Oliver Luckett is a bona fide tech mogul. Having starting multiple companies and worked for clients like Russell Brand, Steve Aoki, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, the Chainsmokers, and Pitbull, he knows branding online.
Oliver most recently sold his company theAudience, co-founded with Ari Emanuel of William Morris and tech entrepreneur Sean Parker. Prior, Oliver was CEO and co-founder of DigiSynd, a Walt Disney Company, and previously Oliver co-founded Revver, which helped kick off new media with their novel concept of the video rev-share.
Prior to Revver, Oliver took the Norman Lear "Declare Yourself" campaign to the Internet and gathered more than one million new online voter registrations.
Oliver still cherishes his bachelor's degree in French Literature from Vanderbilt University and recently moved to a home in Iceland.
Oliver’s Challenge; Reverse engineer the success that you hope to achieve.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 123 with Tucker Max where we discuss the future of branding and how to write a book.
Teresa Chahine, the Program Leader for Social Entrepreneurship at Harvard, literally wrote the book on Social Entrepreneurship. Social Entrepreneurship is a revolution occurring around the world today, where people from all walks of life are developing and implementing innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions in response to social and environmental challenges.
These solutions include products, services, frameworks and interventions brought to market by both new startups and existing organizations, whether for-profit or non-profit. Her Book Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship summarizes the basic steps and tools needed to understand the challenge you are tackling, imagine and prototype potential solutions, build a business model, measure and grow your impact.
Teresa’s Challenge; Make a list of 3 things that really piss you off. Pick one to work on and join forces with others who share your mission.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 134 with Gisele Fetterman where we discuss helping the less fortunate and transforming a town.
Reed Verdesoto’s business is ReedVerde. For the past 5 years he has worked in ministry creating music, film, and photographs for the Church. He has met many artists and students through collaboration who have imparted their wisdom and technical skills upon him and his work.
Reed enjoys the creative process, and being able to provide for his family. He hopes to create something that can be enjoyed and shared.
Reed’s Challenge; You have friends that do something amazing. Ask them to show you how they do it.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 68 with Wes Shonk where we discuss whiskey, bartending, and how to drink well.
Tom Corson-Knowles is an entrepreneur, blogger and international bestselling author. Today, he teaches new and established authors and writers how to achieve incredible success by writing and selling ebooks on Amazon Kindle.
Tom is the founder of TCK Publishing, an international trade book publisher that is leading the industry in providing advanced marketing support for authors. TCK Publishing specializes in marketing for both fiction and nonfiction authors to help get their messages and stories out to millions of readers all over the world.
Tom’s Challenge; Spend 15 minutes without any distractions (no phone or people) to think about the primary problems in your life and work on solutions.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 127 with Jim Miller where we discuss writing a 700 page oral history.
Matt DeSantis is a New York native, born & raised in Long Island. He picked up my first camera around age 10 to film skateboarding, snowboarding & cliff jumping videos with friends. After buying his first DSLR I also began my working on my passion, automotive photography. This translated to getting his first internship working for McLaren Philadelphia's Creative Dept, where he planned road rallies & assisted with advertising content creation, not to mention working with some unbelievably rare supercars.
He moved to Pittsburgh to attend Point Park University where my short-lived college career would begin. After 2 semesters he decided to drop-out. His McLaren connect offered me a job shooting inventory in studio for Auto Palace Porsche here in Pittsburgh while always keeping side-projects (jumpitapp.com) & freelance (hoping to turn full-time) afloat in the after hours and days off, utilizing public meetups like Unstuck PGH & Startup Weekend as educational substitute.
Currently, Matt is the co-founder of Art & Exotics, a traveling art pop-up connecting artists & auto-enthusiasts alike. He is also building a software startup for consumer electronic trade-ins called Loopitall.com , as well as running a digital content marketing agency with friends Daniel Massimino & Solomon Ilochi.
Matt’s Challenge; Spot a supercar. Take a picture. Post it to Instagram.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 124 with Baron Batch where we discuss art, entrepreneurship, and creative work.
Kaelon started working in the public school sector when he was 19. He pursued business management in IT in college, but, like some well-known entrepreneurs, always found himself too entrenched in my work to focus on school. Kaelon held almost every position there was to hold in IT, eventually broadening his reach by working with school districts around the world for a Student Information System technology company.
Having the opportunity to work with thousands of schools, Kaelon gained a deep appreciation for and understanding of the data collection needs school districts have. He used that experience to build partnerships with school districts who utilize his paperless platform - with a goal to fundamentally improve data collection processes through an integrated ecosystem and reduce paper, providing schools with more time to focus on student learning.
