Mon, 28 September 2015
Omar Zenhom from the $100 MBA Show stopped by The Influencer Economy Podcast this week. He's at the forefront of education and entrepreneurship and we talked at length about his story.
Omar dropped out of Wharton Business School to start $100 MBA, after talking to a teacher who inspired him to start his own company. The $100 MBA is a podcast and online educational resource that helps people build their own entrepreneurial businesses. As a former teacher, Omar leverages his educational background to give business people a playbook for building their own companies.
Graduate school and MBA's are very expensive in 2015 and often people go into debt to pay for a graduate degree. Programs like Omar's are super-relevant while also up and coming as they give people a chance to learn a lot through more inexpensive ways.
Additionally Omar loves a good webinar and as a firm believer in the medium. he and his partner Nicole Balduni launched a company WebinarNinja recently launched and I attended his conference this weekend.
Webinar Ninja: http://webinarninja.co/
$100 MBA: http://100mba.net/show/
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Mon, 21 September 2015
Jim Louderback stopped by The Influencer Economy this week. Jim a world-class CEO, and former Head of Revision3, a pioneering online video company. He currently runs the industry and track of VidCon, the 20,000 person online video geek conference in Anaheim, CA.
Jim is an expert at the intersection of geek communities and business. He understands the culture of online geeks, and how to build companies and support business around people's passions and interests.
Jim's Revision3 company was acquired by Discovery Networks in 2007, and Jim worked at Discovery prior to his time at VidCon.
What we talked about:
Jim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlouderb?lang=en
Jim's website: http://louderback.com/
Influencer Economy website: http://influencereconomy.com/
Fri, 11 September 2015
Ep. 67: WTF Producer Brendan McDonald on Booking Obama & Producing a World-Class Podcast w/ Marc Maron
This week I talk to Brendan McDonald, producer of WTF with Marc Maron. We talk about the finer points of producing a world-class podcast, including booking the President of the United States, Barack Obama on their show.
Brendan is the yin and Marc is the yang in making WTF get made. Brendan explains in details of the operations and production around creating their podcast, how they work together, and how booking President Obama was a year in the making.
Additionally we learn about how collaboration is key when building a successful podcast, and how having no agenda when creating a show like WTF is what makes it stand-out in the podcast world.
Great quotes from Brendan
“Having the White House reach out to us is the reason that (the interview) happened. We wouldn’t have been so bold as to go the other way. I think that was just a huge win for podcasting in general. He has his pick of media outlets, a lot of options at the disposal of the President if he wants to communicate to the country and the world. So it’s very validating to know that podcasting had achieved a level of acceptance in the media landscape.”
“That kind of yin and yang makes the relationship work—not just as professional colleagues. We’ve been friends for eleven years now.”
“In the six hundred plus episodes we’ve done, we won’t do promotional interviews for the full episode... Mark will graciously have his friends over sometimes and do ten minutes at the beginning of an episode to help somebody that has a book out or a movie out, or something like that. His feeling about that is it’s kind of like an everybody can help everybody out situation. It’s not that we go requesting promotional stuff. It’s that people were gracious enough to appear on our show, which helped raise our tide quite a bit, so of course we’re going to pay the favor back.”
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Mon, 7 September 2015
Scott Belsky knows the secret for making your ideas happen. And today I chat with him about his book "Making Ideas Happen," his company Behance (that sold to Adobe) and his passion for helping to empower the creative world. Scott offers insights and advice for anyone aiming to launch and executve their ideas.
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In the influencer economy we all have ideas. And every day we are all executing on our businesses ideas, while also building ourselves as businesses. Scott and I discuss how there is no such thing as "idea meritocracy" and that ideas don't happen by accident. Ideas happen by a series of forces. While big ideas happen when a team executives and sticks together.
We also dive into the importance of building a solid team and how Scott executes his ideas like the 99u conference. In the end, Scott oversee roughly 70 employees at Adobe/Behance and his team is critical to getting his ideas to happen.
In the world where everyone and anyone can launch a product, blog, podcast or new company, why do some people's ideas succeed? While others' ideas fail? We talk about Scott's advice for early idea creation. Scott advises "to make something that needs to exist." And know the difference between a feature and a business. He also suggests bootstrapping your idea "incrementally" can behoove you and your business. Rather than going to raise a bunch of investment money.
Like many in the influencer economy, Scott is mission-centric and his ideas manifest in different products, but the message is always the same. Behance, 99u and Making Ideas Happen have the same values and are all cut from the same cloth. That helps him launch many ideas in different mediums. I know it sounds obvious, but unless you see it in action it, it's easier said then executed on.
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We covered a lot of ground:
Quotes from Scott:
"Creativity is genuine interest combined with initiative."
"When you optimize for (Press/Media) headlines, you will optimize yourself to the ground."
"You have to build something sustainable that has its own culture and spirit. That's what takes the team coming together."
"We get too involved in ideas themselves. We are fascinated or too much in love with ideas themselves. We need to declare war against excessive creativity."
Scott on Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottbelsky
Tue, 1 September 2015
Hey everyone, I have never done a solo podcast before and thought I'd give it a try for this episode. Hope it sounds good. :)
Firstly, I'm inviting everyone in Los Angeles to the Apple Store Santa Monica on September 22nd. I'll be hosting a very special event called: "How to Launch a Start-up in Los Angeles" featuring an old friend Scott Dudelson. Come to the show and afterwards we'll all go out for drinks. I'll be bringing the live show to more cities this summer - please email me if you would like the show to come to your town.
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I'm also making a few key decisions involving The Influencer Economy book & podcast that I wanted to announce. Thanks for everyone's support already.
I'll soon be re-naming and re-branding The Influencer Economy podcast later this month. Take a listen to hear more about what's happening. If you have any name suggestions - I'd love to hear them. There's a few we are throwing around now.
Overall, thanks for everyone who's given the show a listen, it's been amazing to have you along in this journey. Nothing much will change on iTunes, Stitcher, etc. - but a new name will be coming soon!
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