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Mark Jennings: CEO of Subba Media Inc.
Dec 17, 2017 • 81 min
Mark Jennings is the CEO of Subba Media Inc., which allows people to post reviews for any live events. They are currently fundraising with a very cool model (which we do talk about in the interview0 that allows just about anyone take part in an equity…
Umber Ahmad Creator And Head Chef Of Mah Ze Dahr
Apr 2, 2017 • 52 min
Umber Ahmad is the founder and head chef at Mah Ze Dahr bakery, the first brand under the Colicchio Discovery Platform. Umber grew up being fascinated by how things worked - this led her to study Genetics at MIT, get her Masters in International Health…
Josh Spodek SIDCHA To 90000 Burpees
Mar 17, 2017 • 115 min
Josh Spodek has done 90,000 burpees. He has a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia, and an MBA from the Columbia business school where is is a professor at Columbia Business School’s Program on Social Intelligence. He has a new book out, New book: Leadership…
Adam Harrison: Co-Founder of Tart
Mar 7, 2017 • 61 min
Adam Harrison is the of Tart, a bakery & coffee shop in London. We talk about his love of languages, his jobs in advertising, how he decided to go out on a limb and start a bakery with his partner Jace, the ups and downs of starting a small business in…
[Book Review] #AskGaryVeeGary
Feb 19, 2017 • 22 min
What do you do when you have Jury Duty? Write a book review. This is an insane case study in content marketing & optimisation. The guy takes questions from twitter (audience engagement), asks them for his youtube show, transcribes the answers, categorizes…
Jenny Blake: How to Pivot
Feb 16, 2017 • 45 min
Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps smart people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, and build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. In this interview we talk about starting a new career or…
Megan Griffiths: Master of Film!
Jan 28, 2017 • 39 min
Megan Griffiths is a film director living in Seattle Washington. We talk about how she is a master of film - how she builds a character from dialogue in life, where she finds stories, why it is preferable to have multiple story arcs in each story, how…
Cat Castellanos: Neuroplasticity for the Relentlessly Ambitious
Jan 22, 2017 • 52 min
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Charles Mudede: Critical Thinker, Editor of The Stranger
Dec 18, 2016 • 36 min
Charles Mudede is an editor at The Stranger in Seattle. He was Born in Rodesia, Studied political philosophy in Botswana, and is also a film director, and critical thinker. We talk about his thoughts on why growth us unnecessary, why he made the movie…
Michael Ellsworth: Partner at Built by Civilization
Dec 11, 2016 • 38 min
Michael Ellsworth is a partner at Built By Civilisation - a design firm based in Seattle, Washington. In this conversation, we talk about how he went from working in ad sales with community organisations, and pivoted to working in design. We talk about…
Jonathan Rubinstein: Founder of Joe Coffee
Nov 29, 2016 • 49 min
In this episode, which was recorded at the caddilac house in New York City, I spoke with Jon Rubinstein is the founder of Joe Coffee, consistently ranked one of the best coffee shops in New York City. In this interview, we talk about how and why he…
Cynthia Tee: Executive Director of ADA
Nov 13, 2016 • 61 min
Cynthia Tee is the executive director of ADA, which helps teach women computer program skills. We talk about her 20 years of experience at Microsoft, diversity in the workplace, how ADA is working to fill the skills gap that exists in tech, and how to…
Ray Mendez: Partner / Creative Director, Concept Farm
Nov 5, 2016 • 80 min
Ray Mendez is a Partner & the Creative Director at Concept Farm. In our conversation, we talk about why he moved from Bombay at age 23, studying Advertising at Syracuse, then working in New York City and in Amsterdam at agencies like J. Walter Thompson,…
Madeline Puckette Pt 2: On Wine Folly
Oct 26, 2016 • 44 min
This is part 2 of my 2-Part interview with Madeline, in which we talk about the creation of wine folly, her systems & inspiration used to create the content for wine folly, commentary on one of her blog posts on “selection massage”, the future of wine…
Madeline Puckette pt 1: Certified Sommelier & Content Director of Wine Folly
Oct 24, 2016 • 39 min
