84 Battling Depression and Dark Times and Anxiety as a Creative Person w/ Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin was depressed and anxious for around a year. He had trouble sleeping and got trapped in the loop of "regretting decisions from the past." He felt sunk and like nothing useful was coming from his business, Moz. Meanwhile the company was a $20 Million revenue business at the time, and has grown even more since 2013 when he was fighting through his dark period.

To show you how bad Rand's depression got, while was giving talks about marketing around the world. He speaks regularly about Moz and is an expert in online. marketing. But it didn't matter. After giving awesome talks to marketing crowds, people would approach him to compliment him saying "It' so great to meet you, I'm a Moz customer for years. I love your tools and software." And Rand felt so bad, he tried to convince the attendees that his talks were truly bad. And he even tried to prove to these paying customers that his products weren't working properly.

Many of you know that I am a former standup comedian. And many of you don't know is that I struggled with depression in my early 20's. There was days I never left my room except for comedy and my day-job. I went through a dark phase and it was really hard talking to people about my own challenges with depression and anxiety. I found a real stigma around depression amongst my friends and colleagues. People saw it as a stigma and thought that I was "weak." In fact most people told me to "suck it up," and deal with it. I've never told anyone outside of my close friends this story.

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In Rand's case, startup founder depression is a real thing. Talking about depression can be a hard conversation to have. It's not easy. But it's okay being depression. It's okay failing and telling others openly and honest about it. Sever depression and anxiety doesn't last forever. Any sort of self-loathing or misery that you feel is temporary. Battle through the stigma of depression and talk to others. If you are struggling ask others for help.

Rand Fishkin's Moz article: The Long Ugly year of Depression that is Finally Fading


Moz: moz.com/

Rand Fishkin on Twitter: twitter.com/randfish

83: Finding the Funny, Delivering Jokes and Adding Humor to Your Public Speaking with David Nihil

David Nihill like many people, was terrified of public speaking. But unlike most people, to conquer his fear of speaking in front of groups, David spent a year studying and performing stand-up. After performing at The Improv, The Comedy Store, & Cobb's he realized that anyone can be funny when giving a talk. Yes, that means even you, or someone that thinks they aren't funny. He also learned that even people who hated public speaking like himself, could also become a great public speaker while being funny.

David has created a 7 step framework to help normal people become better and funnier public speakers. His books is called: Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker. David studied Stand-up comedians, the group of people who are the best public speakers in the world. And what he learned is that we all can be funny giving a public speech, even people who are deftly afraid of crowds.

I'm a former stand-up comedian and I know how terrified I was performing in front of crowds. But to this day, I give better presentations to bosses, work crowds better during talks and I give funnier speeches based on my stand-up comedy practice. I'm not recommending you go sign-up for open mic comedy nights to get funnier and more comfortable in front of crowds. Instead, I recommend listening to this episode and reading Davd's book. In this episode you will learn:

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How to write funny material based on your own experiences to be funny when giving a talk
How to open your talk with a funny story or personal anecdote
How to connect with audiences to improve your story-telling style
How to draw on real-life experiences to get a crowd to laugh at the beginning of your talk
How to use David's tips to create a "memory palace" to remember every part of your story when on stage
A simple secret to using "call-backs," which means you make a mention of a topic previously covered when giving a talk
How to rehearse spontaneity by practicing jokes that will appear to be "off the cuff" to anyone watching you talk
How to get the host to sell you when making your introduction before your talk
How to deliver the right balance of jokes to control a room of people

83: Finding the Funny, Delivering Jokes and Adding Humor to Your Public Speaking with David Nihil

David's Funny Biz Conference: funnybizz.co/funnybizz-conference/
David's speaking blog: www.7comedyhabits.com/
David's Do You Talk Funny book: www.amazon.com/Do-You-Talk-Funny…ef=dp_ob_title_bk

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82: Seizing Opportunity, Anticipating the Future & Disrupt You with Jay Samit

Jay Samit (@JaySamit) is an entrepreneur and the author of the bestselling book Disrupt You! Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation.

