Stories of The Influencer Economy: Ryno Lab / Mental Health / Story Badass / Entrepreneurs / Creativity

Dorie Clark, a successful entrepreneur and author, has done it all. And in Entrepreneurial You she provides a blueprint for professional independence, with insights and advice on building your brand, monetizing your expertise, and extending your reach and impact online. Her site:

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Seth Godin is a best-selling author of books like Linchpin, The Dip, and Tribes. You can find his work here:

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David Spinks delivers a master class on how to build amazing, loyal, and collaborative communities. I get a lot of questions from listeners asking "do I build a community first, and then a product," or "do I build a product and then find a community." David votes for community first, and we dive deep into that. Listen to all our archives with authors like Seth Godin, Dan Ariely, Brad Feld, YouTubers like Franchesca Ramsey or Freddie Wong:

The 4 steps in community engagement are:

1. Identity
The member’s identity aligns with the identity of the community.
2. Trust
The member develops trust in other members and in the community as a whole.
3. Participation
The member takes action to participate in the community.
4. Reward
The member gets value from their participation and wants to experience it again.
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Nicole Walters calls herself a "hot mess." She once quit her high power insurance job via a livestream, with 10,000 people watching. She now helps others "monetize thyselves" and has some epic stories to share.


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Noah Kagan is the anti-guru guru. He has a wealth of marketing and business advice, as founder of Noah Kagan shares how he has deal with depression, what it take to build a winning team, and how to thrive in a high pressured environments. Listen to all 100 episodes of our Influencer podcast:


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Eric Barker (@bakadesuyo) is the best-selling author of Barking up the Wrong Tree: Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong. Eric is like a myth busters for conventional wisdom and science.

Influencer Economy Quick Hits:

  • How your biggest weakness might actually be your greatest strength How Navy SEALs find grit and self-talk their way to success
  • How our negative qualities can be used to help us succeed
  • The 4 pillars of work life balance
  • How 20 minutes of expressive writing can help us sleep better
  • Why it's NOT who you know, it's WHO knows you
  • Why self-compassion beats self-confidence
  • How deliberate practice helps you to become an expert f f 

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Celeste Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) is a best-selling author & her TED Talks have been viewed over 10 Million times.

We talk about how to:
Master the art and science of conversation
Become a better active listener
How simple questions give us complex answers
Avoid using email to communicate
Use small talk to make us happier

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Imagine that you're fresh out of college, touring with your rock band, and you meet Puff Daddy at backstage at your show. Sounds surreal, right? Well that what is what happened to D.A. Wallach. After graduating from Harvard, he toured the country with his rock band Chester French. And the likes of Puff Daddy showed up at his shows.
Years later, D.A. has become a bio tech investor. He's pivoted his career many times. Chester French was a rock band like the Beatles, with a sensbility and style of Outkast.
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As a freshman at Harvard in 2003, D.A. joined the band Chester French as its lead singer. Coincidentally, Mark Zuckerberg was also at Harvard that year. Lucky for D.A. he was one of the first 2,000 users of Facebook. D.A. and his band road the first wave of social media. D.A. explains that an early adopter, his band's use of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter were the central factors in the rock group's early success.
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They were trying to figure out how to build audience on campus via the social network. Their curiousity lead them to book tours and meet fans though social media. He realized that in many ways, his fans were like him. And social media helped him to literally meet tens of thousands of friends.
While growing up in Wisconsin, D.A. recalls downloading every David Bowie album through Napster. Years later, as a musican, he watched the music industry get eviscerated. As his days of rock touring were slowing down, a small company named Spotify was preparing for its U.S. launch. That's when D.A. made his first pivot.
 D.A. is now investing in biotech companies, as he's fascinated by humans relation to biology and is interested in driving an enhanced understanding of the connection. New powers and insights can be gained as the future of biology and technology gets defined. He is now looking for businesses that are taking cool scientific ideas from academia or the lab. He wants to turn concepts and technologies into businesses for entrepreneurs. 
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Noah Kagan (@NoahKagan) was employee #30 at Facebook and employee #4 at, and the founder of and AppSumo. He's a superstar in the world of tech and entrepreneurship. He also hosts the podcast Noah Kagan Presents. He's done a lot in his life, and you'd think everything was rosy with his career. Based on his resume, you'd think that it's all been rainbows and unicorns for Noah. But you're wrong.
But like me, Noah has experienced bouts of depression in his life. 
We're not just talking about having a bad day, or even a tough week. We are talking about consistently thinking about bad things for years.
We talked about our own techniques for dealing with depression. He's also got some great techniques to help improve your mental productivity.
Influencer Economy Quick Hits:
  • How to use mental productivity to increase your energy
  • How to find an accountability buddy who is always in a good mood to help-out
  • How finding a mind coach helps you change your negative perceptions
  • How to manager your office team when you're in a crappy mood
  • How not to bring in your bad mood to work.
Noah runs his own company and designs his work life around his mental fitness. He hates going into the office. Literally, he hates it. So he factors in working from home and working remotely into his professional diet.
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Court Coursey and I spoke during the week of the Milken Conference in Los Angeles, an event that brings around some the biggest name in corporate giving from around the world. Amazingly $20 Trillion dollars in wealth represented at the conference. Almost 1/4 of the world's wealth was at the conference. Court calls these types of conferences "aggregators" where you can book 6 months of meetings into one week. He held 54 meetings in a 4 day period.  

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Court isn't just another guy who says they're a serial entrepreneur. He founded his first business at 14 years old and is the real deal. He started his first business to broker t-shirts for his local church basketball league. Decades later he still has that entrepreneurial fire, and has built a number of successful companies over the past 20 years. Court is now managing partner of TomorrowVentures, LLC, a Palo Alto-based investment firm that provides capital and counsel to help build successful businesses. He works closely with Erich Schmidt Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Inc (Google) in the fund.  

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From politics to finance to working with Michael Jackson's business to health to the auto industry to broker t-shirts, Court has done it all. He's mastered the art and science of building business relationships

 Influencer Economy "Quick Hits" from the podcast episode:

  1. What an aggregator conference is, and how you can go to conferences to connect and re-connect with business partnerships
  2. Learn how Court is able to create a database of contacts to maintain connections with thousands of people from his network
  3. Court explains what makes a great leader, teammate, and how to collaborate with entrepreneurs
  4. Advice on the keys on how to find mentors if you live anyone from Des Moines, IA (where I grew-up) to Los Angeles to Atlanta
  5. How to surround yourself with A+ teammates
  6. How to keep friendships warm and work relationship current in the digital age

Bio: Court Coursey is managing partner of TomorrowVentures, LLC, a Palo Alto-based investment firm that provides capital and counsel to help build successful businesses. TomorrowVentures deploys capital for several high net worth families in investments ranging from venture to private equity to distressed assets. The firm has more than 110 direct investments around the world that include consumer technology, media and specialty finance, among others. Separately, Coursey serves as co‐founder of Rundell, Coursey & Co., a strategic consulting firm that provides advisory services to family offices, as well as the development and strategic planning for companies in a variety of industries.

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