The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth
The Commonwealth features the artists, entrepreneurs and athletes leading disruptive change.

Goldex founder & CEO Sylvia Carrasco on being a woman in finance and the marketplace of gold
Feb 17 • 33 min
Sylvia Carrasco is an entrepreneur with 18 years of experience in the financial services industry in London investment banks and with particular knowledge of multi-asset electronic trading technology, institutional brokerage and sales.
Renowned British artist Barnaby Barford on asking questions of society and the symbolism of the apple
Feb 10 • 36 min
Joining Nick Castner on this episode of The Commonwealth is renowned British artist Barnaby Barford. Barford uses familiar iconography to subvert the telling of ancient cautionary tales within a contemporary context. His research explores the fundamenta…
Brett Turcotte on overcoming adversity and growing his sport through innovation
Feb 6 • 5 min
Brett Turcotte discusses getting through a near death experience, growing his sport through innovation and how finding enjoyment in his craft lead to success.
Growing a sport through humility with Maggie Voisin
Feb 5 • 6 min
The Commonwealth attended the X Games 2020 in Aspen, CO to speak with disruptors in extreme sports. Maggie Voisin shares her perspective on remaining humble after achieving success at such a young age. Portions of the audio courtesy of ESPN.
Becoming a National hero in high school with Zoi Sadowski-Synnott
Feb 5 • 3 min
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott discusses winning an Olympic medal at sixteen and juggling professional snowboarding and high school.
Jan Scherrer’s creative approach to snowboarding the Halfpipe
Feb 4 • 5 min
Jan Scherrerdiscusses his creative approach to snowboarding the Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe.
Constructing the Halfpipe with Snow Park Technology’s Zach Collins
Feb 4 • 6 min
As the X Games center piece, the Halfpipe takes tremendous work over multiple weeks leading up to the event. Snow Park Technologies is the industry leading firm that builds these pipes across the world. Zach Collins has traveled the globe helping to bui…
Maddie Mastro “I watched hundreds of boys do that trick and thought why not me?”
Feb 3 • 4 min
The halfpipe prodigy Maddie Mastro gives her perspective on being the first female to land a double crippler.
Winning gold and advocating for social change with Scotty James
Feb 3 • 8 min
Scotty James shares his approach to creating new tricks and his role in advocating for social change as an athlete
Using the first X Games podcast press pass in ESPN history
Feb 3 • 32 min
ESPN granted us the first podcast press pass to the X Games in the history of the sport. This episode is a behind the scenes look into our hosting learning to use the pass at the event.The episode is sponsored by Yabba Productions, learn more at https:/…
The Commonwealth’s creators on inspiration, tenacity, and this show’s direction
Jan 30 • 43 min
Nick Castner and Alec McChesney, the creators of The Commonwealth, sit down with the Founder and CEO of Grindstone Media to discuss podcast inspiration, tenacity in content creation and the direction this show is headed.
The most interesting story you’ll hear this week: Mark Hasebroock of Dundee VC
Jan 27 • 83 min
On today’s episode of The Commonwealth, Nick Castner interviews Mark Hasebroock, the founder of Dundee Venture Capital.
Dusty Davidson on founding Flywheel, importance of relationships, backpacking Europe, and more
Jan 20 • 46 min
On today’s show, Nick interviews the founder of Flywheel, Dusty Davidson to talk company culture, backpacking Europe and the importance of people.
Cruise Tha Junebug: “My mind switched when I got shot over some weed.”
Jan 13 • 39 min
Cruise Tha June Bug, a former “marijuana distributor” who left the industry after getting shot, joins Nick Castner for this episode of The Commonwealth.
Monday’s Preview: Cruise Tha June Bug
Jan 9 • 1 min
Our next episode on Monday is with Cruise Tha June Bug, former “marijuana distributor” who left the industry after getting shot.
Stabilizing a war-torn community through education with Tam
Jan 6 • 39 min
Our guest on The Commonwealth today is Tam Zungia-Brown, who is an educator disrupting the structure of education in the Middle East.
Highlights from ‘19 and looking onto ‘20
Dec 23, 2019 • 8 min
We’re taking the next two weeks off for the holidays. We’re reflecting on what we’ve created so far and our plan for the year ahead. If you’d like to invite your friends to like the show:Click the link to our Facebook page -…
SVP of Disney John Rood talks Disney Plus and naming The Commonwealth
Dec 16, 2019 • 44 min
John Rood joins The Commonwealth to talk about Disney’s new feature, Disney Plus and how he helped name The Commonwealth.