Madeline Puckett is a certified sommelier and the content director at Wine Folly. Our conversation was too long to fit into one podcast episode, so I’ve had to split it. while the 2nd episode is about is more focused on wine-related content, First episode…
David Zyla: Emmy Award-Winning Stylist
Oct 24, 2016 • 43 min
David Zyla is an emmy award-winning stylist who focuses on color. In his career, he has created wardrobes for such notable names as Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks & Neil Patrick Harris, and worked on ABC’s All My Children as well as other shows. He is also…
Rebekah Bastian: VP of Product, Zillow
Oct 24, 2016 • 35 min
Rebekah Bastian is the Vp of product at Zillow, the largest real estate marketplace in the US. Our conversation covers how she applied an engineering degree to become involved in the product development world, the Community Pillars project at Zillow, how…
Albert Edmonds: Founder of Seattle Edge
Oct 24, 2016 • 72 min
Albert Edmonds is a professional knife sharpener. He opened up his own knife sharpening shop in 2011 in Seattle, Washington. In our conversation, we talk about what first sparked his interest in knives, how he got his start in the knife sharpening world,…
Milind Mehere: CEO & Founder of YieldStreet
Oct 17, 2016 • 62 min
Milind Mehere is the CEO & Founder of YieldStreet, which helps people generate income from alternative investments. He is originally From Bombay and started out studying industrial engineering, which is all about improving and optimizing processes. This…
Nassim Assefi: Thrillionaire
Oct 3, 2016 • 72 min
Nassim Assefi is a Thrillionaire living a portfolio life. Starting out in medicine, studyging biology & medicine at Wellsley, University of Washington & Harvard, She has given her expertise to ZocDoc, to community health centers in her home town of…
Gregory Yates: Chief Marketing Officer RICG & Rock Drummer.
Sep 18, 2016 • 77 min
Greg Yates is the CMO of RICG, an creative advertising agency. He is also a damn good drummer, having been in around 50 bands. We talk about how he got his start in marketing, why “method acting” is a good way to create a marketing strategy, how he played…
Susie Lee: Co - Founder Of Siren
Sep 12, 2016 • 50 min
Susie is the CEO of Siren, a social discovery platform focused on quality first time engagement to establish real-life connections. Before starting Siren with co-founder Katrina Hess, she worked as an artist, and also has a background in science &…
Silvia Christmann: Growth Coach
Sep 6, 2016 • 51 min
Growth coach who has worked with Serial Entrepreneurs, Emerging Mindfulness Leaders,Physicians, Partners at Global Law Firms, C-Level Executives and Financial Professionals, including Hedge Fund Managers, Traders and Wealth Managers to help them excel at…
Catie McCarthy: Just Be Better
Aug 28, 2016 • 67 min
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Cynthia Hellen: Founder & CEO of SMPLCT Labs
Aug 21, 2016 • 61 min
Cynthia Hellen: Founder & CEO of SMPLCT Labs by The Fierce Focus Show
Neelam Brar: Founder & CEO of District CoWork & Empress Capital
Aug 16, 2016 • 64 min
Neelam Brar is the founder & CEO of District CoWork - an upscale co-working space, and the founder & CEO of Empress Capital Fund, which is - a accelerator and a fund for aimed at companies in the female economy. In this interview, we discuss her interest…
Sarah Piampiano: Professional Triathlete
Aug 8, 2016 • 51 min
Sarah Piampiano is a professional long-distance triathlete. Last year, she placed 7th in the international ironman championship in Kona, Hawaii, and the day after the interview, she won the Vineman Ironman race in napa. In our conversation, we talk about…
Brian McClintic: Master Sommelier
Aug 1, 2016 • 73 min
Brian McClintic is a Master Sommelier who was one of the subjects of the documentary SOMM (find it on Netflix). In this interview, recorded at the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, Oregon, Brian and I discuss the art & science of wine…
Kirti Srikant: VP of Brand & Advertising @ OppenheimerFunds
Jul 25, 2016 • 49 min
Kirti Srikant is the VP of Brand and Advertising at OppenheimerFunds, where, most recently she has played a central role in the development of the Invest in a Beautiful World campaign and in the creation of the Optimist Index - which we talk about in the…
Kirti Srikant: Teaser
Jul 22, 2016 • 2 min
Preview of my interview with Kirti Srikant, VP of Brand & Advertising for OppenheimerFunds.