The modern world is changing is at a fast rate and we all have to adapt. We are all one click away on our mobile phones from reaching 6 billion people. And your job will be disrupted at some point in your life, no matter where you are in your career. You have to adapt. Jay believes that you need to find purpose with your job and life. Why give up one day, month, or year to a job that you don't enjoy? Finding purpose is what helps adapt to the changing economy and landscape.

Jay has worked with a diverse group of companies and clients throughout his life. He brought innovation to the music industry early in his career. He has also helped launch global companies like LinkedIn & Ebay, and has even worked with The Pope.

Quotes From Jay:

“You have a choice: pursue your dreams, or be hired by someone else to help them fulfill their dreams.”

“Insight and drive are all the skills you need. Everything else can be hired.”

“Would you rather work forty hours a week at a job you hate or eighty hours a week doing work you love?”

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81: Making a Murderer Media Show with Jen Yamato of The Daily Beast

Netflix's Making a Murderer is a show that I have been obsessed about. Like many, including our guest Jen Yamato, I binged on the Netflix show during the holiday break. This emergency podcast on Making a Murderer I speak with Jen Yamato, who has written about Making A Murderer, interviewed Steven Avery's lawyer Dean Strange and is an expert on the show

Jen writes for the Daily Beast and is a former editor/reporter at Deadline Hollywood, Movieline, and Rotten Tomatoes.

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What we discuss:

Making a Murder as a series, asking about the justice around the cases of both Steve Avery & Brendan Dassey
The Wisconsin's media's impact on a fair trial during the trials
The impact of Netflix binging, Reddit, online culture, and all the recent media coverage for Making a Murderer
Jen's conversation with Steve Avery's lawyer Dean Strang

Read Jen Yamato's work at The Daily Beast: www.thedailybeast.com/contributors/jen-yamato.html

Follow Jen Yamato on Twitter: twitter.com/jenyamato



Ep #79: Finding Your Voice, Breaking Bad Habits & Thriving with Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers is writer, entrepreneur, programmer, musician, and student. He lived in NYC as a musician before creating and founding CD Baby in 1998. CD Baby eventually went onto be a leading seller of independent music online and he sold the company ten years later, in 2008 for $22 Million. And what did he do? He gave the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.

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Derek Sivers has one of the most popular TED Talks "How to Start a Movement," which alone has amassed over 5 million views. In his TALK he details how we all focus on leadership in life and business, but in reality it's about being "the first follower," and that following is critical when starting a movement. If you haven't watched the video, it's worth a view: www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_…ovement?language=en

After amassing over $100 Million in sales at CD Baby for over 150,000 musicians, Derek sold the company and currently lives in New Zealand. He is both a father and business man and we candidly talk about both family and work.

We talk about how people can find "the compass in your gut," and that you need to be honest with yourself about what works for you. That compass can move in two directions and often people don't take inventory about what is 1) thriving in their life or 2) what is draining them.

After selling CD Baby in 2008, Derek realized that he had spent the better part of his life focused on making money. And that when we focus on different parts of our lives, like making money, finding romance, pursuing a skill, freedom or seeking intellectual stimulation - sometimes things change and that he needed to update his priorities.

For him, making money had runs its course. It was something that he focused on from the ages of 18-38, and he had to break the habit of doing things for money. Which is of course a great problem to have. Now at 42, he is a father and his priorities have changed.

Derek believes that we all have control of our lives. At CD Baby over 85 people reported to him and he was frustrated about life. And his friend called him out and say "you don't have to do anything in life. There will be consequences, but you don't have to do anything." And Derek felt a deeper understanding that he could control his life. He believes that people who feel trapped need to realize they have control of their life.

Derek is a writer and his book "Anything You Want" is a universal best-seller. Derek puts himself out there as a blogger and writer, and has written over 34 books. He first got into writing when musicians asked him for advice when he was at CD Baby. He started writing and found his voice over time.

Overall his writing is conversational in tone and Derek aims to be useful to other people. It's easy to lay low and hide out and not put yourself on the line, but that's not very useful to others. People often lay low and wonder why the world isn't rewarding them with cash an fame. Overall you need to put yourself out there and add value to the world.


