diving into the philosophy behind the importance of art for people with disabilities (15:43). She also discusses some of the challenges Creativity Explored faces every day (21:50), and why those challenges are worth the result of seeing its artists featured in a gallery (26:35) and the community’s reaction to those artists (33:17). Finally, with a history working in the nonprofit sector, Hover reveals her biggest piece of advice for nonprofit leaders (39:08). Tune in for all of this and more!

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Creativity Explored
Website: https://www.creativityexplored.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creativityexplored/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativityexplored
Twitter: https://twitter.com/creativityxplrd

Megan Hover
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meganhover/

Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Dec 02 2019

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How a Focus on Audience Turned Business Insider Into a Massive Success

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Business Insider’s Chief Revenue Officer and Publisher, Pete Spande, joins us on this episode of “The Grow Wire Podcast'' to discuss the company’s growth and success as well as the current state of media and publishing. Spande starts off by explaining Business Insider (4:00) before diving into the company’s business model (8:00) and how it (successfully) diversifies across advertising, subscriptions and areas like licensing, production and affiliate and ecommerce partnerships (14:18). He then explains the importance of testing new ideas before fully understanding their outcome, as Business Insider recently experienced with its trucking beat (24:26), and how those experiments can transform any industry (39:39). Finally, he hits on the importance of technology in media, but not so much as to interfere with the media’s purpose (43:51), and why the future of media is as vibrant and important as ever (48:45).

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Business Insider
Website: http://businessinsider.com/

Pete Spande
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-spande-6930021/

Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Mar 09 2020

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The Future of Work with Gary Bolles

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Chair for Singularity University and a co-founder of eParachute, Gary Bolles, breaks down the future of work. He starts off by defining the future of work in his own words (5:20) before diving into the shift to a working digital economy and what that means for all of us (8:52). He stresses the importance of being a lifelong learner (20:40) and how that coincides with the unbundling of education (24:58) and the breakdown of traditional business strategies and leadership (37:31). Finally, through his abundance of experience working with children, he reveals how our future generations view the future of work and what we can ALL learn from them (46:49). Tune in for all of that and more, and don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe!

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Gary Bolles
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gbolles/

Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Feb 24 2020

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What You Can Learn from Una Pizza Napoletana's Tony Mangieri

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Tony Mangieri, founder of Una Pizza Napoletana, takes us on his journey from a Jersey kid with a passion for cooking to one of New York City’s most esteemed chefs. He starts with a unique introduction to himself (4:35) before recalling his start opening a bakery in New Jersey (10:32), which he’ll explain why he pegs it a failure (16:55). Tony then reveals the secret to his dough (22:32) and the many experiments he’s tried with it (29:15). He explains his decision to open pizzerias in New Jersey, New York and San Francisco (35:47) before ultimately returning home to NYC’s lower east side (45:40). He recalls the heartbreaking reviews the restaurant received after its opening in 2018 (52:08), and how he dug deep to turn things around. Finally, he ends with some rapid-fire answers about his favorite foodie cities, pizza trends and whether he still makes every pie at the restaurant (58:37). You won’t want to miss this incredibly inspiring episode!

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Una Pizza Napoletana
Website: http://www.unapizza.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unapizzanapoletana/

Tony Mangieri
Instagram: http://instagram.com/anthony_w_mangieri

Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fnelson

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Feb 10 2020

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Ad Age Exec Heidi Waldusky on the Current State of Media

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Ad Age’s Associate Publisher and General Manager of Marketing and Brand, Heidi Waldusky, joins this episode of “The Grow Wire Podcast” to discuss the current state of advertising, media and publishing. Waldusky begins by diving into her opinions on the industry (4:17) before discussing major media trends like paywalls (12:51) and newsletters (16:30). She also hits on the ideas of engagement as a metric (21:16), click-bait headlines (23:41) and building revenue streams from affiliate links (32:58). Waldusky then discusses Ad Age’s transformation over its 90-year legacy (39:42) with insight into lessons learned along the way (44:42). Finally, she provides her advice for anyone seeking a career in publishing or media (48:49). Tune in for all of that and more!

