Rad Awakenings with Khe Hy

Rad Awakenings with Khe Hy

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The Rad Awakenings podcast tells the stories of individuals who are stuck, undergoing transitions, or embarking on new adventures.


Introducing FWD: Thinking, a podcast about recreating your career
Oct 28, 2018
RadReaders!!!! I’m excited to announce FWD: Thinking, Quartz at Work’s new podcast about bold individuals who have challenged the status quo to create meaningful careers. Most of us in the workforce have felt that itch, that yearning to do something…
Tiago Forte (Ep.52): The privilege of sharing knowledge
Jun 21, 2018 • 55 min
Our first guest Tiago Forte returns to close out the first season of Rad Awakenings. Tiago’s the founder of Forte Labs, an education company focused on productivity and learning. He believes that technology has fundamentally changed the way we work - as…
April Rinne (Ep.51): How to prototype and iterate an independent career
Jun 14, 2018 • 53 min
April Rinne cannot be described with simple labels. She helps companies, policy makers, and non-profits navigate the new economy. She’s a global citizen, having visited over 100 countries in her lifetime and a “career portfolioist.” And while she works…
Sergio Brown (Ep.50): From the gridiron to Google
Jun 7, 2018 • 59 min
Sergio Brown played high school basketball with Derrick Rose, was coached by Bill Belichick in the NFL, has two degrees, and has worked at Google. Despite barely playing football in high school, Sergio learned the ins and outs of the game at Norte Dame…
Sarah Peck (Ep.49): Ask yourself, does it have to look this way?
May 31, 2018 • 65 min
Corporate jobs and Sarah Peck do not mesh well - being slouched in front of a laptop under fluorescent lighting isn’t her idea of a career. Sarah’s mantra has always been: You don’t have to do things the way they’re always done. To give herself career…
Scott Norton (Ep.48): Contentment is so damn elusive
May 17, 2018 • 57 min
Scott Norton is your prototypical millennial - a tinkerer with a creative and entrepreneurial streak . There’s a narrative that the financial crisis crushed economic mobility for an entire generation of Millennials - in fact, Scott’s first job was at…
Giorgia Lupi (Ep. 47): Discovering ourselves through data
May 10, 2018 • 56 min
What can data tell us about our own humanity? Giorgia Lupi is an information designer, artist and author with a love for creatively representing all types of data. She’s the co-founder of the design firm Accurat and few years ago, embarked on a small…
Chris Schumacher (Ep. 46): Murder, 16-to-life, and a second chance
May 3, 2018 • 70 min
Chris Schumacher was a hard partying Californian who dealt weed to support his lifestyle. Then one day a suitcase of drugs disappeared - and his life was forever changed. In the mix of rage over the stolen drugs and fear of the consequences, Chris took a…
Molly Crockett (Ep. 45): The neuroscience of social media outrage
Apr 26, 2018 • 45 min
What’s happening in our brains as we mindlessly scroll social media? Or worse, when we angrily retweet posts from our tribe. Molly Crockett is an assistant psychology professor at Yale University, where she integrates classic social psychology with…
Adam Schwartz (Ep. 44): Navigating fatherhood and entrepreneurship
Apr 19, 2018 • 58 min
Adam Schwartz is the co-founder and COO of TeePublic an e-commerce platform for independent creators. TeePublic is a high growth company with 50+ employees yet is completely self-funded. Is it a lifestyle business? We explore the negative connotation of…
Liz Flock (Ep. 43): What’s love got to do with it?