Ep. 78: Creativity Mastered & Kicking Yourself in the Butt to Harness Talent with Paul Jarvis

Paul Jarvis is a writer, podcast host, author of multiple best-selling books, creator of online courses that have made hundreds of thousands of dollars and a master of empowering people to kick themselves in the butt to harness their creativity.

Paul calls himself a freelancer evangelist. In the 1990's he launched a freelance web design business that has survived several economic downturns. He's worked with companies like Microsoft, Yahoo and MTV, plus entrepreneurs with massive digital empires, including Danielle LaPorte, Alexandra Franzen, Marie Forleo and Kris Carr (and a whole bunch of big-time folks in between).

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Over time Paul was hungry for more creative work, defining his professional time on his own terms. He started writing and grew an audience of readers. Outside of publishing best-selling books like "Everything I Know," and "Write and Sell Your Damn Book," Paul publishes a weekly email to his email list about creativity.

His writing reaches over 100,000 people every month and now he teaches creative freelancers how to run their businesses better through Creative Class—with over 1,600 students, increasing daily.

He also has pet rats, tons of tattoos and lives in a remote island in Canada. This was a fun conversation, hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Ep. 76: Building Alliances, Starting a Startup and Acting as Your Personal CEO with Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh is an entrepreneur, investor, blogger and author of the best-selling book: The Alliance. He wrote the book with Founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman and Ben Cassanova.

The connected technology world is changing constantly. We are needing to think like entrepreneurs if we want to survive. And the The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age is all about trust, honesty and partnering with your employer to succeed.

Chris talks about a "tour of duty" where you work on a project with a company, versus working at a company your entire life. Employers are not your family because they can lay you off at any time. You need to partner with your employer if you want to win as an entrepreneurial thinker.

There is a new project-based era for work, and Chris teaches how The Alliance book's framework for working with your boss and managing your employees.

Chris shares advice for anyone who owns their own company or wants to start a startup.

He advice is to NOT quit your day job if you're building a startup. Oftentimes when you work a full-time job you can create runway for your startup to launch and build it's Product Market Fit. Quitting your day job only gives you 4 hours extra a day, not 8 hours a day. And it’s rare that the thing you set out to do is the final thing you build.

His advice is to make and keep promises to your employees if you want to build trust as a founder and boss. Building trust is the key to building long term relationships in life and business...

Chris Yeh's Blog: chrisyeh.blogspot.com/

The Alliance Book website: www.theallianceframework.com/

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Ep. 75: 2 Billion YouTube Views Later- How Cenk Uygur Built an Online News Jaugernaut

Ep. 75: Billions of YouTube Views & Bigger Than Fox News and MSNBC with Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks News network.

Cenk Uygur is the main host and co-founder of the American liberal political and social news network, The Young Turks (TYT). They are a massively successful YouTube network and recently raised over $400,000 to crowdfund their recording studio in Los Angeles, where I went to interview Cenk.

Cenk is a former MSBNC Commentator, CurrenTV host and founded Young Turks in 2002. How does someone build a YouTube Channel for over 2 billion views? We talked in depth about their strategy and execution for growing a monster YouTube network. And how they galvanize and build their fan-base.

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Ep. 74: How to Embrace Failure, Find Success and Take Risks with Troy Carter

Troy Carter is a well-known manager of artists like John Legend and Meghan Trainor, as well as a new guest 'shark' on Marc Cuban's TV Show Shark Tank, and the founder and CEO Atom Factory investment and talent management company in Los Angeles.

This is a new segment called The Prequel, where we get the pre-story where we talk to someone well-known about what life was like before they were successful.

In this case Troy Carter talks Philly, technology, getting kicked-out of L.A., investing in startups like Uber and Lyft, managing John Legend, hearing a hit song in the studio, the soulful connection between entrepreneurs and musicians, and much much more.

Quote from Troy:

"In life in general, there are no guarantees. Failures are a part of life. As cliche as it may sound, the way I look at it as there are no rewards without taking risks. We take a risk every time we step out the door, every single day. Life is full of risks and failures, but at the same time life is full of triumphs and happiness."