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Ad Age
Website: https://adage.com/

Heidi Waldusky
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidiwaldusky/

Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fnelson

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Jan 27 2020

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How Zero Carbon World Is Affordably Decarbonizing the Planet

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Zero Carbon World is the U.K.-based nonprofit with the mission to affordably decarbonize society by reducing the use of fossil fuel and donating free electric car charging stations to big businesses (6:05). Director Cara Naden dives into the organization’s genesis (9:45) and how its grown over the last eight years (12:19). Most importantly, she dives into the devastating facts around carbon emissions (18:25), and why each of us is responsible to help reverse the footprint (20:19). Naden explains some of the barriers to producing and buying electric vehicles (25:21), before envisioning a world that balances the carbon cycle (33:22). Finally, she provides some success stories from her time with Zero Carbon World (35:47) and gives advice to any other nonprofit leader (36:22).

Jan 13 2020

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Urban Meyer Seriously Knows What it Takes to be The Greatest

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Former Head Coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Fox Sports Analyst Urban Meyer discusses leadership, culture and building long-lasting success. We start off by discussing his life beyond coaching (4:49) and the struggle in striking a balance between his passion for his career and his personal life (8:44). Meyer then dives into building successful programs across all of the colleges for which he’s coached (11:52) and the role culture played in that (16:21). He also reveals his secret to recruiting both players and staff (18:34), and his strategy in uniting people from diverse backgrounds under one goal (22:22). Finally, Meyer touches on leadership among players (22:34), safety around concussions (28:48), and what he’s learned in competing with Nick Saban (33:05).

Dec 16 2019

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Creativity Explored Dismantles Perceptions of People With Disabilities

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This is the story of Creativity Explored, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides space, supplies, professional instruction and exhibition opportunities to artists with developmental disabilities. Hear firsthand from one of the organization’s artists, Rory, who reveals the impact Creativity Explored has on his life (1:25). Then, Development Director, Megan Hover, will take us back to the genesis of the organization (9:08) before diving into the philosophy behind the importance of art for people with disabilities (15:43). She also discusses some of the challenges Creativity Explored faces every day (21:50), and why those challenges are worth the result of seeing its artists featured in a gallery (26:35) and the community’s reaction to those artists (33:17). Finally, with a history working in the nonprofit sector, Hover reveals her biggest piece of advice for nonprofit leaders (39:08). Tune in for all of this and more!

For More, Follow Us Here:
Creativity Explored
Website: https://www.creativityexplored.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creativityexplored/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativityexplored
Twitter: https://twitter.com/creativityxplrd

Megan Hover
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meganhover/

Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Dec 02 2019

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The Power of PIxar on Education and the Future of Storytelling

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Elyse Klaidman and Tony DeRose join us to discuss the intersection of art, technology and science as they experienced it throughout 22 years working for Pixar (3:47). Tony was a Senior Scientist at Pixar (8:29), Elyse was an art instructor and director of archives and exhibitions (12:25), and their two worlds collided when they created Pixar in a Box, an online resource exploring the academic concepts that go into creating Pixar films, including art, math, science and engineering (16:39). They dive into why Pixar in a Box is an important educational tool for younger generations (22:25), discussing how art and science came together for creative problem solving at Pixar (29:03). Of course, this was all part of the positive culture within the company, in general (32:43), which they believe other businesses can and should emulate (38:48). Finally, they reveal their hopes for the future of art, technology and storytelling, and how they’ll continue working toward that vision (43:05).

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Pixar in a Box: https://www.pixar.com/pixar-in-a-box

Elyse Klaidman
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elyseklaidman/

Tony DeRose
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-derose-7538b32/

Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Grow Wire
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grow-wire/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrowWire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growwire/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrowWire/

Nov 18 2019

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How NetHope Is Fueling Nonprofits Through the Power of Technology

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On this episode of the “Grow Wire Podcast,” we’re joined by Lauren Woodman, the CEO of NetHope. She begins by explaining the purpose of NetHope, a consortium of 57 of the world’s largest humanitarian, development, and conservation organizations that work together with top technology companies to overcome some of the world’s largest problems (4:06). Woodman dives into the genesis of the organization (5:00) and its focus on overcoming the core challenges nonprofits faced 20 years ago (7:40) and are still facing today (13:27). After explaining how NetHope connects nonprofits to the technology sector (17:23), she shares inspiring stories of competitor companies coming together to do good (19:05). She also discusses the need for better technology and more data to measure outcomes (28:46), and why nonprofits should not be held to a set of criteria that hinders their ability to make a difference (37:53). Finally, she discusses the Center for the Digital Nonprofit and its focus on the transformative opportunities technology can create for nonprofits (42:32).

