StartEdUp Podcast

StartEdUp Podcast
Where Educators, Innovators and Entrepreneurs Connect
Jeff Hoffman: There is NO THEY
Jul 17 • 49 min
Jeff Hoffman is the embodiment of the mindset of entrepreneurialism. In this podcast you will hear why teaching the mindset and skills of an entrepreneur will empower millions. I encourage you to share this with your friends and colleges. Also, connect w/…
The Need To Belong
Jul 15 • 4 min
The “feeling of belonging” is a strong force. However, many people feel like they are not connected- or worse- think that being on a social media platform will make them feel fulfilled. Here is a tip to create that feeling- talk to people.
Michael Cohen: The Tech Rabbi
Jul 12 • 35 min
Michael Cohen, aka The Tech Rabbi, wants more students to be empowered with skills on how to think- not just what to think. Michael is an entrepreneur and creativity instigator turned educator. He helps schools leverage creative thinking, collaboration,…
Tina Seelig: The Creativity Rules
Jul 10 • 34 min
Tina Seelig is on a mission to get more people to unlock our creative potential, embrace our “failure resume,” and take some creative risks. This episode will inspire you to take action and get out there! You can find her books, blog, and other info at:…
Advice from Elmo: Do Something
Jul 8 • 4 min
A life lesson from Cinder-Elmo: Do something! Dreaming doesn’t work!
Brian Aspinall: Code Breaker
Jul 5 • 32 min
Brian Aspinall is an elementary teacher, TEDx speaker, and the author of Code Breaker. He is on a mission to get more kids interesting in coding. But listen closely as WHY Brian is going beyond the obvious answers. You can find more about his mission at:…
Hardeep Gulati: Innovation Within Powerschool
Jul 3 • 27 min
Hardeep Gulati is the CEO of Powerschool and is focused on helping parents and students. One problem: I didn’t want this interview to be an advertisement for Powerschool. It wasn’t. Instead we talked about how his company is looking forward and helping…
Make Them Thirsty
Jul 1 • 4 min
You can lead a horse to water- you just make make it drink. BUT you can make it thirsty. How do you make people thirsty?
Aaron Maurer: Coffee For The Brain
Jun 28 • 33 min
Aaron Maurer is an educator focused on creativity and design. In this episode we dig deep into what is needed for our students to thrive. He is also the STEM Lead for the Mississippi Bend AEA and the Founder of a non profit called 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. You…
John Kao: Edge Makers in Innovation, Education
Jun 26 • 32 min
John Kao has spent the better part of 30 years creating compelling learning experiences for emerging innovators and entrepreneurs. His eclectic career mirrors the complexity of innovation and entrepreneurship. He was a professor at Harvard Business…
ISTE Conference: Better Than The Day Before
Jun 24 • 4 min
Conferences like ISTE can leave you feeling inadequate- if you let it. Yes, there are some amazing presenters that make it “look easy,” but you need to remind yourself of one thing every day.
Eric Patnoudes M. Ed. “The Future Isn’t Always About Technology”
Jun 21 • 31 min
Eric Patnoudes, M. Ed. is the Director of Strategic Initiatives Otus Education (Twitter: @OtusK12 ) Former Education Strategist at CDW. In this episode Eric and I delve into the future, and how education needs to focus on more than just tech. We also…
Curt Mercadante: Pursuing Freedom
Jun 19 • 31 min
Curt Mercadante is a business coach that helps entrepreneurs, business owners and C-level execs fight for lives of freedom and fulfillment. His sought-after blogs and sessions help his clients focus on their talents, not weaknesses, while also balancing…
Mr. Incredible… Dad
Jun 17 • 5 min
I just watched The Incredibles 2… No spoiler alerts here, but it DID get me thinking about the role of dad’s.
Michael Matera: Gamification & Learning
Jun 14 • 33 min
What does “gamification” mean in the classroom? Better yet, what isn’t it? Michael Matera, author of “Explore Like a Pirate,” goes into the science of motivation, and how gamification helps foster learning. He also announces his new summer professional…
JT McCormick: Started From The Bottom…
Jun 12 • 33 min
JT McCormick was raised by drug dealers, prostitutes and the streets. However, his lessons along the way transformed his life, and the life around him. Now he is inspiring others and is the CEO of “Book In A Box.” His story will inspire you to take…
Side Hustle: Are You Looking For Opportunities?
Jun 10 • 4 min
The Gig/ Freelance economy is here. A mutual friend of mine started Snapshfyt- a gig economy app that places shift workers with events and restaurants. They’re in need of workers. The problem: are people looking? Bigger question: Are we training our youth…
Doug Bergman: Computer Science K-12
Jun 7 • 40 min
Doug Bergman is not your ordinary Computer Science Teacher- and he wants more students to take the new, modern version of what CS classes are. But he also wants you to know what CS isn’t. You can connect w/ Doug on Twitter at: @dougbergmanUSA And his book…
Summer: Creating Memories & Finding Opportunities
Jun 4 • 4 min
Simple instructions for teachers and students this summer.
Dave Rubin: Re-thinking Group Think (Rebroadcast)
Jun 3 • 48 min
Dave Rubin (Twitter: @RubinReport) has become an internet sensation for his take on group think, and what it means to be a progressive. While I usually shy away from politics, I’ve seen plenty of “twitter spats” break out- and too many of them fall into…
Julie Smith: Media Literacy, “Fake News,” & Our Students
May 31 • 35 min
“Fake News” and media bias has been on everyone’s mind lately. So has extreme bias and political correctness. Today, Julie Smith, author of “Master The Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World” weighs in on why we must teach media…
Molly Cain: Director of Innovation for Homeland Security
May 29 • 42 min
Molly Cain is the Director of Venture and Innovation for Homeland Security. If her job title isn’t interesting enough, please listen to her advice on innovation, getting hired, finding mentors, and dropping great Will Ferrell references. That and we…
A School Shooting At My Child’s School & How We Treat Each Other
May 27 • 7 min
*Disclaimer: My views on this podcast are my own. I am not making this podcast on behalf of the City of Noblesville, or the Noblesville School Corporation. You never think a school shooting can happen at your child’s school… until it does. However, I’m…
Troy Cockrum: Firefly Classrooms
May 24 • 34 min
Troy Cockrum: Firefly Classrooms by Don Wettrick
Christine Yi: I Want to be an Instagram Influencer?
May 22 • 32 min
Christine Yi had it all. She was a successful hedge fund manager, married to a successful partner, and lived a normal life. But Christine didn’t want normal- she wanted happy. Listen to her journey of taking HUGE risks, and putting passion above the…
School Shootings: Both Sides Care. Now to Solutions
May 20 • 7 min
Whether you support gun control, or the NRA, I believe that “both sides” want kids to be safe. However, I want there to be a civil dialogue of possible solutions. This is my try at proposing a solution.