While not a native Pittsburgher, Kaelon has lived here most of his life and is proud to contribute to the city’s entrepreneurial spirit. Much like the shift Pittsburgh made from coal and steel to environmentally friendly and sustainable energy, school districts around the world are making that shift as well.
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Kaelon’s Challenge; Take one day and spend it thinking of time as an investment, paying attention to what gives you the greatest return. Things that last longer than the time invested will typically be a good example.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 8 with our friend Jason Miller where we discuss starting a website as a side hustle.
Happy Martin Luther King Day.
I am a 25-year-old journalist based in Harlem, NY. I was born in Trenton, NJ and got my start in journalism as the sports editor for The Pitt News. I have lived, studied, traveled or written all over United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Iceland, Israel, Egypt, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Alaska, and West Texas, which I've come to consider a country of its own.
Over the course of eight years, I've reported on racism that drives sports fandom, how Harlem is combating gang violence, what harsh rhetoric and 9/11 security has done to our borders and the most unique home in America. My re-telling of the infamous murder of William Vassar won me a first place award in Pittsburgh's Neighborhoods in Transition writing competition. My endorsement of Hillary Clinton received over four million views and altered the conversation around millennial support of the Democratic nominee. Yahoo subsequently named me one of the 16 people who shaped the 2016 election alongside Khizr Khan, Bo Copley and others.
In 2015, my investigative piece on predatory payday loans changed public policy when it was cited by Maxine Waters in a letter to congress urging Universities and retirement plans to divest from certain lending services. After losing several classmates to heroin overdoses, I took a deep dive into what caused our country's epidemic of opioid addiction. I have covered everything from gay rodeos to why G-d doesn't care about football.
When I left The Huffington Post, where I started my professional writing career, I worked alongside Ashton Kutcher and a talented team to build A Plus, one of the world's largest positive news outlets. We are home to the silver lining. My work has appeared on CNN, The Huffington Post, Medium, The Daily Mail, A Plus and more. A Plus was recently acquired by Chicken Soup for the Soul. You can check out my weekly column "A Grain of Saul" on A Plus every Tuesday morning. You can follow me on Twitter here, where I spend an inordinate amount of time tweeting angrily about America.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 17 for the first interview with Isaac.
Josh Moore founded the American Ultimate Disc League in April 2012.
The American Ultimate Disc League is the first and largest professional ultimate league in the world. It strives to maintain the sport’s rich history, and its 24 franchises embody the robust spirit of ultimate's players, fans, and community alike.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 164 with Don Grage where we discuss running the Washington DC Breeze and recruiting talent.
Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He later worked for Fast Company as a video blogger, and then Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43 promoting breakthrough technology and startups.
He currently works for Upload VR — a new media site covering virtual and augmented reality — as its entrepreneur in residence, where he develops new shows, events, and works with other entrepreneurs in the Upload Collective, a coworking space for virtual reality-focused startups.
Fragments Game on Microsoft Hololens
Robert’s Challenge; Get VR. Use it to connect with others. If you don’t, you’ll be out of business.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 118 with Kevin Kelly where we discuss the inevitable forces that will shape our future or episode 111 with Kash Dhanda where we discuss virtual reality and building a digital marketing agency.
Jacob Zax’s company, Edify, develops technologies that make learning more fun, creative, and accessible for people around the world.
Their current focus is music, with a new app, MusiQuest, that inspires beginners to love and understand music by teaching them to compose their own songs in styles from pop to classical. MusiQuest is an educational expansion of their first app, Sketch-a-Song, which has been used by over 300,000 people to create over 2,000,000 pieces to date.
Jacob’s Challenge; Diversify the media sources that you are consuming.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 151 with Matt Keener where we discuss telemedicine and delivering brain health.
Calvin Wayman is an author, speaker, sales expert and social media entrepreneur. In his early twenties, being awkward and shy, he held a company record for the WORST performance a sales agent ever had. After almost being fired, he found a mentor and went on from having the worst performance to the best. He attributes his tenacity of “never giving up” to lessons he learned going out and knocking on random households, selling door-to-door.
In 2016 alone, Calvin Wayman started a social media management business, wrote his first book, and was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Social Media Examiner, The Huffington Post. He was also named one of “The Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under The Age of 30” by Influencive.com.
Calvin’s 4 C’s of Social Media
Content - Show you Exist
Context - Know the Platform
Consistency - Build Trust & Brand
Connection - Create Real Relationships
Calvin’s Challenge; Take a legit cold shower. It toughens your psyche and helps you focus on success.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 144 with Clinton Senkow where we discuss global entrepreneurship, influence, and developing your writing skills.