Kwame is a business lawyer and the founder of the American Negotiation Institute. He is passionate about teaching entrepreneurs and business professionals the art of negotiation so they can get better deals and advance their careers.
He is regularly invited to give negotiation seminars and consults with individuals and companies to create and implement powerful negotiation strategies. He also hosts the top negotiation podcast on iTunes, Negotiation for Entrepreneurs, where he interviews successful entrepreneurs and shares powerful persuasion techniques.
Kwame’s Challenge; Negotiate something intentionally within the next seven days. Use his prep guide.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 149 with Ryan Stewman where we discuss sales and your online presence.
A hacker, professor, and consulted expert, Dr. Tim Summers is a cyber and risk strategist specializing in identifying cyber risks and sensitivities within public and private organizations. He is a specialist in understanding the relationship between human cognitive psychology and socio-technical systems. He has served as an Executive Advisor for one of the world’s oldest multinational strategic management firms.
He has also been a consultant for Fortune 500 companies worldwide and is a regularly invited speaker. He’s the CEO of Summers & Company, Founder of WikiBreach, and the Director of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Engagement in the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Summers is one of the world’s leading experts in understanding How Hackers Think.
Tim’s Challenge; Identify seven people and seek a unique way to inspire and empower them. Ways to empower include; Smile, be positive, encourage creativity, challenge others, and connect.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 95 with Dennis Mortensen where we discuss artificial intelligence, smart assistants, and entrepreneurship.
Stops on the 2017 tour of Asia Include;
Ho Chi Minh City
In late 2013, Joseph Lubin co-founded the Ethereum Project, and has been working on Ethereum and more recently ConsenSys since January 2014.
ConsenSys began as a blockchain production studio building decentralized applications, mostly on Ethereum. Many of those components are core elements that can be used to construct larger solutions as well as being standalone solutions in their own right. Since ConsenSys began operations before the Ethereum ecosystem existed, ConsenSys has also built core infrastructure elements like Ethereum clients, testing frameworks, rapid application development frameworks, and Integrated Development Environments.
ConsenSys Enterprise, the professional services arm, works with various enterprises to help them formulate their blockchain strategy and develop business processes for them on private or consortium blockchains, as well as on the public Ethereum network.
Prior to Ethereum, Lubin’s career has involved various posts in the fields of technology and finance and in their intersection. Subsequent to graduating cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton, he worked as research staff in the Robotics Lab at Princeton and then at Vision Applications, Inc. in the fields of autonomous mobile robotics, machine vision and artificial neural networks.
Joe’s Challenge; Learn about decentralization and disintermediation by checking out Ethereum and Consensys.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 159 with Roger Ver where we discuss Bitcoin, voluntaryism, and the future of smart money.
Roger Ver has been a long time proponent of voluntaryism, the idea that all human interactions should be by mutual consent, or not at all. He is most well known for his work promoting Bitcoin. In 2011, his company, Memorydealers.com, became the first mainstream company to start accepting bitcoin as payment.
He then went on to create Bitcoinstore.com, the first website in the world to accept bitcoin as payment for hundreds of thousands of items, and was the impetus for the future wave of merchant adoption. He also became the first person in the entire world to start investing in Bitcoin startups. Nearly single-handedly, he funded the seed rounds for the entire first generation of Bitcoin businesses.
In his earlier life, he was most influenced by the works of Murray Rothbard, but was also inspired by the likes of Fredric Bastiat, Henry Hazlitt, Leonard Read, Frederick Hayek, Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, David Friedman, and many others in the Austrian school of economic thought.
Roger’s Challenge; Install a Bitcoin wallet and give it a try.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 118 with Kevin Kelly where we discuss how technological forces will influence the near future.
Andrew is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, and has worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive for more than twelve years. He was the CEO and President of Manhattan GMAT, a test prep company that was acquired by the Washington Post/Kaplan in 2009. He has also served as the co-founder of an Internet company and an executive at a healthcare software startup.