Colin and Jackson: Entrepreneurial Student Mindsets
May 17 • 33 min
Colin Warham and Jackson Ramey are the winners of the Indiana InnovateWithIN pitch competition. Their educational board game, Educaid, won the contest, but what REALLY won the judges over was their mindset on failure and being an entrepreneur. This is one…
Matt Miller: Empowering the Educators
May 15 • 34 min
Matt Miller has spent more than a decade teaching technology-infused lessons in public schools. As an author, blogger and education speaker, he encourages teachers to free their teaching and revolutionize their classrooms with mindset, techniques and…
Listen To Your Mother
May 13 • 5 min
A moment of gratitude EVERYDAY for our moms. A special thanks for the single moms making it work everyday!
Matt Matheson: Money Basics for Kids
May 10 • 32 min
Matt Matheson wants elementary students to start thinking about money, investing, and career choices. But he doesn’t do this with boring worksheets and bank pamphlets. Instead he has other interactive tactics in mind. Take a listen: Husband and Dad,…
Quentin Allums: LinkedIn Growth
May 8 • 30 min
Quentin Allums teachs entrepreneurs, Business Coaches, and Athletes how to build and leverage their personal brand to make more money and attract more opportunities. But “Q” discovered that LinkedIn was the place to be for getting a positive, organic…
A lesson in history, civics, & education reform from Kanye West?
May 6 • 6 min
Kanye West caused quite an uproar last week. The question, has he sparked a national dialogue on history and education? Or just a shouting match with neither side listening.
Choose Financial Independence: What YOU need to retire fast, travel free
May 3 • 40 min
Jonathan Mendonsa is on a mission to get people to understand the power of money, how to retire faster, and even travel free. There is a growing community of “FI” people (Financial Independence) that know the tips and life hacks for people to earn more,…
AmyJo Martin: The Pivotal Moment
May 1 • 31 min
Amy Jo Martin is an American author, speaker, entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Digital Royalty. Her podcast, “Why Not Now” features the TOP performers in their field, and asks them, “When did you decide- Why not now?” Guests like Mark Cuban, Jessica…
Do YOU Have a Balance Buddy?
Apr 29 • 5 min
Do you have someone that will push you past your limit, but not break you?
The Engagement Index: A Breakthrough Idea from the Wellington School
Apr 26 • 29 min
The Wellington School in Ohio has been trying to find the sweet spot between good teaching, challenging, and fun. They call it the engagement index, and I think they’re on to a breakthrough idea to make class relevant, rigorous, and fun. “John Kruzan is…
Evan Carmichael: Mindsets of Top 10 Performers
Apr 24 • 31 min
Evan Carmichael is on a mission to get you to #Believe. His YouTube videos have millions of views- all to get you to shift your mindset and work harder. You will LOVE this episode. You can find more information at:…
Quietly Suffering
Apr 22 • 6 min
I see people quietly suffering. Suffering from anger, need, and hurting. But can I be more observant? Can I be more actively compassionate? And if so, how can I help?
Vince Massara: Motivation, Wellness, Success
Apr 19 • 34 min
Vince Massara is a teacher that wants YOU to live your most optimal life. Often times, however, teachers neglect their health and overall wellness due to the stress of daily “teacher” life. Vince wants to change that. Take a listen and learn from Vince.…
Caroline Pugh: Attention All Female Entrepreneurs!
Apr 17 • 35 min
Caroline Pugh is the Chief of Staff @CareJourney and @Entrepreneur Magazine 15 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch. But what she REALLY is- is driven, motivated, and connected. Her insights on building a network, mindset, and hard work are inspirational,…
Are You On A Mission?
Apr 15 • 5 min
I’ve noticed that people who are on a mission are a little happier, even if they’re mission started from tragic circumstances. I’ve also noticed that these same people tend to post more on LinkedIn, rather than Facebook or Twitter.
DisruptED TV: The Education Revolution WILL be Televised
Apr 12 • 34 min
Rich Allen is a teacher that truly understand “positive disruption”- which is exactly why he HAD to start DisruptED TV. This episode you will hear how and why Rich started it, as well as hold up the educators he wants to feature. Please go to…
Corey Poirier: The Successful DNA
Apr 10 • 40 min
Corey Poirier has interviewed literally THOUSANDS of top performers like John C. Maxwell to Deepak Chopra and Zig Ziglar. His podcast, Conversations with Passion and his books are his way to connect with these leaders, and this interview was to bring some…
Enjoy The Silence
Apr 8 • 4 min
“Winning the morning” usually comes in complete silence. How to avoid the emails and messages in the morning and enjoy the silence. *Depeche Mode not included.
Aleng Phommathep- IT Directors- Pedagogy with a Purpose
Apr 5 • 30 min
Aleng Phommathep came from humble beginnings as a refugee leaving Laos, and then serving as the IT director at Tabernacle School District in New Jersey. But most importantly is why he’s not just a “tech guy” but focused on solid pedagogy instead. Take a…
Ari Meisel: Less Doing, More Living
Apr 4 • 30 min
Ari Meisel wants people to understand how to live more & do less busy stuff that bogs down our life. This episode will make you re-consider your 9-5.
Students Please Listen- Brand & Provide Value NOW
Apr 2 • 5 min
“Preparing our students for the future” is our top priority. But so is addressing our anxiety, depression rates. Please listen. Pass this along if you know someone that needs to hear it.
Mrs Chambers: Students on a MISSION
Mar 29 • 37 min
Rebecca Chambers is a Social Science Teacher at John McCrae SS in Ottawa, Canada. A couple of weeks ago she emailed me, explaining that her classroom was a hub of amazing student projects. She was right. She can be found on twitter @MrsRChambers and you…
Steve Sims- Getting What You Want
Mar 27 • 50 min
Steve Sims knows how to make things happen- to make what seems impossible, a reality. So how did this former brick layer get access to some of the biggest celebrity names and exclusive venues? His answers are shockingly simple and insightful.
ASCD Empower 18 Recap
Mar 25 • 3 min
What an honor to present w/ @JamalCrook this weekend at #ASCD #Empower18. Major takeaway: amplifying your classroom!
Doug Bergman: The Case for Computer Science in School
Mar 22 • 32 min
Doug Bergman is a Computer Science teacher at Porter Gaud High School in Charleston, SC. In this episode I interview Doug about his program… kind of. His students took it from there. If you want to HEAR student voice, the importance of computer science,…
Jay Wong: Awaken Your Inner Chagemaker
Mar 20 • 42 min
Jay Wong is a serial entrepreneur, real estate investor and host of The Inner Changemaker; consistently rated top 100 podcasts in iTunes Canada. He recently got named as one of the Top 40 Millennial Influencers to follow in 2018 and constantly creates…
March Madness: The Underdog’s Journey
Mar 18 • 5 min
Everybody loves to see the “underdog” win. But are we preparing ourselves to be the winning team, or looking for excuses?
