Stories of The Influencer Economy with Ryan Williams

My guest this week is Adam Grant, the author of the New York Times' best selling book:  "Give and Take:  A Revolutionary Approach to Success."  Adam is a professor at Wharton, and their highest rated teacher ever.  His research around giving and taking has revolutionized how people can achieve business success.  Listen to hear more about how "giving" actually helps everyone achieve more success in the long run.

Adam broke down with Ryan the three key styles in the work environment: 1) Giving 2) Taking 3) Matching.  

Givers are the types of people who show-up early at work, mentor others, and stay late to help-out.  They give without expecting anything in return.  Takers are the types of people who "take" and look out for only themselves.  While matchers are the most common type of person at work.  Matchers have the philosophy: "You help me, and I'll help you" (tit for tat).

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What you'll learn from this episode:

  • How to learn more about giving, and how this is greater for you in the long run
  • The characteristics around the key styles in the work place:  giving, taking and matching
  • How to take the long view in business, as life is NOT a zero-sum game
  • That takers have a short view towards life and work
  • How takers can learn to become givers 
  • How five minute favors and making 3 intros a day changed Adam Rikin's life (and the lives of others)
  • How givers like the venture capital investor David Hornik succeed more by giving

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Direct download: AdamGrantGive__Take.mp3
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Filmmaker Freddie Wong is on for Part II of his conversation, on the "The Influencer Economy." You may know Freddie for his popular web series "Video Game High School, which has reached over 65 million views online. To state it simply, it's "Harry Potter for video games."  Ryan and Freddie had such an interesting conversation, he had to divide it up into 2 episodes.  To catch last week's episode:  http://bit.ly/Influencer8

We talked about what it's like to run a modern day media company, in the day of the internet. And the conversation takes an unexpected twist when Ryan's memory runs out on his camera, which we'll leave for your to listen to. This was one of our favorite chats, Freddie is a true professional when it comes to creating and conversing.

In early 2014, he shattered an online video crowdfunding record for Video Game High School, raising over $900,000 for his IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign. He is also the filmmaker behind the popular YouTube Channle /FreddieW which features video game / sic-fi / and special effects heavy content. The Channel has over 7 million subscribers, and has an amazingly loyal online following.

The Influencer Economy is also on Stitcher and on iTunes

Find Freddie on Twitter twitter.com/fwong
Find Freddie on YouTube www.youtube.com/user/freddiew
Find Freddie at Rocketjump www.rocketjump.com
Watch Video Game High School www.rocketjump.com/category/vghs

Direct download: Freddie_Wong_VGHS_YouTube.mp3
Category:careers -- posted at: 7:42am PDT

Filmmaker Freddie Wong is guest # 8 on the "The Influencer Economy."  You may know Freddie for his popular web series "Video Game High School, which has reached over 65 million views online.  To state it simply, it's "Harry Potter for video games."
 
In early 2014, he shattered an online video crowdfunding record for Video Game High School, raising over $900,000 for his IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign.  He is also  the filmmaker behind the popular YouTube Channle /FreddieW which features video game / sic-fi / and special effects heavy content.  The Channel has over 7 million subscribers, and has an amazingly loyal online following.    
 
We had a funny and enlightening conversation, Freddie and I met at his RocketJump Studios, where his team is creating VGHS.  We chatted about the real definition of crowdfunding, what it's like being famous on YouTube, and why it's smart to build a community before you launch your film or project.  He's a super funny and intelligent guy, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
 
The Influencer Economy is also on Stitcher and on iTunes 
 
In this episode you'll learn:
  • How Freddie created his crowdfunding perks for Video Game High School
  • How to build a community around your video content
  • What it's like getting recognized if you're a YouTube creator and how accessible YouTube creators are versus celebrities 
  • How Freddie as victim to inversed digits, and kept getting wrong number calls
  • How Crowdfunding really evolved from bands like Radiohead and musicians like Trent Reznor 
  • What is the real definition of crowdfunding
  • Why it's important to build an online community before you launch a film or any media-driven project
 
 
Find Freddie on Twitter  https://twitter.com/fwong
Find Freddie on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/user/freddiew
Find Freddie at Rocketjump http://www.rocketjump.com
Watch Video Game High School http://www.rocketjump.com/category/vghs

 

Direct download: FreddieWong_VideoGameHighSchool.mp3
Category:careers -- posted at: 7:00am PDT

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