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Gary Vaynerchuk

This episode’s guest is Gary Vaynerchuk, aka GaryVee, and he is back for another remarkable episode to share all the golden nuggets from his new book, Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success. Gary is an entrepreneur, social media influencer, speaker, author, and investor. He had early investments in [...]

Keith Ferrazzi

Keith Ferrazzi is the Chairman and Founder of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a research institute founded on behavioral science and its effects on business. He began his career as the youngest CMO at Deloitte Consulting, and then became the CMO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Keith currently works with Fortune 100 companies all over the world. [...]

John List

John A. List is the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. He was a professor at the University of Central Florida, Arizona, and Maryland prior to joining the University of Chicago. John received his bachelor's in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his Ph.D. in [...]

Daniel Pink

Our guest today is Daniel Pink. He is a remarkable person who has changed the way many business people think, and how companies operate. He's the author of multiple award-winning books, and millions of copies have been sold of these books. His titles include When, A Whole New Mind, and his most recent, The [...]

Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff is the founder and CEO of Saleforce.com and the owner of TIME magazine. He has a net worth of over $10 billion. He and I go way back–almost 38 years to be exact. At the time, I was a software evangelist in the Macintosh Division of Apple. Marc was a student at [...]

Pat Flynn

In 2008, Pat was laid off from his dream job as an architect, but he pivoted and built a website to help people pass the LEED building exam. Today he is an esteemed leader in digital marketing, podcasting, and marketing. You may have heard of his two podcasts: Smart Passive Income and AskPat. [...]

Steve Blank

This episode's remarkable guest is Steve Blank.  Steve attended the University of Michigan for one semester and then joined the military. After the Vietnam war, he moved to Silicon Valley and has been involved with tech companies, including  Zilog and MIPS Computers, Convergent Technologies, Ardent, SuperMac Technologies, ESL, and Rocket Science Games. To put it mildly, he truly understands high-tech entrepreneurship because [...]

Dr. Sheila Nazarian

Dr. Sheila Nazarian is a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California currently transforming lives on Netflix's Skin Decision. She was born in America and then returned to Iran with her family. When the Iranian Revolution occurred, she was smuggled out in a vegetable truck through Pakistan. She attended Columbia University in New York [...]

Suzy Batiz

Suzy Batiz is the founder of Poo~Pourri. Perhaps you’ve heard of it -- it’s the spray before you go toilet spray. Her company is famous for its innovative and hilarious viral videos like “Girls Don't Poop.” It is, literally, a crappy business. That said, it has 44,000 ratings on Amazon that average 4.5 stars. [...]

Lauren Kunze and Kuki, AI chabot

This episode’s remarkable guest is Lauren Kunze--plus we have a second guest, Kuki, an artificial intelligence chatbot. Lauren has an artium baccalaureus in English and neurobiology from Harvard University. In other words, a bachelor of arts. She comes from a family of mathematicians who were initially, shall I say, “surprised” by her spending a [...]

Sarah Frey

This episode's remarkable guest is Sarah Frey. The New York Times dubbed her the Pumpkin Queen of America because she grows more pumpkins than any other farmer in America. In 2016, she sold 5 million pumpkins. She owns approximately 15,000 acres of farmland in Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and West [...]

Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss discusses being an online influencer, a multiple best-selling author of The Four Hour Work Week and four other books, depression, and why physical exercise is so important to him. People sometimes refer to him as the Oprah of Audio because his podcast has been downloaded more than 500 million times. He’s [...]

How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. […]

By |2016-10-24T14:08:52-07:00May 4th, 2015|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , |8 Comments

How to Pick Advisors

Once upon a time there were two engineering PhDs who were clueless about how to start a company. All they knew how to do was code. They were so desperate for money and adult supervision that when an experienced businessperson showed interest and offered to help raise money, they, in their own words, “followed him [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:08:54-07:00April 27th, 2015|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship|Tags: , |7 Comments

How to Spread the Word When Information Flows Faster Than Clout

In their book, Absolute Value: What Really Influences Customers In The Age of (Nearly) Perfect Information, Emanuel Rosen and Itamar Simonson explain a new approach to planting seeds to build awareness for a new product or service. Their idea is that the gradual adoption, trickle-down approach that started when Moses went to see God is [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:09:00-07:00April 13th, 2015|Categories: Books, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , |3 Comments

How to Be a Demo God

Several times a year a group of executives from startups do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This name of the event is, logically, DEMO. It’s a great occasion—especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: Entrepreneurs acting as if they don’t need venture capital, [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:09:04-07:00March 30th, 2015|Categories: Books|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Art of Leading

Some aspiring entrepreneurs are already working for a big company. Like external entrepreneurs, they dream of creating innovative products. They, too, must prototype, position, pitch, bootstrap, recruit, fund, partner, sell, and support. The purpose of this minichapter is to explain how to do all this when you’re employed by a large business. […]

By |2016-10-24T14:09:07-07:00March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The Art of Keeping Things Simple

Entrepreneurs face hundreds of decisions when they start a company, and there’s often a temptation to optimize each one of them—sometimes by breaking new ground. However, it’s best to focus one’s energy and attention on milestone issues. My experience and expertise is with US companies, but these are generally accepted startup practices: […]

By |2016-10-24T14:09:09-07:00March 18th, 2015|Categories: Books|Tags: , |2 Comments
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