Neal Phalora- How to Re-Wire Your Students Brain
Mar 15 • 37 min
Neal Phalora is on a mission to get more people to “re-wire” their brain and way of thinking. This interview is candid and we go deep into the social media culture, norms, education, and the challenges of raising kids. You can find out more about Neal at:…
Dr Brynn Winegard- Brain-Based Leadership & Innovation
Mar 13 • 40 min
Dr. Brynn Winegard is an award-winning professor, speaker, and noted Neuroscientist. In this episode we discuss building better brains, the education system, and how to pursue innovation. You can find more about Dr. Winegard at and on…
Moment Of Inspiration- Charity Water
Mar 11 • 5 min
My two students asked me to go hear Scott Harrison speak. I knew about his journey, but didn’t know the details. I now feel compelled to help Charity: Water. If you would like to make a donation, please go to:
A3House: Students Producing Not Just Consuming
Mar 8 • 41 min
A3House (Albemarle Alternative Arts House)is creating student PRODUCERS! Take a listen to how Chance Dickerson and Bernard Hankins of Albemarle County Public Schools approach education, and how the A3House is focusing on design and producing authentic…
Welcome to the Grind- Randall Sampson
Mar 6 • 34 min
Dr. Randall Sampson, author of “Welcome to the Grind,” weighs in on the mindset of innovation, along with grit, and accountability in education. Randall Sampson, PhD, ensures equity and access for students through innovative learning models. Dr. Sampson…
What Is Your Side Hustle?
Mar 4 • 4 min
If you HAD to make your own money right now- what would you do? Some thoughts on the “side hustle.” I would LOVE to hear your ideas at:
Jason Vest: Middle School Innovation
Mar 1 • 32 min
Jason Vest has a middle school Innovation class. Yes, he has an INNOVATION CLASS. If you’ve EVER wondered if middle school can (or should) have an entire period to collaborate, innovate, invent & learn how to think- take a listen to Jason and what his…
Shaun Frankson: Turning Trash into Crypto Treasure: The Plastic Bank
Feb 27 • 27 min
Shaun Frankson is on a mission to cut down on ocean pollution AND economic empowerment. He is the co-founder of @PlasticBank, which uses block chain technology to monetize recycling plastic in developing countries! You will be amazed to learn how this…
Pay Yourself First- How To Retire Fast on a Teacher Budget
Feb 25 • 4 min
My dad taught me the simple concept of “paying yourself first” when I was young. Now I want more people to start thinking about maximizing their retirement savings, and pay less in taxes!
Bobby McCutcheon: Genius Hour Principal
Feb 22 • 32 min
Bobby McCutcheon is a Principal that wants teacher to provide more time for innovation and creativity through the “Genius Hour” (or 20% Time) movement. You can find him on Twitter at: @Fight4Mizzou, his school @RandallBears and by email…
Shane Feldman: Undercover High
Feb 20 • 36 min
Shane Feldman is a global youth empowerment expert, TV personality, motivational speaker and critically acclaimed producer. In 2017, A&E docu-series “Undercover High” was launched. In this podcast we discuss what he witnessed, and the trends parents and…
School Violence Solutions: You Can’t Be Curious And Angry
Feb 18 • 5 min
When it comes to finding solutions to gun violence and school safety I’ve was reminded that you can’t be curious and angry at the same time.
How to Freelance to Freedom w/ Vince Pugliese
Feb 13 • 41 min
Vincent has been a professional photographer for more than twenty three years and an international award winning sports and documentary photographer. Vincent has photographed every major sporting event, including the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NHL…
Do Our Students REALLY Need Innovation & Creativity in School?
Feb 11 • 5 min
I got an email that broke my heart- yet inspired me. Plus a short discussion on *if we need to include creativity and innovation in our education.
Tyler Gehrking: Creating the Student CEO
Feb 8 • 38 min
Tyler Gehrking is the Facilitator of the Kandiyohi County CEO class, Founder of DisruptED LLC, Keynote Speaker, and the Technology Integration Specialist for Willmar High School. Tyler launched his podcast, DisruptED, in 2017 to share new and sometimes…
Sergio Marrero: Just In Time Learning or Just In Case?
Feb 6 • 27 min
Sergio Marrero is an accomplished entrepreneur and disruptor. But his TEDx talk really got me to wonder- is college “just in time” learning- or just in case?
Launching An Academy
Feb 4 • 7 min
After several months of planning and inspiration, we’ve decided to launch our online academy: Listen to why & how you can join the network!
Ryan Keliher: Creating Super Star Students
Feb 1 • 23 min
Ryan Keliher is a teacher that provides an “All-Star” program to his entrepreneurial students. Take a listen & hear why his students are achieving at a high level! You can find him on Twitter at: @superstarcurric Or online at:
Darrin Gray: Being an “All Pro Dad”
Jan 30 • 31 min
All Pro Dad was started to get dad’s more involved in their child’s life. As a big fan of Tony Dungy, I wanted the backstory on how All Pro Dad started. Darrin Gray joins us on not only why All Pro Dad started, but lays out a vision on where they are…
Foo Fighters Dream Come True: Joey McClennan
Jan 28 • 11 min
Imagine what you would do if Dave Grohl asked you to come up and play with the band… in front of 52,000 people. That is EXACTLY what 22 yr old Joey McClennan of Brisbane Australia did this weekend… now hear the story behind the viral event. Story & video:…
Innovation Through Social Media w/ Nate Green & Tre Mongo
Jan 25 • 40 min
What happens when a teacher encourages social media in the curriculum- to use it as a tool for amplification? Answer: you get the class, “Disruptive Innovation Through Social Media.” In this podcast we interview Flint Hill’s very own Nate Green (Twitter:…
Atif Zafar: Self-Taught to Greatness
Jan 23 • 38 min
Dr. Atif Zafar is an internist in Indianapolis, Indiana- but his real passion is in technology. Listen to this self-taught engineer on how he got his start in medicine, but pursued his passion for engineering and entrepreneurship through trial-and-error.…
Education Insanity
Jan 21 • 5 min
The definition of insanity- doing the same things and expecting different results. Educators, parents, and “experts” keep saying that teaching to the test isn’t working. So why do we keep placing so much pressure on our students and teachers?
Craig Frehlich The future of VR in the classroom
Jan 18 • 26 min
Craig Frehlich has been teacher for over 20 years and is currently a middle school design teacher at an independent school, Strathcona Tweedsmuir (Twitter: @stsconnections ), near Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He works with students in grade 8-10 on design…
Dr. Laura Jana - The Developing Brain As a Startup
Jan 16 • 49 min
Dr. Laura Jana is an internationally acclaimed pediatrician, award winning author and renowned health communicator and parenting expert. Having most recently served as Director of Innovation in Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center,…
A Rant- Is College Really Worth It?
Jan 14 • 5 min
The price of college is out of control? But is it worth it? A rant on starting your journey NOW.
Scott Harrison of Charity Water: Mentoring 101
Jan 11 • 39 min
Scott Harrison, founder of Charity Water gives some advice to two student’s that are starting a school in Ghana.
Chip Reece: Graphic Novel Special Needs Superhero
Jan 9 • 36 min
Chip Reece and his son, Ollie wanted to bring some diversity to the comic book/ graphic novel scene. Ollie, born with Down Syndrome, and his dad wanted to create a new superhero and highlight their story. Together they created “Metaphase,” a graphic novel…
Ep 136: Who Made YOU The Expert?
Jan 7 • 5 min
Who is an “expert” and do you need permission to be a thought leader? What about a blogger? YouTuber? Some points to consider from two emails I received. One nice. One not-so-nice.
