Unf*cked with Ryan J. Williams

What if you were a writer who let it all hang-out.  What if you wrote about failure and not just success. And what if you approached topics such such as wishing that your daughter becomes a lesbian or listing your business failures for all to learn from.  That's what James Altucher does.  James is a writer, investor, start-up founder, podcast, father, and literally an open book when it comes to his creation.

I was excited to have him on the show to discuss all things Choosing Yourself and the art and science about how he professionally self-published his own best-selling book.

In this episode you'll learn:

  • How James embraces failure and success when living his life
  • How James asked former Twitter CEO Dick Costello to write the forward for his book Choose Yourself
  • Why it's important to choose yourself in the modern economy
  • The art of asking people for help and favors (and why it can be agonizing)
  • The importance of joining part of a "scene" where you have peers and partners when it comes to your creative and entrepreneurial endeavors
  • Why James writing sometimes invokes criticism from friends and non-friends

Our archives:  http://www.influencereconomy.com/

James on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jaltucher

James' website:  http://www.jamesaltucher.com/

James' book "Choose Yourself": http://www.amazon.com/Choose-Yourself-James-Altucher-ebook/dp/B00CO8D3G4 


Ideas and people mentioned:

  • James Hadfield on James' podcast:  http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2015/06/the-benefits-of-being-a-total-zero/
  • AJ Jacobs Global Family Reunion:  http://globalfamilyreunion.com/
  • Tucker Max's Book in a Box:  http://bookinabox.com/
  • Jayson Gaignard MMT:  http://www.mastermindtalks.com/
  • Adam Grant's Give and Take:  http://www.giveandtake.com/



Direct download: James_Altucher_Ep55_.mp3
Category:management and marketing -- posted at: 11:17am PST

Jemele Hill is a podcast host, TV show host, and modern day multi-platform journalist. She works at ESPN, hosts the His and Hers TV show and podcast with her show partner Michael Smith. And she's an overall social media maven and an old pal from SXSW and other digital sports event.  

Note: We had some static on the skype line during parts of the episode with Jemele. We worked hard to edit out the reverb as much as possible and spent considerable time touching it up. We think this is an episode that you'll enjoy, and thanks again for listening.

Our website:  http://www.influencereconomy.com/

Follow Ryan on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ryanjwill

Jemele on Hill:  https://twitter.com/jemelehill

Jemele at ESPN:  http://search.espn.go.com/jemele-hill/

What we talked about: 

  • How she hosts and created a TV show: His and Hers while also hosting a podcast of the same name
  • The importance of accuracy in journalism
  • The importance of being natural in your podcast
  • The secrets of success for the Her and Hers Podcast and TV Show
  • What it's like working at ESPN when big athletes come by the campus
  • How she interviews guests like Triple H on His and Hers
  • The art of using Twitter to go off on tangets, cracking jokes, and hanging out on Twitter.
  • Building chemistry like Stockton and Malone with her co-host Michael Smith
  • #BlackTwitter and the shared experience and levity of the community on Twitter
  • How she started working in journalism after graduating Michigan State, and how she wanted to be a journalist at a young age
  • How podcasts are all about authenticity while the TV show is about grabbing people's attention in 5 minutes
  • How she builds her own culture around her podcasts, and how she avoids talking about sports 
  • Why The Roots are her Spirit Animal in finding the right audience for her podcast (and being cool with if not everyone listens or messes with your show)
  • How to get people to believe your podcast, and how the essence of podcasting is truly getting to know someone and getting an entry point in their lives
  • Her top hip-hop artists of all-time (she doesn't lke these questions but answered it anyway!)

Links we mentioned:

Blogs with Balls:  http://blogswithballs.com/

Anthony Saleh:  https://twitter.com/dude_br0


Direct download: Jemel_Hill_His_and_Hers.mp3
Category:management and marketing -- posted at: 12:59pm PST

John Corcoran is a lawyer, former writer for The White House, and even had a stint working in L.A. in the entertainment industry. He is now the purveyor of Smart Business Revolution, a multi-media business company. His work as at the forefront of the new generation of business media brands, where people actually help each other succeed.

John or "The Relationship Doctor" as I like to call him, is one of the most well-networked people in the podcast business community. He's part of a new breed of entrepreneur, building his company off of his content. He sells online classes on "How to Connect with VIP's," offers webinars on connecting with influencers, hosts a weekly podcast, has an immensely popular email newsletter, and is the ultimate business connector.

John shares stories about how he make $1000 from a single Tweet, how he snowballs his income buy selling products to his audience, and he years of secrets to connecting with VIP's and influencers. 

John's website: http://smartbusinessrevolution.com/

 John on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/johncorcoran

Our website:  http://www.influencereconomy.com/

Follow Ryan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanjwill

Direct download: John_Corcoran_business_podcast.mp3
Category:careers -- posted at: 2:22pm PST

Greg Goodfried joined the show this week for Episode # 52.  


Greg was a trailblazer in the online "viral video" world back in 2006, when he created the epic online videos series: LonelyGirl15. This was back when "viral videos" were a big thing. He then went onto be a founder of EQAL, one of the first digital media companies to partner celebrities with major brands. 


He's now a digital agent at UTA in Los Angeles, and we stopped by the his office to this week for Stories From the Influencer Economy.


Greg is passionate about partnering with YouTubers, Viners, and Instagram creators, and helping them grow and monetize their business opportunities.  He manages online talent, helping them to build out long term financial opportunities from their work.  


We talked in detail about how YouTubers and online creators collaborate build their audiences and what habits make a successful YouTuber. We also talk about how the normal person can grow their own social media and video followings. And we agree that "being a good" person goes a long way to create success in the online world. Greg also shares stories about working with YouTubers like Shane Dawson and iJustine, and how he created a web phenomenon with LonelyGirl15


Ryan on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ryanjwill


Influencer Economy website: http://www.influencereconomy.com/


Greg on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GregGoodfried


Greg on LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/greggoodfried


Listen to all our The Influencer Economy episodes and subscribe on iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stories-from-influencer-economy/id820744212?mt=2

Direct download: Greg_podcast_business.mp3
Category:careers -- posted at: 9:22am PST