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Lauren Woodman
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NetHope Website: https://nethope.org/

Fritz Nelson
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Nov 04 2019

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MLB Pitching Coach Jim Brower Talks Analytics & the State of Baseball

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Former professional pitcher and current MLB pitching coach, Jim Brower, dives into the impact of analytics in baseball. First, he takes us back to his early years playing the game (4:01) and through the evolution of his 17-year professional career (9:12). He then explains how he made his foray into coaching (15:52) and dissects the makeup of a successful team (21:08) with one of the key components being analytics (24:08). He unravels the influence numbers can have on players, coaches, medical staff and more (33:31) as well as upon developing players as young as 13 years old (41:31). Finally, Brower provides his take on the state of baseball, acknowledging lowering attendance (46:24), juiced balls (47:30), shifts (48:54) and more.

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Jim Brower
Website: http://browerbaseball.com/

Fritz Nelson
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Grow Wire
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Oct 21 2019

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Jason Calacanis on the Evolution of the Internet, Media & Investing

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Angel investor and founder of the popular podcast, “This Week in Startups,” Jason Calacanis walks us through the evolution of the internet. He starts off with his own evolution, growing up in Brooklyn (5:07) and attending college at Fordham University where he originally intended to become an FBI agent but where he’d actually kickoff a lifelong obsession with the internet (9:15).  He opens up about starting a Zine in the ‘90s (13:45), helping Sony realize the power of web pages for musicians (17:02) and landing major deals (like Uber) with Sequoia Capital (19:39). Calacanis also discusses the early years of blogging (21:30), its massive impact on journalism (29:21) and his thoughts on the future of media (32:10). He goes on to explain his philosophy on angel investing (40:27), including training his brain to better understand odds (49:36) and dealing with controversy amid the companies in which he’s invested (1:02:30). Finally, Calacanis notes that the next generation of great founders are going to look much different than ever before, warning investors that if they don’t represent that shift in their own firms, they’re inevitably going to miss out. Tune in for more!

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Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
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Jason Calacanis
Website: https://thisweekinstartups.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jason

Grow Wire
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Oct 07 2019

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NASA Engineer Donald Cornwell on the Future of Space Communication

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We’re getting intergalactic on this episode with NASA’s Director and System Capability Leader of the Advanced Communication and Navigations Division, Donald Cornwell, who takes us on his journey developing better space communication technology (5:37). But first, he brings us back to his childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut (10:00) and into his NASA internship during his days at the University of Maryland (15:53). Of course, that led to a lifelong career at NASA (minus a few detours that we’ll get into) in which Cornwell focused on laser technology for navigation and communication (21:03). He explains the benefits of lunar laser communication (30:04) as well as what we’re doing to pull better data from Mars (37:12) and the moon (45:41). Finally, he concludes by revealing some of the most exciting projects NASA is conducting throughout the next five to ten years (56:20).

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Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
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Donald Cornwell
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donald-cornwell-b711a72/

Grow Wire
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Sep 23 2019

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Start Me Up! Ocient Co-Founder Chris Gladwin’s Multi-Startup Journey

