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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!

iTunes Ratings

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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
1
0
0
0

It’s grow time!!!

By Lochhead (legends & losers) - Jun 26 2018
Read more
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
Read more
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 May 11, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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: 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 #3: 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!

For More, Follow Us Here:

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 #4: 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).

For More, Follow Us Here:

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 #5: 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!

For More, Follow Us Here:

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 #6: 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 #7: 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!

For More, Follow Us Here:

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 #8: 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 #9: 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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Rank #10: 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).

For More, Follow Us Here:

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
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 29 2019

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