Apr 12, 2018 • 50 min
Liz Flock is a reporter for the PBS NewsHour and the author of The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai. Liz showed up in Mumbai at the age of 21, with no friends, no job, and $100 in her pocket. The story follows three couples in Mumbai…
Tiffany Zhong (Ep. 42): Your unique perspective
Apr 5, 2018 • 57 min
The Wall Street Journal called Tiffany Zhong Venture Capital’s Teenage Analyst. At 21, she’s worked at Product Hunt, sourced consumer investments, and is the founder of Zebra Intelligence, a consulting firm for brands trying to understand Gen Z. Her…
Dan Sevigny (Ep. 41): Addiction is like a river eddy
Mar 29, 2018 • 64 min
Dan Sevigny was sensitive kid who had learning difficulties and trouble connecting with his peers. He coped by cutting himself and started using alcohol and pills as a teenager. Which kicked off a 10+ year cycle where drug use, aggression, and petty crime…
Mihir Desai (Ep.40): The problem with optionality
Mar 22, 2018 • 54 min
Mihir Desai is here to demystify and rehabilitate finance. He’s an economics professor at both Harvard Business and Law School and author of The Wisdom of Finance where he uses uses stories from the George Orwell to Kanye West to explain concepts such as…
Lindsay Beck (Ep.39): A second act
Mar 15, 2018 • 65 min
Lindsay Beck was an outdoorsy 22 year old who had just run a marathon when she was diagnosed with tongue cancer. The typical procedure: removing your tongue and communicating via whiteboard for the rest of your life. But at 22? With a life ahead of her…
Eugene Wei (Ep.38): Be a novice
Mar 8, 2018 • 63 min
Eugene Wei’s career cannot be described succinctly or linearly. He worked as an analyst at Amazon in the late 90s, went to film school, worked as a product manager at startups including Hulu and Flipboard and most recently was head of video for Facebook’s…
Alessandra Biaggi (Ep.37): Using Your Voice
Mar 1, 2018 • 61 min
In the months after the 2016 election, 16,000 women contacted the non-profit Emily’s List to learn about running for office, compared to 1,000 the entire prior year. Alessandra Biaggi is one of these new faces in politics. As a young girl she declared at…
Jeff Warren (Ep.36): You are what you repeatedly do
Feb 22, 2018 • 60 min
My happy place is interviewing a high energy meditator who curses like a sailor. Jeff Warren is a meditation teacher and the co-author of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (alongside Good Morning America’s Dan Harris). We talk a lot about mental health and…
Abby Raphel (Ep.35): Stepping into your shadow
Feb 15, 2018 • 57 min
Abby Raphel is the founder of the Redwoods Initiative, an investment education company for wealthy families and the creator of the Blank Canvas Method for self-discovery. Abby grew up in a two stoplight town rural Florida, where she raised hogs and swam…
Frank Ostaseski (Ep.34): Have a plan, hold it lightly
Feb 8, 2018 • 59 min
Here’s a controversial statement: contemplating your mortality will make you happier. Frank Ostaseski is a pioneer in end of life care and holds this to be true. Frank co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, the Metta Institute, and is the author of The Five…
Lisa Daron Grossman (Ep.33): Curing loneliness through human connection
Feb 1, 2018 • 60 min
Lisa Daron Grossman landed in Swaziland as a 22 year old Peace Corps volunteer. The country had the world’s highest incidence of HIV and lowest life expectancy. Her team’s mission: mitigate the impact of the HIV epidemic. She was surrounded by loss and…
Anthony Demby (Ep.32): Busy is not a business model
Jan 25, 2018 • 51 min
Anthony Demby the founder of HumbleRIOT an audible idea shop that sits at the intersection of artists, culture, brands and experiences. Prior to founding HumbleRIOT, Anthony cut his teeth in the music industry with a range of roles in A&R, publicity and…
Lauren Imparato (Ep.31): From the trading desk to the yoga mat
Jan 18, 2018 • 64 min
There’s the cliché of leaving Wall Street to become a Yoga instructor. And then there’s actually doing it. As a young salesperson at Morgan Stanley, Lauren Imparato put her entrepreneurial prowess on display winning over both clients and bosses.…
Thomas Page McBee (Ep.30): Emotional detachment is a ticking time bomb
Jan 12, 2018 • 61 min
Thomas Page McBee is an author and journalist who writes about masculinity, and gender more broadly. Because Thomas is also trans, I entered the conversation with a preconceived set of beliefs, mostly based on the popular narratives I’d seen in media…
Mike Lewis (Ep.29): The unsexy steps to chasing your dreams
Jan 5, 2018 • 48 min
At age 22, Mike Lewis had his dream job as a young venture capitalist at Bain Capital Ventures, moving up the ranks all while having fun and learning. But there was a little nagging voice reminding him of a dream - to play squash on the pro tour, even if…