Natalie Micale on creating for yourself and staying mentally healthy in the process
Dec 9, 2019 • 28 min
Entrepreneurship is a wild ride. Natalie Micale talks about switching her career, coping with stress and maintinaing balance in her life.
Joe Toscano on current state of data protection, privacy and how it gets better
Dec 2, 2019 • 48 min
Our guest today is Joe Toscano, who after launching a tech career in Silicon Valley, worked as a consultant at Google
Project Runway star Amanda Valentine on high fashion, Maroon 5 and finding your voice
Nov 25, 2019 • 37 min
Amanda Valentine joins Nick Castner on The Commonwealth to talk all things high fashion, punk rock, feminism and Nashville.
Live Podcast Recording with Nebraska Sen. Anna Wishart & Simple Strat CEO Ali Schwanke
Nov 18, 2019 • 48 min
Nebraska Sen. Anna Wishart and Simple Strat CEO Ali Schwanke talk with Nick Castner for an episode of The Commonwealth
Hannah Huston on overnight success and growing her career after The Voice
Nov 14, 2019 • 51 min
Hannah Huston joins The Commonwealth to discuss getting thrusted onto the national spotlight and growing her career after The Voice.
Lex Allen on being compared to Prince, being less shitty than yesterday and much more
Nov 11, 2019 • 40 min
Lex Allen joins The Commonwealth to discuss goals, passions and perspectives on life
Hudl founders David Graff and John Wirtz on growing and acquiring to every continent
Nov 4, 2019 • 48 min
Hudl founders David Graff and John Wirtz join The Commonwealth to talk growing globally with Nick Castner
Anthony Tolliver on hitting 3-pointers, venture capitalism, and disrupting the industries he’s in
Oct 28, 2019 • 35 min
Anthony Tolliver of the Portland Trailblazers joins Nick Castner on The Commonwealth to talk NBA, philanthropy and venture capitalism
Donald Everett of Runza, turning a family recipe into a Nebraska classic
Oct 28, 2019 • 39 min
Donald Everett joins The Commonwealth to talk about how he helped grow Runza into the giant fast food chain it is today.
Becky App on swimming through the waters of Las Vegas, Shark Tank and ice cream
Oct 21, 2019 • 31 min
Becky App of eCreamery joins Nick Castner to discuss Shark Tank, e-commerce, and of course, ice cream
Brian Ardinger, promoting innovation from Hong Kong to Nebraska
Oct 14, 2019 • 29 min
Brian Ardinger joins Nick Castner for this episode of The Commonwealth
Jeff Noordhoek & Mike Dunlap on growing a student loan empire
Oct 7, 2019 • 43 min
Jeff Noordhoek and Mike Dunlap of Nelnet join Nick Castner on this episode of The Commonwealth.
The Tri-Faith Initiative, building community between a mosque, synagogue & church
Sep 30, 2019 • 53 min
Tri-Faith Initiative Executive Director Wendy Goldberg sits down with Nick Castner on the latest episode of The Commonwealth
The Commonwealth: Lizz Whitacre and Dr. Varkey Titus
Sep 23, 2019 • 46 min
Lizz Whitacre joins The Commonwealth with Nick Castner to talk about Pawlytics. Then, Castner catches up with Dr. Varkey Titus
Buildertrend Founders, growing from a basement to 500 employees
Sep 23, 2019 • 45 min
The founders of Buildertrend join The Commonwealth with Nick Caster to talk about the history of their company.
The Founders of Bulu, laying off our host
Sep 16, 2019 • 70 min
Paul and Stephanie Jarrett join Nick Castner to talk innovation, subscription boxes and Nick’s recent layoff at Bulu.
Jeff Raikes, a Nebraska kid learning tech alongside Steve Jobs & Bill Gates
Sep 15, 2019 • 51 min
Jeff Raikes joins Nick Castner to talk innovation, entrepreneurship and his Midwestern roots.
The Commonwealth: Teaser
Sep 9, 2019 • 1 min
The Commonwealth is a podcast that profiles entrepreneurs and innovators to uncover the process of disrupting an industry.