Andrew has been selected by the White House as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and a Champion of Change for his work with Venture for America. He is the author of “Smart People Should Build Things,” published by Harper Business, and he was named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business”.
He is a graduate of Columbia Law and Brown University and lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Andrew’s Book = Smart People Should Build Things
Andrew’s Challenge; Find one company or store that you like and do one concrete thing that will help them.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 134 with Gisele Fetterman where we discuss building communities, food rescue and civic duty.
Jim Lloyd spent 28 years in IT before pushing his chips all-in on the AUDL. He is planning to draw on his experience in startups and at IBM to grow his three Canadian franchises.
He stopped by the show to discuss.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 142 with Jean-Levy Champagne where we discuss record-setting AUDL crowds.
William Generett has been working to connect the Pittsburgh region’s innovation economy to underserved communities as the first president and CEO of Urban Innovation21.
Urban Innovation21 is a unique public-private partnership that is supporting the growth of the Pittsburgh region's innovation economy while simultaneously connecting that growth to underserved communities, the residents that live in those communities and diverse populations that have not traditionally been connected to the innovation economy. Urban Innovation21 is one of the first US based organizations to work under the "Inclusive Innovation" model.
William’s Challenge; Meet 10 new people outside your existing network and visit 5 neighborhoods you don’t usually visit.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 125 with Dan Gilman where we discuss how to make cities more attractive to younger generations and leadership.
Xtehn Titcomb first played ultimate in middle school at Spring Reign in 1997. Soon after that, ultimate became his main sport and a lifelong passion! He played and captained at The University of Chicago and played for Chicago's premier men's club team, Machine. Upon moving back to Seattle, Xtehn played with Voodoo, Emerald City Ultimate, Sockeye, and now is a player/coach on the men's club team Seattle Seaking.
Xtehn began coaching in 2006 at Roosevelt High School. After eight years, he transferred to Rainier Beach High School, where he currently coaches. Meanwhile, Xtehn has organized/coached dozens of youth and adult ultimate camps and clinics in the US, South America, Europe, and Asia. Xtehn plays and coaches with the mentality that hard work, mental toughness, and a teamwork make an ultimate player great.
Along with his two sisters and two brothers, Xtehn founded Five Ultimate in 2006. He has worked on various aspects of the company, mostly in the areas of operations and marketing. Xtehn and his siblings are also responsible for The All-Star Ultimate Tour, The Ultimate Project, Seattle Cascades, and a couple other projects that are in the works. He currently is CEO and General Manager at Seattle Cascades.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 62 with Steve Gordon where we discuss the AUDL and the role of self-officiation in the sport’s future.
Nick Adkins is a passionate kilt-wearing leader with start-up experience & 5 acquisition adventures. He is focusing on manifesting/attracting like-minded people who are making a difference/changing the world!
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 151 with Dr. Matt Keener where we discuss brain health, telemedicine, and technology.
Dr. Rasu Shrestha is the Chief Innovation Officer at UPMC and Executive Vice President of UPMC Enterprises. As chief innovation officer for UPMC, Dr. Shrestha plays a leading role in driving UPMC’s innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst for transforming the organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system.
As the leader of a team of over 200 technology professionals, Dr. Shrestha works to facilitate new health care intelligence, technology expertise and entrepreneurial drive to solve complex healthcare challenges. Through strategic partnerships, joint development agreements and investments in promising healthcare startups, Dr. Shrestha champions the development, implementation and commercialization of these innovations.
Dr. Shrestha has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 26 “Smartest People in Health IT,” and InformationWeek named him one of the “Top 20 Health IT Leaders Driving Change” and a “Top Healthcare Innovator.” He is a frequent speaker at national and international health care, innovation and technology conferences.
Rasu’s Challenge; Practice empathy by turning off your smartphone and focus on connecting. It’s important not just to listen, but to hear. Not just to look, but to see.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 151 with Dr. Matt Keener where we discuss mental health, telemedicine, and the future of accessible care.