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Ep. 73: Loud Speakers Network's Chris Morrow on Hip-Hop, Combat Jack & Podcasting

The Loud Speakers Network is an awesome podcast network, featuring prominent voices of the hip-hip generation, and Chris Morrow is the CEO and co-founder. This week he joins me on Stories from The Influencer Economy.

Chris Morrow and Combat Jack (Reggie Osse) started Loud Speakers Network together and quickly they have become a podcast force. Morrow started as a fan of Combat Jack, and later after realizing that they had friends in common, they hit it off. Now they have over 15 podcasts as a part of their growing mini-empire. Combat Jack is like the Dick Cavett or Charlie Rose of hip-hop. It's an interview show that often has old school rappers on as guests.

Morrow has also published 4 books with Russell Simmons, including multiple NY Times best-sellers. He first met Russell in 2005, and we talk about what it's like co-authoring books with Russell, and their creative process in authoring books.

Chris has worked in radio and bee in a writer for years. Chris's success as an entrepreneur and the Loud Speakers Network co-founder comes from his ability to under-sell and over-deliver. He also strives for#authenticity when looking for talented podcast hosts, and focuses on being real in business and in life.

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Links about what we talked about:

LoudSpeakers Network Podcasts on Twitter: twitter.com/LSNpodcasts

Combat Jack Show: thecombatjackshow.com/

Loudspeaker's Network: loudspeakersnetwork.com/

Chris Morrow on Twitter: twitter.com/mrchrismorrow

Loudspeaker's Network on Twitter:

Chris Morrow's website: chris-morrow.com

Ryan on Twitter: twitter.com/ryanjwill


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Ep. 72: The Pivot From Investment Banking to Startup CEO with Farbod Shoraka of Bloomnation

In this episode of The Pivot: A series documenting the stories of tech startup founders who pivot their careers from another industry, I speak with Farbod Shoraka, founder of BloomNation a technology startup based in Los Angeles, which is similar to Etsy but for flowers.

Farbod is a reformed former investment banker who pivoted his career into launching his company, taking part in the Mucker Lab Accelerator and raising venture capital from firms like Andreesen Horowitz

Farbod changed careers after seeing a larger gap in the flower market. When working as a banker, he did a business deal in the flower industry, and he was shocked that the industry was so inefficient.

After talking to his Aunt Sharine, who was in the floral industry…He realized that he could solve a big problem in the industry that large companies like 1-800-Flowers were not adequately meeting.

With seed funding that came from a co-founder who was a world class poker player, Farbod and 3 friends jumped into the tech economy.

I hope some of what we discussed surrounding his "pivot" can help you, whether trying to pivot yourself, working with start-ups or already a start-up.

In less than three years, more than 2,500 florists in about 3,000 cities have signed up to use the site.

The company is a marketplace for local florists to list their labors of love -- and for consumers to purchase them directly from these designers. The emphasis is on local and handcrafted. Think of it as Etsy, but for flowers

I recently visited BloomNation’s new headquarters in Santa Monica to talk to Farbod, the CEO of the company. The space overlooks Third Street Promenade, bustling with shoppers and street performers. Inside though, it’s a picture of calm and playfulness. A ping pong table is the first thing you see walking in. There are flowers everywhere, not exactly a surprise.

And part of the conference area is laid with Astroturf. Farbod Shoraka said they did that to make people feel like they are outside while they are inside the office. To create a place where people can sit on the grass, have a conversation, to get their creative juices flowing. When we sat down to chat, I first asked Farbod to tell me more about him and his cofounders, and how they got the idea of BloomNation off the ground

What we learned:

How Farbod went to speak with local florists all around Los Angeles proving their idea out for Bloom Nation
How important it was Farbod to get feedback from his potential users before he built the product
How non-coders can launch an internet tech business
How the founders of BloomNation raised their initial funding from a poker match at the Commerce Casino
How a startup accelerator can help your startup


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Ep: 71: Brad Feld on Doing More Faster and Giving Value to Entrepreneurs

Brad Feld is an author, blogger and he invests in early stage technology companies. In fact he has invested in over 1,000 companies between his Techstars accelerator, his Foundry Ground investment firm, and his own deals. He is our guest on The Influencer Economy podcast this week.