Sarah Thomas - The Pursuit of Balanced EdTech
Jan 4 • 30 min
Sarah-Jane Thomas, PhD (@sarahdateechur) is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Sarah is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and founder of the EduMatch project, which promotes connection…
Jon Acuff on How to FINISH that Resolution or Goal
Jan 2 • 41 min
Jon Acuff doesn’t want to inspire you to start that big goal- he focused in on what we need to do to FINISH the goal. While others focus on starting resolutions, Jon has done research on what it takes to see it through and finish. You can find more about…
2017 Year In Review: Lessons From Our Guests
Dec 31, 2017 • 15 min
We launched January 1, 2017. It’s been quite a year. Here are some highlights and thoughts from an amazing journey w/ amazing guests. Credit: Intro/ Outro music “Hello,” by DJ Quads
Kristi Zuhlke: Learning Corporate to Launch a Startup
Dec 28, 2017 • 36 min
Kristi Zuhlke is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Hound. In this episode Kristi lays out the path she took, and also highlights the benefits of working for a big corporation before launching. She also details what young people should look for in a culture…
Jake Kelfer: Elevate Beyond
Dec 26, 2017 • 39 min
Jake Kelfer wants you to succeed- so start now. His book and work points to success in practical, easy to understand ways. This is the perfect episode before you put off your New Year’s Resolutions. His book can be purchased at:…
Ep 130: Slow Down, Savor the Memories & Be Mindful
Dec 24, 2017 • 7 min
This Christmas season, please take time to be mindful of the present moment. It will be gone before you know it…
Keven Stonewall: Curing Cancer from College
Dec 21, 2017 • 37 min
Meet Keven Stonewall. As a child he was inspired to learn more about the disease that had hurt so many people, including his best friend’s family. So Keven dug deep into cancer research- AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. Now he is in college and making major…
Dave Burgess: Disrupt Like A Pirate
Dec 19, 2017 • 50 min
Dave Burgess has turned the publishing industry upside down. While many know Dave for his book, “Teach Like a Pirate,” many don’t know how he got here- a New York Times best selling author, and now publisher of dozens of authors in the education space.…
Ep 127: Inspirational Vs Motivational - Why You Need A Network To Help Know The Difference
Dec 17, 2017 • 7 min
Please don’t just listen to today’s podcast- act on it. When people say that something was “inspirational” they often don’t see themselves trying to achieve the concept at hand. BUT- if you are motivated, that is something totally different. Please listen…
Wes Wagner on Remote Entrepreneurialism
Dec 14, 2017 • 41 min
Wes isn’t a “regular student,” nor is he a billionaire (yet). But what he does possess is a willingness to learn & grow- both on campus (Indiana University) and abroad.
Leonard Sekyonda - “My Come Up”
Dec 12, 2017 • 41 min
Leonard Sekyonda started an online platform in the UK that brought together seasoned experts and young entrepreneurs getting a “come up” in networking and learning. Now that they’ve blown past 100k users, Leonard is providing more services and mentorship…
Ep 124: Mindset is Nice. Done is Better
Dec 10, 2017 • 6 min
There has been a lot of talk about the “mindset” in our students. But what happens when our students can talk the “mindset” game, and not follow through on the work?
Adam Kahane - How to Collaborate w/ the Enemy
Dec 8, 2017 • 29 min
Adam Kahane wants more people to work together and learn how to compromise, no matter what your politics are. He is the author of “Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust.” Let the debate begin!
Ep 122: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, & Your Retirement
Dec 7, 2017 • 20 min
There has been a LOT of talk about Bitcoin lately. So I had a talk with two of my students (yes, two high school students) to talk about understanding blockchain, and why you might want to consider getting on the cryptocurrency bandwagon- responsibly. You…
Laurie Pickard - Don’t Pay For Your MBA
Dec 5, 2017 • 34 min
Laurie Pickard - Don’t Pay For Your MBA by Don Wettrick
Ep 120: How to Build Your All-Star Network (NOW)
Dec 3, 2017 • 5 min
One of the most beneficial things you can start doing in your spare time is build a network. But who do you want to meet? How do you “network” if you’re not at an event. It starts with a simple attitude and willingness to provide value first. Take a…
Jon Youshaei on YouTube, doodling, and Every Vowel
Nov 30, 2017 • 36 min
From sketching in class, to high profile job at YouTube, to creating Every Vowel, Jon Youshaei is focusing on creating great content and giving back. Follow his journey (and see his dope rap video w/ Larry King) at: Also, check out…
Nathan Barnatt: “Going Viral” after relentlessly working
Nov 28, 2017 • 45 min
You might not know the name Nathan Barnatt, but you might recognize some of his YouTube personalities. Wether it’s doing videos for musical artists like Flo Rida, Yelle, Madeon, or Kimberly Cole- or having the stars of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” pop into this…
Ep 117: I Need Your Recommendations
Nov 26, 2017 • 4 min
This podcast launched almost a year ago- and we didn’t feature any educators… on purpose. I felt that our educators needed to hear from leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship. Now I want to start featuring educators that “do it.” So… I need your help!…
Tempo Storm’s Reynad
Nov 23, 2017 • 44 min
“Reynad” (AKA Andrey Yanyuk) went from dropping out of school to play online poker- to becoming one of the most successful eSports players in the world. In this episode we talk about the rise of eSports, why education should embrace this “sport,” and his…
Soledad O’Brien - The Politics of Truth
Nov 21, 2017 • 44 min
Soledad O’Brien is an award winning journalist with a reputation for being tough, fair, and factual. So it was no surprise when she candidly talked about politics, truthful reporting, the changing culture of “truth,” and why some of this “political…
Ep 114: Rule of Thirds (A Better Resolution)
Nov 19, 2017 • 5 min
You should start thinking NOW about a New Years Resolution. BUT… you should consider the “Rule of Thirds” first!
Kusal Kularatne: Ultimate Student Mindset
Nov 16, 2017 • 35 min
What happens when a student decides to “gap year” instead of going immediately go to college? Take a listen to the future of why many GenZ students are choosing experience over academia.
Mike Smith - Legacy Vs. Likes
Nov 14, 2017 • 40 min
Mike Smith is on a mission to get more students to think about their legacy vs the empty “likes” of a social media site. He wants more to be purpose driven- to DO SOMETHING! You will be inspired & energized by this amazing podcast! Go now to…
Ep 111: How To Find Mentors- NOW
Nov 12, 2017 • 7 min
Stop binge watching and start networking. How and when to start. I got my start in 1994 when I cold-called a think tank in Indianapolis. Instead of watching more MTV (yes, that was a thing in 1994), I volunteered my time to network, and provide value to a…
yler Webb: “@ILiveforFBall”
Nov 9, 2017 • 23 min
What happens when some high school students put their efforts into a social media site? They take it to new heights.
Rapper NoBigDyl - Christian Rapper… or Rapper That Happens to be a Christian?
Nov 7, 2017 • 30 min
Nobigdyl (Dylan Phillips) is a non-conventional rap artist. From his early days of being a promoter (he was fired for being too good), to his identity as a “Middle-America” hip hop artist, Nobigdyl is forging his identity as a Christian Rapper. Or is that…
Ep 108: Can “Good Students” be “Innovative Students?”
