StartEdUp Podcast

StartEdUp Podcast
Where Educators, Innovators and Entrepreneurs Connect
126: Wes Wagner on Remote Entrepreneurialism
Dec 13 • 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.
125: Leonard Sekyonda - “My Come Up”
Dec 11 • 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…
124: Mindset is Nice. Done is Better
Dec 10 • 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?
123: Adam Kahane - How to Collaborate w/ the Enemy
Dec 8 • 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!
122: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, & Your Retirement
Dec 7 • 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…
121: Laurie Pickard - Don’t Pay For Your MBA
Dec 5 • 34 min
Ep 121: Laurie Pickard - Don’t Pay For Your MBA by Don Wettrick
120: How to Build Your All-Star Network (NOW)
Dec 3 • 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…
119: Jon Youshaei on YouTube, doodling, and Every Vowl
Nov 30 • 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…
118: Nathan Barnatt on “Going Viral” after relentlessly working
Nov 28 • 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…
117: I Need Your Recommendations
Nov 26 • 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!…
116: Tempo Storm’s Reynad
Nov 23 • 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…
115: Soledad O’Brien - The Politics of Truth
Nov 21 • 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…
114: Rule of Thirds (A Better Resolution)
Nov 19 • 5 min
You should start thinking NOW about a New Years Resolution. BUT… you should consider the “Rule of Thirds” first!
113: The Mindset of Kusal Kularatne
Nov 15 • 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.
112: Mike Smith - Legacy Vs. Likes
Nov 14 • 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…
111: How To Find Mentors- NOW
Nov 12 • 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…
110: Tyler Webb of “@ILiveforFBall”
Nov 9 • 23 min
What happens when some high school students put their efforts into a social media site? They take it to new heights.
109: NoBigDyl - Christian Rapper… or Rapper That Happens to be a Christian?
Nov 6 • 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…
108: Can “Good Students” be “Innovative Students?”
Nov 5 • 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…
107: How to Create a MVMT: A Lesson in Culture Building
Nov 2 • 35 min
How MVMT went from selling watches to creating a social brand that understood growing a culture, lifestyle, and giving back… to #jointhemvmt
106: Jason Calacanis on being an Angel Investor
Oct 31 • 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…
105 Why “Being Patient” with Education Reform Is Wasting Student Talent Now
Oct 28 • 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?
104: Gerard Adams - The Millennial Motivator
Oct 22 • 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-…
103: Former Starbucks President Howard Behar on Timeless Leadership
Oct 22 • 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…
102 Startup Culture Vs Social Justice Culture
Oct 22 • 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…
101 Elliot Zettas
Oct 19 • 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…
100- How & Why I Started This Podcast
Oct 17 • 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 • 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.
98 Prahsith Veluvolu
Oct 12 • 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.
97: Rick Fox on the Rise of eSports
Oct 10 • 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…
96: Every Student, Teacher, Classroom is a Media Company
Oct 8 • 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…
95: Doris Korda on Creating Innovators & Young Entrepreneurs
Oct 5 • 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.
94: Joel Comm on the Live Video Revolution
Oct 3 • 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…
93: Music, Gratefulness, & Unplugging
Oct 1 • 4 min
I logged off from the social media and news outlets this weekend, and instead let music walk me thru memories & evoke gratefulness.
92: Andrew Medal, from the Prison to the Board Room
Sep 28 • 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
91: Jeff Ready, Founder of Scale Computing
Sep 25 • 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…
90: Making The Right Decision vs Making The Decision Right
Sep 24 • 4 min
Sometimes you make the right decision. But sometimes you need to make your decision right. I now know the difference.
89: Hunter Radenslaben, Founder of Athlete Nation
Sep 21 • 23 min
Hunter Radenslaben lost his mother in high school. Taking her courageous battle with him, Hunter decided to take the mindset, lessons, and wisdom from the journey and create something bigger than he anticipated- Athlete Nation.
88: Joshua Medcalf on Living That Life of Purpose
Sep 18 • 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…
87: Are you Protesting Then Helping… or Just Protesting?
Sep 17 • 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.