Imagine a world where the only media channels were TV, radio, print magazines, and newspapers. And if you were a start-up entrepreneur, you had to do P.R. in order to get someone's attention for an article or any media coverage. When Brad started his first company Feld Technologies in 1987, while an undergrad student at MIT in Cambridge, that was the world for Brad to gain any media coverage for his company.

This is one of the reasons why Brad was an early adopter for blogging back in 2004. In this episode Brad details his early motivations for blogging and writing on the web. In addition to his how and why he wrote his first book: Venture Deals.

We talk about how often people think too much about their goals and sometimes it's worth starting something to figure out if it's a good idea or bad idea. When he started Techstars with his 3 other co-founders he had no idea if it would work, but figured it was worth a shot. And at the very least he would make some new friends. We chat about how people need to experiment as start-up founders, bloggers, podcasters and sometimes when you don't reach your goals, another less obvious goal emerges which can lead you down the right path.

Brad and I both believe in the "Give Before You Get" model and helping people is all about giving in the system. And that oftentimes we meet people who are takers and over time you realize you spend less time with people who take. Often when Brad meets startup founders, he develops relationships with the founders in advance of investing. And he gives to founders before realizing if he'll invest in their ideas or not.

Brad also pursues 20% of his life where he allocates his days to random things. He'll do a fake VC Day or a fake CEO day where he does stuff that allows his universe to be open to different connections.

Brad's Blog Feld Thoughts: www.feld.com/
TechStars: www.techstars.com/
Sqord: www.sqord.com/
SXSW: www.sxsw.com/
Jeff Ullrich and Earwolf: www.earwolf.com/person/jeff-ullrich/

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Ep. 70: Nerdist Industries Adam Rymer on Building a Media Company for Nerds

This week Nerdist Industries President, Adam Rymer stops by the podcast. Adam runs the media company founded by pioneering Nerdist podcast host, Chris Hardwick.

In 2015 geeks and nerds are kings and queens of the internet and Nerdist Industries at the center of this geek cultural revolution. Everyone who watches a Nerdist video or listens to one of their podcasts has a geek passion, whether it playing Minecraft, watching the latest Batman movie, or attending ComicCon in full cosplay mode (costumes).

Often on the internet, bullies and jerks can rule the comment sections of websites. And Nerdist works hard to avoid that type of fall-back. The focus of Nerdist is to avoid the lowest common denominator of the internet by not acting like a jerk. People who not only work at Nerdist but also their fans have ben bullied in the past. They get it. Nerdist embraces the positivity of being a geek.

Adam is a UPenn MBA with a focus on finance, and also went to Undergrad at Harvard. And now he runs business strategy and the company Nerdist. We live in an awesome world....

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Nerdist's website: nerdist.com/

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Ep. 69: $100 MBA on the Art of Entrepreneurship and Science of Teaching with Omar Zenhom

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: webinarninja.co/

$100 MBA: 100mba.net/show/

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Ep. 68: VidCon, YouTubers, and Geeking Out with Jim Louderback former CEO of Revision3

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:

How VidCon connects the "virtual space" to the "meet space" where online communities can connect IRL (in real life)
It's not about the fanbase anymore, but about the 'friendbase'
How YouTube creators are the fulcrom for online communities, ut not necessary the focus
How VidCon is as much about community members meeting other community members, as fans meeting the creators.
How everyone on the internet has a home and there are people 'like them' around their geek passions
How Revision3 built-out hugely popular geek communities online, and how Discovery acquired their network
Jim on Twitter: twitter.com/jlouderb?lang=en

Jim's website: louderback.com/

VidCon: vidcon.com/

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Ep. 67: WTF Producer Brendan McDonald on 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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Ep: 66: Making Ideas Happen with Scott Belsky Founder of Behance

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:

We talk about doers and dreamers - and how they need to collaborate with one another
And how doers need to kill off 97% of new ideas for companies and groups brought by dreamers
How you need to build the right team in order to make your ideas happen
How Scott launched the 99u conference and makes it happen because of his team
How the 99U is a conference NOT about ideas. It's about making your ideas come to life and talking about how you made your idea.
Why Scott thinks business school is overrated
How "Genius is "1% inspiration and 99% Perspiration" (A famous Thomas Edison quote) 
How creative people have great ideas but they look for media attention or raise outside capital too early and their idea fails.
The Creative Compromise
How we all have the ability to make our ideas happen

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: twitter.com/scottbelsky

Behance: www.behance.net

99u: 99u.com

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Ep. 65: SoloCast - What's Next For The Influencer Economy?