Nov 5, 2017 • 5 min
I was asked, “are good students creative?” at the Changemakers event at Purdue University. The focus was why some “creative, innovative” students don’t make it to college, and what needed to be done to encourage them to find the balance between student…
How to Create a @MVMT: A Lesson in Culture Building
Nov 2, 2017 • 35 min
How MVMT went from selling watches to creating a social brand that understood growing a culture, lifestyle, and giving back… to #jointhemvmt
Jason Calacanis on being an Angel Investor
Oct 31, 2017 • 37 min
What the heck is an “Angel Investor,” and how can I get in on all the action? In this episode, Jason Calicanus, author of “Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups—Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000” sits down…
Ep 105 Why “Being Patient” with Education Reform Is Wasting Student Talent Now
Oct 29, 2017 • 9 min
I know that I should be patient when it comes to educational change. But what about the students we are overlooking now? Shouldn’t we have some urgency for them?
Gerard Adams - The Millennial Motivator
Oct 26, 2017 • 38 min
Gerard Adams has made millions, lost millions, then built himself and countless others up by creating a culture of mentorship and success. While selling “Elite Daily” for a hefty profit, his startup space, Fownders, is in poverty-stricken Neward, NJ-…
Former Starbucks President Howard Behar on Timeless Leadership
Oct 24, 2017 • 36 min
Howard Behar has learned that being a “great leader” means you have to lead yourself first. As the former President of Starbucks, he’s seen a lot of leadership styles come and go. But Howard believes that being a servant first, and leading by example will…
Ep 102 Startup Culture Vs Social Justice Culture
Oct 22, 2017 • 5 min
The “startup” culture, with talks of “hustle, grind, and embracing failure” is a growing segment in our society, so is the social justice crowd. However, in listening to both sides, it seems the “growth mindset” might be missing. Thoughts? Opinions? Go to…
Elliot Zettas: The Alternative Roadmap
Oct 19, 2017 • 28 min
Elliot Zettas is on a mission. A mission “to provide age-relatable coaching programs to low-income 16- to 24-year olds in Los Angeles and Denver to improve self-efficacy, well-being, and career preparation for upward socioeconomic mobility.” This…
EP 100- How & Why I Started This Podcast
Oct 17, 2017 • 9 min
I launched this podcast 10months ago. I didn’t wait around for perfect- I simply recorded, set up an RSS feed, and sent it out to anyone who would listen. Luckily people have listened. Here is what I’ve learned:
Ep. 99 Podcasting as Therapy (Monday Motivation)
Oct 15, 2017 • 6 min
This past year I’ve found that both listening to podcasts and recording awesome guests are more like therapy than work. Podcasts like Freakonomics and Fortt Knox are examples of podcasts that expand my mind.
Prahsith Veluvolu: Teaching the Teachers
Oct 12, 2017 • 29 min
Prahsith Veluvolu is a Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni, Theil Fellow, and computer science advocate. That’s why this former college student turned entrepreneur decided to make the change he wanted to see in higher education.
Rick Fox on the Rise of eSports
Oct 10, 2017 • 38 min
Rick Fox maybe be best known for his days in the NBA, but he thinks that his identity in eSports can carve out a new legacy. Rick also goes deep into the “why” eSports are growing, and why education should take a hard look at offering eSports in their…
Ep 96: Every Student, Teacher, Classroom is a Media Company
Oct 8, 2017 • 7 min
Simon Sinek said “people don’t buy what you have, but WHY you have it. Gary V said 4 years ago that EVERY company will be a media company. This got me thinking about the classroom…
Doris Korda on Creating Innovators & Young Entrepreneurs
Oct 5, 2017 • 51 min
Doris Korda is on a mission- A mission to get students to think for themselves. From her start as a software engineer, to her current challenge in education, Doris is blazing a trail to get more students interested in entrepreneurship.
Joel Comm on the Live Video Revolution
Oct 3, 2017 • 48 min
Joel Comm is proving that you can be a content creator. Now. Joel live video audiences are massive, and his new crypto-currency podcast is proof that you can create value on today’s affordable and easy to use platforms. Anyone who wants to know how to be…
Ep 93: Music, Gratefulness, & Unplugging
Oct 1, 2017 • 4 min
I logged off from the social media and news outlets this weekend, and instead let music walk me thru memories & evoke gratefulness.
Andrew Medal, from the Prison to the Board Room
Sep 29, 2017 • 37 min
Andrew is on a mission. After finding himself in prison he made a decision to not only succeed, but also give back. Let this story resonate. You can follow Andrew at @AndrewMedal
Jeff Ready: Taking Big Risks
Sep 27, 2017 • 42 min
Jeff Ready is a pioneer, entrepreneur, and learn-while-doing startup builder. In this episode we go into his journey of becoming an entrepreneur from the most unlikely of sectors in the even more unlikely of cities. If you are a seasoned entrepreneur, or…
Ep 90: Making The Right Decision vs Making The Decision Right
Sep 24, 2017 • 4 min
Sometimes you make the right decision. But sometimes you need to make your decision right. I now know the difference.
Joshua Medcalf on Living That Life of Purpose
Sep 19, 2017 • 48 min
Joshua Medcalf is on a mission- to get us out of our own way. To take risks, embrace the struggle and live the life we were intended. You will be inspired. He talks about the lessons from his books, “Chop Wood, Carry Water,” and “Pound The Stone,” and how…
Ep 87: Are you Protesting Then Helping… or Just Protesting?
Sep 17, 2017 • 5 min
Protesting is important. Shouting that “the other side” is wrong without actually helping to make the situation better gets us nowhere. One teacher’s perspective in talking to a former high school student now in college.
Jim Zhang: From the Classroom to the Karaoke Lounge
Sep 14, 2017 • 29 min
As a student at Purdue University, Jim had connected with other students from China and noticed an opportunity. Bring a little karaoke culture to the university and provide a fun environment for the students. One problem: they had to learn and grow on…
Tim Larkin “When Violence Is The Answer”
Sep 12, 2017 • 46 min
Tim Larkin is an author and self-defense expert that prepares people how to respond when violence is unavoidable. Thus he was the perfect guest to talk about bullying, school violence, and the root causes of it. But Time doesn’t stop there- he goes into…
Ep 84: Education “influencers,” Edu-celebrities, jealousy & politics
Sep 10, 2017 • 6 min
There has been a lot of “buzz” surrounding a New York Times article involving “teacher influencers,” followed by controversy, some well deserved discussion on equity, then gossip, and finally jealousy. There was also a glossy Network TV special for “XQ…
Manu Goswami on Young Entrepreneurialism
Sep 7, 2017 • 26 min
Today’s Friday Young Entrepreneur Spotlight is on Manu Goswami AKA… Swish. Swish is a Canadian young entrepreneur who has turned a non-profit he started in High School into a life-long learning experience of entrepreneurialism. He’s now partnering up with…
Daniel Pink on Education Disruption, Genius Hour
Sep 5, 2017 • 43 min
Daniel Pink goes into how accurate his book (from 17 years ago) “Free Agent Nation” was, and what it means for students looking at future employment. He also discusses the current Genius Hour/ 20% Time movement in education.