Ryan Holiday: Strategist & Writer
Jul 11, 2016 • 36 min
Ryan Holiday is a strategist and a writer. He wrote the NYTimes Bestseller Trust Me, I’m Lying: confessions of a media manipulator, Growth Hacker Marketing, and most recently he wrote on Stoicism with his book The Obstacle Is The Way. If Obstacle was…
Maeve Roughton: A Writer, Strategist & Gemini.
Jul 5, 2016 • 50 min
You may not know her name (by her own design), but you likely have read her writing. Maeve Roughton is a writer and a strategist, working with clients like Google, Questlove, PlayStation, and Zappos; and she has led creative initiatives with agencies such…
Avery Roth CEO Of The Startup Consulting Group
Jun 22, 2016 • 55 min
Avery Roth is the founder of The Startup Consulting Group, where she guides startups of all shapes and sizes towards success. In the past, She has worked in London, brazil, paris & Miami, with hedge funds & investment banks, she speaks 5 languages, and…
Lillian Daniels: Creator of TheHappyKnee.com
Jun 14, 2016 • 42 min
Lillian Daniels is the creator of the LillianDaniels.com, through which helps people eat healthier & study yoga, and happyknee.com through which she provides guidance on repairing knee injuries without surgery. In this interview we discuss her transition…
Annabel Acton: Creator of Never Liked It Anyway
Jun 1, 2016 • 54 min
Annabel Acton created NeverLikedItAnyways.com, the eBay for breakup stuff. Since launching in 2012, “Bella” has focused on ensuring the company makes breakups suck less. We talk about how she came up with the idea, her time spent working in innovation…
Julia Wojnar: Creator of Unleash Your Presence
May 28, 2016 • 52 min
Julia Wojnar is a public speaking coach and created UnlesashYourPresence.com to offer her expertise to others. Sometimes, people don’t know where to start when they’ve got something to talk about. For these people, Julia has put together the Get Speaking…
Julia Wojnar Teaser
May 26, 2016 • 3 min
Snippets of my upcoming interview with public speaking expert & creator of Unleashyourpresence.com creator Julia Wojnar. Full episode coming soon! To get Julia’s “Get Speaking Blueprint” text SPEECH to 33444
Belma McCaffrey, Creator of Work Bigger
May 16, 2016 • 55 min
Belma Mccaffrey created Work Bigger to help young professionals find meaning in their work lives and their careers. In this interview, we talk about the iterations that Work Bigger has gone through, how she balances working full time at the Associated…
Belma Trailer
May 14, 2016 • 3 min
Teaser for my interview with Belma McCaffrey founder of https://belmamccaffrey.com and creator of Work Bigger. Full Episode coming soon!
The Fierce Focus Show: Billy McFarland - Founder & CEO Of Magnises
May 8, 2016 • 26 min
Billy McFarland is the Founder & CEO of Magnises - a company that connects those who want to level-up their lives with access to the experiences that make that level-ing up happen. In our interview, we talk about how he began creating companies in 6th…
Billy McFarland Trailer
May 6, 2016 • 2 min
Magnises Founder & CEO Billy McFarland came on The Fierce Focus Show the other day. Here is a teaser. Full Episode will be released soon!