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Ocient co-founder Chris Gladwin joins this episode to take us down his entrepreneurial journey, starting as a child born and raised in Ohio (7:07) to his days at MIT (14:02), including the internship that kicked off his entire career. He dives into his first few jobs: Evaluating information technology products for Martin Marietta (now Locheed Martin) (21:34) and then building ethernet into portable PCs at Zenith Data Systems (24:07). His first startup, Cruise Technologies, stemmed from his time at Zenith, developing Wireless Thin Clients (29:00) from which he shares lessons learned in building respectful relationships with investors (32:19). He then goes on to explain how those lessons enabled him to raise money for his next startup, a music subscription service called MusicNow, which he founded in 1999 (38:47). Yes, he founded this company just a few years before iTunes, and yes, that’s a frustrating subject Gladwin discusses as well (44:15). However, his experience with MusicNow created a natural bridge into his next company, Cleversafe, the largest data storage system in the world (45:50), which he sold to IBM for $1.3 billion in 2015 (55:00). Finally, he explains the purpose for starting his current venture, Ocient, where he’s building new technology to analyze the world’s largest sets of data, faster than ever before (56:12).

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Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Chris Gladwin
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-gladwin-7ba42b/

Grow Wire
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Sep 09 2019

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Coach Mike Ditka on Managing Successful Teams On & Off the Field

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Former Bears Coach Mike Ditka joins this episode of the “Grow Wire Podcast,” which was recorded during a live event in Chicago—just in time for football season! Hear about the people who helped mold him into a great athlete and subsequent coach (4:43) as well as his thoughts on football today, how the game has changed and how players have transformed (9:08). He reveals some of the players he greatly admires in the league right now and explains why he believes the Bears are headed for the Super Bowl this year (13:41). Ditka also addresses the experiences that encouraged his transition from a great player into an even better coach (17:47) and dives into some of his other passions beyond the field (24:39). He concludes by fielding some questions from the audience, including what it takes to manage a successful team and the paramount moments from his career, both on and off the field (31:40). You won’t want to miss this one!

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Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Mike Ditka
Website: http://mikeditka.com

Grow Wire
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Aug 26 2019

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Scott Rao on the Art, Science & Business Behind a Great Cup of Coffee

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Coffee consultant and three-time author, Scott Rao, joins us on this episode to discuss all things coffee. He starts off by defining what a great cup of coffee entails (10:29) and then dives into some of the bigger milestones he’s seen in the coffee industry over the last decade (15:55).  He takes us through the roasting process and how technology has transformed that process in recent years (19:22). He then reveals what everyone should know about grinding coffee beans, how different types of water can impact the taste of coffee (24:25) and why he prefers batch brewing over pour over coffee (27:23). Rao takes us through his own history with coffee, which started with studying late nights at a coffee shop during his college days (31:50), and how that inspired him to build one of the busiest coffee shops in the U.S. in a small college town in Massachusetts (46:24). Rao wraps up with some of the biggest trends we’re seeing in coffee technology today (57:45) and provides his biggest piece of advice on brewing coffee at home and on finding the perfect coffee shop near you (1:09: 45). Tune in for all of this and more!

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Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Scott Rao
Website: https://www.scottrao.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whereisscottrao/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-rao-235b77117/

Grow Wire
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Aug 12 2019

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Jellyvision Is Gamifying The Frustrating Process Of Selecting Benefits

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CEO of Jellyvision, Amanda Lannert, joins this episode to discuss “Alex,” the technology changing the way we choose our benefits. Lannert dives into the genesis of Jellyvision (6:20), including its pivot from a gaming company into an HR technology services business (7:29). She also opens up about writing her own severance letter (10:30) and how the company survived after 7.5 years going sideways (14:06). Lannert then dives into the Alex technology—the idea that got Jellyvision back on upward growth—and how it works (20:28). She explains the difference between Alex and AI (29:01) as well as her thoughts on other voice assistant technologies (like Siri and Alexa) that have developed in more recent years (32:59). Finally, Lannert dives into her leadership style (39:18)—she was voted CEO of the Year at the Moxie Awards several years in a row—as well as the current state of startup culture in Chicago (40:40).