Ep 81: Monday Motivation - Complaint Collaboration
Sep 3, 2017 • 4 min
I have an assignment for you. Jot down the next 5 complaints you hear from other people. You’ll be glad you did. What I’m hoping (after you listen to this podcast) is that you’ll take action. What I’m selfishly wanting is for you to let me know what you…
Ben Honeycutt & Connor Janzen: The Open World Cause
Aug 31, 2017 • 31 min
Ben Honeycutt and Connor Janzen are on a mission. Lifelong friends, these two took a class project and grew it. The guys reflect on their highs and lows, along with the power of mentorship for Open World Cause. You can find more about it here:…
Daniel Burrus on Anticipating Innovation
Aug 30, 2017 • 39 min
Author Daniel Burrus weighs in on disruptive forces in employment and education, and how to anticipate what is coming. His new book, The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage- will be out in early October. As…
Ep78: Monday Motivation - Do We Want Student Leaders, or Well Behaved Kids?
Aug 27, 2017 • 5 min
We had a class discussion on where Gary Vaynerchuk and Seth Godin overlapped. Gary had 2 “excuses” people have: 1. Fear 2. Laziness Seth boiled down a innovative school to two items: 1. Solve interesting problems 2. Leadership A conversation ensued.
Ep 77: #FridayYES w/ Arian Ney
Aug 24, 2017 • 29 min
Young entrepreneur and Instagram influencer Arian Ney weighs in on mentorship, failure, and success- at the age of 25.
Dave Asprey - Bullet Proof Diet, Nutrition, & Optimal Learning
Aug 22, 2017 • 56 min
What does bulletproof coffee, biohacking, and fasting have to do with education? Should teachers drink more coffee? Should our kids have access to better food? Dave Asprey weighs in and drops some knowledge on how food affects learning, growth, and sleep.
Ep 75: Monday Motivation - Being Transparent to Find Mentors/ Build Community
Aug 20, 2017 • 5 min
I’m doing daily videos because I want to be transparent in what I’m doing in the classroom, but also find our mentors.
Aija Mayrock on Bullying, Young Entrepreneurialism & Limitless Possibilities
Aug 17, 2017 • 31 min
Aija Mayrock is an author and young entrepreneur. Her book, “The Survival Guide to Bullying,” was an eye-opener and thrust her to a national dialogue on bullying. Her insights and passion are on full display as Aija lays out her plan to end bullying and…
James Altucher on learning & adapting
Aug 15, 2017 • 61 min
Few people have succeeded, failed, then succeeded like James Altucher. While many people know him for his books “Choose Yourself,” and “Reinvent Yourself,” as well as his podcast, “The James Altucher Show,” some might not know what it took to get there.…
Ep 72 Monday Motivation: Teachable Moments Can Turn Into Change
Aug 13, 2017 • 4 min
The news from this week was unbelievably dark, and made the nation’s news outlets cover the horrific mess in Virginia. However, is this a teachable moment? Can we find “opportunities” and solutions for such a dark topic? If you want to be offended by the…
Brad Wolf, CEO of The Storybook Factory
Aug 11, 2017 • 24 min
Founder/CEO Brad Wolf stops by to talk about the highs/lows of being an entrepreneur… at age 19. What it took to get The Storybook Factory off the ground, and the struggles of the entrepreneurial life.
Gary Vaynerchuk - Education Needs Carnage
Aug 8, 2017 • 44 min
Gary Vaynerchuk has opinions. Strong opinions. And like it or not, he’s out to warn people of the changing landscape of employment, media, and education. This episode is filled with the passion you would expect from Gary, but also some straightforward…
Ep 69: Monday Motivation - Why I’m So High On Student Podcasting
Aug 6, 2017 • 4 min
I’m beyond excited about the possibilities of podcasting for anyone- but ESPECIALLY in education. It provides an opportunity to share “student voice”… literally. Listen why and what you can do tomorrow.
Vayner Media: The Culture of #Hustle
Aug 2, 2017 • 45 min
This podcast features the masterminds behind the “Gary Vee” brand. Featuring: Tyler Schmitt: Chief of Staff to Gary Vee Andy Krainak: Brand Director Alex DeSimone: Business/ Collaboration Development Eliot Robinson: Social Growth/ Strategy
Ep 67: Monday Motivation - Seth Godin destroys the “risk” of not going to college
Jul 30, 2017 • 5 min
Seth Godin goes into the details on if it’s a “risk” to not go to college. This is thought provoking. What do you think: weigh in on our Facebook page: Listen to the entire episode:…
Ep 66: A Confession & A Request (How I got to interview Gary Vee)
Jul 29, 2017 • 5 min
The #1 question I get: How did you get to interview Gary Vaynerchuk? (or some other guest that the audience likes)… “You’re just a teacher!” This podcast explains how… and I have a request… I want to meet more STUDENT entrepreneurs so I can feature them…
Derrick Morgan of the Tennessee Titans: Entrepreneurship & Medical Marijuana
Jul 27, 2017 • 25 min
Derrick Morgan of the Tennessee Titans explains why education needs to embrace entrepreneurship to prepare students. He also goes deep on why medical marijuana needs to be accepted in the NFL for the benefits of concussion protocol.
Ep 64: Monday Motivation - “There Is No They”
Jul 23, 2017 • 7 min
One of the greatest quotes you’ll ever hear in your life. If this doesn’t motivate, you need to check your pulse.
Jon Fortt: Practical, Sensible Education
Jul 19, 2017 • 46 min
Jon Fortt of CNBC’s Sqawk Box and “Fortt Knox” podcast sits down to talk about disruption, education, and innovation.
Ep 62: Monday Motivation - Is Your School Relevant?
Jul 16, 2017 • 5 min
Are we providing RELEVANT learning opportunities in our schools? What projects are offered to help make change?… or are we just focusing on what used to be, and remain passive?
JT McCormick: I Got There- From Poverty to the Top
Jul 12, 2017 • 34 min
Author, CEO, and entrepreneur JT McCormick joins us for a frank talk about his rise to success. From being raised by an orphan mother and a pimp father, JT goes into what it takes to “get there.” Go to our Facebook page…
Ep 60: Monday Motivation - Depression, Social Media & our Students
Jul 9, 2017 • 5 min
Does social media cause more depression? Could that be flipped? What would happen if we encouraged social media use to document what we DO, and not obsess over what others do.
Tucker Max: How I Hacked Education
Jul 5, 2017 • 49 min
Author and provocateur Tucker Max explains why he loves learning, but has always struggled with the education system. He also delves into how he hacked the system, saw the advantages, and executed along the way. Warning: Graphic Language
Ep 58: The #EdTech arms race: Moving Us Forward?
Jul 3, 2017 • 5 min
Is the #EdTech “arms race” a sign of schools doing modern work… or just digitizing old school practices?
Dave Rubin: “Liberalism, Free Speech, and Finding Common Ground”
Jun 29, 2017 • 51 min
Dave Rubin, of The Rubin Report joins us on the podcast to discuss how “liberalism” used to mean free speech and exchanging ideas, and how it has affected education, the political landscape, and education.