86: Jim Zhang: From the Classroom to the Karaoke Lounge
Sep 14 • 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…
85: Tim Larkin “When Violence Is The Answer”
Sep 12 • 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…
84: Education “influencers,” Edu-celebrities, jealousy & politics
Sep 10 • 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…
83: Manu Goswami on Young Entrepreneurialism
Sep 6 • 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…
82: Daniel Pink on Education Disruption, Genius Hour
Sep 5 • 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.
81: Monday Motivation - Complaint Collaboration
Sep 3 • 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…
80: #FridayYES w/ Ben Honeycutt & Connor Janzen
Aug 31 • 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:…
79: Daniel Burrus on Anticipating Innovation
Aug 30 • 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 • 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.
77: #FridayYES w/ Arian Ney
Aug 24 • 29 min
Young entrepreneur and Instagram influencer Arian Ney weighs in on mentorship, failure, and success- at the age of 25.
76: Dave Asprey - Bullet Proof Diet, Nutrition, & Optimal Learning
Aug 22 • 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.
75: Monday Motivation - Being Transparent to Find Mentors/ Build Community
Aug 20 • 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.
74: #FridayYES Aija Mayrock on Bullying, Young Entrepreneurialism & Limitless Possibilities
Aug 13 • 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…
73: James Altucher on learning & adapting
Aug 13 • 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.…
72 Monday Motivation: Teachable Moments Can Turn Into Change
Aug 13 • 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…
71 #FridayYES: Brad Wolf, CEO of The Storybook Factory
Aug 10 • 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.
70: Gary Vaynerchuk - Education Needs Carnage
Aug 6 • 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…
69: Monday Motivation - Why I’m So High On Student Podcasting
Aug 6 • 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.
68: The Culture of DOING w/ VaynerMedia
Aug 2 • 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
67: Monday Motivation - Seth Godin destroys the “risk” of not going to college
Jul 30 • 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:…
66: A Confession & A Request (How I got to interview Gary Vee)
Jul 29 • 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…
65: Entrepreneurship & Medical Marijuana w/ Derrick Morgan of the Tennessee Titans
Jul 27 • 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.
64: Monday Motivation - “There Is No They”
Jul 23 • 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.
63: Jon Fortt
Jul 18 • 46 min
Jon Fortt of CNBC’s Sqawk Box and “Fortt Knox” podcast sits down to talk about disruption, education, and innovation.
62: Monday Motivation - Is Your School Relevant?
Jul 16 • 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?
61: w/ JT McCormick
Jul 7 • 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…
60: Monday Motivation - Depression, Social Media & our Students
Jul 7 • 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.
59: How I Hacked Education w/ Tucker Max
Jul 5 • 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
58: The #EdTech arms race: Moving Us Forward?
Jul 3 • 5 min
Is the #EdTech “arms race” a sign of schools doing modern work… or just digitizing old school practices?
57: “Liberalism, Free Speech, and Finding Common Ground” w/ Dave Rubin
Jun 28 • 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.
56: Monday Motivation - Anchor App- Podcast from Your Phone
Jun 25 • 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!
55: 5 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make in College w/ Anthony ONeal
Jun 20 • 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…
54: Monday Motivation - Eliminating the Valedictorian? Good.
Jun 18 • 5 min
There has been a lot of negative talk about eliminating the valedictorian title and class rank. Please let me make my case.
53: Being A Father & a Teacher on Father’s Day
Jun 18 • 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.
52: Impact Entrepreneurship w/ Mike Flynn
Jun 12 • 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…
51: Monday Motivation: Diversity of Thought Makes Us Stronger
Jun 11 • 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.
50: Are You “Media Ready?” with Patricia Stark
Jun 8 • 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.
49: Monday Motivation- Stop Talking. Start Doing
Jun 5 • 4 min
Being “motivated” usually lasts a few fleeting moments. What are you doing to implement that motivated feeling?
48: w/ Author, Stanford Prof Amy Wilkinson
May 31 • 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…
47: Monday Motivation - I’m Offended
May 28 • 3 min
Should we be offending more educators and administrators?
46: Passion and Purpose w/ Jeff Goins
May 23 • 39 min
Bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur, Jeff Goins, shares his insights on passion, purpose and much more!
45: Monday Motivation: Podcast Trolls
May 21 • 4 min
What happens when you get email trolls? Well you SHOULD ignore it. *I didn’t.