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Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Jellyvision
Website: https://www.jellyvision.com/

Amanda Lannert
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandalannert/

Grow Wire
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Jul 29 2019

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Macro Is Giving a Voice to People of Color Across Film, TV & Digital

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Macro is a multiplatform company founded by Charles D. King and dedicated to celebrating the voices of people of color in film, television and digital media. On this episode, Macro’s Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Eric Briggs, breaks down the company leadership, strategy, successes and challenges. He starts off diving into the history of the company, which all began with King’s vision (5:03). Briggs then breaks down the company’s three verticals and how each cater to Macro’s success (13:53), albeit through judicious deployment of capital (21:02). He recalls the company’s first foray into film with massively successful movies like “Fences” and “Mudbound” (25:12), which catapulted Macro’s success. He also explains how the company is affected by the 20+ list of distribution platforms today (34:47) and how leadership goes about choosing which platforms are better for which project (36:26). Finally, Briggs dives into the importance of providing a holistic experience (49:19) and some of the biggest obstacles Macro has faced to date (58:26). Tune in for all of this and more!

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Fritz Nelson

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

MACRO

Website: https://www.staymacro.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stayMACRO

Twitter: https://twitter.com/staymacro

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/staymacro/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/staymacro/

Eric Briggs

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-briggs-4474b74/

Grow Wire

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Jul 15 2019

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2020 Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand on Her Run for President

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On this episode of the “Grow Wire Podcast,” we sat down with United States Senator and 2020 presidential candidate, Kirsten Gillibrand. She takes us back to the heavy involvement of her female mentors--like her mother and grandmother--in politics (2:05) and their influence on her desire to become a senator. She then dives into her presidential run, noting her focus on small businesses to help rebuild a healthier economy (5:45). She reveals her plan to enlist the Small Business Administration to seek more women and people of color as business owners (8:25) and explains how that would benefit the entire economy (12:30). She segues into the impact of females and people of color in the U.S. government and how they bring forward important issues her fellow white, male colleagues do not understand (21:00). Finally, she presents her plan for standing out in the 2020 race (26:30) and reveals what she believes to be the greatest threat to humanity right now (29:40). You won’t want to miss this episode!

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Fritz Nelson
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Kirsten Gillibrand
Website: https://kirstengillibrand.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirstengillibrand/

Grow Wire
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Jun 17 2019

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Retail Doctor Bob Phibbs Says Consumers Still Crave Authenticity

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The Retail Doctor, Bob Phibbs, dishes the secret to success for retailers. He begins by breaking down his background as a music student at Chapman University, and how a talk by Tony Robbins prompted him to pursue his personal brand, The Retail Doctor (6:30). He then discusses why the pursuit of “the next great thing” can be detrimental to success (9:00) and explains the true value of authenticity in a world obsessed with social media (14:00). In fact, this is why Phibbs believes brick-and-mortar shops are crucial for small businesses—with the caveat that those businesses continuously provide great customer service (21:30). He then discusses his sales training tactics, which now include virtual coaching (26:10) and the dirty little secret most small business owners won’t tell you (32:00). Tune in for all this and more!

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Fritz Nelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fritznelson/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fnelson

Bob Phibbs
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRetailDoctor
LinkedIn or Website: https://www.retaildoc.com/

Grow Wire
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Jun 03 2019

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How the American Cancer Society Continues Fighting Cancer

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On this episode of the “Grow Wire Podcast” we sat down with Rob King, Chief Financial Officer of the American Cancer Society, to discuss the history of the organization (4:15), the challenges it has faced since its genesis in 1913 (6:40) and how it’s developed into a leading authority on cancer (11:00). King breaks down the competitive nature of non-profit organizations (15:40) and attributes the ACS’ success to maintaining transparency (18:00). He advises business owners to utilize data in striving for innovation and insists an organization has to have the proper technology and release the fear of new ideas in order to be successful (19:10). He concludes with some of the updated guidelines on cancer screenings and up-to-date patient care programs provided by ACS (27:00). Tune in for all this and more!

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American Cancer Society
Website: https://www.cancer.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmericanCancer

Rob King
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/robmking

Grow Wire

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May 20 2019

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It’s grow time!!!

By Lochhead (legends & losers) - Jun 26 2018
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This podcast is a unique idea, a real missing in the podcast landscape. focusing on what everyone wants to lear — how to drive growth. Both personally and professionally. It is an honor to be on the podcast and I look forward to many many more episodes. Thanks for having me! - Christopher

So many good stories

By Brandenjenkins - Jun 07 2018
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Looking forward to hearing about all the amazing stories to come and what drives their growth!