Ep 56: Monday Motivation - Anchor App- Podcast from Your Phone
Jun 25, 2017 • 5 min
The Anchor app is a game changer! Think of it the “Instagram Story” of podcasting! Often times I get bits of inspiration while in the car, or just on the go. The Anchor app allows you to give a 5min podcast then and there!
Anthony ONeal: 5 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make in College
Jun 22, 2017 • 45 min
Anthony Oneal is on a mission. A mission to save people from themselves. Anthony is the author of The Graduate Survival Guide: 5 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make in College, and he gives some simple rules for people to follow. He was also generous enough…
Ep 54: Monday Motivation - Eliminating the Valedictorian? Good.
Jun 19, 2017 • 5 min
There has been a lot of negative talk about eliminating the valedictorian title and class rank. Please let me make my case.
Ep 53: Being A Father & a Teacher on Father’s Day
Jun 18, 2017 • 4 min
Dad’s aren’t portrayed too well on television shows and commercials. Why? And why is it so important for us to ponder why this has happened.
Mike Flynn: Impact Entrepreneurship
Jun 15, 2017 • 40 min
Brace for impact as Mike Flynn dives deep into an honest discussion on why pride and competition can hurt your chances toward success. He also want into a passionate story of why we have a moral imperative for striving to success. You’ll love this…
Ep 51: Monday Motivation: Diversity of Thought Makes Us Stronger
Jun 11, 2017 • 5 min
“Diversity” can be a loaded term. Do we diversify by ethnicity? Sure we do. But diversity of thought is also very important. A re-cap on my week in being challenged to think differently.
Patricia Stark: Are You “Media Ready?”
Jun 8, 2017 • 31 min
What does it mean to be “media ready,” and what does it mean about listening? How important is body language & confidence? A lesson from the master- media trainer and frequent television host, Patricia Stark.
Ep 49: Monday Motivation- Stop Talking. Start Doing
Jun 5, 2017 • 4 min
Being “motivated” usually lasts a few fleeting moments. What are you doing to implement that motivated feeling?
Amy Wilkinson: The Creators Code
Jun 1, 2017 • 40 min
Amy Wilkinson, author of Creators Code and professor at Stanford’s School of Business talks about the six traits of the most successful people. She then digs deep into what these traits look like in education. This is a can’t miss interview. Book and…
Ep 47: Monday Motivation - I’m Offended
May 28, 2017 • 3 min
Should we be offending more educators and administrators?
Jeff Goins: Passion and Purpose
May 25, 2017 • 39 min
Bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur, Jeff Goins, shares his insights on passion, purpose and much more!
Ep 45: Monday Motivation: Podcast Trolls
May 21, 2017 • 4 min
What happens when you get email trolls? Well you SHOULD ignore it. *I didn’t.
Tina Seelig: The Rules of Creativity
May 18, 2017 • 34 min
Stanford Technology Venture’s Program and Innovation powerhouse, Tina Seelig breaks down the rules of creativity and innovation.
Ep 43: Monday Motivation - The Wisdom Of Mothers
May 14, 2017 • 4 min
The wisdom of your mother probably transcended the “fun” parent- but that probably why you succeeded in life. Thank her today.
Nate Murray: Founder/CEO of
May 11, 2017 • 32 min
Nate Murray is the founder of and his journey as an entrepreneur is a blueprint to success. His philosophy on service and passion are a perfect fit for StartEdUp listeners.
Ep 41: Monday Motivation- Drop Your Old Crowd
May 7, 2017 • 5 min
When I see people complain about people gossiping and tearing others down I think… why are they still your friends?
Sol Orwell: Find Your Network
May 4, 2017 • 44 min
Sol Orwell is a entrepreneur, blogger, and business development expert that co-founded for and creates insights at This very straight forward episode provides excellent insights on how to build that network and what to avoid.
Ep 39: Monday Motivation- You Can Be Helpful Or You Can Be Jealous
Apr 30, 2017 • 4 min
Fighting the urge to be hijacked by jealously, or choose to be helpful.
Congresswoman Susan Brooks: Tackling, not Talking
Apr 27, 2017 • 42 min
I don’t care what side of the political isle you’re on… this episode will make you forget your political affiliations and challenge your views on heroin and opioid addictions. We also discuss education, jobs, and how exponential technology is changing our…
Ep 37: Tuesday Motivation April 25th
Apr 25, 2017 • 4 min
Are you going through life thinking of what is to come, or what you did wrong in the past?
Brett Bartholomew: Conscious Coaching
Apr 20, 2017 • 38 min
Author and trainer Brett Bartholomew dives deep into motivation, coaching, and developing talent. This highly charged podcast dives deep into Brett’s difficult journey with his eating disorder, and how it changed the way he approaches life and how he…
Ep 35: Monday Motivation - Failure Resume
Apr 16, 2017 • 6 min
Please fill out your “Failure Resume,” and let me know what good came out of your “greatest” failures. If you want me to share your story, please let me know in the email:
Bob Burg: Becoming “The Go-Giver”
Apr 13, 2017 • 54 min
In this episode Don is joined by author and speaker, Bob Burg. By explaining the core rules highlighted in his book, The Go-Giver, Bob shares how bringing value to others and treating every situation with kindness can create endless success in the market.
Monday Motivation #1
Apr 9, 2017 • 6 min
Why you probably won’t succeed unless you have someone there, pushing you forward. What I’ve learned from my daughter.
Seth Godin: Creativity, Mindset and the Future
Apr 6, 2017 • 44 min
Don & Hunter interview famous best-selling author, speaker and entrepreneur, Seth Godin. Seth describes how embracing creativity, shifting mindsets, and communicating ideas prepares us for navigating the economy of the future.
Brian Whitmer: The Power of Solving Problems
Mar 30, 2017 • 36 min
In this episode, Brian Whitmer, founder of Instructure, joins Don to discuss the journey of building the Canvas LMS while still a college student and how he embraced opportunities through dedication and entrepreneurship.
Jocko Willink: Extreme Ownership in Education
Mar 24, 2017 • 43 min
In this episode, Don and students from the Noblesville High School interview retired Navy SEAL, author and motivational speaker, Jocko Willink, on his insights to success, strength, discipline and living a more fulfilling life.
Eric and Rob Fajardo: Leave Normal Behind
Mar 21, 2017 • 36 min
In this episode, Don joins young entrepreneur team Eric and Rob Fajardo, as they discuss their venture, Leave Normal Behind, and how they’ve learned to live and breathe entrepreneurship and innovation in every moment.