Philip Simon (Ep.28, Part 2): To follow knowledge like a sinking star
Dec 29, 2017 • 52 min
Here’s part II of my chat with Philip Simon. To recap, as a child Philip played hooky from school to read in the library, graduated high school and lived in a cave (as he pursued monkhood), and taught himself markets and finance by reading every single…
Philip Simon (Ep.28, Part 1): From the cave to the trading desk
Dec 22, 2017 • 66 min
Philip Simon is the “Rad Genius.” His life and career have bucked convention and traditional narratives, and are the consequence of a ravenous curiosity and thirst for knowledge. Philip’s story starts in the library, where as a kid he would read multiple…
Venkatesh Rao (Ep.27): The stress that makes you come alive
Dec 14, 2017 • 56 min
Venkatesh Rao defies labels - he’s a blogger, thinker, consultant whose ideas span the digital economy, science, philosophy, and the zeitgeist. Rao is the creator of Ribbonfarm and Breaking Smart and we discuss “paycheck addictions” and the wave of…
Holly Rogers (Ep.26): The tiny compounding adjustments of mindfulness
Dec 8, 2017 • 62 min
Today’s episode should be called mindfulness for hyper-driven skeptics with no time. Holly Rogers is a psychiatrist at the student counseling center at Duke University and the co-founder of the center for Koru Mindfulness. Holly’s training as a…
Ted Seides (Ep.25): Money makes you more of what you already are
Dec 1, 2017 • 53 min
Let’s talk Hedge Funds! Ted Seides is a long time hedge fund investor and the host of the Capital Allocators Podcast. He’s a kindred spirit and we overlapped during the go-go days of the hedge fund industry. While this industry has some of the smartest…
Maya Benattar (Ep.24): Trauma with a “little t”
Nov 24, 2017 • 58 min
Maya Benattar is a psychotherapist and music therapist. She gives us a lay of the land of therapy and how it differs from life coaching. We talk cultural stigmas, different approaches such as CBT or psycho dynamics, and the difference between Trauma with…
Andrew Taggart (Ep.23): Skimming the surface of life
Nov 17, 2017 • 67 min
Andrew Taggart is a practical philosopher who works with executives and entrepreneurs. He challenges them to investigate life’s basic assumptions, even if it’s uncomfortable. We discuss high performers’ antagonistic relationship with time and their desire…
Caroline Webb (Ep.22): Behavioral science and your best self
Nov 10, 2017 • 63 min
I often get listener pushback when we discuss happiness and introspection - this skepticism comes from the fact that the learnings aren’t grounded in data and they lack the pragmatism and relevance to our daily jobs. Today’s guest, Caroline Webb bridges…
Auren Hoffman (Ep.21): Question your default options
Nov 3, 2017 • 57 min
Auren Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur and investor in over 75 tech companies. He’s the CEO and Chief Historian of SafeGraph and co-founder and former CEO of LiveRamp. This is a conversation about thinking, reasoning, and cultivating self-awareness. We…
Jocelyn K. Glei (Ep.20): Make haste slowly
Oct 27, 2017 • 45 min
Jocelyn K. Glei lives at intersection of the creative process, self management, and the future of work. She’s a creative polymath who’s held editorial positions, written a book on email, and just launched the podcast Hurry Slowly. Tactically, we chat…
Venetia Pristavec (Ep.19): How a single moment can change everything
Oct 20, 2017 • 56 min
Have you ever wondered how a single moment can change everything? Venetia Pristavec is an observer and storyteller. She happened to take a picture of a mattress on her floor and then rented it out to a stranger on the Internet. She then became convinced…
Kevin Delaney (Ep.18): Be bold and creative
Oct 13, 2017 • 59 min
We’ve all been in that meeting during which leadership says they’re ready for change. Yet deep inside, you know that it’s the classic Innovator’s Dilemma and you’ll be sitting in that same meeting for the next 10 years. In this episode, I interview Kevin…
Tiago Forte (Ep.17): First principles of workflow design (part 2/2)
Oct 6, 2017 • 47 min
Tiago Forte is our resident productivity guru and he interviews me in Part 2 of our workflow series. We nerd out on our productivity toolkits and blockages and I dive into my passion around human connection - and the systems I use to accelerate…
Tiago Forte (Ep.17): First principles of workflow design (part 1/2)
Oct 6, 2017 • 38 min
Tiago Forte is our resident productivity and workflow guru and the founder of Forte Labs. This is part 1 (of our 2 part series) in which we geek out on our First Principles (i.e. building blocks) of workflow, productivity, and personal knowledge…
Bart Lorang (Ep.16): The world’s gonna have its way with you
Sep 29, 2017 • 55 min