Uriel Zecharia- Creator Of Cast Plus
May 2, 2016 • 30 min
Uriel Zecharia created Cast Plus, a platform that connects emerging podcasters with advertisers. He is based in Israel, so while he was in NYC for a few days, we met up to discuss why israel is such a hotbed for startup activity, how he grew his affinity…
The Fierce Focus Show Four Morsels
Apr 16, 2016 • 5 min
This is a shorter episode where I chose four “focus morsels” and explained what they mean in this episode. A “focus morsel” is a bite-sized “cliff-note” of knowledge from my past interviews. Let me know what you think of this? Email me with your thoughts…
Jason Katzer: Creator of Jason Prime
Apr 1, 2016 • 81 min
Jason Katzer is a life-long entrepreneur with a technical background, and the creator of Jason Prime. We talk about how he got his start in creating software, why he decided to move to Japan for 2 months, how he found himself at a 24-hour fitness at 2am…
Matt Morchower Deep Diving Entrepreneur
Mar 22, 2016 • 77 min
I speak with matt Morchower who is a serial entrepreneur and has co-founded Marquis Jets, which was later sold to Berkshire Hathaway, was the COO of Magnises - the exclusive card for millennials - and was the president of Clipper Jet. In our interview…
George Popescu : Expert Value Builder
Mar 9, 2016 • 47 min
George Popescu is the founder of companies like Boston Technologies, Down the Road brewery, and most recently, Lending Times. George has a natural inclination to dive deep into how things work, and focuses on bridging the inefficiencies to create value on…
Mark Ransom Day Pt 2: Forge On Hudson
Mar 6, 2016 • 44 min
Part 2 of my conversation with Mark Day, we talk about his building of the brand that was GMD Studios, how he picked himself back up after the company he worked for imploded, why making your own company can be easier than working for someone else, how…
Mark Ransom Day: Pt 1 - A Call to Action
Mar 3, 2016 • 35 min
Mark Day is an expert in brand creation and management. This is the first of a two-part interview in which we talk about Mark’s early career in PR, his education into the world of business, things like Virtual Reality, The Impostor Syndrome, Blacking out…
Polly Payne Creator Of Horacio Printing
Feb 21, 2016 • 67 min
Polly Payne Willoughby created Horacio Printing - a Christian faith-based planner. She had the idea to create a planner in August 2014, executed on the idea and sold out of her first production run within three months. For the last 18 months, Horacio was…
Vineel Maharaj: Shrink & Growth Marketer
Feb 1, 2016 • 50 min
Vineel Maharaj wears a lot of hats, but focuses on marketing and psychology. We talk about his interest in the “pickup artist” community, investing, creating websites and marketing, and a company called Dil Mil.
Franklin Tsung: Activist Investor
Jan 15, 2016 • 54 min
Franklin Tsung is the founder and principal at BlackCrown Holdings. He also worked as the COO of App Crown, an financial technology platform, and the Founder of TS Equity LLC, all based in NYC. Franklin’s story is interesting because he grew up in a…
Sam DeBey: The Hurricane Captain
Jan 15, 2016 • 52 min
Sam DeBey is a digital animator and a good friend of mine. Sam’s story has brought him from being an art student in San Jose, to living in his mom’s hotel in the Seychelles, to sailing his boat down the eastern seaboard during hurricane sandy. As an…
Ali Hamed: Venture Capitalist
Jan 15, 2016 • 43 min
Ali Hamed (@alibhamed) is a venture capitalist living in NYC, and is a Co-Founder and a General Partner at CoVenture. In this interview we talk about what CoVenture is and what they’re doing with the World Bank, the easiest email he had to send, what…
Saeed Jabbar: Creator
Jan 14, 2016 • 70 min
Saeed Jabbar is primed to be a creator. Saeed grew up in Guyana, moved to NYC when he was a child - this gives him a particularly interesting perspective on life in the US. We talked about meditation, optimizing his life, his “hyperbolic time chamber”,…
Luke Willoughby: Media Guru
Jan 14, 2016 • 49 min
In this episode recorded at NYC’s Belgian Beer Hall, I interviewed Luke Willoughby - a go-getter in the media world. Luke found his way to NYC by being very creative with his resume, and worked at media companies to satisfy the left side of his brain,…