Robert Szczerba: The Future of Education
Mar 17, 2017 • 39 min
Listen as Robert Szczerba, an entrepreneur, engineer and Forbes contributor, joins Don to discuss the progression of technology, its application in education, and how we can shift the future of education to a personalized, innovative and relevant…
NBA Player Lance Allred: The Power of Perseverance
Mar 13, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode, Don interviews Lance Allred, the first deaf NBA player, who shares his inspirational journey through overcoming numerous obstacles throughout his life and how he teaches others to understand, cope and live. Learn more about Lance at:…
Steve Sims: Boldly Going Forward
Mar 10, 2017 • 40 min
Don and Hunter join Steve Sims, founder of Bluefish concierge, as he talks about living life to the fullest, embracing every experience and creating an extraordinary life. Steve also shares his insights on how to maintain successful relationships and…
Naveen Jain: Moonshots and Serial Entrepreneurship
Mar 6, 2017 • 50 min
In this episode, Don and Hunter interview Naveen Jain, a serial entrepreneur that explores all different industries to reach as many people as he can. In this episode, the trio define the ultimate formula to success while exploring numerous advancements…
Steven Kotler on “Stealing Fire”
Mar 2, 2017 • 60 min
Steven Kotler, an innovative author, entrepreneur and explorer of science and culture discusses intensely deep concepts in altered states of consciousness, human optimization, and the disruption of how we understand productivity. Be sure to check out more…
Elizabeth McCourt The Strength in Vulnerability
Feb 27, 2017 • 31 min
In this inspiring episode, speaker and growth coach, Elizabeth McCourt, shares how she learned how to personally take advantage of vulnerability and how we can work to empower students by understanding this. Whether you’re an educator or not, this…
Daniel Newman: EdTech’s Future: Fact or Fiction
Feb 20, 2017 • 30 min
Listen to Don and Daniel as they explore how to understand and use the exponential growth of technology and to change the way we learn and establish ourselves in the drastically new future. Learn more about Daniel:
Ryan Hawk: The New Leader- Learner Over Dictator
Feb 16, 2017 • 36 min
Listen to educator and innovator, Ryan Hawk, as he delves into taking ownership of your education, building your own path to success and how being a lifelong learner evolves into leadership and a successful future. Don and Ryan also explore how to change…
Nick DiNardo: Why Adversity Builds the Growth Mindset
Feb 13, 2017 • 40 min
Nick Dinardo, an author, entrepreneur and life-long learner shares his knowledge about how embracing adversity leads to growth and success. [Sponsor - Viome] More about Nick
Jay Baer: Hug Those Haters!
Feb 12, 2017 • 52 min
In this episode, speaker, author and entrepreneur, Jay Baer, explains how to explode with growth. Learn how recognize passion, understand your audience, and take advantage of your network and workstreams to grow and gain momentum.
Yong Zhao on The Rudolph Effect
Feb 10, 2017 • 31 min
Author of many powerful educational titles, Yong Zhao explains why we must foster innovation in our schools and promote the entrepreneurial spirit.
Dorie Clark: Self Branding or Just Showing Off?
Feb 7, 2017 • 24 min
Dorie Clark, author of “Reinventing You,” and “Stand Out,” came on the show to talk about personal branding. She explains why we should want to “stand out,” but explains the difference between being a show-off and being helpful (but not annoying). Find…
Tom Bilyeu: “Red Pill or Blue Pill”
Feb 3, 2017 • 43 min
Tom Bilyeu, Founder of Quest Nutrition and host of Inside Quest and Impact Theory talks growth mindset, why everything is your fault, and why the matrix isn’t a fiction, but rather, a documentary. He goes into his struggles and failures and why they were…
Andrew Hessel “An ‘Evolving’ Industry”
Feb 1, 2017 • 43 min
Andrew Hessel, a leader in synthetic biology, talks about the scope of the role synthetic biology will have in the future and the incredible power of customized life. He also makes many comparisons between synthetic biology, the tech world, and education.…
John McDonald: “Opportunity is IoT”
Jan 30, 2017 • 33 min
John McDonald and Don talk about the future of IoT (Internet of Things) and the immense scope of the influence it has already had and will continue to have on our lives. they also get into The Human Condition and whether humans are inherently hard workers…
Tom Murray “Future Ready Education”
Jan 27, 2017 • 43 min
Tom Murray and Don discuss the role of technology in education and having it play a greater role than an “expensive notebook”. They also go into the importance of providing today’s students a memorable and authentic education environment by reducing the…
David Burkus “Great Leaders ask Great Questions”
Jan 25, 2017 • 41 min
Today David talks about how he got his start as a great thought leader and how far he has left to go. He also shares some great insights as to why education is a much harder industry to change. website: Books Under New Management:…
Nick Gillespie: ‘Reason’able arguments for School Choice”
Jan 22, 2017 • 42 min
Reason Magazine’s Nick Gillespie talks the difference between big ‘L’ and small ‘l’ libertarians, and why they support school choice. As a public school educator, I talk with Nick about the “reasons” why some charter schools work, and why some do not.
Todd Dewett: “Deviating from the Norm”
Jan 20, 2017 • 37 min
Todd Dewett talks with Don and Hunter about the issues with social justice and with a largely stagnant education system. Todd highlights the problems and faces the solutions in a joyful rhythm as well as promoting the need to deviate from common norms in…
Liz Wessel: “The Art of Cold Emailing”
Jan 17, 2017 • 21 min
Liz Wessel talks with Don about her journey from college student, to successful business founder, her experience at google, and the hidden art of Cold Emailing. She highlights how cold emailing has exponentially grown her network and success, especially…
Jordan Gilbert (N0THING Cloud9): “Gamifying Education”
Jan 15, 2017 • 30 min
Jordan Gilbert and Don talk about how gaming and education can resemble one another with the introduction of innovation. They also talk about what it takes to be a professional gamer.
Matt Hunckler: “Failure = Learning”
Jan 11, 2017 • 33 min
Matt Hunckler talks about his journey of success through failure, from teenage vinyl digitizer to extremely impactful founder of Verge. Now he shares his knowledge and teaches others the ins and outs of startup culture and the growth mindset necessary to…
Kai Whiting: “Our Limitations are Self Imposed”
Jan 9, 2017 • 35 min
Kai Whiting, founder of Quake Books and successful brand strategist, editor, and writing coach talks about being relentlessly helpful to others to selfishly grow yourself. Also pointing out that “Our limitations are NOT self imposed, unless we impose them…
Howard Rheingold “The Power of Digital Collaboration”
Jan 6, 2017 • 48 min
Howard Rheingold is a critic, writer, and teacher; his specialties are on the cultural, social and political implications of modern communication media such as the Internet, mobile telephony and virtual communities (a term he is credited with inventing).…
Grant Lichtman: Taking an EdJourney
Jan 4, 2017 • 34 min
Grant Lichtman talks about the trends he’s seen in education for the last 30 years and how these trends are starting to become a reality. he has even traveled across the United States and wrote about it in his book EdJourney. In this episode we separate…
Nik Koyama: “The Hustle is Real”
Jan 1, 2017 • 32 min
We talk to Nik Koyama, and discuss how he took an idea of helping local businesses and grew it to a powerful training tool to help empower other businesses.
Jeff Hoffman: “There is No They”
Dec 30, 2016 • 50 min
We talk with entrepreneur extraordinaire, Jeff Hoffman, who is a serial entrepreneur from,, and ColorJar, However, in this episode he talked about the power of empathy and the lesson of “there is no THEY.” This episode will inspire…
EP 1: Intro with Hunter Stone
Dec 30, 2016 • 12 min
Don and Hunter discuss the mission of StartEdUp, and why they wanted to focus a podcast on startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs, and what insights they could provide to help change education.