44: The Rules of Creativity w/ Tina Seelig
May 16 • 34 min
Stanford Technology Venture’s Program and Innovation powerhouse, Tina Seelig breaks down the rules of creativity and innovation.
43: Monday Motivation - The Wisdom Of Mothers
May 14 • 4 min
The wisdom of your mother probably transcended the “fun” parent- but that probably why you succeeded in life. Thank her today.
42: w/ Founder/CEO of Nate Murray
May 11 • 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.
41: Monday Motivation- Drop Your Old Crowd
May 7 • 5 min
When I see people complain about people gossiping and tearing others down I think… why are they still your friends?
40: Sol Orwell: Find Your Network
Apr 28 • 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.
39: Monday Motivation- You Can Be Helpful Or You Can Be Jealous
Apr 28 • 4 min
Fighting the urge to be hijacked by jealously, or choose to be helpful.
38: Tackling, not Talking w/ US Congresswoman Susan Brooks
Apr 22 • 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…
37: Tuesday Motivation April 25th
Apr 22 • 4 min
Are you going through life thinking of what is to come, or what you did wrong in the past?
36: Conscious Coaching w/ Brett Bartholomew
Apr 18 • 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…
34: Becoming “The Go-Giver” w/ Bob Burg
Apr 7 • 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 7 • 6 min
Why you probably won’t succeed unless you have someone there, pushing you forward. What I’ve learned from my daughter.
32: Creativity, Mindset and the Future w/ Seth Godin
Apr 4 • 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.
31: The Power of Solving Problems w/ Brian Whitmer
Mar 23 • 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.
30: Extreme Ownership w/ Jocko Willink
Mar 23 • 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.
29: Leave Normal Behind w/ Eric and Rob Fajardo
Mar 14 • 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.
28: The Future of Ed w/ Robert Szczerba
Mar 14 • 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…
27: The Power of Perseverance w/ Lance Allred
Mar 7 • 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:…
26: Being Extraordinary w/ Steve Sims
Mar 7 • 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…
24: Stealing Fire w/ Steven Kotler
Feb 27 • 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…
25: Moonshots and Serial Entrepreneurship w/ Naveen Jain
Feb 25 • 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…
23: The Strength in Vulnerability w/ Elizabeth McCourt
Feb 25 • 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…
22: Hug Those Haters! A lesson from Jay Baer
Feb 12 • 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.
21: EdTech’s Future: Fact or Fiction
Feb 12 • 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:
20: Ryan Hawk: The New Leader- Learner Over Dictator
Feb 12 • 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…
19: Why Adversity Builds the Growth Mindset
Feb 12 • 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
18: The Rudolph Effect w/ Yong Zhao
Feb 10 • 31 min
Author of many powerful educational titles, Yong Zhao explains why we must foster innovation in our schools and promote the entrepreneurial spirit.
17: Branding or showing off? w/ Dorie Clark
Feb 7 • 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…
16: “Red Pill or Blue Pill” w/ Tom Bilyeu
Feb 3 • 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…
15: “An ‘Evolving’ Industry” w/ Andrew Hessel
Feb 1 • 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.…
14: “Opportunity is IoT” w/ John McDonald
Jan 30 • 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…
13: “Future Ready Education” w/ Tom Murray
Jan 27 • 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…
12: “Great Leaders ask Great Questions” w/ David Burkus
Jan 25 • 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:…
11: ” ‘Reason’able arguments for School Choice” w/ Nick Gillespie
Jan 22 • 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.
10: “Deviating from the Norm” w/ Todd Dewett
Jan 20 • 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…
9: “The Art of Cold Emailing” w/ Liz Wessel
Jan 17 • 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…
8: “Gamifying Education” w/ Jordan Gilbert
Jan 15 • 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.
7: “Failure = Learning” w/ Matt Hunckler
Jan 11 • 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…
EP: 6 “Our Limitations are Self Imposed” w/ Kai Whiting
Jan 9 • 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…
5: “The Power of Digital Collaboration” w/ Howard Rheingold
Jan 6 • 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).…
4: “Taking an EdJourney” w/ Grant Lichtman
Jan 4 • 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…
3: “The Hustle is Real” w/ Nik Koyama
Dec 30, 2016 • 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.
2: “There is No They” w/ Jeff Hoffman
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…
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.