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!

The archives: www.influencereconomy.com/

My email: Ryan@influencereconomy.com





Ep. 64: Writer of Rounders, Host of The Moment Podcast, and 300+ Viner Brian Koppelman

Brian Koppelman joined Stories From the Influencer Economy as this week's guest. I originally recorded this episode at Brian's office in New York City last fall. We talked in detail about creativity, podcasting, and finding that curiousity for what gets you motivated and inspired.

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Brian is the co-writer of films such as Rounders and Ocean's Thirteen, as well as the co-director of the Emmy Award-winning "30 for 30," film on Jimmy Connors This is What They Want.

Brian is an avid podcast listener and"loves the intimacy of the conversations ." He talks about how Marc Maron's WTF inspired him to get into podcasting. Brian also details how he connected Bill Simmons and Dave Jacoby of Grantland, and how The Moment podcast came to be.

He was invited on the show to talk about his creative process around filmmaking, and his embracing of social media in the digital age. As a creator, he has launched many big ideas online...

Brian also created the extremely popular "Six Second Screenwriting Tips" on Vine. The Vine series came out of questions received from Twitter. He created one Vine every day (for 300 days), and one Vine has over 20 million loops. The videos were focused on the idea of “giving yourself permission to create.”

He recently completed a TV series with Paul Giamatti for Showtime called Billions. Billions, the setting is the financial industry in New York. He collaborated with his long time writing/directing partner David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin.


“I’ve never calculated one part of my work. I’ve always just led with what fascinates me. That’s why having the conversations is easy too. That’s what led to every movie… All this came from only being obsessed with chasing down my passions and being unrelenting with the desire to be able to tell my children that I fought to live the creative life I wanted to live and that they could do the same.”

• “I want all the things that I say to be things that I believe and have some value.”

• “I actually don’t think that there is such a thing as remarkable people; people are the result of the actions that they take and then how they process the feedback from those actions.”

• "A blocked artist is probably a bad wife or husband.”


• Brian on Twitter: twitter.com/briankoppelman
• Brian on Vine: vine.co/briankoppelman
• Brian's website: briankoppelman.com
• At the end of the show, he suggests that you watch his film Solitary Man: www.solitarymanmovie.com

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Ep. 63: Why We Are All Hooked on Technology Products with Nir Eyal

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We are really excited to share this interview with Nir Eyal that I recorded a few months back. Nir was in Los Angeles for a start-up speaking engagement, where he explained the Hooked Model to 100 + entrepreneurs in Santa Monica. I was lucky enough to chat with him right before he went on stage.

His Hooked Model has changed the game for product creation and product management. We talk at length about the 4 principles of the Hooked Model and how it applies to everyone building products.

The average person checks their cell phone over 100 times per day. And Nir explains why we are all so obsessed with Facebook, WhatsApp and Pinterest. His expertise is in consumer psychology and applying principles from writer's like B.F. Skinner to modern technology.

Nir also self-pubished his book, blogged for years and eventually launched Hooked as a NY Times best-seller. He shares what it's like seeing your book at an airport bookstore.

Nir's website and his Twitter: www.nirandfar.com/ twitter.com/nireyal

How Nir started writing his blog to answer his own questions about how products create habits
How hearing Mark Zuckerberg speak when Nir was in Stanford business school inspired his curiosity around the hooked model
How Facebook & WhatsApp nailed the Hooked model
The difference between vitamins (nice to have) and pain killers (must have) when building products
A guide to the 4-Step Hooked process: 1) Trigger 2) Action 3) Reward 4) Investment
How podcasts apps. like Stitcher form habits for their listeners
The GEM model (Growth, engagement, monetization)
How Nir’s career transitioned from entrepreneur into story-teller
How Nir reach the NY Times best-seller list with the help of his community of blog readers

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