Bart Lorang is the founder and CEO of FullContact. FullContact is a high-growth, venture-backed company (having raised $50 mm) with 250 employees and multiple offices across the world. Bart and I discuss work-life balance and how Bart balances self-care,…
Mark Pollard (Ep.14): Creativity is an act of rebellion
Sep 15, 2017 • 68 min
Mark Pollard is a straight up OG: he created Australia’s first Hip Hop zine and designed web sites during the early days of Web 1.0. Mark is the founder of Mighty Jungle, where he helps founders make their brands make sense — through brand strategy and…
Cara Thomas (Ep. 13): From breakdown to breakthrough
Sep 8, 2017 • 56 min
Today’s guest, Cara Thomas, dared me to buy a coffee for the person in line behind me. I was terrified of the awkwardness and possible rejection - yet once I did it, felt truly alive. Cara created Serenflipity to spark that feeling in each of us after a…
Richard Hughes-Jones (Ep. 12): That wasn’t in the business plan
Aug 25, 2017 • 70 min
Richard Hughes-Jones did it. After 10 years as a management consultant, he took the plunge to start his own practice - fueled in part by his love for backcountry skiing. Then on a routine check up, his doctor states “That’s not supposed to be there.”…
Scot and Jacq Tatelman (Ep. 11): Doing What You Love, With Who You Love
Aug 18, 2017 • 57 min
Imagine building a business with a heart, with the person who shares your heart. Scot and Jacq Tatelman are the founders of State Bags, a mission-driven company building on the 1-for-1 model for school kids in need. Why backpacks? Because they “represent…
Sam Polk (Ep. 10): I am Enough
Aug 11, 2017 • 63 min
Imagine getting a $3.6 million bonus at age 30? The dream scenario, right? This episode’s guest, Sam Polk made more money in that a single bonus than his parents had earned over their entire lives. Yet he still needed to repeat the mantra “I am Enough” to…
Stop the Money Madness
Aug 4, 2017 • 51 min
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, college grad or retired Goldman partner, you’ve probably experienced some form money anxiety. For a tiny piece of paper, money possesses this incredible power to trigger intense feelings such as FOMO, envy, inadequacy and…
Lisa Shalett (Ep. 8): You are Where You’re Supposed to Be
Jul 28, 2017 • 81 min
This week’s episode is a story of career agility, embracing change, and living with intention. Lisa Shalett is a former Goldman Sachs partner, now board director and startup investor/advisor. At Goldman, Lisa held numerous leadership roles, including…
Kate Bednarski (Ep.7): Is This All There Is?
Jul 11, 2017 • 67 min
What is a life coach? What does life coaching consist of? Does it work? In this episode, we’ll meet my coach, Kate Bednarski, one of the most impactful people in my life. I’ve asked Kate to throw out all patient confidentiality constraints and crack open…
Srini Rao (Ep.6): Turning your Liabilities into Assets
Jul 5, 2017 • 63 min
And by liabilities, we mean “Angelina Jolie lips.” I’m not kidding, I never thought I’d open a podcast by asking another guy about his lips. And that’s only one of many similarities I share with this week’s guest, Srini Rao, the CEO of Unmistakable Media.…
Anastasia Alt (Ep. 5): The Business School of the World
Jun 29, 2017 • 61 min
Anastasia was destined to be an options trader since she was a little kid: she loved finishing at the top of the leader board during elementary school games and came up with her own brute-force approach multiplication tables. She then had her first shift,…
Fred Ehrsam (Ep. 4): Why leaving with no plan, is the best plan
Jun 14, 2017 • 62 min
Fred Ehrsam is an “OG” in the crypto world. But we barely talk crypto - instead, we talk about his journey. Fred joined Goldman as an FX Trader because it was “the cool kids” job, only to find an industry suffering from the classic Innovator’s Dilemma  —…
Dan Shipper (Ep. 3): The Scorecard is Learning
Jun 1, 2017 • 54 min
Dan is a Wunderkid entrepreneur who has been building web apps since he was a kid. He went to Penn as a Philosophy major and bootstrapped his startup Firefly which he sold the same month as his graduation. So what happens to your internal monologue when…
Shirzad Chamine (Ep. 2): The Big Lie of Fear and Achievement
May 18, 2017 • 69 min
“Do you need to beat the crap out of yourself to succeed?” Today’s guest, Shirzad Chamine, has helped countless CEOs answer that question. He breaks down the big lie of fear and achievement. Shirzad’s work really helped me realize how much I self-sabotage…
Tiago Forte (Ep. 1): Rewriting the Rules of Productivity and Knowledge Management
Apr 28, 2017 • 60 min
Tiago Forte is the founder of Forte Labs. He’s an incredible thinker on productivity for knowledge workers. In today’s information-driven economy, legacy frameworks such as to-do lists or inbox zero may no longer be relevant. Tiago draws from principals…